No Salt Seasoning…

 

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No-salt flavorings, powders, blends are really  hard to find — actually, GOOD ones are hard to find! Making your own, to your own tastes, suitable for various dishes is also good, but, for me can be difficult to make up on my own, as I go…it takes some experimenting with each flavor addition to get exactly the right amount of this or that. Accomplishing that for any one dish is challenging, but very rewarding (as long as you write it down!!)

 

 

 

A general all-purpose seasoning is probably harder. But I really find it invaluable because it can boost an already, specifically spiced dish and it can stand alone as a broth or stock

SO, all that to say, I’ve been recently using McCormick’s Perfect Pinch, Salt-Free Original, All Purpose Seasoning.

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You can see it is not ground so I prefer to use it cooked; but, it can certainly be worked into raw dishes :^) It makes a really good,  basic, vegetable broth/stock; and isn’t so specific in one flavor to make it prohibitive to almost any style food you are preparing — sort of a chameleon base broth :^).

It lends itself to long-cooking, as well as quick cooked or short, simmered dishes,too, which is really nice! Only one drawback — it’s not organic. But I can deal with that for now; my diet is pretty much organic (as organic as I can get it!)  Maybe fooling with the ingredients listed on the label, I can fanagle my own version…

McCormick’s Perfect Pinch Original, All Purpose, Salt-Free Seasoning is available in most supermarkets. I’m in Southern California, but I suppose most generic super-markets are the same.

A few of my favorite veggies for flavoring my broths or cooking foods in include, onions, garlic, celery, green bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms (all kinds!). I will add other veggies, such as starches — I like parsnips, potatoes; corn — which add texture(s) and flavor, but I limit starches.

I like spices and herbs too, especially, chiles and/or their powders; cumin; coriander; allspice; marjoram; epazote. I like fresh oregano and basil when they fit; tomato powder; a touch of nutritional yeast.

Mustard is appropriate if a bit of tang+flavor bomb is wanted! I like Westbrae Naturals Stone Ground, No Salt Added Mustard. Or, make your own!

What are your favorite veggies for broth or no-salt seasonings?

Strix :^)

Falling for Figs…

Late Summer and Fall is the Season….

Oh, my …

Do you really need a reason?

Loaded with calcium would be only one!

Though they don’t store for long….


You can’t go wrong…

One luscious bite…

…and you’ll be undone…

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Decadece and bliss…

Oh, dear…

You’ll surely be remiss…

Enjoy them while they’re here!

Note:

 Most figs contain insect parts, having been pollinated internally by a certain species of wasp. As this would, technically, render them “not vegan,” I stick to a variety of the ficus carica figs — Black Missions — which are common in California, and do not require this type of pollination.

While entomophagy has been touted as one of the most nutritious diets, I’m certainly not on that bandwagon ;). Though, we all consume critters unintentionally because they get caught in foods we eat all the time (such as tomato sauces, and other packaged foods; on or in fresh fruits, grains, and veggies, etc.) There is even a certain amount the governing bodies “allow” in our food. Yipes!

I do know that many cuisines of various cultures around the world have been eating this way for the ages, and consider this a diet more healthful than consuming other animals of the four-legged kind,  fishes, or birds.  It seems it would be. I imagine the disastrous, life-killing effects of flesh and dairy would not be found in an entomophagic diet. Aside from the ethical vegan issue, it would make for interesting nutritional discussion. I would love to see scientific study or research on nutrition and entomophagy…I bet there is little.

Strix

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Dr. Fuhrman on PBS…

Check your local listings!

Starting Tomorrow, Saturday, August 11 PBS stations will begin airing Dr. Fuhrman’s new special,
“Immunity Solution.”

Here, in Los Angeles, it is showing on KOCE, channel 50.

It will probably be showing over the next couple weeks, if you missed it. Be sure to catch it; and tell everyone you know!

 

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Must See DG!

Yes, who needs “Must See Tv” when we’ve got Must See Dr. G.? 😀
Fantastic presentation by the very personable doctor, Michael Greger, of Nutrition Facts.org. How often do you find a doctor with a funny bone, who is approachable and, guess what? knows his stuff!

