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Food in times of Coronavirus… A recipe, vegan, affordable, nutritionally dense

To be honest, I didn’t want to use the word “Coronavirus” in my article, because I’m never the one to write my articles based on dumb SEO rules… I just want my posts to be short and sweet, to the point, informative and easy to navigate. But today, really, I don’t know what else to write. I can’t even give a name to this recipe. All I see and hear and think about is this (see, I won’t use the name again, I promise).

Friday is the day I send my newsletters, and I thought today will be easy, as I will be mainly sitting at home. But no. I had some important news to share with y’all, but I can’t do it today. So, instead of a newsletter, I’ll just write this post and share with you what I prepared and ate today. Food that is easy to make in big batches and freeze. Food that is cheap, easily available and nutritionally dense. Of course, lectin light too. Crisis food y’all.

Today I went to Whole Foods and the good news is that all the fresh produce was fully stocked and in general healthy food choices were available. The frozen pizza shelves were empty. So we are good. Thank you farmers and ranchers who grow healthy foods and work for us while we hide at home and stockpile toilet paper, we owe you so much gratitude. And thank you employees in foods markets and stores.

So, what do you need for this dish?

A healthy fat: extra virgin olive oil. A base, a fragrant mirepoix, made of red onions (or any onions), celery, carrots and fennel. Spices and flavors: garlic and ginger, all-spice, fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Leafy greens such as Swiss chard, arugula and / or mustard greens. Collard greens would work too. Soaked and pressure cooked beans: I used cannellini beans, the most common type of beans, but any type would work. I soaked and pressure cooked the beans myself, but you can totally use canned beans, especially the Eden brand (that are soaked and pressure cooked). Fresh parsley, or any fresh herbs you have on hand.

There is a technique I learned recently I used for this dish. Adding the vegetables in layers, even the the mirepoix. The reason for this? With the first batch we achieve the fragrance and taste, especially that I am not using a stock, and with the second layer we get more veggies that are not cooked for such a long time and more nutritional value. Also, it definitely adds to the texture of the dish. So here it is, the final meal. It doesn’t look that beautiful, but I promise you is super tasty. My husband got a side of grass fed beef sausage next to it.

And, what makes this meal so perfect for times when we have to fight pathogens, is the ginger and garlic paste, also added in layers. The first part for the taste, more later and even more when serving, so we get some of the amazing immune supporting properties of garlic and ginger when raw. You can make a big quantity of this paste and freeze it in ice cubes, but I still feel like I would benefit more from the fresh version, if possible. So as you can imagine, I will be adding this to everything, and I made sure I have enough garlic and ginger. Briefly, you just have to find a way to smash the garlic and ginger into a paste. I used a mortar and pestle, but grating is fine too, or making it in a food processor or blender if a bigger quantity. Add extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to it and it’s ready to add to meals. If you feel brave enough just eat it with a spoon, haha.

That’s it, I promised I’ll keep it short. Recipe below, and I’ll post videos of the process on my Instagram stories, if you feel like more visual information.

Best way to freeze meals: Souper Cubes, they have 1 and 2 cups portions.

Stay healthy my friends and keep the spirit high. A big virtual hug,

Claudia

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Lectin-Light Vegetable and Beans Stew

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour

A highly nutritious, affordable and easy to make meal. Easy to store and freeze.

Ingredients

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 big red onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 5 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 big garlic cloves
  • 1 big piece of ginger (a little bigger than thumb size)
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 big handful of arugula OR mustard greens
  • 1 1/2 cup pressure cooked cannellini beans
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • few sprigs fresh thyme

Instructions

1

Make sure you have some warm / hot water on the stove ready to use, as well as the pressure cooked beans.

2

Add a generous quantity of extra virgin olive oil to a big soup or stew pot and heat on medium.

3

Add half of the onion, carrots, fennel and celery. Sautee and occasionally stir for about 10-15 minutes or until everything softens and becomes fragrant.

4

Meanwhile make a ginger and garlic paste, by smashing the ginger and garlic in a mortar and pestle, however is easier for you, grating them is an option, or a blender if you make a bigger quantity. Once all smashed, add some salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Set aside (or store in the fridge if you make it in advance). If you make a bigger quantity freeze in ice cubes for later use).

5

Add half of the ginger-garlic paste to the pot and stir again. Cook for a few more minutes. Add the rest of the onion, carrots, fennel, celery. Add the all-spice, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well, add a little bit of warm water to the pot. Continue to stir occasionally and add water every time so the veggies don’t stick to the pot. Continue to cook for 10-15 more minutes.

6

Use the warm water to cover the veggies. Add the Swiss chard, the beans, stir well and cover the pot for 5 minutes. If you use mustard greens, add them with the Swiss chard, if you use softer greens like arugula or spinach, add them after 5 minutes.

7

Add more of the ginger-garlic paste, but leave just a little bit more for serving.

8

Add fresh parsley, more salt and pepper to taste. Add some fresh extra virgin olive oil to the paste that is left, and drizzle some of that mixture in each plate.

9

Freeze the leftovers.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Iman
    March 21, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Hey Claudia,
    My boyfriend and I are loving your recipe !!! Already made it twice !
    Thank you for keep us healthy during this time.
    Stay safe,
    Iman from London

    • Reply
      Claudia
      March 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you so much Iman. So kind of you to leave this message. Stay safe and healthy <3

  • Reply
    Radha
    April 24, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Hi…I find wen I eat too much cruciferous n green veggies I get….stomach cramps n diarrhea……using extra olive oil makes it worse…..wat u suggest I do ….Radha

    • Reply
      Claudia
      April 28, 2020 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Radha, I’m sorry to hear that. Make sure your veggies are cooked really well, and start with smaller amounts. I would stay away from uncooked veggies for a while. And maybe keep track to understand if some are affecting you more than others. For example I noticed I don’t do well with turnips and daikon radishes. Try to get some good pre and probiotics to address the gut imbalances. I hope it helps. xx

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