Roasted Rosemary Nuts

Roasted Rosemary Nuts

I love snacking on a variety of nuts.  You will reap the many benefits of nuts by not limiting yourself to just one type of nut.  For instance, Almonds are packed with vitamin E.  Brazil Nuts are full of the mineral selenium.  Cashews are rich in the mineral magnesium. Hazelnuts are a good source of folate.  Macadamias have an equal ratio of omegas 3-6-9 fat, in addition to magnesium, calcium and potassium.  Pecans are a good source of vitamin B3 and they are also rich in oleic acid, the healthy fat found in olives and avocados. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 and loaded with antioxidant content.  I store my nuts in a mason jar in the refrigerator keeping them fresh for weeks.  Enjoy the recipe for roasted nuts.  Customize it to your taste.  Please feel free to share if you do. Happy snacking!


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Roasted Rosemary Nuts
Course Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Course Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350F. Place nuts on an ungreased baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 8-10 minutes (keep an eye on the so you don't burn them like I did with my first batch.) While the nuts are baking, combine the remaining ingredients except for rosemary in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm nuts and toss until coated. Add rosemary and toss again. Serve warm or once cooled, store in a mason jar in your refrigerator.  While nuts are a super healthy snack, I recommend limiting yourself to 1/4 cup.
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Restaurant Style Tadka Dal Recipe | How To Make Dal Tadka

Restaurant Style Tadka Dal Recipe | How To Make Dal Tadka

Oh how I love Tadka Dal.  We would order Tadka Dal almost  everytime we ate at an Indian restaurant in India.  Finally!  i have found the authentic recipe.  Tastes just like remember.  Let me know what you think!

Try adding a generous dollop of ghee,  The ghee is great for Vata dosha.  Tadka Dal  is indulgent and healthy at the same time – the lentils are packed with proteins and the tempering of various condiments does a good job of unlocking not only a mind blowing aroma but also the nutrition of the spice.

Restaurant Style Tadka Dal Recipe | How To Make Dal Tadka (दाल तड़का) with step by step video tutorial. Dal tadka or Tadka Dal is one of the most basic yet one of the most popular dal recipes served in any Indian Restaurant. A plain dal is a staple more or less at every meal in an Indian household. Can you imagine a simple lentil could be cooked in so many different ways? Every Indian state has its own traditionally famous dal recipes which are made using different varieties of lentils. The most common everyday dals and popular dal recipes are: But then there is a particular variety of dal calling from Northern Part of India. It is called Restaurant style Tadka Dal which is made with split pigeon pea and split chickpeas. Believe me, this humble dal can turn any meal into a Festive meal. Every single Indian […]

My Super Easy Versatile  Salad

My Super Easy Versatile Salad

I love salads on a hot day.  In Ayurveda, eating too many raw vegetables is not good for the digestion, especially for Vata. Now, more studies have been done saying that eating cooked vegetables make the cell walls less rigid, which makes it easier to absorb certain nutrients and to make digestion easier.  Ha!  Something to be said for the 5000 year old science of Ayurveda. Like I always say, work with what your body agrees with.

This recipe is super easy. It is pretty much “ add what you want’ kind of thing.  I used leftover salmon in the most recent salad I made. It is the one in the picture.  I never use bottled dressing.  My favorite is using the juice from half a lemon, about an equal amount of olive oil, himalyan pink salt and pepper to taste. Put all in a jar and shake. This I am adding meat instead of fish, I use basalmic vinegar instead of lemon juice and I add a little dijon mustard.  You can add herbs, greek yogurt for a creamier version, etc.  The advantage of making your own salad dressing is that you 1) don’t have a bottle of dressing sitting in your refrigerator for months on end and 2) no added sugar and other “junk” to worry about.  There is a lot of room for creativity with this salad.  Share your salad and dressing when you make it!

