Sunday, September 20, 2015

"Plants"'s whats for lunch!

Plants...It's whats for lunch!

 Here's two quick and easy lunch ideas with very little prep time needed.
This afternoon, Kris wanted Asian inspired lettuce wraps.
She already had some colored bell peppers sliced, so it was a quick fix.

Lettuce Wraps

Several Butter or Boston lettuce leaves, rinsed.
1 slice each of green, red and yellow bell pepper.
1 slice oven roasted "Tofurky."
A mixture of Just Mayo and dried dill.
Add whatever else you like.  Avocado, red onion, water chestnuts etc.

I decided I wanted a little something different:

Chickpea Sammies

1-15 oz. can of chickpeas.
1/2 cup of diced green, red and yellow bell peppers.
1/4 cup of diced sweet onions.
Pinch of garlic powder.
Pinch of smoked paprika.
Sea salt and black pepper.

Mash the chickpeas or put them in a food processor for a few seconds.
Add all other ingredients.
Stir in a little bit of Just Mayo as well as dried dill or chipotle powder, 
depending on your preference.
Stir until the consistency resembles tuna salad.

I had mine on sliced homemade whole wheat bread with Organic Romaine lettuce.
Quick and easy!

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Have a great week!
Be kind.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Jackfruit Carnitas

Jackfruit Carnitas

Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world — one fruit can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds and contain hundreds of seeds that are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.

The fruit known as a jackfruit is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation.  You can follow this link for more information. 
Here's my favorite recipe using jackfruit.  With the right seasonings, you will think you are eating pulled pork!  You can find canned jackfruit at your local Asian Market.

Jackfruit Carnitas

1-2 tbs coconut oil
1 small onion diced
2-- cloves crushed garlic
Homemade spice blend:
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle seasoning
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp lime juice
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tsp Bragg's or Coconut Amino acids

In a large skillet, on medium heat saute onions and crushed garlic.
Stir until onions are clear. Add lime juice, maple syrup and Bragg's.
Drain and rinse jackfruit, break apart and shred fruit ( like pulled pork)
Add spice mix and fruit, stirring to completely for good coverage.
The fruit will start to brown and liquid will dissolve.
Ready to roll into a burrito with black beans and salsa or guacamole. 
Serves well with sweet potato fries.

For a Jackfruit "Pulled Pork" variation:

Wet sauce:
3 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp tamarind paste or sweet chili sauce 
1/4 cup water
2 tsp maple syrup
Add sauce to cooking fruit and spices and simmer until ready to eat.
Serves well on toasted buns, with coleslaw made with "Vegenaise or Just Mayo".

 For nutritional information see: Jackfruit

Have a great week!
Be kind!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fighting Diabetes With The Power Of Plants

The Power of Plants

In a new study from the U.S.National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys,
up to 14% of adults in the U.S. had diagnosed or un-diagnosed type 2 diabetes (2011-2012).
About 38% had diagnosed or un-diagnosed pre-diabetes.  About 1/3 of those with pre-diabetes
don't even know they have it!  From what I understand, research shows that our diet and lifestyle determines the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

There is no reason with the nutritional information available today that we can not live a long and 
healthy life. Our bodies are capable of preventing and reversing diseases through the food we
consume on a daily basis.

Please take one hour of your time and watch this video from Dr. Michael Gregor:
It will change your outlook on the healing power of food.

Have a great week!
Be kind.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Pina Colada Sorbet

Happy Labor Day!

It has been a busy past few weeks.  We have  got our daughter, Bree, moved to
Lexington, Ky. She is enjoying the different weather then here in Florida. Lower humidity
to say the least and soon the temps will be dropping also. It was great seeing friends and family
for the short time we were there. We will now be making more trips north!

Here's a quick dessert recipe for Labor Day:

3 cups frozen pineapple
1 banana
1 16oz. can of full fat coconut milk

Blend all together in blender,
Transfer to airtight container and freeze for 2-3 hours.
You can add some rum if desired!

Over the next several weeks I am going to be blogging about our "Gut Micro-biome"
Did you know there are 500-1000 different bacteria living on our skin and in our
intestines. There are 10 times the amount of bacteria than human cells, totally more 
then 100 Trillion bacteria!  The microbiome in our intestines effect every aspect of our lives.
including health, moods, risks of diseases etc..

According to studies, plant based diets are the best way to have a healthy micro-biome.

Hers a link to a great podcast about superfoods for a superlife;
and video about animal fats and the effects on our micro-biome:

Have a great week!
Be kind!