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Recipe Review: Detoxinista's Mushroom and Spinach Quinoa "Risotto"

First and foremost, I am a HUGE fan of The Detoxinista. I have made many of her recipes and always end up with wonderful results. I love them because almost all of them meet my dietary guidelines, are easy to prepare and utilize ingredients that I already have in my kitchen. That is a win, win. 

This recipe is no exception. I have made this for clients and friends, and everyone loves it! It is deliciously creamy, savory and decadent. Best of all, it is guilt free and filled with amazing benefits like protein, fiber, iron, magnesium and calcium. 

Try this recipe out next time you need a quick, savory and comforting meal. 


Serves 2.


1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
1 teaspoon coconut oil
½ yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
½ cup water
salt and black pepper
1 cup spinach, roughly chopped

Combine the quinoa and water in a sauce pot over high heat, bring it to a boil, then cover and reduce the temperature to low. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed.
While the quinoa is cooking, melt the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute the onion for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and mushrooms and continue to saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 more minutes. Transfer half of the cooked veggies into a blender, and blend with the water and tamari to create a silky smooth sauce.
Once the quinoa is cooked, add it to the skillet with the cooked veggies and stir in the sauce. Add in the fresh spinach and season with salt and pepper, stirring well until the spinach is wilted. Serve warm.

Tips for High Cholesterol

Ultimately, a diet rich in whole, unprocessed, organic fruits, vegetables and nuts will solve high cholesterol problems. 

Soluble fiber binds cholesterol and its precursors in the digestive system and drags them out of the body before they get into circulation. Polyunsaturated fats directly lower LDL. Plant sterols and stanols block the body from absorbing cholesterol.

Incorporate the following foods into your daily diet to target your high cholesterol with naturally healing whole foods. 



Garbanzo Beans


Black-eyed peas


Green leafy vegetables




Chia Seeds




Green Tea




Olive Oil



Processed foods – crackers, cookies, cakes, muffins, processed meats, frozen dinners, breads, cereals, almost everything pre-packaged. These foods contain inflammatory oils, added preservatives and colorings and typically inflammation causing flours and sweeteners.
Fried foods
Heavy meats – steaks, bologna, salami, red meats
Dairy – milk, cheese, yogurt (even seemingly healthy kinds), eggs (until cholesterol is under control)
To health and happiness, 


The Best Pizza I've Ever Had

I recently came across pictures from my backpacking adventures through Europe. Two summers ago, my best friend Sarah and I set off to Europe to backpack for about a month. Oh how I miss it so much right now. I wish I could go do it all over again. Some day, I just might. 

One of the highlights of the trip was this photo. 

I will never forget it. We walked into the neighborhood joint, mom-and-pop Italian pizza restaurant. The restaurant was flooded with authentic Italian families with bambinos running around everywhere. Sarah and I ordered pizzas the size of our faces and chowed down, eating every last bite. To our surprise, everyone is the restaurant was doing the same! 

The chef was from Naples, where arguably the best pizza comes from. I can assure you. This was THE BEST pizza I have ever eaten in my life. I savored every last bite.

When you are traveling across the world, experience the cuisine. Taste the delicacies. Don't be afraid to. While I haven't eaten a gluten-filled and cheese-covered pizza since this moment, man am I happy that I indulged then. 

This will forever remain the best pizza I've ever had. 

Other pictures from our travels: