Friday, October 24, 2014

Kimchi Recipe Using CSA Veggies


                                       1/2 of a large Chinese cabbage shredded
                                                       3 carrots shredded
                                                          1 red hot pepper
                                                            diced onions
                                                              2 t. salt

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Remove 1/2-1 c. of mixture and place in blender.  Add enough water to make a brine.  Take mixture from the bowl and fill glass ball jars.  Pack mixture down but leave 2-3 inches of head space.  Pour brine over contents of jars and cover.  Leave at least 1-2 inches of headspace.  Leave jars on the counter in a warm place for 2-4 days to ferment.  Check at two day. Then day 4, or a week (the longer at room temp, the stronger the taste/smell). Whatever tastes the best to you is how long you ferment.  Once the flavor is to your liking, place in the fridge. Kimchi will continue to ferment in the fridge, but the process will slow down.

Besides being a yummy condiment to your meals, fermented food has multiple benefits.

Here is what  Dr. Mercola has to say about some of the benefits of eating fermented foods in his article, "The Incredible Health Benefits to You of Traditionally Fermented Foods"                    
January 03, 2004

The Wonderful Health Benefits of Traditionally Lacto-Fermented Foods

Olives, pickles, grass-fed cheese, wine, yogurt, sauerkraut, and the seasoned, aged sausages the French call "charcuterie" are some of this category's most popular delicacies.
Though the term "fermented" sounds vaguely distasteful, the results of this ancient preparation and preservation technique – produced through the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins by microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds – are actually delicious. Even more so, they are so beneficial to overall health that some of these "functional foods" are now considered to be "probiotics," increasing your overall nutrition, promoting the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, and aiding digestion and supporting immune function, including an increase in B vitamins (even Vitamin B12), omega-3 fatty acids, digestive enzymes, lactase and lactic acid, and other immune chemicals that fight off harmful bacteria and even cancer cells. 
Read the full article here 

What are you doing with your CSA vegetables? 

Eat Well & Be Well,


Friday, May 9, 2014

A Tribute to My Mom for Mother's Day

My life has been a whirlwind of change over the last couple of months.  Some of the changes are grievously sad.  In the midst of sadness God gave us a Blessing.  My daughter became a mom for the first time and I became a grandmother to a beautiful little girl...Belle.

In March my mother passed away unexpectedly.  This has been the saddest experience of my life.
I miss her everyday.  We had a thing where she would call to check in and let me know she was okay....and still among the living.   
I miss those calls...the sound of her voice and her humor.  She was one of the funniest people I've ever known.  I only lived with my mom until I was nine years old and because of this we had a unique relationship.  We became friends.  I could tell her anything and she would do the same.  My mother had a very difficult childhood and it continued throughout most of her life, but she was a survivor and would plow through.  Perseverance is one of the greatest things that my mom taught me and I hope to pass on to my children.
Her greatest love in her life was her children...I am the oldest, then Ed, Joe and Esther (Esther passed away at 5 yrs. old)..and her grandchildren. She loved us more than anyone in the world and we knew it.
Whatever was going on in our life, she would be there and do whatever she could do to help or assist us, no matter the cost to herself.
This Mother's Day I am aching for my many things I want to tell her and do with her.
For now, I will look at her picture and remember her life and the love she gave and trust that I will see her again thanks to my God and Savior for the Mother that he blessed me with.
Linda L. Bonta
January 21, 1943
March 14, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eats..Treats..and Detox Juice

In Vita Mix blend this mixture until smooth:
1 c. fresh almond milk
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1/4 to 1/2 avocado
2 t. raw cacao
1 heaping teaspoon of Lucuma (has a sweet malt & carmel/butterscotch flavor)
English Toffee Stevia to taste
1/2 of a frozen banana
Blend until thick & creamy so that you have to eat it with a spoon
If your mixture is too runny add one ice cube at a time until it is thickened
1 can of full fat organic coconut milk
vanilla powder or extract
chill the coconut milk
remove cream from can: you can do this by scooping out the cream or you can drain off the liquid by inserting a knife into the cream and pouring off the liquid first and then scoop out the cream
Place the cream into a Magic Bullet/Nutri Bullet or small food processor and add vanilla to taste and whip until smooth & creamy.
Place in the fridge to set or use as is

Nori Sheets
Cashew cheese
Coconut Aminos
Spread Cashew cheese onto nori sheet and top with veggies of your choice and roll, seal & let sit for a few minutes to moisten the sheet so that it holds together

This is one of my favorite Cheeses to have on hand at all times!
2 c. soaked cashew
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. lemon juice
1/2 c. water
3/4 c. nutritional yeast
 1/8-1/4 t. turmeric to add color
 1/4 t.dry mustard
Blend in Vita Mix until smooth & creamy
You can use this as a dip, spread or a topping for broccoli, cauliflower or pasta

Now after all that yummy food it is time for another cleanse.
This juice contains:



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