Archive for the ‘Natural’ Category

Jealous Monkey’s Banana Bread

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic/natural ingredients taste best.

bananabreadAn old standard but with a taste.

This is something that not only monkeys could love!

Another ‘slice to-go’ snack.

You’ll need:

1-1/4 Cups Unbleached White Flour
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil Canola or other light oil, same if using butter
2/3 Cup Organic Sugar: can mix ‘n match different organic sugars to suit your sweet tooth
2 Whole fresh Eggs beaten
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
1 Cup mashed ripe Bananas, 2 or 3
1/2 Cup chopped Walnuts (optional) or substitute sunflower seeds or your choice
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins

One glass loaf dish or pan greased
Parchment paper (optional) cut to inside of baking dish bottom for quick release
2 medium bowls
Electric mixer or can be mixed by hand with wisk, your choice
350 degree oven for about 50 minutes

To prepare:

Preheat oven with rack in middle. Sift together first 5 ingredients into bowl and resift 3 times (makes loaf lighter). Cream shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth and fluffy. Add eggs and lemon zest and beat well, scraping bowl sides & bottom to mix through. Add mashed bananas and mix. Add flour mixture in 4 portions and beat until smooth after each. Add walnuts and raisins for a few seconds only to mix through but not to crush. Turn into prepared dish and bake in middle of the oven for about 50 minutes or until cake tester (or knife) inserted into bread comes out clean. Remove to cake rack and cool before slicing. This is by far the yummiest banana cake ever, and it’s gone in sixty seconds, so you’d better plan on doubling this recipe!

Knock Your Socks Off Chicken Chili

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic/natural ingredients taste best.

chickchiliServes 6-8+

— you will want to double this one for seconds all around.

It hits the spot for a
chili night.

(yes, pun intended)

You’ll need:

4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-1/2-2 Pounds +/- cut into 3/4“ chunks Chicken (or Turkey)
1 Small Package Organic Frozen (your choice) — defrosted Mixed Veggies
1 Small Package Organic Frozen & unsweetened — defrosted Corn Niblets
1 Medium diced Onion
5 Cloves Garlic or to your taste, mashed ‘n minced
3 teaspoons dried Oregano
1+ Tablespoon dried Cumin or to taste
2-3 Jalapenos Ribs & seeds partially, all, or none removed
You decide the heat level: more ribs ‘n seeds, more heat
Use hotter chilies if you prefer even more heat
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
1 28-oz. can Crushed Tomatoes or 3-4 Cups fresh
3+ Cups Organic Chicken Broth depends on how thick you like it
1 Can – Black Beans 15-ounces drained
1 Can – Pinto Beans 15 ounces drained
1 Can Kidney Beans – 15 ounces drained
1 Cup Cilantro chopped or to your taste (I love it so I use a lot)
1-1/2 teaspoons Black Pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt

On-the-side: lime wedges, sour cream, avocado slices with one big crusty whole wheat or sourdough artisan bread or a pile of warm pan toasted tortillas

Large, heavy porcelain/cast iron or stainless steel pot & lid is best
About one hour cooking time

NOTE: I recommend using latex gloves when handling hot peppers

To prepare:

Heat oil in pot on low/medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic till they are aromatic, a few minutes. Add chicken chunks and continue sautéing for a few minutes. Mix in veggies and niblets and cook on medium heat for a few minutes. Add oregano, cumin, jalapenos and mix through. Add tomatoes with juice, chicken broth, lemon juice, all beans, salt & pepper. Bring heat down to simmer for 45 minutes. Add cilantro and adjust flavors to your taste. Simmer 15 minutes more. Serve with the sides. S-mokin’!

Wildly Broiled Salmon

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Organic/natural ingredients are best.

salmonMarinate and broil.

That’s all.

The sake and ginger are unbelievable together.

It’s wild!

You’ll need:

1 Pound Wild Salmon Fillet
1 Tablespoon minced Fresh ginger
1 Medium Clove Garlic finely minced
1 Tablespoon finely chopped Scallions
3 Tablespoons Organic Shoyu Soy Sauce or to your taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons Medium to dry Japanese Sake OR Mirin
(Japanese cooking Sake found in Oriental Section of markets)
Unflavored bread crumbs or panko with a little salt
Rinsed off Capers add a delightful dimension of taste sprinkled on top of finished fish.(optional)

Oven on broil with oven rack on 2nd level
Medium glass or ceramic baking dish oiled

To prepare:

To marinate the salmon, place ginger, garlic, scallions, shoyu, salt, pepper, and sake in baking dish, mixing all together. Add fish skin side down to coat. Puncture top of fish with fork prongs and turn over flesh side down. Fork holes allow marinade to become infused in the flesh. Let stand for about 15 minutes at room temperature. Can marinate longer if desired.

Turn on broiler and allow oven to heat. Turn over fish so flesh side is up. Lightly sprinkle bread crumbs or panko over fish and broil till just done, for about 5-6 minutes or until flesh is flaky and opaque. You can even take it out a minute before as it continues to cook from residual heat. You want the salmon to be succulent and moist.

Enjoy it with a bright green salad with fruity vinaigrette dressing and/or a light fresh tomato/garlic pasta dish or light grain. If sprinkling top of salmon with capers, sprinkle lightly just before serving. This preparation is so fast that if an unexpected guest arrives (and you have enuf salmon or even another meaty fish – I always buy a little more. You never know… and the leftover is terrific flaked into a lunch salad the next day) you’ll have it ready with maybe a shorter marinade time, just a few minutes later to even more accolades!

ABOUT: Wellness Chef Helen Sandler
Lecturer, personal chef, teacher, wellness coach, & speaker, Helen promotes a healthier lifestyle through common sense, organic / natural approach to a happier, positive life.

Helen Sandler is used to being an innovator and at the cutting edge of whole foods whole grains awareness. After graduating from SUNY, New York with a teaching degree, she began to follow her real passion for healthy cooking which took her from Los Angeles to Boston to attend the cooking school of the late and great master Japanese natural chef, Aveline Kushi. Later that passion took her to Kyoto, Japan to continue her studies, where she spent four more years learning the art of healthy Japanese cooking (Seishoku).

As Wellnes Chef Helen she is the featured authority at CTNgreen /wellness with articles in the library there and the virtual paperless magazine at CTNGreen Magazine