{Nourish} Chipotle Butternut Squash White Bean Dip

I’ve been making variations of this dip for years. Smoky and slightly sweet, it encapsulates all the feels of this time of year. Plus, I love the fact that this dip is packed with antioxidants thanks to the butternut squash that you might not even know is in there. Perfect for a holiday spread, a football game or soulful snacking, this Chipotle Butternut Squash Dip is definitely worth making! Continue reading “{Nourish} Chipotle Butternut Squash White Bean Dip”

{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: Vanilla Spiced Buckwheat Porridge with Strawberries

Sponsored Post: What’s better than a warm breakfast on a chilly morning? A simple, wholesome breakfast cereal that is as easy as oatmeal but much more interesting! Say hello to my new favorite breakfast, Vanilla Spiced Buckwheat Porridge with Strawberries and Pumpkin Seeds. Quick and easy enough to cook to order yet hearty enough to make-ahead, this naturally gluten-free and minimally sweetened porridge is packed with flavor and nourishment. It’s creamy, nutty and warming with a neutral foundation so you can have your way with it, adding in any flavor you fancy. Created in partnership with California Strawberries, this is a breakfast recipe the whole family will enjoy! Continue reading “{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Vanilla Spiced Buckwheat Porridge with Strawberries”

{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Za’atar Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes, Apple, Kale and Sorghum

Ah, the Instant Pot. This electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt making extraordinaire made its way into and out of my Amazon cart for over a year until I recently closed my eyes and hit purchase. Was it worth it? Make this recipe and you’ll find out. I paired seared chicken thighs with sweet potatoes, apples, kale and sorghum to create a one-pot fall feast the whole family is going to LOVE. Created in partnership with Simply Sorghum, this perfectly sweet and truly satisfying dinner recipe can be on your table in just over 30 minutes. No Instant Pot? No problem. I’ve included slow cooker instructions as well. Continue reading “{Nourish} Healthy Cooking Video: Za’atar Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes, Apple, Kale and Sorghum”

{Nourish} Egg Scramble with Kale and White Beans

My breakfast of late has been a bowlful of pre-made grains like quinoa or buckwheat that I heat with almond milk, ground flax and spices. Come the weekend though, I am craving something a bit more hearty and this Egg Scramble with Kale and White Beans has done the trick. It was inspired by a reader when I asked for recipe suggestions for the site and, it’s a keeper. Made with only a few simple ingredients you’re likely to have on hand, this quick and easy saute is naturally gluten-free and dairy free (optional), plus it boasts many familiar flavors with an option to get creative if you see fit.    Continue reading “{Nourish} Egg Scramble with Kale and White Beans”

{Nourish} Sorghum with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Sorghum Lemon Tahini Dressing Salad @KatieCavutoRD

Sorghum may be a new-to-you ingredient so I used familiar flavors to create this bright and seasonal grain salad. A whole grain that is naturally gluten-free, sorghum is nutty, hearty and delicious. Tossed with a simple dressing and flavorful spring greens, this make-ahead Sorghum Salad with Lemon and Tahini would be the perfect accompaniment to most any meal like your Mother’s Day brunch this weekend!  Continue reading “{Nourish} Sorghum with Lemon Tahini Dressing”