Monday, December 31, 2007

Sensible Broccoli Casserole

When I began eating more sensibly, my fear was that I could no longer eat my favorite foods.
Buzz! Wrong! It's as easy as falling out of a tree when you know what ingredients to substitute.

In the Midwest, we grew up with either broccoli or green bean casserole drowning in can of toxic Campbell's soup, flavored with High Fructose Corn Syrup and copious amounts of salt.

It's immoral that Campbell's comes out with a pink can of soup to raise money for breast cancer research when they themselves are part of the problem, not the solution.

Try my live video of Broccoli Casserole preparation below.
The recipe is from my first cook book with food essays, "Eat Right, Now"
If you are interested in a copy, go to my web site:
Broccoli never had it so good.

Happy and Healthy New Year,
Chef Wendell

Friday, December 28, 2007

Live Video-Oatmeal with Apple Cider and Walnuts

Dear Readers:
From now on, I will be presenting more recipes from my TV segment on the local CBS affiliate. Hope you enjoy this recipe and share it with others.

Bon Appetite'
Chef Wendell

What Happened to the Hippocratic Oath?

Because of what they eat, India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world.

Unfortunately, prevention is not very popular in our modern system off health care. The idea of a patient healing themselves, threatens their ludicrous income.

I cannot recall how many allopathic physicians have ridiculed me at the mere suggestion instead of a processing liver irritating anti-inflammatory drugs over delicious turmeric and ginger. At home we put turmeric and fresh ginger in our food because of their scientifically proven ability to control inflammation. I tested it on myself, and it works.

Turmeric makes terrific Cuban style yellow rice. Make it with brown rice. OK? Toss in some well drained organic black beans. Many times when we could cure ourselves we scurry to a physician with a pill mentality.

Recently, a physician approached me and said , "Hey, did you know that trans-fats are bad?' A ,...duh., I told you ten years ago and you laughed at me. So go in the other room and make love to yourself.

If PCP's (Primary Care Physicians) had a more open mind and less ego, perhaps they could actually learn about the power of whole food, teach pro-active health care and develop a relationship with the patient.

Pills ravage peoples livers and lives. Recently, my liver and arthritis were both acting up. After a week of using turmeric in our food and hot Ginger Tea, I've had considerably reduced pain. What happened to "First, do no harm" that is stated in the Hippocratic oath ?

Chef Wendell

Thursday, December 27, 2007

President Bush Supports Sugar and Obesity

Leading English scientists accused the Bush administration in 2004 of putting the interests of powerful American sugar barons ahead of the global fight against obesity. What a surprise that Bush would deal behind the backs of the American People that support his War.,6903,1125730,00.html

With 2/3 rds of the American population over weight poisonous and addictive sugar plays major roll in the obesity and diabetic pandemic. Studies show that obesity rates have risen 50% in American Children. (

This is one of the biggest enemies we face as sugar can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and tons of ancillary side affects.
The government likes it when we are fat, stupid, and lazy. Anyone recall 'Brave New World'?

With Love,
Chef Wendell

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Holiday Paradox

Merry Christmas to Everyone:

Here's a little paradox that we, I, need to solve. Why is is that when the most sacred of all holidays come around, (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanzaa, Easter, Thanksgiving, and New Years as examples) do we eat foods that we know are bad for our health and could contribute to a heart attack, obesity, diabetes, and only God knows what? Talk about Dissing your Creator.

"Lord Bless this food to the nourishment of our Holy Temple". It'll need blessing for your Earth Suit, which may not be used to such rich and forbidden foods we do not normally eat. We feel heavy after we indulge then get sickly and green. Sweets are my downfall. I still refuse to partake in any meat, cheese, cigarettes and cocktails. I did enought of that during the first half of my life.

Why do we,, I cave. I suppose that I can increase my aerobic time to one hour and eat an endless variety of fruit, vegetables, beans, and Quinoa for a week. For a week after the holidays drink lots of fresh ginger tea with turmeric and you'll assist that liver of yours that you trashed over the holidays. You'll fell so much more whole.

