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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Sandy » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:26 am

Thanks so much, Rod. There's some great information in both URLs. We grow Jerusalem artichokes which sport beautiful flowers and delicious tubers, but... OH boy :shock: the after effects of eating them make it hardly worth it. Now I know why.... :)
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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:26 pm

:sunny: A diabetes discovery journey ...

Re: http://foodfacts.mercola.com/jicama.html (pronounced "'hee cah mah")

"It provides one-quarter of what's needed daily in fiber per serving. But not just any fiber - jicama's fiber is infused with oligofructose inulin, which has zero calories and doesn't metabolize in the body. Inulin, a fructan, promotes bone health by enhancing absorption of calcium from other foods, protecting against osteoporosis. Inulin has a prebiotic role in the intestine – it promotes “good” bacteria growth that maintains both a healthy colon and balanced immunity. Because it has a very low glycemic index, jicama is a great food for diabetics, and low in calories for those interested in weight reduction."

Who knew :?: :!: Jicama has inulin ... and taste/texture a bit like a nearly ripe pear. 8)
Serving size: 1 cup cubed (slices are nice - try drizzled with lemon, lime, or apple juice)

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:10 pm

Who knew :?: :!: Jicama has inulin ... and taste/texture a bit like a nearly ripe pear. 8)
Serving size: 1 cup cubed (slices are nice - try drizzled with lemon, lime, or apple juice)

Who knew :?: :!: Jicama is a taste/texture complement to this blueberry mixture:

Briefly rinse one quart of frozen blueberries, then sprinkle on 1/4 cup chia seeds.
Thaw in a covered container in the refrigerator for several days, stirring occasionally.
By the third day, the seeds will have gelled. Then, stir in 2 cups jicama cubes,
pre-soaked in lemon, lime, or apple juice (optional).

:cheers: Life is tastier! ... in a test kitchen. :roll:

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Sandy » Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:34 am

Hi Rod,
Thanks for bringing Jicama to our attention. I have heard of it before but didn't know what it looked like. I must see if I can find a couple of these when we visit the large mall hopefully tomorrow. (There is a huge veggie store there that stocks more unusual items. )
Have a great week!
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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:00 pm

:sunny: A diabetes discovery journey ...
My own recent experience is that all grains, especially consumed as flour, cause more immediate and significant rise in blood sugar
This article seems to align with "my recent experience":
Re: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/artic ... efits.aspx

"Bran muffins, whole grains, and cereals are often touted as the best way to increase your fiber intake,
but according to a growing number of experts, including Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University
and an expert on Paleolithic lifestyles, humans are NOT designed to eat grains ..."

:roll: However ...

Humans have been living average lifespans (and in good health) with frequent consumption of grains.
So, just consider this "no grains" perspective as encouragement to include other daily sources of fiber.

8) By the way ...
With less weight, good diet control, and more exercise :bana: I've been able to maintain good blood sugars
with only half (or less?) of my oral diabetes medication. I'm thankful for "bonding" with a push reel mower
and the more frequent rain in N. Texas (requiring more mowing); the neglect of tree/shrub/vine pruning
for 15 years also increased the intensity of this effective exercise. :roll

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:16 pm

:sunny: A diabetes discovery journey ...

Since extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) is healthy*, bite-size pieces (with bites of fresh banana)
are easily consumed by refrigerating (not freezing) the oil in a plastic ice cube tray.
These coco-cubies are so convenient when refrigerated and there's no daily spoonin'. ;)

* according to many nutritionists, but limit total saturated fat from all sources.

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Paleo Black Beans

Post by Amigoo » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:26 pm

Paleo Black Beans

A colorful fiesta of black beans and complementary veggies,
super easy to prepare and very appealing as a cold dish. 8)
Nutritious, Modern Paleo with fast food convenience!

:roll Ingredients:

1 med. bunch fresh cilantro
2 15oz cans black beans, chilled & rinsed
1 15oz can non-GMO corn, chilled & rinsed
1 med. red bell pepper, diced
1 lg sweet onion, diced
1/2 tsp garlic granules
1/3 cup Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing

:arrow: Directions:

Remove large stems from cilantro, then rinse and chop.

Layer ingredients (as listed) into a large bowl,
then toss gently; refrigerate in a covered container.

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Sandy » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:47 pm

Thanks Rod,
This is just what George and I needed. Our stove and oven hasn't worked for nearly 2 weeks so I am looking for simple easy and healthy recipes to fill in the huge gaps. I love black beans so this will go down well. :D
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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:49 pm

Sandy,

The Paleo Black Beans and Very Berry Chia have become my favorites!
Soaking the jicama cubes in lemon juice for a day seems best. ;)

:roll Very Berry Chia

Briefly rinse one quart of frozen blueberries, then sprinkle on 1/4 cup chia seeds.
Thaw in a covered container in the refrigerator for several days, stirring occasionally.
By the third day, the seeds will have gelled. Then, stir in 2 cups jicama cubes,
pre-soaked in lemon, lime, or apple juice (optional).

