Category - Recipes to Delight

Nourishment through food and love! What a lovely gathering.

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February 2015 and A Vegetarian Kitchen Kind of Love!
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A Few of My Favorite Immune Boosters
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Julie’s Spaghetti & Fire Recipe
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Why Lemon and Warm Water in the Morning?
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Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Rinse
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Oregano Oil and It’s Incredible Healing Powers!
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Quick! Ty Needs a Power Smoothie!
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Afternoon Chia Delight!

February 2015 and A Vegetarian Kitchen Kind of Love!

Love shows up in all different ways, so if you’re like me you love cooking and playing with recipes and sometimes following them exactly!  Some recipes turn out divine and others ,well, not so much. Ha!  That’s OK I’ve accepted that I may not be the worlds best chef. No biggie! However, the recipes in this cookbook The Vegetarian Kitchen, by Melissa Bushby, have been really delicious and have taught me a few things, like making crusts, infusing a few flavors I didn’t think would taste good together and yet they did, and there is just a great variety for the palette.

I’ve been vegan, vegetarian, not vegan, not vegetarian, back to vegetarian off and on over the last 4 years and now I just eat as my body requests.  There is about 95% no animal meats in my diet, but cheeeeeese is good in small quantities! This saves me a lot of hassle of being forced by some silly rule I made up myself as to how I am going to eat and what I’d be committed to.  So, if you eat meat, add meat.  If you don’t, don’t.  If you eat cheese, add cheese. If you don’t eat cheese, use something like Daiya Cheese, which is very tasty too in these recipes!

Anyways, some of my favorite recipes include Tomato & Onions (it has a great caper topping), Mung Bean Soup, Roasted Onions, Sweet Potato & Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters, Tarts, Pastas, Homemade Hot Chocolate, Homemade Lemonade, and there are even recipes for Limoncello, Ginger Beer and Sangria.   Don’t forget, cook once, eat twice or thrice!  This book, yes the one below, has been a true find!

Bon Appetit!
Love Julie
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A Few of My Favorite Immune Boosters

For starters,  I am a believer in the medicinal properties of fungi, veggies, bones, ferments, garlic and herbs! Here a few of my favorite immune boosters!

Everything I use is Organic or it will not be consumed for if the goal is health, why eat pesticides or GMO’s? If you are on a budget and don’t grow your own food, there are a lot of ways to get a better bang for your buck by using organic frozen veggies or making casseroles, large pots of soups and meals that you can freeze and reheat down the road.

I’m just a Fungi! I often use reconstituted mushrooms as a soup base and I always use the reconstituted water.  I’ve not had a flu in over 7 years (knock on wood or our woodland friends shall I say!) and I really believe that this is just one of the reasons why. My favorite mushrooms to play with in the kitchen are Organic Maitake, Shiitake, Cremini, White Button, Oyster, Reishi and an immune supplement that is made up of about 17 different kinds of mushroom extract as well. Mushrooms are nutrient rockstars that can relieve stress, provide relief from fatigue, build your immunity amongst a whole host of other benefits.  I used to get my mushrooms from a wonderful woman in Portland who forged and sold them to me each year from the farmers market.  Next on my list, is forging them myself and don’t worry that will be a blog too!

Veggies! I use seasonal veggies to fill up my soups.  In the Fall and Winter time I use lots of vegetables like carrots, parsnips, potatoes (red, yukon, sweet, purple), swiss chard, kale, celery, onion, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, fennel and actually I use beans as well, not a veggie I know, but needed to be noted.  These all have properties that are made for healing.  For example, once you cut open an onion, you activate an anti-cancer agent that is working on your behalf.  When you feel ungrounded, eating grounding foods like root veggies (carrots, turnips, parsnips, etc.) can help your root Chakra reconnect for a more solid and secure feeling. Maybe that’s why I am so drawn to them.  I am a little bit of a celestial being!

Bones Bones Bones! It’s funny that as someone who only eats animal products maybe 2x a year, I will incorporate bones into my soups when I make them for my son.  The old Jewish tale of Chicken Bone Broth is spot on! Bones hold the marrow, they hold the energy, and they hold the nutrients that your body may just be desiring to keep a healthy immune system. Bone broth is good for your joints as it contains glucosamine and chondroitin  which most people seek from a capsule.  My biggest reason would be the fact that bone broth is known to heal leaky gut. Basically leaky gut is when undigested food particles end up in your bloodstream.  Doesn’t that sound like a disaster?  Its is!  Bone broth is also known to make your hair and nails super health and pretty.  Anything that makes you pretty, heals your gut and lubes your joints, is really A-OK with me!

Fermentation Definition: an enzymatically controlled anaerobic breakdown of an energy-rich compound (as a carbohydrate to carbon dioxide and alcohol or to an organic acid); broadly :  an enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound. Say What? Basically, it means foods like cabbage sit until they become bacteria boosting powerhouse agents. Ferments are  an immune system &  natural gut flora restorer.  They are a natural pro-biotic and can be a guts best friend.  Some of my favorites are Sauerkraut (which I can only have a tiny bit as I have a sulfite allergy and these naturally contain sulfites!  Bummer, I know!) Kombucha, which I’ve only just been able to drink again about once a week but I love it! (Sulfites again) Pickled Dilly Beans are another favorite and they do not stand a chance in this house for more than a day.  Kefir is so good for you and yet, it’s one that I have yet to adore. Someday perhaps.  Two of my trusted go to resources for gut health information are Donna Gates and Summer Bock.

