Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

It’s the birthday of my three special dogs on this planet – my son’s dog, Eagle, is, in human terms, 98 this week! Pickle, Clare’s dog is 42. And Tiko is 21 in human years. (He’s going out partying on his own tonight.)

Recipe
the Day – Sweet Potsto Bean Burger 

Ingredients:
2 c.  mashed sweet potato about~2 large sweet potatoes
1 c,  cooked  black beans, rinsed and well drained (
11/2 c.cooked brown rice or quinoa
1/2 c. walnuts. ground
1/2 c. diced green onion
1 1/2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper (to taste)
optional: 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder, 1 tsp. panela or other sweetener

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and cut sweet potatoes in half. Rub with olive oil and place face down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake sweet potatoes until soft and tender to the touch – about 30 minutes – set aside. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees F (190 C).
While potatoes are baking, cook rice or quinoa.
Add black beans to a mixing bowl and mash half of them for texture. Then add sweet potato and lightly mash, then 1 cup rice, green onion, nut meal and spices. Mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add more rice or nut meal if the mixture feels too wet. It should be very moist but moldable.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and line a 1/4 cup measuring cup with plastic wrap.
Fill the lined measuring cup with sweet potato mixture. Scrape down to pack, then lift out and transfer to the baking sheet and gently press down to mash. The thinner you press them, the faster they’ll cook, but no need to go too far. Just a gentle press will do.
Bake burgers for 30-45 minutes, carefully flipping 20 minutes in to ensure even cooking. The longer you bake them the firmer and drier they will get.
Serve on a salad or with sliced avocado, red onion, greens, and ketchup or salsa on gluten-free buns.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to a few days. Freeze for longer term storage.

Word of the Day – cumpleaños – birthday

Tip of the Day – Serve wirh guacomole, raw ketchuo and mistard, Sliced avocado
Sprouts, lettuce, Sliced onion
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Asian Vegetable Soup

So, the eclipse, huh? Tell me if you felt any unusual change of energies in your body, before, during and/or after the eclipse,. Everything affecting our planet affects our bodies, as well. But you have to be still and look inwards to see what’s going on in your body. I’ve felt tons of energy, almost too much at times, plus short periods of great emotion, for instance.


Recipe of the Day
– Asian Veggie Soup

INGREDIENTS:

1 banana

1 onion

1 clove garlic

1 pinch nutmeg

1 T. cinnamon

2 c.  pumpkin

2 c. vegetable stock

1/2 c.  orange juice

2 T. olive oil

2 T. roasted pumpkin seeds

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

Directions:  Peel, de-seed and cube the pumpkin. Mash the banana, finely chop the onion and crush the clove of garlic. Add all three into a large saucepan with 1 T. olive oil and saute gently 4-5 minutes, until soft. Stir in spices and pumpkin and cook over medium heat for 4-6minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the stock and orange juice. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the pumpkin is soft. Pour half the mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Return the blended mixture to the pan and continue stirring. Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add 1 T. olive oil and pumpkin seeds to a small pan and saute for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with the seeds over top, or chill 20 minutes and then serve.

Word of the Day – eclipse – eclipse

Tio of the Day – This makes a good summer soup, chilled on a hot day!

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Horsetail Tea

Here is my friend and yoga student, Lollie, with her new horse, Garañon, which she says means, “Mustang” here in Vilcabamba. The picture is so cool, I just had to show you.

Recipe of the Day – Horsetail Tea

Ingredients:

1-3 tsp.fresh or dried horsetail herb

1 pot water

Directions:

Us 1 to 3 tsps. of fresh or dried horsetail for every cup of water. Pour almost-boiling water over the herb, steep twenty minutes and strain the herbs before drinking or applying topically.

Tip of the Day – Horsetail, an ancient herb that goes back to the time of the dinosaur, is high in silica, which may help strengthen bones, hair and nails, fight fungal infections, relieve bloating and even cure black spots on your roses. It’s a diuretic, a hair rinse, and fights dungal infections in toes and roses!

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Sweet Beet Salad

From my friend, Sharon, who sells her basket of Middle Eastern cooking in Viocabamba-

Hello there!

