Food Truck Style Quinoa Tacos with Slaw

I have been craving food truck tacos for about a month now, so I decided I would create my own easy and cheap version. The base of this recipe is quinoa, but I have also tried it with other add-ins like kale and chicken.

Food Truck Style Quinoa Tacos

Taco Filling

Caramelize onion and brown garlic in a skillet. Cook qunioa separately. Add quinoa to skillet once cooked. Add flavor with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, pink salt, black pepper, and a little oregano.

Slaw

Slice a whole cabbage, add to bowl. I used green, but red will also be fine. Grate one large carrot. Add a handful of minced cilantro. In a separate bowl, make the dressing out of rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, a little orange juice, a little cumin, a little hot chili sauce (like sriracha) and/or red pepper flakes. Stir together and pour on cabbage mixture. Mix together, and let sit in refrigerator for an hour.photo 2

Assemble Taco

I use Ezekiel soft taco shells. Add taco filling, sprinkle parmasan cheese (or vegan alternative, optional.) Add cherry tomatoes, cut in half (other tomatoes chopped will be fine.) Add slaw on top.

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Apple Lime Broccoli Slaw

Fresh and ready for warmer weather, this recipe naturally follows the Gerson Therapy diet without missing any vital ingredients. Make this salad as is, or add to a bed of lettuce for more veges. You could also easily substitute whatever you have on-hand: other dried fruits for raisins, lemon for lime, different onion (only if you really like onion, because a substitute would make the onion flavor stronger.)

Apple Lime Broccoli Slaw #raw #gerson #vegan #paleo

 

salad:

  • 1 bag broccoli slaw
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, fine diced
  • 1 sweet apple, cubed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • a few sprigs of parsley, chopped and to garnish

dressing:

  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 limes, juiced

Add broccoli slaw, celery, onion, apple, raisins, and parsley to a bowl. Mix honey with juice of 2 limes. It initially seems hard to melt the honey, but it will eventually melt. Mix the dressing to the salad and serve.

Note: If you package the salad as leftovers, the raisins might re-hydrate a bit. (I didn’t mind.)

Enjoy 🙂

Crispy Dehydrated Kale Chips

Crispy Dehydrated Kale Chips #healthysnackIf you have a dehydrator, yet have not made kale chips, shame on you! 😉 Because they rock!

I have tried to make kale chips in the past, in the oven, but have failed miserably. The chips were always soggy or thin and overdone, no matter how closely I followed everyone’s directions. When I received a dehydrator for Christmas, I actually didn’t try kale chips first (I know, shame on me 😉 ). I first made juicer pulp-ground flax seed crackers/chips (whatever you want to call them, depending on how thin you roll the “dough” out), which actually turned out fantastic. However, when I started the Gerson Therapy, I stopped eating the ground flax seeds, so I turned to kale– and am I glad I did!

I have this Nesco dehydrator, and so far so good I’ve enjoyed using it.

My Dehydrator

I used about 3-4 kale leaves, which plenty covers the trays. I pack close, but do not overlap the leaves.

After I wash and dry the kale leaves, I arrange them on the trays. If you would like, you can sprinkle the leaves with spices, garlic powder, or onion powder. I also tried adding apple cider vinegar (hoping to make “salt and vinegar chips”) before dehydrating, but I found that the vinegar flavor goes away once dehydrated. I will try spraying a bit of vinegar on after dehydrating. I have been sprinkling the spices after arranging the kale on the trays, but I’m sure it would work fine putting the kale in a bowl and adding the spices beforehand.

If you are not on the Gerson diet, adding coconut oil and then spices to kale in a bowl before adding them to the trays is probably the way to go.

After arranging the kale, simply dehydrate for about 2 hours at 135 degrees F. I have been following the Nesco instructions for dehydrating vegetables (135 degrees), but will experiment with lower temperatures. I first tried dehydrating for longer times (3 and 4 hours), but have found that the chips are not crispier with the longer time, but disintegrate easier (not desirable to me).

This has been a great snack to come home to!

Tabbouleh Salad with or without quinoa

“Gluten Free” Tabbouleh Salad, made with or without quinoa

Tabbouleh is Middle Eastern parsley salad that I have been eating since I was very young. Traditionally made with bulgur (cracked wheat), recently my grandma was on a quinoa substitution health streak, substituting quinoa for wheat in many of her traditional dishes. What an amazing discovery! Turns out, quinoa didn’t change the flavor of the beloved dishes, but is much more moist than wheat, so it made everything taste better, in my opinion. Even some of the dishes I had been growing tired of were given new life with quinoa. Plus, it made many dishes “gluten free” for when her gluten free friends came over for dinner parties.

