Green-bean and lentil soup should be regularly on the table as the legume family is high in vegetable protein.
Legumes are the main source of protein for most of the world. They are cheap, and vegetables do not have all the consequences of too much red meat. They are also free of cholesterol. I add the green beans, first cousins to lentils, just for a variation.
I think it improves the flavour, and fresh green beans have some advantages over the dried legumes; they are much lower in lectins.
Green bean and lentil soup comes in two forms. I am a flexetarian so I am going to use a chicken-bones bouillon today but you can just as easily make a vegetable broth.
Green bean and lentil soup is dead easy to make and stays with you for hours.
I never allow myself to be hemmed in by a recipe, and I recommend you do not either. Add whatever veggies you have in the garden or larder. But here are the basics.
One of the most rewarding things in my life is picking fresh herbs from the garden; many of them are very easy to grow, and so much better cooked within the hour.
I could not live, I swear, without the lemon and limes in our garden; whether it is the piquant flavour they bring to a salad or soup, the heavenly scent of the flowers in spring or the bright golden fruit making it into an ornamental tree, they are my first choice of plant for a new home.
My lime tree is now three years old, and has 65 fruit just waiting to be picked in a couple months.
Chicken bones bouillon
Throw all the bones from a carcass into a large pot, cover with boiling water and simmer for about an hour to make your chicken bones bouillon.
Tip: We collect all our chicken bones for a week or two and freeze them so that we have enough to make it worth the effort.
Update: Since we've been working hard to build a greener world I've changed over to preparing our chicken bones bouillon using solar pressure cooking; it requires less than a third of the energy and a side benefit is that it takes only twenty minutes instead of an hour.
Feed the remaining bones to your dogs; they are soft and pliable, and we never have a problem.
Healthy folk never forget the veggies; try to get somewhere approaching ten coloured foods every day, but do not fuss about the amount; a couple sprigs of parsley would count.
Thirty minutes later they should be tender.
Well, no red wine for my granddaughter. Sigh, how do you stop a two-year old scooping out the pulp of a tomato and leaving the rest? We liquidise our Green bean and Lentil soup for her. She loved it, ate the lot.
High protein diets are the rage at present in a world where more people are dying of obesity than of starvation. Either in combination with low carbohydrate, or low fat, or both; or, oddly, the high fat Banting diet. So where does the green bean and lentil soup fit?
Science reveals that only 5% of people who diet actually lose weight, and they are not without their own dangers. Far more successful is a grasp of the meaning of glycemic index and meals like this green bean and lentil soup; that's what gets it off permanently.
HIGH PROTEIN LOW FAT FOODS but your green bean and lentil soup fits the bill perfectly.
Tomato prostate is an important subject for every woman who does not want an early widowhood; and an impotent husband for the last couple years.
Still, raw or cooked, tomatoes, are excellent for the prostate. Not hers, but I have one.
I will bet that if the leukopenes in tomatoes reduce prostate disease so dramatically (proven), they have an effect on other tumours too. Eat more of the brightly coloured vegetables and fruits.
TOMATO PROSTATE will show you how to reduce the number one male malignant killer by 50 percent.
There is a considerable body of opinion, to which I do not hold, that tomatoes belong to the nightshade family and should be avoided. They do have a lot of lectins, but that does not bother me in the context of whole foods. You be the judge.
On the circuit, in his early days, Andre Agassi survived on lentil soup because of its staying power; cheap too. He was poor as a church mouse in the early days. Not as tasty and nutritious as our Green bean and Lentil soup (he took it from a can) but a fairly good alternative at 80 cents for a lentil soup and two baked potatoes.
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Why should not you cook on high heat with seed oils? They contain polyunsaturated oils which are healthy in themselves but they are unstable on high heat; used as hydrogenated fats in margarine and cake icings such as Bettercreme they are positively dangerous. Getting back to basics like green bean and lentil soup using butter or coconut cream makes more sense.
But also, seed oils are very high in Omega-6 fatty acids (good fats, but ...) and research shows that a high Omega-6/ Omega-3 ratio causes inflammation in the body.
The long and the short of it, if you have inflammation in your joints and organs: We should eat more Omega-3 (fatty fish) and less Omega-6 (seed oils). Get that ratio right. It should be near to 1:1 and in Western diets it even reaches 60:1. No wonder we have so many inflamed joints.
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And why do I eat no margarine at all? Our nerves are coated with fatty myelin sheath. Spoil that sheath and our nerves cease to conduct properly. Once fats are hydrogenated a totally foreign form, called a trans isomer is produced; it's bad stuff to coat your nerves with.
Why do we have such an epidemic of MS and Motor neuron diseases (Lou Gehrig's) and Guillain-Barre syndrome? No one's sure, but there is more and more evidence pointing out how toxic hydrogenated foods are. Start reading labels.
The healthiest fats are found in fatty fish like salmon, flax seed, nuts, olives and avocados. I eat at least some of them every day.
Note also there is zero cholesterol in our GREEN BEAN and LENTIL SOUP. Well, a tiny bit in the butter.
Growing and cooking green beans is not rocket science.
Can you beat my lunch today for a healthy delicious meal? Find a patch in your garden this spring for a few pole beans. They are so rewarding and easy to grow. Fresh green beans from your own garden are a delight, and so healthy. Plant 3-4 pole beans every few weeks through the summer.
All legumes have the amazing symbiotic relationship with myriads of tiny bacteria that have the ability to turn atmospheric gas into usable nitrogen in the form of ammonia.
Legumes use that nitrogen to build amino acids, the building blocks of protein that we so vitally need for our own bodies.
Chickens in the garden have been a wonderful addition to our green home.
You do need garden space, but build a compost pile is the first step towards splendid garden veggies and better health. I cannot recommend it strongly enough, if you have the room in your garden.
Build your own compost pile, or use a compact compost tumbler if space is limited.
If you are trying to reduce your red meat consumption then this old Indian dish, suffering succotash, is a delicious way to make sure you are getting enough protein. It is fun to try different recipes in any case, now and then. Generally we eat from far too narrow a range of foods.
And if you have a small garden, plant a row of radish every couple weeks in the summer. So easy, and you are rewarded in 3-4 weeks.
The Greeks are world leaders in making delicious healthy food. This bean
recipe can be made in a jiffy once you have soaked your butter beans.
GIGANTES BUTTER BEANS RECIPE.
Got some lima and green beans left over? Either in a wok, or the oven, as a favourite soup, mixing vegetables enables me to blend and enhance their subtle flavours. Limas can use a little garlic and ginger and few chillies to spice them up.
This ROAST VEGETABLES RECIPE is one of our favourites, although we only enjoy it when the oven is already hot. It goes perfectly for example with a roast leg of mutton. Or roasted pilchard fish cakes.
This is probably the easiest, and best way to lose weight; because of the high fat you do not feel hungry. I prefer this modified Banting diet because it allows and in fact encourages the use of legumes like lentils and beans; chickpeas for your hummus too.
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