Monday, January 31, 2011
Well since it is monday, I should tell you that it is starting of that way. Once again my computer has failed me and I only got two pictures up for you today. The weather is jacked up here and my computer just cannot stand inclement weather I guess...Touchy thing! I am seriously thinking of buying a faster newer version of my Dell...(do you hear that computer? That's right, I will replace you....you better work for me!!!!)
This morning I got up and made my youngest daughter Kaiti a smoothie for her breakfast!
I used 1/2 cup of orange, 1 banana, 1 large handful of spinach (remember, I have large hands) and 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1 cup of ice and 1/2 cup water, I whipped it up in the Ninja. She drank about half before she had to head off to school.
In her haste to leave she left her water bottle...sigh...she always leaves something behind.
Kaiti is going to have to be coaxed into this way of eating, because she has always been a junk food vegan and then she went back to eating chicken, then vegan again..
Please send some good vibes this way that she will be able to stick to it!
Did I tell you my entire family have decided to Eat To Live? Yes, they have and I am thrilled. I was especially thrilled when my husband, whom I nagged incessantly finally agreed to try it!!!!
Even Emma, my junk food baby (she is 20) is going to start ETL as soon as she can!
She will be joining us for dinner every night until she can grocery shop again to get her goodies. Her main question was "Is it expensive?" I told her in my opinion, it is the cheapest way to eat.
So back to Kaiti. I didn't want to scare her to death with anything she would consider funky. I have already sprung an oil free salad dressing on my family last night to see how they would react. Chris was less than thrilled but he ate it, and both the girls liked it. I will post the salad dressing tomorrow! I packed a spinach and carrot salad with the leftover dijon herb dressing from last night, 2 sliced pears rubbed with lemon and a water. Kaiti is not a big school eater, she would rather talk to her friends at lunch, but she promised me she would eat her lunch for me and I trust she will.
Kaiti is very open to veganism, her main problem, in my opinion is she is a teenager in a school filled with cow and wheat farmer children. All these kids eat meat and potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and if you go against the grain so to speak, you are a freak.
Sadly, my daughter already thinks she is a freak. She is an avid reader and a brilliant artist, she wears funky clothes and listens to Swedish and Japanese rock. I told her she is exceptional and that someday she will be ok with other people thinking she is a freak, because she will know who she is...She is wonderful and perfectly made!
She thinks I am a freak too....LOL, and a hippy. But she loves me anyway, so that is all that matters to me.
I am a hippy and a freak too!
I will proudly wave my freak flag!!
I listen to african and french music! Ha Ha!
Ok enough about us, lets get to the peanut butter, shall we?
Ever since I read from Alicia that you can make All Natural Organic peanut butter reduced fat, I have wanted to try. If you would like to see where I got this idea go here Here is what I did.
I dumped off all the nasty oil on the top of my peanut butter jar, be careful not to lose about a 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the trash can like me, then scoop out all the peanut butter into the food processor. I washed the glass jar so the reduced fat PB wouldn't get any oil residue back into it. Honestly, I wouldn't try this in a blender, even a vitamix. It is thick!
I started by adding about 1/2 cup of water into the food processor and then processed it with the peanut butter. It turned into a huge lump, so I added more water until I had added roughly
1 1/4 cups of water total to get a really a nice smooth peanut butter. That is 1 1/4 total including the 1/2 cup previously. It turned a really light tan color and is light and smooth. I tasted it and was surprised how airy it was. I am pretty sure this is the best peanut butter I have ever had. I wish I had known about this years ago, as I have never been a peanut butter fan.
I really think this is the way to go with peanut butter and I have no plans to ever go back to the stirred in oil type. I might even eat this on an apple...maybe.
I did alot of cleaning yesterday and I mopped and dusted, did laundry and moved around the dining room getting ready for the cabinet. It takes up one whole wall, so I turned my table the opposite way of how it usually sits. I like it this way and I wonder why I hadn't thought of it before?
Well I am off to take out Coco and then start some beans soaking.
Since tomorrow is February, I am gearing up for the soup competition!
I am going to start off with Vegan Heartlands Minestrone soup! I am excited to see who's soup will win!
The winner will be named February 23rd!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Since I am up so early I thought I would make some sunshine in this dark over cast morning by making me a sunshine smoothie!
