Friday, September 5, 2014

Juice Fasting Recipes for Weight Loss: 40 Free Recipes on Kindle by Jenny Allan

Juice fasting recipes for weight loss have helped lots of people to reduce body fat. People go on juice fasts for all types of reasons nowadays and you should always consult your doctor first. These beverages can be used to make you slimmer and they can also form a part of a detoxification plan.

Jenny Allan has put together a collection of 40 free recipes that you can use to produce tasty, nutritious juices that can accompany a meal, or be enjoyed as a snack. While some individuals do manage to drink eight ounces of natural fruit punch or mango or orange juice and use it to replace a meal, I find that I get hungry again within an hour or two whenever I try that.

If you want to try this plan for losing weight, you can save money by buying fruits in bulk at a farmer’s market. You should also try to buy more fruits that are in season, since these are usually cheaper. Some of these drinks in her free book require added sugar. I don’t think that’s necessary. In fact, if you drink pure natural juice for a while without sugar, you get used to the taste and may even prefer it that way.

Remember that each blend Jenny Allan recommends has natural sugars, which are from the fruit that you use. She also gives tips on juicing that will be help you understand why certain ingredients are combined. If you are diabetic, vegetable juices will be better for you, since these contain less sugar. Remember to avoid fruit and vegetables that you are allergic to. For example, the essential oils in carrots and pineapples can cause allergic contact dermatitis in some individuals.

Her book gives recipes that combine fruit and vegetables with milk. You can also use yogurt. That’s a better option if you are planning to substitute a beverage for a meal. If you are looking for juice fasting recipes for weight loss, Jenny Allan’s book will prove useful, if you eliminate extra sugar where necessary.
Disclaimer: I did not receive sponsorship or payment for writing this review. This article is based on my opinion.

Easy Sweet Fried Plantains Recipe- Jamaican Cooking

This sweet fried plantains recipe is for people who have had fried plantains before but aren’t quite sure how to do it themselves at home. There is a secret to producing plantains that tastes just the way you like it. You have to select the right fruit.

This article will focus on how to make fried sweet plantains for dinner, breakfast, lunch or a snack. Whether you are buying the fruit or reaping it directly from the plant, you should ensure that it is completely yellow before you use it to produce this dish. Ike bananas, green plantains have a variety of uses in Jamaican cooking and I enjoy those as well.

Plantains grow in the tropics and the leaves and fruit have different medicinal benefits. You can find lots of information online about the medicinal uses of the plant. I am sure that you will find them helpful.

Yellow plantains are much sweeter than green plantains. If you like your fried plantains very sweet, wait until the plantains have a touch of brown at the ends before using them. If you like them firm with a hint of sweetness, use them as soon as the color changes from green to a light yellow.

Coconut oil is best for frying but olive oil or any other oil derived from plants will suffice. Do not slice the plantains too thinly or they will be difficult to turn in the oil. When you have finished frying them, you can sprinkle them with a little brown sugar. However this is not necessary. Use an absorbent paper towel to remove excess oil from the fried plantain slices.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Easy Italian Style Halibut Stew Recipe

This easy Italian style halibut stew recipe is good for lunch or dinner. Italy has influences on its food and culture from the Greek, Roman, Arab and Norman civilizations. Each area of Italy has its own specializations and what distinguishes Italian food as a whole, is their preference for fresh, seasonal produce.

Seafood, legumes, olive oil, tomatoes and pasta are all important in Italian food. So are garlic, sausages, cheese, rice, chilies, onions, vegetables and mushrooms. This recipe gives a nice taste of Italy and only requires two types of seafood.
  • 2 pounds halibut-cut into pieces for the stew
  • 1 small tin tomato paste
  • 3 tbs garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 6 fl ozs (150ml) white wine
  • 2 medium sized onions-finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper-chopped
  • 3 ribs(stalks) celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 ozs anchovies
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  •  ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan on low heat.
  2. Add the butter.
  3. Add the onion and bell pepper, sprinkling salt in the pot as you add them. Cook until the onions are clear.
  4. Add the sliced garlic and anchovies. Allow them to cook for a minute.
  5. Add the vinegar.
  6. Add the celery, oregano, basil and black pepper.
  7. Add the tomato paste, cover and allow it to simmer for fifteen minutes.
  8. Whenever it starts to get too thick, add some of the wine.
  9. Add the halibut.
  10. When the fish is cooked and the stew has the desired consistency, turn it off and serve hot, with garlic bread.

