I've missed a few Meatless on Mondays and last week I missed Raw Food Friday! The good news is that I'm still around but I'm taking it easy for the next week. While I've slowed down on this blog I'll be back in January to my regular posting.
A few months ago I won a giveaway at Let Them Eat Cake. A week later this fantastic cookbook arrived at my doorstep. It's been a hectic few moths so I'm finally sitting down to try a few of the recipes.
Savoring the Seasons With Our Best Bites has 4 sections for 4 seasons. The recipes look fantastic! I chose wassail because the hubs tells me his mom used to make it. Side note: I know I call him "the hubs" that but it'll be OFFICIAL this Friday!!! Hot Wassail Ingredients: 4 cups water 1 cup sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves 3 cups pineapple juice 3 cups orange juice 3 cups lemonade
Directions Combine water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes and let sit for 1 hour. This step can be done 3 days ahead of time. Add pineapple juice, orange juice and lemonade. Heat and serve.
After reading the recipe I realized that it's nothing like what the hubs described but I'll make it anyway. This recipe is much healthier!
My recipe is short and sweet today. But before we get to the recipe, enjoy a beautiful quote.
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is
more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That
hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure
for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
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4 Cups Blackberries (I used one punnet of frozen blackberries)
the ingredients in the order listed. Blend the greens and liquid first
and then blend the rest of the ingredients. This creates more space in
your blender. Add more water if required to thin it out. Substitute any
of the ingredients for whatever you already have. If your smoothie is
too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your
ingredients before blending.
I had this fantastically fancy recipe to share for Raw Food Friday this week but I'm just not up to it. I'm really focusing on what I eat lately and simple just feels better.
I found so many awesome recipes over at Green Thickies (also on my sidebar) so I thought I'd share one today. One of my favorite posts so far is 8 Best Vegan Blogs. I'm not vegan but these bloggers have some amazing recipes!
½ Cup shredded Coconut (You could use coconut milk, creamed
coconut or coconut meat)
1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or
other mild greens)
Blend the ingredients in the order listed. Add more water if
required to thin it out. Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you
already have. If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge.
Basically, I'm working on dropping a few pounds and NOT gaining over the holidays. If you've read this post you'd know that I've struggled with my weight off and on for my entire life. Don't get me wrong...I'm at a healthy weight at the moment but I'm happier when I'm a bit lighter. I also feel better when I'm eating healthier.
So...I'm on a Mission! No Chocolate or Alcohol until Christmas. And I mean it!
Wake-up: 1 large glass of water with lemon or lime juice. Breakfast: Oatmeal with a spoonful of honey and a cup of black coffee with honey. Water! Snack: Carrot Sticks and/or celery sticks.1 cup of Slim Tea. Water! Lunch: Scrambled eggs (no cheese for now) Water! Snack: Protein Shake **Let me be more specific** I use Standard Process SP Complete. It is a natural, whole food product and is available non-dairy. No chemicals andnon-gmo. Dinner: Salad with homemade dressing and another protein shake.
Water iskey. I drink about 10- 8 ounce glasses a day. Sometimes more when I workout. After dinner I've been drinking a cup of Everyday Detox tea but I might switch that to the morning. I love the slim tea and it's natural.
Above is my typical day of food. The snacks vary and the salad is usually loaded with good stuff. It's not very exciting but it's fuel to keep my body going and most importantly it's healthy. There will be no starving!
Directions Mix tomato sauce, chili powder, pepper and paprika in a saucepan and heat on low.
Spread cooked rice over the bottom of your pan.
Add a layer of onion. Add a layer of black beans and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Add a layer of spinach and jalapenos. Spoon tomato sauce mixture over the entire casserole. Top with sliced zucchini and cover with cheese.
Bake covered at 400 for 45 minutes (give or take). Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
This just might be one of my favorites! There are a few variations such as *a stronger liquor or *adding coloring. We make something called a Peppermint Patty. It's like a White Russian with peppermint liquor (I'll share the recipe soon).
from Delightfully Tacky Ingredients: 1/2 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil OR 2 teaspoons peppermint extract (For stronger
mint taste, add 3/4 teaspoon of peppermint oil or 3 teaspoons of peppermint
extract) 3 cups Vodka 4-6 drops red or green food coloring (optional) A sterile 1 quart container for the vodka to sit in while it
Directions: First make your sugar syrup by combining water and sugar in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, cook until the
sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear, about 5 min. Let the sugar syrup cool
Next, in a sterile quart jar with tight fitting
lid, pour the vodka, sugar syrup, and peppermint oil or extract and stir well.
Store in a cool, dark place, allowing
it to steep for 2 weeks. Turn the jar upside down every 2-3 days to mix, or
remove lid and stir.