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Menus made Easy on Healthyfishies

Oh my, What am I going to make for dinner ?!?!

How many times have you heard or said that? LOL

If you had lived in our house a few months ago, it happened a lot. Not so often anymore…

I found this amazing family menu planning system recently called More Thyme . For as little as $1/week (when you pay annually) you can get menus, recipes and shopping lists for your home meals. What’s really unique about More Thymeis that it can learn your taste in food and provide menu suggestions for you that not only match your taste, but your diet as well. You can use a standard balanced, low-carb, or low-fat diet, vegan diet, or create a custom diet. The shopping list not only contains what’s in the recipes on your plan, but you can also add additional items (like napkins, cleaning supplies, etc.). You can pay monthly, quarterly or yearly (big savings). Check it out ! You can even add your own recipes like I do for gluten free /dairy free or whatever and it figures out your grocery list, your menu and everything! It ROCKS! You can even add some of the recipes you find in the healthyfishies articles to your menu plan :-) a great combination!!

Since, Healthyfishies is a health and wellness community, we find that a large majority of our members are also people who place high value on healthy meals and dietetic meal values. As most of us try to make more healthy choices in our meals in order to improve our health, we tend to lean more on natural and organic foods. We try to achieve that goal with the addition of more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and also to maximize our ability to get our vitamins and minerals from foods instead of supplements. Most of us also have families, some with special diets, like vegan, dairy free or gluten free and so, it is with great pleasure that we come to you withHealthy Menus through More Thyme and the Healthy Grocer e-Store , which carries organics, natural foods, gluten free foods, dairy free foods, and more!

It is our dream to make Healthyfishies your one stop shop for your daily health choice needs and feel that the combination of Healthy Menus - which will also include recipes, grocer e-store lists and dietetic values- and the Healthy Grocer e-Store will help us to meet those needs.

The convenience of having pre-planned menus, shopping lists and the ability to order groceries online - I hope will prove to be not only a Healthy move, but a Time Saver and Money Saver as well.
Thanks !

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Only the Absolute Best

written: November 12, 2007
(things have changed just a bit since then… I like to look back every once in awhile)

When I first embarked on the journey of finding the best, I believed that if a conscience based choice could be made from the options available, a person would make the choice for the better, after all it is human nature to want the best, isn’t it? I didn’t factor in the apathy of the average person toward anything outside their own boxes of normal activity.

If I had a dollar bill for every gripe I have heard about the food industry, medical industry, or government - whether quality, price, value, service, or any other thing, I would be incredibly wealthy. If I had a dollar for every piece of journalism online or off relating to these enterprises I would again be an extremely wealthy person.

But instead of having dollar bills raining down on me from above, I have come across another revelation. I call it “apathetic Jimmy and apathetic Jane”. It’s an evolution of “don’t pass judgment” or “I’m ok, you’re ok” and without getting into the politics of the whole mess, I think it has proliferated society as a whole under the guise of “playing nice” humanity, and it has become an epidemic.

Under this principle, ordinary people aren’t inclined to think. They don’t have to, as it is simply not their fault. If Jimmy and Jane’s child doesn’t get breakfast, the government or another group steps in with a breakfast program at the child’s school. Jimmy and Jane only buy the car with the fancier upper class symbol “V”model, and then demand that the government intervene in the ever increasing price of petroleum based fuel. If Jimmy and Jane can’t find a certain brand of clothing because it was removed due to child labor, Jimmy and Jane throw a trantrum. If Jimmy and Jane’s child gets fat, they simply blame the government, fast food chains and of course, the media. If Jimmy and Jane can’t buy their child a certain toy due to a recall, Jimmy and Jane go for the next big thing. But do Jimmy or Jane ever do anything beyond “reactionary”?

Jimmy and Jane haven’t quite figured out that the action each of us takes, which path we choose, defines what happens next; that the way to make a difference is simply to behave differently. Instead Jimmy and Jane stand on the sidelines and complain while at the same time promoting and supporting the very subject of their complaint. To do otherwise would simply be “too forward”, radical, in your face, or simply not nice. No, don’t make any waves, and just go with the flow and complain more about how your very own choices are making you sick and the price tags keeps increasing. When will Jimmy and Jane learn they can control the cost and quality of the products they use?

I am tired of explaining things to the normal everyday Jimmy and Jane’s of the world online or off, only to hear sighs of how entirely “BORING” anything relating to the reality of the health and well being of individuals around them and how the chemicals in thier bathrooms are killing them. I am tired of sharing the “good news” of alternatives to the crap we are eating and having “blah blah blah” thrown back in my face. Seriously, why do I care?

