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Vegan Tofu Stir-Fry

We all enjoyed this dish even more than we had expected. It is healthy and delicious, and easy to put together. It is also free of gluten and refined sugar.

¼ c. olive oil 1 lb. firm tofu 1 tbsp. paprika 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. coriander 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 sm. red onion, thinly sliced 1 bag frozen green beans 1 large roasted red pepper, peeled and thinly sliced 1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

In a large sauté pan, cook the tofu and the spices in the olive oil, for five minutes over medium heat, stirring often. The tofu will break up into bite-sized pieces as you cook it. Add the onion and garlic and cook for three more minutes, stirring often. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue cooking everything together for ten more minutes. Serve immediately and Enjoy!

Respecting Dogs

When I was three or four years old, and visiting some friends with my parents, I went tearing through their house and ran over their elderly Golden Retriever. As my mother tells it, I stomped right in the middle of the old dog’s belly, and instead of growling or snapping at me, she stood up and started licking me. That was the moment when my mother fell in love with Golden Retrievers. She has been breeding a wonderful line since I was a teenager. Her dogs are bred specifically for their temperament, and for their quality as reliably excellent family dogs.
Growing up, I was never afraid of dogs of any kind. I could wrangle two hundred pound strays in our neighborhood that animal control was afraid to come and pick up. My one hundred and twenty pound mastiff and shepherd mix passed away last year. People were scared to death of that dog at the sight of him, but that dog never scared me for a moment. I have developed a fear of dogs however, as I have gotten older. I think that it has mo…

Vegetable Fried Linguine

My kids love whole grain rice noodles, and they love fried rice as well. I mixed them both together here along with some sesame flavor, and the kids all went back for seconds. This is a gluten free, sugar free, and vegetarian dish.
¼ c. olive oil 1 tbsp. sesame oil 6 eggs 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 medium yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 6 sweet mini bell peppers, finely sliced 1 package brown rice linguine noodles 1 bunch asparagus, cleaned and cut into bite sized pieces 1 package frozen peas ½ c. liquid aminos, or gluten free soy sauce 1 tbsp. sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sesame tahini 1 tsp. coriander 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
In a large saucepan scramble the eggs in the sesame oil, over medium heat, until they are well done and almost dry. Add the olive oil, celery, onion, garlic and peppers and continue to sauté the mixture over medium heat, for ten more minutes, stirring often. Set this mixture aside while the other ingredients are prepared…

Ten Reasons To Bring It Home

I have a friend who was recently able to leave her job so that she could stay at home full time, and I could not be more happy for her and her family. I know that for most families the idea of taking such a step is really difficult to imagine. Unfortunately, I believe that our society is suffering today for lack of domestic engineers. We are we are of immense value, because running a home is the most important job that a person can do. Stay at home parents build healthy families. It isn’t impossible to raise a healthy family with two working parents, but these are a few of the reasons why having a parent at home can benefit the family as a whole.
1.Eating at home. People do not like spending an hour preparing a meal after they get home from work, and the majority of them just don’t do it. Eating out often is not good for a family’s health and it is not good for a family’s budget. Sit down and look at the numbers. Do you have any idea how much money your family could save if you ate al…

Identity Crisis

For a long time, I think that I have taken a lot of pride in being my husband’s trophy wife, so to speak. Not by that specific definition, but I enjoyed the fact that I could play his arm piece, that he was proud to show me off. Maybe it is because I have always stayed home with the kids, and I haven’t had a career before I finally embraced my writing and began to define myself as something besides my children’s mother and my husband’s wife.
I am going through a bit of a struggle right now, because I have finally hit the point where I am no longer that woman, and I know that I cannot pretend to be that woman anymore. Of course, I will always be his wife, and I will always be a mother to my children, but it is a bit frightening to consider the fact that none of them will likely want to show me off anymore, because I am on the cusp of becoming completely socially unacceptable.
I remember the first time that my friends and I helped my kids to dye their hair in crazy colors. I told my h…

Shrimp And Vegetable Sauté

This is an easy to make dish that my family loves. It is also deliciously fresh and healthy, and refined sugar and gluten free.
1 c. brown rice, prepared according to directions ¼ c. olive oil 1 medium sweet onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 stalks celery, cleaned and finely chopped 10 mini sweet bell peppers, sliced 2 cans petite-diced tomatoes 1 package frozen peas 1 tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. coriander 1 tsp. basil 1 lb. large uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined salt to taste feta cheese 

