The Instant Pot makes it so easy to make homemade yogurt!
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You can use any oil or a combination of pure and healthy oils like:
To use, wet your hands, scoop up a bit and massage it into your hands, legs, and/or arms. Do not use on your face.
Note: I added a bit more sugar, red pepper flakes, oregano, and a wee bit more salt
Instructions for Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot:
Instructions for Stovetop:
Recipe from (with personal adjustments): https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/261118/pressure-cooker-mexican-beef-rice/?printview
These have, without a doubt, become my husband's favorite little treat! We could easily eat them all, but manage - most of the time - to have a wee bit at a time.
This recipe is from one of my goto sources for great, simply, healthy (most of the time) recipes on the web ... The Minimalist Baker! When I post one of her recipes, usually with my tweaks to suit our likes/dislikes, I will post the original post from her site. Please stop by and check out her recipes, subscribe to her newsletter, and support her wonderful efforts! Thank you.
Honey Mama's Chocolate Bars
My husband and I decided to give Misfits Market a try recently and we have discovered how boring our meal plan was getting. nips, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, mangoes and other items we don't often use. Today's package arrived with celery (last week, too) so we had more that we'd ever use! So, I hit the Internet and learned I can freeze it (wash, cut up, dry, and freeze on a cookie sheet, then bag it, then toss in the freezer to use later in soups, etc. Then ... celery soup!! Who knew my DOH would L-O-V-E this soup so much!!
Who's Karen? She is a wonderful lady from my past. She was my mother's friend from LeLeche League way back in the early 60s. When my summer days were surrounded by six younger siblings and I wanted to escape, I'd ride my bike to Karen's house where I often found her in the kitchen making lemon squares. To this day, they are my go-to dessert!
Karen's Lemon Squares
Unlike my mother's recipe, mine is a bit simpler and as my palate changes - whether more mature or old taste buds, I currently prefer mine. You be the judge!
I use my mother's recipe for the meatballs.
Store in air-tight container, I use Mason jars for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.
Comfort food! Can be made vegetarian or even vegan if you want to use plant-based products.
This is my mother’s recipe and a childhood favorite and serves 6 - 8.
My mother said, "Authentic Italian sauce recipes call for uncooked meat; re-cooking meats which are to be added to tomato sauce seems to be an American idea. The meat is so tender and the sauce is much quicker to prepare."
If you're like me, you hate the irritating buzzing sound of gnats swarming around your ears, eyes, and mouth, right? Here is a spritz you can carry around for those pesky critters. You can also make it a roll-on!
In reviewing my choices lately, I realized my essential oils were costing me a fortune, but I wasn't sure where else to go as I have been a Young Living advocate for years. A dear friend told me about a woman named Stephanie who owned The Herbal Toad in Ozark! I loved the name and spend a good bit of time over the next week getting to know Stephanie who is a certified herbalist. How amazing is that?
I have always been interested in using herbs for health and grow several myself. I feel like a sponge every time I visit her, soaking up all her knowledge and wonderful tinctures. Stephanie is so helpful, carefully answering every single question I ask!
If you're local and looking for an alternative way to good health, I can wholeheartedly recommend The Herbal Toad! If you're not local, she has an ever-growing online presence!
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Our recent family reunion was amazing ... tons of great food, great activities like kayaking, hiking, swimming, etc. I was asked for my broccoli salad recipe, so for those who requested the recipe, here you go!
For the Dressing:
My daughter, Natasha, loves this soup and it's perfect for any occasion.
I hope you make some fresh tandoori roti ... it's easy and amazing
Anyone who knows me knows I love everything there is about food. In an interest to be as healthy as possible I have shifted from low carb to vegan and much of what is in-between. What does that mean? First, if means we have had some amazing food over the years but in all the 'programs' or 'diets' we've tried all have both pros and cons.
The biggest con, for both my husband and me, was limitations of certain items. And, usually things we loved! No bread, no meat, no whatever ... you get the picture.
So, what is one to do when too much of a good thing isn't good anymore?
I asked myself what I really wanted. I discovered I mostly want to just plain feel good ... strong ... toned ... fit. So?
In scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across my niece's page. There was an amazing photo of her and I knew what I wanted to do. Granted, Tom is not on my page at all, but that's OK as he has his own journey. Over the years he has been gracious - even though vegan was HIS idea! - to encourage me and sometimes jump in. But the plan is so simple ... no food is forbidden but rather portion control. Being a hands-on learner, I love the concept and it has really helped me SEE what to do. I feel amazing and am full of energy, though I still enjoy a little nap in the afternoon ... yeah, gimme a break ... I'm pushing 70! Naps happen!
So, I sent my niece a message and basically told her I wanted to be her. We chatted. As I shared my thoughts I had an epiphany! I exercise, I play tennis, I eat well, there is no doubt about that. I eat as organic as possible, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, very little, if any, processed food. So what's my problem? As I said, portion control and understanding how food affects my body. Was it really that simple? Yes, it was.
