Yellow Tofu

photo by Michelle McCluggage

Everyone has their favorite version of scrambled tofu, and here's mine! This recipe is from Radiant Health, Inner Wealth and is perfect for Sunday brunches, Tuesday lunches, or anytime munches. And it's also great in breakfast burritos too - in case you were wondering!

Yellow Tofu

Here is a dish that I enjoy and make frequently for my daughter who regularly requests it (and who came up with the name). It’s very easy to make and full of antioxidants and B-vitamins from the turmeric and nutritional yeast. And, yes, very yellow.

1 cup crumbled* tofu, firm or soft (about ½ lb.)
4 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon dried turmeric
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon each: dried granulated onion, dried granulated garlic, dried dill, and tamari
1½ tablespoons nutritional yeast powder
Freshly ground pepper to taste

1. *Crumble the tofu over the sink, squeezing out the excess water with your hands. You should have one cup of crumbled tofu. Set it aside.

2. In a medium-large skillet set to medium heat, add the oil and turmeric and stir.

3. Add the other seasonings (salt, granulated onion and garlic, dill, tamari, nutritional yeast, and pepper) and stir well to combine with a heat proof spatula.

4. Add the tofu and mix it very well with the seasonings so that it’s thoroughly combined.

5. Continue to cook, stirring often with the spatula, until the tofu becomes golden browned and slightly crusty (about 5-10 minutes). Serve immediately. This is good with a hefty dose of hot sauce on it, too!

Serves 2-3; 30 minutes or under! GF/Blue (according to the health guidelines in my books)

Thai Spinach Nests

Here is an unusually flavorful dish that looks and tastes like something really special. However, it is very simple and quick to prepare. Yet another opportunity to fool your lucky guests into eating something healthy, yet smashtastic.

From Radiant Health, Inner Wealth

Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce (available in Asian markets and most grocery stores)

Tantalizing Topping:
½ cup finely grated coconut
¼ cup dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts
2 tablespoons very finely diced fresh ginger (diced into pieces the size of peppercorns using a sharp, non-serrated knife)
¼ cup peeled and very finely diced lime (diced into pieces the size of peppercorns using a sharp, non-serrated knife)
1 tablespoon very finely diced red onion (diced into pieces the size of, yes, peppercorns)
⅛ teaspoon sea salt
1- 2 cups of spinach leaves (regular or baby), washed well and patted dry

1. Prepare the sauce and set it aside.

2. In a dry skillet, toast the coconut over low heat until it becomes aromatic and very lightly browned. This should only take a few minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Remove the coconut from the pan as soon as it browns (to avoid scorching).

3. If your peanuts are whole, crush them. Crush them now. Please see page 41 for peanut crushing tips if necessary. Don’t overdo it though, as it is nice to retain some of the crunch of the peanuts.

4. Mix the coconut and peanuts together in a small bowl. Stir in the ginger, lime, onion, and salt and combine well.

5. Place the spinach artfully on plates, seam side up (so as to make it easiest to hold the toppings). Place a little of the topping in each leaf. Drizzle with the sauce and serve.

Serves about 4
30 minutes or under! GF/Blue (according to the guidelines in my books)

Rainbow Partay!

Greetings, friends! I hope your week has gone well so far. For today's blog post, I thought it might be fun to share some photos and insider trading secrets on what constitutes a "rainbow party" in my house.

First of all, an important question: "What exactly *is* a rainbow party (aka partay)?" Well, in short, it's when my daughter (now 8 yrs old) and I fill up our food dehydrator (I went for the Excalibur big daddy - it's a tax write off!) with a rainbow assortment of goodies.

What goodies, exactly, say you? Well, here's Alethea making up the green portion of the rainbow with these delish Zucchini Chips to Dry For from my book Radiant Health, Inner Wealth. By the way, kids looooove these! What a great way to get them to eat raw veggies - plus they are perfect for school lunches and backpacking trips!

Next, we made some fantabulous fruit "rollers" by simply blending up berries, bananas, and a little fruit juice. After that, we spread it out on a paraflexx sheet in an even layer. Once dried, the giant fruit square can be cut into a dozen or so strips and rolled up for snacks. WAY cheaper and better than fruit leathers you buy in the store! And organic!

We also made up a few different varieties of kale chips. Both my daughter and I are crazy addicted to kale chips, and they're SO fresh and flavorful when dried instead of baked. I could eat a whole garden's worth of kale chips if Mr. McGregor wasn't so freaking stingy.

Here's a view of what's in the far, we have red and green! Next is orange (mango), yellow (sliced banana with a sprinkle of cinnamon - SO good!), and blue/purple (blueberry fruit rollers). Can you feel the rainbow unicorn love? I assure you it's there.

Once everything is completely dried (overnight at 105 F is what we do), I like to put all the goodies in glass jars. Here's a glimpse into that cuteness:

Thanks so much for joining the partay! Have a wonderful weekend, friends! :-)

Ever So Nice Beans and Rice

(recipe from The Two-Week Wellness Solution)
photo of actual dish taken by Olga Vasiljeva

Ever So Nice Beans and Rice
This dish is hearty, filling, and flavorful. For an extra kick, feel free to add some chopped cayenne, tabasco, or habanero to the bean mixture (so that it cooks with the beans)—or add a dash of hot sauce at the end. Yum!