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My Super Easy Versatile Salad
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Salad
Dressing
  • 1 Tablesppon Lemon Juice About juice from half of a small lemon.
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil I eyeball it. Use a little more if you want to.
  • 1 Pinch Salt and pepper I use Himalayan Pink Salt 95% of the time.
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Salad
Dressing
  • 1 Tablesppon Lemon Juice About juice from half of a small lemon.
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil I eyeball it. Use a little more if you want to.
  • 1 Pinch Salt and pepper I use Himalayan Pink Salt 95% of the time.
Instructions
Dressing
  1. Add all ingredients to a jar and shake until blended.
Salad
  1. Toss first two ingredients with dressing. Add lettuce and toss again. Top with cheese and salmon. Make this your own. Adjust amounts anyway you like. Enjoy.
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The list is out ~  Fruits and Vegetables with the Most Pesticides

The list is out ~ Fruits and Vegetables with the Most Pesticides

The list is out and Kale is back on it. I understand that eating organic can be more costly then eating non-organic produce. Check out this list for the food that you should really try to eat organic. Strawberries act as a sponge for soaking up all of the pesticides and chemicals. I highly recommend eating organic strawberries for that reason.

The Health Benefits  of the “Mighty” Cauliflower

The Health Benefits of the “Mighty” Cauliflower

Is Cauliflower considered one of the dreaded “white” foods that many popular diets advise against eating?

Foods like pasta, rice, white bread, sugar and other white foods are off limits for many diets. However, cauliflower is a white food you can feel good about eating. This nonstarchy vegetable is a cruciferous vegetable like cabbage and broccoli. High intake of cruciferous vegetables is associated with a lower risk of some cancers. They contain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, or plant nutrients, that may help neutralize damaging toxins. The nutrition profile of cauliflower is quite impressive. Cauliflower is very low in calories, yet high in vitamins.

Here is an overview of the nutrients found in 1 cup, or 128 grams, of raw cauliflower:

    • Calories: 25
    • Fiber: 3 grams
    • Vitamin C: 77% of the RDI
    • Vitamin K: 20% of the RDI
    • Vitamin B6: 11% of the RDI
    • Folate: 14% of the RDI
    • Pantothenic acid: 7% of the RDI
    • Potassium: 9% of the RDI
    • Manganese: 8% of the RDI
    • Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
    • Phosphorus: 4% of the RDI

A few interesting facts:

Glucosinolates are sulfur-containing compounds that give cauliflower its pungent smell and flavor. Glucosinolates activate the body’s detoxification system. Chewing breaks down glucosinolates into their active form, which triggers the detoxification process. Research suggests that they may play a role in preventing various types of cancers. Cauliflower contains the second highest amount of glucosinolates, after broccoli.

Potassium

Potassium is an essential dietary mineral. Normal body functions, including regular heart beats and proper body hydration, depend on proper potassium concentrations both inside and outside of cells. The adequate intake (AI) for potassium is 4,700 mg per day for both men and women. Cauliflower is an excellent, low-calorie source of potassium. One cup of chopped raw cauliflower contains 320 mg in only 27 calories. In comparison, a medium banana contains 422 mg in 105 calories. Did you ever think about putting cauliflower in your smoothie instead of a banana? Cuts down on the sugar also.

 Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that promotes skin and brain health. When you think of vitamin C, you might think of oranges or other fruit. But cauliflower has a surprisingly high amount of vitamin C. One cup of raw cauliflower contains 52 mg. In comparison, a medium orange contains 64 mg. The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women per day. Also, less sugar.

Tips

Quickly cooking cauliflower reduces the sulfur smell, preserves crispness and color and reduces the loss of nutrients. Steaming or microwaving cauliflower will preserve its vitamin content better than boiling.  I love to roast cauliflower in the oven.  I recently made it in the airfryer.  It turned out great!

Grass-Fed Or Organic Beef: Which Is Healthier?

Grass-Fed Or Organic Beef: Which Is Healthier?

I have to admit, I love my meat!  I do eat more fish then meat but… I still love a good steak!  Just one of my “Modern Twists” to Ayurveda.  That said, my daughter is a Sustainability Major at Arizona State.  She tells me some stories about how the meat industry impacts our enviroment.  For that reason, my meat intake has dramatically decreased in the last year.

So, if you are going to eat beef, what is the healthiest option?   The article below explains it best.

Q: I know conventional feedlot beef is not good for me, but is grass-fed beef healthier than organic? What’s the difference? A: First of all, the good news is that more people are asking this question because these days, there’s more meat —both organic and grass-fed beef—available that’s produced […]