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Beet Chia Crackers

24 Apr

While I’m on the discussion of chia crackers….

I know, I know!….for someone who doesn’t like beets, I sure keep bringing up the topic. Anyway…

I thought I would experiment with the last beet in our fridge (good riddance!).

I really wanted to duplicate a red tortilla cracker. The color is really cool. Why not. So I thought I would juice a beet and soak the chia seeds in it.

And Viola! Red chia crackers. Yah!

Well not so much.

Why you ask? Because the CHIA CRACKER now tastes like a BEET! ugh!

My husband really likes it though.

So if anyone else thinks it might be cool….

Recipe

Juicer and dehydrator required

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 beet

salt

garlic

Instructions:

Juice the beet, mix the chia seed in the water and add BOTH the beet pulp and beet juice. Add more water if needed. Chia seeds will gel with liquid. Let it soak for approx 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread mixture onto Teflex sheet and put in dehydrator on 105 degrees for 15-20 hours till dry and crunchy.

Bon appetit

‘Everything’ Cracker

24 Apr

Thank you Peggy for this inspiration:)

Someone…..was eating my favorite bagel the other day at work. An ‘Everything’ Bagel. Oh gosh, how I miss the smell and the taste of the  poppy seeds crunching between my teeth.

Being I gave up all breads and crackers, well, flour to be more specific, I am always on a continuous search for new chia cracker ideas. It’s not easy finding a substitute for bread, crackers, chips, pancakes, waffles, pasta, couscous, cake, muffins, cookies, biscuits, mac and cheese….Oh, the list goes on and on.

Here’s my take on the Everything Chia Cracker.

Recipe

1 c water

1/2 cup chia seeds

3/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup garlic, minced

1 onion

1 tsp salt, or more to taste.

Instructions:

First mix the chia seed and water together and let it sit for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The chia seeds will turn into a gel.

In the meantime, place onion into food processor on shred, discard any excess water.

Add the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, salt and onions to the chia mixture.

Spread onto Teflex sheet evenly. I like to score the crackers before putting them into the dehydrator so they will break easily when dried.

Dehydrate on 105 degrees for 15 hours.

Crackers are best with any dip such as hummus or guacamole.

 

 

A little dose of sunshine

23 Apr

A little dose of simplicity.

Add a little dose of happiness.

Followed by a dose of pure goodness.

This is how I start my mornings…

Recipe

#1. Grab 4 medium oranges from hanging basket in kitchen…

#2. Cut oranges in half.

#3. Juice oranges in the citrus juicer.

I’ve had some people question how I eat and drink so much fruit everyday and not gain weight. They tell me “Fruit is full of sugar, you’re going to get fat”.

Well 8 months of juicing and eating large quantities of fruit has led to a 15 lb weight loss and a maintenance weight of 127 lbs. So, no, eating fruit will not make me fat, but thank you everyone for being so concerned about my butt!

Now, interestingly, when I use to eat the SAD diet (Standard American Diet), I would never, let me repeat….NEVER, drink this much orange juice at once, because I would have been too concerned about the calories. I would have drunk a glass of water instead, and ‘saved’ my calories for something else, something probably processed and loaded with chemicals and food additives. Since I’ve eliminated processed foods from my diet, I’ve been able to eat fruits and nuts and seeds with no problems or concerns about weight gain.

The mail lady seems to be concerned too, but for different reasons. “Who keeps buying you these bushels of oranges and grapefruits?” “Don’t they know you live in Florida?” I don’t have the heart (or the guts?) to tell her its me!

Unfortunately, I moved 50 miles from the city. Routine food shopping now involves Super-Walmart. It’s actually cheaper and more convenient to buy a bushel of oranges and have them delivered to my front door, which, I’m sure, is the mail lady’s main concern….struggling to carry the heavy box of oranges to my front door every month.

Welcome to The Orange Shop – Famous for Fine Fruit since 1936.

7 Days of Kale- Day 6- Kale Pesto and Spaghetti Squash

22 Apr

This was by far my most favorite kale dish.

6 kale leaves, destemmed

3/4 cup Basil leaves, chopped, from your herb garden

1 cup sundried tomatoes

2/3 cup pine nuts

1 cup Macadamia nuts

4 Tbs Olive Oil

2-3 Tbs lemon juice

1 tsp salt

pine nuts to garnish

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut spaghetti squash in half, place on cookie sheet face down. Bake for  approx 45 minutes. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before scraping the inside out.

Process kale in food processor. Add kale and basil to medium mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients into the food processor. Blend until creamy. Add the sauce to the kale and basil and mix well.

Add pesto to spaghetti sauce, garnish with sundried tomatoes and pine nuts.

Enjoy!

7 Days of Kale- Day 5- Kale Cakes

21 Apr

Not that kind of cake.  This recipe is a one serving mini kale and quiche pie. Delicious. Easy to make. Easy to eat.  Fun to take to parties.

Recipe

1 bunch kale

5 large eggs, beaten

1/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled (may also substitute ricotta or cottage cheese)

2 tbs minced garlic

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp white pepper

Italian herbs, onion powder and paprika to flavor.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Pulse kale in food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Add sour cream, feta, eggs, garlic, spices and herbs. Mix thoroughly.

Coat  12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Divide evenly amongst the cups.

Bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm.

 

 

 

 

 

Beet-Carrot-Apple Juice

18 Apr

As some of you may already know, I am not a huge fan of  the earthy tasting raw beet root. Why eat or drink something that tastes like dirt? Well, because its good for you. So I keep trying to find a way to choke it down.

Beets are an excellent source of folate as well as a great source of Vitamin C, potassium and iron.

Beets contain phytonutrients called betalains. Betalains have been shown to attach to toxic substances in the body, essentially inactivating the toxin, which are then excreted from the body.