I did my usual morning ritual... you know, kiss the cats, let the dog out, trip over the cats, talk to the cats, kiss the cats, feed the cats, turn on my morning music (this morning, I am listening to french music), kiss the cats, push the cats off the counter, let the dog in, kiss the dog, give the dog a treat, bundle the dog up in blankets on the couch, remove the cats away from my smoothie, kiss the cats, hold the cats..The usual.
If you would like to hear what kind of music I listened to this morning I have a sample for you here !!
I was dragging on the floor this morning, blame the late night Bones Season Two marathon Chris and I had, or the late night reading of Eat to Live...(by the way, if you haven't bought the book yet, go get it!) It is life changing and is great for reference and for reassurance.
But I could barely function this morning, so I made me an eye opening smoothie!!!!
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice or 3 large oranges cut up, skins removed
2 bananas, frozen and sliced
Th ow everything in a blender and whiz around until nice and smooth!
I like to have a full fruit smoothie once a week, not only does it elevate your mood, but it helps with bowel function, fights disease, and gives you huge vitamin boost!
Here are some facts for you!
Bananas consist mainly of sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) and fiber, which makes them ideal for an immediate and slightly prolonged source of energy
Bananas contain tryptophan, an aminoacid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood
Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body's hemoglobin function
Constipation and Diarrhea
Due to their content in fiber, they help restore a normal bowel function. In addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber (hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract.
Research published in the Archives of Ophthalmology has proven that adults consuming at least 3 servings of fruit per day have a reduced risk (by 36%) of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound that nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria produce enzymes that increase our digestive ability and protect us from unhealthy bacteria infections. Thanks to fructooligosaccharides, probiotic bacteria can increase both in number and functionality, increasing our body's ability to absorb calcium.
In addition, green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when healthy, absorb calcium much more efficiently
About 190,000 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year.
Research published in the International Journal of Cancer has shown that daily consumption of whole fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, is highly protective to kidney health. The results show that, over a long timeframe (13.4 years), women eating more than 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetable per day cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40%. Among the fruits, bananas were especially protective. Women eating bananas four to six times a week halved their risk of developing the disease compared to those who did not eat this fruit. The conclusion of the study is that frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, cabbage and root vegetables, may reduce risk of kidney cancer. This is because bananas and many root vegetables contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds, while cabbage is rich in sulfur, necessary for effective detoxification of potential carcinogens.
Bananas are extremely high in potassium (about 4673mg), yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. They contain vitamins B6 and B12 they contain, as well as potassium and magnesium: these substances help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
This is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicle cases. It also helps reduce acidity and reduces irritation. Bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce a thicker mucus (which protects against acid). Additionally, bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of ulcers.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shows to improve nerve function
Many people report that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite is very effective in reducing itching and swelling
Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the hearth beat and regulate the body's water balance. During periods of high stress, our body's potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to rebalance them without using drugs
According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%
Orange is one of the most favorite fruit in the world. Orange is loaded with vitamins, and the most abundant vitamin in orange is Vitamin C. This powerful vitamin protect our body against harmful elements.
Orange is Beneficial in the following cases :
•Prevent kidney stone
•Helps lower cholesterol
•Helps prevent diabetes
•High blood pressure
•Persons addicted to alcohol have found that the desire for liquor is greatly reduced by drinking of orange juice.
•Consumption of large quantities of oranges will decrease the outpouring of mucus secretions from the nose.
Nutritional Contents of Orange :
1.Betacarotene, another powerful antioxidant that protects our cells from being damage.
2.Calcium that helps protect and maintain the health of our bone and teeth.
3.Folic Acid for proper brain development.
4.Magnesium helps maintain blood pressure.
5.Potassium helps maintain electrolyte balance in the cells, and is important in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.
6.Thiamin helps to convert food into energy.
7.Vitamin B6 helps support the production of hemoglobin that carries oxygen to all parts of the body.
Nutritive Values : Per 100 gm.
•Vitamin A : 190 I.U.
•Vitamin B : Thiamine .08 mg.;
•Vitamin C : 49 mg.
•Calcium : 33 mg.
•Phosphorus : 23 mg.
•Potassium : 300 mg.
Do you like that I give you all this information?
