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Cream of Asparagus Soup

June 5th, 2015

Cream of Asparagus Soup

This is a delicious soup rich in Glutathione, the master antioxidant.
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 pounds green asparagus
1 large onion, diced
2 Tbsp. vegan margarine
Salt, to taste
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
5-6 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions:
1. Wash and then trim the hard ends off the asparagus and discard. Cut the asparagus into 1/2-inch pieces.
2. In a heavy pot over medium-low heat, sauté the onion in the margarine until translucent.
3. Add the asparagus, salt, and cayenne pepper and cook approximately 5 minutes.
4. Add 5 cups of vegetable broth and simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
5. Pour half the soup into a blender, add 1/8 cup soy milk, and blend until smooth. (Add the remaining broth if a thinner consistency is desired.)
6. Pour into a bowl and set aside, then blend the remaining soup and soy milk.
7. Pour all the soup back into the pot over low heat.
8. Add lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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New Year… New You!

February 16th, 2013

How are you coming along with your “New Year Resolutions”?  Especially the ones you made regarding eating healthier, taking better care of your body and adopting an exercise program?

How would you like to, not only lose weight, but build a healthier body? It’s easier to stay healthy when your environment is healthy.  So… where do you start?  How do you create a body that’s healthy from the inside-out?

Time for a change

Over the holiday season, my mother and I both gained between 8 to 10 pounds! We gave ourselves the month of January to get back on track. Mom has had better results than I have over the past weeks, as I had several after-holiday gatherings. I still have 5 more pounds to go!

I’ve been told, “The hardest part about doing anything… is getting started”. Once you get started, a game plan will help you stick to your goals and will help you to achieve them. Everyone’s goals are different; some may want to shed those last stubborn 10 pounds. Others may want to reduce the amount of animal protein and dairy consumed, and for some it may be a complete lifestyle change.

Whatever your goal, stick to it and you will achieve it!

Allow yourself time, as it could take weeks, months or even years to see the results of the goals you have laid out for yourself.  Regardless of how long it takes, remind yourself, “All things are possible.” I did not say easy – I said, “Possible”.

Did you know it takes 21 days to form a habit? We hope to empower you with the knowledge and support you need to establish a new habit.

We have some healthful tips and great tasting recipes to burn fat and build muscle.

I am glad we are on this journey together!

Pamela
Editor of Our Community Kitchen

Real Food (vs Dead Food) Makes you Thin and Healthy!

What is “real” food? Real food gives life and has the right balance of vitamins and nutrients. There’s a misconception that if you eat less you will lose more weight. The fact is, if you eat more real food, you will lose more weight.

Real foods are:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • whole grains
  • legumes
  • wild caught fish

Dead foods lack nutrients and enzymes and have no real flavor, so chemicals are used to enhance flavor and as preservatives. These are examples of dead foods:

  • processed foods
  • refined sugar
  • red meat
  • extra salt

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Welcome to Our Community Kitchen

February 6th, 2013

Our Community Kitchen is the place to find answers to all your questions about what it takes to transition to a “plant-strong” lifestyle, as well as recipes and tips for creating great tasting, vegetarian meals for your entire family.

We are all at different stages of our journey, and in the beginning it will be different. Don’t become discouraged – this isn’t a sprint – you may want take “baby-steps” before you are able to start running. The goal is to replace any nutritionally-deficient foods you are currently consuming with healthy, life-giving foods.

Whether you have recently made the decision to adopt a more plant-based diet, looking for alternatives to your favorite meals or just looking for some new “quick and healthy” recipes, Our Community Kitchen will be here to assist you along the way.

If you are just getting started, you may have questions like:

  • Where do I start?
  • What should we eat?
  • How will I make school lunches for my kids?

Another great place to start is by watching the movie, Forks over Knives.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet, we urge you to watch it on Netflix or better yet, get your own copy to share with your friends and family!

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Thanks-vegan Fun!

