Tips

BREAD CUBES & CRUMBS

. Healthy whole-grain bread crumbs are often hard to find as they can have hydrogenated oils, high fructuse corn syrup, and other undesirable ingredients in them. It is very easy to make your own and you can leave them plain or cube them for croutons and season them any way you desire. I really like
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TIPS FOR AVOIDING A SOGGY BOTTOM PIE CRUST

Bake the pie on a lower rack. Preheat a cookie sheet on the rack to be used & place your pies on that for baking, letting it heat up along with the oven. If your pie does not require a top crust, you can bake it blind for 8-10 minutes at 350 before adding your
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MEASURING MATTERS

This may seem simplistic, but how you measure can make a world of difference in a recipe. Take baking for example. If the flour is packed into the measuring cup, it can make the result heavy or dense or even less tender…….a variation in a liquid measure can also do the same. These suggestions are
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HYDRATING SOY CURLS

. . Soy curls are a single ingredient food made from the whole soy beans. Healthy and very versatile. They have wonderful texture making them different from tofu. Like tofu you can season them any way you choose with a beef flavor, chicken flavor, etc. You can make them into a ground meat substitute by
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MUSHROOM POWDER

. You can easily make your own mushroom powder from a bag of dried Shitake mushrooms. These usually are available in the Asian section of a store. Just add them to your blender and blend until they are nicely powdered. Store in a spice container (a clean used one works great).
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COOKING BROWN RICE

. Rice is such a great staple and can be used in and with so many recipes.  You may have a rice cooker, but for those who do not, here are some tips for cooking up this delicious grain.  Our favorite whole grain is Basmati brown rice with its aromatic flavor.  When you enter the
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ROASTING ALMONDS

Quick and easy! I roast them regularly for making almond butter. With the homemade nut butter it works best and gets the creamiest with roasted nuts — not a dark roast, just enough to bring out the flavor. Once they are ready you have to hide them or they won’t last long enough to get
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QUICK SOAK for BEANS

There are several reasons people still prefer to soak their beans even when they own an instant pot. Some people who don’t tolerate beans as easily as others find it makes them more digestible. Without presoaking the beans, the skins can often be chewier creating a less enjoyable a mouth feel! Whatever your reason, if
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FREEZING BANANAS

It is a simple thing to freeze bananas, and there are so many ways they can be used!  I just love their versatility!  I’ll share a few tips that you might already know, or greatly benefit from. 1.  The bananas should be covered with spots, but not brown!  Unlike what many people may say, “the
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PLANNING

Whether it is a whole food’s meal on a plate or a blended meal on the run, Know what you need for a meal and be prepared. Be purposeful, not reactive! Check out “Keys to Healthier Meals” to see what to incorporate into your meals for maximum nutrition. The following 3 steps have made my
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THE BLESSING OF FREEZING FOOD

Healthy Fast Food One of the best ways to stay on track with eating healthy is to be prepared. A freezer, whether small or large, is a great asset with this process. Here are a few suggestions for fast food from the freezer. We have always had a freezer from the start of our marriage
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KEYS TO HEALTHIER MEALS

Are you a junk food vegan/vegetarian? Are chips, French fries, sodas, and fast foods full of fat, sugar and refined flours part of your diet?  Every bite we put in our mouths is an opportunity to enhance longevity and brain health; mitigate chronic pain; and avoid or effect remission from the lifestyle diseases that kill
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Quotes

PLANTS AS FOOD

“Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating
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