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    • Pasta Primavera

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    •  11/29/2010 9:45:15 PM
    • Here is another recipe found in Rip Esselstyn's book: The Engine 2 Diet.

      This recipe has no bouillon, it's colorful, hearty, tasty, and a great way to get GREENS into your evening meal.  It's a really quick recipe- which always comes in handy.  It's also a fun way to try different types of unique pasta sauces.  This last time I made the recipe I found a butternut squash pasta sauce that made this dish SO GOOD!  This recipe is also a great leftover.

       

      Pasta Primavera

       

      Ingredients

      1 red onion, chopped

      1 clove garlic, minced

      1 can corn, rinsed and drained (I used frozen)

      1 green or red bell pepper, seeded & chopped

      1 jalapeno pepper, minced (remove seeds to reduce heat) OPTIONAL

      1 bunch fresh kale, rinsed and chopped (extra fine for the kids)

      1 can diced tomatoes

      1 large jar pasta sauce (no fat, low sodium, optimal)

      16 ounce whole-grain spaghetti, cooked

      1/2 cup raw cashews, finely chopped

       

      Saute the onion, garlic, and corn in a large skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes.  Add the jalapeno (optional), bell pepper, and kale to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes and pasta sauce to the vegetables.  Ladle the sauce over the pasta and top with the cashews.

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    • Rip Esselstyn's Recipes

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    •  11/23/2010 4:20:25 PM
    • Here is one of the recipes that Rip Esselstyn gave me permission to share.  This lasagna is so good, Rip and his wife chose it to be the main dish at their wedding reception.

      It does take some time...but it is worth it.  I LOVE the sweet potatoe layer...make sure you use A LOT of sweet potatoes.  This makes a THICK 9 x 13 pan...next time I might make 2 less thick lasagnas (just an idea).  The cashews on top make it SO YUMMY!!! Don't forget that step :)  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

       

       

      Raise-the-Roof Sweet Potato-Vegetable Lasagna

       

      Serves 10 to 12

      1 onion, chopped

      1 small head of garlic, all cloves chopped or pressed

      8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

      1 head broccoli, chopped

      2 carrots, chopped

      2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

      1 can corn, rinsed and drained

      1 package, firm tofu

      1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

      1 tsp oregano

      1 tsp basil

      1 tsp rosemary

      2 jars pasta sauce (look for NO FAT, low sodium versions)

      1 box whole grain lasagna noodles

      16 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained

      2 sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed

      6 roma tomatoes, sliced thin

      1 cup raw cashews, ground

       

       

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Saute the onion and garlic on high heat for 3 minutes in a wok or nonstick pan.  Add the mushrooms and cook until the onions are limp and the mushrooms give up their liquid.  Remove them to a large bowl with a slotted spoon.  Reserve the mushroom liquid in the pan.  Saute the broccoli and carrots for 5 minutes and add to the mushroom bowl.  Saute the peppers and corn until just beginning to soften.  Add them to the vegetable bowl.  Drain the tofu by wrapping in paper towels.  Break it up directly in the towel and mix into the vegetable bowl.  Add spices to the vegetable bowl and combine.

       

      To Assemble:

      Cover the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole with a layer of sauce.  Add a layer of noodles.  Cover the noodles with sauce.  This way the noodles cook in the oven, saving time and energy.  Spread the vegetable mixture over the sauced noodles.  Cover with a layer of noodles and another dressing of sauce.  Add the spinach to the second layer of sauced noodles.  Cover the spinach with the mashed sweet potatoes.  Add another layer of sauce, the final layer of noodles, and a last topping of sauce.  Cover the lasgna with thinly sliced roma tomatoes.

       

      Cover the foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil, sprinkle with the cashews, and return to the oven for 15 minutes.  Let sit for 15 minutes before serving.

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    • Forks over Knives- CHECK THIS OUT!

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    •  9/6/2011 11:07:59 AM
    • Here are some KILLER recipes (Forks over Knives approved) that your whole family will LOVE!

       

      Definition of "KILLER" recipes:  So yummy good and so yummy healthy, even kids EAT THEM!!!

       

       

      Fresh Tostada Salad

      I made this recipe last week and my whole family LOVED it!  Super easy and so good for you!

       

      Quinoa, Avocado, Sweet Potato Salad

      I LOVE THIS MEAL!  So easy to make and the flavors are irresistible.  My little boy picks off the tomatoes- but everything else he gobbles up!

       

      WFM Super Bean Burritos

      The possibility for this meal is endless!  I had left over rice that I used last week to make these nutrient dense wraps.  SO GOOD!!!

       

      Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

       

      So these might not be the healthiest- but I love making them every now and then for the kids.  I love finding more ways to use my garden zucchini :)

       

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      HERE IS TO A HEALTHY YOU AND A HEALTHY FAMILY!

       

      much love!

      Whole Food Mommies

      LIFE IS GOOD!

       

      Bonus Recipe:

      No Bake Chocolate Drops

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • DRAMATIC CHANGES PRODUCE DRAMATIC RESULTS

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    •  12/28/2010 7:39:23 AM
    • DRAMATIC CHANGES PRODUCE DRAMATIC RESULTS

       

      If this statement is true (which I believe it is)...then the following is also truth:

       

      MODERATE CHANGES PRODUCE MODERATE RESULTS.

       

      I believe this way of thinking can be part of many aspects of our lives.  We need to allow for CHANGE...if we want to alter our results.  And maybe not just ALLOW for the change...but cultivate it- ASK FOR IT...DO IT.  In other words- CHANGE requires WORK.  But when we focus on the end result...our strength is increased.

       

      This past week I set a goal to eat a DARK LEAFY GREEN in every dinner I make for my family.  I used a lot of fresh & frozen spinash.  I have had FUN!!!  Now, my children on the other hand...

       

      Actually- my oldest has loved it all!  My 3 year old is struggling the most.  But responding better than I thought.  It is a work in progress...but I know this dramatic change of eating will dramatically reduce his chances for disease/illness in his lifetime...sound worth it?  YES!!!  I will keep you updated on this "3- year old" journey.

       

      Here are a few of the meals I have made for my family.  Recipes will be coming (as well as a better picture of the most yummy vegan pizza).

       

      PASTA PRIMEVERA

       

      VEGGIE SPINACH LASANGA

       

       

      GREEN VEGGIE PIZZA

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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    • EAT FOR THE CURE

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    •  11/2/2010 9:43:36 AM
    •  

      EAT FOR THE CURE!

       

      I heard this phrase at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2 weeks ago and I really liked it!  If only this was the phrase spread all over our media...maybe people would start thinking a little more about the relationship between DISEASE what they EAT.  Instead we donate a lot of money to the drug companies through their fundraising committees (see more on this HERE in Newbie's blog).  Our money helps the drug companies try to resolve the symptoms instead of the causes...and they bring about much false hope.

       

      On a much happier note...

      I thought it would be fun to write some other great QUOTES relating to FOOD & HEALTH.  Hope you enjoy!

       

      "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food."

      Hippocrates

       

      "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."

      Albert Einstein

       

      "Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live."

      Socrates

       

      "Nature itself is the best physician."

      Hippocrates

       

      "If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool."

      Hippocrates

       

      "Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease."

      Hippocrates

       

      "To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy."

      Hippocrates

       

      "We never regret of having eaten too little."

      Thomas Jefferson

       

      "The rest of the world lives to eat, while I EAT TO LIVE."

      Socrates

       

      I HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

       

      LIFE IS GOOD!

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