This is so good I ate it with a spoon. My new favorite and oh-so-easy recipe. Since eliminating dairy a few years ago, spinach artichoke dip (a childhood favorite) has become something I crave and on rare occasions buy only to be disappointed. It's never as good as I remember and I always experience uncomfortable belly symptoms after eating it. Today I finally decided to make a vegan version and was so pleased with it I surprised myself. I've never wanted to make this dip myself because, let's face it, artichokes can be intimidating. Thankfully, this recipes takes out the confusion, just don't let making cashew cream (instead of using dairy) scare you away! It's extremely simple and easy so long as you have a blender with a small attachable container or a food processor. If you don't have either of these things I highly recommend you go get one!
Rinse the cashews in a strainer under water. Place in a bowl with enough water to cover them about an inch. Cover the bowl and soak the cashews for a minimum of two hours but preferably overnight (I soaked them for about 3 hours). Drain the cashews, rinse under cold water and place into a food processor or high-speed blender with one cup filtered water. Process on high for several minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides if neccessary, until you have a very creamy texture.
Makes roughly 1 1/2 to 2 cups raw cashew cream.
Considering that there is no snow up in the mountains, my motivation to ski is minimal and my drive to cook kicks into gear. Last weekend I made a Last Hoorah Chicken Chorizo Pizza and yesterday I decided to make Pho, or at least a healthier version of Pho, with my remaining cilantro and basil. Below you'll find this fairly simple recipe, which is more of a Vietnamese soup than a traditional Pho. It can be used in addition to Week One Cleanse recipes with optional chili paste, however the chili paste/rice noodles excludes it from being eligible in Week Two Recipes. The chili paste can be included as an after thought, stirring it into the dish prior to serving it and the rice noodles can be omitted and elegantly replaced by just using mung bean sprouts. Enjoy!
Marinade chicken in coconut amino's and sesame oil for 30minutes to an hour; saute in a pan until cooked through. Boil noodles in salted water for 3 minutes. Place snow peas and carrots in coriander; drain noodles over them; rinse. Tie a sachet of ginger and cloves in cheesecloth; place in a large pot with broth; boil 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add chicken, snow peas, carrots, and shiitake mushrooms; simmer 5 minutes. Add lime juice. Season with salt, chili paste, coconut amino's. Ladle into bowls and top with remaining ingredients (mung beans, scallions, cilantro, basil, and mint), adding a lime wedge to the side of the bowl.
As Detox Season gets closer and closer, I start to get a lot of e-mails, each e-mail having a similar theme--How can I prepare for my cleanse? I tend to tell people to start eliminating caffeine and sugar, and start introducing lean meals as often as possible. Over this past weekend I created two recipes and several requests to share the recipes. The first is a great holiday-healthy Artichoke & Prosciutto Quiche, the second, Asian Turkey Cabbage Boats. Both of these are inspired by my mother who always made quiche for us in the morning after Thanksgiving and made the most delicious Asian Pot-stickers which the Cabbage Boats are reminiscent of. The quiche is quick and easy, fairly painless, however the Cabbage Boats are time-consuming and tedious if you don't enjoy a lot of chopping.
Artichoke & Prosciutto Quiche
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake the crust for 5-7 minutes, then remove it from the oven.
Combine eggs, Capitol Hill seasoning, coconut milk, and sun dried tomatoes in a large bowl. Saute quartered artichokes and prosciutto in avocado oil until prosciutto starts to curl. Remove from skillet and add to the large bowl with egg combo. Pour contents of bowl into pice crust and bake in oven for 30-35minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
This quiche is a powerhouse of fiber and protein. Eggs are high in protein and include all 9 essential amino acids. They are also one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D. Moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol and may actually improve an individuals lipid profile. Artichokes are high in fiber (more-so than prunes) and antioxidants including quercetin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin, all beneficial for regenerating liver tissue and increasing bile flow. They are also known to help the digestive system, are a natural diuretic, and sworn by some as a natural "hair-of-the-dog" hangover remedy. If you're worried about your cholesterol, know that artichokes have been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, raising your "good" HDL cholesterol and lowering the "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Asian Turkey Cabbage Boats
Coat a large skillet with avocado oil and set over medium-high heat. Saute turkey and ginger, stirring often until turkey is brown and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Spoon out or drain excess liquid from turkey mixture and place in a large bowl. Add onions, honey, mint, cilantro, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, oil, coconut aminos, and peppers. Toss thoroughly. Arrange leaves on serving platter. Spoon desired amount of mixture onto each leaf and serve.
