Thursday, May 31, 2012

Seven Days in Utopia

When my husband is out of town I find myself staying up later than I normally would and eating too much popcorn (though, I've discovered that coconut oil is a great butter replacement).  One night I turned on Netflix instant watch (okay, every night he was gone) and found a movie that sounded good called, Seven Days in Utopia.  I am fairly strict when it comes to what I watch, meaning I try to find shows that don't include swearing, sexual inuendo, and too much violence.  With these guidelines it can be hard to find anything to watch nowadays.  This movie met my guidelines.  If you like feel good, inspiring, sports-related movies, with just a touch of romance, this one is for you.  This is about a just turned pro-golfer who, after an embarrassing pro-debut, finds himself and his game in a town called Utopia.  

Let me know what you think and feel free to leave a review of your own in the comments section.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Green Smoothie

My Green Smoothie
Below is my tried and true, very basic green smoothie recipe that always tastes good. It has only a few ingredients and makes just the right amount (32oz). The beauty of this recipe is that you can use it as a template to create your own perfect smoothie. Try adding different ingredients as well (carrots, avocado, celery, flax seed oil, wheat germ, flax seed, chia seed, etc...).  You can also try adding more greens and less fruit.  The more greens the better!

My Green Smoothie

12 ounces cold water
3 cups greens (2 spincah, 1 kale, or whatever you like)
1/2 banana
1/8 lemon peel 
1 pear or apple, quartered
1 cup frozen mixed berries (or any other frozen fruit you like)

In a high-powered blender first add the water.  Next add the greens, banana, lemon peel and pear or apple.  Mix these ingredients briefly.  Lastly add the frozen berries.  Blend on high until consistency is smooth.  Makes 32 ounces.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Dinner Diary: Week 1

My goal is to share what I eat for dinner every day.  This dinner diary has a few purposes. One, it's a fun way to journal about my day as there are always events surrounding dinner and what goes into making it.  Two, it helps me try to make healthier choices since I will be sharing what I am eating with you. Three, it shows that dinner is not always an extravagant meal and sometimes my choices aren't perfect.  Four, I hope you will get ideas on what to serve your families for dinner.  So here's is my first post of my dinner diary:

Monday, May 21, 2012:
My bro-in-law celebrated his birthday today with a surprise potluck get together put together by my sister.  I used to always enjoy potlucks with all the chips, cookies, meatballs, etc...that they usually entail.  Times have changed over the last year and a half or so.  Now I bring something that I can eat knowing that might be all I eat.  Today I made a yummy pecan-cranberry quinoa salad that is from Robyn Openshaw's, "12 Steps to Whole Foods" book.  I also thought ahead a little and brought a portion of Costco's Spring Mix salad with some cut up tomatoes and cucumber.  I used the avocado salad dressing, again from the 12 Steps book.  At the potluck, I ate 1 BBQ chip off the plate of my sister-in-law (I used to eat practically the whole bag and good thing when I went to get some later the bag was empty).  I also had some of the pulled chicken with BBQ sauce that I dipped with tortilla chips.  I almost took a super sweet cupcake my sister made for the birthday boy, but exercised some will power to resist.  Instead, for my treat, I ate some of the candy popcorn (made with coconut oil, shredded coconut, nuts, and agave) I brought that was leftover from a previous potluck I helped host over the weekend.  Overall I was pretty pleased with my food choices.

Pecan-Cranberry Quinoa

Tuesday, May 22, 2012:
Whenever my husband goes out of town dinner becomes whatever is leftover in the fridge.  This time is no different.  My boy and I did some shopping in the evening and didn't get home until 7pm.  This was actually good for my boy because he seems to eat better when we eat later.  I made my famous corn tortilla quesadillas.  I fried them in coconut oil and placed some shredded cheese on them to melt.  Usually I stop there for my boy, but this time I added some canned white beans that were left over from  a recipe I tried in the morning.  For me, I added some chopped tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and Frank's Original Hot Sauce.  I also had some of the same salad I ate on Monday.  I was quite pleased because my boy ate 2 whole corn tortillas with the beans.  On the second round he saw the beans sticking out and almost refused to eat more, but after taking a couple of the beans off he plowed through it.  This is always exciting for me to see my boy eat something else besides oatmeal and bread.  I enjoyed my meal as well.  After putting my boy to bed I dished up some Breyer's vanilla ice cream (hey, it at least has real ingredients unlike other brands out there) and watched a PBS show on Hulu about organic farming and what not.  

Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

Wednesday, May 23, 2012:

A busy night indeed means my little boy was given leftover oatmeal to eat at our friends who so kindly watched him while I went to my church's youth group activity.  After arriving home and putting my boy to bed I tried to figure out what to eat.  I came up with something quite tasty, healthy, and easy.  What shall I call it?  How about, whole wheat hummus and veggie tortilla with avocado sauce.  I was pretty pleased that I ate something so good for me so late at night, though I have to admit I probably (no, really) ate 3 bowl fulls of Honey Bunches of oats throughout the day. But they are gone now so that won't be a temptation anymore.  We only had them in the house because we buy favorite cereals for our local family members' birthdays.  And why did I eat my dad's birthday cereal?  Okay, it was my husband's fault...sort of.  I have fallen behind on making my granola for breakfast and he needed something to eat.  Thus, the birthday gift theft.  Don't worry I will be getting my dad his cereal.  It's not needed until November anyway, I was just ultra prepared.  Maybe being keeping cereals, I am not eating, in the house for that long is not such a good idea after all.

Whole Wheat Hummus and Veggie Tortilla

Thursday, May 24, 2012
After spending a beautiful late afternoon at the beach (super fun since we ran into a friend  from church and her boys so we both had playmates) me and my boy came home and video chatted with the hubby.  Again, it was super late by the time we were done, so what to do about dinner?  Corn tortillas once again.  Hey, who says you can't eat the same thing over and over again.  My boy gobbled up his corn tortilla with cheese and the hummus mentioned earlier in the week, that I actually I made by mistake (story some other time).  I had one with cheese, tomato, cilantro, and hot sauce.  One is definitely not enough so I warmed a whole wheat tortilla like last night.  I put cheese, hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, and hot sauce this time.  

Friday, May 25, 2012
My husband returned this evening.  I had planned to make pizza, but then remembered our tradition that when he goes out of town he gets to take the family out to eat upon his return.  It's a good tradition.  Tonight we tried a local restaurant we've never been too called, Amy's on the Bay.  We really enjoyed the food and the outdoor seating with a view of the bay. When ordering I was asked what sides I wanted.  My hubby was just smiling as I am listening to the side dish options because, though it takes me a minute to decide, he already knows what I am going to choose.  I got the Artisan blend salad with honey mustard dressing to start and the main course of Copper River Salmon and roasted red potatoes, all of which was delicious.  So though I don't love it when my husband goes out of town, it sure is fun to look forward to going out to eat upon his return.

Saturday, May 26, 2012
While my husband was slaving away in our yard mowing, and cutting, and chopping down weeds and brush in the late afternoon I decided I ought to at least make dinner for him.  I made my go-to meal of brown rice with stir fry vegetables.  The vegetables are usually just what I have on hand.  This time it was shredded carrots, sliced celery and red onions, and canned tidbit style pineapples.  I seasoned it with minced garlic, a little pineapple juice, and Bragg's Liquid Aminos.  This meal is fairly quick, easy and healthy.  We eat this a lot.

Brown Rice and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Sunday, May 27, 2012
I usually like to have simple meals on Sunday, like whole wheat pancakes and what not.  We had friends from church coming over to share dinner, but after looking in the fridge I realized we didn't have any eggs.  Though I'm pretty sure there are pancake recipes out there that don't use eggs I didn't have one and didn't want to search to find one.  Instead, I decided to make our homemade pizza.  It does require some work, but it's oh so yummy. Our pizza dough is made from hard white wheat flour.  It's good, but I keep wanting to make it even better.  We really love gourmet pizza around here I want mine to be amazing! We had variations of the following toppings; mushrooms, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pineapple, peppers, and of course, mozzarella cheese, and homemade pizza sauce.  We also enjoyed salad with it and homemade ice cream for dessert.  I really enjoy making good food to share with friends, especially when they like what I make, or at least pretend to.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day: Thank You

My family had the blessing to spend some time in the Washington D.C. area.  While there we saw many historical places and were often reminded of the sacrifice of so many who have fought for and protected our country.  I am truly grateful.

