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 -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.

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 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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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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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.

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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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.

Kale For Breakfast

I will be sharing a breakfast recipe on Monday but found this on LivecleanMB and felt like we needed to share. Enjoy a double recipe week!

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For some metabolic balancers breakfast can be a difficult meal, a rushed schedule, not accustomed to taking the time to prepare or eat breakfast, etc. I asked Sonya McLeod, metabolic balance® coach in Vancouver, BC for some ideas:

I like this recipe because it is tasty, healthy and easy to make. I always struggle with finding a way to eat my greens, especially in the morning, and this recipe does the trick for me.

FACTS ABOUT KALE

According to The George Mateljan Foundation:

  • Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system.
  • Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale that benefit health.
  • Kale is one of the cruciferous vegetables that can help prevent cancer.
  • Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer.

RECIPE: STIR FRIED KALE SALAD

INGREDIENTS
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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.