Tag Archives: gluten-free

Super Easy Rice and Vegetable Noodle Soup


If you’re looking for a fast and tasty lunch to warm up little tummies in the cold winter months, here’s a healthy recipe that’s tried and true in our household:

Ingredients:

2 cups rice pasta
6 cups water
1 vegetable bouillon cube (or prepared vegetable stock)
125g of firm organic tofu, diced
1/2 cup of organic broccoli/ peas/ edamame
1 tbsp of sesame oil

Optional: Add 1 tbsp of tamari sauce, dried seaweed, and/ or sliced ginger to taste for more adventurous eaters!

Directions:

Add pasta and vegetable bouillon cube
to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium and add in the rest of the ingredients for approximately 5-8 minutes.

Serve in soup bowl. Enjoy!

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Must Try Recipe – The Healthy Chef: Teresa Cutter’s Chocolate Protein Power Balls


Just found this great recipe by Teresa Cutter of the Healthy Chef: www.thehealthychef.com that is sure to bring a smile to your day (hello, chocolate!!) as well as give you a quick boost of energy. It is also gluten-free!

Ingredients:

330 g raw whole almonds
60g  protein powder – [Teresa] used a natural unflavoured WPI but any good quality protein powder will be OK (whey, hemp, pea, rice are all good and work well in [her] recipe)
16 fresh dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground  cinnamon
coconut for rolling

Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder and cocoa then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract then process again until the mix starts to come together.
Add a splash of water if you need to so that mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Form into 14 decent sized balls.
Roll in coconut and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for upto 4 weeks if they last that long.

 Nutrition per cookie: makes 14 total

Protein: 8.2  g protein
Carbs: 7.6  g
Fat: 12 g
kilojoules: 703
Calories: 168

For more information on this recipe, visit the Healthy Chef here:

http://www.thehealthychef.com/2011/09/protein-fudge-cookies/

Best Ever Paleo Fudgie Brownies for Your Favourite Woman


Photo credit and recipe courtesy of http://www.health-bent.com/treats/paleo-fudgy-brownies

It’s International Women’s Day! Let’s celebrate with a toast to all the fabulous women in our lives and all the people who support them. The perfect way? Why not with a yummy, delicious treat? May I suggest some delicious (and somewhat nutritious), homemade paleo-fudge brownies? I know, I know… this coming on the heels of my previous post on healthy bland food options for longevity and good health! But I think most women in your lives would approve whole heartedly. Mmmm….

Enjoy! And have a beautiful day.

Paleo Fudgie Brownies

From http://health-bent.com:

[...]Besides the fact that these are completely gluten free; you could leave out the sugar in the brownies and be almost 100% Paleo. Try and find chocolate chips with the highest percentage of cocoa. The higher the percentage the less sugar in the chocolate. If you can’t find a good quality chocolate chip, you could always chop up a chocolate bar instead.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c canned coconut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c sugar (optional or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/3 c chocolate chips (use the highest % cocoa you can find, around 70% is good)
  • 1/3 c chopped nuts

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.

In a bowl whisk together the almond butter, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract and salt. Then add the cocoa powder, sugar,  and chocolate chips.

Pour into the prepared baking dish and top with chopped nuts.

Bake for approx. 18 minutes.

Note: Consider substituting regular sugar for organic cane sugar or agave syrup, omit nuts if there are any nut allergies.  -Fay Meling

DIY Fruit Roll-ups


Fay Meling von Moltke Pao, R.TCMP, R.Ac:

Great post by the Copycat Cook on how to make your own fruit roll ups! I will definitely be trying this with the girls shortly. Stay tuned!

Originally posted on The Copycat Cook:

(PsstLove desserts? Me too! That’s why I wrote an e-book about how to make them healthy. Take a peek here. Or maybe you’d like to learn how to eat healthy on a budget – check out my tips right over here. PDF versions are available here.)

