This Recipe Thing

Yesterday, I was awoken from a dream at 2 a.m. with the compelling need to get up and not just write down the recipe but to go down to my cold kitchen and begin preparing the recipe I was dreaming about. Sometimes this recipe thing is both a blessing and a curse. I would much rather have been in bed all snuggly and warm but no my mind kept saying, “Get Up! You know you want to make it!” I looked at the clock and quietly left the warmth of my cocoon not wanting to wake my snoring husband (who came down an hour later, telling me I shouldn’t listen to the voices in my head.) Little does he know I ignore most of the voices but that’s another matter.

Recipe Dreams and 50 Day Cleanse

I’ve been told several times this week, “You only have 12 days left of the cleanse. So then you can go back to eating the same way you did before.” Many people don’t understand that eating the way I did before led me to a disease I did not want nor would wish on my worst enemy. It led my husband to a disease he did not want. No, we’re not going back to our old way of eating. We are however going to start another cycle of the cleanse on June 7th. I also plan on doing a 3rd cycle of the cleanse on July 27th. It’s interesting at how much we make sure our outside bodies are cleaned every day but ignore our insides. We bathe every day, we shower, we keep our living environments clean, but we forget that our insides need cleaning too.

I took my car in for an oil change and asked if I could watch them drain the used oil from the car. Of course, they thought I was nuts – I assured them most people do, so it’s okay. I asked them questions too. Like, “What would happen if you didn’t drain the old used oil from a car?” The technician looked at me in astonishment – and then began to go into his dialogue. “If you don’t drain the old, used, black oil from the car and just add the good the stuff, the good stuff would not be able to do its job. The used oil would clog up the engine and the engine wouldn’t run correctly. By draining all the old oil, we make sure the engine can run at its optimum level.”

This got me to thinking about the 50 Day Cleanse. The first 5 days – water fasting – of this cleanse does the same thing for us. It clears out our brain fog, it clears out all the sugar and helps our bodies burn fat for fuel instead of being clogged with all the sugar and processed foods we’ve eaten to this point. I know some of you decided not to do the first 5 days and proceeded right to doing the intermittent fasting, but like my car that needed the oil change, you won’t get the same kind of results as those who have gritted their teeth and made it through the five days.

This also got me to thinking about how much impact what we put in our mouths has on our health. Did you know that the lining of our intestines becomes clogged with food we eat? Just ask anyone with Crohn’s disease. Just going straight to the intermittent fasting without giving your body a chance to reset itself and your organs a chance to heal, you’re kind of pouring clean oil on the used, old oil. Cleansing our digestive track with the 5-day water fast is just like draining a car’s old oil.

Nourishing Raw Alkaline Vegan Alternatives

I have always loved sour cream and giving up dairy is one of the most difficult aspects of this cleanse. But it’s been well worth it. I’ve been asking myself questions before going to bed at night to help me make a nourishing raw alkaline vegan alternative to the dairy that I miss so much. Here are three recipes I’ve dreamed about in the last couple of weeks.

3 Ingredient Cantaloupe Ice Cream

Cantaloupe Ice Cream

  • 1 cantaloupe, seeded, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 coconut (water and 1 cup of coconut meat used) Freeze remainder of the meat for later use.
  • 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water

Place all ingredients in food processor or Nutri bullet. Process until smooth.

Freeze in a metal bowl until firm. About 3 hours.

Serve.

Makes about 6 servings.

Variations: In place of the cantaloupe you can also use 3 pints of berries, 3 bananas, 8 apricots, or any other alkaline fruit. I’m thinking about making it with some frozen pears I found in my freezer from last fall.

Avocado Bliss

Avocado & Mango Bliss with my Pineapple Salsa and Sweet Seed “Taco Meat”

Avocado Bliss

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of one lime (measured out)
  • Water (same amount as the measured lime juice)
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 – ¼ teaspoon ground Habanero Pepper
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil

Whirl together in food processor until creamy.

