Friday, August 19, 2011
1 large eggplant, about 1 1/2 pounds
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 cloves garlic (or to taste)1/4 cup lemon juice (or to taste)
3 tablespoons tahini (or to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 F. With a fork, punch a bunch of holes in the eggplant and place it on a baking dish or sheet. Cook for about 45 minutes, until the eggplant is all sunken in. Remove from the heat and let it cool until you can peel it without burning yourself. Peel and put it in a food processor. Add the salt, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini, and process until it’s smooth. Sprinkle with cumin, and serve.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I decided to do a little experimentation in the kitchen today and came up with this recipe. Use your favorite pastry dough recipe, roll it out, bake it, top with yogurt, whipped cream, and fruits of your choice.
I made a coconut-lime cream:
1 cup coconut milk (refrigerated first)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
a pinch of stevia powder or to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 - 2 teaspoons instant clear jel
Blend until creamy and thick. Add some fresh or frozen strawberries for fun. :)
Top with your favorite fresh fruits. I used pear, peach, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi. I ate this with watermelon fresh picked from our garden...and i gotta say, it was yummy. :)
buon appetit :)
Thursday, October 28, 2010
You will need:
Nori Seaweed Sheets
Jasmine or Sticky Rice, cooked (Or you can use brown jasmine or short grain brown rice)
1 package of tofu, cut into thin strips, fried, and marinated in soy sauce.
Avocado, sliced into thin strips
Cucumber, sliced into thin strips
Red Bell Pepper, sliced into thin strips
Carrot, sliced into thin strips
Any other vegetables of your choice.
Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Soy Sauce (for dipping sushi)
Place 1 sheet of nori on a board, spread about 1/4 inch thick of rice all over the seaweed. Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp. of Nutritional Yeast Flakes on the rice. Then on one end of the rice, put desired amount of tofu and vegetables on your rice...But not too much, or you won't be able to roll your sushi correctly. You may also sprinkle a small amount of soy sauce on the rice. Firmly, yet gently, roll your sushi starting from the end with your tofu and vegetables and working toward the other end. Once you've rolled your sushi, you may slice it, put your sushi onto a plate, and enjoy. Don't forget to dip them in soy sauce for added flavor. :)
Below is a step-by-step photo how to roll sushi if you've never done it before:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
chopped ginger to taste (very important for flavor)
2 carrots, diagonally sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 package of tofu, cut into cubes and fried in small amount of oil
2 bunches of scallions, chopped
1 bunch of spinach
Shitake mushrooms to taste OR what I used was shitake mushroom seasoning (you can find it in an oriental market)
soy sauce to taste
vegetarian chicken style seasoning to taste or favorite seasoning for broth
enough water (amount depends on if you want a thick or brothy soup)
Udon noodles, precooked. (add as much as you want)
Fresh Cilantro for garnish
Saute onions, garlic, ginger, shitake mushrooms, and celery in a large saucepan with olive oil until tender. Then add tofu, then carrots. Add enough water, seasonings, scallions and pre-cooked udon noodles. Adjust seasonings (chicken style seasoning and soy sauce) according to taste. Add remaining ingredients like spinach or your favorite green vegetable. For example; bok choy, kale, cabbage, green beans, etc. You can also add other of your favorite vegetables. Once everything is cooked, Garnish with Fresh Cilantro. I don't usually follow recipes exactly, So be creative. :)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
First, I'd like for you to take a look at your diet and food choices. You are what you eat. Your diet should be balanced. You should practice temperance and AVOID processed, oily, sugary foods. Instead, go for the foods that God has provided straight from nature. Unrefined fruits, vegetables, whole grains,, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc. Try to eat a lot of raw. And whenever you get a craving; STOP, pray, and choose a healthier alternative like a fruit, or vegetable platter. I would strongly recommend to AVOID eating in between meals. Snacking is not good for you at all. It slows down your digestion by interrupting it every time you eat. You should space your meals at least 4 or 5 hours apart and giving your body some time to digest food before bed time.
Secondly; I'd also like to cover exercise. EXERCISE to chase away the pain! Regular bodily exercise can help reduce the symptoms of PMS. Now, what i want to emphasize here is REGULARITY. All these tips I'm giving you is not only for you to do only when your symptoms are present, but rather to practice these tips on a daily basis. IT'S NOT JUST A REMEDY, IT'S A LIFESTYLE. It's what you do everyday that gives you the maximum and enjoyable health benefits.
Stay hydrated! That in itself is a no-brainer. We all need water to survive. It cleanses the system from all the toxins and impurities. There is a section on my blog about drinking water, just search WATER on the search tab on the side of my blog. So drink up!
