When I am not busy taking care of my two energetic little boys, or working on an interior design project~ I play in the kitchen! For the last 15 years, I have been juxtaposing new flavors and ideas; it’s finally time to document my recipes...

I believe in fresh & affordable meals.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

EASY beet salad

I love beets.
Super sweet * Detoxifying * 
Pure Yummyness.
This is a great dish to take to a dinner party or shower. 
The recipe is ready in 2 minutes. My kids will even eat it!

1 can of shredded or diced beets
1 handful of sunflower seeds
1 handful of feta or goat cheese
2 hand fulls of frozen green peas
2 tablespoons of orange vinegar ( or sub. a light vinegar, pinch of sugar & lil olive oil)
salt and pepper to taste

This vinegar tastes fresh & gourmet!

Mix ingredients. Let sit for 5 minutes. Make sure the peas are thawed before serving. The frozen peas make the canned beets nice and cold.

Health Benefits
Beets have long been known for its amazing health benefits for almost every part of the body.  And yet, it is something that very few people take, much less its juice.
Start adding beets to your juicing diet to enjoy all its heavenly goodness:
Acidosis: Its alkalinity is essential and effective in combating acidosis.
Anemia: The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets help make the iron more available to the body. A great blood builder.
Atherosclerosis: This wonderful crimson juice is a powerful solvent for inorganic calcium deposits that cause the arteries to harden.
Blood pressure: All its healing and medicinal values effectively normalizes blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure.
Cancer:  Betaine, an amino acid in beet root, has significant anti-cancer properties. Studies show that beets juice inhibits formation of cancer-causing compounds and is protective against colon or stomach cancer.
Constipation: The cellulose content helps to ease bowel movements. Drinking beets juice regularly will help relieve chronic constipation.
Dandruff: Mix a little vinegar to a small cup of beets juice. Massage it into the scalp with your fingertips and leave on for about an hour, then rinse. Do this daily till dandruff clears up. Warning: you will smell awful during this hour!
Detoxification: The choline from this wonderful juice detoxifies not only the liver, but also the entire system of excessive alcohol abuse, provided consumption is ceased.
Gastric ulcer: Mix honey with your beets juice and drink two or three times a week on an empty stomach (more frequently if your body is familiar with beets juice). It helps speed up the healing process.
Gall bladder and kidney ailments: Coupled with carrot juice, the superb cleansing virtues are exceptional for curing ailments relating to these two organs.
Gout: Another ailment that can be greatly helped by the cleansing that beets have to offer.
Liver or bile: The cleansing virtues in beets juice is very healing for liver toxicity or bile ailments, like jaundice, hepatitis, food poisoning, diarrhea or vomiting. A squeeze of lime with beets juice heightens the efficacy in treating these ailments.
Varicose veins: In similar ways that it helps to keep the elasticity of arteries, regular consumption of beets juice also helps prevent varicose veins.

Curried Carrots

I made too many steamed carrots. Time to spice things up~ lets add a little Indian Flare :) 
This recipe is like candy. Super picky eaters at your house? Leave out the curry!

Steamed Carrots
Handful of raisins
Pinch of mild yellow curry powder
1 tsp. agave syrup
Handful of walnuts
Pinch of salt

Combine ingredients and serve. Yummy cold or hot.
I made these as a side dish, but you could make them a "main".

Main it up
Make the carrots hot. Add a pinch of Cayenne Pepper or diced jalapenos. Then add a handful tofu, beans, or chicken. Serve over warm brown rice with a dollop of yogurt. Fancy it up with some diced cucumbers in the yogurt.


Curry does the body good....

Along with being one of the most flavorful spices, there are many health benefits of eating curry. While curry, or curry powder is actually a mixture a few different spices, one main spice in most curry powders is turmeric. This spice comes from the ginger familiy and  gives curry it’s yellow color. It is thought to be beneficial for many reasons – here are three:

1.Reduces inflammation. Eating curry has been linked with less inflammation of the joints. Studies on rats who had arthritis show that turmeric helped prevent the swelling of their joints which lessens the effect of arthritis.

2.It prevents dementia . Another key ingredient in curry is curcumin (a component of turmeric) which may help prevent dementia caused by Alzheimer&undefined;s disease. Within the brains of people with this disease are amyloid plaques which cause degradation of the wiring in brain cells and lead to memory loss and confusion. Curcumin actually binds to these plaques which can prevent them spreading and stop Alzheimers in its tracks. The Indian population who eats curry frequently has a very low incidence of Alzheimer&undefined;s disease.

3.It prevents cancer. Many studies have found a link between eating curry and lower incidences of cancer. Again, turmeric is thought to be responsible for the disease prevention. Turmeric contains an active compound shown to prevent the progression of certain types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, melanoma, and prostate. This spice is a very potent antioxidant which is probably why it is so effective in preventing cancer

Chocolate Chip Cookies minus a 'lil guilt

These chippers don't taste much different than the traditional toll house...but they are wayyyy better for you!
Tip- put some milk (or soy or almond milk) in the freezer while the cookie bake. Adds a nice chill to your dunkin'
I usually bake the whole batch & freeze some. Use later for ice cream sammy's! 

1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup Earth Balance butter (or any other butter sub that you know will bake like butta)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs (you can sub 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas for the eggs if you want to eliminate more dairy)
2 cups choco chips (we prefer dark choco at our house)
1 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 375.
Mix butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Add other ingredients.
Put on non-stick cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes. Keep a close eye on them. They can overcook very quickly.

Chocolate is good (or at least some dude who wrote an article on-line says)
There are many people who really think that chocolate is sinful, but actually there are many benefits of eating chocolate for human beings.
The real fact is this that chocolates have been used since decades by the medical professionals in order to cure the problems such as shortness of breath, low virility, hemorrhoids, weak digestion system, diarrhea, fatigue, gout, and tuberculosis.
According to the current nutritional researches, it has been identified that there are numerous health benefits of eating chocolates. There are probably ten basic benefits and advantages of eating chocolates on a regular basis.
1. The chocolates reduce high Blood Pressure due to presence of Flavonoids in cacao which balances the blood pressure and also decreases the blot clotting. The chocolates are used in intensive hyper active drugs.
2. It is high on improving the flow of blood to the key regions of the brain for about two to three hours in a continuous form after eating chocolates. Thus help in decreasing tiredness, ageing effects and sleepiness.
3. According to MSNBC, the chocolates are best in giving boost to the moods. The caffeine presence eases the symptoms of premenstrual.
4. It can avoid the damage of cells.
5. The pure dark chocolate is helpful in improving and balancing the blood sugar levels.
6. Eating few squares or slabs of chocolate can decrease the risk of heart attacks or can decrease the chances of death by a heart attack by over 50%.
7. According to a study, a person having chronic fatigue syndrome after eating 1.5 ounce of chocolate feels easiness.
8. It is beneficial in lowering the LDL cholesterol and raising the HDL cholesterol.
9. It increases the metabolism of the blood sugar in one's body which further reduces the chances of diabetes.
10. As per the UK study, Theobromine component of cocoa is affective in giving an ease to a persistent cough as it opens the airways of the lungs.