Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vegetarian Latin Pasta

 

Hi everyone,

A dinner is just a dinner, but a dinner made with love and bursting with great flavor and spices  becomes a cuisine.

When I cook, an extraordinary amount of love and passion is put into every meal. So this last Sunday I made some gluten free pasta that was made with lots of Spanish spices,  hot sauce, lots of veggies and great amount of love.  It was delicious.

If you wish to make this dish, this recipe has been made before so you can find this recipe inside my recipe file. 


From my Caribbean Kitchen to yours...Salud

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Raw Zucchini Rolls

Good day everyone,

As a Gluten free raw vegan I have so many options for meals and lots of imagination in creating them. So last week I made my Raw zucchini rolls just like sushi rolls but without the fish. I used raw zucchini sliced and I cut them the long way, then I sliced them in half so I could roll them up easily.  I cooked some white rice and made a vegetable mix with fresh sweet peppers, onions, some minced garlic, chopped kale & spinach and romaine...and I added some diced sun dried tomatoes, avocados, salt and black pepper. Everything was finely diced and chopped very thin before mixing it well in a large bowl with 1-1/2 c. of rice and then I rolled them inside the zucchini slices. 

It came out so good that I ended up eating 11 rolls...they were delicious.





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Great "Why's" Of Eating Seeds

Hello Everyone.

It is a rainy day, so it is a great day to blog. I have 3 blogs and they sure keep me busy. 
On this post I am informing you all on the great nutrition 3 different seeds i have chosen to blog about.

First one is Flaxseed


Flaxseed is a nutty-flavored seed that provides the most nutrition when grounded. Some studies suggest that flaxseed may help prevent everything from heart disease to cancer (like breast and ovarian) that are sensitive to hormones: and a 2010  study in the Journal of Nutrition suggest that it may even help on belly fat. Two of Flak's secret weapon: omega-3's and Phytoestrogens called Lignans (flak has more of these plants compounds than any other food).

Flax seeds have been consumed as food for around 6,000 years and may have very well been the worlds first cultivated superfood!
Flax seed benefits could help you improve digestion, give you clear skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss… and that’s just the beginning!
Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds that are the richest sources of a plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the world!
Another unique fact about flaxseeds is that they rank #1 source of lignans in human diets. Flaxseeds contain about 7 times as many lignans as the closest runner-up, sesame seeds.

Stunning Flaxseed Nutrition Facts

When you look at the nutritional benefits of flax seeds, there are many things that will catch your attention.
A  1 ounce (3 tbsp) serving of flaxseeds contains:
  • Omega-3 (ALA) 6,338mg
  • Fiber 8g
  • Protein 6g
  • Vitamin B1 31% RDA
  • Manganese 35% RDA
  • Magnesium 30% RDA
  • Phosphorus 19% RDA
  • Selenium 10% RDA
  • Also, flaxseeds contain a good amount of vitamin B6, Iron, potassium, copper and zinc.
This flax seed nutrition profile makes it easy to see why it’s one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.

No.2....Hemp Seeds


Hemp Seeds are a gift of nature. They are the most nutritious seed in the world. Hemp Seeds are a complete protein. They have the most concentrated balance of proteins, essential fats, vitamins and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. Hemp Seeds are one of nature's perfect foods - a Super Food. This is one of the most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and well being, for life. Raw hemp provides a broad spectrum of health benefits, including: weight loss, increased and sustained energy, rapid recovery from disease or injury, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation, improvement in circulation and immune system as well as natural blood sugar control.

Hemp belongs to the genus Cannibis sativa and has been cultivated for thousands of years as a source of fiber, edible seeds, edible oil, lubricant, and as a fuel.

Benefits of Hemp Seeds


Hemp Seeds are a perfect and natural blend of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes. All amino acids essential to optimum health are found in Hemp Seeds, including the rarely found Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). The 17+ grams of omega fats supplied by Hemp Seeds provides sufficient, continuous energy throughout your day. Many users also experience these health benefits:
  • Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance.
  • More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar; there are no known allergies to hemp foods.

Buckwheat Groats


Buckwheat – a nutrient-packed, gluten-free seed abundantly consumed in Asian countries for centuries – is now becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., Canada and Europe due to its many health benefits.
While most people think of buckwheat as a whole grain, it’s actually a seed that is high in both protein and fiber. It supports heart and heart health and can help prevent diabetes and digestive disorders. In fact, buckwheat seeds, also called “groats,” are so packed with nutrients and antioxidants − like rutin, tannins and catechin −that they are often called “superfoods.”
Despite its recent rise to nutrition fame, buckwheat is actually an ancient grain with a long history. Today, buckwheat is a favorite amongst plant-based and gluten-free eaters alike since it provides a high source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – all with relatively few calories and practically no fat. A major benefit of buckwheat compared to other grains is that it has a unique amino acid composition that give it special biological activities. These include cholesterol-lowering effects, anti-hypertensition effects and improving digestion by reliving constipation. (1)
Buckwheat, which has the genus species name Fagopyrum esculentum, is usually found as raw “buckwheat groats” or in flour form. Both are highly nutritious staples to keep in your kitchen since there can be used in numerous ways. Some of the most popular ways to use buckwheat nutrition? Adding cooked groats to stews, soups or cold salads; replacing processed breakfast grains; and using buckwheat flour in muffins and breads, as well as to coat proteins.
Despite its name, buckwheat actually doesn’t contain any wheat or the protein gluten. Buckwheat is a member of the polygonaceae family of plants and completely unrelated to grains that do contain gluten, like wheat, barley or rye. For this reason, it’s used in many gluten-free baked items to add bulk and nutrients without causing allergens or digestive issues.

Buckwheat Nutrition Facts

One cup of cooked buckwheat groats contains the following: (2)
  • 155 calories
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 1 gram of fat
  • 33 grams of carbohydrates
  • 5 grams fiber
  • Only 1.5 grams of sugar
  • 86 milligrams manganese (34%)
  • 86 milligrams magnesium (21%)
  • 118 milligrams phosphorus (12%)
  • 6 milligrams niacin (8%)
  • 1 milligrams zinc (7%)
  • 34 milligrams iron (7%)
  • 0.13 milligrams vitamin B6 (6%)
  • 24 milligrams folate (6%)
  • 0.6 milligrams pantothenic acid (6%)
These 3 seeds are the best and I use them a lot. I hope this may help you understand the importance of including seeds into your daily diet.

From my Caribbean Gluten free Vegan Kitchen...Salud!

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