Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Chai- A Powerful Kitchen Cabinet Health Tonic

“Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland

You have to start drinking chai. It is delicious and nutritious and warming and cheap. A mug of this tea is a powerful healer and the best part is you can make it with stuff in your cabinet. I love that this is plain and powerful. My recipe for chai crams eight healing spices in each cup making this warm, tasty treat a super food powerhouse.

In his book Healing Spices, Dr. Bharat Aggarwai shows hundreds of examples of how powerful spices are against disease. I highly recommend his book. It is one of the most used books I own. Just SOME of the reasons why the spices in the blend are amazing:

CINNAMON- helps control blood sugar and may prevent new blood supply to tumors.

FENNEL SEED- Menstrual cramps, Anti-inflammatory,  improves memory, Glaucoma.

BLACK PEPPER- Speeds digestion, helps arthritis pain, anti-cancer (Colon, Lung, and Breast)

CLOVES- Great for your mouth -Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and boosts circulation. Fights infections including staph infections and E.coli.

STAR ANISE- Fights viral, bacterial and fungal infections. A flu fighter. Relieves gas and bloating.

NUTMEG- Can help with anxiety, improve memory, fight wrinkles, and lower cholesterol.

GINGER- Arthritis pain, migraine relief, and anti- cancer (breast, lung, skin, prostate, bladder, kidney and ovarian).

CARDAMOM- This is probably the least common spice in the blend. It was something I had to buy, and it wasn't cheap. Here's why it's worth the money.  Cardamom may lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, ease asthma and constipation. And can help fight sinus infections. Plus, it tastes good!

Chai Tea -Whole Spice Method

Makes two servings

4 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
2 black peppercorns
1/2 of a star anise
6 fennel seeds
1/4 tsp of ground cardamom
1/4 tsp of ground ginger
a tiny shake of ground nutmeg
2 black tea bags (regular/decaf) or rooibos tea bags (naturally decaffeinated).
Optional -- a few slices of fresh ginger.

To make two servings:

In a small sauce pot bring  3 cups of water, all the above spices and fresh ginger to a boil.

Remove the pan from heat and let steep for 5 minutes.

Bring the mixture back up to a boil. 

Remove from heat and add 2 tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. 

Strain tea into your cups. Add sugar/honey, milk.     

Chai Tea Powder- Big Batch

Makes 40 Servings (1/2 tsp each)

1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 black peppercorns
3 tsps whole cloves
10 whole star anise

-------Blend the above ingredients in a coffee grinder OR just use powdered form

1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 TB plus 1 tsp cinnamon powder********* or 10 tsps
3 TB plus 1 tsp of ground cardamom*
3 TB plus 1 tsp of ginger powder*
2 Black tea bags (regular/ decaf) or rooibos tea bags (naturally decaffeinated).

Optional -- a few slices of fresh ginger.

To make two servings:

In a small sauce pot bring  3 cups of water and 1 tsp of powder and fresh Ginger to a boil.
Remove from heat and add 2 tea bags. 
Steep for 5 minutes. Strain tea into your cups.

Add sugar/honey, milk.Powder stores up to 6 months.

There is a power house of healing in your cabinets. Drink up my friends! Try this recipe. It is wonderful to drink after dinner when it's cold outside. You can also buy a chai blend. This one is incredible. Thank you for reading and please keep praying for Mr. Peasant!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Vegan Pecan Pie Bites

When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king.

I love pecan pie. It's one of those holiday foods that is non-negotiable. It was one of the first holiday recipes I searched for when Mr. Peasant decided to go vegan. But making a vegan pecan pie seemed way too complicated. Here is a delicious vegan pecan pie alternative that is super simple.  It only takes 15 minutes to make! Plus, they are bite-sized so perfect for a party.

Vegan Pecan Pie Bites

Makes 15 bite sized "pies"

1 TB Earth Balance Vegan Butter Spread melted
1 tsp Ground Flax Seeds mixed with 2 tsp water
4 tsp Brown Sugar
2 TB honey
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup chopped Pecans
1 package Athens Mini Phyllo Shells (15 shells)

Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 350 degrees.

Mix butter, flax "egg", sugar, honey and vanilla in a bowl. Then add chopped pecans and mix well. Place mini shells on a baking sheet. Fill each shell evenly with the mixture. Place in oven for 10 minutes. (Shells come precooked, so keep an eye out on them to not burn.) Once cooled, they are ready to enjoy!

I hope you try this recipe for the holidays! Thank you for reading and please keep praying for Mr. Peasant!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Does Your Family Know Their Natural Supplement Regimen?

 They that are well have no need of a physician, but they that are sick. 
For I came not to call the just, but sinners.
MARK 2:17

Mr. Peasant had a nightmare that we got into an argument, and I left. He was telling me how upset he was in the dream about our break up. He also said that in the dream he thought to himself, "Now I'm going to have gout attacks again." He thought this because he doesn't know what supplements he takes. That got me thinking. What if something happens to me? I place out a small dish of supplements in the morning and in the evening. Mr. Peasant has no idea what is in each pill. He trusts me and just takes them.

Our road to herbal healing involved hours of researching books, devouring hundreds of articles, and good old trial and error. We have found some things that work and some things that didn't. After finding good results, it would be a shame if I didn't write down his "prescription" just in case. I have a folder with all my email passwords, account log-ons, phone numbers, bank pins and other important information just in case something happens to me. What about his healing plan? Isn't this just as important?

Please think about and write down what herbs and supplements your family members take. List where you buy them, why they are taking them, and the dosage. If you make your own blends or seasonal syrups, jot down the recipes. It is great to be a a wealth of information regarding natural healing, but it is so important to share the instructions to our loved ones especially the ones who just trust us blindly and gobble down the remedies quickly without knowing the details of their healing plan. One day, we may not be around. I think this is very important.

Thank you for reading and please keep praying for Mr. Peasant!