Korean War Memorial
"Freedom is Not Free"

Arlington National Cemetery


Site of the Gettysburg Addresss

Mt. Vernon, George Washington's Estate
Revolutionary War Reenactment Soldiers

Vietnam Memorial

Death Place of Abraham Lincoln

World War II Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Lord is at the Helm

The Lord is at the Helm

Given March 11, 2012 in my church's Sacrament meeting

I was asked to share a message based on the analogy, “The Lord is at the Helm.”  

Being among experienced sailors and those who work on various types of boats for a living I thought I would start my talk discussing everything I know about boats, specifically submarines.  And everything I know I learned from my husband in a just a few minutes.  So this shouldn’t take too long.

I looked up the word helm just to be sure I got the definition right and found that, yes, the helm is a ship’s steering mechanism.  I also found that the phrase “at the helm” is used to mean “in control.”  

On a submarine the captain is the one in charge.  He is “at the helm” in an overall sense, as he is the one in control, but he isn’t the one who physically steers the boat.  There are those with authority under him as well and they don’t even physically steer the boat.  So who holds that vital position?  Who has been given that much control as to steer where the boat is headed?  I learned that the position is held by the most junior sailor probably straight out of boot camp.  Why is this?  This is because all he has to do is follow simple instructions and orders from those in charge.  All he has to do is trust that what he is being told to do by those who are in authority is right and is for the good of the mission and then do it.  The captain is at the helm of the submarine as he holds supreme control, but the junior sailor plays the vital role of physically steering the subs course and affecting the success of the whole mission.

Can this not be paralleled to our lives?  The Lord is our captain.  He is at the helm in an overall sense, but He isn’t physically steering our every move.  He even has those in authority under Him on the earth in the form of Apostles and Prophets, but they don’t physically steer our course either.  So who does hold that vital position?  Who has been given that much control as to steer where our life is headed?  That’s right I steer my life and you steer yours.  We are junior sailors on this submarine called life.  Why is this?  This is because all we have to do is show that we can follow simple instructions and orders from those in charge.  All we have to do is learn to trust that what we are being told to do by those who are in authority is right and is for the good of our mission here on the earth and then do it.  The Lord is at the helm in our lives, but we play the vital role of physically steering our course and affecting the success of our mission here on the earth.  

Of course, this is easier said than done at times.  

Just like a sailor needs to learn to trust his captain and those he has given authority, we too need to learn to trust the Lord as well as the Apostles and Prophets who He has given authority.  So how do we do learn to trust the Lord?

In his talk, titled To be Healed, Elder Richard G. Scott (April 1994 General Conference) gives a few good ways we can learn to trust the Lord. He says, “Your access to the Savior’s help comes in different ways. The most direct and often the most powerful way is through humble, trusting prayers to your Father in Heaven, which are answered through the Holy Ghost to your spirit. Yet this help is sometimes difficult to initiate and hard to recognize when you are learning how to pray with faith. If so, begin elsewhere. Trust someone near to you; then as you learn, that trust will extend to God and His healing. Begin with a friend or bishop who understands the teachings of the Savior. Often they have personally obtained healing through application of truth with faith in the Redeemer. They can show you how. Or start by reading, pondering, and applying the teachings of the scriptures. They are a very powerful source of assistance.

I know that as I use the power of prayer, look to the example of others who trust the Lord, and take advantage of the scriptures my trust in the Lord has, and continues to increase.  These are applications that can and must be used time and time again throughout our lives.  

I would now like to make a few more parallels between a submarine and our lives and make the point that through these parallels we can remember that the Lord is at the helm.  They are...

1) we don’t always see where we are going.
2) we don’t always want to continue in our current position, situation, or circumstance.
3) we don’t always understand the impact of our choices or challenges.

1) we don’t always see where we are going.

On a submarine when you are under the water you don’t see the light of day.  You may not know where you are in the world or where you are going.  You may not even know what is the purpose of your mission.

Sometimes we may find ourselves in those same conditions.  We may feel that we are surrounded by darkness and don’t know where we are going or what is our purpose in life.  

