‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ – Beef Tacos recipe

Taken from the cookbook Candida Can Be Fun! by Rebecca Richardson.

“For a perfect night in with friends, serve these with guacamole, hummus and salsa for a full Mexican meal. My four year old daughter also loves these (but my cat prefers tuna).”

Beat Candida the Mexican Way
Beat Candida the Mexican Way

Serves 3 – 4

500g (17½oz) of organic beef mince
2 large cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
1 medium carrot (peeled and diced)
1 red pepper (cored, deseeded and diced)
1 teaspoon of freshly chopped oregano (or dried)
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of mild paprika
¾ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)
1 x 400g tin of tomatoes
(or 4 fresh peeled tomatoes)
2 tablespoons of tomato purée
1 packet of plain taco shells
3 leaves of iceberg lettuce (shredded)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Heat a wok on a medium heat. Add the beef mince and fry until it browns. Stir constantly to prevent it burning.
  2. Break up the mince as it cooks and then drain off any excess oil (possibly about 6 tablespoons!!)
  3. Add the garlic and spices to the beef mince and fry for a further couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Put in the carrot and pepper and stir-fry for about 5 – 10 minutes until they soften.
  5. Mix in the tomatoes and tomato purée.
  6. Cover and simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes, stirring often until the carrots and peppers are cooked.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  8. Place the taco shells on a tray with the top opening end down in the middle of the oven for 2 – 3 minutes.
  9. Stuff the shells with the meat mixture and lettuce.
  10. Serve with some Hummus, Guacamole and Salsa Dip (see book for recipe).

Until the 31st May the recipe book ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ is on offer for £14.99 – that’s 25% less than the normal price, so buy now and take your chance to begin your fight back!

For more information on Candida, the author and how to purchase your copy of “Candida Can Be Fun!” please visit: www.candidacanbefun.co.uk

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Brilliant new Candida Cookbook available

How many Candida cookbooks can you think of?

(If your response is: “What’s Candida?” and you feel fine then forget I asked…

But if you don’t know what Candida is and you experience any, or a combination of the following symptoms…

food allergies and intolerances, recurrent thrush and cystitis, migraines, foggy brain, muscle aches, PMS, menstrual irregularities, joint pains, respiratory allergies/symptoms, chronic tiredness, itchiness/skin disorders, sensitivity to chemicals, bloatedness, flatulence, diarrhoea and/or constipation…

Then please read on…)

Easy solutions for Candida
The truth is there just aren’t many recipe books for Candida out there – and possibly none with 100 photographically illustrated recipes. In other words, nothing that makes dealing with Candida seem easy.

Show candida who's boss
Show candida who's boss

No books, that is, until Rebecca Richardson’s ‘Candida Can Be Fun!‘ came along. Her book is crammed with advice on food and shop brands and supplements – but mostly it’s full of colourful easy to follow recipes to help you get cracking on defeating Candida. (What’s more, Rebecca recommends our web site: goodnessdirect.co.uk as a resource for information and for purchasing many of the products mentioned in her book.)

Define Candida…
If you still don’t know what Candida is, it is a yeast which destroys your gut’s friendly bacteria and becomes a fungus which invades the rest of your body. It can be dealt with simply through changing your diet and taking a range of supplements. However, most people feel that their life is over when they hear what they can’t eat (eg. sugar, fruit, nuts, wheat, gluten, preservatives, dairy and alcohol).

‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ contradicts that. It shows just how much you can do.

Rebecca Richardson suffered from Candida herself, first experiencing symptoms in her childhood, and when she found out what she couldn’t eat she cried too! But that led to the determination to write this book to SHOW you what you CAN eat to help other people who are all alone and suffering like she did, so that you can tell the Candida who is boss.

The book is also suitable for coeliacs, diabetics and ME sufferers.

Until the 31st May ‘Candida Can Be Fun!’ is on offer for £14.99 – that’s 25% less than the normal price, so buy now and take your chance to begin your fight back!

 For more information on Candida, the author and how to purchase your copy of “Candida Can Be Fun!” please visit: www.candidacanbefun.co.uk

Here are the winners of the Free From Food Awards 2011

Lesley Cutts, GoodnessDirect manager was judge at the Free From Food Awards 2011. She had a great time tasting all the different food.

The awards were announced last week – a selection of the top products from 100s of free-from foods in a diverse range of categories.

Lesley says, “The quality of the food improves each year. It’s close competition and in some cases it’s quite difficult to decide. But it’s great that the awards happen and that more profile is given to free-from and special diets. It’s a great step forward for the industry and those who suffer from dietary restrictions.”

