RECIPE OF THE WEEK…BLACK BEAN STEW

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for all you black bean lovers….

SPICEY BLACK BEAN STEW

2 cans no salt black beans can liquid included
1 1/2 cups chiffonade de-stemmed swiss chard leaves
1 1/2 cups chiffonade de-stemmed kale leaves
Stems from swiss chard and kale sliced finely
½ cup celery sliced finely
1 cup mushrooms sliced thinly
½ cup carrots sliced thinly
¼ cup sliced pitted low salt olives
½ cup diced red pepper
2 tbls minced shallots
2 tbls olive oil
½ cup Heinz Ketchup (See my faves in the Health & Wellness line)
3 tbls minced jalapeno peppers
1 cup diced tomatoes
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp cumin
¼ tsp oregano
Salt to taste
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sour cream to garnish
Empty beans and can water into a soup pot.
In a covered nonstick skillet, water saute stems from swiss chard and kale, mushrooms, celery, carrots, red pepper and shallots until soft. Then stir in olive oil, minced jalapeno, tomatoes, Heinz catsup, onion powder & spices. When well folded in, add in chiffonade of kale and chard leaves until wilted. Salt to taste. Fold entire mixture into the soup pot until evenly incorporated and heat thoroughly.
Ladle into soup bowls and top with cheese. Microwave for 90 sec. to melt cheese.
Top with sour cream and serve with favorite bread.
Serves 2-3..

CALIFORNIA CONFETTI SALAD

This is one of my husband Gene’s favorite salads that is packed with superfoods like cilantro, baby kale, cabbage and ginger.

Gene and I like this combo best, but feel free to substitute veggies or add more variety of veggies to this recipe.

Ingredients:

½ savoy or green cabbage finely chopped

2 large handfuls baby kale finely chopped

4 Persian cucumbers or 1 cup English cucumbers diced

1 red bell pepper diced

1 large handful cilantro rough chopped

1  medium apple diced (Envy, Opal or Pink Lady apples work well)

½ cup organic raisons

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes or   1 cup  tomato diced (added at last minute after dressing)

Fold In Choice Of:

Shelled pistachios, peanuts, cubed cooked chicken breast, shrimp, white sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds

Toss all ingredients together until evenly mixed.

DRESSING:

2-3” fresh ginger peeled, rough chopped and then chopped finely in a food processor.  Add 3 cloves garlic or for subtler flavor, 1 tbls shallot, 4 tbls. mayo (or avocado mayo if vegan), 5 tbls rice vinegar, 3 tbls sesame oil and 2 tsp Dijon mustard to the ginger and process until smooth.

Cover the veggie mixture with the dressing and toss well adding  tomatos at the end.

Serve chilled.

CILANTRO…NATURE’S SUPERFOOD

CILANTRO…NATURE’S SUPERFOOD

Cilantro aka Chinese Parsley /coriander,has been a staple in cuisines around the world with it’s use dating back centuries. If you enjoy Mexican food, you’ve tasted cilantro in guacamole.

Here are a few of cilantro’s many health benefits:

Recent studies show that cilantro attaches to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and mercury in the bloodstream acting as a “bio absorbent”. This process, called chelation, helps our bodies eliminate metals from our systems through our excretory systems, to cleanse and purify our tissues, organs and blood. Cilantro leaves contain the bioactive components, flavonoids, saponins and fibers capable of absorbing and chelating heavy metals.

 The leaves of the cilantro plant also have potent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial effects as well as the significant chelating properties mentioned above.

Researchers have found that cilantro may provide many other  health benefits in the form of reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and seizure severity, as well as raising energy levels and promoting healthy hair and skin.

 In Traditional Asian Mediciine, cilantro has a predominantly cooling and grounding effect and has been known to contribute to detoxification pathways within the body by stimulating the liver. By stimulating the liver and increasing bile production, cilantro helps contribute to the overall lowering of LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels

With it’s many health benefits, unique taste and versatility, cilantro can be an easy, low cost addition to incorporate into your wellness plan.

