As you know I'm back on my quest for wellness. In particular I'm in search of that fit and fabulous feeling I once had. Which is why I have turned my Wednesday's into my stock-take on health.
I read recently that medicine has nothing to do with healthcare. Medicine is about "sick care". If we're really serious about health care we need to look at our food.
So with that in mind, this week I'm going to concentrate on food.
As the big grown up daughter fights the Big C, her auto-immunity is giving her grief. Which makes sense given that in order to beat the cancer, she has to be pumped full of poison.
So this week she and I have been watching what we put into our bodies. And by watching, I mean we're keeping an eye on our sugar, heavy carbs, alcohol, chemicals, dairy and ... did I mention sugar?
All the things that mess with her system, I'm also eliminating from mine.
We're going clean and green.
So I've been on the hunt for some great meal options that require minimal help from anything processed. That whole "good food comes from plants, it's not made in plants" mentality.
Seems simple enough.
And it is.
Two of the big winners this week have been this energy boost smoothie (thank you Lorna Jane) and the tahini stir-fry (thanks to Super Charged Food) below.
Energy Boost Smoothie
I originally found this recipe via Lorna Jane, but I have modified it slightly to better suit my MO.
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
2 heaped dessert spoons of all natural peanut butter
1 handful of baby spinach leaves
a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar
one cup of water
a dessert spoon of coconut oil
About 6 cubes of ice
Pile them all into the Nutri Ninja in that order and mix it on Ultra Blend for 90 seconds. Serve.
This juice is a hit with the entire family and I have found if I have that and a protein ball for breakfast, I don't even start thinking about food again until well into the lunch time.
Tahini and vegetable stir fry:
When I Googled clean/green cooking for auto immunity this is one of the first dishes that caught my eye.
It's just so damned colourful! That's got to be good right?
Plus I was able to cook some chicken pieces in soy on the side to add to the boys meals, to make them feel they weren't being hard done by in the meal time department.
I found this recipe at Super Charged Food and here is my (slight) variation of the meal:
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of crushed garlic (from a jar)
1 teaspoon of ginger (from a jar)
1 Spanish onion chopped
1 yellow capsicum cut in lengths
1 red capsicum cut in lengths
120 gm baby spinach leaves
1/3 of a butternut pumpkin cubed
1 head of broccoli cut into florets
1 small bag of mixed cabbage (I bought the coleslaw mix)
A handful of green beans with the ends cut off
1 tablespoon of tahini (from a jar)
a good splash of soy sauce
a few pinches of mixed Asian herbs
Chicken cut into cubes to add at the end, for those who might like the meat version.
Heat the coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, onion, capsicum and stir until fragrant. Be careful not to burn.
Add the pumpkin, broccoli, cabbage and beans and turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring for around five minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the tahini and soy sauce. Cook covered for 5 minutes. Then add the baby spinach and stir. Cook covered for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle the Asian herbs right at the end.
If you are adding chicken, the in a separate pan, grill your chicken pieces and cook in soy sauce until it's all soaked in.
Serve in bowls and add the chicken to the top of the meal for anyone choosing the meat route.
Reminder, any recipes you find on here are coming from a non-chef non-foodie. I didn't even know what tahini was until I saw this recipe and even then it took me a good 15 minutes to work out where to buy it at Woolies.
I can say that this meal was another winner and it will be making regular appearances in our house over the next few "clean green, fit and fabulous, Wellness Wednesday" months.
How's your wellness been this week?
Got any clean green recipes you'd like to share?
Is your auto-immune system healthy?