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Jalapeno Chili Cauliflower Popcorn

February 1, 2016

Jalapeno Cauliflower Popcorn | Rosy Cheeks Project
I started my Candida Cleanse two weeks ago and I’ve seriously been deprived of snacks and munchies.

What is Candida Overgrowth? 

Candida, short form for Candida Albicans, is a fungus infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast. Common symptoms of Candida include fatigue, brain fog, chronic intestinal discomfort – gas & bloating, joint pains, weight gain. The Candida Albicans yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestine. When the Candida Albicans population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body. Find out more about Candida here.

On a restricted diet of only clean animal protein, non-starchy vegetables, and good fats, one can only hope to get a bit of a break and eat something more enticing to the palette. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love popcorn. I love the intense burst of flavours, the crunchiness, and the fun of eating out of what seems like a bottomless container, reminiscent of date nights at the movie theatre.

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Sweet Kabocha Squash Congee

November 23, 2015

Japanese Kabocha Congee | Rosy Cheeks ProjectYou know you’re in trouble when your foodie friend comes to visit you in Vancouver, the city of amazing food, beautiful people. and more amazing food. We put our food hats on and last weekend consisted of nonstop feasts, seafood, seafood and, did I mention seafood? But heck, YOLO.

But overindulgence comes with a price.

Stomach poisoning may just be one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life. After a full day of kindling with my dear friend, Mr. Toilet, I knew I had to restore my gut with healing herbs and easy to digest nutrients.

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Gluten Free Thai Chili Salmon Loaf

October 19, 2015

I discovered a whole cabinet of mason jars filled with preserved salmon that my mom made a couple months ago. Well, I couldn’t just leave them there and not do anything with it. That would be doing in justice to these homemade salmon preserves!

Gluten Free Thai Chili Salmon Loaf | Rosy Cheeks Project

Lately, I’ve been working on learning how to work with gluten-free flours. And this was the perfect opportunity to work on some recipe making with the coconut flour and almond flour I got. Experimenting in the kitchen and making up recipes on the fly are always fun. I love the suspense of not knowing how it’ll turn out. Whether the recipe will be a keeper or a huge disaster.

This recipe took a couple test runs to gage the consistency that I wanted. This loaf is perfect for lunch or dinner as a main with some greens on the side.

Gluten Free Thai Chili Salmon Loaf | Rosy Cheeks Project

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Mid-Autumn Festival: Matcha Adzuki Bean Snowskin Mooncake

September 26, 2015

Babylonian astrologers regarded the Moon as the chief of the two luminaries. “The sun as of smaller importance than the moon”. The Moon was the supreme deity.

Stretching back 3000 years, emperors in China worshiped the moon because they believed it would bring bountiful harvest. Items like plums, apples, watermelons, and mooncake were common sacrificial items used to worship the lunar goddess.
Matcha Adzuki Bean Snowskin Mooncake | Rosycheeksproject

Matcha Adzuki Bean Snowskin Mooncake | Rosycheeksproject

Second to the Chinese New Year Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals of the year.

Taking place on the 15th day of August in the Chinese Calender, it is a day where families come together to celebrate the luminescent full moon, feast to a plentiful table of food, and indulge in rich, luscious, decadent mooncakes.

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Anti-Inflammatory Honey Spiced Ginger Turmeric Tea for IBS

September 14, 2015

Reducing inflammation is very important in preventing and relieving intestinal flare ups caused by digestive disorders like IBS, ulcerative colitis, or colic.

Anti-Inflammatory Honey Ginger Turmeric Tea for IBS | Rosy Cheeks Project

Last night in my Herbal Medicine class, we talked about healing herbs that are especially good for the digestive tract. Many of which are what we call carminatives, meaning these herbs are great at soothing and settling the gut wall, aiding digestion. Carminative herbs are also anti-spasmodic, meaning they prevent or ease spasms or cramps in the muscles.

Anti-Inflammatory Honey Ginger Tumeric Tea | Rosy Cheeks Project

The use of herbs are endless – as seasoning, spices, and even taken as a food on its own. But of course, we can’t forget the use of herbs in tea!

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Fruit and Herb Infused Water Recipes for Better Digestion

July 3, 2015

Upgrade your H2O with fruit and herb infused water!

Infusing herbs like mint, peppermint, and lemongrass in your water can help soothe upset stomachs and indigestion. Citrus juices like lime and lemon can also help improve digestion and metabolism. Citrus juices alkalize the body to help balance out our internal pH levels that will help reduce inflammation and water retention.

These are my favorite fruit infusion water recipes. They’re incredibly easy to make with dazzling vibrant colors that will make an awesome crowd-pleasing drink at your next barbecue!

