WHY COOK WITHOUT RECIPES? YOU WILL:
>>Learn to improvise. Cooking is a creative process. The more you understand how ingredients respond to each other, the better your dishes will become. Leeks go well with black pepper and white wine. Avocado is even more delicious with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
>>Trust your instincts. Cookbook authors and recipe writers don't know everything. Recipes are suggestions, not strict rules. The more you listen to your body's cues for specific foods, the more you will learn to heal yourself with food as medicine.
>>Appreciate your successes. Notice when an ingredient gives an unprecedented result. For example, cooking millet with "too much" water turns it into a creamy, polenta-like porridge. Excellent!
>>Choose the freshest ingredients that fit your budget. They don't necessarily need to be the ones listed in a recipe. You may even become inspired to start growing some of your own ingredients.
Let's Prepare a MEAL Together.
In this video, we prepare:
Kale leek frittata, vegetable pot pie, + orange hazelnut cake.
With this longer video, you will gain the skills necessary to make this quick and nutritious meal.
I also offer suggestions about ways to use the same ingredients to make different meals.
I take requests for complete meal videos using specific ingredients. Email lisa[at]harmonizedcookery,com
Learn how to make this delicious vegan pate in under 15 minutes. If you have oil, onions, and walnuts on hand, you can create this pate. Use it as a dip, a pizza sauce alternative, or a pasta sauce.
Walnuts are high in Omega 3 + 6 fatty acids for nervous system health and strong digestion. They contain calcium and monounsaturated fat, and offer an excellent source of plant protein.
This wholesome recipe has 6 simple ingredients: olive oil, onion, celery root, pumpkin, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Get Creative! Add chicken stock or coconut milk, or watch the video to see which secret ingredient I like to add for a rich and elegant finished soup.
You will need: coconut, nut butter, raw honey, cacao, spices, and nuts.
These treats are ideal for maintaining consistent energy through the afternoon, balance blood sugar, and uplift the spirit.
To learn more about which foods are best for your condition and constitution, try a Healthy Eating Program with recipes, meal plans, and nutritional recommendations tailored to you.
LEMON COCONUT CAKE
You will need: 1/2 cup each coconut flour & shredded coconut; 1 1/2 cups rice flour; 1 teaspoon vanilla; 2 tablespoons each - ground flaxseed, tahini, lemon juice, melted coconut oil; 1/2 cup maple syrup; 1 cup almond milk.
Mix all ingredients together.
Sprinkle the top with shredded coconut before baking if you like.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, and enjoy.
High quality cacao is important for health. Try to find cacao that is produced with respect for the workers, the land, and local food traditions. This incredible raw pie recipe was inspired by Katie Wade.
It is free of gluten, dairy, sugar or grains. It offers both both sweetness and protein to maintain balanced blood sugar.
You will need: nuts, cacao, maple syrup, coconut, dates, and spices.
Cashew cream sauce
This simple and rich sauce will fool even the more devout dairy lovers.
Try it for yourself as an alternative to dairy cream sauce and savor the delicious results.
You will need: cashews, nutmeg, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, almond milk and olive oil. You can get proportions here.
I also explain the method for an interesting and delicious twist on polenta.
seasonal vegetable casserole
You will need: A cooked grain; Some kind of flour / cornmeal; Cooked or roasted vegetables; Onions; Mushrooms.
Try to follow the guidelines in this video. Then, as you feel more confident, make substitutions based on your preferences and what's available in your kitchen and pantry.
Cooking is a practice. Keep at it and you will find effortless mastery.