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.

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.

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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!

 

 

 

Moringa Recipes

A yoga student gave me Moringa, powdered and the leaves, in return for a few yoga classes. What a nice exchange. benefits include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements, balancing hormones and slowing the effects of aging, improving digestive health, balancing blood sugar levels and helping fight diabetes, protecting and nourishing the skin, and helping stabilize mood and protect brain health!

Here are some ways to use moringa in cooking.

Wash and finely chop the leaves. A little lemon juice will take out the bitterness.

  • salad, soup, tea
  • scrambled eggs, omelettes
  • curry, dal, egg rolls, rice

 

Word of the Day – donacion – donation

Tip of the Day – Wash the leaves well and discard all the stems, which are inedible. While the leaves aid digestion and gastrointestinal health, they are  somewhat tough to digest. Cooking them will help.

Sprouted Lentil Quick-Bread

Hey, when I went in to pay for my March yoga classes at the hotel, the owners looked at each other and said, “No, no Dorothy.” When I asked why I didn’t have to pay, they said, “Because it’s you.” Wow.!!! What? Way to make me cry before yoga!!!

 To sprout lentils, soak the lentils in a large cup or jar, with a filter on top, for 1 day. Strain and rinse them twice a day until little green leaves emerge at the top of the sprout. Usually 2-3 days, depending on how long you want them to grow. If you don’t eat them right away, put them in the fridge to stop the growth.

Recipe of the Day – 

Sprouted Lentil Quick-Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. haba (bean) flour
  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1 c. platano
  • 2 c. sprouted lentils
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1¼ c. water
  • 2 eggs, or 2 T. flax seeds soaked in 6 T. water
  • 2 T. coconut crystals or sweetener of choice
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add the spouts, water, oil and salt to the dry mixture and stir to make a sticky dough. Press into your loaf pan.
  3.  Bake in center of 400°F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F, bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
  4. Remove from pan: let cool on rack.

Word of the Day – crecer – to grow

Tip of the Day – Sprouts are a very inexpensive way to keep yourself supremely healthy. You can sprinkle these on salads, pizzas, vegetables, stir-fry’s; put them through the juicer, or carry for a healthy snack.

Chia Plum Jam

I finally drank turmeric tea as the end result of having gas all day. Tried buscapina, shoulder stands, mint, lemon and ginger, elevating the hips. All of them worked all day, but not completely. You know what took it away immediately? Turmeric in my tea.

Recipe of the Day – Chia Plum Jam

Ingredients:

1 T. chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 c. water

1 c. seeded plums, washed

1 T. honey or coconut syrup

Directions:

Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes. Mash plums Stir chia with water into plums. Add coconut, agave syrup or honey, if desired.

Word of the Day – estomago – stomach

Tip of the Day – The video uses agave syrup of honey, but I would use coconut syrup these days, or stevia – much less glycemic. Serve it on celery with peanut butter, yum!