Friday, January 27, 2012

Calcium garden

Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt actually deplete your body of calcium. 

Some great examples of where you can get calcium can be found below!    ;)

I like my silicone with ranch sauce.

An exerpt from an article I just read:

Aside from chicken and oil, those “stabilizers and preservatives” are said to include dimethylpolysiloxane, a form of silicone also used in cosmetics. Another additive is tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a form of butane. According to one report, chicken is only about 50 percent of a McNugget; the remainder is a mixture of corn-derived ingredients, sugars and synthetic substances.

Yum......Wanna chicken McNugget?

Mantra of the day

I thought of this while driving and I realize as I say this to myself and write this down to share that I need to remember this and go by it.  I get so upset when I run into attitudes that are like speaking to walls or think I am "out there" in my actions or words because I am not of the "norm".

I don't always break through my closed mind myself and need to always leave it open.

"Think outside your closed mind."

Story book about school

Bella was finished with homework and she decided to make another book for me.  This time she told us a little story about school.  She seems to mention school work but also spends more time emphasizing the importance of right from wrong here. 

 I love this one.  I am so proud that she knows to stand up for herself.

 This one cracked me up. 

I love her little books that she makes.  She is a very sensative little person.  I am so very proud of her. I love her so very much.

My growing beautiful Bellabean.   ;o)

Cool art from Bella

I wanted to share more of Bella's art, stories and poetry.  This one was so cute.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oh yum!

Now these I have to try!  Don't they look fab? 

Peanut Butter Banana Granola Bars
The author adapted this recipe from Anja'sFood 4 Thought 
Makes 12 bars

1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup whole almonds
4 large Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup dried coconut flakes
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line wide loaf tin with parchment paper.

In a small pot gently heat peanut butter with mashed bananas.  Stir until well-combined.  Set aside.

In a food processor, coarsely chop the almonds, dates, and cherries.  Add in the coconut flakes and process another second or two.  Transfer to a bowl and mix in the pumpkin seeds and oats.  Fold in the peanut butter mixture. 

Press the batter into the prepared loaf tin.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Let cool before cutting into bars.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Kale is a vegetable you can eat, not just that pretty green stuff they use to decorate the meat case or under that slice of lemon on your seafood plate. It's funny when the most nutirious and healthy thing on the plate is the garnish.

Kale is also one of the most densely nutritious foods out there.  Packed full of protein, vitamins (especially calcium) and minerals.  The kale shirts all originated as Rip used to wear a kale t-shirt often when being interviewed, lecturing or promoting his book.  It became somewhat of a hit. People wear t-shirts that promote beer, food, sports, companies etc.  Poor under appreciated kale should have a shirt too. 
So Chris got me one.  I've had to explain what kale is twice so far from wearing it.  So it seems to be a good food educating tool.  I also get that "you're weird" look in my direction.  I find that hilarious.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Beef vs Beans

I don't think I need to clarify.  The stats say it all. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Now those look interesting

I saw a recipe for these babies and my mouth watered immediately.  These I'll have to try.
The recipe is called Roasted Potato Stacks and it can be found here.

The next Engine2 Callenge starts tomorrow.  I regretfully don't think I'll be able to attend this time around.  Even though I already participated, I learned so much, made some new friends and really enjoyed myself.   Let's not forget I got to meet Rip!  I want to do it again!  I just can't fit it into my schedule right now.  Bummer.  Maybe one day they will have these meetings on Saturday or something.

On a good note I have people that will be attending from my reference to do so.  They noticed my change and want to make a change themselves.  It makes me feel better knowing that I am in fact helping others to change their health around.  I hope they enjoy it and learn as much as I did.

Lets get motivated!

Wanted to share some that help me.

Some more art by Bella

Here are some cute new pictures from Bella.  Thought I would share.

Bella is always happy to draw a picture of her Max.
She drew this and I can't remember that she watched any "Nature" or "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" shows recently.  If you remember the Mutual of Omaha thing...that shows your age.

She made me an updated family portrait for my office at work.  She had to get Max included of course.
Notice she has Kristjan looking a bit naughty.  I'm sure that's not by accident.  ;o)


"The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects."  ~  Lord Jeffrey

My answer to constant drama.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Please sell crazy somewhere else

This morning when Bella went outside to walk Max, she found this lovely note on the door.

