Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes

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I got these beautiful stuffing tomatoes at the farmer’s market recently, and since I had never stuffed anything but a pepper, I knew I had to buy them.  This is a pretty simple dish, very customizable, healthy, and fast to prepare.  This would make a great appetizer, although I ended up eating it for lunch!

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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 10 stuffing tomatoes 
  • daiya vegan mozzarella cheese

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Add the quinoa to the water, and toss in the spices.  Cook the quinoa, covered and over low heat, 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.   Take the tops off the tomatoes, and using your finger dig out all the seeds.  With a pairing knife you then want to take out the center so that that tomato is hollow inside.   

Stuff each tomato with the quinoa, making sure its nice and stuffed in there, I used a spoon to stuff it down deep without breaking the outside.  Place them in a baking dish and cover with the cheese, and cook for 15 minutes.

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Sesame Garlic Tempeh Wraps

Many people are concerned about the consumption of soy products.  Eating soy will not make men grow breats, and it will not make little girls go into puberty before they are ready.  In actuality, because of the estrogen like properties, it actually helps fight cancer, especially testicular cancer in men.  The fermented soy bean has been eaten in asia for centuries with no issues.  The problem arises with the highly processed soy products like the oils, the soy protien isolates found in a lot of  vegan junk foods, TVP…and of course the non organic GMO soy bean.  When eaten in its whole form it has numerous health benefits.  

Tempeh is a very overlooked protein source, and one that I’m not exactly too fond of.  But, I recently picked up Tofurky sesame garlic pre-marinated Tempeh, and I have fallen in love!  The fermentation process of the soybeans is what gives tempeh its unique nutty flavor, and makes the proteins more readily digestible.  There have also been studies that showed that the calcium absorbed from tempeh was comparable to a glass of milk.   (World’s Healthiest Foods, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=126) 

 

I paired this delicious tempeh with some fresh picked farmer’s market tomato’s and cucumbers.  The entire sandwich comes together in less then 10 minutes, and its a great way for a tempeh noobie to get to know this nutritious food.

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Sesame Garlic Tempeh Wraps

  • 1 package Tofurky sesame  garlic tempeh
  • hummus
  • 2 slices fresh organic tomato
  • 4 thin slices organic cucumber
  • 1 spinach  sandwich wrap

 

In a  saute pan, heat coconut oil over high heat. When the pan sizzles if you throw a small drop of water on it, add the tempeh, and brown on each side for 2 minutes.  

Spread the hummus evenly on the wrap, then place the cucumber and tomato on  top of the hummus.  Then place the Tempeh, and roll the wrap up.  

Simple huh?  Enjoy!

Peanut butter Granola bars

I know I said the last granola bar recipe was going to be my last granola recipe, but I wanted to really show the versatility in making these.  So THIS is my last granola bar recipe.  I promise.

For this recipe, I replaced the coconut oil with peanut butter and almond butter.  Because all you really need is a fat of some kind.  (You could use butter, bananas)

I soaked my chia seeds this time because I was having an issue with the ones on the outside of my bars falling off.  I seem to have solved that problem this time.

Not only did these come out really crunchy, but they are also the cheapest granola bars I have made to date.  I just kind of threw them together with whatever I had on hand.  (Time to food shop!)

Peanut butter Granola bars

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (nothing but peanuts)
  • 2 tbsp natural almond butter
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds, soaked for a minute
  • 1 1/2 cup nuts, dried fruits (I used a combination of pepitas and dried cranberries)

Pre heat an oven to 350 degrees, and oil a baking pan.  8×8 is a good size.  Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (I did this by hand) and then lay it all into the oiled pan, pressing it in flat making sure its even all around.  Cook for 20-30 minutes (it should be nice and browned on the top)  and then let it cool for at least 2 hours.  Cut into bars.

 

 

 

Stevia – What 1 dash REALLY means

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This is Stevia.  Stevia is an herb, like oregano or basil.  I often say, “1 dash Stevia” in my recipes, and I thought that I should clarify exactly what I mean by that.  A dash of stevia is about the size of your pinky nail, and it is sweeter then a tbsp of white sugar.   My stevia comes from Trader Joe’s, but you can find it in large groceries as well, usually in the supplement isle because the USDA does not approve it for sale other then as a dietary supplement.  Japan has been using for centuries, and its very safe, has no glycemic index, and will not make you gain weight, or get cancer like other sugar replacers.

