Monthly Archives: September 2015

Recipe: Spicy Cilantro Nectarine Salsa! Yum!

So I mentioned in my break post that I was making tacos.  They are chicken and fish tacos, so I made my favorite salsa to accompany.  Its sweet, fresh and spicy.  Hope you enjoy this salsa with tacos, or just on top of chicken breasts or fish fillets.  Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

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Ingredients: *organic produce if possible

-1 ripe nectarine

-10 cherry tomatoes

-1 vine ripened tomato (medium size)

-handful of fresh cilantro

-1 Serrano pepper (seeds and white vines removed)

-1 tsp garlic powder

-1 tsp of cayenne pepper

-quick drizzle of buckwheat or any honey (about 1/2 tsp)

-squeeze of half a lime

Chop all ingredients finely and mix together, that’s it!  Leave the salsa in the fridge while you cook the other parts of your meal so the flavors to meld together, then enjoy!  Super simple, fresh and tasty. Sub less or more cayenne and chili depending on how spicy you like it, but this recipe makes for medium-hot.  🙂

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Article: Chaste tree or Vitex agnus castus: A Systematic Review of Adverse Events

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Article link:  Vitex agnus-castus adverse effects article

I really like this article because it shows the side of herbal medicine that a lot of people are unwilling to believe or don’t realize that herbs, just like pharmaceuticals, can be dangerous.  This herb in particular isn’t considered extremely harmful, but there are adverse effects associated and it’s good to know some information about what your taking.  Please do your research to the best of your abilities, and always consult a qualified physician or naturopathic practitioner before taking herbal medicines or supplements.  Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Refs:

Picture, Chaste tree: http://www.mtvtreestexas.com/product/chaste-tree-vitex/

Article: Daniele, C, Coon, J, Pittler, M, & Ernst, E 2005, ‘Vitex agnus castus: A Systematic Review of Adverse Events’, Drug Safety, 28, 4, pp. 319-332, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 14 September 2015.

 

Popsicle: Hibiscus passion-fruit tea with pureed berries

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Ingredients:

-3 Starbucks hibiscus passion-fruit tea bags or any hibiscus tea you enjoy

-1 liter of boiled water

-1 cup of frozen berries, mixed or whatever kind you like best

-7 packets of Stevia or 14 grams

-tall jug

-hand blender or blender

-aluminum foil

-popsicle sticks of some kind

Combine boiling water and tea bags into jug.  Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes for tea to steep. Remove tea bags and add berries.  Using a hand blender, puree berries into tea, or put berries into a free standing blender, add some of the hot tea, and blend, then pour back into whole mixture.  Pour the warm mixture into individual serving cups and place a square of aluminum foil over the tops.  With the chosen stick, pierce through the foil and stand straight up.  Place the cups in the freezer until frozen solid.  Remove from molds by running hot water on the outside of the cup.  Then enjoy!  This is a refreshing treat and contains no sugar!  Its a little sour and a little sweet.  Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