Chicken and cauliflower vegetable curry

Cauliflower is rich is antioxidants and anti-cancer properties, vitamins and minerals, as well as glucosinolates. Cauliflower is such a delicious and important vegetable to eat on a regular basis to prevent many health illnesses later in life, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and immune dysfunction.

This Chicken and Cauliflower Vegetable Curry has no inflammatory foods such as tomatoes either! Give it a try… you’ll love it.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3cm cube of fresh ginger root, chopped finely
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric/ 1cm cube fresh turmeric, chopped finely
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 500g organic, free range chicken (you can use the bone in, or chopped breast)
  • 1 small/ or half large cauliflower head
  • 1kg chopped carrots
  • 1 small broccoli head
  • 1 Daikon radish
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1x 400g can coconut cream
  • Garnish with fresh coriander

Method

  1. Melt butter in deep large saucepan. Add cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves with the garlic and ginger. Saute for one minute.
  2. Next add chopped onions and cook until translucent.
  3. Add 1/3 of the can of coconut cream and stir and heat through.
  4. Put in all the spice powders- paprika, coriander, turmeric and a little salt. Mix well.
  5. Next add the chicken. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Now add all of the vegetables and remaining coconut cream. Stir. Cover the pan and cook for 20 minutes until chicken is cooked. (You may need to add a little water).
  7. If the curry is too runny, add an arrowroot slurry.
  8. For the Arrowroot Slurry: 2 tbsp arrowroot powder added to 4 tbsp COLD water. Mix to dissolve. Add to curry and stir it though to thicken it.
  9. Garnish with the fresh coriander.

TIPS: You can use any vegetables you like to replace the carrots, broccoli, cauli and daikon. I like using bokchoy, beans, snow peas, zucchini etc- depending on what is in season!

For a printable version: Chicken and cauliflower vegetable curry

Bone broth: your quick and easy guide

Bone broth is exceptionally good for you. It is great for healing and soothing the irritated or leaky gut mucosa and wonderful for speeding up healing from a respiratory tract infection. Bone broth helps improve skin, your sleep and your joints and bones.

Ingredients

  • Chicken or lamb bones, left over from the Slow Cooked Lamb with Pressure Cooked Veggie Stew, roasts, or baked chicken wings etc.
  • Fresh herbs and 3 Bay leaves
  • Rain or spring water
  • 3 tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Any vegetables that you like can also be added, though I do not routinely do this.

Method

  1. Place chicken or lamb bones into the slow cooker with enough water to cover them all comfortably.
  2. Add whatever fresh herbs you have on hand (or dried ones if not!)
  3. Add 2-3 bay leaves
  4. Add 3 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar. I do not measure this. Just pour in a few ‘glugs’!
  5. Turn your slow cooker on to low and cook for 8-12 hours. Let it cool down for a while.
  6. Strain the fluid into glass containers and place in the fridge for the next few days use, and/ or freeze so it is ready to use when you need it.

TIPS: Use this delicious and nurturing bone broth in any soups, stews, casseroles, sauces or gravies you make. Drink it straight if you like too!

Slow cooked lamb with pressure cooked veggie stew


 

Slow cooked lamb falls of the bones and melts in your mouth. Couple it with fast pressure- cooked vegetables and a nutritious arrowroot sauce, and you have yourself an incredibly delicious, nutritious meal with little preparation time required.

Ingredients

  • 1-1.5kg Forequarter Lamb chops
  • Fresh herbs
  • Bay leaf
  • 2 medium onions
  • 6 -12 carrots, depending on size
  • ½ head cauliflower
  • 2 celery stalks
  • Head of broccoli
  • 6 silver-beat leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp Arrowroot or tapioca flour
  • 2-3 tbsp of cold water

 

Methods

  1. Place lamb chops into slow cooker with salt and pepper, and whatever fresh herbs you have on hand (rosemary is great, parsley, marjoram, whatever!) and the bay leaf. Cover the meat with water. Cook on high for 5 hrs.
  2. Once the lamb has finished cooking, take the lid off and let it cool down.
  3. Next chop all the vegetables into chunks or slices.
  4. Place all the vegetables into a pressure cooker. Take 2 cups of meat juice from the slow cooker and put into the pressure cooker with your veggies. Put the lid on and bring it up to pressure. Cook for 4 minutes. Release the steam.
  5. Once meat has cooled down a little, remove the bones and gristle carefully.
  6. Next add the cooked meat to the pressure cooked veggies and stir through.
  7. Lastly, place the arrowroot or tapioca flour into a mug. Add the cold water and stir to dissolve it. Add it to the pressure cooker and stir through. This will thicken the sauce in the stew.

