How ’bout celebrating the well underway, rippin’ fast 103rd Tour de France with fantastically flavorful fresh crepes, which are no-kidding just as easy to make but much more versatile than plain flapjack pancakes?
Here are the ingredients you need.
This very quick & easy to make, fully-flavorful fresh low fat salad dressing, which goes great on any salad as shown below, contains kefir (a good bacteria, yogurt-like fermented milk drink), fresh garlic, fresh ginger, fresh cilantro, ground turmeric, mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground black pepper, and honey – all of which are rich with anti-inflammatory benefits.
Adapting recipes to specific dietary needs doesn’t have to be hard at all – and best of all – can be done with NO COMPROMISE IN FLAVOR. You bet!
Here are two very easy-to-make steel cut oats breakfast recipes that are very much the same – with just one slight exception. The recipe on the left is made completely with ingredients that are anti-inflammatory (AID in the title=Anti-Inflammatory Diet). The recipe on the right contains raisins, which can be substituted by any choice of dried fruit. Dried fruit, however, can cause discomfort to those with irritated digestive tracts. Removing the raisins/dried fruit is an easy fix.
Inflammation: it’s a double-edged sword.
Acute inflammation, meaning inflammation, or swelling, that lasts for a short period of time, is usually very good for you. Think of a cut you get on your finger, hand, or anywhere. Everyone’s had a cut. But what happens when you get cut? First, your body works to restrict blood flow by tightening blood vessels, your blood itself uses clotting agents to stop bleeding, your white blood cells and other antibodies work to fight infection, and all of that leads to swelling, or inflammation, which, over days or maybe weeks, depending on the severity of the cut, is actually responsible for healing the cut. That kind of inflammation is entirely healthy.
Last post showed how to cook steel cut oats as quickly and easily on the stove. As mentioned in that post, steel cut oats take longer to cook, about 25 minutes, than rolled oats because steel cut oats are not precooked or preprocessed before being cut to smaller pieces by steel blades. That minimal processing means that steel cut oats have a more chewy texture and nutty flavor, stick with you longer because they take longer to digest, and are much more versatile than rolled oats, meaning they can be used in a wide variety of both sweet and savory recipes.
Steel cut oats: nutty flavor, complete protein source, complex carbohydrate, fiber rich, anti-inflammatory, and highly versatile in both sweet and savory recipes. Great stuff! Here’s how they look compared to rolled oats.
Want to know more about what steel cut oats are, why they’re a bit more nutritional than rolled oats, and how to cook them as easily as possible (they take about 25 minutes to cook – almost completely hands-free)? Just click any picture on this page for a complete, easy-to-follow step-by-step picture book recipe. Read more »
Not too long ago, I showed how to grate or chop fresh ginger and then how to make a fresh low-fat kefir salad dressing packed not only with full-on flavor but also packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients that included ground turmeric, mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground flaxseeds, ground black pepper, and honey. Great stuff!
The fresh garlic ginger salad dressing you see here is a little twist on the fresh low-fat kefir salad dressing in that it substitutes kefir (a fermented milk, yogurt-like drink that’s packed with beneficial – or good for you – bacteria) with olive oil and also adds freshly chopped cilantro.
Here are the ingredients you need to make fresh garlic ginger salad dressing.
April 19th is Patriots’s Day, the day the first shots were fired in 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts, between British troops and American colonists. On that day, and all through the Revolutionary War that lasted 8 years, all Americans were still considered British subjects.
Why the brief history? Because I think it’s an enlightening backdrop to breakfast Yorkshire pudding, which as easy to make as they are fantastically flavorful to eat.
I first made Yorkshire pudding a couple years ago when the Tour de France raced through Yorkshire province in England. Yorkshire pudding, as you can see in the picture above, is nothing like the pudding we’re used to in the states. Instead, it’s more like a combination of muffin and dinner roll made with equal parts flour, egg, and milk and seasoned lightly with salt and ground black pepper as shown in the ingredients picture below.