Rhubarb Is One of the Strangest Edible Plants But Healthy For Us

Rhubarb has a most unusual consistency, it’s kind of gooey and stringy but perfumey to the palate and according to my old herbal, is a great tonic. The leaves are poisonous but after removing them the stalks can be cut into one inch pieces and simmered lightly in a few tablespoons of water. Pour the steamed rhubarb into a bowl and add honey to sweeten. This “sauce” can be used as a side dressing for whatever your imagination drums up. Just present the bowl of cold sauce at breakfast and have it with eggs and potatoes or have it as a side dish with dinner alongside brown rice and your favorite protein and salad. Because it’s believed to be an excellent tonic and facilitate the action of intestinal cleaning and to be good for the liver, a bowl of rhubarb sauce at the buffet table is a welcome sight. Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

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Poor Jonny’s Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

2 oranges

2 peaches (or nectarines)

2 bananas

1 cup strawberries, grapes or any other fruit

¼ cup chopped walnuts

2 Tbs milk (rice milk works great)

few drops of fresh lemon

1 heaping Tbs honey

pinch of cardamom spice

Peel oranges and bananas. Hull strawberries and slice peaches and remove the pits. Cut up the fruit (except grapes) into ¾ inch size pieces and toss into a bowl. Squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon onto the fruit. Mix the fruit together in a bowl and add walnuts. Add the milk, honey and cardamom. Mix and refrigerate.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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Eat Good Food and You’ll Have Good Energy

I feel great today. What did I eat in the last 24 hours? The answer was lots of healthy, wholesome foods. As a vegetarian I have to work at getting enough protein but spending a little time in the kitchen provides me with plenty of nutritious alternatives. If you’re dragging around, take stock of what you ate in the last 24 hours, it’s a little more work to prepare foods from scratch but fresh salads, whole grains, beans and legumes will provide better energy than fast foods, high fat microwavable dishes, etc.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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A cookbook for poor people, rich people, students, starving artists… all people.

What’s a “Poor Jonny’s Weekend”?

It’s what I’m going to have come Friday night when the bills and mortgage are due and I have company coming. If I run to the store and stock up, my bank account will run short. So instead of going out on a limb and “puttin’ on the dog,” I’m going to pull out my Poor Jonny’s Cookbook and plan old-fashioned meals that will nourish and bring back memories of the good ‘ol days. Because I had a garden this summer, I have pumpkins so I’ll make some “Corn Pumpkin Harvest Bread.” I’ll get some wheat berries sprouted so I can fix a “Spicy Sprouted Wheat berry Dish” and then for desert I’ll bake a “Coconut Walnut Five Spice Cake.” We’ll sit around the fire and drink hot tea with the spice cake, laugh and talk about life and the good times it brings.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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What’s the Best Four Letter Word for this Recession?

What’s the best four letter word for this recession? The “F” word or the “S” word? The “S” word, s-l-o-w, agonizingly so, uggh, dragging on and on, one day we are up the next day we are down. But that “F” word is applicable as well. Fast, which implies how fast one hundred dollars slips through our gritty little paws … a few groceries and a little gas and that C note is gone – gone – gone … never to be seen again and hard to find another one like it. But we will hang on to the other four letter words, hope, love, care, wait and stay (as in staycation). And the four letter word we really need through these difficult times is move as in get moving because that’s what it takes to plow through almost depression-era times. Get moving applies to getting up early to work on something (anything), gettin’ a move on with doing your own mechanics, house cleaning, cooking, etc. just like the old folks did when they had their normal routines. We are spoiled and most of us know it, which makes these times all the harder. And don’t forget another four-letter word, g-r-i-n and the other one b-e-a-r. We’ll be needing them for a little while longer.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

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Stock Up… Just In Case… But Stock Up On What?

Stock up on wholegrains like brown rice, wheat berries and corn. Both the wheat berries and the corn can be sprouted, increasing their nutrition and they are likely to stay uneaten in your pantry because, well, how many of us eat whole-wheat berries or whole kernel corn? If the time arises and you need your survival food, the wheat berries and kernel corn can be soaked and sprouted for a few days before steaming and eating. Brown rice definitely instead of white rice, do some research about the nutrition of white rice compared to brown and you will agree. Whole-wheat flour and cornmeal are also good foods for stashing away; flat chapatti-style breads can be made with these flours by adding water and cooking on a cast iron griddle. Sprout seeds are wonderful to have as you can make a nice meal with a chapatti covered in sprouts. Buy a bag of soybeans for your pantry too, they have lots of protein.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the vegetarian cookbook, Poor Jonny’s Cookbook. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Jonnys-Cookbook-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114031

eBook or computer download through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260122

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