Vegan Cheese

I have a damp heat constitution. So to keep myself healthy, I have to stay away from foods that cause dampness in the body. One such food that causes damp is dairy. For my health, I have given up all dairy. And as much as I love how I feel, I still miss dairy. I am a cheese lover, who doesn’t allow herself to have cheese.

So when I stumbled upon the recipe below, I was ecstatic. This recipe tastes delicious!

The only thing that I had trouble with was making it as stretchy as it claims. For me, I had to add more tapioca flour than suggested, 2 tablespoons as opposed to teaspoons. Other than not being able to get the proper texture, I was still happy to eat my failed attempts because it tasted so good.

The most difficult ingredient to acquire is the nutritional yeast. If you live in California, the best place to get it would be Sprouts Market. You can find it in the supplements section. 

Hope you enjoy this recipe. Sam is a godsend.

Vegan Mozzarella Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Some time ago, I have decided to eliminate dairy, meat and white sugar from my diet, so that I may prevent a certain health condition from recurring. There’s nothing like experiencing a catheter to convince one to be as healthy as they can be.  Though I don’t find it particularly difficult to have this new lifestyle, there are certain times when I crave dairy.

One of the things I crave is pudding. So I searched the web and found an adaptable recipe (eatyourkimchi.com) and changed some bits to fit my tastes. Hope you like it.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding Recipe

  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (or stevia, or honey but it won’t be vegan)
    • adjust to your taste

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Leave in the refrigerator to set for 5 hours. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Throat Soothing Tea

When you have a sore throat and/or cough, having some soothing tea is the best! Below is a recipe for Asian Pear Tea. Asian pears are great for moisturizing the lungs and throat. So if you have a cough due to a cold or a chronic dry cough, this tea will soothe it gently.

Asian Pear Tea Recipe

1 Asian Pear (any pear will do but will not hold up as well as an Asian pear)

Water

Honey

Directions: Cut up Asian pear into one inch cubes and place in a pot. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the pear. Bring water to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes to an hour. Ladle liquid into a mug. Mix a tablespoon of honey. Sip carefully and enjoy!

Feel free to eat the cooked pear either in your the or separately.

Easy Healthy Ice Cream Recipe

If you have slightly over ripe bananas, do not throw them away. You’ll be throwing away the potential for frozen deliciousness.

My mother had recently found out that she had developed Type 2 diabetes. She changed her diet drastically and lost weight and stabilized her blood sugar. But when California summer became a blistering 98 degrees with 90% humidity, she just didn’t care what she ate, as long as it was cold or frozen. I didn’t want her to lose all the progress that she had made, so I rummaged through our freezer to see if I can make her something frozen and sweet but healthy at the same time.

Here’s the great thing about my mother: she hates wasting food. So when the bananas began to get brown spots, she peeled each one of them, and placed them in the freezer for later use. I saw those bananas and thought, “if it works in smoothies, why not ice cream?” Below is what I made for her… and she loved it!

Banana Ice Cream Recipe:

  • Peel any over ripe bananas and wrap them individually in cling wrap.
  • Place them in the freezer. Once they have become completely frozen, you can take one out.
  • Place the frozen banana in a blender.
  • Add a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and blend.

You will be left with a sweet frozen dessert that’s actually healthy for you.

If you add a 1/2 a tablespoon of nut butter to the above mix you could get something that tastes like a peanut butter cup… but frozen.

Want to get a little bit crazier? Add cinnamon.

There are so many flavors that you can create by just adding to a frozen banana. All you need is your imagination.

But here are some tips that would make your new frozen dessert a healthy supplement:

  • Add walnut butter to nourish the brain and keep your memory strong.
  • Add goji berries if you are feeling a bit anemic.
  • Add black sesame paste to strengthen your kidneys.
  • Add red bean paste (homemade is better because the canned ones have too much sugar) and reduce some swelling during those hot summer days.

The great thing is that bananas have a low glycemic index (over ripe bananas are a GI of 48) and have a nice punch of potassium. This dessert is great for those who are diabetic. This is also a great way to treat your kids without introducing white sugar into their diets.

Later, I found out that I’m not the only one who figured out the wonderfulness of bananas as a dessert. I’m allergic to bananas so, understandably, bananas are never really in my radar. If you want more ideas, there are many recipes, turning bananas into ice cream, online. Happy exploring!

Graceful Points

Slow Cooker Detox Stew

Mung beans are used throughout Asia as a great detoxing food. For instance, India has their kitchari, which is used as a way to cleanse and detox the body without starving. In Vietnam, a mung bean dessert is given at the end of a meal to help cleanse and cool the body from the meal. In China, mung beans are used to cool the body from the heat of summer. In other parts of the world, mung bean broths are drunk as a way to detox the body after a night out or a weekend of indulgence. In summary, mung beans rock!

I would like to share a simple mung bean recipe that I like to use when I feel the need to give my body an extra push. It can even be used as a hangover remedy.

Mung Bean Stew
1 cup mung beans
2 cups chicken broth (use vegetable broth to make it vegan)
2 cups water
2 cups mixed vegetables
1/2 onion
4 cloves garlic (crushed/minced)
salt and pepper to taste

Wash mung beans and add to boiling water.
Cook mung beans for about 30 minutes and then add all other ingredients except for salt and pepper. Bring to boil then simmer for another 30 minutes or until mung beans are fully cooked. Add salt and pepper to desired taste.