Thai Lemongrass Lime Infusion

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Ingredients

+ 4 glasses of filtered water
+ 3 tbsp raw honey diluted out in lukewarm water first before adding to water (Optional. You may use any other natural sweeteners of your choice, adjust sweetness to your preference)
+ 1 stalk lemongrass
+ handful goji berries
+ 1 lime
+ handful mint leaves

 

Minty Mango Infusion

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Ingredients

+ 4 glasses of filtered water
+ 3 tbsp raw honey diluted out in lukewarm water first before adding to water (Optional. You may use any other natural sweeteners of your choice, adjust sweetness to your preference)
+ 1 mango diced into little cubes
+ 1 handful of mint leaves

 

Sweet White Peach and Lavender Infusion

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Ingredients

+ 4 glasses of filtered water
+ 3 tbsp raw honey diluted out in lukewarm water first before adding to water (Optional. You may use any other natural sweeteners of your choice, adjust sweetness to your preference)
+ 2 white peaches
+ 2 tsp dry lavender buds

 

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Warm Lemon-Garlic, Swiss Chard with Pan Fried Filet

April 4, 2015

Cooking dinner after a long day at work can be exhausting. That’s why I prefer to make easy meals on the week days and save the fancier ones for the weekend.

Today, I made a simple red sole fish with red swiss chard charged with Vit. A (for healthy, glowing skin) and Magnesium (for strong bones, healthy nerves and muscle regulation) for dinner.

 Warm Lemon-Garlic, Swiss Chard with Pan Fried Filet | Rosy cheeks project

Fish is a very good source of essential fatty acids rich in Omega 3 (ie. alpha linolenic acid which is plant form, EPA/DHA which is animal form) that we can not produce in our body; hence, it is “essential”.

Why is Omega 3 important?

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that helps the body in many different ways:

  • is a polyunsaturated (PUFA) fat with HDL (high density lipoprotein) that helps lower cholesterol to keep the heart healthy
  • decreases inflammation
  • regulates the nervous system
  • provide good fats for brain functioning
  • increases energy
  • increases metabolism
  • produced by Arachadonic Acid, a derivative of Omega-6 found in many common food sources like sunflower seed oil, canola seed oil, sesame oil, poultry, nuts, wholegrain bread

How does Omega 3 decreases inflammation?

Omega 3 decreases the production of Arachadonic Acid (AA).

Arachadonic Acid, found in meat and dairy products converts into PG2 (a type of prostaglandin) that is associated with a number of negative health effects such as:

  • increases inflammation
  • makes your blood stickier
  • increases allergy responses
  • increase sodium and water retention
    decreases immunity
Ingredients

Red Sole Filet 

3.5 oz red sole filet
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
A dash of Mirin soy sauce
white pepper
sea salt
red chilli flakes
corn starch

Red Swiss Chard
1 bunch red swiss chard
1 glove minced garlic
1/4 cup diced purple onion
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp coconut oil

Preparation

Marinade

1. Rinse the filet with water
2. Place the fish on a plate and pat it down dry on both sides with a paper towel
3. Rub grated ginger onto both sides of the fish
4. Lightly sprinkle white pepper and sea salt on both sides
5. Cover fish with sesame oil on both sides
6. Coat fish with just enough corn starch to cover all surfaces
7. Let fish marinade for 30 minutes

Meanwhile…

Swiss Chard Preparation

1. Rinse the swiss chard with water
2. Remove the ribs and stem of the chard and separate leaves on the side
3. Gently cut leaves into roughly 4×4 inch pieces (just giving you guys an idea of how big the pieces were, the size can be bigger or smaller – does not need to be exact)
4. Cut the stems into 1 cm wide pieces, pretty much diced. This is because the stems are more fibrous and take longer to cook. In smaller pieces, it’s much easier to soften

**Make sure you keep leaves and stems separated because they will be cooked separately later

Cooking Procedure

> We will cook the swiss chard first

1. Heat frying pan on medium to high heat
2. Add coconut oil into heated pan
3. Heat garlic and purple onions for 1 minute
4. Throw in swiss chard stems and saute until soft (around 3-4 minutes)
5. Add the swiss chard leaves into the frying pan
6. Squeeze lemon juice into pan
7. Cook until chard leaves soften (takes about 1-2 minutes) and remove from heat

> Cooking the Fish

1. Heat frying pan on high heat
2. Add coconut oil into heated pan
3. Using a metal tong, gently place filet into frying pan skin side down
4. Fry until the bottom edges of the fish start to bubble and sizzle
5. Flip the fish over and pan fry for another 3 minutes
6. Remove fish from pan and transfer to a plate
7. Add a dash of Mirin soy sauce for added flavoring
8. Top it if off with a few red chilli flakes
9. Ready to serve!

:: SOURCES ::

“What You Should Know About Fatty Acids.”Mercola.com. 11 Nov. 2011. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/11/everything-you-need-to-know-about-fatty-acids.aspx>

Chang, P. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids.” HOPES. Standford, 1 June 2010. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <http://web.stanford.edu/group/hopes/cgi-bin/wordpress/2010/06/omega-3-fatty-acids/>