8 months post partum: Time To Detox (Creamy Avo-Kale Banana Smoothie)

It's time to retire the maternity gear and poor eating habits...starting with green smoothies for breakfast. Actually, the start of every morning will be a green smoothie. Not necessarily raw but GREEN.
Another smoothie for bone health and development (my daughters, yes even my 8 month old, and nephew, an extremely picky eater, enjoyed it as well)
1/2 hass Avocado
1/2 cup non dairy Milk
1 cup of Kale
1/2 cup Watercress
2/3 frozen banana chopped
Water
Combine all ingredients and blend till smooth


Fortifying Smoothie For Bone health

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut yogurt
1 cup spinach
Handful of watercress
2/3 cup of frozen banana
Water

Blend all ingredients and add water for desired consistency. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato-Coconut Curry

Ingredients:
1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
Pinch of cardamom
1/2 cumin seed
2 tsp minced ginger
1/2 fennel powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
3 Tbsp coconut yogurt
1/2 garam masala
2 sweet potatoes sliced, boil

Directions:
Heat oil in wok or similar pot. When oil is hot add cardamom, fennel powder, cumin seeds. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add ginger and sauté until golden brown. Add yogurt then cumin powder. Then add potatoes and garam masala. Stir well and lower heat to a simmer. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice or naan. Enjoy!!!!

Stuffed Poblano Topped w/ Vegan Gourmet Cheese

Ingredients:
1 package of Soyrizo
1 package of Marjon Tofu Crumbles
1 small onion, diced
1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
6 Plobano peppers, split and de-seeded
1 cup shredded Vegan Gourmet Cheddar Cheese
Directions:
In a mixing bowl, use a fork to mix together the soyrizo, crumbles, onions, and seasoning. Stuff peppers with mixture and top generously with cheese. Place in a greased casserole dish, cover, and cook for 35 minutes on 400°c. Serve with rice and salad or sliced tomato.



Cilantro infused Tofu in a Coconut and Tomato Sauce

1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
Pinch of cardamom (opt)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp ginger minced
1 yellow onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 bell pepper rough chopped
3 vine ripe tomatoes chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 lb LEASA cilantro tofu cubed
1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

Direction:
Heat oil on medium high heat. When oil is hot add cardamom powder, cumin seeds then ginger. Sauté until ginger becomes golden then add onion. Fry union until it browned and begins to caramelize. Add garlic and sauté for a minute then add bell peppers and tomatoes. Sauté for 2 minutes then add powders. Stir, then add tofu. Stir to coat all pieces of tofu then add coconut milk. Reduced heat to a simmer and allow to thicken. Add garam masala and stir well. Garnish with cilantro and sliced tomato.


A New Leaf: Tat Soi with Fennel and Ginger

Seemingly intimidating, surrounded by exotic fruits and vegetables, imported cheeses and other speciality items, there is no shopping experience for the health conscious as gratifying as strolling down the aisles and frequenting the food court of Whole Foods. There is always something new and fresh to try and hopefully add to your diet. In the produce section I was looking for a new leaf. Greens are my most favorite food- Kale, Collard, Spinach...now to add to the list Tat Soi. These tasty Asian greens are jam-packed with many beneficial nutrients making it a super food. They do not release as much water as spinach does, so the leaves do not become mushy and hold its shape while cooking.The flavor is familiar, a mixture of spanich, cabbage, and collards. Here is a recipe to try.


Tat Soi with Fennel and Ginger

1 Tbsp Coconut oil or 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp minced Ginger
1 bulb of Fennel, sliced thinly
1 bag of Tat Soi, washed and cleaned
1 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
small pinch of salt (opt)

Directions:
Heat oil on medium-high heat in a medium large pot. When oil is hot, add ginger and the fennel and cook until it is browned/carmelized (about 10 minutes). Add Tat Soi and cook until wilted. Turn off the heat and add Braggs and salt. Serve with quinoa or rice.

Rehydrating Smoothie

In this summer heat, you want to beat dehydration to the punch. Regularly consuming electrolytes, found in many summer fruits, can help you overcome dehydration and prevent it along with frequent water intake. They also provide a boost of energy. A lack of energy is an indication of dehydration.The heat alone is exhausting so this smoothie will replenish you right after you've finished a workout, walk, gardening, or sun bathing (in moderation of course).


Ingredients:
1 cup coconut milk (lite, raw, or coconut water) 
1/2- 1 cup blueberries
2 bananas (frozen is fine)
Sweetner of choice (not needed if bananas are ripe/ spotted)

Directions:
Blend all till smooth and add water until desired consistency is achieved and enjoy!


