Friday, April 28, 2017

ATTENTION all chronic pain sufferers!!!



I suffer with chronic pain almost on a daily basis. I prefer natural remedies to treat my ailments, if at all possible. I did some extensive research and found some natural remedies for specific symptoms. If you know of any others, please feel free to share them here.

TOP 11 NATURAL PAINKILLERS

GARLIC - Made into a special oil for earache.
CLOVES - Toothache / gum inflammation.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR - Heartburn.
GINGER - Muscle pain & aches.
CHERRIES - Joint pain, headaches.
TURMERIC - Chronic pain.
PEPPERMINT - Sore muscles.
PINEAPPLE - Stomach bloating, gas.
WATER - General injury pain.
HORSERADISH - Sinus pain.
BLUEBERRIES - Bladder / urinary tract infections.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It's Snack Time...



Are you looking for a healthy and delicious snack? You've come to the right place!

Ranch Pretzels

Ingredients:
1 package ranch dressing (dry powder)
1 cup vegetable oil
1⁄2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon dill weed
2 lbs Bavarian pretzels or 2 lbs sourdough hard pretzels (the big fat ones)

Directions:
Break or smash pretzels into bite sized pieces.
Pour pretzels into baking pans.
(You will probably need 2 rectangular cake pans, foil will do) Mix all other ingredients together and pour over pretzels.
Stir to make sure they are completely coated.
Leave sit for about an hour allowing flavors to soak in and then preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Allow to cool and store in air tight containers.

Recipe courtesy of: www.food.com

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For Weight Watchers fanatics!!!


Calling all lovers of Weight Watchers.... goes great with a salad or on top of rice and only 2 WW points per serving!

Turkey Sausage and Bell Peppers 
Weight Watchers Style

Ingredients:
1⁄4 lb Italian turkey sausage, cut into 1/4 slices
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1⁄4 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

Directions:
Spray large skillet with Pam cooking spray and heat skillet.
Add sausage and stir frequently until no longer pink 5-6 minutes.
Add bell peppers,onion,broth, garlic, pepper flakes and oregano. Saute all together for 5 minutes or until liquid evaporates.
Reduce heat and simmer covered 5 minutes more.

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Quick, Simple and Healthy!


This recipe is great for those busy mornings and if you want something healthy and filling. Only take 5 minutes to make!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 banana, broken into chunks
14 frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar

Directions:
In a blender, combine soy milk, oats, banana and strawberries. Add vanilla and sugar if desired. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Low Carb and Delicious!



Do you love Italian cuisine, but hate the carbs from the pasta? Here is the perfect alternative to solve that problem... Use a spiralizer to make noodles out of zucchini or squash.

Zucchini Noodles - Low Carb Alternative

Ingredients:
6 zucchini
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons margarine or 3 tablespoons butter
1 garlic clove (optional)
1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Cut zucchini into noodles using a spiralizer or mandolin.
Toss noodles with 2 teaspoons salt, and place in a colander to drain for 30 minutes.
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add zucchini; cook for one minute. Drain; rinse immediately with cold water to stop cooking.
Heat margarine/butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add zucchini and garlic; cook and stir until just tender, about 5 minutes.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Healthy and exotic!


I wanted something with seafood in it and that was exotic! Great for families or large crowds!

Portuguese Paella

Ingredients:
6 skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1⁄4 teaspoon dried rosemary
3⁄4 teaspoon salt, divided
1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 link Portuguese chourico, sliced in rounds
1 cup onion, chopped
1⁄2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 1⁄2 cups uncooked arborio rice or 1 1⁄2 cups other medium grain rice
1⁄2 cup diced plum tomato
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1⁄4 teaspoon saffron thread, crushed
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups chicken broth
3⁄4 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup asparagus, cut diagonally
1⁄2 cup frozen peas, thawed

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Sprinkle chicken with rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper.
Heat oil in a large oven proof nonstick skillet or paella pan over medium-high heat.
Add chicken; cook for 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
Remove chicken from pan; cover and keep warm.
Add chourice and cook until lightly browned;.
Add onion and bell pepper; cook for 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add rice, tomato, paprika, saffron and garlic; cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
Return chicken to pan.
Add broth and 1/4 teaspoon of salt; bring to boil.
Wrap handle of pan with foil, cover pan;.
Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.
Stir in shrimp, asparagus, and peas.
Cover and bake an additional 5 minutes or until shrimp are no longer translucent.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tiny bit of deliciousness...


These baby frittatas are wonderful for breakfast, brunch, or appetizers. They can be served warm but are delicious served at room temperature.

Mini Frittatas

Ingredients:
8 large eggs
1⁄2 cup whole milk
1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces thinly sliced ham, chopped
1⁄3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spray two mini non-stick muffin tins (each with 24 cups) with nonstick spray.
Fill prepared cups almost to the tops with egg mixture.
Bake until eggs puff and are just set in center, about 8-10 minutes.
Using a rubber spatula, loosen frittatas from the cups and slide onto a platter.
Serve immediately or at room temperature.

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Let's get creative!


Do you know why I love salads so much?!? Because you can make them in so many different ways. This salad was incredible! The perfect meal for those warmer Spring and Summer months.

Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Ingredients:
1 cup cut fresh asparagus, 1 inch pieces, steamed until crisp-tender
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cups European blend salad greens
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 1⁄2 cups sliced strawberries
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cooked and sliced crosswise
salt and pepper
1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped and toasted walnuts or 1⁄4 cup pine nuts

Dressing:
5 fresh strawberries, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon sugar

Instructions:
Add lemon juice to a small bowl; dip avocado slices in lemon juice and set the avocado aside.
In a big salad bowl, add salad greens, asparagus, cucumber, avocado, 1 1/2 cup strawberries, and chicken; toss to combine.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with nuts.
For dressing: add strawberries and orange juice to a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth; pour puree into a bowl.
Add remaining dressing ingredients; stir to combine.
Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat.
Serve immediately.

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