Happy New Year’s! As I sit and write this on the morn of New Year’s Eve, I see my Facebook feed flooding with “resolutions.”
We know the drill. Every year, people make the same promises to themselves. To get a better job. To stop smoking. Spend less. Spend more time with family. Get fit. And the topmost popular goal for New Year’s across the board: Lose weight.
The sad thing is, most people never make it past the first week of the new year in pursuit of their lofty, well-meaning goal. And it’s not our fault, generally.
Because the odds are stacked against us from the start.
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I am not usually into baking. But I married a sweets lover, so I decided to surprise my husband with this little treat when he came home from work this weekend.
Since it’s officially fall, my inner tastebud clock was jonesing for something pumpkin flavored. And ta-da! A completely fall-themed muffin recipe for you to try. These are so amazingly moist, it almost tastes like cake. It’s also gluten-free and completely vegan if you leave out honey. I would love to hear your opinion if you’ve tried it!
Apple Pumpkin Muffins
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup almond flour
3 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp (heaping) flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1 cup pumpkin puree
1.5 cups of apple juice
Coconut oil shortening
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together, and slowly mix in wet ingredients until all is moist. Coat a muffin tin with coconut oil shortening, and spoon in mix to top of tin. Cook for 15 minutes. Check muffins and keep cooking until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!
Fall is officially here! Cold weather is coming and so are the holidays. In our family, there is nothing more heart (and tummy!) warming than having a pot of chili on the stove that everyone can pick from throughout the day when hanging out for a visit. This was one of my recent creations, and it was an immediate favorite. Enjoy!
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Tomato & Squash Medley with Noodles
1/2 of a yellow onion
1 tbsp mined garlic
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup stewed tomatoes
3-5 button mushrooms, sliced
Half cup chopped Yellow squash
Half cup chopped zucchini
1 package of noodles
Stir in ingredients up to water (enough to coat bottom of pan) and put on low heat for 15 minutes with a cover, stirring frequently. Add carrots, and a little water if necessary, and cover for another 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, and let sit for five minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to simmer lightly.
Fill another pot of water for noodles. When at a boil, pour in noodles and bring down to medium heat. Here, add the rest of the ingredients to the tomato mixture, mix well and cover while noodles finish cooking (7-9 minutes).
Place noodles on plate, top with tomato squash sauce and sprinkle with peanuts (if desired). This meal also can be augmented with shrimp. Serve warm, and enjoy!
If you have high blood pressure, or have it in your family, or are just trying to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, I have great news for you – your food doesn’t have to be “tasteless!”
Try these great alternatives to the salt shaker, and enjoy!
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Dishes are always plentiful in the sink, and washing is done daily.
You use a knife and cutting board at least once (if not more!) a day.
Your pantry’s nearly empty, but your fridge is packed tight after a grocery shopping trip.
Your medications / spices are pretty much the same thing.
You don’t have to create a pile of trash every time you make a meal, and end up with a whole lotta composting material.