08:10 08:10

Grilled Ratatouille

By | 2017-05-08T08:31:25+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Gluten Free, Recipes, Summer, Summer Recipes, The Seasons, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Grilled Ratatouille

Summer cooking at its best is easy, colorful and uncomplicated.  Ratatouille makes the most of the season’s vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.  This grilled version can be prepared in two ways.  The vegetables are first grilled and you then dress them right at the table and serve them immediately or you finish marrying their flavors over the stove top.  Both are delish–it’s just a matter of choice.  I tend to prefer the first method, as it’s simpler and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Double this recipes or toss leftovers with cooked quinoa and a little extra dressing (if necessary) for a light, high protein dish. […]

08:56 08:56

Ash-e-reshteh (Persian New Year Noodles With Beans)

By | 2017-05-01T09:32:53+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Categories: Diabetes Friendly, Lentils and Legumes, Recipes, Soups and Stew|Comments Off on Ash-e-reshteh (Persian New Year Noodles With Beans)

We thank Soraya Maleki Spence, who used to work at Pulse, for this fantastic recipe.  A traditional soup served at Nowruz-the Persian New Year in the March and represents new life and longevity.  I prepped this for the website several years ago and I’ll be honest… it makes a fabulous breakfast.Ash-e-reshteh (Persian New Year Noodles With Beans) – – chickpeas (washed and soaked overnight), kidney beans (washed and soaked overnight), fava beans (washed and soaked overnight), dry lentils (rinsed and drained), yellow onions, olive oil, garlic, tumeric (ground), mint leaves (minced or torn), thin egg noodles (broken into thirds), leafy greens (spinach or chard) (stemmed and coarsely chopped), dill leaves (minced), cilantro (minced), parsley or flat-leaf parsley (minced), plain, unsweetened yogurt, chicken or vegetable stock, sea salt, Peel and dice one of the onions. In a large pot over medium-high heat 4 T. of olive oil. Add onion and saute until onions are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Drain and rinse chickpeas, kidney and fava beans. Add beans to the onion along with 4 minced cloves of garlic, the turmeric and the lentils. Sauté for 1 minute then add the stock and bring to a boil. Boil, covered for 1 hour. Loosen lid on the pot, so the pot is partially covered and continue simmering the stock and beans for 1 1/2 hours more, stirring occasionally. Season with salt.; Peel and slice the remaining onions into thin half moon shapes. In a large skillet, heat 3 T. olive oil over high heat. Add in the onions and sauté, stirring frequently until caramelized. Add in remaining garlic and mint and sauté for […]

09:12 09:12

French Onion Soup

By | 2017-04-24T09:47:21+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Categories: Autumn Recipes, Comfort Food, Crock pot, Diabetes Friendly, Late Summer/Seasonal Change Recipes, Recipes|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on French Onion Soup

This recipe comes from Daverick Legget’s book Recipes for Self-Healing.  The following is his intro to the soup.

The art of making a good onion soup is to cook the onions slowly, preferably in a heavy cast iron pot.  Beef stock is more traditional than the miso suggested in this recipe and may be substituted if preferred.  Served with a good hunk of crusty bread it is almost irresistible.

Contributed by Nathan Mandigo

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08:01 08:01

Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:14+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Categories: April's Blogs, Comfort Food, Dairy Free, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Main Ingredients, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Squash and pumpkin, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

 

Roasted roots are a staple for my family in the fall and winter.  You can easily vary this recipe to use other roots like turnips or rutabaga, winter squash or different herbs.  I often double the batch, eating the leftovers as is for the next meal or as the base for a luscious winter root stew.

Enjoy!

Contributed by April Crowell

 

 

 Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage – – carrots, potato, yam or sweet potato or butternut squash, onions, beets, parsnips, garlic (optional), rosemary, sage, olive oil (start on the low side and add more just to coat–you don’t want oily vegetables), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, Prep your veg!: Preheat oven to 425˚.

Peel all vegetables and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet large enough so they can all lay flat.
Stem and chop herbs and spread over vegetables.
Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and balsamic. Spread oil and vinegar evenly so that vegetables are well coated. Even vegetables back out on sheet.

; Roast vegetables: Roast vegetables in oven turning vegetables every 15-20 minutes. Add more oil or if they are too dry. Roast for about 45-60minutes or until vegetables are tender and slightly crisp on the edges. ; – Energetics:  Roots are grounding, warming and nourish the earth element.  They drain dampness and strengthen the Stomach and Spleen and build blood. The vinegar lightly astringes. Rosemary and sage drain dampness and stimulate digestion.

Primary season: Fall/Winter

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12:16 12:16

Minted Pea Soup

By | 2018-03-29T11:48:45+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Gluten Free, Lentils and Legumes, Recipes, Soups and Stew, Spring, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Minted Pea Soup

Pea soup? Oh, yes! Peas are high in minerals, vitamin C, D, protein and folic acid. And they are simply delicious in bright and lively soup.  This soup is beautiful for spring as it contains several foods that specifically prevent or treat spring maladies.  Peas, cool and enter the Liver, Stomach, Spleen and Heart, relieving congestion and aiding Qi flow. The warm pungents (onion family) drain phlegm and clear the sinuses and aid digestion.  Mint, a cool pungent, also treats sinuses and Lung and Liver patterns. For additional color garnish with fresh chive blossoms.

Enjoy!

April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Minted Pea Soup – – onion (diced), leek (cleaned and diced), scallions (diced), olive oil, garlic (crushed), peas (fresh is ideal!), vegetable or chicken stock, chives, fresh mint (crushed), salt and pepper (to taste), fresh cream, In large sauce pan sauté onions, leek and scallions in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add garlic and peas and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  

Add chives and mint and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to blender (or use an immersion blender) puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with a dollop of cream and fresh chives.

 ; – Health benefits: <a href="http://www.pulseholistichealth.com/living-with-the-seasons/merry-mints-healing-energetics-mint/">Mint</a> is abundant in the Spring and with good reason, their medicinal properties are numerous and particularly beneficial to many Spring maladies from <a href="http://aprilcrowell.com/blogs/its-all-in-your-head-treating-headaches-with-chinese-medicine/">headaches </a>to <a href="http://aprilcrowell.com/blogs/the-liver-in-chinese-medicine-controller-of-planning-and-vision/">Liver </a>patterns.. Use them in teas to help lift the spirit, counter allergies and sinus congestion, aid digestion and help calm aggression and tempers that often arise with the season.

Primary season: Spring and Autumn

<a href="http://www.pulseholistichealth.com/nutrition-articles/peas-please-a-…at-an-old-food/">Learn more about Peas!</a> – main course – […]

17:38 17:38

Yusheng Salad

By | 2016-04-07T15:37:11+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Meat and Fish, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegetables|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yusheng Salad

Yusheng is a classic dish served every Chinese New Year in Singapore.  The simple and raw ingredients symbolize vitality and renew, and the Cantonese word for fish is homophone for prosperity.  Part of a joyous even, everyone calls out “Lo hei!” while using their ingredients to toss the ingredients high into the air.   Lo hei is another clever homophone, meaning ‘mix it up” it sounds just like the Cantonese words for  “prosper and more”.  Feel free to expand or add in your favorite ingredients and toss it up!

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16:58 16:58

Tamari Roasted Sweet Potatoes

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Comments Off on Tamari Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Simple and nourishing, this recipe doesn’t have to be limited to sweet potatoes.  You can substitute other roots such as yams, peeled pumpkin or squash, potatoes, parsnips or carrots–or a mix of several.Tamari Roasted Sweet Potatoes – – sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks), tamari (gluten free soy sauce), sake or mirin, olive oil, sesame seeds (optional), Preheat oven to 400˚ F.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 2-inch chunks.
In a small bowl, combine tamari, oil, sake and sesame seeds.
Pour over sweet potatoes and mix to coat well.
Place potatoes on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes or until their flesh is soft and lightly browned on the edges.; – Healing Energetics: Root vegetables strengthen the Stomach and Spleen (the Middle burner).  Roasting is a method of cooking that is deeply warming.

Season: Late Summer/Transition, Autumn &amp; Winter

16:52 16:52

Roasted Roots with Sage, Rosemary & Basalmic

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:17+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Roasted Roots with Sage, Rosemary & Basalmic

Roasted roots are a staple for my family in the fall and winter.  You can easily vary this recipe to use other roots, winter squash or different herbs.  I often double the batch, eating the leftovers as is or as the base for a luscious  root stew.Roasted Roots with Sage, Rosemary & Basalmic – – carrots, potatoes, butternut squash (peeled and seeded), yellow onions, beets, parsnips, rosemary, sage, balsamic vinegar, olive oil (extra virgin), salt and pepper, Prep the vegetables: Scrub the carrots, potatoes, parsnips and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Peel all onions and beetes and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Peel and seed the butternut squash.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet large enough so they can all lay flat.
Stem and chop herbs and spread over vegetables.
; Roast the vegetables: Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and balsamic.
Spread oil and vinegar evenly so that vegetables are well coated.
Even vegetables out on baking sheet, making sure they don’t overlap.
Roast in preheated 425˚ oven. Turn vegetables every 15 minutes adding more oil and vinegar if they are too dry. Roast for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender and slightly crisp on the edges. ; – Healing Energetics:  Roots are grounding, warming and nourish the earth element.  They drain dampness and strengthen the Stomach and Spleen and build blood. The vinegar lightly astringes. Rosemary and sage drain dampness and stimulate digestion.
Primary season: Fall/Winter

Contributed by April Crowell

16:29 16:29

Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:20+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Gluten Free, Lentils and Legumes, Recipes, Soups and Stew, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

A wonderful and nourishing vegetarian curry.  Serve over rice or quinoa.  Num!Vegetable and Chickpea Curry – – olive oil, chopped onion, sliced carrot, curry powder, brown sugar, grated peeled fresh ginger, garlic minced, Serrano chili, seeded and peeled, cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans), cubed peeled baking potato, diced green pepper, salt, black pepper, red pepper, Kombu (dried seaweed), diced tomatoes, undrained, vegetable broth, coconut milk, slivered kale or spinach, Raisins, chopped cashews or peanuts for condiments, Cooked quinoa, rice or couscous, Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and carrot, cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add curry powder, sugar, ginger, garlic and chile, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Place onion mixture in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Stir in chickpeas and the next 7 ingredients through broth. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Remove the kombu and add the kale and coconut milk; stir until the kale is tender and vibrant in color. Serve over couscous, quinoa or brown rice. Garnish with raisins and nuts.
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