Healing Foods

  • Vegetable Chicken Soup

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 pound skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
    6 ounces green beans, cut into bite-size pieces
    1 cup chopped celery
    1 zucchini, sliced
    1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
    1/2 of a 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
    4 cups chicken broth
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 to 2 tablespoons raw honey
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 teaspoons minced raw ginger
    2 teaspoons pressed raw garlic
    Salt and pepper to taste

    1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat for several minutes.
    2. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft.
    3. Add chicken, and continue to stir occasionally to brown lightly on all sides.
    4. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer until vegetables are just tender and chicken is cooked through.

    nutrition info per serving (4): 209 calories, 4.7 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 55 mg cholesterol, 26.8 g protein, 14.2 g carbohydrates, 2.6 g fiber, 745 mg sodium

  • The Adrenal Fatigue Fix

    I knew something was really wrong when my son started preschool and I was the only mom who didn’t have another child on the way. I was too exhausted and sick all the time to even think about getting pregnant.

    Always sluggish? How to eat for lasting energy
    By Amy Logan
  • Wheatberry Pancakes

    1 cup wheat berries (whole wheat kernels)
    1 tablespoon whole flaxseed
    2 cups water
    1/3 cup chickpea flour (besan) or low-fat soy flour
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt

    Place the wheat berries, flaxseed, and water in a blender and process at high speed for about 2 minutes. Add the flour and process for 2 to 3 minutes or until very smooth. Add the sugar, lemon juice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and process until well mixed.

    Heat a heavy nonstick griddle or skillet (a nonstick electric griddle cooks very evenly) over high heat until drops of water dance on the surface and then quickly disappear. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Working in batches if necessary, pour dollops of batter quickly onto the griddle, leaving space to expand. When bubbles appear on the surface, gently flip the pancakes. Don’t overcook; they should be a bit puffy when you take them off the griddle, so they are light and cakey.

    MAKES TWELVE 4” PANCAKES (3 SERVINGS)

    Per serving: 261 calories, 11 g protein, 53 g carbohydrates, 6 g sugar, 3 g total fat, 9% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 9 g fiber, 534 mg sodium

  • Bulgur Wheat and Quinoa Pilaf

    1 cup bulgur wheat
    1 cup quinoa
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 cup chopped celery
    1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
    1 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary or dried thyme or oregano
    Salt to taste

    Place the bulgur and quinoa in a dry, heavy skillet (such as cast-iron), stir-fry pan, or wok over high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the grain smells toasty. Remove from the heat immediately and set aside.

    Steam-fry the onion and celery in a large nonstick saucepan with a tight lid until the onion begins to soften. Add the broth, bulgur, quinoa, parsley, and rosemary, thyme, or oregano. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and season with the salt.

  • Vegetarian Mixed-Bean Chili Express

    6 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
    1 tablespoon chili powder (preferably a dark variety, such as ancho)
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 can (28 ounces) low-sodium diced tomatoes
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces) small red or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    3 cups hot water
    1 1/2 cups dry textured vegetable protein
    1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    1 tablespoon hot-pepper sauce
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon sugar
    2 tablespoons cornmeal or masa harina
    Salt to taste

    Steam-fry the garlic in a large, heavy nonstick skillet for 2 minutes. Add the chili powder, oregano, cumin, and red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes (with juice), beans, hot water, vegetable protein, corn bell pepper, soy sauce, hot-pepper sauce, onion powder, cocoa, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cooking sprinkle the cornmeal or masa harina over the top and stir thoroughly. Season with the salt.


    Per serving (6): 329 calories, 26 g protein, 57 g carbohydrates, 7 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 4% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 16 g fiber, 457 mg sodium  

  • Black Bean Soft Tacos

    Tofu Sour Cream
    1 package (12.3 ounces) reduced-fat extra-firm silken tofu, crumbled
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Place the tofu, lemon juice, sugar, and salt in a food processor or blender and process until very smooth. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 1 week.

     

    Tacos
    8 corn tortillas (6-inch)
    1 1/2 cups Vegetarian “Refried” Beans made with black beans*
    2 cups Low-Fat Guacamole**
    1 cup no-sugar-added tomato salsa
    4 cups finely shredded green cabbage or lettuce
    1 cup Tofu Sour Cream

    Heat the tortillas (see note). Spread about 3 tablespoons of beans down the middle of each tortilla. Top with guacamole, salsa, cabbage or lettuce, and tofu sour cream. Eat out of hand with lots of napkins!

    Per serving (8): 174 calories, 10 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 7% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 7 g fiber, 557 mg sodium

  • Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

    1/4 cup Wax Orchards fudge topping
    12 large fresh whole strawberries, cleaned, with stems

    Heat the topping in a small saucepan just until softened. Divide equally into 2 small bowls. Hold strawberries by the stem ends, dip in the topping, and enjoy!

    MAKES 2 SERVINGS

    Per serving: 125 calories, 1 g protein, 29 g carbohydrates, 23 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 5% calories from fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 41 mg sodium

  • The Diabetes Cure

    Rosa Gonzalez knew firsthand about the disasters of type-2 diabetes—a condition that results when your body stops responding normally to insulin, a hormone that pulls sugar from the bloodstream into cells, where it’s used for energy.

    Forget counting carbs. Here's the new way to reverse this disease.
    By William Gottlieb
  • Beauty From Within

    Mom was right: When it comes to beauty, what’s on the inside is just as important as what’s on the outside. New research shows that certain foods and beverages can literally improve your skin from within. Here’s how you can slather, supplement, and snack your way to glowing, youthful skin with the help of four hot, new beauty ingredients.

    Four superfoods that feed your skin
    By Vicky Uhland
  • Vegetarian “Refried” Beans

    4 1/2 cups cooked or 3 cans (15 ounces each) black, small red, kidney, or pinto beans, rinsed and drained.
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried garlic granules
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    Hot-pepper sauce to taste (optional)
    A few dashes of liquid smoke (optional)

    Place the beans, onion, vinegar, salt, cumin, oregano, garlic granules, chili powder, hot-pepper sauce, if desired, and liquid smoke, if desired, in a food processor. Blend for several minutes or until very smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate.

    For hot dip, microwave on high for about 3 minutes or heat in a skillet, stirring constantly.