Natural Gourmet Institute Review + GIVEAWAY!! ($150-200 VALUE) (Closed) – CURRIED SPICED SWEET POTATO RECIPE
HELLO & HAPPY FRIDAY!!
As a future RD, I love to develop my culinary skills in whatever way I can, with any chance that I get! Whether it be expanding my palate, testing a new recipe or cooking method, the best way to build a strong foundation and love for food is..
TAKING COOKING CLASSES!!
HERE’S A FIRST HAND LOOK AT MY FIRST WORKSHOP AT THE NATURAL GOURMET INSTITUTE
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D, founded the Natural Gourmet in 1977. She has been called a “maverick nutritional theorist”, and is an internationally recognized health educator, author, consultant and speaker, specializing in food and its effects on health. She is the author of Food and Healing, which has been translated into six languages, The Natural Gourmet(both from Ballentine Books) and her latest book, The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones (New Harbinger Publications, 2009).
Dr Colbin wrote a regular column for New York Spirit magazine for many years, has lectured widely, and did personal nutritional counseling for individuals and families. She has won awards for her teaching, writing, educational work and business activities. Her personal website is www.foodandhealing.com.
The Natural Gourmet Institute was founded on the principle that what we eat significantly affects our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Each individual reacts differently to food and will thrive on a diet unique to them. Consequently, there is no one perfect food or dietary regimen that works for everyone.
With these principles in mind, The Natural Gourmet has created a framework for healthy food selection based on specific criteria for high quality ingredients, concepts of eastern/western nutrition and a variety of dietary paradigms. To accomplish this goal, we look to the whole food traditions of our healthy ancestors as well as to modern scientific studies. Our approach empowers people to tailor their eating style to support their individual health needs.
The following foods are used in our classes:
fruits and vegetables*
organic whole grains
organic soy foods
organic sea vegetables
organic natural sweeteners
nuts and seeds*
THE NATURAL GOURMET INSTITUTE
I LOVED everything about this school and felt truly comfortable as if I was being invited into someones home..
They offer tons of boutique natural products, TONS of books on everything from manifesting health and wellness to cookbooks on how to make vegan truffles and doughnuts from famous chefs.
Whether you’re looking to check out a class or find some great reads, I highly recommend stopping by!!
THESE WERE TWO BOOKS THAT I WAS DYING TO PICK UP!!
A Cooking Class for People with Cancer
Demonstration and Lecture
If you or someone you know is living with cancer or a compromised immune system and needs some creative solutions to keep nutritional levels up while dealing with fatigue, pain, weight loss, nausea or gastrointestinal upset, then join Laura Pole, health-supportive chef, oncology nurse, and amazing person in this wonderfully upbeat, information-packed class and learn how to prepare health-promoting, nutrient-dense, delicious food-as-medicine to relieve or prevent symptoms.
The recipes and focus of this class include high-quality whole foods that enhance healthy immune response, possess anti-cancer and antioxidant properties, replenish healthy microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract, help reduce inflammation and joint pain, aid digestion and replace minerals. Some time will be devoted to translating a dietary prescription into “real” healing food, menu planning, taking a virtual shopping tour and helpful tips about stocking your pantry.
(PICTURED RIGHT IS ONE OF THE SLIDES FROM THE LECTURE, CAN YOU TELL WHICH CHICKEN LIVER IS HEALTHY AND WHICH ONE WAS FED ALL SORTS UNNATURAL GMO FOOD?)
There will be tastings throughout the day and a meal served mid-afternoon. Whey Good Fruit Smoothies or Fresh Almond Milk Fruit Smoothies • Wholly Guacamole with Corn Chips • Kuzu-Apple Juice Tonic • Baked Marinated Organic Chicken with Tangy Orange Sauce • Quinoa-Shiitake-Edamame Pilaf • Sautéed Angel Hair Collards in Garlic and Olive Oil • Curried Spice-Baked Sweet Potatoes • Apple-Pear-Blueberry Crisp with Optional Yogurt Cream • Ginger Tea. (Optional organic chicken and optional dairy; gluten-free.)
The beginning of class..
There were so many great recipes we worked with, but below were my FAVES!!
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, washed and pierced in the center with a fork
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated,
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- 2. Place sweet potatoes on a low sided roasting pan and bake for 30-45 minutes or until soft (to quicken cooking time, cut potatoes in half, lengthwise and place face down on roasting pan, and add about 1/2 water to roasting pan)
- 3. Remove potatoes from the oven and allow to cool
- 4. Slice in half, lengthwise and scoop out center flesh, leaving a 1/4 inch rim of sweet potato attached to the skin (this will help hold skin together)
- 5. Place flesh in bowl and mix the remaining ingredients. Stir until smooth and creamy.
- 6. Refill potato skins with mixture, place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F, until heated through and slightly golden on top
- 7. Serve hot
- Could also use cumin, cardamom, all spice, cloves, coriander in addition to the curry powder
This guacamole was amazing just like any fresh guacamole, but had peas incorporate into the mix!!
By adding peas to the recipe you increase the protein intake!
Why is guacamole a great choice?
Healthy fats – you absorb nutrients with the addition of fat
Acocados can kill cancer sells (apoptosis) and even suppress blood supply to a tumor
Cilantro can kill H pylori bacteria (causes stomach ulcers)
We learned about the Brazilian collard greens! They had a more richer flavor and were perfect angle hair style and can also be used for wraps!!
This had tons of flavor and was super filling!!
- 3/4 pound Granny Smith apples
- 3/4 pound D'Anjou pears
- 8 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of cardamom
- 1/2 cup apple juice or apple code mixed with 1 tbsp arrowroot
We made homemade whey and created a fruit smoothie. I don’t consume dairy, but was open to sample so I could share with you! The flavor was tart like that of Kefir or perhaps greek yogurt. Why has multiple health benefits that are wonderful for cancer patients. Why is said to give blood sugar control, has immune qualities, assists with lipidemia, and is great for muscle building.
This recipe was one of the neatest by far..
Kudzu is a plant that grows freely in Georgia, but did you know that you can use it to cook with as a thickener?!
For those who are suffering with dysphagia (not being able to swallow), being able to whip up something with a soothing soft texture that packs lots of flavor is a must!!
If you would like to get this recipes as well just shoot me an email at Eatdrinkshrink2012@gmail.com