Cauliflower “Hummus”

Recently I came across THIS gem of an article on the health benefits of CAULIFLOWER! This is a comprehensive piece from fellow health junkie Helen Nichols. Check it out and then you can celebrate by making Cauliflower “hummus” 🙂

By Jenn Bruer 

Cauliflower humous

Ingredients

2 cups cauliflower florets
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp tahini
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Steam the cauliflower until cooked but not mushy
  2. In a food processor, collect remaining ingredients
  3. Add cauliflower and process until smooth

Dairy-Free Parfait

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By Jenn Bruer

Serious yum factor here!

Ingredients

1 can of full-fat coconut milk
2 cups frozen fruit (e.g. blue berries, mango, banana, strawberries, raspberries)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Optional: Living Grainlessly Banana Crunch Granola
Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint

Directions

  1. Place the can of coconut milk in the fridge over night or at least for a few hours so that it separates.
  2. Open the can and scoop out only the top “solid” portion of the can (save the liquid part for something else later or simply drink it)
  3. Place 1 cup of the fruit, the solid coconut milk, the vanilla, and the cinnamon into the blender and blend on high until smooth (if using frozen you may have to add a few tablespoons of the coconut liquid to get it moving)
  4. Now fold the remaining fruit into the creamy mixture. If using blueberries or raspberries, keep them whole. If using larger fruit cut into small bite size pieces.
  5. Layer the parfait in a tall parfait dish by adding cream, then a layer of granola…repeat. Top with fresh or frozen fruit and place in the fridge to “set” for a least an hour (especially if using frozen fruit).

Omit the granola if you want, it tastes great even without!


Creamy Mushroom Soup

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By Jenn Bruer

Here is an awesome soup. Serve it with sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and  a swirl of heavy cream on top!

Ingredients
3 tbsp ghee
1 large diced onion
1 cup sliced fresh crimini mushrooms
1 cup sliced fresh shitake mushrooms
1 cup sliced fresh portobello mushrooms
1 cup sliced fresh porcini mushrooms
1 cup sliced fresh button mushrooms
1 cup sliced fresh maitake mushrooms
2 cans full fat coconut milk (heavy cream would work too)
2 tablespoons arrowroot flour
2 cups cold beef broth
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat ghee in a large skillet, saute onions and mushrooms until soft
  2. Set aside one cup of the sauteed mushrooms and onions
  3. In a large blender add the mushrooms and onions, coconut milk, arrowroot flour, beef broth and blend until quite smooth
  4. Transfer to a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil until the soup thickens
  5. Stir in the remaining 1 cup of sauteed onion and mushrooms

Notes

  1. Use any combination of mushrooms you like
  2. If you want to use dehydrated mushrooms, just re-hydrate them in the fridge for 30 minutes and use the same measurements as fresh (don’t throw out the water, it’s an awesome broth)
  3. If you are sensitive to arrowroot you can omit it and still have a nice flavourful soup
  4. If you like a soup that is completely creamy you can add all the mushrooms to the blender (I like a little bit of chunkiness)

Pork & Cabbage Stew

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By Jenn Bruer

Ingredients
1 medium pork loin (or pork roast)
1 chopped onion
1 bay leaf
8 oz jar of tomato sauce (whatever is your fave pasta sauce)
1/2 to 1 whole savoy cabbage – sliced (depending on the size of your slow cooker)
1 cup chicken stock
Butter to taste  (omit the butter if you can’t do dairy)
few shakes of salt & pepper
2 cloves of crushed garlic
Optional: hot pepper flakes or hot sauce

Directions

  1. Brown the loin, either in the oven on very high heat (turning to brown all sides) or in a frying pan (don’t worry about the inside just the outside!)
  2. Transfer the loin to the slow cooker
  3. Add to the slow cooker the onion, sliced cabbage, tomato sauce, bay leaf, stock, salt & pepper (chili flakes or hot sauce if you like spice) and the garlic
  4. Stir it all together to get it all coated with the sauce
  5. Cook for at least 4 hours on high (longer is even better)
  6. You may need to add more water later if it seems dry; it should be more of a “stew” consistency but not too soupy
  7. Prior to serving add butter to taste (trust me!)
  8. Stir it up and serve (you can add less butter if you insist)

Notes
If you’re in a rush and can’t brown the meat prior to adding- it works fine without browning. If you must, just throw everything in, stir, and cook for a long time.


Whole-Grain CALAMITY!

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By Jenn Bruer

Why don’t I eat grains?

Grains are bad for my intestinal (gut) health. Grains are SUGAR to my body and sugar feeds the “bad guys”, the bad bacteria living inside me. I know that any nutrients I can get from grains, I can get elsewhere so grains aren’t really necessary.

Grains cause inflammation; some believe inflammation is the root-cause of all disease. Grains have only been around for 10,000 years (or so), which (coincidentally?) is right around the time when we (humans) started to develop tooth decay. We also shrunk and our overall bone health deteriorated. Grains inhibit vitamin and mineral absorption.  Grains contain substances like phytic acid which prevent proper absorption of vital nutrients.

Foods rich in sugar, or carbohydrates, give quick energy, but that energy wears off  fast. Since grains break down into sugar, our insulin rises and our blood sugar crashes, making us want to crave more grains… enter the ‘vicious cycle’.

Besides all of that, the benefits of a grain-free diet  are enormous; just look around, there are anecdotes EVERYWHERE. Plenty of people suffering from a whole list of issues (Crohn’s, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue, etc.) are getting better and some are even curing their illnesses from a grain-free diet! I, personally, have never felt better since going grain-free in September of 2011.

People assume that mainstream medicine is not in support of this diet. But hang on a minute! I remember when I was 10, visiting my family doctor for regular asthma checkups; he smoked a pipe while he listened to my chest! I know, silly right? Well, people back then would say “smoking can’t be that bad; my doctor does it”. But times change. Smoking became NOT good; hmmm, perhaps doctors should NOT smoke while seeing to patients (duh!). There was a time between time, time when it was okay and then time when it was not okay.

This is where I think we are right now with grains. Yesterday grains were healthy, and tomorrow grains will be considered unhealthy. I know of several medical doctors that suggest going Paleo or Primal, especially heart doctors!  Many of my friends say they’ve gone Paleo on the suggestion of their doctor!!

Enter the shift. It seems that as a collective there IS a definite shift happening! Yay us!

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Some might say that grain-free benefits aren’t  “backed up” by clinical trials, or suggest  that there is “no evidence” that diet can play such a pivotal role in the prevention or treatment of serious diseases. But seriously now, do we really expect any of the multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies to spend millions on a clinical study that proves the benefits of grain free living? Or that FOODS are capable of healing?  Would that be smart of them? Where’s the profit in that?!

Did you know that in one chinese study it was found that women who consumed 10 grams of fresh mushrooms each day (about one button mushroom per day) had a 64% decreased risk of  breast cancer? Huh! Go figure, you didn’t know that! If there was a drug that could reduce your risk of breast cancer by 64%, don’t you think it would be all over the news?

Since we know we can’t rely on Big-pharma to give us studies to “prove” the benefits of anything other than their own drugs, all we are left with is the personal stories of those who have made changes! Like me 🙂 Let our own personal success stories be proof enough – try Living Grainlessly for 30 days and become a success story of your own!

Now go eat some mushrooms. But please, hold the bread!