Grilled Vegetable Stack with Homemade Lemon Hummus
Recipe from www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com
Tired of the same old red-meat backyard burger? We adore this gluten-free, vegan alternative: grilled vegetable stacks layered with a light and lemony hummus. (And best of all, so easy to make!)
Vegan and gluten-free grillin’. Grilled veggie stack with lemon hummus.
- 1 large red or purple onion, peeled, trimmed, sliced into 6 slices
- 2 large red bell peppers, cored, sliced into 3 pieces
- 2 large yellow bell peppers, cored, sliced into 3 pieces
- 1 large zucchini, halved, sliced lengthwise, to make 6 pieces
- 1 large yellow squash, halved, sliced lengthwise, to make 6 pieces
- 1 medium-large eggplant, trimmed, sliced into 6 pieces
- 6 large portobello mushroom caps, stemmed, gills removed
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon each: dried thyme, dill, parsley
- Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
- Lemon Hummus- recipe below
- Fresh chopped chives
- In a large bowl combine the onion, bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, portobello mushrooms.
- In a glass cup combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, dill and parsley. Pour the marinade over the vegetables. Season with sea salt and ground pepper, to taste. Gently toss to coat.
- Cover and marinate for one hour.
- Heat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Place the veggies in a grill basket (or spread out the veggies on a large sheet of foil). Place on the hot grill, cover and cook until the vegetables are tender crisp, about 20-25 minutes, depending upon the size of your grill.
- Remove the veggie basket/foil with vegetables to a large platter and set aside.
- To serve, create a vegetable stack. Place the portobello mushroom cap on a serving plate and layer it with a spoonful of lemon hummus. Add the eggplant, peppers, zucchini and onion. Top with a dab of more hummus, if desired. Sprinkle with fresh chopped chives. Repeat for the remaining five servings.
Lemon HummusHummus is so easy to make at home- especially if you have a food processor. Five minutes prep- and you’re ready to roll. Tip: Chill the can of chick peas beforehand if your kitchen pantry gets hot in summer.
- 1 14-ounce can chilled chickpeas aka garbanzo beans, drained, reserve liquid
- Juice and zest of one big fresh lemon
- 2 tablespoons sesame tahini or almond butter
- 1 clove fresh garlic, peeled, crushed
- Pinch of sea salt, to taste
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Combine the chickpeas, lemon juice, lemon zest, tahini, garlic and sea salt in a food processor. Pulse briefly to combine.
- Turn on the processor and pour in the olive oil, and a dash of the reserved liquid, and process until creamy smooth.
- Scoop into a serving bowl. Cover and chill until serving.
- Serve this lemony hummus layered in grilled vegetable stacks (recipe above) or as a protein-rich condiment to your favorite grilled dishes and gluten-free grains.
Recipe courtesy of: www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com
Get yourself out to snowy @mammothmountain this Friday for an epic @FILTERmagazine x B4BC First Fridays at @undergroundmammoth with @deapvally benefiting B4BC!! It is going to be S O G O O D…make your weekend plans now!!
Chasing pow with @ElenaHight is a great way to get your #behealthygetactive inspo for the week! Check out ep. 4 of #HightHopes here: http://bit.ly/1g4thOR
Don’t forget to tilt your head every once in awhile ;)
#laugh #hope #inspiration #happy
#FlashbackFriday…We are so freaking proud and excited for these two B4BC ambassadors and GOLD medalists for their amazing accomplishments in the Olympics!! What are you doing to #behealthygetactive this weekend? #fbf
Did you know the average woman wears 515 chemicals a day? 5-1-5. What?! Of the 82,000 ingredients found in beauty products, one in eight is an industrial chemical. Our skin absorbs 60 percent of any topical product we use, which often contain chemicals linked to cancer or hormone disruption.
Advertisers spent an astonishing $144 billion in 2011 to entice shoppers to buy more and more stuff, and there is shockingly little regulation on how they are able to label their products, and what toxic chemicals go in them.
