New recipe added: Snack time!

How about some healthy snacks from Alex? Steam it and eat it 🙂

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New recipe added: Salmon veggie soup :)

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This one is very easy

Take your favorites among the recommended veggies, clean them, chop them, boil them in water until they are smooth. I usually boil them for an hour with low heat.

Add salmon pieces in boiling veggies, add some soy sauce or salt, some seasoning like rosemary, turmeric and especially fresh dill. Wait 5 minutes.

It is ready!

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New recipe: Salmon soup with dill and brussel sprouts :)

How about some health? 

I recently made this and it is super easy & healthy.

I wrote how to cook it on the photo 🙂 That easy 🙂

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New recipe added: Bone broth chicken soup

Here is the bone broth with poultry. This was my first trial of making bone broth from chicken.

Since chicken is not very easy to cut, I put the whole organic and free-range chicken into a big pot and cook a little. Then I cut the chicken and take out the bones and skin, added 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and cooked them for 5 hours in very low heat in a pot full of water.

Quick notes here:

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cooking a new recipe with a movie :)

I started cooking and try to reach a super-easy cabbage recipe with a nice movie 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg cabbage (chopped)
  • 0.5 kg minced meat (cabbage is best with beef)
  • 5 table spoons of basil vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 onions, 2 garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (peeled, chopped)
  • 5 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (alternative: 2 teaspoons of salt)
  • seasoning: rosemary, oregano, turmeric, black cumin seeds (1 tablespoon each)
  • 1 tablespoon of black cumin oil (alternative: olive oil)
  • 2 glasses of boiled water

Put everything (except for the cabbage) altogether in a big pot and cover. Wait for 5 mins with high heat. Add cabbage. Cover. Wait until it is cooked with very low heat. Takes about 1-2 hours.

Very easy isn’t it?

Yes it is 🙂

Easy cabbage with meat by Alex
Easy cabbage with meat by Alex

Mine is being cooked right now and I look like this when I cook :)))))

Love,

Alex

Bundle up or stay at home with a movie! Winter has come :)

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It’s freezing outside. I am watching a warm Hindi movie Swades (2004) with a cup of turmeric-ginger tea. All Indian today 🙂

If you are out, make sure you bundle up 🙂

NEW YEAR, NEW RECIPES W/ NYE LEFTOVERS :)

These next few days, you will open the fridge and find leftovers from the New Year’s Eve.

They are not enough for a meal by themselves and they give the “I am eating the leftovers” feeling if you try to eat them from the tiny plastic cups 🙂

So get them all out and create a masterpiece with them…

  • If you have any kind of meat pick the red meat (beef,lamb etc). If there is fish left, do not use it.
  • Poultry? Smell it first. If it is good, you can use it the next day.
  • Beef/lamb, if you immediately put the leftovers in the freezer, you can use it for the next 2 days.
  • Look out for the cooked or raw vegetables. If you did not put lemon/vinegar in them last night, you can use them for 2 days.
  • Potatoes/potato salad etc. is not recommended to be eaten as a leftover. Mashed potatoes, if you used cream or milk in it, should not be eaten either.
  • So, pick a kind of meat from the leftovers (you can use lamb/beef or paultry, but not together) and heat them a little with the leftover veggies. If you have fresh salad left (and without vinegar/lemon from previous day) you can add the salad to the plate after heating. Do not heat the salad 🙂
  • Lastly, you will need a nice and healthy sauce

That will be very easy. I do not recommend using leftover sauces as they mostly include vinegar/lemon/mayonnaise etc which should be eaten right away. Always prepare sauces fresh!

Instead, use one or more of my recipes, which go well with both white and red meat.

Very healthy sauce recipes for New Year’s Eve leftovers (based on 1 plate of meal)

1. Yellow sauce of Alex

An acidic sauce which goes well with veggies & fresh green salads

1 tablespoon of

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Black cumin oil
  • Fresh Lemon juice

1 teaspoon of

  • Basil (fresh or dried)
  • Turmeric powder

2. White sauce of Alex

Goes well with carbs like pasta, rice etc (Unless you have leaky-gut)

Goes well with veggies and poultry either.

2 tablespoons of

  • yoghurt

1 tablespoon of

  • Black cumin oil or olive oil
  • Mint (dried)

3. Red sauce of Alex 

Goes really good with red meat

1 tablespoon of

  • Black cumin oil or olive oil
  • Pomegranate mollases

1 teaspoon of

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Basil (dried)
  • Ginger (powder or freshly mashed)

4. Black sauce of Alex

Goes well with red meat and fresh green salad

1 tablespoon of

  • Black cumin oil or olive oil
  • Pomegranate mollases
  • Black cumin (powder)

1 teaspoon of

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Basil (dried)

5. Sweet fruity sauce of Alex 

Goes well with leftover deserts. Gives creamy taste and removes dryness of leftover cakes.

