Spicy Kale and Sweet Potato Stir Fry
This recipe is and anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory recipe that is hard to beat.
I really don’t know if you can eat any healthier than this.
Organic kale and sweet potatoes, garlic and coconut oil with crushed red pepper flakes.
This meal is fairly inexpensive, really.
Especially when you consider how much nutrition you get for the money and how filling this is.
Start with about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3-4 cloves of garlic. ( I always use a lot of garlic! )
Saute in a pan and add 3-4 large sweet potatoes, washed, with skin on and diced into 1 inch cubes.
Cook these ingredients together until the sweet potatoes get soft.
The fat in the coconut oil helps your body to process the vitamin A in the sweet potatoes, which, by the way, has been found to be beneficial in protecting the body against skin cancer as seen on the Dr. Oz Show.
Mine became mushy but I didn’t care. This is soooooo good!
Massage the kale….yes. Massage it, wash it and chop it up and add to the pan and cook unit soft.
Add crushed red pepper flakes and salt to taste.
You will crave this dish. I promise.
You will feel satisfied but not heavy and you will have done yourself a favor.
I also added some turmeric, ginger and cumin.
These are my favorite spices and they are great for your health.
I have been going on about coconut oil lately so please don’t get bored with me.
Coconut oil is so incredibly beneficial to you health and especially to brain health and is showing promise mitigating the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
It tastes great, it’s good for you.
Use it every chance that you get.
Enjoy and share!
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So Delicious! Black Bean and Avocado Spread!
I apologize that my photos are not more glamorous or that the spread itself is not prettier.
But there is no denying the fact that this little dish is one yummy and nutritious treat.
Coconut oil, black beans, garlic and avocado create a powerhouse of healthy oils, fiber and antioxidants in a tasty and convenient spread or dip; warm or chilled.
This recipe is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant rich combination that is easy to incorporate into your diet.
Just sauté garlic in coconut oil for a minute add 2-3 cans of organic black beans and cook until soft.
I start mashing everything with a potato masher then add the avocado and blend in the food processor.
Avocado is my new favorite food these days and I use it as a meat/dairy substitute in sandwiches and as a base for creamy dips and spreads.
My diet is becoming increasingly vegan if for no other reason than I simply feel better; more energized, lighter, and sharper.
Coconut oil is another of my favorites and I find ways to squeeze it into everything that I eat.
In this recipe it adds tremendous richness, creaminess and depth of flavor.
I find that coconut oil lends a richness that meat and dairy add to foods.
Black beans are a major staple in my kitchen.
They are super cheap, incredibly nutritious and convenient.
I buy organic beans in BPA-free cans and I find that if I always have them on hand I always have a meal.
From a quick soup to a warm spread or quesadilla, black beans are a great source of protein.
I served these with organic corn chips.
Served warm as a spread for bread or in a corn tortilla with other veggies, this is a quick and convenient source of protein and nutrition.
Keep some in the fridge and serve with brown rice and sautéed red peppers and it makes a cheap and easy meal.
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It’s Time for a New Spin on Old Favorites!
I am a Clevelander and Michael Symon the famed Iron Chef and celebrity du jour also, hails from this mid-west town.
Along with his acolyte, Johathon Sawyer, cuisine in Cleveland continues to function as a pork delivery system, along side of french fries in duck fat and fois gras as garnish.
Food trends happen for many reasons and conspicuous consumption factors in, I’m sure.
But at what point do we question celebrating gratuitous overindulgence as a substitute for culinary genius?
I get it. If you like bacon then food cooked with or otherwise augmented with bacon is delicious.
Like ice cream? Like Bacon? Mix the two and, voila! Genius!
I think not.
It’s like putting a girl in a bikini on a car.
Is it a better car? Is the design imaginative or ground breaking?
Or is it just a car with a scantily clad girl astride?
A dish which is flavorful and healthy, appealing to the eye and created without death and suffering; now that takes some talent!
Make cauliflower sexy; without bacon! and make me lust for a fruit dessert over the chocolate molten, whatever and I’m impressed.
There is a place for everything, I will concede. However, the Malthusian mathematics will come back to haunt is all.
Technology aside, there is only so much land to fill the appetites of food porn addicts and the lowest common denominator of palates!
And while some of my favorites may be no more or less creative and unique, I would like to think that they are environmentally friendly and healthy.
Coconut milk soups, fruit purees, fried broccoli rabe with Marcona almonds, nut creams both sweet and savory and an endless array of spices and greens presented in inventive and unexpected ways will satisfy and delight time after time.
Check out the article below for a short list of tired favorites.
Read the whole article here.
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Meatless Monday! Easy Summertime Meals that are Healthy and Light for Busy Families!
Summertime around here has meant a huge flurry of activity.
The hot and steamy weather hasn’t slowed us down much but appetites tend more toward light and flavorful rather than rich and filling.
And the schedules are all over the place! From sport activities to musical gigs, weekend getaways and family gatherings I find that preparing and serving nutritious meals is more challanging than ever.
Especially when I am not there to supervise everything!
Well, I’ve learned to “let go” and create easy, ready to prepare and assemble food for my family; even the picky ones.
I have been in the habit of keeping a big container of cooked brown rice in the fridge.
I also will sautee corn with cilantro and onions and keep that around.
In addition, I’ll chop green onion and fresh cilantro and keep that in the fridge, also.
There are always cans of organic vegetarian beans or refried beans in the panty.
I also make sure to keep stocked up on ripe avocados and limes.
By having these ingredients handy eating on the fly is healthy and quick.
Even the little ones can do it; even the chronically lazy!
We also like to garnish with fresh salsa and a tangy homemade yogurt or sour cream.
This meal and it’s many variations has become a summertime staple that everyone can enjoy and customize to their own preference.
Burrito style for those who are always running late and eating on the way or pizza stlye with a little Manchego cheese for weekend movie night.
So, don’t get frustrated get creative!
These budget friendly meals are flexible. Use what you have around and get fancy when the budget allows.
They are built in to be nutritious so you just can’t go wrong!
With only healthy options even the least culinary inclined among you can’t help but choose something delicious and nutritious while you enjoy a little fun in the sun!
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Super Food Kaniwa with Corn, Beans, Red Pepper, Green Onion, Avocado and Lime Juice!
Kaniwa from Roland Products, pronounced “Ka-nyi-wa”, is a staple grain of the ancient Aztec and Incan cultures whhich has been cultivated for thousands of years throughout South America.
The crunchy, earthy grain is loaded with protein and makes a complete meal when mixed with vegetables.
Roland Foods offers a wide variety of specialty foods from around the globe and was kind enough to send me this box of Kaniwa to try at home.
I have cooked with Quinoa in the past and I love it.
Kaniwa is similar to quinoa but seems to feel hardier and denser.
I gathered all the vegetables I could find and chopped them to equal size.
1 package of Grape tomatoes cut in half, 7 green onions, 1/2 of a red onion, 1 can of pinto beans, 2 cups of corn, 1 red pepper, 1/2 of a English cucumber, 1 bunch of cilantro,the juice of 3 limes, 1/4 cup of olive oil and salt to taste.
I garnished with avocado.
I put all of the chopped vegetables in a bowl, cooked the 12 oz. box ( about 2 cups ) of Kaniwa and added to the veggies.
I added it hot to the vegetables to bring them to peak flavor.
I find that adding hot grains to the veggies gives off just enough heat to liven the flavors.
I mixed everything then added the olive oil and the lime juice.
Serve and garnish with half an avocado.
Add salt to taste.
This was fantastic.
Everyone loved this vegan, protein rich meal which could also be great as a side dish with grilled salmon.
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