You can read all of the judges comments on the Freedom Food Awards website. We should highlight that specialist niche foods such as RAW foods might not be well represented here, as they are still pushing their way into the market,

Here are the winners and runners up.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2011
Winner: Doves Farm – Gluten and wheat free white self-raising flour blend
Runner up: Delamere Dairy – Goat’s butter
Runner up: Dietary Specials – Brown Ciabatta rolls
Runner up: Doves Farm – Batter mix and Biscuit crumb

Innovation Award
– Sponsored by Livwell
Winner: Mamma Cucina gluten, wheat, dairy and egg-free vegetable quiche
Commended: Le Sojami Dairy Free Speciality Basil Alternative to Soft Cheese
Commended: Moo Free Praline Chocolates

Dairy and/or lactose free animal milk, butter and yogurt
– Sponsored by Swedish Glace
Winner: Delamere Dairy – Goat’s butter
Highly commended: Delamere Dairy – Semi-skimmed goat’s milk
Highly commended: Woodlands Dairy – Organic sheep milk natural live yogurt
Commended: Lactofree – Semi-skimmed dairy drink

Plant (soya, rice,oat, nut, potato) ‘milk’, spread and ‘cheese’
– Sponsored by Delamere Dairy
Winner: Hain Celestial – Rice Dream
Winner: Le Sojami – Fresh soya paté with olives
Highly commended: Essence of Eden – 100% Organic premium coconut oil
Highly commended: Good Hemp – Dairy-free alternative to milk
Highly commended: Organico Real Foods – Isola Bio spelt drink
Commended: Le Sojami – Dairy-free speciality garlic and mixed herbs alternative to soft cheese
Commended: Tesco – Sweetened soya alternative to dairy milk

Breakfast cereals
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Nature’s Path – Organic Mesa Sunrise
Highly commended: Hale & Hearty – Organic Choco Jungle Cereal
Highly commended: Juvela – Fibre flakes
Commended: Eat Natural – Buckwheat Muesli
Commended: Juvela – Special Flakes with red berries
Commended: Nairns – Oat muesli
Commended: Nairns – Porridge oats
Commended: The Living Food Kitchen – Raw buckwheat granola

Breads and bread mixes
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Dietary Specials – Brown Ciabatta rolls
Highly commended: Marks & Spencer – Made-without-wheat brown seeded bread
Highly commended: Tesco – FreeFrom fresh brown rolls
Commended: Glutafin – Select gluten-free fresh brown bread

Pasta and pizza bases/mixes
– Sponsored by Produced in Italy
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Quinoa and rice penne
Highly commended: Morrisons – Freefrom fusilli
Highly commended: Rizopia Organic brown rice spaghetti
Commended: Farabella – Gnocchi
Commended: Rizopia – Organic brown rice lasagne

Foods manufactured for food service
– Sponsored by Lactofree
Winner: Doves Farm – Batter mix
Winner: Doves Farm – Fairtrade biscuit crumb
Highly commended: Red House Foods – Chicken grill for schools, bread crumbed and battered
Highly commended: Seagreens – Mineral salt
Commended: Doves Farm – Sponge and muffin mix
Commended: Doves Farm – Fairtrade sweet biscuits

Ingredients: flour, stock, pastry, sauces
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: Doves Farm – Gluten and wheat free white self-raising flour blend
Highly commended: AWT – Gluten-free vegetable stock cubes
Highly commended: Dietary Specials – Frozen shortcrust pastry
Commended: The Black Farmer – Sweet and spicy tomato sauce
Commended: Tideford Organics – Ragu a la Bolognese

Savoury pies, flans, pizzas and ready meals
– Sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Winner: Look What We Found – Spiced lamb meatballs
Winner: The Black Farmer – Premium pork sausages
Highly commended: Honeybuns – Little savoury tart
Highly commended: Look What We Found – Beef and pork meatballs
Highly commended: Musks – Gluten-free sausages
Commended: Fletchers of Auchtermuchty – Original venison sausages
Commended: The Black Farmer – pork, onion and chive sausages

Savoury biscuits and snacks
– Sponsored by Goodness Direct
Winner: Clearspring – Organic rice cakes – Sea vegetable and tamari and Tamari and black sesame
Highly commended: Darling Spuds – Sea salt and Modena balsamic vinegar potato crisps
Commended: Conscious Foods – Mumbai masala munch
Commended: Hale & Hearty – Superbly spiced vegetarian cassava crisps

Scones, sweet tarts and brownies
– Sponsored by the Food and Drink Innovation Network
Winner: Go Free Foods – Chocolate and almond brownies
Highly commended: Morrisons – FreeFrom treacle tart
Highly commended: Sugargrain – Fresh raspberry and white chocolate brownie
Commended: BlueBasil – Gluten-free classic chunky chocolate brownie
Commended: Honeybuns – Snowy Hills cake bar
Commended: Peace of Cake – Blueberry muffin

Sweet biscuits and cookies
Winner: Pourtoi – Raisin chocolate chip cookies
Highly commended: Kent & Fraser – Spicy ginger crunchy cookies
Highly commended: Trufree – Chocolate fingers
Commended: Marks & Spencers – Caramel pecan crunch square

Cakes and cake mixes
– Sponsored by Mrs Crimble’s
Winner: Marks & Spencer – Almond frangipane traybake
Highly commended: Christine’s – Hot toddy cake
Highly commended: Steph’s FreeFrom Cakes – Battenburg
Highly commended: Sugargrain – Zesty lemon polenta cake
Commended: Eat Me Organic – Chocolate delight cupcake
Commended: Sugargrain – Spiced carrot cake with fresh orange icing
Commended: The Cake Crusader – Lemon drizzle cake

Puddings, sweet pies, desserts and cheesecakes
– Sponsored by Hale & Hearty
Winner: BoojaBooja – Stuff in a Tub Hunky punky chocolate
Highly commended: EasyGlut – Crème caramel mix
Commended: Finax – Shake’N Bake Pancake mix

Chocolate and sweet snacks
– Sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Go*Do – Chocolate bar
Winner: Conscious Food – Ginger crunch
Highly commended: Celtic Chocolates – Caramel flavoured choices
Highly commended: MooFree – Chocolate pralines
Highly commended: Tesco – Choc ‘n’ Orange bars
Highly commended: Castus – Be Fruity fruit bars with fig
Commended: Plamil – No-added sugar coffee chocolate
Commended: Pourtoi – Luxury chocolate selection
Commended: Morrisons – FreeFrom fruit and nut bars
Commended: Pack Tunch – Pinapple and coconut snack bars

Christmas products
– Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free
Winner: Sainsbury – FreeFrom Christmas pudding
Highly commended: Livwell – Iced Christmas cake
Highly commended: Mrs Crimble’s – Stuffing mix
Commended: Hale & Hearty – Christmas pudding
Commended: MooFree – Christmas advent calendar
Commended: Sainsbury’s – Freefrom iced Christmas cake

Gluten-free beer
– Sponsored by Asda
Winner: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Blonde Ale
Highly commended: Mongozo – Premier Pilsener
Highly commended: Green’s – Bottle Refermented Dark Ale
Commended: Estrella Damm – Estrella Daura ABV 5.4%
Commended: Green’s – Premium Golden Ale

Yeast free breakfast cereals

I was writing about cereals for people who avoid gluten recently.

But if you avoid yeast, dairy or gluten, you might have come across the Morning Puffs range.

Morning Puff cereals are 100% natural so they have no artificial colours or flavours. That way you know exactly what you are eating.

Healthy cereal
Healthy cereal

Maple syrup or agave syrup, honey or fruit berries concentrate is used for flavour in some of the cereals. And you can select puffed grains made from rice, corn, buckwheat, millet or brown rice.

The other advantage is that they are organic and produced in a nut free environment.

It’s always good to have a range of healthy cereals in your cupboard.

Download your free catalogue from GoodnessDirect

Do you want to have your own price guide for your current health diet?

Download your catalogue here
Download your catalogue here

Now it’s even easier.

Simply click on the GoodnessDirect catalogue page and choose your price guide for online viewing.

By using the special Yudu viewer you can print off your own version for comfortable viewing or keep your own online bookmarks and notes.

It’s that easy.

Choose from a Vegan, Gluten & Wheat Free, Dairy Free or Organic catalogue here. And if you’re a new customer find a money-off voucher in the back of the Bestsellers catalogue.

Chocolate muffin recipe – dairy-free with no added sugar

I just found this great video on making Birch Syrup, which is a bit like Maple Syrup but is also a natural source for Xylobrit Xylitol which is much healthier than sugar.

Xylitol is found naturally in many plants, it is just as sweet but has nearly half the calories as normal sugar (40% less) with a low GI of 7. This means it is good for diabetics and hypoglycemics. And becasue Xylobrit Xylitol is made from birch rather than corn it can be used as a safe alternative for people with candida. Plus it actually lessens tooth decay and fights bacteria!

We all know that sugar is bad for you, so it makes sense to use Xylitol for baking your cakes, biscuits, crumbles and muffins*.

Chocolate muffins – dairy-free with no added sugar

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups xylitol
3/4 cup sifted cocoa
1/2 cup oil
1 cup apple juice
1 3/4 cup wholewheat spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup boiling water

1. Beat eggs (with a whisk) for 10 minutes, add xylitol and reduce whisking speed. Add cocoa and mix well.
2. Add oil to the mix, then apple juice and dry ingredients including salt.
3. Add boiling water to the mixture.
4. Line muffins tins with muffin cups. Fill each cup to ¾ full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 180 C. Cool on rack.

*Xylitol inhibits yeast so cannot be used in dough that requires yeast.

Oregano, a herbal solution to candida

Did you know oregano is also a healing herb?

Research has looked into its ability to fight MRSA and a compound of oregano, carvacrol, is used to treat candida, a fungal infection.

Oregano: healing herb
Oregano: healing herb

Higher Nature now produce oregano oil in capsule form (30caps and 90caps bottles) as it is believed that the carvacrol content may support healthy bacterial flora for the stomach and intestines and bring comfort in digestion.

Oregano also has antioxidant properties and has been used to treat respiratory and bacterial complaints like bronchitis for centuries.

The benefits may also include a healthy immune system, respiratory tract, liver and heart, normal blood pressure, and strong, elastic blood vessels.