Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder

One of our favorite parts about the cool winter months is curling up with a bowl of hearty soup… and we just stumbled across a recipe for a GREAT one; Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder! This tasty soup has so much to offer your skin. We’ve already raved to you about the skin benefits of sweet potatoes, but now we get to tell you a bit about kale! This nutritional powerhouse has Vitamin C which helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength, Copper which boosts the synthesis of melanin (a pigment that protects your skin from the sun), and Vitamin A which promotes healthy cell growth, including the cells that make up the dermis and epidermis of your skin! We can’t wait to DIG IN!

 

sweet potato kale corn chowder

 

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes

2 shallots, diced

1 medium leek, cleaned and sliced (round)

1 bunch of curly kale, chopped

3 cups of frozen or fresh corn

3 cloves of garlic

3 cups of low sodium vegetable broth

3 cups of water (more to preference)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut oil

 

Instructions:

In large, heavy bottomed soup pan sauté diced shallots and coconut oil over medium/low heat until softened.

 

Add garlic, sweet potatoes, sea salt, pepper, cinnamon and sauté an additional minute.

 

Add vegetable broth and water, cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.  Add leeks and cook an additional two minute.

 

Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a standing blender) to rough puree the soup.

 

Add kale, corn and cook until kale is softened.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

 

Serve hot!  Enjoy!

 

Source: A House In The Hills

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Kale and Fig Salad

Oh how we love Kale!  It is low in calories, high in fiber and has zero fat.  It is high in iron, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants.  Plus it is good for cardiovascular support and it is an anti-inflammatory food… you get the idea! In a nutshell, it’s really really good for you!  And what is good for your inner beauty will always promote glowing, healthy skin!  So why not give it a try in the form of this delicious salad recipe?!

 

kale and fig salad recipe

 

Kale and Fig Salad

 

Ingredients:

Kale

1 head of kale

juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

1 tbs. raw olive oil

 

Instructions:

1. Rinse kale leaves and pat off water with dish towel or paper towel.

2. Remove stem from each leaf.

3. Cut leaves into small strips and place in a bowl.

4. Add lemon juice, salt, and olive oil to leaves and massage thoroughly with hands. (This will soften kale and reduce leaves in size.) Set aside.

 

Dressing:

1/2 avocado

3 tbs. raw olive oil

2 tbs. raw apple cider vinegar

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tbs. raw honey (or raw coconut sugar for vegans)

1. Place all ingredients in blender and mix until well combined.

2. Toss dressing with kale leaves until mix well.

 

Toppings:

6-8 dried turkish figs, stems removed

2 tbs. hemp seeds

1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped, or maple spiced pecans (optional)

pinch of black pepper

1. Chop figs into small pieces.

2. Add all ingredients to kale salad. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Source: Pure and Simple