Let the Food Adventures Begin!

So, I’m back after a long hiatus. My Master’s is done, I’m all “gradumutated,” and perhaps there will be a little more free time in my life now. (Hah.) I’ve decided for the New Year to have an adventure with food. My goal is to try a new recipe nearly every day of the year. Some of that I will be chronicling here. I’m especially interested in finding easy to prepare foods (especially those that families with young children could safely prepare together) and meals that bring nutrition, health, and healing (by the time spent together in the kitchen). But then again, I also just want some fun foods to make.

And so for today, I tried a for-kids-to-make recipe from a book I’ve had on my shelf that I bought at a thrift store years ago: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking with Kids. There was a fun and simple little “Oriental soup” recipe that I sampled. I worked it into something that is quick, easy, and variable on the seasonings. But the base idea came from that fun cookbook, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cooking with Kids, by Joan Cirillo. What follows is my own little variation.

Mock Oriental Egg Drop Soup

  • 3 – 14 oz. cans chicken broth (I used Swanson’s 100% fat free/no msg added/33% less sodium)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pkg ramen noodles
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • Celery flakes (to taste)
  • Celery seed (to taste)
  • Amena’s Organic herb salt (to taste)
  • Parsley to garnish
  1. Heat the chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Add a pinch or more (to taste) of the garlic powder, celery flakes, celery seed and the organic herb salt, and lower the heat to medium.
  3. Break the ramen noodles into bite-sized chunks and add to broth. Cook, stirring until noodles are al dente (or in other words, not yet soggy). This really only takes about 2 – 4 minutes.
  4. Periodically stir the broth, but while you are waiting, crack the egg into a bowl and whisk till blended.
  5. When the noodles are ready, turn off the heat.
  6. Gather your kids and let them watch the magic of the next part. Slowly drizzle a thin stream of whisked egg in circular motions into the broth. Kids will get a kick how the egg swiftly bakes and changes form as the heat of the broth cooks it.
  7. Stir the soup gently one last time and ladle it into the bowls. Allow the kids (after washing their hands) to add green “snow” to the soup by taking a pinch of parsley and sprinkling it on top.
  8. Serve with warmed bread sticks. (Yah, I know. Not very oriental. But my family’s weird like that. Actually, for this soup we just toasted some heels from a loaf of bread, buttered them, then sliced them into thin “sticks.” It’s my family’s favorite form of bread sticks.)

Of course, for some, this soup might be too bland. My kids really do not like spicy or salty foods. You may want to add salt and pepper to taste. That’s the joy of flexible seasonings.

Well, that was our food adventure for today. May your food be terrifically tasty and awesomely healing—whether from the food or the fun time spent together!

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Oooh, Time to Start Making Our Own (Date) Sugar!

OK, not exactly about writing, but still. This is a wee bit scary. Check out this link to information on artificial sweeteners… and then go hunting through your kitchen cupboards for ingredient lists. Do you have any of these artificial sweeteners in foods you feed your family?

You might want to think twice about purchasing “goodies” in the future that may not be so good for you? Just a thought. I do know that it takes time to translate a healthy approach into actual living. That’s why the blog. As I research and find things that can make a difference, I want to share them with you!

So here is a simple way to substitute date sugar for prefabricated white sugar. Did you know that at one point in the 1800s sugar was outlawed for a tiny bit of time, because it was believed it was so awful for a person? Did you know that homemade date sugar can be substituted for regular sugar, and yet it will give you fiber and iron and all kinds of other nutrients…all the while sweetening your baked dishes?

Do know that date sugar won’t dissolve in water like regular sugar. So it doesn’t work for all things. But it works great in most baked items, hot cereals, and smoothies. Here are some links to several sites with more information and how to make your own. Just think of the health you begin capturing by making tiny switches like this one!

The Benefits of…What?!

Now, don’t wrinkle your nose. This stuff actually rocks. It’s called Rejuvelac and once you understand what this amazing juice does for your health, I think you’ll be sold for the rest of your life. And rather than pay big bucks for “health food,” you make this at home. Here are a couple of links for you to go to and try out their approach. But seriously, I think you’ll love HOW you feel once you have consumed this for a while. And it’s so straightforward to make.

Have fun experimenting and getting healthy. Because as you know, health makes everything much more enjoyable!

Beginning Next Week…

I’m ready to start sharing the research and fun that I’ve been having exploring new ways of eating that bring health, taste, and joy. Is it possible? I think so. In fact, I know so after having been enjoying fresh ways of incorporating the greens and produce that flourishes on this earth.

Periodically I’ll be sharing information I’ve stumbled across that I think you’ll find intriguing … and amazingly easy to incorporate into your daily life. Just think of the health that can be coming your way!

Blogging to Resume Soon

Life is funny. Just when you think you know the “picture”, it changes. I still (obviously) really miss my mom who died unexpectedly in surgery. My blogging still continues to be a little sketchy at this point. At some point I’ll be more ready to pick up things again. After all, life must go on for those of us who are still here learning how to love and get along. Lots of life still to experience; lots of memories still to create. And I’ve found so much that “joie de vivre”  can occur in the family kitchen. So at some point I’ll be more actively blogging and wanting to start including–from time to time–food-type activities to share with your family. Why? Because life is short. And food is fun. Why not combine the two and make memories for a lifetime.

And again, hug those you love. Life is shorter than we expect.

Food Combining Rocks!

Have you heard about food combining? It’s the science of digestive enzymes up-close-and-personal. :0)

In other words, fruits need different enzymes to be digested than, say, proteins. Here is an excellent explanation of the techy stuff behind it all. Kind of cool, don’t you think?

As to other news, I’m finalizing the balancing of the meal plans in my current manuscript, a cookbook! I’m totally psyched. I’ve had this manuscript on my computer for a long time, working on it throughout the years, combining the research I’ve combed through to find the healthiest possible meals plans for you and for your family!

I may or may not mention the cookbook specifically in future posts. But as I come across additional research to verify my approaches throughout the cookbook, I’ll be sharing them here with you! (And maybe some samplings of healthy, yet oh-so-tasty, recipes.)

Bon appetit!