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Lamb chops were on sale and they looked delicious, so we bought a rack. I just sprinkled them with kosher salt and pepper, some onion and garlic powder. Then let them come to room temperature and grill them for 4 minutes each side, covered with a foil or the grill cover, for medium rare. Cook 6 minutes each side for medium. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

I served the lamb with yucca puree and broccoli rice. If you would like more information on how to cook yucca root, please let me know. Sometimes I find it at the grocery store then I buy it right away.

Broccoli rice is a favorite at my parent’s house in Brazil, specially to go with “bacalhau” (salted cod). Everybody loves it. There was never enough. Its obvious Portuguese flavors goes well with fish or meat. Note: a very good olive oil is important for the success of this dish. I also used purified water and Himalayan salt.

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This soup is pure comfort: very nice in a winter day or if you think a cold is coming to get you. I added some peas and spinach for fiber and color. You can add any green vegetable. For the elimination diet, please skip the eggs.

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Hoppin’ John is a traditional dish with many variations, so I decided I could make it anyway I wanted. We love black-eyed peas. In Brazil this bean is called “Little Monk”, not sure why. It is believed that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity: we eat it often just in case. Black-eyed peas are an excellent source of fiber, calcium , folate, and vitamin A, among other nutrients.

I served it with Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes. See the recipe here. Instead of rosemary, I used thyme. For a vegan version, use vegetable.

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This dish is inspired in a Japanese dish called “Gomoku Gohan (5 Ingredient Rice)”. The original recipe uses soy sauce, sake and sugar. In this dish I am using sesame oil and kombu instead. It is very important to use kombu and burdock root: these two ingredients bring “umami” to the dish. You can find burdock root at your local Asian store. Make sure to keep it in a container with water in the fridge. That way, it will last for a long time. Burdock is widely used in the macrobiotic diet.

I served it with Japanese Style Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Salad.

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This soup is delicious and easy to make. I just omitted the cayenne pepper and increased the spinach amount. Store bought garam masala could be used in the tadka, however, it contains red chili or cayenne, so I recommend that you make your own spice mix. I also used light coconut milk, as I think the regular one is a little too heavy for this recipe.

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I boiled some brown rice pasta, added asparagus cut in 1.5 inch pieces in the last 5 minutes, peas in the last 2 minutes, drained, mixed with pesto and ready! That was my lunch yesterday, plus a small green salad and an apple with almond butter.

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Brazilians don’t feel a meal is complete without beans. A typical Brazilian meal is composed of rice, beans, a small piece of meat and vegetables. Black beans are most common in Rio and in “Feijoada”, the national dish. We usually don’t use salsa, unless we are eating “churrasco” (BBQ). Then the salsa is made with tomatoes, onions, parsley and green onions, not avocado and cilantro. Actually, in Brazil, avocados are not used as a savory ingredient, but as a dessert!

I served the black beans with brown rice, lacinato kale (we usually serve collard greens but I couldn’t find them; kale is a good substitute), and avocado salsa (avocado, lime, red onion and cilantro). The kale was cooked with some olive oil and garlic.

Today I had a cocoa protein shake with a frozen banana and almond butter as breakfast. I won’t cook meals as I have left over black beans and lentil soup. But I will make more pesto and granola: I will try to put some banana chips on the granola. I’ll let you know how it turned out.

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So I am thinking what do I have for breakfast today? I have a left over half sweet potato, some greens, avocado. I thought about adding some nuts or the leftover Indian cauliflower and parsnip but it was going to be too much. So I spread a little hummus in a brown rice tortilla, mashed the sweet potato and spread over the hummus, topped with the arugula and avocado. One thing about the brown rice tortilla: first, remember not to heat it too much, heat it just enough to make it flexible, then work fast as it gets hard when it cools down.

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Today I started the vegan week of the elimination diet. I had creamy rice with granola for breakfast. For lunch, I baked a sweet potato and boiled some brown rice pasta. When the pasta was almost ready, I added zucchini strips, drained and mixed with some pesto. There you go, delicious lunch in no time (given that you have the pesto sauce). Some meals are too simple to deserve a full recipe. If you’d like more details please let me know. Tonight I think I am making some Lebanese lentil soup, yum!

In order to get the most of a meal, focus on whole, fresh ingredients, try to bring lots of flavor into the dish by using herbs and spices and most importantly, make sure it has beautiful colors!

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This is a special dish for New Year’s Eve. On a normal elimination diet, one should not have too much refined grains or fried food. According to the author, this recipe is a simplified version. I used chicken broth instead of yogurt, ghee instead of butter, no eggs, no chili, no cayenne. For the chicken fry, I used 1 tablespoon of oil instead of ¼ cup.

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Poaching is a very easy and healthy cooking technique. The fish was moist and perfectly flaky. The trick is not to boil the fish, but you need to bring it to boiling temperature slowly and keep an eye on the heat.

I served the fish with some brown rice fusili, broccoli and pesto.

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There is no fixed recipe for this very versatile breakfast. Today I used one brown rice tortilla, spread a thin layer of hummus all over it, covered the hummus with baby greens, a slice of turkey, ¼ avocado slices and some asparagus from yesterday. I wanted to add some winter vegetables but they wouldn’t fit!

Brown rice tortillas are delicious but a little chewy. It’s important to warm it up but not too much, otherwise it will get too flaky or crispy. Crispy is good if you want to make tortilla chips.

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This was delicious.

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The flavors in this soup are wonderful and it’s full of nutrients, so a little goes a long way… and a drop of pesto on top made it taste like heaven! I made a full recipe so I can have it again for lunch and as a snack.

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