Collecting Recipes

October 12, 2015
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Collecting Recipes

Part of the beauty of starting something new is collecting.  In my case, it is collecting new recipes and finding new ingredients to make those recipes.  One big thing that I have found is that it is a lot cheaper to eat a plant based diet and once you have a variety of ingredients, most last a long time.  Because you are eating fresh and raw, you are also eating seasonal fruits and vegetables, so your diet is changing with the seasons and you are leaving a smaller carbon footprint.  Here are some of those new recipes from last week. Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce and Avocado Sandwich Beanie Veggie Loaf from the PlantPure Nation Cookbook Raw Vegan Lunch

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Power Quinoa Porridge

October 7, 2015
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Power Quinoa Porridge

Wow, this isn’t like any porridge that I’ve had (actually I don’t know that I’ve had porridge – I always call it oatmeal).  Having a challenging three weeks coming up with Christy having bunion surgery tomorrow, I decided to turn to the Ten Day Eating Plan in SuperLife and use Darin Olien’s recipes to have a positive influence on a heavy duty carnivore.  She eats meat, dairy, or eggs at every meal, so this will be quite the change during her recovery. I made this recipe this morning and it was absolutely delicious.  I had cooked steel cut oats on hand, so it was really quick to prepare and I also had all of the other ingredients.  I feel empowered for the day already! I had some fruit that needed to be used up and it made for a very colorful breakfast.

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Scott Jurek’s Xocolatl (SHOCK-o-laht) Energy Balls

September 29, 2015
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Scott Jurek’s Xocolatl (SHOCK-o-laht) Energy Balls

Scott Jurek’s book, “Eat & Run” has recipes interspersed within the book.  Natural Grocer’s here in Albuquerque has Scott Jurek to thank for me being a regular customer now.  I didn’t happen to have dates on hand or raw cashews or raw cacao nibs (and still haven’t looked for the mesquite powder), but they did and with a few swaps, I made Xocolatl Energy Balls for the first time a couple of months ago.  Now I make them all the time. My recipe is below with the swaps (and omissions) in parentheses: Ingredients 1/2 cup  raw cacao nibs 1/2 cup raw cashews (I use almonds or walnuts) 8 medium dates 1 teaspoon mesquite powder (haven’t gotten it yet) 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp raw vanilla powder or flakes (I use extract) 1/8 teaspoon sea salt 1 1/2 teaspoons raw coconut oil warmed to liquid consistency (I use 2...

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What Are We Going to Do About It?

September 28, 2015
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What Are We Going to Do About It?

I will go to my grave knowing that I did my best to share the Gospel and to raise awareness of why we should eat a whole food, plant based diet.  My post today would have been about making time for food, but then I saw the New York Times headline for today that reads, “Limited Progress Seen Even as More Nations Step Up on Climate“.  By “limited”, I thought that perhaps it meant that it will get a little worse before we finally turn the corner and things get better.  But that is not what limited means.  Here is what it means, “The pledges that countries are making to battle climate change would still allow the world to heat up by more than 6 degrees Fahrenheit, a new analysis shows, a level that scientists say is likely to produce catastrophes ranging from food shortages to widespread extinctions of...

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The Whole Food Challenge

September 28, 2015
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The Whole Food Challenge is a group created to help people transition from a meat and dairy based diet to a whole food, plant based diet.  I created the group in 2012 as a result of having done the Ultimate Reset which provides everything that you need to make that transition in just 21 days.  It detoxifies you and provides recipes for every meal (with cooking videos) for 21 days.  I got great results from doing the Ultimate Reset and then continuing to drink Shakeology every day to maintain my results. You can join the group by going to https://www.facebook.com/groups/beachbodyultimatechallenge/

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Plant Pure Life

September 26, 2015
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Plant Pure Life

