Cauliflower Steak with Coconut Rice, Roasted Green Beans and Scallions

I was dreaming of cauliflower today. It is so hard to just eat a little when it is roasted! This easy anti-inflammatory, low-histamine, vegan lunch or dinner is easy to make and delicious. I especially love the deeply roasted scallions as they come out as little scallion chips…. yum! Cauliflower is a nutrition superstar as it is rich in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants sulphorane and glucosinolates which may help to reduce the risk of cancer and may help decrease the risk of heart disease.

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Cauliflower Steak with Coconut Rice, Roasted Green Beans and Scallions

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

For the rice:

1C short grain brown rice

1/2C coconut cream solids (from 1 can of canned coconut cream, just don’t add the liquid from the can)

pinch of salt

1 3/4C water

For the veggies:

1 large cauliflower sliced across into cauliflower steaks

Seasoning for cauliflower: 1 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, pinch of salt, 2 Tbs diced scallions

1C green beans

1 bunch scallions (cleaned and cut in half, longways)

2 Tbs olive oil

pinch of salt

Toppings: 1/4C roasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:

  1. Put all of the rice ingredients into a medium pot. Heat over high heat until it comes to a boil then reduce to low to simmer rice until it is cooked. Stir occasionally, this will take about 40 minutes.

  2. While rice is cooking, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle large sheet pan with olive oil and lay cauliflower on the pan, scallions and green beans. Sprinkle cumin, turmeric, diced scallions, garlic and a pinch of salt over the cauliflower. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on green beans and scallions. Drizzle remaining olive oil over the top of all of the veggies. Roast for 30-40 minutes until everything is golden brown, turning once about halfway through cooking.

  3. When everything is golden and rice is cooked, add rice to plate with cauliflower steak, green beans, and scallion chips and top with roasted pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

    This meal freezes very well, simply make separate portions of all components and then reheat for a quick lunch.

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Pea and Basil Pesto with Rice Noodles and Zucchini

It has been quite a crazy few weeks! I am happy to be back to recipe creation mode after a great trip to California. I love making different pestos since it provides so much flavor and is a great way to concentrate some really healthy anti-inflammatory foods! This latest variation was my attempt to boost some protein in my pesto sauce. Peas are a great source of protein, providing 8g in 1C. Peas are also a good source of fiber, vitamin K, manganese, vitamin B1 and some vitamin C and also available at almost any grocery store.

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Pesto is so versatile. You can use any blend of nuts or seeds, add in many different veggies and other herbs. Try adding in kale or Swiss chard for another hidden veggie boost. Try this for your next quick dinner. This recipe from start to finish is only 20 minutes.

Pea and Basil Pesto

Time: 20 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1C cooked peas (can be from frozen)

1/3C extra virgin olive oil

1 clove of garlic

1/4C pumpkin seeds, cashews or sunflower seeds

2 Tbs water (if needed to thin out the sauce)

pinch of salt

1C fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until well combined and smooth.

  2. Meanwhile cook gluten free noodles according to package directions and sautée or steam zucchini, broccoli, or asparagus.

  3. Serve sauce over veggies and gluten free pasta.

Variation: Try using this pesto spread on bread or in a wrap instead of hummus for a vegetarian sandwich! Load up the wrap with grilled veggies and micro greens to make a filling anti-inflammatory lunch!

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Safe, Quick and Easy Travel Foods


Do you want some low-histamine, anti-inflammatory hot foods to eat when traveling or a healthy anti-inflammatory staple option to grab on the go? I will be traveling to the Natural Products Expo West this March so while I was deciding what travel foods to bring I thought you would enjoy a post about safe travel foods that actually give you some nutrients and keep you full.  Travel food is such a hard thing not only for someone following a low-histamine diet (when everything should be mostly fresh) but for everyone! 

Here are a few staple snacks that I love!!

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Favorite Snacks

Freeze dried fruit from Trader Joe’s, dehydrated beets from Trader Joe’s (yes I am a fan) and I love these Mary’s Gone Crackers the Real Thin Crackers. Other freeze dried fruits and crackers or sweet potato chips will also be good light staples for snacking on the plane. You still get all of your vitamins and minerals from freeze dried fruits so this is a better choice than dried. Beets are one of the most concentrated antioxidant sources so these are super for boosting your antioxidants when on the go. The Terra chips that have root vegetables and beets are great too!