Do you think it is too much to read?
Would you like me to continue giving you facts about what you eat?
I found all this information for you here and here !!!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I didn't ever realize it had been a year!
In January last year I wrote what I consider my favorite post. It was called You know your a vegan if...and by far it is still my absolute favorite!
So one year later, here I am with a new list!
YOU KNOW YOUR A VEGAN IF....
1. You know your a vegan when you look at a picture of tofu and you start salivating.
2. You are constantly looking for new burger recipes, you get excited when you see this burger, and actually clap for the picture....
Clap clap clap clap!!!!
So here is my new list! It is a little older, a little wiser and a whole lot more fun!
Monday, January 24, 2011
About 7 pm. I was snacky.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
How are you today?
I started out today like I usually do. With a smoothie! What a shocker right. I don't think I can focus with out one anymore. I made my usual garlic smoothie, apple, garlic, kale, frozen banana, ground ginger, cinnamon and flax seed, followed with a splash of water and some ice. Pretty isn't it!
This is Chris' favorite smoothie believe it or not and he will practically turn in circles to get one...lol
I am so excited!!!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The stock tutorial is finally here!
I have finally managed to upload all the pictures to show you how easy it is to make your own stock for everything from soups to base sauces!
Here is what I made today,
Field green strawberry banana smoothie!!
2 big handfuls of field green salad mix
2 frozen banana's
2 Brazil nuts
2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
Throw everything in your blender, add 1 1/2 cups of water and 16 oz. ice and blend until smooth. It was really yummy. Chris did let me know it wasn't sweet enough, but I liked it just fine. I suppose you could add 1 tiny scoop of stevia if you like.
Well, shall we get onto the Stock project?
I make stock whenever my freezer container overflows with leftover veggies that I have tossed in there all month long. The vegetables can vary from just onions, celery and carrots to a whole menagerie of goodies like the following broth.
I clean out my fridge every week and decide what stays and what is getting to old to use. That way, I never find surprises in the back of the fridge. If a veggie is getting limp or past it's prime, but can still be used, it is destined for the stock bowl in the freezer. I place everything in there and then when I am down to only a few jars of broth I grab everything and make a new batch.Here is what I had.
(The potatoes, did not get used this time)
1-2 cups spinach that I froze last month
2 onions, cut in half
1 bunch of celery, getting a little limp
1 pound of cremini mushrooms that never made it to a stir fry
1lb. carrots, I have 7 lbs. in my fridge right now...
2 cups peas, frozen
1 lb haricot verts, frozen
organic garlic, if desired
Here is my secret to making super easy broth. USE YOUR CROCK POT!!!!
You heard me right, it is that simple.
Put everything in your crock pot, chop your onion, leaving the skin on, chop the mushrooms in half, chop the celery and carrots. Throw in a little garlic if you like. No need to peel anything, just wash them really good and toss in the pot.
Cover it with water and put on before you go to bed at night. When you wake up, your house will smell terrific and you will never have to adjust temperatures, turn it off if you go to town, or stir it.
This is so simple anyone can make it, even if you have never made a stock in your life and don't know your way around the kitchen, you can do this!
I promised you I would share my shopping items I planned to buy on Friday. Here they are.
A lime juicer
I hope that you enjoyed my tutorial and it will inspire you to make your own stock soon.
Do you make your own stock?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I haven't been doing anything too exciting lately. We are planning on heading up to Wamego, Kansas to see my husbands family this weekend. I am going to have to prep for staying with meat eaters who like to pick on me mercilessly about my food choices. All the while they suck down their Dr.Peppers and eat their dead things then tell me how poor their health is.
SIGH....It is enough to drive a sane person over the edge..
I am thinking about packing a soup and salad lunch for me and Kait, making sure to have enough for everyone else too. Chris' father is planning on making pork and spanish rice. I will not be able to eat the rice due to the bacon fat he uses in it, but I remember it was my favorite dish before I was a vegan. Now I cannot even fathom why people start out a dish with fat....LOL
We wish me luck that I do not open my mouth and start a literal food fight like the last time I was there with Margaret, Chris' sister. It was really bad....
Anyway, moving on to my food!
I am not a huge oatmeal lover. Especially since I gave up sugar. I loved it laced with sugar and raisins as a child. As an adult it wasn't bad either, but since I am health conscious now, I care about what I put in my body.
I started making pie flavored oatmeal after I saw Vegan Epicurean making blueberry topped oatmeal here
I give you Apple Pie Oatmeal
I took 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1 large fuji apple, 3 walnuts that I chopped and probably a full heaping teaspoon of cinnamon on top to start my "pie".
Throw everything in your high speed blender and whirl for about 2 minutes. Done!!
Monday, January 10, 2011
The weather man here in Kansas reported that we should be getting any where from 3-5 inches of snow.
He was actually right this time. Our yard is coated in heavy snow, perfect to make a snow man in!
My daughters car threw a belt last night at 11pm in Hutchinson, which is 40 minutes away. My husband talked her through getting home, but now he has to go work out in the snow replacing it. I am hoping it is not a hard belt to replace like the timing belt. Oh, Chris just told me it is the serpentine belt and will not be fun, especially in the cold...Poor guy!
Since I knew Chris would be out in the cold I decided to start him off with a smoothie and then flood him with peppermint tea afterward to keep his blood flowing.
Here is the smoothie I made today
3-4 cups spinach, I eye balled it, this is a guesstimate
2 brazil nuts
3 frozen banana's
2 tsp. golden flax seed, ground
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
16 ounces ice
Throw everything in your blender and then turn it on, let it blend until you have a uniform green color. Stop machine taste to see if it needs anything. Mine needed more water. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and WALA, breakfast is served.
Chris is on his final leg of his cold. The coughing has started and the phlegm is working it's way out. Tomorrow I am going to do a clean sweep and get rid of any nasty cold spores that could still be lurking.
Well that is all for today bloggie peeps. I am going to go crawl back into bed where it is warm and watch Bones season 1 all over again....
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Is it time to throw out your plastics, your wax papers, your plastic cling wrap and say good bye to BPA
BPA - PLASTICS and FOOD CONTAINERS
Why are plastics and food containers harmful to us?
What is in plastics and how do these toxins affect us?
What exactly is Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
How does it affect me my family?
What products contain BPA and what should I throw out without going overboard?
Let me assure you that by reading this article and making some simple changes in your life you will provide a safer environment for your family, if only by educating yourself on this topic. I am not a professional doctor or scientist so what I have attempted to do is pull down relevant research from the internet and attempted to decipher the lingo and make it easier for the non-scientist to evaluate. There are an extraordinary amount of products that contain BPA at a variety of levels and it is up to you how far you want to go to remove BPA from your house. I will provide you with an idea of what BPA is and what affects it has on you and your family according to recent studies. I will outline key items, which I refer to as my hit list, which you should consider not purchasing and/or remove from your house immediately.
Products to stay away from
Hard clear plastic, usually indicated as a number 7 plastic on the bottom, that contains BPA.
All plastic numbered 3 and 6. Number 3 (PVC) and Number 6 (Polystyrene) are also known to leach harmful chemicals
Canned foods, especially canned formula, that are lined with BPA
What should I replace them with?
I have switched almost all of my plastics within my kitchen to glass. Glass is a safe alternative and rather than diving into every plastic container/bottle and their contents, I found switching to glass easier. Glass baby bottles are gaining traction in the market and are a great alternative to the standard plastic bottles. Two manufacturers of glass bottles are Evenflo (however you need to use silicone nipples instead of their standard rubber nipples) and Born Free. Born Free also offers BPA free plastic bottles for those who are concerned about the potential of glass bottles breaking around their children.
As for toys, try keeping your eye out for natural wooden toys with lead free paint rather than plastic ones (they tend to be around the same price and most are conscious enough to be lead free as well). We provide natural wooden toys made by Plantoys on our website and I’m sure you’ll find a few more brands through the web.
BPA- What is it?
BPA is an abbreviation for Bisphenol-A. BPA is an ‘ingredient’ used in the chemical compound that lines the inside of food containers such as canned goods and cartons for liquids like milk and juice. It also is the major building block in Polycarbonate plastic. Plastics with the number 7 on the bottom of the container.
How does it get into me?
The bonds in BPA are prone to leaching (falls apart from its parent compound) into the foods contained within the can/carton or plastic container. This takes place over time and can be accelerated with heat.
