- In a large bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, coconut, along with the nuts and seeds.
- Heat coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until just melted but not hot. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Stir honey mixture into oat mixture. Pour into two large baking dishes and bake at 325 for 35-40 minutes or until oats are golden brown. Stir occasionally while cooking for even browning (keep an eye on them after 30 minutes because it can burn quickly). Remove from oven, and cool.
- Add raisins or dried fruit. Store in an airtight container. If you’d like to extend the life of the granola beyond a few weeks, store in the fridge.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
- Grass-fed; compared to corn-fed, it’s higher in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and E. It’s also lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
- 100% organic (grass-fed or not) don’t contain added hormones or antibiotics).
- Local (raised without hormones or antibiotics)
- To avoid meat becoming too dry, you’ll want to literally stand there and watch your burgers on the grill! A burger that is just right can easily cross the line to dry city in a matter of seconds!
- For additional moisture, after cooking, garnish your burgers with organic cheese, avocado, lettuce and tomato.
- To prevent lean burgers from becoming tough, be gentle when making patties and resist the urge to over-handle.
- To avoid steaming rather than grilling, be sure your grill, or pan, is hot before you put the burger on.
- Oil a grill or grill pan with the olive oil. Coarsely chop the garlic on a chopping board. Sprinkle the salt over the garlic; use the side of the knife to “cream” the garlic into a paste. Sprinkle on the pepper and oregano and mash them into a paste. Combine the mixture with the ground chuck, mixing lightly, and form it into four ½-inch-thick patties.
- Place the burgers on the grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill covered for 5 minutes. Turn the patties; continue grilling, covered, 3-4 minutes for medium doneness. To lightly toast the bunds, place them on the grill, cut sides down, during the last minute of cooking. Serve patties in buns with avocado slices, lettuce, tomato, and optional garnishes of your choice.
- For big appetites, you can put two patties on one bun.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
- Avoid fast food, processed foods, and junk foods like the plague! Replace these empty calories with real food.
- Eat smaller portions (this is easier to do when you’re eating real food because it is more satisfying).
- Eat more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds
- Eat more lean protein; it will help you feel full longer
- Increase consumption of “good” fats such as omega-3’s while avoiding “bad” fats such as trans fats and polyunsaturated fats
Monday, January 2, 2012
2 cups organic chicken broth
4 bunches fresh greens (collard, kale, mustard), stems removed and coarsely chopped
6 whole garlic cloves, peeled
4 green onions cut into ½ inch pieces
1 smoked ham hock or smoked turkey drumstick
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Salt to taste