If you think that the government is not giving you the whole truth, write them and demand changes. If you think that farmers have a raw deal, support them, and don’t support those that exploit them! If you think that the drug industry is making too many mistakes and risking our lives in a little pill, take it to your senator. If you think the foods you eat are making you sick, do something about it and change your buying habits. If you think that climate change is an issue - downsize your engine, get a more fuel efficient car, but don’t talk to me about it from your v8 or Hemi vehicle!
It is all a matter of supply and demand folks!!!

WHATEVER you do, please don’t say to me “I wish” or “if only” and then never choose take a step to begin changing it. I guess mainstream Americans and the like are lackadaisical, apathetic or just to “BORED” to pay attention. Oh I must not forget that ‘everything will be just fine’ or ‘everything will go away if I just pretend it doesn’t exist’. Keep the blinders on. Isn’t it that apathy that has gotten us where we are today?

Besides, anyone who deviates from the average in the general population is still labeled as a wierdo, hippie or radical.

The majority of people will speak up and support a fashionable cause in the comfort of their own little get togethers, especially if it has recently made the headlines. But ask them to put their money where their mouth is or do something, anything about it and they will never step up to the plate and break from the norm. Taking responsibility and making a change for the absolute best, means taking a serious look at your lifestyle you are living and until the day when ‘keeping up with the Jones’ includes being ethical or health conscious, it will continue to be ignored by the masses. Right now people are too busy trying to keep up with the “wealthy”, the rediculous “celebrity princesses” in the tabloid magazines or the “guru’s” on the internet to care.

You can make a difference, but only if you take off the blinders and begin to see.
Yes, You do have a choice, but are you willing to do something about it?

theresa fisher
of healthyfishies

www.healthyfishies.com

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MMMM Stew!

MMmmmm STEW


Simple Stew and Biscuits by fishie

This has got to be one of my absolute Favorite Fall recipes. I don’t even know if I can really call it a recipe per se’ as I typically make it different every time - LOL

Anyway, give it a whirl beloved, and let me know what you think.

1 lb. Stew Meat (beef, venison, whatever you like… some people think it is the grade of beef that makes the difference, I think it is the amount of veggies - LOL) If you wish to use Ribeye or Sirloin.. these are choice. :)
Now best beloved, if you wish to use venison meat, I will include a few tips for you with a * got it?

ok…

Now, first thing you absolutely MUST have is a cast iron Dutch Oven. This is fishie’s bestest pot in da house just because I LOVE a one pot meal and cast iron is da bomb!! This pot is so versatile. It can be used anywhere… not only on the stove top, but can be used in the oven or directly in the hot coals of a campfire.

so…

Let’s begin shall we? Place your dutch oven on your heating source and add the oil.
First we need a nice 1/8 cup olive oil and 1/8 cup of grapeseed oil. The reason I mix the two is because I like to tone down the olive oil flavor and grapeseed oil adds a tremendous amount of antioxidants and vitamin E. Of course you are welcome to use whatever favorite you wish.
Then toss in your beef chunks, I prefer the REAL beef of a grassfed animal or a good organic beef… now if you are using Venison* make sure you add 3-5 strips of raw bacon (cut into chunks) it is easy to cut your bacon if it is frozen, just cut crosswise. Approximately, 1 cup.
You will want to add a splash of sea salt and a nice healthy pinch of pepper. Make sure you sear the meat on at least 2 edges…be careful beloved that you don’t burn yourself, this is very hot, but essential in bringing out the flavors of the meat.

As soon as it is seared gently turn down the heat if you are using the stovetop to low. Now for the aromatics (all organic or garden fresh mind you darling) Add 1 roughly diced red onion or any other onion you desire, 4 nicely chopped stalks celery and 4 thinly sliced garlic cloves. MMmmm, this is the part I absolutely LOVE…. Saute’ gently — once the onions begin to lose the redness, or your onion turns opaque, you may add a lovely cup of red wine - preferably a burgundy and continue to let it simmer with an added cup of water. I typically will simmer until it has reduced the liquid to almost nothing just because I love the smell and adore the nice “sauce” it makes.
At this point I add my veggies (organic or garden fresh preferred) ….
You can choose anything you wish from these veggies…. roughly diced parsnips, chunked carrots, I like to use red or gold potatoes with the skins on cut into chunks of about 2″ or so… you can also add snap peas, diced tomatoes, diced squash, sweet potatoes, and/ or rutabagas.  Now beloved if you are using Venison* please add a few diced tomatoes to the mix to calm the beast a bit - LOL.
Add water to the pot to just about the bottom of the top veggies. Hope that made perfect sense. I would bring this back to a simmer if using stove top before I cover it and pop it into a 325 degree oven. Bake it off for about 1 1/2 - 2hours checking ever so often to assess the amount of liquid — i prefer to bake mine until it is slightly thick, that way I dont have to thicken it :)
If you prefer yours a little thinner stew add water as necessary to make it the way you like it.

Be Free to experiment, you cant go wrong! As long as the meat and potatoes are done, you have a nice stew! :) Season with sea salt and pepper to taste - IF needed.

