Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Smoky Pinto Beans

1 lb. of dry pinto beans, soaked overnight and rinsed well
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 T Liquid Smoke
salt to taste
Enough water to cover the beans by 2 inches

Add all ingredients into pressure cooker.
Cook on pressure for 45 minutes with NATURAL RELEASE.
Remove 1 cup of the beans and 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Blend until smooth in blender.
Strain all of the beans, onions, and garlic into a bowl. Add in the blended beans and stir well. Add more of the cooking liquid to desired consistency and add salt to taste. Discard the rest of the cooking liquid.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Overnight Granola

One thing I don't like about making granola is that you have to keep your eye on it while it's in the oven. I put together this recipe that you make in the evening, put it in the oven on 170 degrees overnight, and it's done in the morning! This came out SOOOOO good!

4 cups oats
2 cups puffed millet
2 cups puffed brown rice (not like crispy rice cereal, but the softer, puffed style)
1 ripe banana
1 apple (with skin on)
½ cup natural peanut or almond butter (no oil, sugar, or salt added)
1 T. tahini
¼ cup water
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla extract
2-4 T. date sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
½ t. salt (optional)
½ cup chopped raw almonds
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
½ cup dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 170 degrees F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
Blend banana, apple, peanut butter, tahini, water, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and salt until smooth.
Add oats, puffed millet, puffed rice, and nuts to a large bowl. Stir in blended mixture well. Split the granola onto two trays, spread it out evenly, but leaving it in clusters. Place trays in oven overnight. Granola should be dry by the morning. If desired, stir in dried fruit. Cool and store in airtight container.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What Supplements Mrs. Plant Takes (NOT MANY!)

I love Dr. Michael Greger (author of How Not to Die and founder of www.nutritionfacts.org), and I believe he is one the most versed on how to live a healthy plant-based lifestyle. That said, I take the supplements he recommends...and there are only a few!

1) Dr. Greger is a great proponent of taking a supplement or eating the herb turmeric daily, which is one of nature's greatest anti-inflammatories. I have had some bursitis in my shoulder, and taking curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) has helped me tremendously! I take 2 capsules a day, and this bottle lasts for 3 months! It is essential to take curcumin with piperine (in black pepper) because it aids in the absorption of this herb (if you are taking it for systemic reasons).


2) I also take Vitamin B12 (CYANOCOBALAMIN) three times per week. Dr. Greger suggests that taking cyanocobalamin is actually better than methylcobalamin, the latter of which I always heard we should take. He says there are more studies showing cyanocobalamin's effectiveness and shelf-stability. Since B12 is stored in the body, you don't HAVE to take it every day. Some people do, which is fine, too.



3) Next, I take an EPA-DHA supplement because Dr. Greger says that recent studies have shown that although we make our own EPA-DHA from ALA (which we get from walnuts, ground flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds), some people don't make enough. And, research has specifically shown that that vegans may especially have issue with this. I take this brand:



4) Lastly, in the winter, I take a Vitamin D supplement--when I am not outside enough and am not consistently getting enough sun on my skin. Your skin makes vitamin D when exposed to the rays of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm. However, it has to be long enough but not too long. That said, in the summer (when I exercise outside daily), I don't feel like I need to take it. I just take it in the winter to keep my levels in check. This is what I take...

Hope this helped! Comment below if you have any questions!

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