No one is perfect except our Lord who's birthday we celebrate. Do your best, just try not to make cheating a habit again. You can do it.

Merry Christmas
Chef Wendell

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Disease is Profitable--Health is Proactive

With as many hospitals these days as there are convenience stores, one could conclude that 'they' know something we don't. With the schools feeding our kids cheap, toxic food and Madison Avenue smart bombing them with advertising encouraging them to eat dead food, hospitals will soon be overloaded with a 20 and 30 something pandemic along side the aging geriatric generation.

Blinded by profit, we've lost our moral compass and our humanity for our fellow man. We go to church and worship God, but during the week, all bets are off. Cafeteria religion, I call it.

After chatting-up a variety of patients and folks who have done time in a hospital, they vehemently complain about the prices charged and physician insensitivity. They are unconscionable. They've got us by the short hairs. Money and arrogance go hand in hand. Ever try to have a decent conversation with a physician with out them talking down to you?

I've concluded that its more profitable to allow Americans get sick with diabetes, cancer, or heart disease than it is to implement proactive prevention. I think the allopathic folks are great at triage and dispensing symptom-masking medication, however, if the sickness is due to poor nutrition, then what good is a pill? On a positive note, there is a growing population of savvy physicians that have concluded that processed food seasoned with preservatives causes disease.

Learn how to use food as medicine and each time you eat, ask yourself, "Is this food feeding me, or depleting me?" You can do it. Food from the Universe is powerful medicine.

Chef Wendell

Friday, December 21, 2007

Ginger and Turmeric: Marriage Made In Heaven

Here we are in the midst of the holiday season that won't officially be over till January 2, 2008.
Then the longest, most grueling part of winter begins and spring cannot arrive soon enough.

To keep warm and toasty on cold damp days, make a daily cup or thermos of Ginger and Turmeric Tea. Other than a roaring fire, nothing will warm you up and detoxify you quicker . Ginger's warming effect on our physiology has been documented for nearly 5000 years.

One caveat, however, do not boil the ginger tea with the maple syrup in it. Put the gift of the tree in last, otherwise you can create 'Ama' or internal toxins. Use fresh, not powdered ginger. More than likely it has been irradiated. Get your organic Turmeric from a health food store and put it is soup, stews, rice, whole grains, bean dishes, smoothies, or anything you wish. In addition, ginger and turmeric are powerful anti inflammatory and will quell your arthritis pain. Pineapple contains compounds that relieve inflammation, so also make pineapple part of your diet. Unless, of coarse, you dig pain.

Turmeric, a free-radical-fighting antioxidant-rich curry spice has been hailed as a defense against both cancer and Alzheimer’s. India has the lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world.

This tasty recipe is for a warming, detoxifying ginger-turmeric tea. After the holiday season, we could use some detoxing and healing!
It’s delicious! Ginger and turmeric combine with citrus and maple syrup creates the perfect blend of healing nutrients.

2 cups water, 1 tsp. grated, fresh ginger, 1 tsp teaspoon powdered turmeric, 1 tbs real maple syrup, Juice of 1/2 lemon
1. Bring water to a boil, then add herbs. Simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Strain tea into a mug, add maple syrup and lemon, stirring to combine. Drink warm.
Makes 1 serving.

The Gifts of the Universe Rock!
Chef Wendell

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A 'Fowl' Proposition

The Nutrition Action Healthletter occasionally releases their list of the 10 foods we should never eat. May I share one common entree for your personal edification? Thank you.

Ruby Tuesdays "Fresh Chicken and Broccoli Pasta" appears appealing until you read the ingredients. It is described as white meat, steamed broccoli, penne pasta, tossed in Parmesan cheese sauce and then baked with a covering of Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese. Ah, ha! They had me till they got to the Parmesan cheese sauce. Wisconsin Cheddar cheese is the finest in the world, but it is still fatty. Be prudent.

Brace yourself against something solid for when you hear about the fat content of the perceived 'healthy dish'? I mean, how much damage can heavy cream and saturated fats oozing across the dining room floor cause?