Did you ever wrap a fruit rollup around your finger as a child, then gnaw away at it until you were left with a sticky, goopy mess?

I sure did. Gross.

Rest assured, I ate these fruit rollups like a grown up with the utmost dignity and decorum.

It’s hard to find fault with a raw cleanse that includes fruit rollups in the meal plan. Though these rollups are nothing like the ones of my childhood, because they have only two ingredients: strawberries and cinnamon.

I knew strawberries were high in vitamin C and antioxidants, but I…

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Rice Congee to the Rescue


What is rice congee, you ask? Also known as Shi Fan (water rice), in mandarin, rice congee is a porridge that is typically eaten in the morning but can be taken throughout the day in replacement to other meals. It is especially useful to prepare for babies starting solids, the elderly, those recovering from a brief illness, delivery or surgery, and/or those with a long-term illness or weak constitution.

Rice congee also has a practical relevance for all of us. It is of particular importance for those that wish to focus on proper eating for overall health and longevity, using a Qing Dan diet. Qing refers to clear, pure, light. Dan refers to those foods which are considered more bland and have less flavor.

Examples of a Qing Dan diet include, grains, legumes (beans and bean products), vegetables and fruits. Animal protein, fats, and oil such as meat, eggs, milk and fish are kept to a minimum (e.g. if eaten, they are taken in small quantities and not eaten every day as they tend to produce “heaviness and dampness” in the body long-term, which in turn can lead to unhealthy accumulations and growths in the body if not properly cleared).  A Dan diet also uses much less spicy, flavorful and fermented foods, such as soy sauce, vinegar, salt and alcohol as these also produce heavier ‘turbid’ fluids and substance in the body which can cause or aggravate ‘dampness and heat’ conditions (e.g. skin rashes/mouth or throat irritations, nasal congestion, heat in any of the orifices, including urinary tract infections or IBS, and/or diarrhea symptoms, and more).

Interestingly, the Qing Dan diet corresponds quite well with the “Eating Right Pyramid” in the United States (e.g. a healthy diet consisting of whole grains and complex carbohydrates at the bottom of the pyramid, followed by a smaller portion of vegetables and fruits above this, then an even smaller amount of animal protein and dairy products, and finally reserving the top part of the pyramid for very small amounts of sweeets, salts, fats, and oils). The Qing Dan diet is essentially the same as the Pritikin Diet  http://www.webmd.com/diet/pritikin-principle-what-it-is  and the Macrobiotic Diet http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/macrobiotic-diet.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, rice congee is used in dietary therapy since it not only boosts energy, but is easily digested (as it is prepared in the form of soup and therefore warmed to at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit). Since the water to rice ratio is typically at least 6:1 in preparing congee, the rice porridge helps to moisten fluids in the digestive system’s stomach and intestines which can deplete due to old age or chronic illness. Since it is water-based, it can replenish these fluids without producing further “dampness or phlegm” accumulations in the digestive tract.

Many quotes by famous doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine and even the Buddha, have been documented attributing excellent health to the consumption of rice congee. I leave you with one as food for thought:

“[Shi Fan] confers 10 things on those who eat it: life and beauty, ease and strength. It dispels hunger, thirst, and wind. It cleanses the bladder. It digests food. This food is praised by the Well-farer.” – Shakyamuni Buddha, Makavagga. Winanaya Pitaka (Book o the Discipline) trans. by I.B. Harner, London, 1951, Vol. IV, p. 302

(Flaws, Bob. The Book of Jook: A Healthy Alternative to a Typical Western Breakfast, Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, CO, 1995)

Brilliant V+GF Chocolate Chip Blondies (Vegan & Gluten-free)


Photo courtesy of: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Want to make a dessert for your guests that will impress? Tonight? Something gluten-free and vegan that still tastes like a real dessert? Here you go!

Genius Blondies 

(makes 15-20 squares)

Please click on link below to make these amazing desserts!

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/18/chocolate-chip-blondies-and-theyre-good-for-you/