African Peanut Stew…

Green smoothie, blueberry buckwheat pancakes with PB for breakfast--no one is deprived here.

Green smoothie, blueberry buckwheat pancakes with PB for breakfast–no one is deprived here.

Before I share the stew recipe that was such a hit at Leif’s birthday party, I want to share a few new bits of information that I learned this week via Cornell Plant Based Nutrition Course and the book I’m currently reading–Disease Proof Your Child by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. The information is actually quite depressing but instead of crawling in a hole and crying, I feel it is a call to action and also a reminder to continue on a whole foods plant based diet for myself and Leif–even if people think I’m a crazy lady who is “depriving” her child of food-joy.

First– I learned in my lecture today that most American children have evidence of heart disease by the age of 12!!!!!!! THIS IS RIDICULOUS and it is not a natural human process.  We are created this with our diet.

Second– According to Dr. Fuhrman, there are many adult onset cancers that are correlated with nutrition in the first 10 years of life. He also states that American children eat less than 2 percent of their diet from natural plant foods such as fruits and vegetables.  I’m going to go ahead and be a disease preventing ninja mama and feed my kid a truck load of veggies and fruits (and other whole plant sources) and avoid the cancer causing bad guys (animal products, processed crazy gunk).

Third–I knew this already but was reminded with incredible angiogram graphics from patients who had reversed blockage by switching to a whole foods plant based diet.  That’s amazing. AMAZING!

So,  I suppose I will let them call me crazy but I honestly believe that to have this knowledge and not act on it would be neglectful. As we teach Leif how to eat to protect himself against disease, we are also helping to protect our grandchildren as he will pass on his food knowledge to them.  We are also protecting his future children from losing their dad at too young an age.  It might seem strange to think this way but this how I think now that I’m a mama. Its super weird.

So if you want to know the key to good health–just take a cue from this guy–

veggies

Eat Your Veggies

play hard

And Play Hard (preferably in your fire truck jammies)

Okay, now for the soup recipe.

African Peanut Stew

served with home made whole wheat bread, spinach salad, and grapes...and a glass of vino because its a celebration, folks!

served with home made whole wheat bread, spinach salad, and grapes…and a glass of vino because its a celebration, folks!

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBLS olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • I can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup peanut butter (no crap added) or almond or any nut or seed butter of your choosing
  • 2 cups beans of your liking (I used garbanzo)
  • 2 cups peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bunch greens (I used kale), roughly chopped

Directions:

1. Saute garlic and ginger until garlic begins to brown

2. Add onion and crushed red pepper and saute until onions begin to turn translucent

3. Add sweet potatoes and water and bring to a boil

4. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sweet potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.

5. Add in beans, peas, peanut butter, and tomatoes and stir

6. Add in greens

7. Serve and Enjoy!!!!

 

 

 

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Remembering

Today marks the two year anniversary of Payton’s accident.  It marks the day that ushered in 5 days of hell for my family as we desperately prayed for a miracle and waited as doctors ran tests and tried to reduce the swelling in his brain.  Today I’m remembering the feelings–emotional and physical–I experienced from the moment I woke up in Cape Town to an in box full of “CALL HOME NOW!” e-mails to the time I made it home and was met at the hospital entrance by my parents and told Payton would be taken off life support in the morning.

Today I’m remembering the tragedy and grief my family has experienced but also remembering the joy that Payton brought.  His life, although so short, was vibrant and full.  Below I have reposted something I wrote last September. Please do remember my family this week–hold us in your prayers and send us peace, love, and joyful memories of our little man.
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