November 26, 2012

Holiday Foodie Gifts

This traditional recipe from Germany is a favorite in my hometown of Bressanone, Italy. I offer a healthy twist on the tradition by omitting powdered sugar and using maple syrup instead of refined cane sugar.

This delightful bread makes a lovely holiday gift and ships well, too!

First, combine:
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup raisins
1 orange, peeled and diced
1/4 cup boiling water

Let stand for 1/2 hour.

In a large bowl, mix together:
2 cups flour (spelt for wheat-free or millet & rice for gluten-free)
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon each: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger
1/2 teaspoon each: baking powder & baking soda
Set aside.

In a saucepan, combine & heat gently:
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup milk (either almond or cow milk)
1/3 cup butter or coconut oil (vegan), softened
1 Tablespoon grated lemon peel

Add this mixture to dry ingredients & stir to incorporate.

Then, mix in:
2 eggs, beaten or 2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal (vegan)
3 teaspoons lemon juice 
Half of the soaked raisin/orange mixture (save the other half for glaze)

Stir in enough flour to make a soft dough (about 1 cup).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 8-by-12-inch oval. Fold dough in half lengthwise to within ½ inch of the opposite side; press closed.

Transfer to a greased baking sheet.

Mix 2 Tablespoons olive oil into the other half of the soaked raisin/orange mixture. Pour and spread over the stollen as glaze.

Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, or until nicely browned. Cool on a wire rack.

Honey Almond Cantucci 

These delicious Italian tea and coffee cookies are a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. Visit the dessert page of this site for a healthy recipe!

November 19, 2012

Carrots, Cinnamon, Garlic, Rice

Believe it or not, these four foods have amazing capacities to help heal the common cold and flu.
Click this link for details about their healing properties.

Here are some healing recipes and a menu plan that will support you, both when you are sick and as you are navigating food choices during the holiday season.

Carrot Rice Pilaf with Tempeh or Chicken Sausage

Cinnamon Rice Porridge

Garlic Honey on Sourdough Bread

Wilted Spinach Pear Salad with Almond Rice Fritters

Carrot Rice Pilaf

Rinse 2 cups short grain brown rice.

Place in a bowl, fill with enough water to cover, and soak for 1 hour or more.

Drain and rinse rice.
Pour into a cooking pot with 4 cups water.

Bring to a boil; then reduce to simmer.
Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Simmer, covered, on low heat for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop 1 large yellow onion into crescents.
Heat olive oil in a skillet and add onion.

Turn down the heat to medium low. Add salt, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add a splash of lemon juice. Allow to simmer for 10 more minutes.

Meanwhile, chop 2 large carrots into rounds. Add carrots to skillet and simmer for 15 more minutes, or until the carrots are fork-tender.

Add half of the cooked rice to skillet and mix together.

For protein, you can add baked tempeh or sauteed chicken sausage to the mix.

Save the other half of the rice for breakfast.

Cinnamon Rice Porridge 
Take 1/2 cup leftover brown rice and place it in a stock pot with 1 cup water.
Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon   
handful of raisins or blueberries
spoonful of tahini (roasted sesame seed butter)

Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed. Stir occasionally. Ahh....soothing morning nourishment.   

Garlic Honey
Mince 1 head of garlic.
Place it in a pint-sized mason jar with 1/2 cup honey. Mix well. 

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  

Spread on sourdough bread as a snack or mix into morning grains

The honey will coat the garlic and neutralize any ulcerative qualities of this potent, pungent alium. These are nature's two most powerful antibotics!

Almond Rice Fritters
Take 1/2 cup leftover brown rice.
Mix it with 1/2 cup chopped organic almonds.

1 Tablespoon flax seed meal
1/2 cup almond or cow milk
1/2 teaspoon each: salt, cumin, coriander, cardamom

Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet.
With your hands, shape golf balls of almond rice dough and flatten them between your palms. 
Place each flattened disc in the skillet. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes, flip with a spatula, and cook on the other side for 3 more minutes.

Enjoy with salad!  



November 12, 2012

Healing Thyme Soup

Thyme Soup with Chicken or White Beans

Thanks to Melanie Pulla at Herb Geek for sharing this post! See her blog for a thyme spread recipe, too.
You will need:
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion
2 celery stalks
2 carrots
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 head of garlic
1 1/2 quarts chicken stock
2 Tablespoons thyme
1 cup diced, cooked chicken OR 1 cup cooked canellini beans (optional)
Chopped leafy greens or other vegetables as desired 
Salt and pepper to taste

Dice onions, carrots, and celery.

Cover the bottom of a stock pot with olive oil and warm over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute for 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, mince all the garlic.

Add celery, carrots, vinegar, and a pinch of sea salt. Saute 10 more minutes.

Add garlic to vegetables, saute one more minute, and add stock, thyme, and chopped leafy greens or other vegetables. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Add cooked chicken or beans if desired, taste, and season with sea salt and pepper.

Serve hot with green lasagna!

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