Bread-less Pizza Crust?

 I continuously provide vegan and vegetarian meal recipe and alternatives for multiple reasons, including those that are unsure about where to begin and how to incorporate new changes in their cooking habits. This recipe comes from Erica at Vegan Now in South Africa, where she is perfecting her skills and reconnecting with Self, and decided to share with us numerous recipes for healthier eating.

This is a new take on pizza crust for those looking to stay away from bread, but still wanting to enjoy great foods.

|Makes 2 Medium Sized Crusts|V + GF

Ingredients

1.5 cups ground polenta • 3.5 cups vegetable broth • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp oregano • 1 tsp basil  • 1/2 tsp parsley • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Line (2) 11′ round pans with parchment paper or use a nonstick spray and line with a little margarine.
  2. Over high heat, bring vegetable stock to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add olive oil, salt, garlic powder, oregano, basil, parsley, and black pepper.
  3. Whisking or stirring with a wooden spoon continuously, pour in polenta and continue whisking for 3-5 minutes until smooth and thick. You are looking for a stiff, but stir-able consistency.
  4. Scoop an even amount onto each pan and spread evenly around the pan. It should be about 1/4 – 1/2″ thick. *It is easiest to spread with slightly wet hands, spoon or silicone spatula.
  5. Set the pans in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set. If fridge doesn’t fit, leave on a surface for double the time
  6. Remove from the fridge and pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees (F).
  7. Bake crusts for about 25 minutes, flipping once halfway through. *Use a spatula to flip. While the crust is baking, pre-cook any veggies (if desired).
  8. Once the crust is done baking, layer with tomato sauce and toppings of your choice.
  9. Broil on low on the top rack for a few minutes until toppings are slightly browned.

Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Not sure about anyone else, but I absolutely loved this pizza alternative and can’t imagine ever returning to regular pizza!

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

Load the Potato, Vegan Style

Majority of the masses believe that going vegan or vegetarian, limits them from enjoying the most simplest of meals. Loaded baked potato’s for example, is known to be sprinkled with bacon bits with sour cream falling off the sides. Not to mention the shredded cheese we add on top as well(especially down in the south). Now although that sounds amaze balls, your organs and immune system are screaming for you to stay away from dairy and meat products. Well then how in the hell are we suppose to enjoy a dang potato? Thanks to Erica over at Vegan Now located in South Africa, we have a great new way to enjoy a baked potato.

Ingredients

4 russet potatoes • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided (optional) • 1 19 oz can black beans or kidney beans (2 cups), drained and rinsed • 1/2 cup vegan BBQ sauce • 1 batch vegan white sauce • 1 small handful of chives, chopped • (US Customary – Metric)

Instructions

Preheat oven at 350F (180C) • Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork so steam can escape. Optionally, you can lightly rub the potatoes with a bit of olive oil over the skin. Place the potatoes directly on the rack in the oven, with a tray or piece of foil beneath to catch any drippings • Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the size of your potatoes) • Test to see if they’re done by piercing the potato with a knife, it should be soft all the way through • Cut a slit down the middle of the potato, (careful, it’s hot!), then using a towel or oven mitts, push the ends towards each other and the potato will pop open nicely • Fluff the insides with a fork.

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Then prepare the beans by adding them to a saucepan along with the BBQ sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens and the beans are heated through.

When everything is cooked and ready, assemble by dividing the BBQ beans among the potatoes, topping with the sauce, and finally adding a sprinkle of chives.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

 

 

 

Muff it up Vegan Style

Eye’ve been saying time and time again that just because you decide to jump on the “health bandwagon”, doesn’t mean you get to lose out on eating some of your favorite foods. It also help for those parents that are looking to transitions their picky little eaters into eating less processed foods, and healthier alternatives. We like to include everything from ribs and barbecue sauce, to vegan spaghetti from Sicily, for all kinds of different eaters. This particular snack recipe came from the beautiful Queen Camilla Denise when she decided to find a vegan alternative to crave that sweet tooth.

   Here is her take on some great vegan muffins that the whole family is sure to love!

VEGAN WALNUT  STRAWBERRY  BANANA  MUFFINS

Ingredients:

3 Burro Bananas

1 cup Agave (if you like sweeter add another ½ cup)

3 tbsp. of Grapeseed oil

1 cup of ½ garbanzo bean flower

2 tbsp. Seamoss gel

¼ tsp. Sea salt

¾ cup walnuts

About 2 cut up strawberries (or however many you prefer)

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup Hemp milk

Instructions:

Bake on 375 for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read over these recipes, and we hope that you and your family enjoy the goodness. It is important for us here at Empire of Gems to do our part in spreading healthy tips and suggestions for those looking for assistance. Not every change comes easy to everyone, so making small changes in your diet, like vegan muffins, can have a drastic effect on the overall progress of your self-evolution. So here’s to you and your health, because our health is our wealth.

 LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

Eat Your Way to Balanced Chakra’s

Did you know that there are foods you can eat that will assist you in bringing balance to your Chakras? Your chakras are the 7 energy points along your spine that are directly related to the organs and functions of the human body. When these chakras are unbalanced or blocked, you find that the consequences are usually physical in nature. For instance, you can find yourself with headaches, liver and kidney problems, poor digestion, ulcers, respiratory problems, asthma, along with many others including Hypoglycemia and even Diabetes. So it is important that we are feeding these energy points with life, so that they reciprocate life in return. Here are some things you can eat in accordance to each Chakra, that will help bring about balance:

Muladhara – Root Chakra

Located: Base of Spine

Grounding & Security | Reproductive System

This Chakra vibrates with the colors red, dark brown, dark gray, and black, and connects us to feelings of being part of a community or “tribe”.

Associated Problems:

Colon issues, lower back pain, varicose veins, emotional issues surrounding money and security.

Foods to Eat:

Red or dark brown colored roots and vegetables, and protein.

Beets, parsnips, rutabaga, apples, pomegranates, burdock, rosemary, cloves, dandelion

Svadhisthana – Sacral Chakra

Located: Sacrum

Emotions & Sensitivity | Excretory Functions

Vibrating with orange hues, this chakra houses our creativity and sexuality and allows us to “go with the flow” of life.

Associated Problems:

Infertility, hip pain, sexual dysfunction, emotional imbalances, creative blockages.

Foods to Eat:

Orange colored foods, healthy fats, seeds, nuts, oranges, carrots, pumpkins, beans, peanut butter, calendula, fennel

Manipura – Solar Plexus Chakra

Located: Abdomen

Control & Vital Energy | Digestion

Yellow foods share the same color vibration for this chakra which expresses our personal power, balance of energy flow and radiates our “true self” outward.

Associated Problems:

Gas, bloating, liver issues, stomach ulcers, eating disorders, lack of confidence, procrastination.

Foods to Eat:

Yellow or Gold colored granolas, grains and complex carbohydrates, yellow peppers, yellow lentils, yellow squash, oats, celery, ginger, turmeric

Anahata – Heart Chakra

Located: Heart

Love & Warmth | Circulatory & Immune System

Green, rose, and pink shades are the colors associated with this loving, healing chakra.

Associated Problems:

Heart and lung problems, asthma, allergies, fear of intimacy.

Foods to Eat:

Green colored leafy vegetables, raw foods, green tea, sprouts, broccoli, kale, lavender, rose, basil, sage, parsley, jasmine

Vishuddha – Throat Chakra

Located: Throat

Communication & Creativity | Thyroid | Respiratory System

As the portal for communication, the Throat Chakra expresses the truth for the other chakras, and is attached to the colors of light blues and aquamarine.

Associated Problems:

Thyroid disease, frequent sore throat, difficulty expressing feelings

Foods to Eat:

Blue colored tart or tangy free growing fruits, liquids in general, sea plants, foods with high water content, soups, sauces, blueberries, blue raspberries, figs, kelp, peppermint, lemongrass

Ajna – Third Eye Chakra

Located: Middle of forehead between eyes

Understanding & Intuition | Endocrine & Nervous System

Linked with visions, dreams, divine guidance, this charkra’s colors of indigo and violet, invite us to try purple-red foods.

Associated Problems:

Depression, poor eyesight, hormonal imbalances, poor intuition

Foods to Eat:

Indigo or dark blush colored foods, chocolates, wine, grape juice, herbal teas, purple potatoes, blackberries, plums, purple grapes, mugwort, lavender, rosemary, juniper

Sahasrara – Crown Chakra

Located: Above the head

Enlightenment & Divinity | Metabolism | Central Nervous System

Associated with “Spirit” more than “matter”, this chakra is linked to the colors white, lavender and pastel colors.

Associated Problems:

Issues with sleep/wake cycle, feeling disconnected from your body or others, difficulty meditating, spiritual discomfort

Foods to Eat:

Violet, purple, or white colored foods, raw, organic foods, juices, lavender, smudging herbs, incense,fasting, detoxing, fresh air, sunlight, nature.

Hope these are good suggestions and helpful information to those seeking, any questions feel free to contact. Our Chakras have a direct connection to our body, our health, our wealth and the way we love, so Eye hope this helps sum up some simple information on exactly how we can eat our way to creating balance. Please remember that bringing balance to your energy field isn’t limited to your diet, it consist of your everyday habits and thinking. Eating better is a great first step.

LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA

 Eye simply combined information from dahnyoga.com and fionalandrews.info and 7 Chakras for Beginners to create this post.

Live or Dead Foods: What Are You Eating?

   There is a trend circling around the hashtag #LiveFoods and it has become pretty popular on Instagram, along with the hashtags #VegetarianRecipes and #PlantFood. But why are we seeing so many of these posts online referencing the importance of converting to veganism or vegetarianism, and what does it mean to eat “live foods”? Is there a difference between eating live and dead foods, and how do I figure out what’s alive and what’s dead?