VIRGINIA U. JENSEN, a former First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency gave a talk titled, Lead, Kindly Light. She says, “Throughout the scriptures, and indeed in the writings of thoughtful Christians through the centuries, we find examples of how Christ’s message of light and salvation can spiritually and physically sustain us. As a young priest traveling in Italy in 1833, Englishman John Henry Newman encountered emotional and physical darkness when illness detained him there for several weeks. He became deeply discouraged, and a nurse who saw his tears asked what troubled him. All he could reply was that he was sure God had work for him to do in England. Aching to return home, he finally found passage on a small boat.
Not long after the ship set sail, thick fog descended and obscured the hazardous cliffs surrounding them. Trapped for a week in the damp, gray darkness, the ship unable to travel forward or back, Newman pled for his Savior’s help as he penned the words we now know as the hymn “Lead, Kindly Light.”
Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom; …
The night is dark, and I am far from home; …
Keep thou my feet; …
one step enough for me.
This hymn echoes a truth our hearts confirm: though trials may extinguish other sources of light, Christ will illuminate our path, “keep our feet,” and show us the way home. For as the Savior has promised, “he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness” (John 8:12).

When I have felt unsure of where I was going in life I have found that the Lord truly gives light and understanding if I allow Him.

2) we don’t always want to continue in our current position, situation, or circumstance.

I imagine that the junior sailor steering the boat at some point might get bored or tired of his job.  At first it may be exciting, but there may come a point where he thinks he’s got it down and can take on something else.  Maybe he doesn’t think it’s all that important.  

Might we get this attitude sometimes in life.  Maybe we get tired of our situation or think that what we are doing is not all that important?  

Alma, the son of the Alma, recognized this attitude in himself, even though what he was desiring was quite righteous.  He cries, “O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!”  But then he stops himself and says, “But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me. For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true.” (Alma 29:1-3)

This scripture helped me understand that I need to be content with whatever situation, position, or circumstance the Lord places me in and to take the opportunity to learn and grow as much as possible because the Lord knows best and knows what I need and where I can do the greatest good.

Elder Scott adds some more insight to this topic from the talk already quoted.  He says, “Recognize that some challenges in life will not be resolved here on earth. Paul pled thrice that “a thorn in the flesh” be removed. The Lord simply answered, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” He gave Paul strength to compensate so he could live a most meaningful life. He wants you to learn how to be cured when that is His will and how to obtain strength to live with your challenge when He intends it to be an instrument for growth. In either case the Redeemer will support you”

3) we don’t always understand the impact of our choices and challenges.

On a submarine the sailors may not realize what their mission is.  They may not realize the effect that steering in a certain course or gathering certain data and information or activating a missile or torpedo may have on their lives and the lives of others.

It is the same in our lives.  We may not realize the impact our choices and even challenges we face may have on our lives or others.  This is a concept I have been contemplating for some time and am coming to embrace as true doctrine.  It has given me much hope and helps me see my challenges in a different light.

The story of Abinadi and King Noah is a great example of this concept.  Abinadi was told to cry repentance unto the wicked King Noah and his priests.  He did as he was told and suffered greatly.  The scriptures say that as he finished his preaching “there was one among them whose name was Alma, he also being a descendant of Nephi. And he was a young man, and he believed the words which Abinadi had spoken.”  (Mosiah 17:2).  We then learn that Alma fled for his life because he believed Abinadi and then Abinadi was scourged by fire unto death.  We know the profound effect Abinadi’s words had on Alma and the subsequent good that resulted, but I imagine Abinadi was not privy to that information before his death.  Abinadi just went about doing as he was told despite how hard it must have been.  He only could trust that the Lord was at the helm.

On a personal note, many of you know that my husband and I have had challenges in regards to bearing children.   But through this challenge I have a come to see how the Lord is at the helm in our lives.  There are many lessons I have learned and many blessings that have come, but I will relate just one example.  After deciding to start our family through adoption we filled out the necessary paperwork and were accepted as adoptive parent applicants.  A few months later we received a phone call in the early evening that there was a mother who wanted to place her one month old baby boy for adoption.  We were told the placement was not for sure, but if we were willing to accept the situation we could come to the office the next morning and meet the mother and take the baby home.  We accepted and we brought the baby boy into our home and family. We called him Benjamin.  We loved him for the month that he was our little boy, and still do, but he is now being cared for by his loving mother.  There was, and still is at times, sadness and heartache for the loss, but somehow we were blessed with great peace and trust that the Lord was in control.  A few months later we received another phone call from our case worker.  Another mother was going to give birth to a little boy in a few months and she had chosen us to be his parents.  And you all know the end of that story.  We were blessed to become the parents of our little boy, Zac.  What I would like to point out is that I truly believed that it was because of our experience with Benjamin that Zac had come into our lives.  In fact, just recently our amazing birth mother related part of the reason she chose us to be the parents to her boy.  She said that she was told about me and Rick and how we handled the situation with Benjamin and his mother and that that was a big determining factor in why she chose us to be Zac’s parents.  Truly our choices and challenges have a great impact on us and the lives of others.  Truly, the Lord is at the helm.  

