Raw Zucchini Alfredo Pasta

To get a cai bo like the one in the video, you could find one and order it online. I’ve had mine for years, take it camping, brought it to Ecuador. it’s wonderful!

Recipe of the Day – Raw Zucchini Alfredo

Ingredients:

2 zuchhini

Directions:

Slice the zucchini with a spiralizer, cia bo, or peeler. Soak the zucchini strip for 30 minutes in salted water and then drain them to make them noodle-like.

Pesto: 3/4 c. (Thai) coconut water

2 cloves garlic juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 c. pine nuts, soaked at least an hour

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Directions: Blend until creamy and pour over zucchini pasta. This picture introducing the video is the zucchini pasta with avocado, marinara and the alfredo sauce. Wow!

Word of the Day – remojar – to soak

Tip of the Day – Use sweet potatoes, beets or other squash, to make a beautiful pasta!

Ginger Tulsi (Holy Basil) Tea

I finally have a plethora of Holy Basil (tulsi) growing in my garden. What a blessing! And it smells so good. I love the smell and Holy Basil.

Recipe of the Day – Holy Basil Ginger Tea

Ingredients:

4 c. water

1 handful holy basil leaves

1 1/2 ‘ slice ginger, depending on how strong you want it.

Directions: Add the water to your pot or teapot. Then add the basil leaves and ginger. Bring to almost a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and serve with a dash of stevia, honey and lemon juice.

Word of the Day – albahaca – basil

Tip of the Day – Tulsi benefits include: reducing anxiety, fighting acne, protecting against diabetes and cancer, balancing hormones, relieving fevers, improving respiratory problems, teeth care. It’s also a good source of Vitamin K.

Homemade Curry Powder

Its hard to get good curry powder here. Better to make your own. It tastes so good and its so much fresher than ones on the shelf.

Recipe of the Day – DIY Curry Powder

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. turmeric
  • 2 T. Cumin powder
  • 2 T. cardamom seeds, ground
  • 2 T. Roasted coriander
  • 1 T. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. bay leaves, ground,
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper or paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • Directions:

     

    Place all ingredients in a container and shake.. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

    Word of the Day – sabor – taste

    Tip of the Day – You can leave the herbs and spices, whole, like cardamom, if you want. Then grind it when you’re ready to cook. It’s fresher and more potent that way.

Split Pea and Green Banana Soup

These peas sure took a long time to cook, holy schmoly! About 3 hours after soaking. It would be a lot faster with fresh peas, or perhaps ones from a different country. Still delicious, though.

Recipe of the Day – Split Pea and Green Banana Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 c. dried split peas
  • 6 green bananas, peeled and diced (about 4 cups)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium sized finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 6 c. water, can also use the broth or cooking liquid from the peas
  • 1 c. oat milk
  • 4 T. finely chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Directions:
  1. Add the water or broth from the peas, bring to a boil and add the diced green bananas, simmer until the green bananas are soft, about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked split peas, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. You can blend this for a creamy pea soup, if you like.

Word of the Day – arvejassplit peas

Tip of the Day – Serve with avocado and hot sauce, salsa or Aji! The traditional Ecuadorian recipe, known as Arvejas con guineo, uses ½ tsp ground achiote (optional) mozzarrella and fetacheese and milk in the recipe, and ½ tsp. ground achiote (optional.) I threw a handful of steamed kale in my bowl.

Papaya Fig Smoothie

Our new restaurant is so beautiful, and has such a warm, welcome and pretty spirit to it. You feel good there. The walls are lined with James Birthrong’s paintings, which go so well with the hanging wooden star lanterns, the different-colored tables and the walls. The back has lay-down easy wooden lazy-chairs, a gorgeous mural, and many tables. They did so much work, and everything is so great. Now the locals have somewhere nice to be on Mondays!

table top

Recipe of the Day – Fig Papaya Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c. frozen papaya

1 sm. frozen banana

1 c. water, tea or oat milk

4 sprigs fresh mint

2-3 figs, scooped out

Directions: Blend. OMG, this smoothie is so good.

Word of the Day – higo – fig

Tip of the Day – Thanks to my friend, Cindy, for giving me a bunch of her beautiful figs, lemons and papayas!

Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk

Hey, lately I was wondering if I should be sitting in front of the Juice Factory, resting and having a smoothie, getting out in public. Because I do spend money I don’t need to.

 But here’s what happened today to make me re-think,….or re-heart.

First, I couldn’t pay my electric bill (usually $8+) because their system wasn’t ready. So I went to sit in front of the Juice Factory and have a chocolate smoothie.Then…

I learned there is a very beautiful Buddhist monk who lives here the last few months. I was thinking I would probably meet him by chance, if it was meant to be.  Well, I was sitting there this morning when someone introduced us. Nice! I was hoping that would happen! He shook my hand and a long tingling sensation went straight up to my heart, making me happy. My heart opened. I told him what happened, and he said, “That must be because of your practice.”

Next….

This lady stopped to stare at a poster behind my head. She talked about learning to laugh: holding your heart and saying, with long breaths, the words, “appreciation….care….compassion…gratitude” over a period of 6 hours whenever you think about it. That’s all you do, to open the heart, and start thinking with the heart,
instead of the mind, she said.

