Mar 7 2014

Chicken Parmesan (dairy optional)

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs (we prefer bone in and skin on, but you can use skinless if you prefer)
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes (look for organic and BPA-free cans such as Muir Glen or Bionaturae)
  • 1 can black olives (whole or sliced, your preference)
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms, we prefer shiitakes
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T rosemary
  • 2 tsps thyme
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • Optional: Onions, garlic, bell pepper, other veggies like zucchini, chopped spinach, oregano or other herbs…and Parmesan cheese! Dairy has been on my hit list lately, so I’ve been making this recipe without cheese and it is great.

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How to:

  • Salt both sides of chicken thighs and place in large glass cooking dish.
  • Drizzle olive oil on thighs.
  • Sprinkle herbs , mushrooms, olives, and spinach (and optional ingredients) on chicken.
  • Pour crushed tomatoes on top of everything.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 2 hours at 250 degrees. It tastes better cooking it longer at a lower heat, so set the timer and go play~you’ll come back to a yummy smelling house and fabulous meal.

Feb 26 2014

Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato Flatbread

Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato Flatbread

By Empowered Sustenance

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This recipe is SO amazing! Whenever we make it at my house, the batch gets tripled. Great texture, flavor and ingredients that support good health.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs. coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grassfed gelatin
  • 3 Tbs. well cooked and mashed butternut squash (or sweet potato)
  • 1 Tbs. butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt (more or less to taste)

*(You can double the recipe if desired…and you really should)

How to:

  • Have all ingredients at room temperature. (If the squash and butter is cold, you can stir them together in a saucepan over low heat to bring them to room temperature.)
  • Preheat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir together the coconut flour and gelatin.
  • Stir together the squash and the butter until smooth. Stir in the coconut flour/gelatin mixture until combined, then stir in the egg and sea salt.
  • Spoon into rounds on the baking sheet. You can make these thinner or thicker– experiment and find what you prefer! I made them about 1/4 inch thick for the picture here, but I usually make them a bit thicker.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes, then carefully peel them off the parchment paper and flip. Bake for another 5 minutes (or longer), until they are dry to the touch and pliable. (They will take longer to cook if they are thicker and they will cook faster if they are thinner… you know the drill.) Let cool completely, then enjoy within an hour or so of baking for the best texture. (Compliments of Empowered Sustenance)

Feb 20 2014

Chia Porridge

Ingredients per person:

  • 3 T chia seeds (also delicious with added ground flax seeds!)
  • Water to soak
  • ¼-3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon (or more, to taste)
  • ½-1 tsp. coconut nectar OR raw honey OR a few drops of stevia to sweeten
  • Optional: ½-1 tsp ghee

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How to:

  • Soak chia for 1 hr (or overnight) in water (approx. ¾ cup)
  • Add gelatinous mixture and coconut milk to small pan and heat on medium low for a few minutes until warm, stirring occasionally. If you add ground flax seeds, double the amount of coconut milk.
  • Add sweetener and cinnamon, stir.
  • Pour into a bowl and stir in ghee.

Feb 12 2014

Banana Nut Pancrepes

I’ve got a great new recipe to share! Banana nut pancrepes (cross between a pancake and a crepe)!

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Ingredients

  • 3 chicken eggs, preferably organic
  • 3 T sunflower seed butter or almond butter
  • 1 medium banana, ripe
  • Coconut oil for cooking
  • Cinnamon and butter for topping

How to

  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to thoroughly blend eggs, banana and sunflower or almond butter.
  • Heat 1 T of coconut oil in a large skillet.
  • Pour palm-sized dollops of batter into pan and cook for 1-2 minutes (top side will change from shiny to matte). Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side.
  • Top with butter and cinnamon and enjoy! Makes about 10 pancrepes.

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These pancrepes have such a great flavor to them and while they were thinner than I expected, I really enjoyed the texture. If you desire a thicker texture, try adding a small amount of coconut flour (like a teaspoon or two) or nut flour to the mix. Happy cooking!


Jan 31 2014

Miso Mushroom Soup

For those who were unable to attend my and Dr. Holly’s Immune Boosting Cooking Class, one of the recipes we cooked was this miso mushroom soup (modified from veganyackattack.com).

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Immune Benefits of this Soup

  1. Onions: Contain fructans, a prebiotic (fiber that feeds beneficial gut bacteria). Acidic byproducts of probiotic bacteria help to lower the pH in the colon, which promotes absorption of minerals, many of which contribute to healthy immune function. Also high in selenium which helps reduce inflammation & stimulates immune system.
  2. Miso: Fermented foods like miso are supportive to gut flora. Friendly bacteria have a powerful, beneficial effect on your gut’s immune system, your first line of defense against pathogens, and aid in the production of antibodies.
  3. Mushrooms: Rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, B’s, calcium, and other minerals. Also contain beta-glucans which binds to macrophages and other scavenger white blood cells, activating their anti-infection activities.
  4. Garlic: Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal; contains allicin, a known anticarcinogen. Ideally crushed and set aside for 10 minutes before cooking/eating for maximum allicin effect.
  5. Broth: Contains many health-building constituents including the amino acids glutamine & glycine, collagen and glycosaminoglycans which are: vital for healthy connective tissue and digestive health (SIgA), help regulate synthesis of bile salts and gastric acid, required for production of glutathione (master antioxidant), enhances muscle repair, converted into the neurotransmitter serine which helps reduce stress, and promote alertness & memory.
  6. Coconut/coconut oil: Rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the actual compound found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity. Easily digestible medium-chain triglyceride, strengthens thyroid & metabolism.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp. Water
  • 3 C. White onion, Thin Half-Slices
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 C. Button mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 1/2 C. Shiitake mushrooms, Sliced
  • 4 C. organic beef or chicken broth OR water
  • 2 Tbsp. miso Paste
  • 1 Pkg. Miracle Noodles (angel hair)–grain-free & gluten-free
  • 1 Sheet Nori seaweed, Torn into smaller pieces
  • 1 tsp.  Coconut oil or Hot Pepper Sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or coconut aminos

