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Freezer Meals Have NEVER Been Easier!!!

Making freezer meals has never been easier than it is with MealMakingMania.com.

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It is flexible!  Our lives are busy!  Times have changed and sometimes we don’t know until 4 pm who will be at the dinner table that night or what meeting, practice or concert we need to run off to at 7 pm.  We can still have a great meal without all of the daily hands-on preparation.  And if someone isn’t home for dinner they can easily reheat leftovers.

Give yourself the gift of More Free Time!  With meals ready in the freezer, you will have more time to work on homework (or whatever) while dinner is baking!

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The Perfect Christmas Cookie – Oats, Cranberries & White Chocolate (Oh My!)

IMG_0745Makes: 48 cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Beat butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  2. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture.
  3. Mix in white chocolate chips and cranberries.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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This is a repeat from last spring, but I couldn’t resist sharing this again!

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Makes 8 servings
Active Prep Time: 30 minutes  Refrigerate Time: 3 – 4 hours

1 9 ”  pie shell
6 limes
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 16-ounce container cool whip topping
2 drops blue food coloring
6 drops yellow food coloring

1)  Bake pie shell according to directions and set aside to cool.

2)  Zest 4 limes and juice 6 of them.  Combine zest, juice, cream cheese and condensed milk.  Mix well. Fold in cool whip topping.  Stir in food coloring.

3)  Pour into pie crust.  Refrigerate 3 – 4 hours to set.

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To Detox or Not To Detox – Guest Post from VegMenuForTheWeek.com

To Detox or Not to Detox?! – That is the Question

Guest post from VegMenuForTheWeek.com

What is the purpose of detoxifying the body? What does detoxification do for the body?

Well, www.dictionary.com states ‘to rid of poison or the effect of poison’. Essentially, a good detox purifies the blood. This is an age old practice that is used around the world to optimize health and to protect the body from disease. Traditionally the body has always naturally detoxified itself, the liver, the kidneys and the colon are all organs that play a role in the body’s filtration system. Poor diet, exposure to chemicals and unhealthy behaviours can and have damaged our ability to natural get rid of toxins in the body. This is why our bodies need a little help in this department.

 

There are many ways to detox the body. There are programs, products, food fasts, regular fasts, juice fasts, lemonade fasts and I am sure there are many more that I am not aware of. Finding a detoxification process that is best for you is less of a challenge that sticking to the program you choose. If you are going to start this process, you must be committed to completing it to feel the positive effects.

 

Here is a list of things you can do to promote natural detoxification in the body:

  • Increase      your plant based food intake
  • Increase      your intake of green foods, eating as many in their natural raw state
  • Decrease       your intake of animal based food products
  • Steer      clear of trans fats and saturated fats
  • Eliminate      as much salt intake as possible
  • Cut out      caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol
  • Remove      the white stuff from your diet (sugar, flour and rice)
  • Eat more      whole grains and high fibre foods
  • Get rid      of as many chemical based household cleansers and personal body care      products and replace them with natural and alternative products

It is no secret, that eating a healthy diet can promote natural detoxification and this includes foods that are rich in antioxidants. A few suggestions to help you move in the direction of a healthier intake of antioxidant rich foods:

  • Berries;      highest are blueberries, cranberries and blackberries
  • Nuts;      highest are pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts
  • Spices;      highest are cinnamon, cloves and oregano
  • Beans;      highest are red kidney, black and pinto
  • Leafy      greens; highest are spinach and parsley

Although many would say that all bodies will benefit from a detox, not all detox programs are best for everybody. Should you choose to go the route of a detoxification process, finding one that is right for your body should be done with care and direction of holistic professional or with direction of a nutritionist. If you decide to go it alone, do your research online and request information from the nutritional consultants many well staffed natural food stores often employ.

 

To detox, to not detox, that is a question you have to ask your body!

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Crock Pot Pork and Pineapple Teriyaki

Makes 6 servings

Active Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4-6 hours in crock pot.

“This is an amazingly easy and yummy recipe.”

4 boneless pork chops

1 bottle teriyaki sauce

1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks

1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth

4 cups cooked rice

1) Place chops in the bottom of the crock pot.

2) In a small bowl, combine crushed pineapple, brown sugar, chicken broth, and teriyaki sauce. Pour mixture over pork.

3) Cook for 4-6 hours.

4) Shred and return to crockpot.

5) Serve over rice with pineapple chunks.

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Turkey Tacos – As Heard On WROK

Makes 4 servings Start to Finish: 30 minutes

“This is on my top 10 favorite list of good eats.”

1 lb ground turkey

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin

1/2 lime – squeezed

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Pico:

3 Roma tomatoes – seeded and diced

1/2 lime -squeezed

1/4 cup diced red onions

1/2 jalapeno pepper – very finely diced

1/2 cup cilantro – chopped

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1 package taco size flour tortillas

2 avocados – sliced

1)  Brown and drain turkey.  Add seasonings and lime juice.  Stir well and remove from heat.

2)  Combine all ingredients for pico.

3)  Heat tortillas and serve turkey on tortillas with pico and avocado slices.

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Crock Pot Italian Sandwiches – As Heard On WROK

Makes 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 6 – 8 hours on low

“This meat has amazing flavor.  It’s another example of just how yummy a really simple recipe can be.  This is very much a subscriber favorite.”

  • 3 lbs beef rump roast
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 envelope dry Italian salad dressing mix
  • 1 loaf French bread – sliced to preference
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese

1)  Place roast in crock pot.

2)  In a small bowl, mix water and seasonings.  Pour over roast and cook for 6 – 8 hours on low.

3)  Prior to serving, remove beef and shred.

4)  Place beef on bread and top with mozzarella cheese.  Place under broiler for 2 minutes to melt cheese.  Top with another slice of bread.

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