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Complementary Proteins

Friday, June 07, 2013

I fixed a pot of black eyed peas the other day - soaked them earlier and they cooked in the crockpot all night long and were basically perfect today. I just needed to season them - put in about a tablespoon of ghee for the entire crockpot full (I probably have 3-4 quarts of beans in it, all cooked and yummy), shook in some of that Tony C .... someone's creole seasoning, comes in a green canister but I'm too lazy to go bring it here and type in the name... and some sea salt.

Wasn't sure if I wanted to try to make a Hoppin' John kind of thing but didn't feel like messing with making rice before going to my Tupperware Party (I know, right? quaint! was a fun "retro" look too.). Looking at cupboard, I decided to cook up a mess of canned turnip greens, a can of yellow hominy, and a can of tomato paste, and about a teaspoon of Bragg's liquid aminoes for extra seasoning.

I thought that way, my son could have some beans by themselves and skip the veggies if he didn't want to try it (but I wouldn't be "ruining" the entire crockpot - plus, I wasn't really sure how the combination would actually taste.).

My husband got home from work just in time for me to suggest that he could whip up a pan of his cornbread (he cooks it in his mama's old square cast iron skillet, makes the BEST. CORNBREAD. EVER!).

I got home and my little bowl of beans really took the edge off and kept me from going face down in the homemade salsa and beefy quezo (sp?) cheese dip that the Tupperware Lady made with her various Tupper products (okay alright already, I'm not advertising Tupperware, it was just part of the day's events.). But I wanted to try his cornbread and try the veggies with the beans. I took just a tiny slice of cornbread (1" wide by 2" long, maybe more like 3/4" wide.), drizzled the turnip greens/hominy/tomato sauce combo on top and topped it with a scant serving spoon full of the beans, into my little tiny dessert bowl (way smaller than the soup/cereal bowl). Ahhh it was all so satisfying, as if I'd had a slab of meat, but there's no meat in it (oops, well a couple packets of the chicken broth concentrate that comes in little mylar type squeeze packages inside of a cardboard box, which I had put into the black eyed bean broth earlier in the day.).

That made me wonder if there was a "protein combination calculator" where one could plug in the vegetarian food options they had eaten and it would tally up the proteins and the various amino acids and tell you how much protein you had actually consumed, and how many of which amino acids you actually got, so you'd know what to eat to balance out the amino acids you might be "low" in (Keep in mind, hominy is a type of corn, and of course, cornbread is made with ummm corn meal, so I really did have some complementary protein going on there.).

Anyway, I found these links, will go back and finish reading them. I don't think they actually demonstrate what I have in mind, so far as an online interactive protein calculator counter thingamajigger dealie whopper whatchacall it... Now this one has some interesting charts, and a Calorie & Protein Calculator - not quite what I visualized, but looks handy to have it around. Just plug in the age and weight and height, gender, body fat, activity level and while you are changing it, the box in the right changes, with little green highlight bar to illustrate the energy needs at the level of activity you are at. This makes it handy to play little "what if"... as in, how much protein would I need at this age, weight, etc if I increased my activity level for the week. Yea, I think I'll keep this website...

(EDITED: WOW this website just goes on and on - basically the VEGETABLES themselves are all COMPLETE proteins. He's got this chart saying it, and it's evidently online from the USDA website. He has a list showing many common vegetables - corn, green peppers, pinto beans, cucumbers, oatmeal, rice, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, and they EACH have ALL of the Amino Acids!

Then he launches into a discussion about how the "myth" of incomplete proteins can be traced to the book "Diet for a Small Planet" published in 1971 by Frances Moore-Lappé (which I have heard of forever but have yet to actually read.).

WOW. Well the website is very long, very detailed, very interesting. I'm not even done reading it.

Okay, editing over, back to the original blog material... I'm definitely keeping this website!}
Has interesting charts with "Group A" and "Group B" - and what amino acids each group is low you can see the relationship to each other. Basically -

Group A: [Deficient in lysine. High in methionine and cysteine.]
Grains: barley, buckwheat, cornmeal, oats, rice, rye, wheat.
Nuts and seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower

Group B: [Deficient in methionine and cysteine. High in lysine.]
Legumes: beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas, peanuts, soybeans

Also gets into a discussion of Complementary Protein Powders - one based on pea protein and one on rice protein. Interesting.javascript:void(0); emoticon

A search for Proteins Complementary etc will bring up gobs more so who knows, maybe I'll find the calculator that I'm wishing for eventually. Not gonna have time to get to them all today!

