Thursday, February 16, 2012

Extra! Extra! Real Food Junkie! :)

I was flattered when a local newspaper writer contacted me with questions for an article she wanted to write in (the county where I live) The Daily Herald newspaper. I happily agreed and am grateful that she thought of me.
In fact, I am excited to be working on my blog this weekend and have some fun things in store for you here.


Cute little blurb about real food. WOOT! WOOT! :)


Here's the link:

 http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/south/payson/payson-woman-gets-real-with-food/article_2b293ac3-131a-5658-8825-eea333d2a689.html

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Chill out with my Berry Cheescake Ice Cream Recipe!

         alright. i did say that i would share my new ice cream recipe.  so here it is!!! i created this one just this summer and it has been a big hit in my family!  it is amazingly DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS! (as my daughter loves to say. :). isn't it fun to be able to easily make your own ice cream? Nourishing AND tasty desserts are the best!

Introducing...




Berry Cheesecake Ice Cream

  • 16 ounces frozen, partially thawed berries or 2 cups fresh berries (blackberries and raspberries can be kind of sour-ish, blueberries and strawberries are naturally sweeter!)
  • 8 ounces whole cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups cream, preferably fresh (not ultra-pasteurized)
  • 1 cup fresh whole milk from pastured, grass-fed cow
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil (use only pure, therapeutic essential oils in your cooking:) i love the doTerra brand!
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unrefined agave or pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Sucanat (unrefined sugar
*you can also add 2 egg yolks (whites removed) for even more nourishment and deliciousness. it is optional though! :)
 here's my ingredients today:


in a large bowl, beat 8 ounces cream cheese until smooth.


then add the sucanat, lemon oil, vanilla and unrefined agave OR pure maple syrup. Beat again until smooth.


slowly add the fresh milk- 1/3 cup at a time (using measuring cup from syrup). this insures the mixture stays nice and smooth and the cream cheese won't suddenly get lumpy. if you skip this step and find that your mixture is lumpy, no worries, once frozen it's still yummy, just not creamy-smooth. ;)

now pour into your ice cream maker, with out the berries, and process about 20 minutes- if you are using a freezer-canister-type of ice cream maker like mine shown here:


if you're going to use the "ice and salt" ice cream maker like this one...


...then you're looking at an hour or so. and you might as well double or triple the recipe with the extra canister room. ;)

here is a top view of this ice cream recipe after 10 minutes...half way there!
 

After your ice cream "processes" then scoop it out into a shallow freezable container and mix in the berries of your choice. if your berries are thawed with lots of juice in the bag, dump all the juice in too!



i used fresh organic raspberries from my own yard for my recipe today. mmmm!!! raspberries have a natural  tartness. it is still really yummy, however, for this recipe, my personal favorite has been the blueberries! But seriously...with berries and cream, ya can't go wrong!


i also made another batch (for family visiting next week) with frozen blueberries, that i thawed, pictured below.

i hope you are having a GREAT Summer and that this recipe will make it even sweeter! :)
Let me know what you think this recipe!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Answers to Real Food Contest and WINNER!!!


Congratulations to Leah Adair! She is the winner of the real food contest and i will be mailing her an autographed copy of my book!  YEAH Leah! :) 

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who participated, you made the contest a HUGE success!!

We received so many emails with answers to the Real Food quiz!!! That was a lot of fun! No one got all the answers right, however there were several that were very close! so the prize goes to the one that got the most answers right! :)

Everyone did such a fantastic job guessing! i was so impressed with how well you all recognize real food. i had so much fun with this contest. You can definitely look forward to more fun contests and free give-a-ways in the near future! :)

Here are the Answers to what the Real Food Pictures are. i gave everyone credit as long as it was similar and a close answer. it didn't have to be word for word! :)


1) Long Grain Brown Rice
2) Quinoa
3) Millet
4) Raw Sunflower Seeds
5) Brown Flax Seeds
6) Raw Pumpkin Seeds
7) Rolled Oats
8) Yellow Popcorn Kernels
9) Raw Almonds (Soaked & Dehydrated)
10) Sucanat (unrefined whole cane sugar)
11) Redmond Real Sea Salt
12) Raw Shredded Coconut (dried & Unsweetened)
13) Spelt Grain
14) Kamut Grain
15) Soft White Wheat
16) Pink/Red Lentils (even though they actually are kind of orange-ish!)

