Thursday, January 19, 2017

Recipe!! Oatmeal Apple Cups



Hey guys! Today I wanted to share a super yummy breakfast food today. This morning I had time to make a really awesome breakfast. I went to the store last night they had the really pretty gala apples in the reduced produce bin. I bought two big bags of them.

I thought thew gala apples would make a perfect star for my breakfast dish. I absolutely love the flavor of gala apples, they are my second favorite! (Granny Smiths are my first favrotes!) As expected they made a perfect addition to the oatmeal. 

This was the perfect breakfast but would also make a perfect dessert! I hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as I did!

Happy cooking!
~Stella~



Oatmeal Apple Cups Recipe
Makes 2 Servings

-2 Gala Apples
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
-1 cup chopped almonds
-1 teaspoon Vanilla
-1 teaspoon Cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon Allspice
-1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
-1/3 cup maple syrup (or any sweetener)
-1/2 cup oatmeal
-1 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Cut the apples in half and scoop out the insides. Be sure to leave 1/4th of an inch of flesh all the way around
3. Put the apples aside
4. Take the insides and cut them up into small pieces (discard the sections with seeds in them)
5. Add the coconut oil, apples, almonds, seasonings and sweetener to a skillet
6. Once the apples are soft add the oatmeal and water
7. Stir until oatmeal the water is absorbed.
8. Stuff the apples with the oatmeal filling
9. Bake in oven for 20 minutes
10. Let cool for 5-10 minutes
11. Serve!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Recipe!! Vegan Naan


Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a recipe for naan.

Naan is one of my favorite bread recipes, I mean who doesn't love bread? The reason naan is so wonderful is because it is so flexible! It can be used like a flat bread for pizza or sandwiches. It can be eaten with soup or even on it's own. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

The traditional naan recipe has eggs in it, so I wanted to figure out a way to make it with out the eggs. I did a bunch of research, tried a bunch of recipes and ended up coming up with this one.

The reason I came up with this recipe, and like it above all of the others is because all of the ingredients are things that I always have around.

I hope you guys try this recipe and end up loving naan as much as I do!

Until next time!
~Stella~




Naan
Makes 8 servings

- 2 cups all flour (plus a bit more to flour the surface you are working on)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 almond milk
- 2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. This works best with a stand mixer but can also be done by hand.
2. Knead with your hands (on a floured surface) until the dough is soft and pliable. Add flour until it no longer sticks to your hands
3. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and form them into balls
4. Use your hand or a rolling pin to flatten each ball and place it on a lined baking sheet.
5. Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat.
6. Place one f the flattened pieces of dough on the pan and cook until bubbles start to form and the edges to the dough start to lift.
7. Place on plate to cool.
8. Repeat for the remaining seven pieces of dough
9. You can store these in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to five days!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Natural Cleaning: Top 4 Cleaning Recipes For The Walls and Carpets



Hey guys! This is the second to last installment in this series! I hope you have been able to find new natural cleaning recipes to use around your home. 

If you have not checked out the other installments in this series, please do if you are interested. So far we have gone over five natural cleaning recipes for the kitchen click here to check it out. We have a post for five natural cleaning recipes for the bathroom click here to check it out and we also have a post for laundry recipes click here to check it out.


~Stella~

Wall Cleaner
-1 cup water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 6 drops lemon essential oil

1. Combine all ingredients in plastic bottle
2. Spray on wall and wipe off


Carpet Deodorizer
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup baking soda
- 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil

1. Mix all of the ingredients into a mason jar or container
2. Sprinkle over carpet
3. Let sit for a few hours
4. Vacuum


Flea Carpet Cleaner
- 2 1/2 cups baking soda
- 10 drops orange essential oil
- 10 drops citronella essential oil
- 8 drops peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil

1. Vacuum carpet first
2. Combine all ingredients and sprinkle on carpet
3. Let sit for on hour
4. Vacuum again


Carpet Steamer Shampoo
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 tablespoon castile soap
- 30 drops of Rosemary essential oil

1. Pour all ingredients in carpet cleaner
2. Clean according to your cleaners directions

Saturday, January 14, 2017

How to Embark on a Toxic Free Personal Care Routine

I like to advise people on healthier options to partake of in their lives, one such area to jump start this process is that of personal care and products involved therein. I generally no longer purchase commercial care products mentioned here.


