Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Kimchi Dwenjang Soondooboo Jjigae - (김치 된장 순두부 찌개)

So what do I eat? Lots of vegetables! For breakfast I drink green juice and have some FOCC with bread. For lunch, I usually eat a big salad with every vegetable you can think of. Then for dinner, I eat lots of tofu and steamed veggies. Here's a kimchi/dwenjang jjigae hybrid I made today.


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I used my mom's homemade kimchi. She doesn't use any sugar or MSG and I asked her to refrain from using fish sauce as well. =P This is about 1/4 cup of kimchi with 5-6 TB of kimchi juice.


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I then added 1 TB minced garlic, 3 TB sesame oil, 1 TB of red pepper powder and 1 Tb dwenjang. Mix it up!


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I added two tubes of soft tofu. NO WATER. The water will start escaping from the tofu so wait and add a little water later if you feel you need it.


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I had some shitake mushrooms and white mushrooms in the fridge, so I threw those in as well.


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I love mushrooms! I eat lots of mushrooms and tofu every day!


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Let it cook for about 20 minutes and you're ready to serve! =) I didn't have any green onions, but if I did I would have added some on top to finish it off.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Green Power

Do you know the power of green veggies? It's called enzymes, folks! Ever since I was diagnosed with cancer, I've been on a quest to find a way to incorporate better nutrition into my life. I doubt I will become a vegan or a vegetarian, because my love of meat is too great. =P HOWEVER, I have reduced my intake of meat by a lot.

Yesterday was the first time I had red meat in over four weeks. For a person who used to eat beef at every meal...this is quite an accomplishment. =P


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I went and purchased a juicer and have been juicing fresh GREENS daily. I force everyone to drink it. =) What do I juice? Everything I can think of! I just go to the grocery store once a week and stock up on as many organic veggies as I can fit into my fridge. I forgot to buy some garlic and ginger, but I plan to add those as well in the upcoming weeks.


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A little wheatgrass...I'm going to try and find a way to grow this off our balcony because it's a pain trying to store all this in the fridge and I don't feel like going to Whole Foods each and every day. It's REALLY difficult (near impossible) trying to juice wheatgrass using a standard juicer, so I'm debating whether to purchase a wheatgrass juicer.


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Some celery and carrots!


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Spinach!


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Lots of cucumber and broccoli!


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And beautiful leafy kale~


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Try it! I promise it doesn't taste bad. Throw in some blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries if you want some sweetness. ;)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Spicy Chicken Drummettes - Korean Style - (매운 닭날개)

I finally went to the grocery store today! It was my first time going without the MR since the whole cancer thing. Of course Munchkin joined me today so I took the time to stop by the mall and do some shopping as well. Things are slowly going back to normal...

I try and only serve fried foods once every two months or so. I figured it's been a while, so I went out and bought some chicken wings for both Munchkin and the MR.

Things needed:
  • 2 lbs. chicken wings (at the K-market, they sell only the drummette portion which I like to get)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup tempura powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 TSP pepper, 1 TSP onion powder, 1 TSP ginger powder
  • Sauce: 2 TB rice wine, 1.5 TB vinegar, 1 TB red pepper oil, 1 TB pure honey, 2 TB gook ganjang, 2 TB red pepper paste, 2 TB sugar, 2 TB corn syrup

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In a bowl add 1/2 cup corn starch, 1/2 cup tempura powder, and 3/4 cup water.


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Mix it well and add 1 TSP black pepper, 1 TSP ginger powder, and 1 TSP onion powder.


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Meanwhile wash and clean the chicken wings.


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Add the mixture to the chicken and coat each piece thoroughly like so.


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Heat a pot of oil. I just let it sit on high heat for about 20 minutes. MAKE SURE IT'S HOT!


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Add however many chicken wings will fit in at a time and let it fry. I ended up having to do four separate batches.


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Fry it until it's nice and golden brown and then set the chicken pieces on a baking sheet.


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Get the sauce mixture ready. Mix together the following: 2 TB rice wine, 1.5 TB vinegar, 1 TB red pepper oil, 1 TB pure honey, 2 TB gook ganjang, 2 TB red pepper paste, 2 TB sugar, 2 TB corn syrup


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After you're done frying all the chicken pieces and they have cooled down a bit...


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Throw the chicken into the mixture and make sure to coat each piece really well.


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Place them back onto the baking pan and pop it into the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. About halfway through, make sure to flip over the chicken pieces to ensure even cooking.


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You're now ready to serve and enjoy!!! I know I should not have eaten it, but I had to do a taste test on ONE piece. =P

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

FOCC Diet

Ever since I was diagnosed with ACC and heard that ACC has a propensity to come back even years after initial treatment, I started researching ways to prevent cancer. There are so many websites out there that have people who claim that they even CURED themselves of cancer by using alternative methods.

Now, I'm ALL ABOUT STATISTICS and TESTS and STUDIES so I would never try and go cure myself of cancer. However, I AM very interested in learning about ways to prevent this cancer from ever coming back.

The Budwig Diet was mentioned in every cancer nutrition book I read. It sounds so simple, but the science behind it is amazing. I don't want to go into every detail of the diet, but if you are curious and want to read about it, you can go here...

Budwig Diet - This DR was nominated for seven Nobel Peace Prizes.

Note: Dr. Johanna Budwig lived until she was 93 years young and she followed her own diet. She has been quoted in numerous publications as saying that DR's in the US came to meet with her in Europe, but when she refused to help them work on a patent for her diet (how in the world do you patent cottage cheese and flaxseed oil???) these DR's huffed and went back home. No money, no publicity?

The recipe below is supposed to be eaten every day. I'm going to try my BEST to do so for at least a few years.

Please note that this is only a part of her diet. The rest of her diet plan is pretty strict on what you can and cannot eat, as are most of the Anti-Cancer diet books I've read.


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The mixture is simple. Go to any Whole Foods and buy some fresh flaxseed oil (in the refrigerated section next to the vitamins) and some organic cottage cheese.

I called Barleans direct at (800) 445-3529 and ordered the flaxseed oil in bulk. The nice lady on the phone told me that the one with High Lignans was better for cancer patients (though it tastes a lot stronger than the normal one) because it included the skin of the flaxseed as well. The price of a 32 oz. bottle was about $23. That's pretty great considering this 14 oz. bottle was $20 at Whole Foods. =P

I read the review of several people and most agreed that the Barlean's oil tasted the best. I have been using the oil to cook with as well.


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Add 2/3 cups of cottage cheese to a bowl...


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Then add 6 TB of flaxseed oil. Looks kinda gross, huh? =P


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I threw in some blueberries (which are also cancer fighting!) for some sweetness...


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Mix it in a bowl and then stick it into a blender.  I was later told that this mixture needs to be thoroughly blended together.


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I use a bullet mixer.


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I spread it on some gluten-free bread to make it easier to eat. =) Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before I took a bite!

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