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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

HELL NO, WE WON'T GMO! Whole Foods Deception


Whole Foods, a place where probably many of us shop has (very quietly) admitted in a press release (found on their website) that they sell organic GMO food that IS NOT LABELED.  I find this appalling.  Like many people, I go into Whole Foods thinking, I am buying WHOLE FOOD since they advertise "100% real ingredients" and "Nothing Artificial Ever".  100% real ingredients and GMO are, in my opinion, COMPLETE opposites and not synonymous what-so-ever!

GMO - Genetically Modified Organisms, in a nutshell, is where scientists go in and genetically alter the chemistry of a fruit or veggie.  Thus, the final product is not the truest form of itself anymore.  After testing these altered products on mice etc. (which is a whole other crappy subject), the mice and rats became very sick with tumors and various forms of cancer.

Now, places we trust, like Whole Foods, is sticking GMO products onto their shelves without telling us.  Many items are NOT labeled at ALL.  This country is already riddled with disease, and now there is a pathway for those of us who want to stay healthy to get sick or sicker. - has a FABULOUS documentary on this subject, where they travel to Whole Foods and ask the customers if they know what Whole Foods is doing.  It also goes into depth about the press release and how our Food Czar of this country supports GMO products and confronts Whole Foods themselves, who then tries to dance around the situation.  Please take 20 minutes to watch this video to get educated.

This is scary stuff people.  I am not one to preach, but PLEASE share my blog and help get the word out to your friends and family!  DO NOT eat GMO foods!  Educate yourself and find out what you are eating!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Quick Salty Snack to the Rescue!

If you're like me, you crave a salty thing once in a while.  I keep all the ingredients to this really quick and easy AND SALTY snack on hand!

What You'll Need:
  • cucumber slices
  • pita crackers
  • soy cream cheese
  • dill or spice of your choice
  • salt and pepper

Spread the soy cream cheese on your cracker.

Add your cucumber slice (I take the skin off).

Add your dill, salt and pepper - and Presto!  A quick salty treat!

Chew slowly, you digest your food better!  

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Streamline Spagetz Squash!

We love this meal!  So easy and it tastes way better than spaghetti, not to mention you don't feel all heavy and sleepy afterwards.  My nephews even love it!

1 Spaghetti Squash
Olive Oil
Cookie sheet and foil
Your favorite tomato sauce

This has totally been our go to meal when we are craving Italian or just in a rush and don't have time to make anything.  Spaghetti squash is literally an amazing little veggie friend.  He does all the work for you! 

Getting started:  
  • Preheat your oven to 350.
  • Go get yourself a small-medium sized spaghetti squash (ours is a medium-large size in the picture) if you are making a meal for 2.  Bigger if you are making for more.  Give it a good wash (you don't use the skin anyways)
  • Get your best knife out to cut it LENGTHWISE in half.  The cutting I found was the most challenging, especially if it is under ripe.  I found the easiest way to cut it is if you hold the stem area and then cut the bottom half all the way through to the other side (so you kind of made a mouth on it).  This way you can stick the back of a spoon in the slice you made for leverage to cut through the rest.  Don't be afraid to just rip apart when you have the whole thing almost cut (you get all the meat out of it later, so style and presentation points don't count here).  
  • Once you have that bad boy in half, discard the middle slimy, seedy part and lay the 2 halves out on a cookie sheet.  **Depending on your oven, you may want to add water to the bottom of the cookie sheet, an inch or less, so it doesn't dry out. 
  • Dab a little olive oil on it.
  • Put the squash into the oven for about 30-45 minutes.  You can tell when it's finished when you can stick a fork in the meat of it easily or it's getting a little wilty.

It will come out looking like this.

The Fun Part:
Next is the fun part!  After the oven, grab a potholder with one hand and stand one half of it upright.  Take a fork in the other hand and just drag it from top to bottom of the meaty part of the squash.  It's VERY easy, and it literally just falls apart with your fork.  Takes about 2 minutes.
Presto!  Spaghetti!   

 Next grab one of your favorite organic tomato sauces, or make your own like we sometimes like to do, and add it to the top!  We LOVE the texture of the squash waaaaaaay better than noodles.  You get a little bit of a hearty crunch in there, which is great.  Add a little basil on top if you like and enjoy!  Hooray for fast and easy recipes!  

P.S.  This saves pretty well in the fridge do if you make a big squash, you can have leftovers for another day or two.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Super Easy, Fast, Friendly Cheesy Kale Chips

Hooray for Vegan Mofo!  We participated last year and had a lot of fun!  This year we are aiming to provide our everyday life recipes that are simple, fairly quick and remind us of meals we used love.  He works and a hospital and I own my own business, so it gets hard to find time to stay healthy, but I think we've found our groove!

Super Easy, Fast, Friendly Cheesy Kale Chips!

OK, if you're like me, you LOVE LOVE LOVE you some chips!  I used to love a big ol
 bag of fresh potato chips once upon a time.  But alas, I know better, so I found a way to replace them.

After much experimenting, we found a kick-ass way to make "chips" really fast and delicious!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 bunch kale (organic) washed and dried well
  • 3 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 squirt lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews  (you can pre-soak for an hour or 2 or not)
  • 1 red bell pepper (small)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • water
  • appetite
  • Pre-heat oven to 405-425 depending on your oven
  • cookie sheet with foil, silpat whatever you have
  • Vitamix/good blender
Preparing the Kale:
You will want to wash and get them DRY.  I just rip them where they contour, to make small chip size pieces and put them in a large bowl.  You can be a little more professional than me and use a knife to make clean cuts.  Make sure not to use the middle rib and that you are just ripping off the leaves.  Save the middle rib for your juice or smoothie later!  Add a swirl of olive oil to the kale and get your hand in there to start tossing!  (I can usually get 2 bowl of kale chips out of one thing of kale - don't over flow your bowl save half for the next batch)

Preparing the Cheesy Saucey deliciousness:
I use a Vitamix, I am not sure a regular blender will get you the right consistency for this sauce...   In your blender ad cashews, red pepper (without stem or seeds), nutritional protein and lemon.  I like to add a splash of water so everything gets blended up smooth.

Now taste it!!!!!!  Sometimes I end up adding up to 6 tbs of nutritional protein depending on my batch of cashews.  The more NP you put in the "cheesier" it tastes. 

Making the chips:
Pour HALF of the cheese sauce you made into the bowl with the kale.  I enjoy tossing it with my hands to coat all the pieces.  You want a light to moderate coat so the don't get to soggy.

On your cookie sheet, use foil - or I highly recommend a Silpat if you have one.  Spread the chips evenly out over the sheet trying not to over lap too much.

After you have put them on your sheet, add salt and pepper to taste.

Stick that guy in the oven for a bout 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven and start working or your second half.  You will know when they are finished because the will shrink and turn a little darker.  I like mine with crispy edges and a little bit of a chewy middle.  You can also use a dehydrator if you are not in a time crunch.

Presto!  Delicious chips you don't have to feel guilty about!  So pop in that movie and snuggle up with your significant other and snack on a nice big bowl of cheesy kale chips!!!!!! 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Get The Kiddos To Eat Their Fruit! Fruit Flies!

We know sometimes it's hard to get the kiddos to eat the way you want or the way they should.  Here is a cute little trick to get them to love the good stuff!  You eat with your eyes first, who could resist these fruit flies!? 

All you will need are:
Strawberries (cut long ways and in round slices)
And of course, add any of your fruit ideas to make your own fruit fly!  Like kiwis, tangerine slices or grapes!