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

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.

Chickpea and Winter Vegetable Stew – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Chopped onions
  • Leeks – washed and peeled
  • Seasoning – Coriander, caraway seeds, cumin, ground red pepper, salt, parsley
  • Garlic
  • Vegetable stock
  • Carrots
  • Butternut Squash – peeled and cubed
  • Tomato paste
  • Turnips – peeled and cubed
  • Chickpeas (your protein)

 

 

Instructions:

Place leeks and onions in large pot.  Sauté for five minutes. Add seasoning and garlic.  Add vegetable stock and the rest of the vegetables.

Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.    Place a cup of the mixture into a bowl and hand blend.  Add the blended mixture back into the main pot and stir.

Serve warm with rye croutons.

 

Note:  If you want, you can split the chickpea serving and eat chickpea chips.

Homemade Chai Recipe – metabolic balance Monday Recipe (Treat Drink)

Chai is an exotic drink that will fill your nostrils with an amazing blend of seasonings.

If you would like to include chai with your meal without making it a treat drink, remove the milk and the sugar.

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Ingredients:

Seasoning Ingredients

  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods

Basic Ingredients

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)

Treat Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar

Instructions:

  • Place the first five ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Gently crush the spices in the pan.
  • Add 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and partially cover the pan.
  • Gently simmer the spices in the water for ten minutes.
  • Remove from pan from the heat.
  • Add tea bags and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags.
  • Add milk and sugar.
  • Bring tea to simmer.
  • whisk until sugar dissolves.
  • Strain the ingredients into a teapot and serve.

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

 

Belgian Endive Soup with Smoked Eel – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

The original recipe calls for smoked eel. I’m not sure how readily available smoke eel is in your neighborhood you can order smoked eel online or use the alternate recipe I found on Immigrant’s table, where she added mushrooms to the soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Portion vegetables (Belgian endive, potatoes, sweet onions)
  • 1 Portion mushrooms (protein variety) / or 1 portion smoked eel
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 250ml Vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • chives for garnish
  • Instructions:

Cut Belgian Endive into fine strips.

  • Slice onions into rings and cut potatoes into small cubes.
  • Press the garlic in a garlic press.
  • Place the vegetables in a pot with the vegetable broth and let cook for about fifteen minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Puree the mixture and add seasoning to taste.
  • Saute the muschrooms in a little bit of olive oil and then cut into small pieces.
  • Add small pieces of Muschrooms to the soup. If you decided to use smoked eel, cut the smoked eel into small pieces and add to the soup.
  • Serve the soup with Rye Croutons or with a slice of metabolic balance rye bread.

NOTE:

If you want, you can substitute endive for Belgian endive. They are slightly different but will both work for this recipe.