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Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies


Just trying out some new recipes for the fur babes. They love these cookies. So this week changing the fruit to apples. It’s healthy and nutritious.

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Apples, Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Oatmeal (soaked)

1/2” inch Water cover above oats

1 medium Green Apple

1 cup Peanut butter

2 cups All Purpose Flour

2 Tablespoon Turmeric Powder

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 to 1/2 cup Water (add slowly to thin mix batter out if needed)

DIRECTIONS

Place 2 cups oatmeal in container and cover 1/2 inch water over the top. Leave that set until almost all the water has been absorbed. About 1.5 hour

2 cups Oatmeal
1/2” inch water to cover oatmeal
1/2 “ inch or middle of the thumb of water over the oatmeal, leave soaking for 1 to 1.5 hours

Heat oven to 400 degree F. Grease 1” x 15”x 21” cookie sheet with the olive oil

1 1/2 cup sliced apples
Slice apples into small 1/2” inch pieces

Stir / Cream the ingredients together. Make sure everything is mixed together.

Stir in 1 cup Peanut Butter
Add 1 cup Peanut Butter to the Oatmeal

Place the sliced apples in the bowl

Add 1 1/2 cups Sliced Apples

After getting those ingredients mixed time to add the flour.

Add 2 cups Flour
Add extra water as needed to thin out batter

Place the dough onto the cookie sheet and smooth out to thin layer.

Smooth out evenly

Place in oven on center rack for 30 minutes

After 30 minutes remove the pan from the oven. The sides should be slightly pulled away from the pans edge and golden brown in color.

Get the pizza cutter and cut your squares. Wait until cookies are cool to touch.

Take the pizza cutter wheel and cut into squares

You can make the size of the cookie fit your dog.

Cut into 1” to 2” inch pieces

Remove from pan after completely cool.

Cookies can be removed from the pan after completely cooled

Put into an airtight container and place in the refrigerator or freezer. I have 4 dogs and this last 3 weeks. I also just take out what I need.

Place cookies in the air tight container

You can adjust this recipe to your dogs taste or yours. I ate one and I could taste the apples and peanut butter. My dogs on the other hand could really smell their treats baking and waited by the kitchen door in utter excitement. They smell something new.

Your dogs will love them until the last cookie…

Enjoy !!!

A SHOUT OUT FOR KITTY KAT… “Meow’s Mix”


I only have dogs so I would love some feed back on the recipe.

cat treats bowlKitty Kat Meow’s

Ingredients:

  • 1 4-oz can of tuna in water
  •  1/4 cup tuna water
  •  1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  •  1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour

Instructions:

Pre-Heat Oven to 350’F

  • Lightly grease pan
  • Shred tuna fine, add egg and mix well. Add tuna water and mix well. Add cornmeal and mix till. If balls are not forming, add a small amount of water to get the balls to stick together if not sticking.
  • Spoon out ½ Teaspoon roll into a ball, Place pieces on greased baking sheet smash with fork to 1/4-inch thick
  • Bake at 350’F oven for 15-20 minutes or until light brown
  • Cool to room temperature, place in an air-tight container, and store in the refrigerator or the freezer. They will keep well in the fridge for up to 1 week and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Serve at room temperature.

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WESTERN O-RINGS


Western O-Rings egg dish
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (onions)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (egg rings)
  • Total Time: 50 to 60 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Skill Level: Beginner / Easy
  • Kitchen Appliance: Stove, Oven, knife, Slap-Chopper, Frying pan for oven use.

Onion rings with a Western Scramble in center

Ingredients

  • 12 Eggs scrambled
  • Ham
  • Green, Red and Yellow Peppers
  • 12 or more Onion Rings (medium size)
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Salt and Ground Pepper to taste

Directions

Cut your onion rings to 1″

Onions cut into 1” inch pieces

Cut Green, red and yellow sweet peppers into smal cubes

Lay them on paper towel to collect the liquid

Green, Red, Yellow and orange sweet peppers

Cut ham into small cubes

Cut ham into cubes

Crack 12 eggs and gently scramble in a bowl

Scramble eggs

Melt your butter in frying pan on medium heat

Place the 1″ cut onion rings in your pan

Place the onion rings on pan and heat to medium

Flip onion rings over after a few minutes, put 1 tablespoon of butter in pan and flip back up.

Turn the onion rings over and add more butter

Place a scoop of egg in center of onion ring, add ham, green, red and yellow peppers and cheese.

Add by scooping egg into ring. It will leak out. Make sure your pan is hot
Put in oven

Slide into the 400′ degree oven, bake for 5 minutes remove and add cheese. Put back in oven for 5 minutes, shake and test, if it jiggles put back in for 3 to 5 minutes, remove add salt and pepper.

Add cheese and place in oven for 5 minutes or less
Yummy 😋 Western O-Rings
Western O-Rings
#leftovers

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Making DOGGIE TREATS: Please read your ingredient labels.


Now that everyone is blindly making treats for their pets. Sadly we must check human ingredients to make sure there are not any things that will harm them.

We are not checking the ingredients that companies are using.

Please educate yourself so your dog stays alive!!!

Please, it’s just not chocolate that can harm and possible cause death. There is a long list of ingredients you need to be aware of. Some you would never think would. I was shocked myself the first time I read it.

You could be creating other injuries to their organs by using these ingredients.

  • Xylitol
  • Avocado seed, skin, leaves
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Garlic?
  • Macadamia nut
  • Chocolate
  • Cooked bones
  • Caffeine
  • Leeks and onions
  • Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Citrus oil cold pressed
  • Essential oils
  • Dairy – like whip cream in a can
  • Cat Food
  • Bacon
  • Tobacco – Cigarettes – Cigars
  • Gelatin
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Ethoxyquin (“Fish Meal”)
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Food Dyes
  • Rendered Fat
  • Pam / Vegetable sprays aerosols
  • Wheat Gluten
  • Meat By-products
  • Nutmeg
  • Peaches pits
  • Mustard
  • Raw dough
Unsweetened organic applesauce

If your going to use store bought applesauce please read the ingredients. The are 3 ingredients in this brand. Apples, water and ascorbic acid. This is perfect. No unknown hard to pronounce words.

Store bought ingredients sometimes have harmful ingredients. Most times not good ingredients for your dog.

If you don’t know if it’s ok for your dog as google or the internet. “Is it ok to give my dog Xylitol”.

Sample.. usually you can ask and get an answer

Leftovers: Strawberry Short Cake Compote


Take your leftover strawberry compote and turn it into something new.

Homemade Fresh Strawberry Shortcake Compote

You’ll find just how easy it is to make your own strawberry jam without all the extra sugar and junk your body does not need.

Yes trust me when I say less sugar and no preservatives does a body good.

I had some leftover frozen strawberries from this past season. So I added the frozen strawberries to my compote and 1” inch of water above the strawberries and turn on the heat under my pan to high.

Bring to a full boil and reduce the heat to a slow simmer. It’s more about the flavors you are bringing out with the slower simmer.

At this point the house is smelling like a strawberry field at picking time. The sweet undeniable smells of hot summer days come rushing through my senses. I just want to throw open the windows and let the world have a whiff.

Once your strawberries puff up (15 to 20 minutes) you can remove the lid and smash the strawberries with a fork or potato masher. Depending on how chunky you want your jam.

Make sure you continuously stir and watch the pot as they say. Jams are hard to clean up. Plus at this point you shouldn’t be using any heat that is going to make a boil. Simmer is tiny bubbles. Just like you see in champagne.

Tiny bubbles like champagne

Continue cooking without the lid on low heat to reduce the fluid. This might take up to an hour.

Still to much fluid. Keep reducing

During this time you need to taste it for sweetness. You can add sugar or vanilla at this time if needed. Depending on how sweet your strawberry short cake compote was.

Once it is semi thick and sticks to your spoon with just a little bit of slide to it. It’s ready, you can turn the heat off and let it rest. It will continue to thicken on its own.

Strawberry jam is sticking to the spoon. Remove from heat.

Believe it or not strawberries have a natural pectin. So it will thicken all by its self.

Strawberry Jam is cooling down

Add the cooled jam to your containers.

I put all my jams in 3 ounce containers with lids and I freeze them. That way I can have fresh strawberry jam or any other flavor anytime I want.

Check out all my jam recipe’s.

Enjoy 😊

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Simple Oven Fried Chicken Tenders and Fries


Super easy recipe you can have made in minutes.

Great beginner level and a healthy option to fried foods. This recipe uses 1 tablespoon of healthy olive oil.

1 tablespoon Olive Oil coat entire pan. This pan is extra large cookie sheet type.

Turn on oven to 400’ degrees Fahrenheit. If you have a confection oven use that setting.

Defrost your chicken tenders

Cut your potatoes up and place in a bowl. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt and mix well. Place on your greased pan. I use the frozen Garlic cubes.

1 egg, 1 teaspoon garlic and scramble.

Scramble and scramble with fork.

Add 1/4 of Heavy Cream and mix well.

Roll your chicken in the flour, place in the egg wash and place in bread crumbs. Place on greased pan. Your fingers will get messy. You can use chop sticks or two forks and keep your hands clean.

Place the chicken tenderloins in the flour

Place the chicken tenderloins in the egg wash and coat the chicken really good with the egg wash. Place the chicken in the bread crumbs and place on the pan.

Place chicken on pan

Place the pan on the middle rack for 20 minutes or until crispy brown. Remove from the oven.

Dish it up and add powered Parmesan cheese and salt to the fries.

Enjoy your easy oven fried chicken tenderloins and fries.

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Sloppy Joe’s


We are using spices and veggies instead of ketchup to flavor our yummy kid friendly and adult pleasing yummy homemade sloppy joes. No preservatives.

Add 1/4 of each green, red and yellow peppers 🫑 cut up into your choice of size and 1 onion. If your making this for kid’s you may want to dice the peppers and onion’s into very small pieces. I like 1” inch piece’s for adults. You can also purée in the blender for a smoother texture.

While the meat 🥩 is cooking cut up your veggies 🥗 and onions 🧅 .. Cook your meat 🥩 down and drain the grease.

Add your onion 🧅 and 🫑 peppers. Add 1 teaspoon salt.

Add 2 Teaspoons of garlic. I use 2 of the frozen 5 gram cubes. ( 1 Teaspoon each cube ). Continue cooking

Cook down until soft and onion’s are translucent.

  • 1 pound Hamburger
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablepoon All Spice
  • 1 can Tomato Paste 6 oz
  • 1 1/2 cups Water

Adding water 1/2 cup at a time. Mix it up until all the water is gone.

Simmer for 45 minutes

You can adjust the serving size by increasing all the ingredients. This makes approximately 6 to 8 sandwiches.

Yummy ready to go

I toasted some fresh baked garlic pepper Jack cheese bread. It paired wonderfully. So buns for the kids and add cheese or a different bread for the adults.

Enjoy

GOT “FIGGY PUDDING “


Today spam rolled out the new “Figgy Pudding”

SPAM® Figgy Pudding brings a blend of warm spices and seasonal ingredients that will be the star in many wintertime recipe favorites. With notes of cinnamon and nutmeg combined with fig and orange flavors, you’ll taste true holiday comfort that will have you caroling all season long.

🎶 Now, bring us some figgy pudding.🎶

Multi-Use Strawberry Jam


Now here’s a recipe with multiple uses. This can be used for jam on your toast, ice cream and cake poté filling.

I only make small batches. One pound of strawberries and half the sugar of other recipe’s. Big chunks of strawberries simmered to perfection. Low in sugar. No pectin.