:roll: Over Easy Egg Salad

Egg salad preparation that's easy and over quickly:

Lightly butter a round quart (approx.) baking dish, then crack into dish 4 large eggs.
Pour on top, 1 cup of liquid egg whites and place dish into a pan of water. Cover pan
and let eggs steam in simmering water about 20-25 min. Remove pan from heat
and let eggs cool sufficiently to cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

After eggs are chilled, spoon into a mixing bowl, chop with a pastry cutter,
and prepare egg salad as desired (try Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise). ;)

Tips: These steamed eggs are great "as is" and seem to last longer (compared to
peeled boiled eggs), probably because of the steaming. Eggs are more appealing
if the yolks are not broken when they're cracked into the baking dish.

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Post by Sandy » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:36 am

Hi Rod,
I looked Tuesday for the Jacama at the grocery stores in the area and then the huge veggie store in the mall, but so far, no luck. I won't give up and will keep searching. I wonder if it is possible to order it? Hmmmm it's a long shot but maybe. Our health food store has begun carrying local organic produce but I don't know if they can order Jacama. Won't hurt to ask.

What a great egg salad tip! I always dread peeling the boiled eggs. It can be a real ordeal!
We're hoping our stove and oven will be working at some point next week. Then I can try it out and other recipes you have posted.

Have a great week end! :sunny:
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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:33 am

Sandy,
I always dread peeling the boiled eggs.
:duh My perspective also! ...
Steamed eggs finally resolved that decades-old problem. :roll

After trying various internet tips about cooking hard-boiled eggs,
I finally decided that eggshells are part of the problem (or success).
The chemistry of the shell (calcium, etc.) seems to determine
whether or not a peeling method is successful. :?

With EZ Steamin' who cares if the cooked egg is not oval? ;)

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Sandy » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:02 am

Hi Rod,
I really appreciate this stress saving recipe. :D
Just as soon as I get my stove working again that's the way I am going to start preparing "boiled"eggs. A repairman is supposed to be coming here sometime today. Fingers crossed he finds the problem.

Thanks again!
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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:16 pm

Sandy,

:idea: Still preferring eggs for breakfast (other than egg salad which is great for any meal), I'm now fond of Canary Beans (aka "Mayocoba" or "Peruano") accompanied by a steamed egg with uncooked cherry tomatoes and cheese (whatever U like). The Canary beans' high fiber and protein plus cooked egg make this combo a high-energy breakfast (sans grains) ;)

:arrow: Sort, rinse, and soak Canary beans overnight, well-covered with water. In the morning, pour off the water and rinse once more. I dared to try a first test with a pressure cooker: Add 1 lb. rinsed beans, 2 1/2 cups water, 1 tbsp olive oil, and cook 20 min., then immediately (but slowly) release pressure.

When the lid is removed, place a large diced onion on top and quickly fold into the beans (scoup around the sides of the pan with a large spoon and lift from the bottom of the pan, just until the onion is covered. Cover the pan with its lid and let onion soften 15 min. (or just microwave onion to desired texture and stir into the hot beans). ;)

Add more olive oil and spices as desired, then serve hot (or refrigerate in a covered container when cool).

:bana: "Who can tell?" My day starts with a mug (1 1/2 cups) organic green tea (usually hot but cold is also appealing), then 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil (chilled like a mini popsicle to be chewable :roll: ) and bites of fresh banana. After several weeks, softer healthier skin with no affect on cholesterol is immediately noticeable benefit (IMO).

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Sandy » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:57 am

Seems like I remember Petra or was it Lilly (?) was using coconut oil as a hair conditioner... Whoever it was said that in a months time her hair was shiny and healthy.
It sounds like there is nothing coconut oil cannot do to benefit your body! :D

The Canary bean breakfast sound appealing to me. I love beans of every sort and the onion and tomatoes added to them reminds me of home. :sunflower: I'll look for canary beans but I don't think I've seen them here. Of course I could have just as easily overlooked them.

Thanks for the breakfast idea, Rod. Breakfast can be a little boring around here. :thumright:
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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:00 pm

Sandy,

I found coconut oil to be very healing of my dry hands in winter. But this problem went away when I began consuming more beneficial oils (including coconut oil). But I had to learn that even good oils have good calories. :roll:

Another breakfast idea (sunflower butter with lotsa sesame seeds on a raisin English muffin) had to be discontinued. I was spoonin' directly out of the sunflower butter jar a bit too often ... any time of day :!:

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Amigoo » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:12 pm

Sandy,

:o Even after soaking the Canary beans overnight, and adding olive oil to the water, they still foamed more than expected in the pressure cooker. Next time I'll use a pan and cook them a bit longer (these beans know fiber!) ... then add more onion and, perhaps, chopped celery and carrots.

These beans (with such fiber) are best served with more liquid (like a stew or soup). :roll

However, :roll: most canned beans are easier to use, have good nutrition, and reasonable prices (unless purchased from some health food stores). ;) Cannellini beans seem to be a good canned substitute for Canary beans.

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Re: UB Cookin'

Post by Sandy » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:14 am

Hi Rod,
Cannellini beans seem to be a good canned substitute for Canary beans.
Oh that's good, we can easily find Cannellini beans here. I really like them and am remembering a Cannellini bean recipe from one of my vegetarian cook books that you might enjoy. I'll see if I can track it down.
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