Thursday, August 27, 2015

Real Food Fridays #103 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

20 Uses for Leftover Spinach Dip

Spinach dip or even spinach/artichoke dip is very versatile as I discovered this weekend. I doubled the recipe and landed up with a mass of spinach dip. I started thinking how else I could use it outside of dipping our root vegetable chips in it.

We made some squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers to go in a salad. Instead of using salad dressing I added some of the dip to the salad which was to die for. Wish I thought to take pictures, but I was hungry and have been so busy with the magazine the thought never crossed my mind. Okay so these are the other ways I came up with that spinach dip could be used.
  1. Salad dressing
  2. Spread on a cracker and top with cucumber, olives, or whatever you fancy
  3. Use it on a baked potato
  4. Spread for sandwich, wrap, or roll
  5. Use as a sauce on top of noodles, rice, or quinoa 
  6. Use to create a layered dip
  7. Use as a sauce on flat bread to create a cool veggie pizza
  8. Add it to mashed cauliflower 
  9. Topping for potato pancakes or various fritters 
  10. Make quiche 
  11. Stuffed shells
  12. Omelet or add to scrambled eggs
  13. Soup
  14. Deviled eggs
  15. Bagel spread
  16. Burger topping
  17. Chili topping
  18. Grilled cheese
  19. Quesadila
  20. Fish dip
You might have to change the consistency by adding some milk or cream for a soup or sauce. I only used sour cream and mayonnaise so it is not as thick as if one used cream cheese. One can be totally creative when creating some of these dishes adding whatever you want to for a totally unique dish.

Do you have any other ways to use leftover spinach dip?
Have you tried any of these?

Stop by and get in on the 25 Paleo Mug Muffins e-cook book giveaway.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Real Food Fridays #102 Link Up



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Hey!!! Guess what? We have a giveaway going on right now for 25 Paleo Mug Muffins e-bbok from Heather Resler of Cook It Up Paleo. Want to join? Than click here.





DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Giveaway Paleo Mug Muffins E-Book


 It's Your Life magazine is proud to be one of the blogs offering this giveaway from Heather Resler of Cooking It Up Paleo! This is not the first e-book we have since from this teen blogger and something tells me it won't be her last.

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I've got a great giveaway today for you guys; Heather Resler of Cook It Up Paleo is writing another e-cookbook, and she want to give YOU the chance to win a pre-release copy! What's this cookbook? It's called Paleo Mug Muffins - 25 fast recipes for all your muffin cravings!
Teen blogger at Cook It Up Paleo, foodie, health nut, paleo baking enthusiast and muffin lover.

Teen blogger at Cook It Up Paleo, foodie, health nut, paleo baking enthusiast and muffin lover
What's a mug muffin, you ask? It's a single-serve, protein-packed, nutritious muffin that is baked in the microwave and only takes a couple minutes from start to finish! Heather's been obsessed with mug muffins since she first found out about them because there are
endless ways to make them!

This beautiful PDF ebook includes:
25 single-serve paleo muffin recipes
Nut-free muffins
AIP-compliant muffins Guide to ingredients 24             exclusive, cookbook-only recipes
 
Heather's absolute favorite recipe in the cookbook is the Single Lady Brownie; it's so easy to make and it yields a delicious brownie that is perfect to serve one or two people! And the texture is just like a regular brownie!

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See that soft and delicious apple muffin below? That's completely AIP protocol compliant!!
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Carrot cake, anyone? Me please!
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Heather went to great lengths to accommodate food sensitivities, too. Most of the recipes are nut-free, and a few are even egg-free! And of course everything is grain-free. Heather's favorite thing about mug muffins is that they rise really well to create muffin that is truly on par with the muffins you find at the bakery or the coffee shop. Announcing Paleo Mug Muffins - 25 fast recipes for all your muffin cravings | Cook It Up Paleo

10 ways to enjoy mug muffins:
With breakfast
For dessert
As a snack
Serve as personal-sized birthday cakes
Serve slices of the savory muffins with dinner as bread
Make a sandwich
Make croutons from the savory breads
Make french toast
With a cup of coffee
With a cup of tea
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Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below to win a pre-release copy of Paleo Mug Muffins!

This giveaway starts Monday, August 17 and closes Saturday, August 22ns at midnight EST
Giveaway is open to everyone!


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Real Food Fridays #100 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Real Food Fridays #99 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cooling Foods for Summer


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There is so much about our bodies we were never told same witht the food we eat. Certain foods actually determine the temperature of our body this is practiced in China. They know which foods to eat to bring a balance to the body along with to cool it or to generate more heat it is known as yin and yang.

Cooling foods fall into they yin catagory and help to rid toxins, cool the body, and calm the blood. Here are some symptoms that one is lacking cooling foods.
  • Body feels hot
  • Sweating
  • Thirsty
  • Constipation
  • Strong scented stools and/or gas
  • Burning sensation of the anus
  • Anxiety
  • Red eyes
  • Red face
  • Headaches
  • Emotional
  • Vivid dreams
  • Ulcers of the mouth/tongue
  • Cold sores
  • Red tongue with yellow coating
  • Rapid pulse
  • Heart burn
  • Dark urine
Even if you do not have any of these symptoms eating cooling foods during the summer months can help in dealing with the heat.

Cooling Fruits            Cooling Vegetables                 Grains, Legumes & Seeds

     Apple                                     Alfalfa sprouts                                     Barley
     Banana                                   Asparagus                                            Buckwheat
     Grapefruit                               Bamboo Shoot                                     Millet
     Kiwi                                       Bitter Melon                                        Mung bean
     Lemon                                    Celery                                                  Soy bean
    Orange                                     Chinese Radish (Daikon)                    Wheat bran
    Pear                                          Cucumber                                            Whole wheat
    Star fruit                                   Eggplant
    Strawberry                               Green leafy vegetables
    Watermelon                             Kelp                 
                                                    Lettuce
                                                    Lotus Root
                                                    Mushroom
                                                    Spinach
                                                    Swiss Chard
                                                    Tomato 
                                                    Water Chestnut
                                                    Watercress
                                                    Winter Melon         

Meat, Seafood, & Diary                  Condiments & Beverages          Spices

           Clam                                                            Chrysanthemum tea                  Cardamom
           Chicken Egg                                                Green tea                                   Cilantro
           Crab                                                             Peppermint tea                          Coriander
           Duck Egg                                                     Sesame oil                                Dill
           Rabbit                                                                                                            Fennel
          Seaweed                                               
                             
There are also neutral foods which are not cooling or warming.

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  •  Eggs
  • Coconut
  • White cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Grapes
  • Hard cheese
  • Broad beans
  • Corn on the cob
  • Brown rice

How to easily tell if a food is cooling, it grows in the ground with little sunshine is soft, wet, and cool.

While the teas listed are the most cooling all teas having a cooling effect on the body warm or cold. This would explain why tea is great when we are sick. If you look at this list all of these foods digest quickly. When we eat foods that take longer to digest our bodies uses more energy. The more energy created in the body the more heat is generated. Foods that contain fat, carbohydrates, and proteins all take more energy to digest than the foods listed above. So, while we might think ice cream is a cool and refreshing treat the cooling effect only lasts for a small period of time due to the fat content.

We have so much to learn about our bodies and every time I think I have learned more I find that there is twice as much that I haven't learned. So, stay cool this summer and try to eat foods that will aid in cooling the body.