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CANCER KICKING BMAN AND QUINOA

 

 

Once again at Thanksgiving we find ourselves under water holding our breath.   As we look up to the surface we can see the sunlight dancing happily and the birds flying overhead telling us relief and fresh air is just a few strokes away. Below our feet we feel a tug from a heavy anchor that wants to drag us to the bottom of the ocean floor. It reminds us only of “what happened”in the past instead of what could be in the future. Brian and I always found it, in strange way, fitting that the universe brought cancer into our lives at Thanksgiving.  Though devastating, we also saw it as a reminder that in order to survive anything in life we need to be Thankful.  Our Thanksgivings in the past were focused on friends gathering to drink, laugh and be merry.  It is still a day to celebrate but now we know the true meaning of being thankful.We remember to be grateful for even the little blessings and to always live life to the fullest.

Like everyone today, Brian and I are celebrating our blessings of continued health and happiness with amazing food! Below is one of one of our favorite Ass Kicking Cancer recipes for the holiday season. The quinoa is packed with protein and anti-oxidants and it tastes great!

YOU WILL NEED:

1 cup pf sprouted quinoa rinsed

1 cup of organic chicken broth

1 cup of dried organic cranberries

1 head of organic Kale

1/2 stalk organic celery

1/2 bulb of organic fennel

1/2 cup of Maple Syrup (We prefer grade A medium Amber.  We try to always buy from local Sugar farms in Vermont.)

1 clove garlic

1/4 balsamic vinegar

1/4 organic virgin olive oil

1 tbs dry mustard

1 tbs sea salt

 

Cook your quinoa and chicken broth on the white rice setting of your rice cooker or on you stove top in a pot.  When using a stove top reduce heat after quinoa reaches a boil. Once the quinoa is fluffy remove from heat. Chop your celery and fennel into quarter inch pieces. Then saute in a pan with garlic and one table spoon of olive oil. Once celery is tender add your chopped kale. Saute lightly, then transfer to a bowl with your quinoa. Toss in your cranberries, balsamic, remaining oil, maple syrup, salt and mustard. The dish is colorful, festive, healthy and it can be served hot or cold!

 

 

 

Dish of Sweet Potato Mash with a spoon

NOT SO SWEET POTATOS

Here is one of Brian’s favorite recipes that curbed his sugar appetite but is healthy!  This dish is low in sugar compared to the Thanksgiving alternatives out there. However, if you are closely watching your sugar intake because of a cancer or diabetes you can omit the maple syrup and use a cup of organic raisins to naturally sweeten this dish. If you are more the more adventurous type why have a play date with some dates?  During Brian’s recovery  I soaked organic dates in purified water for two hours. Then I would peel the plump meat off the pit and mash it into the yams. This is the more natural way to sweeten this dish:)

NOT SO SWEET POTATOES

Ingredients

4 Organic Yams

1/2 cup of Maple Syrup

Organic Pecans or Almonds Soaked (1/2 cup)

Organic Cinnamon (1 tbl spoon)

Shaved Raw Ginger Root (Shave off 4 peels and dice)

Organic Nutmeg (I tsp)

Organic Raw Honey (preferably from a local Bee Farmer)

 

Bake the Yams in the oven at 375 for one hour. Mash the Yams and add maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger root and nutmeg. Once the batch is fluffy, slowly stir the pecans into the mix. When dishing out, drizzle a teaspoon of organic raw honey on top of each serving. PLEASE NOTE: I no longer promote the use of Agave Syrup for this recipe. Here is the skinny on agave.

 

 

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KEEPING IT SIMPLE WITH SOME SPROUTS!!!!

So there is nothing simple about cancer. Just as there is nothing simple about any
unplanned bump in the road of life.   When Brian was originally
diagnosed 5 years ago, the initial prognosis was not good.

They believed his cancer was already at a Stage 3b.  I know some of our
doctors would have preferred for us to accept this… and wait.   I am too impatient for that. There was now three
of us in this marriage.  It was up to me to figure out how we were
going to evict our new roommate… “cancer.”

