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 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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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.

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.

 

Roasted Tomato Squashetti – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Over the weekend, we found a video of a vegan cooking challenge and one of the recipes was metabolic balance plan friendly so we decided to share it and omit the ingredients that would throw you off plan.

Ingredients:

  • Butternut squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Plum tomatoes
  • garlic

Instructions:

Place all the tomatoes and garlic on a roasting tray and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the pan Add salt and pepper and mix ingredients until covered with oil and seasoning.  Roast for approximately 30 minutes.

Remove the tomatoes from the oven and place half of the tomatoes into a bowl (without the garlic just tomatoes.) Blend.  Add porcini mushrooms and basil.  Blend ingredients until smooth.

Peel a butternut squash and split/slice it in the middle.  Remove seeds.  Cut halves into half and place the sections on a spiraliser.  Saute the “noodles” in a pan with a bit of olive oil.   Add the tomato sauce and mix until the noodles are softened.

Place the noodle mixture on a plate and add remaining tomatoes.  Add rye croutons if desired.

Note:  There is no protein in this meal. If you would like, you may add a nut, a meat or a favourite cheese from your plan.  Or, if you want to be very European, have a cheese with your fruit for dessert and skip the protein in the main meal.

The inspiration recipe can be found here.

PS.  Spiralizers look like this. If you do not have one, use a food processor or julienne peeler.

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Mango Lassi – a Light Breakfast Option – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Here is a light breakfast options for you to try:

Mango Lassi

Ingredients:

  • 1 portion mango
  • 1 portion natural yogurt (3.5% fat)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cardamom
  • 100ml water
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions:

Cut the mango into small pieces or use frozen mango cubes.

Purée the mango, yogurt, water, salt, and cardamom together until smooth.  Blend in ice cubes and serve. (Ice cubes are optional.)

 

 

The Official Rye Bread Recipe – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

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3‐stage natural sourdough wholemeal bread

Ingredients for 1 loaf of bread 1 kg or 2 x 500 g:

  • 400 g (14 oz) wholemeal rye grain, divided use
  • About 2 tablespoons inoculated sourdough (you can get this in a health food
  • store; you can also make it yourself, though it would take about 5 days)
  • 15 g (0.5 oz) sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup (optional)
  • 500 ml (17 fl oz) lukewarm water, divided use
  • Pinch coriander
  • Pinch cumin
  • 400 g (14 oz) rye flour, divided use

Preparation:

Step 1

Mix 300 g (10.5 oz) whole rye grain with 2 tablespoons inoculated sourdough,

some salt, 1 teaspoon agave syrup, and 300 ml (10 fl oz) lukewarm water. Leave to

rest for about 5 hours.

Step 2

Add the remaining 100 g (3.5 oz) wholemeal rye grain, and then add about 150 ml

(5.1 fl oz) lukewarm water and salt. Season to taste with the coriander and cumin.

Stir well. Leave to rest for about 15 hours, preferably overnight.

Step 3

Remove 2 tablespoons of sourdough and place in a large screw‐top jar (like a

pickle jar). Put jar in the fridge (lasts about 12 days).

Step 4

Add 300 g (10.5 oz) rye flour. If necessary, add 50 to 100 ml (1.7 to 3.4 fl oz)

lukewarm water and some salt. Leave to rest for about 5 hours.

Step 5

Place flour for kneading in advance because you won´t be able to touch anything

once your fingers are sticky. You may need to use a knife repeatedly to scrape

the sticky dough off your fingers. Now form the bread: Use the remaining 100 g

(3.5 oz) rye flour (maybe a bit more) and gradually knead the bread so that it can

form into a nice loaf. This takes a long time, since the dough is very sticky on the

fingers. Then put the finished loaf in a well‐floured dough‐rising basket or bowl,

and once more leave it to rest for at least 2 hours.

Afterwards, put the loaf on a baking paper. Brush with water. Preheat oven

to 485º F (250º C) and at the same time put in the baking tray, placing a container

filled with water at the bottom. Firmly slide the loaf on the baking paper onto the

baking pan. Reduce heat to about 390º F (200º C) and let the bread bake for about

75 minutes. Test with a toothpick to see if the bread is done. Leave in the oven for

another 15 minutes. Both baking temperature and time depend on the oven and

therefore take some experience.

Note:  Thank you Myra Nissen for providing us with photographs of Rye Bread.  If you don’t feel like baking, you can order rye bread from The Fair Bakery in Indiana, 574-223-8957, thefairbakery@gmail.com.