I then had to explain that the world was not coming to an end in 2012 and not to fear any Armageddon or seven last plagues.  Nice to have to calm down a traumatic 9 year old at 6 in the morning because some religious fundamentalists are leaving their scare tactic brochures at my front door.  Nice.

Can I move now?

My God is good and created the universe and all of nature.  I believe that he/she just wants us to also be good.  Do the right thing, not hurt others.  Basic right from wrong stuff.  These people try to instill needless fear into lives in order to collect cash and it works.  Sadly.

The end of the world is when the earth finally has run its cycle (we have a few million more years left), the sun says "kaput", (we should have a few million more years of the sun also) a giant asteroid collides with us or us humans destroy it through madness.  I think these people are confusing natural disasters with "plagues".  Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, drought, melting icebergs, cold, hot and the like are all natural phenomenon from the earth just changing with time or from our bad treatment of the environment.  Sorry...that's how I see it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What? A new post?

Why Yes!  I'm still here!  Well, maybe not here on this blog like I am supposed to be, but I am still around that is.  I think about this blog almost daily and wish I could focus more time to it, build it and watch it grow.  Hell....I proposed an idea to co-author another food blog with a close friend and I haven't done a thing with that yet... I disappoint myself with unfinished plans and promises.  Let's not get too involved on that subject right now...

As you all know I have a slammed schedule and have poor time management skills.  My job currently has been demanding a lot of my time which is good because I have a job, but poor on my personal life. I am supposed to work to live, not live to work.  One of these days by George!

Enough personal punishment for now.  On to some food!

What happens when you put together...
Yummy avocado cream
with seared firm tofu
and fresh from the garden roasted carrots and parsnips?
A blow your mind delicious meal!
Here's another view of those roasted vegetables.  I visited my friend Kimberly who has a lovely garden growing.  She pulled these fresh multi colored carrots and parsnips while we chatted.  I had to cook them that afternoon.  They were so creamy, sweet and savory.  They were the highlight of the dish and I could have eaten my fill of them.

I have found that being plant strong makes eating out not so fun.  I don't really enjoy eating out because of the quality of food you get for the money you spend.  I enjoy being able to sit down, relax and be served but the food completely lacks any taste or quality to what I can make at home.  I am not talking about a family owned restaurant where mama's love is in the kitchen or a finer dining establishment with a trained chef where they practice their passion.  Those places serve their food with love and tend to care about the quality, taste, health and freshness of the food.  Those places always shine and always have a more diverse selection of food.

I am talking about any chain restaurant really. Which is the majority out there  I realize they employ many people, help keep the economy churning, but are not going there to have a blow your mind quality meal you are going because you don't feel like cooking or doing the dishes. When you are vegan, your choices at these places are always lame as almost all of the items on the menu contain meat or are drowning with cheese, butter, cream and oil.  Where are the vegetables?  The poor vegetables are always just those two little broccoli spears on the side hidden under all the meat and cheese. 

People tell me it must suck to be vegan because my choices are limited.  They are so wrong.  I have a plethora of choices.  The same people that harp on me for not having a diverse choice to my diet spend all their time eating nothing but cheeseburgers, hotdogs, macaroni and cheese, french fries and pizza. that's a rainbow of food diversity there.  That seems more limited to me.  Not a speck of green to be seen.

I recently took a friend to a chain restaurant for lunch. It was nice to get out of the office but I ended up eating a head lettuce salad with way too much oily dressing, some salty garlic oil sprayed bread sticks and over cooked pasta with what they called marinara sauce.  The "sauce" tasted like they just opened up a can of chopped tomatoes. I spent forty bucks and left there feeling dirty.  That forty bucks could have bought me over a week's worth of fresh vegetables at the market to make multiple meals.

When I eat at home I know where the food comes from, I know how it's cooked and I love how fresh and healthy it is.  So I would rather have leftovers from the dinner above for lunch at work than to eat out.

On a different note, here's Max!  He's doing very well at home.  Bella is still in love with him.  We all love him.  He's a good little dude.

Boy...I'm back, posted about food, had a quality vent and even a picture of the dog.  Only missed some pictures of the kids!  That will be my next post.

See you then!  ;o)