Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Crock pot cilantro lemon shredded roast.

juice of one lemon (2 small or 1 large about 1/2 cup)
1 cup packed (or more) cilantro
1 clove garlic
1 tsp salt
2-3 pound roast or steak

Combine first 4 ingredients in small food processor and pulse until pasty. Rub on beef roast(or pork, chicken) Let marinade for minimum 30 minute up to an hour(or longer). Add to crock pot with juices and 1/2 -1 cup extra water. Cook on low 6-8 hours and pull apart with forks when ready to serve.

Serve with tortillas and guacamole.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Homemade mouthwash

The great thing about having the kitchen be the science laboratory...is that everything you make for your body can be eaten or visa versa. They can also be transformed into other products if they fail.
Case in point....we were experimenting with homemade mouthwash recipes and made 2 different ones to taste test.  One was very refreshing and the other....not so much. So the not very good one got turned into a batch of hair conditioner. All products that you can use that are not harmful! Here is the mouthwash recipe that we found refreshing....

3/4-1 cup water(distilled or spring-not tap)
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops spearmint essential oil
mix well.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Are you healthy?

What is health?
The absence of disease.

What is disease.....diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune diseases we all know about. What about frequent illness, or you catch every cold or other bug people have. Having a hard time recovering from illness. Chronic fatigue, complications from illness, multiple allergies, chronic headaches, negative attitude, sleep disturbances, gastro-intestinal issues(digestion and elimination), ADD, ADHD, memory loss, depression, anxiety, bi-polar, etc....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

One day at a time

The beginning of the year brings, gym memberships, diet pills and programs, extreme habit changes that are done to fast and are usually pass or fail.  If you are wanting to make changes take one thing at a time and work on it.  If you decide to change your lifestyle and in one week: start making all your own meals and snack foods, exercise 3 times a week and try to get to sleep at a decent hour....you are overloading your brain and if you happen to not do something one day, in your mind you have failed.

...Nothing to the extreme is good

...Exercise is good - working out 6 hours a day/everyday = bad

...Nutrition is good  -freaking out about everything or eating extreme diets = bad

...Sleep is good - Sleeping for more than 10 hours a day (unless you are a child) = bad

Relax, take a deep breath and live your life and stop stressing. The stress is worse for you! It takes time! Make changes to your lifestyle that will LAST...take it one day at a time and nothing to the extreme.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tex Mex Carnitas (crockpot) with corn cakes and honey butter

For the Carnitas...
2 lbs. pork (butt/shoulder) (I had left over pulled pork that worked great)
1/4 c. sliced yellow onions
1/2 jar stewed tomatoes or  1/4 cup (1 small can) diced tomatoes
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp honey or cane syrup
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. orange juice(or satsuma etc.)
1/4-1/2 c. lacto fermented ketchup or regular organic ketchup

Place all ingredients in a crockpot on low 6-8 hours. Or if pork is already cooked put on high for a few hours will little extra liquid to cook onions. About an hour prior to eating (if possible), shred the pork with a fork and stir.

For the Corn Cakes....
1 1/2 cups sprouted cornmeal flour
1/2 cup sprouted wheat flour
1 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup raw milk plus more if needed
1/4 melted butter or coconut oil

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. In a second bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk the 
egg and 1 cup milk until smooth, add butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, using as few strokes as possible.
The batter should be think enough to form cakes with hands.
Heat griddle over medium heat. Melt butter on griddle and start to form cakes.  Place on griddle.
Cook the cakes until the bottoms are a rich brown and edges are turning brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and press down to flatten other side and continue to brown an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve with honey butter and pork.

For the Honey butter...
1/4 cup butter softened
2 tsp- 3 tsp local raw honey.

Combine well and keep in container for adding a little sweetness to your cakes.

Calories...they are GOOD for you!

When did calories become so daunting?  Calories are a GREAT thing, you should not be afraid of them nor “restrict” them.  Calories equal energy and homeostasis (balance in the body) Given the correct foods, your body, brain and all its organs will NOT have any problems......Given the wrong ones, or restricting calories, gives your body excess stress which causes things like headaches, eczema, Gastrointestinal issues(constipation, bloating, excess gas, diarrhea...) GOUT, depression, muscle cramps and spasms, dry scalp, memory loss or complete dementia, liver failure, low testosterone or no testosterone, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure......You get the picture.  Do you suffer from one or more of these problems? I know almost every American adults and child who eat the SAD(Standard American Diet) does.