Organic Anti-Candida Spicy Springtime Recipe

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This plate of food tasted amazing, like a vegetable curry and I just totally winged it so excuse the quantities please!

This dish is to keep Candida overgrowth at bay in a delicious way as well as being great for promoting weight loss.

Swede (Rutabaga) is known to help combat candida as are spices so feel free to add amounts to your taste. Bear in mind that too much swede will write of the weight loss factor in this recipe.

Main dish:

1″ thick small Swede
Small bunch of Purple Sprouting Broccoli (leaves removed)
A few leaves of Spring Greens or 1 small head (depending on the wildness of the crop)
5″ of Leek
2 sticks of Asparagus

Sauce:

1/2 a Cauliflower’s leaves
All the leaves from the Broccoli
A sprinkle of Turmeric
A sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper
A sprinkle of Black Pepper
A sprinkle of Cumin
Approx. 1/2 Ounce Water *non-organic

All vegetables are from Riverford Organic Farm – please visit their site Riverford.co.uk for the freshest food the UK has to offer.

Method:

Wash all the vegetables.
Cut away the leaves for the sauce and put to one side.
Chop the swede, spring greens and leek into small amounts.
Half the asparagus.
Steam all the veg for about 7 minutes.
Remove the veg and drain.
Add the leaves for the sauce, the spices and the water to the blender.
Blend until smooth.
Arrange the vegetables on a plate and decorate with the sauce.
ENJOY!

I really hope you enjoy this dish. I was so happy it tasted like a curry! 🙂

 

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Squash & Sqweeze Soup


Yum, yum, yummy! Another pea green soup! How fun. The possibilities are endless, I never thought one could get so excited over soup! Every night it is on the menu I cannot wait to get cooking.

Try tonight’s soup.

Ingredients:

1/2 Kombocha Squash* **
200g Swede* **
100g Swiss Chard* **
1tblsp Good hemp oil
1 Average size Bay Leaf* **
1 dessertspoon Superfoodies Desiccated Coconut*
A pinch of Pink Salt
Water for steaming

* Organic
** From Riverford Organic Farms

Method:

Wash and chop all the vegetables.
Add the squash and swede to a steamer for 5 minutes then add the Chard and Bay leaf, further steam for 10 minutes.
Pour away most of the steaming water.
Add the Oil, Coconut and Salt and blend until smooth.

Serve hot. Delicious 🙂

Organic Quinoa & Almond Milk Breakfast

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah and often mistaken as a grain is a powerhouse superfood seed that every household should have in the pantry.

Quinoa is a favourite food in this house, rich in protein, iron and magnesium, your brain really thanks you after consuming this super seed.

I was struggling with what to give my boys for breakfast and as they are vegan I am always up for a high protein food. My sons have been having Quinoa for breakfast for a good while now and they love all types especially with Mum’s Homemade Almond Milk.

To try it for yourself or your little ones today you will require;

Ingredients:

250g Bio Fair Mixed Quinoa seeds

Desired amount of Almond Milk

Method to follow:

Soak the Quinoa for 8 hours or overnight.
(To pre-make your own Almond Milk click on the link.)
Add to a pan and cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let it rest for a further 10 minutes.
Add Quinoa to a bowl and add the Almond Milk to cover.

My kids love it and I am so happy knowing they are eating well.

Enjoy!

Magic Mornings Smoothie


As you know if you have been keeping up with us here at PeaceCrafting, we are totally raw and organic superfood manic and love to try new things especially if they are packed with superfoods!

I am slowly getting to know more and more of the named superfoods and my ‘pantry’ cupboard is now starting to look like the shelves in the local health store, expensive but yay!! Can’t put, a price on your children’s health right? I mean once your ethics agree with something you can’t just ignore it can you? If you’re like me you’ll get an icky sensation until you iron out the creases and follow yourself fully (seems to be the answers to all problems but that’s another post ;).

Besides family and nature, food has become my biggest passion over the last couple of years, well since I discovered the poison Aspartame actually and its disgraceful abundance in the public food market. More recently, since following a strictly vegan lifestyle, I have become obsessed with health and exactly what goes into my children. Respect for life and following the word being the main objective.

