Inspired Pizza Creations – Time to rethink Pizza

If you decide to be inspired by the following combinations, please remember to only have one protein.  Also, we suggest making a Chickpea flour pizza crust  and then adding the toppings (Chickpea flour crust will be your protein.)

NOTE:  These recipes in the infographic are not metabolic balance recipes. This is inspiration for you to play with during your holiday.  If you are unsure about a combination, please ask your coach.

Also, please remember you can only use one protein on your pizzas so if you use the chickpea flour crust, that is the only protein you can use.

If you want to have a pizza feeling, you can take your rye bread and iron it flat or roll it flat using a rolling pin and then grilling it before adding the toppings and putting it in the oven.

If you use your rye bread this way, you can add the cheese on your plan to the pizza!

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photo of chickpeas by Mattie Hagedorn

Detox Mushroom Soup -metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Ingredients
Dried mixed mushrooms
100 ml water
Sherry cooking wine
Apple cider vinegar
Kosher salt & white pepper
Grated ginger
Tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (only if not using shitake mushrooms)
Green onions chopped

Instructions

  • let the dried mushrooms sit in boiling water for an hour.
  • Combine all ingredients and heat for 10 minutes.
  • Serve Warm.

 

Note:  This week on December 1, 2016 we are starting our advents calendar blog posting so for 24 days, you will be getting a short post from us sharing tips and recipes and reminders of or year of blogging.

Remember, Christmas is a month away!

Thanksgiving Salad – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Cranberries!  I know you are used to eating them in bread or as a sweet side dish but have you tried putting fresh cranberries in a salad?  Here is your chance to try a European salad using fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving spread.   We are putting amounts down today but we suggest you follow the amounts in your plan to stay on track.

Ingredients:

  • 100g Fresh Cranberries
  • persimmon
  • 4 Tbsp Walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp Balsamico vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Sharp mustard
  • Salt, pepper, honey (Honey is optional and used to balance out the mustard)
  • 150g Salad (try using loose leaf or romaine)
  • 2 Shallots (can substitute a red onion)

 

Instructions:

  • Wash and dry your cranberries. Pick out any that are mushy.  Because fresh cranberries are very tart, cut the cranberries into quarters or blend them quickly with a hand blender to make the pieces smaller. By leaving the cranberry raw, you save many of the nutritional benefits lost during cooking/baking.
  • Dice up the shallots/onions and set aside.
  • Warm your walnuts in a dry pan (no oil) so that the flavor is enhanced.
  • Mix together the vinegar, olive oil and mustard to create your dressing.  Add honey if needed (optional ingredient.)
  • Let the shallots and cranberries soak in the dressing while you prepare the salad and persimmon.
  • Clean the salad and the persimmon.
  • Slice the persimmon into thin pieces.
  • Place the salad on a plate, add the persimmon pieces.
  • Add the soaked shallots and cranberries.
  • Drizzle dressing over the entire salad.
  • Add rye croutons if desired.

Note:

  •  Your protein for this meal is the walnuts.  If you would like a different type of protein, remove the nuts.
  • This meal contains two fruits.  If you are in the strict phase of metabolic balance, remove the persimmon or the cranberries.
  • We usually do not give you amounts but because the meal uses cranberries which are tart, I wanted to give you an idea of how many cranberries to use.
  • Honey. metabolic balance avoids sugar.  This is used only to balance out the ingredients in the dressing. You are welcome to leave out the mustard and honey and use just oil and vinegar.

 

How to cut a persimmon:

 

 

 

metabolic balance Monday Recipe

This recipe is considered a staple Korean recipe and is easy to make.  To stay on your metabolic balance plan, you may leave out the sesame oil and the soy sauce.  The recipe is very mild and asks for just water but if you want more seasoning, use vegetable broth instead of water.

Ingredients

  • Beef brisket cut into small pieces
  • Korean radish/ daikon
  • Green onions
  • Grated garlic
  • Soy Sauce (optional)
  • sesame oil (optional)
  • Salt and white pepper
  • water or vegetable broth

Instructions

  • Wash and peel the radish and cut into small pieces.
  • Boil water/vegetable broth and add radishes pieces.  Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add garlic and beef.  Simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • Add seasoning and green onions.
  • Serve warm.

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metabolic balance Monday Recipe – Cauliflower and Cranberry Salad

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • Pomegranate, seeds removed and reserved
  • Dried cranberries
  • chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Large handfuls flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped
  • Mint sprigs, leaves chopped
  • Olive oil
  •  Balsamic

Instructions:

Boil water in a pan and place the cauliflower in for one minute to blanche.  Remove from the water and refresh with water and then drain.

Toss cauliflower, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, walnuts, parsley and mint into a bowl.

Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over the salad and gently toss.

Note:  This salad uses two fruits.  To be completely on the metabolic balance plan, choose one of the two.  For the nuts, use a nut/seed that is on your plan. Because you have seeds/nuts, do not add another protein.

 

 

 

 

metabolic balance Monday Recipe -Roasted Autumn Vegetable Salad

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic
  • Fennel
  • Red Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • (Pumpkin optional)
  • Rocket
  • Goats Cheese
  • Salt, pepper and your favourite seasoning

Dressing

  • Sweet Bell pepper (blended)
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

Preheat Oven.  Place vegetables in large bowl and add olive oil.  Season and then place on an oven tray and roast (approximately 25 minutes.)

