Garlic Tomato Sauce

I am sorry that I don’t have any pictures of this one, but I had a hectic day yesterday and before I knew it, all picture taking opportunities were gone.

Here’s the recipe however.

Ingredients:

4 cloves garlic

1/2 onion

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp marjoram

salt to taste

1 cup sweet potato ‘stock’

Method:

After boiling some sweet potato I reserved the stock (liquid) that I had drained.

Grate cloves of garlic and onion on the smallest side of the grater.  Pour stock into a pan and add all of the ingredients. Let simmer for 4 minutes.

Serve over cooked sweet potato and fresh salad when dressing is cooled.

Enjoy!

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Garlic Hash

I made this for breakfast this morning and served it with a cantaloupe and mango smoothie  and sauted black beans.

Ingredients:

4 English potatoes peeled and diced

½ onion minced

4 cloves garlic

Fresh turmeric root

1 tsp marjoram flakes

1 tbsp grape seed oil.

Salt to taste

Method:

Cook diced potatoes until tender but not soft. Strain, add salt to taste and set aside.

Grate the 4 cloves of garlic. Finely dice (mince) the turmeric root.

Heat a frying pan and add the garlic, onion, ½ tsp minced turmeric root and marjoram flakes. When garlic begins to brown add potatoes and cook until potatoes turns brown.

I hope you enjoy.

Garlic- A Brief Overview

The botanical name for garlic is allium sativum.  Garlic is a perennial that originally came from central Asia, but now can be found growing throughout the world. It can grow 2 feet high or more.

Garlic is a member of the Lily family and is a cousin to onions, leeks and chives. Garlic is arranged in a head, called a “bulb,” which averages about 2 inches in height and diameter and consists of numerous small separate cloves. Both the cloves and the entire bulb are encased in paper-like sheathes that can be white, off-white, or have a pink/purple hue. Although garlic cloves have a firm texture, they can be easily cut or crushed. Elephant garlic has larger cloves and is more closely related to the leek and as such it does not carry the full health benefits of regular garlic.

Garlic is rich in antioxidants, which help destroy free radicals and may even reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause over time.

Garlic also contains some B complex vitamins and selenium, which are important for many chemical reactions in your body. Selenium is a mineral that works like an antioxidant. Garlic is also very low in calories — one clove has only 4 calories.

Garlic is used to help lower cholesterol, fight heart disease, help prevent certain cancers and treat the common cold, among other things.

The Beginnings of a Herb Garden

Just last Sunday I added some more herbs to the onions I had already planted in the 2 old tires I got. Now I have parsley, scallions and sweet basil.

           

Some of the parsley is looking a bit dry now but I hope that they will thrive.

 I’m going to add some thyme, marjoram and garlic to my garden as soon as I collect the 6 tires that the mechanic promised me.

Today’s Detox- Chewing a clove of garlic

Right now I am sucking a clove of garlic, building up to the point where I chew it. I took a few bites a second ago and it is not so pleasant to say the least.

But, this is not about the taste factor, but about the benefits of chewing this raw garlic. Not only is it detoxifying but it will do wonders for this sore throat that I have right now.

Next week I’ll be featuring garlic- not only as a detoxifyer but for its other benefits. 

8 steps to being healthy

Being healthy does not just mean eating right or exercising. These are just two of the things needed to maintain a healthy body and mind. However there are 8 things that are needed to maintain overall health. This is captured by the acronym NEWSTART.

N– nutrition

E– exercise

W– water

S– sunlight

T– temperance

A– air (fresh, clean)

R– rest

T– trust in God (for those who do not believe in God, this one is about having a positive attitude. However I believe that this can only truly come from God.)

By understanding and following these principles we are more able to achieve the overall health that we desire.

Being healthy is not just what we eat or what we do, but it affects all aspects of our life. Look out for more information about each of these 8 principles needed for health.