Thanks again everone! And Congrats again to Leah! :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

FREE COOKBOOK GIVE-A-WAY!!!!

 i am offering a free gift for you today!  i am going to be giving someone a FREE copy of my book, The Diet Rebel's Cookbook! (Gift valued at $25!!!)

 i am having a contest is to see who will be the FIRST to identify as many of the 16 pictures below of REAL FOOD as possible! :) and email your answers to: TheDietRebel@gmail.com
 If you are following my blog (which means you're awesome) AND are the first person to email me the most correct answers for the REAL FOOD pictures below... then you WIN A FREE COPY OF The Diet Rebel's COOKBOOK!!!! it's that EASY! Simply email your answers to me at: TheDietRebel@gmail.com
i will let you know if you are the winner by via email! i will then put your free copy of The Diet Rebel's Cookbook in the mail and send it off to you at no charge...that's F-R-E-E, baby!! (gift valued at $25)!!!

Contest begins today, Monday, July 12th and goes until one of the emails i receive has all the right answers or whoever has the MOST right answers by 9:00 AM, Thursday, July 15th. i will let you know when we have a WINNER!!! :) 

Please number your answers:)  Such as:  1) red hard wheat (2) short brown rice, etc... (hint: neither of those are the answers to any of the pictures below! ;)

Here are the 16 pictures of REAL FOOD (that i just took of foods in my kitchen today) that you get to identify correctly... to win a free copy of my book! :) wahoo!

Good luck and remember- the person to email me the most right answers will be the winner...  YOU could WIN a FREE book today! :D  send contest answers to: TheDietRebel@gmail.com
Now, Let's see how well you know your real foods!! :)
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Make sure and email your answers to: TheDietRebel@gmail.com
 it's all for fun and games...and a free book, of course! :) 
i will post the correct answers as soon as i have concluded the winner... :D

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My ClaSSic SuMMer PiCniC ReCipeS!

I had a fantastic fourth of July...the whole weekend was a TREAT! i had fun watching all of my neighbors fireWORKS (my husband just laughed really hard at me, because i wrote firecrackers there before changing it. he then explained AFTER laughing at me, that firecrackers are the little things you throw. hmm. that really does give you a different picture. somehow watching my neighbors throw little pops or snaps in the street just wouldn't be the same :) and i look forward to the fireWORKS in my town this weekend. i love SUMMER!

 i have enjoyed making a TON of tasty and nourishing food for my family!  and i gotta say... i LOVE the kind of food i feed them. :D i do.  i SOOoooOo do! i love food and wholesome, delicious, homemade foods are the BEST. so why shouldn't i be incredibly proud for giving my family the BEST? After all, i am not spending more money doing it. (seriously! comparison is over a year. i save a ton by baking from scratch! and my food is HIGH quality...whooOa) i take pride in how i cook, and that i actually do cook and that i cook from scratch.  You know as well as i do, it is something a person can be proud of these days! ;)  ahhhh...it is just so REWARDING for me. especially, all the "MMM..." compliments from my daughter! 
 hey, when a kindergartner loves to eat nourishing foods... you know you're doing something right! it makes a Mommy feel GOOD. :) Which reminds me... a sweet girl recently posted a comment on my facebook wall saying, "People always tell me that it's easy to know what is healthy to eat; if it tastes good, they shouldn't eat it. Well, people just need to try the recipes in your cookbook and they'll discover eating healthy actually tastes BETTER!"... i just have to say, she isn't lying! 


This past weekend i made bison burgers with my 36 Minute Sprouted Wheat Buns, Perfect Pasta Salad, Classic Potato Salad, a delicious blueberry cream pie, and of course Fresh Lemonade, grapes and lots of amazing fresh fruit! YUM! i have already shared my hamburger bun and potato salad recipes in a previous post.  so, today, i am excited to share the other recipes with you! These recipes are classic American favorites in the warm Summer months and these more nourishing versions are soon to become family favorites of yours too! You are sure to use them over and over! :D


Perfect Pasta Salad
Makes: 20 servings / Prep time: 20 minutes

12 oz Tinky√°da organic brown rice pasta (i like using the spirals. this is the BEST tasting/texture pasta i have found. it is made with only organic brown rice...better than any OTHER. it looks like white pasta- fools anyone, BUT its NOT. hee hee. :)
6 slices bacon, cooked and cut in little pieces
1½ cups fresh green onions, sliced
½ cup grated carrots
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes (This picture didn't do it justice. it is a beautiful salad display. please note that the shredded carrots are NOT dyed cheese, like my daughter's friend asked. my cheese is a natural yellow...raw yumminess.)
1 cup chopped cucumber
¾ cup sliced olives
¼ cup fresh green peas (removed from pods) or ½ of a green pepper, chopped
¼ cup raw cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Pasta Salad Dressing (for pasta salad above)
⅔ cup Vegenaise  (i use grape seed oil kind, with purple lid)
⅓ cup plain whole yogurt
3 Tbsps. fresh lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried dill
Redmond real sea salt and pepper to taste

Boil pasta according to package instructions with 1 tablespoon Real sea salt. Drain and rinse under ice-cold water. Blot with a paper towel and transfer to a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients and the prepared pasta salad dressing. Toss gently and keep chilled.
 
