acne AND candida safe soy sauce cooking alternatives

so a lot of our asian clients cook with a lot of soy sauce and when they cut down, they clear up.  we realize though how challenging it can be to substitute this in the kitchen – so here are some safe alternatives!

coconut secret coconut aminos

– coconut secret’s coconut aminos is a great soy sauce substitute.  it’s many times more nutritious than soy sauce, and is very rich in amino acids.  it takes almost like a spiked teriyaki soy vinegar.  **candida safe

ginger & green onion sauce!

– chinese steamed chicken with ginger and green onion is one of my most favorite foods.  i made a batch and found that the ginger/green onion sauce is delicious on EVERYTHING!  try steaming different foods and topping them with this sauce.  the recipe is: 2 whole bunches of green onions, a large knob of ginger, blended or chopped up in a bowl, then add about a 1/4 cup hot olive oil and some stock (if you have some around).  add salt to taste.  (shout out to SF’s mama for the recipe 🙂 )   **candida safe

spicely organic vindaloo curry powderthai kitchen organic coconut milk

– curries can be made easily and acne-safely with curry powder, coconut milk, and  bit of pink salt.  you can also add chopped up aromatics like anti-inflammatory turmeric, digestion enhancing ginger, or fragrant lemongrass (just beat it up a bit with the back of a knife to get the flavor out of it before simmering it with the sauce). **candida safe

herb chart from http://www.happycow.net/blog/?p=908

-fresh herbs can add a lot of flavor to dishes – they may seem subtle at first but once you start working with them you’ll discover they pack a lot of punch!  rinse them well, dry and pick off the leaves to cook with/eat, you can compost the main stalk upon the tasty leaves grow.  **candida safe

pesto, image from http://samandlaurenbattershell.blogspot.com/2011/06/pesto-pesto-pesto.html

– any green pesto.  in a blender, combine 2 cups of packed greens (basil, kale, spinach, arugula, any kind of green!), 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup of nuts (pine nuts are traditional, but you can use any nut – roasting them first on a hot pan til fragrant definitely hooks it up with flavor) and a couple of squeezes of lemon juice.  blend it up and add salt and pepper to taste..  if you google recipes, you’ll find that they often include cheese – add this at your own risk!!  anyhow, you can eat this with pasta and or top your steak, fish or veggies with it!  ***candida safe if you use candida safe nuts and NO CHEESE!

olive tapenade from sheknows.com

– olive tapenade pesto – for a twist, you can also add some olives to the above mix, creating a sort of green tapenade.  or you can just do olives and omit the greens.  check out this site here for other great spread ideas (just watch out for the dairy!).  ***candida safe if you use olives that were NOT packed in vinegar!

garlic & lemon

– garlic and lemon are one of the most easiest combinations – i bet you have these 2 things in your kitchen right now.  one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon is to lay the salmon on a baking sheet, chop up some garlic cloves, slice some lemon, and get a few sprigs of rosemary and lay these aromatics underneath and on top of the fish..  then drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper.  roast at 400F for about 15-20 mins and voila!  ***candida safe

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