So educate yourself! It’s important to know that using one product with chemicals in it is not guaranteed to give you cancer, but small doses of exposure to many chemicals over time does increase your risk. And the tricky part is that everyones bodies, exposure and genetics are different so you don’t know what your risk is to start.
Here is a super informative graphic detailing the chemicals to avoid (click here for full size infographic), and read up on some of the most important key points:
In an article posted in BlogHer.com, Kamila does a great job summing up these 5 chemicals to watch out for:
Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are used in just about all artificially scented products on the market today. This includes air fresheners, scented body products and of course perfumes. They are used to help stabilize the fragrance chemicals.
These chemicals are most commonly used to soften plastics and are found in products such as hair straighteners, hairsprays, and nail polish.
Studies have concluded that phthalates likely contribute to early-onset menopause and may also contribute to infertility in women and men. They can have a definite impact natural hormones circulating in the body, and have shown the ability to reduce circulating sex hormones.
In other words, they tamper with your body’s natural ability to control its natural balance of female and male sex hormones. Some of the ways you may see phthalates on the ingredient label are as di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ehtylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).
You’ve likely seen offshoots of this popular chemical additive in the ingredient list of products purchased in the past. They can be found listed as diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), amonoethanolamine (MEA) on the ingredient label.
These chemicals are commonly used as an emulsifier for stable mixtures, as foaming agent in bar and liquid soaps and shampoos, and as a preservative for long shelf life. They are not only linked to hormonal disruption, but they are also linked to liver and kidney cancer and are corrosive to the delicate eye tissue.
Nonylphenol or nonylphenol ethoxylates
These chemicals are found in many commercial hair colors and dyes as well as in laundry detergent and household cleaners. They can usually be found on the ingredient label as 4-nonylphenol, an alkylphenol. These chemicals act like female estrogen in the body and can throw both the male and female body out of their natural hormone balance.
Parabens are preservatives that are present in many body and hair care products. This family of chemicals is found on the ingredient label with the prefixes of “methyl,” “ethyl,” “propyl” and “butyl.” Parabens are a well known endocrine disruptor with a documented history of causing hormonal issues because of their ability to mimic the female hormone, estrogen.
Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that was added to specially formulated soaps and hand sanitizers specifically marketed for antibacterial use. They are highly disruptive to the human endocrine system and several links to cancer have also been raised over the past several years.
Simply put, there is no universal standard dictating that companies must share their ingredient lists with consumers. There are also no legal standards in regards to using words like “natural” on cosmetics bottles. It’s a great marketing catch phrase, because natural cosmetics are in the fastest-growing sales category, but it doesn’t actually mean anything because there are no criteria that companies developing products have to meet before being declared “natural”.
This untruth in advertising is called “greenwashing” and it is very common in the personal care industry. But there are some strides being made. Organizations like The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have been lobbying for transparency in the industry and advocating for legislation like the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.
In the meantime, there is plenty you can do to in order to personally combat the commerce of toxic personal care products. Check out handy online references like this guide to safe, non-toxic makeup when you make your purchasing decisions. If you’re out shopping without the benefit of being able to go online and research the ingredients in the product you’re thinking of buying, The David Suzuki Foundation has identified some of the most common chemicals that frequently crop up on cosmetics labels and dubbed them the “Dirty Dozen”. You can print out a handy shopping guide of these toxins to reference while shopping.
The Environmental Working Group also has a quick reference guide available which includes handy tips on how to cut down on unnecessary beauty product use altogether. Are you already committed to certain brands, but you’re not sure how safe they are? Visit the Skin Deep Database to investigate the potential toxicity of your favorite products. If you’re uncomfortable with the level of chemicals present in your go-to goodies, you can also use this database to find better alternatives for those that are unsafe.
Stay chemical free, friends!
