Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St Patricks Day Green Smoothie




green vegetable juice

It's St. Patrick's Day and I want something green. There is nothing like a green smoothie to help detox, get rid of bloat, and energize the body! Green smoothies are easy to digest, are nourishing and a cinch to make.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day in addition to wearing green, why not treat yourself to this delicious green detox!

I've said it before-
Raw greens are the best choice to help cleanse the body and help alkalize it : Two ingredients needed for weight loss and optimal health.

Using smoothies to cleanse  is like taking out the garbage. We accumulate toxins through what we eat , digest, and breath. Detoxing helps the body rid toxins and take a burden off the liver ( which is our body's filter; if the liver is clogged, it doesn't work efficiently.

I originally saw the recipe for this green detox smoothie  in the Nov 25 2013  issue of Woman' s World Magazine.  It was a great article about how to do a Smoothie Diet and take off 5 pounds in 3 days.

The article offered a variety of detoxes including a green detox smoothie, a red detox smoothie, a detox soup for dinner, and an almond milk smoothie for a snack. I followed their detox suggestions  for the suggested 3 days, and was pleased that I lost 4 and half pounds and didn't feel hungry.

The green detox was my favorite: It's perfect for a healthy St. Patrick's Day Celebration


Ingredients for Smoothie: 
1/2 large banana, sliced and frozen
2 fresh figs, sliced ( or you can substitute any other fruit like berries)
2 cups curly ( organic ) kale
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ( contains fiber and blood sugar regulators)
16 ounces of cold water

Directions:
Place all ingredients in your blender or Nutribullet ( I use the Nutribullet and love it)Blend and enjoy immediately.

There are lots of other ways to detox too-

Detox Soup is a great way to detox in the winter. I lost 5 pounds in 4 days 




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Friday, March 13, 2015

Lebanese Roasted Eggplant Salad



 
Roasted tangy eggplant salads, like this one, have been popular in Middle Eastern countries for centuries. I think they taste fabulous, are easy to make AND are really healthy too.

This  recipe is actually my cousin Elaine's recipe who is an experienced and authentic Middle Eastern cook. She invited us for brunch and served a number of memorable dishes. Although everything was very good, her tangy roasted eggplant was my favorite .

Mixed with lemon, garlic, and other herbs and spices, the eggplant salad was superb.

Extra note: Not only is this recipe naturally gluten free and vegan, all the ingredients are permissible for Passover. What a great appetizer or side this would make for the holiday!




Ingredients:
1 large plump purple eggplant, or 2 medium eggplants cut in half lengthwise
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup of  red, green and or yellow peppers, chopped very fine
1 clove of garlic, chopped very fine
1/4 cup of tomato, chopped very fine
1/4 cup of red onion, chopped very fine
salt to taste
1/4 cup of olive oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cover a cookie sheet with foil
Brush the flesh of the eggplant with olive oil
Place the two eggplant halves on the cookie sheet flesh side down.
Pierce the eggplant halves a few times with a fork and bake on 400 for about 25 minutes . Remove from oven, allow to cool. When able to handle, scoop out the flesh
Add lemon juice, salt, and oil . Using an immersion blender , mix slightly.
Add the chopped garlic, tomatoes, and peppers.

Serve with gluten free chips and other appetizers


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    Sunday, March 8, 2015

    Lebanese Stuffed Onions




    Lebanese Stuffed onions ( bassal mahshi)  is a family favorite that was actually my mother in law's recipe that she has been making and perfecting for many years. She serves it on holidays and special occasions, and it is absolutely delicious.

    My mother in law's name is Toni ( short for Fortunae) and is called Nona by her 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Born to an Italian mother and  raised, and lived in Cairo for 45 years prior to coming to the US - she is a great Middle Eastern cook.



     Everyone is thrilled when she goes to the trouble to make these little stuffed gems. Her recipe is made using ground meat, spices and rice; my recipe is vegan, yet it boasts the same delicious Middle Eastern spices and the great flavors as my mother in law's recipe.

    My recipe is easy to make, but I must warn you it is labor intensive. The onions are boiled first, peeled after cooking, and each layer of the onion is removed, stuffed, and rolled individually.

     I made this recipe today jointly with my sister in law Amy.  otherwise it takes a novice a long time to peel and roll. It's good to have a partner to work with. ( My mother in law is a an experienced pro and can knock off a batch rather quickly.)

    The ingredients are simple, yet the spices are somewhat more exotic.

    Like many of my mother in law's authentic Middle Eastern recipes, she uses a significant amount of  healthy ground yellow orange turmeric ( available in any supermarket in the spice isle or any Indian ethnic store at a much more reasonable price)

    The Middle Eastern term for stuffed onions is bassal macshi -
    Basal is the Arabic word for onions and Machshi means anything stuffed.

    Ingredients:
    4 large onions, cut according to the following directions ( see picture)

    Filling: you could use any filling of your choice or use my vegan filling


    My vegan Filling
  • 1 cup uncooked rice, washed and drained well ( brown or white)
  •  2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped small
  •  1/2 cup chopped parsley
  •  1/4 cup of  cilantro , chopped fine 
  •  1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  •  1 teaspoon turmeric
  •  1/4 cup of raisins , soaked for at least 2 hours and then drained
  •  4 Tbsp olive oil
  •  salt and pepper to taste
  •  1/2 tsp of chopped garlic
  •   juice of one fresh lemon

  • Filling Directions: mix all ingredients well and use for the stuffing of the onions
    Directions:

    Cut raw onions as shown partially through ( do not cut in half)




    
    
    Boil onions until soft
    
    
    Separate onions into halves


    Filling:
    Combine all ingredients and mix well. .

    Fill each onion half with small amount of filling ( this is a picture that I took when I used soy granuals- forgot to take the current filling picture)

    Roll, sprinkle with turmeric for color

    Place the stuffed onions one at a time in a circular motion in 2 qt saucepan to cook them.
    Cover with 2 cups of vegetable broth . Cover and cook on low until the onions caramelize and the rice is soft.
    To serve: remove onions from the pan and then place in a serving dish.

     Layer in a Pyrex to serve

    My notes:
    Turmeric is so good for you. Recent scientific studies have been documenting turmeric has medicinal qualities that are good for the brain. I found an article by Dr. Axe that goes into great detail about why turmeric is good to add to your diet and a simple turmeric drink that you can make.


    These stuffed onions seem to be a hit with just about  any crowd.

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