Friday, March 27, 2015

Doc: In Organic We Trust

What is Organic?

Is Organic healthier?

Why does Organic cost so much?

Is Organic better?

Is Organic just a marketing scheme?


If you don't know the answers to these questions and would like to, In Organic We Trust can get the you the information you need to be an informed consumer.




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's The Deal With Coconut Sugar?

Move over Stevia there's a new player in Sugartown.

Lately, my social circle has been a buzz over Coconut Sugar.  It seems like everyone in the vegan & raw community is switching over to it.

So, I had to find out what was so great about it and whether I should be switching to it as well.

Here's what I found out...

Coconut Sugar, also known as Coconut Palm Sugar, is derived from the coconut palm tree and is believed to be more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than table sugar.

Coconut Sugar has been used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years in the South and South-East Asian regions.

Coconut Sugar is made in a natural 2-step process:
  1. A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers
  2. The sap is placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated
Unlike regular sugar, Coconut Sugar has a high mineral content and contains good stuff like: Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium, in addition to Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6.  It also contains a fiber called Inulin, which may slow glucose absorption and explain why Coconut Sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.

All this goodness aside, sugar is sugar, so sweeten responsibly.


Coconut Sugar looks more like brown sugar, but is not as sweet.  To me it has an almost burnt caramel taste.  But, since Coconut Sugar is not a highly processed product, the color, sweetness & flavor can vary depending on the coconut species used, season when it was harvested, where it was harvested and / or the way the "sap" was reduced.  Use it just like you would traditional white sugar, at a one-for-one replacement ratio - to sweeten tea, in baking, in cooking...anything!

I have already begun incorporating Coconut Sugar into my recipes and am quite happy with it.

Just like most foods, look for the raw, organic version of this sugar; such as Coconuts Secret Raw Coconut Crystals.

Check it out,



Sources:
http://authoritynutrition.com/coconut-sugar/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_sugar


Monday, March 23, 2015

Easy Quinoa Dish

This quick, tasty dish comes together with a few on hand ingredients.

Just boil up some Quinoa (or Couscous or Rice), add 1 can Organic Corn, 1 bag Sugar Snap Peas & some Mrs. Dash Spice Blend.

Ready to eat in under 20 minutes.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hoff's Vegetable Mustard Sauce

Hoff's Vegetable Mustard Sauce
Yields: Enough for 4 servings of vegetables
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 3 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp. Water
  • 1 tbsp. Mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 pitted Dates
  • Pinch Sea Salt
Directions:
  1. In a Mini Food Processor or NutriBullet, blend ingredients until smooth
  2. Check Sauce for consistency and add more Water if necessary

Hoff Thoughts: This sauce is a way healthier version of the Mayo & Mustard Sauce that my mother got me addicted to as a kid.  Sure I could recreate that memorable sauce using Just Mayo & Mustard, but I really want to cut-out the oil.  Use this sauce over Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, etc.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hoff's Steamed Cauliflower with Mustard Sauce (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Steamed Cauliflower with Mustard Sauce (Instant Pot)
Yields: 4 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 1 head Cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • 1 cup Water
Sauce
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 3 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp. Water
  • 1 tbsp. Mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 pitted Dates
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Cut Cauliflower into bite size florets
  2. Place trivet into the stainless steel IP
  3. Pour in Water
  4. Place Cauliflower Florets onto trivet
  5. Close & lock lid
  6. Set Steam setting at High Pressure for 1 minute
  7. Manually release steam
  8. Meanwhile in a Mini Food Processor or Nutribullet, blend Sauce Ingredients until smooth
  9. Gently mix Sauce with Cauliflower to coat

Hoff' Thoughts: Broccoli takes the same time to steam as the Cauliflower, add 1 bunch & double the Sauce ingredients to compensate for the perfect veggie medley.  If you don't have Hemp Seeds, try Cashews or Macadamia Nuts instead.