Monday, March 29, 2010
As I was cutting up my veggies for lunch today I had a novel idea. Why don't I cut up the veggies for dinner right now. I will only have to clean one cutting board and knife. So why not just cut everything up and have it done too. Hellloo!! What have I been thinking? Why have I been doing double duty? I know I could cut up all the veggies for the week but I find they tend not to last as long. So why not for the day, oh yeah I had an epiphany and I thought I would share.
So in the picture above I have the first bowl on the left is the cuttings and peelings for my neighbors compost pile. The one who has the great garden. In the middle are the veggies for stir fry and nutty noodles. On the platter is the crudite for lunch. I made hummus and a beautiful platter of veggies to dip.
I even made my own hummus, literally from scratch. I ran out of tahini and I made my own.
Here is the recipe
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 can of garbanzo beans (not drained)
juice of one lemon
Mary-Ann's Garlic Salt
In my Vita-mix I put the sesame seeds, garbanzo beans and water, lemon juice and salt all in. I slowly blend and add olive oil until you reach the desire consistency.
Another novel idea, why buy tahini when I can make it. I think it is probably cheaper if I buy sesame seed in bulk and I get back about that.
Enzo loves them!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
To change it up a bit on our Saturday pancake/waffle morning tradition, I thought I would try a different type of waffle. I love cornbread jalapeno waffles with maple syrup. The spicy and sweetness of them is addicting. I knew the kids would not like the spice so I just made cornbread waffles. I used my normal pancake/waffle recipe but substituted one cup of rice flour for one cup of cornmeal. Next time I will probably use half rice flour and half cornmeal. They were good. I overheard Enzo commenting with Mmm Mmm the whole time while chewing. I guess it is definitely grounds for repeating this recipe
My plate with coconut oil for butter and maple syrup and my NZ coffee cup.
I talked with my sister yesterday and needed a visual reminder of NZ.
By the way they are coming out to the states in June until mid July!!!!
I am so excited to see them. It has been two years since we have been there and seen them.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Best GF Bread
3 eggs – use Extra Large!
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1 TBSP xanthan gum
1/3 cup potato starch (NOT flour)
1 cup white rice flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1/3 c. GF teff(for "wheat" bread) or Sorghum flour(for "white" bread)
1 TBSP active dry yeast
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Preheat Oven to 380 degrees.* Note: I actually started these at a higher temperature,
more like 450, and then turned the temperature down, in the attempt to get a crunchier crust.
Beat eggs in heavy duty mixer and then add oil, vinegar, and sugar, combining.
Add dry ingredients. Warm milk in the microwave (or on the stove) and add to the bowl, gently folding it into the flour.
Turn on motor, let ingredients combine thoroughly then turn power to medium and leave for 4 minutes while it stirs.
Spray loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and/or line with parchment paper.
Let it rise in a warm place until doubled.
Five minutes before you put the loaf in the oven, put ice cubes (in a pan) in the bottom
rack of your oven and let them evaporate into steam.
Open oven, put in loaf pans and let bake for 40-50 minutes.
Bread will brown on top fast, so halfway through baking cover with foil loosely.
Test by toothpick method or cut into the middle.
Alternatively, place a pan w/ 1/4 to 1/2 inch of boiling water on the lowest rack in the oven
5 minutes before you put the bread in and leave in there until bread is done.
These two baking methods should result in a crunchier outer crust.
***I usually double this recipe, when cooled I slice it up and store it in the refrigerator. It is best toasted a little but not necessary. I found that with typical rice bread, I had to toast it or it was so doughy. Not the case with this bread. Anyways enjoy.***
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Letting go of all the things you are trying to control.
"As you relax more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care." from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
One of the verses she refers to:
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying "Fear not I will help you"
Enzo's left side is weakened due to Cerebral Palsy.
He has a hard time relaxing his left hand. When he is concentrating on something, he tends to fist his left hand. It is common in people with CP. I have to tell him to relax and slowly he will, opening his hand and then I can take whatever is in his hand. A lot of time he does not even know that he has something in his hand. He forgets and I am not quite sure of the sensation/feeling he has on the left side.
