{Nourish} Cooking Video: Sorghum Tabbouleh with Grapes

I don’t know about you but I refuse to rush the end of summer! There’s still plenty of time to fire up the grill and enjoy outdoor dining. Whether I’m cooking for my family of three or entertaining friends, I love the idea of family-style dining and shareable dishes. That was was the inspiration for this beautiful Mediterranean Plate that features a Whole Grain Sorghum Tabbouleh made with Grapes (yum) as the centerpiece. I partnered with Simply Sorghum to re-introduce you to this versatile, naturally gluten-free grain. 

What is Sorghum?

Another great question. Sorghum is a naturally gluten-free whole grain that, like quinoa, is a good source of protein. Plus, whole grain sorghum helps keep you fuller longer and provides beneficial dietary fiber for digestive health. Toothsome in texture (think barley), sorghum has a mild, nutty flavor.

Speaking of Whole Grains, try this Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Pistachio and Mint

Healthy Benefits of Sorghum 

Sorghum grain is packed full of nutrients you need to stay healthy.

  • Protein provides the building blocks for bone, muscle, skin and enzyme development
  • Iron strengthens the immune system and oxygen-carrying capacity in the blood
  • Vitamin B6 is integral in synthesizing antibodies and enhancing nerve function
  • Niacin provides improved blood circulation
  • Magnesium aids in calcium absorption and body temperature regulation
  • Phosphorus helps form healthy bones
  • Fiber supports healthy digestion 

How to Build a Mediterranean Plate?

I like to think of this as a deconstructed Greek Salad of sorts and the nice thing is, there isn’t one way make this or a set number of ingredients you have to use. Here are some ideas and you can take it from there – make it your own! It’s a great way to clean out the fridge of veggies that you’ve been meaning to use. 

 

Proteins and Dairy: 

  • Grilled Meat, Chicken or Fish
  • Tofu or Tempeh
  • Bean Salad
  • Feta, Haloumi or Mozzarella Cheese (you can use any cheese you like though)
  • Hummus (Try this Roasted Eggplant Hummus

Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Greens like kale, spinach or even grilled romaine 
  • Fresh or roasted tomatoes and peppers, sliced cucumbers 
  • olives
  • Citrus (lemons and oranges)
  • Grilled Zucchini, Asparagus or Eggplant
  • Steamed Green Beans 

Additional Items: 

  • Naan
  • Pita
  • Pita Chips
  • Crackers 

New To Sorghum? Try one of these delicious recipes: 

Za’atar Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes, Sorghum, Apples and Kale (Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Friendly)

Sorghum Salad with Lemon and Tahini

Sorghum Tabbouleh with Grapes and Dill

Yield 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole grain sorghum  
  •  4 cups water
  •  1 cup halved green grapes
  • 2 cups diced English cucumber
  • 2/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ½ cup chopped dill
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  •  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the whole grain sorghum.
  • Bring 4 cups of water or stock to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Add 1 cup of whole grain sorghum. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Fluff the sorghum with a fork and transfer to a medium mixing bowl to cool.
  • Once the sorghum is cool, combine the grapes, cucumber, herbs, oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper. Serve

{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Double Chocolate Raspberry Quickbread

Holidays beg for baked goods like this Double Chocolate Raspberry Quickbread, which we plan to whip up for a Mother’s Day brunch with friends. Yes, this quickbread that I created in partnership with Simply Sorghum, happens to be gluten-free and dairy-free but it definitely isn’t lacking in flavor or decadence. You might even venture to say it’s pretty darn nutritious. You’ll definitely vouch for all of its deliciousness!   Continue reading “{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Double Chocolate Raspberry Quickbread”

Nourish: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Olives, Potatoes, Artichokes and Lemon

The last three months feel like a blur and I feel a bit sheepy for being MIA. That being said, I have been doing my best to keep yummy nourishing food on the table at our house and I’ve been thinking of you all while I’m at it. I continue to patiently await for Spring to actually arrive (snow again this morning, what the heck!) so I figured an early Spring recipe would possibly encourage her to show up. A tasty and simple one pot meal, this recipe for Braised Chicken Thighs with olives, potatoes, artichokes and lemon is an easy weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy.  Continue reading “Nourish: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Olives, Potatoes, Artichokes and Lemon”

{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Easy Almond Flour Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe 

Healthy muffins are a staple in my meal prep routine. Great for on-the-go breakfasts and healthy snacks, you can whip them up in a cinch with just one bowl. Plus, they are easy enough that little hands can help. I used my MIX-AND-MATCH Morning Muffin Recipe as the foundation for this variation. Made with nutrient dense almond flour, they are naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and really delicious. Just ask Hudson’s first grade class. They gobbled these up a few weeks ago! 

How To: 

To get the recipe, check out this blog post: Mix and Match Morning Muffins 

  • Add one ripe banana to the wet ingredients in the below recipe. You can even decrease the sugar a bit as the banana adds extra sweetness. 
  • I love mini chocolate chips because a few go a long way. We use 1/4 of a cup and they are perfectly chocolaty. 
  • Almond flour can be expensive, I get it! I swapped 1 cup of almond flour for 1 cup of rolled oats when I made these for Hudson’s class. They turned out great! 

What are your favorite Muffin add-ins? 

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Mix and Match Morning Muffins for Busy School or Work Days

 

 

{Nourish} Gut Health 101 + Citrus Ginger Beet and Apple Salad

Beet and Apple Salad @katiecavutordI’m all about setting positive intentions around food and my latest aim is to include more gut-healthy foods into my daily routine because the health of our gut affects our overall health in really big ways which I’ll explain. Gut health aside, this Citrus Ginger Beet and Apple Salad that is made with Farmhouse Culture’s Fermented Ginger Beets is divine. Slightly sweet and deliciously tart and tangy, this healthy recipe that I created on behalf of Farmhouse Culture, is easy to make and perfect for the season. Plus, you can save the ginger beet juice and use it to pickle perfectly pink hard-boiled eggs (instructions in the recipe notes). You’re going to love it. Continue reading “{Nourish} Gut Health 101 + Citrus Ginger Beet and Apple Salad”