It’s an hour, but let’s face it: you’re reading a post on a blog called BeStrixed. You can spare the time! 😛 So turn up the volume while you prepare your meal or whatever you’ gotta do. This is Must See DG!!!

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And now, for all you plant lovers…

I’ve been looking for an organic one of these for ages, but have been unsuccessful 😥 . I decided to just get the regular and live with it (hopefully!)

So…time to play…

What Is It?

Okay, it’s a plant…

But what plant?

Okay, I know it looks like it could be a few different things…

Could it be?….

No? Am I being too tough on you?

Little closer, then…

Okay,

Here…

You got it now, right?

Okay, so maybe some of you gardeners out there can give it a shot…

Hmm….

Okay, here’s a hint:

I made this with it…

😛 Now that’s a dead giveaway, Y’All. C’mon, now!

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tnim etalocohc 😉 – Yep. Tastes like and bonus,SMELLS like! Awesomest herb ever. Try some!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Silky Araucania Ruca Yarn

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“Raindrops on windows and whispers from willows

Shepherds of sea life from great whales to minnows

silver white tea leaves sun-kissed into greens

These are a few of my favorite things!”

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Okay, been a while since my last “Favorite Things” post…ya think? 😕 But here we go…

So, my favorite tea greens are ground up into Matcha, as I’ve mentioned; my favorite being Matcha from Mountain Rose Herbs which consistently offers superior quality for fantastic prices. You’ll not find that quality matcha for less.

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A Touch of Evil 😀 (just a touch 😉 )

Jerusalem Artichoke Inulin Powder, from Natural Zing

Now, I normally do not recommend sweeteners aside from fresh fruits,and, really, it shouldn’t be needed much at all on a  NDE Diet. But, occasionally, when needed, I like to go as natural as is good —  this is my favorite:  One of the ever increasingly popular type of  inulins being used as sweetners; specifically, my favorite is Artichoke Inulin. (The most popular, well-known, and the “original” is chicory inulin*) This is not the  artichoke flower which may come to mind, but a different root veg called Jerusalem Artichoke,  also known as sunchoke. These were a “What Is It?” featured here on BeStrixed.

Artichoke inulin is available from a few sources; I get mine from Natural Zing — another “Favorites” places! Lots of raw-foodie good stuffs 😀

By the way, fresh sunchokes, aka Jerusalem artichokes are great mashed and combined with cauliflower to make faux mashed potatoes! Delicious veggie!

I first tried inulin in chicory form, many years ago before I was an NDE, and, while it didn’t taste bad, it was not sweet enough for me, nor for the recipes I was making at the time. Whew! Glad those hyper-sweet days are long gone! Still it is much better than the alternatives such as Splenda, and saccharins out there, so if the artichoke is not available for you, the chicory may be one to try.

I have always liked stevia (combined with erythritol,which I also recommend – no laxative/gas/bloating effect; and better for some applications); however, Dr. Greger has recommended what is a safe amount of stevia, so bear that in mind (But also, pure unprocessed stevia seems to  have no problems**)One thing to remember, though, is that stevia doesn’t require large amounts anyway. I used to find erythritol in small independent vitamin shops (if lucky) or online in few places; it’s now everywhere. Again, sweeteners should not be used in large amounts in a Nutrient Dense Diet; but, I use it for the occasional beverage, for example, and moreso for guests dishes and desserts.  I’ve used it for Thousand Island dressing as well.

I really don’t like date sugar unless it is for a brown sugar substitute, for which it is perfect( See my No-Grains Granola, and my Essene breads/Manna/Raw/Ezekiel, etc.)Plus, way too much sugar, way too many calories, and…

…very grainy makes it less than ideal: See here what happens when you sift date sugar

Big difference!  Oh, and …

always check the label to see if it’s 100% dates…Yikes!Oat flour! And Wheat!

HOWEVER….

…You know there’s always one ;^)  On the plus side, fresh dates are very nutritious and don’t have to be excommunicated from your Eat To Live relig — uh, I mean, menu! ;^) ) Occasionally, they are fine. See my Butterscotch Pudding” recipe 😉

Luo Han Guo, pure,  is another sort of brown-sugar-ish flavor sweetener with a fruity-ish twist; I don’t like it, really. It’s got its own unique flavor which makes it use very limited. It can be found in combinations (with one of the sugar alcohols, for example),which improves it immensely; some being better than others. Basically fruit and, GRAS, it doesn’t seem to be bad; however, there are always critics.