This reminded me how often do we forget we are even carrying a burden, holding onto loved ones, trying to keep in control or caring about our possessions. We do not even know we are doing it. We have grown numb to the sensation of the weight or pressure of what we are holding onto.
God wants us to let go. We need to relax. We need to have confidence and faith in Him. We can feel secure with Him on our side. He is here to help, He WANTS to help. We need Him to help us. We clearly can not do it on our own.
The picture above is of his sweet left hand open. I slowly placed it on mine. I caressed it softly, encouraged him to open it and to relax. He was so sweet and listened, did not question and honored my request. We sat there hand in hand for a few seconds. He looked up at me and smiled. What a tender moment of trust.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
How much do Bob Double Joggers normally go for? New about $400-$600, right?
Guess how much I got this used one off Craigslist?
It is a little sun faded and needs new straps which I can sew myself and already have the material?
$25 dollars! Yep that is right $25 dollars, no typo. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 dollars.
And I call that the deal of the century! I can sell my old jogger for at least $40 so there is even a profit going on.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Today my 93 year old grandma was Queen for the Day. At noon she was escorted into the dining hall with a cape and crown. She was given flowers. Best of all, there was a local all-girls basketball team there to honor her because of her past accomplishment of being on the Colorado State Girls' Basketball Championship team!
My grandpa used to ask my grandma if he could sit next to her and she would simply reply
"Well are you going to behave?"
She used to ask me if I wanted to see her boyfriend,
then she would show me a picture of my grandpa.
Full of spunk and sassy as can be.
I love that lady.
I wanted to give a homemade wedding gift to my dear friends. I saw this post for a homemade picnic blanket forever ago(I forgot where). I then saw a tutorial of one down at the fabric store
too. I got one and a half yards of the vinyl and of fabric. I started it in February with the project and then my sewing machine died on me. I need to get it to a doctor and hopefully within the next week, as I have fabric for a Easter dress for Kira.
The ones I saw did not fold over the edge. I liked bringing vinyl side over. I think it gives it a fun look. Now I do not know if the picture shows it but the vinyl has small brown polka dots, super cute. I really want to keep it, so that means I did a good job to me :)
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I did not have tomato sauce or enough tomatoes to make a sauce. So instead I wanted to make a pesto sauce. Then I realized I did not have basil. I love being at the end of the groceries for the week. No really, some really good, different recipes come out of desperation. I googled to see if there was even such a thing of arugula pesto. Sure enough there was a recipe for it. So I made my own recipe.
Arugula Pesto with Roasted Tomatoes
Cooked Pasta-I used Brown Rice Tube Pasta
1 cup Raw Almonds
1-1 1/2 cups Arugula leaves, stem removed
2-3 large garlic cloves
about 1/2 cup olive oil
Mary-Ann's Garlic Salt
2 cups grape tomatoes
I put almonds, arugula, and garlic in the vita-mix/blender. Slowly increase the speed and drizzle in oil until creamy.
**I found it was a little rich and added about a 1/4 water because I knew the kids might not like it. Thus it turned a lighter green not dark green like pesto usually is :)**
In a large sauce pan throw in tomatoes and sprinkle with garlic salt. Pan roast for about five seven minutes. You want them soft and blackened a bit. In a large serving dish or the pot you cooked the pasta in add the pesto sauce a large spoonful at a time until coated and then add the tomatoes and serve.
I have used cashews before and it gives it an even creamier taste. It is really good and no cheese.
Either freeze the leftover sauce or store and use later that week.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thought you might enjoy this interesting
prayer given in Kansas at
the opening session of their
Senate. It seems prayer still
upsets some people.. When Minister Joe
Wright was asked to open
the new session of the
Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the
The prayer as delivered on January 23, 1996 by Pastor Joe Wright to the Kansas House of Representatives:
Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. Lord, we know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we've done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it
We have worshiped other gods and called it
We have endorsed perversion and called it an
We have exploited the poor and called it the
We have neglected the needy and called it
We have rewarded laziness and called it
We have killed our unborn and called it
We have shot abortionists and called it
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it
We have abused power and called it
We have coveted our neighbors' possessions and called it
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it
freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our fore-fathers and called it
Search us oh God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by You, to govern this great state. Grant them Your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the Living Savior, Jesus Christ.
