Vietnamese Pho: An Organic Take

 

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Pho is by far one of my favorite meals! And it is jam packed with nutrients. The broth itself is said to have amazing healing properties, especially for the muscles and joints. Unfortunately, most pho that we can by at a restaurant is not organic and often it contains MSG. To solve my dilemma to determine whether this food is my friend or pho (get it 😉 ) I decided to make my own.

The process can be a bit intimidating because the ingredients may be slightly unusual and it can be time consuming. Fear not, it is simple, delicious and makes a ton! So you will be able to share the meal with your family.

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Ingredients

1 lb beef or pork bones

1 White onion, Large

4-5 quarts of water

1 tbsp Ginger, fresh

1 1/2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Pepper

2 tsp Chili Powder

2 pods Star Anise

2-3 tbsp Fish sauce

1 1/2 lbs choice of meat (Shrimp, Tofu, Pork, or Beef)

1 tbsp Sriracha

1 tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 lime

Toppings:

1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts

1 head of Cilantro

2-3 Jalapeños

1 package Thai Basil

Green Onions

2 limes

1-2 packages Rice Ramen Noodles

Sriracha

Poison Sauce

Cherry Tomatoes

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IMG_3304.JPGPreparation:
Many health food stores sell beat sprouts, however, if they are not in
season or if you would like to sprout your own, you can take about 1/2 cups of beans (I chose
mung), cover them with water, and place a folded paper towel and rubber band over the top. Allow them to sprout over the course of 5-7 days (other beans take less time). Once they have sprouted, strain them and add them to this meal or the next!

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Start by taking your beef bones and cooking them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. This will rid the bones of any parasites and will ready the bones marrow to be pulled out when making your stock.

In a large pot, place in water, onion (shopped),ginger, and bones. Simmer on low for 6-10 hours.  Then add pepper,salt, chili powder, star anise, and fish sauce then stir. Add in your meat either by cooking it in the broth or in a pan. I prepared mine in a pan to avoid any contamination and to individually season the meat to my liking. Once finished, take out the bones and add the meat to the pot along with the Sriracha, 1 lime, and Hoisin Sauce.

In a separate bowl, cook the amount of rice noodles you would like to eat by following the instructions on the package. Then, disperse the noodles into each serving and add the broth (NOTE: the rice noodles are fragile and will break/disintegrate if you cook them all at once and place them in the pot). Then, add the toppings of your choice, I recommend adding them all.

Eat and Enjoy ❤

 

 

 

 

Awareness & Labeling Emotions

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It is hot topic in biology that the bacteria in our gut has a huge impact on our mood, personality, emotions, and even thoughts. The bacteria living there, however, are not permanent. They change in quantity and type depending on our environment, what we ingest via breathe, food, and beverage.

Over the past few years I have begun to place a large amount of awareness towards how certain foods affect me. I know that if I eat certain things my gut flora will get out of balance and change my mood and therefore how I interact with those around me. All too often I have said something that I regret and realize that I ate something recently that probably made me that way.

I know it sounds like a bunch of science fiction, but it is the truth. The bacteria in our gut neurons-582054_640has a direct link to our brain and thus to our actions and reactions. This is why eating well is of the utmost importance.

So how do I deal with it? Personally, when I realize I have an intense emotion towards someone that may not be exactly justified I think, What did I eat in the last 24-48 hours? More often than not, I can identify the exact meal or food item that upset me. In efforts to bring humor to the irritation, sadness, or anger, I have started labeling my emotion as the food I ate that made me upset.

When I check in with myself and ask, How are you feeling? The answer becomes something like carrot cake, ice cream, pizza, or corn.

Saying I feel like carrot cake, for me, is a much more accurate description of how I am really feeling because I am really feeling the chemistry of that particular food interacting with my biology. What I have noticed from my personal experience is that when the food passes through me so does that emotion. The same is true on the other end. When I eat right for my body, I am balanced, clear, happy, and light. The emotion then changes to feeling like carrots, quinoa, smoothie, or kale.

So today’s post offers a suggestion in how we approach our meals and how we approach our emotions. When eating a meal, notice how you feel before eating it and how you feel after. Generally, you will feel better, worse or the same. Ideally, you want to feel better, so if you noticed that what you ate made you feel worse, shift your next meal choice and ask yourself what are you feeling and why. Often, I find, I can identify the feeling but not why. If that’s the case, observe the emotional for it will pass once the food has been digested. In this case you will know how you’re feeling because if very well may be that you just feel like carrot cake.