The dish the Center for Science in the Public Interest refer to the entree as 'Angioplasta' contains a mind-blowing 2,060 calories with 128 grams of artery detonating saturated fats. The article goes on to say that since the fat is mostly dairy, about 60 to 70 of those fat grams are probably saturated.

The last thing I want to do is hurt Ruby Tuesdays reputation and bottom line. Order the dish, but tell the waiter to hold the cream sauce and cheddar, and ask for grated Parmesan and coarse black pepper. Now, you've got a less than lethal dish and Ruby Tuesdays retains a happy customer. A win-win. Hot pepper flakes get your blood going so if you're on date, OO-La-La dude or dudette.

There are millions of health-savvy chefs in America doing outstanding jobs of teaching customers as well as employees how to enjoy vegetables from the Universal Apothecary. Except that guy that tosses vegetables in duck fat before he roasts them. A foul proposition not quacked up to what it could be.

To Your Blossoming Health,
Chef Wendell

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fries and Chips Cause Cancer?

The Associated Press reports that California is suing fast food, snack firms to get labels stating the possible risk of cancer. Attorney General Bill Lockyer ask for a court order requiring McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Frito-lay, and other companies to warn consumers that their fries and chips might contain acrylamide, a chemical the state says causes cancer.

Lockyer said, "I know from personal experience that, while these snacks may not have a necessary part of a healthy diet, they sure tastes good." Is that all America cares about? Taste?
Anti-Freeze taste sweet, but I don't think you'd drink it.

In the 90's the chemical was thought of as an industrial agent, used in food packaging and to treat sewage according to the US. Department of Health and Human Services.

Peace, Love, and Understanding
Chef Wendell

Monday, December 17, 2007

High Meat Consumption=Cancer Risk

Why is it they we just don't get it? Are we that selective?

How many of you were grossed out by the hamburger commercial where two macho, brawny men were snarfing down an enormous hamburger with two patties of beef and 4 pieces of bacon, and then cheese to add insult to injury. Since when do they advertize heart attacks on a bun?
Maybe that's why all these hospitals are being built.

Who ever created THAT commercial definitely has stock in the company and is a bit on the mentally disturbed side. Meat is macho, my butt.
It takes a brawny, courageous person all the bravery they can muster to eat a little ole carrot.
You knew, of course, there is no fiber in meat. Just ask Elvis Presley. The King. His autopsy is on line.

I catered for NBA Charters for 16 years. They think eating too much red meat takes away from their performance. Meat takes a ton of energy to digest. Eating vegetables to save your life, improve your job performance and mental clarity is not for Sissy's.

"Red meat and processed meats (bacon, sausage poultry sausage, lunch meats, cold cuts, ham, hot dogs and low at hot dogs) have been associated with elevated risk with colorectal and liver cancer," said lead author, Amanda Cross, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute.

Odd how our moral compass gets out of whack when it comes to making profitable TV commercials by appealing to certain markets.

I just can't visualize the Prince of England stuffing his face like a heathen, chewing and enormous amount of artery detonating fat and waisted, empty calories, with his mouth open and sauce dribbling down his cheek. Gross! Great roll model for the kids, dude.
Live and Let Live, or....

Chef Wendell

Army Mess Hall Meals_Nutritional Disaster

Good Morning:

Sitting here reading the morning paper while eating my oatmeal cooked with fresh cranberries, cinnamon, and apple cider, I came across an appetite dulling story from the Army Times.

The headline reads,"Mess hall meals can be recipe for fitness disaster". It reports that US troops gain an average of 10 pounds upon deployment. There is little opportunity for exercise as they set around and watch their stomachs grow and their energy levels drop.
Not a sane recipe for success, but the American way. Shameful of our government to serve crap to our soldiers so large conglomerates can prosper from war. Go ahead, get blind drunk on your Manhattans, beat the wife, and kick the dog, and don' tyou dare think about our troops.

