Archive for October, 2012

Noni Leaf Tea – Detoxes and Boosts Immunity

October 28, 2012

Noni grows throughout the South Pacific and Caribbean islands.  For centuries the natives used the leaves of the noni plant for medicinal purposes.  Today the fruit and its juice are more commonly known, though I can’t understand why that stinky stuff would appeal to anyone.  The leaves, however, are pleasantly fragrant when dried and steeped for an herbal tea.  It really tastes like another green tea.  Noni Leaf Tea is naturally caffeine-free and to quote http://nutritionwithsonia.com :

Studies have shown the leaf to be the most nutrient-rich part of the plant, containing health promoting nutrients including phyto-chemicals, antioxidants and bio-flavonoids. Rich in a number of vitamins and minerals – phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin K1, niacin and more. Noni leaf is rich in plant sterols, protein, glycosides, and anthraquinones.

The leaf has many benefits when taken regularly – will protect us from toxins and pollutants, encourages the body to detox, helps prevent the premature onset of age-related diseases, boosts our immune defences, reduces our risk of developing cancer, aids in better digestion and assimilation, helps to cleanse our intestinal system in a very mild way, reduces inflammation and eases pain, has mild anti-bacterial properties, and helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels.”

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Chicken and Mushrooms over Sauteed Polenta

October 4, 2012

Living alone and cooking for one it seems there are always leftovers.  This dish was just a spur of the moment concoction thrown together with leftover polenta slices, a paillard of chicken breast, some mushrooms and a handful of baby spinach leaves.   It ended up being a tasty main that I will downsize for a starter dish the next time friends come for dinner.

The polenta was seasoned with Rosemary Salt, butter and grated parmigiano then poured into a mini loaf pan and refrigerated overnight.  The next day it popped right out of the pan and was super easy to slice 1/2-inch thick.   I sauteed the slices in nutty brown butter until they turned golden brown.

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If you’d like a list of ingredients and more specific information leave me a comment below.

 

Lime Pound Cake with Agave Nectar and Agave Marshmallow Fluff

October 3, 2012

Have you heard the saying, “40 is the old side of young and 50 is the young side of old?” Well Martha’s son is visiting from Connecticut and turned 50 on Monday so we all met at the Cofresi Resort to wish him Happy Birthday.  Wendell is also a diabetic and fond of agave for sweetening his drinks and desserts.  We had to have a cake of-course and Martha asked me to do the honors of baking Wendell a cake with agave nectar.

This lime pound cake is made with 1/2 cup agave nectar instead of 1 cup of granulated refined sugar.  Everyone enjoyed the cake which was luscious with the zest and juice of a large lime.  I think the agave allowed the lime to really sparkle.

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