Recipe for Almond Milk

almond milkMost store bought almond milk contains a controversial ingredient, Carrageenan. According to the report by the Cornucopia Institute, Carrageenan may be to blame for increased gastrointestinal problems. What is more disturbing, this controversial ingredient is in organic food.

Carrageenan 2013

Here is a good recipe that I got from Natalia Rose’s Fresh Energy Cookbook.

Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight. Drain in the morning.
Add 4 cups of water and blend in a blender. Get it as fine as you can.
Strain through a cheesecloth.

It is delicious!!

Mama Mia Spaghetti Squash

sp squashNicki’s Secret Marinara (see previous post)

1 large spaghetti squash

Garlic clove minced

A handful of Kale (or 2 stalks) and or spinach, torn

Half of a Yellow or orange pepper chopped coarsely

3-4 kalamata olives chopped

A small handful of sundried tomato (not packed in oil)

3-4 artichoke hearts chopped

Cook spaghetti squash according to directions on the sticker on the squash. I usually cut the squash in half, take out the seeds and bake it in the oven at 400 degrees until the center peels out like spaghetti strips; 20-40 minutes depending on the size of the squash.

Let the squash cool a bit. Scoop out the insides with a fork. It will look like spaghetti.

Saute garlic water, add the rest of the ingredients, cook until tender but not mushy. Add the spaghetti squash and Nicki’s Secret Marinara to the pan, mix and serve.

Soba Noodles with Asian Veggies

soba noodles vegIngredients
1 T rice cooking wine (optional)
3 T Bragg Liquid Amino
2 cloves grated garlic
½-1 T fresh grated ginger
1 T Sunflower butter (any nut butter will substitute fine)
3 T almond milk
Half an onion chopped
2 scallions chopped in large pieces
1 large handful of snow peas
Bag of frozen organic broccoli
½ an organic zucchini
Top with basil, cilantro, sesame seeds and a squeeze of lime

Soba (buckwheat noodles). Cook according to directions. I only use enough for 2 servings because I like lots of veggies and a little less noodles.

Cook the Soba noodles and drain. Set aside.

Heat a little bit of water in a sauté pan, add garlic and fresh grated ginger. Cook briefly (20 seconds), throw in the rest of the liquid ingredients and nut butter, stir and add the frozen broccoli. When that is not frozen, but not all the way cooked, add the rest of the vegetables. Do not over-cook. Add the noodles to the pan and toss. Top with torn basil, chopped cilantro, sesame seed (you can toast in a pan, but not necessary) and a squeeze of lime. Serve hot or cold.

But My Kids are Picky Eaters

The most common genetically modified organisms (GMO) offenders are: corn, soy, canola oil, sugar and cottonseed oil. There are others but start with these. Avoid these or use USDA certified organic.

If your kids are old enough, discuss why you are making some changes in the foods you are eating. If they are young, you can make changes without them even knowing. Continue reading “But My Kids are Picky Eaters”