Who was it that said an army fights on it's stomach? They feed our warriors endless mountains of pastries, double pork chops, mashed potatoes or hush puppies, overcooked, frozen vegetables. Wouldn't an MRE be better. :) The Army report goes on to say they can eat ice cream till it comes out of their ears. (Star News Service)

Those in control of the menu selections say the responsibility falls on the soldiers. "No one forces them to eat". How absurd and ignorant. They are told to make better food selection choices, but when the food options consist of processed, Government approved, ..wink, nutritionally bankrupt processed garbage, our soldiers are less than effective.

Peace on Earth,
Chef Wendell

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Hey, School Supers-The Senate Disagrees

Reuters, (Dec.5,2007) reports that high-calorie snacks and sugary drinks would be banned in school stores and vending machines under a proposal that Senate sponsors called the broadest overhaul of food sales rules since the 70's.

I have to belly-laugh because I was black-balled from the frightened Carmel Clay School and Lawrence Township school systems cafeterias. This was told to me by the school cafeteria manager at Lawrence. They were vehement in their refusal to let me, the Indy Star, and others into the kitchens to see what they are serving the students. WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?

Any moron must know that this creates a suspicious scenario. The Indy Star has repeatedly asked for a breakdown of all the foods and the even the Indy Star keeps getting put off.

Educated folks care about the vitamin content as much as the damaging ingredients used to preserve the food. The vitamin content is moot if the other ingredients are poison containing unpronounceable, chemically derived ingredients . Food dyes, especially the sinister Red Dye #40 causes aggressive and violent behavior in children, yet we shove Ritalin down their throats.

This was reported last week by the London Daily. Quite sinister and uncaring of local educators to blow off solid science for the sake of their paychecks. These are the educators that need to take inventory of their souls and ethics.

If you put a DR. in front of your name, you sure better be prepared to back up the reasons for serving 'DEAD' food and have an educated, un-biased, science based, adult discussion. But alas, they have closed the doors even to tax paying citizens who pay for the 'Nutritionally bankrupt" food and fear for the future health and well being of their loving children.
We'll pray to God for the awakening of your hearts and the development of ethics!

Peace, Love, and Acceptance
Chef Wendell

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fishy Heart Health: Just the Flax Mam

Feel like you are swimming through jello every day? No pep, no energy, cannot think straight? Well here's your problem Bucko: not enough cold water fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA, a brain fertilizer, a vital component of our brain tissue and neurons.

DHA supports cognitive function, membrane fluidity and nerve transmission processes. DHA is also found in high amounts in the retina and is important for normal vision. Vegetarians, take flax oil caps. I suggest Udo's Oil or Carlson Brand Norwegian Fish Oil Caps from the chilly Fjords of Norway.

The DHA & EPA in essential fatty acids also supports a healthy stable heartbeat, maintains blood vessels to support circulation throughout the body, supports immune system health, and heart health.

Arthritis bumming you out? The DHA and EPA in cold water fish and their oils, support healthy joints and comfortable movement by promoting healthy levels of the correct compounds that our cells recognize. Excellent news from the Universal apothecary!

Peace, Love, and Acceptance
Chef Wendell

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Be Grateful for Who You Are

We are making quantum progress towards a country that eats better, exercises more, and practices their mode of spirituality with a bit more fervor these days.

Our lives are so busy we forget who we really are. Take time to go inside your inner world and get in touch with the loving, generous spirit that is just waiting there for us. Unite with your spirit.

Remember what Einstein said, "Imagination is more powerful than the Intellect". Imagine being the light of Love shining on all who you meet. We all need to accept and love each other as we make our way through the bumpy road of life.

Peace and Love,
Chef Wendell

Monday, December 10, 2007

Holiday Excess and Heart Attacks

Christmas Holidays are a time of joy and celebration! We celebrate all our holidays eating copious amounts of delicious home made foods that were made with family love.

This year make 'moderation' your mantra. The Associated Press released a story in today's Indianapolis Star that the Holidays are a recipe for deadly heart problems. None of us want that, do we? A 2004 study by Vanderbilt University confirmed it is a nation-wide phenomenon with peaks in death coinciding around the holidays.