Biscuits:
2 cups flour
1 T. baking powder
1/4 teas. baking soda
1 stick of butter
dash of sea salt

cut butter into flour mix. Add 1 cup of buttermilk or 1 cup milk plus 1 T apple cider vinegar.
Mix well and drop onto cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15- 20 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned.

Sometimes I will add a handful of shredded cheddar cheese to the wet mix and 1 T. garlic salt.

Now beloved if you a gluten free doll, feel free to substitute a nice yummy cornbread, it is lovely with the stew as well. :-) Or come to Healthyfishies and grab my pancake/biscuit recipe *winks*

If you happen to be a dairy free darling, the above Biscuit recipe works with Soy milk, but eliminate the baking soda and substitute a stick of Promise (transfat free) for the butter or 1/3 cup olive oil.

Bon Apetit!

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gluten free recipes for all

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Bars

These gluten free pumpkin bars are moist, chewy and absolutely delicious! Check it out, they even freeze well.

2 large Organic eggs
1/3 cup extra light olive oil or vegetable oil
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup Organic pumpkin puree (or use the Organic Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix and just add the cinnamon**)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups Pamela’s Ultimate Baking Mix - or use some other Mix *see other recipes at Healthyfishies
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice** (or about a 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger)
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Beat the eggs; add the oil and beat to combine. Add the brown sugar and mix until smooth. Add the pumpkin and vanilla, beat until well mixed. Add the baking mix and spices; and mix just until the batter is smooth. Add in the nuts (optional) and stir by hand to combine.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the bars are firm and a wooden pick inserted into the center emerges clean.
Cool on a wire rack. Frost when cool.

Brown Sugar Frosting
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light is nice)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar, as needed

Combine the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly. When the mixture is smooth and begins to bubble, remove the pan from heat and allow it to cool slightly.
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and spices, and beat until well mixed. Add the powdered sugar, a little at a time and beat until smooth; add more sugar as needed to thicken the frosting.
Frost, makes 15 to 18 bars.

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Gluten free poppyseed dressing

1 cup olive or grapeseed oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
1/3 cup honey–can use sugar instead
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
1 Tablespoon diced shallots (optional)

Add ingrediants to shaker. Shake very well. Refrigerate overnight. Before using… take out in plenty of time before serving to allow honey to mix well.

Please feel free to experiment with the measurements to your own taste. :-) for example, I like mine with red onions and extra mustard

enjoy! I love this dressing on a romaine and spinach salad with strawberries and candied walnuts. Also on a romaine salad with chicken breast and mandarin oranges - yum.

Feel free to stop by Healthyfishies for more free information like this :-)

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Helping Children

HELP!!

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Every click helps to feed a hungry child. Join me in clicking and feeding children EVERY DAY! You would be surprised at how much of a difference your effort can make…in only a moment you can feed 8 children or more by simply clicking a few ad banners (even if you can not read the language, your click counts)

This is not a site that is connected with some kind of investment program, but it is connected with advertisers money and what it can do to feed hungry children. It is very famous site in Poland and has been functioning online since 2002 . It was established by PAH - Polish Humanitarian Organisation

You can read more about this program here:*
http://www.pah.org.pl/7184.html

and You can start feeding hungry children - by visiting this site:*
http://www.pajacyk.pl/

and clicking the Wooden Puppet’s belly

in the section ” Ile juz zebralismy ” you can look at the daily/weekly and overall performance.

Be sure to click ALL the advertisers banners on the page, sometimes there are up to 8 other times only a few. Remember, Every click helps to feed a hungry child. Join me in clicking and feeding children EVERY DAY! You would be surprised at how much of a difference your effort can make.

*IF the site is not showing in English, just click the British/English flag at the top in the toolbar.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP IN FEEDING HUNGRY CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD!

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Breakfast Anyone?

Breakfast Anyone?

The funniest things can happen when you allow your 4 year old son to choose the breakfast for the day. I do allow them to make decisions every once in awhile ;-) Anyway, on this particular morning his request was pizza, my response… “UGH? Pizza?!” His reply was even cuter than the request “Please momma, can we have pizza for breakfast? maybe eggs?”

“Eggs, I can do”

“But what about having pizza momma?”

Silence from momma, pleading blue eyes from son. My heart melts.

“well sweetie, how about we try something different and make egg pizza?” I am really still clueless as to how I am going to pull this off…but I agree to give it a try anyway.

“yay!!! GUYS, mom’s gonna make EGG P-I-Z-Z-A!!!” he sings as he dances around the house still in his pj’s.

