Bodhi Bear Soup, a healing remedy for Coughs & Colds!

After surviving a serious and traumatic case of Whopping Cough as a child, I always dive into healing mode when one of my younglings has a fever or a whooping like cough that is associated with Pertussis.

I created this “Bodhi Bear Soup” with a ton of Healthy goodness to strengthen my youngling’s immune system against “Winter Bugs”, especially Whooping Cough!

This soup is filled with chopped Carrots, which have tons of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, especially known for helping the immunity of children.

I made sure to add organic Avocado Oil, which is a good fat that works synergistically with Vitamin A absorption.

I also added organic minced Garlic, which contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese & Selenium and other antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which can boost our immune system.

More over, Garlic is known to be super effective against toxic bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Next, straight out of my garden, I added many potent leaves of fresh Basil!

Basil has powerful antimicrobial properties, which has long been used in traditional medicine to fight bacterial infections.

In addition, Basil is known for it’s strong but natural anti-histamine properties… Wow, what a super hero herb!

To give this soup some hardiness, I added this beautiful mix of purple, yellow and red potatoes…

I specifically added purple potatoes for their free-radical scavenging and antioxidant capabilities, which is a natural medicine that has been used for ages and ages.

I also included Turmeric!
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. Curcuminoids have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and they are a very strong antioxidant.

Although acute, short-term inflammation can be beneficial, long term inflammation can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Unbeknownst to many, Curcumin is such a strong anti-inflammatory, that it’s power matches or surpasses many anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Turmeric and Curcumin really are healthy and powerful gifts from nature!

To give this soup a taste of home and just a little more healing power, I went back into my garden for some fresh Oregano leaves.

In addition to adding a comforting flavor and being an antiseptic, Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb which has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years… How awesome is that!

In fact, many natural healers use Oregano for treating respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal (GI) infections, which can accompany many Winter Bugs!

So there you have it, my homemade Bodhi Bear Soup!

Will it work to heal you or your child?

Let me say this, when we follow these remedies at the first sign of symptoms, we tend to zap it in just 2-3 days! 😊

In full disclosure, in addition to giving my kids this soup, I also give them top quality gluten & dairy free probiotics three times a day, a Vitamin A capsule once a day, freshly cracked coconut water twice a day, then I apply a homemade mix of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Coconut Oil rub on their upper chest & back every morning and evening while symptoms persist.

I hope these natural remedies bring some nutritional comfort for you and your family this coming Winter!

Sending tons of healing vibes your way,

~Dr. Dee (aka Healthy.Desy)

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 T Organic Avocado Oil
  • 1- 2 cups chopped Carrots
  • 64 oz. of Organic Vegetable Stock, Homemade or Boxed.
  • 1 cup of chopped Purple potatoes
  • 2 cups of Red & Yellow Potatoes
  • 4-6 cloves of minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 10-20 leaves of Fresh Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried or 10 Fresh Oregano Leaves.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
Soup Instructions:
  1. In a large pot, add 64 oz of low sodium Vegetable Broth, along with Avocado Oil, mixed Potatoes, chopped Carrots, and Garlic. Heat to boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. While mixture is simmering, add Oregano leaves and Turmeric, then continue to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.
  3. Add in the fresh Basil just before serving.


Very Berry Vegan Cheesecake Bars! 🍓

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Welcome back and thanks for visiting Amigos! It’s been a while since I shared something with you! February is a crazy month for our family… There are so many birthdays and celebrations this month ~ Yikes!

I’ve been cooking and baking a lot more this month, but it really is rough to stop and just blog! I’ve been spending all my time with my family and the people I love…

I suppose that is what Valentines Day is all about… being with the one or ones you love! Among all the excitement, I did manage to remember to take some pics of these Creamy Pink Beauties I taste tested for my Valentine Crew! 💜❤💜

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At its core, these Pink Bars are similar to my Blackberry Cashew Cheesecake, but it has some amazing twists that made my lil toddler say it was Yummy-licious! Yep… you heard me, my 3 yr. old said these are Yummy-licious Mommy! 😊 lol… he’s my funny Valentine!

Very Berry Cream Bars:

  • Ingredients for Nutter-Butter Crust:
  • 2 teaspoons of Coconut Nectar
  • 2-3 Cups Mixed Nuts (Almonds & Cashews/depending on how thick you like your crust).
  • Wash & soak mixed nuts for 24 hrs.
  • ¾ Cup Medjool Dates (remove pits)
  • 1-2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon.

Instructions for Nutter-Butter Crust:

  • Briefly process all ingredients until you get a rough, sticky crust mixture.
  • Process only 1-2 minutes max
  • Line a Square Pan with Parchment Paper.
  • Evenly pat down the crust into a square pan.
  • Place Crust in freezer while preparing Pink Mix.

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Pink Cream Filling:

  • 3 cups Almonds & Cashews (soaked 24 hrs)
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (or more)
  • 2/3 Cup Coconut Nectar
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Manna
  • ¾ Cup Room Temp, Raw Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 10 Organic Strawberries
  • 20 Organic Raspberries

Instructions for Very Berry Filling:

  • Process together until smooth & creamy.
  • It will taste absolutely Yummy & Deeelicious!
  • Spread Valentine Mix on Frozen Nutter-Butter Crust.
  • Cover pan, then set infreezer.
  • Allow to harden a min of 3-5 hours or overnight.