One of the dishes she substituted with quinoa was tabbouleh. I modified her recipe to fit the Gerson Diet, pretty much only removing added salt and substituting flax oil for olive oil if desired. I will note that is it unclear to me as to whether a Gerson patient can have a lot of raw parsley because of the oxalic acid, so I would limit this salad to a side dish, rather than eating it as a main course.

Tabbouleh can be eaten alone, or added on top of romaine lettuce, kind of like a lettuce wrap. This is a good way to eat more greens! Please make sure all ingredients are organic.

Fresh Middle Eastern salad with a new healthy twist

Gluten Free Tabbouleh Salad, made with or without quinoa

  • 2 cups parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • juice from 1-2 lemons depending on how lemony you want it
  • 1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa (optional, if it’s grain day 🙂 Also, some people prefer their tabbouleh with more grain, but this is how I’ve always eaten it.)
  • 2 tbsp flax oil (optional)

Mix parsley, tomatoes, onion, and quinoa together, then mix in the lemon and flax oil. The toughest part to this is chopping up all the ingredients, so you could use a food processor if desired, but just make sure not to process it too much. If you can stand it, it’s much better to chop by hand. The tabbouleh pictured was made without quinoa. Though I prefer with, without was still tasty! Other non-traditional vegetables to add would include sweet peppers, green onions, and cucumber (non-Gerson).

Orange Stir-Fry

This is my mom’s stir fry recipe, adapted for the Gerson Diet. We added the vegetables that we had on-hand, but you could add other vegetable that you like– I’m thinking  snap peas would be a fun addition. The cabbage can be a little bitter, so the orange is a must. Feel free to even add a little (self-juiced) orange juice if you would like. If you can brown the garlic without oil, try adding some bigger pieces, because they can kind of resemble the texture of cashews or peanuts when cooked. Or maybe use your imagination. 😉Healthy, vegetable organic dinner: Gerson Diet Orange Stir Fry #vegetarian #vegan

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped to bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/4 head cabbage or bok choy, sliced
  • 1 orange, cut into small pieces
  • quinoa or brown rice (cook while making the stir fry)

 

In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in a spoon or two of water. Props to you if you can brown the onion and garlic without oil. Add celery and carrot. Add broccoli. Add green pepper, and cabbage. Add orange once vegetables are tender crisp. Serve with quinoa or brown rice.

Healthy, vegetable organic dinner: Gerson Diet Orange Stir Fry #vegetarian #vegan

 

Salsa Fresca

Ready for the Super Bowl!

I was so happy when I realized most typical salsa ingredients were okay for the Gerson diet. This salsa is so fresh and can be used by itself or as a topping for many foods. I have been adding it to greens as a “salad dressing,” with cold chopped potatoes. I have also been thinking of dehydrating some kale to make kale chips, and trying this salsa out with chips. Store in a mason jar, and use freely for topping.

salsa fresca - fresh for the Gerson Diet #vegetarian #vegan #healthy #organic

 

Very easy to make, just mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

  • 4-5 medium-size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet pepper (we used red), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, to taste
  • 1/2 red or sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1-2 limes or lemons (limes preferred)
  • flax oil, to taste (optional)

salsa fresca - fresh for the Gerson Diet #vegetarian #vegan #healthy #organic

Glass Water Bottle Koozie

Glass Water Bottle Koozie

So before I started on the Gerson Therapy, I was drinking tons of water all day long to filter out my body. I carried around a large Voss glass water bottle, because I found that to be the best option out there. The large Voss bottles are large enough to hold a pretty decent amount of water, and glass was a must. There are many brands of water bottles at stores like Target for $12-$18, but at $3 a bottle for the Voss, it was definitely worth it to buy a bottle with the water already in it! It was also nice to be able to flavor the water with lemon and essential oils for a tasty treat.

I started carrying my water in a holder that I made– a little for protection, but mostly because it made it easier to hold. Where ever I went, it always received positives comments. I just can’t believe how many people are still using plastic water bottles, when it’s so easy to bring your own, and were surprised to see that I had a large glass bottle.

I have put the bottle holders up on Etsy for anyone interested in having one.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/204371121/handmade-glass-water-bottle-koozie