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Last Updated on Wednesday, 5 January 2011 03:42 Written by adpart Tuesday, 8 June 2010 02:52

Just Add Flax was established to assist my cooking classes. Since I cook quickly and without recipes, my students were getting frustrated– so I started writing down my recipes. My cooking classes were established to help out the patients in my clinic. Quite often I change the diets of my patients and they would be confused as to what to eat. The cooking classes work seperately and in conjuction with the clinic. Their purpose is to help people establish healthier diets and to avoid overused ingredients, such as dairy and wheat products. So far it’s been a lot of fun for everyone involved and may it only continue to be so

The title of the site was chosen based on the fact that I must repeat that sentence, at least one time, in each class. It is my belief that cooking can be fun, easy and healthy. The women in my class, and myself as well, are busy Mommies and need to feed large families on a daily basis. Therefore, I established a few ground rules to make things easier.

Fresh ingredients: Fruits, vegetables and herbs which you find in a refrigerator. Using canned or frozen produce reduces the vitality of the food, limits their healing powers and destroys the natural flavors. Whole grains have many more vitamins and minerals than processed foods. These prevent diseases and boost the immune system.

Cooking begins at the supermarket: It is difficult to cook if you have no fresh food. When you go shopping choose a store with a large variety of fresh produce. Having fresh ingredients is the first step to healthy cooking. It is also a serious incentive to cook because the food will spoil if you don’t use it.

Time factor: Daily Dinners should not take more than 15 minutes to prepare. The key here is that the 15 minutes should not necessarily be the 15 minutes right before you eat. A little advance planning can go a long way.

Cook with love: The connection between food and love start when a baby nurses for the first time. Our job as chefs is to continue that connection. When we are chopping, mixing and serving our delicious creations, we should do it with the same love that a mother feels for her newborn infant. Not only will food will taste better, but we will remember why we are actually serving everyone dinner. It is not only because we want to fill their stomachs but because we want to fill their souls with a daily dose of love. So stop thinking about how much work it is to feed everyone and start thinking of how satisfying it is that you can provide something so important for the ones that you love most.

Be sneaky: Not everyone wants to eat what is healthy for them and sometimes the kids or husband will object. Hide healthy ingredients in pureed soups and baked goods. They will never know the difference and you are giving them a wonderful gift.

Just Add Flax: Without a doubt, the ingredient I sneak in the most is flaxseed. Flaxseed is not the most palatable of foods yet it is up there in the top 10 of the healthy food list. Now popular because of the high Omega 3 content it also cleanses the intestines (it is a great laxative) is high in GLA, cleanses the liver, reduces and prevents cancerous tumors and much more. So get that flaxseed into anything that you can.


6 Comments

  1. Chava   |  Monday, 31 January 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Do you send e-mails on a regular baisis? What do they contain?

  2. Flax   |  Monday, 31 January 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Chava,
    I usually post on the Efrat Chat about once a week and also on facebook. If you would to get all of my posts than you can register with the RSS feed and it will come directly to your email. The RSS is a button located at the top right of the screen. Let me know if you have a problem.

    sima

  3. Flax   |  Wednesday, 16 February 2011 at 10:49 am

    Hi Chava,
    You are welcome to use the RSS feed at the top right of the screen. This will automtically update you when I post a new blog.

    Sima

  4. Flax   |  Wednesday, 15 June 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I usually post once a week, usually it’s a recipe, sometimes a general nutrition topic. To subscribe and to recieve my posts via email, click the square button with wavy lines (RSS Feed) at the top right hand side of the screen.

  5. Michele   |  Sunday, 10 July 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I have no clue how to use flax seed. Do you already have a post which describes how to buy/use it?
    I see that they sell seeds, but I imagine that you use it ground up, right?

  6. Flax   |  Sunday, 10 July 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Jill,

    If you look at the top menu, under ingredient benefits, you will find out how to use flax seed as an egg replacement. That is it’s primary use in cooking. I mostly use it when I make dough and in a recipe that would call for eggs to hold a mixture together.
    You can check out the wakame pie which uses flax seed in the dough and stuffed butternut squash which uses it in the filling.

    Sima

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