I would like to end with a quote from Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley while he was the First Counselor in the First Presidency.  This is from the April 1994 General Conference in his talk titled, “God is at the Helm.”  He says, “God is at the helm. Never doubt it. When we are confronted with opposition, He will open the way when there appears to be no way. Our individual efforts may be humble and appear somewhat insignificant. But the accumulated good works of all, laboring together with a common purpose, will bring to pass great and wondrous accomplishments. The world will be a better place for our united service. Our people will be a happy people, a blessed people, a people whose shepherd is our Lord, leading us through pastures green and peaceful, if we will walk after His pattern and in His light.

I know that the Lord is our light and is at the helm in our lives.  As we learn to trust Him, He will help us know where we are going, to be content with our situations, positions, or circumstances in life, and will help us see that our choices and challenges are known by the Lord and can bless our lives and the lives of others.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Power of Play

My boy chasing the pigeons all over the waterfront in Baltimore

 Children are great teachers at a good many things one of them being the power of play.  Not only is playing a great way to move the body it does something good for the mind and soul.  Take some time to watch a child and how they play.  Better yet, take some time to play with a child.  You might find yourself moving, twisting, and turning a lot more than you expected.  You might find that you get tired before the child, especially if you're not used to that kind of activity.  You might find that the child is smiling and laughing.  And you might find yourself smiling and laughing.  Ready, set, PLAY!

Our amazing housekeeper at the Alexandria Residence Inn,
who befriend our boy, having a pillow fight
Daddy showing our boy how to rock climb

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bearing One Another's Burdens

In Sunday School in church we are studying the Book of Mormon. One of the topics for this week asked the question on how we can bear one another's burdens that they may be light. I am trying to be more thoughtful in my study of the Gospel so I am writing down answers to the questions in the lessons. Here are my thoughts:

This is a good can I help to actually bear the burden of another?  Are there ways I can take part or all of someone else’s burden so they don’t have to bear it?  My thoughts turn to helping mothers as that is my role and responsibility right now.  As I am pondering this thought I am realizing that there are burdens I can take on for another mother because someone has done that for me.  The first year of my son’s life was wonderful, but it was also quite challenging with a lot of adjustments.  My husband was out of town a lot for work and when he was in town he was working long hours.  Being a new mom, I felt like I just couldn’t keep up.  On one of the nights that my husband was out of town, like many other nights, it was getting late in the evening and I hadn’t eaten dinner and didn’t have plans on what to eat.  I received a phone call from a friend, who was also my visiting teacher, asking if I wanted to come over to eat.  It was past normal dinner time hours so she had questioned whether or not to call thinking I had probably already eaten.  Thankfully she followed her prompting and I was able to enjoy much needed company and much needed food.  Oh, that spaghetti was delicious.  She fed my body and she fed my spirit that night.  She literally took on that physical burden of making dinner for me so it was one less worry for me.  She also took on the burden of my loneliness while my husband was away and truly made it light.  This is one small example, but it really is the small things that make a big difference.  

Galatians 6:2: Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Mosiah 18:8: And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another's burdens, that they may be light;

The Beginning of My Health Revolution

I have to attribute my new adventure in life first to my sister-in-law, Sabrina, who introduced me to "Green Smoothies" and next to the one who introduced green smoothies to her, Green Smoothie Girl.  Sabrina came to visit and made up a batch of green smoothie.  I took a sip and liked it.  That's how this all started.  Taking a sip and liking a smoothie filled with spinach, fruit and whatever else she put in it was pretty big for me.  Though over the years I have become less picky, I have, for most of my life, been fairly anti-vegetable.  I should clarify, I have been anti-cooked vegetables.  But overall, if I was to be honest, I haven't been good at eating vegetables and even fruits.   Finding a way to eat my spinach and get more fruits in my body was a miracle.  So for about a month I made smoothies in my Ninja (gift from my amazing in-laws).  My first smoothie I'm embarrassed to admit, actually I think it's pretty funny, was made with a scoop of ice cream.  I was so worried I wouldn't like it and then would give up on drinking them.  Then Green Smoothie Girl came to town.  We made it a girls night out with my mom and one of my sisters and drove to Marlene's to listen to her speak.  I was changed.  From then on I have been making fairly significant changes in my health and overall well-being.  It's been hard as I have tried to do too many things at once, but I feel so good about what I am learning and trying to incorporate into my life and the life of my family.  It's not perfect, it's a huge learning curve, and it takes time, but I truly believe it is completely worth my efforts.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Be Available

