Food Recipes

Natural Probiotic Meal – Banana Pepper Bean Salad

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Ingredients

Chick Peas/Black Beans/Banana Peppers/Green Pitted olives/Garlic/Carrot/Spinach/Juice from banana Peppers/Juice from Olives/Mountain salt & Pepper

Fermented/pickled foods are said to be great natural probiotics. This meal is a great tasting way to incorporate natural good intestinal flora, and balance out your gut health. Cheap. Easy. Quick. Nutritious.

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Cleanse Meal #1 – Veggies w/ MIxed Tandoori/Chipolte Nuts

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Sup guys? I’m starting a 7 day cleanse, primarily focused on the liver, but still an overall cleanse. I bought some milk thistle which is a great liver rejuvenator, which i will be taking 3x per day, with meals.

The meal you see here is simply some organic carrots, organic broccoli, organic spinach, which has been lightly fried in coconut oil (maybe 20 seconds), and topped with mixed nuts and seeds which have been tossed in raw, organic coconut oil using tandoori, chipolte, and pink himalayan mountain salt.

Will be posting everything I do throughout the cleanse 🙂

Protein Packed Salmon Salad

Protein Packed Salmon Salad 

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For this adaptation I went big on texture. Red rice, some mixed quinoa and bulgar wheat makes for a healthy and nutty combo, which I spiked with sweet bursts of pea and big chunks of rich, crispy seared salmon and topped with a light lemon and mint dressing. It’s a protein packed lunch that’s full of flavour and is delicious eaten warm or chilled.

FOR FOUR

200g red rice, cooked as per the pack instructions
200g mixed grains — bulgar wheat, red and white quinoa
200g frozen peas, sat in cold water to thaw out
2 thick salmon or trout fillets, I like skin on but you could use without if you prefer
Juice of a juicy lemon
A handful of fresh mint
100mls natural skinny yogurt
100mls reduced fat crème fraîche
1 block of halloumi, diced
Extra virgin olive oil
Olive oil for cooking
Butter
Sea salt and black pepper

METHOD

To cook the mixed grains, toast them in a saucepan with a little olive oil for a few minutes, stirring, then add the water and bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer and put the lid on for 15 minutes. Then turn the heat off and let it stand for 5 minutes. Fork through to make fluffy.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the mixed grains and rice and mix thoroughly.
After the peas have thawed a little, drain them and add them to the grains, then season the dish liberally with sea salt and black pepper.
In a frying pan add a little olive oil and on a high heat, cook the halloumi, tossing in the oil and turning them in the pan so they brown. Remove the halloumi from the heat and add it to the grains and peas, mix together.
In a food processor place the yogurt, crème fraîche, lemon and mint and blitz until smooth – you could do this by hand, you’d just need to finely chop the mint yourself.
Finally, in a frying pan heat a knob of butter and a little cooking oil until the butter starts to foam on a high heat. Season the salmons skin side with salt and pepper and place them skin side down in the pan and cook for around 5 minutes. Season the other side and turn them over and cook for 2 minutes, then turn the heat off and leave the fish in the pan to cook through in the residual heat for around 5 minutes.
Take the salmon out of the pan and break in to chunks with your fingers and add to the grains. Mix gently to combine all the ingredients and serve, topping with the sharp dressing.

 

Recipe Credit goes to Healthy Eating Planner

SUN WARRIOR SMOOTHIE RECIPE

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This is my go to smoothie which I have majority of the time.
Other fruits can be substituted such as raspberries, peaches, blueberries, black berries, cherrys.
It is recommended that the greens be diversified. Switch between Kale, Spinach, Collards, Swiss Chard. Try not to use the same green every time.

Water
1 Banana
2-3 Stocks Kale – Stocks removed
8 Frozen, Organik Strawberries
1 Small Avocado or 1-2 Tbsp Cold-Pressed, Raw Hemp Oil
2 Scoops Vanilla Sun Warrior (Plant Based Protein Powder)

Red Coconut Curry w/ Fresh Fish n Veggies

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Ingredients

  • Red Curry Paste
  • Shrimp Paste
  • Coconut Milk
  • 2 Pieces Basa Fish
  • Snow Peas, Red Cabbage, Onions
  • Brown Rice

Fresh Black Tiger Shrimp Sweet Potato Curry

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Was very happy with this one. However, I feel I’ll never be able to replicate it as I got the curry powder from a friend of mine, who is from Barbados. Safe to say they don’t sell this particular curry spice here in Canada.

*Very important to note, that whenever cooking curry, whether it be the spice mixture or paste, it needs to be cooked off for 3-4 minutes with oil. This really brings out the true flavours.

Ingredients

  • Brown Rice
  • Fresh Black Tiger Shrimp
  • Sweet Potato
  • Mushrooms (button))
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Onions
  • Curry Powder – I’d try a brown or yellow curry for this particular dish
  • Coconut Oil

Cooking Method

  1. Cut it all up
  2. Cook it all up
  3. Eat it all up
  4. 🙂

MSG me anytime for cooking lessons, or find some cooking videos on this blog to help you out.

Strawberry n Spinach Power Smoothie

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NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE SMOOTHIE #1

Benefits include:

Speeds recovery time from exercise
Repairs and Builds Muscle
Provides a very wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals
Is less stressful to digest than whole food meals (considering many do not chew their food properly)
Nutrients can be absorbed more efficiently when blended
Anti oxidants which help prevent cancer
High in Fiber
Provides Chlorophyll and cleanses at the cellular level, removing heavy metals and detoxifying our systems
Easy to Make & Portable

Ingredients

1 Organik Banana
Handful Organik Strawberries – frozen is often the cheapest
Handful of Greens – Kale, collards, or spinach are wise options
1/4 or 1/2 Organik Avocado
3/4 cup water – Rough estimate. Put enough water in to blend everything up nice and smooth. The consistency is up to you though really
1/4 or 1/2 cup Coconut Water
1 tbspn raw honey – optional, if you really wanna sweeten up your life

BLEND WELL…

Separate container, mix 1 scoop vanilla protein powder and 1 serving of a concentrated greens supplement (trophics is a great brand) with minimal water – SHAKE WELL –

Add to blender, and blend for 3 seconds

Adding hemp, almond, or flax milk instead of the water is also an option. We all metabolize foods differently so if adding a larger fat content (the milks) slows you down and does not leave you feeling energized, try staying with filtered water and coconut water. If you notice your energy levels drop after having a smoothie with the milks, maybe avoid adding them.

The more green stuff the better – you will be surprised how much you can add without noticing.

Drink this smoothie and acknowledge how good it is for you.

The powerful life promoting qualities of these foods in their freshest form provides your body with just the right tools to keep your organs clean so they can do their jobs.

This recipe should not be undermined of its disease preventing qualities and is a powerful step in the direction of good health.

*Recommended to have in the morning as your first main meal.

Tandoori Egg Stir Fry – Rant about Food Styles

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Ingredients

  • Brown Rice
  • Eggs
  • Onions, Broccoli, Snow Peas, Parsley
  • Home Made Tandoori Spiced Mixed Nuts using Coconut Oil
  • Organic “Citrus Infused” Soy Sauce
  • Himalayan Mountain Salt/Black pepper

Almost anytime I’ve eaten a stir fry, there are BIG CHUNKS of vegetables…yuck. It’s hard enough getting all the veggies we need everyday, why does everyone serve these big, clunky pieces of vegetables. Not to mention that the average person barely chews their food to begin with. And these are just vegetables we’re talking about, let alone the big pieces of hard to chew meat, which is another story together.

Cutting your vegetables into very small pieces makes for a much easier to eat, enjoyable experience. It also aids in digestion. Think about it. Chewing our food is a major, integral part of digestion. Many health professionals stress the importance on properly chewing our foods, so why not make it as easy on our body as possible?

“Chewing too quickly allows large particles of food to enter your stomach and intestines, potentially causing digestive problemsChewing your food thoroughly allows you to absorb more nutrients from your food, helps you maintain a healthy weight, allows for easier digestion, and leads to fewer digestive issues like gas and bloating”. Dr. Mercola

I also love the unified flavour this technique allows. I feel many people don’t eat a lot of veggies because compared to new aged, food-like substances, they just don’t taste that amazing. Now our bodies are so used to intense flavoured sweets, sodas and snacks, plain old broccoli doesn’t really stand a chance (at least when taste is concerned).

Most people have to try really hard to get the life-promoting qualities that only vegetables and dark leafy greens can offer.

So why not make it easier?

This style of cooking allows you to add more vegetables in your diet and not even really know it.

It’s fast.

It’s easy

(taking into consideration your fridge should have several pieces of tupperware with finely chopped vegetables and greens- it’s all about preparation)

It’s convenient.

It’s healthy.

And then of course, this is just my opinion. Some people love big chunks of pepper in their salad or stir fry. However, if you’re someone who is trying to live a healthier lifestyle, is trying to be as efficient in the process as possible, who would like to prepare quick, nutritious meals, I invite you to try this method of cooking/eating.

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”― Robert A. Heinlein

Homemade Cereal Recipe- Natures Vector

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Ingredients

  • Daryl’s All natural fresh granola
  • Sprouted grain cereal from “ezekiel”
  • Mango Infused Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Almond or Flax or Hemp Milk ( I enjoy vanilla)
  • Stevia – optional for extra sweetness

Give or take, all ingredients are equal in amount. You can adjust based on your preference. You may not be able to find “Daryls All Natural Granola” so you can substitute with any other SOFT granola.

Overall a great alternative to buying the additive filled, preservative rich, non nutritious cereals brought to you by Kellogg’s, Quaker and the likes.

Take charge of your health using this simply prepared and highly nutritional meal.

Thank you and I offer you the best in health.

HIGHLIGHTED INGREDIENT – CACAO
(raw chocolate)Out of all the whole foods that contain antioxidants, raw chocolate is the highest in the world. It dwarfs the popular foods and beverages commonly touted as being antioxidant rich foods such as red wine, green tea and blueberries by a factor of 10x or more!
The phytochemical analysis of cacao beans reveal that raw chocolate is perhaps the most chemically complex food on Earth.
Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which also happens to be the most deficient mineral in the diet of modern cultures.
The dark chocolate antioxidants have been clinically proven to literally dissolve plaque built up in the arteries which helps in reversing heart disease and causes naturally lower blood pressure. Also, various other vitamins and minerals in raw cacao benefits the cardiovascular system.
HIGHLIGHTED INGREDIENT – CHIA SEEDS
When inside your body, the seeds help you stay hydrated longer, and retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.After eating, the nutrients travel to the cells very quickly due to the ease in digestion and assimilation. Use them when you want to build or regenerate healthy body tissue.Unlike some seeds, the flavor is very mild. The mild taste makes it easy to put in sauces, smoothies, breads, puddings, and whatever you want. They won’t really change the taste, but will add to your nutrition!

Yes, the seeds will help you lose weight, for two reasons. The first reason is that they are so filling that you will eat less of other foods. The second reason is that they actually bulk up and cleanse your body of old “junk” in your intestines.

Chia seeds help stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings for junk food.

Stylish French Toast with Honey Onions and Agave Syrup

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One of the most original and unique dishes I’ve ever come up with, this funky rendition of french toast is one of a kind.

Ingredients

  • Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • White Onions, Kale, Green Onions (small dice)
  • Raw Honey
  • Maple Agave Nectar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Raw Sugar
  • Almond Milk (vanilla)

Cooking Method

  1. Cut tortilla wrap into thumb-size diamonds
  2. Beat Eggs- add vanilla, cinnamon, almond milk, raw sugar
  3. Dice veggies
  4. Heat 2 pans
  5. 1st pan – medium heat, add coconut oil, sweat onions 1-2 minutes, add rest of veggies, add touch of honey, mix. keep on low heat.
  6. 2nd pan- medium heat, coat with coconut oil. Dip tortilla diamonds into egg mix, lay evenly on pan. SIZZLE.
  7. Repeat till all diamonds are cooked, trying to cook them as even as possible.
  8. Put crispy diamonds into bowl, shake and pour over agave nectar. Dash with cinnamon while shaking.
  9. Place on plate, top with onions and veggies mix

Boom!