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Dr Karen Health Talks Podcast – How to Make Fermented Foods 101



Fermented foods have a lot of health benefits. They are rich in enzymes, which help speed up digestion and absorption in our system. They are also rich in good bacteria, specifically lactobacillus acidophilus, which is an extremely beneficial flora found in the gut.

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity even found that some types of probiotics promoted weight loss.

NOTE – Most fermented foods you can buy in supermarket jars or cans have been pasteurized and cooked at high heat, killing any friendly bacteria. You’ll have to make your own pickles or sauerkraut to retain those products’ bacterial benefits. (If you take basic precautions in fermenting your own, there’s little risk.)

What’s For Dinner? – The Magic of Marinades

What’s for dinner? That question often instills panic in me as a busy working professional. I know I am not the only one! I decided to take on the challenge and find simple, quick, healthy recipes that I can enjoy making and eating and sharing! I am NOT a cook! I am passionate about health and I know if I can help just one person cook more at home with healthy ingredients, then I am making a difference.

I found the magic of marinades!

I am sharing this one with you because I have  lemon tree and a small herb garden and it is EASY!

LEMON-HERB MARINADE FOR PROTEIN OF YOUR CHOICE

Marinating is a simple, versatile technique that can be used to enhance flavor in a variety of dishes. I  have a lemon tree and a small herb garden and just pick my fresh lemons and herbs right from my garden. Marinades are a great way to have variety and yet not take hours to prepare foods.

Marinade Ingredients (to make ¾ cup)

1 lemon, zested

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme

3 tablespoons minced fresh chives

2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or rosemary

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

 

Ina small bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients. Place choice of meat, fish, chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Add 1 tablespoon marinade for each portion of protein. Marinate, refrigerated for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Season with salt and pepper before cooking

Recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice is so easy to make. Especially when you buy the ingredients all ready to go. Here is the image of what you need.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of “riced” raw cauliflower (you can buy it fresh in a bag or frozen or rice it yourself)
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame
  • 1/2 cup carrots, dices
  •  3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  •  1/2 cup onion, diced
  •  1/2 TBSP olive oil
  •  2 eggs (or 4 egg whites) scrambled (if desired)
  •  3 TBSP tamari or soy sauce
  • Diced chicken (if desired)

QUICK AND EASY STEPS

  1. In a large pan, saute garlic and onions in olive oil on a medium/high heat, until onions become soft and transparent. (about 2-3 minutes)
  2. Next add in carrots and cook until carrots begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes
  3. Next stir in scrambled eggs (if desired)  , cauliflower rice and tamari (or soy sauce). Cook stirring frequently for about 5-7 more minutes.
  4. Enjoy adding in your favorite protein and veg. Possible add-ins, chicken broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, water chestnuts, chicken, tofu, and shrimp!

This is delicious, low glycemic, full of healthy fats and good protein and the whole family will love it. I cook it as a full meal and also as a side dish. every time I have made this, people love it.

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