Friday, November 8, 2013

Recipe inside - From The Newsletter Archives (vegan, flexitarian, macrobiotic, gluten free, refined free recipe)

I will be posting the Thanksgiving recipes soon!
Stay tuned for the best pumpkin pie, bread dressing, cranberry sauce, etc.... Healthy can be delicious and filling doesn't mean fattening.

Today I pulled out some selections from the old Newsletter Archives.  If you would like a whole book of recipes, tips and and stories from those years - Grab the book now at










Fig and orange dressing on wilted Greens

Dandelion greens are good for your kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas and stomach.  What a powerful vegetable they are.  Pair them up with the sweetness of figs to offset their bitterness. 

Fig and orange dressing

1-pint fresh figs
Juice of one orange
Large pinch sea salt
One splash balsamic vinegar (about 1 tsp.)
Two splashes Mirin (a rice cooking wine)
About ¼ Cup Olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat down to low and simmer without a lid for 10 or fifteen minutes.  Turn the heat off completely and cover to cool.  You may strain the dressing if you like and keep in the fridge for up to a week.  I like to leave the fruit in it for the extra sweetness.

Water fry Dandelion greens with other veggies like red onion slices and carrots or fresh peas.   You may want to mix wilted greens with fresh lettuce when cool enough to not wilt the lettuce. Assemble the salad on a plate pouring the dressing over the top.

 Story Time (names are changed, stories are true)
Hilya loves beauty and looking and feeling her best.  She knows quite a bit about the care of her body and knows a good deal of supplements, oils, creams, etc.  She even knew a lot about foods when I met her.  All her life, her nails had been brittle and weak.  She has quite a bit of sensitivity to chemicals so she has left her nails to being short.  It was a point of dissatisfaction that she just put aside in her mind.  When I met Hilya we were working on bigger things for her and she never mentioned her nails.  I asked her to start incorporating some foods she was not familiar with.  One of her favorite things to eat became a breakfast cereal with Dulse flakes on top.  The sea vegetable did its magic and soon I heard that Hilya was thrilled to have healthy strong nails.  

Fun Food Facts
It is the wonderful winter squash time of year.
Winter squash’s like Butternut, Acorn, Kabocha, Pumpkin, etc. are all very high in vitamin A and carotenoids just like carrots.   It comes as no surprise that nature would give us a food considered warming in the colder months.  Pick organic ones that are dark orange when you cut into them for maximum flavor and they can really satisfy your sweet tooth. 

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