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 ūüėČ ) 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 Jalape√Īos

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 ‚̧

 

 

 

 

Taco-less Taco

Mexican food is my favorite type of food by far! I do my best to spice it up and make it extra delicious! ‚̧

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Ingredients

1/2 cup Basmati Rice

1 head of cilantro

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup lettuce

1 lb Elk Hamburger (or meat of choice)

1 package of Taco seasoning

1 15oz can black beans

Guacamole 

2 avocados

1/4 cup white onion

1/4 cup salsa

2 tbsp Honey

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Toppings

Salsa

Green Chile

Jalape√Īos

Cheese (optional)

Cook Time: 25-30 min

Serves: 2-3

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To begin, take out a small pot and fill with 1 cup of water and put in on high heat. Once the water begins to boil, add rice and olive oil. Turn down to medium heat and cover with a lid. Let boil for 10-15 min. Stir often. If the rice is still hard once the water has evaporated, continue to add gradual small amounts until it is fluffy and soft.

In a frying pan, add meat and turn on medium heat. Add a taco seasoning or season to your liking using garlic powder, paprika, cumin, turmeric, lemon and chili powder. Stir seasoning in well and mix until the meat is fully cooked through.

On the side prepare your chopped lettuce, guacamole (using the recipe above or buying store bought), strain black beans, and grate cheese. Once the rice¬†if fully cooked, add¬†in finely chopped cilantro¬†and lemon juice. Build your “Taco” to your liking adding your choice of toppings and enjoy.

Chicken Noodle Soup

When the weather is cold and the body needs nourishment, Chicken Soup is the way to go. Here is a recipe I made using a chicken from a dinner the night before. It’s great to get mileage out of your ingredients and your time in the kitchen. Feel free to bake a chicken and throw in the bones and ¬†leftover meat into the pot or start from the beginning!

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Ingredients 

1-2 lb Chicken (with bone)

4 Carrots

3 stocks Celery

6 small potatoes (option: 3 white and 3 purple)

1/4-1/2 White Onion

2-3 Cloves Garlic

1 package Rice Ramen Noodles

1/2 lemon

1/2 tbsp Rosemary

1/2 tbsp Thyme

1 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Black Pepper

1 tbsp Cumin

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Begin by making your stock: Pull out a large pot and fill with 5-6 cups of water. Cut up chicken, potatoes (leave skin on), carrots, onion, garlic and celery. Turn stove on medium/high heat for 40-45 minutes, adding water as needed. Check to make sure your chicken is fully cooked. Let it cook for more time before adding in your seasoning.

Once your stock has been created, turn on medium/low heat, add in squeezed lemon, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. Adjusting quantity as needed. Finally, add in 2-3 cakes of rice ramen. Let Ramen cook for 4-6 minutes and then take off heat. Serve and enjoy ‚̧

Blueberry Banana Gluten Free Pan-Cake

I am an avid lover of pancakes! There’s so many ways you make them, but in all my years I have never had a pancake quite like this. It literally is a pan cake. And om namah shivayah is it good!

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Ingredients

2 banana

2 cups Pamela’s Gluten Free Pancake Mix

1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

3 tbsp water

1 jar of your favorite jam

1/2 cup almond butter

1 carton Blueberries

Maple Syrup

Coconut oil

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Take out a large bowl and begin to mash bananas with a fork. Add in Pamela’s Pancake mix (save’s you a huge chunk of time!) and mix well. The bananas pancake mix should create a fairly doughy consistency. Add in vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and water. Stir well.

Oil up a pan with coconut oil and turn on medium/low heat. Pour roughly 1/2 cup of pancake mixture in the pan and place blueberries on top. When the heated batter begins to boil and the bottom has turned golden, flip your cake. Begin to make your cake once both sides are golden an cooked through which takes approximately 2-3 minutes on both sides. Lightly coat the top of the pancake with coconut oil and then add a layer of jam. In this recipe I used peach, which was divine! Throw another layer of the “cake” into the pan (don’t forget to add the blueberries!). Once cooked, butter with coconut oil and then add a layer of almond butter. Continue to layer your cake with alternating layers of jam and almond butter until you have used up all your batter.

Serve with maple syrup and enjoy ‚̧

 

 

Mango Chicken Haystack

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Here is a clean eat for the family night dinner. It’s got great flavor; mixing sweet and spicy.

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Ingredients

1 cup Basmati Rice

3 tbsp Olive Oil

 1/2 lemon

1/2-1 lb Chicken breast

1/2 onion

2 cloves garlic

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of pepper

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 mango

1 Avocado

1/4 cup cilantro

1/2 cup lettuce

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Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a small pot. Add rice and bring down to medium/low heat, cover with lid.

In a frying pan, place olive oil, onion, garlic and simmer on low heat for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add chopped chicken, salt, pepper, cumin, turmeric, 1/4 lemon and chili powder. Bring up to medium/high heat and stir frequently, adding more olive oil, if needed. Once the meat is cooked thoroughly, remove from heat.

When rice is ready, add a pinch of salt, a splash of olive oil, cilantro, and 1/4 lemon. Mix well.

Begin to make your haystack by placing rice, chicken, lettuce, avocado, mango, and garnish with cilantro.

Enjoy ‚̧

 

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.

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.

Cabbage Salad

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This is by far one of the quickest, cheapest, most delicious, and nutritious recipes!

Cabbage is loaded with Vitamin C, K, B6, Manganese, Calcium, Thiamin, beta-carotene, flavonoids, along with other nutritive properties!

In fact, there is research out there that states that cabbage is helpful for Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, boosting Immune Function as well as Obesity.

Raw Cabbage, especially, is a high prana food, so eat up!

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Ingredients

Raw Cabbage

Coconut oil (melted) or Olive Oil

Nutritional Yeast

Lemon Juice

Cilantro

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If using coconut oil, turn on low and melt oil. Let cool and then pour over chopped cabbage. Toss salad and squeeze lemon juice over your cabbage. Add nutritional yeast and cilantro. ‚̧

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 ‚̧

Mint Magic Smoothie

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I recently learned that chocolate (cacao really) is the number one super food for longevity. This smoothie is packed not only with cacao but other wonderful natural sugars, vitamins, and nutrients. Great way to spark your nervous system into the Halloween spirit!

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This was perhaps one of the greatest smoothie discoveries of my life! It’s practically like a milk shake, only instead of being full of lethargy causing sugar and ice cream, it’s made of magic! Yes, magic indeed! Try it out & let me know how you like it!

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Ingredients

1 banana

1 pear

1 apple

1/4 cup fresh mint

1-2 tbsp cacao powder

1-2 tbsp 72% dark chocolate (roughly 3-4 squares chopped)

1/2 cup Spinach

1 cup Almond or Coconut Milk

1/4 cup Coconut shavings

1/4 cup Vanilla Brown Cow Yogurt

serves 2-3

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Throw it all in a blender & blend until smooth ‚̧

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