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I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

I Love Ghee and Here’s Why

In my journey and constant research on healthier living, I kept seeing this stuff called ghee while researching grass fed butter information. We started using grass fed butter but had not yet jumped on the ghee wagon.

Last weekend at our local grocery store that has the most extensive organic, healthy food section we found a jar on the shelf labeled GHEE. Did you read that? Jar on the shelf! I had to check this out for myself.

Ghee is a form of butter that is an integral part of traditional Indian cuisine. It is clarified butter, which means that the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off, leaving just the rich, golden butterfat. 

Ghee is a simple word for ‘clarified butter’ actually. If you have ever ordered lobster or crab legs at a reputable restaurant, you were most likely served a little cup of clarified butter. That very golden, translucent and rich butter in a cup. So guess what, you’ve probably had ghee before but just didn’t know it.

Ok so we know what it is but why should you care? Read below for the Top 10 Reasons to get to Know Ghee.

I bought the exact brand below, Purity Farms. It’s paleo, lactose and casein free, kosher, non GMO, organic, pasture raised (grass fed) and salt free.

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I found this great post by lahealthyliving.com about ghee and what makes it’s so awesome. Here are their Top 10 Reasons To Get To Know Ghee

  1. Outstanding Cooking Oil. Ghee’s smoke point is 485°F which makes it an excellent cooking oil.  Unlike butter, ghee can tolerate high temperatures.
  2. Supreme Taste.  Ghee has a more creamy texture and nutty flavor than butter since most of the liquid is skimmed off during the clarification process.
  3. Long Shelf life. Because of its low oxidation rate, ghee can be kept unrefrigerated for a long time.
  4. Easy to Digest. Ghee aids in a healthy digestive process as it stimulates the secretion of stomach acids thus increasing the absorption of nutrients.
  5. Boosts the Immune System. Modern research found that ghee also contains phenolic antioxidants which boosts the immune system.
  6. Lowers cholesterol. CLA ( conjugated linolenic acid) contained in ghee, not only lowers cholesterol, but also reduces total cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides. (source)
  7. Improves Eyesight. According to Ayurveda practitioner, Dr. Vasant Lad,  eye disorders such as glaucoma, can benefit from adding ghee into the diet. Ghee improves our vision by helping our bodies properly digest fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A.
  8. Body Detox. Ghee is the perfect tool for body detox. Ghee penetrates the body tissues dissolving any toxins found in them. Then it gets rid of the toxins in the body through the intestines.
  9. Anti-inflammatory. Ghee has been proven to reduce leukotriene secretion and reduce prostaglandin which are both responsible for  inflammation.
  10. Aids in weight loss. Due to the conjugated linolenic acid contained in Ghee, it aids in weight loss (especially belly fat). Being easily digestible, it helps to develop a faster metabolism.

So now we have an opened jar of ghee sitting on our counter. I love cooking with it. It gives foods a richer taste. I also cook veggies in it and because of the properties, allows the body to absorb more of the goodness of the organic vegetables we eat.

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Our eating philosophy is to consume as much “whole foods” as possible into our diet. Seems like every week we are finding a food in a more natural state and incorporating it into our lives. Why don’t more people use this and why aren’t people talking about it, constantly?

Well I say “WELCOME TO FAMILY, GHEE”.

 

 

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Portabella Pizza

 

Portabella Pizza 

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Occasionally there is a misconception about folks who watch what they eat.  That we don’t want or crave delicious food.  I’m no fool, I want pizza!

For example, this weekend my friend ate a frozen pizza, the WHOLE pizza actually.  Of course in my head all I could think about was how bad I wanted pizza.

By tweaking the recipe a bit, I get to enjoy pizza and therefore I don’t obsess about it.  It’s when I deny myself that I have a harder time harnessing the willpower and could potentially make a bad decision.  So since I don’t like to say no to myself very often, I created a delicious healthy alternative.  When I want pizza, I make pizza.

Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 25 minutes, Makes 1 serving

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Ingredients (use organics when available): 

  • 1 large portabella mushroom
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. pizza sauce
  • ½ cup low-fat or vegan mozzarella cheese
  • toppings of your choice (I used black olives & piquante peppadew peppers)

Preheat oven to 400.  While oven is preheating gently wipe mushroom cap with a damp paper towel.  You don’t want to put it under the faucet to wash as mushrooms absorb a lot of water.  Next, using the edge of a spoon or a grapefruit spoon, scrape the gills and stem from the underside of the mushroom.  Place mushroom on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray or use a non-stick cooking mat and cook for 10 minutes on the middle rack.  (What this does is draw the moisture out of the mushroom so that your pizza isn’t a big watery mess.)  After 10 minutes, remove the mushroom from the oven and soak up the collected water with a paper towel and brush lightly with olive oil.

Now the fun part.  Spread pizza sauce in the cap and spread ½ of the mozzarella on it.  Next put whatever toppings you like then cover them with the remainder of the cheese.  I put my toppings between the cheese layers because I find it helps keep them nice and cozy in the mushroom cap.

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Put your masterpiece back in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes depending on how well done you like your pizza.  Once cooked let stand for 2 – 3 minutes if you can wait that long.

While your pizza is cooking, here are some great portabella mushroom facts:

  • Per the USDA, one portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana.
  • When it comes to fresh produce, only mushrooms contain significant amounts of selenium.  Selenium plays an important role in the human immune system and the thyroid system.
  • Mushrooms have significant amounts of three B-complex vitamins: riboflavinniacin and pantothenic acid. The B vitamins help release energy from the fat, protein, and carbohydrates in food.
  • Mushrooms are an excellent source of copper, a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells and for other functions.

Calories: 22     Fat: 0.17g     Carbs: 4.26g     Protein: 2.1g

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Now eat up and feel a little smug that you got to have your pizza and eat it too!

Sneak Peek:  Look for an upcoming recipe for a pizza crust using cauliflower?  What the deuce?