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Making Peace with Doing Dishes!

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 1:25 PM

I admit it ... I hate to empty the dishwasher! I'm not sure why. I just do!



I read an article online about someone who wanted to eat healthier but grumbled that eating real food makes a lot more dishes to wash. Well ... that is true. Eating real food takes effort. You have to think about it, you have to plan, and you have to clean up the kitchen after you are finished. BUT, none of those are reasons to NOT get healthy.


It's not that I mind cleaning up the dirty dishes, it's putting away the clean dishes that causes me to groan and go limp!


Today as I finished eating the delicious fresh vegetables from the garden that required a sauté pan, a spatula, two knives, a cutting board, a strainer to keep the pits out of the fresh squeeze of lemon, and the container where I had prepped the kale and green beans the night before, I finally decided to make peace with the dirty dishes! That food was delicious, nutritious, and my body feels good when I eat like that. I have more energy, my mind is clearer, I poop better, I sleep better, my mood is better, and my body hurts less when I eat clean. Eating real food matters.


So today I invite everyone to choose health. I love the quote on my SERVICE MENU page that says:


"People are fed by the Food Industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the Health Industry, which pays no attention to food."

—Wendell Berry


So ... keep it simple, keep it real, and keep it healthy! Your body will love you for it. The incentive is your health. Seriously ... love yourself enough so that you decide to do it for your health.


Eat in peace, crank up your favorite tunes and dance happily as you clean up your kitchen!


Summer Breakfast

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Summer Breakfast - Vegetable Frittata with Simple Side Salad and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Dairy-free, gluten-free


Learning to combine complimentary flavors without using a recipe is my key to healthy eating. It's easy to go to the garden or farmers market and use what is fresh as my inspiration. For this breakfast the ingredients I had on hand were:


SIMPLE SIDE SALAD

Organic Arugula

Organic Nectarines

Organic Grape Tomatoes

Balsamic Vinaigrette (homemade, recipe below)


YES! The nectarines tasted wonderful with the tomatoes! I tried this combination on a whim and because the nectarines were fresh, sweet and perfectly ripe they paired very well with the rest of the ingredients.


FRITTATA

Organic Eggs

Organic Shallots

Organic Mixed Spicy Greens

Whole Artichoke Hearts in Water

Organic Coconut Oil


In a small size bowl, using a whisk, blend together egg (and optional Parmesan, feta, goat cheese or cheddar cheese), pepper, and salt. In a seasoned iron skillet—my preference—over medium heat, melt enough coconut oil to cover bottom of pan but not float extra oil. Add vegetables (and meat if using) and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour egg mixture into pan and stir with rubber spatula.


Some chefs say to cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the egg mixture has set on the bottom and begins to set up on top. HOWEVER, I do not find this necessary. I cover the vegetables evenly with eggs and place directly into the oven. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or fresh basil or your favorite dried herb mixture.


Bake at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned and fluffy. Remove pan from oven and serve immediately with a side salad and fresh fruit.


BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon honey (raw and local is best)

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 garlic clove, minced (I use a Microplane to finely grate garlic)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I use Maldon Sea Salt Flakes because it is delicious!)

freshly ground pepper, to taste

1/2 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 shallot, finely chopped

4 to 5 shakes of Bragg's 24 Seasoning


Directions:

Mix ingredients together in a small jar. Cover and shake well. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.


Store in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days. Since olive oil congeals when cold, be sure to take dressing out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before you need it and shake before using. I often place the jar in a cup of hot water to speed the process.