Project: Kitchen Clean-Out

I am aware of how lack I have been here!  I’m sorry, we’ve been launching our new website and it’s taken a lot of my time over the last month – check it out if you get a chance: LifeByYourOwnRules.com

Tom and I are over the hill so to speak with our travel plans – what was once 12 months is now 5 so planning has turned into preparing.  As I look around the kitchen, it’s hard to ignore the amount of dry stuffs and frozen foods here – where is all this food going to go when we leave??

I have given myself a challenge – use all the food in the kitchen.

Ok, so that doesn’t sound too challenging does it?  Well, considering we spend plenty each week on new groceries coming in it’s safe to say we’re not using half of what we have – which I can assume is because I don’t like it or am not sure what to do with it, which is what makes this challenging!

To help with the creativity part of this challenge I will be using SuperCook – just telling it what I have and searching all the recipes I can make with those items.

Tonight’s meal: Zesty Quinoa with Broccoli and Cashews.  Sounds good, matter of fact I had printed this recipe weeks ago so I should be on board, however I’m smelling the almost finished product and I have a bad feeling about this one!

Stay tuned!  I’ll be posting daily (GASP!) with the previous night’s recipe!

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Hoax? I’m a Conspiracy Theorist For Sure

Which means I don’t believe Johns Hopkins when they discredit this information.  I do believe that they never published this information, not for public consumption anyway, but I don’t believe that it is untrue.

What am I talking about?  Well, I was forwarded this email which I found very interesting!  A little research told me it was not published by Johns Hopkins but I still want to share it with you as I am not convinced the content is untrue.

Let me know on Facebook what you think!

Johns Hopkins Update 
This is an extremely good article.

Everyone should read it.

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY (‘TRY’, BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY .

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable
size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer
cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc., and can
cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars
and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8.. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size.
However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb
to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer
cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

*CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made
with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute
would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small
amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in
color Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based
diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat,
like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer
fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes
to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the
body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system
(IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s
normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.

A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior
be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put
the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to
have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated
environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to
get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer.Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Please share this with your whole email list…………………….
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Please, come over to fb and share your thoughts on this article.  Do you think any or all of this could be true?  I know I am dead set on some of the points being true but there are a few others that I’m not so sure on…

Treat!

We’re back into the swing of juicing!
And I’m out of my 2-cups-a-day coffee habit!!!

But I want to share my most favorite part with you…. You know how I long for “treats” on hot afternoons while I’m on the road for work?  How I used to frequent Burger King for their mochas, or Starbucks for their, well, anything frozen?  Long gone are the days when I can swing by a drive-thru and order up some frozen, corn syrup laden Treat – well, I’m still able to do this, but it wouldn’t make me the super smiley, happy Sara that it once would.  No, in order for that to happen, my drink of choice would have to be free of GMOs and other gross crap often included in “food” products.  I’ve tried multiple recipes for at-home coffee drinks all to no avail, I am unable to get that “OH YUMMMMMY!” reaction I should get from a Treat.
I’ve pretty much given up hope for a delicious at-home frozen coffee drink.  (Unless you have a better idea?)
But, atlas! I have accidentally created a new frozen yum-yum that takes the cake!
Granted, it’s not coffee, but it makes me so happy!!!  😀

Place the following into your juicer:


1 Apple
1 Pear
1 cup Watermelon
1 cup Pineapple
5 Strawberries
1/2 cup Blueberries
1/4 of a Cucumber
1 Carrot
Juice this all up and pour over ice into
– here’s the secret ingredient –
a to-go coffee cup!  Yup!  I think the cup makes all the difference in the world!
I felt like I was drinking a strawberry coolata from D&D (not that I ever really enjoyed those but this made my life!).
It’s amazing what a Treat can do for me, whether I’m at work or just hanging around on the weekends, this is my favorite new summer accessory!

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And I had to laugh at the amount of produce Tom and I have on hand, it’s amazing to think we go through this many fruits and vegetables in one week – well, maybe a week and a half.

This is what we juice!

  

 

 

And this is what we eat in salads throughout the week!

 

 

 

 

When you have this much fruit on your counter, you’re bound to have fruit flies – UGH!  We’ve had so many it’s ridiculous!  But just as it should be, as I reached my limit and just couldn’t stand it anymore, I stumbled across a home remedy for them –
Put some apple cider vinegar in a mason jar, poke some holes in the lid and secure tightly.  The flies will go in after the vinegar but will not be able to find their way out.  So far, so good!

Lazy Picture Post

I have been so busy lately I haven’t had much time to really write, I’m sorry.  But I have been eating!   And trying to take pictures – it’s so hard when I cook this great meal, I just want to eat it!!  So I have some pictures that I haven’t written posts for… Lazy Sara will now make a post all about postless pictures


So this is one of many marinades I made one day.  I wasn’t too found of many of them though  😛  I think this is either Cilantro-Lime or Orange-Cilantro fish over brown rice with grilled pineapple rings and asparagus (I shook the asparagus in oil and My Mix of spices and Tom grilled until just tender).        

Coconut Chicken is yummy!   Shown here with brown rice and grilled veggies (zucchini and rep peppers in oil and spices)     

Yum!  I had left over phyllo dough so I found this recipe for these apple blossoms.  It’s diced apples (5) with raisins soaked in rum browned in butter. Brush the phyllo layers and sprinkle sugar in between (6 layers) (I forgot sugar on some and Tom and I actually liked them better without it).  Place dough into muffin pan and fill with apple filling.  Bake until phyllo is browned and house smells delicious!  They were so yummy (admittedly, for breakfast :x)      
Happy Birthday Tom!!  All he wanted was a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting, easy enough!  This is my first organic cake, he loved it but I thought it was lacking flavor (I used Dr Oetker for the mix and frosting)  The frosting was awesome!  I used to be an avid baker but since organic life I haven’t been too thrilled to make any treats because I can’t decorate them like I used to – and that was my favorite part!  I improvised with fresh strawberries and they were really good with the chocolate frosting

So I’ve been drinking 😦  Since we came home from Mexico I’ve been holding onto that life by drinking rum drinks – horrible I know!!  First of all, we all know rum is far from organic 😦  Second of all, F.A.T!  Ridiculous amount of weight has been gained since I moved in with Tom – UGH!  In an effort to have my cake and eat it too, I started juicing my own mixers in hopes it was the juice making me fat LOL It wasn’t.  I’ll give you the recipe though because it was slamming!  1 whole pineapple, 1 mango, 4 oranges, handful of strawberries; the last time I made it I switched out the mango for a watermelon and that was super good too!    No more drinking for me, for a little while anyway.   This is an example of my mixed up lunches.   I had a glass pyrex bowl that had leftover rice and fish, the next night I added potatoes, chicken, asparagus, the next some pineapple and more chicken, so on and so forth – the entire week I would eat what I could for lunch and then add dinner left-overs to it – it was awesome everyday!     

These are grilled pizzas we made.  I used Whole Foods already made crusts and oiled them before putting them on the grill.  Grilled on one side then flipped and added our toppings.  Mine was grilled chicken (marinaded in 1/2 cup of tamari, 5 tbsp of sugar, minced garlic and onion) with smoked gouda, fresh shredded mottz and “caramelized” onions (really just sautéed them in oil for a few minutes).  Tom spread BBQ sauce on his then topped with BBQ grilled chix, gouda, mottz, and parmesan cheese and onions.  They were so good!

Recipe: Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

 

1/4 cup Olive oil
Red bell peppers, quartered
Yellow squash or zucchini, cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch slices
Fusilli pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
Baby spinach leaves
Fresh mozzarella balls, halved
Grape tomatoes, halved
Red onion, thinly sliced
Chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup white balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt & Pepper

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Preheat oven to 350°
Directions:
Put squash and peppers in ziplock bag, add olive oil, and spices. Shake to coat.
Grill, flipping once, until just charred in parts and tender.
Transfer to a plate and set aside to let cool.
In a large bowl, toss grilled vegetables with pasta, spinach, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, vinaigrette, salt and pepper.

Recipe: Chorizo & Peppers

Chorizo & Peppers

 

1 package 365 Brand frozen peppers and onions
1 package Niman Ranch brand chorizo sausage
(casing removed, chopped & shaped into mini meatballs)
1-2 cans tomato paste
Sugar, Salt & Pepper to taste

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Preheat oven to 350°
Directions:
Place chorizo, vegetables, and tomato paste in a casserole dish
Season to taste
Bake, covered for 1 hour ∞ Serve in hoagie rolls

Recipe: Chicken n Apples

Chicken n Apples

 

6 skinless chicken breasts 1 tbsp butter
1 cup sliced onion 1 ½ cup apple juice
1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp honey
2 cups sliced apples ½ tsp salt

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Preheat oven to 350°
Directions:
Place chicken in small pan.
Sauté onions in oil until tender. Add apples and sauté for 1 minute. Pour over chicken
Melt butter in small saucepan. Combine apple juice, honey and salt; add to butter.
Pour over chicken.
Bake for 45 minutes ∞ Serve over rice