Take the vegetables and take them off the tray and place them in a bowl with goat’s cheese, the tomatoes, rocket.  Toss gently and add salad dressing ingredients.

Serve with rye croutons or rye crisps.

Grilled kohlrabi – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

On Facebook, it was suggested that we try using Kohlrabi as a bread.  I liked this idea so over the weekend, I took a few kohlrabis and experimented with them to see if they would work as a bread substitute.

Below is what raw kohlrabi looks like as a whole vegetable and as raw slices.

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Kohlrabi without leaves
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Kohlrabi peeled – raw

The kohlrabi has a very mild taste and is crispy like a radish.  I really liked  eating the slices raw but could not see that working to replace bread so I decided to season and grill the pieces.

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seasoned kohlrabi on the grill
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grilled kohlrabi

The grilled kohlrabi tasted wonderful. I prepared a hummus to add on top but you could also try using two pieces of kohlrabi to make a small sandwich.

While I had the grill on, I grilled cauliflower slices but was not happy with the slices as a bread substitute.  The cauliflower tasted great but the florets fell off when I tried to move them around on the plate.

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grilled cauliflower

 

Red Cabbage Juice or Smoothie -metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Happy Monday!  Do you find it difficult to eat vegetables for breakfast?  I find it very difficult so for the next few weeks, I’m blending my breakfast into a smoothie to add more nutrients to my life.

Today’s recipe is a combination of freshly made vegetable and fruit juice and blended fruit.

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You will NOT use a whole red cabbage for this breakfast recipe.

The recipe below is not metabolic balance appropriate because of the two fruits but I will try the cabbage with carrots and see if that can replace the blueberries. At this point, the apple isn’t strong enough to mask the strong cabbage taste (for me). I found that I needed to add the blueberries to make the drink a breakfast of champions.

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Red Cabbage Abstract -Look how beautiful it is!

After I added two fruits, the red cabbage morning smoothie was delicious.  You are only allowed one fruit on the metabolic balance plan so either pick one fruit or reduce the amount of cabbage.  You can reduce the amount of cabbage by adding a little bit at a time to the blender and then stopping before the drink becomes distasteful.  Keep a spoon handy for tasting and maybe a bit of extra apple juice in case you go overboard with the cabbage.

Ingredients Red cabbage juice:

  • Red cabbage. (juiced)
  • Portion of cucumber (Juiced)
  • Portion of zucchini (Juiced)
  • Apple (Juiced)
  • Frozen Blueberries (blended)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Ingredients Red Cabbage Smoothie:

  • 4 leaves red cabbage finely chopped
  • leftover portion of vegetables which can include lettuce/avocado
  • 1 red apple
  • 1/2 cups blueberries (I will experiment to see what vegetable we can add to make this smoothie sweeter and replace the blueberries.)
  • 1/2 cup water

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Instructions for Juicing:

You will need a juicer.  Place all vegetables into the juicer and juice them.  My juicer gives me a great foam on top.

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Place the juice in a blender and add frozen blueberries.  If you do not have blueberries on your plan, add another frozen dark berry or try juicing a sweet vegetable like carrots to stay on plan and add ice to thicken the drink.

If you decide to use carrots please juice them or your juice drink will be crunchy.

Once blended, serve the drink immediately to get all the nutritional value of your breakfast.

Instructions for Smoothie:

Place all finely chopped ingredients into your blender with the water or ice cubes and water.

Blend until smooth and then drink it immediately with a serving of rye bread and a protein.

FYI:  I’m currently reading Dr. Funfack’s book “metabolic balance – Your Personalised Nutrition Roadmap. If you don’t have a copy, you can purchase it in our metabolic balance US Amazon Store.

Grilled Avocado Recipe with Salsa Filling – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Avocado Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • olive oil
  • salt for seasoning

Salsa Ingredients:

  • diced tomatoes(seeds removed)
  • diced red onion
  • cilantro
  • salt
  • pepper
  • shredded carrots

Instructions for  grilled avocado slices:

  • Cut avocado in half and remove the seed and peel.
  • Slice each half into slices.
  • Brush with olive oil.
  • Place for two minutes on each side
  • Season to taste.
  • Serve on Rye bread or rye crisps with salsa on top.

Instructions for grilled Avocado halves:

  • Cut avocado in half and remove seed. Keep the peel on.
  • Lightly brush olive oil on each open side of the avocado.
  • place the avocado on the grill with the meat side down.
  • Grill for about 2 minutes.
  • Season to taste.
  • Fill the avocado with Salsa and serve using the avocado as a small bowl.

Instructions for Salsa:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand blender.  Pulse a few times to add a juice to the salsa but avoid over mixing and making a sauce.  Salsa is chunky so avoid over blending.

After you have mixed the ingredients, add seasoning to taste and then let it sit for a few hours so the flavours can combine.

NOTE:  You can decide to add an egg or other protein to your avocado meal.  We talked before about eggs in an avocado which makes  a filling meal.  This recipe would also work really well with Chickpea chips.

 

photo of avocado by Makia Minich