    Veganism and Vegetarianism were the original ways of dietary routines, with a few exceptions for animals that the Universe gifted to them. Even with those exceptions, maintaining a 90% plant based diet was the normal way of our ancestors. It was in this time they discovered the life-long health benefits of raw fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs and roots, and how to use them to ensure the health of the body and its functions. This is why our ancestors used to live well into their hundreds, and plays a major role in the death toll of today’s society. If this is the case, why do so many people love to eat meat? According to an economist with the International Food Policy Research Institute, Mr. Mark Rosegrant, “All countries eat more meat when their income grows and they have the economic wherewithal to eat more meat”. Because this behavior is so consistent, economists now treat meat eating almost like behavioral law of humans. As he continues, he is quoted once more saying “it seems to be a preference that’s built in to people.” So according to our patterns as homo-sapiens: the more money we get, the more meat we eat. Just as these studies have been done on the rise and fall of the consumption of meat, there have been studies conducted on the effects on the body, if any, in the absence of meat.

      Dr. Sebi, born as Alfredo Bowman, was a Honduran herbalist, pathologist, biochemist, naturalist and a self-educated healer. After coming to the US, he was diagnosed with asthma, diabetes, impotency and obesity, and couldn’t seem to find any help from westernized doctors and their treatments to manage symptoms. So he was led to an herbalist in Mexico and with great success in healing all his ailments, Dr. Sebi began creating natural vegetation cell food compounds geared for cleansing on an inter-cellular level, and revitalization of all the cells that make up the human body. Long story short (please do extensive research when able), after sharing these inter-cellular cleansing compounds with others, word began to spread that he truly found a way to reverse the most complex of illnesses, including AIDS, herpes, diabetes and even cancer. Word spread his work all the way the FBI and he was sued by the United Stated government for using the word “heal” without having the proper documentation to practice medicine. Dr. Sebi provided over 70 witnesses proving that he did indeed, reverse their illness through herbs and a unique vegan diet, and ultimately won the suit against him. (He was NOT killed because of Pneumonia)

 

    Johanna Brant, born in South Africa, was a prophet, writer and spy who was given only six weeks to live by her doctors back in 1921. She refused all surgeries and treatments and set out on her own in search for a cure. After hearing high praises about the benefits of fasting, as well as experimenting with her own body this way, she discovered the powerful healing properties of the grape. She completely recovered without any operations or westernized treatments, using her own means, and lived for another 40 years. She attributed her full recovery to the periods of fasting she practiced at the beginning of her regimen, and to the Grape Cure she followed later. Although her findings have been denounced, she was the influence behind Essie Honiball’s book “I Live on Fruit” and Basil Shackleton’s “The Grape Cure: A Personal Testament”. The medical profession and Big Pharma like to “debunk” these findings as misinformation and false news, yet the practices of both Dr. Sebi and Brant are still widely used today as healthy and accurate natural remedies.

     So what are “live” foods? Live foods are foods that are consumed fresh, raw, and/or in a condition as close as possible to their original, vibrant, living state. Depending on who you speak to (and how much of a purist they are), the term “live food” may strictly refer to raw fruits and vegetables and sprouted nuts and grains. The “dead” foods are the foods that we cook, as well as white flour, pasteurized dairy and processed meats. With most of us being brought up by over eagerly meat eaters, it seems impossible for some to even fathom the idea of no longer feeding of the carcasses of other sentiment beings. Perhaps this will help …

“People who once ate vegetarian diets but started to consume meat once a week, experienced a whopping 146% increase in the odds of heart disease, a 152% increase in stroke, a 166% increase in diabetes, and a 231% percent increase in the odds of gaining weight…”

“Only one way of eating has ever been proven to revere heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant food.”

www.nutritionfacts.org

 

“7 things happen to your body when you quit eating meat:

1.    You reduce inflammation in your body

2.    Your blood cholesterol levels will plummet (which helps with the risk of heart disease and strokes.

3.    You give your microorganisms a makeover (helping with obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, autoimmune disease, liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease.

4.    You’ll change how your DNA genes work (helps in repairing damages genes)

5.    You dramatically reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes

6.    You’ll get the right amount-and the right type-of protein

7.    You make a huge impact on the health of our planet and all its inhabitants

Written by Michelle McMacken,MD on www.forksoverknives.com

  So if you’re like me and are a hand-on learner, then you can do experiments on your body yourself and monitor the results. Go two weeks of eating whatever it is you like. If you prefer beef, eat plenty of it. If you prefer pork, eat as much as you can stand. For two weeks! During these two weeks, keep a journal of how you feel from day to day. Then QUIT! For just ONE week, eliminate meat and dairy. Substitute these things for vegetarian alternatives (google has plenty) and MONITOR HOW YOU FEEL! Notice and record the difference in your bowel movements, your mind’s clarity, your emotions, your skin, your attitude, EVERYTHING! After those three weeks, compare the two lists. If you take this experiment serious, you won’t be able to ignore the drastic difference in how much better you feel the third week with no meat and dairy, then you did the first two weeks of eating meat consistently.

   There are so many huge companies beginning to incorporate natural sources in the ingredients of their products, like herbs and oils for example. And it is mainly due to the amount of people doing their own research and experimenting to realize the healthier avenues, and accuracy, of natural remedies.

 

                                                    LIGHT + LOVE | RISHI OMKARA