It’s All Good

Friday / Apr 04 / 2014

Its All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow, cookbook, actress, author, healthy, gluten-free, detox
Fig Its All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth. Whether you love her or hate her, think  the concept of “Conscious Uncoupling” is ridiculous or revolutionary, or feel she’s more food-adverse than “foodie”, please try her latest cookbook. I cannot guarantee that her dishes will “make you look good and feel great” as she claims, but I agree that her recipes are delicious and easy. Recently I had a few friends over and made her Frankies-esque Beet Salad (with a couple alterations), Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle and Coriander, Stir-fried Brown Rice with Nori and Black Sesame, and Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger. And since the wild sea bass at Whole Food’s looked too good to pass up, I also simply sautéed that with lemon juice and spices. 

Recipes below. Enjoy!

Making Gwyneth Paltrow's Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle and Coriander, It's All Good, Elimination Diet, Vegan
Fig Making Gwyneth Paltrow’s Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle and Coriander

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle and Coriander (Serves 4-6)

2 tablespoons coconut oil (the recipe originally called for extra virgin olive oil, but coconut oil is better for you and does better with high heat)
1 large red onion, finely diced (don’t worry about dicing it too finely…it will get pureed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 sprigs of cilantro (leaves reserved for garnish; the recipe called for tying the stems together with kitchen string but I just let them join the soup)
2/3 teaspoon cumin
coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon (or 3 pieces) chipotle in adobo (the recipe calls for 1 1/2 teaspoons, but I like spicy foods)
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
6 cups vegetable broth

Heat the coconut oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, cilantro sprigs, cumin, and a heavy pinch of salt and cook, stirring now and then, until softened but not browned, 10 minutes. Add the chipotle and the sweet potatoes and stir to combine. Add the vegetable stock to the pot and turn up the heat. Once the soup comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until the sweet potatoes are very soft, about 30 minutes. Carefully puree the soup in a powerful blender. Garnish each bowl with a few of the reserved cilantro leaves.

Adding avocado to the Gwyneth Paltrow-esque Frankies-esque Beet Salad, It's All Good, elimination diet, vegan, salad
Fig Adding avocado to the Gwyneth Paltrow-esque Frankies-esque Beet Salad

Gwyneth Paltrow-esque Frankies-esque Beet Salad (Serves 4-6)

1 tablespoons Dijon mustard (the original recipe called for 2 tablespoons but I like my salads lightly dressed)
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (the original recipe called for 3 tablespoons)
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (the original recipe called for 2/3 cup)
coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 pound steamed or roasted beets, peeled and roughly diced
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced (the original recipe called for 1 avocado)
3 scallions, thinly sliced
3 cups mixed greens (the original recipe didn’t call for this, but I had some greens that needed to be used)

Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and olive oil in  a large bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the beets, avocado, scallions and greens to the dressing and gently stir to combine. Transfer to a serving platter.

Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger and Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Nori and Black Sesame, Gwyneth Paltrow, It's All Good, cookbook, elimination diet, vegan, vegetables, sides
Fig Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger and Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Nori and Black Sesame

Stir-fried Brown Rice with Nori and Black Sesame

1 tablespoon coconut oil (the original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of extra virgin oil but I prefer coconut oil for reasons stated above)
2 cups day-old cooked brown rice
coarse sea salt
2 sheets toasted nori seaweed
1 teaspoon Tamari-style (or gluten-free) soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Heat the coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet set over high heat. Add the rice, along with a big pinch of salt, and cook, stirring, until warmed through and just barely beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Using scissors, shred the nori finely and add it along with the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and serve immediately.

Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger, Stir-Fried Rice with Nori and Black Sesame, and Louise's Simple Wild Sea Bass (clockwise from top), Gwyneth Paltrow, It's All Good, elimination diet, healthy
Fig Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger, Stir-Fried Rice with Nori and Black Sesame, and Louise’s Simple Wild Sea Bass (clockwise from top)

Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger

1 tablespoon coconut oil (the original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil)
2 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic (I couldn’t get mine to mince finely; do the best you can!)
4 large carrots, diced (the original recipe called for matchsticks; choose whichever technique is easiest)
coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon Tamari-style (or gluten-free) soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted black sesame seeds

Heat the coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet set over high heat. Add the ginger and cook, stirring it into the oil, until it becomes fragrant, just 30 seconds or so. Add the carrots and stir to combine them with the gingery oil. Add a big pinch of salt and 1/4 cup of water and turn the heat down to medium-high. Cook until the carrots just begin to soften and the water evaporates, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce and sesame seeds and serve.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle and Coriander, It's All Good, elimination diet, vegan
Fig Gwyneth Paltrow’s Spicy Sweet Potato Soup with Chipotle and Coriander
Ready to eat from It's All Good (Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger, Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Nori and Black Sesame, Louise's Simple Wild Sea Bass, and Gwyneth Paltrow-esque Frankies-esque Beet Salad (clockwise from top right), Gwyneth Paltrow, healthy meal
Fig Ready to eat from It’s All Good (Carrots with Black Sesame and Ginger, Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Nori and Black Sesame, Louise’s Simple Wild Sea Bass, and Gwyneth Paltrow-esque Frankies-esque Beet Salad (clockwise from top right)
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