A Votre Sante,

Kaaren

PS  Stay tuned for easy, delicious cilantro recipes in the coming weeks.

 

How To Get Back On Track After The Holidays

Here’s A Quick And Easy Way – THE MIRACLE WEIGHT LOSS AND DETOX SOUP.

This soup was created by Dr. Henry Bieler for his clients and given to me by Eileen Poole, his student, at my first visit in 1979. It has been a daily diet mainstay since I saw Eileen nearly 41 years ago.

I have a cup in the morning with my steamed veggies, cooked grain and protein meal, a cup with lunch and a diluted cup by my bedside so I can sip it if I wake up. Eileen always recommended a short “Bieler’s Soup” fast for weight loss, holiday overindulgences, if you “fall off the wagon,” or feel a bit under the weather. This recipe came to be known as “ The Miracle Soup” by my clients because they feel better, look younger, and stay at their ideal weight with just 1-2 cups a day.

A short 1-3 day fast on this soup is a favorite with my clients to jump start weight loss, balance holiday overindulgences, ward off any minor illnesses or clear “a falling off the wagon” episode. Excess weight and your cravings will disappear if you stick with this “Miracle Soup” as part of your daily food plan. Enjoy!

THE MIRACLE WEIGHT LOSS AND DETOX SOUP (a.k.a. Bieler’s Soup)

Ingredients:
• 4-6 Zucchini sliced uniformly (medium size)
• 1 lb Bag Fresh Or Frozen Whole Green Beans
• 1 Handful of Parsley Tops (No Stems)
(Optional) 2 Stalks of Celery sliced with strings removed.
Variation that helps detox heavy metals:
Add 1 large handful of fresh de-stemmed cilantro to the above recipe

VIP If you have any digestive, elimination issues, high blood pressure or kidney problems omit the celery.

Fill a large pot with 1/3 spring water and add all the ingredients. Cover and cook in rapidly boiling water for 15 minutes until the vegetables are fork tender but still bright green. Then place all ingredients in blender and puree in batches until smooth. If too thick, just add water to dilute to taste with each serving.

Season with any of your favorite herbs. i.e. paprika, oregano, garlic, ginger, lemon, lime or basil. Serve hot or cold. I like to make my “mother batch” plain so I can add a different flavor to each cup. Do not add salt. You can add a pat of unsalted butter to each serving for extra body.

For more healthy weight loss recipes like this, please check out my two books “Eat Your Way To Health” and “Ageless Beauty From The Inside Out” available on my website as a PDF or on Amazon Books for paperback and Kindle versions.

A Votre Sante,
Kaaren

More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes – Eileen’s Millet “Mashed Potatoes”

There was a period during my sessions with Eileen that I could not have potatoes of any kind. I shared with Eileen that I missed the flavor and consistency of potatoes, so she came up with this delicious alternative for me.

EILEEN’S MILLET “MASHED POTATOES ”

1 cup water
1 garlic clove minced

1 onion minced

2 tbls oil of choice

1 1/2 cups cauliflower pieces

1 cup millet cooked

Freshly ground pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, saute the garlic and onion in the oil over moderate heat for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the cauliflower, and 1 cup of water. Cover and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes until the cauliflower is fork tender.

In a blender or food processor, add cooked millet to the veggie mix & puree until smooth. Keep warm in a covered saucepan until ready to eat.

A Votre Sante`,

Kaaren

More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes – Eileen’s Quick Summer Salad

One very long, hot summer, I asked Eileen to share a quick lunch or dinner recipe for hot summer’s days.
Eileen also told me that Dr. Bieler favored cucumbers as a wonderful hot weather restorative as well as the “Bieler” staples, zucchini & summer squash.
If you have a sensitive digestive system or simply don’t do well with cucumbers, just omit them and add any lightly cooked summer squash in it’s place.
I hope you will enjoy this easy to prepare recipe as much as I have. It’s been a summer mainstay for many years.

