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5 Healthy Recipes for 5 Unhealthy Foods

By |January 23rd, 2014|

These healthy recipes for unhealthy foods are tasty as well as being good for us.  I am sure you have noticed how unhealthy foods are being offered to us every day so it is good to have substitutes that are healthy.
Looking at the most unhealthy foods, here are 10 of the most unhealthy ones from in 2 posts:  Top Foods to Eliminate From Your Diet and MORE Foods To Eliminate From Your Diet

Here are my 5 super healthy alternative recipes to keep you satisfied!

1. Eliminate that Bacon and Bacon Bits with all its fat and additives.

Get that salty crunch from healthy seeds.

Seed Topping for Salad, Rice or Vegetables

This is a quick way to add some extra flavour to your grain or steamed vegetables or just for a snack.
Pumpkin seeds are the only seeds that are alkaline forming. 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds*
1  – 2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce or Braggs

Directions:

1.    Dry roast seeds in frying pan.
2.    Stir constantly until golden brown.
2.    Remove from heat.
3.    Add tamari or soy sauce or Braggs.
4.    Sprinkle on top of rice or vegetables.

*You can use sunflower seeds instead but they are not alkaline forming.

2. Replace Oreo Cookies or a Snickers bar with this easy homemade chocolate bar

Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar
This is a totally decadent chocolate that everyone loves.

Ingredients:

4 squares (approx 112 gm) unsweetened chocolate*
3 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp unpasteurized honey
1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries chopped in half’s

Directions:

  1. Dry roast pecans in a toaster oven or in frying pan (stir frequently so they do not burn).
  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or very carefully in a saucepan.
  3. Oil with coconut oil a small pan of approximately 8 inches square.**
  4. Sprinkle evenly the cherries and pecans in the pan.
  5. When chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
  6. Mix in coconut oil and stevia.
  7. Then mix in honey.
  8. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the cherries and pecans.
  9. Let cool in refrigerator or freezer.
  10. Once set, cut into squares.
  11. Store in covered container in refrigerator or freezer, if desired.

This recipe is just one of the many recipes in the Healthy Chocolate Project.  This video course teaches you n how to make an assortment of amazingly delicious chocolates that uses only small quantities of healthy sugars and healthy oils.

2. Instead of store-bought salad dressings that are full of unhealthy fats, salts, sugars, artificial flavors, and colours.

We eat salads to be healthy. The problem is, the salad dressing can make the salad into an unhealthy meal. Make a big jar of this easy-to-make,  low-calorie dressing. It’s alkalizing and healthy.

Light Lemon Oil Salad Dressing 

This is a base recipe that you can make up different each time with a variety of herbs.
I use this a lot in my online cooking classes.  What makes this light is the addition of water.

Ingredients:Healthy Recipes Unhealthy Foods

1 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/4 – 1 tsp. Himalayan Salt
Few drops of liquid Stevia

Optional:
1 – 3 tsp. basil
1/2 – 1 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. rosemary
or
2 tbsp. fresh mint (or 2 tsp. dried) for a mint dressing

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients into a […]

Pear Hazelnut Crumble

By |September 5th, 2013|

This is a very healthy dessert filled with healthy pears, coconut oil, oats and the hazelnuts which go so well with the pears making it extra yummy.

In the fall I picked so many pears from a friends tree that I had to get creative and this is one very yummy result.

Base

Ingredients:
5 cups pears

Directions:
1.    Core and slice pears.
2.    Place pears in a baking dish.

Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

3/4 cup brown rice flour
2 1/2 cups oatmeal flakes*
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar or sucanat
1/2 tsp Stevia in 1/3 water
1/2 cup hazel nuts, chopped

Directions:

1.    Mix oil, sugar, salt and stevia/water together in a bowl.
2.    Add brown rice flour to wet mixture.
3.    Mix in well.
4.    Add oatmeal and mix in well.
5.    Mix thoroughly with fingers.
6.    Sprinkle on top of fruit.
7.    Sprinkle the chopped hazel nuts on top.
8.    Pat down firmly.
9.    Bake at 350º F. oven for approximately 40 minutes.

* Not all people who need to be gluten free have a problem with oats. For those that do there is an oatmeal that is considered gluten free.

P.S.   Pears are Powerfoods.  Read all about pears here:   Pears:  ‘Gift of the Gods”

P.S.S.  Make sure the stevia is the non bitter kind.  Stevia

More delicious crumble recipes:

strawberry crumble                                Strawberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Deluxe Mango Crumble

Strawberry Crumble

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Apple Cake with Cinnamon – Gluten Free – Vegan

By |October 1st, 2012|

Practice Makes Perfect!

It took me FIVE TIMES to get this recipe just right!

All my happy taste testers liked it right away but I knew it could be even better…and the following recipe is.

This is a deeply satisfying cake filled with healthy ingredients. Apples being one of them!

Apple Cake – Vegan Gluten Free (dairy & egg free)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh apples + 1/2 cup sliced apples for top
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp stevia
4 Tbsp chick pea or soy flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup Potato flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.
3 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

2. Oil and lightly flour 8” X 8”cake pan.

3. Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.

4. Sprinkle apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.

5. Slice 1/2 cup apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.

6. Blend vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in blender.

7. Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.

8. Add chopped apples to dry flour mixture.

9. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients.

