Noor’s Lemon-Dill Pesto Drenched Noodles

Noor’s Lemon-Dill Pesto Drenched Noodles

Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free. Soy-Free. 

Garnished w/ raw pine nuts.

Garnished w/ raw pine nuts.

Pasta is a traditional food for many, but with modern allergies, it’s not friendly for everyone. I’ve come upon Jovial Foods long ago, and until now, it’s one of the top brands of pasta in my opinion. I recommend my clients choose this pasta over others not only because it’s organic, or allergy friendly, but because of the numerous benefits that come with Einkorn wheat.

Their Wheat Pastas are 100% Einkorn, which is the traditional wheat not hybridized like modern wheat. It contains lots of protein, dietary fiber, B Vitamins, minerals, and must say, is wonderful for those with gluten sensitivity.

They also have a line of gluten-free products, one of the few companies to make pasta gluten-free without adding unnecessary preservatives and fillers. 

You can purchase Jovial Pasta Products here or find a local health shop that carries it.

 

I absolutely love pesto, and I make my pesto dressing without the nuts and cheese for a twist. I add other greens and herbs for a tasty spike in taste and health. This pesto is full of super-foods, anti-inflammatory benefits, Vitamin K, A, C, and traces of beneficial minerals from the unrefined pink salt.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 box Jovial Organic Egg Noodles

1/3 cup raw pine nuts

Noor’s Super-Food Pesto:

1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Unrefined Real Salt

½ teaspoon organic cumin

½ teaspoon ground onion

½ teaspoon organic ground turmeric

¼ cup fresh dill

¼ cup fresh mint leaves

1 cup organic baby kale

½ cup organic fresh parsley

¼ cup organic fresh cilantro

Juice of 2 fresh lemons

¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Noor's pesto in the making.

Noor’s pesto in the making.

 

Directions:

  1. Cook the noodles as directed on the package. Don’t overcook them for they will become mushy.
  2. Place the noodles in a serving platter and drizzle with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This helps them not stick together as they cool off; learned this from my mother.
  3. In a personal blender add all the pesto ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the pesto over the noodles. Toss to mix it lightly. Garnish with raw pine nuts.
  5. I enjoy serving this with wild-salmon. 🙂 
Served with wild- salmon and veggies.

I served it with wild- salmon and veggies.

 

 

A Super Delicious Super Food: Quinoa

For my health advice column in the newspaper this week, the question was referring to Quinoa as a gluten free food. Along with the request from a friend for my quinoa recipe, I thought I’d put up the recipe (I know I put this before but I altered it a bit, and added the advice). So I’ll share the advice response here too, followed by the recipe, which is dedicated to a special friend.  😉 

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free (don’t top with Organic Greek Yogurt/ Organic sour cream), and vegetarian, yet high in protein.

I have to say, although this is yummy, this is not my favorite recipe for quinoa. My favorite is cooked without tomato paste or corn, and topped with a bunch of avocados.  I’ll have that step by step recipe soon .:)

My response to the question in my weekly health advice column:

Today almost everyone is struggling with a food allergy or intolerance. While one person is lactose intolerant, another is allergic to nuts, and a third is struggling with celiac disease. Knowing what to eat and what to avoid could really help one cure their body.

Quinoa is growing in popularity, and when you take a deep look at its health benefits you’ll know exactly why. For those unfamiliar with this seed, quinoa is a grain like crop. Quinoa sure is gluten free, so those with celiac disease or wheat intolerance should feel comfortable enjoying this grain.

Quinoa contains many essential protein amino acids, and is high in many essential vitamins and minerals including manganese, iron, and calcium. For those with arthritis, do add quinoa in your diet for it helps lower inflammation in the body. Plus, while quinoa is high in protein and fiber, it’s very low in fat and is quite filling. So what’s not to like about this super-seed?

Quinoa is prepared very similar to rice. Usually one cup of the grain takes two cups of water for it to be tender.

I love using quinoa in desserts as well as main dishes. I even occasionally replace burghul (cracked wheat) in my homemade taboulli salad with quinoa. You can replace your usual bowl of oatmeal with cooked quinoa topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, raw walnuts, raisins, and Organic Raw honey.

As a main dish I cook Quinoa and allow it to cool. I add a variety of vegetables, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Flaxseed Oil, and of course top it with lots of fresh ripe avocadoes. Or as a variation I do a “Mexican quinoa” salad with black beans, tomato paste, and delicious spices. It’s easy to play around with this seed, and I assure you once you add it to your diet you wouldn’t be able to go on without it. 

Quinoa on the left. Barley spinach (recipe to come later) on the right.

Quinoa on the left. Barley spinach (recipe to come later) on the right.

 

Noory’s Gone Mexican Quinoa

Ingredients:

1 cup Organic Quinoa rinsed

2 cans black beans, rinsed and soaked

1 bag frozen Organic, non-GMO corn

1 bag Organic Chopped Spinach

1 can Organic tomato paste

1 can Organic diced tomatoes (spicy if desired!)