In this toxic world we live, there are many reasons to avoid as best as possible, all contaminants that which we are exposed to. The body stores toxins in fat cells, at their point of saturation, the environs are at threat to acidity, leading to a condition called acidosis, which is  precursor  to several diseases: Heart,  Strokes, Cancer, Diabetes to name  a few of the  life-threatening ones are the most prevalent and ones which can undoubtedly be avoided.  It is in OUR  best interest to keep our products used daily, frequently and even from time to time as ' clean ' as possible. Our water, food, and air are main contributors to anatomical contamination; the mobile phones and television sets are on this list as well.


As for products, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) site is useful in helping to guide us to chemical free effective household and personal care products. I however highly recommend looking to make our very own. This often proves to be far more cost effective and we can be certain we know the contents therein.


A few items which are easily made at home are these as a starter guide. I provide detailed tutorials( one on one) to persons interested in learning more on the ' how to 'specifics.






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Deodorants -  Many commercial deodorants are ' effective ' in controlling body odor, but often to the compromise of one's health, by halting perspiration as well as filtering contaminants such as aluminum. Perspiration without the infiltration of harmful ingredients into the bloodstream via skin contact can be avoided by the use of natural, chemical free ingredient deodorants or by simply making batches at home with the most Basic of ingredients : Eg. Raw Shea or Cocoa butter, lavender oil(or other scented skin friendly oil), baking soda, aloe vera. These ratios will vary based on diet, toxicity, as well as hygiene.


Moisturizers – Some of the best skin and facial products for moisturizing are quite easily found; To name only a few: Coconut oil(also offers UVA, UVB protection); Moringa oil(Aids with skin repair and antibacterial ), Argan oil(Aids skin cell rejuvenation. Raw Shea or cocoa butter, all make for good skin moisturizers. Cleansers(skin) -  sea salt, ACV( raw Apple Cider Vinegar) + baking soda.


Cleansing masks: Turmeric + coconut oil mask. Bentonite Clay/Activated Charcoal and Distilled water mask. These are two easy options.


Toothpaste: Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal powder, baking soda, Distilled water. It is essential to avoid toothpastes with fluoride. There are many on the market, which can prove to be rather expensive. One of my ' go to ' cost effective option includes combining the following ingredients in the appropriate ratios to suit: Bentonite Clay, organic local Turmeric, Activated Charcoal, Distilled water.

All ingredients listed herein are easily available and very inexpensive.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Recipe!! Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Veggie Roast


One of my all-time favorite things to eat is a really good vegetable roast. Not only is it super easy to make it is also a really good way to use veggies that are getting ready to go bad. This particular recipe is for sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts because I have recently ended up with a bunch of them.

I do not recommend peeling the potatoes because this is where most of the nutrients are in it. I am a firm believer in eating to fuel my body, not for pleasure. So it is important for em to keep in mind where the nutrients are in the food I am eating.

All though it calls to be roasted for 45 minutes, it does not require any work during those 45 minutes so you are free to do whatever else you need to do! 

This is one of these dishes that would be perfect if you meal prep. You can through this all together in a container and it can sit in the fridge for about a week.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

~Stella~


Sweet Potato and Brussel Sprout Veggie Roast
Makes 6 servings

-1 pound of Sweet Potato cut up
-1 pound of Brussel sprouts cut in half
-2 onions cut up
-3 cloves of garlic smashed
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
-1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
-1/2 cup olive oil
-Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
3. Add the mixture into a baking dish
4. Roast for 40-45 minutes or until all of the vegetables are fork tender (you can stick a fork in it easily)
5. Take out of the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes
6. Serve!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What’s for Dinner: Meatless Monday’s?


As promised I wanted to share with you all the details of Meatless Monday’s with me and my girls.
When my daughters were daycare age they attended a preschool that taught them how to be healthy and make good choices. One of those healthy options was Meatless Monday’s. They only served the children meals that did not include meat on Mondays. I thought What?! Wow! Thanks for the help! Because we all know it’s hard to get babies and 2-year-olds to open wide for vegetables.
I immediately found myself participating in the whole deal too! I was so in love with this concept for a couple of reasons: One it was a healthy option that the entire family could benefit from and two I found it interesting and easy to complete Mondays meal.  (Not hard to figure out there is No Meat On Mondays!) As time has gone on this concept has grown into one of the girls and I favorite things we share.

