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.

 

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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:

 

 

 

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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