XANADUREALM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XANADUREALM XANADUREALM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Lettuce is more than Just for Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335262 Stir Fry Lettuce and Garlic <BR> <BR> 1 head iceberg lettuce <BR> 1 1⁄2 teaspoons soy sauce <BR> 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sesame oil <BR> 1 teaspoon rice wine or 1 teaspoon dry sherry <BR> 3⁄4 teaspoon sugar <BR> salt and pepper <BR> 1 tablespoon salad oil <BR> 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced <BR> <BR> Wash and dry lettuce. Tear or cut into pieces a bit bigger than bite sized. Separate leaves and dicard core. <BR> In a small bowl mix soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:16:37 EST Make Your Own Fruit Pectin for Jelly Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332362 Tart / Green Apple/Crabapple Pectin <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 3 pounds sliced, washed tart, green apples (like Granny Smith) with peels and cores. Crabapples are the best. Small, green, immature apples of most varieties work, too. <BR> 4 cups water <BR> 2 tablespoons of lemon juice <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> Wash, but don't peel, about seven large tart green apples. Put them in a pot. <BR> Cut them into pieces <BR> Add four cups of water and two tablesp... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:42:44 EST Salt free Seasoning Mix like Mrs Dash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318847 1/4 cup dry minced onion, crushed with a mortar <BR> 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper <BR> 1/2 teaspoon cumin <BR> 1/2 teaspoon coriander <BR> 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard <BR> 1 tablespoon garlic powder <BR> 1 teaspoon basil <BR> 1 teaspoon marjoram <BR> 1 teaspoon thyme <BR> 1 teaspoon parsley <BR> 1 teaspoon savory <BR> 1 teaspoon onion powder <BR> 1 teaspoon sage <BR> 1 teaspoon black pepper <BR> 1/4 teaspoon dry celery seed <BR> 1/4 tea... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:49:30 EST How to Tenderize a Steak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315472 There are many home remedies for tenderizing steak, one of which is vinegar. Pour it on the steak and the acetic acid in the vinegar will break down the tough tendons and make the steak much more palatable. <BR> <BR> Lesser quality steak cuts can be tough and lack essential fat marbling. You can offset this by marinating the steak. This helps break down meat proteins and makes the meat more tender before the cooking process even begins. Vinegar, pineapple or papaya based marinades add flavor... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:16:40 EST Canned pumpkin is not what you think it is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309707 Libby's Pure Pumpkin - But instead of those pumpkin varieties, Libby's grows a proprietary strain of tan skinned Dickinson squash. <BR> <BR> And although Libby's does refer to its fruit as "pumpkin" in appearance, taste, and texture (not to mention species) it more closely resembles squash. In fact, its closest high-profile relative is butternut squash. <BR> <BR> Because the FDA finds that drawing a hard line designation between pumpkins and "golden fleshed" winter squash is murky, it's pe... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:14:12 EST Last Frost Date Planting Worksheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305684 It's the time of year to think about starting your seeds, but how do you keep track of planting dates? <BR> <BR> No worry if you've missed the seed starting date, do it anyway. Most cool weather crops can be planted in succession until the days get very hot during the summer months. If you are purchasing starts from the local nursery this year, the Last Frost Date Planting Worksheet works to help you know when to plant certain vegetables and herbs in your garden without danger of frost dama... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:09:03 EST 7 Secrets for Making a Better Meatloaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299831 1. Meat Matters - Harvey Wolff, the culinary school trained chef from the upscale Nosh food truck based in Seattle, Wash., highly recommends mixing it up when it comes to selecting meat. "Never go all beef, never!" he said. He suggests bringing a little bit of ground pork to the party. Or, make the loaf leaner by blending in some ground turkey. Try bison, lamb or go wild with venison. <BR> <BR> 2. Making it Moist - The ideal meatloaf holds its shape while staying moist, which is no easy feat... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:37:25 EST Common Ingredient Substitutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299413 Allspice,1 teaspoon = 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon cloves <BR> Baking powder, 1 teaspoon = 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 cup buttermilk (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2 cup) <BR> Buttermilk, 1 cup = 1 cup yogurt or 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup <BR> Corn syrup, 1 cup = 1 1/4 cup white sugar plus 1/3 cup water or 1 cup honey <BR> Cream (half and half), 1 cup ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:24:17 EST Sous Vide Pork Chops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298493 But a good pork chop is only as good as the method by which you cook it. You want the most foolproof way to guarantee extra-juicy pork chops? Sous vide is the way to go. ... <BR> <BR> What sous vide will get you, on the other hand, is meat that is perfectly cooked from edge to edge in a consistent and completely reliable way. You'll have pork chops that are juicier than you've ever tasted. It also makes preparation easy: Select your temperature, put your pork in the cooker, sear it, and serv... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:33:46 EST How To Broil a Steak in the Oven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297412 Position the top rack four to five inches from the top of the oven. Take the steak out of the refrigerator as you pre-heat the broiler to its highest possible temperature (Our broiler reaches to 550 degrees). Open a window just in case. Things might get a little smoky. <BR> <BR> While the broiler warms, pre-heat an empty cast-iron skillet or grill pan on high heat on the stove for about five minutes. If you're using a premium cut of aged meat and a well-seasoned pan, you won't need to add an... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:55:42 EST How to Make Tortillas Taste Just Like Doritos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279956 Here's how to do it: <BR> <BR> Finely grind 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and 1 tsp. tomato powder (optional) in a spice mill. Pour into a large mixing bowl. <BR> <BR> Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Cut 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas into triangles. Pour vegetable oil into a large pot to a depth of 1 1/2" and heat over medium-high until a frying or candy thermometer registers 350' F. Working in... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:52:01 EST Ways to get more Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266809 <link>www.bodybuilding.com/content/ultimat<BR>e-list-40-high-protein-foods.html </link> <BR> <BR> Make Your own: 5-Minute Homemade Protein Shakes <BR> <BR> <link>www.thekitchn.com/5-minute-homemade-<BR>protein-shakes-227185 </link> <BR> <BR> Your Homemade Protein Shake Formula <BR> <BR> Each shake starts with 3/4 cup of liquid and up to 1/3 cup of a main protein source. While there are specific ingredients for these categories noted in the shakes below, it's easy to make a substit... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:47:24 EST Vietnamese Pho (Beef Broth and Noodles) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263865 Vietnamese beef noodle pho is an easy soup to fall in love with. Those chewy noodles, that savory broth, the tender slices of beef - all those crunchy, spicy, herby garnishes we get to toss on top. On a cold evening, after a rough day at work, when we're sick, on a lazy weekend afternoon - a bowl of piping hot pho is pretty much always a good idea. <BR> <BR> Beef pho (pronounced "fuh") feels like a restaurant staple, but it's not actually all that hard to make a quick version at home. <BR> ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 12:51:22 EST I Tried the Instant Pot. Here's What I Think About It, 8 Months Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256740 Cambria polled readers to find out their favorite slow cooker. Instead of a traditional slow cooker, many of you raved about the Instant Pot, but I'd never even heard of it. Can one appliance really do the job of seven? <BR> <BR> Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. Sounds kind... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:36:00 EST Drinking a Dash of Vinegar: 9 Shrub Recipes for the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255713 My DH's chiropractor recommends drinking a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar every morning! <BR> <BR> "Drinking vinegar is back in vogue and it's not just because its distinct zing can curl your mustache. Mixing a tinge of vinegar into your drink or cocktail can add some complexity and savory overtones that may just have you coming back for more. <BR> <BR> Try some of these recipes below and see if this shrub's for you." <BR> <BR> <link>www.thekitchn.com/the-tale-of-the-sh<BR>rub-19325... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:18:31 EST Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur [like Bailey's??] with egg nog variation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254417 It's as simple as whisking all the ingredients together, pouring into a container with a tight-fitting lid, and letting the flavors meld for at least four hours. Silky-smooth homemade Irish cream, ready to be stirred into a hot cup of coffee or served over ice <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey <BR> 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk <BR> 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee <BR> 1 tablespoon good quality chocolate syrup <BR> 1 teaspoon pure vanil... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:13:15 EST Foot Health with Toe and Foot Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253429 Top Exercises for Feet & Toes <BR> 1. Big Toe Stretch <BR> 2. Ball Rolling Exercise <BR> 3. Toe Extensor Stretch <BR> 4. Intrinsic Foot Muscle Exercises <BR> 5. Hammertoe Stretch & Mobilization <BR> <BR> <link>//naturalfootgear.com/blogs/educatio<BR>n/17915320-top-exercises-for-feet-toes </link> <BR> <BR> <link>//naturalfootgear.com/blogs/educatio<BR>n/tagged/bunions </link> <BR> <BR> <link>//podiatryshoereview.blogspot.com/20<BR>12/05/my-feet-hurt-top-ten-things-reli<BR>eve.html... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:25:49 EST My Tomato Pepper Ferment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250970 This is the one I made: <BR> <BR> 1 clean quart jar <BR> 1 bell pepper, chopped <BR> 1 red bell pepper, chopped <BR> 5 green tomatoes, sliced <BR> 5 cloves garlic <BR> 1 Tbs pickling spice <BR> 1 1/2 Tbs canning salt <BR> 1/2 Tbs sugar <BR> 2 cups water <BR> <BR> I put 2 cloves garlic in bottom of the jar, then I sliced the green tomatoes. I layered the tomatoes then bell pepper mixed with the red pepper, the rest of the garlic and the pickling spice. Then I mixed the salt and sugar in... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:39:11 EST Fermented Green tomato http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249900 So DH is tied of watering plants so he got rid of the Early Girl tomato. Now I have a bushel of green tomatoes with more on the vine! <BR> <BR> .Lacto-Fermented Green Tomato Pickles <BR> <BR> Approximately 3 cups water, more if necessary. <BR> 2 Tbsp. sea salt <BR> 1 Tbsp. coriander or dill seed <BR> 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed <BR> 1 jalapeno or other hot pepper, halved <BR> 2 pounds small green tomatoes (around cherry tomato size) <BR> <BR> Instructions: ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:23:01 EST Homemade Dog Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248427 If your dog needs to be on a grain-free diet because of weight or food allergies, diced sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin are much-loved by our furry friends! <BR> <BR> Use either rice OR sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin. There's no need to use rice with sweet potato/butternut squash/pumpkin. <BR> <BR> Our original homemade recipe included a base of sweet potatoes/butternut squash and ground turkey - with beef liver, green beans, and blueberries mixed in. <BR> <BR> For the revised... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 16:53:27 EST Should we buy shoes too big to get 'more for the money'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246742 When my DH buys shoes I usually end up with some of them. Usually they are sized wrong and fit me [a little too big but comfortable.] Its a good thing that moccasins and athletic shoes can be worn by either sex. <BR> <BR> I got this in an email and got a good laugh so I thought I would share. [Its actually an ad!] <BR> <BR> " When my husband needs shoes, we order 2 sizes. This way, he can keep the ones that fit and we send the other pair back. <BR> <BR> The other day, 2 pairs of sandals... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:03:36 EST How to Make Fermented Cinnamon Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242261 3-4 medium apples (at least half should be a sweeter variety such as gala or fuji) <BR> <BR> 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt <BR> <BR> 1 cinnamon stick <BR> <BR> Filtered water as needed <BR> <BR> <BR> Slice off the top 1/2 - 3/4 inch of two of the apples and set these slices aside. Core and slice the apples and then chop into 1/2 inch pieces. Spoon the salt into the bottom of a quart jar and then layer the apple pieces until the jar is half full. Place the cinnamon stick into the center o... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:44:40 EST Lacto-Fermented Lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241230 Eight lemons, cut six of them into quarters. Reserve the other lemons for juice. <BR> <BR> Toss the lemon quarters with salt. I used about 2 tablespoons of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt for each lemon I quartered. You want enough salt so that the lemon quarters are all uniformly coated in salt. <BR> <BR> Pack the salted lemon quarters into a spotlessly clean jar. Ideally, use a jar that will just hold the lemon wedges. Let the jar sit, covered, at room temperature for about an hour so that t... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:02:45 EST you say green tomato: fermented chow chow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239082 This is a fermented relish called chow chow traditionally made to use up the leftovers of the garden harvest, a beautiful reminder of the passing of summer. <BR> <BR> This is a delicious fermented version of the southern condiment chow chow, usually sweetened and vinegared, then canned. I like this fermented version, where the chopped vegetables are set out on a counter for a few days to sour. It has a complementary combination of flavors that you can make your own by varying the amount of... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:37:26 EST Fermenting Veggies at Home: Follow Food Safety ABCs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236890 Fermentation has long been part of human history. In fact, food scientists say that it played a vital role in human survival in the days before stoves and refrigerators simply because it allowed people to preserve food in a nutritional and safe way. Think foods such as cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchee, olives, salami, jerky and even bread. And think beverages such as wine and beer, not to mention coffee and hot chocolate. All of these - and many more - are examples of fermented foods. <BR... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:55:00 EST A Pickle Predicament! 39 Ways To Use Leftover Pickle Juice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233927 American households purchase pickles every 53 days. More than 67 percent of all households eat pickles. .Americans consume more than 9 pounds of pickles per person annually. <BR> <BR> That's a whole lot of pickles.and pickle JUICE! But what to do with the juice once the pickles are gone? In the past I have always just poured it down the drain! Little did I know how many different ways there are to "recycle" pickle juice! So I have mended my pickle juice-wasting ways and offer this list of w... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:24:01 EST How to Invent Safe Food Preservation Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233338 Coming up with your own signature recipes is one of the joys of food preservation. But before you can start playing around with making a recipe your own you need to be 100% certain it will safely preserve the food. <BR> <BR> Once you understand what makes a particular food preservation method work -how and why it safely preserves the food -then you will know when you can improvise vs. when you need to stick to a recipe's ingredients and instructions exactly. The information below will help y... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 10:58:41 EST 82 Ways To Heal Your Gut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232777 Did you know that the function of your immune system, the state of your mental health, the pain or lack thereof in your joints, and even whether or not you have seasonal allergies can all be determined by one thing? <BR> <BR> Do you know what it is? The health of your gut! <BR> <BR> Conventional and unconventional research is proving it over and over: poor gut health = poor overall health. <BR> <BR> <link>traditionalcookingschool.com/2016/01<BR>/06/82-ways-to-heal-your-gut/ </link> <BR... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:01:39 EST Lacto-Fermented Escabeche http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232278 Escabeche, or Jalapenos en Escabeche are basically a Mexican pickled jalapeno. Far better than those little Nacho rings you buy in the store, escabeche is flavored with onions and garlic, frequently carrots, sometimes radishes or cauliflower, and is a pickled treat. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2010/08<BR>/lacto-fermented-escabeche.html </link> <BR> <BR> Tip: if you don't have whey use an additional 2 Tablespoons salt Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:46:51 EST 85 Ways to Eat More Fermented Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231602 "Did you know that almost 80% of your immune system stems form the gut? Yeah, that’s a lot. So what kind of shape do you think your immune system is in if your gut health is in the toilet? I’ve said it many times, and I will say it many times again: Good health starts in the gut. <BR> <BR> Keeping your internal ecosystem healthy and balanced is essential for a strong immune system and vital living. Eating fermented foods is one of the easiest and most economical ways to improve your gut ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:28:34 EST Dry salting is an easy method for fermenting vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230910 Dry salting is an old-fashioned method for preserving vegetables, meat, and fish. It was popular in the early twentieth century, especially during the first and second World Wars. Salting was promoted as an alternative to canning in order to conserve glass, metal, and fuel. There are two basic methods for dry salting, one uses low salt concentration and the other uses high salt. <BR> <BR> <link>www.homepreservingbible.com/39-dry-s<BR>alting-as-a-method-to-preserve-vegetab<BR>les/ </link> ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 06:56:09 EST How to make probiotic lemonade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227153 Probiotic lemonade is very easy to make and is ready in just a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Luckily, as there is an easy lacto-fermented drink that you can make with basic ingredients from your grocery store, and your kids will probably even drink it! <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Juice of 10 lemons or limes <BR> 3/4 cup sugar or sucanat <BR> 1 cup of whey <BR> 2.5 to 3 quarts of filtered water <BR> gallon size jar <BR> <BR> For instructions: <BR> <BR> <link>wellness... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:25:32 EST Bacon Fat Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226584 I believe this is the origin of the Magic Mayo. The recipe was converted to make it simpler. <BR> <BR> "By whipping up some rendered bacon fat with egg yolks, lemon, some mustard, salt, and pepper, you have made what is essentially a spreadable BLT. Once you have a jar of this stuff in your fridge, the possibilities are endless. Can you imagine the deviled eggs that this stuff would make? Or what about a bacon-tinged chicken salad or even a humble fried egg on a roll? I told you: genius." <... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:43:32 EST Magic Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225300 Magic because of how fast and easy this is; takes about 1 1/2 minutes to make in a wide mouth pint size mason jar. [or jar of your choice] <BR> <BR> Because this mayo contains raw egg, I wouldn't feed it to someone in the immune compromised category, and I wouldn't make it with month-old eggs of questionable pedigree. Our eggs are raised in our backyard. Use your best judgement as to whether raw-egg mayonnaise is appropriate for you. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 whole egg <BR> 1/2 tsp dijon... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:57:56 EST Fermented Vegetable FAQ Answers [for Probiotics] with Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224693 Lacto-Fermentation is a method of preserving food that transforms fresh food into favorites such as pickles, chutney, and sauerkraut. <BR> <BR> Nearly any vegetable can be fermented. <BR> <BR> Washing vegetables is a personal choice and is not necessary. Fresh vegetables should have friendly bacteria all over them from the soil. The fermentation process will allow these friendly bacteria to multiply. <BR> <BR> Do I need a vegetable culture or whey to make fermented vegetables? No. We rec... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:58:08 EST Lacto-Fermented Spiced Tomato Ketchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218198 I have too many fresh tomatoes and the picture for this recipe is so pretty, but I want to use fresh tomatoes and don't want to use whey. So I am still looking for a recipe. <BR> <BR> "This ketchup is a great way to introduce your family to fermented foods. It has just the right blend of spices to make it taste similar to the store-bought kind, but with all the benefits of probiotic-rich fermentation. You can make it more or less sweet by adjusting the amount of maple syrup, or you can subs... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:21:10 EST Clafoutis are France's best kept secret. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217838 Clafoutis are France's best kept secret. Clafoutis recipes call for nothing more than what most of us have on hand in the kitchen, plus some fruit or vegetables. Once you have the batter made, which is only measuring and stirring, you pop it in the oven right before you sit down for dinner and have a seriously freshly-made dessert waiting for you 30 minutes later. <BR> <BR> Using frozen fruit is not recommended due to water content and texture. Can use any fruit or vegetables, but leave out... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:53:20 EST How to make Curtido/Cortido (Salvadorian sauerkraut)- 2 ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215658 Once fermented, cabbage is rich in probiotics and enzymes and holds powerful health benefits. A recent study showed that 2 oz of homemade sauerkraut contains as many probiotics as 100 probiotic capsules. <BR> <BR> Two Recipes: <BR> <BR> <link>//megatarian.wordpress.com/2014/06/2<BR>8/how-to-make-curtido-el-salvadorian-s<BR>auerkraut-2-ways/ </link> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:47:22 EST A Tip for Flaky Pie Crust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210974 I just learned the coolest trick for making a flaky pie crust. You mix all of the fat with 2/3 of the flour, and then cut in the final third of the flour with a goal of pea sized balls of "paste" coated in flour. Then you mix in the water using a spatula to repeatedly flatten in a big broad bowl. I found this new technique and got a pie crust that resembled puff pastry! <BR> <BR> There is a recipe at the end of the article <BR> <BR> <link>sweets.seriouseats.com/2011/07/the-f<BR>ood-lab-... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:15:49 EST Haybox Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209271 BTW, the sliders were good. I didn't have dinner rolls so I used hamburger buns. I liked the way the cheese help the ground beef on the bun. I didn't like the glaze, but maybe I would have with dinner rolls. <BR> <BR> The Haybox Cooker is a thermal cooker, basically it cooks using the inner pan which is boiled for 10 minutes then stick it in the insulative container for another 1-6 hours. It can save up to 80% of the fuel normally used. <BR> <BR> The link is a collection of information o... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:44:12 EST Awesome cheesy pull-apart sliders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208621 I found this recipe for Awesome cheesy pull-apart sliders on a friends Facebook page. This will be dinner tonight! <BR> <BR> http://wtvr.com/2016/02/05/cheesy-pull-a<BR>part-sliders-super-bowl-recipe/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:07:41 EST Five Minute Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204433 I had the last of our watermelons for breakfast. No more melons as we pulled up the vines. <BR> <BR> So for Five Minute Ice Cream you use 10 oz of frozen fruit, 1/8-1/4 Splenda + 1/3 cup half and half cream. <BR> <BR> Combine the frozen fruit and Splenda in a food processor. Process until the fruit is roughly chopped. With the processor running, slowly pour in the half + half until fully incorporated. Serve immediately, or freeze a few minutes for a firmer texture. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:40:54 EST Frozen Banana "Ice cream" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203883 For those of you who haven't heard of this and want to try ... just put "Frozen Banana" into the search on Spark Recipes and you will get lots of suggestions. I bought bananas at Sam's today so frozen banana is on for tomorrow. Some suggest cutting the banana into pieces, so I am going to try it this way. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:17:41 EST I scream, you scream ... we all scream for Ice Cream! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203280 I have been doing some research on ice cream. I saw in a magazine an electric counter top size machine but then thought that I could make it without a machine. Sparkrecipes has a couple I might try. Of course one is banana, another is with frozen fruit and another uses a plastic bag that you shake. If you want a really old recipe try searching for Thomas Jefferson's Ice Cream recipe. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:56:21 EST Southern Fried Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185702 1 medium head green cabbage, chopped loosely <BR> 4 slices bacon, chopped <BR> 1/4 large onion or 1/2 small to medium onion, chopped <BR> 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce (optional) <BR> salt & pepper to taste <BR> <BR> In a large pan, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat. When the bacon has just started to crisp, add the chopped onion. Add cabbage, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce (optional) when onion is done. Stir occasionally until cabbage is softened about 10 minute... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 12:13:00 EST Insulin and carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180423 The key to it all is insulin. It is the only -- the only -- chemical in your body that can put on weight or take it off. Think of gaining or losing weight as insulin control rather than dieting. In the presence of excess carbs insulin saves excess caloires, in the absence of carbs it removes calories for fuel. If you want to gain weight, eat excess carbs. If you want to lose weight eat the right amount of calories and no carbs. It does not work as efficiently with fats and proteins which is w... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:04:08 EST What is Coffee Flour? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179754 I just heard about Coffee Flour so I had to find out what it is. The idea of turning coffee bean waste into flour was one that intrigued me and also raised a number of questions. <BR> <BR> Coffee fruit is packed with nutrition. They take that fruit and mill it into a unique and flavor-rich gluten free flour. Ingredients: just the fruit... a coffee cherry. <BR> <BR> And what about the caffeine content of the flour? The amount in a recipe would be about the same as a cup of coffee. <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 15:42:01 EST Things to know about Dehydrating: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178297 There are a few things you should know before dehydrrating. Here are 13 things: <BR> <BR> 1. Start by learning your dehydrator and reading the instructions. Dehydrators can be split into three categories: bottom fan, top fan, and back fan. Most people would recommend a back fan dehydrator since it encourages even drying. However, even with a back fan you will need to move trays around to ensure even and consistent drying. <BR> <BR> 2. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use your oven o... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:46:41 EST Low-Carb Food to Have on Hand in an Emergency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176876 Canned Vegetables such as: <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Green chilies <BR> Artichoke hearts <BR> Pumpkin <BR> Tomato paste <BR> Other canned low-carb vegetables, such as green beans and spinach <BR> <BR> Pickled Vegetables such as: <BR> Dill pickles <BR> Italian pickled vegetables or hot peppers <BR> Sweet pickles (no sugar added) <BR> <BR> Jars of: <BR> Salsas <BR> Pasta sauce or tomato sauce with no added sugars <BR> Roasted red peppers <BR> Dr... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:56:23 EST Dehydrating Eggs for Longer Storage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176182 Crack them open into a bowl, about 18 at at time. More than that and they will take a long time to do the next step. Whisk them to get them all mixed together. <BR> <BR> Scramble them over medium to medium low heat. I used cast iron so I wouldn’t have to add any additional oil. * IMPORTANT: Do not add oil! <BR> <BR> This took about 25 minutes to cook on low heat. <BR> <BR> Lay them out on a dehydrator sheet. 3 dozen eggs took up 7 sheets, spread out as thin as possible. <BR> <BR> Dehyd... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:00:25 EST