Persimmons & Quinoa: Breakfast From Heaven

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Have you ever had a persimmon? To me, they taste like the cross between a mango and a papaya. Needless to say, they are a fruit from the cosmos and this is the time of the year to get ’em fresh! Not to mention, they are loaded with Vitamin C, A, various B vitamins, Fiber, Potassium, and many other nutrient/health benefits.

So here is the breakfast of your life time that is gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free. And you never would have guessed unless I told you. So eat up!

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Ingredients

1/4 cup Quinoa

1-2 Persimmons

1/4 cup Almond Milk

A Pinch of Salt

1 tbsp Cinnamon

1 tbsp Cardamon

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Take your quinoa and rinse it thoroughly through a fine mesh strainer. Then, take out a small pot and fill it with 1/2 cup of water and put on high heat. Once boiling, add quinoa and turn the heat to a medium/low, then cover with lid. Let cook for about 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, skin and dice the persimmons, place in a frying pan with about 1/4 cup of water and added spices. Let simmer until the water has absorbed fully and add almond milk and stir. Turn off heat and place cooked quinoa and persimmon sauce in a bowl and serve. Add more Cinnamon and cardamon, if needed. ❤

Note: If you can’t find persimmons in your local health food store or it’s not persimmons season, you can easily substitute peaches or your favorite fruit instead.

Curried Squash Soup

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Soup season is upon us! So much deliciousness in one giant pot! I just kind of made this one up as I went along and it turned out so good! So try it out for yourself and see if you like it!

I love soups because they are super affordable and make so so much. Plus it’s seems to be so nourishing to sit down to a nice piping hot bowl of soup.

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Ingredients

Broth

5 cups of Water

1/4 yellow onion

3 Carrots

1/2 cup Cabbage

1/2 cup Kale

Soup

1 Squash (any variety)

1 Large Yam

Vegan butter

Salt

Pepper

1/2 Yellow Onion

2-3 Carrots

1 can Coconut Milk (simple brand)

1/4 cup Madras Curry Peppery Coconut with Coriander Sauce

1 tsp Paprika

1 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Coriander

Toppings

Cilantro

Feta

Lemon or Lime

Avocado

Serves: 10-12

Side (optional)

Jasmine Rice

Time: 50-60 min

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Turn on the oven to 350 degrees. Take your squash and cut it in half (Or, if you have issues opening it, you can do what I did, which was drop it off my balcony to get it to crack open). Take out a baking pan and place the squash in it skin side down. Take a small scoop of vegan butter and place it in the middle of the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set it in the oven. Set the timer for 45 minutes.

Next, take out a bid pot and fill it with the water for your broth. You can, of course, just buy vegetable or chicken broth, but there’s no fun in that and this tastes way better! Chop up and peel yam, cut onion, carrots, cabbage, and kale or substitute any vegetable you would like to make the broth. Set on medium/ow heat. Cover with a lid and let cook for 45 minutes.

If you would like to serve with rice, in the last ten minutes on the timer, make about 1/4 cup of rice for every two people you want to serve. Have a 2:1 ratio of water. So if you preserving a family of four you would have 1/2 cup of rice and 1 cup of water. Put water in a pot on high heat. Add about 1 tbsp olive oil. Once boiling, add rice, cover with a lid, and put on medium/low heat for 10 minutes.

Once your squash is done and your broth is ready, take the squash out of the oven. Let it cool for a few minutes and then take off the peel. Place the squash in a blender, along with raw carrots and onion. Cover with the broth you just made and blend. It’s okay if you need to do several rounds to fit it all in your blender. Once all of the veggies are blended and in the big pot on medium heat, add a big pinch of salt and a big pinch of pepper. Add paprika, cumin, coriander, coconut milk and curry. If you can’t find this brand, use can definitely use another or add in regular curry powder (if using powder only add in 1-2 tbsp). Stir well and serve. If you would like, you can garnish with cilantro, feta, avocado, and squeeze lemon over it.

enjoy ❤

 

Stuffed Carnival Squash with Cheesy Millet

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Hello Vegetarians and veggie-eaters! It’s officially cold outside and the day of smoothies and cooling food have wained their way into the season of warm foods and root vegetables.

This meal is affordable and filling so eat up because you can make quite a bit!

