Vegan Bean Burgers

   1 cup black beans (canned or cooked) 1 cup cannellini beans (canned or cooked) 2 T. chopped onion   2-3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil or almond oil   2 T. flaxseed meal (replaces egg)   1 tsp garlic powder   1/4 tsp Real Brand or Celtic Sea salt  dash of black pepper 1/4 tsp turmeric 1 tsp parsley guacamole (optional)     lettuce and tomato  Preparation: If using canned beans, rinse and drain. Learn how to cook your own beans here. Mash 3/4 of the beans in a large bowl, leaving about 1/4 of the beans whole. Set aside.  Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until soft and translucent. Place in a bowl with bean mixture and whole beans.    Add flaxseed meal, turmeric, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the bowl, and mix well by hand, like making meatballs.  Divide into 4 balls, then flatten each into equal size patty’s.    Return skillet to medium heat, and add a tsp of oil, to prevent burgers from sticking. Add burgers to the skillet. Flatten more with a spatula, if needed. Cook for 5 minutes, until bottoms are browned and slightly crispy. Carefully flip and cook the other side. Add another tsp of oil to the pan, if needed. Serve warm, with lettuce leaves and tomatoes.   If more texture is desired, add 1/4 C of cooked rice to the bean mixture before cooking. Spread with guacamole if desired. Serve with lettuce and tomato to balance the flavors and texture. Add your favorite dark leafy greens on the side for...

Inflammation 101

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune system response. Without it, we can’t heal. We are all familiar with redness and swelling…it’s our body’s healing response to injury or infection. But when it’s out of control, and on the inside, it can damage your body and leave you vulnerable to major illness and even cancer. Don’t despair, inflammatory conditions caused by an imbalanced diet can be reversed!  Start eating more of these today! almonds avocados beets berries carrots cherries coconut products dark leafy greens garlic ginger olive oil onions sesame seeds sweet potato turmeric zucchini Foods high in sugar (most any type), as well as highly processed foods and fried foods, can spur inflammation. Other well known triggers are gluten, dairy, eggs and soy products. These foods and food substances cause over-activity in the immune system. Sometimes you can feel it, and other times you can’t. But I think everyone can agree, we’ve all felt that bloated feeling in our abdomen at some point in our life! Would you like to take a challenge with me, and avoid those trigger foods for two weeks? Please join me in avoiding inflammatory foods for 14 days. The wonderful benefit? Reducing inflammation in your body! Take the Clean Diet Challenge in 2015. Email me for details, password info, and new recipes as they are updated!