When using herbs and spices don’t sprinkle from the dispenser into a steaming pot, the steam may enter the spice container and degrade it over time. Shake the spices into your hand, away from the steam, before adding to any dish. If you can avoid using aluminum or copper pans for preparing herbs, I would suggest doing so. Both metals are detrimental to the quality of the herbs. The metal in aluminum pans may be released in unsafe amounts into the preparation during cooking and can be quite toxic.
I will put in a bowl with wild rice, avocado, sautéed kale and shiitake mushrooms. You can put in a glass container and store in the refrigerator. It lasts for about 2-3 days. I use for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. I never use a microwave to reheat items. I always use a toaster oven or pan on the stove. The squash is super decadent with a little maple syrup, extra cinnamon and a dollop of coconut whip cream on top with crushed pecans. A version of this was always served at my families thanksgiving dinner, but with a lot of refined sugar added.
This is a great way to get your cruciferous veggies in your diet. Since they are steamed, they are not as hard on your stomach. I have read in many articles that cooking your cruciferous vegetables can reduce the amount of goitrogenic properties these veggies have, which can suppress your thyroid hormone function. So if you are dealing with fibroids, a hormone dependent condition, you may want to try and cook your cruciferous veggies so your body is in hormonal balance and not receiving as many Isothiocyanate’s. Isothiocyantes are found in cruciferous vegetables and appear to be heat-sensitive. Therefore cooking them appears to lower the availability of these substances.
Add dates to your Vitamix, blender, or food processor (Any of these work). Then add all other ingredients and blend starting off with about 1/3 cup of warm water, add more water based upon how moist dates are and desired consistency of caramel sauce. I like to use warm water, I feel it brings everything together better. I like my sauce silky and thick. So I prefer to blend until I don’t see any chunks. Then serve on everything! Refrigerate any left over in a glass container. It will last about 4-5 days.
This recipe is super quick. I try to find a coconut milk or a coconut cream that is 100% coconut milk, with no preservatives. It is common to find guar gum in a lot of coconut milks and creams. Guar gum is natural, it comes from the guar bean, but has been known to give some people digestive issues. It has also been said that the guar gum will prevent cream or milk from whipping. I have yet to encounter this issue. I use coconut cream or milk to make the coconut whip cream. They are both great! I like these two brands of coconut milk and cream: Savoy coconut cream and Aroy-D coconut milk. Make sure to get unsweetened and do not use lite coconut milk. My preference is to use the coconut cream.
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