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    • The Best Stuffed Pepper EVER!

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    •  6/21/2013 10:41:40 PM

      I love to cook and I have a passion for plant-based recipes (hence this site :)


      But something that brings me such immense pleasure is when I have friends to share these passions with.


      One of my closest friends has been on her own journey of incorporating more vegetarian meals and this creation came from her.


      I LOVE LOVE getting phone calls from friends telling me that they made some delicious creation and they have some for me to try (hint hint to all me local friends :)


      Well this dish was SO delicious I had to take a picture and get her recipe.  (Sorry about the pic - my phone isn't that great).


      Laura ended up baking these (for about 30 minutes at 350, but I had my pepper "raw" - because I love them that way).  So this really could be a dish that is served warm or chilled.

      Orzo Stuffed Peppers


      1 cup dry orzo pasta

      Broth or water for cooking the pasta

      2 TBS olive oil

      1 sweet white onion, very finely chopped

      1 zucchini,  finely chopped

      1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

      1/2 cup of feta cheese, optional

      2 TBS freshly chopped basil

      salt and pepper to taste

      3-4 Bell Peppers

      Cook the orzo pasta according to package directions.


      Saute the onion and the oil in a large pan over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.  Add the zucchini and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the zucchini is soft.


      Add the cherry tomatoes and briefly cook over the heat (about a minute).  Remove from the heat and add the basil, salt and pepper. Gently stir the veggies into the cooked pasta and add the feta cheese.


      Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the seeds.  Spoon the mixture into each pepper.  Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

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    • Homemade Mixes for Food Storage

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    •  6/15/2013 8:46:17 AM

      I came across this post on Facebook (thanks Sandrine Burke) and thought I would share.

      I am in the beginning stages of building a home and making sure my home is ready for an emergency is quite important to me.

      As is long term food storage.   I thought these recipes would be perfect for my food storage and they are MUCH healthier than what you buy in the store (not to mention cheaper)

      Taco Seasoning

      1/2 cup chili powder
      1/4 cup onion powder
      1/8 cup ground cumin
      1 tablespoon garlic powder
      1 tablespoon paprika
      1 tablespoon sea salt

      Put ingredients into a jar and shake.

      Dry Onion Soup Mix

      2/3 cup dried, minced onion
      3 teaspoons parsley flakes
      2 teaspoons onion powder
      2 teaspoons turmeric
      1 teaspoon celery salt
      1 teaspoon sea salt
      1 teaspoon sugar
      1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

      Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake. I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.
      Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.


      5 tablespoons dried minced onions
      7 teaspoons parsley flakes
      4 teaspoons salt
      1 teaspoon garlic powder

      Mix together and store in an air tight container.


      Another tip from the same post


      Did you know in an Emergency a Crayon will burn for 30 minutes?

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    • Something "fishy" about our fish!

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    •  5/31/2013 9:37:40 AM
    • Do you know where your fish came from?


      Target, Giant Eagle, Meijer and H-E-B have just agreed not to sell genetically engineered fish in their stores! These retail giants join over 55 other food retailers that made similar commitments earlier this year, including Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Whole Foods, Marsh and Hy-Vee.

      Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth and a coalition of thirty consumer, food safety, fishing, environmental, sustainable agriculture, parent, public health and animal welfare organizations, have launched a national campaign for GE-Free Seafood. We’ve reached out to the nation’s top grocery stores, seafood companies, and seafood restaurants asking them to commit not to sell genetically engineered fish should it come to market. 


      Since the FDA has stated that it will likely not require GE fish to be labeled, consumers will have no way of avoiding the fish at the market unless companies make clear to consumers where they stand on the issue. 

      Sign the petition to urge Supermarkets, Seafood companies and restaurants to take a position not to purchase, sell, or serve GE salmon:


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