Thursday, May 26, 2016

Raw Apple Crumble (gluten-free, refined sugar free, vegan)

Hello Friends!

This is my new favourite breakfast! It's easy to prepare, and it's delicious! It's also refined sugar free, gluten-free, and vegan. I made 2 servings last night. One for this morning and one for tomorrow morning.

I got the idea for this from my favourite juice place. I would love to stop by and buy breakfast every morning, but it's just not affordable. I decided to make my own instead.

You can play with the recipe a bit to see how sweet you want it to be. You can add more/less raisins or dates to suit your taste.

I used Sayer dates in this recipe. They are dry compared to Medjool dates, so they aren't as sticky when you add them to the food processor. I prefer Medjool dates for snacking and making raw energy balls. If yours have pits, you want to remove them. But you already knew that.

You can use any type of nut that you like. I prefer walnuts, almonds, or a mixture of both. Any nut should work. You could probably make it without nuts too.

Pair this up with cashew milk mixed with a bit of coffee, maple syrup and cacao, and you've got the perfect breakfast! Regular coffee also goes well with this recipe! I like cashew milk best because you don't have to strain it like you do with other nut milks. You just soak your cashews while you sleep, and blend them up with some fresh filtered water in the morning.

I use all organic ingredients when possible. At the very least, make sure the apples are organic. If not, you should peel them first.  Apples are one of the top items on the dirtydozen list. If you can't afford to buy everything organic, at least have a look at this list and prioritize your purchases.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Quick Avocado and Mango Salad

I put this together in just a few minutes. I always prefer salads like this over ones that have lettuce as the base. I'm not a huge fan of lettuce salads unless they're smothered in creamy dressing, and that kind of defeats the purpose of eating salad for the health benefits.

You could add black beans to this too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Lazy Woman's Cottage Pie

We haven't seen any beef on this blog in a while. How about a little lazy woman's cottage pie?

Apparently there's a difference between cottage pie and shepherd's pie. One is made with beef, and the other with lamb. Normally I would call mine a shepherd's pie, but now that I know the truth, I have to call it what it is. It's cottage pie.

The good thing about this recipe is that you don't have to make mashed potatoes. That means you can eliminate butter and milk or cream from the recipe. You also don't need to make gravy. Normally I'd add some broth and then thicken it up with a flour mixture.

The only thing this recipe was missing is corn (organic of course). You could also add some organic mixed veggies. Frozen is easy. Get the mix with carrots, peas and corn. Always buy organic, especially for corn. Corn, soy and wheat are some of the GMO crops that are heavily sprayed with pesticides. It's very important to try and limit your pesticide exposure as much as possible.

The Environmental Working Group just came out with this year's Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists. If you feel that you can't afford to buy all organic, use these lists to prioritize your organic purchases.

Food Sensitivities

Last month I went to an integrative and functional medicine doctor. I went in thinking I had a thyroid problem because that's what I'd been told by my family doctor and homeopath in the past. I was so sure the thyroid was the cause of my skin issues, hair loss, lack of energy and inability to lose weight. Those all sound like symptoms of thyroid disorders right?

Dr. L sent me for blood work. Part of that included food sensitivity testing. The thyroid testing came back with no issues. What?! As it turns out, I'm severely anemic, and my omega 3s are too low. And then of course there's the overall inflammation and leaky gut. I have sensitivities to gluten (more likely Glyphosate - but anyway), milk, yeast, peas and beans. The worst of all is egg whites and casein (found in dairy).

I have no problem living dairy and egg free, but how does one live a plant based lifestyle without beans and toast for their avocado? Have you tried gluten free toast? It's edible, but it doesn’t make me jump for joy. I'm also supposed to stay away from yeast so ...

Dr. L told me I should eat organic chicken, fish, and grass fed meat. While this wasn't the way of eating that I was planning on going back to, it looks like I'll be adding those things back to my diet on a regular basis for the time being. I've been reading about bone broth, so now might be a good time to give that a try.

So now I have to figure out how to cook gluten free. The gluten free part is new to me. This should be interesting. I guess pizza is my new worst enemy. Welcome to my new adventure, friends.