The Most Intriguing Watermelon…

This week at my favorite farm stand- yellow watermelon! Apparently they are an heirloom variety, and twice as sweet as red watermelon. And the taste test confirmed! It does have a bit of a honey flavor.

Did you know that pink watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes? (that’s one of the heart-healthy photochemicals).  And all watermelon is good for libido, fighting inflammation, and lowering blood pressure?

Read more about the benefits of watermelon here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/21/watermelon-nutrition.aspx

And if you’re interested in where to buy this delicious treat, visit Dan Eickert’s farm stand on the corner of Madison & OO in Little Chute.

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Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Herbalist/Holistic Nutritionist/Wild Edibles & Medicinal Plants Guide

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Protein-Packed Veggie Soup

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It’s simple, tasty, and super healthy. This soup is vegan, gluten free, plant based, and chock full of vitamins, minerals, and healing phytonutrients. The beans pack in the protein, while the vegetables complete it with all 18 amino acids.

Ingredients:

1 frozen bag of soup veggies (whichever you prefer)

1/2 bag of dried and soaked black eyed peas

About 50-60 ounces of vegetable broth (MSG free)

Seasonings to taste- I added a sprinkling of garlic powder, onion powder, and Himalayan salt.

Directions: 

Bring the broth to a boil, and add the beans. Add the bag of veggies about 30

minutes later. Keep an eye on the beans- they should be soft after a total of 45-60 minutes in the boiling broth. Season to taste and serve!

 

Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Wild Ramp & Egg Bowl with Lemon Herb Sauce

Tis the season for wild ramps-  here’s an incredible recipe that can be eaten as a breakfast or dinner. Tastes like a kind of gourmet eggs benedict!

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Ingredients:

  • 10-15 ramps
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • About half cup of your favorite mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Pinch of chili flakes or powder
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Pinch of paprika

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Place the ramps, mushrooms, 4 tbsp of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt in a baking pan or cast iron pan and bake for 15 minutes or until the mushrooms are golden.

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While it is cooking, bring a pot of water to a boil and poach/soft boil the eggs for about 3 minutes.

Blend the parsley, 1 tbsp pine nuts, lemon juice, ½ cup olive oil, and chili in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste with sea salt.

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Place the mushroom/ramp blend in a bowl, topped with the eggs. Drizzle with the lemon herb sauce, and then the remaining 1 tbsp pine nuts. Sprinkle the egg with paprika if desired. Enjoy!

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Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Wild Grape Juice (The real stuff!)

Yesterday I was invited to a friend’s property to do a plant walk with her.  Lucky for me she had more fruit than she knew what to do with!  I left with a nice supply of autumn olives and wild grapes.

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We love to eat the autumn olives as a snack, or mix with local yogurt.

After getting rid of the bad grapes,  I ended up with about 40 oz. Straight to the juicer!

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Wild grapes are an excellent source of catechins, anthocyanins and resveratrol, as well as many vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and other phytonutrients. This gives this fruit anti-oxidant, stroke preventative, anti-allergenic, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Because they are so tart,  I added 3 organic apples to the mix to sweeten.  The end result: what a treat!  My toddler gulped it down.

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Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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The Hunt for Wisconsin’s Rarest & Most Delicious Fruit

I posted a contest in my herbal medicine group Megan’s Herbal Apothecary the other day- who could identify this native Wisconsin fruit?

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It took quite a few guesses before someone found it online. This is the delicious, elusive, & highly sought-after Mayapple (Podophyllum), also known as Wild Mandrake. I have been searching for this fruit you see here for TWO years, and I had been tracking this particular plant since spring.

So what’s the hype? Well for starters, it’s difficult to find- each plant only bears one fruit. The fruits are generally only ripe from the last couple weeks of August to the first week of September.

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Every part of the plant you see above picture is highly poisonous. Until the fruit turns a delicate yellow color and becomes soft, it is toxic. Because the ripe fruits are so tasty, they are a favorite of wildlife and are typically enjoyed before humans ever find them. So even if you DO find these plants, and DO visit them during the right time, there are no guarantees you’ll get to enjoy the literal fruit of your labor.

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Wait… do you see what I see??

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Could it be?? A ripe Mayapple! Holy crap! 11888113_10100998573328553_9084070862808076319_n

(My actual face when I found it. The toddler was unimpressed.)

Come to find out, my favorite park for hiking in my hometown is full of Mayapple patches. I located about 15 patches, with dozens of plants. Out of that, I got 2 ripe fruits, and 3 green ones that I’m hoping will ripen on my counter.

*update- they do not seem to ripen when they are not attached to the plant, I would not recommend harvesting them green.

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Mayapple plants (on the left) growing right next to the walking path. Hundreds of people pass by them each year, not realizing it’s food!

My first bite of this mysterious and elusive deliciousness.

