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January 23, 2013

This is a video I shot a few months back with Minh. This is an easy recipe, and I highly recommend making the chicken part for sure.


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 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
March 23, 2012

Here is a super good recipe for high energy protein bites. The base for this recipe is quinoa, which is the only grain that is a complete protein. Do some research on it and get some. It’s good. This is Mihn’s recipe, so check out his website at www.minslivingtree.com .

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (black or white)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes/or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of raw carob powder
  • 3 Tbs raw cocoa/goji berry ground
  • 1/4 cup of raw coconut nectar
  • 40 grams of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 Tbs raw coconut extra virgin oil
  • 1/3 cup of maca/coconut flour/carob powder for coating

Simply mix everything in a food processor and form little balls. Coat them in the maca/coconut flour/carob powder mixture and eat.


February 28, 2012

Here is a sneak peak at one of the recipes for Minh’s book. This is a delicious pesto that goes perfect with any mild white fish. Try it.

  • 4 white fish fillets (red snapper, cod, grouper, etc.)
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of raw sheep’s cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • handful of sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • sea salt and pepper
  1. In a food processor, blend basil, coconut oil, thyme, parsley, garlic and sun dried tomatoes
  2. Once blended, put in cheese chunks and blend slightly
  3. spread a portion on a hot griddle or pan and put fish on
  4. Slice tomatoes and add to griddle
  5. Spread pesto on fish and tomatoes
  6. Put on grill or in the oven and cook for 10-15 min until cooked through
February 21, 2012

Minh Nguyen can take any dish and transform it to the most healthy and delicious recipe. This is his rendition of chili using Bison because it is lean and full of protein. The key is to not cook the nonsense out of the vegetables so you don’t destroy all the nutrients. Chili doesn’t need to be cooked for hours. Check it out.

  • 1lb ground bison
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks of green onions, diced
  • 2 cups of chopped tomatoes
  • 10 oz of tomato sauce
  • 10 oz of organic beef broth
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbs of chili powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro
  1. Sautee onions, garlic for 1-2 minutes and add ground bison in.
  2.  Add in all the spices to the meat and keep stirring until it is well mixed.
  3. Add tomato paste and sauce.
  4. Add the veggies one by one.
  5. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, and add broth to keep it from drying out.
  6. Serve on a base of arugula and top with green onions and raw cheese
February 14, 2012

This is a recipe I learned from my friend Mihn, and it is a great recipe for eating healthy raw veggies. They are also super easy to make, and you can customize them to whatever veggies you like.

Spring Roll Recipe:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1-2 bell peppers
  • 1 handful of sprouts
  • 1 handful of cilantro or basil
  • Rice paper
  • 1 avocado

Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Orange
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Thumb size piece of ginger
  • 4 tablespoons Bragg Amino acid or 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. Finely slice all veggies or grate using a mandolin
  2. Wet rice paper on both sides. It will turn very playable and sticky within 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stack full of ingredients, and roll into a tight roll.
  4. Blend oil, Bragg, juice of lime, lemon, and orange along with chopped garlic and ginger.
  5. Cut rolls into manageable pieces and dip in sauce.

My friend Minh is an insanely good chef that creates dishes that aren’t just healthy but medicinal. I’ve learned so much from him over the last year. This is his unique recipe for cornbread. It is very healthy recipe and its actually one egg away from being vegan (if that’s what your into). One of the great super-foods he uses often is Goji berries. This super-food contains high concentrations of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. They are hard to find, but are worth cooking with for the health benefits. This recipe also uses coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Check out his website at minhslivingtree.com

Here is how to make it:

  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 cup of unbleached pastry flower
  • 3/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking power
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (you can substitute vegetable oil)
  • 1 c coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup Goji berries

Simply mix the dry ingredients first, and then mix the wet ingredients together in a seperate bowl. Then combine the wet and dry until silky smooth (like Zohan would say). The dough will seem thick, but don’t worry; the oven will make it all better. Put in cupcake molds and bake at 350 for 15 min. Shabam. You know have cornbread.