Fourth. SUNSHINE. Getting Sunlight is another important key to health. Too many people have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to the sunlight. By going out in the sun for a few minutes daily can help prevent numerous diseases!
5th: TEMPERANCE. It's defined as; Everything in MODERATION.
Sixth Tip: Get Fresh Air as much as possible. Take some deep breaths. Concentrate on breathing sometimes...put one hand on your chest, and your other hand on your tummy. take a deep breath. Slowly inhale, you should feel your hand on your tummy go up as you inhale. Exhale, you should feel your hand go down. Too many of us breathe the wrong way! Make sure your stomach expands as you inhale, and contract as your exhale. Breathing fresh air gives you better circulation, helps you relax, reduces the risk of cancer due to free flowing oxygen, lowers body temperature, and many more amazing health benefits.
Seventh Tip: REST: We must sleep to survive. Sleep is just as important as food for surviving. It's best to go to bed regularly at the same time every night and wake up the same time in the morning. Your body needs at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and even more for children and teens. Lack of sleep impairs your coordination, judgement, and immune system. Remember to be sure not to eat too close to bedtime. So just make sure to get your ZZZ's :)
Eighth Tip: Last but NOT LEAST...Trust in Divine Power! The Lord is who gives us life and these simple guidelines. He created us. He knew we would need a "user's manual" for life. That's why He's given us His Holy Word to guide us in our lives. We must pray and let Him speak to us through His Word. He will be sure to help you! By lowering your stress levels, increasing your energy, give you peace, and ultimate happiness!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
2 cups plain, unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup Florida Crystals
1 cup Sucanat
1 teaspooon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup canola oil (or 1/2 to 1 cup applesauce if you choose not to use oil)
3 Ener-G Egg Replacers (you can find that in a health food store or the health section in some grocery stores)
6 Tablespoons soymilk
One 8 ounce can, crushed pinapple, with juice
3 medium, ripe bananas mashed
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice (optional)
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon or coriander
Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Add liquid ingredients and stir till mixed thoroughly. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. until done. Cake will pull away from edge of pan. Test the center with a toothpick. Let it cool and ice it if desired.
Monday, May 17, 2010
P.S. I also just wanted to say; Thanks "Emily Rose" for your comment on my last post:
"Hi. I enjoy your blog. I agree, our mothers can come up with the most, ummm, uh, Unusual (in italics) herbal concoctions. Fortunately, none I have tried have killed me yet. They just taste very strange. :) I am thankful for my Mother, though, because she knows what to do to help me feel better when I am sick, without using drugs/pharmacuetical (spelling?) stuff.
Keep Writing!" - Emily Rose
I totally agree with that..because those things like antibiotics and Tylenol, etc that most people take when they are sick don't really help and also give us some pretty bad side effects...and I can definitely say that from my own bad experiences! That's why it's best to eat healthy and take care of our bodies and take healthful herbs is the best medicine. Good food is our true medicine. They not only help us get better with whatever sickness we have, but also give us other wonderful health benefits with no harmful side effects!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
3/4 C. apples grated
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 C. flour
1 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP raisins (optional)
Place the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl, and stir them together. Pour the milk and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients, and stir them together. Stir in the grated apple, then stir in the raisins, if using. Mist a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, spoon in the batter. Spread out each pancake using the back of a spoon. You will need to cook the pancakes in several batches depending on the size of you skillet. Cook the pancakes until the bottoms are brown, adjusting the hear as necessary. Carefully loosen the pancakes, and turn them over. Cook the second side briefly, just until golden.
( We needed to make a few batches since we have a big family. lol)
3/4 C. flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 C. mashed banana
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBSP sugar
In a mixing bowl, mix together flour baking powder, and sugar . In a separate bowl, mix together mashed bananas, milk, and vanilla. Stir liquid mixture into flour mixture, mixing until ingredients are moistened. Heat griddle over medium heat and lightly coat with oil. Add batter about 1/4 cup at a time, but do not crowd. Cook until bubbles form, and edges are lightly browned, then turn and cook the other side until the bottom side is lightly brown. Yummy!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Monday, June 16, 2008
^ Here is an OVERGROWN zucchini! Huge, isn't it? ^ For more info about our zucchini, go to my sis' blog :) @ www.SimplyCountryLiving.blogspot.com
3 egg replacers
1 cup oil or applesauce
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups coarsely grated zucchini
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a mixer, beat eggs. Add oil, sugar, and vanilla; continue beating mixture until thick and foamy. with a spoon, stir in the zucchini and pineapple.
2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, A third at a time, add dry ingredients into wet and gently stir (by hand) after each addition. Add the walnuts and raisins, blend gently.