Strawberry Shortcake

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound Strawberry
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Water to cover berries by 1”inch

DIRECTIONS

  • Take the tops off the strawberries and clean under water.
  • Cut strawberries up into chunks.
  • Place the strawberries in a medium sauce pan with the water.
  • Add sugar and lemon juice
  • Turn the fire on to medium and bring to a full boil. Turn the heat down so it simmers.
  • Continue to stir as it thickens.
  • When the jam is thick enough that it sticks to the spoon when turned on side. Remove from fire.
  • Add vanilla and stir really well.
  • Add to mason jar and completely cool. Put it in refrigerator.
  • Jam will thicken as it cools.

Sweet Tangy Spiced BBQ Sauce


Sweet Tangy Spiced BBQ sauce

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups Chicken stock
  • 1 Green, 1 Yellow and 1 Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 2 Red Chilies soaked in 1/2 cup water over night (wear gloves when you handle the chilies) remove seeds and dice chilies thinly. Add the 1/2 cup of the chilie water to the pan.
  • 1 Onion Large diced
  • 2 Tablespoon Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 (6 ounce cans) Tomate Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Worshire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon All Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Honey

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash and cut up your vegetables into small pieces
  • In a Large Pot 1 tablespoon Olive Oil bring to medium heat
  • Place the vegetables and sautee on medium heat until vegetables are wilted and soft. Add the garlic for the last 5 minutes. Stir frequently and dont burn them. Approxamently 20 minutes
  • Add the chicken broth bring to a boil reduce heat to simmer
  • Add tomatae paste and stir until dissolved
  • Add vinegar, brown sugar, white sugar, worshire, all spice, salt and honey
  • Stir until all is mixed together
  • Cover pan with lid slightly crocked to let steam out.
  • Cook down until very thick
  • 2- 16 ounce wide mouth mason jars. Fill each one and leave at least 2″ from the top. Put the lid and seal on quickly so it will seal down good.
  • Let the BBQ sauce cool completely.
  • Put one in the freezer and the other you can refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

*You can use a Slow Cooker or Multicooker with the Jam setting if you have. It’s easier and you dont have to worry bout burning it. You just use the brown/sautee setting for cooking vegatables and bring to boil.

*You can also use smaller mason jars

Thank you and Enjoy

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies


Just what my doggies ordered. They love these cookies. It’s healthy and nutritious.

Banana, Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Oatmeal (soaked)

1/2” inch Water cover above oats

1 cup Banana

1/2 cup Peanut butter

2 cups All Purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Place 2 cups oatmeal in container and cover 1/2 inch water over the top. Leave that set until almost all the water has been absorbed. About 1.5 hour

2 cups Oatmeal
1/2” inch water to cover oatmeal
1/2 “ inch water over oatmeal soaking 1 to 1.5 hours

Heat oven to 350’ degree F. Grease 1” x 15”x 21” cookie sheet with the olive oil

Frozen bananas to peel
Peel banana’s
Golden banana’s from my trees

Place the banana, peanut butter and oatmeal.

Stir / Cream the ingredients together. Make sure all the bananas are mixed in good. You might want to mix the bananas prior to adding to the mix.

After getting those ingredients mixed time to add the flour.

Place the dough onto the cookie sheet and smooth out to thin layer.

Place in oven on center rack for 30 minutes. take out of oven. The sides should be pulled away from pan. Get the pizza cutter and cut your squares. Turn oven off and put the pan back into the oven and let bake until cool. You can make the size of the cookie fit your dog. I have 4 dogs in various sizes. From 85 to 15 pounds. So my cookies are various sizes.

After 30 minutes remove from the oven

Cut your squares and put them back into the oven until completely cool.

Remove from oven after completely cool. Put into an airtight container and refrigerator. I have 4 dogs and this last 3 weeks. You can also freeze them and just take out what you need.

Your dogs will love them until the last cookie…

You can adjust this recipe to your dogs taste or yours. I ate one and i couldn’t taste the peanut butter. I did a second recipe with 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter. I can taste the peanut butter and my dogs could really smell their treats baking and waited by the kitchen door.

Enjoy !!!

HOMEMADE TAMALES, STEP BY STEP


RED CHILI PORK TAMALES

Red Chili Pork Tamales

Easy Step By Step Instructions

  • Prep Time: 190 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour 45 to 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes +
  • Yield: 24 servings +
  • Skill Level: Beginner +
  • Kitchen Appliance: Stove, Multi-Cooker, Food Processor, Blender,
Another mouth watering recipe for your Latin Food file.

My recipe is a combination of of 5 different meat filling recipes. I made them until I found one that I really liked. Now I have my wonderful creation. The masa recipe is off the back of the Tamal Mesca bag. Simple easy. The only difference is I tan and use my Lard, Manteca or Tallow warm to enhance the flavor of the masa. Instructions down below.

A tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish, made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. The wrapping can either be discarded prior to eating or used as a plate. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies, chocolate or any thing your heart desires, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned with what ever your main ingredient is in your tamale..

If you are trying to decide what to make for a special occasion, holiday or Christmas we think you might enjoy a little spice and sweetness instead.

The secret to a good tamale is moisture. Lard and broth are key ingredients to achieve a smooth creamy flavorful masa.

There are several variations of the tamale. From breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. The tamale base masa is like a white bread recipe that you make your own by adding your favorite ingredients. Use your imagination and be creative.

Today we will be making:

Red Chili Pork Tamales

There are a few ways to Cook the Tamales. You can use a Pot with a wire rack to hold tamales out of water, Multi Cooker or Rice Cooker with a wire rack (45 min to 60 min) or a Crock Pot/ Slow Cooker function with wire rack (takes about 2 hours +or-). I use the “Steam” function on my Multi-Cooker by Crock-Pot for no less then 45 minutes to 80 minutes.

Prepare the Corn Husks by soaking them in a large pot with warm water. Make sure to separate each husk and clean thoroughly before you place them in the pot of warm water.

Preparing your filling is just as important as the masa. You need to pre cook your ingredients. Make sure you add enough moisture to your red chili sauce. This can be made ahead of time. I have made it when I had leftover pork and I just freeze it until I have time to make tamales.

RED CHILI PORK INGREDIENTS
  • Pork better if mixed parts like the butt, chops or loin ( fat and lean meats mixed)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can 10 oz. Enchilada sauce
  • 10 dried red chili’s chopped in blender
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 whole clove of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro (leaves only)
  • Rub pork with cumin and salt. Place all the ingredients in the multi cooker and stir. Select meat on the pressure cooker function. Cook until the pork is tender, approximately 90 minutes. Using slow cooker or pot on the stove method to cook your meat, at least 2- 3 hours until tender.
  • Open the multi cooker or pot and mix all ingredients together, break the meat down. Pork is broken down and shredded.
  • Place lid back on and slow cook for 2 hours.
  • After 1 hour check to make sure you have plenty of moisture if not add another cup of water and mix together.

Preparing Your Masa Its important to remember your liquid to dry ingredient ratio. It will be better if the masa is a little moist than dry.

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Lard, Manteca or Tallow oil must be tanned to bring out the flavor. By heating the Lard, Manteca or Tallow over medium heat for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure you watch the lard closely so it does not burn or start on fire. Be very careful handling the hot oil.

As you slowly heat the melted lard up to it will start to turn colors. From a clear liquid to a golden brown. Burn point is 420 degrees so watch it closely. The scent will become more appealing, It will actually smell like a tasty piece of meat. Just remember this aroma is the flavor to your masa. So if the aroma makes your mouth water for a juicy steak, it’s ready. Let it completely cool down to luke warm before using.

Speaking of your liquids. You can use the juices from your boiled meats after removing the fat content, which can be achieved by placing the cooled broth into the refrigerator for a few hours. You can also make your own vegetable or fruit broth to be used for your other tamales.

MASA INGREDEINTS
  • 2 cups Tamal masa mix
  • 2/3 cup Lard, Manteca or Tallow
  • 1 1/3 cup Broth (beef, pork, chicken vegetable) your choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS

Mix your dry ingredients together (maseca flour, salt and banking powder) in a separate bowl and set to the side.

Add your lukewarm Lard, Manteca or Tallow to a separate large bowl for mixing. Slowly add 1/3 of maseca to the warm oil while gently stirring so the oil doesn’t splash. Continue adding 1/3 of the dry mix until it is mixed well and it is fluffy and light in texture. Cover with damp cloth or saran wrap for 15 minutes. It’s always better to use a larger bowl

After 15 to 20 minutes your masa should be fully hydrated and ready to spread on your corn husks that have been soaking for an hour or longer in warm water.

Gather all your ingredients husks, pork, masa and (extra sauce if needed). Make sure to pre-make your ties from smaller husks that wont be used to make the tamales. No waste here.

You need to line your pan in this order, #1 water, #2 wire rack and #3 moistened corn husks or banana leaf are last. The water should be right under the rack and not cover the rack or touch the tamales. Less is best and refill when needed. You can put a quarter or spoon in the bottom of the pan so when the water gets low it will sound the alarm so you can add more water. If you need to add water during cooking make sure to pour down the side of the pan so you don’t pour any water on your tamales. Make sure you put the husks or leaf back on top of the tamales. Close the lid and reset your time to finish them.

Making the Tamale. Place a corn husk on the plate. Place1 1/2 tablespoon of masa and place baggie or saranwrap over and gently even the dough out. Remove the plastic. Place 1 1/2 tablespoon of meat filling in the center and even it out on the masa. Place one side of the husk over the edge of meat and gently pull the husk away and place the other side of the masa on the edge of other and fold the other husk across and fold the bottom up and tie off. Place it in your pot and your on the way to a delicious meal you have created.

Place the tamales in the pan until full, place moist corn husks or banana leaf over the top. Place in Multi-Cooker or Rice Cooker and set to steam for 45 to 60 minutes or until masa has cooked all the way through. Test by taking one out and see if the masa is firm and easily pulls away from the corn husk. If not put the lid back on and cook for another 15 minutes and check again. Always add only 15 minutes each time you add time. If you are using a pan on the stove you just have to add more water at different intervals and watch it.

Disfruta de tu comida… Man`gia… Enjoy… Bon Appetit

APPLE CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 35minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Skill Level: Easy
Kitchen Appliance: Oven

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter room temperature (1 Stick Butter or 4 ounces)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (you can omit if you used salted butter)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons powdered sugar (to sprinkle on cake before serving)

1 cup Cinnamon Apple Filling Directions

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375°F
Grease 9″ x 9 cake pan with vegetable oil and flour
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the water make sure it is at room temperature. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix all together beating well.
Spread a layer of the batter evenly into the pan. (use 3/4 of the batter)
Spread the cinnamon apple fillings on top of the batter. Spread the left over batter on top of filling.

Bake 25 to 35 minutes. Test with tooth pick at 30 minutes
Remove from oven cool on rack for at least 30 minutes
Cut the length of cake and then cut your cake into 12 squares

Make a powder sugar glaze or lightly sprinkle powder sugar over top right before serving.

COOKING 101: ULTIMATE LOW SUGAR BANANA NUT BREAD


When I say ULTIMATE I mean only 3/4 cup Brown Sugar and NO vegetable oil.

ULTIMATE LOW SUGAR BANANA NUT BREAD

This recipe is the best banana nut bread I have tested lately. In the past year I have made 11 banana nut bread recipes.

This recipe is so full of natural flavor without all the sugar. You can taste the hint of cinnamon and vanilla.