My niece explained I just needed to understand what my body needed and put it into categories or rather 'containers.' As a tactical learner, I was excited.
I ordered my little containers and was shocked at the size. I just knew I'd starve and that was not something I looked forward to at all. It also came with an incredibly wonderful cookbook - everything I've tried so far has been amazing! Plus, the dreaded diary, and a workbook. That workbook and the accompanied online videos explained what I'd been missing all these years.
What surprised me the most is how much food I was actually eating. So far, I have not felt hungry at all and I've easily dropped 12.5 pounds and many inches!
The daily workout is making a difference, too! I have also started playing tennis and that has increase my stamina ... most days, I cannot wait to play!!
Stay tuned for more on #21dayfix!
Per serving: 444 calories / 32g fat (8g saturated) / 85mg cholesterol / 3g fiber / 31g protein / 6 carbs / 1g sugar, 725mg sodium / 3mg iron / 203mg calcium
From Health magazine / May 2019
529 calories / 32g fat (5g saturated) / 8g cholesterol / 13 g figer / 17g protein / 17g sugar (1g added) / 765mg sodium / 3mg iron / 203mg calcium
Vegetarian / Gluten-Free
Recipe from Health magazine / May 2019
Note: This was way better than I expected! While Tom isn’t a big fan of chickpeas, he liked them in this! He especially enjoyed the carrots!
My daughter-in-law, Mary, is an amazing baker and has given me permission to share her recipe. This recipe has become a family favorite!
Makes 60 cookies if you use a small melon-baller
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Grandson, Aidan, loves Aunt Mary's recipe. It has become our family's go to oatmeal cookie!
Grocery stores have found the perfect gimmick for busy families! Rotisserie chickens! They smell amazing when you walk in the door and it's pretty easy to fix a small salad and toss some veggies on your family's plates and call it dinner. And, it works well. We all need a break sometimes! I used them myself when I want to whip up a chicken chili in a hurry.
But, there is a better way, but it takes a bit of planning. The recipe is easy and takes very little effort.
Bonus!! Chicken Broth
Double Bonus! Chicken Soup
It seems to me that change is good. I like change. Tom, not so much. He would eat the same meals everyday whereas I cringe at the thought. From vegans two years ago to sensible eating today and several things in-between and I learned one thing, I've.....
It is as simple as that. Maybe I should be sharing what I have started doing. I know I'm a couch potato at heart, but I want to eat what I want knowing I'm active enough to burn off the calories / carbs / whatever!
OK, OK ... I am a beginner. I just started taking lessons last week and I even hit a couple of balls! In just three lessons, I have found muscles I didn't even know I had plus, they're tightening up! My weekly gym workout was actually easier that it had been because I played tennis the day before!
Am I sore? Yep, but my trainer explained that if you aren't sore you're not moving enough! Am I miserable? Nope ... in fact, when I move around I find myself smiling because I am a little sore! I've been MOVING!!
Try it ... go for a walk, clean out your car, sweep the garage, rearrange the living room! Just .......................
You didn't think I meant we were moving, right? Nope, not moving ... we are settled in our comfy home with little intention to make a change. I mean GET UP and MOVE! Netflix be damned! No more binge-watching for me! Do I need to cancel Netflix or can I control myself? Hmmmm ... time will tell! (UPDATE: Netflix is cancelled.)
The only way I can justify binge- watching is if I'm riding, not just sitting, on my recumbent bike! Yeah, that didn't happen.
So, all the experts say to MOVE, MOVE, MOVE ... so hard when the television beckons with new seasons, fabulous movies and series, and even DIY shows, the History Channel, and the list goes on and on. We have Dish so it records all our shows to watch at our leisure ... hmmm ... workout or watch TV ... too many choices!
I have to trick myself into walking and moving more. I have a television in my kitchen and that is where I often land. I have to say, my kitchen is cleaner and more organized that it's been for a while! I've cleaned out and rearranged my pantry, all my shelves, put down new cabinet liners, scoured the dishwasher edges (YUK!), cleaned out the registers, and cleaned the oven and microwave ... and made all my DIY Young Living cleaning products and all while I watch TV! There was a lot of bending, lifting, straining, groaning, and MOVING! Now, I can't do the kitchen every day, but I also cook.
Then, once I was tired of all those kitchen chores, I Googled "exercises in your kitchen" and found this wonderful gal. Check out her video below!
#getmoving #cleaningthekitchen #cleanwithYoungLiving #workoutinyourkitchen
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Vegetarian / Ketogenic
Ingredients (makes 8 servings)
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Clean and simple eating is my goal. I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes. All recipes included cover several diet types...raw vegan, vegan, vegetarian, low carb, and ketogenic. I have tried to remember to tag the recipes appropriately, but it is what it is.
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