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Just some information about me. I'm a wife, board certified integrative health counselor, and amateur ballroom dancer. I enjoy life by living each day like it is my last. One of my favorite hobbies is to travel, travel, travel, and to learn different cultures of all kinds. After a recent lay off..I realized my passion and purpose in life is to inspire people by showing them how to enjoy their life and to pamper all aspects of it. This includes your health, your wealth, and most important your mind by making the connection to what living is really about. Pampering4life is about making small changes and reaping BIG RESULTS! I look forward to opening up a new world for you so you to can live your BEST LIFE

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pampering4life Health Recipes: Heart Healthy Vegan Stew

Heart Healthy Vegan Stew


1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 small sweet onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 green onions, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground corriander
2 bay leaves (optional)
2 small zucchini, chopped
1 yellow pepper + 1 red pepper, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cups organic vegetable broth (not low sodium), or more as needed
1, 28 oz can diced organic tomatoes (no added salt)
1/2 cup uncooked raw buckwheat groats, rinsed (or grain of choice)
1/2 cup uncooked pearled barley, rinsed (or grain of choice)
1/2 cup frozen Edamame (or bean of choice)
1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
5-10 shakes red pepper flakes, to taste
1/2 tsp kosher salt + Black pepper, to taste                                   

1. In a large pot over low heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and the chopped sweet onion, green onion, and minced garlic. Heat over low until translucent, about 5-8 minutes.
2. Stir in coriander, cinnamon, and two bay leaves and heat an additional minute or two. Now, add in the chopped vegetables (zucchini, peppers, carrots) and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add a bit more oil if necessary.
3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, rinsed buckwheat and pearled barley (or grains of choice). Simmer on low-medium heat (dial 3-4) for 20 minutes, checking often to make sure it doesn’t burn or thin out too much. Add a bit more broth or water if necessary and reduce heat when needed.
4. After 20 minutes, add in the lemon juice and additional seasonings- all to taste (minced parsley, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper). Cook for another few minutes, remove bay leaves, and serve with fresh bread. Makes over 10 cups. Freeze leftovers or store in the fridge.

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