Enjoy your Slow Cooked lamb with pressure cooked veggie stew!

NOTE: Use whatever vegetables that are in season. I use daikon radish, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, beetroot, spinach, beans, peas, turnips, celariac, leek, bok choy, kale and sweet potato etc.

Printable version: Slow cooked lamb with pressure cooked veggie stew

Sari’s Vegetable Taco recipe

Serves 6 without meat. Serves 10 with meat.

Ingredients:

1-2tbsp butter

1 large onion, chopped

2 sticks celery, sliced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1-2 cm piece ginger, finely chopped (use dried ground ginger if you need)

6 medium carrots

2 large beetroots

500g beef, chicken and lamb mince (optional)

2 tsp coriander ground

1 tsp ground turmeric

Pinch ground fennel

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chilli powder (optional)

Pinch ground fenugreek

Salt and black pepper to taste

(Instead of all these spices, you can just use a premade spice mix if you prefer)

1 cup boiled water

Taco shells

Method:

  1. Heat pressure cooker on stove top. Add butter and melt.
  2. Add onions and celery. Gently fry til somewhat soft.
  3. Add mince meat if you are using it. Gently brown the meat and break it up.
  4. Use a food processor to ‘whizz’ up the garlic, fresh ginger, carrots and beetroot. Whiz it until they are very small – 5mm pieces or less.
  5. Add all the spices, stir well, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the food processed veggies.
  7. Add the water. Stir. Put on high.
  8. Put the pressure cooker lid on and seal it. Bring it up to pressure.
  9. Once it has reached high pressure, cook for 4 minutes.
  10. Release steam carefully.
  11. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C and cook taco shells for 5 minutes, or as per instructions on the package.
  12. Place the slightly cooled taco mixture into the cooked shells and serve with a little grated cheese on top if desired.

This is a wonderful recipe to transition adults and kids into eating more vegetables! You can cook a big batch like I do, have it for dinner, then have left over taco veggie mix for breaky or lunch the next day. You can just make smaller quantities too. I sometimes cook the vegetarian version if we’ve had enough protein for the day already.

Use whatever vegetables that are in season to your liking, I always use onions, garlic and carrots, then change the others around.  Green leafy’s can be added, or bok choy, corn, green beans, kohlrabi etc.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, just cook the vegetables in the saucepan/ large frying pan. It will just take longer. This is how I used to do it!

RETRACING CASE STUDY ON NUTRITIONAL BALANCING- A MORE SEVERE EXAMPLE

To continue on from the last article (Healing reactions and retracing on Nutritional Balancing), an example of a severe acute retracing case study is detailed following. This example illustrates how retracing can mimic ‘disease’ processes, yet is actually the body healing and becoming healthier. When on a Nutritional Balancing program, it is paramount that you stay in contact with Sari when you experience any concerning symptoms. A simple change in supplements and diet recommendations may be required, or perhaps supportive therapy prescribed to keep you healing and experiencing increased health and happiness.

Case study

A severe acute episode occurred whilst a patient was in the Four Lows pattern. His Na/K ratio had been balanced for the previous two HTMAs and his body was in a much better position to take on such a reaction. He suddenly developed cellulitis in his lower leg. It was swollen to twice its normal diameter, very red and angry looking, and very hot to touch. He experienced intense itching and some pain. It spread quickly to covering most of his lower leg, and started to track up over his knee also. He had no fevers. A GP assessment for a Medical Work Certificate concluded it was an ‘atypical cellulitis’ and promptly commenced anti-biotics. The patient chose not to take the anti-biotics.