November 15th, 2012

Hi and welcome back to “Our Community Kitchen”.  If a friend forwarded this newsletter to you and you would like to receive Our Community Kitchen newsletters, click here to subscribe.

The holidays are already upon us!
And it’s time to give thanks for all we have and all we hold dear.  At Ask Dr Garland we’re thankful for YOU, our faithful customers, who have made it your personal goal to eat healthier.

We have a funny Thanksgiving story to share with you, as well as fantastic plant-strong recipes and several handy tips for cooking and baking plant-strong.

Do any of you enjoy Thanksgiving as much as I do?
This is my favorite time of the year! Time for cooking, spending precious time with family, friends, watching football games, playing board games and eating all the delicious foods which we’ve waited 364 days to enjoy.

No other holiday is so centrally based around food.

You can eat healthy over the holiday season without giving up great taste and packing on the pounds. The holidays are about celebration, not deprivation.  With planning and preparation there’s no need to give up delicious eats.

If you are new to plant-strong lifestyle…don’t worry we will get through this together. Relax! Breathe!

You can have an amazing holiday feast and eat vegetarian, all at the same time!  We would like to assist you with making a great meal that’s healthy and tasty for you and your family! Creating new food traditions now will hopefully propel your family to carry them on for generations to come.

Whether you believe it or not, most of our loved ones are not even aware we’ve used healthy alternatives while creating their favorite dishes. If we don’t say anything they won’t know.!

It tickles me to hear people “oohhhh” and “aahhh” over something I’ve made. Then, when they learn what it was you hear, “I never thought it would taste so good”.  I generally wait until my friends or family have had seconds before I disclose the ingredients!

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from the two generations before me is no matter what you cook, season your food to enhance the flavors.  It makes a difference to all dishes.

Remember… no one likes the taste of cardboard.

What’s your family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipe?  Send it to us and let us turn it into a fabulous healthier version. Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving tradition?  We would love to hear your stories.

Here’s to our journey!

Pamela
Editor of Our Community Kitchen

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“Meals that Heal” Recipe Book

June 24th, 2011

Nearly 30 years now in my extraordinary journey fighting cancer, the one thing that kept me alive and strong enough to fight another day, were the gifts that God’s messengers – healers and herbalists, doctors and believers, gave me in the form of special “Meals that Heal”.

I collected these special meals in my bulging notebooks and on scraps of paper all these years, passing them out to others I met along the way who were also on their own personal journey of recovery.

Hippocrates, who many consider to be the original doctor, is credited with saying,

“Your food should be your medicine; your medicine should be your food.”

Truer words have never been said or more powerfully in the understanding of how important our diet is in first preventing and then overcoming disease. “Dis-ease” occurs because we are out of balance for a prolonged period of time. We are literally “with out ease”.

The demands of life today are starkly different from those of our parents and grandparents. Most of us rush through our day, eating breakfast on the run, lunch at our desk and if we do stop and sit down for dinner, the food is often take-out, fast food, or pre-packaged, processed foods. No wonder we have an epidemic of diseases!

Our “Meals that Heal” use fresh fruits, vegetables and grains available at any grocery or health food store, delivering the vital nutrients our bodies desperately need to heal and restore the natural balance and “ease” in our lives.

The recipes and messages of the healing power of foods are available to you to start using for tonight’s first dinner with God. They are simple to make and can be stored in the refrigerator or freeze to reheat when needed.

Click here or on the book cover to purchase your copy.  To help support our mission to Heal the World, One Person, One Pet, One Plant at a Time, we charge $14.97 per copy to keep our “Clinic Without Walls” going.

Try a new recipe each week and let us know your favorites, and also which have healed you in some way. I have my favorites, they’re all in the book!  Enjoy and remember to thank God for creating them.

“Look after yourself because no one else but God will.”

WG

P.S. If you would like to receive additional recipes and tips on making great tasting vegetarian meals, we encourage you to sign-up for Our Community Kitchen, a monthly newsletter on incorporating a “plant-strong” diet into your life.

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