Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie & Salad


add ice
taste like a pina colda

recipe from Hippocrates newsletter

2 heads of raw broccoli~cut into florets
set aside

blend the following ingredients in vita-mix then pour over broccoli
1/4 c. raw tahini
2-3T. paprika (avoid on an anti inflammatory diet)
2T dried onion flakes
Bragg's liquid amino's to taste
water to thin

sprinkle with
handful of dehydrated nut crumbs~I used raw unhulled sesame seeds ground up in coffee grinder

My son and I ate the whole batch!!

broccoli is anti nflammatory and tahini contains copper which is known to reduce pain and swelling for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have been trying to focus my diet on an high anti inflammatory intake since I broke my wrist two weeks ago.

Remember nightshades should be avoided ~these promote inflammation!Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are classified as nightshade foods.

tomatoes are a nightshade therefore they are inflammatory!!
opps! I love this dish!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Checking out~broken wrist

Last week while roller skating with my daughter, I fell and broke my wrist...therefore,
I will not be posting for awhile....one handed typing takes too much time....
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Coconut Oil

 I was asked by someone about coconut oil.........This is the best tasting coconut oil I have ever had!  Amazon has this on subscribe and save...2-15 oz. jars for $11.51.  I love subscribe & save.
If you buy direct from  Nutiva  it cost $11.99 for ONE-15 oz jar
click here for some benefits of coconut oil

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Healing Cancer, Green Juice & Steamed Veggies

This weekend I watched, "Healing Cancer from the Inside Out"~Mike Anderson.  It was so informative and educational  that I had my teenage daughter watch it.
I highly recommend this film.

Here is the info about the DVD from Amazon~

The DVD is divided into two parts.

Part 1, Curing Cancer, deals with the failings of conventional cancer treatments and shows how conventional medicine wildly - and deceptively - exaggerates the benefits of treatments, while minimizing the risks. It will provide you with the information you need to accurately assess the risks and benefits of any treatment and speak intelligently to your doctor about such treatments. There is also a section on the 'Cancer Industry' which explains the history behind cancer treatments, the suppression of alternative treatments and why chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the only treatments available to mainstream medicine.

Part 2, Healing Cancer, shows how cancer can be successfully healed with dietary treatments and natural supplementation. It explains common misconceptions about cancer, shows how diets designed to fight cancer are more successful than conventional treatments, discusses startling cancer research findings with T. Colin Campbell (The China Study) and has interviews with people who have reversed cancers using diet. It also discusses supplementation and why attitude is important in reversing not only cancer, but any disease.

After watching it twice...I had to make some green juice....this time I used my Green Power Juicer.  My husband got this for me a couple years ago for Christmas.  It is a twin gear juicer and maintains the integrity of the juice.  I was juicing so many greens and wasn't going to drink a whole gallon in one day, therefore I wanted to juice using a method that would preserve them longer. This juicer is also ideal for juicing leafy greens.
I was sooo impressed with the amount of pulp that was left...one small bucket (Green Power)...compared to 2 large buckets (from my J. LaLanne) that are almost twice the size of the Green Power Juicer bucket.  I got so much more juice then when I use my Jack LaLanne. Green Power really squeezed out the juice!!
Take heed~don't sit your juicers on your flat stovetops....I had my Green Power and Champion  Juicer stored on mine, right after receiving the Green Power...and somehow the knobs on the stove got bumped and melted a place on the bottom of my Green Power.. fortunately, the Champion bottom is all metal.  No damage done...the burner was on it's lowest setting....it could have been much worse.

My Juice today~
beet greens
dandelion~not pictured because I had already run them thru the juicer
collard greens~not pictured because I had already run them thru the juicer
granny smith apples\

This juice was intense...GREEN....and lots of ginger!  It made abaout 1 gallon. 

This is some steamed veggies I made for my vegan son~
bok choy
lima beans

Benefits of Bok Choy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Black Turtle Bean Sprouts!!

Have you ever sprouted black turtle beans?  I tried this once before and it was a bad experience.  Even though I soak my beans before cooking I have not tried to sprout the black beans since the time I made my son sick.  :(  
 Sunday afternoon  I placed my black beans in a pot of filtered water to soak for soup making. Well I did not get to them, so I stuck them in my sunroom..which is not heated and it stays pretty cold...so I knew they would be fine.  Today (Tuesday) around four o'clock I remembered they were out there...opps!
what did I find....little sprouts...and they still smelled fine....rinse, drain, rinse, drain and ready for soup making!
As you can see I did not follow the directions below.

Here is some info I found on Sprout People

Although they should be cooked, even when sprouted,
Black Beans are a nutritious addition to many recipes.
Seed to Sprout in 2-4 Days
Yield = 2:1
eed Shelf Life at 70° = 5 years
Sprout Shelf Life = 2-4 weeks
Nutritional info:
Vitamins A, B, C and E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Amino Acids
Protein: 20-25%

Sprouting Instructions

Yields approximately 1 Cup (1/2 lb.) of Sprouts

Put 1/2 Cup of seed* into a bowl or your Sprouter.