There is no Rancid vegetable oil in this recipe either. I am switching out all vegetable oils for animal fat rich butter, lard and what ever else I can try.

This is a very dense, but fluffy quick bread

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Prep Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Cook Time: 60 to 65 minutes
Total Time: 95 minutes
Yield: 8 servings +
Skill Level: Beginner / Easy
Kitchen Appliance: Food Processor, Mixer or by hand and Oven

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or what ever flour you want to use
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plain sour cream
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 large ripe bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 3/4 cup (100g) chopped pecans or walnuts

Instructions

  • Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  • Whisk or stir the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
  • Using a mixer, whisk or a really good spoon, cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth and creamy, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • Stir in the yogurt, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract on medium speed until combined.
  • Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until no flour pockets remain.
  • Do not overmix.
  • Fold in the nuts, if using.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 60-65 minutes.
  • Loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to help prevent the top and sides from getting too brown.
  • A toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf will come out clean when the bread is done.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack.
  • Cover and store banana bread at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Banana bread tastes best on day 2 after the flavors have settled together.

You can finish this recipe off with butter, cream cheese frosting or Ice Cream.

Bon Appetit` ENJOY!!!

Dried Apricot Jam Low Sugar


apricot jam

Prep Time: 90 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 100 minutes
Yield: 20 servings +
Skill Level: Super Easy
Kitchen Appliance: Stove, Blender or Food Processor

 

Made with dried apricots, low sugar and no pectin!!!

 

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Apricot Jam

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Apricots (Dried)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Sugar

DIRECTIONS

  • Place the apricots and water in a small sauce pan
  • Bring to boil
  • Reduce heat to medium, cook for 30 minutes
  • Add sugar and cook for 20 more minutes on low.
  • Remove from heat let cool for 10 minutes
  • Put mixture in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Place in containers and refrigerate.
  • Will last for 7 to 10 days in refrigerator. You can freeze smaller portions and remove as needed.

Look for the Apricot cake recipe

 

DROP BISCUITS made with water


drop biscuits made with water

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 – 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 – 30 minutes
Yield: 12 to 24 servings
Skill Level: Easy
Kitchen Appliance: Oven

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons, 4 oz or 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup Water

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Confection Oven lower temp by 20 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

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Cut the butter into cubes and start cutting the butter into the flour mixture with a fork. Smash the butter and flour until small pieces start to make a crumble.
Stir in water, just until moistened.
Drop batter on a lightly greased cookie sheet by the tablespoon.
Bake in preheated oven until golden on the edges, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm

You can also substitute different types of flour. Rice, Coconut, or Red Mills gluten free flour mix.

Bon Appetit… ENJOY

 

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SCRATCH AND SNIFF BACON PATCH. DIET OR CRAVING TO BE A VEGAN….

 

Left-Over Turkey In A Pot


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
Yield: 6 servings +
Skill Level: Easy
Kitchen Appliance: Multi – Cooker or slow cooker

Leftover Turkey In A Pot with Tortellini Pasta.

Famous Left Over Turkey In A Pot

This is a wonderful recipe for all that left-over turkey. Turn it into something warm for a cold rainy day. Throw everything into the Crock-Pot or Multi-Cooker and go about your day. You can have this on a Baked Potato, Pasta or Rice.

Bake some fresh rolls to go with this delicious meal. Spice it up and add some minced serrano pepper (Deseeded). Make sure you wear gloves when handling the peppers. The more seeds from the pepper you add the hotter the dish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 3/4 cup Turkey Brooth made with the turkey carcass. If not use a large can or box of chicken broth
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups green beans french sliced
  • 2 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups boneless Turkey

Directions

  • In the pot, combine the broth, tomato paste, ground black pepper, oregano, salt, garlic. Mix well and then add the veggies.
  • Mix in the mushrooms
  • Add turkey and mix together
  • Cover and set the correct temperature for the multi cooker – slow cooker Approximately 3 hours or multi-cooker 45 minutes using the pressure cooker mode.
  • Come back when finished and enjoy it.

RAISIN ROLL-UP


Raisin Roll Up… Only 2 tablespoons of sugar

Plump juicy raisins and walnuts rolled up with cinnamon and only 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Prep Time: 90 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 100 minutes
Yield: 8 servings +
Skill Level: Easy
Kitchen Appliance: Bread Machine, Food Processor, pastry brush

You can also make a paste with the raisins and walnuts. It becomes a very smooth buttery experience for the thinner pastry dough.

Dough Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 3/8 cup Milk (Whole)
  • 3/4 Stick Butter (chopped into tiny pieces and evenly placed in the pan)
  • 1 and 3/4 teaspoon Salt (on the Left side top corner of the pan)
  • 4 cups Flour (in the center place a shallow divot to place yeast ans a little sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar (on the bottom right corner and a small sprinkle in the divot maybe 1/4 teaspoon)(Real Sugar, No Substitute)( Trust me, it won’t hurt you)
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast ( place in pivot on top of sprinkled sugar)(NO QUICK YEAST) Old Fashion kind…
Click here for Complete DOUGH RECIPE

While your bread machine makes the dough get all your other ingredients together.

Soak the cup of raisins in 1/4 cup of warm water for at least 45 minutes. I just let them soak until my dough is ready. Drain and set aside. If you are using the raisin paste its better to make the paste a day ahead. Remove from refrigerator at least 2 hours prior. Must be at room temperature.

Click Here For Complete Raisin Paste Recipe

Directions

  • Preheat oven 375’F
  • Roll out your dough to the desired thickness depending on the type of dough.
  • Melt the butter and brush on dough with pastry brush or spoon it on.
  • Put on the raisins
  • Sprinkle the 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons Cinnamon
  • Add the finely chopped Walnuts
  • Start rolling the dough into a loaf
  • Close the ends by folding the edges.
  • You can leave it long, make a U or make a circle.
  • Place in 375’F for 20 minutes. Knock on top of loaf, it should sound a little hallow, if not cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Just don’t burn it.
  • Let it cool for 20 minutes, cut into 8 sections.

This recipe is chocked full of raisins, walnuts, cinnamon and butter.

Just the right pastry without all the sugar.

RAISIN PASTE


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Yield: 1 servings +
Skill Level: Easy
Kitchen Appliance: Food Processor, Stove, sauce pan and spatula

Raisin paste is always a good match for thinner dough, thumbprint cookies or cinnamon rolls if the dough is thinly rolled and its more of a delicate pastry. The raisin paste is great for Filo, buttery, croissant Doughs.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 1/4 to 2/3 cup Water (enough to cover raisins)
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cinnamon

Directions

  • Add the Raisins and water into the saucepan and place on stove
  • Bring to a boil and turn down fire.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add the butter, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Stir until the sugar dissolves
  • Use you spatula to remove everything and place into the food processor.
  • Make sure it processes to a smooth texture.
  • Take your spatula and remove all the paste into a container with a lid.
  • Set in refrigerator until ready to use.

Its better to make the paste a day ahead or even a few days. Remove from refrigerator at least 2 hours prior to use. Must be at room temperature so it spreads evenly like butter. This is awesome on toast in the morning.

A Birthday, Marmalade and Cookies — mybeautfulthings


It seems appropriate that today, my Dear Dad’s birthday, I have spent much of the day making marmalade. Dad was the marmalade maker in our house and I used to help him when I was quite young. The smell of the oranges boiling is so evocative of lovely times. I spent the rest of the […]

A Birthday, Marmalade and Cookies — mybeautfulthings

EGG WASH


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 o 6 pie crust tops
Skill Level: Easy Beginner
Kitchen Appliance: Manual Fork

Add egg wash or you get dull pastries like this

Image on left with egg wash, on the right no egg wash.

Egg products, such as egg whites or egg yolks, supply coating, gloss or finishing to foods within the baking category. Consumers expect a certain appearance on the outside of baked goods, such as color or finish. Food color overall is an indicator of quality, including the color of finished baked products. The proper coating or finish not only aids with appearance but can also help extend shelf life by sealing in moisture.

Slightly beaten liquid egg products can serve as a coating or glaze on baked goods, with different variations of the egg mixture according to the desired appearance and texture of the final product. A baker might select either egg yolk, egg white or whole eggs for varying results.

The white is the primary source of proteins in an egg. When whites alone are used as a coating the proteins coagulate and draw moisture from the product, with eventually evaporates, resulting in a crisp surface. An egg wash can also give the baked product a finished, slightly glossy look. Protein browns when exposed to heat, so the addition of an egg wash helps give baked goods a bronzed sheen, in addition to the gloss.

Slightly beaten yolk or eggs, brushed onto surface of unbaked good helps prevent crust from drying out and lends a glossy look. Added at a certain stage in the baking process, the egg wash can help prevent overbrowning. However in order to seal in moisture, yolks must be used in the egg wash.

An egg wash application is common not just for bread, but also different types of pastries or pies, to promote browning, create a glossy shine or both. A variety of other ingredients added in different proportions to the selected egg product (whole egg, egg white or egg yolk), will supply different levels of browning, shine and even texture to the crust surface

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream, half and half, milk or water
  • 1 large egg yolk or egg white

Beat egg yolk with cream and brush on the surface of the pie with a pastry brush.

Prune paste


Time: 20 Minutes Skill Level: Easy Suggested age: 6 months and up

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup prunes
  • 2/3 Cups Water

Combine prunes and 2/3 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until very soft, about 10 minutes.  

Carefully transfer prune mixture to a food processor and purée until smooth.  

The purée will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.  

Nutritional Info:
  • Serving: about 1/4 cup
  • 110 calories
  • 5mg sodium
  • 26g carbohydrates
  • 2g dietary fiber
  • 13g sugar
  • 1g protein.

APPLE CINNAMON FILLING


  • Prep Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings +
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Kitchen Appliance: Oven, Peeler, Knife

Yummy Sweet apples and cinnamon. Great for making pies, party appetizers or handy snack size for Apple pie ice cream ala mode.

Apple Filling Instructions

Ingredients

  • 9 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter (1 Cube/ Stick)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Peel apples and remove core. Cut in Half and slice length wise 1/4″ thick,, after cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan remove pan from heat
  3. Add lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and water. Stir together until all is mixed. I let it sit for about 10 minutes so the cornstarch and sugar have a chance to dissolve really good.
  4. At this point if you are baking a pie just add the apple mixture into the pie shell and cover with top crust, pinch, make your slits and bake. Continue for empanada or small tarts that only bake for 10 to 20 minutes only.
  5. Bring covered pot to a boil and turn to medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes while stirring frequently or until apples are al dente soft. Still Firm
  6. Remove from heat and let cool. At least 2 hours, better if over night.
  7. You can make this a few days ahead and refrigerator. Great to prepare and can it. You can also freeze the cooked mixture.

Bon Appetit… Enjoy

Butter Pie Crust Recipe

BEST PIE CRUST (Butter)


  • Prep Time: 30 – 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 pie crusts
  • Skill Level: Easy Beginner
  • Kitchen Appliance: Food Processor
Best Pie Crust buttery flakey

Buttery Pie Crust

This pie crust can be used for sweet or savory pies. Its light and flakey.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water

Mix flour, sugar, and salt: Put flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple times to mix.

Add butter, half at a time, pulsing several times after each addition: Add about half of the butter to the food processor and pulse several times. Then add the rest of the butter and pulse 6 to 8 times until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of large peas.

Slowly add ice water: Sprinkle the mixture with about 1/4 cup of ice water (make sure there are no ice cubes in the water!) and pulse again. Then add more ice water, a tablespoon at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition until the dough just barely begins to hold together.

