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Sweet Potato Soup

Since it’s fall, we can’t help but find ourselves musing over the different variety of root veggies coming into season. It’s a romantic time, full of sweet apples and pears, all wrapped up inside fragrant spices and stormy weather. It is certainly time for thinking of making that someone special in your life a fantastic soup! Even if it’s just you and your kids, please bring them into the kitchen and make this soup. It’s “souper” easy, souper fun to make and souper good.

Ingredients

2 pounds or 4 large Sweet Potatoes, cut up (2 x 2 inch pieces) – leave the skins on!
3 cups water
1 large carrot OR 2 medium sized carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 cup organic coconut milk OR 1 young baby coconut meat
5 cloves garlic, large or medium
1.5 tsp curry powder
1.5 tsp tumeric
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp crushed cloves
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1/4 cup coconut sugar
Sea salt and Pepper to taste

For toppings:
Parsley or Cilantro, diced
Olive oil, for drizzling
Toasted sunflower seeds
Chopped green onions (optional)

Note: Add water to make to desired thickness.

Directions

    1. Put purified water into a stock pot. Add chopped carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic and onion.
    2. Add all spices, including sea salt and pepper.
    3. Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat.
    4. 5 minutes before it’s done cooking, add the coconut milk and coconut sugar.
    5. Transfer to a blender, or use an immersion blender and blend thoroughly.
    6. Garnish with a bit of olive oil
    7. Add chopped Parsley leaves or Cilantro Leaves with toasted sunflower seeds over the top.
    8. Optional: Top with chopped green onions

Notes: This soup is very simple to make and is a wonderful addition to a whole meal salad, or you can add some cooked brown rice over the top, or over your salad to finish this meal. This is a spicy and sweet, thick and nourishing soup anybody will love!

Enjoy!

In Living Health,
Jay and Linda Kordich

 

Vegan Mushroom & Black Bean Soup

This is a great autumn through wintertime soup created by Jay and Linda Kordich. It’s naturally high in protein, so even those who just have to have lots of protein in their meals will love this vegan soup. It’s super easy to make too!

Here’s the recipe from Our Living Kitchen:

Ingredients
Organic produce strongly recommended

3 cups dark button mushrooms
1 cup black beans, pre-cooked
Approx 3 cups purified water
1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp Braggs Aminos (substitute for Tamari)
Sea salt and crushed black pepper to taste

Additional Ingredients make this “souper” good (optional)

Chopped green onion
Coconut cream or milk poured over the top
Sesame seeds
Raw red bell pepper and carrots, grated
Flax crackers – for that special crunch
Pine nuts

Directions

  1. In a skillet under low heat, add: chopped mushrooms, water, onion, garlic, olive oil, Braggs, and sea salt and crushed black pepper.
  2. Cook for 25 minutes or longer until mushrooms have cooked through thoroughly.
  3. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to blend mixture to the consistency you like.
  4. Optional: You can also blend the beans with the rest of the soup, but the beans give it an extra chewy feeling that we like.
  5. Add the beans and you are ready to enjoy a high protein, low fat, delicious meal!

JUICING NUT MILKS…..a new Revolution!

Pecan JUICE?  Yes!

Most of us shy away from nuts, but please don’t.  At the age of almost 90 years old, I must share with you that I have consumed a variety of nuts, weekly, if not daily, for most of my adult life.  Even though they have been touted in the past for being fattening, or salty, or hard to digest…..nuts must be in our diets, consistently if we want to live into our 70′s, 80′s and 90′s with a sound heart.

Nuts are some of the most important foods we can eat as HUMANS.  Pretty strong statement?  Yes, but after 25 years of independent research, more and more confirmations are coming in, stating that human health can be

Did you know Pecans are rich in Vitamin E, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium and Calcium? They are a true POWER food for the heart.

Did you also know that now….through the evolution of  juicing, we have found a way to JUICE them, extracting the most essential nutrients needed.  Now you have real Power in your hands. Instead of eating the nuts, only absorbing 20 to 30%, burdening the gallbladder of most of us……. you can now cut all that out by juicing them! By juicing them, you are digesting 100% of the nutrients from the nuts…even if you have trouble digesting nuts, don’t worry. When juiced….it liberates your body’s inability to break them down through the process of digestion.

Here’s our favorite PECAN JUICE Combo:


1/2 cup of Organic Pecans (soaked overnight)
2 Bosc Pears
1 cup Water (optional)

Juice all ingredients through our PGP juicer (yes we are the only juicer that can actually juice nuts, seeds and grains, but SOAKED of course).  You can use water to help flush more of almonds through, to create thicker or thinner milk……or just use the pears, as we find this to make a fine consistency.  Once you make your nut milk, within seconds you have a fantastic tonic to add to your fruit juices (combined this way, the oils in the nut milks slow down the fruit sugar’s rush into the bloodstream). Add to your favorite organic cereals, hot teas or just perfect as it is….

We also recommend combining fresh green juices with nut milks.  This makes for a good combination, for better digestion, and also it makes for a solid liquid breakfast.

