Reena’s Kooky Kitchen
A series of kooky yet nutritious recipes I concoct daily to feed my taste buds AND my health! Hope you enjoy and please share comments if you are brave enough to try these recipes!
Keto Delicious Vege Noodles
Have you tried going Keto yet?
Despite having recorded a few podcast interviews with top experts on the benefits of Keto, I have been squeamish about a meat-heavy diet.
A born vegetarian, I only added wild salmon, turkey, and chicken liver as part of my healing journey last few years. Now that I’m back to health I’m back to predominantly a vegetarian diet.
Last week I got inspired during one of my interviews to try a partial Keto diet. After all, I’ve been self-experimentation everything – from the ProLon diet to Viome and FIT Test.
So Keto here we come for a week!
The first thing I do when trying a new diet is to figure out how to replace my cravings and comfort foods so I don’t binge or fall off the diet. With Keto, I had to find a decent replacement for rice, rice noodles and fruits. White Indian long grain basmati rice or thin rice noodles are the foundation of every meal for me.
Searching for white rice replacement, I found Shiratake or Miracle noodles as they are called. They are made of a root called Konjac so they are in fact a great prebiotic for your gut. I ordered one of each variety – angel hair, rice, spaghetti and fettuccine so I could find the perfect style of noodle for me. They have no carb, no fat, no calories and no taste. So they are perfect for rice noodle replacement and even pasta replacement.
I played around with a few vegetarian recipes and the one I share below came out delicious! It pairs crispy red cabbage with nourishing tahini and a hint of tartness from apple cider vinegar with sweetness from carrots. Topped with cilantro, toasted sesame seeds and a few other yummies. Enjoy!
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup broccoli finely chopped
2 Tbsp Organic Tahini
1/2 to 1/4 cup vegetable stock (or broth if you eat meat)
3 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
1/2 Tbsp sea salt
1/2 Teaspoon freshly chopped garlic
1/2 small onion finely diced
1 tablespoon avocado or sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 2 Tbsp Chopped cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon shredded ginger
- 3. Squeeze of lemon
- 1 Tbsp crushed almonds (instead of peanuts)
- Saute on medium heat the onions and garlic with the oil till onions are translucent
- Wash extremely well the noodles (they have a fishy smell when you open the bag) and place in warm water for 5 minutes. If fettuccine or spaghetti then I like cutting them into smaller pieces (about 2 inches long) with a kitchen scissor as they taste much better in smaller pieces.
- Then add the broccoli, carrots, and vegetable stock to the sauteed onions and cook it till slightly done. The stock or broth will evaporate.
- Then add cabbage, tahini, apple cider vinegar and coconut aminos along with salt and blend together for a few minutes.
- Finally drain completely the noodles and add them to the sauteed mixture
- Cook for another 5 minutes on medium high, blending everything together well and any remaining liquid dries out
- Once done pour into a serving dish and blend well with cilantro, toasted sesame seeds, ginger and crushed nuts. Lastly, squeeze some fresh lemon juice and enjoy!
Enjoy! Let me know how it turned out.
- Miracle Noodle: The answer to this questions lies in understanding the role of fiber in our diets. Our noodle is made mainly of fiber. Fiber acts to slow digestion. By doing this, it allows for the slower absorption of glucose and is the reason behind its beneficial effects on diabetes. The fiber found in Miracle Noodle slows digestion and prolongs the sensation of fullness and is an essential part of any weight loss program. You also absorb more nutrients in the foods you eat with Miracle Noodle due to the slowing of digestion.
- Red Cabbage: Topping the many benefits of red cabbage is its ability to prevent cancer, owing to its potency in antioxidant components. Antioxidants are known to reduce the effect of free radical damage. Free radicals can cause diseases like heart disease and cancer. Red cabbage antioxidants include indoles and anthocyanins.
- Carrot: Most interestingly, is the many health benefits that carrots provide our body. Carrots get their traditional yellow color from beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Carrots also contain many nutrients, such as zeaxanthin, lutein, gamma-carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, minerals and fiber
- Brocolli: A great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.
- Tahini: It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium, and iron. It’s a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification. It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there. It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, and B15.
- Coconut Aminos: Aside from being soy free and gluten free, coconut aminos is low GI and packed with minerals, vitamin C, and B vitamins. As the name suggests, it is high in amino acid, containing 17 different types. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are essential to our health and nutrition
- Apple cider vinegar: Helps improve digestion by increasing stomach acid. Drinking a glass (8 oz) of water mixed with 1-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar* 15-20 minutes before a meal can improve digestion and nutrient assimilation by increasing HCl production.
- Himalayan or Celtic salt: Having enough stomach acid also helps our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, folate, and B12. So consuming a high-quality sea salt regularly can help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods that you eat. The right amount of sea salt helps your body produce proper amounts of HCL since sea salt provides chloride, which is the building block of stomach acid.
- Garlic: Garlic Contains Compounds With Potent Medicinal Properties. Garlic Is Highly Nutritious But Has Very Few Calories. Garlic Can Combat Sickness, Including the Common Cold. The Active Compounds in Garlic Can Reduce Blood Pressure. Garlic Improves Cholesterol Levels, Which May Lower the Risk of Heart Disease. Garlic Contains Antioxidants That May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Garlic May Help You Live Longer. Athletic Performance Might Be Improved With Garlic Supplements. Eating Garlic May Help Detoxify Heavy Metals in the Body. Garlic May Improve Bone Health. Garlic Is Easy to Include in Your Diet and Tastes Absolutely Delicious.
- Onion: The phytochemicals in onions that scavenge free radicals may also reduce your risk of developing gastric ulcers, according to the National Onion Association. The chromium in onions assists in regulating blood sugar. The sulfur in onions helps lower blood sugar by triggering increased insulin production.
- Avocado: Avocados offer beneficial nutrients, including healthy fats, vitamin E, and vitamin K, as well as several nutrients important for digestive health. Avocado’s beneficial fiber helps to promote healthy digestion. Fiber doesn’t break down into energy as it passes through your digestive tract, but instead absorbs water to soften and loosen your stool. This helps combat constipation. A diet rich in fiber also lowers your risk of diverticular disease, a disease associated with the growth of pockets, called diverticula, in your colon.
- Sesame Seeds: High Source of Cholesterol-Lowering Phytosterols. Protect Heart Health. Improve Blood Pressure. Balance Hormones. Fight Cancer. Help Burn Fat. Boost Nutrient Absorption. Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals Like Iron, Fiber, and Magnesium.
- Cilantro: Rids the Body of Heavy Metals. Protects Against oxidative stress. Lowers Anxiety and Improves Sleep. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels. Protects against Cardiovascular Disease. Prevents Urinary Tract Infections. Settles Digestive Upset. Protects Against Food Poisoning.
- Lemon: It promotes hydration. According to the Food and Nutrition Board, the dietary reference intake for water is 91 to 125 ounces. It’s a good source of vitamin C. It improves your skin quality. It supports weight loss. It aids digestion. It freshens breath. It helps prevent kidney stones.
- Almonds: Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.
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