Ok so how do you do Gluten Free Pizza crust without a pizza mix? How do you make a breakfast pizza? (These things are just not common place in our home) I am, by this time, brainstorming and digging through the cupboards for a clue. Nothing is happening in my brain, I just can’t seem to get my tongue around it. I send the children off to get dressed and reach for my remaining bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix

I measured out about 3/4 cup of Bob’s Mix and add 2 teas.Xanthan Gum, 1/4 teas. Baking Powder, 1/2 teas. Baking Soda then I grab my trusty ol’ Hodgson Mill Buckwheat Flour (yes darling, Buckwheat is not Wheat) and top off the cup. Now that I have 1 cup of flour, what should I do with it? I pour it into a bowl and begin adding Soy Milk (you can use regular milk or Rice Milk, whatever your preference and body will handle) I add until I have a nice little sticky ball of “dough”.

I took out my favorite bar pan and “buttered” it with some Olive oil. I then thought it might be smart to oil my hands as this really looked sticky. I began patting it down to about a 1/8-1/4″ thickness and popped it into a 325 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes until the top looked like it was baked and not doughy…it actually started to look like a nice ‘whole wheat’ crust.

While it was baking, I scrambled a good 5 organic free range eggs.

I removed the pizza crust from the oven and splashed some tomato sauce, fresh Italian herbs, and then added the eggs over the top. Being Dairy free, I finished it off with a casein free shredded soy based cheddar and the same brand mozzarella cheese and popped it back into the oven just until the cheese was melty looking.

To my and my beloved’s delight, the pizza was a hit!! The crust was actually crunchy on the edges and tender in the middle, no mush, no bleh flavor…. it was GOOD!

IT WAS PIZZA!!

You can find more stories and recipes like this at Healthyfishies Recipe Blog

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Gimme some skin!

Give Me Some Skin!!

Finally a non-controversial move by the medical community!

Today it was announced that researchers have now found a way to enable an adults Skin Cells to act like the controversial STEM cells! Amazingly, these cells can even be used to produce heart and brain cells.

Finally, help is on the way for the millions of people with debilitating diseases who are waiting for answers without crossing the Moral standards they have set for themselves. Talk about Freedom! I realize this is still in it’s infant stages, but the out look is very very positive and I am anxious to follow the findings.

Another benefit to using these skin cells instead of the embryonic stem cells is that it will truly eliminate the worry of rejection or the use of rejection drugs, due to the fact that it is a persons own skin. These cells are already acclimated to the body and so it would not be treated as a foreign object by a persons immune system. Incredible!

They are also saying that these cells will eliminate the “testing” of drugs and other things on animals and the like. They can be tested directly on human skin cells. No cloning, no use of human embryos or human eggs for testing. They will actually be able to mimic and study the effects of disease and find better cures for them - even resulting in a quicker time frame due to it being tested directly on human tissue instead of animal. A much welcome change!

Congrats to the Japanese Team and the The US team, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for each achieving the same effect by using a slightly different combination of chemicals.

The induced cells do all the things embryonic stem cells do - its going to completely change the field
Professor James Thomson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
For once we have better science coinciding with better ethics
Josephine Quintavalle
Comment on Reproductive Ethics

the 2 quote boxes are taken from: BBC news

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

What is Thanksgiving without the mashed potatoes?

My family LOVES garlic mashed potatoes and here is the recipe I use the most.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled or Red Potatoes, skin on, scrubbed well
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
8 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon Freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
small parsley bunch
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine the potatoes, milk, cream and garlic in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Drain, but SAVE the LIQUID!!

Place the cooked potatoes and garlic to a medium bowl and mash with a fork, or potato masher, adding the nutmeg, olive oil, butter, and Parmesan. Add about half the liquid you saved from cooking, mix well, then add some of the remaining milk liquid as necessary until the potatoes are the consistency you like. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

You can find more recipes like this one at Healthyfishies Recipe Blog

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One Man’s Junk

An acquaintance of ours recently decided to have his entire home re-sided with the latest and greatest materials. Since my brother is a carpenter, he was the one to rip off the old siding, re-insulate and wrap the house so it was ready for the big wig company to come and put up the siding. (I am not sure about how all these details work, so I will leave that to the experts)

A-n-y-w-a-y– The homeowner had a huge monster of a cedar deck. He wanted to have it torn down and disposed of (burnt?) My beloved brother knows good wood when he sees it and so he proceeded to haul the thing to our house.

So far, we have made ourselves a deck off the kitchen (10×14ft) , a small step (6ftx6ft square patio type) up to our main door and today a HUGE birdfeeder. This birdfeeder is the hugest dang thing I have ever seen. It stands approximately 6 ft high and is probably about 3 ft wide. It has a roof over the top and it has a large feeding tray… so far, we have seen  bluejays,  chickadees,  grey headed junkos, house finch, purple finch,  nuthatch and a BIG  squirrel  - LOL

My point is: Out of one man’s deck, we have a deck, a step up, and a bird feeder castle. Talk about recycling, eh?

Funny thing …. We still have wood left.

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