Garlic and Herbs: Yes, Garlic is the new Peaches.  So garlic also contains naturally occurring sulfites, so I tread lightly in frequency, but not in amount.  Garlic is such a potent natural antibiotic for the body and has been used throughout time for health purposes, not just to scare off vampires.  Garlic is wonderful for the lungs, chest colds and the immune system. Garlic is great for heart health and removing plaque.  Garlic is also the thyroids friend as it contains iodine which is much required by the body to thrive. Now when you mix Garlic with Herbs like Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Basil, Oregano or whatever your favorites are, you can mix them in a bowl with olive oil and create your own drizzle for a spaghetti noodle delight, or you may drizzle a top of tomatoes or cucumbers.  Fresh herbs like Thyme and the others mentioned are great as whole sprigs in soups that simmering and other dishes that you’d like to pop with flavor and ignite .  Oregano is another of my favorites for immune building whether it’s taken from an oil, fresh or dried.  Do not forget about parsley and cilantro as metal attractors, turmeric for arthritis inflammation, basil oil to rub on adrenals for adrenal fatigue, ginger for strong immunity – also a natural blood thinner, rosemary to contradict the effects of carcinogens  and there’s just too many to tell.

AND… there you have a few of my favorites!

*If you are on pharmaceutical medications or are treating a condition, it’s always wise to check with your Dr., Naturopath or Holistic Practitioner to make sure that what you’re ingesting is not in conflict with any herbs, spices, foods or drinks you are consuming in high doses or accumulative.  We are at a delicate time with food allergies running rampant, people on large amounts of medications and there can be serious side effects.

 

 

 

 

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Julie’s Spaghetti & Fire Recipe

Spaghetti is one of my favorite Italian dishes!  Sometimes I like to play with the recipes and add a little fire to the sauce to really give it a different feel.

 

spaghetti and fire by julie

 

Ingredients:

1 Tblspn Butter or Tblsn Coconut Oil

1 Yellow Onion or Vivaldi if you can find them – finely diced

2 Garlic Cloves – Minced

4-5 Roma Tomatoes – diced

1 can Muir Glen Fire Roasted diced Tomatoes – sometimes I chop these extra so it’s not so chunky

4 Crimini Mushrooms – Sliced Thin

4 Button Mushroom – Sliced Thin

Large Handful Kalamata Olives – halved

1 Tablespoon chopped parsley

1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes – add more if you like more fire

1/4 cup heavy cream

Parmesan Cheese

Sea Salt & Pepper

Few Basil Leaves- Chopped

Bay Leaf if you like a sweetness in your sauce

 

Directions:

Heat pan with Butter or Oil

Add Onion, Saute for a few minutes until soft

Add Garlic and saute for a minute more

Add Tomatoes, fresh and canned, mushrooms, olives, red pepper flakes, parsley, salt and pepper to taste, add bay leaf

Bring to a boil, then simmer for a few hours or at least one uncovered

Add heavy cream on simmer, mix well

Add a little fresh Basil on top and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan Cheese!

 

*Oh and hey, Don’t forget to make your spaghetti noodles about 15 minutes before done. Salt your water while water is heating up to a rolling boil. Add your noodles, turn down flame to medium high-ish – separate noodles  with a fork and wait alloted time on package!

You may add any meat that lights your fire!  We are meatless in this recipe!

Voila! Enjoy with a salad, french bread and a nice glass of Cabarnet!

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Why Lemon and Warm Water in the Morning?

What can Lemon Juice and Warm Water do for you? 

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Ritual Creation: Drink Warm Lemon Water with The Morning Sun

Well for starters drinking it in the morning will help your body get going.  By get going, I mean it alerts and awakens your lymph system, digestive system and the smell of lemon makes one feel refreshed.

Lemons naturally assist in hydration and staying hydrated helps you to avoid, adrenal fatigue (which I am working with right now). When your body is seriously lagging and is in a state of chronic dehydration, your adrenals cannot do their best to control your cortisol levels, which manages how you manage stress.  These two little glands are vital to keeping your body and mind in a top functioning state.

Lemons contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant, which helps to boost your immune system and keep your skin clear as it assists in ridding your body of toxins.

Lemons are an Alkaline Food which means they are not acidic.  One would think they are acidic because they are a citrus fruit, however they are an Alkaline which is needed to keep the body healthy and balanced.  Too much acidity knocks your body into a state of panic and it has to work overtime to fight off infections and illness of all kinds.

The Vibrant and Tangy Lemon is not to be overlooked!  Enjoy!

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Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Rinse

Need a natural and simple pesticide wash for your fruits and veggies?  

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Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C, Manganese, Fiber, Folate and Iodine. However, due to their skins, they retain pesticides (even organic can have residue) and need to be cleaned.