EILEEN’S QUICK SUMMER SALAD RECIPE

1 cup lemon cucumber or English seedless cucumber thinly sliced
12-14 mini tomatoes halved (yellow are best as they are the least acidic)
2 cups cooked rice, kamut, or spelt elbow or rotelle pasta
1 cup chilled cooked zucchini sliced thinly before cooking al dente.
1 cup blanched & chilled brocolli flowerettes
2 cups julienned romaine lettuce
2-4 tbls raw, unsalted Pine Nuts (optional)
8-12 oz of your cooked protein of choice: chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, hard boiled eggs

DRESSING: Olive oil & Balsamic vinegar to taste or olive oil and lemon juice as preferred.
Toss everything well in the dressing except the protein and romaine lettuce. Gentley fold in the protein and romaine last.
Serve immediately. This recipe yields 2 servings.

A Votre Sante,
Kaaren

More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes – EILEEN’S PINK LEMONADE REFRESHER

With the warmer temps of summer upon us, I dug through some of the recipes Eileen shared with me to find this easy to make, refreshing summer time treat.

EILEEN’S PINK LEMONADE REFRESHER

Combine unsweetened apple juice with the juice from enough lemon’s enough to make a 50/50 blend. Amounts depend on what size batch you are making.

Add stevia to taste stirring in enough fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries to impart a pink hue to the mix.and break up the fruit.

This blend can also be frozen as is into popsicle molds, ice cube trays or simply enjoyed as is.

Eileen & Dr. Bieler always recommended if having this as a juice to dilute with bottled water. She also mentioned the “refresher” frozen into ice cubes is wonderful in decaf iced green tea as a special festive drink to serve at parties.

I like to enjoy my “refresher” diluted with unsweetened lemon or lime sparkling water mid-afternoon on a hot summer’s day.

A Votre Sante,

Kaaren

More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes

SWEET CRAVING ELIMINATION RECIPE FROM EILEEN POOLE

During the first year or so with my new way of eating, I was experiencing some energy drops and sweet cravings in between meals. Eileen suggest that I make a green drink consisting of 1 tbls. spirulina powder & 1 tbls. high quality Brewer’s Yeast mixed into a warm or cold cup of Bieler’s Soup. I was to drink this “potion” mid-morning and mid-afternoon to give me the nutrients my body needed to quell the sugar cravings, smooth out my energy drops, and stabilize my blood sugar. Not only was this “remedy” satisfying, but within weeks did the trick for what ailed me. Over the years, whenever I veered back into sweets over the holidays, this was my “go to” remedy.

To this day, after nearly 26 years in practice as a holistic health care practitioner, I still recommend this remedy to clients who need it with great success. It’s an especially effective remedy to “get back on track” after a prolonged period of holiday celbrations/ “falling off the wagon”. Of course, those with Candida/yeast issues would omit the Brewer’s Yeast.

A VOTRE SANTE,

Kaaren

More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes

EILEEN’S TIPS FOR QUICK COLD & FLU RECOVERY

Over the years when I called Eileen for help with a cold or flu, she recommended either Source Naturals Wellness Formula, Zinc Lozenges, Oscilloccinimum homeopathic, or the Chinese Herbal formulas Gan Mao Ling or Yin Chaio as an extra support in addition to a short specific fast.

For colds or flu when I experienced chills & body aches /higher fever she recommended I take 1-2 capsules of the Wellness Formula twice daily the minute I felt anything setting in, then cutting back to 1 capsule twice daily until I felt better… or Gan Mao Ling if I had it on hand.

For colds with scratchy throat & low/no fever she recommended the Yin Chaio or Zinc Lozenges if I caught it before the cold set in.

For general prevention she suggested a vial of Oscilloccocinum once weekly during the cold & flu season.

Food Remedies:

If I had a flu expressing as a high fever with body aches, she would recommend papaya juice diluted 50/50 with distilled water until the fever broke alternating with homemade beef broth (NO SALT) made with the cooking water of zucchini. I then could add in mashed zucchini or diluted zuchini puree with sauteed extra lean ground beef every few hours alternating with diluted papaya juice at least 1 hour later until I felt better.