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks,
Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is
pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with
only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India ,
Africa and Korea .
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio
program, 'The Rest of the Story,'and
received a larger response to this program than any
other he has ever aired.
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep
over our nation and wholeheartedly become our
desire so that we again can be called 'one nation
If possible, please pass this
prayer on to your friends... 'If you don't stand
for something, you will fall for everything.'
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Yes, I caught you and immediately fell in love with the most precious boy ever.
There has been quite a few bumps in the road these last three years.
Through every single one, you have amazed me!
You are persistent in everything you do.
I am so proud of you and how you have overcome so many obstacles.
You will always be my bestest boy ever!
I love you!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
My dad made this set of dishes for our wedding.
In seven years, we have only lost one plate.
I love the bowls!
Everything in the Kitchen Aid
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Here is problem #1 The tupperware/plastic cup catch all drawer
My sister-in-law had containers in her drawer and a light bulb went on for me.
I had two extra plastic shoe boxes and put them in and it works.
I put the Camel back and water bottles in the back.
Smoothie and kids cups in the middle box.
Tupperware/cereal bowls in the front box.
Lids and two rectangle storage containers on the side.
They all fit and do not fall over!
packaged products-beans, pasta and rice.
I moved all cookbooks into a basket, so they do not fall over.
Flours and cooking wine
Extra spices, beans, pasta and canned goods
Kitchen Aid and Juicer
Extra Large Foil and Back up water
I made this referring to this recipe as a guide of spices.
Pink Beans and Rice
1 lb. Pink Beans cooked
1 onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
2-3 stalks of celery
1-2 tsp of paprika
1 bay leaf
couple sprigs of fresh Thyme
Salt and Pepper
1 Tb Braggs
1 Tb Olive oil
In a large pot heat oil and add onions, celery, peppers, garlic and bay leaf. Cook until onions are almost transparent. Add cooked pink beans, paprika and thyme. Add braggs and s&p. Simmer until the sauce is thick. Serve over rice and add a little Sriracha.
Now, I still have a lot of white rice left over so I am switching on and off of brown rice and white in order not to be wasteful. So we are still eating some refined but not nearly as much as before, maybe only 5% of our diet is refined.
We did not eat all of the beans so I froze the rest in order to have a full meal on another night.
Monday, March 15, 2010
We are happy to be moving up but we will definitely miss our visits with her :(
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I have been making pancakes more for dinner lately and thought I would surprise the kids with blueberry pancakes. I had got Costco's frozen blueberries for smoothies. I changed the pancake recipe a little. I found Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour at Food 4 Less for a dollar cheaper than New Frontiers Health Food Store. I thought why not try it for that price. I made tortillas earlier in the week and they were good. The flour mixture is mainly garbanzo bean flour, so it is a little stronger in flavor. I used three cups of Bob's Flour mix instead of regular GF Mix.
This morning I thought I would use it because I did not want to measure everything out. Easy peasy. They turned out good and I am glad I add the blueberries because it definitely had a different taste. They were good not great but the kids ate them so no problem.
So I would not recommend Bob's Red Mill All Purpose GF Flour mix for pancakes. Maybe for pizza crust or more savory items.
I have got the hebe gebe's thinking about that taste.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Think Your Life is Stressful
This test, based on the work of mental health experts Thomas H. Holmes and Richard H. Rahe, helps you identify the sources and amount of stress you encounter in your life. The following is a list of stress inducing events, in the order of their Life Change Unit (LCU), from high to low. Note all the items that apply to events you have experienced during the last year and add up their LCUs. Then take a look at what you can do about your stress level.
