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Honoring Childhood Food Habits

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 2 comments

Alice RD2BPeople eat for a lot of different reasons, not just to satisfy hunger.  Many of us use food to enjoy a sense of connection to our past. What do you do when your adult belief system doesn’t jive with food traditions of your childhood? (more…)

Pure Bliss Basil Salad

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 1 comment

Pure Bliss Basil Salad

I don’t know about you but the absolutely divine fragrance of basil makes me crazy.  Basil is one of those foods that puts me in a trance, making me sway to music that only my heart and taste buds can hear.If you can’t remember the last time you held a tiny bouquet of fresh basil in your hands and inhaled deeply, you should drop what you are doing right now, run to the store and do just that.  Everything about this salad is a delight, (more…)

10 Minute Bean Burritos

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

10 Minute Bean Burritos

Bean-Burritos-DIY-Taco-Seasoning (Custom)

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained [0.89]
  • 4 soft tortillas [1.00]
  • 2 Tbs taco seasoning [.25]
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 C shredded romaine [.50]

Cost Per Serving : $0.66

Directions

1) Mix black beans, water, and taco seasoning in blender until smooth

2)Heat bean mixture until slightly warm (1 minute on high in microwave)

3)Heat tortilla in ungreased pan on stove top until slightly toasted in appearance

4)Combine bean mixture with shredded romaine lettuce

5)Place bean and lettuce mix in center of tortillas

6)Simply roll up tortilla and enjoy

Tip

Prepackaged taco seasoning is readily available; but, if you would like to avoid added preservatives there are really simple recipes available to create your own.  This is the one I use  DIY Taco Seasoning.

 

 

 

 

Simple Romaine Salad

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Simple Romaine Salad

IMG_52401 (Custom)

Ingredients

approx. 1 tsp minced herbs

1 tbs olive oil

1 shredded romaine heart

Instructions

Combine

Toss

Enjoy

Plant Based on a Budget Challenge

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Carrot Beet SaladIn an effort to debunk the myth that eating well is unaffordable Plant Based On A Budget has decided to launch a challenge in which contributors put together free meals plans.  Participants are approaching the challenge from a variety of angles,  from single person to family of four meal plans, but each plan conforms to the $25.00 per person/per week guideline.   My meal plans are for one person and focus heavily on fruit and vegetable consumption.  As most people find themselves low on time these days, the meal plans are designed to keep the kitchen time commitment to a minimum.  Ideally vegetable prep (shredding romaine, dicing onions etc.) is completed on the same day you shop so that when you come home after a long day your meals are almost complete.  I reserve two days weekly for making meals for the next few days. Food waste is very expensive.  I find that making sure to wash and cut vegetables the same day I bring them home increases the likelihood that I will use them before they turn. I completed my shopping at Kroger, Aldi, and the local farmers market this week.   I didn’t factor in the cost of spices as many people keep these in the pantry year round.  Be aware that you don’t ever have to follow a recipe to the letter if you know what purpose the ingredient in question is serving and can find a viable substitution.  There are tons of substitution charts available online.  I’ve found pintables, like this one of spice substitutions,handy.

Shopping List

1lb brown rice – 1.25

3 pack zucchini – .98

celery – .79

carrots – .79

1 large sweet potatoes – 1.25

romaine lettuce – 1.25

onion – .79

1 avocados – 1.00

3 lb bag apples – 2.97

multi-colored peppers – 1.79

tomatoes – .79

oatmeal – 2.00

raisins – 1.25

kale – .99

1 lb dry white beans – .98

1lb dry kidney beans – .98

1lb dry lentils – .98

cabbage – .59

whole wheat pasta – .99

vegetable bouillon cubes – 1.00

tomato sauce – .89

Day 1

Breakfast: Oatmeal sprinkled with raisins

Lunch: Green Salad (shredded romaine, olive oil, pepper, dried herbs), Vegetable Soup

Dinner: Left Over Vegetable Soup, Zucchini Pasta (omit sun-dried tomatoes and 2 zucchini – use 1/2 box of pasta)