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This is 1 dash of stevia. It comes with this little scooper.

 

Stevia is not the same thing as Truvia.  Truvia has xylotol in it, which is a fruit sugar.  It has sugar in it.  Real Stevia is NOT sugar.  The only ingrediant it should have in it is STEVIA.

The Trader Joe’s Stevia has a little spoon that comes with it, and when my recipe calls for 1 or 2 dash’s of stevia, this is what I mean.  I love it, it is the only sweetener I use, besides honey and agave.  So, I hope I’ve cleared some things up for the people who were curious.

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So I was nominated for the Liebster award…So thank you

Lori Leigh Wilson!

The rules are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions from your nominator
  • Nominate the award to 11 new bloggers
  • Ask 11 new questions to the nominated recipients

So first I have to answer her questions:

1. If you could have one superpower – what would it be?  I would choose to be a timelord. 😉

2. What is your favourite thing about blogging?  Connecting with people, and hearing that I’ve helped someone out there.

3. What are your top 3 books of all time?  There are way to many books to name, but I have 3 favorite series… The Wheel of time Series (Robert Jordan), The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy (my blog is titled after these books!) and Anne Rice’s Vampire chronicles.

4. What are your top 3 movies of all time?  I like documentaries, especially ones about food

5. Which celebrity would you most like to have dinner with?  Russell Brand because he’s awesome, and The president, so I could ask WTF.

6. What makes you laugh the most?  My son.

7. What is the best joke you’ve ever heard?  I have no idea, I suck at jokes. =P

8. Who inspires you?  The Dalai Llama

9. What did you want to be when you were a child?  A mother.

10. What is the most interesting place you’ve ever travelled to?  Hawaii.  But I really want to go to Inida some day.

11. What are you most grateful for?  My life, my child, my house, my husband..but mostly my life.

Next I need to nominate 11 people…with less then 200 followers.  I’ll come back and edit this later, but here are my nominees so far:

A lot of these sites that I’ve nominated are people trying to get healthy, and for that they inspire me every day.  Other sites are food sites, with recipes just like mine.   Anyway, they all inspire me in one way or another =)

Here are my questions to you guys!

  1. If you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do?
  2. If you were going to die next year, what would you do/
  3. If you were suddenly found out you were immortal, what would you do then?
  4. If you had all the power in the world, you were like president of the world, what would you do?
  5. If you could turn back time, just once, what would you change?
  6. If you could talk to any celebrity, what would you ask them?
  7. If you could eat anything, and never get fat, what would eat?
  8. Whats your favorite time of year?
  9. Whats your  favorite quote?
  10. Are you having fun yet?
  11. Are you glad this quiz is over?

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If you pick the specific ailments topic,  please be sure to specify in the comments below exactly what you want me to write about.  Thanks guys!

A nutritionist and a Navy Chef Walk Into a Kitchen…

My husband, early in his navy career.

My husband, early in his navy career.

My family is quite small. It is just me, my son and my husband. I haven’t mentioned it before, but I am a navy wife, and my husband is gone usually 6 months out of the year. He’s out on his submarine right now, and he won’t be home again for a few months. This at once makes my life more difficult….and yet some things become SO much easier. For one thing, I don’t have to hear my husband complaining that once again, there is no steak on his plate. Right before he left I told him I was going to make spaghetti and meatballs, and he was so excited until the plate reached the table and he saw the meatballs were actually made from lentils and TVP. I can tell he doesn’t like a meal because his chair strays far from the table, as if the ability to jump up from the table quickly was a matter of life or death. We disagree on many things, politics, television shows, who should do most of the housework…and how to raise our only child. Sometimes he says to me, “Would you stop experimenting on our son?”

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It hurts. The knowledge I have in my head is real. It is not just some hypothesis that if I feed my son less junk now, he’ll be healthier later in life. The danger’s of GMO’s, dyes, additives, sugar…they’re real and documented. There is a whole book called the China Study explaining why one should take on a plant based diet. It is the most comprehensive study on diet ever conducted. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one to ever deny my child. I know that if I say he can’t ever have something ever again, he will simply rebel against everything I’m trying to instill in him. Ice cream and candy has its place in a life. Special events, holidays, maybe even when the ice cream truck comes down the road. But it is not something to be indulged in every day, for no reason.

Josh enjoying a very large homemade ice cream at opening day of the farmer's market.

Josh enjoying a very large homemade ice cream at opening day of the farmer’s market.

