Warm Bean Dip

This dip is great with fresh veggies, tortilla chips or as a filling for a burrito. Perfect for when fresh tomatoes are available, but canned tomatoes will work well.

Ingredients
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped vidalia onion
2 large tomatoes, chopped or 14 oz can
2 cups Great Northern Bean, or one 14 oz can
1/2 tsp real salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
6 fresh basil leaves, or 1/2 tsp dried
6 fresh mint leaves or cilantro
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

Directions

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium low heat (do not let it smoke). Add the tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper until very soft (about 8-10 minutes).
Stir in beans and 1/2 cup water.

Simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and add herbs. Place in a food processor or VitaMix blender and process on low until thick and blended.

Serve warm.                                                                                Julia Rae Parsell

Nettle Leaf = Vibrant Health

nettle-infusionWant More Energy?  Drink Nettle Infusion

Sounds weird, huh?  Drinking tea from a weed?  If you can get over the concept, then help is on the way in the form of a super energizing, nourishing beverage.  It is cheap, easy to make and if you put your mind to it, easy to drink.  At first, adding a bit of Tamari Sauce (fermented soy) may mellow it and make it more to your liking.  The saltiness is a good companion of this green super herb.  If you have a diversified palate, then you probably won’t be offended by it’s ‘green’ taste.  It is not bitter.

What is Nettle?  It actually is called stinging nettle since it grows with pricks that sting when harvesting without gloves.  It is easy to buy them in bulk (organically, of course) from a trusted source.  In the wild they look a bit like spearmint, but are not in the mint family.  Utica dioica, Stinging Nettle’s family is Urticaeae and has a long, long legacy for it’s use as food, medicine and fibre.

According to Susun Weed in Healing Wise, (Ash Tree Publishing, 1989) nettles are gentle enough to use as a nourishing brew everyday.  Do you need optimization in any of these areas:   heal damaged tissues, strengthen kidneys, adrenals, lungs, intestines, arteries?  Would you like to increase your energy, the vibrancy of your hair and skin?  Nettles are even an anti-hemorrhagic (stops bleeding) and contributes to over all well-being.   Consider adding this to your health enhancing practices.

Recipe for Dried Nettle leaf infusion (Tea):

1 oz.(1 cup) dried nettle (organic)

1 qt. water, spring or filtered

1 qt. jar with a lid

Boil the water.  Put the dried herb into the quart jar and then fill with the boiling water.  Stir with a  wooden spoon and add water until the jar is full to the top.  Place the lid on tightly and set aside to brew at least four hours or overnight.

Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the nettle.  You can drink it right away.  Store any remaining in the fridge right away and consume within two days.

It is delicious over ice, with honey or tamari sauce.  Experiment to suit your pallet.

I buy my organic Nettles from Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs.

Check this out for more info:  http://nourishingherbalinfusions.com/Nettle.html

These comments have not been evaluated by the FDA and do not constitute medical advice.  Please check with your medical care provider.  Nettles are considered food, but they also are powerful, as well as gentle for most.