Saffron for Depression and Digestion

Saffron Spices Depression and Helps Digestion

Saffron is a well-known Persian spice used for its ability to help the digestive system heal. Because most neurotransmitters are made in the digestive tract, this might be the reason saffron has been shown in studies to elevate low mood. As the most expensive spice, it is high in carotenoids and B vitamins. In studies, saffron has been compared to both Prozac and Imipramine, and found to work at least as well, or better, with less side effects.

While the petal is the expensive part of the herb, you can also take capsules of the stigma part of the plant, which is less expensive, but still contains the powerful mood-enhancing ingredients. Studies use a dose of 15mg twice a day. No toxicity has been shown when taking saffron in therapeutic amounts or in cooking.

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How to make a Salmon Quiche

Hope you enjoy this yummy recipe.

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Turkey Casserole

I hope you like this version of Turkey Casserole. This is also great for leftovers.

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Make your own spiced rum

Make your own spiced rum: 

1 bottle of golden rum

1 cinnamon stick

2 vanilla beans

1 tsp black pepper corns

2 tsp cardamom

peel of 1/2 orange

Put it all together in a jar with a lid. Leave it for 2-5 days, shaking 2 times a day. Strain. Done.

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Papaya Seeds & Honey for Parasites

Dr. OZ’s show just talked about how eating 1/4 C papaya seeds to 1 t honey taken 10 days in a row has a 75% success rate of riding your body of parasites. The enzymes in the seeds kill the parasites by breaking down their cell structure. The honey would attract the parasites to it.

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Flora’s Wild Strawberries

This is a video of wild strawberries in my yard. Happy gardening everyone! Yay!

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Rosemary, lavender and black pepper polenta cookies

Great recipe from Cauldrons and Crockpots

Rosemary, lavender and black pepper polenta cookies

*edit* I first wrote 1 1/2 sticks- which was totally NOT what’s in my notes. Sorry for the inconvenience if you’d already tried making them…

3 sticks room temperature butter
1 cup sugar
1 tb minced rosemary
1 tb minced lavender
1 tb black pepper

2 cups gluten free flour plus 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1 cup ground cornmeal (polenta)
½ teaspoon salt

In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the herbs, then add the dry ingredients in three batches. As soon as they’re incorporated, turn off the mixer, pull it all together into a ball, wrap it up and refrigerate it for 24 hours if you have time- it’ll pull all the flavours together really nicely. If you don’t have time, you can just roll them out and cut them out into cookie shapes.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. They’ll be softer when you pull them out, and firm up within ten minutes or so. And they’re good in an airtight container for up to a month.

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Lemon-lavender Polenta Cake

Great recipe from Cauldrons and Crockpots

Lemon-lavender polenta cake

200g soft unsalted butter

200g sugar

200g almond flour

100g fine corn flour (masa)

1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2  tsp salt

3 eggs

zest of 3 meyer lemons

For the drizzle:

juice of 3 lemons

125g sugar

2 tsp chopped fresh lavender (or 3 tsp dried lavender)

Preheat the oven to 350.  Mix together the flours, salt and baking powder. Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, mixing thoroughly, then one egg. Repeat until all the flour and eggs are gone, then scrape the batter into a 9′ pan, and bake for 35-40 minutes. It might not look entirely set in the centre, but the edges will have started to pull away from the sides of the pan.

In a pan on the stovetop, bring the lemon juice, lavender and sugar gently to a boil. Remove from heat immediately. Prick tiny little holes over the top of the cake with the point of a sharp knife, and drizzle the syrup over the cake (strain it first if you don’t want lavender bits everywhere). Allow it to cool.

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Carrot Zucchini Soup

Carrot Zucchini Soup 

This carrot zucchini soup is a savory vegetable soup that both vegetarians and good ole meat eaters can enjoy.

2 small onions
2 cups water
1/2 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups zucchini, diced
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

Directions

Chop up one of the onions and set aside. Take the other onion and cut into quarters. Place this onion into a 3-quart saucepan. Add water, carrots, celery salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer soup for 20 minutes, or until the carrots are nice and tender.

Transfer soup mixture into a blender or food processor. Cover and process until pureed. Return mixture to pan.

In a large skillet, sauté zucchini and chopped onion in the oil and butter until they are tender. Add to the carrot mixture. Stir in tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, until the tomatoes are tender. Stir in milk and parsley. Heat thoroughly.

Makes 2 to 4 servings.

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Lowfat Soups

6 Tasty Low Fat Soup
Recipes For Cholesterol Patients 

Among low cholesterol recipes, soups that are low in fat happen to be very popular.Folks with high cholesterol love to have these soups as they are really tasty. These soup recipes provide a balanced and fat free food and could be of great assistance in dietary control for high cholesterol afflicted folks.

These soups to some extent also contribute to reduce level of LDL cholesterol. Some of these soups come under traditional recipes while some new soup recipes have also come on the block.

Lentil Soup

A very common of all soups among cholesterol patients is Lentil soup that could be easily prepared. Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, celery, carrot, curry powder and lentils. A balanced proportion of all these contents could be used to prepare this soup. These ingredients could be boiled together for ten minutes to be consumed. You may add chili pepper, chili powder or green chili as per your taste buds.

Cabbage Soup

Cabbage soup could also be given to cholesterol patients. This soup is prepared with cabbage, ginger, black pepper, onion, green chili, tomatoes and sherry. Its ingredients contribute to very little or negligible cholesterol content. The soup is free of saturated fat content.

Squash And Sweet Potato Soup 

The other soup suited to people with high cholesterol is made with squash and sweet potato. This soup, in combination with salads that are rich in fibers are often offered to cholesterol patients. This soup must be prepared in canola oil. One pound each of squash and sweet potato could be used to prepare soup for four people. Other ingredients of this soup are chives, onion, black pepper and ginger. The soup may include chicken broth.

Bean And Spinach Soup

A cholesterol afflicted person may enjoy a bean and spinach soup. Even in this soup you can use chicken broth. This soup could also serve the purpose of lowering LDL due to presence of beans. Other ingredients of soup are carrot, celery sticks, tomatoes and dried oregano. Rotini is also added to it. Doctors often recommend this recipe to obese folks who are likely to develop cholesterol problem.

Low Fat Turkey Soup

Low fat Turkey soup is another soup serving to people with high cholesterol. Ingredients of this soup are sodium chicken broth, pasta noodles, celery stalks, carrot and black pepper. All these contents are boiled together to prepare the soup.

Black Bean Soup And Toskana Soup

Black bean soup and Toskana soup also happen to be very low in fat content and could be offered to cholesterol patients.

All these soup recipes happen to be good to your taste buds as well. You can enjoy these for the twin purpose of dietary control and LDL cholesterol reduction.

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