 
Berry Cream Pie
Makes: 1 (9-inch) pie / Prep time: 30 minutes / Chill time: about 2 or more hours

Coconut Almond Pie Crust: (see photo below)
 ¾ cup Traditional Almonds (soaked overnight and then dehydrated until crispy)
 ¾ cup dried coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup whole dates, pitted or ¼ cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
1 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter, melted
a tiny pinch of Redmond Real sea salt

Process all ingredients in a food processor until all pieces are very tiny and crumbly, or about 2 to 3 minutes. It is important not to over process the almonds or they will turn into almond butter! Press the crumbly
mixture evenly on the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Chill for 15 minutes, or put in the freezer for a few minutes to chill faster.


Cream filling: 
8 oz. organic cream cheese, softened ( i use Organic Valley brand, because they culture theirs! wahoo!) :P
¼ cup plain whole yogurt ( i use brown cow brand with the cream on top!)
¼ cup pure maple syrup or raw agave
2 tsps. fresh lemon juice 
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

Beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Then add the yogurt and blend together until creamy. Drizzle in agave or pure maple syrup 
and add vanilla and lemon juice. Blend well. Pour into chilled piecrust. Chill or freeze for 30 minutes to an hour before applying the topping, for best results.

Berry Topping: 
2 cups (16 oz.) frozen berries, partially thawed or fresh (blackberries, blueberries,raspberries, strawberries, dark sweet cherries, or a
combination)
2–3 Tbsps. raw agave or pure maple syrup
2 Tbsps. small pearl tapioca
1/3 cup berry or grape juice

To thaw frozen berries, keep them in the bag they came in (or put them in a waterproof zip top bag) and place them in a bowl of hot water. After about 15 minutes, the berries should be partially thawed. Pour the berry or grape juice into a small saucepan, then stir in the small tapioca pearls and soak for at least 5 minutes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and the pearls have turned from white to clear, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in agave or pure maple syrup. Stir in fresh or thawed berries, and then spread the topping over the top of the chilled cream filling. Chill for at least 1 to 2 hours more before serving. Keep refrigerated. This pie may be frozen, and thawed easily, if desired.





Fresh Lemonade
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 5 medium-large organic lemons
8 cups Mineral Rich water (i LOVE water ionizers! BETTER than just a filter!! :) 
1/4-1/2 teaspoon stevia powder ( i use the NOW brand organic stevia)

Mix well and chill! Use more or less water and stevia, depending on your family's taste! :) i don't like stevia for much else, but in cold drinks it is perfect! You can also easily make raspberry or strawberry lemonade too. i just stir in a little bit of fresh berry juice with this recipe. YUMerific!

perfection... on a HOT Summer day....ahhh...!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Have YOU seen "fOOD inC."? mY fOOD fOR ThOUGHt on it...

Have you seen fOOD inc? it is a documetary-type of "movie" that has been receiving lots of popularity lately. awesome. it is basic info on what is happening in BIG BUSINESS factory-"farms". 

This movie is enlightening for the general public. These factory-farms have been going on for over a century now, although some people are indeed just learning of the disgusting and heart-breaking way that big-business animal product makers are treating and keeping their animals in. Like this photo where animals never get out and run or forage. :(

Actually i have seen so much worse than food inc, and it is horrifying!  

it is one one the HUGE reasons i am SO PICKY about where my animal products and meat come from. Like this photo below... :D
i do believe that animals are a gift to this world and all mankind. Some people choose to refuse meat and/or animal products all together because of the belief that all animals are unhealthy and factory-farmed. i believe that God planned perfectly for humans to rule over animals and all other living things on the earth, TO RULE WITH LOVE AND RESPECT FOR ALL THINGS LIVING!!!  Therein lies my issue...big time.

 i thrive on healthy, grass-fed/pasture raised eggs, RAW milk, cream, yogurt, cheese, etc. And i eat the grass-fed/pastured meats as well (sparingly). My body does really well on healthily raised and properly treated animal protein, in fact when i have experimented on vegetarian/vegan diets or cleanses- oh my, oh my. i can do that for short periods of time in hot weather, however, not for an everyday lifestyle. it just does not work for my body.  

everyone's body is different. There doesn't have to be judgement about someone's diet. different things work for different bodies. Some bodies don't do well on meat all together.
we all deserve to find what makes us FEEL strong and healthy, not just appear to be or just talk about what we think is healthy.

i learned about the disasterous factory-farming almost 8 years ago. if you haven't seen "Food Inc." or aren't yet aware of our nations big-business meat "farmers", then you deserve to go rent it today!