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The Mayapple (when ripe) has an intoxicatingly deep fruity, perfumey scent. The flesh has the consistency and flavor of banana, paired with the flavor of a very ripe pear and hints of tangerine & lemon. The tender skins have a stronger hint of lemon to them, with a sweetly pleasant tang. The membranes surrounding the seeds in the middle are even sweeter- a deep, perfumy essence with a touch of vanilla. But don’t be fooled by it’s alluring flavor- the seeds are poisonous. I sucked the middle part until I got as much of the membranes off as I could, and spit out the seeds in the woods in the hopes they will become another Mayapple patch next year. (Word of caution- eating too many Mayapples can cause digestive upset. Likely why nature was wise enough to have only one fruit per plant, and make multiple fruits so hard to find!)

What an incredible experience! I know herbalists who have gone years without ever getting to experience the delight of finding and enjoying this delicious Wisconsin treat.

So if you’re out and about this time of year- do watch for the Mayapples!

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One last shot of my favorite park. (Ooh, what is that in the bottom corner??) 😉

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Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Peaceful Tummy Purple Juice

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This beautiful juice contains ingredients that are helpful for any kind of chronic stomach issue- including colitis, heartburn, constipation, diverticulitis, diarrhea, indigestion, and ulcers.  It does has a distinctive cabbage flavor, but the bit of pineapple adds a slightly sweet hint. If you are watching your sugars, simply omit the pineapple.

This recipe provides at least 30% of your daily value of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, vitamin c, thiamin, riboflavin, b6, folate, vitamin a, & vitamin k.

Ingredients:

1/2 purple cabbage

8 organic carrots

1/4 of a pineapple, including the core

Directions:

Juice, and enjoy!

Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Chunky Portabella Veggie Burgers

What a fantastic veggie-protein recipe, compliments of The Kitchen Whisperer!

http://www.thekitchenwhisperer.net/2014/04/12/chunky-portabella-veggie-burgers/

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Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

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Toddler Meals to Promote a Strong Immune System & a Healthy Body

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I had to share my daughter’s lunch from today because it looked so darn pretty- hard boiled organic eggs with paprika, spelt pancakes with coconut oil & mulberries, organic apple slices, and a stalk of organic celery. She LOVES meals like this!

Kids meals don’t have to be complex- look for simple, whole food ingredients, and try to include a veggie, a fruit, a protein, a good fat, and a whole grain. (I much prefer whole grains to flours, but these spelt pancakes are a weekend treat for us!). Chemical-free, whole foods like this will keep your kiddo’s immune system strong, will support healthy physical and mental development, and will ensure they maintain good eating habits into adulthood.

Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Turning Cravings into Real Food

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We all have those comfort foods that we loved as a child- mac & cheese, ice cream cones, tater tot casserole, etc. So what does a health-conscious adult do when that once beloved food pops up as a food craving? Ignore it and suffer? Indulge in it and feel guilty afterwards? Nope! Make a healthy version, of course!

Egg Salad Sandwiches: not a food we normally think of as healthy. But just like any other comfort food, they can be. Switch out the typically chemical-laden processed ingredients for their organic & whole food counterparts, and you’ll feel satisfied & happy.

Now this was my first attempt at egg salad, and I must warn you I’m not one to measure. (I’d have a whole lot more recipes for you if I did!)  So these are just estimates. But this leaves room for you to get creative and make it your own!

Ingredients:

6 hardboiled organic eggs (free of pesticides, GMO’s, and growth hormones)

About 1/3 cup organic mayo (I like spectrum organics- with healthier simple non-GMO ingredients like egg, vinegar, mustard, & lemon- instead of the toxic big name brands full of MSG, preservatives, and genetically modified ingredients)

Paprika (look for organic and/or non-irradiated)

Green onions or chives, chopped (look for fresh, or non-irradiated dried)

Sea salt & black pepper (instead of iodized table salt, which can cause bloating and edema)

Yellow mustard (look for simple ingredients without preservatives)

Dark green leafies like chard, arugula, or kale (instead of iceburg)

Organic spouted bread (instead of processed wheat bread, which contributes to many diseases and weight gain)

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, chop the peeled eggs into chunks. Mix in the mayo. Sprinkle desired amounts of paprika, onions/chives, and yellow mustard. The right amounts of these ingredients should make the egg salad a nice bright yellow color as pictured here, dotted with colorful greens. Season to taste with the sea salt and pepper.

That’s it! Now serve it on sprouted organic bread (I’m using Angelic brand in this picture) and top with dark colored leafy greens. Enjoy your healthy classic childhood treat!

 

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Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff), CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutritionist/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Noodle-Free Veggie Lasagna

While on a search for a great-tasting, healthy, noodle-free lasagna for a client, I stumbled upon this recipe from FoodBabe. It has great quality ingredients, and I promise, you won’t miss the noodles!

http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/29/vegetable-lasagne-with-no-noodles/

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Recipe and picture from http://www.foodbabe.com.

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