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"No therapy or drug known to modern medical science can rebuild tissue that has been damaged by disease or trauma. Food alone can accomplish this feat. It is for this reason that nutrition is an indispensable weapon against disease".
Dr. Bernard Jensen (1908-2001)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

My daughter tells me that in order for Shepherd's Pie to be authentic, it must be made with lamb. So, I guess this isn't traditional Shepherd's Pie. Nevertheless, it's really good and so comforting to eat.

This is a Martha Stewart recipe that I tweaked drastically. Here goes:

Shepherd's Pie

Serves 8


2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon real sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 celery stalks (with leaves), finely chopped
3 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds organic, grass-fed ground beef
1 teaspoon real sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups chicken or beef stock
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 1/2 cup frozen peas


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. For the topping, place potatoes in a heavy medium-sized saucepan with water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender.
3. Drain liquid. Mash potatoes, using a potato masher or electric mixer.
4. Add sour cream, salt and pepper and mix well into potatoes.

5. For the filling, heat oil in a large cast iron skillet till the oil shimmers (never let oil begin to smoke).
6. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until tender (about 10 minutes).
7. Add ground beef and brown, breaking into small bite size pieces. Stir in seasonings and stock. Stir well to combine.
8. Sprinkle arrowroot powder over beef mixture and whisk in to thoroughly combine. Simmer for a few minutes. Stir in peas.
9. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish and top with potatoes.
10. Bake until filling is bubbly and top is golden brown (about 30-40 minutes).

Nice served with a mixed green salad.


Friday, October 26, 2012

My Recommendation - Vote "YES" on California's Proposition 37

As a food and nutrition researcher, I am unequivocally urging California voters to cast a "YES" vote on Proposition 37, the initiative that will require that food producers label any and all foods that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I was prompted to blog about this because many people are confused after having watched the ads against Prop 37.

In fact, just the other day a young mother in my church asked about it. She was somewhat perplexed by all the television ads campaigning against Proposition 37. The main contributor to these ads is Monsanto, the big chemical corporation that is responsible for most, if not all, of the genetically modified foods on our grocery store shelves.

If having GMOs in our food supply is a good thing, as Monsanto purports, you would think that they would want labels advertising that fact. Why then would they oppose labeling? (Fact is, GMOs are the worst thing that has ever happened to food.)

As a wife, mother, grandmother and consumer, I want to know about this issue. Are GMOs safe or not? Having grown up in the 1950s, I can tell you that the health of our country has changed dramatically since I was young. Most people were generally healthy then. The only allergies were seasonal. You never heard about food allergies. Now everyone is sick. Children struggle with food sensitivities like never before. These things were absent from the world I grew up in. Could GMOs be responsible?

To answer that question, I have embedded two films that should satisfy the most inquisitive mind. The first film is only a few minutes long and is somewhat informative. The second film is a one-stop information resource. It covers just about everything and then some. Please take some time to watch. You will not be sorry when you go to vote on November 6th.


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