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Ingredients

Squash:

1 Carnival Squash

Salt

Pepper

Spike Seasoning

Vegan Butter

1/2 lemon

Filling:

1 Cup Spinach

1 Portabello Mushroom

1/4 Cup Yellow Onion

1 clove Garlic

1 tbsp Olive Oil

2-3 tbsp Tamari

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Feta Cheese

Pine Nuts

Millet:

1/2 Cup Millet

1/4 Cup Mozzarella

1/4 Cup Sharp Cheddar

1 tbsp Rosemary

Salt

Pepper

Salad:

Red leaf Lettuce

Carrots

Purple Cabbage

Add Dressing of Choice

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Optional: 4 hours to 1 night before, soak millet in water with a pinch of salt. When ready to prepare the meal, strain millet through fine mesh strainer and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take your squash and cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Take a spoonful of vegan butter and place it in the center of the squash. Placing the squash skin-side-down on a baking pan, sprinkle salt, pepper, and spike over the squash. Place in the oven for 45 minutes.

When timer goes off for the squash, turn off oven. Flip squash over, skin-side-up, and let it sit in the over until dinner is ready to be served. You’ll notice it looks like the moisture was taken out of the squash, turning it over spreads out the butter and brings some of the moisture back.

Take out a small pan and place one cup of water in it on high heat. Once water boils, add millet and turn down to medium/low heat and cover with a lid. When the millet has cooked completely (takes roughly 10-15 minutes), add in cheese, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Stir frequently and keep on low heat till cheese has melted completely.

Meanwhile, Prepare Salad.

About 10 to 15 minutes before squash is ready, take out a frying pan and pour olive oil in the pan. Cut up onion and mushrooms and place in the pan on medium/high heat for 2-3 minutes. Once the onions have caramelized, add chopped spinach, garlic and tamari. Cook for another 2-3 minutes with lid on. Turn off heat, cover with lid, and set aside until squash is ready.

When squash is ready, squeeze lemon on top and add in filling with pine nuts and feta. Dish out salad and millet and serve.

Avocado Pancakes

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An alternative to the sweet starchy breakfast! Here’s a meal that will excite your taste buds and set you right for the day ❤

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1/4 Cup Coconut Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

A pinch of Salt

2 eggs

1 Avocado

3 shallots

Vegan Butter

1/4 cup Unsweetened coconut milk

Dressing:

4-6 tbsp Vegan butter

1 tbsp Parsley

1/4-1/2 lemon

Garnish:

Shallots

Parsley

Avocado

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Take out a large mixing bowl and add in eggs, avocado (mashed), baking soda, salt, coconut flour, coconut milk and stir well. Grease a frying pan with butter, turn heat on medium/high, add a dollop of batter. Allow the pancake to cook on one side until the edges are golden brown or you see bubbles simmering to the top. Flip. While making pancakes, take out another small pot and add in butter, lemon juice, and parsley. Melt on very low heat so as not to wilt the parsley. Place pancakes on a plate, drizzle dressing over top, garnish and enjoy.

Gluten Free Sugar Free Paleo Muffins

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These muffins are surprisingly good! I expected them to turn into a rock of bland luckiness, but I was delighted to find that they are sweet, nutritious, hardy, and soft.

This is the perfect breakfast or snack for any one with severe allergies, wants to lay off the sugar, or is doing the Candida Diet. This recipe was inspired by one I found online at http://www.thecandidadiet.com, but I put a couple of my own special twists in there.

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Ingredients

1 Cup Coconut Flour

1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes

1/4 Cup Flaxseeds

1/4 Cup Walnuts

1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1/4 cup Raw Cacao

2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Nutmeg

1/4 Tsp Clove

2 Eggs

1-1 1/2 Tbsp Stevia

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 Cup Almond Butter

1-2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Time: 25-30 minutes

Makes: 12

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Set the oven to 375 degrees. Take out one large mixing bowl and place in flour, coconut flakes, seeds, almond butter and cacao. Add in eggs and coconut milk and whisk until all the ingredients are well blended. If needed, add more coconut milk until the batter is sticky but not watery. Add in cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, stevia and vanilla extract and continue to stir the batter. Take out your muffin tin and line it with cupcake liners or grease well with oil or butter. Fill your tin with the batter. These muffins don’t rise very much, if at all, so be sure to fill your liner to the brim. Garnish with more seeds and cacao, if you please. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Check your muffins by placing a fork in the middle. If batter is still wet in the center cook for another 5-10 minutes. Once done, let them cool for 10 minutes, serve with a glass of coconut milk and then enjoy ❤

Veggie Omelet

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Ingredients

3 eggs

1 Portabello Mushroom

1/2 Red Bell Pepper

1/2 Yellow Onion

1/2 cup Spinach

2-3 cloves of Garlic

1/4 Cup PepperJack Cheese

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Vegan Butter

Toppings

Avocado

Lemon

Cilantro

Pepperjack Cheese

Salsa

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Get out a bowl and place all the ingredients in there except for the butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix all together. Butter a frying pan and put on medium/high heat. Place the eggs in the pan and begin to scramble. Once they are all scrambled and ready to go, add toppings of your choice.

Gluten Free Gringa Fajitas

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Here’s a recipe out there for ya that I discovered on my Candida Diet! So good. I bit hard to take in meat since it’s been a while, but it sure made my gut feel good 🙂 I recently developed an allergy to gluten and corn as well so this recipes is nice for giving you an alternative to some of the ingredients that can trigger common allergies.

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Ingredients

1 lb Chicken

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Red Bell Pepper

1/2 White Onion

1/2 Cup Quinoa

1/2 cup Spinach

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Paprika

1 tsp Chili Powder

Salt

Pepper

Coconut Oil

Toppings:

Cilantro

Avocado

Juice from a Lemon

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Start this dish off by taking a dollop of coconut oil and placing it in a frying pan. Cut up chicken into bite sized bits and place it in the pan on medium heat. Stir occasionally.

Take 1 cup of water and place in a small pot. Turn on high. Once water boils, add quinoa. Turn heat to low and cover with a lid.

Begin to cut up bell peppers and onion. Place in pan with chicken. Continuing to stir so that chicken doesn’t stick to pan. Be generous with your coconut oil. If it dish needs more, by all means, add more. You don’t want it to be soupy with oil, but well lubricated 😉 Add in cumin, paprika, chili powder; salt and pepper to taste. Stir pan, evenly coating chicken and veggies.

Once quinoa and fajita fillings are fully cooked. Prepare your plate by adding quinoa, spinach, fajitas fillings. Top with cilantro, lemon juice, and avocado. ❤

Lemon Garlic Tilapia with a Garden Salad & Green Beans

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Hello internet family ❤ This is a long awaited recipe, requested by one of the sweetest women I know! Similar to the Salmon recipe. Same same, little different. Here it goes: Clean eating for the entire family!

Fish are a wonderful source of protein, omega-3’s, B12 and Niacin, amongst other nutrients. So however you do it, it’s a great meal to add into your diet!

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Ingredients

1/2 lb tilapia

1 lemon

3-4 cloves garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Handful of Green Beans

1 sprig of dill

Olive Oil

1 head of Lettuce

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Carrot

1/2 avocado

Serving 1

Cooking Time: 30-45 min.

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Alright folks, I’m pretty proud of this meal. It’s so nutritious and well balanced! You’ve got a great source of protein, good/healthy fats, and tons of veggies, each with health promoting qualities. Oh, and by the way…it’s delicious.

Set the oven to 375. Take out a baking pan and tin foil. Tear enough to create a tent around the fish. Take out your tilapia, place it on the tin foil, squeeze 1/4 lemon over it, season with a small pinch of salt, take one clove of garlic chopped and sprinkle on top. When your oven has preheated, cover your fish with the tin foil; again creating that tent-like quality. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

Next, chop up your salad fixings. Add more or less of whatever you like/don’t like listed above. Increase quantity if more people are joining you. Once your timer goes off, expose your fish, peeling away the tin foil. Place it back in the over for another 10-15 minutes. If you want your fish to become crispy set for 10 min and then put on broil for 5-7 minutes.

While your fish is finishing up, pour roughly 2 tbsp of olive oil into a frying pan. Add green beans, again adding a small handful for each person other than yourself. Take another 1/4 of lemon and squeeze over green beans. Take a pinch of salt and pepper, season to taste, and sprinkle over the beans. Add chopped garlic to the pan. Add 1 clove of garlic for every 2 people your cooking for. (For example: if you’re feeding 3 people, add 4-5 garlic cloves.) Mix ingredients together, covering the green beans with olive oil. Put on medium, cover with lid, stir every 30 seconds or so. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Allow them to steam for 5-7 minutes, turning the heat down, if needed.

Once the fish is cooked, take 1/4 lemon and squeeze over top. Add a bit more salt or fresh dill if your would like. Taste the green beans, maybe add the last 1/4 of lemon to them and continue to season to your liking.

Enjoy ❤

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