Wild Rice with Squash and Sage Coconut Butter

Submitted by Natur-Tyme customer Michele Westphal Foresti

squash_recipeThis recipe is adapted from the cookbook Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier.

Ingredients:
1 Medium Squash (Butternut or Kabocha work best. Sweet potatoes can also be used)
6 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
2 cups Wild Rice blend (soaked overnight to soften and easier to digest)
4 cups water
Large handful of fresh sage (about 1/8-1/4 cup, packed)
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Directions:
– Preheat oven to 400F.

– Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and bake cut side down in a covered ceramic baking dish that has about an inch
of water in the bottom.

– Bake for 1 hour or until the squash is soft and fully cooked.

– When the squash is cool enough to handle, cut into 1-inch chunks. Skin can be left on or discarded. Set the squash aside.

– While the squash is baking, prepare your rice. Add the soaked rice (if you didn’t soak the rice, un-soaked rice will work) to a saucepan with 4-cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 45 minutes.

– After 45-mins, remove the rice from the heat, keep covered and allow the rice to steam an additional 10-mins. Then uncover and fluff with a fork.

– While rice and squash are cooking, in a food processor, blend melted coconut oil, sage and Celtic sea salt until smooth.

– To serve, mix the rice with the coconut sage butter mixture. Carefully fold in the squash. Place in a ceramic baking dish and return to oven until it’s warmed through.

Carrots Gone Tropical

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC
Natur-Tyme Marketing Coordinator

carrptsgonetropical_2I started gardening just two years ago and fell in love with fresh-picked organic carrots. Because my harvest of carrots this fall was so humungous (hundreds of carrots), I had to become inventive! I developed this recipe, which has been given two thumbs up by my three-year old. It would make a lovely holiday meal side dish! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped, peeled Fuji, Braeburn, or Cortland apple
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions:

  1. Place carrots and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil;
    reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Add pineapple, apple, cranberries, honey, lemon juice, and salt.
  3. Cook 3-4 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Combine coconut oil, flour, and cinnamon; stir into pan.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  6. Sprinkle with walnuts before serving.

 

How to Manage Winter Hair

By Yu-Lee Izyk, Licensed Cosmetologist

With the cold months of winter upon us, a lot of our clients seem to have challenging dry hair and scalp issues.  The lack of moisture in the air, extra-hot showers, and artificial heat tend to be the main causes.

To save your hair from the dry air, I recommend applying oils at night (2-3 times a week) then washing them out in the morning.  Food-grade oils like apricot kernel oil contains linoleic acid, oleic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin A. Those natural properties improve elasticity, hair growth, and moisture. You could also use jojoba for extremely dry, brittle hair. All you need to do to the oil is warm it up. I make it the same temperature as warm soup. If also applied by the roots, it can seep into the scalp and moisturize the skin at the same time it’s moisturizing the hair.

To help hair damaged from artificial heat (blow drying or heat from house/car vents), simply apply a pea size amount of coconut oil to styled hair. Coconut oil adds AND locks in moisture. Only use a small amount and apply it as if it were a styling wax. Coconut oil is great for a “piecey” look for long locks or short spikes.

Lastly, after showering, I recommend rinsing the hair with luke-warm to cool water. Most people take super hot showers in the winter time to keep warm; however, hot water opens the hair shaft and causes color loss and frizz. Rinsing with cool water closes the hair shaft leaving it smooth and shiny! tips now

Try these tips now and see the awesome look nature has to offer!

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