The film reveals some of the basics of what is happening: Basically, the CHEAP meats, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, and all animal products are not made with love...to say the least! :(

i have some really good friends that choose to be "raw foodists". i have heard comments from them that indicate they have difficulty in understanding how someone could love animals and nature or live harmoniously with them... if they eat them. 

i have been asked by them, "Michelle, how can you eat meat or animal products when you know how cruely these animals are being treated and raised? How can you support those businesses? How can you say you love animals if you buy meat and you eat them?"

(With all do respect to these friends, those are VERY good questions... keep reading and i will share MY equally fantastic answers. :)

First, i have also heard of people watching the Food Inc. movie and then making comments such as, "i saw food inc. and i cannot ever eat any meat ever again! eew!"

My response is this: i would never eat meat, milk or the products from these makers ever either! IF those were my only choices... meaning, if there were only cows swimming in their poop eating grain, who were brutally beaten...i would NOT eat or drink anything from an animal like that.  nor support those businesses! so sad.

Food Inc. reveals what big- businesses (psst...like all the meat and animal products sold at your local big grocer. uh-hmm.) are doing behind secret doors. that aren't so secret anymore. 

Can you imagine how unhealthy these eggs and chickens are (pictured below)? these chickens never get out. never run around. it breaks my heart. where do your eggs come from?  these businesses go to extremes to make sure people don't know how awful their facility is or how unhealthy their animals are.

 
 They don't want people to stop buying their animal products! After all, the less you know, the better for them. They are making big money off  people buying their cheap, unhealthy stuff. And these animals are paying the price for human ignorance.

(like the sick diseased cow that fell down and died in confinement...and they hauled it off to make cheap hamburger!) They want you to believe their products are fine because they are in the grocery store or on the menu at your local fast food joint. Everyone deserves to rethink that one. ;)

Unfortunately, as long as people keep buying these types of products and supporting the success of these types of businesses, your local grocer will keep supplying the super-crappy food demand. If consumers would stop buying the diseased animal products and demand higher standards, the stores would quickly stock the new demand...to get your money. :)

They want to make money. it's that simple. they don't really care about your health or our families. They will sell whatever people will buy.

We could have every store filled with high quality, organic foods and products- if that is all consumers would buy. In fact all the high quality organic food would then cost about half-as much too! that's what i'm talking about!

why do we have some of the MOST unhealthy people and animals in our country?  umm, mystery solved.  people in general are misplacing their trust in bad food sources. We cannot let big businesses, that want to make money at the cost of our health, tell us what is okay to eat and think. That would be pretty crazy eh?

 We all deserve to make informed decisions about our food supply, health and medicine.


My final food for thought on Food Inc:
Buy only pasture raised, grass-eating, happy-sunshine-loving fresh raw milk and animal products and meats. not poor animals that were fed growth hormones like this unfortunate chicken! (same chicken 20 days later) yikes! (ticks me off...)
 i personally visit the farms first. they have to be extremely beautiful, clean, and have healthy animals ON PASTURE. i always make sure i know where and how the animals are raised, how they are treated, before i buy from that farmer or health-conscious store.

So, to all i say... YES it is possible to LOVE, respect, honor and BE GRATEFUL for animals and still be one that eats meat. 

The places i support are not at all like the ones featured in food inc. i support small farmers that have integrity and respect for animals.
My final note on the matter: animals deserve to live in a happy, healthy, harmonious environment- outside on grass. 

 i do believe, very strongly, that a chicken, cow or what have you, is fullfilling the measure of it's creation by ending up on my plate. (after a long, happy and healthy life). Animals are created for man to use (yes, eat).

i feel great love and appreciation for the animal that lived and then died so that i could benefit from it. i feel that way about fruits and vegetables too. They really are created by God for us. We all need to treat them the way God has entrusted us to. to have dominion over them- with great LOVE and appreciation.

i feel like i need to say amen now or something. :)
 we'll it is my blog. and i had to say it. all of it. because i love it... all. :)