With most colds she recommended diluted papaya or apple juice alternating with Bieler’s Soup..sans celery for 2-3 days. Zinc Lozenges at the onset was a mainstay she recommended to me to shorten the duration of the cold.

With any cough or sore throat she always recommended staying away from eggs, the cabbage family veggies and turkey.

A Votre Sante,

Kaaren

More Of Eileen Poole’s Remedies & Recipes

EILEEN’S ENERGY PICK-ME-UP

In the early 80’s, I was working 2 jobs to save for acupuncture school and got pretty run down. Eileen first suggested Henry Bieler’s classic “pick me up” of raw liver juice..which is basically raw liver pureed with water and strained before drinking. I could not handle even the thought of this remedy let alone try it, so Eileen suggested an alternative. Her idea was to saute a piece of organic beef liver lightly so it is still rare and cut into slices. Eat 2-3 slices in between meals once daily for a few weeks. She recommended I have this with a large cup of Bieler’s Soup adding a couple of small slices of cooked yam for additional minerals if needed. At this time my digestion & elimination was very strong, so the combination of small amounts of starchy veggie with small amounts of beef liver worked well.

EILEEN’S VERSION OF DR. BIELER’S HOMEMADE EGGSHELL CALCIUM

One of Dr. Bieler’s remedies for adding additional calcium to the diet was ground eggshells. I also like the idea of using “the whole food” whenever we can. Here is the recipe Eileen gave me when I needed additional calcium, but could not tolerate any of the calcium formulas available at the time.

VIP……Make sure to only use organically fed, free range, preferabley fertile eggs for your “eggshell calcium”.

1) Wash leftover eggshells in warm water until the eggwhite is removed, taking care to leave the membrane which has nutrients to support joint health. Lay the washed eggshells on paper towels until fully dry. There is some controversy on air drying vs baking the eggshells in the oven to reduce any chance of bacterial residue, so use your own judgement on this point. I personally have been preparing my eggshel calcium via the air dry methods for years with no ill effects.

2) Powder the dried eggshells either in a small coffee grinder or place in two plastic bags and crush to a powder with a rolling pin.

3) Store eggshell powder in a glass jar with lid in a dry place like your pantry or kitchen cupboard.

According to my reseach sources, each 1/2 tsp. of eggshell powder yields 400-500mg of elemental calcium. Current thought is that in order to absorb the calcium you need to take it with vitamin D, magnesium (preferably citrate), and a small amount of vitamin C. …and absorb about 500 mg at one time. If you need more than 500 mg of calcium per day, it may be advisable to take one dose in the morning and one before bedtime.

When Eileen first recommended this to me, there was not the array of choices we have today in supplements. She suggested I take vitamin D and a little vitamin C with with the eggshell powder so I could absorb it better. Later as more formulas became available, I brought in “Pure Essence” Ionic Fizz Calcium Plus & Magnesuim Plus for her to check out. She told me it was a great formula for me and would agree with many people. Eileen also told me I could just take “Natural Calm” plus a small amount of “Alacer”, Emergen C Lite and vitamin D as an alternative.

The Ionic Fizz formulas are economical and well thought out providing a balanced co-factor profile for optimum utilization by the body. It also makes a tasty, refreshing drink!

Some folks take the eggshell powder dissolved in lemon juice that has dissolved at room temp for a few hours. You need to stir the concoction several times during the “mellowing” process, which is just too time consuming for me. I just place the eggshell powder in an empty gel cap and swallow it with my Ionic Fizz morning drink.

In the past few months I have read several abstracts that cite in double blind studies, that eggshell calcium powder combined with the additional vites/minerals mentioned above work as well if not better than other forms of calcium. Natural eggshell calcium also contains strontium and other nutrients that boost bone health. So once again, we see that Nature knows best giving us balanced nutrients in one whole package.

* Note: Dr. Bieler recommended taking 1/2 of a dime sized piece of eggshell and Eileen recommended a little larger than dime sized piece for me. Everyone is different in terms of their mineral needs, so start low and slowly increase the amount until you feel you are getting what is best for you.

A Votre Sante,

Kaaren