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Ask the Chef: Thanksgiving

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Nov 25, 2013 4:42:18 AM

Q: How can I make superfoods a part of my Thanksgiving meal?

A: Most people utilize very familiar recipes around Thanksgiving: in some cases, ones that have been passed down from generation to generation! While there is certainly beauty in customs, there's always room to make new traditions too.

As we share thanks around the table, it goes without saying that eating good-for-you foods is one of the best ways to give the greatest gift of all: health!  At the same time, no one wants to start a food fight against mom's famous mashed potatoes. So, to make superfoods more family-friendly, try featuring superfoods as a “gourmet†additions to your festive favorites. Or, make an extra-healthy dish that's simply another option on the table - chances are, it will be a deliciously welcome addition. We've rounded up some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes here at Navitas, each of which feature one or more superfoods. Whether you make your entire Thanksgiving spread superfood-infused, or just offer a single special dish, you're guaranteed to enhance the celebration.

7 Thanksgiving Superfood Dishes to Try:

Mizuna Salad with Fennel & Mulberry
Mizuna is a Japanese green leafy vegetable, which tastes like a refreshing, mild form of arugula. (If unavailable, arugula will make a fine substitute.) Mulberries offer a sweet flavor, as well as the anti-aging antioxidant Resveratrol.

Spiced Kabocha Soup
Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you: it's rich and flavorful thanks to the inherently sweet and creamy roasted kabocha squash, which is enhanced by the subtle sweet and salty flavor of coconut water powder, and just a couple spices. A simple, beautiful, natural soup that's full of electrolytes!

Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage-Toasted Hemp Seeds & Persimmon
A beautiful plant-based entrée or side, that features mineral-rich hemp seeds! An extra generous amount of squash means this rich and comforting entree is actually higher in vegetables than rice. If you have a rice cooker with a risotto setting, put it to use it for hands-free cooking.

Superfood Stuffing
Whether used as a side dish or as a true “stuffing†for cooked vegetables and squash, this superfood-rich recipe is very adaptable! Use your favorite seeds and dried fruits - we love hemp seeds and goji berries -- add whatever savory spices suit your fancy, or follow the recipe as-is below for a crowd-pleasing combination.

Incan Pilaf
Quinoa, corn and chia seeds join forces for energizing satiation in this comforting, protein-rich side dish.

Pumpkin Lucuma Pie
A satisfyingly rich yet surprisingly light, this dessert is very low in sugar thanks the addition of sweet lucuma powder.

Chia Cranberry Sauce with Gojis
Perhaps the easiest cranberry sauce ever: you don't need to touch the stove for this recipe, which relies on chia seeds, dried goji berries, and just a little time in the refrigerator to help it set. Make it the day before to maximize flavor (and lessen the task list right before mealtime).

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