This is a delicious, creamy soup that benefits the whole body.
Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, and has many benefits for all the body’s systems. In this cookbook I am focusing on anti-inflammatories, and other ingredients that have a direct benefit for cognitive support, but it is worth noting that broccoli also enhances detoxification and has antioxidant benefits. It also supports digestion, cancer prevention, and cardiovascular systems. Almonds reduce risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, set aside. Chop onions, celery and parsley. Peel and press or finely chop garlic. Chop broccoli, peel and chop stems as well.
In a Dutch oven or soup pot, sauté onion, garlic, tamari, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper in olive oil over medium heat until onions are soft. Add broccoli and celery and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 5 – 7 more minutes.
Add stock and almond butter, increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, simmer until broccoli is nearly done, careful to not overcook. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly.
Using an immersion or countertop blender, puree soup, and stir in coconut milk.
Serve soup garnished with parsley.
Preparation: 1 hour
“Zesty chicken patties are a delightful retreat from the bland chicken patties of yesterday.”
Replete with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, zesty chicken patties are filled with healing properties that will satisfy even the most discerning of palates. They are bright, colorful and pack a tasty punch. Make a big batch on the weekend for a week’s worth of easy lunches. Rolling the patties in hemp seeds provides a visual and textural surprise, as well as an added dose of Omega 3.
Peel and finely chop the garlic. Finely chop the cilantro and onions. Grate the ginger.
Mix garlic, cilantro onions and ginger along with the chicken, chile, fish sauce, salt, pepper, lime juice and turmeric. Form into patties, rub lightly with oil, and roll edges in hemp seeds.
Sauté or grill about 8 minutes on each side, or until done.
Mixed salad greens for serving
Serve over a bed of your favorite greens.
Preparation: 15 minutes
My poached egg bowl makes a warm and gently nutritious meal.
Not just for breakfast, my poached egg bowl also makes a great lunch or light dinner. Feel free to add any leftover veggies you may have in the fridge. Quinoa and spinach are both members of the chenopod family, known for their unique carotenoids that are especially beneficial to nervous system health. Spinach is also rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant flavonoids. Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia, brought to China by the 7th century and Europe in the 11th century.
Cook quinoa according to package directions, enough to make four servings. Peel and finely chop garlic and shallot. Chop spinach. Shred carrots. Grate ginger.
Heat one inch of water along with vinegar in a shallow pan over high heat. When the water begins to simmer, lower heat to medium and gently crack eggs into water, add salt and pepper. Continue to simmer until whites are opaque.
Sauté shallot, garlic and spices in coconut oil; add quinoa and spinach. Continue cooking until spinach is just wilted; keep warm until ready to serve.
Divide quinoa and spinach mixture into bowls, serve with an egg.
Preparation: 20 minutes
Molasses adds a note of complexity to this bright, beautiful salad.
Always a hit with the family, feel free to adjust the amount of chile peppers accordingly. Chile peppers owe their heat to capsaicin. Capsaicin is being studied as a treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders. While I don’t often recommend nightshades such as chile peppers and tomatoes, in moderation, they do offer plenty of health benefits. If your body does not react well to them, by all means, leave them out. This tasty salad will still be delicious!
Seed and chop chile peppers. Peel and roughly chop garlic and ginger. Chop cilantro. Cut basil into ribbons. Thinly slice onion crosswise. Slice cucumber and tomatoes. Cut steak slices across the grain. Juice limes. Tear romaine leaves into bite-sized pieces.
In a blender or a food processor, pulse peppers, garlic and ginger until finely chopped. Add tamari, fish sauce, molasses, cilantro and lime juice; process until well combined. Separate ⅓ cup of mixture for salad dressing, set aside.
Whisk reserved sauce with sesame oil to make salad dressing.
In a large bowl, toss romaine, basil, onion, cucumber and tomatoes with salad dressing.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté steak over medium-high heat for 1 minute per side and toss with remaining sauce.
Divide salad among dishes, top with steak slices.
Preparation: 20 minutes
Baked sweet potatoes plus healing herbs make a deeply satisfying dinner or lunch the next day.
White beans, also known as white navy beans, offer numerous health benefits. They are filled with anti-oxidants and are a good source of fiber and protein, and they rank low on the glycemic index. White beans are one of the most concentrated food sources of molybdenum and other trace minerals and are extremely important for good health. Molybdenum is a relatively unknown trace mineral with detoxifying properties. It also aids in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. White beans also provide magnesium. One of my daughter Madeleine’s least favorite foods are sweet potatoes. When she was asked to take a taste in the spirit of supporting my cookbook—she loved this dish and she keeps asking for it!
4 sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup walnuts
2 shallot, diced
2 garlic cloves
1 can or 2 cups cooked white beans
2 bags raw baby spinach
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Coat sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoons coconut oil. Prick with a fork, and bake, uncovered, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Finely chop walnuts and toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, set aside. Peel and dice shallot. Peel and mince garlic. Rinse and drain beans. Chop spinach. Juice lemon. In a small dish, combine 3 tablespoons coconut oil, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
¼ cup chicken stock
freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoon coconut oil
Start the beans about 15 to 20 minutes before the sweet potatoes are done. In a large pot or skillet, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook, stirring, for about a minute. Add the beans and stock, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach, cover the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until the spinach is soft. Remove the rosemary sprigs, stir in the lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup parmesan or goat cheese (optional)
To serve, slice each sweet potato lengthwise and open. Spoon cinnamon mixture on each potato, and then spoon on the beans. Sprinkle shredded coconut, toasted walnuts and cheese, if desired, on top.
Preparation: 20 minutes prep; plus 1 hour baking
With a subtle variety of flavors and textures, this lovely frittata is sure to be a hit for breakfast, brunch or even dinner!
Cremini mushrooms are high in phytonutrients – be sure to choose mushrooms free of discoloration, as this is an indication of a reduction in phytonutrient content. Surprisingly, cremini mushrooms benefit the immune system to a greater extent, even, than shiitake mushrooms. Cremini mushrooms are high in minerals such as copper and selenium, and B-vitamins such as B2 and pantothenic acid (B5).
Thinly slice red onion. Slice zucchini and mushrooms. Dice mozzarella.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Sauté onion, zucchini and mushrooms in oil until soft; transfer to shallow baking dish.
Whisk eggs, salt, pepper and turmeric, pour over zucchini mixture.
Bake until eggs are nearly set, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella and basil on top, return to oven. When eggs are done, remove from oven.
Slice and enjoy!
Preparation: 30 minutes
This is a very good source of vitamin K, which limits neuronal damage in the brain, a valuable role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. Celery root is high in dietary fiber, and adds a hearty dimension to this soup. This pretty soup is rich and creamy without any dairy products. It is gentle and soothing, the pumpkin seeds add a delightful contrasting texture, along with plenty of zinc and iron.
Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Toss with ½ teaspoon salt and set aside.
Dice onion and thyme. Peel and dice celery root and parsnips. Slice lemon into wedges.
In a soup pot, sauté onion in olive oil over medium heat until soft. Add remainder of salt, pepper, turmeric, thyme, celery root, parsnips and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, let cool slightly and puree with an immersion blender or countertop blender.
Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Preparation: 40 minutes