Alternative Medicine

  • Creamy Polenta

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    1 1/2 cups water (or two cups of water and only one cup milk)

    1 1/2 cups plain unsweetened nondairy milk (almond or soy preferred)

    1/2 teaspoon sea salt

    1 cup dried polenta (corn grits; I used Bob’s Red Mill brand)

    2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, but give it a try!)

    1/2 to 1 teaspoon lemon zest

    Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

    Bring the water, milk, and salt to a boil in a medium-size pot over high heat, then lower the heat to low and begin to whisk the polenta. Add it somewhat slowly, whisking as you go. Cook, stirring, for about five minutes, until thickened. Add the oil, nutritional yeast, lemon zest, and pepper, if desired, and stir. Taste; add additional salt if desired. Serve immediately. To thin, add a little extra water or milk. Source: Let Them Eat Vegan! by Dreena Burton

  • Stuffed Artichoke

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    2 artichokes

    4 ounces crab meat

    2 tablespoons crème fraiche

    1 tablespoon lemon zest

    1 tablespoon chopped chives

    1 teaspoon olive oil

    Salt to taste

    Frisée to garnish (curly chicory or endive)

    Cover the artichokes with water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 25 to 45 minutes or until the outer leaves of the artichoke can easily be pulled off. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, cut the artichokes in half and remove the inner choke (or heart) and bristles with a spoon. In a bowl, combine the crab meat, crème fraiche, lemon zest, chives, and oil. Mix well and season to taste. Stuff each artichoke half with two tablespoons of the crab meat mixture. Plate and garnish with frisée. Source: Peruvian Power Foods by Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD

  • Wild Mushroom Risotto

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
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    Wild Mushroom Mixture

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1/2 cup finely diced onion

    1 clove garlic, sliced

    1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms

    1 cup sliced oyster mushrooms

    1 cup sliced maitake mushrooms

    1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon black pepper

    Risotto

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1/2 cup finely diced onion

    1 clove garlic, sliced

    1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

    1 1/2 cups Arborio rice

    1/2 cup white wine

    5 cups water or low-sodium vegetable stock

    3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

    2 teaspoons salt

    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    In a large pot or sauté pan, heat the oil for the mushroom mixture over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme and sauté to soften, five to eight minutes. Season with the salt and black pepper, transfer to a bowl, and reserve. To the same pot, over medium heat, add the oil for the risotto. Add the onion, garlic, and thyme and cook until soft, about three minutes. Add the rice and toast for two minutes. Pour in the wine and cook one minute, scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Add two cups of the water or stock and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat back to medium. Allow the risotto to simmer, stirring every two minutes, until the liquid reduces by half. Add two more cups of water or stock and repeat. Add the remaining one cup of water or stock and stir frequently until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice but the rice is still loose. Add the wild mushroom mixture back to the pot, stir in the nutritional yeast, and season with the salt and black pepper. Serve immediately. Source: The Vegucation of Robin by Robin Quivers

  • Adaptogens & Stress

    It doesn’t take a randomized, double-blind, clinical study to observe that, as we age, we become more susceptible physically, mentally, and emotionally to the negative effects of prolonged stress.

    Unlocking the secret to vitality in the golden years
    By Donnie Yance, MH, CN
  • Foods That Heal

    The chemical makeup of your body is like the soil that we grow plants in. For your body to grow and heal, your chemical makeup needs to be full of balanced nutrients, just as soil has to be full of balanced nutrients for us to raise beautiful and healthy plants.

    Change your diet, boost your health!
    By Heather Tick, MD
  • Common Myths About Cholesterol, Foods, and Fats

    2013 is shaping up to be a year of prevention, which should have you thinking about how well you are treating your own heart. If you are trying to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, or your doctor has said that you need to lower your cholesterol, you are probably trying to keep a close eye on your diet.

    How to eat to keep your cholesterol low
    By Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD, RADA
  • Health Tips: Need Some Get Up and Go?

    Do you find your desire to exercise waning in the winter months? Check out some blogs or websites of people who have done what you’re attempting and let their success be an inspiration. Mile-posts.com is a great blog to start with. Dorothy Beal is an overweight smoker turned marathoner and cover model for Women’s Running.

  • Health Tips: Power Down to Power Up

    It’s pretty well accepted by now that Americans are addicted to technology (smartphones and Netflix, I’m talking to you!). Here’s our addiction by the numbers:

    84% of cell phone users say they couldn’t go a day without it

  • Health Tips: Get Rid of Back Pain

    Back pain has a host of causes. It could be anything from bad posture to obesity, lack of strength and conditioning, and stress. Getting stronger is a great way to alleviate it!

  • Health Tips: A Good Exercise Routine is…

    If you’re trying to get fit, a good exercise routine has to be one that works for you. Some folks go for something intense like P90X, while some prefer gentle yoga. If you’re getting fit, losing weight, feeling better, and enjoying your workouts, that’s the mark of a good routine.