Thursday, April 30, 2009

Avocados are really good (for you!)

This was an awesome meal! The pate was rich and buttery and a perfect combo with the Avo. Also plated is a salad topped with baked eggplant and kelp and steamed broccoli.

Stuffed Avocados
Let me preface. I got the idea from the Renegade Health TV Show, but I used a different recipe, basically I made it up on the fly so this isn't exact (pretty close though).

You will need a Vita mix or food processor.
One carrot
1 C. Walnuts

1/2 C. coconut pulp (left over from making coconut milk)

2 Tbs. EV Olive Oil

3 Cloves Garlic1 Tsp. Cumin

A pinch of salt, oregano, basil and thyme
1/2 Cup Water
Blend everything until desired pate consistency. Take one perfect avocado and divide in half, remove seed. Depending on the variety of avocado if the seed is very small scoop out a little extra to make room for stuffing. Peel the skin and discard. Place a good heaping spoonful of stuffing into avo and garnish with a little cilantro.Enjoy!!!
Green Goddess Smoothie (I made this today)
3 leaves Kale greens
1 frozen banana
1/2 granny smith apple
1/2 cucumber
2 kiwis (peeled and make sure there ripe)
1 Cup water (or more if needed)
1 Tbs Fenugreek powder
1 Tbs. Spirulina and a teeny tiny cube of bitter melon (optional, I used this for medicinal purposes and didn't taste it at all!)
Blend and enjoy!
Herbal Eranah
P.S. The Green Goddess is good with any greens not just Kale! I used cilantro today and left out kiwis (cause mine weren't really ripe yesterday) So good! I'm sippin on it now!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Ultimate Elixir Of Life!!!

When I first tried this dark blue green powder called Spirulina I thought *yuk* and then it made my stomach turn. The reason I tried it is because it is a great source of vegan protein, iron and vitamin A. I wanted to do something good for my body. After a while I began to get used to the swampy, fishy taste but it wasn't my favorite thing to drink (one usually mixes it in a liquid if using the powder). I usually tried to hide it in a smoothie.
Fast forward about 6 years to when I first moved to the Virgin Islands and you will find my favorite drink is fresh young coconut water. Anytime I see someone with their cutlash and a pile of young, green coconuts I stop and hand over my 2 bucks with a smile! I know I am about to digest one of the most alkaline and purest forms of water on the planet. Then there is a jelly dessert inside too! Oh, I am in heaven!
Well it just so happens that when combined the Spirulina and coconut water is basically like a blood transfusion in a glass (does that even sound appetizing???) Anyhow, no matter what its nutritional properties are it does TASTE awesome! The same swampy, fishy taste harmonizes and is completely transformed by the sweet, buttery coconut flavor. And its good for you too (did I mention that already?)
So if you have some spirulina in the shelf just sitting there go out and find a young, green coconut. Chop that baby open and pour in 3 teaspoons of the blue-green booster....and drink it down with a smile! BTW Young coconuts are becoming more popular in North America you can find them in asian markets or sometimes at health food stores. If worst comes to worst you can get the water packaged in little drink boxes (watch out for preservatives). Or you can come visit me in the VI and I'll take you to the coconut man! His name is Pete.
With Perfect Love!
Herbal Eranah