Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Salads and Vegetables (part 4) - Goddess Dressing, Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Cajun Collard Greens

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Goddess Dressing

Turn this zesty salad dressing into a dip for veggies or a sandwich spread by reducing the amount of liquids.

YIELDS 112 CUPS

23 cup tahini

14 cup apple cider vinegar

13 cup soy sauce

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 clove garlic

34 teaspoon sugar (optional)

13 cup olive oil

Folic Acid: only present in very small amounts

Vitamin B12: NA

Protein:

Iron:

Zinc:

Calcium:

Vitamin D: NA

1. In a blender or food processor, process all the ingredients except olive oil until blended.

2. With the blender or food processor on high speed, slowly add in the olive oil, blending for a full minute to allow the oil to emulsify.

3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes before serving; dressing will thicken as it chills.

Per Tablespoon

Calories: 70 | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Protein: 1g

In Search of Tahini

Tahini is a sesame seed paste native to Middle Eastern cuisine with a thinner consistency and milder flavor than peanut butter. You’ll find a jarred or canned version in the ethnic foods aisle of large grocery stores.

 

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Brown sugar adds a sweet touch to these yummy sweet potato fries. If you like your fries with a kick, add some crushed red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper to the mix.

SERVES 3

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into fries

2 tablespoons olive oil

14 teaspoon garlic powder

12 teaspoon paprika

12 teaspoon brown sugar

12 teaspoon chili powder

14 teaspoon salt

Folic Acid:

Vitamin B12: NA

Protein:

Iron:

Zinc:

Calcium:

Vitamin D: NA

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Spread sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil, tossing gently to coat.

3. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over potatoes; coat evenly and toss as needed.

4. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, turning once. Taste, and add more salt, to taste.

Per Serving

Calories: 203 | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 270mg | Fiber: 4g | Protein: 2g

 

Cajun Collard Greens

Collard greens are a great choice to add calcium and iron to your diet. Add some zesty Cajun seasonings to make them even more appealing.

SERVES 4

1 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound collard greens, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

34 cup water or vegetable broth

1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

112 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

12 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste

14 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Folic Acid:

Vitamin B12: NA

Protein:

Iron:

Zinc:

Calcium:

Vitamin D: NA

1. In a large skillet, sauté onions, garlic, and collard greens in olive oil for 3–5 minutes, until onions are soft.

2. Add water, tomatoes, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a simmer; cover, and allow to cook for 20 minutes, or until greens are soft, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove lid, and stir in hot sauce and salt; cook, uncovered, for 1–2 minutes, to allow excess moisture to evaporate.

Per Serving

Calories: 125 | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 517mg | Fiber: 6g | Protein: 4g

 
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