June 30, 2011

Marinated Chicken and Veggies (on a stick)

Posted in Healthy Living, Recipes tagged , , , , at 10:28 pm by primalissa

This one will be short and sweet.  But, then again, that’s what makes this way of eating so good!

My wonderful husband has perfected an Italian marinade!  Every time we use it the meat cooks up so tender and juicy, it’s amazing!  The only bad thing about it, is that he doesn’t measure anything when he throws it all together, so it’s hard to call this one a “recipe”. 

We found some great Kalamata olive oil from Greece at our last (and only) trip to Trader Joes.  It is so robust and tangy, it’s just simply amazing!  Mixed with a small bit of white vinegar and Italian seasoning (equal parts oregano, marjoram, thyme, basil, rosemary and sage) we let the chicken and veggies soak it up for about 30 minutes before loading them onto skewers.  Nice medium heat, some turning and basting, and viola!  Here was our delicious supper! 

 

 

June 28, 2011

Breakfast Muffins

Posted in Recipes tagged , , , , , , , at 10:18 pm by primalissa

Don’t get too excited just yet. 

I haven’t yet tried making any flour type muffins.  These are egg muffins, and damn good ones if I do say so myself.  “Why thank you, self!”  We brought these on our camping trip and satisfied over a dozen hungry campers with these little babies. (So what if all the campers were family?)  These are super easy to make and great to heat and eat on the go.  Another great recipe adapted from Mark’s Daily Apple.

 

Breakfast “Muffins”
1 dozen eggs (approx. 1 egg per muffin)
1/8 cup mayo (no soy or canola oil)
Chopped veggies of your choice
Bacon or sausage, cooked and crumbled (reserve the drippings for later)
Cheese (optional)
 
Pre-heat oven to 350°
Coat your muffin tin with butter or coconut oil. 
We used butter on the first batch with just bacon and cheese, and coconut oil with the second full of veggies, bacon and cheese.
Both batches still stuck to the pan.  I’m thinking about getting some cupcake liners to try next time.
 
We chopped up the veggies by hand and using the food processor.
 
 
 
Then put that bacon grease to good use by cooking up those veggies until tender.
 
 
Whisk your eggs until well scrambled. 
 
 
Add in the mayo.  Mix well. 
The mayo adds in extra moisture.  Without it, I found them to be a bit dry.
 
Fill the muffin cups about halfway with the veggies and bacon.
We used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to scoop the eggs from the bowl to the muffin tins, filling them 3/4 full.
 
Sprinkle a bit ‘o cheese on there now if you so desire.  (We like cheese)
 
 
Pop into the preheated oven, and cook for 18-20 minutes, until the tops begin to brown.
 
 
Enjoy!
 

June 12, 2011

Viva la Taco Night!

Posted in Healthy Living, Recipes tagged , , , at 12:09 pm by primalissa

It’s amazing how you think about food when you’ve decided to change everything about the way you eat.  Like I’ve said before, sometimes it’s difficult when you remember one of your old favorites, and realize that you are never going to eat something like that again.  And sometimes you think about just how good an old favorite really is, and in the past it was a no-no, due to the flawed “Conventional Wisdom” fear of “arterycloggingsaturatedfats”. 

Taco Night is back baby!  That’s right, we’ve tweaked taco night into something we can all enjoy again.  Even our two girls, K (8) and H (4) dig into our new tacos with fervor.  We got rid of the corn shells, tortilla chips, and soft flour shells in exchange for lettuce wraps, and created our own MSG/gluten free taco seasoning that I’ve adapted from AndreAnna over at Life As A Plate

The rest of the fam had it in lettuce wraps, I had mine as a huge salad.  It was so good for dinner last night, that we had it again for brunch this beautiful Sunday morning.

We started out with 2 lbs. of local grass fed ground beef and cooked until browned.

Drain excess liquid

Add:

  • 1 1/2 tsp. Real Salt or Sea Salt
  • 4 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Top with shredded cheese, olives, tomatoes, fresh homemade salsa, and a big dollop of arterycloggingsaturatedfat sour cream.

YUMMO!

June 11, 2011

Beauty and The Beasts

Posted in Healthy Living tagged , , , , , , , at 11:47 am by primalissa

In addition to eating real food, and staying away from highly processed refined “franken-foods”, I am just as aware as what goes on my body, as what goes into it.  I am not using any lotions, soaps, or shampoos that have any dangerous chemical by-products in them. I strive to find Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Phthalate Free products. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and it absorbs everything like a giant sponge.

Some unpronouncable ingredients are in the products that we use everyday.  As I have mentioned before with food, if you can’t pronounce it, do you really need it going in your body?  Here are some of the big bad chemical cocktails that are being forced upon us by the FDA and the “beauty” industry:

Antibacterials-Triclosan, FD&C colors, 1,4-dioxane, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates-PEG, Formaldehyde-diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15, bronopol, Mercury-thimerosol(preservative), Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide-nanoparticles, Methyl/Phenyl-parabens, Hydroquinone, BHA-butylated hydroxyanisole, Phthalate (by-product of chemical compounds), Petroleum distillates-paraffin wax, petrolatum, Phenyl/benzene-diamine, Alcohol, Fragrance-no disclosure is mandatory, so who knows what’s in there…

These chemicals have been known to cause…
Cancer, Developmental/Reproductive Toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Endocrine Disruption, Organ Toxicity, and Environmental Toxicity, among many others.

…and yet our government (the FDA) allows these chemicals to be included in products that we put on our bodies.  Many of these chemicals are banned in European countries and Canada, so why not in the United States? 

So, let’s forget about shopping at department stores for expensive skin care products. Instead, head to your kitchen for naturally beautiful skin.  That’s right, food is your medicine and when it comes to skin care, these foods provide everything you need for clear, glowing skin:

Olive Oil/Coconut Oil

  

These oils are excellent nourishment for your dry skin.  Just apply a small amount (a little goes a long way) and rub into your problem areas.  I no longer use lotion, just coconut oil on my face and body.

You can also use olive oil for cleansing: simply massage a half teaspoon into your skin for a few minutes and then gently wash your face off with warm water and a clean cloth.  Pat dry, and your skin will feel so smooth, there won’t be a need for moisturizer afterward!

Be sure to get the good stuff too, make sure they are virgin, cold or expeller pressed oils.  Check your local health food store or co-op, as most major supermarkets don’t carry the good stuff.

Honey

Raw honey has antibacterial properties.  Raw honey can also be used with sugar as a gentle exfoliating scrub or alone as a mask for glowing skin.  It’s important for any honey to be raw, as the heating process kills off all of the beneficial bacteria.

Lemon Juice

Diluted lemon juice is known to be an effective toner. It may help with lightening redness and preventing breakouts by gently exfoliating the skin.  You can also use it to lighten your hair, although it is very drying, so use sparingly.

Yogurt

http://www.lifeasaplate.com/2011/03/10/homemade-thick-and-creamy-raw-milk-yogurt-tutorial/

Yogurt makes a perfect rejuvinating facial mask. It contains natural acids that gently exfoliate the skin.

Baking Soda

 

Use baking soda as an exfoliating scrub, a gentle natural toothpaste, a shampoo replacement to even out the oils in the hair, and also as a natural deodorant. 

Remember, if you can’t eat it, it shouldn’t come in contact with your skin.

For more information please visit these links:

http://www.safecosmetics.org/

http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2011sunscreen/

Some recipes to try:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/09/January/balms.html

http://allnaturalbeauty.us/hbr_mainpage.htm

http://www.mybeautyrecipes.com/