Mother Nature, Our Sustainer, Teacher and Healer

(Written by Linda Kordich)

Do you realize that when we turn towards SUN FOODS, we are also transforming the Inner, spiritual part of ourselves as well?

First, let’s talk about sunfoods.

What are Sunfoods?   These are foods that grow from the ground, from trees such as fruits, nuts and seeds that become transformed into foods edible for us to consume…..perfectly ripened by the sun.  These are perfect foods, rich with vitality, love and knowledge!

It is precisely these foods that us humans need in order to feel spiritually connected to the planet, and most importantly, to the humanity we so desperately need on this big beautiful Earth.

Did you know, that when the sun’s rays touch the Earth, it stimulates the seed from deep within the ground, to sprout and soar towards the sun? It’s in this mysterious process ~ perfectly designed, by the way, where we need focus our attention, because it’s not just the foods that will help us transform our lives for the better…. it’s the mysterious and magnificent gifts we receive from a higher source that will heal ourselves and our planet when we consume these plant foods and their juices.

For example, if we could feel the pain others feel…. feel the isolation and unfair degredation our brothers and sisters have to endure day by day, our world would change overnight.

Why?  Because when you hurt, I hurt.  It’s that simple.

Yet, if it were that easy, we wouldn’t be facing such an overwhelming dilemma we are facing now.  We need to wake up from the dream we have been living in….When we start to break free from the deep, dark crusts of apathy that wrap around our heart and soul, we begin to truly feel…..we begin to feel the pain of our own disconnection to the world, to ourselves and our loved ones.  This is the beginning of understanding that our diet plays a huge role in the way we think, act and live.

Sunbaked, living foods and their juices will help us wake up from this dark dream we are living in.  Let the colour of these juices stream into your body.  Let the blood of the plant enrich our souls.  It is precisely this act that will help us all understand how much power we have in this world to change, yet the irony is, the more of us change to a plant based diet, the more we ALL transform.

This is the reason why, that the more we teach, come together and unify, the more we can and will heal the entire human race. It may sound like pie in the sky, but actually, if you transform…..others will become inspired and do the same, and this becomes expenontial as we progress.  It’s the fastest and most comprehensive way to enlighten ourselves and our planet, and more and more of us are waking up to this humanitarian new way of living on this beautiful blue Earth.

How do I know this?

When I was a little girl, back in 1960……I distinctly remember imaging what our world would look like when I was older.  Would there be vegetarian restaurants?  It was literally impossible for us to go out to a restaurant with our family back in the 1960′s because we were vegetarians back then.  Only Chinese restaurants had the foods, and even then, one had to be careful….their sauces were laden with animal products such as fish sauces, etc.,.

It’s been 40 years since I had this thought, and look at the world!  Everywhere we go there are vegetarian options.  People by the millions are changing their diets and riding this beautiful new wave of healing.

It is possible!

I wonder what the world will look like 40 years from now?  It’s up to us all to take this farther and farther, deeper and deeper until the majority of the planet is enlightened by choosing a plant based diet.  As we ‘hook up’ to the green juices, the plant based diet foods, we begin to wake up…..and start to see ourselves and our planet quite differently.  We will ‘start’ to bloom inwardly, igniting the spark of compassion, love and understanding, just as naturally as a fragrant red rose blooms in the summertime.

Drinking fresh green juices quicken this process!

These deep, rich and magnificent colours imbedded in these plants, specifically, the esoteric information permeating within these plants…. become filled with divine knowledge, and will….indeed transform our lives into a profound understanding of ‘who’ we really are.

Especially in juice form.

Green juices are powerfully healing in their abilities to quicken this process, yet let’s look at fruit for a moment……

Fruits are the gifts from trees, and are the manifestation of True Love from the Universe.  There are no real words to describe their essence, their beauty or even the purity of their gifts to us.  Have you ever sat under a peach tree…..smelled the fragrance and felt the weight of the branches as they swayed towards the ground during a gentle breeeze in the middle of the summer?

This is exactly what I mean….there are no words, because experiencing is the answer.  I sure hope you invest in our Beloved Mother Nature. She will not just inspire you….. she will thoroughly metamorphosize every cell in your body….enlightening your mind, body and soul.

Linda Kordich

Gardening, Sprouting and Juicing with Your Children!

Have you ever dreamed of losing weight and being fit?  Could your entire family benefit from juicing and exercising as well?  Do you have children that somehow get lost by the wayside as a result of your desire to lose weight?  It’s quite normal to think this way because we imagine our children always being healthy, that they are thin and involved so many hours a day in school.  This of course is a myth because children are suffering from serious illnesses like Diabetes more now than ever, and most schools have been cutting back on outdoor play and exercises as well.  What children are direly needing is a connection to Mother Nature and to their families in ways that can create a strong spiritual bonding experience with their parents.

Most of us here in America are fortunate to have backyards — yet we are not utilizing them in ways that will benefit the entire family.

When Jay and I were children, both of us had parents and grandparents that tended a very large vegetable garden and herb garden with several fruit trees.  Even though our backyards were somewhat small, our grandparents and parents utilized every square foot for the benefit of the entire family.  Jay’s parents grew a beautiful garden of spring greens and they also had a large selection of fruit trees as well.  They grew zucchini and carrots, parsley and spinach.