10. Mix quickly.

11. Immediately pour batter into cake pan.

12. Decorate top of cake with apples.

13. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of apples.

14. Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

To top this cake off ice it with Coconut Butter Icing

Millet Pudding, Sugarless, Gluten Free

By |May 20th, 2012|

This millet pudding is simple, very nourishing and is gluten free and vegan too.

Ingredients:

2 cup cooked millet (see how to cook millet)
2/3 cup sultanas
2 cup Almond Milk
1/3 cup Pecans or Almonds, left whole
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
2/3 tsp. light liquid Stevia
2 tsp. Cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cardamom
Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Mix all above ingredients except for the pecans or almonds.
  2. Pat in baking dish.
  3. Place pecans or almonds on top of mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 for 50 min – 1 hour

To read all the health benefits of this alkaline, gluten free grain, click here: Millet. Best to use Organic Hulled Millet.

More Millet Recipes:

Millet Porridge – Vegan & Gluten Free

How to Cook Perfect Millet 

Millet and Buckwheat with Sunflower Seeds

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Deluxe Quinoa Pudding (vegan & gluten free)

By |April 7th, 2012|

An extra special quinoa pudding made from my favorite grain that as we now know is really a seed.

Spring White Bean and Asparagus Stew

By |June 27th, 2011|

This White Bean and Asparagus Stew contains three powerfoods: asparagus, seaweed, and stevia.

Perfect Oatmeal Porridge

By |June 2nd, 2011|

Oatmeal porridge has been a traditional breakfast food for hundreds of years. On a winter day  it is so warming to have a steaming bowl of porridge with raisins.  In the summer I do not cook them just soak; see my recipe below.

I like the old fashioned oats as they have a fuller flavour and are healthier.  You can eat this as a raw meal or make it into regular porridge.  As they take longer to cook I often soak them over night but you do not have to.

oatmeal - gluten free

Oatmeal & Sultanas

Ingredients:
1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats can be used)
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons sultanas
Pinch of salt […]

Green means Lean E-book

By |September 24th, 2010|

7 Health Principles to Simplify & Balance Your Life! 'Eating Green, Clean and Lean' cuts through the confusion, by starting you in the right direction with clear, simple health PRINCIPLES.

SASKATOON CRUMBLE

By |August 17th, 2010|

As you will know by reading my article The Best Berry, Saskatoons are my favorite and I am happy to eat them just as they are.  For fun I do enjoy a crumble or pie so here is the yummy crumble recipe.

SASKATOON BERRY BASE […]

Do You Want to Help the Environment?

By |August 9th, 2010|

 Author Martha Volz

UN researchers reveal:

One quick solution to lower our effect on the environment. 

butterfly
 
Do you know the United Nations calculated the combined climate change emissions of animals bred for their meat and found it  was more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together? […]

Greens Are Good for Us

By |July 20th, 2010|

The very simplest place to start with getting greens into our diet is to eat one big salad each day and make sure it is filled with mostly greens.  

Greens are full of vitamins A, K, D, and E which are fat soluble. To absorb these vitamins make sure to add a teaspoon of dietary fat, such as butter, olive or coconut oil, nuts, cheese or salad dressing. This will make sure your body absorbs all of the vitamins in the greens. Vitamin K helps calcium and phosphorus bind onto the bone protein matrix.

  Greens
 MIXED SUMMER GREEN SALAD Greens 

Ingredients:
1 handful, spinach
1 handful, arugula
½ head, red leaf lettuce
½  head, green leafy lettuce
1 medium bunch of parsley
3 Celery pieces, chopped
1 medium cucumber, sliced in rounds
¼ cup pine nuts

Directions:
1. Mix greens together in a bowl.
2. Top with celery, cucumber and pine nuts.
3. Serve with Mint salad dressing.

TIP:  If you are planning on this lasting for the next day, do not mix the cucumber in.  Put it in a bowl on the side and add to each serving of salad.  A mix of the basic ingredients without the cucumber will last 3 days in the fridge.

LEMON-MINT SALAD DRESSING
This is a refreshing tasty dressing with a little mint flavour.

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Cooking Beans and Lentils

By |July 2nd, 2010|

I am quite fastidious about the way beans are cooked as I do not like experiencing the common thing we all associate beans with…GAS!  So here is what I do:

Cooking Beans & Lentils

Ingredients:

Dried beans or lentils
Water

Directions:

  1.  Wash beans in cold water and soak overnight in three times the volume of water.
2.  Next day, pour off the water.
3.  Place beans in a pot and cover with water 1 inch above the level of the beans.
4.  Bring to a boil.
5.  Let simmer with lid ajar.
6.  Skim off the foam.
7.  Add more water if necessary. Beans should always be covered with water while cooking.
8.  Cooking time will vary according to the type, size and age of the bean.
9.  Most beans will need approximately 2 hours cooking time. Lentils will take between 30 minutes to one hour.
10.  Beans or lentils should be soft; this is when they are cooked.  This is the stage that you can salt and add other seasonings.  Do not add salt while cooking as above.

Learn 7 Ways To Avoid Gas from Beans

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Here are some very tasty vegan bean and lentil recipes:

Chili con Vege

Adzuki Vegetable Bean Stew

White Bean and Asparagus Stew

Butter Bean Dip

White Bean Vegetable Stew

Lentil Stew

Red Lentil Soup

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