| || |
|1. Death of spouse|| |
|2. Divorce|| |
|3. Marital Separation|| |
|4. Jail Term|| |
|5. Death of a close family member|| |
|6. Personal injury or illness|| |
|7. Marriage|| |
|8. Being Fired from work|| |
|9. Reconciliation with spouse|| |
|10. Retirement|| |
|11. Change in health of family member|| |
|12. Pregnancy|| |
|13. Sexual difficulties|| |
|14. Addition of family member|| |
|15. Major business readjustment|| |
|16. Major change in financial state|| |
|17. Death of a close friend|| |
|18. Changing to a different line of work|| |
|19. Change in frequency of arguments with spouse|| |
|20. Mortgage for loan or major purchase over $ 15,000|| |
|21. Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan|| |
|22. Major change in responsibilities at work|| |
|23. Children leaving home|| |
|24. Trouble with in-laws|| |
|25. Outstanding personal achievement|| |
|26. Spouse begins or stops work|| |
|27. Starting or ending school|| |
|28. Change in living conditions|| |
|29. Revision of personal habits (dress, manners, associations)|| |
|30. Trouble with boss|| |
|31. Change in work hours, conditions|| |
|32. Change in residence|| |
|33. Change in school|| |
|34. Change in recreational activities|| |
|35. Change in church activities|| |
|36. Change in social activities|| |
|37. Mortgage or loan under $15,000|| |
|38. Change in sleeping habits|| |
|39. Change in number of family gatherings|| |
|40. Change in eating habits|| |
|41. Vacation|| |
|42. Christmas|| |
|43. Minor violation of the law|| |
If your total is 0-150:
Congratulations! At the moment, your stress level is low. Your chance of illness or accident related to your stress within two years is low. Any change can lead to stress, even enjoyable activities, such as vacations or new forms of recreation. Want to see what to do to keep your stress low? Learn about methods for dealing with stress.
If your total is 150-300:
Take care of yourself now. You have borderline high stress. Your chance of accident or illness related to your stress within two years is moderate. Recommendation: To reduce your stress, try some of these methods.
If your total is over 300:
Warning: You have a high stress level. Your chance of accident or illness related to your stress during the next two years is great. Stress intervention techniques are strongly urged. Click here to learn more about stress.
I did not do so well, I scored 478. There has been a lot of change in the last year...not all bad, but there has definitely been change. So what am I going to do about it? They recommend breathing for starters. They also recommend reading for 20 minutes or taking a walk. I am trying to do both. I think the biggest for me is time alone or time to do my hobbies. I love sewing, cooking and connecting with friends. I think the Thursday morning fellowship with the ladies from church is going to help. I need to start running again. Running always relieves stress for me. I just need to find a path the double stroller fits.
How do you deal with stress?
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I won the free workshop over at Simplify 101: Organize Your Paper Clutter.
It started on Tuesday and I read the first lesson then started homework today.
I had 1/4 of a kitchen trash bag full of just paperwork! UGH! I get all of my bills through e-bills and have cut that excess paper out. You would be amazed at all the paperwork that we have for Enzo. It is ridiculous. All of the HIPPA, disclosure junk and every announcement of my rights. You know what people just put it on a website and update by email and save the trees!!!! The government is unbelievable when it comes to excess paperwork.
What is the hardest part of your paper clutter?
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
"I have prepared this day for you with the most tender concern and attention to detail. Instead of approaching the day as a blank page that you need to fill up, try living it in responsive mode: being on the lookout for all that I am doing"
From Jesus Calling By: Sarah Young
Easier said than done huh? We have to have complete trust in God knowing that His ways are perfect.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
As for God, His way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is proven.
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
For who is God except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
...He makes my feet like the feet of deer.
And sets me on high places.
Psalm 18:30-31 & 33
How awesome to know that His ways are perfect. We don't have to be and could not possible be perfect. If we trust in Him and remember constantly that He has our hand. We are like the little toddler in a parking lot. We have no idea that there are cars moving forward and backwards. We do not know the direction we need to go. We are at the height of the wheels and only see a percentage of the big picture. We are not paying attention, all we are looking at is the pink bubble gum on the ground or the occasional puddle. We HAVE to hold onto His hand in order to survive.
He has created each day new. I am so thankful for that. It is a blank day, I always want to fill it up with every possible thing. However this last week has shown me that my plans mean absolutely nothing. Here are some examples:
Sunday: I notice Enzo's eye was really red in the outside corner on the white of his eye. We go the ER and the doctor says it is just an irritation and will go away.
