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    • Happy Halloween!

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    •  10/30/2013 7:25:43 PM

    • Happy Halloween from Whole Food Mommies!


      Here are some fun ideas to lessen the candy consumption for your family during this sweet filled holiday: (brought to you by Newbie Mommy)

       

      ~ The Halloween Fairy: This might be my favorite. The kids get to pick 5 or 10 pieces of candy to keep, then they leave the rest out for the Halloween Fairy who comes and takes the candy and leaves a toy behind.

       

      ~ A dollar a pound: Again, let the kids pick 5 or 10 pieces to eat over the next week or so. Then weigh the candy and buy it at a dollar per pound or whatever price seems fair for their age.

       

      ~ The Classic: Dump all the family candy into one bucket and slowly pass it out over the course of the next year: my least favorite because somehow some of that candy ends up in MY MOUTH!!

      Who knows how :)


      ~ The Trade: trade their whole bucket for a toy they have been eyeballing for a bit. Make it an easy trade for them. Giving up candy isn't always easy.


      ~ Bag It:  If you just really want a way out of going trick or treating completely, we have a neighbor who takes their kids to dinner and a movie with all  the cousins as the trade off. So a family night out instead!! LOVE that idea! 

       



      Check out this fun Halloween dip idea brought to you by Maintenance Mommy...blog found here.

       


      We hope you all have a fun-filled and safe Halloween!

      Much love, Whole Food Mommies

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    • White Bean & Veggie Mashed Potatoes

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    •  10/23/2013 9:12:27 PM
    • Many people know that I love POTATOES....especially MASHED POTATOES.  And I have found my new favorite recipe!  Who would have thought, veggies and beans would make mashed potatoes taste SO good!  You have to try this.  One of my favorite ways to eat this recipe is with the LENTIL LOAF I recently posted (recipe found here).

       


       

        

      White Bean & Veggie Mashed Potatoes

       

      Ingredients

      1 onion, chopped

      1 celery stalk, thinly sliced

      1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced

      2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

      10 oz Can of White Beans, rinsed and drained


      Directions

      Saute onion, celery and carrot in a medium saucepan until translucent.  You can saute them in WATER, or 2 TBS Olive Oil if you are okay with the added fat (note = you will drain the liquid so most of the oil will be drained).  Stirring frequently, 6-8 minutes.  Add potatoes and white beans and cover with water by 2 inches.  Bring to a boil, then season with salt.  Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.  Drain, reserving about 1 cup cooking liquid. 

      Mash vegetables and beans, adding reserved cooking liquid to adjust consistency.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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    • Popularity of a Whole Food Plant Based Diet

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    •  10/16/2013 8:34:56 PM
    • I recently read the this wonderful article written by Doug Lisle, who co-authored the amazing and highly recommended book, The Pleasure Trap.  I loved his optimistic attitude and I just had to share!

       

      "Once you know the connection between dietary choices and health, watching other people eat can be a gruesome sight. It can seem like you are watching a train wreck in slow motion. I was once in a restaurant and observed a woman in her 60s on oxygen eating a burger and fries. This can make you shake your head and wonder:  “Are they ever going to get it?” 

      As someone who has been watching this cultural process for thirty years, my guess is yeah — they are going to get it … but it will be a slow dance. Don’t hold your breath about what you are likely to see in your lifetime. Think in terms of the march of human enlightenment, and it can help you relax. A hundred years ago, women weren’t allowed to vote. We are only about fifty years since the civil rights movement. Today, we look back in amazement at the primitive thinking of the average citizen in previous eras. Cultural perceptions can change — and usually in the right direction.

      Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” 

       

      While many people are now confused by the overwhelming sources of health information and oftentimes opposite recommendations from medical experts, this is a battle that will eventually be won. The plant-based program, I believe, will win out in the end because it yields consistent, positive results.

      I see an open-mindedness among physicians that was nowhere to be seen thirty years ago. The collective mind is being stretched by these powerful new ideas, and the collective consciousness is not going to shrink.

      But we need to be patient with other people and their processes. There will be a lot more slow train wrecks. We will all witness them, even within our families and friends. But with every mind touched by this knowledge, people are finding their way. At some point, what we know here will become common knowledge, and the benefits to people and to the planet will be immense."

       

      By Doug Lisle, Ph.D

      Take Heart! Whole-Food, Plant-Based Living Will (Slowly) Reach the Masses

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    • The best "MEATLOAF" ever!

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    •  10/9/2013 1:24:07 PM
    • I finally got around to making Rip Esselstyn's "MEATLOAF"...and I am in love!  My good friend brought me over some and she was surprised that I had never made it.  For some reason I thought either I wouldn't like it and/or it would be too difficult.  Neither is true.  It takes a little longer than most of my dinners, but it is well worth it and tastes AWESOME!  The recipe below is slightly different than the one you can find on Rip's ENGINE 2 DIET website.  I modified it to be able to use a 12 oz. firm tofu package and I added a little more flavor.  Thus, my recipe makes a slightly bigger loaf, with slightly more flavor.  You will not regret making it, because the leftovers are incredible!  When I have this in my fridge, my taste buds are excited for lunch!

       

       

      Lentil Loaf

      (made from the recipe Lynn's Meatloaf found here)



      Ingredients

      3 stalks celery, chopped

      1 small onion, chopped

      3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

      16 ounces firm tofu, drained

      1/2 cup walnuts, finely ground

      2 cups cooked brown lentils

      1 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats

      4 tablespoons soy sauce

      4 tablespoons ketchup (additional for topping)

      1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

      3 teaspoons dried parsley

      1 teaspoon each thyme, sage, and rosemary

      Ketchup, to taste



      DIRECTIONS

      Pre-heat oven to 350

      Spray loaf pan (or use non-stick silicone bake-ware)

      Sauté celery, onion and garlic on high heat in skillet with a little water or low sodium vegetable broth for 5 minutes until tender.

      Remove from heat and cool.

      Mash tofu in large bowl.

      Stir in cooked mixture and remaining ingredients, and combine well.

      Spoon mixture into loaf pan. Top with a layer of ketchup.

      Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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    • How to get rid of FRUIT FLIES!

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    •  10/2/2013 9:29:18 PM
    • If your home is anything like mine this HARVEST season...you probably know what I'm talking about when I say:

      I dislike FRUIT FLIES very much!

       

      I have had tomatoes, peaches, apples, carrots, pears...in abundance in my home during the past month.  I have loved harvesting my produce, but there is a downside to all of my fun!  The annoying Fruit Fly!  Just when I think they are all gone, they reappear in abundance.

      I am so grateful to have good friends who watch out for me!  One of them, being in my home often and seeing my struggle came to my rescue with this amazing fruit fly remedy.  I'm just mad that I didn't do it sooner!

       

      HOW TO GET RID OF FRUIT FLIES!

      Place a small amount of apple cider vinegar in the bottom of a glass jar.  Roll a piece of paper into a cone shape with a small hole in the bottom in the mouth of the jar. It should have the pointy end pointed downward. The fruit flies will enter the cone through the large end by the mouth of the bottle and find their way through the hole into the bottle. They will not be able to get out.

       

      I placed these all around my house and it's amazing how good it works.  It has been 2 days and I think they are pretty much gone!  Yeah!

      Hope this helps!

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