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    • Yummy way to EAT KALE!

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    •  8/28/2013 3:28:13 PM
    • So we all know that eating KALE is extremely important


      it can also be extremely difficult to consume (especially when trying to feed it to your family).

      I wanted to share my most recent way my family eats kale...and I am officially addicted!




      Sautéed Kale over Potato 



      Earth Balance Butter, Oil or you can use water for sauteing (my favorite is a small amount of butter)

      Mushrooms, diced (I prefer baby portabellos)

      Onion, diced (I like sweet onions or shallots)

      Corn, fresh or frozen (I prefer fresh when I have it)

      1/2 - 1 bunch of KALE, chopped finely (curly, plain, baby...any kind will work)

      Salt or other seasoning to taste (I loved using a dash of fajita seasoning)

      Cooked Potato (my favorite is golden potatoes, but any will work)

      Diced Avocado


      Using the butter,oil or water, saute the mushrooms and onions over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.  Add the kale, corn & seasoning and saute everything until mixture is warmed thoroughly, mushrooms have released their moisture and the kale has wilted slightly and is deep green (approx. 4 more minutes).

      TIP:  Don't be afraid to use a LOT of kale with this recipe- which is why I love it.  When you chop it finely and saute it with these vegetables it takes on a wonderful flavor.

      Place mixture over cooked potato.  The potato can be cut up or mashed.  I have even added cut-up potatoes to my mixture and sauteed them together slightly.  There are many possibilities.

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    • Canning Tomatoes

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    •  8/21/2013 9:22:29 PM
    • It's that time of year again (or very close to it).  That wonderful time when you harvest those yummy juicy tomatoes from your garden (or your neighbors garden) and you spend a few hours in your kitchen canning those yummy vegetables (or are they fruit?  I never know).

      My wonderful awesome incredible MOTHER came over to my home yesterday with a bushel of tomatoes and we had such a wonderful time canning them using her famous recipe (found below).  These canned tomatoes are worth their weight in gold!  These tomatoes help me out so much during the year when I am hungry and I want something yummy, but don't have a lot of time.  I just dump one of these in my pan, add a can of beans and whatever vegetables I have on hand, and in 10 minutes I have a super yummy bowl of veggie soup that is to die for.  These tomatoes are that good!

      So what are you waiting for?  Go find some tomatoes, a pressure canner, and take a few hours out of your day spending time CANNING (invite your mother to come help).  You won't regret it!

      MUCH LOVE!

      Whole Food Mommies




      The BEST Canned Tomatoes Ever!



      1.  Scald, Skin and quarter a 1/2 bushel of garden tomatoes (should almost fill a cold pack canner- making sure you have enough room in the pot for vegetable mixture below).

      2.  OPTIONAL:  Run the quartered tomatoes through a food processor for smoother texture (kids prefer this because the finished product will have no chunks).

      3.  Place tomatoes on stove top in large pot (I use a cold pack canner pot) and bring to a boil, leave on medium high while you move onto the next step.

      4.  In a food processor, chop the following vegetables (you don't need to mince them, just thoroughly chop):  6 large onions, 3 medium green peppers and 1 bunch of celery.

      5.  Place vegetable mixture in a separate pot and cook for 30 minutes with 3/4 cup water. (Your kitchen will be smelling SO GOOD at this point).

      6.  Add the vegetable mixture to your bubbling tomatoes.

      7.  Add the following ingredients to your mixture:  1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup non-iodized salt.  Mix thoroughly.

      8.  Place 2 TBS of LEMON JUICE in your quart jars (this should make about 14-18 jars total).  And then pour the tomato mixture into them.

      9.  Pressure cook at 13 lbs for 35 minutes (following your pressure canner directions)

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    • Sweet Potato & Bean Quesadillas

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    •  8/14/2013 10:28:10 PM

      Sweet Potato & Bean Quesadillas



      2 medium sized sweet potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

      1 red onion, chopped

      1 TBS Olive Oil

      1-2 teaspoons salt

      1 cup Salsa (use your favorite brand- my family likes MILD) 

      ¼ teaspoon onion powder

      ¼ teaspoon chili powder

      ¼ teaspoon cumin

      1/2 bunch KALE, chopped very fine

      1 can of black beans (I used my favorite S&W brand Cuban recipe)

      1 cup cooked quinoa

      1 can refried beans

      Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells or Tortilla chips


      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Toss potatoes, onion, oil and salt together in a mixing bowl.  Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet.  Roast the mixture until potatoes are tender and browned in spots, tossing once or twice, about 20-24 minutes. (The last 3 minutes I change my oven to BROIL to help get those brown spots on the potatoes).

      Let the potatoes cool slightly and place in a medium sized bowl.  Mash up the potatoes and onions till you reach a slightly chunky texture.  Add your salsa, seasonings, kale, black beans (drained) and quinoa.  Mix thoroughly.