As an aside, D mannose, commonly used to treat bladder infections, is sometimes found in sweeteners. It is also a “simple sugar molecule.”

Many other sweeteners out there, but I don’t or didn’t intend this to be a review of all faux sweeteners! 🙂

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–> Back to the Artichoke Inulin — 😉

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I’d say, it’s about 70% as sweet as the same amount of sugar; HOWEVER, I must caution that my sweet sense is really heightened compared to the taste buds of someone consuming sugar at a standard rate. I haven’t had sugar in over 8 years; so, it probably would not be a choice of the average American-style-diet consumer. In fact, I know it wouldn’t. A standard diet eater may think this is maybe 40- to 50% as sweet as regular sugar.

It’s actually delicious.

Upsides

Unlike all fake sweeteners, Jerusalem artichoke inulin has some nutritive value. Even the erythritol I mentioned is harmless, but it’s not nutritious — not by a long shot.

Healthful; pre-biotic;  It is white-ish; dissolves well (though best in warm to hot) and clear; has no aftertaste; no strange flavors or bitterness whatsoever; very “clean” taste; measures more like sugar; has an emulsifying ability, adding smoothness/creaminess, slight thickening; NO graininess at all, it’s powdered, but not dusty; goes with well with any type of recipe.

Downside

is the price 😦 . Still, if you are an NDE (Nutrient Dense Eater) who has healed from sugar addiction, then you  won’t need loads of it 😉 It does provide some calories,; though not too many, in my opinion.  Another you may like is Agave Inulin — higher calories; less expensive.

So, Artichoke Inulin —  my favorite, best recommendation for sweetening, when you must!

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“Plant yarns,  and fabrics, compassionate satins

Pleathers and faux furs, save seals brutal lashes

Bees buzzing by with nectar on their knees…

These are a few of my favorite things!”

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Araucania Ruca is a gorgeous drapey yarn made from sugarcane — Yes, THAT sugarcane! It is a perfect substitute for silk and is often mistaken for same. Stunning, silky and soft.

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There are a plethora of plant yarns and fabrics so there is no need to rob animals of their skins and hair (and then eventually kill them, no matter how “humane” you are told they are treated).

Wendy-Peter Pan 4-Ply Fingering Yarn

Really, way too many favorites, but a stand out yarn for socks is Wendy Peter Pan “Happy 4-Ply” Bamboo/Nylon blend. The reason I love-love-love this yarn is because it is a true fingering weight yarn (I can use a quintuple 0 needle  for socks). The color — as with most bamboo — is stunning. It’s machine washable; strong(!); and wears very well. Feels mighty nice, too. No drapey socks, either; the nylon holds them up well.Wish they had solids!

Hemp yarns are great for accessories; here is just one way I’ve put this strong, sturdy yarn to use –a nice pair of working gloves :^)

I love hemp fabric. One would think it’s harsh; it’s not! Try my favorite, Hemp Traders. Lots of variety. Seriously, they’ve got hemp velvet and terry cloth — suede! Love it. All kinds of blends. Great place. Great service. Great products. I’ve bought tons from them.

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Purlple Aronia Berries, powdered

And since I added that link to the agave inulin, a shoutout to Z-Naturals! A definite “Favorite Things” place. The fastest service I’ve ever experienced, good-quality products and  good prices.

I have been using their superfruits in my green smoothies — Purple Aronia berries and Seabuckthorn berries (though only available in powdered form and most products are in bulk.) A few other things I’ve ordered, all fab quality. Good stuff.

But of course You All know how I adore Mountain Rose Herbs. Def at the top of my Faves list! I’ve been shopping there for years and they just get better and better. Here’s a tip, though: If you phone order, make sure to get all you need when you call because, one, they will not allow you to add anything once they put your order through (as in you cannot call back even 1 minute later and add on; nor even right after they input it while you’re ordering!); so write it all down and have ready to order if you call; two, the shipping is expensive!