3. Divide the batter equally between 2 greased and flour-dusted 5 by 9 inch loaf fans. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly.
Makes 2 loaves.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Have you ever heard that cell phones could be harmful, but you don't know why? Here is a really interesting article that my mom found and I read on Mercola.com. Mom says I really need to cut down on my cell phone usage...and she's right! I hope this will be helpful to you!
Here is a link to the article since it would take up too much room on my blog.............. "Click Here"
Thursday, April 24, 2008
7 cups quick oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup chopped dried apples
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup sucanat or turbinado sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1. Place dry ingredients (oats and nuts) in a large bowl.
2. Blend banana, dates, sugar, oil, vanilla, water, and salt in a blender until smooth and pour over dry ingredients.
3. Mix both mixtures together. Fold in the chopped dried apples and cranberries. When thoroughly mixed, spread out on two cookie sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Bake at 125, with the oven setting on "warm", overnight or for two hours at 225, stirring every 30 minutes. Store in airtight container. Makes 24 servings. Serve with soymilk, and your favorite fruits.
For my favorite "Tropical" Granola, add: chopped apples, apricots, pineapple and dried coconut. after baking. Leave out the cranberries. Mmmm!
Per 1/2 cup: Calories 202, Protein 5 g, Carbohydrates 33.6 g, Fiber 3.9 g, Fat 6.3 g, Sodium 151 mg
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
This is one of the recipes that I make for my home baking buisness.
Its really easy!
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup soymilk
2 cups fresh blueberries
2. Line muffin cups with paper liners or spray with nonstick spray. 3. Mix all ingredients together until moistened.
4. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. Each should be filled 3/4 full.
5. Bake 35 minutes or until the tops are firm.
6. Cool on a wire rack.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Sorry for such a crumby picture, I forgot we were going to take a pic. :)
Friday, February 1, 2008
In our looks-obsessed society, lots of people think that being overweight is an appearance issue. But being overweight is actually a medical concern because it can seriously affect a person's health.
Blount's disease. Excess weight on growing bones can lead to this bone deformity of the lower legs.
Arthritis. Wear and tear on the joints from carrying extra weight can cause this painful joint problem at a young age.
Slipped capital femoral epiphyses (SCFE). Obese children and teens are at greater risk for this painful hip problem. SCFE requires immediate attention and surgery to prevent further damage to the joint.
Asthma. Obesity is associated with breathing problems that can make it harder to keep up with friends, play sports, or just walk from class to class.
Sleep apnea. This condition (where a person temporarily stops breathing during sleep) is a serious problem for many overweight kids and adults. Not only does it interrupt sleep, sleep apnea can leave people feeling tired and affect their ability to concentrate and learn. It also may lead to heart problems.
High blood pressure. When blood pressure is high, the heart must pump harder and the arteries must carry blood that's moving under greater pressure. If the problem continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may no longer work as well as they should. Although rare in most teens, high blood pressure, or hypertension, is more common in overweight or obese teens. High cholesterol. Long before getting sick, obese teens may have abnormal blood lipid levels, including high cholesterol, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels. These increase the risk of heart attack and stroke when a person gets older.
Gallstones. An accumulation of bile that hardens in the gallbladder forms gallstones. These may be painful and require surgery.
Fatty liver. When fat accumulates in the liver, it can cause inflammation, scarring, and permanent liver damage.
Pseudotumor cerebri. This is a rare cause of severe headaches in obese teens and adults. There is no tumor, but pressure builds in the brain. In addition to headaches, symptoms may include vomiting, an unsteady way of walking, and vision problems that may become permanent if not treated.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Girls who are overweight may miss periods — or not get their periods at all — and may have elevated testosterone (the male hormone) levels in the blood. Although it is normal for girls to have some testosterone in their blood, too much can interfere with normal
ovulation and may cause excess hair growth, worsening acne, and male-type baldness. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance, a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes. Women who are overweight also might have fertility problems.
Insulin resistance and diabetes. When there is excess body fat, insulin is less effective at getting glucose, the body's main source of energy, into cells. More insulin becomes needed to maintain a normal blood sugar. For some overweight teens, insulin resistance may progress to diabetes (high blood sugar).
Depression. People who are obese are more likely to be depressed and have lower self-esteem.
If an adolescent is overweight he or she has 70% chance of being an obese adult. Also, if your parent is obese you have an 80% chance of being obese as an adult. Forty-three percent of adolescent watch two hours, or more, of television each day.
Kids need to get off the couch and go outside and play sports or go to the gym and play sports. They also need to eat right to stay healthy. Eat more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. That way obesity will stop being a problem.