• Three 15 oz. cans beans (black-eyed peas or black beans are ideal), with juices (not drained)
• 2 teaspoons each: dried oregano, “Chicky Baby Seasoning” (or vegan chicken-style seasoning), and ground cumin
• 2 large bay leaves
• 1 large onion, diced
• 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
• 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

• 1 cup long grain brown rice
• 2 cups water
• 2 tablespoons “Chicky Baby Seasoning” (or vegan chicken-style seasoning)

Final Freshness:
• 2 tablespoons each: fresh lemon juice and minced cilantro
• 5 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
• Sea salt, to taste

1. In a large pot, combine the beans, oregano, “Chicky Baby Seasoning,” cumin, bay leaves, onion, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes. You’ll want to stir this every 15 minutes or so while it’s cooking.

2. While the beans are doing their deal, rice it up. Place the rice, water, and seasoning in a covered pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has been absorbed. This should time out quite nicely with the beans.

3. Once the beans are done, stir in the lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, and salt. Serve over the cooked rice. If you like, this can also be garnished with additional cilantro, diced onion, and lemon wedges.

Serves 6/GF/SF/Green (according to the health guidelines in my books)

For the Love of Sun Tea

Sun tea . . . the words alone are refreshing! We were discussing sun tea yesterday on my facebook page and I promised a few tips on sun tea today. So, being true to my word, I just snapped this photo and wanted to let you in on my favorite sun tea tips and treasures.

First of all, I must explain why I love, love, love sun tea so very much! It may seem a little excessive, but I really do adore the stuff beyond words. Why? Well, first of all, it's a great way to stay hydrated, and to do so in a flavorful way. I try to drink about a gallon of water daily in order to stay energized and keep my body functioning at its best. However, if I instead drink a gallon of sun tea, I'm not only staying hydrated but I'm also loading my body with fantastic superfoods! And it's basically  calorie-free, so there's no limit. Of course, if you do want to sweeten your tea, that's your prerogative. Personally, I like it as is, but if I was in the mood for sweetness, I'd add a few drops of liquid stevia.

So, what's in this particular brew? In a glass gallon jar, I placed the following: two green teabags, a lemon ginger teabag, 2 tablespoons peppermint, 2 tablespoons hibiscus, 2 tablespoons alfalfa leaf, and 2 tablespoons raspberry leaf. I may have tossed in some rosehips too. Why wouldn't I?

If you look towards the bottom of the jar, you'll see a lovely rose color beginning to form. That's from the hibiscus. Ah, hibiscus! Such a fabulous addition. Not only does it turn your tea a gorgeous ruby red, but it just *feels* amazing in the bod. Probably because it's so alkalizing and high in vitamin C. Not sure, but when I drink anything with hibiscus in it, it's like an instant energy and happiness injection. Amazing stuff.

So what's the deal with the other ingredients? Here goes . . .

* Alfalfa leaf: I use this when I'm out of nettles. Which I am. Alfalfa leaf, like nettles, is cleansing, nourishing, neutral in flavor, and immune boosting.

* Green tea: I use organic decaf tea, but I know I can't stop you if you want to use the regular stuff. Besides, no matter what kind of green tea you consume, it's all amazing. Uber-high in antioxidants, many people swear by green tea for keeping them healthy and totally free from illnesses.

* Lemon ginger tea: I have the "Yogi Tea" brand of lemon ginger tea and thought it would make a nice addition to this brew. It did. Lemon and ginger are freaking amazing, as if you didn't know. They are both very alkalizing, nutritious superfoods that we would all do well to consume on a daily basis.

* Raspberry leaf: The leaves of the raspberry plant strengthen the kidneys as well as eyesight. It's also a great tonic for women's systems, especially during pregnancy. But if you're a man, you can still consume this product.

* Rosehips: These little cuties are just everywhere in my neck of the woods. I like to pick them while I'm hiking, and always try to pack my backpack with storage bags just for this purpose. Rosehips are very high in vitamin C and are also alkalizing.

What are some other things that might find their way into my sun tea? I also love nettles, fresh lemon, amaranth leaves, fresh ginger, white tea, blueberry leaf, and dandelion leaf. What's YOUR favorite way to make sun tea??

Coconut-Lime Rice

Ooh baby, this is good. Are you ready for a flavor blast? Yes? Then put on your seatbelt and make up a batch of this. It's great served with spicy stir-fried tofu or tempeh and a green salad. Recipe from Radiant Health, Inner Wealth.

Coconut-Lime Rice

Yum. That’s all I have to say on the matter.

