Detoxification and Cleansing

Stove-top “Grilled” Chicken

Sovetop chicken breast salad

 

 

 

Assemble:

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Stove-Top Grilled Chicken

This chicken is so amazingly tasty and easy. I always use it to top my salad when I make it- a “grilled” chicken salad.

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As you can see in the photo, I also sauté garlic and mushroom along with either avocado slices or use my homemade guacamole.

Homemade garlic mayo or garlic sauce also goes well with it to give it a chicken shawarma feel.

The salad I make is simple, I either just use lettuce or throw in anything green I have available and some sprouts if I have any made up. The dressing is smashed garlic, salt, fresh lemon and olive oil. I usually also add fresh chopped cilantro or parsley and mint, depending on what’s available. Really, you can eat it over any salad or even just grilled veggies.

With the sides I mention; salad or grilled veggies, this makes a great lunch, especially since even cold, the chicken tastes great. This dish is especially if you’re doing an elimination diet, AIP or Paleo. It will leave you satisfied and not feeling full/bloated.

There is no specific amount for the ingredients, it’s basically however many breasts you are doing that will fit in your pan, probably 2 breasts per 10 inch pan.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breast
  • ¼ tsp. unrefined salt
  • Filtered water (about ½ cup total)

Instructions:

1. Place whole chicken breasts on a pan on medium-low heat that has a lid, not tight so that steam can escape. Sprinkle the salt and about 3 Tbs. of water.

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2. Put the lid on and steam for about 3-5 minutes until the outside of the breast is white and you are able to cut it into slices easily.

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3. Once you have cut the chicken breast into slices, put the lid on again and add a Tablespoon or 2 of water if needed.

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4. Once the slices have turned completely white, don’t add more water yet. Let the side facing down dry out a little and start to brown, but be careful don’t burn. If it starts to burn just add a Tablespoon or 2 of water.

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5. Once it has browned, turn over and do the same thing on the other side. This whole process takes about 20 minutes.

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6. At the end, remove the lid and add a Tablespoon of water to moisten the chicken if needed; it will quickly evaporate from the heat.

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Winter Parsley Salad

Winter Parsley Salad

Parsley is in abundance where I live right now and I was thinking to make tabouli, except tomato season is long gone and I cannot bring myself to buy a GMO tastless tomato from the market, so I thought I’d try with out them, also without burgul/bulgar since I no longer eat wheat.

This salad made a great side to the chicken and rice dish I made it for, I didn’t notice much difference from the traditional tabouli, especially since it had a nice crunch from the minced onions.

Ingredients:

  • 3 C parsley leaves, washed and chopped fine
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1 Tbs. dry mint or 1/4 C fresh mint, chopped fine
  • 6 Tbs. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 3 Tbs. EV olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. unrefined salt (or to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Mix everything together and let it rest at least 30 minutes before eating.

 

Healthy Alternative To Popcorn!

Healthy Popcorn Alternative

This may seem a little strange, but when you love munching on the occasional popcorn like I do, but then get a stomachache for the nest couple day, it’s nice to know there is something that can substitute that comfort. I accidentally made these yummy little bites of flavor that reminded me of popcorn. I was baking a tray of cauliflower and broccoli (at 350 for about 20 minutes) that I drizzled with olive oil and salt, and when I took it out and put it on my little ones plate, he said “no thanks”. I guess the florets were too big fro him, so I popped the little heads off, sprinkled with nutritional yeast and noticed how much they looked like popcorn, so I told him it was little popcorn cauliflower and he ate it all up, and then cleaned up what was left in the pan.

Next time I’ll bake the florets small, pour melted grass-fed butter on them and sprinkle with salt. Then dust them with nutritional yeast. I’ll have to try this one next time I sit down for a movie…could you just imagine someone in a movie theater offering a bucket of cauliflower to the person next to them?…”Excuse me, would you like some delicious organic cauliflower baked in grass-fed butter, sprinkled with Himalayan salt and topped with nutritional yeast, it’s a healthy alternative to popcorn?” HA.

This is one of those things that’s better off enjoyed at home, unless you are somewhere that other people are like minded.

Oh yeah, one more thing, dome jerky bits, that would be a nice addition in the bowl or on the side.

Chia-Goji “Pudding”

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I was soaking chia seeds and goji berries for my smoothie but when I went to put it in, it looked like pudding to me so I tried it, and it was surprisingly delicious. It had just the right amount of sweetness. I ended up eating just that by itself and no need for the smoothie. My 3 year old also loved it. I was thinking it would be a great addition to Healthy Kids Snacks.

I’ll start off with the recipe, then tell you about the benefits so while your waiting for the seeds to soak, you can read all the benefits you are about to put in your body by eating these amazing super foods :)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. goji berries
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • Enough coconut water, or filtered water to cover the seeds completely, they will expand and absorb all the liquid.