This is a great meal to help you get back on track after a Thanksgiving indulgence and I've actually adapted it from the American Institute for Cancer Research. Onions and garlic belong to the allium family of vegetables, known to lower the risk of stomach and colorectal cancer. The pungent herbs are full of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Studies show a distinct difference between the intake of red meats and white meats. Turkey is high in protein and low on the glycemic index scale which can help keep post-meal insulin levels within a good range and is helpful for balancing blood sugar. Lastly, our high in fiber cruciferous cabbage is shown to provide cholesterol-lowering benefits and is high in sinigrin, one of the cabbage glucosinates which has received attention in cancer prevention research. To receive it's anti-inflammatory benefits, cruciferous vegetables are recommended to be in your diet 2-3 times per week. Overall, this is a great meal to support your digestive tract and cardiovascular health.
Yesterday I searched high and low for a good fish-free kale chowder but couldn't find one to my preference. Lots of kale soups out there, and lots of chowders, but it seems no one had put them together yet, so I thought I'd try. It turned out really tasty, was super easy, and can be made fairly spicy...
Add all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on medium heat for 4 hours. Next time, I'll add some frozen corn, which I think would really make this recipe great.
This makes a lot, but I think it should freeze well. Enjoy!
While it can be said that most children love Halloween because of all the candy, it's fair to say that most adults revel in their share of candy as well. Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. For most adults this means a decreased immune system, and an increase in weight gain, inflammation and adrenal stress.
However you celebrate your celestial season, it's easy to find yourself overindulging in refined sugars and carbohydrates This includes sodas, candy,and anything with white flour (breads, chips, cookies). It also includes the ingredients in your candies and desserts, such as brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, malt sugar, dextrose, lactose, cane sugar, and molasses.
The chemical structure of refined sugars and carbohydrates have one (single) or two (double) sugars. Single sugars include fructose (found in fruits) and galactose (found in dairy products). Double sugars include lactose (found in dairy), maltose (found in beer), sucrose (table sugar). Refined sugars and refined foods, such as white flour, sugar, and white rice, lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Overconsumption of these nutrient-lacking sugars and carbohydrates can lead to blood sugar imbalance (hypo- and hyperglycemia) and trigger inflammation setting off a host of symptoms and other health concerns. The holidays keep us busy and surrounded by tasty treats, but it's important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle so you can avoid risking symptoms such as:
The following candies are stated as gluten-free by the manufacturer and a review of their ingredients indicates that they do not contain any ingredients that indicate peanuts, tree-nuts, eggs, soy or dairy. There may be cross contamination risk for some products which are made at facilities that are not allergen free. Some are vegan, others use gelatin. Most of them contain artificial dyes, corn starches and high fructose corn syrup.
According to the Tootsie Roll website, the following candies are gluten-free and nut-free. Most contain dairy and others have dairy and soy cross contamination risk which they generally mention.
Hopefully these lists help make the ingredients of your Halloween candy a little less spooky. Some all-natural and organic brands include Surf Sweet Spooky Spider gummies that are gluten free and made with 100% fruit juice, and Yummy Earth Lollipops that are gluten free, vegan, allergen-free and made with organic ingredients! Know that throughout the holiday season there are simple solutions to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. 7th ed. Rockville, MD: United States Department of Health and Human Services and United States Department of Agriculture; 2010.
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