Friday, June 11, 2010

a new juice and a new recipe

We have come up with a new,to us, juice that Paul too. It is 4 juice carrots & 2 oranges. Now it is true that carrots contain a lot of natural sugar but they also contain beta carotene which helps fight cancer. It is a powerful antioxidant. Oranges also contain beta carotene as well as vitamin C. Oranges are loved in our home b/c they have also been shown to reduce to risk of pancreatic cancer. Flavonoids are contained in the pith & membranes which strengthen capillary walls (not the greatest thing if you are fighting angiogenesis or capilary growth to the tumors but we chose to risk that over the benefits.) but also have an estrogen like effect. While on certain chemo treatments citrus fruits interact with the chemo so if you are on chemo check this out. Some argue that it is better to eat the fruit & veggies than juice and it is a great idea to do both in my opinion but when dealing with a serious illness it is usually easier to juice because the juice is readily absorbed into the body and no mass amount of enzymes or energies are needed in the break down of juice like they are in the break down of the fruit or veggie. Plus a combo can be had in a glass of juice making it rather easy to get in a full days' serving. So eat the carrot and the orange but juice them too. This one is like summer sun in your glass.
I made a new recipe last night based on one from Caring For Cancer's recipe email. It is not visually appealing which is so important to my husband but he tasted it and liked it. Also keep in mind that split peas have a distinctive oder so if smells are an issue you might come up with an alternative to them like lentils.
This is my version....
1/2 sweet onion (I used a vadelia onion)
1/2 cup yellow split peas
1/2 cup millett (I used quinoa)
1/2 cup plain pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. sea salt
cayenne to taste...I used about 1 tsp. to get a spicy flavor
Soak the quinoa for 8 hours. Cook on the stove top till soft and the little "tails" are visible about 20 minutes but check often since we soaked them. Cook the split peas about 40 minutes or so.
Add the coconut milk, onion & spices to the quinoa and bring to a low boil. Add the pumpkin and stir well. Serve the quinoa mixture over the spilt peas.

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