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CURRIED ZUCCHINI BROCCOLI SOUP

This soup is fast and easy to prepare – as always, my preference. It has become one of our favorites during the winter time. Even the grand children (1 ½ – 4 ½ years old) enjoy it immensely.

The soup is lightly curried to allow the delicate flavor of the zucchini to come through. You can adjust the flavor by adding more, or less curry powder.

Curried Zucchini Broccoli SoupINGREDENTS

  • 2 tsp. butter or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cups fresh broccoli
  • 2 pounds fresh zucchini, sliced
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt coconut oil/butter in a large saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add onion and cook until it begins to soften
  3. Add remaining ingredients except for sour cream (vegetable/chicken broth, zucchini, broccoli, curry powder; if using unsalted vegetable or chicken stock add large pinch of salt)
  4. Bring to boil
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 25 minutes)
  6. Allow soup to cool slightly; then transfer to blender or food processor
  7. Puree soup until smooth but still has some green flecks
  8. Return soup to saucepan and stir in sour cream.
  9. Reheat gently over low heat
  10. Adjust seasoning to taste
  11. ENJOY

HOME MADE BREAD – NO FLOUR OR YEAST YET DELICIOUS AND WHOLESOME

As there was quite a bit of interest in my post from last week about commercial bread, I decided to re-post the recipe for the ancient grain bread. The bread is simple and fast to prepare. The list of ingredients looks overwhelming initially but once you figure it out, it really takes only about 15-20 minutes. Usually I mix the dried ingredients for two loaves at the same time. However, I will only bake one loaf and keep the ingredients for the 2nd one in the fridge. This cuts the prep time for every second loaf at least by half.

Anyone having challenges digesting oats (even gluten free ones) can replace them with Quinoa flakes. With some creativity you can also change the recipe into a dried fruit, seed and nut loaf. Have fun and enjoy.

Ancient Grain, Seed, and Nut Loaf
from The Greenhouse Cookbook

This is the best bread ever because it is packed with nutrition, extremely fast and easy to prepare and does NOT contain any flowers or gluten. It has become a staple in our life. Try it and spread the wealth of health.

Makes one loaf, or about 10 slices.

Ingredients:          

  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds
  • 1/8 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1/8 cup millet seeds
  • 1/3 cup amaranth seeds
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¾ cups gluten-free steel-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup whole flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup psyllium seed husks
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbs pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 ¾ cups filtered water

 Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine and evenly spread the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, buckwheat groats, millet seeds, and amaranth seeds on the prepared baking sheet. Toast for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, steel-cut oats, flax seeds, psyllium seed husks, chia seeds, and salt.
  4. When the toasting seed mixture is golden, remove from the oven and add to the bowl of dry ingredients; stir until combined. Add the maple syrup, olive oil, and water to the bowl and mix well. We use our hands for this (wet them first). The mixture should feel quite soggy; the seeds will absorb more water as they rest.
  5. Line the bottom and sides of a 8- x 4-inch or 9- x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour the dough into the pan and shape the top into a smooth dome with wet fingers. Cover the dough with a clean tea towel or napkin and let it sit at room temperature overnight or for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 F.
  6. Uncover the dough and place the loaf pan on a rack in the centre of the oven. Bake for an hour and 15 minutes, or until the crust is dark brown and sounds hollow when you knock on it. (It may take an hour and a half, depending on your oven.) Remove loaf from the oven and let cool completely, at least 2 hours.
  7. Slice and serve toasted. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

Green Blessings,

Gudrun

MYSTERY SOLVED – IS EATING BREAD MAKING YOU SICK?

Finally, I believe, I have found the answer to a question that has been puzzling me for years. Why is it that many gluten-sensitive people or even celiacs can eat bread in Europe without experiencing any reactions, but get sick or at least have symptoms of indigestion when they consume bread in North America?

