recipe for you! my favorite salad and dressing

NOTE: If you read this when I first posted it—I typed in the wrong dressing recipe, oops! Please see changes below.

We could use a breather from the heavy topic of toxic dental practices! Here’s my favorite salad recipe, always a hit whenever I make it for my family or others. A big helping is a meal in itself, with the pasta in it. I took the idea from a recipe that used to be on Macaroni Grill’s menu, now discontinued—though I’ve made it healthier, of course! These are Ch. 2 and 3 recipes in 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Enjoy!

Spinach-Orzo Ensalata

1 cup uncooked whole-wheat orzo pasta (boil in 3+ cups water, approx. 6-7 min., and rinse well to keep grains separate, then cool)

10+ cups spinach (about two 10-oz. bags), chopped

1 pkg. fresh basil, cut in ribbons

2 tomatoes, diced small

1 can black olives, sliced

2 oz. capers (half a 4 oz jar), drained

½ cup raw pine nuts (or toast them under the broiler—yum!)

Optional: shaved Parmesan to taste

Toss all ingredients except optional Parmesan. Add dressing to taste and toss. Top each plate with shaved Parmesan if desired. Serves 4 as a complete meal.

Tangy Dill Dressing

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos

1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. honey (raw)

2 garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. dried (or 1/4 cup fresh) dill weed

Blend all ingredients well in a high-powered blender.

Giveaway, Chia Pudding Recipe—and why you need Omega 3’s

At our VIP class a few weeks ago, I taught 6 nutrition habits, each of which can have a dramatic effect on your health. One is using chia seed (I gave my favorite ways to use it) for Omega fatty acids.

One thing I feel passionate about is getting people to understand how critical a good Omega 3 fatty acid source is. More than 80 percent of Americans are deficient in it, and you need it to avoid anxiety and depression, plus a host of other health problems.

Flax seed, hemp seed, and chia seed are the best plant sources. Fish oil is rancid long before you ingest it, and meta studies of its long-touted effects on heart disease reveal that it isn’t solving any problems. Read my recent blog entry about fish oil HERE.

So get your Omega 3 from good plant foods! I sometimes stir a spoonful of chia seed into my Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie (Ch. 10 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods), or any other drink. Kristin adds it to her green tea, which is how she’s surviving breaking a 30-year Diet Pepsi addiction.

Put 1 Tbsp. of chia in 3 Tbsp. of water and let it soak 20 mins. It’s now a replacement for a large egg in baking recipes.

Here’s a recipe I developed recently that is so easy. You may enjoy it for a treat after dinner, or for breakfast. It also features goji berries, eaten by the longest-living people on the planet, high in protein and a wide array of nutrients.

The first three readers to write support123@greensmoothiegirl.com gets a FREE COCOA MOJO AND COCONUT MILK POWDER! (You can learn about those items clicking on that link. In addition to using them in chia pudding, I get through the winter without sugar, thanks to these fabulous products making us healthy hot cocoa.)

CHOCOLATE GOJI CHIA PUDDING

1 ½ cups filtered water

¼ cup chia seed

¼ cup goji berries

3 Tbsp. coconut milk powder

3 Tbsp. Cocoa Mojo

In your blender, blend water, coconut milk powder, and Cocoa Mojo for 30 seconds. Pour mixture into a container and stir in chia and goji. Allow to sit for 4-12 hours. May be kept in the refrigerator several days.  Add hot water to pudding coming out of the fridge, if desired.

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

 

Here’s a recipe for CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, one version of a favorite and very common recipe among raw foodies. It’s so easy, and it might get you through a party where everyone else is eating shiz!

(Shiz is my kids’ latest word for ‘all things bad.’ I think they’re approximating a swear word in a way they get away with it?)

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

1 ripe avocado

1 ripe banana

2 soft dates

3 Tbsp cacao powder

Splash of vanilla, pinch of sea salt

Blend till creamy, optionally chill for 1-2 hours, and enjoy!

Two great recipes and an awesome new ingredient!

I  recently gave a lecture in St. George, Utah, and in three other Nevada and Cali cities. In St. George, we stayed with my longtime friends, vegan raw foodists Denley and Jan, whose kitchen and fridge contents always inspire me.