½ cup finely minced onion (white, yellow, or red)
4 teaspoons toasted (dark) sesame oil
1 cup each: jasmine (or basmati) rice, water, and coconut milk
2 teaspoons organic lime zest, finely chopped (zest of one lime)
¼ teaspoon dried turmeric

Final Freshlings:
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
One scallion (green onion), trimmed and chopped
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed

Combine the onion, oil, rice, water, coconut milk, zest, and turmeric in a covered pot or rice cooker. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer (covered) for about 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve. Hello, flavor party!

Serves 3; 30 minutes or under! GF/SF/purple (according to the guidelines in my books)

Chili-Lime Noodles

This unbelievably delish and easy recipe is from my book Radiant Health, Inner Wealth. And yes, they're WAY addictive. And yes, you've been warned.

Chili-Lime Noodles

These noodles are tangy, spicy, yummy, and addictive! Perfect for whenever your taste buds need a treat, this dish will also give your immune system a boost. Most of the ingredients in this dish remain uncooked to retain their maximum nutritional impact. So, you can dig on in and feel totally good about it! You are so worth it.

½ lb. rice noodles or linguine

Saucy Sauce:
3 tablespoons oil (light untoasted sesame, non-virgin olive, or sunflower)
1 tablespoon each: grated fresh ginger and Sriracha Thai chili sauce
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon ketchup
5 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon tamari, shoyu, or soy sauce
½ teaspoon sea salt (or less if you prefer)
1½ teaspoons organic sugar or sucanat

1 medium carrot, peeled and julienne sliced
4 scallions (green onions), thinly sliced (green and white parts)
¼ cup (lightly packed) chopped fresh cilantro

¼ cup (4 tablespoons) dry-roasted unsalted peanuts, crushed

1. Cook the noodles until al dente according to the package’s instructions. Drain in a strainer or colander.

2. While the noodles are cooking, place all of the sauce ingredients in a large bowl. Stir very well to combine.

3. Prepare the veggies and add them to the sauce bowl. Toss them thoroughly with the sauce.

4. Pour the drained, hot noodles into the bowl and toss well with the sauce and veggies until well combined. Garnish with the peanuts and serve. This dish is good hot, cold, or at room temperature. It is good in a chair, it is good everywhere. It is good for a bribe, it will give you a good vibe. However, it isn’t so good re-heated. If there are any leftovers, they are best served cold or at room temperature.

Serves 4; 30 minutes or under! GF (with rice noodles)/Blue (according to the health guidelines in my books)

Harness The Magic of Visualization in 3 EASY Steps!

Today's blog post was inspired by an email I received from a friend today. I had been noticing her Facebook posts over the last few weeks (well, months really) as it seemed she was getting increasingly frustrated with her job situation. One failed attempt after another was starting to wear on her usually cheerful and optimistic demeanor. She would apply for the "perfect" job, have an interview, and then find out that she hadn't gotten the position after all.

However, today I found out that she not only got a job, but that it was beyond ideal and had just "fallen into her lap." Which was even more beautiful, given that this was what she had been visualizing. And what's also totally exciting? That this job was an even better, more suitable position than any of the others she had been interviewing for.

Here's an excerpt from the email she wrote:

"They wanted to revise the job description so they could take advantage of my writing background. He said, 'We can find anyone to do the administrative tasks for the original post that you applied for, but we see an opportunity with your background and we want to take advantage of it.' The more he talked about what his vision is for my role there, the more excited I got. He sounds thrilled to have me working with them, which just blows my mind. No one has ever been excited about me working for them before!!!"

So, the moral of the story?

* Patience. Even when we don't think things are working out perfectly, they are. We just need to remember what we truly want and trust that it will come about in perfect timing. For example, if another job had come her way, my friend would have missed out on this even more wonderful opportunity that wasn't available until just now.

* Visualization works! Is it a mere coincidence that she'd been visualizing just such an ideal job dropping into her lap? Personally, I dona thinka so.

And now... 3 EASY Ways YOU Can Harness the Magic of Visualization!

1. Make a "vision board." To do this, simply write out phrases that describe your ideals, and/or cut out pictures of your ideals. Put them on a piece of paper or posterboard and place within view. Look at it as much as possible. Let these ideal images resonate within you. And when you do, try to begin seeing these things as something you *already* have.

2. Before bed each night, spend just a few minutes setting up your ideal day. For example, before bed I like to picture how my next morning and day will go - I think of how I want to eat, what kinds of exercise I'll do, and how I will stay in a positive, productive state. It's amazing how well this works!

3. Spend a few minutes each day watching your movie. No, this has nothing to do with what's on Lifetime. This is about your lifetime. First of all, take some time to decide what you truly, truly want out of your life. What kinds of things would you be doing in your ideal life? Where would you live? Who would you surround yourself with? Create a movie for yourself, based on any given day of your ideal life. Then take some time daily to have fun "watching" (visualizing) your movie. Although I've been doing this for years, I saw a very inspiring article on this recently by the lovely Dr. Lissa Rankin. Check it out!

So, what are you waiting for? Your dream life CAN become a reality. All you need to do is imagine, visualize, believe, and then.... wait patiently for it to happen in just the *perfect* way for the highest interests of all involved!!