You know that the mixture is ready if when you pinch some of the crumbly dough together with your fingers, it holds together. Be cautious with the amount of water you add, too much and the crust will be tough.

Make two dough disks: Carefully empty the crumbly dough mixture from the food processor on to a clean, dry, flat surface. Gather the mixture in a mound.

Divide the dough mixture into two even-sized mounds. Use your hands and knead each mound just enough to form each one into a disk. Do not over-knead! Kneading develops gluten which will toughen the dough, not something you want in a pastry crust. You should just knead enough so that the dough holds together without cracks.

If you started with cold butter you should be able to see small chunks of butter speckling the dough. This is a good thing. These small bits of butter will spread out into layers as the crust cooks so you have a flaky crust!

Sprinkle each disk with a little flour, wrap each one in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour or up to 2 days.

4 Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit for a few minutes: Remove one crust disk from the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes in order to soften just enough to make rolling out a bit easier.

5 Roll out dough, place in pie dish: Roll out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle; about 1/8 of an inch thick. As you roll out the dough, check if the dough is sticking to the surface below. If necessary, add a few sprinkles of flour under the dough to keep the dough from sticking.

Carefully place onto a 9-inch pie plate. Gently press the pie dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

Use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim the dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge of the pie dish.

Preheat oven to: See chart below

6 Add filling to the pie.

7 Roll out second disk, place on top of filling: Roll out second disk of dough, as before. Gently place onto the top of the filling in the pie.

Trim excess dough with kitchen shears, leaving a 3/4 inch overhang. Fold the edge of the top piece of dough over and under the edge of the bottom piece of dough, pressing together.

Flute edges using thumb and forefinger or press with a fork.

Score the top of the pie with four 2-inch long cuts, so that steam from the cooking pie can escape. You can be creative and cut small slit designs such as leaves or stars from a couple of spots or a circle.

When you are all finished make sure you always egg wash the top crust. Gives it a nice sheen and golden brown to the pies.

BAKING

Baking instructions for different types of fillings is very important. It can range depending on the type, depth of the pie, is it single or double crust? You will have to look up the directions for each one.

  • Fruit Pies 425F 45-55 minutes
  • Savory Pies 375F – 400F 25 – 40 minutes (Meat, Poultry, Cheese Pies)

Torta De Cielo (Mexican Almond Cake)


BY: Hungry Couple

Description

A traditional Mexican cake. Tasty almond flavor. Great for any occasion.

  • Experience Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1-¼ cup Almonds
  • 13 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 whole Large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • ¼ cups Confectioners Sugar, For Dusting

Preparation

Line the bottom of a 9″ cake round or spring-form pan with parchment paper and spray the paper and the sides of the pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are the consistency of coarse meal.

Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and extracts. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix together the salt, baking powder and flour, then add it into the butter mixture and mix until just incorporated. Fold in the almond meal and pour the batter into the cake pan.

Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for approximately 40 minutes (begin checking at 30 minutes) until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from the oven and allow it to cool before removing it from the cake pan. Dust the top with confectioners’ sugar and serve.

Try serving a scoop of Mocha or Chocolate Fudge ice cream along side a slice of Torta De Cielo.

Enjoy!!! Bon Appetit

Prune Pastry by Cooking is Therapy


Prune Danish

BY: Cooking Is Therapy

Check the website for complete recipe and pictures.

      At one time I had the good fortune to live near a remarkable Jewish Bakery. They created the most eye catching flavorful desserts I had ever seen or tasted. When I moved out of the area and realized I no longer had access to some of my favorites; I decided it was time to start creating my own.       One of these fabulous treats was Prune Danish. Now many people just are not into prunes always seeing them as simply a source of fiber for regularity. However, their flavor complements the flaky pastry crust that surrounds them. Prunes are NOT just for fiber any more!      And so let me entice you to try making what you see above and enjoying the aroma and flavor of your own freshly baked Prune Danish!
      Below are two versions you may follow. The Puff Pastry and Lekvar Prune Butter are what yielded the photo above. BUT you can also create your own prune filling and use a softer pastry as will be detailed in what follows. Mix, match and try what you will as they will still taste great.
 Let us begin with the Puff pastry:
2 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter
1/2 cup cold tap (or bottled) water
1 tsp salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp Cardamom (ground)

Measure the water, add the salt and vanilla, stir to dissolve and set aside.
Cut up butter into small size chunks ( I cut 1/2 inch pats then split those into four)
Place flour and cardamom into bowl of food processor with METAL blade (not dough blade)
Add about 1/2 stick’s worth of the cut up butter and pulse 12 times for one second each
Add remaining butter and long pulse twice to incorporate (5 seconds each)
Add water and pulse three or four times until dough forms a rough ball.
Flour your work surface (I use a large wooden pastry board) and scrape dough out of processor onto the floured surface. 
Shape dough into a rough rectangle and place between two LARGE sheets of plastic wrap (OR you could use waxed paper).
Roll dough into a 12X18 inch rectangle
Peel away top plastic then invert dough onto floured work surface 
Peel away second plastic then fold dough in thirds on the width so as to end up with a 6X18 inch rectangle. Fold one side in then the other overlapping.
Roll up dough from a six inch side making sure the end is on the bottom.
Press dough into a a square, wrap in plastic and refrigerate one hour.

Pastry number two is a softer one:

1 8oz. brick of cream cheese
3 sticks of butter (salted)
3 cups all purpose flour
1/8 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla

Place 3 cups flour and 1/8 tsp cardamom into food processor with metal blade
Cut up butter into smaller chunks (cut 1/2 inch pats then cut each into 4)
Cut up Cream cheese into rough chunks as well
Add butter to processor and pulse until four and butter combine roughly
Add cream cheese and vanilla and pulse until the dough comes together
CAREFULLY remove from processor and work with your hands into a ball
Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap then into the fridge for one hour.

Those are the two dough options. Both taste good.

As to the prune filling – well I really like the Simon Fischer Lekvar Prune Butter in the18oz jar. I have bought it on Amazon. It is Natural and tastes really good. I have even spread it on English muffins for breakfast. They sell the jars as a pack of 6 which is okay as they will last you a while. They also sell 17oz in a pack of 3 but you pay shipping so the six pack is a better value. Try this stuff it is REALLY good. I used to use the Solo Prune Filling in the can until my grocery store stopped carrying it. Now I realize they did me a favor as that one was nowhere near as good as Simon Fischer.

IF you feel REALLY ambitious and would rather make your own prune filling then here goes MY version.

2 cups pitted prunes
1/2 cup dark raisins
1 cup Brandy (or if you do not like using alcohol use boiling water)
3/4 cup mild honey
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp grated Orange Peel (fresh grated or from the jar)
   (I use a Microplane to get very fine fresh orange and lemon peels. If you do not have one GET one – they are wonderful.)

Put prunes and raisins into a container or bowl and pour on brandy (or boiling water). Stir well and cover with container lid or plastic wrap. (Brandy gives a great flavor and the alcohol will cook out anyway).
Allow fruit to soak overnight 
Place softened fruit into food processor with metal blade
Add peel and salt and pulse three or four times
Add honey and run processor until well mixed and smooth
Do not worry if mixture seems thin as you are going to refrigerate this overnight and it will firm up at that time. 

Notice I do NOT cook the prunes as do many recipes. I do not like the taste or texture. The alcohol in the Brandy really plumps and tenderizes the fruit. Boiling water will do okay but not as good as Brandy!

NOW whichever dough you have made you will cut into four equal parts. That is if you like your    Danish LARGE with lots of filling – as I DO! If you want smaller ones then by all means divide further. The techniques are the same regardless so YOU decide.

For the Puff Pastry roll each part of dough on Floured surface until you have a 6″X6″ square.
     (That is for the four LARGE size as shown above)
For the soft pastry instead of flour you will coat your work surface with a mixture of 1 cup  confectioners sugar and 1 cu granulated sugar. Mix them up together and use like flour on work surface to roll out dough.

Puff Pastry:

For the two front danish in the photo which are the standard looking type, look at the 6X6 square from one point so you see what is like a diamond shape. I use a Tablespoon and a teaspoon to load the filling down the center of the diamond leaving an inch at either “tip”. I use quite a bit of prune in each because I like it that way and the bakery I once frequented did the same.
NOW you will fold the two SIDE tips inwards so they overlap over the prune filling (just like you see in the photo above.) Also curl up the other two end points making a sort of ridge which will help keep any filling from running out. This is for the standard look.
Use a large flat spatula to lift the danish from the work surface on to your baking sheet.
 I use a standard cookie sheet which is lined with a Silpat. You can buy Silpat (or silicone) liners on Amazon OR when they have them Costco sells a set for a LOT cheaper. I always have TWO silpat    lined cookie sheets for when I make cookies.

The other fancier danish starts out the same with the square but now you look at it AS a square and load the filling down the center leaving an inch at either end. 
Next you will use a sharp knife to slice the dough into strips coming no closer to the filling than a half inch.
Like a lattice you will fold first one “flap” then its opposing over the filling so they overlap.
Just look at the picture above and you can see what I am trying to describe. I like the look of these for some reason.    

Check out these great recipes by Cooking is Therapy

Soft Pastry:

 Use the “square/diamond” instructions above only coat your surface with the mix of    confectioners and granulated sugars. I would NOT try the overlapping strips with this softer dough. You might end up with a mess.
In both cases place cookie sheet with pastries into the fridge while the oven preheats to 350.
 Before placing in oven either spray top surface of pastries LIGHTLY with PAM (and please use the original as it has the best taste) OR separate out an egg white and whip it up with a whisk until it is more liquid. Brush this on the tops of the pastries if you wish. I prefer the PAM as I do not like the added egg taste. 
Start out setting your timer at fifteen minutes and then check every five minutes after that until  pastry is golden brown as above. 
DO NOT leave and do NOT forget to check. Every oven is different and there is no way to be exact with timing. Just go by smell and sight to judge when these are done. 

Remove from oven leave ten minutes then transfer to cooling racks. Enjoy!

So there it is, another great recipe for the use of healthy prunes.

Enjoy!!! Bon Appetit

Prunetastic Feeling


BY: Orgnat Life

Prunes… The Amazing Health Food

Learn about the health benefits of prunes, especially women. It’s to your advantage.

How can you just have 2… Irresistible and Good For You.

Forget the stigma about prunes. They are Yummy Plump dried plums to snack on or to make jams and syrups. We know how to use prunes in recipes! So, we’ve added a couple of our most frequently used recipes.

Nature’s sweet nutritional goodness. Prunes offer fiber, with only 100 calories per serving. On a diet? Prunes help to keep your tummy feeling full for longer.

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What are the health benefits of prunes?
  • Prunes can contribute to good health in so many ways! In fact, adding a serving (1/4 cup or 40 grams) of prunes is a healthy part of a balanced daily diet.
  • Prunes and Plums may have a fantastic way of protecting the heart. They have been studied for the potential to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Which as you know are major risk factors for heart disease.
  • Prunes are low on the glycemic index at just 291 which means they raise the glucose (sugar) levels in your blood slowly, to help avoid spikes in your blood sugar levels and keep your appetite at bay.
  • Prunes contain the mineral boron, which can aid in bone health and help with osteoporosis 2.
  • Prunes contain potassium, an important mineral that ensures proper functioning of the heart and nerve responses throughout the body.
  • Prunes contain vitamin A, which is essential for healthy vision.
  • Prunes contain manganese, iron, and plant phenolics, which may help protect the cell membranes from free radical damage.
  • Prunes are a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Plus, they are a trusted way to support the digestive tract.
  • Numerous studies show that prunes support bone health in postmenopausal women. Prunes contain micronutrients including potassium – a mineral associated with a decreased risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. Prunes also contain magnesium, which is important for bone structure, and vitamin K, which plays an important role in bone mineralization. Additionally, prunes are filled with plant-based compounds called polyphenols, which promote bone health by reducing bone mineral loss.
  • GLUTEN FREE
  • NO ADDED SUGAR
  • Great Snack for Dieters and Diabetics

There are several brands to choose from….. Sun Maid, SUNSWEET, Mariani and most store brands are very good also.

