VITAMIN D MUSHROOMS

Why do we need Vitamin D? Vitamin D, which is really more like a hormone than a vitamin, is essential for healthy bones and strong muscles. It helps put calcium into the bones rather than into the arteries, where it causes hardening of the arteries. It plays an important role in metabolism, prevents infections, enhances mood, and reduces the risk of cancer and auto-immune and cardiovascular diseases. Rickets, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and fractures are a few of the many problems linked to low vitamin D. How…

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LOW CARB “RICE” PILAF

Rice is lower in toxins than most grains but it is very high in carbohydrates, which quickly turn to glucose once ingested. The only way to make it suitable for a low-carb diet is to switch it out altogether. Shirataki is made from konjac root (glucomannan), which is almost all soluble fiber. It has no taste and no odor (when properly prepared) but it is a great carrier of flavors and it helps to keep you full. The downside is its rubbery texture, which gets…

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THE PERFECT STEAK WITH FRIED LEEKS

You may like these fried leeks better than french fries. Pair them with a perfectly cooked, uniformly rare steak for a meal that rivals any at your favorite steak house! FRIED LEEKS Leeks naturally separate into thin layers that are uniform in thickness so they make fries that crisp up quickly without a coating of flour or batter. They have so much flavor you won’t need a dip or sauce. Fried leeks have been popular for a very long time; Martha Washington had a recipe…

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MARINATED COLE SLAW AND A NEW VIDEO

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MARINATED COLE SLAW The original version of this recipe called for a whole cup of sugar! This reincarnation brings an old favorite back as a healthful, delicious, sweet salad for parties, cookouts, and family meals.   Ingredients: 1½ pounds green cabbage, about half a medium head, shredded 1 medium white onion, about 8 ounces, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup vinegar 3/4 cup light olive oil ½ cup Natural Mate, equal to 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder 1 teaspoon…

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CAULIFLOWER FAUX MASHED POTATOES

I often hear, “now, why didn’t I think of that?’ when someone sees my substitute for mashed potatoes. Adding eggs makes them creamier and thicker and mellows the taste for those of us who find cauliflower a bit too turnip-y. (This is the basic recipe used for Faux Mashed Potatoes, Faux Duchess Potatoes, and Cottage Pie in Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance.) BASIC CAULIFLOWER FAUX POTATOES Ingredients:1 head cauliflower (about 1 pound 15 ounces as purchased, or 1 pound 8 ounces, trimmed)4…

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PAN SEARED SCALLOPS WITH HOT SALAD

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PAN SEARED SCALLOPS WITH HOT SALAD I absolutely love this recipe. Sometimes I make a double batch of just the hot salad to serve as a side dish.  INGREDIENTS For Dressing: 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tbsp water 2 tsp sesame oil Sugar substitute to equal 1 tsp sugar Salt and pepper to taste For Salad: 1 cup finely sliced fennel (save fronds for garnish) 1/2 cup finely sliced white onion 1/2 cup finely sliced celery root, also called celeriac Additional salt and pepper…

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EGGPLANT AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO MINI PIZZAS

This is no ordinary pizza! It makes a delicious and beautiful vegetable side dish or appetizer for family meals or entertaining. Ingredients: 1 regular or 3 or 4 Asian eggplants, about 1 pound as purchased (peeled weight 14 ounces) 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ cup (2 oz) sun-dried tomatoes packed in garlic-flavored olive oil (plus 1 tablespoon of the oil) ¼ cup (2 oz) Marinara Sauce (Nourished, p. 295) or purchased no-sugar added marinara sauce 6 ounces (1½ cups) shredded…

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