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a small bowl or cup.
  2. Let sit for 30 minutes or longer and ENJOY :)

Note: You can play with the flavors, even add some nuts, berries, and any other super food you like :)

Chia Seeds

chia seeds

Chia seeds have been a staple food source for the Native American people for centuries. Aztec warriors would eat chia during hunting trips, and the Native Americans of the Southwest would eat only chia seed mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Recently, the press has picked up on Chia and its amazing attributes.

Nutrients Contained:

  • This is a perfect food containing essential fatty acids, protein, as well as being a soluble fiber.
  • Omega-3s
  • Fiber
  • Antioxidants
  • Calcium
  • B-vitamins
  • Boron
  • The seeds and oil naturally contain more than 60% omega-3 fatty acid. This is higher than any other plant we know. Chia seeds do not have to be ground up prior to consumption like many other seeds high in good fats, which adds a convenience factor.
  • Protein; it is estimated that between 19–23 percent of the seed by weight is protein. This is higher than most other seeds and grains. Combining the good fats with an excellent source of protein make this a dieter’s dream.
  • Chia contains vitamin C and vitamin E but also has something named cinnamic acids. It is believed that these three (especially the cinnamic acid) help preserve the seeds and, more importantly, protect the good fats from oxidizing (going bad). This is why chia is a stable product for years.

Chia can absorb up to 30 times its weight in water. This also works with other liquids like juices. This ability can prolong hydration (i call it having time-released water) and retain electrolytes in body fluids, especially during exertion or exercise. A 15 gram serving of chia seeds can provide you with 4-5 grams of fiber.

Benefits:

The nutritional profile of chia is amazing. Here are just a few benefits:

  • Weight loss and blood sugar control
  • Heart disease
  • Bone health
  • Digestive disorders

Helpful for the following conditions:

  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Bone health
  • Digestive disorders

How to take it/ Dosage: Chia should be considered part of your everyday diet and not a supplement. It has virtually no flavor so you can add it to almost any food or drink. 2-4 Tbs. per day is a dose that many people take.

Side Effects: none known

 

Goji Berriesgoji berry

These red berries grow on vines in the protected valleys of inner Mongolia and Tibet.  Goji berries have many interesting legends associated with them, particularly Chinese.

Nutrients Contained:

Goji berries provide overall nourishment by providing an amazing number of rich nutrients; the number of nutrients that it contains by way of amino acids, vitamins, polysaccharides, HGH (human growth hormone), are too many to be listed, here is a short list:

  • Very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and more than any other fruit.
  • They are a superb source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E
  • Full complement of protein with 18 amino acids
  • 21 trace minerals
  • More antioxidants than any other food
  • More iron than steak
  • More beta-carotene than carrots

Benefits: An important thing to remember is that goji berries should not be used to treat illness but to prevent it from occurring.

  • Increases immunity
  • Protects liver
  • Improves eyesight
  • Improves quality of blood
  • Prevent aging
  • Goji berries improve the quality of life
  • Improves circulation
  • Beneficial for prostate
  • Said to reduce LDL cholesterol levels
  • Reduce joint problems
  • Promote general feeling of well being
  • Enhances libido and improve sex life
  • Very rich source of antioxidants.
  • Helps improve vision and eyesight.
  • Goji berries are known to aid the production of choline, which stops the production of free radicals
  • Prevents degeneration of the brain due to diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • Also known to protect the arteries from narrowing down due to build up of plaque along the walls, which can cause heart related diseases.

How to take it/ Dosage:

Goji berries should be soaked a few minutes in filtered water and washed before consuming. They are often dried and eaten as raisins. You can add to smoothies, granola/ trail mix, and salads. They can be added to tea or soups to make them healthier. Goji berries can also be blended into smoothies, juices, or added to other recipes to strengthen them. *An average amount it 1 Tbs. a day 

Side Effects:

  • If you are on medications, especially for blood thinning, diabetes, and blood pressure drugs; consult your doctor before taking.
  • Prolonged large intake of tea has been reported to increase bleeding in a few cases, that means use in moderation and take breaks.
  • If you have bee pollen allergies, you may want to avoid taking Goji berries.

Cumin Egg Soup, Very Nourishing!

cumin egg soup

This is a simple soup great for Fall and Winter, the cumin is a very warming spice and great for healing the uterus.
This soup is used in parts of the Middle East during recovery periods such as after birth and illness. It is packed full of protein and other nutrients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs. plus grass-fed butter, ghee, lamb lard, or tallow
  • 1/4 lb grass-fed ground beef or lamb
  • 1/2 tsp. unrefined salt
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 3 pasture-raised eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 unrefined salt
  • Filtered water or broth, enough to cover the mixture.

Instructions:

  • Melt butter and then add the meat, salt and spices.
  • Cook meat until fully browned, keep breaking the meat so it doesn’t clump.

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  • While meat is cooking, whisk eggs and salt, set aside until meat is fully browned.
  • Next step is to add more butter if needed, there should be enough so the eggs won’t stick.
  • Add whisked eggs and stir constantly until fully cooked.

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  • Transfer mixture to a pot and add broth or water, enough to cover the mixture.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn it down to a low boil for 10 minutes, un-covered.

Eat as you would any soup.