Here´s the improved version of my cooking workshop offer. I have emphasized my request to use phone communication rather than email due to compu problems. If you know of a Microsoft lap top for sale etc, pls inform me!
Thank you for helping me lift this new bird off the ground…

SHARON´S VEGETARIAN MIDDLE EASTERN COOKING

WORKSHOPS, PRIVATE COOKING

MENU

Chickpea Soup w/ vegetables *
Tahini-Chickpea Soup*
Lentil Soup
Bulgur Wheat Soup w/ hot pepper & cinnamon

Cooked Beet Salad with fresh onion & spices
Lentil Majadra with rice/quinoa
Chickpea Rice / Quinoa *

Fava Beans & Tahini dish
Beans & Greens (Fava / other beans are the freshly peeled kind)
Couscous
Eggplant w/ spicy tomato-pepper sauce
Sauteed Eggplant w/Tahini Sauce
Red Cabbage Dish w/fried onion & caraway/cumin seeds
Tunisian Pumpkin Squash Dip w/cilantro , cumin & hot peeper

Tabouli Salad w/ Bulgur Wheat/ Quinoa

Stuffed Tomato / Squash/ Pepper ( counts as 2 items)

Sweet Semolina Cake

*recipes marked * require simple pre -cooking ( as for chickpeas)

Dear client, please call me regarding the 3 items you desire to cook in workshop, and when you would like it to happen. Sundays are my preference. You will then recieve a shopping list.
Please be responsible for the shopping and collection of payment to be delivered upon the beginning of the workshop.

SHARON 096 709 8467. I prefer communication via phone whenever possible:You may also find me Fridays at the JF selling products between 11:30 and 13:30.

PRICING:
Couples………………….$30
Groups of 3 – 5 ……….$10 per person
Individuals………………$20

Pricing covers 4 hour workshop including recipes, tips, hands-on experience and sampling of the food we create.
Food items will be purchased separately by the group organizer ( ie the client), as mentioned.

 

Recipe of the Day – Sweet Beet Salad

Ingredients:
4-5 red beets

1 c. shredded sweet ootatoes or carrots

1/2 purple onion
2 T. coconut sugar or honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
1 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

Directions: You can do this raw by washing and shredding the beerts, sweet potatoes, carrots and onions, or
1. Wash beets. Cut off their stems and bottoms, but do not peel. Cut them into quarters and place in a pot of water (enough water to cover the beets). Bring the water to a boil. Turn the flame down to low, cover, and cook for 45 minutes or until tender,

2. Drain and cool the beets. Then peel and slice. Add the sugar, lemon juice, oil and salt, according to taste, Stir in raw or cooked sweet potatoes or carrots and onions. Chill..

Wors of the Day – remolachas – beets

Tip of the Day – Sharon says, “Please contact SHARON 096 709 8467. You may also find me Fridays at the JF selling products between 11:30 and 13:30. LET´S GET COOKIN’!”

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Sambal Goreng Labu Siam – Chayote Soup

A bird, the langache, the Pacific Hornero, just flew in my house, and landed on my telephone! Does he want me to call someone? Or am I getting an important call. In that first pic he’s looking right down at my phone. I think he may have hit the button and it lit up,

Recipe of the Day- Sambal Goreng Labu Siam

Sambal Goreng Labu Siam (Labu Siam meaning “chayote” in Indonesia) is a dish made from chayote squash, simmered in coconut milk.

Ingredients:

1 medium Chayote squash

100 g tofu, cut into cubes or as desired, then fried

1 c. thick coconut milk

3/4 c.water

1/2″ ginger, minced finely

2 bay leaves

 

Spice Paste. You can buy your own, or make it!

Ingredients:

2 – 3 big red chillies, seeded

2 green onions

2 cloves of garlic

3 peanuts

Salt

Directions:

1. Peel the Chayote squash and cut it into thin strips. Sprinkle with salt and set aside for 15 minutes.

2. Grind or blend the spice paste.

3. Saute the spice paste until fragrant, add the ginger and bay leaves and saute for a few minutes, then pour in the water and bring to boil.

4. When it’s boiling add coconut milk and Chayote. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes then add fried tofu. Cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

5. Serve with zucchini noodles or steamed rice.

options: Add vegetables of choice: broccoli, tomatoes, carrots….

Word of the Day – pajarito – small bird, langache – Pacific Hornero

Tip of the Day – You can add sliced small chillies to make it spicier, chicken or fish for a traditional soup.