My grandparents lived with us from birth. They were from Norway, and my grandmother had a garden anybody would envy.  Unfortunately, in the 1960′s when I was growing up, all of our neighbors were becoming mesmerized by the advertisements on television, practically hypnotizing its viewers to believe Coco-Puffs and Frozen TV dinners were the “IN” thing.  Unfortunately our neighbors saw my Grandmother’s garden as old fashioned and in fact I remember feeling strange because my friends in the neighborhood used to say that we had a weird family because those ‘old people’ were living in our house.  Our neighbors may have thought we were weird, old fashioned or eccentric, but I loved my Grandmother and her magical garden!

Both of our lives were built on these foundations.  Sometimes Jay and I both wonder, if what we are doing today, is rooted from these empowering experiences we had for so many years growing up?  The answer is a definitive yes!

You see, you have so much power in your hands, you don’t realize this because our focus in America has been work, work, work.  Where has this gotten us?

We are obese, unhappy, frustrated and completely disconnected to our Beloved Mother Nature who surrounds us everywhere we look, but we are so sick we cannot see anything before our eyes except trying to get to our next paycheck to pay our bills. We realize this, but connecting to Mother Nature’s Foods is a free experience.  It doesn’t cost more than a ticket to a movie for a family to start an entire herb garden and vegetable garden.  It just takes a bit of reading, a bit of inspiration and determination.

You and your family’s lives can unite in ways that you could never imagine.  Raising your children to have a divine experience with healing foods and juices is something we have lived with our entire lives.

At the onset of Spring brings priceless memories of our parents and grandparents out in the garden picking the ripening crops of chives, basil and celery that would soon be part of our dinners that night.  Then when summertime comes the sweet fragrance of fresh peas still lingers powerfully in our minds, even after forty to fifty years!

Does it seem overwhelming to start these kinds of processes if you have no knowledge?  Yes.  But Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Let’s start out with a small herb garden.  Children of all ages, even Teenagers will thoroughly enjoy this process.  Even as you begin to learn to sprout in your kitchen garden, growing an herb garden is very easy.  If you live in an apartment, it’s quite easy to create an herb garden right in your own kitchen. (see charts on growing herbs)

Once you, your children and perhaps even the Grandparents can get involved, this too will become a powerful bonding experience.  Once you get through one season with the herb garden, then you can start thinking about building a small raised vegetable garden.  And then in the late wintertime, take your children to the Nursery and buy a fruit tree together.

The bounty of fruit, herbs and vegetables are a perfect foundation to building a Living Kitchen as well!  Juicing the fruits, herbs or vegetables you grow in your own home takes the learning experience to heights that will literally transform the way your children think and live.  If you have an overabundance of herbs or fruits or veggies, you can juice them easily. After you have juiced, you now have a beautiful compost pile waiting to go back into the Earth so that the earthworms can do their work to digest the foods so they in turn can create beautiful, rich soil for the future seeds of what you plant can take root and feed you.

You have the Power of Nature in your hands! This is what millions of us have been missing for many decades that our grandparents used to do, yet somehow we have lost  these empowering ways of communing with Mother Nature.  There is a natural symbiosis that occurs when we are outdoors with the dirt in our hands, picking ripened fruit, herbs and vegetables.  It’s as if the Sun and the mysteries of Nature are healing our hearts, bodies and souls.  And to have our children with us as we mature into this process together, is a gift that everybody can have.  You have the ability to change your lives right now, and you have the power to alter your children’s lives to a way of living that is the richest you could ever imagine.

Children are unconsciously craving to find ways to bond with their families, no matter the age.  Learning together, (combined with converting this knowledge about all the different varieties of fruits, veggies and herbs into action) by blending, juicing and eating these healing foods and herbs is something you owe to yourself and your family.  Even if you are divorced or re-married, whether you are in a relationship with a love partner, or if you are grandparents….. gardening, juicing and eating Mother Nature’s foods belongs to all of us as a humanity.

When our children were younger, when we lived in Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego area). One day we went to our youngest son’s classroom to do a small talk about juicing.  It seemed simple enough to us, but what we both found shocking, was the fact that almost all of the children didn’t know the names of vegetables, or any of the fruits except a few; apples, oranges and bananas. They had never seen cantaloupes, or honeydews, mangos or grapefruits.  They couldn’t identify celery or even spinach, much less zucchini, cucumbers or green bell peppers. The only vegetables most of them were able to identify were carrots.  This was over 15 years ago.  We wondered as we were writing this book, how it had changed, hoping it would be better.  We were wrong.  Based on Jamie Oliver’s studies during his tours across America in 2010, he found that first graders couldn’t identify over 90% of the fruits and vegetables, and what made it even more disturbing was that the 6th graders had the same statistics.  This is not just alarming, it’s heartbreaking.

Now is the time to change your life and help enlighten your children’s minds and their bodies so that they can experience long lasting, vital health by incorporating juicing, gardening, sprouting and outdoor exercise on a daily basis.  Interestingly, this new world of vital health is not exclusive to just children. Within just a short time, everybody’s bodies start to change for the better, no matter the age.