The Gastronomical Delights of Mung Bean Fettuccini

The Gastronomical Delights of Mung Bean Fettuccini

Argh, fettuccine just does not look like it should have two c's o me, but this is what google is telling me.  A few weeks ago, I came across Exas Organic Mung Bean Fettuccini, whose sole ingredients are mung beans and water.  I have no idea how that is even possible, but I guess that is why I am not in the business of making bean noodles.  Too bad, I could really use that bean noodle money to buy a yacht.  About to embark on my detox, I was intrigued. Not only is it gluten free, it is extremely high in both protein and fiber (25 & 11g, respectively).  What?!?  Those stats are nuts.  That is close to half to recommended amount for someone my size.  I figured it would likely taste awful and induce a gastrointestinal revolt.  I had to try it.  

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A Burger in Name, but Not in Spirit

A Burger in Name, but Not in Spirit

In spirit, these moist, flavorful gluten free patties are the amalgam of high-reaching hopes, the memento of crushed dreams.  They are the ghost of previous dinners that have gone by - of recipes that were intended, yet not to be.  It's leftovers.  Pitiful, abandoned leftovers and widowed ingredients, sitting in the fridge, watching their bodies decay faster than a drug-addicted starlet, waiting for their day of glory.  Their day of glory is finally here, because I am here to tell you that you should mash them up and make burgers.

My Detox Pinterest board is another landmine of fruitless daydreams - mainly in the form of delicious looking veggie burgers.  Somehow, all of them require buying ingredients I don't have laying around, and I hate doing that, because I know I will buy a handful of sage, use one sprig, have great intentions for the rest, and then 2 weeks later I find it shriveled and smashed beneath some oranges, those bullies.  I blame them entirely, and me not at all.  But after reading through a few recipes the other day, it occurred to me that the basic recipes were all the same: some grain, like quinoa or oats, an egg or two, maybe some oil, herbs and spices, perhaps a healthy flour binder, and a mashy thing, typically in the form of beans.  It's sad that it took me so long to grasp this, because to all other food bloggers it seemed to come pretty quickly.  So today, I was wondering what to make for a detox dinner, and I realized that I had a bunch of mashy things I needed to get rid of!  Oh happy day.  Bring on the burgers.

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Antioxidant Packed Raw Chocolate Recipe, Sans Sugar

Antioxidant Packed Raw Chocolate Recipe, Sans Sugar

I am a self-proclaimed chocolate addict.  My entire family was raised to idolize the cacao bean like it was a tiny, delicious-flavored god. I can probably count on one hand the number of days in my life I haven't had at least one thing chocolate, and like all true chocolate fiends, I despise white chocolate for being a big fat fake and judge those who love it (LOML is one of them, and I still give him the side eye for it).  Now, I am off sugar, which poses a serious problem for me.  "Well, this might be a great opportunity to wean yourself off chocolate", you say.  "Fie!" I say!  (Is that what fie means?  I have no idea.)  Seriously, life without chocolate for me is a miserable one, and unless this world is ravaged by zombies and I find myself preoccupied with other, not getting eaten concerns, I will find a way to eat it.  Plus you know, it has health benefits.  So I needed to find myself a solution.

Let the google begin!  So much googling to be had!  Anyways, I googled it.  Did you know that dark chocolate, even SUPER dark (86%) chocolate has around 7 grams of sugar per serving?  Still a ton better than the 24 grams in milk chocolate.  Just for reference, according to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are around 37.5 grams for men and a measly 25 grams for women.  That is the absolute maximum you should be having.  I have...um...a friend, yes a friend, who has been known to eat 3 bars of milk chocolate in one day, so this news is a little disturbing.  For that friend.  Yes, so anyways, the dark chocolate is an improvement (not to mention there is more cocoa in it, which is chock full of fiber, antioxidants, and flavanols, and may even help with weight loss), but still not great for someone wanting to cut out added sugars completely.

Luckily, I found this simple looking 3 ingredient recipe on the blog Chocolate Covered Katie (which is an addictive blog in itself) that looked easy enough to do, and I already had the ingredients.  Score!  All you need is:

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Hyper-Healthified Quinoa & Hemp Seed Tabouli

Hyper-Healthified Quinoa & Hemp Seed Tabouli

Tabouli.  One of the few salads I actually LOVE.  And not just because it is usually accompanied by delicious falafel and hummus.  I keep it in the fridge all week and snack on it whenever I want to snack on chips and it usually kicks the craving (and leaves my breath minty fresh). It is typically made with bulgur, a quick-cooking wheat product, however, I added some superfoods instead to make mine a bit healthier, which also makes it gluten-free for those of you that are sensitive.  Quinoa is a great source of protein, iron, fiber, and magnesium, and hemp seeds (or hemp hearts) has easily-digestible protein that contains all nine of the essential amino acids, as well as the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3s, in addition to Vitamin E and other trace minerals.  Hemp seeds also contain an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat called GLA, which can improve metabolism and promote fat loss. I use shelled, raw hemp seeds: Navitas Naturals and Manitoba Harvest are good brands to try.  Even if you are not a fan of the nutty taste, I couldn't even taste it in the tabouli.

On to the recipe- Hemp Seed and Quinoa Tabouli:

 

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