How Does it affect me?
BPA acts as an environmental estrogen and once it is ingested it can disrupt proper hormone functioning, alter genes and interferes with normal physical and behavioral development.
My children come first!
The effects of BPA will be more pronounced in children because they are growing and developing at such a rapid pace. We as adults have mature brains (most of us anyway) and bodies. Therefore the interaction of BPA and our hormones/genes are dulled in comparison.
The case against BPA
The commentary to follow shows that the debate is still out regarding BPA, however research has proven at least some adverse affects of BPA ingestion. Obviously it is in the best interest of major plastic and food container manufacturers to quell this debate although in recent months it has hit the forefront with respect to our children. Hopefully over time the corporations producing these toxic products will bend to the pressure.
Two Researchers, Fredick S vom Saal and Claude Hughes, from the University of Missouri have concluded the following:
‘In this commentary, we document for the scientific, public health, and regulatory communities that exposure of experimental animals to "low doses" of BPA, which result in tissue levels within and even below the range of human exposure, has been related to adverse effects in a large number of recently published studies.
A recent case-control study reporting that blood levels of BPA are related to ovarian disease in women (Takeuchi et al. 2004) adds to our concern. A large number of in vitro studies show that effects of BPA are mediated by both genomic and nongenomic estrogen-response mechanisms, with disruption of cell function occurring at doses as low as 1 pM or 0.23 ppt (Wozniak et al. 2005).
Although the focus of most studies of effects of BPA has been on its estrogenic activity, recent reports indicating the potential to disrupt thyroid hormone action (Moriyama et al. 2002; Zoeller et al. 2005) mean other modes of action must also be considered. Very low part-per-trillion doses of BPA also cause proliferation of human prostate cancer cells via binding to a mutant form of the androgen receptor expressed in a subpopulation of prostate cancer cells (Wetherill et al. 2002), although BPA acts as an androgen antagonist in the presence of the wild-type androgen receptor (Lee et al. 2003; Paris et al. 2002) and can also block testosterone synthesis (Akingbemi et al. 2004).
A comprehensive document containing all of the low-dose BPA references, as well as information concerning mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics, sources of exposure, and exposure levels in humans, is available online (Endocrine Disruptors Group 2005).
Our current conclusion that widespread exposure to BPA poses a threat to human health directly contradicts several recent reports from individuals or groups associated with or funded by chemical corporations [Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APM) 2005; Gray et al. 2004; Kamrin 2004; Purchase 2004]. For example, a recently published report on BPA prepared by a panel convened by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (HCRA), which was funded by the American Plastics Council (APC), concluded that "the weight of the evidence for low-dose effects is very weak" (Gray et al. 2004). However, the charge to the HCRA panel, which was to perform a weight-of-the-evidence evaluation of available data on the developmental and reproductive effects of exposure to BPA in laboratory animals, led to an analysis of only 19 of 47 available published studies on low-dose effects of BPA. The deliberations of the HCRA were in 2001-2002, and accordingly, a cut-off date of April 2002 was selected for consideration of the published literature.
It is regrettable that the relevance of the analysis was further undermined by a delay of 2.5 years in publication of the report. During the intervening time, between April 2002 and the end of 2004, a large number of additional articles reporting low-dose effects of BPA in experimental animals have been published. The result is that by the end of 2004, a PubMed (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD ) search identified 115 published studies concerning effects of low doses of BPA in experimental animals.
The last U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk assessment for BPA was based on research conducted in the 1980s [Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) 1988]. The most recent risk assessment of BPA was based on a comprehensive review of the scientific literature conducted in 1998 by the European Union, with some selected articles added through 2001, at which time few of the 115 low-dose BPA studies had been published [European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) 2003].
I hope this has helped increase your awareness of the concerns surrounding BPA and that you will use this information to continue your own research. Developing your own conclusion as to what change (if any) you need to implement is extremely important. Remember, a lot of people pass on information they have ‘heard’ but by doing your own homework you can weed out ‘folk lore’ from the truth and therefore make educated decisions regarding your children and family.
Of concern are materials containing polycarbonate - used to make food storage containers and bottles - and epoxy resins, used to line tin cans, Choice said.
Both have the potential to release bisphenol A, which has been linked to increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Choice has called on the industry to phase out the use of such materials, and until then, introduce mandatory labelling.
