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What are those dang new healthy recipe items any way? 4 of 10

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New to healthy eating?

You are probably like I was in the beginning of my healthy eating journey.

I would download and print off recipes that sounded great but there would be items I had no idea what they were much less able to pronounce.

Then trying to locate them was like pulling teeth.

Well, I’m going to list them for you on the next few post, and try to explain what they are, where to find them, how to make at home if it’s possible and even how to pronounce them as well!!!!

09452072-CB44-4077-B563-54DAA466789BHere we go with #4

4. Polenta – is basically when you boil cornmeal in water until it becomes a grit like consistency.  You can serve it creamy or let it cool then bake, grill, or fry it.  It’s also gluten free and originally associated with Italy, France, Switzerland and Romania.img_1343-1.jpg

I love buying it from the store already made, slicing it and cooking with a little of my instant pot veggie broth and adding to my cooked beans.  I have purchased it both at Walmart and Kroger in the pasta section.  You can also buy it at amazon as well.  It taste just like beans and cornbread but much healthier for you.

Here is a great recipe that uses polenta that is a must try using this  non cheese sauce instead of parmesan.

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What are those dang new healthy recipe items any way? 3 of 10

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New to healthy eating?

You are probably like I was in the beginning of my healthy eating journey.

I would download and print off recipes that sounded great but there would be items I had no idea what they were much less able to pronounce.

Then trying to locate them was like pulling teeth.

Well, I’m going to list them for you on the next few post, and try to explain what they are, where to find them, how to make at home if it’s possible and even how to pronounce them as well!!!!

Here we go with #3

3. Tamari – a gluten free soy sauce made from the by-products of fermented soy beans but with out wheat.  It’s specifically a Japanese soy sauce made from the by-products of miso paste. It’s also is darker, richer tasting, more balanced and not as salty as soy sauce. It’s used in stir-fry’s, marinades, and in dipping sauces. They even have a low sodium Tamari that I use.

I love using it in any recipe that calls for soy sauce. If you haven’t tried making Carrot  Dogs, you really need to. They are so yummy and better for you than “carcinogenic” hot dogs.

Check out “The So Abby Show” on this video on a great explanation about Tamari.

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What are those dang new healthy recipe items any way? 2 of 10

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New to healthy eating?

You are probably like I was in the beginning of my healthy eating journey.

I would download and print off recipes that sounded great but there would be items I had no idea what they were much less able to pronounce.

Then trying to locate them was like pulling teeth.

Well, I’m going to list them for you on the next few post, and try to explain what they are, where to find them, how to make at home if it’s possible and even how to pronounce them as well!!!!

Here we go with #2

2.  Miso a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soy beans with salt and koji (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae) and sometimes rice, barley, or other ingredients. The result is a thick paste used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with soup stock to serve as miso soup, a Japanese culinary staple.

Miso is a healthy addition due to its great source of copper, manganese, vitamin K, protein, and zinc.  It is also rich in enzymes because of the fermentation process and enhances the beneficial bacteria in the food.

I have ordered both the white and red miso online through Amazon. I have seen it at our local organic grocery store, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s as well. If you have a local Asian market, you may be able to find it there as well.

I use it in Dillon’s “non-cheese” sauce I make every couple of weeks and also in the following recipes; The Best Instant Pot Vegan Cheese SauceRoasted Vegetable Lasagna and Hearty One Pot Miso Soup.  It’s great to add to both your vegetable sauté and also as a glaze on your roasted vegetables as a salt alternative.

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What are those dang new healthy recipe items any way? 1 of 10

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New to healthy eating?

You are probably like I was in the beginning of my healthy eating journey.

I would download and print off recipes that sounded great but there would be items I had no idea what they were much less able to pronounce.

Then trying to locate them was like pulling teeth.

Well, I’m going to list them for you on the next few post, and try to explain what they are, where to find them, how to make at home if it’s possible and even how to pronounce them as well!!!!

Here we go with #1

tahini1.  Tahinia condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds.  It’s served as a dip on its own or as a major component of hummus, baba ghanoush, and halva. Tahini is used in the cuisines of the eastern Mediterranean region, from the Balkans, Caucasus and Middle East to Northern Africa.  It is also widely used in Chinese and South East Asian cuisine, notably Vietnamese cuisine.

It has more protein that milk!!!! Can you believe it?  It’s high in vitamin B which is great for your brain and energy!!!  It’s also high in vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and calcium.

It can cost from $6.00 on up so it’s a great item to make at home for cost savings.  I have purchased it online at Amazon and also vitacost.  Trader Joes & Whole Foods carry it as well.

Here is link to one of my favorite food bloggers on how to make it at home.logoShe also has a great recipe with Tahini as one of the ingredients over at the Fork over Knives website for “No-Tuna” Salad Sandwich.

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Veggie Cheese Sauce for just about anything

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If you want an amazing cheese sauce that you can put on anything that is healthy, gluten and dairy free? This sauce is the bomb. I made 2 versions, 1 spicy and 1 not for my daughter.  I put together a healthy macaroni, broccoli and cheese for her the other night with this sauce and she said it was the best she ever had.  I also made a broccoli rice cheese casserole using this sauce.  I put it on my potatoes, veggies and just about anything.  You can’t beat this sauce.

You can check out out his YouTube channel below. He is a nut but eats and cooks like me, WFPBD (Whole Foods Plant Based Diet)

Well Your World Cheese Sauce

Sauce #1
Sauté in veggie stock:
1 onion (yellow or sweet), 1 T minced garlic

In a bowl, whisk together:
1 T mellow white miso (optional)
1/3 c nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika (sweet or smoked)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 c veggie stock

Add mixture to pan, mix together until heated, then transfer to blender.
Add 1-2 Yukon gold potatoes. Blend well.

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Sauce #2
Sauté in veggie stock:
1 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 T minced garlic

In a bowl, whisk together:
1 T mellow white miso (optional)
1/3 c nutrition yeast
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika (sweet or smoked)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili pepper
1 tsp Cayenne
1 tsp curry powder
3/4 c veggie stock

Add mixture to pan, mix together until heated, then transfer to blender.
Add 2 c steamed cauliflower and more broth. Blend well.

 

Great Green Northern Bean Dip

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I have put together a recipe that we really love. Wanted to share with you. It’s good on chips and crackers as a dip and also as a topper to anything you would put sour cream on.

Great Green Northern Bean Dip

  • 1 14.5 ounce jar Marinated Artichokes (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 15 ounce can of Great Northern Beans (drained)
  • 2 Avocados cut up
  • Fresh Spinach about 1/2 cup or handful
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Pico de Gallo (I used my homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I use Pink Himalayan Salt)

Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix well. You can add more salt to your taste.  Come check out my Facebook page Healthy Hippie Katbirdgirl.