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Black Rice Quinoa Holiday Dressing (Gluten Free and Vegan)

27 Dec

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I can not tell you what a hit this recipe was. I made it with several other stellar dishes and this was hands-down everyone’s favorite dish. The combination of the quinoa, black rice, pecans, cranberries, and butternut squash creates a complex flavor and a captivating texture. No one at the table could believe that this dressing was truly gluten free and vegan. Plus, quinoa and black rice are incredibly nutrient-rich grains. To make day of preparation easier, I roasted the butternut squash the day before, cooked the grains in the morning and put everything together in the afternoon. It will keep well in the fridge and only takes about 20 mins to heat up once company has arrived.

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Anise Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce (Sugar free and thickened with Kudzu)

27 Dec

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I have been home for the holidays and cooking up a storm. This post is featuring one of my mom’s delicious holiday classics. My mom uses a lot of alternative ingredients to make this cranberry sauce healthy, but it tastes just as decadent as the normal sugar laden varieties. She uses Kudzu powder, which is totally tasteless, to thicken the cranberry sauce, and it works really well giving the sauce a nice bouncy texture. Plus Kudzu is a macrobiotic medicinal food, delivering a solid nutritional punch. She sweetens it with xylitol and stevia, which are both low-glycemic candida-friendly sweeteners.

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Truly Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Muffins- Grain free, dairy free, and (almost) sugar free

24 Nov

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After the gluten dairy muffins of last week, I decided to make some that I could truly eat without guilt. These muffins were inspired by a recipe on http://www.elanaspantry.com/, a health-conscious food blog I love. They are incredibly protein rich, barely sweetened (and only with stevia and coconut sugar), have no grains at all (just coconut flour), and amazingly end up being irresistible. I was a little surprised myself, but everyone in my family gobbled this batch up right away. This is a deeply nourishing recipe and they are best eaten the day of. The following recipe is only for 6 large muffins. This recipe makes a spicy muffin, cinnamon and ginger are both healing spices and will delight your taste buds in these indulgent muffins.

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Vegetable Red Lentil Dhal- GF and Vegan

18 Nov

 

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I am always looking for ways to keep the good old bean and veggie combination interesting as well as cook with what I already have at home. This evening my veggie drawer had Brussel sprouts, zucchini, parsley, tomatoes, and cucumber. Surprisingly they all came together beautifully in this recipe. My hunch is that almost any combination of veggies that you have laying around would work here.

This dhal is bursting with veggies but you wouldn’t even know they were there this dish came out so creamy and perfectly spiced. The cracker-like thing in the top is a papadum. These are lentil wafers that we get at our local indian grocery store, you put them in the microwave for 1 minute and they puff up into a delicious crispy GF cracker treat. I sprinkled some coconut on top, because in my opinion almost everything tastes better with coconut…

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Sesame Broccoli

18 Nov

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This is a super simple way to spice up the classic broccoli side dish. This dish goes well topping spaghetti squash, udon noodles, or rice. The sesame seeds adds both protein and crunch.

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Spicy Chicken Stew with Quinoa and Olives and Easy Homemade Chicken Broth

11 Nov

 

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I am a big fan of rotisserie chickens. They make dinner so easy and delicious and last for a couple of days with leftovers. Plus when we have eaten all the meat we just throw the bones in a big pot with salt, a bay leaf, leftover spring onion tops, or veggies like celery that are getting a little too old to put in a salad. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for at least four hours. Voila, scrumptious chicken broth.

Having just fixed up a big pot of broth I decided to put it instantly to use. This soup is nutritious, flavorful, and satisfying. The green olives and quinoa keep things interesting and are both good foods for people on the candida diet. I found the inspiration for this recipe in a stack of old Sunset magazines that someone had left on the corner.

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Amaranth Breakfast Porridge

11 Nov

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I am someone who likes hot breakfast in the morning. I am also someone who doesn’t like to get out of bed any earlier than absolutely necessary and hates to cook in the mornings. Luckily, my partner is more of a morning person and agreeable to whipping something up as long as it doesn’t take much extra time. We usually make oatmeal in the morning, but oats are not as good as other grains for people struggling with candida, and let’s be honest, for everyone they can get old real fast. This recipe is just as simple as making oatmeal, although it does require more unattended cooking time (15-20 minutes).

I have written before about amaranth, a grain I love because of its nutty taste, crunchy sticky texture, and an excellent source of protein, lysine, and dietary minerals. Amaranth lends itself well to either savory or sweet preparations. It is irresistible in this recipe with a strong serving of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, some caramelized coconut sugar, and a dash of coconut milk and pecans. Pudding for breakfast without any unnecessary blood sugar hikes and hearty enough to keep you satisfied till lunch!

For those of you interested in the candida diet, I am happy to report I have successfully completed one week of stage 1 of the candida cleanse. While I was very happy to re-introduce grains into my diet, with some advance planning and smart shopping I didn’t find the cleanse as painful as I thought it would be. In this week I was feeling many of the symptoms of candida die-off (headache, fatigue, cold fingers and toes) which is a sign that something is happening. The two main positive changes I noticed were a notable improvement in my digestion, along with a sudden absence of sugar or carb cravings! Will continue to update as I try to sustain my momentum in stage 2, wish me luck, it’s not the best timing with the holidays approaching.

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