Denley was raised on sodas and Twinkies, and eventually he was so ill that he discovered that he could recover his health ONLY when he eats vegan and virtually 100% raw. They have raised their six children on a plant-based diet. They made that shift when their twin daughters were born with cystic fibrosis. Now both are mothers of 6 and 7 children and are healthy vegans even though most with CF don’t live past 25.

Next time I stay with Jan, I’ll make a video of all her great nutrition habits and gadgets.

She made us a fabulous dinner when we pulled into town, and Kristin and I couldn’t stop eating apples dipped in the fruit dip, recipe below, that tastes like marshmallow cream. But it’s all raw, with no sugar, guilt free! (I can eat it without having to pay Matthew $10,000—we’re both going strong, by the way, after 3.5 months. Easy!)

Here’s the recipe I’ve adapted from Jan’s—she keeps a jar of Irish Moss gel in her fridge, which is a whole-food thickener, gel, and emulsifier. It’s the raw, nutritious form of “carageenan” that you’ve seen in ice cream, etc., You can get it on Amazon and many other places online or possibly in your health food store. Buy unbleached “Carageen” raw Irish Moss so you’ll get the sun-dried rather than bleached product. The Irish eat it with potatoes and cabbage!

In addition to its function, it’s a nearly flavorless seaweed that, like other algaes, is an excellent source of iodine, minerals, A and B vitamins, and protein. It is soothing to mucous membranes and thus may help with indigestion, constipation, and skin conditions. Some use it in water to ease coughing associated with colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

You’ll have fun using it for ice cream, shakes, puddings, and more…give it a try! I personally am so excited to discover this ingredient. Having enough ingredients and habits that you love is KEY in making a transition to raw plant foods easy and “deprivation-free.”

Fruit Dip / Topping

1 cup macadamia nuts

2 Tbsp raw almonds, sesame seeds, or cashews, soaked overnight and drained

6 Tbsp. water

¼ cup Irish Moss gel (see below)

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ cup raw, organic agave, or raw honey

1/8 tsp. Original Crystal Himalayan Salt

Blend almonds, sesame seeds, or cashews in water, in turbo blender until creamy, about 90 seconds. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight, will last 3-4 days. Use as a dip for fruit, or as a topping for a pie.

Strawberry Shake

1/2 cup Brazil nuts

1 ½ cups water

¼ to ½ cup Irish Moss gel (see below)

1 cup frozen strawberries

8 drops liquid stevia, or ½ packet dry stevia

1/2 tsp. vanilla or pinch of a vanilla bean

Soak Brazil nuts several hours, drain and rinse. Blend soaked nuts in 1 ½ cups water for 90 seconds or until very smooth, in a high-speed blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high until creamy. This is a low-sugar treat your children will love and you won’t feel guilty about.

Irish Moss Gel

Keep the dry moss refrigerated in a sealed Ziploc bag or jar. Soak a handful in a quart jar full of water for 3-5 hours on the counter. Drain and rinse well (you may have to pick out bits of shell/sand). Blend ¼ cup soaked, packed Irish Moss, with 1 cup filtered water until smooth. Store in fridge in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks. Use in potatoes, gravy, ice creams, puddings, etc.

Green Juice: Can It Be Yummy? I’m in Arizona to Find Out!

I’ve just checked into An Oasis of Healing to study what Dr. Thomas Lodi, M.D., does to help people. One of my readers, Inge, read what we’re doing and wrote about how much she loves Dr. Lodi, who has been helping her. She wasn’t the only one of our readers to write telling us they’ve been treated and greatly benefited by Dr. Lodi’s work.

I’ll be filming interviews and treatment there, and I’ll be participating too, myself, in a 5-day juice fast and the treatments that are safe for healthy people.

Inge wrote us that Dr. Lodi does wonderful raw vegan classes at his clinic, and that they have the best-tasting green juice she’s ever had.

I just bought a Norwalk Juicer. I’ve always been curious about it not only because it’s $2,500, and because the alt-cancer docs use it, but also because it’s quite a contraption and the best juicer available. I’ll do a video soon. It grinds the plants, then presses them in a second step. You get about 50% more juice from a Norwalk than the others (Champion, Omega, Jack LaLanne, etc.) and there is no damage to the plant or heat involved.