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Strawberry & Raspberry Topping:

  • ¾ Cup of Organic Strawberries
  • ¾ Cup of Organic Raspberries
  • ½ Large Organic Banana *Optional
  • ½ Tablespoon Coconut Nectar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • (more lemon if you like it thinner)
  • Blend ingredients until just liquified.

Final Touches:

  • When Frozen, remove cake by gripping the paper.
  • Gently Tug the Parchment Paper & remove it.
  • Cut the Pink Valentine by creating Square Bars!
  • Place slices of fresh strawberries over each Bar.
  • Drizzle the sauce over each slice & enjoy!

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These are super Yummy Yummy Baby! Wishing you all a Sweet & Loving Valentine’s Day!

Remember… “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line”. – Lucille Ball! 😊

Sending you everlasting health & wellness! ~ Dr. D


Raw Vegan Southwest Zucchini Lasagna

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There are some things I miss about Texas, such as, friendly drivers, everbody loving the same team, all of my childhood friends and the taste of Cumin! My momma was always adding Cumin to everything! I just love the smell and taste of it!
Tex-Mex food is just different than Southern Californian Cuisine. Oh don’t get me wrong- I do love the flavors out here… but nothing says home like Southern-Tex-Mex food with Cumin!

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Why Cumin? It appears Cumin has been used by thousands of years by the Egyptians, Indians and the Native Americans…

Cumin seeds contain numerous phyto-chemicals that are known to have antioxidant and anti-flatulent properties. The seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fiber.

The active ingredients in Cumin are known to improve gut motility and be a digestive aide by augmenting gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions.

A study on rats by researchers at Mysore University, published in the “Indian Journal of Medical Research” in 2004, found cumin useful for both dyspepsia and diarrhea which are prevalent in Celiacs. Cumin appears to stimulate the liver to secrete more bile, which aids in the breakdown of fats and the absorption of nutrients, leading to healthier digestion. In the study, cumin increased bile secretion in the rats by 71 percent.

Cumin Essential Oil is also of great benefit! Cumin oil is a bactericidal, carminative, digestive, diuretic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, detoxifier, emenagogue, stimulant, nervine, and tonic substance.

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This Golden Spice is an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Zinc is a co-factor in enzymes regulating growth, development and sperm generation.

Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps maintain our heart rate and blood pressure. Our body uses Manganese as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Cumin spice also contains great amounts of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and other vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin A and C.  There is so much goodness in Cumin, it’s easy to see why it’s been used by various cultures around the world!  Oh, how I love learning the healing properties of food!

I want to take this opportunity to remind you that it is very important to know our B-Vitamin Status! Are you experiencing any pain, inflammation, auto-immune issues?  Being aware of our homocysteine levels and genetic polymorphisms is very helpful in maintaining long-term health and well being. In the meantime, Cumin is a great way of helping you get some vital nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants!

I’m not sure how my mom always made Cumin work into her recipes, but she did! Here is my attempt at channeling her Cumin that always left us Cummin back for more! Mmmm… this lasagna is Yummy Yummy Baby!

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Savory Southwest Lasagna Ingredients

  • 3 Zucchinis
  • Zesty Cumin Marinara (See below)
  • Cashew Cheese (see below)
  • 1 Tomato, sliced
  • 1/3 Cup of Red Onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup Black Olives, sliced & pitted
  • 1/3 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
  •  Fresh Oregano
  • Cumin

Instructions for Lasagna

  • To make Zucchini Strips, use a Mandoline slicer or a large ceramic peeler for long thin slices.
  • In a 9 X 13 baking dish, create layers with Zucchini ribbons on the bottom (as if pasta layers).
  • Next, gently slather the Cashew Cheese on Zucchini, then spread 1/2 the diced tomatoes, 1/2 sliced Red Onions.
  • Next pour & spread 1/2 the Marinara, then sprinkle 1/2 the black olives over Marinara, then Oregano leaves.
  • Create your second layer by repeating the exact same steps.

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  • 3 Medium Tomatoes (about 3 cups chopped)
  • 1 1/2 Cloves Garlic
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Basil leaves
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Juice Lemon (fresh)
  • 1/2 Juice Lime (fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons Pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 5 Tablespoons Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Cumin

Instructions for Zesty Cumin Marinara 

  • Put all of the ingredients inside a food processor, EXCEPT the sun-dried tomatoes. Once the mixture is smooth, slowly add the sun-dried tomatoes until you see that it is thickened and not too runny.

Ingredients for Cashew Cheese  garlic cashew cheese

  • 3 Cups of Soaked Cashew Nuts
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 3/4 Cup of Basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup of Spring Water

Instructions for Garlic Cashew Cheese:

  • Place all ingredients in the Food Processor, but slowly add in the water until you see that it is a smooth and creamy texture.
  • This cheese can be used for so many different things, including wraps and vegetable dip to name a few.
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First Layer

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Second Layer

 

I’m looking forward to hearing about your South-Western Italian Night!

Stay Blessed! Dr. Dee