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Miso Pumpkin Soup
2 pounds kabocha, pumpkin, or butternut squash
1 pound sweet potatoes
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1 shallot, chopped
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
3 tablespoons mellow white or yellow miso (gluten-free if necessary)
6 cups vegetable stock
2 tablespoons chopped chives or scallions
1/2 teaspoon shichimi togarashi or black and/or white sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Seed the pumpkin and cut it into 2-inch pieces. If the pumpkin is easy enough to peel raw, such in the case of a butternut squash, you can go ahead and peel it before cutting and roasting. A pumpkin with a harder skin, such as a kabocha, may be cut and roasted and the peel removed afterwards. (Or simply leave the skin on; it's edible when tender, although the soup will be slightly less smooth.)
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 2-inch pieces.
Combine the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and garlic on a baking sheet, toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until the pumpkin and sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 30 minutes, tossing halfway through. If you left the pumpkin skins on, peel when cool enough to handle.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over moderate heat. Add the shallots and ginger and cook until softened. Add the miso and vegetable stock and stir until dissolved. Add the roasted vegetables and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat if necessary to avoid boiling, as this can impair the flavor of the miso.
Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or puree in batches in a blender or food processor.
To serve, garnish with chives and a sprinkle of shichimi togarashi or sesame seeds.
Source: The Kitchn
By Ariel Wittenberg | September 14, 2014 | Standard Times / SouthCoast Today
Nature is the best teacher. That's the philosophy of farmer and author Joel Salatin, who will be the keynote speaker next month at The Marion Institute's annual Connecting for Change conference held in New Bedford.
Salatin owns Polyface Farm in West Virginia, where he raises cows, chickens, rabbits, pigs, other types of livestock and many types of vegetable produce, too.
His farm is famous among organic farmers and those critical of the commercial food industry because of its unique take on raising produce and animals. The farm was featured in the 2006 book The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, which criticized American eating habits as being heavily influenced by industrial farming. Salatin also is interviewed in the documentary Food Inc., which also is about industrial farming.
In contrast, Salatin describes his farm as "beyond organic" because of the way it "mimics mother nature."
On Salatin's farm, the animals roam free while fences to protect them, as well as their shelters, are portable and move about the farm's 500 acres with the livestock. As the animals move around, their hooves and feet help to aerate the soil, and their feces help to fertilize it to grow crops.
Everything on the farm is natural, which Salatin said is "your best bet."
"If you're going to bet on a horse, would you pick the one that's been winning for hundreds of years or the one that hasn't been in a race before?" he said. "The new horse that runs on drugs and chemicals is a really new horse. We model our farm on nature because it is simple and has stood the test of time."
Salatin said he hopes to achieve "ecological healing," instead of bleeding the earth dry, as he said commercial farms do.
Connecting for Change spokesman Glenn Oliveira said he thought SouthCoast farmers and city dwellers alike would learn from seeing Salatin in person.
"He breaks down a lot of stereotypes people have about farms of his size," he said. "He talks about how health and nutrition can all tie back to how the food you eat was farmed."
Andrew Pollack, who owns the organic Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth, said he was familiar with Salatin's work and would like to hear him speak.
"His farm is sort of the ideal of what a farm should be," he said. "The sun grows the hay, the hay feeds the horse, the horse pulls the plow to grow the vegetables that feed the farmer."
Pollack said Salatin's way of farming would not have been uncommon 100 years ago, but that new technology has industrialized everything.
"He is the hold out to demonstrate how if you take care of your land and you take care of your animals they will take care of you," he said.
Salatin will speak at the Zeiterion Theatre on Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Follow Ariel Wittenberg on Twitter @awittenberg_SCT
From the Swiss Secret by Dr. Thomas Rau:
Sweet Potato—Pine Nut Spread
What we call a sweet potato is really a deep orange yam, and they are full of vitamins
and minerals and low in fat. This is a healthful and satisfying spread, lovely on a simple rye cracker for a snack between meals. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to five days.
MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP
1 large sweet potato or yam (8 to 10 ounces)
2 tablespoon of pine nuts (pignoli)
1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prick the sweet potato in several places with the tip of a knife and bake for about 45 minutes, until very tender throughout. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Scrape the sweet potato from the skin.
2. In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over medium heat, shaking the pan to stir the nuts, until they are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 3 minutes.
3. In a food processor—a mini works well here—combine the baked sweet potato and toasted pine nuts. Puree until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of the maple syrup, the oil, cinnamon, and sea salt. Puree to blend. Taste and add up to 1 more tablespoon maple syrup if needed.
ARE YOU TOXIC?
The American Center for Biological Medicine invites you to take part in the
Liver Detox Week
November 3rd – November 7th, 2014
The Liver Detox Week is a special opportunity to take part in an extensive and individualized program to properly detoxify your body to increase health and vitality. There will be just 8 patients included in the program, so you will have direct guidance, access and one-on-one support from the leading Biological Medicine doctors and staff at The American Center for Biological Medicine.
Contact Mindy Brown at email@example.com for more information. Please include your phone number so that she may call you back. Also, you may call 480-614-5820 for further details. The cost of treatment is $3,800.00 for the week (25 hours of clinic treatment). The American Center for Biological Medicine's state of the art facility in Scottsdale, Arizona is the largest and most complete Biological Medicine treatment and training facility outside of Europe and is a proud partner of the Biological Medicine Network.
It makes sense then that the liver, which is the body’s most important filtration system, and those organs and cells that are already compromised become like a sponge and continue to absorb and store more and more toxins thus comprising the biological processes and exacerbating disease in the body.
This is clearly evident in conventional and new cutting edge technological diagnostic tests that those going through the disease process have an extremely high toxic overload in organs, specifically and most importantly one’s liver which in turn effects all other organs, tissue, and cells.
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Myers cocktail IV therapy followed by a glutathione push is an intravenous vitamin-and-mineral formula for the treatment of a wide range of clinical conditions and detoxification. This treatment consists of magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamin C in which the nutrients are given intravenously so as to bypass the digestive system in order for a much higher level of nutrition to be delivered directly to your cells via the bloodstream. The nutrients then feed those cells that are sluggish and help provide immediate therapeutic response by correcting deficiencies that may arise biological imbalances and support the detoxification process. The glutathione is then pushed in order to flood the body and its cells with higher concentrations of this great antioxidant in order to maintain the normal function of the immune system.
Supplementation will then be implemented to aid in the elimination of the toxins that occur as byproducts of the detoxification process. These carefully chosen homeopathics, herbs, gemmos, Nutraceuticals, and probiotics will also help up-build and balance the gastrointestial tract, relieve hepatic congestion, and speed liver regeneration and health.
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Those of you gardeners know that in mid-August, you have to get creative with how to use all of the delicious vegetables in your garden! We love roasting vegetables for two reasons: the delicious rich flavors and how easy it is to do!
Garden Vegetable Pasta Toss
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
1 medium-sized zucchini
1 medium-sized summer squash
2 cups green beans, sliced in half
4 tbsp olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
Optional: 1 hot pepper (we used jalepeno)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop vegetables and toss in a large pan. Cook for approximately 30 minutes until the cherry tomatoes have popped. Serve over whole wheat spaghetti or brown rice.
Yield: 1 serving
Hummus (yields 1 cup):
1.5 cups chickpeas
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon tahini
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper, to taste
2 slices gluten free bread (I use Biona’s rice bread)
1/4 cup black olives, halved
half a dozen tomatoes, diced
juice 1/2 lemon
a handful of basil leaves, minced
1. Hummus: Drain and rinse the chickpeas, add to a food processor with all the other ingredients, blend until a creamy puree forms.
2. Tartine: Toast two slices of your bread and spread with a generous amount of your homemade hummus. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, diced tomatoes, olives and minced basil leaves and a pinch of salt. Mix and pour on top of the hummus.
Recipe from: kriscarr
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