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The Holidays are here again!!! 

We thought we would give you a couple of our favorite recipes to try if you’re looking for something new to whip up.


Pumpkin Pie

I have been making the same pumpkin pie recipe for the past 15 years for Thanksgiving. It is a definite crowd pleaser, it even calls for a whole pie pumpkin that you cut up and bake in the oven, AND it’s easy! If I can make it, you can make it. Give it a try, you will be happy you did.

IngredientsPumpkins

  • 2 Pie Crusts – home-made, gluten free, frozen, or whatever you please
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pie pumpkin to equal 1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin, mashed or pureed
  • 2 cups scalded whole milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Method

  1. Preheat Oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except pie crust, in a large bowl and beat until smooth
  3. Pour wet ingredients into 2 pie crusts.  Bake at 300°F  for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the filling is firm.

 


Family-style Granola

My mom has mastered a granola that is delicious, full of healthy ingredients and so much lower in sugar than most anything you can find in the store. It feels so good to make your own granola and you can play around with it and add your favorite nuts or seeds. It is the perfect thing to have around if you are entertaining the family or it makes a great hostess gift if you are being entertained!  Let us know if you come up with your favorite version.

Ingredients

granola

  • 8 cups of oats (gluten free is you prefer)
  • 2 cups of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Take the first 6 ingredients and mix together into a bowl.  Set to the side for later use.
  3. Take the last 6 ingredients and mix together in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds
  4. Pour on top of oats mixture.  Stir together and then pour onto a cookie sheet.  Spread onto pan evenly.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  Check to see if browned, if not stir and let cook for additional time.

Jake’s Caesar Dressing

Who doesn’t love a great Caesar dressing? But oil based, not creamy!! Fresh greens are such a great addition to any meal and so simple. My husband always has a batch of his Caesar dressing in the refrigerator ready and waiting.  We can always quickly bring a salad to anyone’s house or include it in a meal at home. I never get sick of it. Let me know what you think!

 


Ingredientsceasar-dressing

 

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or more to taste)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Blend thoroughly and salt to taste
  2. Keep it in the fridge, it tastes better with age.

 

I hope you enjoy! Sarah

 

 

Food As Medicine

photoPatients are always asking how to eat for their health, whether it be to prevent illness, or deal with a current ailment. For many reasons we may find ourselves unable or unwilling to take a prescription medication or herbal formula in order to assist our body in overcoming an illness or condition.  It is important to remember that we can strongly influence our health based on what foods we put in our body.

We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”.  As nutrition research continues, science is further corroborating what we have known intuitively for years…that the foods we eat have a distinct impact on our health.  As unique individuals, no one food is best, but there are some general guidelines that will benefit everyone:

Stick to whole foods. Eating processed or refined foods not only reduces the nutritional value of a food, but can change the way our body metabolizes the food, creating more stress on the body.

Eat organic whenever possible. Choosing organic fruits, vegetables and meats will help reduce the amount of chemical exposure, as well as hormones in your foods.

Eat seasonally. Choosing foods that are in season help ensure you have variety in your diet and get the essential nutrients your body needs. From a Chinese medical perspective, it is also beneficial to eat certain foods during their seasons based on temperature variations. For example, during the summer, we crave lighter, cool meals, as opposed to the winter, when we want hearty, warm meals.

Use food as medicine. Here are a few great ways to use food as medicine in your day to day life:

    • Ginger and oranges are used to balance digestive issues
    • Green onions, garlic, and mint assist in the treatment of the common cold
    • Cucumber and dried fruits treat constipation
    • Olives are effective at treating cough with blood in the phlegm
    • Guava and leek stop bleeding
    • Cayenne pepper is great as a first aid for treating internal and external bleeding
    • Peaches treat dry cough and slow digestion
    • Beets strengthen the heart, calm the overactive mind, and improve circulation
    • Broccoli is great for eyesight, red eyes, dry eyes and inflammation of the eye
    • Cabbage is used to treat digestion and skin issues
    • Celery improves digestion, and benefits urinary tract imbalances

These are just a few of the many ways you can treat your body with foods you eat everyday.  When using foods as medicine, just increase the amount and frequency so it can have a therapeutic effect.  Pay close attention to the changes you see so you do not overeat any one food.  For more information about food as medicine, read Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.  It is a great book to use as a guide for healthy eating and a wonderful resource for those times when your body needs extra care.

Shopping Healthy

vegetablesWhen we think about living a healthy lifestyle, there are many factors to consider. Exercise, diet and stress management are a few important parts of this equation. What each of these have in common is that they take time, something we often feel short on. When it comes to diet, we often take the quick and easy route to preparing meals, which can mean eating fast food or processed foods. However, it is easier to eat cleanly and healthy by preparing the majority of our meals at home using whole food ingredients. Here are some helpful tricks to maximize your time at the store and in the kitchen!

BEFORE GOING TO THE STORE
Plan your meal. Look at your entire week and loosely plan the meals you will have. Planning meals ahead of time will allow you to most efficiently use vegetables and meats for multiple meals, reducing the amount of spoiled food in your refrigerator, and saving you money.

Don’t go hungry. Being hungry will increase the odds of impulse buying or splurging on things you are trying to avoid. Have a healthy snack before you go!

WHILE YOU’RE THERE
Stick to the outer perimeter of the store. This is where you’ll find most whole food ingredients like produce, seafood or meats. The inner aisles are where most processed food products live, the foods that are high in refined grains and sugars, sodium and preservatives.

AT HOME
Prepare your meal. Choose a day when you have more time, like a Sunday, and prep healthy snacks or quick meals for the week. This saves time, and makes it easier to eat healthy throughout the week. For example, you can prepare five Ziplock bags containing a variety of vegetables, then take one with you each day to work. Also try preparing a weeks worth of smoothies by filling freezer safe bags or containers with spinach, cut up bananas, and berries, and placing them in your freezer. Each morning, you can quickly put the contents into your blender and add your daily choice of liquids and supplements like almond milk, flax seeds or hemp protein. This allows you to buy in bulk and will save you time and money.

With a little preparation and meal planning, you can make eating healthy easier and more accessible!

Shaved Asparagus With Arugula Recipe

I found this super easy and delicious recipe on The New York Times Wine & Dining page.

A couple quick tips: For those following a Cleanse Diet, you can simply omit the parmesan from the recipe and it still tastes fantastic. You can also leave out the prosciutto and it will still have great flavor as well. It is quick to put together with very few ingredients and no cooking.  For some additional protein and a great compliment – try adding some crumbled roasted Hazelnuts on top.

Bon Appetit!

– Jake (Sarah’s husband)