Posts

Showing posts from March, 2016

Savory Mushroom Moong Dal Breakfast (Vegan, Gluten Free and Oil Free)

Image
Experimenting a bit more with Moong Dal - as I am finding that my body reacts well to this dish, I figured it was the perfect combination to try and add back mushrooms into my diet.

I started by toasting a couple spices (Star Anise, Ginger, Tumeric, Mustard Seeds,  Seaweed etc) along with two small mushrooms - since I am testing to see how my body will react to mushrooms, I didn't want to go overboard.

Then I added my soaked Moong Dal and water and let it simmer.  I don't measure my water level for the Moong Dal, I just keep an eye on it and add more water when it looks like it is needed.

The dish came out as a success.

Easter Tradition, Deviled Eggs

Image
Happy Easter!

This year marks the first Easter without my dad's parents. With that being said, I am sure this will be a very emotional holiday for my family. Not to say that the day will be ruined or without joy, as neither of my grandparents would want us to dwell in sorrow. Rather, the family will take strolls down memory lane and remember all the wonderful times we had spent with our grandparents.

When I think of Easter, I think of the beach (my grandparents resided in Myrtle Beach, SC), traditional Italian Music (Dominck the Donkey) and the year my grandma made deviled eggs but forgo to discard all of the shells.

It was as if the entire family decided to bite into their deviled eggs at the same time (completely unplanned) we all took one bite and then quickly glared at one another with the eyes of "what the hell do we do now? We can't spit this egg out in front of grandma.).

Needless to say, no one accepted grandma's offer for seconds of the deviled eggs. It does …

Arugula Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Vegan, & Oil Free)

Image
These days, everyone's schedules extend past our ability to maintain. We find it more convenient, and sometimes cheaper, to grab the unhealthy food choices (bag of chips, frozen dinner, fast-food, and so on). However, once we fall into this trap, we become addicted to this type of food (thanks to all the additives) and then find ourselves on a whirl-wind of diets and unhappiness with ourselves (in particular, our bodies). I could continue to rant on about how these foods also effect our mind and spirit, but that would require it's own blog post.

If there is one thing that my food allergies have taught me, it is that creating your own "fast-food" can be inexpensive, fast, healthy and scrumptious with just a bit of pre-planning. I am learning that left-overs are really not healthy for you - especially when trying to heal your gut.

I have started relying on soups, oatmeal, moong dal and fresh fruits and vegetables for my meals.

My days have been following the below rou…

Breakfast Ideas

Image
A lot of people ask me what I eat for breakfast during the winter months - I always start with the speech "I don not recommend eating cold smoothies for breakfast during the winter season". After plenty of research, I have found that cold food during the winter tends to put our bodies into a flight-or-fight mode. Which, let's be honest, this is not the way any of us want to start our day, especially on a Monday.

There are a couple of things I have been sticking to for winter breakfasts and one is oatmeal vegetable soup. I like to take a jar of soup (preferably homemade, but store bought can work just as well) - recently I have been enjoying zucchini and pea soups - heavy on the fennel :) and mix in some oats.

This is beyond easy to make. I literally take the soup, pour it into a bowl, add some oatmeal and heat for about 3-4 minutes  in the microwave. It provides for me a warming and hearty breakfast to get my day started.

Instant Chia Seed Pudding

Image
Instant Chia Seed Pudding

Items needed:
1. A Jar with a tight sealing lid
2. Measuring Cup
3. Crushed Cashews
4. Dried Dates
5. Chia Tea
6. Almond Butter
7. Honey

I took the cashews (I had them in their whole form, so I just crushed them and placed them in the bottom of the jar). I added the diced dried dates, a couple tablespoons of Chia seeds, two tablespoons of almond butter, and a drizzle of honey).

I placed the lid on the jar and began to shake it up. Make sure all the ingredients move around in the jar. Then reopen the jar and add some hot water and Chai tea bag.

Place the sealed jar in the fridge and let it set for a couple of hours.
The more time you have for it to sit, the longer it will settle and thicken.

Enjoy.

Quick Zoodle Soup

Image
I was running late and needed a quick pick-me-upper. I tossed together a broth while I did some quick prepping for the next day.

I added some spices:
-Ginger
-Turmeric
-Star Anise
-Curry
-Nutmeg
-Fennel Seed

I let that simmer a bit while I took care of everything else. 
When I was ready, I came back, ran the zucchini through the spiralizer and then tossed that right into the sauce pot with some sugar snap peas, cilantro, and fresh arugula. 
It made for a super low key quick dinner that had some great flavor!

Getting My Creative Mo-Jo Back

Image
As I continue to heal my mind, body, and spirit - I am realizing who I am, and what it is that I enjoy doing. I don't have it all figured out - but slow and steady wins the race!

One thing I do know that I enjoy and I like to think I am pretty darn good, is cooking.
I tend to cook from smell rather than a recipe.

My sister was headed over for some much needed sister time and I decided to just bring random things out of the cupboard and roll with it.

I started by pulling out a little bit of this and a little bit of that and decided to pull a little bit more as I moved forward in the creation.

I started with my new favorite technique, heating my spices.

I turned the stove on, let it heat up a bit. Then added my spices (Mustard Seeds, Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric, Parsley, Star Anise, Fennel Seeds, Onion Flakes, Mushrooms, and a touch of cinnamon.

After a minute or two, I added in two giant spoons of Brown Miso paste. I let that cook a couple of seconds and then started adding water.

I e…

One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

Image
"Truth. Life is beautiful." 
Life is a journey and if you are afraid that with every leap of faith you take, that you will fall behind ten steps and never be able to recover - well then, what type of life do you have to look forward to? 
Honestly, if you live in fear, you will shield yourself from any wonderful opportunities that life has in store for you. 
While I am on this journey of healing my gut and overall health, my diet is very restricted and "safe". However, it also lacks in a number of nutrition opportunities (i.e fermented foods, healthy fats, healthy oils, etc). Whenever I have a slip up, it is painful and takes a number of days to recover. 
Many ask, "then why deviate from the simple menu that works?" Easy. I want to be healthy and I need to continue to challenge my body and see what does and does not work for it. Or I will remain stagnant in progress. 
I need "cheat" days just like everyone else or I would go insane. I have some g…

Moong Dal - An Ayurvedic Health Food

Image
After having done plenty of experimenting with food recently - I really was not feeling my best. I turned to the food my Ayurvedic doctor praises, Moong Dal.

I was using Moong Dal for Kitchari - but hadn't really done much more experimenting than that.

I made my healing pea soup (with plenty of cilantro included) and decided, instead of adding gluten free oats, I would use Moong Dal.

I started by soaking the Moong Dal for a good 24 hours (makes it easier to digest) and then, without measuring, I added enough water to cover the Moong Dal and cooked it on low for a good 30-40 minutes or until it became a mushy-like consistency.

The Moong Dal adds a bit of an earthy taste to the dish and still provided the starch my body craves in the winter months.

Needless to say, after indulging in my Moong Dal dish for both lunch and dinner, by the next morning I was already feeling significantly better.