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Easy Indian Dish February 9, 2011

Here is an awesome dish I just whipped up for Dwight and I tonight!  He’s on the bus coming home, so I have a little time to write this up and share with you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown basmati rice
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 1 16 oz. can Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes (No Salt Added)
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chopped bok choy (or any cruciferous leafy green)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped ginger root (or 1/2 tsp ginger powder)

In a pot bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Then add the brown rice and cumin and leave on a low heat until the rice is cooked.

In another pan place the can of tomatoes, curry powder, ginger root and broccoli on a medium low heat.  When they start to bubble add the peas.  After five minutes add the leafy green vegetables.

Then you should have a delicious Indian feast!

 

Kale & Beans Crockpot Recipe February 6, 2011

Dwight and I have a little bit of a Saturday night dinner tradition.  This week we kept it pretty simple and very healthy.  Vegetables and beans are the best way to get your nutrients on a vegan or vegetarian diet.  They are low in fat and high in protein, minerals and vitamins.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 head of kale chopped (not 1 leaf, this should be about 4 or 5 packed cups)
  • 2 cans of navy beans
  • 1 large celery stalk chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme

Throw the ingredients in a crockpot, stir, let it cook for at least an hour.  Then you’ll have yourself a healthy stew!

 

Hemp Milk July 24, 2010

Filed under: Gluten Free,Raw,Recipes — Yvette @ 1:45 pm
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I enjoy having cereal in the morning, but since I am vegan and anti-processed sugar I have to make my own milk.  I have found that nut milks taste really good, but they require straining with a nut milk bag.  This is fine on occasion, but I find that hemp seed milk is the easiest to make.  Hemp seeds are a great source of Omega 3s & 6s which are hard to find in the Standard American Diet.  They are also a good source of protein.  They are also the ONLY nut or seed that does not have enzyme inhibitors, so it does not need to be soaked AT ALL.  This is a huge plus.  Here is the basic recipe, the thickeners and sweeteners are optional.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup hemp milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • thickener – 2 tbs coconut butter or oil (optional)
  • sweetener – 1 tbs lucuma or yacon powder or honey or 2 dates (optional)

Throw ingredients in a blender and you have hemp seed milk!  I use it in smoothies or in a berry and chopped nut cereal.

 

Mango-guacamole April 9, 2010

My favorite food in the world is avocado, end of story!  In my eyes it is perfect, it is a fruit, high in protein, minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids and it’s delicious!  Mangoes are just about in season, and they are perfect in guacamole 🙂 Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 mango chopped
  • 1 tbs minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Enjoy 🙂

 

Rice Dish March 8, 2010

Rice dishes can be used as a low maintenance healthy dish.  If you have a rice cooker than it’s even easier.  This rice dish is adapted from the famous Moosewood cookbooks.  I’ve made for Dwight and at potlucks and the responses have always been great.

Ingredients:

For the rice:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 & 3/4 cups water

To throw on the rice:

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced tofu or tempeh
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

For the dressing (optional):

  • 1/2 cup OJ
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

What I usually do is I throw the rice on the stove, or throw it in the rice cooker.  Then I start preparing the veggies and the dressing.  You don’t need to steam or cook the veggies unless you want to.  I would prepare the vegetables and throw them in a large bowl, when the rice is done you can mix the two together.  The dressing isn’t necessary, but works well with the dish.  You can add whatever veggies you want to the dish, but this is a good way to add some raw veggies with a cooked grain.

When we eat too many different types of cooked food at one time it may be difficult for our bodies to handle.  Categories of foods would be grains, starchy vegetables (potatoes), cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale), vegetable fruits (cucumbers, tomatoes), fruits and so on.  This is because cooked foods lack enzymes which are necessary for digestion.  The body has to draw upon its reserve of enzymes in the pancreas.  When you eat several types of food, the body needs to draw upon several types of digestive enzymes and fluids.

Have you ever felt tired after a meal?  It may have been the result of combining too many different types of cooked foods.  It’s good to give our bellies a break now and then!