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Sweet potatoes are so delicious. Since we started feeding our daughter solid foods last year, honestly, we haven’t had a white potato in our house. We have been straight sweet potatoin’ it.

As you know I love the steamer, you can make sweet potatoes in under 10 minutes. Since it has been so hot out here in Portland and the days are longer, my man insists on eating a bit later than I like. (I have a pretty strict rules about have my last meal 2 hours before I got to bed). But like I tell my clients, friends and myself 80% of the time eat like a boss and the other 20% eat BBQ with your husband an hour before you go to bed.

Those mornings after I eat late, I find I am not so hungry in the morning. But I know better than to skip breakfast. This super food soup is warming, full of nutrients, spices and protein, a great way to get the day going.

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1 1/2 sweet potatoes, cubed & steamed (8 minutes)

1/2 cup raw cashews (soak them if you remember, if not, don’t fret)

2 T maca powder

2 T gogi berries

1 t cumin seeds, take them on a quick trip through your mortal & pestle

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t turmeric

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 ” fresh ginger root, minced

Steam up those sweet potatoes and transfer them into the blender hot, put everything else in, along with up to 2 pints of water (depending on how thick you want it) and blend on high for 2 minutes.

Pour in a mug or bowl and ENJOY the sustainable energy.

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Want to learn more about super foods, cleansing and immune boosting? Stop by and check out Boost for some rocking immune building support.  OR Spring ahead, for the rest of May is 1/2 off, only $35 for a full on, whole foods cleanse.  Get it while you can!

 

Ode to the steamer

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I love my steamer. It gets more use than most tools in my kitchen. For the most part, I like quick & nutritious outcomes for my meals, so the steamer really suits my mission.

Steaming uses just a bit of water (usually about 1-2 inches), it is gentle on the veggies, many nutrients and texture remain intact. The vibrant, bright colors that result from steaming, keep me coming back to this process almost everyday. How can you deny roots & tubers being ready to eat in under 10 minutes!?

Here is a simple, healthy recipe that showcases both steamed & raw roots, seeds and herbs.

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1 medium golden beet, chopped

1 medium fennel bulb, shaved or cut very thinly

2 small leeks or 1 medium leek ( cut into coins up to the green part)

handful of fresh basil, ribboned

1/4 cup sunflower seeds (lightly toasted in your toaster oven)

1 T coconut oil, melted

pinch of salt & pepper to taste

Steam beets and leeks for 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile toast sunflower seeds (keep your eye on them), ribbon basil and shave fennel, transfer all into serving bowl. Once beets & leeks are done toss, transfer them into serving bowl, put the dollop of coconut oil on them and toss with salt & pepper. This is a great lunch for one or side dish.

When steaming more than one thing you can easily stagger start times. Such as if you are going to steam sweet potatoes and broccoli, just start with the sweet potatoes, chop & steam for about 5 minutes, then add the broccoli  for the last 2 minutes, transfer to a bowl and toss with a simple dressing for lunch or nut milk & cinnamon for a quick & healthy breakfast.

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It is not to late to do a spring cleanse with Seed to Health. Here is a quote from a recent cleanser:

“Thank you so much! I am just so grateful to you- I haven’t felt so grounded and radiant in a while. Such a noticable difference how clean eating and honoring of our physical body temple makes. And such an accessible thing. Loved your recipes!! Your cleanse really made me realize how accesible it is to feel good and treat ourselves well. It doesn’t have to be a drastic unreachable goal, as I’ve often made the concept of cleansing and healthy eating in the past.”

 

 

Matcha, liquid jade

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Matcha green tea is the fourth & final powder showcased in the Powerful Powders series. Matcha is the drink of samurai & zen masters. It is an appropriate powder to highlight this time of year.  Spring is a great time to detoxify your body, especially your liver and matcha is a wonderful compliment to the detox process.

