Your health is determined mainly by what you eat. Who knew?!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
This was inspired by Spaghetti and GOMB but has no spaghetti in it. Last week I made my GOMB chili, so this week I decided to make GOMB spaghetti. I use GOMBBS as my easy way to remember how to eat healthy. Greens Onions Mushroom Beans Berries and Seeds/nuts. Dr. Fuhrman came up with this acronym. I get my berries and Seeds in my salad, and lots of raw veggies of course. So I aim for my GOMB in my soup--GOMB plus flavorings. This week I was curious to try an old favorite: spaghetti--well, the sauce anyway. It turned out great: the beans are a fine meat replacement, and the collard greens and mushrooms seem a fine substitute for the noodles, for me anyway. I made noodles for housemate. I haven't heard how she liked it.
1 lb dried beans, or 2 cans already cooked, I used tepary
2 16-oz cans tomatoes or 1 28 oz can
1 can tomato sauce*
few Tbsp tomato paste if you have some (I don't)
italian seasoning herbs
1 lb mushrooms
few cloves garlic
1-2 bunches of greens, like collards and/or kale
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 large carrot or 2 medium, cut into big pieces
1 cinnamon stick
1-2 Tbsp date syrup
*I actually don't buy tomato sauce because I use canned garden tomatoes that can't be beat. I blend a third can of tomatoes in the blender (with the carrot, below) to make my tomato sauce.
Soak the beans overnight if dried. Add the spices, cook for an hour, add the onions and garlic, cook for another hour, add the tomatoes and peppers and cinnamon stick, cook some more. You don't want to add the tomatoes too early because they slow the cooking of the beans. Steam the greens and carrot in a steamer or pressure cooker. Blend the carrot with some of the sauce and add it to the soup--it adds a nice flavor and thickening. Remove the cinnamon stick and add the date syrup at the end. It adds just a touch of sweetness. Since we don't get salt on our diet, the sweet is a nice touch.
I eat my nuts/seeds on my salad, but if you want some "parmesan cheese" for your "spaghetti," ground walnuts make a great substitute. You could mix in some nutritional yeast to the ground walnuts.
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