I needed someone to fix my brakes on my electric bike. The left one was so bad, and the roads were wet. I was getting a little worried.  Only the bike shop didn’t have my brake pads. So I was still sitting there in front of the Juice Factory when a return traveler in town sat down with me. I was mentioning my bike situation and he said, “I’m a bike mechanic. I’ll look at it for you.” He pointed to his bike-shop company T-shirt. And he fixed my brakes! Took over an hour of recalibration. He actually rode his own bike down to the bike shop to borrow their tools. He only wanted a “V-8” juice in return, which I put on my account to pay later, but I slipped him the $10 I was gonna use for electricity, when I heard him tell the taxi driver he didn’t have the money for a taxi.

That was all this morning.

There is a reason to sit mindfully in front of the Juice Factory.

Recipe of the Day – Corn ‘n Bean Chowder with Coconut Milk Nutmeg and Potatoes

Ingredients:

2 T. coconut oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. each crushed coriander and cumin
1/2 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

2 c. coconut milk
4 c. water or vegetable stock
2 c. potatoes, cut pieces
2 c. your choice of squash cut into 1 inch pieces
2 red peppers, diced
2 c.  corn
1 c. cooked garbanzos
1 lime
Parsley or cilantro, chopped to garnish

Directions: In a large pot set over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add the spices. Stir about 30 seconds. Then add the coconut milk and vegetables. Cook covered for 15 minutes. Add the peppers, corn and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until peppers are tender. Right before serving add the juice of 1/2 a lime. Serve with a wedge of lime and chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.

Word of the Day – mecánico – mechanic

Tip of the Day – Add sweet potato, yum!

Tropical Green Smoothie

What’s today’s morning smoothie? Tropical fruit from my land: bananas, passionfruit, papaya and lettuce!

Recipe of the Day –  Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

green lettuce

1/2 papaya

1 frozen banana

1 passionfruit, cut in half and scooped out

a few drops liquid stevia to taste

Directions: Wash the fruit. Cut the papays and passionfruit in halves and scoop out the insides to pit in the blender. Blend with the banana and add sweetening to taste.

Word of the Day – bumpy –desigual

Tip of the Day – Be sure to have a green juice or smoothie every day. Most of our foods are acid, and we need the greens to cool the stomach, Dorothy.

Continue reading “Tropical Green Smoothie”

Neem Tea

I have a neem tree on my land. – Neem leaf is used for leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, intestinal worms, stomach upset, loss of appetite, skin ulcers, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), fever, diabetes, gum disease (gingivitis), and liver problems. The leaf is also used for birth control and to cause abortions.

The bark is used for stomach and intestinal ulcers, skin diseases, pain, fever and malaria.

The flower is used for reducing bile and phlegm, and treating intestinal worms.

The fruit is used for intestinal worms, urinary tract disorders, hemorroidd, bloody noses, diabetes, phlegm, eye disorders, wounds, and leprosy.

The twigs are used for intestinal worms, low  sperm levels, coughs, hemorroids, urinary disorders and diabetes. Some chew neem twigs instead of using a toothbrush, but this be careful because some have fungi.

The seeds and seed oil are used for leprosy and intestinal worms., birth control and abortions.

The stem, root bark, and fruit are used as a tonic and astringent.

Some people apply neem directly to the skin for skin lice, skin diseases, wounds, and skin ulcers; as a mosquito repellent; and as a skin softener. Neem is also used as an insecticide.

Recipe of the Day –Neem tea

Ingredients:

1 pot of water

handful of neem

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the neem. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – te -tea

Tip of the Day – This is such a diverse herb. Look above and use it for what you need!

 

 

 

Shamrock Smoothie

I have my first cacao pods on my cacao trees! One will be ready soon – about 10 inches long and dark red. Can you believe that?!!! I will cut it open, take out the beans and let them sit and ferment in the sun for 6 days or so. Then roast for about 5-6 mintues on each side, take the skins off, open the beans up and take the nibs out – my favorite part.

Recipe of the Day – Shamrock Smoothie

Ingredients
1/2 c. water
2 bananas, peeled & frozen overnight
3 T. chia
1 T. peanut butter
2 Fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp. mint extract
1 cup baby spinach
1 date, soaked and pitted
Topping
1 c. coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
A sprinkle of cacao nibs or chocolate shavings

Directions: Blend the first 7 ingredients. Pour into glass.
Use spoon to dollop about a tablespoon of coconut cream on top.
Sprinkle chocolate on top.

WWord of the Day – cacao – chocolate

Tip of the Day – Do it without the spinach for a chocolate shake.

Saffron Rosewater Tea

My daughter in Montana writes, “You would be so glad you weren’t here today! It is 7° F. outside and the wind is blowing like ridiculously hard and it is a sheet of black ice out here! There’s something really beautiful about the silence when it’s this cold outside. The world gets quieter. Especially at where we are, and there’s no one else around. All you can hear it outside is the wind sweeping across the land and whispering through the trees… Howling on days like today.”

Recipe of the Day –
Saffron Rosewater Tea

Ingredients:
4 c. water
2  tea bags or tea-infuser with tsp. of your herbs
1 Tab.  rose-water
2 green cardamom
pinch of saffron
  • Honey or other sweetener, according to taste (optional)

Directions: Bring the  water to almost a aboil with the cardamom. Add any tea you desire: green, black, herbal.  Steep 5-7 minutes and remove teabags or strain. Add saffron and rosewater and sweetening, if desired. Serve hot or over ice.

Word of the Day – invierno – winter

Tip of the Day – Saffron is an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic- causes sweating, carminative – prevents gas and to bring on menstruation..