Enjoy… Bon Appetite

HAPPY HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPE’S – Ginger Bread Cookie Cut Outs


Ginger Bread Cookie Cut Outs

Recipe By: Christy Thelan

Time: 90 minutes

Experience: Easy

Loved this recipe. It was easy and the kids really enjoyed decorating the cookies. Our cookies did not look this nice, but they were delicious…

Taste of Home Gingerbread Cutout CookiesCheck out the featured holiday cookie recipe on Taste Of Home website.

BREAKFAST IN BED: French Toast… Simple and Easy…


BY: Orgnat Life

SKILL: Beginner

Time: 15 minutes

FRENCH TOAST

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg per 3 slices of bread (Day old bread is great to use, make sure nice healthy slice.)
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Griddle or Skillet

Heat your Griddle or Skillet to a medium heat.

Beat the eggs and water until combined.

Place each slice of bread gently into the egg bath making sure both sides are coated well.

Place on to hot greased griddle or pan and repeat.

Cook for 2 minutes and flip. Total time is about 4 minutes. Slowly cook until lightly brown on both sides. Don’t rush or you will have mushy French Toast and that’s gross.

Lightly butter each slice and serve with warm syrup or fruit.

Use you imagination for the toppings. You can also make Savory and Zesty French Toast for lunch or dinner.

I don’t put sugar or cinnmon in my egg mix. There is enough in the syrup. I’d rather add some cinnamon to the syrup and slightly warm it and serve on the side. This way you are not serving a plate of sugar. Make it so diabetics can enjoy. Make it fun and add some choices of fruit, whip cream or what ever. Simple and less sugar.

I made a loaf of bread wth the buttery dinner roll left over dough a few weeks before. I took the loaf from the freezer… This was a wise move to use this bread. This recipe just melts in your mouth.

Garlic Crusted Tri-Tip Roast


001 This juicy garlic smeared Tri-Tip Roast is the perfect meat for a gracious dinner, yummy brunch sandwich’s or a burrito. This a great recipe for the BBQ Grill or pop it in the oven.

Roasting Garlic:

  • Preheat oven 350.
  • Cut just the very tops off of garlic clove.
  • Put 3 teaspoons of real butter on top of each cluster of cloves or you can drizzle olive oil.
  • Roast Garlic for approx. 55 minutes or until skins are golden brown.
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  • Remove from oven and wait 20 minutes or until cool to touch.
  • Squeeze the garlic cloves out of the skins into a bowl.
  • Smash the garlic with fork, this will leave the garlic soft and pliable to spread over the top of the Tri-Tip Roast.
  • Add salt and coarse pepper in the bowl and mix well.
   

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Roast Preparation:

  • Place the roast fat side up in pan. If the roast has more than 1/2 inch of FAT, cut excess off.
  • Spread the garlic mix over entire roast evenly and entire roast is covered.
  • Seal the plate with saran wrap or a baggie and leave in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. I prefer 48 hours.

Roasting:

  • Remove the roast from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, approx. 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees or warm BBQ to 350 degrees.
  • Remove plastic wrap from roast.
OVEN: Place in oven for 45 minutes for medium rare, 50 minutes for well done.

OR

BBQ: Place on top rack of grill and BBQ for 45 minutes. Do not Flip the meat, all the garlic will fall off.  
  • Remove from oven or BBQ and transfer to a plate and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Slice on diagonal and enjoy
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HEALTHY CHOICES WITH ORGANIC HOME MADE GARLIC POWDER


Make your own home made “Preservative Free” garlic powder.

Ingredients needed:

  • Organic Large Garlic Cloves
  • Small knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Empty Spice Jar
  • Small Cuisinart
  • Music
  • Patience
  • Time
  • Dehydrator

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Chocolate Berry Delight…


Chocolate Berry Delight

Easy as 1-2-3

These are the supplies you will need:

  • Brownie Mix … Duncan Hines-Betty Crocker any one will do.
  • Strawberries
  • Whip Cream
  • 12″ x 9″ pan

Instructions:

Bake your brownies as directed on box, cut into even squares. 2 cuts down length and 3 cuts on width of pan. Let them cool in the pan before removing them. The brownies can be made a day in advance.

Place one brownie on the bottom and layer with sliced strawberries, whip cream on top, place another brownie on top and layer with strawberries and your whip cream. Go around the edge between the 2 layers of brownies with whip cream and place a full berry on top or you can slice them. If you want to dazzle it up a little, drizzle a bit of melted chocolate over the top of the entire dessert and plate. Simple easy dessert.

Winter Blues or The Flu Getting You Down?


Are you feeling a little run down?

During this flu season it might be a good idea to take this great remedy to keep the bug at bay.

Not only will it help you with cold viruses, but it builds your immune system to help fight off what ever comes your way. Provides Minerals and vitamins that our bodies need to fight off the Season colds and flu’s.

Many illnesses and discomforts can be solved with ACV. Constipation, indigestion, bad breath are just a few of the wonderous things Apple Cider Vinegar can do for you.

Delicious, ideal pick-me-up at home, work, sports or gym.

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Perfect taken 3 times daily – upon arising, mid-morning and mid-afternoon. But if all you can handle is once a day.. Then take it everyday, once a day.

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail

  • 1 to 2 tsps Bragg Organic Vinegar in 8 oz
  • Glass Purified Water and (optional) to taste.
  • 1 to 2 tsps YOUR CHOICE OF ONE: Organic Honey, 100% Maple Syrup, Cane Syrup, Blackstrap Molasses or 4 drops herb Stevia.

Or if you don’t want to mix all that up. I just down my 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar followed by 12 ounces of water. You can also buy the premixed cocktails at a store near you..

That Old Saying: An Apple A Day, Keeps The Doctor Away…

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VEGGIE 911… DINNER FOR 6


Having Vegetarian friends over and you don’t know what to cook…

VEGGIE 911 to the rescue!!!

As you will see, “Eating clean doesn’t mean Starving to Death”.

Ratatouille

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Do you feel tired?


Are you feeling a little run down?

Try this great pick me up Cocktail.

Delicious, ideal pick-me-up at home, work, sports or gym.

Perfect taken 3 times daily – upon arising, mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail

1 to 2 tsps Bragg Organic Vinegar in 8 oz

Glass Purified Water and (optional) to taste.

1 to 2 tsps Organic Honey, 100% Maple Syrup, Blackstrap Molasses or 4 drops herb Stevia.

 

Bragg Favorite Health Smoothie “Pep” Drink

After morning stretch and exercises, we often enjoy this drink instead of fruit. It’s delicious and powerfully nutritious as a meal anytime: lunch, dinner, or take in thermos to work, school, sports, gym, hiking, and to the park, or freeze for popsicles.

Prepare the following in a blender (add 1 ice cube if desired colder): Choice of freshly squeezed orange juice; carrot or greens juice; unsweetened pineapple juice; or 1 1/2 cups distilled water with:

2 tsps spirulina or green powder, barley, etc. 1/2 tsp rice bran (optional)
1/3 tsp Bragg Nutritional Yeast Flakes 1 to 2 bananas, ripe
1 Tbsp flax oil (or grind Tbsp of flax seeds) 1 tsp soy protein powder
1/2 tsp lecithin granules 1 tsp almond butter (optional)
1-2 Tbsps blueberries (fresh or frozen) 2 dates or prunes, pitted (optional)
1-2 tsps dried Goji berries (optional) 1/3 cup soy yogurt or tofu
1 tsp vitamin C or emer’gen-C powder 2 tsp raw wheat germ (optional)

Optional: 4 apricots (sundried, unsulphured). Soak in jar overnight in purified distilled water or unsweetened pineapple juice. We soak enough for several days, Keep refrigerated. In summer you can add fresh organic fruit in season: peaches, papaya, blueberries, strawberries, all berries, apricots, etc. instead of bananas. In winter, add apples, kiwi fruit, oranges, tangelos, persimmons, pears, etc. If necessary try sugar-free, frozen organic fruits. Serves 1 to 2

Delicious Hot or Cold Cider Drink

Add 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks and 4 cloves to water and boil. Steep 20 minutes or more. Before serving add Bragg Vinegar and raw honey to taste. (Re-use cinnamon sticks & cloves.)

Bragg Favorite Juice Cocktail

This drink consists of all raw vegetables (please remember organic is best) which we prepare in our vegetable juicer: carrots, celery, beets, cabbage, tomatoes, watercress and parsley, etc. We also enjoy the great purifier, garlic, but it is optional.

You can also purchase the Pre-Made Drinks

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The Giant Cancer-Fighting Salad


This is Chris Wark’s recipe. He Beat Cancer and you can read all about his journey and his Success

Awesome Cancer Fighting Recipe

by Chris Wark (Chris Beat Cancer)

To strengthen your body’s ability to fight cancer, you need to eat what I ate:
The biggest baddest healthiest salad on the planet!
It consists of raw organic vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts and homemade dressing.
This salad is super healthy, delicious and will fill you up without zapping your energy.

The Raw Vegan Diet was a huge part of my anti-cancer strategy and I ate this salad every day, sometimes twice a day, during the first few years of my Chemo-Free Cancer Battle.

I wanted to put as many vitamins, minerals, nutrients and enzymes into my body as possible and there’s no better way than Juicing and eating fresh raw organic fruits and vegetables.

There’s really no secret formula to this salad, but there are some guidelines to follow:

Absolutely no cheese, meat, or store-bought salad dressing.

It’s also a good idea to avoid fruit which can cause some indention when eaten with vegetables.

It is important that you use organic produce, which is free of toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
And of course wash everything before you eat it. Then just chop it all up and throw it in a bowl!

Note: You’re might need some bigger bowls.  Mine doesn’t look very big in the photo, but it holds over 6 cups. That’s six servings of vegetables! 6-10 servings per day of fruits and vegetables is ideal for cancer prevention and healing.

The Giant Cancer Fighting Salad
-Start with the most nutrient dense dark leafy greens: Kale and Spinach. (Do not exceed 10 cups per day)
-Broccoli (The best source of sulforaphane which promotes liver detoxification, and Indole-3-carbinol, an anticarcinogenic compound )
-Broccoli Sprouts (Concentrated sulforaphane & I3C. Do not exceed four cups of sprouts per day)
-Cauliflower
-Purple cabbage (cheapest source of antioxidants per ounce in the world!)
-Slice of red onion, (yellow or green onions may actually be better)
-Leeks
-Artichokes
-Red, Yellow, or Green Peppers
-Mushrooms Bella, Cremini, Shiitake, etc.
-1/2 an Avocado
-Squash
-Zucchini
-Raw Sunflower seeds (sprouted is better)
-Raw Almonds (sprouted is better)
-Sprouted Garbanzo Beans
-Sprouted Mung Beans
-Sprouted Red or Green Lentils

Then I top it off with either one of these naturally fermented foods:

-Bubbies Old Fashioned Sauerkraut
Bubbies is made with only three ingredients: cabbage, water and salt.  It is fermented and cured with all natural enzymes intact and there is no vinegar added. (Bubbies Kosher dill pickles are super tasty too.)Look for it in the refrigerated section of your local grocer or health food store.