Monday: Enzo had his therapy in the morning. We took the bus both ways and had a great morning. I was planning on getting the laundry done once I was home and clean parts of the house. Instead Enzo's eye was worse than Sunday, it is red almost all the way to his iris. We go to the ER again. This time on the bus, Enzo is crying bloody murder because we are going to the doctor, the WHOLE WAY (seven minutes). Luckily, there are only about seven college students on the bus. We get there and the doctor tells me he DOES have a scratch on his sclera (the white of the eye), like the doctor last night noted. Umm, he did not tell me that. They give up drops and sent us on our merry little way.
Tuesday: Eric's day off. He is planning on working on the cars. I am planning on cleaning house, prepping for our weekly dinner with neighbors. He takes his paperwork in to his job and his motorcycle won't start back up. I have to pick him up in the middle of my routine. It throws the whole day off.
So you see, you can plan all you want but it does not always work out that way. If we look at the day through God's eyes then we might be able to see what He wants accomplished, not what we want accomplished. How hard is that. I am going to try today to really be aware of His plan for the day. Do I really need to take care of ALL the household duties? No, I can do a couple of things and really enjoy time with my kids and talk with them and relish in the moment of this season. That is all they want out of the day, your attention, your unconditional love and hugs, lots of hugs.
I fall victim to this all the time, I do things that drown out His voice. It is my own fault. I know the enemy contributes to it as well but I need to own up to what my habits are.
How do you prepare for the day?
Do you listen for His voice?
Or is His voice drowned out by the cell phone, t.v., babies crying, boss hassling you, or the computer?
Monday, March 8, 2010
Within seconds his hand was relaxed!! I could not believe my eyes. How could a little piece of tape correct his hand and grip so fast. She hopes to tape his hand/arm every week and add different positioning to strengthen and then as time goes by only tape a few to see the progress. Each taping will last about four days and we will see her every Monday. So it should last until Thursday and possibly part of Friday. This is so exciting and really crazy how it effects him so quickly. Just one step in the right direction toward recovery/healing. God is so good and answers prayer in so many ways, like tape. Amen
"Congratulations, Keilah, you won the Organize Your Paper Clutter workshop giveaway! I’ve emailed you with information on how to claim your prize."
I am so excited I can finally get my paper clutter under control, especially the kids artwork.
Yeah Me! I will post pictures of before and after of my clutter and organized area. It is a six week program so I will be able to do it gradually and stick to it.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
I bought GF flours yesterday and I plan to try out some new GF recipes I am coming up with. The cookbook with be GF of course and plant-based too.
My biggest goal is to make easy, cheap, healthy and tasty recipes that do not take more than 45 minutes to an hour to prepare. Most will be less than that but some will be a little more in depth. Basically, I wanted to do a cooking class but I have no real way of doing it. So instead I thought I could write it all down. I am excited and a little nervous and who knows maybe someone will buy it and maybe no one besides my mom will buy it but that is okay. It will be something I can say I have done. If I can sew a invisible zipper, I can do this. I want a due date so that I have a little pressure. I am going to say that for my rough draft needs to be done in one month from today, April 6th. Then from there I will give a due date for final draft. I would love to have pictures too. Well I am eager to see how things will fall into place.
We have not eaten corn tortillas for over a week and the only dairy they have had was a small pat of butter on the potatoes. I told them that next week we would only have hummus on the potatoes and that there was no more butter. I did buy unrefined coconut oil and I have called it "white butter" to the kids before. I am trying not to use it and rather get them to like other toppings on their potatoes. Enzo already loves hummus, he has called it "bom bom" since forever and eats it by the spoonful.
The only refined foods that I can think of that we are eating are the sunflower seed butter from Trader Joe's, which I love but it has cane juice, which is a fancy way of saying sugar. I did buy GF Dairy free pancakes from TJ's last night for a quick fix because I did not plan good enough. Those are the only "packaged" foods we have eaten. The occasional tortilla chip snitched from dad and I am not worrying about it right now. But that is it.
The kids seem happier and quite content with our new eating lifestyle. It is easy, way easier than anything I have tried. I do not have to worry about they allergies nearly as much. I came to the conclusion that if we are eating whole foods then I don't have to read the label, because I know what is in it. What a novel idea huh?
