Good Day!!! It’s avocado season in Trinidad, so avocado is plentiful and can be had at great prices and top quality – that made me really want to sing a little! Check out this quick, easy recipe using a ripe avocado, some local produce (chandon beni, anyone?) and a few delicious items – Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – that I am including in the Thrive Market Gift Box that I am giving away in my #ReallyNourishGives Sweepstakes!
I used my last $0.35 Tazo Chai Tea bag. I really like this organic tea, but my financial discipline is keeping me from buying it regularly. They say necessity is the mother of invention. During this time I’m cooling my heels in a cold, wintery New York City, to me tea is necessary. It’s warm, hydrating, and if it is made from good stuff, it can deliver nutrients and minerals of different kinds and be beneficial to your health.
Still had some nutmeg that my cousin brought me from Dominica last summer and a big branch of organic ginger.
I cut a piece of cheese cloth, grated those up, tied it all up into a little bag and set it to boil. I started with a large quart saucepan of water, and let it reduce to a little less than 1/3.
What you get:
Nutmeg is said to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.
Ginger is powerfully medicinal. It is good for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness. It is anti-inflamatory and can lower cholesterol. I could go on for days about ginger but if you’re reading this, I’ll bet you either know already how super a food ginger is, or you are inclined to go find out yourself ASAP!
You can add other things you have in the kitchen as you see fit: lemon zest, cinnamon (which combines with ginger to do some more super work in your bod!), whole clove or bay leaves.
Sweeten a cup of this delicious, aromatic, healing tea with half a teaspoon of stevia or enjoy unsweetened.
We are posting this on #TheReallyNourishMovement so we can easily retrieve and use this recipe. It’s a Genesis 1:29 bite! For now, since the Nutribullet (which we have been using as a mini food processor thank you very much!) is home in Trinidad, we may purchase the ingredients already ground up and do this by hand. We will share our results with you!
1 cup almonds
9 unpitted dates
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons golden flax seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup cranberries
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1. Process almonds, dates, and water in a blender or food processor. Add to medium sized bowl.
2. Process oats, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, goji berries, coconut flakes, and vanilla in a blender or food processor. Add to bowl.
3. Add golden flax seeds, maple syrup, and cinnamon to bowl. Mix together. (To get a good mixture I suggest using your hands to mix it up!)
4. Line a pyrex dish with parchment paper and mold mixture into small rectangles. Put dish in freezer for 15-20 minutes.
*To store, put granola bars in individual bags or wrap each with parchment paper and store in a container in the freezer. Full article here
is our answer to the the proverbial New Yorker’s breakfast. We have eschewed that #BaconEggandCheeseonaRoll habit in favor of this variation, which is nutrient rich, toxin free, and absolutely scrumptious!!!
‘Cado & Pro-Ve-lone on a Sprouted Muffin:
We used these organic ingredients:
1/2 ripe Avocado
1/4 cup of Red Onion, diced
3 large pitted Green Olives, diced
Fresh Basil leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
Himalayan Sea Salt and Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to taste
Follow Your Heart Vegan Provolone-style slices
Food For Life Genesis 1:29 Sprouted English Muffins
Before we go on, let’s review that scripture, shall we?
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant 🌽🌾 on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. 🍊🍎🍋They will be yours for food.
And just for good measure, let’s peep the next verse also:
30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.🌿🌱” And it was so.
I like to consider these verses while I’m shopping for food:
🌾Seed-bearing plant = grains, including nuts and seeds = the English Muffins, the vegan cheese is made largely of Coconut oil
🍋Tree with fruit with seed in it = the avocado, olives & olive oil, pepper (yes, that’s a fruit!), apple cider vinegar
🌿And to everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food = the basil and the onions fit this description
💖Thank you God, You’re AWESOME!💖
The salt was the only thing that didn’t fit any of these, but the many positive references to salt in The Bible give me God’s go ahead on that – in moderation, of course.
So now this is what you do:
Thaw and toast your muffin.
Scoop out the Avocado in to a bowl and add the diced onions, olives, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Mash it all together using the back of a fork to break up the avocado well.
Cut your muffin in half and put one slice of the vegan “cheese” on. A little drizzle of olive oil on top or a schmear of vegan butter underneath will help it melt under the top broiler the way the dairy stuff would.
Put the avocado mix on, sandwich it up and dig in! Or wrap it up in foil and pop it into a sandwich bag to go!