Vegan Gumbo

Vegan Gumbo.  Yes, I know that it is summer, but I am working very hard on creating vegan comfort food recipes so that we can eat vegan without feeling deprived of our favorite foods.  Traditional gumbo has meat and fish, so after experimenting with several versions, I have come up with this vegan gumbo.  The recipe includes jackfruit, which gives it that rich meaty texture.

I had never even heard of jackfruit until a few weeks ago–it has a weird name, and seemed like a food that could only be used as a fruit.  I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that jackfruit can be used in a main dish, and is actually delicious.  Fun Fact:  it is a species of the mulberry and fig trees and is rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron   How yum is that?  You can adjust the red pepper and habanero sauce if you like to live on the wild hot side.  This dish is vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Super Alkaline Salad

Super Alkaline Salad.  If you have spent any time at all reading this website, you know that I believe that healthy food is medicine and the key to long term health.  My motto is, “I want food to nourish and sustain me, not just entertain me”.  So, with that tall order, I try and stay away from donuts, cupcakes and other processed foods that have no, (or actually negative,) nutritional value.  For me, I don’t feel as good when I eat meat, dairy, processed foods and high carb sugary foods.  I love green food, brightly colored food, crunchy food and that usually means fruits and vegetables.

Super Alkaline Salad

I decided to make a salad with several ingredients on the list of most alkaline foods, and add a super healthy dressing.  I came up with this deliciousness.  Whether you are a fan of the alkaline/acid diet theory or not, one can’t deny that eating these alkaline foods will be good for your health.  After eating this salad, you too, will be a believer!  I chose cucumber, avocado, baby broccoli, raspberries, toasted almonds, baby kale, papaya and watermelon–you can use these 8 foods, or add some of your own favorites.   I have already eaten this salad as I write this post, and I can say, it was awesome!

Growing My Own Vegetables and Herbs

I am growing some of my own vegetables and herbs on my patio with my organic patio garden tower. It makes it so much easier to adhere to a primarily alkaline diet.   I use the vegetables and herbs the in salads, dressings, smoothies and in many of my vegan recipes.   I love that it takes up only 4 square feet, and is perfect for those of us with limited space for growing healthy and organic food.  The compost tube which houses the worms,  allows for nutrient rich food growing. I think this is the key to the fast and healthy growth of my plants.   This is my organic patio garden after only 23 days!  I love that kale, one of the most alkaline foods available. Check it out here.

Organic Patio Garden in 4 square feet
Organic Patio Garden in 4 square feet

Immune Boosting Salad Dressing

In addition to the hearty goodness of the alkaline foods that comprise the salad, I put together an immune boosting dressing, using The Master Tonic as the base, and adding  olive oil, goji berries and dates to create the dressing.  I want to drink this dressing!

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