So in conclusion we are all doing great and feel great too. We have all been sleeping better also. I do not think I have ever felt so good either. If you feel like it is to much to do all of this then don't that is not what I am saying. Just add more whole foods to your diet. Eat a piece of fruit first if you are craving something sweet, dates are so sweet and totally take my craving away. If you are craving a salty snack have a handful of raw nuts, cashews or almonds. The most important thing I think you can do is to eat a handful of fruit or a big salad before you eat your regular meal. If you do this you will find you do not eat as much and you are satisfied with the whole foods more and more.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
14 oz Organic Tofu-Extra Firm-$2.68
1 c Brown Rice cooked-$.25
1/3 c Brown Rice Flour-$.20
1 tsp Herb Salt
1/2 tsp Seasoning Salt
Preheat oven at 400 degrees
In your blender or food processor add onion, tofu, and brown rice. Mix on low to medium until fairly mixed. Don't blend to much. Put mixture in a bowl and combine all other ingredients. Mix with a spatula/wooden spoon well. Using a 1/3 measuring cup scoop out onto a baking sheet with parchment paper on it. Makes about 10-12 patties. Bake for 40 minutes turning once after 20 minutes. I like our veggie burgers a little on the crispier side so I cook them a little longer and eye ball the color.
I topped the burgers with grilled onions, spinach and avocado
1/2 Onion sliced-$.25
3/4 c Spinach-$.50
1 ripe avocado-$.50
We do not use buns as they are expensive to buy GF ones. I guess you could say we eat them "protein style".
Once your burgers are in the oven slice up your sweet potatoes for oven fries.
I use the thick slice side of my cheese grater. I have three slices on one side and it makes them really thin and they cook evenly.
I usually use three medium sized sweet potatoes-$1.19. Now on a separate baking sheet with parchment paper lay down sweet potato slices evenly. The parchment paper really keeps them from sticking without using oil. You can use regular potatoes or yams too.
I bake them for about 20-30 minutes turning them once. If you like them crispier bake longer.
Once they are cooked I place them in a large bowl and and drizzle about 1 Tb of Olive oil and season with seasoning salt. Now the seasoning salt I use has a sea salt, pepper, paprika and a little nutmeg. It is so good. If you don't have something like it just add a dash of nutmeg to them, and I mean a dash, not too much. So tasty!
Roasted Corn, Red Bell Pepper and Broccoli Salad
1/2 Bag of Trader Joe's Frozen Roasted Corn $1.15
1/2 Red Bell Peppers diced $.99
1 Broccoli crown (1 cup) chopped $.50
1 Green onions chopped $.10
Juice from one lemon
Mary-Ann's Seasoning salt to taste
Mary-Ann's Herb salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients and serve when corn is thawed
Or keep it in your refrigerator and and snack on it, just add a little olive oil each time to your portion to refresh it. Serving size about 1 cup and serves 4
Per Person $2.14
You definitely can not get out of a Mother's Market or Whole Foods for that let alone McDonald's and this is a boat load better for you. I usually have leftover salad and eat it for lunch the next day. These burgers are really good chopped up and put on a salad too. They freeze nicely also.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
1 lb Raw Cashew nuts
1 lb Raw Almonds
1 lb Raw Pecans
3/4 c Organic Maple Syrup
Mix nuts in a bowl and add maple syrup until evenly coated.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lay parchment paper on a baking sheet. Evenly distribute on the baking sheet. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Cool completely. I put them in a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer. Such a great snack without any junk.
You can make them with just pecans and then put them in your salads too.
To rain or not to rain, that is the question. It was off and on all day so we had to make an outing of some kind. I decided to get us rain-proofed and just go outside. They had fun and I did too watching them. Now we are inside warm and cozy watching a video. We kept busy today with Legos, drawing and lots of eating. They each had two smoothies for breakfast with cashews on the side, a snack of ants on a boat(apple slices with sun butter and raisins) and lunch of leftover pasta. I also made candied nuts yummy yum and I snacked a little on them. The kids and Eric like them to as an alternative to sweets.
I made Roasted Vegetable Pasta with a Loaded Mix Green Salad.