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Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

At the Juice Factory here in Vilcabamba, they have a sign holding the three types of maca and their uses. Isn’t that a nice thing to do? Yellow maca is for hormone balance and mood-enhancing. I’ve been taking that one, five days a week for many years, and recommend it to my daughters and their friends for emotional support                                                                                                                                  Red maca is for prostrate problems and bone support. Black maca is for stress, fatigue and adrenal stress. I could probably use all three!

Recipe of the Day –  Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

Ingredients:
2 large frozen bananas
1 c. oat coconut or nut milk
2 T. peanut or other nut butter
1 T. maca powder
1  pinch vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.

Word of the Day – signo sign

Tip of the Day – If you want to cut the richness you can substitute water for some of the nut milk.

4 Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

 If you’re having a Hard day… make pancakes. Pancakes + coCao = Comfort.  Yes ,definitely make pancakes. These ones are so good for you!

Recipe of the Day – 4 -Ingredient Plantain Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 large green/ yellow plantain (7oz or 200g after peeled)

3 whole eggs or 3 T. flax seed in 9 T. water

1 T.  coconut oil, liquid

3 T. cacao or carob powder

optional–few drops stevia if you want sweetness Directions

Peel plantain. Place peeled plantain into food processor or blender. Add in eggs and raw cacao powder. Mix together. Next add in coconut oil. Continue to blend together. Heat up skillet or griddle on medium-low heat. Scoop about 3-4 tablespoons of batter and cook until bubbly on top and golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. Top with your favorite pancake toppings.

Word of the Day –dificil – hard

Tip of the Day – Serve with the cherry syrup from yesterday!

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Pumpkin Pear Salad With Saffron Vinaigrette

A reader writes on the way to maintain a good sleep pattern in your life – ”
“I do everything I can to make sure I sleep – I get up really early, exercise, eat healthy, meditate, stick to an evening schedule, cut off caffeine very early (there’s a free Iphone app called UpCoffee that can track your caffeine and tell you when you’re about to get to the point where sleep is impacted). I also have soft sheets and a comfy bed because I really really want to sleep badly. And no light in the bedroom – not the window, not a lighted alarm clock, nothing.

Probably an overshare but I really value my sleep. The one thing that still can keep me awake is fear of not sleeping!”

Recipe of the Day – Pumpkin Pear Salad

4 c. greens, washed, dried
1  pear, halved lengthways, cored, cut in slices

2 sprigs fennel
1 T. red wine vinegar
4 slices gluten-free crusty bread, to serve

Directions:
Heat the oil in a toaster oven or broil. Add the pumpkin and cook, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden and tender.Place on a plate lined with paper towel.
Add greens and pear to the bowl, toss lightly. Add fennel to decorate. Top with pumpkin.

saffron vinaigrette –

Juice of one lemon
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. coconut  sugar or sweetener of choice

Pinch saffron
1/4 c. olive oil

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions: Combine lemon, mustard and sweetener, by hand or in a mini food processor, Add the saffron. Then slowly add the oil in  a stream to mix. Season with pepper to taste.

Word of the Day –  azafrán – saffron

Tip of the Day – I find saffron a difficult spice to use, so taste and use sparingly.

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Sprouted Rye Essene Bread

My sister’s son and his wife just had a baby, wow! Can you believe, that’s the first grandbaby in our family? There were eleven of us, seven boys and four girls, and this is the first grand-baby, Sophia Marie. Isn’t she beautifu! She looks like she just came down from the Divine.

Recipe of rhe Day – Essene Bread

Ingredients:

3 1/2 c. rye berries, soaked 8-12 hours, rinsed,then sprouted for one day

2 c. sunflower seeds

2  1/2 tsp.. ground caraway seeds

2 1/2 tsp. ground dill

2 tsp. herbs (I like thyme and marjoram)

1 tsp. salt

Directions: Soak the rye and sunflower seeds overnight. Drain and let sit until they sprout little tails, about one day. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a ball. Or you can mix by hand. Form into loaves the size you desire, 2 medium or 4 small. Put on an oiled baking sheet or dehydrator tray. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for at least 6 hours, if you like it chewy, or up to 16 for drier, crusty bread. Or you can bake in your oven for 39 minutes at 350 degrees f., 180 c.

Word of the Day – hero – héroe

Tip of the Day – Fight for your health!

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