1 or 2 tablespoons of:

  • Yoghurt
  • Red/blue berries, cherries, mashed pumpkins, sliced or mashed bananas etc. (If you have leaky gut, use very little fruit). You can boil them with little water in a small pot or use direcly. If you cook them with little water they will have more taste.

1 teaspoon of

  • Mint leaves (dried)
  • Lemon juice (fresh)
  • Coconut oil

Important tips & notes:

  • No milk, cream, mayonaisse, ketchup, mustard, cheese should be included. If you want to add cheese, add little and use goat cheese.
  • Do not use diet or low-fat yoghurt. They taste like nothing and the fat in yoghurt is not bad fat. Eat it 🙂
  • Use black cumin oil with turmeric or curry to replace mustard for red meat
  • Use yoghurt with black cumin oil to replace cream/mayonnaise
  • Use ginger instead of hot pepper
  • You can add 1 tablespoon of water in the sauces if you are using them on fresh green salad.
  • You can add your favorite seasonings
  • If you must (I don’t use any), you can add salt (maximum 1 teaspoon)
  • Use coconut oil for deserts and black cumin or olive oil for meals/salads. No other is accepted…
  • If you can, use probiotic yoghurt
  • You can use more of yoghurt but not more of oil 🙂

Do not waste the leftovers, with little effort you can make a nice meal with them today 🙂

Alex

How to make bone broth at home in 3 easy steps + Lazy Soup Recipe

STEP 1. Pick a meat type and buy fresh bones 

Lamb has the best taste, cow has more bone marrow. I do not prefer poultry or pork, but these will do too.

It is better be organic and this is very important “free range” animals especially for poultry in both ethical and health terms.

Pros: Very easy to find, cheap

Cons: It is the bones of an animal. It doesn’t look like cutted meat. It is the bone and you have to see it.

STEP 2. Boil them in very low heat for 8-12 hrs

Put lots of water in the pot and put 2-5 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in it to get the best result. Put the bones and open up the heater. Boil it first with moderate heat and take the brownish foam out. We do not eat that. Then put the heater to the minimum, cover the pot and wait for 8-12 hrs. Check 2-3 times about the water level. Usually you do not have to add water in it. If you have to, add previously heated/boiled water.

Yes, it takes so long. Do not forget: The heat should be at the minimum. This is not a meal so cooking it with high heat in short time will not get you what you want. So simply, wait 🙂

STEP 3. Use it immediately or cool it down and put it in the fridge 

Using it immediately is nice but you will eat all the fat in it too. However, if you cool it and wait it in the freezer like 4-5 hrs, the fat will freeze on the top.

It will look like this:

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See the bones and the white fat on them. Tap on the fat with a spoon and it will crack. Take the fat out and you will see the bone broth jelly inside.

It should look like this:

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I usually do not use the fat. No need to gain more weight. The jelly is fatless and full of aminoacids. 

When you take the fat out, heat the pot again and take the bones out. You can also take the bone marrows and put them into the jelly or you can eat them directly. Very very healthy and necessary if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome like me.

Now you have your Bone Broth and you can put precooked or steamed peas, chickpeas, beans, veggies, meat, onions, garlic in it to make a nice soup or you can drink it directly when it is warm.

Do not add additional water. That will lower the taste.

Tip: I steam the veggies and other stuff before putting into the broth because broth is already cooked. No need to overcook it and kill the health in it.

My lazy soup recipe with bone broth

1. Frozen presteamed veggies (broccoli, lettuce, baby carrots etc),

2. Precooked frozen meat products or meatballs (no salami, no sausages, no smoked meat)

3. Other ingredients like precooked beans, chickpeas or peas (No wheat or wheat products, no corn and no starch should be added if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome.)

4. Onions (very small cut, you can use frozen too)

5. Garlic (large cut and freshly cut)

6. For extra taste: turmeric, rosemary etc. (No hot pepper or no extra sauce if you have Leaky Gut Syndrome) Turmeric is extra good for Leaky Gut.

7. Bone broth from 1kg of bones (home cooked, fat removed)

This is how my soup looks like:

Home made soup with bone broth
Home made soup with bone broth

Add them all to your bone broth, cook for 10 minutes with low heat to mix the tastes together and your soup is ready to go.

No extra salt needed as it is too tasty and fresh, Good for health. Buon apetite 🙂

Alex,