Friday, July 22, 2016

Can Diabetes Be Reversed?



According to Dr. Sarah Hallberg of Indiana and Dr. Jason Fung of Cananda,  who are both diabetic medical doctors, Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed. These Board Certified medical doctors are able to get people off of insulin and medication using a different approach to eating and self care.

Too many people that I know are either pre-diabetic or have been diagnosed with full blown diabetes. The abundance of American food is literally making people sick and overweight. 

Statistics indicate that diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure on the rise to astronomical numbers, despite our sophisticated medical information and care.

One area that seems to always be in controversy is diet- the food we eat. What is the best way to eat?  Does what, when, and how much we eat make a difference? 

I've linked 2 Youtube Videos that I think shed some important light on how to avoid becoming diabetic and how to reverse diabetes. Both are Excellent -

If the information helps one person, I'll be satisfied!

Can you reverse Diabetes?
This is a must watch! It's by a doctor from Indiana- Sarah Hallberg who has reversed diabetes in hundreds of patients in her clinic and continues to do so. 18 minutes..




Dr. Jason Fung- a well known Canadian doctor who also is challenging the present way we treat diabetes an weight loss.. 

His Similar Views on Reversing Diabetes



What do you think? Do you know anyone who follows these views? Do you know of doctors who think this way? Please leave a comment and let's get a discussion going.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and am not trying to diagnose or treat disease. All the information on this blog is for educational purposes only and I am just sharing information that I found on Youtube. Always check with your medical doctor before making any changes in your diet or lifestyle.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup



Tortilla soup is one of my favorites! 
Whenever I go to Mexico on vacation, I am jealous of everyone eating and raving about the tortilla soup. It always looks so good, but it is made with chicken and chicken broth, and I am a vegetarian. I've searched for a vegetarian tortilla recipe, but have never really found one I liked. 

Today, I found a good one and guess what? It's made in the crock pot! Does it get any better than that? Yes, it's gluten free, vegan, and made from real food ingredients. I knew I was going to like this one. 




I love the ease of crock pot recipes and that everything is in one pot and there is so little mess. I also love that once the ingredients are assembled and in the slow cooker, I can walk out of the kitchen and do other things. The timer calls me when dinner is ready! 

Although this recipe uses a 6 quart slow cooker, I'm sure you could make it on the stove top. Too much soup? You can freeze some. 
This recipe makes about 8 servings. 

I know the temperatures are scorching out there and some of you may be thinking,"hot soup in the summer" ??? Why???? I like it.. BUT for those of you who don't scroll down and see how to make tortilla soup in minutes in the blender without any cooking!

I will admit that the original recipe called for hot hot hot chili peppers, chipotle chile powder, and smoked paprika. I really don't like things that spicy, so I left out the chili peppers entirely- my bad! 

But you can certainly add them back in - the original recipe called for 4 whole serrano chilis! Personally, I only added a little chipotle chile powder and my canned organic tomatoes actually had some chiles added to it- that was enough for me !

You know your own preferences adjust the spices as you see fit! Also if you scroll down to the very bottom, I've included a Youtube Video of how to make a quick vegan tortilla soup in the Vitamix without cooking. You use boiling water, so it is a hot soup that is made in minutes! Might be perfect for you for the summer. It looks good!

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep: overnight for soaking beans + 5 minutes prep
Cook Time in Crock Pot: 4-5 hours on high
Adapted from:  A Year of Slow Cooking
Serves: 8

Ingredients: 
1 cup of dried pinto beans, soaked overnight and then drained before adding to crock pot. 
1 15 ounce can fire roasted chopped tomatoes with chilis 
or 3 cups of chopped Roma tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped  
4 cups flavorful vegetable broth
4 cups water 
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder  
1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika ( I used regular paprika- go easy) 
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 cup of fresh baby spinach
optional: 4 whole serrano chillis
optional garnishes to add to each bowl:
chopped avocado, tortilla chips, sliced black olives,  freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions: 
Add the pre-soaked beans, chopped tomatoes, onion, garlic, spices and broth and water in that order. If you are using the chillis- add then now and let them float on top! Cook covered for 8-10 hours of low or 4 to 5 on high. Discard the chilis before serving. Add the spinach to the crock pot/slow cooker before serving and it will wilt in the hot liquid. Stir and serve. 

