Way of Life’s December Newsletter
December brings us holiday cheer, family gatherings, fantastic feasts and so much more. Way of life would like to thank you for your support throughout the year and wish you and your loved ones a healthy and blessed holiday season. Way of Life offers unique gift ideas, many of which feature local artist and craft persons. Way of Life’s elves are available to help you select that special gift for that certain someone in your life.
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Health from the Sea: Seaweed Recipes
Shared by Martha Benedict
Regarded as a superfood, seaweed has long been a diet staple in many parts of the world. Include seaweed as just another veggie in the soup, stew, stir fry, salad dressing, bread or cracker topping mixture, veggie salt, almost any place that you use plain sea salt.
Introduce your family to it in very small amounts in a known recipe and gradually increase it over time. In Chinese terms, train the family palate. Start with ones that have little fishy smell, like dulse flakes. Start by adding to familiar recipes that have a strong flavor already
Kabocha Squash & Hijiki
Rinse hijiki. Soak overnight. Heat oil in wok, add chilies, add tofu, saut till brown. Add squash, add hijiki, add hijiki soak water, soy sauce. Steam in wok till fork tender, sprinkle with Sucanat (to balance heat of chilies) add rice wine at the end
Optional – Bake the squash whole, taking it out before its too soft. Cut in half, and de-seed, its soft and will cut and peel easily. Cube and peel, use in these recipes, cooking time will be less. Or slice and roast until tender and browned.
Aduki Squash Soup (from The Self-Healing Cookbook by Kristina Turner)
Used in Macrobiotics for diabetes. Also good for anyone with strong cravings for sweets.
1/2 c. aduki beans (soaked 24 hours and rinsed)6 strip kombu seaweed
Bring beans, kombu and water to a boil. Cover and simmer l hour. Peel and cut squash, and add and simmer 1/2 hour or until squash is tender enough to dissolve.
Brown Sushi Rice
1⁄4 cup dried shrimp
Soak the shrimp in the vinegar, dashi stock, honey and salt about an hour until they are tender. Drain. Save the liquid. Pour over the cooked rice and toss lightly. This will prevent the rice from becoming gummy.
Wakame Miso Soup (From Seaweed Cookbook)
1 ounce dried wakame (kelp)
Soak wakame for 10 minutes in enough cold water to cover. Wash well. Drain. Cut into pieces 1 inch square, removing center vein. Add to the boiling water.Add bonito flakes. Cover Cook 10 minutes Add miso (let cool down first. Stir well. Serve with chopped green onions on top.
Hot Dulse Lemonade (From Seaweed Cookbook)
*Author’s note: This drink is an old New England treatment for coughs and colds. A little rum transforms this into an excellent “hot toddy.” Soak a handful of dulse about 20 minutes in cold water to cover. Wash well. Drain. Mix lemon juice and honey in a tall glass. Boil the dulse in the water 20 minutes. Pour the liquid through a fine sieve to remove the dulse. Fill the glass with the strained liquid. Drink while hot.
Holly’s Hijiki Salad
Start with soaked and broken hijiki pieces, add carrots about the size of toothpicks. Peel gobo (burdock root) and grate it. Add sesame oil, toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar and toasted black sesame seeds.
Two Salad Dressing Ideas
1. Balsamic vinegar, Dulse flakes, black pepper, Pomegranate molasses
A woman of pioneering spirit, infinite curiosity, and deep caring for people and the environment, Martha Benedict MA, ND, OMD, Lac, lived a life devoted to service and healing. As a mother, a professional and an innovator, Martha spent her life advocating for and championing health and healing for all.