Monday, September 18, 2017

"The Organic Heart" (Book Review)

Breeana Pooler's cookbook is full of nutrient dense and appetizing recipes.  Each full page recipe has an adjourning full page photo with easy to follow instructions.  The photo often includes the entire meal with accompaniments.  The recipes include readily available seasonings and ingredients found in many homes.  Some recipes are low in calories;  all are nutrient dense.  The recipes are not expensive and even the price of the hardback cookbook is reasonable  ($19.99).

I love the use of eggs as the protein source.  Neither the egg in acorn squash slices nor the egg in hash brown cups were hard to make.  These recipes would be good at any meal.

The meatloaf with mashed potatoes and the sloppy joe in baked potato meals make great family meals.  Neither require much preparation.

The spring rolls with shrimp required more preparation and were not as filling.  I fell in love with the peanut sauce, which was also a sauce in this Thai Chicken Pizza.
I eat all grains and do not follow a gluten free diet.  I have a flour mill and experiment with many different whole grains when making bread.  For this yummy pizza, I followed The Candid RD's oat flour crust.  Breanna's Peanut Sauce, Chicken, Mung Bean Sprout Pizza was very creative and very tasty.

Breeana's husbands diet prescription was designed for him by his health care team.  It is not necessary for everyone to follow a gluten free, dairy free diet.  I do agree that it's best for all to use whole foods found in their natural state for meal preparation.  The more fresh, locally grown foods with lots of variety, the better.   

The meal pictured at the top of the page was for Blackened Halibut Tacos.  The seasoning for the fish is one I want to remember:  1/2 teaspoon each paprika, chili powder and garlic powder with 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and fresh ground sea salt.

An Inspiring Story Combined with Easy, Healthy Recipes That Prove Food Can Truly Save Your Life
A Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Clean Food Cookbook
By Breeana Pooler

At the age of twenty-six, Breeana’s husband, Jason, was suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with severe heart failure. Following his diagnosis, she set out to regain his health—which she succeeded in doing by completely revamping their diets. In these pages is the story of how Breeana cured her husband, and seventy-five of the clean and delicious gluten- and dairy-free recipes that helped her do so. Recipes include:
• Sweet Potato Breakfast Sliders
• BBQ Chicken Zucchini Noodle Bowl
• Mango-Mint Salsa with Cucumber Chips
• Honey Cornbread with Jalapeños
• Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Hummus Dip
• Shrimp and Kale Fettuccine in a Cauliflower Cream Sauce
• Sloppy Joe Stuffed Baked Potatoes

The first step was to throw out everything in the refrigerator, go grocery shopping, and dedicate 100 percent of her time, energy, and passion. She wanted to create healthy, nutrient-filled recipes to heal her husband’s heart but that would also taste gourmet and savory. She created an Instagram account to document their journey and share with others who might be struggling with their own healthy issues—it was then Breeana realized she could turn what some would consider a tragedy into something truly positive.

Flash forward one year and her husband not only no longer needs a heart transplant, but also is healthier than he has been in his entire life, and his heart is within normal range—the results are tried and true! Food had truly saved his life.

About the Authors:
Breeana Pooler is the creator of the popular Instagram account @the_organic_heart and the food blog, She combined her love for food and culinary skills to create healing, healthy, and delicious recipes that aided her husband in a complete recovery after being diagnosed with heart failure. It is Breeana’s mission to show others the importance of using food as medicine and how easy it is to create healthy meals so you never have to feel deprived. She and her husband Jason reside with their fur-babies Dexter and Sansa in Fullerton, California.
James LaValle is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, board-certified clinical nutritionist, founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc., educator, and industry consultant in the field of integrative health care. He is the author of twenty books and hundreds of articles, and American Druggist magazine named him one of the “50 Most Influential Pharmacists.” He resides in California.

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