ELT (Eggplant Bacon, Lettuce, &Tomato)



Oh my GOODNESS! This was absolutely delicious! I don't know if you have ever thrown a few things together when not really knowing what to expect, and the outcome is far beyond what you hoped for- Well, that's what I experienced with this simple raw sandwich the ELT.

I posted the recipe for flax crackers as well as eggplant bacon recently, but I didn't know that the combination was superb!

I don't eat sandwiches hardly at all any more being that I eat a gluten free diet. Now it will be back on the menu.

Eggplant bacon
1 Eggplant medium peeled, thinly sliced
½ Tbsp salt
1 ½ Tbsp Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Chili Powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cumin powder (opt)


Directions: In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except the eggplant and whish until thoroughly mixed. Add the eggplant and allow it to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Dehydrate eggplant on 105 degrees until completely dry (12 hours or more)

**I do advise you to dehydrate the eggplant bacon as long as possible to get a crispier texture. If this is not achieved simply tear the bacon into bite size piece upon layering it on the sandwich. 
***I would assume that mashed avocado would also be delicious on this sandwich and serve as a substitute for mayo.

Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies (eggs included)

Makes approx. 20 cookies

1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp buckwheat flour (opt)

Preheat oven on 350 degrees.

Beat egg with vanilla until creamy consistency. Add sugar and whisk until creamy consistency. Cut peanut butter and buckwheat into the egg mixture preferably with a wooden spatula.

On a greased cookie sheet, add Tbsp size dollops of cookie batter. Cook for 10-12 minutes and allow to cool before removing cookies as they are very fragile hot from the oven.


New baby & blog is currently under construction

Amelie Jolie Griffin, our second baby girl, was born March 11th weighing 7 lbs 13 oz in our current location of Pocatello, ID. Obviously, I am very busy but will soon resume regular posts of recipes and such no longer as a .com but blogspot.com
Thank you for your support, encouragement, and blessings.
Marquita

Sesame Sauce

Ingredients:
¼ cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup ketchup
2 Tbsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce

Opt:
1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Whisk all ingredients (minus the optional) in a bowl and heat on medium heat until it simmers then add to dish. To stretch the sauce which the cornstarch and water until lump free and add to simmering sauce. Which vigorously to incorporate flavor and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

Your Diet, Your Frame of Mind

Have you asked yourself seriously, why do I eat what I eat?

When you find that you have an allergy or intolerance do you feel the urge to rush out and buy all the products that are _(fill in your allergy here)_ free? When you began to eat a vegetarian/vegan diet did you stock up on imitation meat?

Have you considered if these products are valuable or necessary to your diet? 

Although there is nothing wrong with substituting junk food with healthy food, conscious eating is still at question when strolling down the aisles in the "health food" stores. 

Is gluten free bread despite allergies/intolerance to wheat/gluten that contain with ingredients such as rice flour, potato flour, cornstarch actually more healthy than whole wheat bread itself? Considering why you eat what you eat explains your diet, your habits, and your health. I attempt to buy non-processed foods, but the temptations and experimental itch are always present and hard to silence. It is not expensive to eat a vegan or vegetarian diet on an exclusive wholefoods diet which eliminates imitation meat, non dairy cheese, and unnecessary supplements. These products should be used at a minimum, treat, or not at all. This was just food for thought. When eliminating a food from your diet it can be very expensive to replace it with an imitation food but beneficial to simply eliminate it.

Raw Tamarind Chutney


Ingredients:
2 Tbsp tamarind paste
2 cups water
1 1/3 cup dates (soaked for 30 minutes)
¼- ½ salt
¼ - ½ chili powder
½ tsp ground cumin seed
½ tsp ground fennel seed
½ tsp- 1 tsp garam masala

Directions:
Blend water, dates, and tamarind until smooth liquid. Strain mixture through a mesh strainer like a tea strainer and save liquid. Blend liquid  with salt, cumin, and fennel. Stop the blender and add chili powder to taste. Add salt to taste then add garam masala.

Makes 2 cups  

Natural Alternative for Sinus Infections

It can be easy to mistaken symptoms for sinus infections for cold symptoms. Imagine taking all the right herbs and supplements for colds, but not getting better. Well this is what happened to me. Fortunately, I found a few things that worked for my sinus infection:

1 capsule Goldenseal daily
2 capsules Bee Pollen daily (tasty in smoothies as well)
1-2 bags Echinecea tea plus honey, steeped for 15 min and 3-5 times daily


Citrus fruits (seasonal fruits such as persimmons, pears, oranges, grapefruits, apples, lemons, and kumquats)

How it works?

The Goldenseal acts as an antibiotic and immune booster. The Bee Pollen works as an immune booster and immediately relieved my sinus pressure as well.

Echinecea tea dries up the mucous and kills virus cells as well.

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