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December 26, 2012

My friend Minh makes sauces that boost your immune system and help prevent different ailments. This is his cold and flu prevention sauce. Check it out. I think you’ll like it.

My favorite flavor in this recipe is the sun dried tomatoes. You can cook this with any meat or vegetables. Minh chopped some sun dried tomatoes and added them to some ground beef, and then we added the sauce. The sun dried tomatoes add a sweet tangy flavor to the dish.

Here is the recipe for 2-3 servings:

  • 2 cups Basil
  • 1 cup Parsley
  • 8 cloves of Garlic
  • 4 whole sun dried tomatos
  • 2 Tbs goji berries
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  1. Blend everything together in a food processor.
  2. Add to meat or vegetables.
November 19, 2012

This is the easiest thing you’ll ever make. It is fresh, healthy, and versatile. You can use it as a dip, make veggie rolls out of it like the photo, or you can water it down to make a simple soup. Please try it, then make it your own.

It’s a simple process. Soak 2 cups of dried garbanzo beans for a minimum of 4 hours. Replace water, bring to boil, turn to medium low and simmer for a minimum of 45 minutes.

Make Minh’s coconut turmeric sauce from the previous post. Blend the garbanzo beans with 1 cup of water. Slowly add the sauce a little at a time until you get the flavor intensity you like.

This is a cool way to use the hummus. Just spread some on chollard or kale leaves, add grated carrot or sprouts on the inside and roll it up. Cut up and eat. You’ll get your greens, oranges, and carbs all in one bite.

November 15, 2012

My friend Minh creates sauces that are not only delicious, but they are designed to be medicinal for specific ailments. This sauce uses anti-inflammatory ingredients such as turmeric and garlic, so if you have aches and pains in your body caused by inflammation, this sauce will help. There are also antiviral properties in coconut cream and garlic, so they will help your immune system fight off viruses.

If you want to take your cooking to the next level, and give your food to give you a little extra health just research the benefits of certain ingredients and intentionally use them more often.

I really like Minh’s concept of using sauces. He makes sauces that are so rich and flavorful that he doesn’t add seasoning to the meat or vegetables he puts it on. Simply cook some chicken and any veg, and drizzle the sauce on top in the amount you like. This simplifies cooking.

Here is the recipe for 2-3 servings:

  • 2 cups coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • zest of 1 lemon
  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Add to medium saucepan and simmer on low for 5 minutes
  3. Add seasalt to taste and lemon zest
  4. Put over anything you like