Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Salad with an Orange Ginger Dressing

**First off, I’m honored to share that Dr. Frank Lipman has featured my recipe for Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza in his Gluten-Free Recipe Round-Up: Best Pinterest Recipes of 2012!! I noticed a couple of months ago that I had been getting a lot of views on my site from Pinterest thanks to a repost by Dr. Lipman. This prompted me to do some research and I instantly fell in love with Dr. Lipman’s philosophy! He takes a holistic approach to health; he stresses that health is not just the absence of disease, it’s a combination of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being. I couldn’t agree more!! Click here to check out all of the amazing recipes included in his roundup or to browse Dr. Lipman’s site and learn more about his fascinating approach to health.

Now, on to the recipe…

20130129-215154.jpg With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve become even more cheesy and sappy than usual–I didn’t think it was possible!

As I was cleaning out the kitchen drawers over the weekend, I stumbled upon heart and star-shaped cookie-cutters. The odd thing is, I don’t even remember buying them. But, the fact that I found them so close to Valentine’s Day seemed like a sign from the food gods that I needed to put them to good use. I had already planned to make my new favorite salad with roasted beets and sweet potatoes, so I opted to cut the veggies into adorable hearts!

20130129-215208.jpg I know it sounds silly, but they tasted even better this way!!

Heart-shaped veggies or not, this salad is amazingly tasty! I’ve been intentionally making extra roasted beets and sweet potatoes as well as dressing to keep in my fridge so that I can toss everything together in a flash when I want an easy and delicious salad. You can use any kind of beet (although red beets may be pretty messy and will turn the other salad ingredients hot pink, too–but there’s nothing wrong with a hot-pink salad!) I used beautiful chiogga beets in the picture above and I love the various colors that pop in this beautiful salad!


Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Salad with an Orange Ginger Dressing
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1 small sweet potato, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large or 2 small beets (I used chiogga beets in the salad pictured above), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4-6 cups (or more) of mixed salad greens
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced in half, pit removed, and sliced into thin slivers
  • a handful of pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • ¼ tsp. orange zest (plus more for decoration)
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbs. EVOO or sesame oil
  • a few drops liquid stevia (or 1 tsp. honey)
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes and beets in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the veggies out on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for approx. 30 minutes, turning the veggies halfway through. The veggies are ready when they’re cooked through (you may need to watch them closely to make sure that they’re not over-cooked). Allow the roasted veggies to cool before tossing with the other salad ingredients.
  3. Plate the salad greens and top with roasted veggies, leek, avocado, and pecans.
  4. To make the dressing, mix the orange juice, zest, ginger, oil, stevia, and sea salt in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour over the salad and top with remaining orange zest.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

*I’ve submitted this recipe to Gluten Free Fridays and Healthy Vegan Fridays

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Please correct me if I’m wrong, but chocolate just seems to make everything better. Stressed about work/school/life in general? I bet chocolate will put a smile on your face. Feeling a little down in the dumps? Perhaps some chocolate will perk you up. Wanting to celebrate with something special? Yep, you guessed it: chocolate. I’m almost completely convinced that chocolate is the solution to any problem.

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I made the most amazing smoothie the other day with the help of a wonderful, mystical, and mythical creature: the dragon fruit. This fascinating creature has bright fuchsia skin with large scales all over its body. 

OK, so this type of dragon doesn’t breathe fire, it’s not mythical, and it’s not really a creature, but rather a fruit–a beautiful fruit with wonderful super-powers!

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Welcome back for another ‘What I Ate Wednesday’!

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20130119-233511.jpg My hubby buys vegetarian lentil soup nearly every time we go to the grocery store. I was shocked the first time he brought home a big tub of the soup–my hubby, the meat-eater, enjoying a vegetarian dish?!? (I can’t tell you how much it thrills me that he loves a food we can both eat!!) Unfortunately, there is a down-side: what doesn’t thrill me about this scenario is how quickly those gigantic tubs can add up. One tub = 1, maybe 2, servings for him, and each tub costs around $8. That’s a pretty hefty price tag for something that often constitutes just a snack or only a portion of his lunch or dinner.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to recreate his favorite soup a couple of times. Both times, however, no matter how much I seasoned, the soups turned out bland and tasted merely “OK.” Despite my past failures, my hubby has continued to ask me to try again. I’ve wanted to, but my ego has kept me from agreeing with him–what if I fail yet again?? Finally, after months of badgering, I caved. Fortunately for me, the third time really is a charm :)
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