Quick and Easy Fresh Strawberry Dark Chocolate Pie Recipe with a Store Bought Crust

Chocolate, strawberries and lemon, with just a hint of rum, can make a delicious combination in this strawberry and dark chocolate pie. To save on time and get to the consumption stage more quickly, this recipe uses a store bought crust. Feel free to substitute it with your own pre baked homemade crust.

For this recipe you will need:
  • 1 lb of fresh, ripe strawberries
  • 100 g of your favorite brand of dark chocolate
  • 2 tsps of Jamaican coconut rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pack of instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 store bought or homemade pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbs coconut, strawberry or lemon flavored gelatin powder
1. Bake the pie crust for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) then set it aside to cool.
2. Dissolve the sugar in the water and put the solution to boil, stirring in the cornstarch gradually until the mixture thickens.
3. Add the gelatin and leave it to cool slightly, to about 25 degrees Celsius, or room temperature.
4. Break the chocolate into chunks, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at medium power for about 120 seconds.
5. Add the rum to the chocolate, stirring slowly.
6. Mix the milk, chocolate pudding mix and vanilla together and pour into the pie crust.
7. Rinse the strawberries, drain thoroughly and then lightly position them in the mixture, in an attractive pattern.
8. Pour the gelatin mix over the strawberries.
9. Pour the chocolate/rum mix in swirls on top and leave the pie in the refrigerator to set for 4 hours or more before serving.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

How to Get Yourself to Drink More Water for Better Breath and Health

Dry mouth is one of the contributing factors of bad breath. Dry mouth encourages the growth of bacteria that can cause halitosis. Some of us can eliminate dry mouth by simply drinking more water.

However, many people have dry mouth because of underlying medical conditions, medication that they may be taking, and other issues. In this case, your doctor can help you to find alternative medication, treat diseases and conditions that can contribute to dry mouth, and even determine which foods are helping to remove moisture from the buccal cavity.
Cup of water and a rose on a silver plate by Francisco de Zurbaran
Cup of water and a rose on a silver plate by Francisco de Zurbaran, via Wikimedia, PD
There are some foods that we eat, such as turkey, that can be particularly dry. These take moisture from the mouth.

Ensure that you drink lots of water when having these foods. Don’t rely on wine or sugary drinks to moisten your mouth. These sometimes do more harm than good when it comes to keeping the mouth moist.

Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. You may keep a thermos of cold water with you at your desk or in your car. This eliminates the need for you to get up and go get water from elsewhere when you want it. Make a habit of sipping a little water every thirty minutes or so.

Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. By then, your body is already running low and is sending you a signal that you have to drink some water. You don’t want to reach low levels and feel dehydrated and tired. Use a water bottle to keep water with you wherever you go.

If you really don’t like drinking water, try munching on crushed ice. This will also supply your body with water. Regular food, coconut water, water that is lightly flavored with natural fruit juice and fruits that are low in calories all act as sources of water. However nothing beats drinking water.
Making a habit of drinking it at certain times of the day, such as in the morning or at lunchtime, makes it easier for your body to get the water it requires. Also consider substituting water for soda, if you drink that often. You may also have water and fruit juice with your meals, instead of just fruit or fruit juice.