What is matcha? It is a vibrant, powdered green tea, from the Camellia sinenesis evergreen plant. Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, we are talking 6 times more than gogi berries & 17 times more than blueberries!  Its chlorophyl content is super high because the whole tea leaf is ground to make this nutrient dense powder, this is where detoxification comes in. Matcha is high in caffeine (but still lower than a cup of coffee) so it encourages clean productivity without a super crash, due to its high antioxidant levels. Plenty of studies have shown that matcha can contribute to weight loss, due to its thermogenic properties. So enjoying a cup before working out can boost your energy levels & fat burning capabilities!  Matcha is a metabolism boosting, free-radical slaying, clean energy giver. This is the amazing brand that I enjoy!

Matcha is brewed a bit differently than other teas. Because it is in powdered formed, a whisk is used to transform the powder into liquid jade. Often served in a bowl, matcha has a strong flavor, very grassy and some even say it reminds them of seaweed. If you enjoy the flavor as I do (I crave it sometimes) then enjoy it straight. It compliments nut milks well for you latte lovers or for those of you who find the straight taste overwhelming.

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Going above & beyond matcha…

This expansive time of year is a great time to detox!  Since matcha has such high antioxidant & chlorophyl levels, it is a puuurfect compliment to spring cleansing. Thorough detoxification relies on hydration, since matcha does have caffeine, always remember to drink a bit more water on the days you enjoy matcha. Listen to your body and you will hear it say that it’s thirsty. Did you know that quite often hunger pangs are actually requests from your body to hydrate?!

Seed to Health has your Spring Cleanse this year!  Join a like-minded group while you enjoy delicious meals for a week, to encourage your body to detox and land in full rejuvenation mode. Cleansing is a great practice to increase vitality and enrich your cooking skills. Through the ritual of cleansing your dial in lasting healthy habits! Spring Ahead is loaded with easy recipes your will use over and over again. It also includes thorough information on how & why to cleanse. You will be fully supported day in & day out by Seed to Health AND a great group of people from all over the place!  Sign up before Wednesday the 10th and you will receive a self-care kit delivered to your front door!

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Collards & detox

These past 2 weeks have been full of clean meals. No sugar, wheat or dairy. I call it time to rebalance. Rebalance clean eating plan, is a whole foods detox menu I created for my self and for wonderful, willing clients who want to take a break from sugar and eat nourishing seasonal foods. It is a great way to recover, rebalance and refresh from holiday mayhem. Below is an improvisation on a Rebalance lunch option, Collard wraps. I created this new version of the recipe last week when a paleo friend came to visit for lunch. I love it even more than the original brown rice version.

Collard Wraps

(a whole head of cauliflower makes about 4 collard wraps)

1 large collard leaf & 1 nori sheet- per wrap

Filling can be ANYTHING.. I used a red bell pepper, cucumber and avocado, about 4 thinly sliced spears PER wrap and enough roasted cauliflower to cover the nori sheet (1/4-1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 400. Coarsely chop cauliflower and spread on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, a pinch of salt and toss. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes. When cauliflower is finished roasting you can 1)mash it with a potato masher 2) send it through the food processor. Either way, you want it to be mashed, larger pieces may break the nori when you roll it.

Prep your fresh veggies & thinly slice them.

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Rinse your collard leaves, score the main vein to make it more maliable and cut out the base stem. ( I actually blanched this leaf for my husband-30 seconds in boiling water, followed by a ice bath)

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Lay the collard leaf dark green side down. Place the nori sheet on top of it. Sprinkle a little bit of water on the nori and gently rub it so that it moistens up, this way it will not tear when you roll it, noti is delicate.

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Next spread a layer of cauliflower over the nori. Then place veggie spears horizontally covering about 1/3-1/2 of the cauliflower mixture.

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Next, you roll, just the nori, away from you. Then take your nori roll and gently bring it back to the base of the collard and wrap the collard around it and roll away from you. This creates a very durable, holdable wrap that will not fall apart. Secure with 1-2 toothpicks or wrap in saran wrap for later.

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These are delicious and one is quite filling. We had these for dinner tonight with a side of sauteed leeks & kale. Simply delicious.

