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Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry

Hi everyone! Today I will be sharing a great soup/curry recipe: Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry. This is great on these upcoming winter nights. Very nourishing with all of the lentils and perfect for leftovers. You can add as much flavor as you want to this fiber rich dish. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 large sweet onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 1/2 cups veg stock
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup red lentils, washed thoroughly

Directions:

  1. Add butter to a sauce pot and turn to medium heat. When butter is melted, add chopped onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add garlic and curry powder, turmeric, and cumin. Sauté another minute, stirring.FullSizeRender-15.jpg
  3. Add the veg stock, cubed sweet potatoes, and lentils.FullSizeRender-13.jpg
  4. Stir everything together and turn heat to a simmer.
  5. Simmer stew for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the sweet potatoes are fork-tender.FullSizeRender-14.jpg
  6. If thickness desired- add about half a cup of the curry into a food process to make a puree. Then add back to the pot and stir.FullSizeRender.jpg
  7. Heat for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-22.jpgFullSizeRender-16.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 5 people.
  • Add curry powder and salt to taste.
  • You can use chicken stock or any other stock you prefer.
  • Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like. It’s your soup!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Crazy Richards Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter allows you to get a healthy source of peanuts but at the same time, still satisfy that creamy peanut butter craving!

Why Peanut Powder? Peanuts, no matter their form, offer a variety of health benefits including being a great source of energy, rich in vitamins like niacin and vitamin E, protein, fiber and manganese. Due to their higher energy content, you need less to feel full and satisfied.FullSizeRender-9.jpg

One form of peanuts, peanut powder, is made by pressing the peanuts to remove naturally occurring oils. The result is a powder containing a higher protein to fat ratio (6g protein to 1.5g   fat) as well as fiber and other nutrients that make peanuts so nutritious. It’s important to choose peanut powders without the fillers, such as added sugars or flavors to ensure you are consuming a quality product. Unlike many other popular brands of peanut powders, Crazy Richard’s keeps it simple by using only 1 ingredient—peanuts!

Press about 90% of the oil out of their single ingredient creamy peanut butter and what do you get? Pure PB; a super versatile pure peanut powder that lets you add the flavor and protein from the peanut to anything from baking to shakes. Now in a portable single serve for on the go.FullSizeRender-18.jpg

Check out the links below to get your Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter.

https://www.crazyrichards.com

https://www.instagram.com/crazyrichardspb/

https://www.facebook.com/crazyrichards/

 

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-Mitz

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Jade Leaf Matcha Muffins with Spruts Nuts

Happy Wednesday all! I’m already hating this cold weather and it just started…a day ago. With cold weather comes comfort and warm foods. Especially with the holidays on their way, it’s important to still indulge but in a smart way. These Matcha Muffins are made with Jade Leaf Matcha and topped with Spruts Nuts. With a dash of cinnamon, it surely incorporates that warm holiday feeling, perfect for these cold days to come. Learn more about Jade Leaf Matcha and Spruts Nuts and check out where to buy them below. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • Spruts Nuts
  • Jade Leaf Matcha Powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 12 muffin cups.
  2. Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, Jade Leaf matcha, a dash of cinnamon, and sugar together in a mixing bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk together the egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, and milk in another bowl.
  4. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.
  5. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups.
  6. Top with Spruts Nuts.FullSizeRender-1.jpg
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Plate and serve!IMG_2973.JPG

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • Makes 12 matcha muffins.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

Jade Leaf Premium Culinary Grade matcha is sourced from a blend of first and second harvest tea leaves. Its flavor profile is closer to a Ceremonial Grade. This grade is the favorite among restaurant chefs and cafes for blending and cooking, and is especially recommend it for recipes where the matcha flavor is more at the forefront, like in lattes.IMG_2971.JPGFullSizeRender-3.jpg

  • 100% USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, All Natural, Nothing Added (naturally gluten free and vegan)
  • Authentic Japanese Matcha – sourced directly from their partner farm in Uji, Japan, providing much better quality.
  • Create Amazing Matcha Recipes – Jade Leaf premium culinary grade matcha is preferred by restaurant chefs and cafes for blending into smoothies, lattes, baked goods, and other dishes
  • Healthy Superfood – matcha is rich in antioxidants, helps boost metabolism, great source of natural energy and mental clarity

https://www.jadeleafmatcha.com

https://www.facebook.com/jadeleafmatcha

https://www.instagram.com/jadeleafmatcha/

Spruts Nuts 

Spruts are the better almond! Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors so your body can focus on more important things – like fighting germs or flushing out toxins. Mimicking the germination process unlocks high concentrations in essential vitamins and minerals. The result is a clean, delicious and nutritionally dense snack.FullSizeRender-4.jpgFullSizeRender-5.jpg