And the third guy said "Man, this must be good for me, because it tastes so fresh. You can just tell by the ingredients." I think that is a compliment. I love that he said it tastes fresh, you have got to love that.
We had a good time of fellowship, conversation and prayer. You have got to love the breaking of bread with people. It feeds your stomach and your soul.
Here is the recipe:
Loaded Mix Green Salad
Feeds four adults
1 big handful of Spinach
2 Heads of Romaine Lettuce
1 big handful of Arugula
1/2 basket of Mushrooms sliced
1 Handful Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
2 small or 1 large Avocado-cubed
Three thin slices of Red Onion
Bragg's Amino Acid
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mary-Ann's Garlic Salt
Mary-Ann's Seasoning Salt
Wash and spin lettuce until dry. In a large bowl add lettuce, spinach and arugula. Add sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, avocado and red onion. Squeeze the juice from one lemon and drizzle about 1 Tb of Olive oil and about 1 Tb of Bragg's. Toss it well and add herb salt and seasoning salt to taste. The key is to toss well and the avocado breaks down a bit and makes the dressing a creaminess.
Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Rice Pasta cooked according to the package
2 Zucchini -quarter and slice
1/2 Eggplant cut in small cubes 1/2 in size
1 Red Bell Pepper-cut in 1/2 in cubes
1 Green Bell Pepper-cut in 1/2 in cubes
1/2 Medium Onion- chopped
1/2 Basket of Mushrooms-cut in quarters and sliced
2 Roma Tomatoes-cut in quarters and sliced
1-2 tsp Mary-Ann's Herb Salt or any Herb Salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a grill pan over medium heat add onions with NO oil and cook with herb salt until starting to brown. I cook each vegetable while I cut the next vegetable. Add bell peppers and cook. Then add eggplant. Next cut zucchini and mushrooms. Add the roma tomatoes last. Cook until mushrooms are brown and veggies are tender but not mushy, about 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat.
Add over cooked rice noodles and now you can drizzle a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top of the dish.
Eat your yummy salad first to prepare your stomach and then enjoy your noodles after. Add a little red pepper flake if you need a little kick. Enjoy!
Okay for your kids, they most likely will not like all of the chopped veggies. Take about a cup of cooked veggies and blend it and make a sauce to add to their noodles. I love giving them the veggies and they have no ideas :) My kids gobbled this up without a second thought.
I would love to win one of these machines and you could have a chance too. Go to their site and do one or all of the following:
There are so many ways to win! Each item below will have your name placed into the drawing. Be sure to post here and let us know. Official rules are found here.
1. Sign up for our FREE newsletter! You’ll never miss an episode! Plus, you’ll be entered into more giveaways, receive coupon codes, and more.
2. Grab our blog button! Find the code on the right side bar and add it to your blog or other online presence. ———->
3. Make a comment below. We’d love to hear from you! And we’d love to know what kinds of things you’d like to learn on the show!
4. “Tweet” about this giveaway and the new “The DIY Dish” show on Twitter.
5. “Follow us” on Twitter.
6. Become a “FAN” on Facebook.
7. Blog about the new show and the giveaway of TWO machines!
8. Embed the video above into your blog. (The embed link is found by clicking on the right corner of the video screen.)
Monday, March 1, 2010
Heart Disease, Cancer and Adult Onset Diabetes are all symptoms of an animal based diet. If everyone would watch this video and changed their diet, there would radical changes in American health. There is no gimmick or trick. The only trick is the way the government manipulates what a healthy diet is.
The biggest falsehoods that blew me away were:
*There is no documented cause of a dietary origin calcium deficiency.
*Bone loss occurs because of sedentary work and lifestyle.
i.e Astronauts have bone loss due to the gravity environment
*It does not matter if it is lighter meat it still has cholesterol.
3 oz. steak has 75 mg of cholesterol
3 oz. skinless breast of chicken has 72 mg of cholesterol
*3 glasses of milk has the just as much cholesterol as 21 slices of bacon
*Type II Diabetes can be totally reversed within a WEEK of a 100% Plant Based Diet
*Americans think they need more protein and that is due to Food Lobbyist paying off the USDA and such. Protein deficiency is rare. We are the fattest nation and we constantly concerned with something that only happens if you are starving!