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Interested in a doing a gentle-5 day detox? It has been a huge hit so far and round two is coming up on Monday January, 14th. This is by no means a time for deprivation, fasting or drinking all of your meals. Rebalance is a chance to eat seasonal foods that allow your body to heal itself, you get full support, meal plan, food preparation guide.. and a FREE health consultation following the detox.

Stop by and register or drop a line to seedtohealth@gmail.com

Sounds of Fall

Apple season has arrived.  Though the prevalence of berries, peaches and watermelon sure do make my summer, apple season is my favorite. The portable glory of apples make them a daily companion in my life.  My favorite being the Honey gold, then Cameo and Pink lady.  I feel blessed to be in the heart of apple country here in Oregon where the majority of the US apples (and pears ) are grown.  Our local grocers and farmers markets boast a HUGE selection.  Perhaps this year I will find a new favorite.  As usual I like to found a bounty and process apples into galettes, sauce and chips.

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This fall brings Seed to Health’s annual cleanse to the scene. Each spring and fall I lead a seasonal cleanse with a group of people from Portland and beyond.  This year’s cleanse starts this Monday, October FIRST.  Cleanses are a chance to build your immunity, balance your hormones and clean up your diet, with daily support, delicious recipes and new rituals!  Ayurvedic inspired recipes are at the core of this upcoming cleanse.  So think cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and more spices for superior flavor enhancers. Roasted veggies, seasoned lentils, herbal teas and fresh salads will tantalize your palette and enrich your health. Seed to Health’s cleanses are a time to eat and enjoy food on the next level, not a time for deprivation.  Some commonly eaten foods will be swapped out for more nutrient dense alternatives.  For more details and easy access. Please to join us, bring a friend, relative or neighbor. The more the merrier!

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A recent trip to NYC and Brooklyn provided these photo opportunities.  Good friends, great food, amazing structures and DIY inspiration found all over Brooklyn were the themes of our short & sweet stay

Bounty & Pickles

Tis the season for canning.  I chuckle at the process because it is often so hot outside when the time comes to put up garden bounty. Preserving so often means standing over a steaming hot pot of fruit & spices while it cooks down. Then there is the hot water bath, that takes a million years to heat up only to result in bubbling hot spring  for the duration of the canning session.  I love it though. These days I always partner up with a lady friend or two. We share our bounty, or wisdom & current experiences.  Then we have a gift arsenal to choose from for  the year’s up coming holidays & birthdays.

Grape pickles!

 We used this recipe for one batch of grape pickles, the ultimate in fancy condiments.  This is a great example of making quick pickles which DOES NOT require a boiling hot spring in your kitchen. It is as easy at simmering some flavorful brine, pouring it on desired clean, garden bounty and BAM, into the refrigerator.

I LOVE this plum galette recipe. The dough takes some getting used to. It is not the easiest to work with by following the directions but a super tasty gluten, dairy free alternative. Instead of letting the dough rest in the fridge I actually roll it out after it is made, assemble the galette on some parchment then put it in the freezer for 1/2 hour, preheat the oven, then bake it…If you have the time experiment. Early on I ended up with more of a crumble but it is always delicious, worth mastering and a favorite summer breakfast!

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LOVE this video and have been spending my days listening to Little Dragon’s Pandora station.

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Oh my gosh, I just realized that this amazing woman has a website! I was going to post a link to her top notch book Frugavore. Instead, I can link you to this for some inspiration in the name of FRUGALITY.

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In other news, recipe developing and tasting is underway for the Deep Clean, fall cleanse that starts October 1st!  Seasonal produce and tons of herbs will be the showcase in the recipes. This collection of recipes is being designed to offer super clean eating for nearly 2 weeks, so the body can clean out and store up all sorts of nutrients for the fall & winter seasons.  This cleanse is an opportunity to rid yourself of what you don’t need.  Then stockpile good recipes and habits to build a solid foundation of health. Interested?