Curried Quinoa and Vegetable Soup

I just tried another great recipe from “Eat to Boost Your Immunity” by Kirsten Hartvig.  It is Gluten and Dairy Free and it was so EASY to make.  I’ve been cooking more and more with quinoa, pronounced (KEEN-wah).  Quinoa is the most nutritious of all of the grains as it’s very high in protein and is a good source of fiber.  It’s also known as an endurance food and may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, colon cancer and breast cancer.  It’s also great in salads, hot cereals and served as a side dish.

What you’ll need:

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
2 Carrots, diced (which I left out since carrots have a lot of sugar and I’m trying to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet)
2 Red Bell Peppers, halved, seeded, and chopped
1 Handful of Green Beans, chopped
4 Tablespoons of Red Curry Paste
1 Cup of Quinoa, rinsed and soaked in cold water for 15 minutes
1 and 3/4 Cups of Coconut Milk
salt and pepper

Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a strainer and rinse.  Then place the quinoa in a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes.

Chop the onions, red bell peppers and green beans.


Heat the oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium-low heat.  Saute the  onions, then add the vegetables one at a time.

Add 4 tablespoons of curry paste and a splash of water.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften.

Strain the quinoa that you had set aside in cold water.  Rinse.

Add the quinoa, followed by the coconut milk and 2 1/2 cups of hot water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes, until the quinoa is cooked.

Season with salt and pepper and serve with warm corn tortillas or naan bread (if you can eat gluten).

Enjoy!

Filled Avocados

This is a great summer recipe from the book, “Eat to Boost Your Immunity” by Kirsten Hartvig.  You can purchase the book HERE.  I’ve found it very useful as it has a section called “Coping with Common Ailments”, which gives you lots of information about healing your body the natural way.  The ailments include:  bacterial, parasitic, and viral infections, candida, stress, fatigue and anxiety, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and many more.

I’m trying to eat more healthy foods that are good for me, but also taste good too!  This was DELICIOUS!!  And HEALTHY!  Avocados are packed with energy and immune-boosting phytochemicals and have strong anti-inflammatory properties.  I also added LOTS of garlic, which is known as the natural antibiotic.  It helps protect the body from bacterial and parasitic infections and also stimulates the production of white blood cells – which as you know, I need.  According to “Eat to Boost your Immunity”, garlic is still regarded by many health care practitioners as a first line treatment for infectious diseases.  GOOD TO KNOW!

What you’ll need:

2 Avocados
2 Ripe Tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 Cucumber, finely chopped
1 Bunch of Chives, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar
4 Tablespoons of Sunflower Oil
1 Garlic Clove, crushed
1/2 Teaspoon of Soy Sauce (preferably organic, Tamari brand)
1/2 Teaspoon of Tabasco Sauce (optional)

Cut the avocados in half and take out the stones by using a chef’s knife and twisting the stone out of the avocado.

Chop the cucumber, tomatoes and chives and place in a bowl.

Add one garlic clove, crushed

Add vinegar, sunflower oil, soy sauce and tabasco (optional) to the bowl of tomatoes and cucumbers

Mix all of the ingredients together and spoon onto the avocados.  Sprinkle with chives to garnish and serve.  Doesn’t this look SO GOOD?!

Kale Juice

I feel like I have had a ton of energy this week compared to previous weeks.  I think that juicing has definitely helped me.  This morning, I made this Kale juice with carrots, celery and apples.  It was quite an ordeal as I had two boys wrestling next to me while I was trying to take pictures and at one point, Finn managed to grab a hold of my camera causing it to tumble to the floor.  Thankfully, it is still in working order.  This blogging thing isn’t always easy!  ;-)

What is so good about kale is that it is a great source of calcium and is also an anti-inflammatory food that helps your joints and strengthens your bones.  It also helps to detox your body and boost your immune system and aids in cancer protection.  Do try to buy organic kale as kale, if not grown organically, is sprayed with so many pesticides.  It’s actually listed as number 8 on the “Dirty Dozen List”, the twelve fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

4 small to medium carrots
1 large apple
2 celery stalks
5 leaves of organic kale

Wash all vegetables.  Cut apple into 2-3 inch slices.  Cut celery and carrots in half and remove the stem.

Place all items into the juicer, a few at a time.

Pour into a tall glass and drink within 10 minutes to avoid losing all of the good nutrients.

I feel so much healthier now!