I have to confess that I approach Chinese-style cooking with much the same attitude as my parents – chop a bunch of ingredients, toss them in, taste, season and voilà! Dinner! So I was inspired when I saw A Girl Worth Saving’s Paleo Crispy Noodle recipe, I wanted to make my own real food, safe-for-me-to-eat, Cantonese Chow Mein. Basically, this recipe is me throwing together ingredients that are typical to Chinese stir-frying and tossing them together and declaring it delicious.
And here’s the thing – that’s the way I think more people should approach cooking. Buy real, whole food ingredients. Toss them together. Season them. See what happens! This is why, you’ll see that the recipe below includes an ingredient that’s probably never seen in real Chinese cooking – nutritional yeast. I added the nutritional yeast to the spiralized turnip noodles because it worked in giving the noodles a more savory, ‘umami’ flavour. So how authentic is this recipe? Well, my mama will probably say it’s not, especially because of this ‘special’ ingredient. After all, she did say my ‘char siu’ recipe was a little lacking in authenticity ;) But for me, it works, so I write it down in hopes that I’ll be able to re-create it again when I want to.
Say the words “America’s BIGGEST problem” and what do you think about? The economy? The war on drugs? Dr. Kirk Parsley talks about America’s biggest problem in this TEDx talk. Even better, he talks about what the solution to this problem is. Part of the issue is that most people don’t think this problem affects them.
The problem may not be what you think it is, and the solution is pretty easy, 100% natural and it’s FREE.
The solution improves our brains, bodies and even our sex lives. What is it?
Now that it’s officially fall, I feel like I’m finally allowed to let go of the notion that there is any summer left, and I can enjoy all that autumn has to offer. It feels a little wrong to me to be sipping a pumpkin spiced latte when the leaves on the tree haven’t started to change. But, now that the autumnal equinox has past, I can officially PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS. It happens every year – last year, it was just the latte and the pie. But this year, I unearthed a LOT, and I do mean A LOT of grain-free pumpkin recipes – probably enough to turn you orange! So if you enjoy this season gourd, check these out. (If you happen upon this and it’s not pumpkin season, you can always use canned pumpkin or even other squashes in its place!) Read More…
Even if you’re not immersed in the realm of ‘real food’ or natural health, you’ll know that there are plenty of commercial yogurt companies trying to sell you on their products based on the billions of good bacteria it has. Not sure what the benefits of good bacteria are? Read about “Good bacteria, best probiotics and what they can do for you”, and come back! While it might seem obvious then that probiotics will help to heal your leaky gut, their benefits can actually extend beyond gut health. For example, they can help in less obvious ways such as with depression, congestion, acne, immune health, and allergies.
It seems that when you mention probiotics, most people will think of yogurt. While yogurt can be a great source of probiotic bacteria, they can be problematic if you can’t tolerate any dairy, and many of these are loaded with sugar. Other foods, such as kimchi or sauerkraut can be full of good bacteria if you make them yourself. However, be aware that commercial versions are often pasteurized, effectively killing the bacteria, and removing any of the probiotic benefit.
While at first it seems a little daunting, it turns out that making your own probiotic, fermented foods is relatively easy! I know this because well, I used to think that it was worth the exorbitant amount for unpasteurized sauerkraut purchased from the healthfood store, when it turns out with some basic equipment (a mason jar, a knife, a cutting board, a funnel), and some time, you can do it yourself for a lot less money.
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