Make Your Own Low-Histamine, Anti-Inflammatory Ramen

Make Your Own Low-Histamine, Anti-Inflammatory Ramen

Make Your Own Ramen

I was so excited to find these millet and brown rice ramen noodles by Lotus Foods that provide 8g of protein and are gluten free and the best part is there is no high histamine seasoning included. This is so exciting since you just have to get boiling water which is available everywhere and a medium-large coffee cup or large bowl to make your own low-histamine, anti-inflammatory ramen for on the go.

I like to use a freeze dried vegetable like peas (which has some protein!!) and add some dried minced garlic and onion for flavor and a pinch or salt. Voila a filling delicious anti-inflammatory meal on the go!

Make Your Own Oatmeal Packets

Make Your Own Oatmeal Packets

Make Your Own Oatmeal Packets

Don’t waste money on instant oatmeal packets, make your own! This staple is for anyone traveling (or even just rushing to work in the morning) that’s ready quickly and easy to make.  Combine freeze dried fruit, I usually pick blueberries, chia seeds, a pinch of sugar in the raw, maple sugar or coconut sugar, oats (all purpose) and boiling hot water for an amazing morning oatmeal which can travel. 

Hopefully these quick to prep, healthy foods will help you on your next busy day or trip!

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Immune Boosting Foods

It is that time of year. The sniffles, coughs and fevers from getting the cold or flu. The body is designed to fight off infections by our powerful immune system. Stress, lack of sleep, poor food choices and certain medical conditions can make our immune systems not work as well so we will discuss some foods that can help your body fight off the next infection.

Ingredients for Immune Health this Winter

Eat foods with Probiotics which are found in yogurt, keifer and kimchi. It has been found that probiotics may boost your immune system. A large part of our immune system is housed in our gut so take care of it! Eat a probiotic rich food daily. For those of you with histamine issues probiotic foods are usually off the menu! You can use a probiotic supplement instead. Choose a supplement with bifidobacterium infantis which doesn’t promote histamine production in the gut. Eat foods with good prebiotic fibers to take care of your gut as well like asparagus, oats, beans & sweet potatoes.

Eat foods with Zinc which is found in chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and dark meats. Zinc has been shown to reduce cold duration and is important for keeping your immune system in top shape.

Eat foods with Vitamin C which is important for keeping your immune system strong and may help decrease the duration of your cold. Use peppers for a  lower sugar option which actually provides more vitamin C per cup than oranges.

Eat foods with Flavonoids which are the phytochemicals found in berries, tea and even dark chocolate. These flavonoids keep the immune system strong and may even reduce the risk of getting a cold or other upper respiratory infections.

Eat functional foods like elderberry syrup and honey. Elderberry syrup has been shown to prevent flu infection and can reduce flu duration. Honey is a natural immune system booster and a natural antibacterial food.

For the whole video clip and more info click the link below!


https://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/local-news/keeping-your-immune-system-healthy/1668573023

Immune Boosting Mocktail

 

Makes 4 servings

 

1C V8 fusion blueberry pomegranate juice or another berry juice

1 orange cut into slices

1 liter of club soda

 

1.     Freeze the juice into ice cubes (at least 2 hours or overnight)

2.     In glasses place juice cubes, top off with club soda and garnish with oranges.

 

Crunchy Coconut Granola

Crunchy, a little sweet and super nutritious. Homemade granola is simple to make and super delicious! This is one of my favorite things to make on the weekend. Here is the recipe for crunchy coconut granola. Loaded with chia seeds, coconut, extra light olive oil to provide a hefty dose of healthy fats and fiber to keep you full all morning. Try mixing in different fruits for different flavors. I used a few dates this time but using freeze dried fruit to mix in at the end is also a great way to add flavor and be histamine friendly.

Crunchy Coconut Granola

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

4C rolled oats

1/4C chia seeds

1C shredded coconut (no sugar or preservatives)

1/3C extra light olive oil

1/3C maple syrup

pinch of salt

1C dates chopped small or 1C freeze dried fruit

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl except the fruit.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  3. Put granola on parchment in an even layer. Bake for about 20 minutes stirring halfway through baking. Then add the fruit, mix in and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the granola is golden. Serve with your milk of choice!

    Store in airtight containers for up to 1 week or freeze in containers.

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Lighten Up the Holidays!