"PVC is used to make the gaskets that seal glass jars used for foods such as pasta sauces," Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said.
"There are safer alternatives, which should be used instead... But they insist on using cheap materials and lack of knowledge from their consumers.
When you use wax paper do you stop to think of what the wax is made of? Most wax paper has a petroleum based formula on it. I am scared to death of things like this. Therefore I only use all natural soybean wax paper.
Made from unbleached paper and coated with 100% natural soybean wax, it's ideal for wrapping foods without affecting flavor. Conventional waxed paper is coated with paraffin wax – a petroleum based product. Soybean wax is clean, safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and comes from a renewable and sustainable resource grown by American farmers, giving them an economical use for their soybean surplus.
Totally chlorine-free (TCF)
100% natural soybean wax
Unbleached recycled cardboard packaging
Vegetable-based inks for printing
Cardboard packaging biodegradable but should be recycled
Ideal for food preparation
Excellent for wrapping sandwiches and other foods
Use for separating cookies or cookie dough and pre-cooked meats or burger patties
Lines and protects kitchen surfaces and helps keep microwave clean
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
So, I woke up with thoughts of organizing my refrigerator, and sorting through all of my bake ware, as I have way, way too much. Now that I am on ETL, I barely use any of it.
5 lemons, halved
3 frozen banana's
3 cups of kale leaves, trimmed off of stems
1 bunch of parsley, that looked slightly limpish
16 oz. ice
1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Loaded up and ready to go~
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
I have had several readers ask me what I eat and how do I decide what to serve each month.
I thought it would be fun to share my method and madness for organizing and shopping for a months worth of meals! Type A much....lol
First off when I decided to try ETL , it took me forever to get everything organized and to get my brain focused on a new type of food. I was so used to eating like a junk food vegan that I was not accustomed to cooking without oil, without margarine, or processed foods. I liked my unhealthy ways but my body didn't at all.
I would say it took me about 4 months to get situated and comfortable enough to start writing down my recipes. I mean really, I was a successful caterer for Pete's sake. I hated ETL for about 4 months straight and then things settled down, and my mind settled in.
I started liking the foods I ate without loads of margarine and sugar. I gave up soda again and again, but I can tell you, this time it stuck, I can not stand the stuff. When we go out to eat now I almost always drink tea or water.
Once you get it, it is hardwired in your brain. It will never leave you, when you go out to eat you can figure what you can have within seconds and then from there, make an educated choice of your meal.
Each and every month I go through a notebook that has all of my successful meals I have made for ETL.
I have never read Eat to Live, but a friend gave me the basics and I went from there.
I attempted at first to redo my already vegan recipes into ETL.
Some worked and some failed miserably.
Next I started experimenting with what sounded good to me, friends recipes and a few books that I found at my local Goodwill and book store. If it was appealing and my family liked it, it went into The Book, to be written out in long hand so I can read it. Most of my recipes are scribbles until I go over them at least thrice...lol
The menu I am going to write out for you is a combination of new recipes, tried and true recipes and my families favorites.
I make a menu out of a standard large desk calendar that I can write on and keep on my recipe desk. (Everyone has a recipe desk right?) I have my own little office just for cookbooks and recipes right off the kitchen, so I can work undeterred.
I have smoothies, breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners planned or 30 days of the month.
Yes, that is what I eat everyday. It goes like this...
12 pm -lunch salad or leftovers
4 pm-snack of fruit and nuts
8 pm- Dinner
I know you are going.... really? She really is this anal? Honestly...who does that?
Hello I am Vivacious and I own hundreds of notebooks with test recipes, hundreds of recipes cut out of magazines, billions of post it note with idea's on them...
I am only going to give you a month's worth of dinners, because honestly...there is not enough room on this page for all of it.
