Jennifer Hanway

Enliven Your Lightest, Brightest You

Jennifer Hanway is a Holistic Nutritionist, Bio Signature Modulation Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer, originally from London but now living in Newton Centre and working in Back Bay, Boston.

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Plant Based: Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash with Coconut Butter and Pumpkin Seeds

Oh my goodness - this was one of those recipes that I though would be great in theory, but it turned out way more delicious than I could have ever expected! I’m amazed I even managed to get a picture of this as it was so good I just wanted to house the whole pan in one go…

Delicata Squash is my favourite of all the Fall vegetables - its super high in insulin stabilizing and digestive boosting fibre, is a great source energy boosting and bone building iron and calcium, and contains a ton of immune supporting Vitamin C and skin loving Vitamin A.

Oh, and its delicious! Its super sweet flesh is wonderful for when you want a healthy sweet treat, and whilst I usually use it in savory dishes I’ve given it a dessert style spin for this week’s Meatfree Monday! Mixing cinnamon into the coconut oil helps to bring out the sweetness of the squash whilst helping to regulate blood sugar spikes (essential for a healthy insulin response and to minimize fat storage), and adding just a touch of Himalayan Salt gives it that addictive salty/sweet taste that had earned this dish the moniker ‘crack squash’ in my house!

Cinnamon Roasted Delicata Squash with Coconut Butter and Pumpkin Seeds

  • 1 delicata squash

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (plus 1 teaspoon for the drizzle)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the delicata squash (the skin is edible and packed full of nutrients), and slice into rings approximately 1/2 inch thick. Remove the seeds, rinse in a sieve, and pat dry. Place the squash rings in a large bowl.

Melt the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan, and stir in the cinnamon and salt. Pour this over the squash (holding just a tiny amount back) ensuring every piece is evenly covered. Place the rings on a baking tray. Take the squash seeds and cover these in the coconut and cinnamon mixture and place on the same baking tray - but do not sprinkle yet!

Roast the squash and the seeds for 20 minutes, turning once, or until they are soft and golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Place the coconut butter and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a double boiler, and melt gently. Pour this over the squash, then sprinkle with the squash seeds and pumpkin seeds. Leave to set in the refrigerator.

If you love this Fall inspired recipe then you will love my Gut Healing Pumpkin Collagen Cookies!

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Plant Based: Veggie Filled Fast Pho

I’d never even heard of Pho until moving to the US, but its quickly become one of my favourite lunch or dinner options when temperatures drop, as it is a great way of achieving my PRIME PRINCIPLE of 7-9 servings a day, but is much easier to digest and feels way more nourishing than a cold salad.

My version below is a plant based, quick and easy twist on the traditional Vietnamese dish, and takes under 15 minutes to prepare, even less is you prep the veggies and tempeh during your weekly meal prep!

I’ve used tempeh as the plant based protein, and if you haven’t eaten tempeh before it is a dish made from the fermentation of soybeans, and the result is a firm, cake like product that can be easily sliced, fried and baked.

But isn’t soy bad, I hear you cry? Yes, I advise all my clients to ditch processed, genetically engineered soy, the type used in your soy lattes (I’m cringing as I this as I drank these for years), soy ice cream and soy cheeses.

Tempeh is a non processed, fermented soy product, that comes with a whole host of health benefits: it is rich in gut healing probiotics, high in the minerals calcium and copper, rich in isoflavones (plant based compounds that can relieve menopause symptoms) is a high protein, low carb plant based protein (it can be hard keeping a plant based diet lower carb, but tempeh is a great option), that is easily digestible and utilized by the body due to the fermentation process.

In this recipe I’ve used baby bok choy and broccoli - cruciferous vegetables that contains indoles, compounds that boost healthy estrogen metabolism. I recommend that my female clients eat at least two servings a day of lightly cooked cruciferous veggies a day, and this is something I aim for in my daily diet.

Instead of carb heavy rice noodles I’ve used ‘zero’ noodles, or ‘miracle noodles’, a super low carb option made from shirataki flour from the Japanese konjac yam.

And yes, I’ve used store bought veggie stock (in this case Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth from Pacfic Foods, via Thrive Market)! Traditionally this dish is made with slow cooked, home made vegetable or meat broth, but quite simply, I didn’t have time to make any this week!

To make this meal an even quicker ‘throw and go’ option you can marinate the tofu and prepare the veggies during your weekly meal prep, then simply cook the tofu, heat the stock and the noodles, then combine in a bowl and leave the veggies to soften a little in the warm broth - so simple yet so satisfying!

Veggie Filled Fast Pho

The tempeh

  • 4oz tempeh, cubed

  • 2 tablespoons tamari

  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos

The veggies

  • 1 baby bok choy, separated into leaves

  • 1 cup chopped broccoli

  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 scallion, sliced

  • 1’ fresh ginger, thinly sliced

The stock and noodles

  • 2 cups vegetable stock

  • 1 package shirataki noodles

Mix the tamari and coconut aminos together and marinate the tempeh for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Prepare the veggies, then place in a bowl. Rinse the noodles, then place them in a pan with the stock for a few minutes. Pour this over the veggies and leaving them to soften for a few minutes before eating.

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If you liked this post you’ll love my Warm Fall Salad with Tahini Cumin Dressing!

Classic Kale Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

This week's Meatfree Monday recipe comes to us courtesy of Sakara Life's 10 Day Reset program! 

I recommend to all my clients to eat 7-9 servings of low GI fruits and veggies a day, and one way to make this more enjoyable is to whip up some delicious salad dressings that make eating veggies feel like a treat rather than a chore! 

By eating fat with our green leafies we ensure the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are bioavailable to the body, using citrus or an acid breaks down the fibres in the green making them easier to digest, and the addition of herbs aids detoxification and boosts nutrient density 

Classic Kale Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

For the salad

  • 4 cups kale leaves, de-stemmed and roughly chopped

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1/3 chickpeas

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds

  • 1/2 cup radish, thinly sliced

For the dressing

  • 1/2 shallot, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, mined

  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

  • 6 basil leaves

  • 6 mint leaves

  • 8 sprigs cilantro

  • 1/2 avocado

Place the kale leaves in a large bowl and set to one side.

Make the dressing by placing all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blending until smooth (note – this dressing is so good that I usually make twice as much and use for topping everything, or eating straight from the jar with a spoon).

Dress the kale leaves (I like to do this at least 30 minutes before serving to let the acid and fat soften the kale, making it easier to digest and the nutrients more bio available), then top with the avocado, beans, radish and sunflower seed.

If you like this recipe you’ll love my Roasted Acorn Squash with Mediterranean Quinoa!

Contact: jenny@jenniferhanway.com