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Cranberry Kale Pilaf; Superfood your Thanksgiving

I know that it has been a while since I have blogged, so sorry! But I am hoping that this will make up for my absence. here is the perfect, super healthy, delicious, rich in nutrients, high in anti-oxidants ideal addition to your thanksgiving dinner menu.This dish will help to balance out your meal, so that you can eat guilt free this Thanksgiving.

This is the pilaf of all times. I am calling it the super food pilaf; vegetarian, antioxidant-rich, high in protein and fiber and full of tasty healthy natural goodness!.

Fresh cranberries are high in a multitude of cancer-protective nutrients and are also an incredible food for lowering inflammation in our bodies. They contain a unique mix of potent antioxidant; proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, pterostilbene, and Vitamin C. Proanthocyanidins are anti-inflammatory, have been shown to be helpful in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, and help to improve immune system function. Resveratrol and pterostilbene are the amazing anti-aging compounds also found in red wine. So eat up and feel great – i happen to be a fan of that combo!

How? Here is the recipe, enjoy and happy holidays!

wild rice; use 1 1/2 cups wild rice per 3 cups water bring to boil then place on low to medium heat for about 40 minutes or until grains are soft and water is all absorbed. Let the rice cool.

2 tablespoons cold pressed organic extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
1 cup fresh organic cranberries
1 large bunch of kale. Use the leaves only if you want your dish to taste sweeter
5 to 6 cups cooked wild rice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 jalapeno (optional) and 1-2 tablespoons of agave/maple syrup or a dab of stevia (optional)

Heat a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the oil then the onions and sauté until slightly brown and softened. Then add the cranberries and kale; sauté about 5 minutes. Add the cooked wild rice, salt, and pepper; and chopped jalapeno if desire then sauté 5 to 6 more minutes. Stir in sweetener of desire. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary and voila!

 

This recipe originated here;

http://www.nourishingmeals.com/ but was doctored up slightly by me (:

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Curry craving creamy cauliflower

Satisfy your curry craving with this delicious, simple, late-summer dish. It’s easy to make, fast to prepare and your taste buds will love you and this treat! This recipe is gluten-free but filled with all sorts of goodness.Its also super high in health giving nutrients that fight inflammation, decrease cancer and promote your overall longevity.  

2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil 
1 tbs plus 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice and a dab of rind
1 tbs curry powder , I add extra turmeric and ginger a 1/4 tsp total just to get an antiinflammatory boost
1/2 tsp Kosher flake salt or seas salt
1/2 tsp smoky paprika (optional) 
1 head cauliflower, leaves and core removed, florets cut into ¼-inch slices 
fresh cilantro leaves

Preheat oven to 450° Fahrenheit. In large bowl, whisk together oil, 1 tbs lemon juice, curry powder, salt and paprika. Add cauliflower slices and toss to coat. Spread cauliflower in single layer in large baking pan lined with parchment paper (for easy clean-up). Bake until cauliflower is tender-crisp and brown, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining ½ tsp lemon juice and garnish with cilantro. Makes four servings.

Double your pleasure and the recipe’s usefulness by puréeing the leftovers the next day with low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth for a fabulous, satisfying soup (add a touch of coconut milk or yogurt or even a few slices of avocado for extra creaminess)….yum!

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Spicy roasted beets

Just when you thought I was done with beets….

After my beet greens post the other day I thought I was too! But then I thought two things

1. if you have beet greens, then you usually also have beets. So maybe I should say something about these lovely healthy root vegetables like how they are packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detox potential goodness. 

2. To top it all off I then saw this recipe in www.vegetariantimes.com and I could not resist doing post number two on beets and sharing. Besides even if you do not like beets, spicy roasted? Doesn’t that sound delish? Perhaps this recipe will tempt you to give them a try, they are in season after all…

Recipe:

2 bunches of beets, golden preferred (tops removed-but now you know what you can do with those babies right?), washed and quartered. You may also peel if you like but you would miss out on some good fiber

2 tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1 pinch of chili powder

preheat over to 400 degrees. Toss all ingredients together and spread on baking sheet, Bake for 30-40 minutes or until beets are tender. Turn them over once. Salt pepper as desired and enjoy…yum!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Mooooove over meat!

So as usual protein is in the news again! We do love our protein in this country and I find that most of my clients fall into one of two categories, protein neurotic (yes, that includes me too) and/or carbohydrate phobic (and yes, that also includes me).

We do in fact need protein to live, to build tissue, muscle, hair, nails. And yes protein does help with concentration and yes, it does help to keep us full. My only beef about this protein craze is that I feel so sorry for all of the animals who need to be sacrificed so that we can feel satiated! It is just not necessary. In fact, there are many fabulous alternatives where you can get all of your protein needs met and no animal cruelty at all!!!

here are some ideas:

Spinach: 1 cup 5 grams of protein

Broccoli; 1 cup 5 grams of protein

Quinoa:  11g Protein / Cup

Lentils:  18g  Protein / Cup

Black, Kidney, Mung,& Pinto Beans:  15g Protein / Cup

Almonds: ¼ cup – 8 grams protein

Sunflower seeds, ¼ cup – 6 grams of protein

Tempeh:  24g Protein / 4 Ounces

Spirulina:  6g Protein / 10 grams

Hemp Seeds/Flax seeds: 10-16g Protein / 3 tbsp

So mooooove over meat and say hello to live sources, healthy plant-based sources of protein that are cruelty free, environmentally friendly and yummy. And to top it all off these other sources of plant-based protein also contain many other vitamins and minerals essential for healthy living as well. So you get your protein fix and way more! Just as the doctor ordered….

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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