My notes: 
  1. Go easy on the smoked paprika- you can always add more at the end. 
  2. If you use chopped tomatoes instead of the canned, you may need to add a little salt.
  3. You can always season more when the soup is done-
  4. If you want to make this on the stove top in a large pot to speed up the process, use 2 cans of cooked pinto beans instead of the dry soaked beans. I would sautee the onion and then add the other ingredients.  
A VEGAN TORTILLA SOUP RECIPE 
made in minutes without cooking IN THE VITAMIX 

James Wrobel makes a version of tortilla soup in the a Vitamix type blender without cooking! So if you are looking for something really fast and easy that you simply mix up with boiling water, check out this 7 minute video!!


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Cauliflower Aloo Gobi



This is a tasty way to serve cauliflower. I never thought I would be making an authentic Indian cuisine recipe.  Cauliflower Aloo Gabi is a flavorful vegan side dish that is both beautiful to look at and outrageously delicious. Indian spices are rich and pungent adding quality nutritive value to this great side dish! ( Did you know that spices are high in antioxidants and nutrients?)

I've never made Indian cuisine before. As much as I love it, I've only eaten Aloo Gobi in an Indian restaurant. Did I mention that this recipe is also gluten and grain free, making it perfect for my gluten free diet. Yes, it is real food, just the way I like it.


Easy Easy Easy- 
 Can you steam and saute? That's all you have to do. The most difficult part of this recipe was getting the spices. I always have turmeric and cumin in the house, and last year I invested in garam masala ( which is a combination of cumin, cardamom, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg- I keep it in the freezer) You could certainly make your own garam masala, but if you don't already have all of the above spices, I think it's less expensive to just buy the combination. The garam masala really gives it the authentic Indian cuisine taste!

It's All in the Spices
The recipe itself just requires chopping of tomatoes, onions, garlic, and ginger  and of course the cauliflower. See my notes below for an easy way to cut the cauliflower. To cut down on the work,  I buy frozen cubes of garlic, ginger and cilantro at Trader Joe's, Whole foods, and even some supermarkets. I find them in the freezer section in small little packages.

I'm not sure what inspired me to try this recipe. I saw the it on Pinterest, and I was surprised how simple it looked to make. I had a large cauliflower on hand, some of the spices, and company coming for dinner. I wanted to make something a little different with the cauliflower and decided to give this exotic recipe a try.

I followed the how to photos and in 45 minutes the recipe was finished. I tasted it and it was really good!  My company loved it over a bed of fluffy Basmati rice, Yum!
Success! Indian cuisine made right in my kitchen! What a treat.
Being vegetarian, I rounded out the meal with black beans, a delicious okra recipe,  and a summer tomato salad.
Saute garlic, ginger, tomato, and onions in a skillet 
Add turmeric, cumin, graham masala 

Add steamed cauliflower and steamed potatoes ( do not overcook cauliflower) 

Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time:25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Adapted from: Cook With Manali
Serves: 4 side dishes

Ingredients: 
1 medium cauliflower, cut into chunk size flower-ettes
2 medium white potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Roma Type Tomatoes, diced
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped ( I used 2 frozen garlic cubes from Trader Joe's)
knob of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped ( I used 1 frozen ginger cube)
1 Tablespoon olive oil or olive oil spray
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric ( careful- it stains)
1/4 teaspoon of garam masala ( go easy on this if you are not used to it)
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro or parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Steam the potatoes and cauliflower till almost soft- do not overcook cauliflower and set aside. ( start the potatoes first because they take longer than the cauliflower) 
  2. In a large skillet, sautee the onions and garlic in olive oil until slightly soft. 
  3. Add the tomatoes and ginger and continue to sautee until it becomes slightly saucy
  4. Add the steamed cauliflower and potatoes, cumin, turmeric, and garam masala
  5. Mix well, cover, and cook on a low heat ( stirring frequently) for about 10 minutes. 
  6. Place in a large bowl, toss with chopped cilantro or parsley and serve.
My Notes: 

  • If you are not accustomed to garam masala go easy- you can always add more

  • How to cut a cauliflower-  I Simply take the cauliflower ( you can even leave it in the wrapper)  and bang it core down ( yes bang it) down on the counter. The core will separate from the flowerettes and you just separate them. Then proceed to use it in any recipe. 
  • Here is a Youtube I found on how to easily cut cauliflower if you don't want to use the Bang on Counter method. 

How to use a knife to cut cauliflower easily