Cook the brown rice according to the directions and set it aside. In a large sauté pan cook the onion, garlic, celery, and peppers in the olive oil, over medium heat, stirring often, for five minutes. Add the Tomatoes, peas and spices leaving aside the shrimp, salt to taste, and feta. Continue cooking the mixture for about five more minutes, until the peas turn bright green. Add the shrimp and cook for two more minutes or until the shrimp turn pink. Remove the mixture fr…

Ten Reasons Why Cooking Is Good For You

Some of my favorite food experts agree with me; American families are only going to save their health if they start cooking more. Preparing foods at home, by healthy methods, with ingredients that we purchase ourselves, is the only way that we can truly control what we are putting into our bodies. We all know that it is important, and many families struggle to find the time to learn how, and then to proceed with cooking from scratch. Here are ten ideas that may help you to find the inspiration to start cooking today:
1.Cooking is a fantastic creative outlet. Especially for busy parents with children, cooking can be a time when the chef can enjoy doing something truly creative. Once the basics of cooking are learned, there is no end to the mixtures of flavors and textures that can be incorporated in a recipe, and their creation is truly satisfying. 2.Cooking time can be outstanding family time. My husband and I both enjoy working in the kitchen and teaching our children how to cook. We …

Bell Pepper Tomato Ketchup

We got rid of all of our store bought ketchup because of all of the refined sugar that it contains. This recipe makes a delicious ketchup that is much more healthy. This ketchup is also gluten free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

4 tbsp. olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 sweet yellow onion, diced 1 stalk celery, chopped 10 mini sweet bell peppers, or one yellow or red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 can diced tomatoes 1 small can tomato paste 1 tsp. coriander 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (this can be left out for a non-spicy version) 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. basil ¼ c. agave nectar 2 c. water 1 c. apple cider vinegar

In a large saucepan sauté the garlic, onion, celery, and peppers in the olive oil, over medium heat, for five minutes, stirring often. Add the tomatoes, all of the spices and the agave, and one cup of the water. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking the mixture for fifteen more minutes, stirring often. Remove the mixture from the hea…


I love it so damn much. Aside from my family and friends there is really nothing that I love more. If you asked me if I would rather sit down for a nice meal or have an orgasm…I would probably go for the meal. When I close my eyes and picture the perfect place to be, it is sitting at a huge table, surrounded by family and friends, eating a beautiful meal. It is my idea of heaven. And yet, for the past eight years or so, since after my youngest daughter was born, I have been denying myself the very thing that I love.
I had decided that I was tired of being the chubby girl. I had been that way my entire life and I hated it. I weighed over two hundred pounds on my five-foot-six frame after Rory was born, and I decided to make a change. I learned how to exercise, and I stopped eating carbohydrates. I only allowed myself to splurge occasionally, and since that first year that I started, I have been under a size eight. I have yo-yoed back and forth a bit, but I have been pretty committed t…

Happy Earth Day

Growing up, both sets of my grandparents lived on farms. My father’s father was very good at farming. They raised dairy cattle and farmed corn and soybeans. They kept chickens for their own consumption and raised bees as well. My grandparents kept an immaculate barn, and a beautiful machine shed, and worked very hard. My mother’s father worked hard as well, but in a really unorganized fashion. He was a lawyer first, and the farm was second in line. He and my grandmother raised beef cattle, and for one brief and terrifying period pigs (I almost got killed by a sow when I was eight or so). They also trained racehorses and farmed corn and soybeans.
As a child, the farms were places that I adored. I learned so much from all of my grandparents about animals and plants. I have wandered the farms on my own and spent hours just doing nothing in the outdoors. With my father I would wander in the creek bed and bring home armloads of natural fossils that we found there. I have carried lunch ou…

20 Real Ways To Childproof Your Home

My husband and I often talk about how the parenting classes that need to be offered to young people have nothing to do with burping or diapering a baby. I feel the same way about childproofing your family. Through all of the experiences of all of the people that I know, the worst accident that I know of having happened to a young baby, was when her father simply tripped on the threshold of the house and could not prevent himself from falling with her. The baby had a head injury, but was ultimately okay, and you just can’t baby proof that…sometimes accidents are unavoidable. Conversely, sixty years ago, my grandmother had open basement stairs with concrete flooring at the bottom that she swears both my mother and uncle fell down several times as babies, and they are just fine.
I am going to make some suggestions for choices that people can make to childproof their homes emotionally, rather than physically with plastic levers and covers. I think that for the spiritual and emotional we…