Category Archives: Nutrition

The Very Best Pumpkin Soup

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My friend Kate makes the best Thai Pumpkin soup!  She recently shared her recipe and I thought I would pass it on.

You need:

2 TBL oil 1 onion chopped

1 TBL brown sugar

2-4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 small pumpkin, cooked, peeled and chopped into chunks

1 cup water or broth

1 15 oz. can coconut milk

3 TBL hot sweet chili sauce (Mae Ploy)

1 TBL lemon grass, chopped, or 1 TBL grated lemon peel

1 TBL fish sauce (I skip this and just add 1 TBL salt)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I skipped this too)

Cook the onion with the oil, brown sugar and garlic until soft. Add the pumpkin, water, coconut milk, chili sauce, lemon and fish sauce (if using). Simmer for about 25 minutes. Remove and puree in a blender until smooth. Yum!

(I can totally vouch for the Yum!)

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Natie’s Bean Burgers

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When my youngest was a little guy he was very stubborn when it came to trying new foods.  His tiny lips would clamp shut and there was not a thing I could do but wait.  And cajole, I did a whole lot of cajoling. Have you ever cajoled a tiny human?

I did usually succeed in getting him to try the food, however there was another long wait as he chewed.  He would shoot up his pointer finger as I asked, “well?”.  That tiny digit, was at times the focus of everyone at the dinner table. He would tip his head to one side, then the other, tuck his chin into his chest, and look off into an unknown distance only he could see in his 3-yr-old mind.  All with his finger pointing upward, instructing us to wait for his response until he was finished chewing.  While I appreciated his good manners at such a young age and him not wanting to talk with his mouth full, I was amused each time as he simply nodded his approval.   It was unusual that he didn’t like the new dish, but if that was the case there was absolutely no wait for that response.   He let me know immediately if he didn’t like something.

Here is a Natie approved recipe:

You need: 2 c. cooked pinto beans,

1 c. oats, (or any mixture of wheat germ, ground flax seed, bread crumbs etc.)

1/4 -1/2 c. sunflower seeds,

1/4 c. carrot or zuchinni, or both (shred and then chop shreds),

1/2 an onion, minced

3 fat cloves garlic, minced

Salt, Pepper, and Chili Flakes to suit your individual taste.

1 egg (skip if you’re vegan)

Mix all thouroughly and mash beans as you mix.  Use hands and knead ingredients together for a minute or two.  Form into firm balls and make patties.  Fry in small amount of oil.  Serve like any other burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mayo, mustard, ketchup all on a nice, toasted, whole wheat bun.

It’s Everywhere

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Chicory flower

Being blessed with the chance to live in the country has given me the opportunity to live the way I choose.  I choose to explore this Earth and seek out her gifts to utilize as intended.  I have discovered many treasures during my expeditions.  I think it would be impossible for Monsatan to control all of the food in the world. There’s too much of it.  Most people aren’t even aware of how much wild food there is.

On one of our home school excursions, I took the children down to our creek and had them taste fresh cattail.  They are sort of  like a salty wilted cucumber. They were surprised you could eat them.  Take a look at how many cattail there are in the wild.  Just peel the bottom and eat.

There are Salsify and Chicory roots to roast in almost any field or pasture.  Salsify is good for the digestive system and Chicory is a great coffee substitute. In this area the wild garlic is within walking distance.  That was a good find!

You can make a salad of nasturtium, pansy, dandelion, and many other flowers, even some of the leaves can be used too. There are juniper berries, and rose hips for teas. There’s even a candy to make with nothing more than powdered sugar and rose petals. This is very easy and has a nice delicate taste, suitable for an afternoon tea, or a brunch sweet.  Just chop the fresh, washed, petals and place in a morter.  As you pulverize with the pestle, add small amounts of powdered sugar until you make a paste that is the consistancy of dry gum.  Form into small dime sized patties and chill.

I encourage you to look where you live, and find some wild food to try this spring, even if it’s just a dandelion added to your dinner salad. Make sure to use plants that have not been sprayed with poisons, and wash everything before you eat it.

Purple Salsify

What Are These GMOs?