-Kimchi (Pronounced “Kim Chee”)
Kimchi is a spicy Korean version of sauerkraut typically consisting of fermented cabbage, onions, garlic, and pepper. Kim Chi has high concentrations of Vitamin C and Carotene in addition to Vitamin A, B1, B2, Calcium, Iron and beneficial lactic acid bacteria.
Recognized as one of the Top Five “World’s Healthiest Foods” by Health magazine.  Also in the refrigerated section.

Fermented foods are great for digestion and repopulate your intestinal flora with beneficial bacteria essential for health.

Repeat: Absolutely no cheese, meat, fruit, or store-bought salad dressing.

I know it seems weird to exclude fruit.  Here’s why:

Fruits and vegetables need different digestive juices, and when eaten together can create excess acid and indigestion. That is why it’s a good idea to eat them separately, especially if you are sick.  This even includes non-sweet fruits like tomatoes and cucumbers.

My Homemade “Zesty Italian” Salad Dressing
This is hands down the healthiest salad dressing on the planet!
It’s super easy and delicious.  Here’s how you make it:
-Add 1 tbsp Bragg organic extra virgin olive oil to your salad
-Add 1 tbsp Barleans cold-pressed flax oil to your salad
-Lightly drizzle Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to taste (another super healthy fermented food!)

Then shake on as much of these Four Cancer Fighting Spices as you can stand:
-Organic Oregano
-Organic Garlic Powder
-Organic Turmeric or Curry Powder
-Organic Cayenne Pepper (this will spice it up quick, go easy the first time)

I can’t tell you many times I have eaten this salad!   Over a thousand I bet.
And what’s funny is I have several books filled with of raw vegan recipes, but the Giant Salad ended up being my staple meal.

Most days I ate it for lunch and dinner. I didn’t mind eating the same thing every day because it was simple and quick to prepare.  I didn’t have to put any time into planning my meals. I knew exactly what to buy at the grocery store every week, and it’s so delicious and full of flavor it never got old!

One final note: The salad really doesn’t have to be “giant”, I make big ones because that’s what it takes to fill me up. Not everyone needs to eat that much. A small version is fine too. Just focus on getting as many nutrient dense vegetables in there as you can and make it big enough to satisfy your appetite.

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Eating Clean Does Not Mean Starving Yourself


23 Ways To Eat Clean

Replace processed, fake foods with these healthier clean eating foods.

Cleaner, healthier eating

Healthy eating isn’t always easy, especially with junk foods tempting you at the grocery store, corner deli, and even the office kitchen. Though clean eating at every meal isn’t always realistic, you can take steps to limit processed food. Here, we show how common foods morph from real (i.e. apples) to highly processed (apple toaster pastries).

Has YOUR Diet been High Jacked by the manufactures? The #1 reason your belly fat won’t go away is Hidden SUGAR! Manufactures have replaced sugar with Corn Syrup, Artificial Sugar Syrup and other sugar substitutes. Read your labels. Same for sodium. Your goal: Choose from natural foods as often as possible, go with foods that are somewhat processed in a pinch, and limit your intake of highly processed items to none.

1. Apples
1st choice (natural state): Apple
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Applesauce
Limit (highly processed): Apple toaster pastry
Shopping tip: While applesauce is a healthy choice, it has fewer nutrients than a whole apple.

2. Oranges
1st choice (natural state): Orange
2nd choice (somewhat processed): 100% orange juice
Limit (highly processed): Orange drink
Shopping tip: Many fruit drinks contain high fructose corn syrup and little real juice.

3. Strawberries
1st choice (natural state): Fresh strawberries
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Strawberry preserves
Limit to NONE (highly processed): Strawberry gelatin dessert
Shopping tip: Gelatin desserts usually contain artificial strawberry flavor, not real fruit.

4. Peaches
1st choice (natural state): Peach
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Canned peaches in 100% juice
Limit (highly processed): Canned peaches in heavy syrup
Shopping tip: Fruit canned in heavy syrup has more sugar and calories than fresh fruit.

5. Figs
1st choice (natural state): Fresh figs
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Fig preserves
Limit (highly processed): Fig sandwich cookies
Shopping tip: Packaged fruit cookies may contain refined sugar and preservatives.

6. Pineapple
1st choice (natural state): Pineapple
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Canned diced pineapple
Limit (highly processed): Pineapple cocktail cup
Shopping tip: Fresh pineapple is higher in vitamins C and A and beta-carotene than canned.

7. Corn
1st choice (natural state): Corn on the cob
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Corn tortilla chips
Limit (highly processed): Cornflakes
Shopping tip: Buy tortilla chips with just three ingredients: whole corn, oil, and salt—and eat in moderation with Fresh Homemade Salsa or Pica De Gallo.

8. Spinach
1st choice (natural state): Spinach
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Bagged prewashed spinach
Limit (highly processed): Frozen creamed spinach
Shopping tip: When buying frozen vegetables, avoid those packaged with sodium-rich sauces. Buy plain and add your own light sauce. (Is spinach healthier than kale? Find out in their Health Food Face-Off.)

9. Garlic
1st choice (natural state): Garlic
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Jarred minced garlic
Limit (highly processed): Bottled garlic marinade
Shopping tip: Minced fresh garlic is cheaper and more flavorful than jarred.

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10. Carrots
1st choice (natural state): Carrots
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Baby carrots
Limit (highly processed): Frozen honey-glazed carrots
Shopping tip: Baby carrots are healthy but more expensive than regular-size loose carrots.

11. Soup
1st choice (natural state): Soup from scratch
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Canned soup
Limit (highly processed): Dehydrated soup mix
Shopping tip: Homemade soup often has less sodium and more flavor than canned.

12. HAM
1st choice (natural state): Heritage ham
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Deli ham
Limit (highly processed): Packaged deli bologna
Shopping tip: Heritage varieties of pork are much less likely to contain hormones than factory meat is.

13. Turkey
1st choice (natural ttate): Whole turkey
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Deli turkey
Limit (highly processed): Store-bought turkey meatballs
Shopping tip: If you buy turkey and other meats at the deli counter, ask for brands free of fillers and nitrates.

14. Beef
1st choice (natural state): Grass-fed beef
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Grain-fed beef
Limit (highly processed): Frozen beef patties
Shopping tip: Grass-fed meat is higher in nutrients and lower in fat than grain-fed beef.

15. Chicken
1st choice (natural state): Fresh chicken breasts
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Deli sliced chicken
Limit (highly processed): Chicken nuggets
Shopping tip: Chicken nuggets contain very little real chicken.

16. Eggs
1st choice (natural state): Pasture-raised eggs
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Omega-3-fortified eggs
Limit (highly processed): Egg beaters
Shopping Tip: Pasture-raised eggs may have 35% less saturated fat, 60% more vitamin A, and 200% more omega-3s compared to omega-3-fortified eggs and egg beaters, which come from chickens kept in coops.

17. Cream
1st choice (natural state): Cream
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Fat-free half cream / half milk
Limit (highly processed): Flavored dairy creamer
Shopping tip: Flavored dairy creamers are often made with colorings, artificial flavors, and corn syrup.

18. Yogurt
1st choice (natural state): Organic 100% Natural Plain yogurt no sugar added with Fresh Fruit
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Flavored yogurt
Limit (highly processed): Flavored yogurt drink
Shopping tip: Buy plain yogurt and flavor it at home with honey or fresh fruit.

19. Bread
1st choice (natural state): Whole grain bread
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Wheat bread
Limit (highly processed): Fortified white bread
Shopping tip: If a whole grain isn’t the first ingredient, you’re missing out on nutrients.
20. Pasta
1st choice (natural state): Dried whole wheat pasta
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Dried white pasta
Limit (highly processed): Instant noodles, Simen, Mac & Cheese
Shopping tip: Whole grain pasta is higher in antioxidants than white or instant noodles.

21. Brown
1st choice (natural state): Brown rice
2nd choice (somewhat processed): White rice
Limit (highly processed): Flavored instant rice
Shopping tip: Brown rice, unlike white, hasn’t had its fiber-rich layers of bran and germ removed.

22. Peanuts
1st choice (natural state): Peanuts
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Natural peanut butter
Limit (highly processed): Processed peanut butter
Shopping tip: Natural peanut butter should contain only peanuts and a dash of salt.

23. Soy
1st choice (natural state): Fresh edamame (whole soybeans)
2nd choice (somewhat processed): Tofu
Limit (highly processed): Frozen veggie burgers (containing soy ingredients)
Shopping tip: Frozen veggie burgers are vegetarian-friendly but are highly processed.

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It has been shown that eating a correct diet of clean foods can lessen the impact of depression and several other illnesses.

 

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Super Delicious “Off the Wall” Bean Recipes #9


Super Delicious “Off the Wall” Bean Recipes #9

#9 JAPANESE HOKKAIDO AZUKI BEANS

Grown in the rich volcanic soil of Hokkaido, the cold northernmost island of Japan.

Their deep, burgundy sheen will attest to their nutritious quality and flavor.

Anko, sweet red bean paste, is used in many baked goods and sweet treats in Japan.  It is usually prepared by boiling and sometimes mashing azuki beans and then sweetening the paste with sugar.  The most common types of read bean paste include Tsubuan and Koshian.

Tsubuan is prepared by boiling and sweetening with sugar.  Koshian is prepared by passing through a sieve to remove bean skins, and this is most commonly used for wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery).

Other varieties of anko includes Shiroan, made from Japanese white beans and Kurian made from chestnuts.

Anko is used in Anmitsu, Daifuku, Dango, Dorayaki, Oshiruko / Zenzai, Taiyaki, Manju, and Yokan.

How To Make Anko (Red Bean Paste)

Ingredients

  • 200g (7 oz, a little bit less than 1 cup which is 220g) Azuki beans (Today I used Hokkaido Dainagon Azuki Beans (bigger than regular azuki))
  • Water
  • 200g (7 oz, 1 cup) granulated white sugar
  • Pinch of salt

 

Instructions

  • Soak the azuki beans overnight (8-12 hours).
  • Rinse azuki beans.
  • Use a big saucepan/pot because the amount of azuki beans will double after cooking. Put washed azuki beans in the pot and pour water till 1-2 inch above azuki beans. Turn the heat on high.
  • When boiling, turn off the heat and cover with lid. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • Throw away water and put the azuki beans into a sieve.
  • Put the azuki beans back in the pot. Add enough water just to cover the beans and turn the heat on high. Once boiling, turn down the heat to medium low and keep it simmering.
  • Once in a while push the azuki beans under the water with slotted spoon. Water will evaporate so you need to keep adding water to cover just above the beans. If you put too much water, the beans will move and break. If you need to leave the kitchen, make sure to turn off the heat. Cook for 1+ hour.
  • Pick one azuki bean and squeeze it with your fingers. If it is smashes easily, it’s done.
  • Turn up the heat to high and add sugar in 3 separate times. Stirring constantly. When you draw a line on the bottom of the saucepan and see the bottom for more than 2 seconds, add salt and turn off heat. Anko will thicken more when it cools.