The other day I was listening to the talk radio station while driving in the car.  A guy quoted a mom who was giving advice on being a mother.  She said, "you don't have to be perfect, you just have to be available."  I am of the frame of mind that being a mother is the single most important job in the whole world.  This places a lot of pressure and responsibility on me and other mother's.  As I have just over 2 year's experience now of being the mother of my little boy I am the first to realize that I am not perfect.  With that knowledge I need to focus on the second part of the advice, to be available.

Being available will translate differently for everyone and it will change as we change and as our children change.  As the mother of a 2 year old boy being available means giving comfort when he comes in from outside crying because he scratched himself.  With a little reassurance from me that he's okay he's quickly ready to play outside again.  Sometimes it means reading the same book a few times over until he's ready to move on to something else.  Sometimes it means stopping to pray when he's upset instead of me getting upset too.  Other times it means letting him "help" me do housework or make a meal when  I could get it done much faster by myself.  Singing an extra song at nap or bedtime may be all he needs to sleep soundly too.  I could go on and on and maybe I should just to remind myself that all of the instances described are usually more important than anything else.

I recognize that my boy will grow and may not need me in the same way as he did when he was two, but he will need me in different ways.  The key is to remind myself over and over that I am blessed with the sacred and holy calling of being a mother and to regularly ask myself how I am doing at being available to the needs of my child.  I am grateful to have amazing examples before me from my mom, mom-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, friends, and others of what it means to be available.

Remember all you moms out there, and this includes basically every woman out there who has an influence on children, that being a mom is noble, holy, wonderful, hard, but oh so rewarding.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lemon-Lime Dressing

Lemon-Lime Dressing
From 12 Steps to Whole Foods by Robyn Openshaw

½ C honey (raw)
¾ C fresh lemon juice
¼ C fresh lime juice
C Bragg Liquid Aminos
1" fresh ginger root, peeled and diced (about ¼ tsp)
4 cloves garlic (2 tsp minced)
C extra virgin olive oil
¼ C flaxseed oil

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender on high speed until ginger is puréed.

Poppy Seed Dressing (Cabbage Salad Dressing)

Cabbage Salad Dressing
From 12 Steps to Whole Foods by Robyn Openshaw, p.61

1 C extra virgin olive oil
½ C raw honey (raw)
⅜ C apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard
½ white onion, chopped
pinch sea salt
2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
optional: 2 Tbsp. alfalfa sprouts

Blend all ingredients except poppy seeds well in a high-powered blender. Add poppy seeds and pulse just to

Tuna Pasta

Whole Wheat Spaghetti (or other noodle)
Tomato Sauce
Sea Salt
Italian Seasoning
Canned Tuna

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Heat a can of tomato sauce in a sauce pan.  Add a little salt, Italian seasoning, and a can of tuna all according to taste.  Add sauce to noodles and enjoy with a big green salad.

Coconut Key Lime Pie

Coconut Key Lime Pie
Adapted from GSG Readers’ Favorite Healthy Recipes - Vol. 2, p. 136.

1 cup raw walnuts or pecans
1 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
¼ tsp sea salt
6 Medjool dates, pitted

Process all together and press into pie plate reserving a ¼ cup crumbs to sprinkle on top of filling.

¾ cup fresh lime juice
½-3/4 cup raw agave
¼ tsp sea salt
1 ¾ -2 cup mashed avocado (2 large Haas avocados)
½ cup melted coconut oil

Process all ingredients together and mix until smooth.  Pour into crust and sprinkle with reserved crust crumbs.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Keeps well in the fridge for 5-6 days.

Coconut Key Lime Pie

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

Fresh Kale
Oil (flax seed or extra-virgin olive oil)
Sea Salt

Put a couple handfuls of kale in a large bowl.  Pour in desired amount of oil and sprinkle desired amount of salt over the kale.  Mix together until evenly coated.  Transfer the kale to a baking sheet and spread evenly.  Broil on high for about 7 minutes or until kale reaches desired crispiness.