This is one of my favorite things because it has the same consistency of sour cream.

Variation: Use two mangoes for the avocados.

I’m so glad that my talent of dreaming in recipes can benefit so many. I am beginning to understand that my dreams are not only changing my own health but having an effect on so many others. This recipe thing is changing lives just like the 50 Day Cleanse.

 

 

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Changing the Legs of Our Relationships

How often do we think about food on a normal day? I used to think about eating, what I was going to make for dinner, for my husband’s lunch, and dessert all the time. I used to think about making sure our cupboards were overstocked with food items that I picked up really cheap because it was on sale and I had a coupon for it. Since I started the 50 Day Cleanse my thinking about food has changed. I now look at all that food I stocked up over the years as an anchor that was holding me down. This Cleanse is changing the legs of my relationships. 

I know “What on earth is she talking about?” Change the legs of a relationship?

Let’s take food, for instance, We all need to eat it to survive. We all have a relationship with food. We are making choices, thinking, eating, regretting, indulging, satisfying, giving in to our cravings for food. These are the legs in our relationship with food.

As someone who for most of her life has tried to lose weight or maintain weight loss to no avail, I have never tried to change these legs with this relationship. How many legs does my relationship have? It takes at least three legs to make a stool stand up. But my relationship to food has had at least seven legs at one time.

Food Relationship Legs

  • Craving
  • Rewarding
  • Thinking
  • Indulging
  • Satisfying
  • Dreaming
  • Stocking up
  • Buying
  • Eating

While at least four of these legs are still with me today. I need to eat. I need to buy food. I need, at times, to stock up. And in my case, I need to dream about recipes. But do I need the other ones? No. All my cravings for food are gone. I used to crave chocolate all the time. Now it hits me once in a while and I can talk myself out of it. I know that when a person craves chocolate, they are usually deficient in magnesium. So I take a couple magnesium tablets and the craving is gone.

Same with indulging. I just don’t do it anymore. The 50 Day Cleanse has given me the tools to listen to my body and give it what it needs instead of rewarding myself with a toxic, sugar laden treat. The first 5 days of this cleanse takes your mind off thinking about food all the time and helps you see where you need to change.

I used to spend hours weekly coming up with menus and grocery lists. While I still use a menu and grocery list, it no longer takes hours just about 10 minutes and I am ready to go. Eating raw alkaline meals and only once a day has dramatically cut our food bill down to almost nothing and we’re not eating only salads every day but they are yummy.

I’m also changing the legs on my other relationships as well during this time. Saving things to use someday is a leg I’ve used in rationalizing my skill of holding onto things I don’t need. Or how about this leg, “My kids might need/want it some day!” Ask the kids if they need or want whatever IT is. If they want IT and they’re old enough give it to them now or put it in a hope chest for them for when they move out. If they don’t want it, get rid of it. Family heirlooms are another leg. I’ve been going through my home with the eyes of my kids thinking about what they would keep and what they would toss after I’m gone. It’s eye opening. They probably don’t want the bottle collection with all the president’s faces you got from your mom. They’re not going to need or want 100 paper towel tubes or all the used gift wrap you’ve saved for the last ten years (which you never use anymore). Save the important things. Today is someday.  I am hoping that my children and grandchildren will want all the recipes I’ve conjured up over the years, like this one below.

Recipe of the Week

Taco Meat

Raw Sweet “Taco Meat” 

Always use organic

  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 mall red onion, shredded
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked four hours, drained well
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 – 1/4 ground habanero pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

Place the first five ingredients in a food processor and process until it looks like the texture of loose cooked ground meat.

Empty into a large bowl and add spices.

Serve in a wrap with mashed avocado or on a salad with an avocado dressing.

Enjoy

Makes about 6 cups.