But... I should sleep pretty good tonight!

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JANNEPERRY 6/7/2013 5:48PM

    Well, not being a vegetarian, I guess I don't worry about complete proteins too much, but I do have Bragg's Amino Acid spray which I use to add amino acids-just in case I'm not getting enough!

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ECOAGE 6/7/2013 11:18AM

    As a long time vegetarian who grew up in the '70s, I have a copy of Small Planet and worried about "complete proteins" for years. I still have my original Small Planet but I don't worry about "complete proteins".

A more recent book, shows that the author revised her beliefs. The more recent info confirms what you found. There is quite a bit of protein in LOTS of veggie foods. Complete proteins do NOT have to be combined in EACH meal --- although they most likely will be if you have some variety in that meal. You get complete protein by mixing up some traditional meals --- like rice and beans --- over the course of a day's meals.

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CARMEN327 6/7/2013 9:09AM

    Interesting! I know that "complementary pairs" are often found in traditional foods all over the world, so you will run into them more often than not. Great news about vegetables being full proteins. Thank you!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2013 8:29AM

    Wow! Interesting information and thanks for sharing. HUGS!

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123ELAINE456 6/7/2013 2:14AM

  Enjoy the Beans and Corn Bread. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUSANBEAMON 6/7/2013 12:53AM

  so maybe my red beans and rice is a good meal instead of a treat meal. nice to know.

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Focus. Balance. Putting together the little parts.

Monday, June 03, 2013

I saw a video and it occurred to me that the woman on this video was a physical embodiment of the little pieces we are trying to get back into our lives - the attention to the little details that gradually lead to a larger goal. The focus on these details - and balancing it all in our lives.

The Incredible Power Of Concentration - Miyoko Shida

Look how calm and serene she is?

Beautiful! And Inspiring.

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JULIA_211 6/4/2013 7:25AM

    WOW! I am speechless! Thank you for posting it.

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123ELAINE456 6/4/2013 12:06AM

  That is AWESOMEPERFORMANCE. Would Love to see Her in person.. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MJ7DM33 6/3/2013 9:53PM

  WOW!!!! Thx for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/3/2013 8:09PM

    Oh -- my -- gosh!!! I have to watch this twice. She has such a power and gracefulness in each and every deliberate move!

Hugs and thanks for sharing this beautiful video!

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Parody of "Ghostbusters" - "SparkPeople" (work in progress)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

(Background Story: So I decided to get up off my heine and jump on my rebounder, playing the "rebounder" playlist on my SparkPeople iPod Shuffle (I won it a long time ago.). One of the songs that came up on rotation was the "Ghostbusters" theme written by Ray Parker, Jr. It occurred to me that the words could be tweaked into a nice parody, utilizing SparkPeople themes. It's in a rough state now, and of course, I don't have a musical track of it with the new words, to make sure it really "sounds right". So - I do have a link to a YouTube version with lyrics, but you're gonna have to sing louder in your mind to override the "ghostbuster" sung in the actual video track. )

Here's a link:

I'll wait while you open up another window and fire it up, for a sort of twisted sing-along with Mitch Miller, or um what's the new thing with the kids these days, karaoke?

Ready? Here goes:

If there's blubber and fat underneath yo' 'hood
Who ya gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
If it's somethin' weird an' it don't look good
Who ya gonna call? (SparkPeople!)

I ain't afraid of no fat! I ain't afraid of no fat!

If you're seein' things runnin' through your head
Who can you call? (SparkPeople!)
An overweight gal sleepin' in your bed *
Oh who ya gonna call? SparkPeople!)

I ain't afraid of no fat! I ain't afraid of no fat!

Who ya gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
If you're all alone, pick up the phone
And call SparkPeople!)

I ain't afraid oF no fat! I hear it likes the girls. I ain't afraid o' no fat!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Mmm, if you've had a dose of too much fat baby
You better call (SparkPeople!)

Let me tell you somethin' bustin' makes me feel good! **

I ain't afraid of no fat! I ain't afraid of no fat!

Don't get caught alone, oh no (SparkPeople!)
When he jumps up on yo scales, Unless you just a want some more
I think you better call (SparkPeople!)

Oh, who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Ah, think you better call (SparkPeople!)
Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
I can't hear you!

Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Louder (SparkPeople!)

Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)
Who can you call? (SparkPeople!)
Who you gonna call? (SparkPeople!)


* or guy
** now here, "Bustin' makes me feel good" - seemed to me one could insert their favorite sport or exercise activity. Hoopin' or Runnin' or Walkin' or in my case, Jumpin' (since I was jumping on the rebounder.). You get the idea. Even household chores - Cleaning, Sweeping, Washing, whatever fits, whatever you need motivation to do, whatever fits in the timing of the song ....

I could sort of visualize the faintest possibility of filming myself (okay, so I'm a Luddite, videotaping would be somewhat more accurate, I guess, but even that's old tech, with the new digital cameras that have no "film".), in a SparkPeople shirt, jumping on the rebounder with this song as the soundtrack. Would be kinda shocking watching the Michelin Man's sister blubbering up and down on the rebounder, but oh well. I'm not as thrillingly glamorous as Shelli hooping it up!!


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123ELAINE456 5/28/2013 10:17PM

  Very Good. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2013 7:57PM

    Very creative! Love the lyrics.

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Homework Assignment: Quick and Easy Meals.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

This is always tough for me, because what is quick and easy for me is not always what my DH and DS want to eat. And what's with the SparkPeople pop-out ads on the right side of my blog entry pop-out window??

Quick meals for me ---

Cans of beans - black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, navy beans, black eyed peas - I am happy with beans for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Peanut Butter - must gotta be the kind that is basically ground up peanuts and a smidge of salt. Or even salt-free but usually I see it with salt (preservative). No sugar. No other fats - just the peanut oil that separated out of the ground up peanuts. Favorite or usual brands include Adam's Peanut Butter and Laura Scudder's Peanut Butter (both of which were 'assimilated' by the Smuckers, partly because their own Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter years ago tasted awful - they used stale peanuts? - but thankfully they've allowed the Laura Scudder's quality control to take precedence, so now the Smuckers Natural brand is much improved.) But Laura Scudder's PB is better butter for this mutter. OOoops. I'm supposed to be talking about Quick and Easy Meals.

So ... I digress.

Oh one quick meal that I really love, if I have some decent avocados on hand, is to toast one or two pieces of my healthiest bread on hand (usually Ezekial bread, or some of the 100% whole wheat breads like OroWeat or Earthgrains, whatever I can find that does NOT have High Fructose Corn Syrup in it - I don't care what the propaganda-meisters say, HFCS does not agree with my guts.), and I give it a tablespoon of natural peanut butter on it, and then cut and scoop out an avocado, and schmoosh it onto the top of the peanut butter. Sometimes I top it with another slice of PB covered bread. Usually I have it all single slice of bread. So two slices of bread, 1 tablespoon of PB on one slice of bread (for a total of 2 TBS of Peanut Butter - which would be one serving of peanut butter - just divided between the two slices/two servings of bread, and one avocado sliced (each half is one serving, I believe, so one half does a nice job of covering one slice of bread. It can be sliced on there, I guess, since the peanut butter is there to keep it from sliding around. But I find smooshing the avocado onto the peanut butter holds it all on there better. So I eat both if I'm dying of starvation, or I'll pace it out and have one for breakfast and one for lunch. The issue, for me, is that the avocado turns brown and yukky fairly quickly, unless slimed over with lime or lemon juice and refrigerated...and then lime covered avocado doesn't play nice with peanut butter. But perfectly ripe avocado lends this delicate buttery creaminess that really complements peanut butter. I've not tried it with tahini or almond butter or other nut butters...I suspect they all would play nice with avocado.

So anyway... These are some of the ideas....

Other quick meals... frozen green beans that I like to steam cook over the stove, as I'm trying to not use my microwave as much. Or open a can of sardines, yum! It goes good with ummmm well, straight up!! or with rice, noodles, etc.

Okay I gotta go mow some more!


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ABETTERBETTY 5/27/2013 10:03PM

    When you cut the avocado, leave the pit in one side. I will split the avocado leaving the pit in one half, wrap in plastic, and put in fridge. I need to eat in one or two days before it starts turning. Avocado with tomato slices is one of my favorite sandwich.

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WIO_ALISA 5/27/2013 9:38AM

    My quick and easy meal if I've got some brown rice cooked is rice, corn, black beans and salsa.
I love a grilled cheese sandwich, too.

