Plantain Tostadas and Tortillas

Plantain Tostadas and Tortillas

Hi there!  Long time no see… it’s been a bit since my last post!

If you’d like a small explanation as to why the giant chasm of time since I last posted… well, I suppose life happened.  I was still going through health issues – very autoimmune-disease-like health issues, involving some intense inflammation and such – as well as a bit of relationship and work changes, which didn’t really leave me much time for focusing on the blog.  Most of that seems to be quieting down for now, so here I am! 

You still wanted that recipe for Plantain Tortillas, right??

Anyway, I’ve missed it… and I still want to attempt to post here from time to time!  I really love sharing recipes and health information with people, and it’s important to me to be able to do that.  If you’re reading this, feeling a bit like I’ve been a real fair-weather friend here for the last year, please feel free to reach out to me!  There is a contact page here for ya.

Now.  On with the show!

Without further ado, let me introduce my FAVORITE recipe of the past year, with my FAVORITE accompaniments ever!

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Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

Creamy Zucchini Detox Bisque

What does the end of the weekend, a long, stressful day, and having numerous random body aches have in common?  That’s right.  It means a detox is in order!

Now, detoxes and voodoo magic are commonly believed to be the same thing but, in general, this is not the case.  If you break down the word “de-tox” we have something that just means, “to remove the toxins.” 

Sometimes, yes, detoxes can be murky, if not really nutrient-dense, juice cleanses full of beetroot, celery and cayenne pepper (hold the eye of newt)...  and sometimes they’re more of the whole-natural-no-bs-food approach.  In this case, we’re basically just getting in a bunch of healthy stuff that will help us get rid of the bad stuff.

I intentionally made this bisque only out of ingredients I thought would be super beneficial for the purpose of cleansing.  After all, what good is a recipe that re-toxes while it de-toxes?  Hence, our lineup for today:

  • Zucchini: full of cleansing water and fiber, as well as potassium and b-vitamins
  • Garlic & onion: contain sulfur compounds known to help prevent cancer, and have antibacterial properties.
  • Coconut oil: the medium chain fatty acids it contains are great brain food. One of these, lauric acid, helps boost the immune system.
  • Greens: besides fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that boost your energy and immune system, greens contain chlorophyll, which rids the body of all kinds of toxins!
  • Ginger: helps reduce pain and inflammation and helps regulate blood sugar
  • Turmeric: powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
  • Coconut milk: high in vitamins and minerals, and a great substitute for any dairy product when detoxing or reducing inflammation
  • Bone broth (if using): rich in protein, minerals, collagen, glucosamine & chondroitin, all of which are easily absorbed by the body and can aid gut health, joint health, immune health, and fight inflammation

Altogether this makes a tasty (yes, vegetable-y, but flavorful) concoction, and it’s a great start – or middle, or end – to a serious detox day!  Make extras to freeze, and you’ll be ready for anything!

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Beef and Butternut Stew

Beef and Butternut Stew

Apparently there is such a thing as “stew season” and it is coming to a close, according to various sources such as the food magazines I read in grocery store checkout aisles.

I’d like to point out that, no matter what season it is, smack dab in the middle of winter or a sunny summer day, sometimes, I still like to have a hot meal here and there.

I mean, yeah, it’s not freezing out – our cold spell lasted all of two weeks this year, anyway – but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t make something delicious out of these wonderful ingredients that just happen to go so well together.

Seriously.  Do you even know about beef and butternut squash and peas and sage?  They’re like a fantastic four of the food world.  They kick some serious tastebud together.  

I had to share it with you now, because, well, you need this in your life.

Besides, it’s kind of St. Patrick’s Day today, and I think I’m somehow celebrating my heritage by way of making a stew in mid-March!  Does that make sense?

Anyway, all I know is, when you make a batch of this, you’ll either have a week of delightful meals for yourself or a really pleased family to serve this to!

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Spoiler Alert: My Cookbook is Out!

Spoiler Alert: My Cookbook is Out!

Ever get that feeling of being totally owned by your schedule?  Kind of like being tied to the back of a rampaging gorilla that’s really not cool with you being tied to its back? 

Sometimes this feeling occurs to me.  It probably means I need a self-help book on time management. 

Anyway, this is the part where I announce to you the wonderful reason I’ve been so terrible at posting anything consistently for a while…

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so very pleased to announce that today marks the official date that my very first cookbook is released!

YAY. 

I know I’ve been talking about it a bit, but this is kind of a lifelong dream come true here!  And I can tell you, it’s only the first big thing I’ll do this year.

(Also – today 1/12/16 is the last day… but you can still enter to get my book FREE through this page here!)

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