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.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Butter Chickpeas (Vegan)

Butter chicken was my favourite Indian dish. There's one place near me that serves theirs swimming in a glorious pool of tomato cream sauce. It's SO unhealthy, but SO delicious.

So I figured, if you can make butter chicken, then why not butter chickpeas? The fenugreek is optional, but it adds a special flavour. We can find it easily in Toronto. You can use a hot or mild chili powder, and cayenne depending on your tastes. If you don't have Earth Balance, you could use avocado oil (or real butter if you wish).

I just realized I don't actually know what's in my tandoori spice blend. I should probably find out before I continue using it. I may have to switch brands or make my own.