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ZERO2HERO 5/27/2013 9:38AM

    Quinoa, pre-cooked chicken, and sliced avocado is quick and delicious - and if sour cream is your thing a dollop of the light variety makes it feel like a burrito bowl.


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OPTIMIST1948 5/27/2013 9:06AM

    I like omlets for quick easy meals, but I usually go 1 egg+ 1 egg white instead of all one or the other.

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JANNEPERRY 5/27/2013 8:16AM

    Those are quick and easy eats! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 5/26/2013 10:04PM

  Great Blog!!! Nice Meals. that You have given us. Keep Coming Up with More Quick and Easy Meals. Thank You for Them.. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Memorial Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment edited on: 5/26/2013 10:07:46 PM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/26/2013 9:08PM

    Learning to love avocados too! And I do love peanut butter . . . a lot! Have to watch myself with that!

HUGs and hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day.

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ELRIDDICK 5/26/2013 5:54PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Please pray for those in Oklahoma tornado path!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Have many relatives, friends, and likely SparkOkies affected by tornados yesterday and today in Oklahoma!! I have friends just SW of Tulsa who are under tornado warning now until 5:15 CST, a few minute from now.

update: 51 dead in Oklahoma, but numbers are expected to rise...

Shawnee? or the video of Moore, OK? there are several clips...

Awesome News! One of my deaf friends about this #caption Live Feed in OKC!!

UPDATE: to search for relatives or to report yourself as safe, please go to

I'm posting on Twitter - @msdrpepper

UPDATE: Be very careful {edited} (what you write online because ... because.... because....):


UPDATE: Sadly, a tattle-tale complained to the SparkCoaches. and reported me for "soliciting". I thought "soliciting" was something you do in the Red Light Hooker District? My bad.

So that has been deleted, but here is a handy dandy link to go look at for other suggested ways to help out in Oklahoma - supplies they might need etc. This is from the Television station KFOR in Oklahoma (the ones that did the open captioned webcast that helped me so much!!).

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SPARKFRAN514 5/21/2013 11:22PM

    emoticon for everyone have a friend who live in Moore they saw the tornado though the window in the computer room as they closed the door to the safe room it was a 1/2 mile from them. they are safe and very thankful to still have a home but do have stuff from other homes in the yard. They still need lots of prayers as they start the clean up and rebuilding.

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MOMMA2SKI 5/21/2013 10:40PM

    it is so sad that people need to be reminded of all the creeps out there that prey on the weak & scared.
my prayers continue to rise for all those affected & for the safety of people until this horrible season is over.

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/21/2013 6:50PM

    I am SO glad you are safe and didn't lose anyone in the disaster. I am really sorry about the mess. emoticon Living in Florida, I am always concerned about hurricanes and their destruction so I feel for you. My prayers are with you, your family and friends. God bless you all.

Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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ISTRALOUISE 5/21/2013 3:19AM

    Thank you for keeping us updated, Julia, with such great resources..
OK will be in our thoughts and prayers tonight

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123ELAINE456 5/21/2013 12:11AM

  The Area Looks Like A War Zone. I'm watching Fox News which is covering the Tornado. Block After Block is flatenned like a Pancake. We need to keep Everyone in the Area in Our Thoughts and Prayers. This is very Sad. Children are among the dead too. Keep their Families in Prayer too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/20/2013 7:42PM

    It is just heartbreaking to see the devastation. My heart and prayers go out to all affected by this horrific tragedy.


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LOOKINGUP2012 5/20/2013 7:31PM

    Praying with you for your relatives and friends.

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JOMAMA 5/20/2013 7:27PM

    Prayers for all in the path of these dangerous storms. More are predicted for tomorrow. May the Lord keep them safe and out of harm's way!

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DIDMIS 5/20/2013 6:46PM

    Saw it on the computer. I-95 closed both ways. A few years ago southern Oklahoma was hit and my husband were driving to OKC to minister in some churches. We were shocked at the devestation. It looked like a war zone.
Keep safe all of you. I lived in Oklahoma for about 4 1/2 years in the Tulsa and Pawhuska area.

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RASPBERRY56 5/20/2013 6:39PM

    Spouse tried to contact a cousin from OKC - only got his voicemail........hope he's safe.....and hopefully all our fellow Sparkers in the area are safe as well!

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LINWASH23 5/20/2013 6:17PM

    You are right about this, thanks for sharing. We will be iin the path tomorrow. God is able and we are trusting Him.

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