Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tortillas again

Tortilla experimentation finally paid off! I'm happy to report a more healthy version, I was okay with the other version so flour substitution success REALLY makes me happy.
Here is the original post

I'm over using dry milk powder. Lately I've been mixing a bit of yogurt with water to be milk like or using almond milk.
So anyway the flour. Tonight I used 1 cup flour and then 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup rice flour. They were still so good and perfectly pliable, bubbly and whatever else they should be. I have had trouble with garbanzo flour changing their flavor drastically and wheat flour changing their texture so this combo is going in the books until I feel like experimenting again.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Raw foods

Wow, raw foods are so amazing. A glimpse into the raw food world will really turn your thoughts about food upside down! Personally I don't believe that a complete raw food diet is naturally healthy but many many people do and those people pump out amazing recipes!
Incorporating raw food into your diet though is a MUST. Especially fruits and vegetables. We don't have a problem with raw fruits around here so I am always on the lookout for great raw food vegetable recipes (and dessert ones too but that is another story!)
Anyway, I stumbled upon this recipe that is the best raw food veggie recipe I have yet to find. I'll type out the recipe for you (since I have made a few changes) and attach the link (which sometimes works and sometimes not for some reason) to the original recipe. It's from Russell James' Raw Food Blog. He includes a cucumber raita (blah not a cucumber fan in this house!) and the wrappers which call for a dehydrator which we don't have, so I just made the filling and put it into pita bread.

1 cup chopped zucchini
3 Tbls water
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp nama shoyu (naturally fermented soy sauce)
1 Tbls lemon juice
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ginger
2 Tbls garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp agave nectar
8 sun-dried tomato halves
1/2 tsp salt

• Grind all ingredients in a food processor

Add these next ingredients. My food processor couldn't handle this so I will just chop it all and stir it in next time.

1/2 cup tightly-packed spinach, chopped small
2 sliced spring onions (green onions) <--I used a bit of regular yellow onion)
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 cup peas

His picture... not mine!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Balsamic Vinegar

I have a new sister in law in love with the stuff. Guess what, you should be too! Balsamic vinegars (well vinegars in general actually) are good for your health. Balsamic vinegar has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, tons of antioxidants, promotes a healthy digestive system, reduces headaches, controlls blood sugar levels, is a natural appetite suppressant, and a whole bunch more things related to anti-aging, fatigue and your bones.
Some more reading: Click HERE and HERE and HERE

Here is a dressing or a dipping sauce. We used it tonight for our steamed broccoli. (some of us poured some right onto our lentil patties!)

5 cloves of roasted garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

Puree everything and start dipping!