Sunday, April 24, 2016

Brazil Nuts

Brazil Nuts

 I continue to be amazed by the power of food on a daily basis.
With every bite we take, we are choosing the destiny of our health.
Nature has created real food just for us.  If it comes in its own packaging eat it.
If it has been created in a factory don't.  

In a recent study, it was found that just 4 Brazil nuts per month, lowered cholesterol levels better then statin drugs!  Also, after only 9 hours the levels were reduced. Compared to 4 days for statin drugs to work!  The cost of 4 Brazil nuts is about 50 cents.  Here's a quick video on that study: Four Nuts Once A Month 

They are a superfood that is high in selenium, Which not only helps in controlling cholesterol levels,
but also helps in weight management, proper digestion, improves the health and strength of bones, reduces cancer risks, nourishes our skin and regulates thyroid function. No other food (animal or plant) source has more selenium then Brazil nuts. 

By eating clean whole food, exercising, reducing stress and getting a restful sleep we will be on the road to a long and healthy life.

Let's go nuts!

Have a great week.
Be kind.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

"Frickin Chickin" Waffles

"Frickin Chikin" and Waffles

After no posts for 2 weeks, we're back!  Relaxing while on vacation, and traveling on Sundays,  I 
was not able to blog.  I did however, try some new recipes.  On, I came across
a recipe for "Jackfruit Fried Chicken".  I decided to make some "Frickin Chickin" and Waffles.  Our daughter, Bree and I first tried them. We were amazed of how really good they were.  I couldn't wait
for Kris to try them.  Upon returning from D.C., (on a small getaway with her Mom and Sister) we had breakfast for dinner one evening.  She was a little skeptical at first, not sure if it would taste like chicken.  She was amazed at its likeness.  Now she is thinking "Jackfruit" Chic-fil-a nuggets? 

"Frickin Chickin" and Waffles

Here's the recipe:
For the Jackfruit:
1-20 oz. can  Jackfruit(in water or brine, not syrup!)
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
 1 cup almond or soy milk mixed with 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

For the breading:
1 cup of flour
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1-2 tablespoons of poultry seasoning

Mix the "milk" and ACV in a measuring cup and set aside for 10 minutes.
Drain and rinse the jackfruit thoroughly. Using a sharp knife, cut away a small tip(1/4 in) off the triangle piece of fruit. (The whole piece of fruit is edible).  Add the fruit and spices and garlic to the milk mixture and stir well. Let it marinade for 30 minutes or so.

Mix the breading flour, spices and seasoning to a large bowl.  I just drain the jackfruit and mix it in with the flour, etc. to bread it.

In a skillet on a medium setting heat a little oil.  Place your breaded "chickin" in the pan and fry for 3-4  minutes per side until golden brown.
Serve it hot on your favorite homemade or store bought waffles, with maple syrup.

Here's an easy waffle recipe if you have your own waffle maker:
 1-3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp raw sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Add 1-1/2 cup almond milk
2 "chia eggs"(To make one chia egg-1 tbsp chia seeds with 3 tbsp of water, stir, let set for 10-15 minutes until it forms a gel.)
1-2 tbsp of  oil(optional)

Mix all ingredients together, adding more milk for right consistency.

For more recipes click here: Jackfruit Carnitas

Have a great week. 
Be kind.