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Fibromyalgia Friendly Food ~ Sesame Bitter Green Leaf Asian Soup

April 21

Good food that is good for you is an integral part of your overall healthcare routine!

Fibromyalgia friendly food will be a key part of the new blog theme that will be launched in May!

When I was young, I had no interest in ‘health’ food.

What I knew of health food consisted of the nasty, weird smelling, and bland fare that was sold for ridiculously high prices at the local co-op where the ‘Granolas’ hung out.

As I have ‘culinarily’ educated myself down through the years, I have come to realize that ‘healthy’ food is actually ‘simple’ food that pays for itself 10 fold through a variety of ways: avoiding medical costs due to the effects of poor nutrition, the priceless experience of feeling good, healing the body to a large degree with certain nutrients, ect.

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Fibromyalgia Friendly Food ~ Sesame Leafy Green Asian Soup

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My backyard is slowly becoming a land of ‘mini self-sustaining projects’.

I have a herb garden, a vegetable garden, two fruit trees, and a section prepared for my future hen-house. Soon I will be building a compost bin as well.

I harvested my first crop of Romaine and butter lettuce a few days ago.

Instead of yielding a sweet green, both plants grew bitter leaves this go around.

Based on a bit of research I did, I believe the problem was too little water.

Living in the desert, the ground gets bone dry. So, a light surface spray just is not enough to grow sweet lettuce, which apparently LOVE extreme hydration.

Not wanting to waste my harvest, I read on how to rid your leafy greens of bitterness; salt & blanching!

Below is the soup I created after fixing my ‘bitterness issue’. This is the perfect recipe for those leftover wilting lettuce leaves in your fridge that have gone past the ‘salad use’ phase~

 

Fibromyalgia Friendly Food ~ Sesame Bitter Green Leaf Asian Soup

  • leftover or bitter garden salad greens
  • salt
  • 1 Tbsp  sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp Nam Pla (fish sauce {look in Asian section of grocery store})
  • 1 Tbsp chili/garlic paste (optional)
  • 1 chopped jalapeno (optional)
  • leftover cooked roast/steak/beef strips ect. whatever is on hand

Blanche greens in heavily salted water for approx. 40 seconds. Transfer to colander and rinse with cool water. Saute onions and garlic in oils on med. heat until onions become tender (approx. 2 min). Add rinsed greens and saute for 2 min. Add remaining ing. Season to taste and let simmer for 30 min. Serve over jasmine rice.

Health Benefits of Romaine & Butter lettuce:

  • 85% daily allowance Vit K

  • high in phosphorus for muscle, heart, kidney health

  • high in: fiber, B1, copper, iron, B2, Omega 3 fatty acids, and potassium

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