Are you getting #Pinny with us yet? Come #behealthygetactive with B4BC on #Pinterest for daily inspiration!! www.pinterest.com/b4bc
ELENA HIGHT’S FAVORITE RECIPES: GLUTEN FREE VEGAN VEGGIE PESTO LASAGNA
It’s the last Tasty Tuesday of the month, which means we are so excited to welcome back Team B4BC rider Elena Hight to be our guest chef! This gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian spin on a delicious, hearty lasagna dish is absolutely UNREAL. With whole wheat pasta, pumpkin instead of cheese, and pesto instead of marinara sauce, this recipe is so freakin’ healthy and delicious, we can’t even handle it. Lasagna tonight!
One of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood is lasagna. My grandmother used to make the most amazing lasagna and just thinking about it makes me smile. I love this recipe because it takes a dish that is known to be super heavy and filling and makes it light and delicious. I substitute pumpkin for cheese and pesto for marinara sauce. The pumpkin makes it creamy and the pesto goes perfect with the sweetness of the pumpkin. Enjoy lasagna again and let the childhood memories flood back in. :)
- 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup basil
- 3-5 cloves of garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Extra bits of olive oil
- Brown rice lasagna noodles
- 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1-2 zucchini
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 small eggplant
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 can pumpkin
- - Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- - Add all pesto ingredients to blender and blend until smooth, adding extra oil to get the consistency desired.
- - Boil brown rice noodles according to directions on the box.
- - Heat olive oil in large sauté pan. Sauté all veggies for 3-5 minutes, just to soften.
- - Drain brown rice noodles and place one layer of noodles on the bottom of a glass baking pan.
- - Spread 1/3 of the pumpkin over the noodles.
- - Place one layer of mixed veggies over noodles and pumpkin.
- - Cover with 1/3 pesto sauce.
- - Continue to layer noodles, pumpkin, veggies and pesto until all ingredients are used.
- - Place baking dish in oven.
- - Bake lasagna for 20-30 minutes depending on thickness.
- - Remove from heat and enjoy!
Get a little of that #behealthygetactive lifestyle in your Monday!
#checkonetwo #loveyourbody #loveyourself!
SHRED THE LOVE // Taos Ski Valley
Get ready to #ShredTheLove tomorrow at @SkiTaos with @StudioKarina for the Paint for Peaks snowboard art auction and K2 Bumps Challenge!!
More info at www.b4bc.org/shredthelove
Photo: Thatcher Dom Photography
This is our favorite #TBT to date, from B4BC cofounder Tina Basich!!
“Throwing it back to 1986-87 winter at Donner Ski Ranch halfpipe. When this photo was taken the biggest halfpipes were 4.5 feet tall and my biggest trick was an alli-oop. I’m wearing sweat pants because snowboard clothing was not available in skiing stores near me but I did have a @BurtonSnowboard catalog with gloves and pants circled. My boots were @Sorelfootwear with duck tape around the ankle for better support. I’m about 6 inches in the air and that was enough for 1st place. I won a hooded sweat shirt and a skate deck! Three resorts in Tahoe allowed us on their resort. Rumor was out that @SquawValley might allow us on the mountain on Wednesdays in March and April next year. And no one would ever imagine that snowboarding would be in the #Olympics.”
B4BC is looking for Spring Interns!! If you have an interest in marketing + social media, and a passion for wellness + breast cancer prevention, then we want you to come shred the love with us! Apply at Malakye.com: http://bit.ly/MeZuLg
**Must live in Los Angeles/South Bay area. Internship is unpaid.
Email Liza@b4bc.org for questions or more info!
SHRED THE LOVE // Taos Ski Valley
We are so excited this weekend for @SkiTaos & @StudioKarinaTaos to host the Paint for Peaks art & snowboard auction and K2 Bumps Challenge!! This amazing piece of snowboard art by @DHarroun is one if the incredible one-of-a-kind snowboards painted by local and regional New Mexican artists, all benefiting B4BC and the local beneficiary, Anita Salas Memorial Fund. Yeah, we want one too.
Be there this Saturday!!
Every cigarette you don’t smoke is doing you good.