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Here is a great explanation of what GMOs are and where to find them.

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

I encourage you to explore this topic on your own and then become active in some way.  Boycott, write letters to congress and the manufacturers, tell your friends and family, co-workers, everyone you know needs to know about this horror that has been happening to us for over 20 years now.

Try Mac & No-cheese

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If you want to try something tasty and super nutritious, cook up some pasta (any kind will do) and when it’s done drizzle it with nutritional yeast “cheese” sauce.   You can use the pasta water, any kind of milk, or broth to make the flakes thin enough to use for a sauce.  Adjust thickness to suit your individual taste. Add any veggies you would to other pasta dishes. Very tasty! I like to top this with a spoon of salsa and some pickled veggies. I use cracked black pepper but you won’t need salt at all.

Another delicious way to use nutritional yeast is in twice-baked potatoes ~ add soy or almond milk (original flavor, unsweetened) to the yeast flakes to make the “cheese” sauce.  To the scooped out potato add your veggie bacon, sauted veggies,  a couple spoons of non-dairy sour cream, and 1/2 of the sauce. Drizzle the rest over the top and add cracked black pepper or red chili flakes before you re-bake to brown tops.

These are just a couple of ways to eat healthier starting today!

Are You Cereal?

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I was surprised to see how far down Kashi and Annie’s were on this list. These are names that we should be able to trust. Shame on them.

http://cornucopia.org/cereal-scorecard/

Here’s the home page:

http://www.cornucopia.org/

The above site is great for checking out the name brands for you on soy, dairy, cereal, and and others.  Full of information on organic foods!! Love it!

What’s In A Name?

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here’s an interesting video about Whole Foods, and some of their “organic” products countries of origin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JQ31Ljd9T_Y

I looked for the list they refer to in the above broadcast, I couldn’t find it  anywhere on the website they flashed. If anyone else finds it please send it to me.

this might help take away some stress ~ it’s a non-GMO shopping guide.

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/shopping-guide.html

however take a look at the 1st brand on many of the lists.   Yep, I couldn’t believe it either . . . it’s 365.

now what?

Look Who’s Trying to Kill Us!

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Check out who funds our American Dietetic Association.  Pretty hard to trust them when they are sponsored by the very corporations that are poisoning us. FYI ~ Monsanto makes Soy Joy. This is such a corrupt Association. Do not believe anything they tell you. The ADA needs to be dissolved.

http://www.eatright.org/HealthProfessionals/content.aspx?id=7454&terms=corporate+sponsors

My Favorite Tofu

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This is a great vid on how to make your own tofu.  There is no need to buy an expensive cheese mold like the one you see in this vid you can make your tofu round, by using a strainer or colandar that’s strong enough to hold a heavy weight for pressing.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kARjk3k3EY

The absolute best way to eat tofu is dredged in nutritional yeast after a light frying.  That is all there is to that, you simply fry thin (1/3 “- 1/2”) slices of tofu in olive oil and minced garlic. When golden brown place on paper to drain for a few seconds, then dredge in the nutritional yeast.  Turn it into a sandwich or eat it in a tortilla. This is something I learned working in the cannery on The Farm in Summertown, TN. When I worked there we fed 300 hungry workers everyday.  I don’t remember one compaint! That was a very rewarding job.

Another great way to prepare tofu that will take you by surprise is in a fajita. Here’s how I make them:

You need: Tofu, Vegetarian Chicken Broth Powder, Onion, Bell Pepper, Garlic, Black Pepper, Celery, OG Taco Seasoning, Olive oil. Tortillas and Salsa

Slice tofu in finger length pieces and sprinkle lightly with powdered vegetarian chicken broth.

Slice all veggies in thin pieces about 1″ long. Sweat onion and celery in olive oil, then add pepper and lightly brown all. Remove from pan. Veggies should be somewhat crispy still. Add more oil if needed. Lastly add seasoned tofu and fry to golden brown.

 Gently toss veggies back into pan, add taco seasoning, mix lightly, and serve on warm tortillas with salsa.

These are 2 ways to eat tofu that will appeal to even the stubbornest carnivore.

I hope you enjoy!!