Anko is ready to use. If you’re not using right away, put it in an airtight container to cool down. Once it’s cooled, keep in the fridge or freezer. I recommend storing it in small 100g packages. Wrap each anko in plastic wrap and store in a Ziploc Freezer bag. Homemade anko can be stored in the fridge for a week and freezer up to a month

 

 

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DETOXING with Coffee???


You got it!!! Black Coffee..

No creamy, sugary, lactose filled, Candy Cup of coffee.

Are You A Consumer Or Connoisseur of Great Health Benefits?

 

Its all about what you put into that cup of coffee that makes it a “Good Thing” or “Bad Thing”. Science proves once again that coffee does have “Good” properties that help our bodies performance.

 

Natural detox for our bladder, kidneys, and liver.

  • Protection against cirrhosis of the liver. …
  • Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes. …
  • Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease. …
  • Reduces suicide risk and Depression. …
  • Protection against Parkinson’s. …
  • Coffee drinkers have less risk of heart disease
  •  Dementia
  •  Have fewer cases of certain cancers
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Strokes

 

Coffee’s Surprising Health Benefits

It also packs a powerful punch of antioxidants.

In fact, you get more antioxidants from coffee than from any other food or beverage.

With just two calories per 8-ounce cup (no cream or sugar) and no fat, coffee is a pretty guilt-free way to boost your health. But don’t overdo it. More than 2 or 3 cups daily may increase your blood pressure, especially those of you with borderline or high readings.

One eight-ounce cup of regular coffee contains about:

  • 2.4 calories
  • 0 grams fat
  • 0 grams sugar
  • 0.3 grams protein
  • 0.2 milligrams vitamin B2 riboflavin (11 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligrams pantothenic acid (6 percent DV)
  • 116 milligrams potassium (3 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams manganese (3 percent DV)
  • 7.1 milligrams magnesium (2 percent DV)
  • 0.5 milligrams niacin (2 percent DV)

 

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Super Delicious “Off the Wall” Bean Recipes #6


Super Delicious “Off the Wall” Bean Recipes #6

       Homestyle Baked Beans

#6 The Sunset Runner Bean has been grown in America as early as 1750, but originated in the mountains of Central America. It is a flowering heirloom bean with unique salmon-pink blossoms which can be used as an ornamental climber.

It produces flavorful beans with a distinct flavor that can be used in soups, salads and baked bean dishes.

Ingredients

2-3 cups SUNSET RUNNER BEANS

2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

½ cup celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 leek, cleaned and chopped

3 carrot, peeled and chopped

2 turnips, peeled and chopped

1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)

2 zucchini, sliced

3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 to 3 cans chicken or beef broth

1 Tbs. dried basil

2 Tbs. dried parsley or 3 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

Pinch of sage

2 cups chopped cabbage

½ cup dried pasta

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Rinse and pick over beans. In a large pot, pour three cups boiling water over beans, cover, and let sit for one hour. Drain, add fresh water to cover by one inch and simmer until tender, not mushy. Start checking the tenderness at 45 minutes. Drain cooked beans when reach desired tenderness.

2. In a large pot, heat 2 Tbs. Olive Oil and add onion, celery, garlic, leek, carrots, turnips, mushrooms (if using), zucchini, and potatoes. Sauté all vegetables over low heat until wilted.

3. Add beans to the pot and 2 to 3 cans chicken or beef broth with enough water to cover the beans by an inch or so.

4. Add dried basil, parsley and a pinch of sage. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer and cook for 2 hours or until beans are tender.

5. Once beans are tender you can add cabbage and a handful of dried pasta and cook until pasta is tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Servings : 6-8

Super Delicious “Off the Wall” Bean Recipes #7


Super Delicious “Off the Wall” Bean Recipes #7

#7 Christmas Lima Beans

The alluring burgundy mottled, chestnut-flavored Christmas Lima is part of Peru’s heirloom bean lineage. One can serve cooked limas as an appetizer, side dish or main course embellished with butter, garlic and fresh parsley.

A favorite in kitchens around the world, Christmas lima beans boast a rich, mellow chestnut flavor and a firm texture.

Be sure to soak the beans before cooking. To soak overnight, place the beans in a large pot and add water to cover by 2 inches. The next day, drain the beans and cook as directed below. For a quick soak, place the beans in a large pot and add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, remove from the heat, cover the pot and let stand for 1 hour, then drain the beans and cook. To decrease the cooking time by about half, cook the soaked beans in a pressure cooker on high pressure.

Ingredients:

2 cup dried Christmas lima beans, picked over, rinsed, soaked and drained

1/2 small yellow onion

1 carrot, cut in half crosswise

1 celery stalk, cut in half crosswise

1 fresh thyme sprig

1 bay leaf

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, tarragon, chervil, marjoram and oregano

1/3 cup finely diced red onion

1/3 cup finely diced carrot

1/3 cup finely diced celery

Fresh lemon juice, to taste

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Directions:

Place the beans in a large pot and add water to cover by 2 inches. Add the yellow onion, carrot and celery pieces, thyme sprig and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper, then drain the beans. Remove and discard the yellow onion, carrot, celery, thyme sprig and bay leaf. Transfer the beans to a bowl.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil and chopped herbs. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

Add the vinaigrette, diced red onion, carrot and celery to the beans and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to evenly distribute the vinaigrette. Just before serving, adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper and stir in lemon juice. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Serves 4 to 6.   Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.

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What do we really know about Alternative Medicine?


Sometimes it’s hard to get through the door

Stepping Out Of the Comfort Zone

Sometimes we need to open the windows on our boxes and look out. If we are brave enough we can open the door and step out of the box.

We have been programmed into staying within our boxes. It’s safe and comfortable and society says it’s “the RIGHT thing to do”. With scientists revealing more treatments involving alternative medicine, it’s time we took a look outside. Every day new technology and research is being accomplished you won’t hear about in main stream news.

The struggle has been hard with Alternative Medicine research and technology being suppressed for so many years. Throughout this time we have been told to think it’s a hoax, these doctors are quacks and they are just out to take your money. Yes, in some cases I will agree. But there are real Holistic/Alternative treatments that work and honest doctors providing the treatment.

How do you think the Chinese survived for so many years? Still to this day they rely on Chinese Medicine, herbs, roots and other natural ingredients to make medicines.

If you think about it, if we all just understood how pharmaceutical companies derived their medicines. It would be a financial downfall for the pharmaceutical companies. If only we would ALL look outside that door. We could really change health care as we westerners know it.

 

For an example is the Medical Marijuana medicine. Big Pharmaceutical companies have lobbied against any form of legalization. They are at their wits end because they cannot patent marijuana and they cannot come up with the absolute formula that works the same as the real thing.

Marijuana is a plant that grows natural on earth and goes back in time as a healing medicine. Pharmaceutical CBD and THC therapies are synthetic.

There are plants on earth that cure illnesses. This is how Big Pharma came up with all the BIG $$$ synthetic medicine, but one drawback is Synthetics come with all the side effects… Some medicines have over 50 pages of CAUTION SIDE EFFECTS.

Natural, there is nothing like the real thing to heal the human body.

I use to be very skeptical, until I actually experienced alternative medicine work. Not cancer but other illnesses. If I would have never opened that door and stepped outside, I would have stayed closed minded to alternative remedies and cures.

I just wanted you to know my eyes are wide open and looking at things differently these days, that’s all. Let’s Explore Our World and Everything It Has To Offer…

Alternative Medicine

What is CAM?

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is one of twenty-seven institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its web site is full of useful information about CAM.

 Be An Informed Consumer

There’s more to be Discovered than what meets the EYE

Vinegar, All the Wonderful Things It Can Do!


I recommend you that you drink the Vinegar Cocktail Everyday.

Vinegar, All the Wonderful Things It Can Do!

The greatest gift that will save you from dieting grows on trees and is then fermented into a beautiful bounty of goodness for your body.

Vinegar can do everything from relieving muscle pain from exercise, balancing pH levels, soothing sore throats, and normalizing weight and helping to maintain levels of cholesterol already in the normal range.

Externally, it is effective in supporting healthy skin and hair. Use it topically to give yourself a vinegar facial for toning or clearing up non-cystic acne and exfoliating dry dull skin. Gently rub your skin with a soft cotton ball dipped in vinegar and watch your skin glow!

Bragg USDA Gluten Free Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, With the Mother 16 ounces

 

It’s also great for animals.

Use it as a soothing after-bath rinse for cats and dogs to eliminate dry skin. Just as with people, it is also helpful in older animals. The high acidity and powerful enzymes in apple cider vinegar also supports a healthy scalp. Try a rinse of apple cider vinegar after you wash your hair. It gives hair incredible shine and bounce!

 

It’s so easy to incorporate vinegar into your daily diet.

Get healthy and loose that extra waistline you have been carry around.

When you wake up in the morning just make a delicious cocktail using 2 teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar, and if you need a sweetener, use organic honey, 100% maple syrup, or molasses to taste. If you are diabetic, use the sweet substitute stevia. I recommend you use only distilled water.

 

Bragg USDA Gluten Free Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, With the Mother 16 ounces

This “Bragg Healthy Cocktail” is designed to flush out wastes that are clogging the organs of elimination, the bowels, lungs, skin, and the kidneys. Take it at least twice a day, and you will start to see changes like increased energy, soft skin, and decreased muscle and joint aches from exercise.

Make sure you use raw, organic vinegar, never dead, distilled vinegar because the natural enzymes, minerals, and nutrients are destroyed in the distilling process. Any vinegar that is clear and has no “mother” (the strand-like substance in the bottom of the bottle) has no nutritional value. Natural raw vinegar should be pungent, with a rich, brownish color and a visible “mother.”

Drinking apple cider vinegar daily, and eating a largely fresh, organic, vegetarian diet, along with following a simple fitness program, will change your life so dramatically you will never go back to your old ways! Get fit, get healthy, and live a long and happy life!

 

You May Ask: What is Natural Apple Cider Vinegar?

Different from the refined and distilled vinegar usually found in supermarkets, Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made from fresh, crushed, organically grown apples and allowed to mature in tanks, which boosts its natural fermentation qualities. When mature, it contains a web-like substance, called “mother” that becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light.

Just a few more plus’s…

Ohh My Head & Tummy Are you Hungover?

Apple Cider Vinegar is believed to help the Liver dissolve poisonous matter, like to much alcohol. It also balances the pH levels and tops up any deficiency in minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium and iron, which your alcohol soaked body is craving.

 

 

Are your finger nails brittle and soft?

Try Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. It all starts from the inside. You could be missing trace minerals or your PH is off. The nutrients and acids naturally found in ACV are not only great for strengthening nails, they are also known to heal and prevent microbial infections that sometimes cause excessive breakage and yellowing. You can make one of the Bragg ACV recipes or purchase bottled Bragg Healthy cocktail mixes.

More ACV Recipes from Bragg

 

YO – YO DIETING IS A CYCLE

STOP THE YO-YO

Yo-yo dieting, also known as “weight cycling,” describes the pattern of losing weight, regaining it and then dieting again.

It’s a process that causes weight to go up and down like a yo-yo. This type of dieting is common — 10% of men and 30% of women have done it.

Losing weight causes the body to increase appetite and cling to its energy storage. As a result, some yo-yo dieters gain back more weight than they lost.

The Fasting: Those diets are making your system unstable. Fasting and Starving yourself is actually making your metabolism suffer, not counting what it is doing to your organs.

Do you have 3 days that you could part with 7 minutes to get into the best shape of your life?

Start at the basic beginner and move up the ladder as far as you want. This workout is for all ages. Men and Women join us today… You are never to young or old to start living a healthy lifestyle.

 

You can do these exercises at home. No expense of the gym.

Using Bands and light weights.

 

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The High Dose Oral Vitamin C Protocol for Cancer (and Nearly Every Other Ailment)


Detox Your Life, Natural Therapies

The High Dose Oral Vitamin C Protocol for Cancer (and Nearly Every Other Ailment)

I’m really excited about this post because I’m sharing some really cool stuff about Vitamin C that many people do not know. Or maybe I’m wrong and everyone already knows this but me… We’ll see.

This is a powerful anti-cancer protocol and even if you don’t have cancer, you can use this method to determine how much toxic stress is going on inside your body and how high doses of Vitamin C could dramatically improve your health.

Ok so we all now that Vitamin C (asorbic acid) is good for you right? The body doesn’t produce it, so it has to come from food.

You’ve probably also heard that a severe Vitamin C deficiency leads to scurvy. Early symptoms of scurvy are malaise and lethargy. That’s basically a “general feeling of being unwell” along with tiredness or exhaustion. (Does this sound like you?) After a few months comes shortness of breath and bone pain. Further down the road is muscle pain, skin sores, gum disease, loose teeth, wounds not healing, dry mouth, dry eyes, and emotional problems. In the late stages comes jaundice, edema, fever, convulsions, and eventually death.

Sounds fun right? Fortunately scurvy can be CURED with lemons, limes, oranges, and any other Vitamin C containing food.

Don’t Forget to watch the video below

Here’s where it gets interesting…

The cure for scurvy was first published in 1617 in The Surgeon’s Mate by English military surgeon John Woodall. And it was completely ignored by the medical community.

In 1753 (136 years later) naval surgeon James Lind published his discovery in, A Treatise of The Scurvy, which was also ignored. The medical establishment insisted that the testimonials of eating citrus fruit to reverse scurvy were merely “anecdotal” and not based on “scientific evidence”.  Sound familiar?

Fortunately James Lind persevered and about 50 years later citrus fruit was finally accepted and used for the prevention and treatment of scurvy on sailing vessels. So, in summary:

The cure for scurvy was ignored for nearly 200 years after its discovery.

Nutrition and natural therapies are still ignored modern medicine. In fact I’d be willing to bet that if you went to see a doctor with some of the symptoms of scurvy that I listed above, you be subjected to a barrage of expensive tests, misdiagnosed, prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, and subjected to treatments for some other disease. This happens all the time. Earlier this year my good friend Tony was told that he probably had cancer or AIDS, turns out it was viral pneumonia. Can you imagine?

But I digress… Let’s get back to Vitamin C.

Here are some common whole food sources of Vitamin C:

Oranges, Kiwi, Canteloupe, Papaya, Strawberries, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kale and Peppers.

“Super foods” with the highest concentration of Vitamin C on planet earth are:

Camu Camu Fruit, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), and Acerola Cherries. In that order.

Vitamin C supports nearly every system in your body: your adrenals, your immune system, your cardiovascular system, and more. Perhaps the most important is that it is a neutralizer of free radicals.

There’s been tons of ground-breaking research on high-dose Vitamin C’s powerful healing and anti-cancer effects by the likes of Fred Klenner MD, Irwin Stone, Linus Pauling, and Ewan Cameron. I don’t have time to get into their stories but I wanted to a least give credit where it’s due. Google them in your spare time. There’s a fascinating Vitamin C phenomenon that most of us don’t know about.

The sicker and/or more toxic you are, the more free radicals you have in your body, and as a result, the more Vitamin C your body will absorb and use. The body keeps a small reserve of Vitamin C available for use when there is increased internal demand, but when you are sick this is quickly depleted.

You may have also heard (or experienced) that if you take too much Vitamin C by mouth you get the runs, aka “chach” which is our family’s abbreviation (and code word) for

“Diarrhea Cha Cha Cha”.

A healthy person can take anywhere from 4-15 grams (4,000-15,000 mg) of Vitamin C in a 24 hour period without getting the runs, but a sick person can tolerate anywhere from 10-20 times more. I’m talking even as much as 100-200 grams per day by mouth.

Have you ever taken Vitamin C when you had a cold and it didn’t help? This is probably because you didn’t take near enough.

Here’s where it gets ridiculous… If you ate something that contained “100% of the USRDA (Recommended Daily Allowance ) of Vitamin C” that seems pretty good right?

It’s not.

The USRDA for Vitamin C is only 75 mg. That’s MILLIGRAMS. A normal healthy person can absorb and use between 4,000-15,000 milligrams per day. So the USRDA is way off on this one. 75 mg is basically what someone decided is the absolute minimum amount to keep you from getting scurvy. This is not an amount that promotes health and optimal body function.

One orange has about 150mg of Vitamin C, about 2 times more than the USRDA. And 1 teaspoon of Camu Camu Powder has about 15 times the USRDA of Vitamin C!

Even though you may not have scurvy, I think it’s safe to assume that many of us may not be getting enough Vitamin C in our diets, the lack of which could be a contributor to

  1. a) feeling lousy or b) serious disease.

High Dose Oral Vitamin C Therapy is taking the maximum dose your body can tolerate before you get the runs. This requires finding your threshold and then backing off a little bit for your daily dose. The clinical term is “titrating to bowel tolerance”.

As some of you know, one of the therapies I used to help my body heal from cancer was Vitamin C IV Therapy, which is a common practice in the natural/alternative cancer treatment world. This involves sitting in chair in a practitioner’s office for two hours with an IV drip containing 50 grams or more of Vitamin C. And while this is a very effective method to get a massive dose of Vitamin C without reaching bowel tolerance and to promote healing in the body, it is time consuming and expensive. I was paying $120 a pop, cash money. And in order for it to be the most effective you need to do it 2-3 times per week for many weeks.

My friend Bill, who’s healing his prostate cancer naturally, turned me on to a simple do-it-yourself Oral Vitamin C Protocol that he was put on by an underground cancer treatment expert whose name I cannot use publicly. Bill initially reached bowel tolerance taking 60 grams per day. After two months his tolerance was down to less than 30 grams per day. That’s a very good sign.

The Vitamin C Toxicity Test & Protocol

This is something everyone should do. Now clearly no one wants diarrhea on purpose, but in this case it can give you some immediate feedback about your internal condition. And it’s super cheap to do!

The simple way to find your tolerance is to take 2-3 grams of Vitamin C powder or crystals (ascorbic acid) every two hours mixed in 8 oz of water. That will give you about 12-18 grams the first day. Make sure you keep track of your doses. Vitamin C powder is highly concentrated. 1 teaspoon is usually about 5 grams of Vitamin C.

The goal is to find your 24 hour limit, not your single dose limit.

The half-life of Vitamin C in the body is about 30 minutes. That means about an hour after you take Vitamin C, your body has used up most of it. So an important key to this protocol is to keep your body saturated with C all day. Dosing every 1-2 hours is ideal.

If you reach bowel tolerance in the first 24 hours, reduce the total dose by 20-25% and continue to take that amount every day  as a maintenance dose (this may be for several days or weeks) until you reach bowel tolerance again at that level. Then reduce by 20% again and continue with that dose until you hit bowel tolerance, and so on.

It works the opposite of what you would expect because you don’t build up a tolerance. The healthier you become, the lower your bowel tolerance for Vitamin C will go.

If you reach bowel tolerance at 10-15 grams or less per day, you’re considered to be in very good shape health wise.

If you follow the steps above and do not reach bowel tolerance the first day, continue to up the dose each day until you get there. If you are seriously sick you may need to dose every hour or 1/2 hour as indicated in the chart below. As you get close to bowel tolerance you will get gassy and should have soft stool. That means you’re very close to your body’s limit and should reduce your dosage a bit.

Here’s a dosage chart from the late and legendary Dr. Robert Cathcart MD, who treated 9000+ patients with Vitamin C!

TABLE I – USUAL BOWEL TOLERANCE DOSES 

CONDITION              Grams Per 24 Hours   Doses Per 24 Hours

normal                                               4 –  15                    4 –  6

mild cold                                         30 –  60                    6 – 10

severe cold                                     60 – 100+                 8 – 15

influenza                                      100 – 150                   8 – 20

ECHO, coxsackievirus               100 – 150                    8 – 20

mononucleosis                           150 – 200+                12 – 25

viral pneumonia                        100 – 200+               12 – 25

hay fever, asthma                        15 –  50                    4 –  8

environmental and

food allergy                                 0.5 –  50                   4 –  8

burn, injury, surgery                  25 – 150+                6 – 20

anxiety, exercise and

other mild stresses                    15 –  25                   4 –  6

cancer                                           15 – 100                 4 – 15

ankylosing spondylitis               15 – 100                 4 – 15

Reiter’s syndrome                       15 –  60                  4 – 10

acute anterior uveitis                 30 – 100                 4 – 15

rheumatoid arthritis                  15 – 100                 4 – 15

bacterial infections                     30 – 200+               10 – 25

infectious hepatitis                     30 – 100                  6 – 15

candidiasis                                   15 – 200+                6 – 25

Something else worth noting in the above chart: If you are under chronic stress or engage in athletic activities like running, weight training, etc. you are likely to have an increased need for Vitamin C and your tolerance will be higher. Even if you are healthy.

Dr. Cathcart also notes that low dose vitamin c had basically no effect, but high dose vitamin c, when taken at 80-90% of bowel tolerance, produced a significant and dramatic reduction of symptoms in his patients.

Experiments

When I first tried this protocol a couple months ago I didn’t reach bowel tolerance until I got to around 34 grams. I worked my way up to taking 12 grams three times per day. I have no idea why my tolerance was that high. I workout 3-5 days per week which would increase my tolerance but perhaps I also had something going on internally… who knows?

Earlier this morning I took 7.5 grams and it produced bowel tolerance for me a couple hours later which actually interrupted my work on this post. Clearly my tolerance is down and if Dr. Cathcart is right, my internal health has improved.

Another one: My kids came home with colds from school two weeks ago. Then my wife got it. One morning I started to feel cold symptoms as well so I took 10 grams of Vitamin c. I felt great all day. Then close to bedtime I started to feel the symptoms again so I took another 10 grams. I did this every day for about a week. I would feel the symptoms in the morning, but I quickly crushed them with 10 grams of vitamin c.  Some days I would take a dose around lunch time as well if I remembered. I was taking 20-30 grams per day for most of the week, I felt good, I was close to bowel tolerance, and the cold never developed. Since then, I’ve done this more times than I can count. Works every time.

What form to take?

Vitamin C comes in several different forms: pure asorbic acid and buffered with minerals.

Buffered C contains mineral salts like calcium asorbate, magnesium asorbate, and sodium asorbate. Buffered C is more alkaline but the excess minerals could be problematic if you are taking mega doses.

I compared three different types (buffered and pure asorbic acid) to see if they had different effects but my tolerance was basically the same for all three. Having said that…

Solaray Vitamin C Powder is 100% pure asorbic acid so it’s extremely tart and citric. Vitamin Shoppe Buffered C-Complex tastes chalky, not citric.

Thompson C Buffered Crystals is buffered with calcium asorbate, it’s citric but not as strong as the pure crystals.

Dr. Cathcart recommends taking pure asorbic acid for the high dose oral protocol. Dr. Thomas Levy recommends sodium asorbate. I think it makes sense to rotate between different types.

*After writing this post it was brought to my attention that most of the asorbic acid in vitamin C powder is made in China from GMO corn. If that is a concern for you, there are several brands of non-GMO vitamin C powders.

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