Day 2

Breakfast: Oatmeal sprinkled with raisins

Lunch: Kale and Sweet Potato Soup, Apple

Dinner: Left Over Vegetable Soup and Zucchini Pasta

Day 3

Breakfast: Oatmeal sprinkled with raisins

Lunch: Two Bean Salad, Apple

Dinner: Leftover Kale and Sweet Potato Soup, Green Salad

Day 4

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (kale, apple,water)

Lunch: Two Bean Salad tossed with leftover romaine salad

Dinner: Curried Cabbage with Brown Rice and Sweet Potato (substitute chickpeas with white beans, use 1/2 sweet potato)

Day 5

Breakfast: Lentil Soup with Sautéed Kale

Lunch: Romaine Salad with tomato, chickpeas, 1/2 avocado and extra virgin olive oil vinaigrette drizzle

Dinner: Avocado Pasta (using remaining 1/2 of avocado and pasta) with Carrot Salad

Day 6

Breakfast: Orange Carrot Ginger Smoothie

Lunch: Orange, Apple, and White Bean Salad (using white onion and dried herbs)

Dinner: White Bean, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup (omit heavy cream, use 1/2 sweet potato)

Day 7

Breakfast: Oatmeal sprinkled with nuts and raisins

Lunch: Leftover Lentil Soup, Apple

Dinner: Leftover White Bean, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup along with brown rice

 

My step by step  budget friendly modifications of recipes to follow throughout week.

 

Everyone Needs a Kitchen Assistant

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 5 comments

Everyone Needs a Kitchen Assistant
Even if said assistant occasionally bogarts a chip or two
or abandons you to play outside.   An extra heartbeat in the kitchen only doubles the love and life one person could infuse into meals.

Simple Jackfruit Smoothie

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Simple Jackfruit Smoothie

1C jackfruit (ripe)
1C almond milk
1/2 C water (add water as needed if not using high powered blender)
1/2 frozen banana
2 C spinach

Combine ingredients in blender.
Enjoy.

Once I read that jackfruit reminds some of bubble yum, I had a hunch that it wouldn’t disappoint.  While I have to say that jackfruit is the most labor intensive fruit I have encountered, it is totally worth it.  The best tip that I can share with you is to use coconut oil or any kind of vegetable oil to remove the sticky resin that you will get all over your hands and kitchen counter as you cut the fruit. 

Here is some background info on the fruit and some great vegan recipe ideas for the unripened fruit. 

What is Jackfruit?
13 Stellar Vegan Jackfruit Recipes

Katie Makkai – Pretty

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

This really resonates; as, I’ve been contemplating the pointlessness of pursing ever elusive beauty standards, while women suffer and die at the hands of misogynists the world over. It seems like a vacuous distraction from far more important things. While there is an undeniable connection between physiological and psychological wellness, pursuit of the beauty standard doesn’t have any real connection to healthy living.  Radical self-care is the way to genuine health for your whole self (mind, body, spirit).

 

Necessary Skill for Crazy Cat Ladies

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Necessary Skill for Crazy Cat Ladies

In order to step up my instagram/cat stalking game, I decided to take a photography class. 
Here is a great shot of Barry from week one. 

I recently discovered the existence of cat cafes. The video below is of one in Seoul. Assuming that they don’t starve the cats to make sure that they approach visitors, it seems like the best idea ever.

Mangosteen, Rambutan, and Horned Melon

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Mangosteen, Rambutan, and Horned Melon

I always plan on trying new things when I go to the Farmer’s Market, emphasis on plan. I usually end up filling my basket with old favorites and saving the new items for another day.  Today I stuck with my mission to try at least one unfamiliar item and ended up trying three new fruit.  Two were winners.  One proved itself to basically be an overpriced and labor intensive version of a cucumber. Check out these directions for eating horned melon and tell me it doesn’t sound a little involved for fruit.  Had I known that it is sometimes called a cucumber melon I would have at least had an inkling that the super exotic exterior was disguising an underwhelming interior, but since it was labeled otherwise, I was not prepared for the let down.

How to eat rambutan

How to eat a horned melon

How to eat a mangosteen