DIRECTIONS

  • Crush garlic and set aside to cure.
  • Place the onions into a large pot over medium heat, along with the 2 tbsp. of water and cover with lid. Stir the onions every 2-3 minutes and add the garlic in once they start to turn clear.
  • After roughly 7-8 minutes, add the mushrooms to the pan and cover with lid, stirring occasionally until they reduce in size and become soft.
  • Carefully pour the broth or water into the pot, stir the miso paste. Cover with lid and bring to a simmer over low-medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Add noodles (rinse first), add the seaweed pieces, hot sesame oil and liquid aminos into the pot. Stir a few times and serve warm, and perhaps with some chili paste or sriracha!

 


Jan 16 2014

Stand up

Stand and walk as much as you can every day. There is a hugely growing area of research called sedentary physiology finding that regardless of whether you exercise daily (vigorous or not), if you “sit for more than 6 hours a day, you have up to 40% greater risk of death over the next fifteen years.”
Check out convertible sit/stand work stations such as the Ergotron if you have a desk job.

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By the way, Your Personal Paleo Code by Chris Kresser ROCKS! Tons of useful info like this on how we can live healthier in modern times. I have learned a ton of great tips and it is definitely on my recommended reading list.

3 Quick Tips

  • Aim for 10,000 steps a day of walking. This can be cumulative and you’d be amazing how when you make it a point to stand up and move more, those steps sure add up! Getting an inexpensive pedometer is a great way to track your steps. There are plenty of gadgets and apps that will do that and more, so whatever you prefer that will get you tracking is great.
  • Stand up when taking or making phone calls.
  • Stand up when talking to colleagues and consider taking walking meetings (when possible).

Being aware of the many benefits of standing versus sitting is a great place to start: improvements in metabolism, insulin sensitivity, bone density, and energy expenditure are yours for the taking. Stand up!

 

 


Jan 1 2014

An Attidude of Gratitude

Happy New Year!

As I reflect upon the past year and look forward to the next, I find myself focusing on how we all influence what it is we get out of life.

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Our daily choices and thoughts can push us into a happier more loving place, a negative and fearful place, or leave us unaffected.

I choose, and implore you to be mindful of the impact of your choices, to strive every single day to make more choices to tip my happiness scale in favor of loving life, respecting myself and others, and improving my wellbeing. I want to exude a deep sense of gratefulness that surrounds everyone around me and creates a domino effect that they in turn pass on so that we all enjoy life a little bit more and look for the beauty in everyone we meet.

Healthy and happy wishes to you all!

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Dec 18 2013

Paleo White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brittle

The Healing Gourmet has done it again: another amazing healthy holiday treat! Below is directly from their newsletter (I didn’t see it online). Sounds very tasty!

Paleo White Chocolate Macadamia Bark

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Yield: 5 oz. 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Navitas Naturals Cacao Butter
  • 6 packets Sweetleaf Stevia (to taste)
  • 2 oz. powdered coconut milk (try Wilderness Family Naturals)*
  • 1 oz. roasted, salted macadamia nuts
  • 1 pinch finely ground Celtic Sea Salt

Tools

  • Heavy bottom saucepan or double boiler
  • Chocolate mold (for bars) or a parchment-lined cookie sheet

Preparation

  1. Combine the sweetener, coconut milk powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Chop up the cocoa butter into small pieces.
  3. Add the cocoa butter to a double boiler. Stirring until melted.
  4. Add the sweetener, powdered coconut milk, and salt. Stir well.
  5. Scrape the mixture into a blender or Magic Bullet and blend until smooth. Sir in the nuts.
  6. Pour the chocolate into mold. Tap it on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  7. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Of course, you could always add unsweetened dried cranberries… pistachios…. almonds… cacao nibs – the sky is the limit!

Recipe by Kelley Herring, The Healing Gourmet

Happy Holidays!! :)


Dec 5 2013

Creamy Ham Soup

Wondering what to do with your leftover ham dinner? My husband and I made this yummy soup.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 hambone with about 2 cups of meat left on it (or buy a small ham 2-3 lbs)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 4 cups organic milk
  • 1 pound organic sharp shedder cheese
  • 1/2 pound organic salted butter
  • 1/2 cup organic full-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup coconut flour

How to:

Fill a large pot halfway with water and put hambone in it. Cook on medium heat with the lid on for 6 hours.
Chill overnight. Cook on low heat for another 4 hours, remove bones, then add chopped up carrots, celery and potatoes. In another pot, melt butter and whisk in milk and coconut flour. Add the cheddar cheese. When cheese is melted, mix into the pot of soup. Add the sour cream last and stir it all up. Cook on low for another half-hour. Depending on your preference, you may want to cook it longer to thicken it further. Add a dash of salt and pepper (to your liking) and enjoy!


Nov 25 2013

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Celebrate this Thanksgiving with recipes that are simple, delicious, will invigorate your energy, satisfy your appetite, and won’t leave you stuck in the kitchen cooking all day.

My favorite 5 holiday dishes:

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Practice chewing thoroughly, taking time between bites and focusing on being thankful.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!