It has now been two months of experiencing the plant based lifestyle.  I no longer need a cheat meal once a week (I enjoyed that sandwich at Solomon’s Porch but didn’t need it).  I have great resources for recipes and have finished both Eat & Run by Scott Jurek and Finding Ultra by Rich Roll.  I watched Cowspiracy on Netflix and I am now reading Superlife by Darin Olien. My accountability is what goes into fueling my body.  Here is today’s accountability: From the Ultimate Reset meal planning, steel cut oats with almond milk, maple syrup and fruit. For lunch, an idea that I got from an article entitled, “How to love garlic without losing friends“.  It’s a bruschetta that I made with Ezekiel 4:9 bread, Veganaise, crushed and minced garlic, diced tomato, avocado and drizzled with organic extra virgin olive oil. For dinner, a recipe from the PlantPure...

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Scott Jurek’s 8 Grain Strawberry Pancakes

August 29, 2015
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Scott Jurek’s 8 Grain Strawberry Pancakes

After reading Eat & Run by Scott Jurek (one of my favorite books of all time), I made these 8 Grain Strawberry Pancakes and they have now become a staple in our house.  I have yet to eat them after a 20 mile run like he did, but I’ll get there.  In fact, I still haven’t made it to 8 grains yet and the most I’ve used is six.  Until this morning, I also had only made them with blueberries. Here is the original recipe from the book: 1/4 cup spelt flour 1/4 cup buckwheat flour 1/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup oat flour 1/4 cup millet flour 1/4 cup rye flour 1/4 cup barley flour 1/4 cup corn meal 1/4 cup ground flax seed or chia seed 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 cups non-dairy milk 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons agave nectar...

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Let’s Be On the Journey Together

August 25, 2015
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Let’s Be On the Journey Together

Such a busy day yesterday, that I didn’t get to post this. I hope, though, that you had a wonderful weekend.  Mine included taking Grace and Carly to two of Grace’s soccer tournament games on Saturday, a birthday party right afterward and then to another one of Grace’s soccer games on Sunday.  In the afternoon, I ran another segment of the 20 + mile run that I am planning in the spring to the top of the Pino Trail and back from my house. That is one of my goals on my journey through life, but it’s not the destination.  The destination is to have lived life to the fullest and given my all to raising my children and being there for my grandchildren. I believe that you can only do that if you work every day on having the best quality of life that you can have.  Instead...

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Do You Need a Cheat Meal?

August 20, 2015
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Do You Need a Cheat Meal?

What is a cheat meal?  You go off course with choices that you haven’t been making, portion sizes that you haven’t been eating, adding alcohol which you haven’t been drinking, etc.  When you are eating clean and healthy, it’s the meal that you want, crave, desperately have to have, etc., but have been resisting. I have one cheat meal a week on Wednesday nights.  My daughter Grace has soccer practice and we go straight from the field to Calvary Albuquerque (well not straight there because we stop at Jason’s Deli to get a to go order for Grace and my other daughter Carly), where I can’t wait to get a cranberry walnut chicken salad sandwich made on a croissant.  It also has a slice of cheese, sliced tomato and lots of bean sprouts.  That’s my cheat meal. What’s yours.  I hope that it’s not fast food/junk food.  If you...

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Do You Keep Your Goal In Sight?

August 19, 2015
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Do You Keep Your Goal In Sight?

Keeping my goal in sight, I must admit, is easy.  It is to run from my house to the top of the Pino Trail in the Sandia Mountains (and back) and there isn’t a place in Albuquerque where you can’t see the Sandias. Easy for me, but how easy is it for you to keep your goal in sight?  Maybe you have a date that you want to have lost a certain amount of weight by, for a reunion, wedding, vacation, etc.  The date, though, isn’t the goal, it’s when you have to reach your goal.  You goal has to be how you will look and feel on that date and that is a little bit harder to do.  Are you relying on memory?  Is it a picture in a magazine or on the Internet?  How do you keep your goal in sight? Perhaps your goal needs to be something...

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