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!
Tell her Elizabeth sent you!
The Herbal Toad
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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)
Next time I make it, I'll get a picture!
Why do American restaurants give you so much food? Granted, there are those restaurants who serve reasonable sizes, but even my husband feels 'cheated' with so little on his plate.
Recently my DOH and I went to dinner at an Italian restaurant. The Italian part really doesn't matter because it happens EVERYWHERE ... well, just about. I ordered a kale - quinoa salad with a lemon vinaigrette and it was amazing ... sadly, more than 1/2 of it was wasted. This salad was piled high on a large dinner plate. Honestly, it was enough for six. And it was NOT a dinner salad, but one you would order with your entree. Seriously? I was full before I even reached the bottom!
More and more I see restaurants serving way more than our bodies need. From pizza to spaghetti, from steak to hamburgers! Granted, they are likely working hard to get your business to get more for your money. And, they'd be right. We Americans love a bargain and if we get more for the money, so be it, regardless of the toll it takes on our bodies.
What are we to do?
Learning and remember what a serving size is for you body and caloric / fat / sodium/ etc. intake and you'll think you're about to starve!
How about ice cream ... yep, 1/2 cup is a serving in most cases. I'll have to put my serving spoon away and opt for a teaspoon when I eat ice cream! I have no restraint when it comes to ice cream. Better, for me, to forgo ice cream. Period.
How about that sandwich ... one slice or bread or two? ONE is a serving. Bummer.
Many of us are walking around with extra inches around our middle. We really shouldn't be surprised, should we?
Next up ... moving!
A new docu-series is available ... it's all about brain health. Check it out.
... we are not perfect clean eaters. Is anyone, really? If one is honest I think some "not so great" foods would happen. For instance, every week Tom and I go to Waffle House for our usual breakfast before we head to our beloved Publix ... mine is: one poached egg with hash browns, a cup of decaf with 1/2 and 1/2. Tom also has his usual: a small tomato juice, two eggs over easy, white toast, and hash browns. Is it a terrible thing to do? That's is a question only you can answer for yourself. I don't intend to justify our actions at all, and you don't have to either. We all make choices all the time. No one is perfect. And, if you know someone who is ... well ...
Lunch today is the Moroheiya Noodles or Healthy Ramen Noodle Salad. It is one of our favorite salads. I was unable to find the GreeNoodles locally ... so here's the link for GreeNoodles Amazon.
This was a surprise for me as my husband, Tom, is not a huge fan of beans. Granted he loves chili, but when it literally replaces meat, it's a challenge. This recipe calls for lentils - a powerhouse little gem - so imagine my surprise when he asked for seconds!
When we first went vegan, this was a go-to dish because it lends itself to so many variations. Here is the basic recipe, see below for options!
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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