At first I complicated things. I was going out of my mind trying to control what was happening. I wanted an overnight cure that would erase this dark cloud looming in our living room.  Then I heard a voice whisper, “Take a step back. Take a deep breath. Just start simple.”

So, I started with food. It seemed like a logical solution. Everyone needs food. Food was the one thing I could control. Plus, if cancer feeds
off sugar… then surely something must combat it???  However, I had no idea what I could or should feed him!

Once I started my research, I had a panic attack. I was overwhelmed by a world riddled with
carcinogens, casein, GMO’s, pesticides and arsenic!!! AND THE DEVIL MONSANTO SEEDS IS GOING TO KILL US ALL!!!!

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FINALLY, WHOLE FOODS HAS STEPPED UP.   IT IS NOW EASIER TO IDENTIFY GMOs  (Click here to learn more)

I literally stayed up for 48 hours sobbing uncontrollably. There was no
way I could save my husband!!  There was nowhere to go! Nowhere to
hide!!!!!! WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!! WAIT!?! MY CELL PHONE!!  IS
GOOGLING GOING TO KILL ME TOO???!!

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I DON’T THINK I COULD GIVE MY CELL PHONE UP. I WOULD RATHER EAT TWIGS!

 

It was about day 3 of no sleep that that little voice inside started chatting again, this time louder, “KK,
get a hold of yourself!!!! Stop being so dramatic. Just keep it
simple!!!”

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SOME
OF MY FAVORITE “CLEAN” CONDIMENTS TO ADD TO VEGGIES. IF YOU LIKE THE
TASTE OF MEAT PACIFICO BROTH IS THE BOMB. AND ITS PACKAGING IS SAFE!

 

So I had glass of wine and took a nap. When I woke up, I began cooking simple lifesaving foods. I am not a devout vegan or nutritionist. I am not a doctor. I am just a wife who did not want to lose her husband. It was that love changed our lives forever.  Cancer has taught us not to complicate our lives. You need to embrace and attack each day head on and look for the opportunity for a lesson. My lesson was about living foods.

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HOW COULD YOU NOT ADORE THIS GUY?!

 

I now believe in balance. I promote that 70% of your diet should be plant
based and organic. BUT it should also taste good. I promise this blog will never fool you- when it comes to taste.

I don’t like things that say they are, “Raw Mac N Cheeze” and then you taste it
and it is more like nutty gooey stuff. I believe if you keep it simple,
you can go out and have a cheeseburger…once and awhile.

Since it is a holiday week I will start with a cruciferous vegetable! Brussels
are my favorite cancer fighting food!  Two major reasons you should eat
them; Sulforaphane and Vitamin C.  I do them a hundred different ways
but my  “Mexican Explosion” Brussels are a favorite among my spicy
friends:)

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1 bag of organic brussels. 1/2 cup Dijon. 1 garlic clove. 3 tbs of
jalapeno juice. 1 tbs olive oil. 1 tbs dry organic mustard. 1 tsp Celtic sea salt. 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1/4 cup of Soy-Free Veganaise

 The thing about brussels is you do not want to undercook or overcook
them. In order to maintain their healing qualities it is best to cook
them until you see their color change to a slightly brighter green.  For
this recipe I chop the ends and halve the brussels. Then I lightly steam
them in an organic broth until I see them change color.  I strain
them and put them to the side. Then I add my Dijon,crushed
garlic,jalapeno juice, olive oil, dry mustard,cayenne, salt and Soy-free
veganise.

NOTE*** If you cannot handle spicy foods for medical
or any other reasons my alternative is to replace the jalapeno juice
and cayenne with 1 tablespoon of Raw Organic Blackstrap Molasses.  (Click on the link to see why Blackstrap Molasses is a great alternative.)

Once your spicy or sweet aioli is mixed, put your brussels back on the stove
on a medium heat and fully coat them with the mixture. Once you can see
they have started to soften in the middle, remove and serve.

If you are interested in more information on cancer fighting or healing foods, here is one of my favorite sites!

http://www.healwithfood.org/cancer/foods.php !

And remember, this weekend try and keep it simple! xoxox KK