 

 

 

The Joe Cookie

Everyone who knows me personally knows that I am married to the human Cookie Monster. He loves all kinds of cookies but can only enjoy certain ones at certain times of the year. Italian Donut cookies in the winter months, chocolate chip cookies for back-to-school and macaroons for the Spring Holy Days. Now with health conditions as they are and sugar not in his diet, we’ve I’ve been working on revamping recipes that are both sweet and satisfying but don’t mess up with his diet. Today The Joe Cookie was born.

I originally found this recipe online but tweaked it so much that it’s taken on a life of its own.


The Joe Cookie

  • 2 cups flaked dried coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Essential Seven Mix
  • 1/3 cup yacon syrup (coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup can also be used)
  • 1 cup full-fat organic coconut milk ( I love the Natural Directions brand)
  • 1/3 cup organic, virgin, fresh pressed, unrefined coconut oil (Dr. Bronner’s), melted
  • Grated peel of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract

Mix it all up in a bowl. Take a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, flatten slightly. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 325* for 35 minutes. Cool on metal rack.

Makes 18 cookies.

A variation on this is using the cookie dough as a crust, which I did below then filled it with a coconut cream filling (I added 2 heaping Tablespoons of raw cacao).

The Joe Cookie is a big hit with my Joe and he also loved the pie too. I’m still playing with the recipe, not really satisfied with my first attempt. But will let you all know when it’s done. Recipe remakes are sometimes a big hit the first time out but some need time to gel both in my mind and in the final product.

Enjoy!

Spring Pesto

If I had to choose just one sauce that’s the most versatile for me in my cooking adventures, it would have to be pesto. I’ve put pesto on almost everything from baked salmon, to stewed pesto chicken, a baked potato and even had it on popcorn. Yes, I said it! Pesto popcorn is the bomb!  While I am gearing up for my yearly May through September no oven use (more on that in a future post), I’ve been on a taste adventure to come up with unique ways to liven up our food. My husband said I nailed it with this Spring Pesto.

I’ve been experimenting with Pestos for over 20 years. It’s such a versatile sauce and can be made with many leafy greens without using basil at all. I’ve made pea pesto. It’s good only if you like peas…I don’t! I’ve also made pesto with carrot tops, cilantro, kale, spinach, beet greens, and my favorite asparagus! Nothing says Spring is around the corner like some good asparagus and it’s in season and on sale.


Spring Pesto 

  • 1 lb trimmed asparagus, steamed 8 minutes
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino romano cheese (If you are making it totally dairy free and vegan, use nutritional yeast)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup chopped greens (kale, spinach, Swiss chard or even fresh basil)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian Parsley

Pulse it all together in a food processor until smooth. Serve over zoodles (zucchini noodles) or use as a topping for baked fish and chicken. Dollop on a baked potato or as a spread for sandwiches. Use by the tablespoon on popcorn.

Enjoy!

Pesto makes enough for 4 servings.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 244
  • Fat grams: 22.5
  • Cholesterol: 14.7 mg
  • Sodium: 181 mg
  • Potassium: 276 mg
  • Total carbs: 5.9 gr
  • Fiber: 2.1 gr
  • Protein: 7.5 gr

Essential Seven Mix

I’ve read several books in the last few years about how we aren’t getting enough minerals in our diets. That’s probably because as a whole we eat more food made in a factory instead of grown on a farm. I remember as a kid the first time my mom bought peanut butter. It tasted great. Only three little ingredients…peanuts, sugar, and oil. We put it on everything from pancakes to sandwiches. Let’s fast forward about 45 years. Today, we have to get raw organic peanut butter to get that same taste because all the ingredients in the conventional brands are made in a factory all except for the GMO peanuts, which are genetically modified to withstand a vat load of pesticides….sorry, that’s another story for another time. What’s so essential about my Essential Seven Mix?

Minerals are found here. While nuts are good for a few because of the pesticides and allergies, seeds, on the other hand, are rarely associated with allergies and most are available in their organic forms.

Here it is all laid out for you.

Mix it all together in a bowl. Grind it in a coffee grinder or food processor till it looks like freshly grown coffee. Store in a mason jar in the fridge. Makes about 3 cups.