I also published this article on Triond.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Genuine Japanese Dishes

Traditional Japanese dishes usually have pork, seafood or tofu as one of the ingredients. Fresh seafood is used in preparing Japanese dishes. The seafood can be cooked or raw.
Japanese food can be prepared in many different ways and includes yakimono, or grilled food and nimono, or simmered food. Ramen, udon and soba noodles as well as rice, are important in Japanese cuisine.
Jappajiru is a Japanese stew. The ingredients are turnips, carrots and cod.
Kaiyakimiso consists of scallops, and eggs seasoned in miso.
Soup Yakisoba
Soup yakisoba consists of pan fried noodles in soup.
Nokke-don consists of a bowl of rice, topped with different kinds of seafood, such as sashimi and salmon roe.
Tororo Soba
Soba noodles are noodles made of buckwheat. Tororo Soba consists of buckwheat noodles cooked with grated yam.
Yokan is bean paste jelly and is available at many shops in Japan which specialize in sweets.
Oyaki is a delicious bun stuffed with a variety of vegetables. Oyaki is served wrapped in a dough wrapper.
Negisoba is a dish of buckwheat noodles. Although Japanese food is usually eaten with chopsticks, negisoba is eaten with a leek, known as negi in Japanese.
Sake to Kinoko no Hoiru-Yaki
Sake to Kinoko no hoiru-Yaki is salmon, cooked with mushrooms and other vegetables in foil. The salmon is placed in the center of a square of greased foil and covered with the mushrooms and carrots. The package is sealed and steamed.

Hakozen soba
Hakozen soba-via Wikimedia, CCA 2.0 by Yusuke Kawasaki
Sauce Katsu-don
Sauce Katsu-don is a pork dish, consisting of a fried pork cutlet served with rice.
Towada Bara-yaki
Towada Bara-yaki is a beef dish. Beef ribs are cooked with onions and sweet soy sauce to make Towada Bara-yaki.
Boiled soybean milk is used to make yuba, so it is related to tofu. Thin layers of the skin of the boiled milk are used to make yuba. Several traditional Japanese dishes include yuba.
Mugitoro is a mixture of boiled rice and barley. The boiled grains are topped with grated yam.
Sanzoku-yaki is a chicken dish. To make sanzoku-yaki, chicken is marinated in garlic sauce, then coated with starch and deep fried.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Using Buttermilk Pancake Mix Without Eggs - Substitutes for People with Allergies

Buttermilk pancake mix makes it easy to cook this dish for breakfast. It is also easy to have one as a snack in the night while you are studying or doing other work. When using pancake mix, consumers often add fruit and other ingredients to suit their taste.

Sometimes men and women want to make this type of pancake without using eggs. This may be because they don’t like eggs, run out of eggs, are vegan or are allergic to eggs. Both adults and children can have egg allergies.

Pancakes-via Wikimedia, CCA 2.0

There are cases where individuals don’t immediately realize that they are having a bad reaction to the proteins in this food. They may attribute the symptoms of an egg allergy, such as coughing or nasal inflammation, to something else.

There are several different brands of pancake mix which are popular. These are used for making buttermilk pancakes, waffles and regular pancakes. They include:
1. Robby’s
2. Bob’s Red Mill Organic 7 Grain
3. Golden Malted
4. Stonewall Kitchen Farmhouse
5. Kodiak Cakes
6. Krusteaz
7. Arrowhead Mills
8. Fiber One

These already contain dry ingredients such as wheat flour, milk, cornmeal, malt, sugar and salt. In some cases, you add eggs, butter and water to the pancake mix. However some already come with egg whites and buttermilk powder added and you just need to add water.

If you don’t want to use eggs, using a teaspoon of baking powder and a teaspoon of baking soda for every 2 cups of flour will help your pancakes to be light. You can also use baking powder and mashed bananas as an egg substitute in buttermilk pancake mix.

The best bananas to use for this purpose are those that have started to develop brown flecks. Those are sweet. Using baking powder will make your pancakes soft and fluffy. You won’t really miss the eggs, especially if you decide to add sweet, soft, ripe bananas.

Disclaimer: I am not endorsing any of the brands above. I was not paid or sponsored to mention any of these products.