Winter Cabbage Cranberry Salad (Recipe Below)

Winter Cabbage Cranberry Salad (Recipe Below)

Do you ever worry about weight gain during the holidays? Not only is it a busy time of year but food tends to be everywhere. Parties, holiday meals and food gifts can make it challenging. I have a few tips that can be helpful for managing this holiday season while eating great and taking care of your body too.

  1. Eat Mindfully

    This means you can have bites of some treat foods, just don’t go overboard. Don’t munch on snacks at a party if you are not hungry, but if you are hungry have a sensible portion.

  2. Walk More

    Many of us overeat when we have a holiday meal or party. The food is just so good! Walking helps to reduce blood sugar levels and improves digestion.

  3. Change up the Meal

    Many holiday foods are healthy, some others just need to be tweaked! Check out the recipe for mushroom and onion green beans a mock up of green bean casserole that is only 75 calories per serving vs. the traditional 200 calories per serving. Using mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes can also save you over 100 calories per 1 cup serving. We know that plant foods are better for us so load up on the veggie sides!

  4. Go Easy on the Carbs

    It is so easy to load up on potatoes, rolls, stuffing and then 1-2 pieces of pie. Try picking fewer carby sides with your turkey and veggies, so you can save more carb room in your day for a good slice of pie! Aim for 1/4 plate of starchy sides to save room for pie. Moderation never tasted so good. Try the winter cabbage cranberry salad (recipe below) as another veggie side that provides a nice crunchy bite and cranberry flavor.

  5. Eat Pie

    Treat foods are soul foods in my mind. They are delicious make us happy and are an important part of the holiday season. Eat mindfully, a reasonable portion and enjoy without guilt.

Enjoy these recipes on your holiday table this year!

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Mushroom and Onion Green Beans

Makes 6, 1 cup servings

Ingredients:

4C fresh or frozen green beans prepared

1 large onion sliced

1 clove minced garlic

1C sliced white mushrooms

Pinch of salt and pepper

1 Tbs butter or vegan butter spread

1 Tbs olive oil

 

1.    Combine olive oil, green beans, onion, mushrooms, salt and pepper in a skillet over medium heat. Sautee until onions are golden, green beans and mushrooms are cooked. In the last few minutes of cooking add butter to create a creamy sauce and serve.

 

Winter Cabbage Cranberry Salad

 

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 small head of shredded green cabbage

1C dried cranberries

1 small head of shredded purple cabbage

1/2C slivered almonds or pumpkin seeds

 

Dressing:

2 Tbs maple syrup

1/4C olive oil

Pinch of salt

2 Tbs cranberry juice (unsweetened)

 

1.Add all salad ingredients into a bowl.

2. Toss dressing in a separate bowl and toss to coat salad. Serve immediately.

5 Foods to Eat Every Day

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Let’s aim to eat well every day. There are a few foods that if you can get in daily you will be able to give your body a mega antioxidant boost. The foods below will boost your antioxidant and vitamin intake while reducing your inflammation. These foods are affordable, and good to stock up so you can encourage healthy eating without requiring that extra grocery store or specialty shop trip. Try the prep ahead smoothie kits below!

Berries & Cherries

These fruits are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. They are also rich in fiber and spike your blood sugar less than other fruits.

Tip: Try frozen berries in smoothies or overnight oats if fresh berries are too expensive or are not in season. Also try picking a bunch of berries next berry season and freeze to use throughout the year!

Leafy Greens Like Kale, Mixed Greens & Chard

Deep dark greens are high in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber.

Tip: Chop up any green and sautée to reduce down. Add reduced greens to meatballs or meatloaf to hide some more greens (from your kids) and add some more greens to your day. Add a handful of greens to your morning smoothie for an extra morning boost.

Complex Carbs: Oats, Brown rice & Quinoa

These whole grains are rich in soluble fiber, complex carbohydrates and B vitamins. Don’t be afraid of good carbs!

Tip: Cook up a large batch of quinoa or brown rice and freeze in single serve 1 cup portions. This is a mega time saver and can be the base for many dishes.

Root Veggies: Sweet potatoes, carrots & winter squash

Deep orange foods give us huge boosts of vitamin A, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.

Tip: Keep these veggies on hand, they don’t rot quickly like lettuce and cucumbers so you can always have one of these staples available even when your pantry is bare.