This is the first official smoothie to be worthy of a post, admittedly I was slightly daunted and put off by smoothies as I ignorantly thought they needed a tonne of fruit which would be a) a serious health problem for me and b) totally out of our budget so I shyed away and just didn’t do any. Recently my health has taken a turn for the worst which is extremely hard for me to accept and amend but I am determined to make the needed changes and sacrifice everything I am used to, surrendering to the will of God. Good thing I do have a fetish for Sauerkraut then.

All jokes aside it is time to switch out the overly sweet breakfasts and get in touch with these magic leaf powders that will actually help to heal me.

Yes this smoothie does contain 2 fruits that are high in fat and probably well over my fructose limit for the day but in my eyes it was a good start, albeit the wrong time of the moon…look out February New Moon your energy is mine! Anyways this little lot made me feel amazing and gave me a magic glow which definitely supressed all hunger until lunch time when the thought of more leaves (Bergamot & Rocket Topped Salad for Lunch) in the form of rocket popped up so yes it was awesome and I felt amazing as I didn’t have 3 breakfasts today! I could really and truly feel the natural high and happiness gifted from this elixir and I am overjoyed I decided to give it a go!

Sound good? Then why not get the taste of what was coming out of my blender this morning…

Magic Mornings Smoothie – Recipe Ingredients: 

1x organic Fair Trade Banana
1/4 x organic Riverford Avocado
1 tbsp raw organic Superfoodies Cacao powder
1 tbsp raw organic Superfoodies Moringa Leaf Powder
1 tbsp raw Minvita Mulberry Leaf Powder
1 tbsp raw organic Minvita Baobab Powder + 400ml Cold Water

Chop the banana and avocado and add all the ingredients into a blender. Use on full power for about 1 minute. Serve and enjoy. So good!

Let me know what you think 🙂

Thankful Thursday – Health

This week has been a very wintery week. We welcomed much frost and much needed rest.

I am most grateful for the well health I and my family experienced in 2014 – The healthiest year of our lives. Ever. Beautiful. Seemingly I did not appreciate the blessing of health enough when it was gifted as these cold months are testing our immune strength greatly.

The biggest love of gratitude for the good health of my loved ones and I.

2015 Blessings to all

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Homemade Almond Milk…with a roar!

 

WP_20140731_008[1]I finally did it! Finally, like nearly a year and a half later…it’s really been that long? Goodness me! Time does fly when you look backwards.

The day was a beautiful one. Bees were collecting from our flowers, I saw a bat, I was filled with his sacred love, my children smiled and laughed and boy oh boy did Mama make some yummy Almond milk. Just as I thought you could not beat coconut milk…bang in comes Almond to sweep me off my feet, triumph! Yay!
So delicious, where has this been all my life? Happiness. They say good things come to those who wait and I’m sure there’s something about patience being a virtue but can’t quite remember that one. Few cobwebs about me as of late but nevertheless good things are finally coming out of this home.

Making homemade vegan milks is such a simple and satisfying process, it’s almost ludicrous to do it any other way.
It seems traditional English methods of simple healthy nutrition are as good as lost to the modern culture of Britain today.
It’s easier to buy poison at a cheap cost in abundance in more than convenient ways and it’s rather a struggle to locate and afford natural food.
Cow’s milk as we all know is widespread and seen as a staple and necessary produce for daily human consumption, while most of us (unknowingly or not) are dairy intolerant / struggle to consume animal produce, it’s readily available and almost frowned upon to not intake, whereas natural vegan (non-animal) milks such as Almond, Barley, Coconut or Oat are almost unheard of.

Very few people know (or care) of the inhumane and cruel ways in which Cows are kept and treated for their milk in the Western World. If being artificially impregnated and pumped, until raw, full of hormones and antibiotics wasn’t a bad enough risk to the animals and humans health, research and tests show their pus and blood escapes along with the added hormones during the process and is actually in the cartons you find in nearly every supermarket or convenience store.
The Cows’ babies are taken at birth and many are killed for Veal whilst the vast majority of Westerners happily consume their Mother’s milk experiencing intolerance. The Mother is left bereaved and is kept in conditions that leave her about to burst at the udders, screaming for release.
The majority of cows in this country aren’t fed grass or even fed healthily and they certainly aren’t gently milked for their well-produced liquid they are merely hooked up to machines that yank and pull at them causing sores and infection with no care at all.