Almonds enjoy praise from doctors, nutritionists and brainiacs alike.
They agree that eating almonds regularly can:

  • Promote heart health and reduce your risk of heart attack
  • Lower “bad” cholesterol
  • Help promote weight loss
  • Alkalize the body
  • Help maintain stable blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Produce sustainable energy
  • Easily digestible
  • Nutritiously dense
  • All Natural
  • No Preservatives
  • Diary-Free
  • Gluten-Free
  • Vegan
  • Protein Packed
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Cleanse Approved
  • Delectable

http://www.sprutsnuts.com

https://www.facebook.com/sproutednut

https://www.instagram.com/sprutsnuts/

 

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Nature’s Bakery Organic Snacks

At the start of the natural foods movement in the 1960’s, Richard Marson decided to open a bakery that championed all natural ingredients—a new concept back in the day. With a marvelous entrepreneurial spirit and passion in his baking, Richard created a successful family bakery.

Dave Marson, Richard’s son, shared his father’s zeal and chose to make the family bakery his life’s work as well. He spent several decades honing his skills as a baker before acting on an idea he had been exploring for years.

In 2010, Dave partnered with his son Sam to create Nature’s Bakery with mission of making delicious convenient on-the-go snacks and foods that complement health conscious living and everyday active lifestyles.FullSizeRender-12.jpg

Nature’s Bakery was founded in 2010 by father and son bakers, Dave and Sam Marson. Their idea was to make delicious quality products that were simple, convenient, and fun to eat that people could enjoy and feel good about. Today at Nature’s Bakery, they’re baking it up it up a notch by reimagining good into great with our assortment on-the-go baked snacks crafted with thoughtful ingredients. Nature’s Bakery products include Stone Ground Whole Wheat Fig Bars, Gluten Free Fig Bars and a line of Organic Snack Bars including Organic Chocolate Brownies and Honey & Oat Soft Baked Bars. Nature’s Bakery products are Kosher, Non-GMO verified, dairy-free, soy-free and made with NO high fructose corn syrup.

Check out the links below to order your Nature’s Bakery Organic Snacks!

https://naturesbakery.com

https://www.facebook.com/naturesbakery

https://www.instagram.com/naturesbakery/

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Markham Street Cafe

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend. Last week, I had the pleasure of reviewing a new restaurant, Markham Street Cafe, that opened up in my neck of the woods. Markham Street Cafe is still in their soft opening stage, but is planning on having their grand opening. This beautiful restaurant/cafe is more than what I can try to describe. Cozy, absolutely amazing decor, ambiance. Markham Street Cafe is going for the California cafe vibe, and with their succulents and decor, I can say they nailed it! The best part is that the owners (including the chef), and staff are so polite and friendly. Oh, forgot to mention that the food is nothing less than their service: impeccable! I was able to try a few items from their menu, which isn’t set in stone due to the soft opening. However, a more concrete menu, a full bar, live music, decor from local artists, and much more are in the works post grand opening. Check out their amazing food below and what I thought about each one! Plus, some views of their decor.

Paragon Salad, minus the beef: Thai beef (not included), red and green cabbage, fresh greens, spicy cashews, cucumber, sliced radish, onion, spicy Thai vinaigrette.

OMG, I thought this salad was amazing. I am not a fond of salads as they tend to be dry, bland, and just not exciting. However, this salad was full of flavor and the thai vinaigrette was just wow. 5/5 for me.

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Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Applwood Smoked Bacon: Cavatappi pasta, gouda, gruyere, parmesan with crispy applewood smoked bacon, and fried shallot.

Ok, this dish may be biased because I can kill for mac and cheese or any dish that is loaded with cheese. Mac and Cheese is my go to comfort food and this did not dissapoint. 5/5 for me. Would give it 10/5 if I could.

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Creamy Tomato Bisque:  Roasted tomato-extra virgin olive oil-cream.

This tomato bisque was definitely creamy. The flavor was on point! Of course, the name of the dish stated it’s creamy, so I would give it a 4/5 just because it was a little too creamy for me (I like not too bisque-y bisques), however if that’s how you roll, then its a 5/5 for you. Definitely a 5/5 for presentation!

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Cubano Sandwich: Mojo pork, pickled cucumber, provolone, smokey bacon, mustard dressing.

What a filling sandwich! Served with a pickle and fries, it surely does hit the spot. The Cubano is not dripping with sauce; a little more would’ve been nice. However, it has so much flavor and bread is toasted the right amount. The pork was succulent. 4/5.

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Overall, the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend stopping by and having a bite to eat. Check out their pages below as well as their decor!

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https://www.instagram.com/markhamstreetcafe

https://www.facebook.com/TheMarkham/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/markham-street-cafe-annandale-2

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz