Orange, Carrot, Celery & Ginger Juice

Orange, Carrot, Celery Juice

This is a delicious, sweet, creamy juice, with just a hint of saltiness from the celery. Celery is high in natural sodium and is essential to include in your juices when you are doing a juice fast. Leaving as much of the pith on the oranges as you can gives you more riboflavin and a nice creamy texture. I’ll tell you the easiest way I’ve found to do this below. This bright orange juice is also high in Vitamin C,  beta-carotene. Read more »

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Gluten free banana bread with cream cheese

Here’s another banana bread recipe that’s gluten free, wheat free and grain free. It’s adapted from the Nourished Kitchen Guide to Grain-free, Dairy-free Baking, Sweets and Treats. I made this for some friends and they loved it. I didn’t have chocolate chips, and they are very hard to find there (in Mexico). So instead I bought a bar of milk chocolate and cut it into ‘chip’ sized pieces with a chopping knife. I actually prefer my ‘homemade chocolate chips’ to commercially bought ones because they taste better and you have the option of choosing to use healthier chocolate. In hindsight I thought this would really nice with some chopped pecans (or walnuts) added to it. Read more »

Quick and Easy Savory Quinoa

Savory Quinoa

Quinoa, like most grains, is a little bit boring by itself. Add some spices and a little coconut oil though and you can transform it into something that could be eaten all by itself. Well, I can at least. I make this in my little rice cooker. Rice cookers are just perfect for cooking quinoa too. They automatically turn the temperature down to warm when the quinoa is perfectly cooked. And you don't have to worry about them boiling over as long as you don't fill them too close to the top. You can cook it in a saucepan too, you just have to pay more attention to it. Read more »

Savory Wild Rice Pilaf

Savory Wild Rice Pilaf

This savory wild rice pilaf recipe is so delicious I usually eat half of it while I’m making a stir-fry to go on top of it. No kidding! If you want to make rice to go with any dish, but want something a little more special than just plain brown rice, try this! If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet you can leave out the salt in this recipe, this seasoning mix still gives you a really flavorful pilaf. You can also make it with just brown rice if you don’t have wild rice available, just use 2 cups of brown rice. This cooks just like brown rice. I cook it in my 6-cup rice cooker, and it comes out perfect, but you can also cook it in a saucepan. What I like about the rice cooker is that you just set it up and it manages itself. Read more »

Young Coconut with Lime and Chili

Young coconut meat with chili and lime

This simple, nutritious dish is commonly found in markets and roadside stands in Mexico and is often called Cocos Preparados. It would be easy to make at home as well, as long as you have access to young coconuts and a way to cut them open. It’s filling and tasty, combining the four flavors, sweet (coconut), sour, piquant and salty. Young coconut meat is low in calories, an 11-ounce serving contains only 65 calories. That same serving size contains 50% of the daily recommended dose of manganese, which assists in blood clotting and connective tissues. One serving also contains 15% of the daily recommended allowance of potassium, which helps to keep your muscles and digestive system healthy. A serving will also supply you with 6% of your daily recommended dose of magnesium, which is vital to healthy functioning of kidneys, muscles and energy production. It’s also important in maintaining mineral and vitamin levels. Be sure to drink the coconut water […] Read more »