Slow Cooker Method: Throw all ingredients into the slow cooker except for the seasoning (salt slows down the cooking process of beans) and cook on high or until the beans are tender for about 3-4 hours. Season to taste.

Option: Cumin, turmeric and basil are also good for seasoning if so desired.

Other than it’s wonderful detoxing and cleansing affects, it is full of protein and can be modified to anybody’s taste preference.

Graceful Points

Easy Breakfast Congee Recipe

Every morning should begin with a nice warm breakfast. Not just a nice warm breakfast but a breakfast that is nutritious and easy to digest. That’s where congee comes in!

Congee is a rice porridge dish found in most of Asia. It is eaten for for any meal but mainly for breakfast or given when somebody is ill or have some digestive issues. It can be made savory or sweet, although it is mainly savory in Asia. It is a slow cooked meal that is easily modified to your tastes. I know what you’re thinking, “Slow cooked?!? I don’t have time for that!”

Not so! If you have a slow cooker, all you have to do is prep it at night and it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes. The following recipes are for a 2 quart slow cooker.

Basic of Basic Congee Recipe (serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup of dry rice (avoid basmati rice)
  • 5.5 to 7 cups of water (based on your preference for either a thick or soupy congee)

Rinse the rice until water runs clear and place in slow cooker. Pour the desired amount of water. Turn crock pot on to low if you set it early in the evening or high if you came home late. Leave it on all night until morning. Wake up to morning congee. Season as desired.

The above recipe is just rice and water. Basic congee is best when somebody is going through the stomach flu and can’t seem to stomach anything else. You can modify this congee anyway you like. Below is my personal breakfast congee recipe.

Savory Breakfast Congee Recipe (serves 2)

  • 1/3 cup of dry rice (I prefer short grained glutinous rice)
  • 5.5 cups of water (feel free to substitute for any type of broth)
  • 1 cup of sliced or diced shitake mushrooms (You can use 1/2 cup of dried shitake mushrooms. Presoak them in the morning to use at night)
  • 1/2 cup of mixed frozen vegetables
  • 1 large egg
  • sesame oil and soy sauce to taste

Rinse rice until water runs clear. Add shitake mushrooms and frozen vegetables and water. Depending on time of night, set slow cooker to low or high. Leave on overnight. Wake up and add egg and break it up in the hot congee (it will look like egg drop soup). Add sesame oil and soy sauce (tamari sauce for those who are gluten free) to taste.

If you are making for one, you can pour one serving out and freeze the other serving to consume at a later time. This meal is great because if you are in a hurry, you can pour it in a thermos so you can consume/drink it on the road (after cooling, of course) or consume/drink it at work.

There will be more congee recipes in the future. Hope you enjoyed this one.

Graceful Points

Easy Costco Green Smoothie Recipe

I know that in the previous post that one should not consume raw cold things because it is not the best for your digestion. But I also recognize how difficult it is to get all the nutrients necessary for a healthy body. Acupuncture can do so much, but if you have a mineral and vitamin deficiency, needles will not help much. So, that is why I have devised an easy green smoothie recipe that provides as much nutritional punch in one serving that anyone can get.

The following recipe can be done with a regular blender but I recommend at least getting a NutriBullet as it will do a good job at making the smoothie easy to drink in a quicker time (1 minute). I also chose ingredients that can be easily purchased in bulk at Costco. It’s so much cheaper (ex. organic spinach is $3.85 a pound as opposed to $5 at grocery stores). If you do not have a Costco card, you can ask a friend to purchase a Costco gift card for you, which will allow you to enter and shop at Costco without a membership (if I am wrong in this, please let me know). Costco also has some frozen organic fruits that you can mix and match with so that you do not weary of the drink.

I highly recommend this smoothie to be consumed either at dinner. But if you have dinner plans, at lunch. I don’t recommend this for the morning because it is best to start the morning off with something warm and easy to digest. In the morning, you are breaking a fast during which your digestion was dormant. I will later post a recipe for an easy breakfast congee.

Note that this recipe has you add either cinnamon or ginger depending on the taste you are alright with. Ginger and cinnamon makes the property (nature) of the smoothie less cold, which will allow for easier digestion. Also, you can substitute for fresh fruits but research has shown that frozen fruits have as much or more nutritional value than fresh fruits because they are flash frozen as soon as they are picked. Also, try to get organic as much as is possible.

Easy Costco Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 3 generous handfuls of raw spinach
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 cup frozen fruit (can be mixed)
  • 1 rounded scoop protein powder (there are great protein powders made with vegetable protein as opposed to whey or soy, Orgain is one example)
  • a couple of dashes of cinnamon or a slice of ginger
  • Add 1-2 cups of water depending on desired thickness (if you have a NutriBullet, fill water to line)

One serving will be around 300 calories. If you want a creamier taste or more protein and potassium, almond milk or coconut milk would be a great substitute. To make this smoothie takes a total of 5 minutes along with clean up.

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

*** I have not been sponsored by any of the mentioned products or companies. Just a fan.