Sunday, May 31, 2015

Veggie Ramen with Hoisin Tofu

Veggie Ramen with Hoisin Tofu

We all have eaten ramen noodles, they're quick and cheap.
But the seasonings that come with it are terrible for you!

Here is a fun recipe that Kris, Bree and I made together this afternoon.
It's always fun to prepare meals as a family.

You can purchase your favorite brand of Hoisin sauce or make your own using this recipe:

4 Tbsp- Braggs Liquid Amino Acids
1 Tbsp-molasses
2 tsp-Rice Vinegar
2-crushed garlic cloves
2 tsp-sesame oil
Mix together in a small bowl.

Next, drain and press a package of sprouted extra firm tofu and cut into 1/2" cubes or smaller.
Marinate the tofu in the Hoisin sauce while you prep everything else.

In a large skillet heat small amount of coconut or olive oil.
Carefully add marinated tofu and cook on medium heat until tofu browns.
Don't burn it!  Deep turning it!

 In another skillet, saute chopped green onions and pressed garlic cloves until tender.
Add broccoli florets, snow pea pods, shredded carrots, bean sprouts and 
chopped water chestnuts (our choice, but you can use any combination of veggies you want).  Cook until veggies are just a little tender. The longer veggies cook the more nutritional value you lose.
Keep them crisp!

4-packs ramen noodles(an Asian market has the best)
4 cups vegetable broth
In a large wok, cook noodles and veggie broth until noodles are tender.
When they are finished, add veggies to wok.

Serve in individual bowls and top with marinated tofu.

Thank you for viewing.  ~Judd


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Roasted Potatoes and Okra

Roasted Potatoes and Okra

I don't eat okra very often... hardly at all.  Not too many people I have come across do
My friend (The Barefoot Farmer- Tomazin Farms) offered me some fresh okra last week, I 
wanted to find some way to prepare them. Okra is a great source of fiber, improves blood 
sugar levels and reduces your risk for heart disease.  It is high in Vitamin C, K, A, manganese 
and magnesium folate, beta carotene and lutein.
Here is a quick and easy recipe:

Preheat oven to 425'.
Cut 2-3 potatoes into 3/4"-1' cubes.
Largely dice 1/2 onion (red if you have it).
Cut your fresh okra into 1/2" slices.
 In a mixing bowl add okra and small amount of olive oil.
Coat the okra and then mix in 2 tbs of cornmeal, pepper and salt.
The cornmeal will cut down on the "slime".
Place it on a baking sheet.
Mix potatoes and onions in same bowl, adding a little more olive oil,
smoked paprika,salt and pepper. Coat well and place on baking sheet.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Stir mixture, sprinkle with fresh rosemary sprigs and garlic powder.
Bake for another 10-15 minutes until potatoes are soft and okra is browned.
Remove from oven, mix all together in a large serving bowl.
Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over all.
Serve with organic or homemade ketchup. Or even with your favorite hot sauce!
It can be a great weekend breakfast when joined with tofu scramble.

Here's a quick tofu scramble recipe:
Drain and press a package of sprouted "extra/super" firm tofu, between two plates.
In skillet, heat 1 tbs. coconut or olive oil.
Crumble the tofu into scrambled egg size pieces into skillet.
Season with turmeric, smoked paprika and salt&pepper.
Stir/cook the tofu while coating it with the seasonings and oil until it looks like scrambled eggs.
Sprinkle nutritional yeast on top, and you have the best "cheesy" scramble ever.
Have a great week!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Plantpower Way

"The Plantpower Way"

I am a big fan of Rich Roll.  I'm not sure where or how I learned of him.
After reading his book "Finding Ultra", (several times now) I have found I can relate to his story,
his drive, and his desire to help others to become more "healthy" in there own lives.
He began doing podcasts back in November 2012, and I have listened to every one of them. 
The insight and knowledge I have gained has been invaluable. Not only on nutrition, but a myriad
 of topics!  I travel all over the state of Florida for work. Being behind the wheel for long periods of time gives me ample time to listen uninterrupted. Knowing that it will playing, my coworkers when driving with me, now ask what the podcast is going to be about. I look forward to Monday mornings
to see what new the podcast will be.

Rich and his wife, Julie Piatt have just released a new book called The Plantpower Way . Two years in the making, it just released last month.  GET IT!  It will change the way you think about your life.
Please watch the trailer here:Trailer; The Plantpower Way 
It was on my wishlist to purchase, but I was blessed by receiving it a gift from my very good 
friend, Damien. THANK YOU!

"This not your typical  recipe book.  It is a book about hope and the universally shared
belief that anyone of us can be better...You will not find better guides in that quest"
Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Kale and Chickpea Mash

Kale and Chickpea Mash

First and foremost, Happy Mothers Day!
Cherish every moment you can spend with your Mother, and if you can't be with
them today, CALL them and tell them how much you love and appreciate them.

Here's a quick and easy lunch or light dinner recipe:

Saute several diced garlic cloves over medium heat in a small amount of olive oil or coconut oil.  Add approximately 1/4 of a diced onion and cook until soft.
Add 3-4 cups of chopped kale and 1/4 cup of Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids 
(1/2 the amount of sodium of soy sauce) or Coconut Amino Acids (1/2 the amount of sodium
of Bragg's).  Cover and let kale begin to wilt.  Add one-15oz. can of drained and rinsed
chickpeas.  Make sure you rinse them a few times to get rid of excess salt etc.
By now the kale has wilted.  Mash about half the chickpeas while they are in the pan cooking, then sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast for a great 'cheesy' flavor.

This whole process should only take 10-15 minutes.
Serve over a bed of rice (optional).

Thank you for viewing our blog.
Have a great week!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast Bowl

Even if you are in a rush, there is always time for oatmeal. Eating breakfast is 
very important, as it fuels your body with the nutrients it needs to to work properly
throughout the day. It also boosts your metabolism right away.  
A one pound bag of organic old fashioned oats costs about $2! You can't go wrong.
I usually put 1/2 cup of organic frozen fruit (blueberries or raspberries) in a bowl,
 a few tablespoons of chia gel, topped with 1/2 cup of prepared oatmeal. Sprinkle with cinnamon
and sunflower seeds or walnuts. You are starting your day with fiber, protein, antioxidants etc.. 
and cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory. 

To make chia gel:
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
4-6 tablespoons of liquid
(can be water, organic apple juice, coconut water or even green tea)
let it set 15-minutes, refrigerate, lasts a several days.
Mine is gone in a few days.

If you're pressed for time, prepare it in a mason jar the night before!!
Layer the jar with fruit, uncooked oatmeal, nuts, cinnamon and cover contents with your 
favorite nut milk.(Almond, Coconut or Cashew-it's awesome!)
It's ready to enjoy the next morning.
Take it with you!

I hoped you were able to watch"Cowspiracy" last week.
If not, its worth purchasing for your personal library.

Have a great week, and thank you for viewing the blog.