My husband however, feels that food is a way to bond. If I ask him to go to the store to pick up diapers, I can guarantee that he is bringing home some sort of candy he can “bond” with our son over. I show with my actions that you can bond over treats without the treats being crap. When my son is home and asks for ice cream, I give him frozen pineapples If he’s in the store and asks for candy, I find a bag of dried fruit and tell him its candy. For now, my strategy is working, but he’s only going to be 3. I know that if my husband doesn’t get on board quick, the charade will soon be up. But for now, there is no candy in my house, no soda, no chips, no complaints at dinner, and no having to make 3 separate meals.

The cultural differences between my husband and I are wide. He can not imagine a life without meat and ice cream and I don’t try to control what he does outside the house. I don’t even really try to control what he does INSIDE the house. I won’t cook or eat the meat, but I have no problem if he does. Not only is he in the navy, but he’s a culinary specialist, or in lamens terms…the chef. It is his house too and it is not my place to control his actions. I can only act as a guide, hoping that my good health and energy will be a beacon he will want to reach out to.

Leaving the food addiction issues for a later post, I will mention that while he is underway he doesn’t have access to whole fruits and vegetables I think even his eggs are powdered. He writes to me how he is tracking his calories but that is like taking a child’s plastic shovel to a beach in an attempt to clear the sand. My challenges to get him on a healthier path are immense. I feel that if I can teach my husband, then I will be the best Holistic Health Coach the world has ever seen!

I hope that during this time away I have had enough time with my son alone to ween him off of sugar and meat. I serve chia seeds in my son’s oatmeal, and any leftover smoothies I make become his ice pops. He loves brown rice and quinoa for dinner. Of course, he still begs me for cheese and hot dogs, and so every now and then he gets it, but of course it is all natural cheese, and all natural hot dogs. I’m not immune to begging, after all.

Remember my Anitoxidant Orange blast smoothie?  It makes a comeback in ice pop form!

Remember my Anitoxidant Orange blast smoothie? It makes a comeback in ice pop form!

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A more recent picture of my husband

Marriage is a funny thing. The differences that seemed so little once get magnified by our children. As a parent, our opinions are suddenly our blueprints. We must keep a balance between overwhelming our partner’s beliefs while instilling our own values. Do you have a family that is not 100% on board with your lifestyle choices? How has it affected your children? Has your diet changed how the people around you eat?

 

 

Hello New Readers!

Life is one confusing place!  We are bombarded by commercials on TV telling us what to eat, how to clean, what to wear, and that everything can be cured with whatever new pill has hit the market.   New books come out every day about the best diet to shed unwanted pounds, the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, the Blood Type diet, the Calorie Restriction Diet….We bounce around from pill to diet and most of the time they do little to improve our overall well being, and sometimes they can even be quite harmful to our health.

There needs to be something more, and this is what drove me to try to figure it all out.  My story goes like this: after having a bit of a personal breakdown, I was sent to a psychiatrist who told me that I might have bipolar disorder.   After experimenting with many drugs they decided that what I REALLY had was ADHD.  I went to see another Doctor who again gave me a questionnaire and told me I did in fact have ADHD.  Finally I went to see one last Doctor and she again, gave me pills and told me I would have to take them forever.  I was not happy with this, after all, I have PKD which is a genetic disorder of kidneys and any drug that I take that filters through my kidneys is a danger to my health.  I enrolled in American College of Healthcare Sciences and began to study holistic nutrition.  I read everything I could as well, from Dr. Junger’s book Clean, to the China Study by Colin Cambell, PhD.

I now go without the need for drugs and I have never felt better.  I hope that I can help other people achieve their goals of health and happiness, since after all, isn’t that what we all want?   My philosophy consists of detoxing, which includes removing from the home any toxic cleaning substances, and personal care products.  It involves detoxing the mind with the practice of yoga, meditation, and exercising.  And lastly, and I believe most importantly, detoxing the body by the foods we put into our mouths.  I don’t believe in diets, I believe in nourishing the mind and body so that everything just naturally falls into place.  For some of us this process is long, but the rewards are numerous, energy, a youthful appearance, a clear mind, and good health.  It is learning a whole new way to live your life.

I hope that if you are reading this, you will follow the posts to come where I share how to clean naturally, and how to transform your diet ( and by diet I mean in the general sense of what you eat on a daily basis), sharing quick and easy recipes I have developed through my path of holistic living, and guiding you on your journey to be the best projection of yourself.

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