Serve it in smoothies, (I use 1 Tablespoon in my husband’s wheat grass smoothie every morning) in your oatmeal, tossed into salads, and even as a coating on chicken and fish.

If poppy seeds aren’t your thing then opt for raspberry seeds which are also beneficial but more difficult to come by. You can also opt out of the hemp seeds or hearts and add Papaya seeds or Watermelon seeds. Both of which will add a bit of heat to the mix as well.

The nutrients each of the following seeds contribute to the overall nutrient makeup of this mix.

  • Sunflower Seeds contain the following nutrients: vitamin E, copper, Vitamin B1, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, vitamin B3
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Protein, fiber, zinc, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, calcium
  • Hemp Seeds: Protein, Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, 6, 9, and GLA), All 9 Amino Acids, Iron, Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Magnesium, zinc
  • Chia Seeds: Fiber, Protein, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Omega 6 Fatty Acids, Calcium, Copper, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Sulfur, Iron, Iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, Vitamins A, B, E, & D
  • Flax Seeds: Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Fiber,  Protein, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B6, Iron, Potassium, Copper, and Zinc
  • Sesame Seeds: Copper, Manganese, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, molybdenum, selenium, Vitamin B1, Fiber
  • Poppy Seeds: Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc
  • Optional Raspberry SeedsFiber, Anthocyanins, Linoleic Acid, Ellagic Acid

Obtaining minerals in our diet is so important they are the building blocks of our very existence.  This Essential Seven Mix is one of the mainstays of our health.

Seeds…Life

 

Spicy Sweet Potato Chicken Stirfry

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I love fusing two different cuisines. Almost any meal can turn into a healthy stirfry. I make an Italian Stirfry that’s so good it’s become a monthly favorite here.

Today’s meal came to me when I was looking in my pantry and noticed I had a sweet potato…I couldn’t figure out when I bought it. I thought I better use it before I have to throw it out. My husband hates when I throw out produce because I hadn’t gotten around to making the recipe I had in mind when I purchased it. I’m sure I’m not alone in this conundrum. It goes in the same basket as losing socks in the dryer and that’s a whole other story I’m not touching.

Sliced ingredients

Spicy Sweet Potato Chicken Stirfry

  • 2 T + more olive oil divided
  • 1 Red Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet potato, thinly sliced into 1/4 half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4 cooked frozen skinless chicken tenders, cooked and sliced
  • 1 can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1/2 t Himalayan Salt
  • 1/8 t ground Habanero pepper
  • 1 t ground coriander
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Heat saute pan, add 1 T olive oil.
  2. Add peppers and onions. Saute about 3 minutes.
  3. Add sweet potatoes, chicken, garbanzo beans, and olives.
  4. Add seasonings and water. Cover and saute until potatoes are fork tender. About 5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the burner and add sliced garlic and 1 more Tablespoon olive oil.
  6. Enjoy

Serves 4

Spicy Chicken

Nutritional Info

  • Calories: 303
  • Fat: 15 grams
  • Carbs: 16.3 grams
  • Fiber: 2.8 grams
  • Protein: 26.7 grams

 

 

Coconut Chia Water

So I got this recipe from another blogger and of course I felt the need to tweak it. What else is new, I see recipes as a guide to tweak as I need or want.

Coconut Chia Water

2 cups Coconut water (must be pure without any sugar or other ingredients)

Juice of one lemon/lime/orange/grapefruit/tangerine or a combination of citrus fruit (I love the lemon)

2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds

7 drops pure liquid stevia drops (Sweetleaf is my go-to brand)

Mix it together in a shake bottle (the ones with the ball in it). Let it sit for about 3 hours until the chia seeds are double in size. Let it sit out at room temp.

Sip it with a wide straw.

Chia seeds are high in calcium: In 2 ounces of Chia seeds there is 600 milligrams of calcium as opposed to dairy milk (which I am allergic to) for the same 2 ounces only has 120 milligrams.

 

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