We can't be to busy to take care of our cardiovascular health. Here are a few tips:
  • Don't forget your medications.
  • Avoid eating heavy meals with stress the heart and digestive system.
  • Back off on the salt, please.
  • Drink in moderation. Alcohol makes our hearts pump harder to get blood to our peripheral arteries. Avoid the egg nog.
  • Too much alcohol can trigger irregular heart beats called atrial fibrillation which can cause you to stroke out.
  • Exercise, especially as it gets colder.

Remember, hospitals are short staffed over the holidays, so immediate care takes longer.

Peace, Love and Moderation

Chef Wendell

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sacrifice Doesn't Exist When Cooking Health

Well, the TV show went well this weekend. I demonstrated my famous Apple Cider Oatmeal with Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids we need for heart health. I used steel cut oats because our Quaker buddies processes the goodness out of the once nutritious oats. Might as well eat the box. I swear, those executives check their brains at the door when they come to work. Wendell. Lots of recipes.

Now I use Organic Steel Cut oats that take a bit more time to cook, but nothing good comes from anything instant. Slow down, folks, and smell the oatmeal.

I used sweet apple cider as my liquid medium, then towards the end I added cinnamon, cranberries, blueberries, a pinch of salt, and a tablespoon of fibrous wheat germ to keep the pipes flowing. Finally, I topped it with chopped walnuts, loaded with the Omega's. What a tremendous way to start your day.

Sandi and I also like to eat Tacos, but the corn shells on the grocers shelves always have trans-fats in them. Several days ago, Sandi came home with a box of taco shells and I immediately picked it up to read the ingredients label, not the nutrition label. Wow! No trans-fats, so lets' have some tacos for Sunday lunch. The brand is Garden of Eatin', Yellow Corn Taco Shells.

First I put in the seasoned meat , topped it with cheese and put it in a pre-heated oven for a few minutes for the cheese to set. Then we topped them with diced red onion, tomato and shredded romaine. See, you do not have to sacrifice your favorite foods to maintain your health.

I browned off some LIGHTLIFE original meatless veggie crumbles and added cumin, chile powder, and coriander to it with a little sea salt and pepper.

Taco Hell, as I call them serves meat filling cut with textured vegetable protein, and the re-fried beans are loaded with artery coating pig fat. If you need to use re-fried beans, look for the vegetarian version that doesn't use lard; the fat of a dead barn animal.

Bon Appetite'
Chef Wendell

Friday, December 7, 2007

Volunteer-You'll Live Longer and Happier

Yesterday I was honored to be the Keynote speaker at a church in New Castle, Indiana. It's a lovely farming town full of decent, hard working, God fearing folks; the salt of the earth.

My topic was 'Volunteerism" as the event was to fete 250 church volunteers that go out in the community to help those not as fortunate or who might be experiencing hard times. Every age group was represented. They were an energetic, loving, caring group that made me feel quite at home. Their menu: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, green beans, ice cream and cookies. These are all traditional foods we have innocently eaten and enjoyed all our lives and consider part of our culture.

It is my belief that if we eat food that was designed for us by the Universe, we can be the best we can be for others and for God. It's always a bitter pill to swallow the facts that food can either develop us to be our best, or bring us physically and mentally down, render us ill, and possible do us in.

My question to everyone is, for example : If , from medical science news, we gleen that certain foods can cause cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or obesity which can cause death, then is eating these foods a sin? After all, we are stewards of our Earth Suit that houses our soul as it preforms life's work. In this case, volunteerism.

You know why they call it shortening? It shortens your life. Just think. Folks fry chicken, which is already loaded with artery-detonating saturated fats, in the melted lard of another barn animal, a pig. Keep in mind that all the chemicals, antibiotics, growth hormones end up in the fat of animals and humans. Yummy. What does that say about the composition of the delicios gravy we've been putting over our mashed potatoes for decades...Potatoes that were prepared with butter and whole milk? The Perfect Storm? Time for and oil change?

With Love,
Chef Wendell

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Revolting Food-Save the Children of the Future

After repeatedly watching two Toyota commercials promoting insurance fraud by destroying your old car to get a new one, it makes it easier to digest why folks are so desensitized to deceiving, misleading advertising by soulless, mega conglomerates. Remember how they used to say cigarettes were good for you?