      Place your potato mixture in a large skillet and begin heating it thoroughly.  Add your can of refried beans and mix everything up until your mixture is very warm.

      Place one whole wheat tortilla on a very warm frying pan.  Add 2 heaping spoonfuls of your potato & bean mixture, spread to cover the entire shell.  Place another shell on top and warm on both sides by flipping.

      Once both sides are slightly browned, remove from skillet, cut into and enjoy!  Serve with guacamole, salsa and corn on the cob.

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    • What do Centenarian's eat?

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    •  8/8/2013 10:57:45 PM
    • centenarian is a person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years.  People who live long healthy lives fascinate me!  I remember reading years ago on the HUNZA's. A group of people who live in the northernmost part of Pakistan, where six mountain ranges converge.  They live in an extraordinary fertile valley that for hundreds of years has been in complete isolation from the rest of the world.  Until recently, to get to the Hunza Valley was near impossible because the only way in was an extremely dangerous trail winding through the mountains and in some places this trail was only two feet wide (it has been called “The most dangerous road in the world”). 

      Back before the modern world and the modern DIET showed it's face to these people, The Hunza's lived LONG and Healthy lives...many reaching 100+.  The most important detail about these people, is that they were DISEASE FREE!


      I read the book “Hunza: Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Oldest Living People” written by Jay Milton Hoffman.  In the 1960’s Dr. Jay Hoffman was asked by the U.S. National Geriatric Society to go to Hunza and study the health and longevity of this isolated people.  He wrote,


      Down through the ages, adventurers and utopia-seeking men have fervently searched the world for the Fountain of Youth but didn’t find it.  However unbelievable as it may seem, a Fountain of Youth does exist high in the Himalayan Mountains…Here is a land where people do not have common diseases, such as heart ailments, cancer (cancer is unknown), arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis, hay fever, asthma, liver trouble, gall bladder trouble, constipation, or many other ailments that plague the rest of the world.  Moreover, there are no hospitals, not insane asylums, no drug stores, no saloons, no tobacco stores, no police, no jails, no crimes, no murders and no beggars.


      So you want to know what these people ate???

      HERE YOU GO: 

      They consume very little meat (they have minimal pastureland) except on rare feast days.
      Meat and dairy products together constitute only 1 percent of their total diet.
      - Protein and fat are almost entirely of vegetable origin.
      - They depend entirely on natural foods rather than processed and manufactured ones.
      - They eat substantial amounts of whole grains: wheat, barley, millet and buckwheat.
      - Vegetables also play a prominent role, particularly DARK LEAFY GREENS (mustard greens, spinach and lettuce) and also root vegetables, beans and legumes that can be sprouted.
      - They grow Flaxseeds; almost every meal contains freshly ground flaxmeal in one form or another.
      - A large part of their diet is eaten uncooked, in the summer, as much as 80 percent of the food is eaten in its natural state.
      Vegetables are picked just prior to consumption and almost always eaten raw.
      In the winter, they soak their lentils and beans and eat them sprouted.
      When vegetables are cooked they are typically lightly steamed using minimal amount of water.
      - THEY EAT A LOW CALORIE, WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET (overall daily calories 1,900)
      (All taken from the book- "HEALTHY AT 100")


      This doesn't sound like the standard american diet...not even close!  But it's amazing to me what eating PLANTS can do for your health and longevity.  Want to learn more...definitely check out John Robbins book: Healthy at 100!



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    • Joel Fuhrman's Immersion

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    •  7/31/2013 7:24:18 PM
    • We recently heard about this upcoming Dr. Fuhrman event and we thought we should share it with our readers.  If you live in or close to Austin, Texas and you know of someone who would benefit from this life-changing event- please pass it on!


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      Change Your Life?

      Yes, It Can!

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      with Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

      September 7, 2013

      AT&T Conference Center, University of Texas at Austin

      Seeing Dr. Fuhrman in person is a unique experience that will motivate you to take control of your health. He makes the recent advances in nutritional science easy to understand and immediately applicable to your life. He has distilled these advances, compiled from thousands of studies in human nutrition, to have the greatest impact on your overall wellness — and life!

      Join Dr. Fuhrman for this powerfully life-changing one-day event!

      Dr. Fuhrman will explain how his Nutritarian diet-style:

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      Dr. Fuhrman’s depth of knowledge and 25-years as a family physician specializing in nutrition places him in a unique position. He has aided in the recovery of thousands for whom conventional medical care had left suffering and medically dependent.  This is a unique opportunity to interact with Dr. Fuhrman, ask him questions, and learn how to free yourself of medical constraint and fad diets.


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      Dr. Fuhrman provides attendees with the tools to put this new knowledge into action at home — immediately — with menu planning, cooking tips and delicious Nutritarian recipes.


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