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 – 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

Slice of Cauliflower “Bread” with Roasted Pepper and a Fried Egg

 

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Egg

Instructions:

Cut your cauliflower head in half.   Slice a 1/2 inch piece of cauliflower.  Place your cauliflower slice in a pan with olive oil over medium head for about two minutes on each side.   Sprinkle salt and pepper on the cauliflower and then place it on a baking pan.  Put the pan in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Place roasted read peppers, garlic and seasoning in a bowl and puree with a hand blender and then set aside.

Fry an egg.

Smear the pepper puree on the cauliflower and place the fried egg on top.

Note:  You can add feta to the red peppers instead of using an egg.   If you decide to use Feta, add it to the pepper mixture and puree. This will hold the feta on the cauliflower.

Tutorial:  Here is how you fry an egg.

Tuna in an Avocado Boat – metabolic balance Monday

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Ingredients:

  • Canned Tuna
  • Avocado
  • Green onions
  • Garlic Clove
  • Olive oil
  • Seas salt and other desired seasoning

Instructions

  • In a bowl combine tuna, garlic, a touch of olive oil and seasoning.
  • Take an avocado and cut it in half.  Remove the pit and place the two sides on a dish.
  • Fill each cavity of the avocado with tuna mixture.
  • Sprinkle sweet paprika powder on top of each half and serve.

Note:  If you are past the strict phase,  you can combine your rye bread allotment with your apple to make an apple crisp dessert.

 

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