Almond crust pizza for 2 people
3/4 cup of almond meal
1 large egg
Salt and black pepper
Optional herbs such as teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, sage or oregano
A tablespoon of olive oil
For the topping
1 onion chopped
2-4 cloves of garlic crushed
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 tomatoes chopped
Salt and black pepper
Mozzarella or parmesan cheese
Pre-heat the oven to 325F. Mix together the crust ingredients in a bowl. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease it with some olive oil. Spread out the pizza crust mixture to about 8 inches in diameter and about ¼ inch thick. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile sauté the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes until they are soft, add tomato puree and cook for a few more minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes. Cook for another 5 minutes to soften up the tomatoes.
Then assemble the pizza with the tomato sauce, cheese as desired, and any other toppings of your choice.
Bake the pizza for 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Photo credit: John Buss
- An 8oz jar of black or green olives with pits still in place
- 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper flakes
- 4 cloves of garlic
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Rinse the olives. Grind the coriander and cumin seeds in a pestle and mortar. Add the peeled garlic cloves and roughly crush them. Mix the olives, lemon zest and juice, garlic and all the spices together in a bowl and add the olive oil. Cover and refrigerate. Leave for at least 24 hours. Then you will enjoy the tastiest garlicky olives, transformed from the ordinary into a gourmet delight! Enjoy!
Thanks to Mr. Sadtler for this wonderful recipe idea.
- As much as you can, avoid added sugar in your diet. One good way to do this is to completely avoid drinking sodas, or juices. Drink water, or some plain milk, or tea and coffee without added sugar. Eat the whole fruit instead of drinking the juice.
- Get lots of fiber by eating whole grains, brown rice, brown bread, etc. Most of the time, eat lots and lots of vegetables.
- If you want second helpings, wait 20 minutes and then you will find that often you change your mind.
- If you want a snack, eat a handful of walnuts or almonds.
- Walk for 30 minutes or more every day.
Serves 2-4 people
- 1lb of peeled potatoes
- 3 cloves of garlic crushed
- 2 lemons
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- a splash of extra virgin olive oil
Set your oven to 425F. Cut the potatoes and lemons into wedges. With your hands, squeeze the lemon wedges over the potatoes and mix the lemon and potato together in the baking dish. Add the garlic and oregano and a sprinkle of salt and some grinds of pepper. Mix it all up some more.
Place the dish into the oven for about 40 minutes. Half way through roasting give the potatoes a stir. You now have a scrumptious potato treat.
A note about olive oil: if you can find it buy ones that say “first cold pressed” and definitely extra virgin because it is the least processed of all the types available.
Scientists think there could be a connection between industrial chemical use and obesity. As the environment is contaminated with more and more industrial chemicals so have obesity rates increased. Perhaps there is a link: some chemicals might cause obesity. Such chemicals are called obesogens, and they are used to produce such mundane products as plastic bags or cosmetics.
It is possible that obesogens could disturb our bodies’ endocrine system, and cause weight gain. They disrupt energy balance; they tell your body to store extra fat, or interfere with your appetite control system so you feel hungry when you shouldn’t.
Some common obesogens:
Fructose, consumed in large amounts fructose disturbs the appetite, leads to weight gain, fatty liver, and insulin resistance.
Tributylin and atrazine, are found in tap water. Tributylin is an ingredient in paints, and atrazine is from pesticides used in industrial farming.
Bisphenol-A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen used to make plastics hard. Often it is used in the liners of canned foods.
Phthalates are used to make plastics soft, in plastic wraps, vinyl, and even air fresheners.
What can you do?
Cut down on your sugar intake. Stop drinking sugary sodas, and reduce your intake of industrially produced pre-packaged foods.
Avoid industrially produced foods as much as you can. Buy local and organic from your farmer’s market. Don’t buy pre-packaged plastic wrapped foods in the supermarket.
The Environmental Working Group has lots of information on chemicals in our environments at http://www.ewg.org
It is possible to over-fuel your body and at the same time be malnourished. Many of the processed foods and simple carbohydrates in our Western diet do not provide us with enough essential nutrients. They provide empty (void of nutrients) calories. We often consume many more empty calories than we need and our bodies and health are suffering as a result.
From the moment of conception nutrition affects future disease risk. If a baby is undernourished during its growth in the mother’s womb, it may become more vulnerable to chronic diseases in its adult life. See the Barker Theory for more information.
This makes it all the more necessary for us to eat a diet that avoids simple carbohydrates such as added sugars and white flour, to stay healthy during the rest of our lives. If you are planning a family, it is really important for the lifetime health of your baby, to follow a diet filled with a variety of fresh foods, and to avoid added sugars and high-calorie, low nutritional value foods. Pregnant women are educated about low-fat diets, but they may not always be informed of the dangers of added sugar, which is often included in low-fat products.
Carbohydrates are essential for energy and for health. There are healthy complex carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables and fruits; they are the kind to eat. And there are simple carbohydrates, which are the ones to avoid, like added sugars. Here is a good website from the Harvard School of Public Health, for finding out more about carbohydrates.
Remember, it is not only about total calories in and calories out, it is about the kinds of foods, and the nutritional value of the foods that you eat.