A delicious twist on a classic meal – without the meat and gluten. Why avoid meat and gluten?
Considering meat consumption is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer there is no surprise that it never makes its way onto any dinner plate of mine. And the truth is, it doesn’t matter if your meat is from a grass-fed animal because it still contains saturated fat, no fiber, and all the same toxic levels of carcinogens as conventionally raised animals. In addition, the huge load of protein that comes with meat is detrimental to human health. Excessive protein is not a good idea if you want to reduce your risk of getting cancer. Did you know that high protein diets increase the rate at which carcinogenic compounds (which are found in abundance in the meat as well as other foods consumed, environmental toxins, and personal care products) enter the cell? Once in the cell, the carcinogens get very reactive and attach to DNA and causes cell mutation. Your body has a natural life-preserving ability to mitigate mutations that occur in cells. The body will recognize the mutated cell and get rid of it. Diets high in animal proteins completely ruins the body’s ability to perform this duty. That means that high animal protein diets not only cause cellular mutations but they prevent the body’s ability to correct it! High animal protein diets turn on the cancer process and promotes cancer’s growth! How do we keep that mechanism functioning properly? Plants. Plants contain all the necessary phytonutrients the body needs to be able to rid itself of mutant cells so they don’t proliferate and turn into cancer.
Gluten is also a huge problem. Humans lack the ability to digest gluten. Even if you don’t have Celiac Disease, a full blown allergy to wheat, you still can’t digest gluten, and you do have a gluten intolerance. You just may not even know it. Or at least you aren’t recognizing symptoms you may be having as symptoms of gluten intolerance. You may not get intestinal symptoms. There are many, many extra-intestinal symptoms. Here are just a few:
**chronic aches and pains
Gluten also stops your body’s production of GABA. GABA is a neurotransmitter involved in regulating communication between nerve cells. It’s role is to inhibit or reduce activity in the neurons when they are over-firing. GABA promots calmness and peace. Without adequate GABA, anxiety, panic attacks, sugar and alcohol cravings, and tense muscles occur.
Don’t let that deter you from still enjoying your favorite foods, though! There is still a delicious way to eat your sloppy joe and fight disease at the same time!
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed well
4 cups water
1 medium bell pepper, diced (any color you like!)
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 15oz can organic tomato sauce
2 tbsp organic tomato paste
1/2 tbsp mustard
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
Himalayan sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- Put lentils and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 20 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion and pepper with a splash of veggie broth or water. Once soft, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- When lentils are done, drain the water, and add the cooked lentils to the sauce mixture and let cook for another 5-10 minutes until sauce is thickened.
- **To bake potatoes, poke holes into the potatoes and bake on baking sheet in the oven at 425 for about 45 minutes (depending on size of potato you use) until fork tender.
- To serve, slice potato open and spoon some sloppy joe mixture on top.