They obviously think we are stupid and whacked out on anti-depressants so we don't care. At least that's what Aldous Huxley believed when he authored the classic, Brave New World.
But we are much smarter than they think. Correct.

Thomas Jefferson once said that every 20 years we need a good revolution to keep this country honest. A food revolution before it is too late to help the children of the future.

Peace, Love and Compassion
Chef Wendell

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Boogers and Greens

While shopping recently, I was standing next to a couple who was going through the produce to make a dinner selection.

"Now Bill, you know what the doctor said. You've got to eat a plant based diet unless you want to get heart disease. How about this spinach or kale, they are full of nutrients," she suggested.
Her apple-shaped, burly-burly man husband wasn't down with the plan and snidely remarked,
"I'd rather eat boogers than green food".

Dark leafy green contain calcium 1110% of your daily vitamin K for strong bones, 294% of your daily vitamin A needs, Vitamin C, Iron, Omega 3, B vitamins, and 65% of your daily folate needs. Other compounds in green leafy vegetables help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts, so loosen up a tad and give them a shot.

Helpless to stifle a chuckle, I broke out into a full blown belly laugh.
Now I might expect that from a child, but from a full grown man. Keep in mind, the strength it takes to overcome bad eating habits is what's really macho, not eating red meat three times a day. That's what we call obsession.

Science says that each time we eat red meat, we do immediate arterial damage. If you plan on eating meat till the day you 'meat' your maker, at least half you plate should be piled high with fresh vegetables. Canned vegetables do not count and are nutritionally bogus.

Buy your meat and produce from local sources and contribute to the local community.

Peace and Love,
Chef Wendell Fowler

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Red Meat Preserved with Carbon Monoxide

The FDA and the overly powerful meat industry has come up with yet another monstrous method of exposing red meats to carbon monoxide as what they refer as,"pigment fixative" to treat meat in order to help it retain it's redness."

As any Integrative physicians will tell you, this is just another way the industry is deceiving you. Would you want to eat a two year old steak? I doubt it, but you've eaten them already, kind folks, along with cloned meats. If the Cosmos didn't create it, then we should reconsider putting it in our Holy Temple. No surprise this process saves the meat industry billions of dollars at our expense.

Here is how it works: the meat industry states without guilt that carbon-monoxide, or "Modified Atmosphere Packaged Meats" will look bright red and fresh after it goes bad, and that carbon monoxide, tail exhausts from your car, similarly hide bad odors, slime, and other indicators that the meat has rotted. Because of carbon monoxide, irradiation, and red dye #40, some meats on the grocers shelves could be up to two years old. Consider your loving family.

This practice is banned in the EU and also in Canada and Japan. However, out-of-touch, greed blinded American politicians think they know what' best for the rest of the world'
Such arrogance. God weeps!
Peace and Love,
Chef Wendell R. Fowler

Red Meat Causes Breast Cancer

Red meat has been shoved down our throats since we were kids. There was no other choice in the 50's. We were weened on 'dead cows' in the Midwest. As you may recall, each year, Dad would take us to pick out a black Angus and had it slaughtered for out culinary enjoyment. It was conveniently packaged and marked for content. As a vegetarian for 20 years, looking back...very bizarre.

We shouldn't ridicule the Indians of Asia for worshiping the Brahman cow because we worship the cow too; just in a different way. With steak sauce. Recent research indicated cancer is caused especially by 'partially decomposed barn animal' that was cooked till it was black charred.

Recently while awaiting the dentist, I sat down next to a gal who was wearing a pink cancer T-shirt indicating she took part in the 'Run for the Cure". If you think about it, that's' like closing the barn door after the cow got out.

I proposed to her that instead of focusing on the cure, they should organize a "Race for Prevention" instead. Makes much more sense since science has proven that consuming red meat causes Breast Cancer. Hello, anyone home? Add the word, Pro-active to your vocabulary and develop a solid relationship with your Integrative Health Care physician.

Peace, Love, and Understanding,
Chef Wendell