What’s sweet, spicy, and finger-licking good? Chutney! Unfortunately, most commercially available chutney’s are loaded with added sugar, as was every recipe I could find online. This simply didn’t make sense to me — with so much fruit there shouldn’t be a need for additional sugar. Turns out I was right, this pineapple chutney has no added sugar and it’s dang close to perfect.
I’m a minimalist, but in the scope of my life, that’s a relatively new development. I’ve always had a less is more mindset, but it wasn’t until the fall of 2014 that I deliberately began minimizing — clearing physical and mental space for the priorities that I’d rededicated myself to: positive relationships, vibrant health, and continual growth. After several months of decluttering, I decided to play The Minimalist’s 30-Day Minimalism Game. The game was fun and it forced me to critically evaluate what material possessions Ella and I had, and what we truly needed.
Over the years I’ve been asked countless times how to reduce carbohydrate or sugar cravings. The simple answer is: Eat. Fewer. Carbs.
I’m not being flip or dismissive, but eating fewer carbs the only way to drastically reduce or eliminate sugar cravings. Of course there are other issues that can effect cravings for sweets, but changing the composition of your diet is the central action required.
Yea, you read that right, breakfast nachos. They’re a thing in our house. Unlike traditional nachos, the base for this healthy version are sweet potato “chips” and the cheese is optional. I toss the sweet potato chips into a bowl with a bunch of cilantro pistachio pesto, and top them with caramelized onions, kale, black beans, a fried or over easy egg or two, some melty cheese, avocado mousse, cilantro, and hot sauce — obviously.
Have you ever wondered how restaurants prepare elaborate meals so quickly? It’s because to one degree or another they all implement a technique called batch cooking and the concept translates well to home cooking, saving you time and effort. Batch cooking is preparing a quantity of food ahead of the time you intend to use it — perhaps on a Sunday afternoon for the coming week. You can batch cook entire meals, meal components, and snacks.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes are one of my dietary staples. Although I refer to them as sweet potatoes, they’re technically yams — I’ll continue calling them sweet potatoes because that’s how they’re labeled in nearly every U.S. grocery store. Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and a host of micronutrients including vitamins A, C, and B6, and minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and copper. While I love the garnet and jewel varieties, I am currently obsessed with purple sweet potatoes, also called Okinawan Sweet Potatoes, because of their bright purple flesh and sky-high anthocyanin content.
Minimal Wellness is six months old! Over the past half-year I’ve published 34 original recipes and 27 blog posts, provided nutrition coaching to some awesome folks, and the site has been visited nearly 200,000 times. Thank you for being part of Minimal Wellness, I appreciate each and every person who comes to the site, makes the recipes, connects with the words, and utilizes the services — my gratitude for being able to cultivate and share my passion with all of you cannot be measured or adequately expressed.
This recipe is part of my batch cooking recipe series. I utilize this savory blend of onions, kale, and, black beans to add protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates to a number of meals. It is excellent paired with eggs, stirred into quinoa or rice, put into a quesadilla, or used as a topper for healthier nachos.
Minimal Wellness is not a food blog. Yes, I post recipes and relevant photos, but the purpose of this site is not to publish as many drool-inducing recipes as I can create. In fact, it’s the opposite.
I was first introduced to Ethiopian cuisine in Madison, WI while in college. At the time I was a vegetarian and Ethiopian food is very plant-centric, which meant I had lots of options to try and I took full advantage. Many Ethiopian dishes are served with injera, a flatbread made from fermented teff flour batter. Teff is a tiny ancient grain with an amazing nutritional profile. It’s high in protein, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper and it’s also gluten-free. For those looking to increase the mineral-density of their diet, especially vegans and vegetarians who may struggle to consume enough iron, teff is an excellent choice. The fermentation process used in injera also makes the nutrients and protein more bio-available, helping to ensure optimal absorption.