Himalayan Pink Salt or Real Salt, mustard, black pepper, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and cajun

Water for cooking (approximately 4-5 cups)

Organic Sour Cream or Organic Grass-Fed Greek Yogurt (optional)

Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet (with lid) place corn, spinach, and washed black beans with 2 cups water. Simmer on medium heat.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, spices as desired, and rinsed Quinoa. Mix well. Add enough water (2 inches above) Cover and allow to cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally if necessary. Once Quinoa is tenderly cooked it will be transparent in color.
  3. Fluff with a fork and serve warm. My suggested serving, a dollop of certified Organic sour cream/Greek Yogurt and the fresh chopped cilantro!
  4. Enjoy!

P.S: This tastes delicious alone or as a dip with clean ingredient tortilla chips! (Pick Organic when possible ;))

Gone Vegetables Salmon

It’s hard to get omega-3 fatty acids from food, but enjoying wild caught Alaskan salmon is a great way to boost protein and fatty-acids. Fish is a quick and easy protein to cook, and very nutritious (when not farm raised!). Even little Layan won’t mind finding this on her dinner plate. 

 This is a 3-step dinner recipe, it really can’t get easier than this! I don’t think it’ll take you more than 30 minutes maximum. 🙂

Ingredients:
1 or 2 Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon fillets (pre-marinated)

3 large carrots

1 broccoli head

4 zucchinis

5-6 mushrooms

Fresh garlic cloves

2 tablespoons Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (or any oil you prefer)

 

Directions:

STEP 1

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake the salmon covered for about 15 minutes. Remove the skin and place in a glass, oven-safe Pyrex. 

Remove the skin of the salmon and place in a glass Pyrex.

Remove the skin of the salmon and place in a glass Pyrex.

STEP 2

Wash and cut your vegetables in medium/large chunks. Place in a large skillet with the 2 tablespoons of oil. Cook on medium/high heat, but don’t overcook.

Chunky fresh vegetables in skillet with 2 tbsp coconut oil

Chunky fresh vegetables in skillet with 2 tbsp coconut oil

STEP 3

Top the salmon with the fresh vegetables uncovered for about 5-7 minutes. Remove and serve with a side of grain (Quinoa, rice, pasta, barley, etc).

Top salmon with the vegetables. Bake 5-7 mins.

Top salmon with the vegetables. Bake 5-7 mins.

Enjoy!

Enjoy! Serve with steamed rice, quinoa, or clean ingredient pasta.

Learning to Improvise, When Green Vegetables Saved My Day

I woke up yesterday intending to make chick pea vegetable patties and grill them up in coconut oil with a side of hummus (chick pea, tahini and lemon juice dip). Things didn’t go as planned.

I planned to begin with the hummus dip (since the patties consist of hummus I won’t have to wash the food processor: D) so I dumped all the ingredients and, BAM, it doesn’t work! I tried to make sure it wasn’t the interlock safety mode but it wasn’t so…

I took out the blender. I made the hummus dip as usual and scooped it into the serving platter. I started at an extra cup and a half of chick peas and green vegetables and then, a light bulb lit. I tossed in the chick peas, greens, some spices, a drop of tahini to thicken it, and pulsed away! The results: amazing!

So I present  what I’d like to call “Green Hummus to the Max” since the maximum amount of  Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and a bunch of other nutrients are sky rocketing high (thanks to the kale and mustard greens) and no one can tell.

*Props to my brother for the awesome photography skills using his DSLR camera, thanks Sully! 😉

For the regular Old-School Hummus:

Ingredients:

1 can chick peas washed real well and drained (or pre-soaked dried chick peas)

About 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

¼ cup organic tahini paste (ground sesame seed paste)

Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt (Layan likes this salt b/c her name happens to be in it :P)

Pinch of ground cumin

½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder (if using my food processor I use fresh cloves)

*cold water if it’s too thick

*Cold-Pressed Extra virgin olive oil for garnish, fresh mint or spring mix veggies

Directions:

Toss all ingredients in the blender (use a food processor if you have one!) and pulse until smooth to the desired thickness you prefer. Place on serving platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and garnish with fresh mint or spring mix leaves. Serve with pita bread or vegetables as a dip.

 

Hummus

Hummus

Now for the star of the show, the Green Hummus to the Max recipe:

Ingredients:

1 can chick peas washed real well and drained (or pre-soaked dried chick peas)

2 cups organic kale, mustard greens, or even spinach!

About 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1-2 tablespoons organic tahini paste (ground sesame seed paste)

Pinch of Himalayan Pink salt

Pinch of ground organic cumin

½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder (if using my food processor I use fresh cloves)

*cold water if it’s too thick

*Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil for garnish, fresh mint or spring mix veggies

 

Directions:

Toss all ingredients in the blender (use a food processor if you have one!) and pulse until smooth to the desired thickness you prefer. Place on serving platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and garnish with fresh mint or spring mix leaves. Serve with pita bread or vegetables as a dip.

The Green stuff...the taste was family approved!

The Green stuff…the taste was family approved!

Tri-Hummus Brunch.

Tri-Hummus Brunch.

Brunch.

Brunch.

***I served fresh vegetables as well as these oregano baked breads as dippers:

Dippp Away

Dippp Away

Oregano, EVOO, and Organic Cheese

Oregano, EVOO, and Organic Cheese

Round  whole wheat buns, oregano and extra virgin olive oil as well.

Round whole wheat buns, oregano and extra virgin olive oil as well.

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