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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kale with Baby Carrots Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Hello everyone, here is a fast and easy recipe for kale which I created a while back. I am always trying to find ways to eat kale that make it taste good. When cooked badly it can be unpleasant, but when cooked well can really be lovely. I know if you are a follower in the UK it is hard to find kale that hasn't already been chopped up, but if you can this will work much better. It is important to cut the stem out of kale as it is hard and difficult to chew.

Kale with Baby Carrots Cranberries and Pine Nuts

Recipe By : Chef Shobhan
Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:10
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Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 bunches dinosaur kale -- destemmed washed and chopped
10 baby carrots -- sliced on the diagonal
2 tablespoons dried cranberries -- minced
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

Melt the coconut oil in a large high sided skillet. Put the carrots in first and sautee for 5 minutes. Add the kale and cook for between 4 and 6 minutes or until it is soft. Turn off heat

Add the cranberries.

Heat another small skillet and throw in the pine nuts. Cook for a few minutes - until the nuts are slightly browned. Then add to the kale mixture.

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse providing large amounts of vitamin A, more absorbable calcium than dairy products and also large amounts of potassium. It is one the best anti-cancer veggies out there.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New Year Revisited

Well I know I said in my last blog that I was feeling vegetarian............well that was last week!! This week I'm still feeling quite vegetarian, but not totally. I have to admit that I cooked a chicken dish for a friend last night and ended up eating chicken for dinner and I must say it was very delicious.
I guess really what I have to say is everything in moderation - whatever it is.
Anway here is a recipe for amazing brown and wild rice that I created last night

Brown and Wild Rice with Red and Golden Beets and Shiitake Mushrooms

1 small red beet
1 small golden beet
1 1/2 cups brown and wild rice blend (soaked overnight)
1 small handful cashew nuts
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 small onion red or yellow
6 medium shiitake mushrooms
1 jalapeno or serrano pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and cube the beets and toss them in olive oil and roast for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Cook the rice as usual - 2 cups water or stock for 1 cup rice and add in the cashews before cooking.
Set rice aside once cooked.
In a medium skillet heat the coconut oil and add in the onions and cook for 3 - 5 minutes then add the shiitakes and jalapeno or serrano. Sautee for another 5 minutes and then add to the rice. Also add the red and golden beets. Mix together well and serve.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The New Year

Hello everyone, I wanted to wish you all a happy, healthy and wealthy 2010. I have some really exciting nutrition related projects for 2010 which I shall share with you all as they come more into focus.

Your feedback is always welcome and questions too. I have the feeling to be vegetarian again for now, so the only types of recipes I'll be posting are either vegetarian, vegan or raw. I go through different phases with food and right now my feeling is vegetarian, I want my body to feel lighter. I think the various meditations I have been doing are guiding me in this direction. These meditations can be downloaded at and I find them very powerful.
Enjoy this new year!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Chef Shobhan's Wake Up Shake

This is a wonderful breakfast. I have this right after my lemon water in the morning. I think you will find this a satisfying and delicious way start your day.

* Exported from MasterCook *

Chef Shobhan's Wake Up Shake

Serving Size : 2 Preparation Time 5 minutes

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 handful Brazil nuts
1/2 medium banana
1/2 tablespoon flax seed -- soaked overnight
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds -- soaked overnight
1 tablespoon powdered chlorella
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
1 tablespoon spirulina
16 ounces coconut water
for extra protein use 2 tablespoons of high quality hemp protein powder such as nutiva brand

Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If using a high speed blender like a vitamix this will take about 30 seconds and if using a less powerful one blend for at least a 1 minute.

"Highly nutritious super powered breakfast"
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NOTES : This is a great way to use up bananas that are too ripe to eat. Just skin them and put them in a freezer bag and freeze them. You can use them frozen.
This breakfast is full of super foods. Flax seeds are well know for their omega 3's and also fantastic fiber. Chia seeds are also packed with omega 3's and full spectrum amino acids. Chlorella helps detoxify the body of heavy metals, is very high in protein and chlorophyll. It helps strengthen the immune system. Raw cacao is packed with magnesium and iron.