Saturday, November 30, 2013

Homemade Crock Pot Yogurt

Do you like to make your own food to save money?  Have you ever thought that yogurt prices were just way too high, especially the organic and greek yogurt?  Well, you can make your own yogurt at home!  And you don't need a special yogurt maker.  All you need is a crockpot.
       I was first introduced to making yogurt by my aunt and my sister-in-law.  At first I thought it sounded disgusting, like the yogurt would be bad because it was left "out" too long.  But that's what makes yogurt. You need warmth for the culture to grow.  
       So, here is a link to where I went when I started making yogurt: Crock Pot Yogurt.  Follow the directions exactly at first and then tweak it and experiment with it as you like.  It turns out great!  I use a strainer rested on top of a deep bowl with a extra large coffee filter in it.  Fill the coffee filter with homemade yogurt, which will be thin, and strain overnight.  In the morning you will have thick yogurt.

       I have recently started making yogurt out of part cow's milk, part soy milk and plan to try coconut milk soon. Hopefully this will help my son with dairy sensitivity.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Must See Food Documentaries

When our family changed our lifestyle and started to eat "clean" we learned a lot from the holistic health center I worked at. We also watched a number of documentaries that were eye opening. If you're just starting to learn about real foods and avoiding the processed junk in the average American's diet- start here to learn a ton about what is going on in industrialized food processing. But don't say we didn't warn you! You may just never go back...and we hope you don't. Food is medicine and education is a powerful step to making changes for your health.

1.  Food Inc
This film touches on the politics of food production, farming, obesity and disease in our 21st-century diet.

2.  Food Matters
This film shows that what we eat really does matter and how it affects our health, mood and happiness.

3.  Forks over Knives
Despite our advanced technology, this movie investigates the “disease of affluence” that can be controlled or reversed by avoiding meat and processed food.

4.  Fat Sick & Nearly Dead
One mans journey to do juicing and change his life.

5. Fast Food Nation
Showing the dark side of the all-American meal, this film examines the local and global influences of fast food.

Healing Food: Broccoli (Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe)

Broccoli is one of our favorite green vegetables.  It is one of those eat as much as you want foods! We love to eat it as a snack raw (especially dipped in hummus), steamed, sauteed, or as a soup. 

The health benefits of broccoli are amazing. It is part of the cabbage family and is a cruciferous vegetable. They are excellent for detox, lowering cholesterol and fighting cancer.

One of the foods I missed most that we used to eat with Broccoli before we went gluten and dairy free was Broccoli Cheese Soup. We went a couple years just not having any because I couldn't find a recipe or even think of how we could copy it and still make it taste decent.  After lots of experimenting, I came up with this recipe by altering one and adding a few things of my own. Enjoy!

Vegan Broccoli "Cheese" Soup:
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
6.5 cups broccoli florets
3 cups GF chicken broth
1 cup cooked chickpeas (or canned)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 can coconut milk
2 TB nutritional yeast
Salt & Pepper to taste

Saute onions in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add broccoli, broth, chickpeas. Increase to high and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Puree with immersion blender until smooth. Add coconut milk and nutritional yeast.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kid Friendly, Mother Approved: "Cheesy" Lentils

My daughter (who is gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and peanut sensitive) eats more vegetables than most kids her age, probably. Not always though. She's a normal three year old that seems to eat a ton one day and hardly anything the next. If she had it her way, she would survive on rice cakes and sunbutter...oh and some raisins and juice.  We have to limit fruit or she won't eat anything else!

 We eat a lot of beans and lentils for a cheap but delicious protein. She gets pretty adventurous and eats curried chickpeas with us. Her favorite, however, is "Cheesy" Lentils that I created one day. I had bought some Nutritional Yeast and was searching for recipes to figure out how to use it. I saw some recipes for "cheesy" sauces, but wanted to make something that could be a main dish and all in one pot.  I tweaked a recipe a bit and made it work with red lentils. This is what I came up with. We make this often now because it was a hit! I like to think it's our healthy version of good old Mac N' Cheese (which she has never had). I have mixed up a "cheesy" sauce and put it on gluten free noodles also, which she loved. This is cheaper and something we can all enjoy without overdoing the carbs.

"Cheesy" Lentils

8 cups water
3 cups red lentils, rinsed
1 can coconut milk
2 GF bouillon cubes
2 TB Nutritional Yeast
1 TB garlic powder
Salt to taste
Dash of parsley

Boil water. Add all other ingredients and cook until desired consistency (about 25 minutes).


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Gluten Free Dairy Free No Added Sugar Banana Blueberry Pancakes

Comfort Food, Aunt Kathy!  Caroline gave me this recipe and I tweaked it a bit.  These pancakes are so good you won't believe they're good for you!  And so simple to make!!  Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and No Added Sugar!  Can make them egg free by using flax seed soaked in water.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Blueberry Pancakes

2 cups GF flour mix (equal amounts of almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, and buckwheat flour)
2 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
3 very ripe bananas
1 cup blueberries

Pre-heat griddle to 300 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together.
Coat griddle with coconut oil.
Drop pancake mix onto griddle by two heaping tablespoons full for each pancake.

Eat pancakes without syrup for sugar free.  Great for on the go!

If you can't live without syrup, add 1 heaping tsp of pure maple syrup per pancake

Acidic or Alkaline?

M.C., this is for you!  Alkaline foods are so much better for you.  Acidic foods cause inflammation throughout your body which leads to so many illnesses and diseases. Check out this list of alkaline and acid foods: Alkaline and Acid Food Chart.  I also recommend you read an article on this topic by Polly.