I’m taking my vegan side dish to Fiesta Friday with Angie and the gang. You can find delicious recipes all in one place here. Or if you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian recipes go here to TinnedTomatoes.com
Many of you know that I am at home healing from a hip injury. I’m a physician but I’m not a big fan of traditional medication. Did I hear you gasp?
Sometimes, at least for me, the cure is worse than the injury. Narcotic pain medications make me nauseated, NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and aspirin eat holes in my stomach and steroids make me insane. What about marijuana? Medical cannabis is legal in Nevada now but no thanks; I haven’t used weed since college and even then I couldn’t inhale very well and I was the one in a million who hallucinates on it. (I guess I can’t run for President now after that confession.) 😉
Which leads to me my personal natural remedies for pain and inflammation. Please check with your personal physician to discuss natural remedies because some foods and supplements can effect blood clotting and interact with traditionally prescribed medications.
Glucosamine is reported to reduce pain and inflammation in joints. The best studies were done in dogs but there were a few studies in humans which showed that it does work in arthritis patients but takes longer than NSAIDS. I think it is really helping reduce my pain and I haven’t had any side effects.
Turmeric, ginger, rosemary, green tea and fish oil have anti-inflammatory properties and taste delicious so I’m adding even more of these foods to my diet.
Ice is an effective pain reliever that also reduces swelling and inflammation so I’m icing for acute pain.
Somatic movement is helping me increase my range of motion and is reducing the trauma response. Trauma response is when you injure one area, like your low back or hip, and then your brain tries to protect the injured area by contracting all the muscles around it causing lopsided posture and more pain. Read about it here.
That was a long winded introduction to this easy, anti-inflammatory packed delicious, low carb, Paleo, vegan side dish. You could make this a main dish by adding nuts, legumes and/or tofu. I served mine with Orange Marmalade Alaskan Halibut. (Recipe coming soon.)
Ginger and Turmeric Cauliflower Rice
1/2 head of cauliflower
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 glove garlic minced
1 inch fresh ginger grated
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric or 1 teaspoon powder
1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Grate cauliflower by hand or through the food processor grate.
Heat oil olive in skillet. Add garlic, turmeric and ginger and sauté until fragrant.
Add raw cauliflower and sauté until combined and crisp tender.
Stir in cilantro, salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.