Add 2-3 times as much cool (60-70°) water.

Mix seeds up to assure even water contact for all.

Allow seeds to Soak for 8-12 hours.

Empty the seeds into your sprouter if necessary.
Drain off the soak water.
Rinse thoroughly with cool (60-70°) water.
Drain thoroughly.
Set anywhere out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (70° is optimal) between Rinses.
Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.

And, once more...
Rinse and Drain again in 8-12 hours.
And, perhaps once more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.
And, possibly even once more...
Rinse and Drain in 8-12 hours.
We usually stop here. We like our sprouts small.

Depending on your climate and the time of year you are sprouting and most importantly your personal preference - You may Rinse and Drain again at 8-12 hour intervals for up to 6 days. However - we prefer to sprout only to the point where most of the seeds have sprouted tiny (1/4 inch) roots, which is typically after just 3-5 Rinse and Drain cycles.

Note: Black Beans are rarely prolific sprouters. They are intended as soup beans by farmers and seed brokers, and though we look for the best sprouters, always testing several lots every crop year, we are willing to accept as low a germination rate as 50% when it comes to Black Beans (and Pintos). As long as they have no hard seed they will cook just fine.

So, do not grow beyond the point where the beans that are sprouted have 1/4 - 1/2 inch tails - those that are not sprouted will either never sprout or will take too long. If you keep growing you will over-grow the sprouted beans which will be an unpleasant experience. Trust us, we know.

Your sprouts are done 8-12 hours after your final rinse. Be sure to Drain them as thoroughly as possible after that final rinse.

The goal during the final 8-12 hours is to minimize the surface moisture of your sprouts - they will store best in your refrigerator if they are dry to the touch.
Transfer your sprout crop to a plastic bag or the sealed container of your choice - glass is good too - and put them in your refrigerator.

* If using Single Harvest Pack use the whole bagRemember that the yield will be approximately 2:1, so in theory you can start with as much as 1/2 as much dry seed as your Sprouter has capacity (though we advise 1/3 so that you have some room to move).
Printable Sprouting Instructions

Here is another great article about sprouting at Living and Raw Foods
Here is a video on Why and How to sprout nuts and seeds.
 Read this article at Juicing Book.com for the why we sprout Beans and charts

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kitchen Duty! Juicing & Salads and Final CSA Share

After watching, "The Gerson Miracle",  it was time to hit the kitchen!  I haven't juiced for a while.  I seem to go through a period of non juicing every few months.  Last week my son did the juicing, which was a real treat!
First on the menu was carrot/celery/apple/ginger juice
ingredients....pls. note I did not use all of the celery shown
just a couple of large handfuls


I save my kombucha bottles to store my juice
This was the yield plus 18 oz

Next on the menu was Beet Salad

Next I made "Marinated Boy Choy"
By Matt Samuelson
~ recipe from ,"The Complete Book of Raw Food"

For the salad:
4 heads of baby bok choy or 1 large bok choy-chopped into 1/2" strips
1 large carrot, shaved into strips  (I left this out)
For the marinade:
1 small lemon, juiced
1 small lime juiced
(instead of the lemon & lime, I used 3 T. lemon juice)
4-5 dates pitted
3 T. ginger
1/2 c. olive oil
3 T. nama shoyu ( I used Bragg's Liquid Amino's)

Blend all marinade ingreds. together well.  Combine 1/2 the marinade  and carrots and mix well. Add more marinade as desired (I mixed all of mine in)

This is the second time I have made this salad and I like it better than I did the first time!

I love this Living Foods recipe book!  This edition has 375 recipes!  If  I could only get one raw food recipe book, I would get this one.

The final dish I made was a Raw Salsa

Variety of tomatoes
green and red bell peppers
red onion
Himalayan salt
lemon juice
Pictured below was a previous batch ~I put tons of cilantro and peppers this time

After all that hard work I sat down and indulged!  I added some sliced radishes from my CSA share and topped my salads with raw sesame seeds..not pictured is a spoonful of my salsa on the side.

 CSA Share

sweet potatoes
leaf lettuce
huge green cabbage
bag of spinach
mixed greens
bell peppers
acorn squash
variety of hot peppers
lemon balm

The Gerson Miracle and What Doctors won't tell you....

Last night after perusing Hulu's Heath station for something to watch, I found this wonderful documentary on The Gerson Therapy.  Dr. Max Gerson did some wonderful research and cured cancer's through Diet Therapy.
Today his daughter Charlotte continues his work.  There are many clinics all over the world where you can go to receive this therapy.
Sadly, it is illegal to have one of these clinics in the USA...using nutrition therapy to heal cancer. 
Although Dr. Gerson was ridiculed in his time, research findings now confirm that nutrition is a powerful and effective means of treating disease......what is the first thing they tell you to do when you have a heart attack, or diagnosised with diabetes...?????  change your diet.

please take time to watch this film...

Friday, November 5, 2010

No Bean Hummus....Raw Apple Pie


1/2 c. raw almonds (soaked overnight & drained)
1 1/2 T. tahini
1 garlic clove
1/2 t. sea salt
2 T. lemon juice
1/3 c. water
herb or spice is optional... 1/4 t. chili powder or cumin

in a food processor blend all ingredients until they are smooth and creamy.

Adapted from "Rejuvenate Your Life" by Serene Allison

Almond Pie Crust

1 1/2 c. raw almonds (soaked & drained) or a mixture of other raw nuts

after draining and rinsing almonds place in a food processor and add:
1/4 t. sea salt
1/2 t. vanilla
3/4 c. pitted dates

mix well in processor then press into an 8" pie plate and fill with  raw Apple Pie filling

cube 3 Fugi  apples....

In a food processor & blend til it is like applesauce
take 1/3 of cubed apples
1/4 t. sea salt
1 t. cinnamon,
4 dates (pitted)
1/2 t. vanilla
sit aside

Take the remaining apples and mix in the bowl with the sauce mixture with
1/2 c.  raisins
1 t. ground flax seed.
Let it stand for 15 mins and then pour into pie crust

top with crushed pecans

Adapted from Healhyway International's Raw Apple Pie

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sundried Olives...Laughter... the Booch is back & Almond Butter Fudge

Yesterday while shopping with my daughter at a local T.J Max outlet...I found these sundried olives.
I love  to shop there because they have a small gourmet food section with all kinds of goodies.  Whenever I run out of  Napa Valley organic extra virgin olive oil, I can usually find it there or Marshall's.
They both carry about the same line of products.

I sampled one of each of these olives tonight and I prefer the Kalmata!  I always prefer kalmata olives, so I am biased.  They were soft, juicy and delicious.  They other sundried were not as tasty to me.  They were smaller and not as soft and had a distinct flavor that I cannot peg just yet, but I didn't care for it.
Here is a link to Gaea ~and a few words I copied from their site.
Grown naturally in the fertile earth of Greece, sun-ripened and traditionally harvested, the “Gaea” range of products offers all the rich flavours and traditional ingredients essential
     to create the finest Greek Mediterranean cuisine and to live the “meze” cultural culinary experience.

The olives I found were not organic but they do have an organic line.
Amazon carries the regular olives and a couple other items from Gaea
Gaea products at Amazon.

A couple of my other great buys were: Himilayan pink salt: the large 17.5 oz/500 mg bottle of ground was only $4.99, the 10.58 bag of crystals was $2.99 and the grinder I picked up on a previous visit and the price tag is gone...but it was a good buy or I wouldn't have got it!
I normally do not buy this brand of Agave....but it was organic and flavored with hazelnut...@ $3.99  I thought I could come up with a hazelnut almond butter fudge recipe...mmmm
If you normally purchase these items you will recognize that these are great prices!  I also got a couple glass bottles of Voss...not pictured...but it was a 1 1/2 pint reusable glass bottle...very cool...and the sparkling water was very good.  The jar alone was worth the price I paid for it, and the water was just a bonus.

Moral of the story....keep your eyes open.....you never know when you will find a good buy...sometimes they are in the least expected places.......BUT.....DON'T BUY STUFF YOU CANNOT AFFORD!  :)

Someone posted this on FB the other day...and I love Steve Martin.  This video was not posted or directed at anyone.  It was posted in light-hearted fun!....so I hope you find humor in it... because they say, " Laughter is the Best Medicine".  One component of good health is to have a good dose of laughter each day.  If you seem to be lacking in this area, find something (ie. I Love Lucy" re-runs) or someone to have with with and laugh.

The "booch is back on the shelves...this is my favorite!  Check out my page to find out more about Kombucha

Himilayan salt and hazelnut Agave...
I don't use much agave...but I do keep raw agave on hand to add just a touch to my little pots of
almond butter fudge I make for snacking
1 T. raw cacao (you could use carob or cocoa)
2 heaping T. raw almond butter
a few drops of vanilla creme stevia..add more if not sweet enough
about 1 t. of agave
(all measurements are approx)
I like to crumble pecans on top for a little crunch!

I mix this up and place in ramekins and eat it up!...this will make a couple of small servings

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


 Thank you to all who attended my, "Nutty Demo" class tonight!  It was great to make some new acquaintences and see familiar faces again.  
I will be working on out next class, to be held sometime after the Holiday's.
Please leave a comment, letting me know what type of demo you would like to attend.

For my readers that were not there, we had 10 in attendance.
My generous new "raw food" friend opened up her kitchen for the demo.~Thanks Linda!
The kitchen was comfortably filled and everyone enjoyed sampling all the raw food goodies.
We sampled:
raw almonds
soaked & sprouted dehydrated raw almonds
raw walnuts
soaked & sprouted dehydrated raw walnuts
raw almond milk~plain & sweetened  (with dates)
almond cheese
taco meat (walnut)
no bake  carob brownies  (walnuts)
chocolate fudge (walnuts)

all items were raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free

it was nutty!   :)

looking forward to out next class!


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