Ginger

This root is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent and can be eaten in many forms. Try in tea, shredded into vegetable dishes, rice dishes or even egg dishes.

Tip: Pre-grate some ginger and keep it in a closed container in the refrigerator. Use a microplane grater to break up the tough root.

Prep Your Own Breakfast Smoothie Kits!

Makes 1 smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 C greens

1C frozen berries

1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 Tbs chia seed

1C milk of choices or water

1/4C oats

Add greens, berries, ginger, oats, chia seed to freezer safe bags. Make 3-4 of these if desired to keep in the freezer. Simply add to a blender with 1C milk of choice in the morning for a quick breakfast on the go with some serious anti-inflammatory power.


Quercetin: An Anti-inflammatory and histamine Lowering Flavonoid

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The old adage eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away, has some truth to it. Apples are not only a delicious fall favorite, but are also rich sources of vitamin C and this weeks featured flavonoid - quercetin. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid with high antioxidant action and also acts as a mast cell stabilizing compound.  Not an apple person?  Other food sources with high levels of quercetin are berries, grapes and onion.  

What is a mast cell stabilizing compound and why should we want to eat bioflavonoid heavy foods?  Some individuals with histamine intolerance or mast cell activation syndrome have overactive mast cells which can increase a variety of symptoms that are affected by the release of histamine and inflammatory molecules. Symptoms can include allergies, eczema, atopic dermatitis, interstitial cystitis, migraines, flushing, acid reflux, and diarrhea among many other possible symptoms.

Flavonoids have been shown to prevent some allergies and reduce allergy symptoms.(1)  For histamine intolerant individuals, quercetin has been found to stabilize mast cells and lower histamine, prostaglandins and cytokine release, equal to, if not better than, the common mast cell stabilizing medication called cromolyn sodium (a commonly prescribed medication for individuals with mast cell activation syndrome).(1)  Quercetin works as an anti-inflammatory compound by reducing release of inflammatory enzymes cyclooxyrgenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX).(2) In other experimental studies quercetin has been shown to reduce asthma and allergic rhinitis symptoms (sneezing, sniffling).  In one study, it was found that individuals who ate just two apples each week, had a lower incidence of asthma because of their quercetin intake.(3)

To make sure you eat at least two apples this week, try making this fall harvest buddha bowl!  Rosemary roasted chickpeas, roasted apples, onions, sweet potatoes and beets creates a warm flavonoid rich meal to help lower inflammation.  The recipe below makes 4 portions, so I made one bowl for me and froze three servings for the weekday lunches. The oven does all the work so it is quick and easy to prepare.  The roasted apples and sweet potatoes provide a delicate sweetness to this filling bowl. For more antioxidant rich meals, pre-order The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook, coming out February 2019.

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Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl

Makes 4 servings

Time: 45 minutes (including roasting time)

Ingredients:

1C dry quinoa

1 sweet potato

1 large golden beet or 2 small

2 apples

2 Tbs olive oil

1 large red onion

1 sprig of rosemary

1C chickpeas

pinch of salt

1. Add 2C of water to quinoa in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil with the lid on. Once it is boiling drop heat to low and let it simmer until all the liquid is absorbed about 20 minutes. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, slice beets, sweet potatoes, onions, apples into 1/3 inch pieces. Drizzle 1 Tbs of olive oil on the sheet pan and lay vegetables and apples on in a single layer. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes until golden brown and tender.

3. While the vegetables are cooking, toss the chickpeas in 1 Tbs of olive oil, and add about 1 Tbs of chopped rosemary and a pinch of salt. Spread evenly onto a sheet pan and bake for about 15 minutes until golden. Set aside.

4. Assemble your buddha bowl! Add quinoa, veggies, and chickpeas. With another pinch of salt over the top or a drizzle of olive oil you are ready to eat.

Sources:

1.Zuyi, W, Bodi, Z, et al. Quercetin Is More Effective than Cromolyn in Blocking Human Mast Cell Cytokine Release and Inhibits Contact Dermatitis and Photosensitivity in Humans. Plos One. 2012. 7(3) e33805.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3314669/

2. Yao, Li, Jailing, Y, et al. Quercetin, Inflammation and Immunity. Nutrients. 2016. 8(3): 167.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808895/

3. Mickek J, Jurikova, T, et al. Quercetin and Its Anti-Allergic Immune Response. Molecules. 2016; 21(5): 623.

http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/21/5/623/htm