“Amla”Also known as INDIAN gooseberries

I’ve mentioned lots of stuff I get from MRH, including dried fruit; Iam so glad they offer  whole, dried Amla berries . I also love-LOVE their bilberries — super yummy in my GJGS’s! Elderberries, and, of course Maqui’s are two others I buy regularly. YES, I still use fresh fruit! But why deprive myself of this bounty when it’s available?

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*Chicory, by the way, is one of, if not the, original coffee substitute. The roots are roasted and ground. There are many variations of its use for coffee; so if you need one, a blend with chicory and dandelion is one you may want to try.

**That I am aware, pure stevia plant, meaning the green leaves, simply ground or used whole-leaf has no problems associated with it — if anyone knows any different, please leave let me know in the comments! The stevia most used and referred to is the highly processed and isolated white stevia powder.

More “Favorites” to come!

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Eat Your WHITE Foods! Yes, I said that…

WHITE. The dreaded “white foods,” right? WRONG!  White foods are some of the most powerful on the planet. I for one, am tired of the white foods bashing and am taking a stand! Take a looksee…

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Of course there are more like parsnips, durian, and jicama…

Some have white varieties such as white radishes; white pumpkins; white peaches; white  nectarines; white corn, etc.

Many seeds, nuts, and beans are white…

Some I’m not sure about such as guavas. Or, for example, kohlrabi (green or purple) which, if not young or of certain variety, can have inedible colored skin and only white parts to eat — like the black radishes I mentioned in my black foods post.

Of course we must avoid processed junkola, but that isn’t real food, is it?  I mean flour is an isolated processed part of a whole. Very few whole foods are the dreaded “white foods.” I’ll give you white potatoes and popcorn, but even those are sorta okay once in awhile.

But let’s set ’em straight, shall we? Next time someone says to “avoid the ‘white foods,'” rattle off some of the above power foods. Educate them about the many delicious, healthful, anti-aging white foods that the Nutrient-Dense-Eaters among us eat to live  ;^)

  1. Quince
  2. Garlic
  3. Galangal
  4. Jerusalem Artichoke
  5. White Lima Beans
  6. Pignolis
  7. White Chias
  8. Rutabaga
  9. Banana
  10. Cashews
  11. Sunflower Seeds
  12. Cauliflower
  13. Cherimoya
  14. Chestnuts
  15. Coconut
  16. Turnips
  17. White Figs
  18. Onions
  19. Ginger
  20. White Grapes
  21.  Mushrooms
  22. Pears
  23. Plantains

Can you think of some other white foods?

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Some Knitting…

My ETL fingerless gloves 😉

New gloves pics up the gallery 😀

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This is a simple sweater I’m working on.

I *Love* this yarn; it’s bamboo-cotton, called “Terra” from SWTC, home to some fantastic vegan yarns — “Jasper.”

Here is another great color I bought previously; I made a hat out of this gorgeous color — “Amber”…

I have to really emphasize that pictures of this yarn do not do it justice! It’s different when you see it live. It’s also different, as you imagine, when knitted. It has a gorgeous drape without being heavy. It’s stunning yarn. It makes even the most simple patterns look much, much nicer. Not too-too expensive, but worth every cent!

Oh, and bonus: No fussy skein! There is no fooling with it trying to find the proper end, no tangling, knotting, twisting. You just start knitting. I love that; It baffles me why all yarns don’t come ready to go like these :/

The “Onyx” is one of my favorites.

Again, pics are unjust! This produces a beautiful black fabric.

I bought these from one of my favorite yarn stores, YarnMarket; My other favorite (they have fantastic sales!) is WEBS. I like Knit Picks yarns (their needles more), but they don’t have as wide a variety for vegans; but what they do have is pretty good and very inexpensive — and that’s always good 😀

I need to do a post on the vegan yarns I’ve used. The availability of good-quality AND colors, and oh, the variety — of vegan yarns nowadays is just fantastic (same for fabric). Five years ago it was fairly limited; now there are so many to choose, you won’t miss sticky ol’ animal hair (*ick*) one bit  ;^).

Besides…

WEAR YOUR OWN HAIR! 😛

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