Greens and Farfalle Soup

Greens and Farfalle Soup. Pic by M.C.
Greens and Farfalle Soup. Pic by M.C.

Greens and Farfalle Soup is one of the easiest soups I make and is from the cookbook titled Vegetarian by Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library. The recipe calls for escarole and Swiss chard. I prefer spinach. I use pre-cut frozen spinach because it’s fast and tastes as good as fresh.

Farfalle means butterfly in Italian and it is really cute pasta. I tried to get the pasta to float in the bowl for the photo, but the butterflies would not fly.

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. Pink Himalayan salt, fine
pepper to taste
8 cups water with 4 Not-Chick’n bouillon cubes, Edward & Sons
1-1/2 cups dried gluten free farfalle pasta, Jovial
1-1/2 cups frozen or fresh chopped spinach
4 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Yield: 4 servings

In a 4-qt. soup pot over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring constantly for about two minutes, until the garlic is golden brown. Add the water and bouillon cubes, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta, reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until the pasta is cooked, 12-15 minutes.

Chop spinach in 1-inch pieces if needed. Add the frozen, chopped spinach, stir, and continue to simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice per bowl and stir. You might want to top bowl of soup with Violife grated Parmesan cheese.

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Copyright 2023 Melissa Crismon

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie

Medical Medium’s Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie. Pic by M.C.

It’s technically not summer in California anymore. I can feel some crispness in the air, but the days are still warm. I thought I’d share a smoothie for those last hot days.

I find people online asking about how to detox. Don’t make it difficult on yourself. Medical Medium’s protocol is tangible. You’ll need a juicer for the celery, but the rest you can find at the health food store.

I finally collected all the items needed for Medical Medium’s Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie. I didn’t think I would find frozen wild blueberries so easily in the freezer section of my health food store. And they weren’t any more expensive than any other frozen fruit. Finding Atlantic dulse wasn’t difficult either. It just was on its own twirly rack. I have not eaten it by itself, but I can’t taste it in the smoothie.

MRM Spirulina, Woodstock Wild Blueberries, Pines Barley Grass,
and Rising Tide Sea Vegetables Atlantic Dulse.
Pic by M.C.

Pines wheat and barley grass powders are great to add to water or smoothies every day or on the go. It’s an easy way to get your greens.

Spirulina isn’t as tasty as barley grass, but a little goes a long way. The reason why I like spirulina is because it decalcifies the third eye better known as your pineal gland in the center of your brain. Try a teaspoon of spirulina in your smoothies or salad dressing and see if you think clearer, sleep better, and feel happier.

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly because it has a lot of cilantro. Definitely chop up the cilantro or you’ll end up with pieces of stem which is not appetizing.

I learned I can use an orange and water to make juice needed for a smoothie. Oranges stay fresh for a long time. I like the idea I can make fresh juice quickly.

You can drink the detox smoothie the same days you drink celery juice. You will definitely detox. In Celery Juice by Anthony William, he recommends to start your morning by drinking 32-ounces of lemon or lime water. Then 15 to 30 minutes later drink 16-ounces of celery juice. After 15 to 30 minutes, drink the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie. William says to avoid dairy, eggs, gluten, corn, soy, pork, nutritional yeast, canola oil, natural flavors, vinegar, and fermented foods as you are cleansing.

Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie Recipe
1 banana
1 cup wild blueberries
12 stems cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. Pines barley grass powder
1 tsp. spirulina powder
1 Tbsp. Atlantic dulse
1 orange
1 cup water

Yield: 16-ounces

Wash and chop stems with leaves of cilantro. Cut off peel of orange and chop. Chop dulse leaves. Combine banana, blueberries, cilantro, barley grass, spirulina, dulse, and orange. You might want to start with a half cup of water to make your smoothie thicker. Blend and enjoy!

Here is the original recipe for the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie. I hope you will try celery juice and the detox smoothie. These have truly benefited me.

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Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon