This Garlicky Kale and White Bean Stew is a perfect example of the humble food I often eat. If you are someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to mess about in the kitchen, this is the stew for you!
When I was in school for nutrition I went back home to live with my mom. (Understatement of the year to say she was happy about this.) This is when I began really cooking for the first time in my life. Every night was an experiment: knives blazing, spices flying, pots and pans getting some serious exercise. We always sat down to something special and, despite my insanely busy schedule, I found that cooking dinner for us was the most relaxing moment of my day.
Sometime during those months, I came up with this stew. On a particularly busy night when I was cramming for an exam, I threw together what we had in the fridge–amazing how cleaning out the kitchen can result in such deliciousness! This dish quickly became a staple and my mom, although now living without her live-in chef, has mastered it as well.
I am always trying to get more kale into my diet. Why? Because it packs more nutritional punch per calorie than almost any other food on the planet. Seriously. It is chock-full of vitamin K, an essential vitamin for preventing bone fractures, postmenopausal bone loss, calcification of your arteries, and has even been shown to protect against liver and prostate cancer.
Kale is the richest source of carotenoids in the leafy-green vegetable family, making it a top cancer-fighter. Kale helps to regulate estrogen, protects against heart disease, and regulates blood pressure. The calcium in kale is more absorbable by the body than milk (and ounce for ounce, contains more calcium than milk)! This makes it an excellent choice for both prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, arthritis and bone loss.
Garlicky White Bean & Kale Stew
Knob of coconut oil or ghee
2 medium onions
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional, but really delicious)
5 bay leaves
Pinch chili flakes
Cracked black pepper
2- 2 ½ cups cooked white beans (lima, butter, navy, cannelini…)
2 cups packed shredded kale leaves
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can (14 oz.) organic whole tomatoes
Cold-pressed olive oil to garnish
1. Heat a knob of oil in a large stockpot. Slice onions and add to the pot with a couple pinches sea salt, chili, bay leaves and paprika. Cook for a few minutes until the onions have softened, then add sliced garlic. If the post becomes dry, add a little juice from the tinned tomatoes.
2. Add all other ingredients, bring to a boil, season to taste, and serve with a drizzle of olive oil (since everything is cooked, you don’t need to heat it long). If you are going to let it simmer for a while, add the kale about 5-10 minutes before serving so that it retains more of its nutritional value.
We all know it can be hard to get the day started on chilly mornings. Here’s one of my favorite warming and energizing breakfasts.
Energizing Morning Oatmeal
Ingredients for toppings
Combine oats, water, almond milk and vanilla extract in a pot and bring to a boil.
Once pot is boiling, add raisins and turn down heat to simmer.
Keep an eye on the pot and stir occasionally until most of the liquid has been absorbed (about 10 minutes).
Stir in cinnamon, salt, and agave (if using). Transfer to bowls and top with banana slices, nut butter, and coconut.
(NaturalNews) Ginger and cinnamon are regarded and used as spices and herbs to make meals more flavorful. But they are also found to be rich in medicinal properties. Among the many benefits of cinnamon and ginger include aid in digestion, anti-viral properties, toothache relief, diabetes prevention, cold, flu, and pain relief among others.
Cinnamon is well regarded because of its antioxidant properties. It also contains calcium, manganese, iron and dietary fiber. It is known to help prevent diabetes, improve heart health and brain function, fight off colon cancer and relieve arthritis among others.
Fight off diabetes
Cinnamon can help individuals who are affected by diabetes as it works to improve the natural insulin activity occurring in the body. It helps individuals metabolize sugar in a more efficient manner so that the body will be prompted to produce less insulin. Therefore, it is also effective in regulating blood sugar levels.
Prevent heart disease
Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties which make them effective in protecting the heart against damage and infection, particularly in the arteries when they end up clogged by fatty foods. Cinnamon is also regarded for its ability to fight off bad cholesterol thereby preventing heart diseases.
Stimulate brain function
According to research studies, cinnamon also has a powerful effect in the brain function. It can help improve metal alertness. It has soothing properties as well that can calm the nerves.
Individuals suffering from arthritic pain can count on cinnamon for relief. According to a Copenhagen University study, patients with arthritis who take cinnamon powder are more likely to be relieved from pain.
Relieve common colds and flu
Cinnamon also contains effective properties in relieving the common cold and flu especially when it is combined with ginger. The mixture can help by stimulating circulation. Such ability is also helpful with arthritic pain and muscle aches.
In addition to cinnamon, ginger also has plenty of medicinal qualities that can relieve certain health conditions. Ginger is known for its anti viral properties and can help with digestion and many others.
Among the many issues that pregnant women go through is nausea. Ginger is known to help bring relief to this uncomfortable condition.
Like cinnamon, ginger can also bring comfort to individuals who are stricken by arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis. With cinnamon and ginger combined, pain is less likely to be suffered.
Because of its anti-viral properties, ginger is also an effective aid to the immune system. With this ability, ginger can help the body withstand the many threats of various diseases.
Aid in digestion
According to studies, ginger also has a positive effect on an individual’s digestion. A healthy dose of ginger can help prevent digestive conditions that commonly occur in individuals.
The powerful combination of cinnamon and ginger can be used to treat, relieve and prevent certain health conditions. It is then strongly recommended for individuals to consider these as natural remedies to fight off medical conditions.
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Just finished reading IQ84. I have to say that I am not a fan of this book. I literally had to force myself to finish reading the book. I have to strongly disagree with the book reviewer who wrote that this book rivals 1984. It most certainly does not! This book was unnecessarily long. IQ84 could have been told in 100 pages!