Two days later, it was no better and of growing concern. If he did not have his leg raised above his heart the swelling was unbearable. He then developed a fast spreading rash on his torso. Within a day it went from sparse red spots, to his whole front and back torso, arms and neck all becoming one big angry red area where the rash had merged together. It was extremely itchy. The GP had no idea what this rash was and called it the ‘mystery rash’!

This lasted two weeks. He was unable to do much of anything, except look after himself Nutritional Balancing style!

Retracing

It was initially difficult to discern whether this was retracing or an infection that required conventional aggressive treatment. Please read Healing reactions and retracing on Nutritional Balancing to learn about retracing further. It soon became apparent that this man was experiencing retracing. The following list is reasons why this was retracing and not a worsening of his health:

  • It was not a ‘normal’ cellulitis- it usually tracks horizontally, this tracked vertically
  • Usually one would have fevers and feel terribly ill. He did not.
  • The rash came on quickly and severely, but again, he had no accompanying symptoms.
  • The fact that the rash started only days after the atypical cellulitis is a big coincidence!
  • He was feeling really well preceding this reaction.
  • He had dumped copper in the past and it had come out through his skin. This was a different presentation however.
  • Twenty years prior, he had typical cellulitis in the exact same location. He was not on a Nutritional Balancing program at the time, and was treated with antibiotics.
  • Ultimately, he healed without the need for antibiotics. Before the discovery of antibiotics, cellulitis was fatal.

Procedures used to support this healing

This man had cellulitis years prior and it was treated with antibiotics. This did not allow the body to heal the infection, but rather suppressed the body’s reaction to the infection. Now that his body was healthy and balanced enough to actually deeply heal the infection, it brought it out in an acute way. The body then, if given the correct support, could heal the cellulitis thoroughly and deeply so as it will not return again. Sari advised him to do the following, to allow the deep healing to occur:

– his NB diet, to the best of his ability

-Near Infra Red (NIR) heat lamp sessions as much as he could tolerate. The heat intensified the itch, so he did short, frequent sessions

-cease supplements until the retracing subsided

-comfrey compresses on the leg to extract the toxins quicker

-3L good quality spring water daily

-plenty of deep breathing, resting and sleeping

-Foot reflexology and coffee enemas

Within two intense weeks, this man was back to his normal work and life duties, without the need for any drugs!

The take-home message

The aim on a Nutritional Balancing program is for your body chemistry to change, as this indicates you are healing. Your chemistry will not stay stagnant if you are on a NB program. The abundance of nutrients you get from your food, and all the minerals in the supplements all contribute to your body increasing its stores of minerals and healing tissues. The detoxification procedures, and your diet and supplements will all help your body eliminate toxins, and this also changes your body chemistry.

Furthermore, when your body chemistry changes, your symptoms also often change. Sometimes you will feel better, but other times you will feel worse because the supplements you are now taking are not what you require for your new body chemistry picture.

Therefore, it is very important to stay in contact with Sari whenever you have symptom changes. This is not a program to guess about, or self-prescribe. Symptom changes includes if you are feeling better or worse. It could be that you have an increase in energy, your bowel movements change, you develop a skin condition, or you get some anxiety. A whole range of things can happen that indicate your body chemistry has shifted. Often ones insight is reduced whilst retracing, and this is another reason to please contact Sari rather than attempt to figure things out your-self. If you are taking the incorrect supplements, diet and procedures for your new current body chemistry, it can be detrimental to your healing.

After you inform me of your new presentation, I will consequently review your case and advise of an updated program including a new prescription, change in procedures and lifestyle recommendations, and/or a change in diet. Sometimes you will not need an updated program. Sometimes you will just need to let the retracing or healing reaction work its way through to its completion. I will advise you of the best course of action to maximise your healing on Nutritional Balancing.

Not everyone experiences more severe retracing as outlined in the above case study. However, all retracing and healing reactions are a positive sign of healing and should be welcomed (however hard that may be at times!) Your body is getting rid of infections, toxins, and heavy metals and consequently rebuilding a new and healthy you!

I welcome any comments below, or any comments within the Contacts page.

 

Happy healing!

Sari.