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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Contribution from Freelance Writer on Healthy Skin with a Vegan Diet

I am SOOOO thrilled to have another article from Jessica, a Freelance Writer.  This article is on how a Vegan Diet is beneficial for the skin.   Enjoy !!!!  THANKS Jessica !!!!


Stop the Spots and Break Up with Breakouts - Hidden Skin Benefits of Becoming Vegan

At first the changes are subtle as a general feeling of wellbeing overcomes the newly-appointed vegan disciple. This is soon followed by the realization that the world is indeed a better place, not just because the new recruit is doing something about the environment and the general wellbeing of animals. No, this sense of wellbeing stems from a body that experiences food from a whole new perspective. Wholesome, satisfying dishes that have a surprising side effect - a clearer skin.

The Science Behind this Wonderful Revelation

According to Dr Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D. from the Mayo Clinic, some of the best foods for a healthy skin include yellow fruits and vegetables, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, tomatoes, beans, peas, lentils, and nuts. Although salmon, mackerel, and other oily fish also make the list, these are the only non-vegan items.  Dr. Gibson also states that although these items may feature high on a healthy diet list, it’s also important that the patient refrains from a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates or unhealthy fats. This corresponds closely to a vegan lifestyle as well.

Everyone Is Different

Although there are different skin types and dietary requirements, it’s important to know that the introduction of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any healthy lifestyle. For those who aren’t seeing the effects of a healthy diet on their skin, a trip to the dermatologist will make a world of difference. Concern about the vegan diet is often caused by the lack of proper nutrition.

Nutritional Benefits - A Closer Look


All the different nutritional groups need to be represented to ensure that vegans experience all the health-related benefits. Skipping out on one or two food groups doesn’t only have an effect on the body, it can also be dangerous as it results in malnutrition. Vegans should take care to have enough zinc, Vitamin C and E, and unsaturated fats to experience the health benefits of the vegan lifestyle. These are perfect for combatting inflammation and getting rid of pimples. Brown spots and wrinkles are also out the door where these foods are concerned. Fibre is also a must, to eliminate waste and prevent a pasty complexion. Water is the final addition to the diet and provides hydration from the inside for that fresh-faced, glowing appearance.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Coconut Almond Snack Balls (DF, GF)



I just wanted to keep eating these !!  My co-workers loved them also and could have eaten more !!!


Ingredients:
2 cups dates  (I use medjool dates)
1/3 cup water 
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2 cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
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1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped

Directions:
Soak the dates in the water for about 15 minutes to soften.

Blend the dates (with water) and coconut in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.  Stir in the almonds.

Form into balls and store in fridge.  Each day these balls tend to get more flavorful.  I like these better after they have been in the fridge overnight.

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is easier and not as messy.


My favorite food processor is the KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender



Enter his gates with thanksgiving;  go into his courts with praise.  Give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4 (NLT)


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Contribution From Freelance Writer on Healthy Eating

I was SO thrilled when Jessica offered to right an article about the importance of healthy eating !  Jessica is a freelance health and food writer.   Her article also has links to some VERY interesting and informative articles.  Enjoy !


The No Nonsense Guide to Going Vegan Starting Today

It’s no secret that those who eat a vegetarian or even vegan diet have a tendency to live longer than their omnivorous counterparts. This tends to be due to the fact that the cooking process creates carcinogenic material in most types of meat, leading to esophageal and stomach cancers later in life, according to the WHO and the Cancer Council of New South Wales. Meat eaters also tend to have a higher body mass index due to the higher calories in animal flesh.

It should be clear to most that a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is an objectively superior one. That is not to say that it is an easy one to adopt. Especially in later life, it can be tremendously difficult to improve your dietary habits, particularly if some unhealthy choices have taken root over many years. But, the sooner you start the sooner you can begin eradicating the negative consequences of animal consumption, according to the suggestive results of studies performed by Harvard University.

How to Go Vegan Today

While it would be ideal to go cold turkey off of animal products right now, for most people this simply isn’t realistic. Especially for the elderly, this could be quite the shock to the system. That is not to say that it is bad for you, quite the opposite in fact. It can simply cause intestinal upset and general irritability. Even so, this can be more than enough to convince many seniors that going vegan is bad for them and puts them off committing to this healthy lifestyle choice.

The key to starting and maintaining any major dietary shift like this is to begin slowly. The primary focus from the outset will be on the gradual elimination of animal products from your life. This can be as simple as switching from regular milk to soy.

The Joy of Substitution

Did you know that as a vegan, you can eat virtually anything you want to? This may not make sense at first, especially for someone that has been cooking for themselves for many years. After all, how can you possibly make a burger without the beef?

The key is to find recipes that allow you to substitute the animal products in your favourite foods with vegetable based options. For example, burgers can easily be constructed out of mixtures of mushroom, turnip, and other fleshy vegetables which taste virtually the same. They also have the added bonus of being far lower in calories and higher in micronutrients and antioxidants! 


Don’t expect to totally overhaul your diet overnight. Take the time to experiment, find the foods you enjoy, and take the journey as it comes. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Daniel Fast Cranberry Steel Cut Oat Muffins



The steel cut oats give the muffins a chewy texture.  As with all Daniel Fast muffins, since you can not use leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda),  they do not rise like "regular" muffins - resulting in a denser muffin.  These muffins are better the day after they are made.  Actually, I think ALL muffins taste better the day after they are made !!  


Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1 cup Steel Cut Oats  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 and 1/2 cups cranberries (I used dried - no sugar)
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1 cup orange juice (no added sugar)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, sliced
6 large dates (I use medjool dates)

Directions:
Blend the orange juice, vanilla, bananas, and dates in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Pour mixture into bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  


Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  


My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.


The OXO Large Scoop  is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Acknowledge that the Lord is God!  He made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3 (NLT)


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lentils and Rice with Broccoli (DF,GF)




I put the broccoli in the rice cooker but if you want the broccoli firmer, cook the broccoli by itself and add to the rice after the rice is cooked. 


Ingredients:
1 cup dry brown rice (I used brown rice and wild rice)
1 can lentils, with liquid 
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp minced jar garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup water
1 12-oz package frozen broccoli
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1/4 cup shelled pistachios

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook until done.  Stir in pistachios after the rice is cooked.


I really like the Rival 6-cup Rice Cooker w/Steamer.   It makes cooking rice SOOO easy.  I just put all the ingredients in the cooker .  So my rice dish is complete with spices and veggies when the rice is cooked.  The 6 cup isn't a big rice cooker, but it is plenty for 2 people.  



Worship the Lord with gladness.  Come before him, singing with joy.
Psalm 100:2 (NLT)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Apricot Walnut Coconut Snack Balls (DF, GF)






Ingredients:
2 cups dates (I use medjool dates)
1/3 to 1/2 cup water (depending on how dry the mixture is)
1 cup dried apricots (I used 12 Made in Nature Dried Apricots
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup walnuts

Directions:
Put everything in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined. 

Form into balls and store in fridge.  Each day these balls tend to get more flavorful.  I like these better after they have been in the fridge overnight.

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is easier and not as messy.


My favorite food processor is the KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender



Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Psalm 100:1 (NLT)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sweet Potato Dessert/Pie (DF,GF)


I was not going to publish this  because it came about by me making a mistake in what I was trying to make !!!  But my co-workers LOVED it and thought it made a great dessert.  So here it is !!!   

This recipe makes a TON!!!   I made 1- 10 inch pie and 2-8 inch pies with this recipe.  


Ingredients:
3 and 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
3 bananas
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup and 2 Tbsp date syrup
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup pecans

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until well combined.

Pour mixture into pie crust or dessert bowls.

If making a pie, bake at 350 degrees until hot, about 35 - 45 mins.


Pie Crust:
1 and 1/2 cups pecans
1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
15 large dates
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Mix all ingredients (EXCEPT coconut) in a blender or food processor until crumbly.  Stir in coconut.

Press into a 9-inch pie pan

My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

The Lord is close to everyone who prays to him, to all who truly pray to him.
Psalm 145:18  (NCV)


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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Chickpea and Spinach Soup (DF, GF)




This is simple but good !!


Ingredients:
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 onion, chopped
1 can tomatoes (I used the liquid) 
3 cans chickpeas (I used the liquid)
2 10-oz package frozen spinach
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups water or veggie broth

Directions:
Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 10-12 hours, or until done.


Everything the Lord does is right.  He is loyal to all he has made.
Psalm 145:17 (NCV)





Sunday, November 6, 2016

Lentil Potato Burgers (DF, GF)



Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups cooked mashed or shredded white or sweet potatoes
2 cans lentils, drained (or 3 cups cooked lentils)
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup Quaker Quick Oats
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed 
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp minced jar garlic
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.  Form into patties.

Then fry them on medium-high in a pan on the stove until browned on both sides or bake them at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or cook them on a grill.   I cook them on my  Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler for about 20 minutes.  

  
You open your hand, and you satisfy all living things.
Psalm 145:16 (NCV)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Review of Chef Remi Jar Opener


I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to try out Chef Remi's new jar opener.

What I really like about this jar opener is that there are several different size openings to fit various jar lids.  The jar opener is about 9 inches long and about 3.5 inches at its widest point and about 2.25 inches at the bottom of the jar opener.

There are 8 different size openings to fit jar lids.  The largest opening is a little over 2.5 inches, the next is a little under 2 inches, the next is about 1.25 inches, and the smallest is a little under 1 inch.  However, the handles can be pulled apart to fit jar lids slightly wider than just the sizes  I specified.  There are 4 different holes, the jar opener can be flipped over to give different size openings.  One side of the jar opener has indentations along the inside of the "scallops" which give a smaller size option than when flipped.  The size for each hole is about .25 inch difference depending on how you flip the jar opener.

I did find it was easier to use the jar opener when I held the jar against my body. It was harder for me to use when I left the jar on the counter and just held the jar.

The handles are made of silicone so it is easy to grip the handles - even with wet hands.  I put water on both my hands and the handles and I was still able to get a good grip. The silicone grips the jar lids better than a metal one I have.

The jar opener is very smooth - no sharp edges.

This jar opener was made in China.  It is dishwasher safe so it is easy to clean.

Another great thing is that Chef Remi offers a lifetime guarantee on the jar opener.

I do like this jar opener and will use it instead of the metal one I currently have!

Check out the jar opener here