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, not only reducing the health of smokers in general, but also causing and contributing to several types of cancers and respiratory and heart disease. It affects the health of others and can limit a woman’s options for treatment and breast reconstruction. If you do smoke, ask your doctor for help in quitting. For more resources and B4BC’s other tips to prevent cancer, visit www.b4bc.org!
It’s been observed that even former smokers who quit years ago have traces of lung damage.
Even if one has never smoked, second hand cigarette smoke, industrial pollution, vehicular exhaust fumes and now chemtrails with downward drifting heavy metal nano-particles all contribute to some level of lung damage for almost everyone.
So whether you once smoked or never puffed on chemical-laden, radioactive (from the fertilizer) tobacco, detoxing and regenerating lung tissue may still be appropriate for you.
By the way, the notion that lung damage is irreparable is not true. With proper nourishment and nurturing, your lungs can repair damaged tissues eventually.
Different do-it-yourself detox and regeneration methods
(1) Lifestyle changes are in order as a foundation for any recommended remedies to have significant and lasting effects. Use Natural News to get up-to-date with food information.
The best way to avoid most chemicals, GMOs, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), excess sugar and bad salt is to eliminate junk and processed foods and sodas. Minimize meat, dairy and wheat to reduce excess mucus. Adding ginger, onions, garlic and cayenne helps eliminate excess mucus as well.
Exercise more outdoors, away from traffic if possible. Breathing exercises can be used to help strengthen lung tissue. Yoga offers some, and there are others as well. Natural News has a plethora of information here (http://www.naturalnews.com).
(2) Eliminate household toxins that are part of detergents, cleansers, bleaches and chemically scented “air fresheners” (http://www.naturalnews.com).
There are many chemical free substitutes available at health food stores, even Target has a few on hand. Ditto for cosmetics and bodycare products. Buy only aluminum free deodorants for starters.
Pesticides must go as well, and there are alternatives that aren’t toxic for humans (http://www.naturalnews.com).
All toxic commercial pesticides emit caustic gases or vapors (off-gassing) that irritate the lungs.
(3) Improve your indoor air, which can be even worse than outdoor air. Try to replace carpeting with other flooring or at least vacuum and steam clean often. Beware of furniture or clothing that’s been fire proofed. Flame retardants off-gas carcinogenic compounds.
You may want to look into commercial air cleaners (http://www.naturalnews.com). Or simply get some nice indoor plants that add life to your dwelling while removing toxins (http://www.naturalnews.com).
(4) Herbal remedies for lung issues are abundant. You’ll need to determine which type of herb is appropriate for your situation.
Antitussive herbs reduce respiratory spasms; expectorant herbs loosen mucus; demulcent herbs sooth irritated tissue; and antimicrobial herbs resolve infections.
Here’s a good overall guide for respiratory healing herbs (http://www.starwest-botanicals.com).
Licorice root is one that pretty much covers all those attributes. It can create side effects for some because of its glycyrrhizin content. But licorice extract products are available with the glycyrrhizin removed. This is known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL licorice.
Lobelia, ironically known as Indian tobacco, helps clear the airways for easier breathing. It even works for asthma attacks (http://www.naturalnews.com).
(5) Detoxing is necessary for any regeneration or rebuilding. Eliminating or reducing your toxic load relieves your immune system and allows the process of growing new tissue to occur.
Item (1) of this article is an absolute prerequisite to detoxifying. Then, foods such as chlorella and cilantro consumed often can help detoxify heavy metals, especially from the liver. Zeolite in its raw powder form (not liquid) is very useful.
Make sure you drink plenty of purified fluoride free water and find ways to sweat more. If you can, use a far infrared sauna somewhere; you’ll have the best level of sauna. But conventional sauna’s still do the job.
Natural News has plenty of detox advice here (http://www.naturalnews.com).
(6) Serrapeptase enzymes are very powerful enzymes capable of eating up scar tissue, heavily calcified tissue or hardened mucus deposits. It provided a dramatic turn-around for a British emphysema patient a few years ago.
Article and photo courtesy of: http://www.naturalnews.com