Happy spring! I am sitting on my front porch, newly swept and ready for summer, enjoying a beautiful sunny Santa Fe morning. While I was away for three months in England, I found it difficult at times to eat healthy. Actually, almost all the time. I also became addicted to sugar again. Yes, addicted! (Do you know that the part of our brain that lights up with cocaine use is the very same part that lights up when you eat sugar? Yeah, that’s right, sugar is addictive and destructive.) I also packed on the pounds, felt lousy and even depressed. Then the health coach started putting two and two together and realized that my diet was doing me in and I better listen to what I tell people every day, “what you eat makes a difference in how you feel!” So I quit sugar, cold turkey and within three days, the brain fog lifted, the bad thoughts left and I started feeling like my old self. I also tried to find the healthiest item on the menu when eating out and to be mindful when cooking in our flat. When I returned home a few weeks later, I went back to a total nutritarian lifestyle and I’ve lost 11 pounds in two and a half weeks, and I feel great. I’m convicted now. I could not have seen more clearly the night and day difference between how I feel when on a nutritarian diet vs. a sugar laden, nutrient poor diet. (And BTW, my lady friends of a certain age, I suffered terrible hot flashes during my detour of bad eating, but when I stopped the sugar, the hot flashes went to almost nothing, and since I returned to total nutritarian, I’ve not suffered a single one. Yes, what you eat is that powerful!) Now, on to the fun!
This is a recipe I adapted from the seasonal A’peas’ment salad at Viniagrette: A Salad Bistro, here in Santa Fe. Nutrient dense and delicious!
It’s Friday Foodie Time! It’s Friday Foodie Time! Let’s cook and have some wine, It’s Friday Foodie Time! (Some of you are old enough to know the tune this might be sung to. Everyone else, just make up your own.)
So here’s a super quick salad recipe my sister sent me from Azerbaijan. (Say what? A country that used to be part of the Soviet Union. Next to Turkey and Iran. She lives in Baku.)
This is super simple and can be eaten on it’s own or piled on some greens of some kind. I think it would be really great with arugula. Beans are highly nutritious, but get a bad rap because of their gas producing ways, but if you eat beans on a regular basis (one cup a day is what you should aim for) and keep your gut cleared out by eating plenty of healthy fiber, the gas will be little and the aroma non-exisistent. Really! What’s so great about beans? They are starch resistant, good for the heart and should be part of any diabetics diet. Dr. Joel Fuhrman explains it all here. So here’s your recipe. Enjoy!
This is one of my all time favorite soup recipes, adapted from the Vegan Piggy, a blogspot that has been inactive for several years now. I changed up the amount of broth, the tomatoes and spices a bit. It is definitely a very tasty, easy to make, delicious soup.
One thing about my videos, I do them as they come. I don’t set a stage or anything like that. I’m cooking just like you are sometimes, in pajamas early in the morning (that would be in this video for sure), or in the evening, tired at the end of a long day. Life happens and taking time to cook, means you fit it in where you can. The great thing about soups, they are easy to do in the morning, as you can chop up everything, throw it in a pot and let it simmer while you dress for work. Ladle some up into a jar, throw the rest in the fridge for later, and you walk out the door with a great lunch. Add an apple and cut up veggies, and you are well fed. Then you have lunch for the week, or dinner the next night.
Here’s the video and the printable recipe is at the bottom.
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Just a few travel tips for you today. Traveling can be really tough on the healthy eating, so try a few of these on your travels. Enjoy a dessert or two along the way, or whatever your favorite indulgence might be, but limit yourself and you can go home feeling great about your trip.
Fall and spring are the best times to enjoy asparagus and so I thought I would share with you a simple way to rid the spear of the woody, chewy ends. This works without fail, and though may seem wasteful, it’s no more wasteful than leaving the uneaten portion on your plate. You’re just getting rid of it ahead of time! I’ve also included a simple recipe you can try with these delicious green spears. Enjoy!
Last week I showed you how to make a basil walnut pesto. This week, let’s make spaghetti squash and serve it up with some of that pesto. This is also good with my Incredible Meatless Spaghetti Sauce and would be a great accompaniment to roasted veggies. If you don’t have a really sharp sturdy knife to cut this in half, then cook the squash whole, but poke some holes into it, piercing all the way to the heart, or you will have an explosion and a huge mess to clean. Let me know if you have questions and if you like this Friday Foodie, please share it with your friends by clicking the buttons below!
With a sharp and sturdy knife, cut the squash in half. Scoop the seeds and threads from the center. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 45 mins to an hour. When completely baked, shell should yield to a fork and center should be completely hot.
Once baked, use a fork to scoop out the insides, forming piles of “noodles” ready to be served with pesto, spaghetti sauce or roasted veggies.
This salad takes not much more than a minute to throw together, yet is incredibly delicious. The avocado makes it rich enough to eat for a meal or divide up into side salads for several. Use cherry tomatoes cut in half or slices of a really great meaty tomato. Try it with cilantro and ancho fruit vinegar, or basil and balsamic. Whichever you choose, this is a great salad that is easy and quick to prepare. Hope you will give it a go!
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Hi Friday Foodies! I am coming to you from Belize today! I thought I would share with you how to use a few tropical fruits that you can find in the super market back in the states. These are all super nutrient rich fruits so I hope you will give them a try some time.
Friday Foodie: Raw Corn and Radish Salad with spicy lime dressing
I adapted this delicious recipe from Food and Wine, by Nick Fauchald. The original recipe called for too much oil in my opinion, so I adjusted it back and added some Ancho Fruit Vinegar which I found at Oleaceae here in Santa Fe. But don’t worry, they are online too and believe me, even if you find this pricey, it is so worth it! Next week I will share another recipe using this same vinegar. Hope you will give this recipe a try!