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Spicy Gluten Free Pasta & Chard

(Serves 4)

1 16oz bag Tinkyada rice pasta (easy-to-digest, best tasting gluten free pasta)

4 Shelton’s turkey breakfast sausage (gluten free, free range turkey) cut into bite-sized pieces

1 bunch Swiss chard (dark, leafy greens are an excellent source of fiber and essential nutrients)

2 garlic cloves (powerful antifungal, antibacterial)

1 red bell pepper

6-10 grape tomatoes

Salt & cayenne pepper to taste (cayenne is a great anti-inflammatory)

½ cup extra virgin olive oil (anti-inflammatory)

¼ cup apple cider vinegar (gluten free)

1-cup plain yogurt (good source of probiotics)

If turkey sausage is in the freezer, lay it out to thaw a bit so it will be easier to cut into bite-sized pieces.

Cook rice pasta according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, fill a large bowl with water, chop up Swiss chard and place it in the water to soak. This will remove the naturally occurring sand and soil in the greens.

Rinse and chop bell pepper and tomatoes. Slice garlic. Lay aside.

Once pasta is finished cooking, drain, rinse with cool water and put in large bowl.

Remove Swiss chard from bowl of water, place in colander and rinse thoroughly. Using paper towel, dry chard, removing as much water as possible to avoid popping when it’s fried.

Chop the 4 turkey sausages into bite-sized pieces. Lightly coat a large skillet with a tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Cook sausages until desired crispness is reached.

Add Swiss chard, bell pepper and garlic, reduce heat stirring occasionally. Once chard has cooked down, remove skillet from heat. Mix into pasta.

Add ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 1-cup plain yogurt. Fold in tomatoes and add salt and cayenne to taste.

Serve & enjoy!

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“Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food.” ~ Hippocrates

 

The father of medicine knew what he was talking about. While modern or “allopathic” medicine has been around for only a little over one hundred years, natural medicine (including the use of kitchen herbs as medicinals) has been around for millennia.

Garlic is personal favorite of mine. I discovered its benefits when I was doing some research on candida and how to cure it naturally. Garlic is a powerful antifungal and antibacterial and can prevent a cold when taken regularly and/or speed up the healing process when sick.

Because of its blood cleansing properties, garlic has been known to improve in the healing of acne, high cholesterol and blood clots. The best way to eat garlic is to cut or chop it up and put it into food raw. Putting garlic in the microwave kills the active ingredients so if you plan to heat it up, do so by stovetop or oven. When cooking food, it is best to wait until the last ten minutes before adding the garlic so as not to “cook out” all of the active ingredients.

If you’re interested in the benefits of garlic but are concerned about garlic breath, you can take a garlic supplement instead.

Below, I’ve included a recipe I concocted when sick a few months back. If you’ve got a cold or bacterial infection, this recipe packs a wallop!

Antibacterial tomato juice

4 oz tomato juice

1-2 cloves garlic

A dash of oregano

A dash of cloves

A dash of cayenne pepper

A dash of turmeric

A pinch of salt

Pour the tomato juice into a 4 oz glass, chop or mince one to two cloves of garlic and add it to the juice, then add the rest of the spices. Mix it all together with a teaspoon and down the hatch. It will clear our your sinuses and may burn a little going down. Remember to always use care especially with cayenne pepper, as it is a hot spice.

Caution:

If you are on an anticoagulant (blood thinner), consult with your health care provider before using garlic. Excessive garlic consumption can aggravate the digestive system so start slowly to see how your body will react. If you have any other concerns, consult your health care provider.

For more healthy, natural products I recommend check out the Product Review Page on my website.

photo © Alessandro Paiva

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