Goin’ Up In Flames
Inflammation is a sign that our immune system is initiating a healing process and is trying to protect us from harmful irritants. The most common signs of inflammation are swelling, pain, redness, immobility and heat. (Sounds like puberty to me, uggg!). Though this process is uncomfortable, it is ultimately helpful (hmm…. I’m sure we could skip puberty though couldn’t we?). However, continuous inflammation can be very damaging to cells and tissues and can lead to conditions such as food allergies and chemical sensitivities, skin disorders (puffy eyes, acne,…back-ne, psoriasis), arthritis and even cancer.
There are many ways to decrease inflammation through nutrition. The first step is to avoid all processed foods and common irritants such as dairy, wheat, sugar, caffeine, and soul sucking relationships. You’ll notice that 99% of my recipes are free of flours, sugar and dairy. My goal is to demonstrate that these ingredients are simply unnecessary and you can still enjoy delicious gourmet food. Secondly you can add anti-inflammatory foods such as raw ginger, garlic, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, green leafy vegetables, sprouts and best of all hugs, kisses and back rubs.
Of course the story is bigger then this. If you want to learn more we can dig into this and many other wonders of your body in a 1:1 wellness counseling session.
In the meantime take advantage of the free weekly recipes, created with your health in mind.
Fire Fighting Veggie Fry Up
Cook enough brown rice, quinoa or millet for 2.
How To Cook Rice, Millet and Quinoa
- Find a small pot that retains heat well (nice heavy bottom)
- For each serving, put 1/2 cup of rice, millet or quinoa and 1 cup of water in the pot
- Bring the water to a boil (high heat)
- Then, turn heat to the lowest temperature
- Cook covered for about 20-50 min. (quinoa cooks fastest) or until the water has evaporated and the grains are fluffy.
Prep equal portions (approx. 1.5C) of each vegetable or whatever is locally in season.
- Broccoli florets
- Julienne carrots
- Sweet potatoes cut like French fries
- Yellow beans cut in half
- Heat a large frying pan with a lid to medium-high temperature.
- Put the carrots in and add 2 tablespoons of water. Cover and let steam for a couple of minutes.
- Add the beans and sweet potatoes and another two tablespoons of water. Cover and let steam till sweet potatoes are al dente.
- Add broccoli and another tablespoon of water. Steam till bright green.
- Remove from heat and coat with turmeric tahini dressing.
- Serve over brown rice, quinoa or millet.
Turmeric Tahini Dressing
3 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp wheat free tamari
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp grated garlic
3 tsp fresh apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp finely chopped mint
3 tbsp chopped basil
3 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)
1 tbsp hot water
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.