This is February's menu
1.Kidney bean stew with spinach salad or veggie tray
2. Black Bean Chili over baked sweet potato wedges
3. Vegetable rice enchilada's in chile verde
4. Navy bean soup with vegetable tray
5. Lentil Soup Italian salad
6. Taco soup guacamole salad
7. Zucchini noodle Lo mein with green beans and mushrooms
8. Taco style salad with Raw jicama chili fries
9. Mushroom/green bean unfried rice made with couscous
10. Southwestern hominy soup, an adaption of Vegan Epicureans
11. Falafel salad with baked poppy seed pita crisps
12. Eggplant noodle squash lasagna with homemade red sauce
13.Stuffed acorn squash with brown rice pilaf
14. Pad Thai salad with cucumber pickle salat and hearted beets
15. Walnut Lentil loaf, with puree of cauliflower and parsnip
16.Shepherds pie topped with colcannon/cauliflower potatoes
17. Seitan chops with tomato okra topper over brown rice
18. Jambalaya with corn salsa topping
19. Cincinnati style tvp chili with avocado salad
20. Black bean stuffed chili relleno over Mexican rice
21. Peasant soup with cabbage noodle, with brown jasmine rice
22. Sesame encrusted baked tofu, zucchini and bell pepper over w.w. orzo
23. Cabbage rolls with brown rice
24. WW Nooch alfredo with spinach and cremini, tomato pizza, veggie tray
25. White minestroni with massaged kale salad
26. Black beans and brown rice, with turnip greens
27. Homemade spaghetti sauce with winter mix veg, over couscous
28. Chickpea Mediterranean sauce over collard green noodles
29. Old fashioned style porcupine meatballs over celery root puree, with broccoli
30. Chickpea cutlets with roasted root vegetables
31.Forbidden rice soup with leek and cauliflower, vegetable tray
You will notice I made a menu for 31 days in Feb. when it has only 28, that is just in case I decide against a certain meal I can switch it with something else and not have to run out and buy new groceries.
I buy 1 month in advance for my groceries and then I shop weekly for run of the mill items like cat food, toilet paper and fresh veggies.
While we were out shopping today I thought I would snap some pictures of my town for your viewing pleasure.
Welcome to Nickerson...
They are putting in a new water main all through town.
Gotta love the rubble.
Entering town you can see the grain co-op across from my house..This is the long distance view.
I hope you are excited about my month of menu's and enjoyed looking at my tiny town.
Do you make up menu's at your house too?
Thursday, January 6, 2011
I drag myself out of bed, down the stairs, put the dog out, bring the dog in, talk to the cats about their evenings activities and head straight to the fridge to make a green smoothie for Chris and I. This morning was slightly different as Kaiti my youngest child was home sick today with a cold. I usually make enough smoothie for three of us.
I made my standard smoothie of kale, frozen banana, orange juice, garlic and lemon. I just added a little extra of this and that WA LA..Smoothies!
I had a half of apple left over from the smoothies so I sliced it for Chris and gave him 4 raw Brazil nuts to go with it. Brazil nuts have been shown to help protect men from getting prostate cancer, so I make sure Chris has 2-4 daily.
Chris' snack with his smoothie
I have been consuming more and more tea as the weather gets chillier. I like to drink an organic green tea powder that actually releases it's powder into the bottom of your cup, you can see the sediment if you really look.
It is the best tea I have had in awhile and I drink between 6-10 cups a day. Not only does it help with lowering cholesterol levels it has been proven that is has reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent.
University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
For no other reason drink it because it tastes good, it warms you up in winter and gives you an over all sense of calm.
I thought I wanted to dip my cucumbers in a light Dijon vinaigrette
1/4 cup Tarragon Vinegar
2 tbls. red vine vinegar
1 tbls. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. Country french herbs blend
dash of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
Whisk and eat.
But then I realized I had some baby beets and baby butter beans calling to me from the fridge...Salad maybe?Baby butter bean salad with beets
3 cups organic fresh mixed baby greens with frisee
1 cup spinach
1.5 cups no salt added baby butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup sliced baby beets, cooked peeled and sliced thinly
1 cup baby carrots, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced thinly
1/3 green pepper, diced small
In a pretty serving bowl, add your lettuces and spinach, toss to combine. Top with celery, green pepper, and carrots. Place sliced beets and baby butter beans on next.
Whisk vinaigrette and pour over entire salad, mix well with two spoons. Serve immediately.
Close up shot.
And finally lunch is served.
I really liked this salad, it was light and yet filling. I think this would be especially good in the summer when beets are abundant here in Kansas.
The vinaigrette is quite delicious and covered the salad really well.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR LUNCH?