Breads in Europe are made with yeast. The yeast helps to break down the protein lectin. Lectins can be a culprit for a great variety of health issues. In contrast, since 1950, yeast in North America has been replaced with the rising agent transglutaminase. Transglutaminase is also known as “meat-glue”; it is being used as a binding agent to “glue together” ground meat and seafood. According to Dr. Steven Gundry, transglutaminase makes us more sensitive to gluten. And to make matters worse, transglutaminase is apparently also being used in gluten free products. No wonder so many people are having trouble these days digesting bread, assuming they are gluten-sensitive when in fact, gluten is not the offender.

The need to continuously educate ourselves is of utmost importance. Unfortunately we cannot rely on or trust government and industry to make decisions that are in our best interest.

Green blessings,
Gudrun

PLAGUED BY A PERSISTENT COUGH?

Here are some tips and simple home remedies to support the body in overcoming this affliction regardless of what causes the cough.

1. Cut out all mucous forming foods, especially dairy and wheat as well as all foods you know you are sensitive to.

2. Change your diet to at least 70% raw and drink lots of carrot juice and green smoothies.

3. Drink lots of good water – city water is typically full of chemicals and not recommended for consumption on a regular basis.

4. Keep the chest warm with appropriate clothing.

5. Apply poultices to the chest, i.e. onion poultice or castor oil pack (see DVD “Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone”, Disc 2 for instructions)

6. Cough Syrup – homemade, simple yet effective:
Cut up an onion, place in glass jar and cover with honey (honey can be hard; the juice of the onion will liquefy the honey).
Let sit for several hours to several days and strain. Take 1 tsp. as needed.

7. Herbs to use are the ones with anti-microbial properties such as Garlic and Thyme and expectorants for example Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum).

You can find good combination teas for the support of the respiratory system at the health food stores.

Inspirational Thought of the Day

“Age is a quality of mind:
If you have left your dreams behind
If hope is cold,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambition-fires are dead,
Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the jest,
If love you hold,
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly,
You are not old. ”

– Author Unknown

PEACE BEGINS WITH A SMILE

As the seas of the world are rough right now
Let’s remember to build bridges, not walls.
Let’s sow seeds of hope, peace and love.
Let’s foster kindness, trust and tolerance.
Let’s remember that each one of us can make a difference.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.  – Mother Teresa

Happy New Year & Green Blessings,

Gudrun

Grande Prairie Resident Gives Tedx Talk in U.S.

At the end of November, Gudrun Penselin made the journey from Grande Prairie to Wilmington, Delaware for the third annual TEDxWilmingtonWomen Conference. Gudrun was the only Canadian to speak at the conference this year. Learn more about her experience:

Grande Prairie resident gives Tedx Talk in U.S.

May your holidays be filled with peace, love & laughter

Wholesome, Healthy Treats – Fast and Easy to Prepare

Christmas is approaching fast and so are the temptations to indulge in treats that we know are detrimental to our well-being. Below is a recipe for a healthy alternative – one of my favorite creations. Be creative and have fun experimenting with the ingredients.

BASIC RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups walnuts
1 cup medjol dates, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp. ground flax or chia seeds
2-3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup raisins or unsweetened dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to about 330 Fahrenheit
2. Process dates and walnuts in food processor until crumbly
3. Add all remaining ingredients except raisins (cranberries)
4. Process in food processor until all ingredients are well mixed and
stick together like “dough”
5. Add raisins and briefly pulse
6. Place dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper; you may want
to spoon it but I prefer to use my hands and shape the cookies. You may
need to wet your hands if the dough is too sticky.
7. Bake at 330 Fahrenheit for about 12 minutes.
8. ENJOY!

Be creative and play with pecans, sunflower seeds, shredded coconuts etc.

Green blessings,
Gudrun

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SALE

Perfect gifts for the holiday season

SHOP MON, THURS, FRI ‘TIL DECEMBER 21ST

Mondays – 10am – 5pm
Thursdays – 9am – 5pm
Fridays – 8am – 4pm

Please let me know if these hours do not work for you so we can coordinate our schedule. Call me at 780.532.2464. Last day of shopping is Friday, December 21st.

See link below for a partial price list of items available.

Click here for Christmas Sale Flyer

Thank you for your support!

Green Blessings,
Gudrun