I discovered this week a huge patch of collard greens in my garden that somehow escaped use all summer. What to do with it all?! I made two quarts of collard juice, and added some of the yummy apples from my tree, and organic carrots. It was……not super good.

I drank it all, but it took me three days and I felt a little nauseous every time I thought about it. So I was curious about the yummy green juice Inge told us about. So Clothilde in Dr. Lodi’s office gave me this recipe. Apple, lemon, and ginger seem to be what cut the “green” taste:

An Oasis of Healing’s Green Juice Recipe

Yields approximately 2 quarts of juice

Use only organic ingredients

10 stalks of Celery

1 to 2 Cucumbers (peeled if waxed)

2       bunches Kale

2       bunches Spinach

2       bunches Dandelion

1       Granny Smith Apple (Optional)

½     stalk Broccoli

1       Lemon (peel the yellow rind, being careful to leave as much white pith on the lemon as possible

¼ ” Ring of fresh Ginger Root, peeled

7 to 10 stalks of Parsley (Add last, after all the other ingredients have been juiced, because it tends to bind in the juicer)

This recipe makes approximately 2 quarts of juice depending on the freshness, ripeness and water content of the vegetables. Cut recipe in half to yield 1 quart.

Taste and adjust ingredients to your liking.

Tips for success:

  • Strain fresh prepared juice to increase absorption and benefit to the body.
  • Store juice in glass jars with rubber seal.   Fill jar as full as possible, as extra air trapped in the bottle destroys nutrients.
  • The highest nutritional value is within the first 45 minutes after making the juice.   This is not always feasible; however, do not make your juice the night before.   At a minimum, make your juice each morning and evening.

Buy enough vegetables for a week’s worth of juices:

  • When you bring the vegetables home, wash immediately and dry thoroughly. Cut off root end of spinach and celery to separate, rinse thoroughly with water to remove all dirt.
  • Use salad spinner to dry spinach, dandelion, and kale.   Place all other vegetables on towels to air dry thoroughly.
  • Buy green stay fresh bags for vegetables.   Portion the vegetables out according to the number of juices you will make.   (i.e. Enough veges. for 1 qt of juice per day for a week, then portion & pack veggies in 7 bags)   Pack green veggies only NOT including cucumbers.   Cucumbers, lemons, apples, and ginger are prepared at time of juicing.   If using paper towel to dry and store veggies use chlorine free variety.

Chia Pudding: a great new habit

Marlene told me, after my class in Kennewick, Washington, that she makes chia pudding for her diabetic husband as a meal or dessert. (Cinnamon is a great blood-sugar controller–note that she adds lots of cinnamon to his pudding.) It’s a great idea, since chia is a power food, and high in protein as well. (It’s pure fallacy that you can’t get enough protein eating a plant-based diet! You don’t have to go out of your way to find protein—greens, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes average about 10%, which is perfect. But chia is particularly high, at 23%.)

I asked for the recipe, and here it is. Thank you, Marlene!

MARLENE’S CHIA SEED PUDDING

Stir together

1 TBSP chia seed  

about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of any milk alternative or water (hubby uses unsweetened chocolate almond milk, I use regular or coconut milk)

As much cinnamon as you enjoy (Hubby is diabetic so he gets about 1 tsp, I use less)

Let those two soak while you are busy for about 20 minutes.

Add any seed that you like:

1/2 TBSP sesame seed

!/2 TBSP sunflower seed  

1/2 TBSP pumpkin seed

Stir above together and add more liquid if needed

1 TBS nuts

1/2 TBSP unsweetened flaked coconut  

Sprinkle of hemp seed powder

Stir all together and then add whatever fruit you enjoy. We enjoy it with no added sweetener, just frozen berries in the winter or fresh fruit in the summer. I usually do not add the fruit till he is ready to eat, it can sit in the fridge for a couple of days if he gets too busy.  When I add the fruit, I mix in a little more liquid.  

This gives hubby a nice breakfast or dessert and does not raise his blood sugar as other breakfasts and desserts do.  He likes the energy he gets from eating it. It is usually a daily meal for him. Quantities can be increased for a family (our kids are gone and raised).