This combination of fruit and veggies were surprisingly tasteful. I even went back and made a second helping.

Recipe

juicer required

1 raw beet

20 baby carrots

1 apple, cored

Place through the juicer and drink immediately.

I can honestly say I enjoyed this even more than the Beet n Berry Smoothie I previously posted.

Kale nutrition and facts

17 Apr

Kale….the ‘other’ dark green leafy vegetable.

What’s so wonderful about kale? It’s just a garnish right? I can honestly say, for the majority of my life, I didn’t even know kale existed. And, I certainly didn’t know the curly green leaves used as decorations at salad bars were even edible. What!!! You can eat the garnish? Yuck!

Kale belongs to the Brassica family, a group of vegetables including cabbage, collards, and brussels sprouts.

Kale contains nearly twice the amount of Vitamin A as most of its fellow cruciferous vegetables.

Kale has cholesterol-lowering benefits when cooked by steaming.

Kale has over 45 different flavonoids in kale, including carotenoids and quercetin. These flavonoids have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which decreases chronic inflammation  and oxidative stress.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

1 c cooked

Calories                 36

Calcium                 9% RDA

Vitamin A             354% RDA

Vitamin K             1328% RDA

Iron                        6%

Folate                     4% RDA

Kale can be used to replace any dish that contains spinach, collard greens, cabbage, turnip greens, etc.

Over the next 7 days, I’m going to provide recipe examples on how to use kale in a dish.

7 Days of Kale…..

Crazy Clam Salad

9 Apr

Did you know one serving of clams ( 3 oz ) has 1400% RDA of Vitamin B12? That’s 14 days worth of B12. Two weeks. One-half month. Thats a lot of B12!

Totally awesome.

This is a quick recipe to make if you’re in a rush. No fuss, no mess.

Recipe

1 can Bumble Bee Baby Clams, drained

1 tsp or Tbs of Crazy Chicken Sauce ***

1 celery stalk, thinly diced

1 tbs mayo

Salt, onion powder to taste

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and serve with crackers.

My husband’s always asking me to give him the ‘crazy chicken sauce’. I assumed this was the name of the sauce until I went to a chinese restaurant and ordered ‘crazy chicken sauce’.  I received a ‘crazy’ look, but eventually I was given the bottle shown above and we cheerfully ate our dinner:)

Just curious if anyone else calls it Crazy Chicken Sauce?

Shrek Juice, a day in my life….

24 Mar

I get a lot of these looks drinking my ‘Shrek juice’ in the morning.

Gross! Disgusting! Ewwwwww, what are you drinking!

Excuse me, I say, this is my breakfast. I like to drink my multivitamin, thank you very much!

People are either really intrigued by my food choices or they want absolutely no part of it. Sadly, I’ve noticed it’s usually the unhappy and unhealthy people who keep turning up their noses at me. But simple human curiosity usually prevails, and some wonderful and thought provoking conversations commence around the water cooler.

This is what a typical day in my life looks like:

Shrek Juice recipe, juicer required

1 apple

1 zucchini

1 cup bok choy

1 cup celery

1 cup kale

ginger and freshly squeezed lemon juice

……..followed by

2 juiced oranges (or grapefruit) citrus juicer required

then,  a Green Smoothie, blender required

1 1/2 frz banana

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp chia seed

cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

1 cup spinach

I typically snack on an apple and 1 cup of baby carrots at some point during the day.

For lunch….

1 cup refried pinto beans with a dollop of sour cream and homemade salsa, with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.

For dinner

1 bunch of asparagus, with lemon juiced squeezed on top, a generous helping of Mrs Dash and paprika, dipped in low fat ranch dressing.

Now, I usually do not count calories, but for today, I want to show how a person eating a (mostly) vegetarian diet can meet their recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).

5 fruits, 11 servings of vegetables

Calories    1500

Protein      54        (for  my size and weight, I need 47 gm)

Calcium     1270

Iron            20

Folate         975

I easily meet all my nutritional needs.

Dr Oz, you are NOT smarter than an Okinawa Sweet Potato

24 Mar

I’ve been told many a time I have strange eating habits. Huh, what’s so weird about eating purple sweet potatoes?

My husband and I instantly fell in love with these potatoes while on our honeymoon in Hawaii last year. The yummy Okinawa Purple Sweet potato. Wow, babe, we could grow these in our Florida climate!!  So when we returned home, we searched endlessly. We tried California, local Oriental Food Markets, Hawaii, and yes, Japan, but no luck. What the heck? We finally discovered Hawaii has a little problem. They are called weevils. These weevils tirelessly decimate their crops. Hawaii’s answer to the weevil? Irradiate the crops. Well, darn it, you can’t sprout a sweet potato that’s been irradiated. And Hawaii has strict regulations about importing and exporting foods. It’s impossible to grow this sweet potato outside of Hawaii.

Apparently, Dr Oz, in all his brilliance, isn’t aware of this either. The Okinawan Sweet Potato: A Purple Powerhouse of Nutrition | Down to Earth. Thank you for the tease Dr Oz! Well I hope the Hawaiian’s are enjoying their new ‘superfood’. What about the rest of America?

Well, we found another purple sweet potato, the Stoke’s Purple Sweet Potato. (well, technically its a yam, but no one needs to know, shhhhhhh)   Purple Sweet Potatoes (Purple Yam) – Home of the Stokes Purple Sweet Potato – Stokes Foods, Inc..

So, if you’re invited to our house, and you’re served this for dinner…

know that a lot of time, hard labor, sweat, love, and patience, went into this fabulous tasting potato.

And no more making fun of me, Dr Oz thinks I’m cool for eating a superfood! 🙂

For more info Sweetpotato Production Guides for Hawaii.