Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Runner Cannellini Here we come

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Today the beans from Rancho Gordo arrived.  I decided to order them after hearing so many good things from the blogs. Barb has been raving about them cooked in carrot juice, and others love them as well.

What I like about these beans is they are heirloom varieties, originally planted and harvested and passed down through generations to arrive right here on my counter top soaking up the filtered water :)

My son picked these to try first. Here is what their  website says about them
Related to the pre-conquest Ayocote bean, these were bred in Europe to the Italian aesthetic and now make their way back to the Americas.


 Tomorrow we will cook them in some water until they are nice and ready...  I ordered their sample packs so I will be trying them all including hominy which I never had before...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

2011 Holiday Challenge

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This season if you can commit to this challenge over the next six weeks and follow a few simple guidelines throughout the holidays, Dr. Fuhrman is offering:

  • a free six week membership to DrFuhrman.com*
  • a free Eat To Live Vook (a video enhanced ebook)
  • an entire support system of holiday recipes
  • special support from Dr. Fuhrman's Nutritional Education Institute faculty and medical team on medicine, nutrition and motivation
The challenge involves only a few simple promises to make, taken from his book, Eat To Live.
Here are the fundamentals:
  • Eat a large salad every day
  • Enjoy a generous serving of steamed greens with mushrooms and onions
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with three fresh fruits a day
  • Have at least one fulfilling serving of beans each day
Here's what you are promising to omit:
  • Avoid white flour
  • Avoid sugars & artificial sweeteners
Throughout the challenge, you will have plenty of support. We will answer your questions online in the Member Center. We encourage you to log your progress with "My Health Manager." Seasoned veterans of the Eat To Live diet-style will also be there to help you.
Here is how you get started:
Step 1: Join us on Facebook to share this exciting experience and encourage your friends to also make the commitment for a better life and incredible holiday. OR (If you don't have a Facebook account you can still participate via the Six Week Challenge forum in Dr. Fuhrman's Member Center which is free for 6 weeks)
Step 2: If you are not already a member of my online Member Center, sign up for your FREE* six week membership and Eat To Live Vook.
Step 3: Enjoy the holidays! Share your experiences and gain support in the new Six Week Challenge forum.
There is more – the challenge is just the start! By joining the challenge you will have the opportunity to participate in a contest where you may be eligible to win an all expense paid trip to my 5th annual 2011 Health Getaway in Park City, Utah at The Grand Summit Hotel at The Canyons. The winner or winners will be chosen based on their documented results during the challenge and into the new year.
I hope you enjoy this holiday gift to help spread the message of good health and healthy eating.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Help our earth cool down

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Help our earth cool down. Reducing methane, black carbon - watch this video and learn about  how you can help.
http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/live.php
Also watch the following trailers and short films here http://www.worldpreservationfoundation.org/ecotrailers.php?id=23




Friday, October 22, 2010

okra power!

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Last night I cooked okra 2 ways with the same ingredients: Tomatoes, garlic, onion.  At the end I added zucchini spaghetti which I made with a peeler.  

1st was stir-fry and second was slow-cook.  Both turned out very nice.  This is the first time the kids tried this vegetable and after a little encouragement they gobbled it up :)

Here is some more info I found online:

When you shop for fresh okra, look for good green color with few or no gray spots, firmness and moderate size, as large pods can sometimes be fibrous and too tough to eat. A good test of okra's maturity is to press a very sharp knife blade against the pod, perpendicular to its length; if it cuts easily with no resistance, it is perfect. If the knife meets resistance, the pod will be too fibrous to eat.
Besides the pods, okra leaves can be cooked or eaten raw in salads. During the Civil War, when coffee was scarce because of Union blockades, the seeds were roasted for a coffee substitute. Okra oil, which is high in unsaturated fats, is also extracted from the seeds.

Lately we have been having okra in soups and it comes out great either chopped or whole.  It's a little slimy when you cut it and cook it, but the flavor is out of this world, literally like nothing else we tried.