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Balinese Inspired Recipes

Posted Jul 12 2012 3:55am

In the summer time, we can wear less clothing, move more, and eat lighter.  The season of summer is very conducive to eating lots of fruits and veggies and less starchy and processed foods.  Certain foods such as salt, meat, and dairy cause the body to contract.   Stress also causes a contraction or tightening.   When the body is too tight, it can’t function properly (circulation slows down, elimination of waste comes to a standstill). Foods like sugar, caffeine, and alcohol cause the body to expand in the bodys attempt to regain balance.  Illness occurs when our bodies are too acidic and restoring our acid/alkaline balance is essential.

Here are some tips in how to move your body into a more balanced way of eating.

  • Eat til you are 80% full, leaving 20% available for digesting.
  •  80% of the food on your plate should be land and/or ocean vegetables
  • The remaining 20% can be protein or grains and starchy veggies.


  • 20%- Softly scrambled eggs ( 2 whites, 1 yolk)
  • 80% with sauteed kale and onions and vegetables
  • Green Tea
  • 4 oz young coconut kefir

If you find your energy is low, you are prone to fungal infections, you often get sick, and you react to stress very easily you might be suffering from a candida overgrowth. 

Candida overgrowth is a vicous cycle and our diets are full of sugars that feed yeast.  Additionally, there are many antiobiotics in our food supply and prescribed by doctors that kill our healthy bacteria and lower our immune systems.  Try the following foods to increase your body’s alkaline base and rid yourself of candida.

  • Ocean Vegetables (kombu, seaweed, wakame, kale, etc.)
  • Land Vegetables (pumpkin, cucumber, lettuce, fennel, spinach, etc.)
  • Seeds
  • Sea Salt
  • Limit fruit to lemons, limes, berries, unsweetened juices, and EAT on an Empty Stomach
  • Milk kefir (If not allergic or sensitive to dairy)
  • Soaked and sprouted almonds
  • Animal foods such as beef, poultry, eggs, and fish

For a few weeks see if you can limit your consumption of sugar, nuts and nut butters, alcohol, beans and soybean products, flour products, carbonated beverages (Source- The Body Ecology Diet- Donna Gates)

While traveling in Bali this summer, I was able to sample some amazing and healthy and alkalinizing meals that I am happy to share with you.

Balinese Breakfast


3 Eggs (Poached)

Sliced Cucumber and Tomato

Stewed Pumpkin

1/4 cup roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Shaved coconut ( 2 tblsp)

Fresh Papyay (3-4 slices)


Gado Gado Recipe (Lunch or Dinner)

Try this outstanding vegetarian Indonesian dish made with authentic spices, eggs and vegetables.  Gado- Gado means mix-mix.  :)


Blanched/steamed vegetables
long green beans, cut into 4-5 cm long
Chinese cabbage, shredded
Bean sprouts

Fresh Vegetables

Tomato, wedged
Cucumber, sliced

Other Complements

Boiled/steamed potatoes, sliced
Boiled eggs, wedged
Fried/baked tempe or tofu
Lontong (rice cake with log shape), cut into 1 cm thick
Ready-to-use fried shallot

Gado-gado sauce

10 cloves garlic, stir fried/fried/roasted
300 g roasted/fried peanuts (In this case, I used 1 cup of organic crunchy peanut butter)
1000 ml light coconut milk
10 red chilies, discard the seed and stir fried/fried
1 tsp terasi (dried shrimp paste), toasted
1 block of coconut sugar (about 62.5 grams)
2-3 tbsp rice flour dissolve in a small amount of water


20 red bird eyes chilies, boiled /steamed
1/2 tsp sugar
Sea salt as desired

Gado-Gado Sauce Preparation: 

1. Process garlic, peanuts/peanut butter, a half part of coconut milk, red chilies, terasi, coconut sugar in a food processor or blender.
2. In a sauce pot, combine processed mixture with the rest of coconut milk, stir and turn on the stove at low-medium heat. Stir occasionally.
3. Cook sauce until boiled, the volume reduced and the sauce surface looks a bit oily. Add rice flour mixture. Keep stirring until bubbling about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.


Combine all ingredients and process in a food processor/blender or you can grind them with mortar and pestle.


Place lettuce, slices of lontong and boiled potatoes, blanched vegetables, wedges of boiled egg, slices of fried tempe and/or tofu, and wedges of tomato, slices of cucumber. Pour the warm sauce over, garnish with fried shallot.  Put sambal on the side as people has different tastebuds to handle the spiciness. You can omit the sambal if you don’t like the spicy sauce.


If the sauce is to thick, add a small amount of water.
- Always try the sauce before removing from the heat, so you can add salt or coconut sugar to match your tastebuds.
- Serve gado-gado sauce while it is still warm. Warm up the sauce if it is cold.
- If you still have leftover sauce, keep it in a jar and refrigerate/freeze. You may use for other dipping purposes.

Source- Indonesian Eats- /

For a more tropical flavor try cooking your foods with extra virgin coconut oil.  Additionally, the benefits of using coconut oil are prolific.

Coconut Oil Benefits

  • Kills bacteria that causes ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candiasis, ringworm, athletes foot.
  • Expels tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas, and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduces health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports and aids immune function.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Does not form harmful by products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.

For more information around nutrition or questions about Candida, feel free to contact me for a nutritional consultation at

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