To make a simple wash, get a spray bottle — fill it half way with distilled white vinegar and the other half with water. Shake it up and spray your fruits and vegetables and rinse with warm water.  For a more potent version, just add juice of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Mix well!

This wash can be used as a spray and scrub and other times as a soak for produce like grapes, cherries and apples that have skin with vital nutrients and enzymes.

What are the top pesticide laden produce items around?

Apples

Berries; Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries

Celery

Cherries

Collard Greens

Grapes

Kale

Lettuce

Potatoes

Spinach

Sweet Bell Peppers

Tomatoes

Just remember if you cannot buy Organic, regularly clean your fruits and veggies. I use the simple spray even on the Organic produce and the more advanced one if I purchase non-organic, which is uber rare, but it has happened like 1x a year.

Happy Produce Cleaning!

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Oregano Oil and It’s Incredible Healing Powers!

OREGANO OIL, did I just fall off the Oregano Truck?  Why hadn’t I heard about this wonder oil before? A few summers back a friend of mine told me about Oregano Oil and how it is an immune system strengthener and that it was also good for several other healthy benefits, skin, etc.  So, being who I am, I went home and looked it up immediately, started talking to other people who had used this fragrant oil as well and I began to comprise a list of the pros and cons.   Let’s get started –

History:
Oregano Oil was used by Ancient Greeks, as well as some others. However, they were one of the first. The Greeks saw the medicinal value this oil had and how it affected their health.  It was used as an anti-fungal, pain reliever, anti-bacterial, an inflammation reducer and it was known to successfully fight infections, which I imagine with all their fighting, they needed a good natural remedy!

Hippocrates used Oregano as an Antiseptic, Respiratory Cure and Stomach Ailments. Hippocrates said “Let Food be thy Medicine and Let Medicine be thy Food”.   I think they were onto something!!

This herb is closely related to the Marjoram herb and is also known as wild Marjoram.

Pros:

Skin Issues -This oil helped to keep my Roseaca under control due to it’s ability to knock out organisms that were hard at work causing flare ups. I used this topically as well as in my tea. Once again, 2 drops was sufficient. Always read the instructions on the bottle as some tinctures recommend mixing with an oil.  This works great as well for skin infections and itchy skin.

Digestive Issues – Destroys organisms that supply fuel for tummy troubles.  I used 2 drops in some warm water with lemon or with tea for a calm and properly digesting system. Oregano Oil contains large properties of Thymol and Carvacrol. These relax your digestive system.

Immune System – Strengthens your system and since it’s working on your gut simultaneously, you are automatically improving your health. Your gut is the tell all of your health and your immune system. When your body is keeping mucous and your sinuses are feeling congested,  try Oregano Oil for 3-5 days and notice a breathing difference. Same for your lungs, feeling congested, a few drops in juice, tea, water, and voila! you should begin feeling better!

Cons:

Ladies! Oregano Oil has been said to reduce the bodies ability to absorb iron.  This caught my eye and immediately as many women are low in iron to begin with. So, if you are using this oil on a regular basis, you may want to take an iron supplement. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT USE OREGANO OIL.  PREGNANT MOMMIES NEED IRON!

Some people have allergies to Oregano, Thyme, Mints and Basil.  These are all in the same family and could trigger an allergic reaction you didn’t count on! So, avoid!!   You may want to avoid Marjoram too!

I really like some Essential Oils’ Oregano and one you can buy at the market called P73.  As with any herb, oil, supplement, if you are not sure if its right for you, talk to a Naturopath or Holistic Dr. and get another opinion.

 

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Quick! Ty Needs a Power Smoothie!

Posted on June 5, 2014

When my son needs energy, and I mean the type of energy that pushes you through into the night,  as he’s a teenager who has been working 13 hour days, socializing at night, graduating and functioning on limited resources,  I give him this!

 

2 Bananas

1 cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Tablespoon Honey Peanut Butter or Almont Butter

1 Wheatgrass shot

1 Handful Spinach

1 Teaspoon Local Bee Pollen

1 Dropper of Adrenal Support Tincture

1 Teaspoon Maca Powder

4-5 ice cubes

1/2 cup – 1 cup filtered / spring water

 

Pop in the high speed blender and vroom vroom!  Pour in a glass and enjoy!

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Afternoon Chia Delight!

~Easy as can be and loaded with Omega 3’s and Fiber ~

1 Eight ounce Glass of Water, spring or filtered
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1/2 Juice from a lime

*some people enjoy a splash of cranberry as well   –   Just take a handful of cranberries and blend, crush and squeeze the juice or juice them to add a little punch!

The Chia Seed provides you with plenty of Omega 3’s, Omega 6’s, and 5 Grams of Fiber.  All important to maintaining a healthy balance in your body.

The Lime is a wonderful source of Vitamin C which of course helps to keep your Immune System STRONG! Also, the lime has been studied for it’s cancer fighting powers as well!   This is an alkaline fruit.

*Cranberries are known for their protection against Urinary Tract Infections, also contain Vitamin C and being studies continuously for their healing properties in the stomach lining and urinary tract.   These are an acidic fruit.

Enjoy!

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