Have you ever looked into a Cows eyes in this situation? Have you ever seem the look the animals really give when any image is publicised? Have you ever given a second thought of compassion to how the animal feels, how your milk got on that shelf or what’s even in it? To me the Cow screams help, why, how can humans be so disgraceful and cruel with their ethics? Time to wake up and start giving a damn. The process is undeniably cruel.
Its always been a puzzle to me as to why the human race sees it happily acceptable to drink from the teat of another species, many would shudder at the thought of drinking a humans breast milk from a Woman’s nipple, being of the same species, would they mate with a Cow perhaps? I mean really, it doesn’t take too much of a brain to know Humans milk is safe, healthy and highly nutritional for another human, we quite easily wean our young at tender ages off of our own milk as it’s apparently no longer vital, to then somehow find it plainly acceptable to move onto another species which has been shown to decay humans, seriously what’s up with that? How did we work out we need another species milk over our own? What actually went through the guy’s head that first miked a cow’s udders? Where were the female humans to help that hungry baby? Humans over other wild species have the brain to decipher using ethics regarding such matters and we should respect this gift.
Today’s modern Western culture that ever surrounds me is very simply and undoubtedly insane and it’s time for change.

Almond milk is made from Nuts that grow on trees that would fall to the ground and decay if not harvested.
It is a heart healthy and high protein drink! Soaked Almonds contains calcium, potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, copper, niacin, fiber, fats and sugars, yum! Almonds also contains vital vitamins and phyto-nutrients as well as being antioxidants.
A handful of soaked Almonds is a real health bomb and Almond milk is by far healthier for Humans than animal milk (as you’d expect really) although non soaking of Almonds does not release vital nutrients and can cause digestive discomfort. Pre-soaking Almonds, releases healthy nutrients by neutralising the phytates and this method in fact works as a digestion aid, a prevention of disease and helps to maintain a healthy BMI whilst being extremely tasty and moreish.
Almond milk whilst bringing all the above nutrients / benefits, is naturally sweet tasting so your quids in by saving on the Agave and Vanilla. It is so versatile, it can be used in any recipe calling for milk, it’s a natural sweetener, it can be consumed hot or cold and it’s a winner warmed with children before bed, it is divinely delicious with everything…honestly you have to try this stuff!

To prepare your own Almond Milk all the ingredients you will require is Almonds and Water.
Additional sweeteners and flavours such as vanilla or agave, can be added if you like but keep in mind this is a naturally sweet and tasty drink.
The equipment required is a suitable strainer i.e. a nut bag (homemade or ethically bought) along with a good blender or I’m sure a stone pestle and mortar would do the job too if you’re feeling really primitive and have an abundance of nothingness to dwell in. Also a cup and preferably a glass jug and dish ill be needed.

Method:
– Soak 1 cup of Almonds in a dish for around 12 hours. Overnight seems to be the best method. Make sure All the Almonds are covered with water as they will expand (using warm water will allow for easier skin removal if required). Cover the dish.
– Simply drain off the water, rinse the almonds well and re-use it for the compost (at this stage removing the skins can be done but it remains optional).
– Next take 2 to 4 cups of water depending on your desired consistency and place in the blender with the soaked nuts. (Use 2 cups water for a creamier liquid, more suited for coffee like drinks)
– Blend for 2 minutes on full speed
– Strain through a nut bag / cheesecloth into the glass jug.
– Drink then as it is, heat it gently or store cold in an airtight glass bottle / container in the fridge and consume within 3 days.

Other methods would be to use blanched (skin removed) Almonds or Almond flakes. Again, over night, soak the nuts then blend for slightly longer without straining. This ensures the whole nut is consumed, an absolute winner in breakfasts.

Enjoy this divine beverage and reap its amazing benefits from your kitchen today!

I vow to spread the word of my new found knowledge of nutrition to all I can reach whom show interest in heart felt healthy consumption. For a World of Compassionate Love.