*So where do I get my protein?
Here is the percent protein of certain foods
Brown Rice 8
Wild Rice 18
Kidney Beans 26
Green Beans 26
Pinto Beans 26
Broad Beans 32
Brussel Sprouts 44
Now we as humans only need 5% of our total calories to be from protein. So clearly eating a plant based diet will satisfy your need for protein, a healthy protein. If you think about it what do cows eat? Grass, barley and corn...hmmm. They get their protein from a plant based diet
From His book:
*"The protein in human mother's milk is only five percent of the total calories. Mother's milk is providing protein during the fastest growth period humans will ever experience outside the womb. At no other time in our lives will we need a greater amount of protein. In fact, the average adult needs only half that amount or two and one-half percent of calories from protein. More than five percent protein is not only unnecessary, but also potentially dangerous because it will promote cancer and other degenerative diseases. Just one reason "high protein" diets should be avoided like the plague." page 133-134 "Healing Cancer From Inside Out" By Mike Anderson
Well there you have it if you eat a plant based diet you get all the protein, calcium and nutrients that you need. I am excited to have discovered this book and video. I have lost about six pounds since lowering my animal intake and another six pounds going 100% plant based diet. Making a total of twelve pound weight loss. I feel good and I am eating whatever I want whenever I want. I not counting calories, points, or weighing and measuring my food. I am eating what God has created for us.
The RAVE Diet and lifestyle means
No R efined foods
No A nimal foods
No V egetable oils
No E xceptions
I definitely am on board for no refined and no animal.
I am slowly working on no vegetable oil.
I am excited and curious to see how our health changes, all four of us and whoever else tries this. Let me know if you have heard of this or do something similar, I would love to know more.
We got home and I took a two hour nap, much needed. I had to go to the store last night because I would not have a car until Tuesday and the house was bare. So I ended our 28 days of nothing at 6:00pm.
This has been much harder than last year and I am not sure why. Maybe because we were on such a tight budget and then to get extra money, it was burning a hole in my pocket. When I say burning a hole I mean there were things that we really needed and I felt obligated not to get them because of my 28 days. I ended up buying the fabric and I am glad I did because it was a deal and we need clothes for Kira.
I reevaluated our food budget and changed it to $400 month and considering all the changes we did in our diet I totaled our food to $421.18. I spent $183.26 on other essentials other than food at the stores. Considering what we bought, I feel good about it. I am excited to see how eating a plant based diet changes our grocery costs. I am going to shop weekly so that I do not waste anything by buying to much.
Smoothies and rice bread toast
Roll-ups and fruit
Wow! I can not believe this month is over. I have learned a lot and have been humbled too. I will probably do it again next February and maybe tweak a few things.
Thanks for coming along on the journey. Hope you were challenged or encouraged. Let me know what you did, if anything.
I worked at the restaurant and it was not very busy but it was fun. I miss going to work and having that interaction with other adults. I came home packed.
Spending: $6.47 I bought a salad at work, I miss the food too
Fruit and oj
Salad and Twirly Noodle with Marinara
Roasted beet salad with goat cheese and nuts-me
I could not pass up a half price salad at the restaurant
GF Best Pancakes Ever with no animal products
1 cup Rice Flour
3/4 cup Potato Starch
1/4 cup Tapioca Flour/Starch
This equals 2 cups of flour equivalent to 2 cups of wheat flour.
Then I used a regular pancake recipe not a gluten free recipe, Ah ha!
The best pancakes I think I have ever had.
Here is the recipe:
3 cup Flour-mixture
2 T 1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Agave syrup
1 tsp Xanthan gum
2 1/2 cup milk- I use rice milk
2 egg substitute**
1/4 c 2 Tbsp oil
**I used 1 Tbsp of Potato Starch and 3Tbsp water per egg, mix separately and add with wet ingredients
Add all dry ingredients and mix. Then add all wet and mix well. If too thick add a little water or more milk until desired consistency. Enjoy. They are so good you do not even need syrup or butter I think. I put coconut oil on the kids. We call coconut oil white butter now.