Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? Or read the book? Julie Powell became an internet celebrity with her 2004 blog recording her yearlong adventure cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I am taking on a similar challenge, only I am blogging my way through a very healthy cookbook! And I will learn to master the art of healthy cooking! The book is called Eat For Health by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I will cook every recipe start to finish in four weeks just as they are laid out in the book. I will write about the recipes, show you pictures, and tell you how my SAD (Standard American Diet) eating, carnivorous husband likes them too. (See archives below.) He is behind me 100%!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Eat to Live/ Day 4

Hi Everyone!
First of all--someone asked for the recipe for Jana Banana Chocolate/ Peppermint Ice Cream, so here it is!
2 large Bananas
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 cup Soy Milk (or more)
2 medium Dates, chopped
1 T Cacao or Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Peppermint Extract (a few drops to taste)
Cut up bananas into small one-inch pieces, place in a baggie and freeze for 24 hours. To high-powered blender, add soy milk, vanilla, cocoa powder, dates, peppermint extract, and blend. Drop frozen banana pieces in slowly. You may need to add more soy milk to get the right consistency.
So last night I made Cara's Apple Cake from Eat to Live--and it was pretty good. I was hoping it would be a little better!! I think it is one of those recipes that I know it's good for me, and it satisfies a sweet tooth--but I'm not bananas over it. I topped it with some icing (I used the recipe from Healthy Chocolate Cake from Eat for Health--I added cinnamon instead of the cocoa) and icing helped!! It is very appley--and I think I wanted more of a "cake." But it will definitely get eaten!! We gave it a B+ The pics show the cake with and without the icing.
Pics are:Cara's Apple CakeCara's Apple Cake with Icing

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eat to Live/ Day 3

Yesterday I made the Eat to Live recipe called Bean Enchiladas. It's one of those recipes that sounds way to simple, and you wonder how on earth it will taste good with hardly any ingredients? Even while I was making it I was thinking, hmmmm--not looking like it will taste good!! But wow did it fool us! Both Haze and I gave it an A+ We will be making this easy recipe lots!! If you wanted you could swap out ingredients and add spinach, zucchini, cauliflower or whatever you like--but the veggies he selected were just perfect. The only change I made was to add some soy cheese on top (just a little!) and I served this with a large green salad with the Eat for Health dressing Dijon Date. It was a great meal!
As far as the taco sauce in the recipe--here is what I did. I mixed 1/4 cup of of regular canned red enchilada sauce (can't find any low sodium--so this was just the lowest sodium one I could find) (it was La Victoria brand) so I took a 1/4 cup of that and mixed it with about 2/3 can no-salt tomatoes (I used those fire-roasted ones) and I blended that together. Then I took the corn tortillas and dipped all of them one-by-one into this sauce (completely submerged). Then I rolled them up with the filling and poured the rest of the sauce on top. Try to stuff as much filling as you can into each one--I stuffed a lot and even had some left over. These are so easy and so good!!
Filling for Bean Enchiladas
Bean Enchiladas (with soy cheese on top)
Pics are:Bean Enchilada filling

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Eat to Live/ Day 2

Hello All,
I've read Eat to Live cover-to-cover at least 5 times. And so I've read this recipe (Apple Pie Salad) over and over again and while I always wanted to make it, I just never did!! And so FINALLY, I am taking action!! It feels really good!! And I must say that the Apple Pie Salad was just as tasty as I imagined all those years!! As you can see from the picture, I added a ton of cinnamon in the dressing--plus I added half spinach for the lettuce. It was sweet (but not too sweet), cinnamony, and I just felt like Superwoman when I was done eating!! I made the Black Forest Cream of Mushroom Soup (from Eat for Health) to go with it--and it was just a perfect supper. Haze gave the salad a B+/ I said A-


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eat to Live/ Day 1

Welcome to Eat to Live alive and in color!! dThanks for the great comments! I'm happy to be doing ETL too. It will be cool to see it come alive and in color!! I've read the book so many darn times--it's time to take action now! We have found that Dr. Fuhrman's portions sizing in his books are really pretty huge! I love this because you really get to eat a lot, and you are filled up! Through the 30 days of Eat for Health Haze and I both lost weight (7 pounds for me, about 15 for Haze) and never even measured any portions--we just ate what we wanted. We are lucky to have found Dr. F! So here is what I made yesterday.
A Gathering of Vegetables (that is my title!)
Tasty Hummus
Strawberry Freeze
A Gathering of Vegetables. The first recipe was not really a recipe. In the book Dr. Fuhrman just sort of mentions for a quick meal that "greens taste great with onions, garlic, mushrooms, and stewed tomatoes." So that is what I made! I sauteed the onions in a tsp of olive oil (plus about 2 T of water later so it would not dry out), added zucchini, mushrooms, garlic and cooked it a bit--then dumped in 2 big cans of San Marzano tomatoes and 2 giant bunches of chopped Swiss chard. It was FABULOUS! You do not even need any seasonings for this--the garlic and the flavors of the vegetables is enough. As far as the recipe title, this is how our conversation went:
Haze--What is this?
Jana--Um, not really sure--its not a real recipe, recipe.
Haze--"Is it a soup?"
Jana--"No it wasn't a real recipe--just a sort of suggestion."
Haze--"What is it then, it looks like soup?"
Jana--"I think it's just sort of a gathering of vegetables."
Haze--"Sure looks like soup to me."
He liked my title though--so now we call this non-recipe A Gathering of Vegetables. We give it an A+
Tasty Hummus: I love any kind of hummus--and this one is very tasty!! I added a bit more tahini and liquid than was required, and pureed the crap out of it in my VitaMix. Then I added some paprika on top. It is soooooooooo easy to make. And, you can spice it up however you like! Extra lemon, cayenne, herbs--it is really yummy any way you slice it. And, it was perfect as a side dish with the Gathering of Vegetables!! We gave it an A
The Strawberry Freeze was wonderful as usual. We have had this before. It is an A+ dessert. For Haze I made Chocolate "Ice Cream" (with the frozen bananas) and added some peppermint extract. He said it was his new favorite!
Pics are:A Gathering of Vegetables (my title for greens, onions, mushrooms, stewed tomatoes, and garlic)Tasty Hummus and VeggiesStrawberry Freeze and Chocolate/ Peppermint "Ice Cream"

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Disease-Proof Your Child

I've been slacking on cooking the last few days!! We have been kind of floundering, and not eating very well and are feeling the effects. Haze and I have decided on a slight change of plans. Haze's colitis symptoms are still there--we knew it would take awhile to go away--but he has requested more Dr. Fuhrman recipes. So we are going to do the book Eat to Live next. We will still do Engine 2 Diet--but slightly later than planned. I've read Eat to Live cover to cover probably 5 times, but have only made a teeny/tiny handful of the recipes.
So, as far as Disease Proof Your Child--I think I am about done with the recipes! The remaining recipes are ones that are either very similar to ones that we have already made or are just far too rich. We found that we did not like the very rich desserts. But we definitely found some keeper recipes in Disease-Proof!! But for now, we want to get some more of that super healthy/ cleansed and alive feeling back! We are starting Eat to Live tomorrow (Monday) so bon app├ętit and stay tuned for Eat to Live in color!!