Having no meat on Mondays has taught them that eating healthy is necessary. I won’t go into the need of have vegetables regularly helps the body a great deal speech, but just know you need greens to keep your system clean! And I know you may think “oh they only do it on Mondays.” Well no not true at all. Sometimes depending on what we have discovered a liking for, Meatless Monday is extended through Friday! Please know we are believers in enjoying a good meal and take full advantage of some good Leftovers!
This really gives us much girl time in the kitchen too! I have found that the girls (by the way they are 10 & 8) enjoy picking the meals and creating the shopping list and not just for Mondays. I just love watching them “google” meatless meals for us to try.  And the youngest wants to deep fry everything!
As they get older and I watch them make suggestions and come up with new ways to enjoy our meatless day, I’m glad that this is something we share together as a family. Yeah, I have proud monuments with this day too.
So the way we do it is plan for the month. On the last Sunday of each month we plan for the following month and then we do our grocery shopping accordingly.  Because we like to get the fresh veggies so we plan and prepare ahead.
One of the things I hope to do in my new home, is I have a chalkboard wall in my kitchen or on the pantry door. Just to add a little more fun in the mix of the grocery list and meal calendar.
                           Check out some cool Chalk Board Design at www.nestnumber4.com
However, I am grateful for the Meatless Monday’s and even as they grow up on me I hope that this will be something that they continue with their families. Not too soon, though, but I do hope they carry it on.
I want to share with you a few of our favorite Meatless Meals that we enjoy so I’ll leave you with that.  Until next time! Keep In Touch!
Love&Blessings
Shara
Meatless Monday Meals (full of veggies and all things grown):
-Salads                             
-Veggie lasagna
-Broccoli Soup
-Veggie Quesadilla
-Sweet Potato (just add a little cinnamon sugar)
-Veggie Platter (Any of your Four favorite Veggies prepare how you Love dressed up on a platter)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Eat Seasonal!



One of the biggest reasons I get from people for why they can not eat a plant-based diet is that it is too expensive. The reason that people feel this way is because they are not eating what is in season. Fruits and vegetables do not thrive all year round, the reason we can purchase them in store all year round is because they are grown in green houses are they are shipped from other parts of the world.

When they are shipped from one part of the world to the other, the fruit/vegetable is harvested early. This is so it is not rotten or close to it when we get it. When a fruit/vegetable is harvested too early it does not have enough time to absorb all of the nutrients from it's mother plant. This will effect many things, one being the flavor.

For me, I can notice this the most in oranges. Oranges are in season this time of year, and I have to say they are absolutely delicious! 6 months from now they will not be as food, they will not be as flavorful.

Another benefit of eating things in season is that there is more of that item, this means they will be cheaper. Plants that are grown in season will take better to the soil and are easier to grow. They also produce more food.

Below I have included a list of the foods that are in season during all times of the year. I encourage you to favorite this list and look back on it over the next year. It will not take long to notice the price of items change according to when they are in season, also take note of the flavor of the food when they are season, verse when they are not.

Until next time,
Stella




Winter


Spring


Summer


Fall

ApplesApplesApplesApples
AvocadoApricotsApricotsBananas
BananasAsparagusAvocadoBeets
BeetsAvocadoBananasBell Peppers
Brussels SproutsBananasBeetsBroccoli
CabbageBroccoliBell PeppersBrussels Sprouts
CarrotsCabbageBlackberriesCabbage
CeleryCarrotsBlueberriesCarrots
GrapefruitCeleryCarrotsCauliflower
KaleCollard GreensCantaloupe/ MuskmelonsCelery
LeeksGarlicCeleryCollard Greens
LemonsGreens (cooking)CherriesCranberries
OnionsLettuceCollard GreensGarlic
OrangesMushroomsCornGinger
ParsnipsOnionsCucumbersGrapes
PearsPeasEggplantGreens (cooking)
PineapplePineappleGarlicGreen Beans
PotatoesRadishesGreen BeansKale
PumpkinsRhubarbHoneydew MelonLettuce
RutabagasSpinachKiwifruitMangos
Sweet Potatoes and YamsStrawberriesLima BeansMushrooms
TurnipsSwiss ChardMangosOnions
Winter SquashTurnipsNectarinesParsnips
OkraPeas
PeachesPears
PlumsPineapple
RaspberriesPotatoes
StrawberriesPumpkins
Summer Squash & ZucchiniRadishes
TomatillosRaspberries
TomatoesRutabagas
WatermelonSpinach
Sweet Potatoes and Yams
Swiss Chard
Turnips
Winter Squash