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Yellow Mung Bean Soup

 - by Dania

I made this soup on a cold snowy day last week and it turned out yummy.  My family has asked for it a few times already.  I don’t have exact measurements, I played it by ear but here’s the recipe, approximately:

  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (diced or crushed)
  • 2-3 carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 2-3 potatoes (diced)
  • Tomato paste
  • Chicken broth (I used 2 cubes)
  • 2 tbsps dry parsley (by all means use fresh if you have some on hand)
  • 2-3  fistfulls Yellow Mung beans (soaked for a couple of hours)
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Meatbals or cooked ground beef (don’t add this if you want a Vegetarian alternative)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Saute onions until they are clear then add garlic and cook together for a few minutes
  2. Add carrots, potatoes, meat, curry, tumeric, salt and pepper
  3. Cook for a few minutes
  4. Add parsely, paste and broth
  5. Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes or until the beans are cooked through

I made it as a main meal (you can add more veggies to make it denser) and served it with fresh warm bread.

Yellow Mung Beans:

Health Benefits of Mung Beans

  • Mung bean is a wonderful legume that helps with weight reduction.
  • It has got high protein and fiber content which can help lower cholesterol levels.
  • Mung bean sprouts are rich in vitamins A, B, C and E and are a perfect source of minerals such as potassium, iron and calcium.
  • According to Chinese medicine, the sprouts have anti-cancerous properties.
  • They are used to treat inflammations, that can arise as a result of infections, hypertension and heatstrokes.
  • Mung beans have a high fiber content that yields complex carbohydrates, which help digestion. The complex carbohydrates balance the blood sugar levels in the body and halt the rise of sugar levels just after meal consumption. This is especially great for people suffering from high cholesterol or diabetes.

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Poisonous Make-Up?

 - by Dania

It amazes me every day how much we are surrounded by toxins.  I am becoming pickier by the day about what products I use at home and what type of food we eat.  The more you learn, the more you realize how much these companies are harming us for profit.  I don’t want to go into all of it now, it will be a very long entry but suffice it to say it is not a coincidence children these days are hitting puberty years younger than they did a couple of decades ago and the number of kids with allergies is rising!

The other day I read about chemicals and preservatives in our foods.  According to the articles, these don’t only cause mild symptoms; some can cause serious illnesses.  Believe me I am not an alarmist but when I see and hear about many young people around me having all sorts of health issues and weird symptoms, it makes me wonder.

I was reading “Master your Metabolism” by Jillian Michaels this morning and came across a section about removing toxins from your home.  There was a section about cosmetics and information about a movement to demand safer cosmetics (The campaign for safer cosmetics – www.safecosmetics.org.  This made me wonder what is in the products we use daily.  I mean I know that many nail products are not very safe, you can smell it and feel yourself getting sick, but the stuff for the face too?  I thought these were regulated.   Well by following the links, I landed on a site that I think is very useful for everyone to check:  www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.

I started entering the names of the various products I use (from cosmetics to toothpaste) and some came back as mildly toxic but some were in red as having high levels of toxicity!  I thought these were natural and safe products, I was shocked.  But the kicker was I found products such as shampoo and toothpaste products for kids that have moderate to higher levels of toxicity and that made me mad!  That is why I think it is important to share these sites with you.  Check them out so that at least from now on you can make an informed decision for yourself and choose safer products for the kids.

We need to take a stand and make it known that as consumers with the purchasing power, we won’t stand for lax safety standards and demand that companies across the board be more concerned about safety rather than the bottom line or there will be no bottom line to worry about.  We will take our hard earned dollars elsewhere!

Final thought:  As I said, I am not an alarmist but when you look around and you add it all up it just starts to irk me.  The main point is not to give it all up and go live on a ranch in the middle of nowhere and grow your own lettuce but just to be aware and make informed decisions.

I would love to hear from you at: dania at mommynuggets dot com !

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Cilantro Fish Dish!

 - by Dania

Cilantro Fish Dish

This is not a hard dish to make; the longest part is the washing and chopping of the fresh cilantro.  It is great for company, very presentable on a platter and quite original.  It is also a great option for a healthy meal idea. 

  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro – washed, dried and chopped
  • 6 cod fish fillets (you can use haddock – should be a white fish)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2-3 tbsp crushed coriander
  • 1 tbsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tsp All Spice pepper
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch Radish
  • Pita bread
  1. Brush fish with olive oil and salt and bake in oven until well done per package instructions
  2. Fry onions until they become clear and add garlic, toss together for a few minutes
  3. Add ground coriander, all spice, ground cumin, cinnamon, lemon juice and toss together
  4. Add half of the chopped fresh cilantro, toss and remove from stove
  5. Once the fish has baked and cooled, shred (by hand) and add to pan with onion mixture
  6. Cook all together on medium high for a few minutes to mix flavors well, add salt and remaining fresh cilantro, toss for together for a few minutes and remove from stove
  7. Spread on platter, drizzle with a bit of olive oil (optional but so yummy)
  8. Serve with radishes, pita bread.  Have a halved lemon on the table to be squeezed fresh on the dish to taste.
  9. Also, if you like a kick to it, you can add Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper

 

Bon Apetit!

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Chicken Bell Pepper Wraps

 - by Dania

Chicken Bell Pepper Wraps:

  • 3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 2 Medium onions sliced into half moons
  • 2 Bell peppers (any color you like) sliced into thin strips
  • Mushrooms (optional)
  • Fajita spice bag.  If you don’t have one on hand here’s what I use:
    • Paprika (to taste)
    • Turmeric (bright yellow powder – if you have it)
    • Dash of Curry powder           
  • Fresh or dried parsley flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat pan on high with a bit of oil and sauté onions strips for a couple of minutes
  2. Add chicken strips and spices
  3. Toss with onions and let cook through on medium heat
  4. Add bell peppers, mushrooms and toss for 5 five minutes and turn off heat
  5. Use Fajita wraps or pita bread to make  wraps

Easy, quick and can be adapted to any taste.  Bon Apetit!

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Rice (Meat & Veggies) and Yogurt

 - by Dania

Rice (meat and veggies) and Yogurt  

  • 1 onion chopped into small squares
  • Ground beef (about 1/2 pound)
  • Frozen veggies (peas, corn, carrots)
  • 2 Cups rice (I use basmati)
  • 3 Cups of liquid (water or broth)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Fry onions on medium heat until golden, add meat, salt and pepper to taste, and cook until well done
  2. Add veggies and toss with meat and onions for a couple of  minutes
  3. Wash rice and drain a few times
  4. Add rice, salt (to taste) and liquid
  5. Let rice boil on med-high until water is almost fully evaporated
  6. Lower heat to min and let rice simmer for 30 minutes.  Et Voila!

Serve warm with plain yogurt.  It is quick, easy and healthy.  Kids love it!

For a Vegetarian alternative, remove the meat.  You can also serve as a side dish.

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