Archives for: February 2015
DD and I have not been as organized about looking for new recipes in the beginning of 2015 as we were at the end of 2014. But we are both still looking for quick, easy, and beneficial recipes for our often-picky eater husbands. Here is one recipe from DD for Broccoli Stuffed Chicken, and one recipe from me for Crock Pot Turkey & Broccoli
Picky Eater Stuffed Chicken Breast
This recipe reminds me of a product I used to buy before the BTD. It was a chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese, then breaded. The family loved them. But between the cheese and the breading there were too many avoids for the BTD. I'm excited to give this version a try.
Thin sliced chicken breast
Broccoli, chopped - no big pieces. Steam lightly if using fresh broccoli
Put broccoli, onion and cheese on half of the chicken breast. Fold over. Wrap in foil.
Bake 350 degrees 45 minutes or until done.
Crock Pot Turkey & Broccoli
The original recipe called for making a thick sauce out of chicken broth and corn starch. I skipped that step. Between the natural juices from the turkey and the added soy sauce and agave, I thought the crock pot made a nice thin sauce. It was just right to moisten the rice. I didn't need a thick sauce distracting from the flavorful turkey and broccoli.
1 pound turkey tenders sliced into thin strips
1/2 cup tamari sauce
1/3 cup agave
3 garlic cloves, minced
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired)
1. Place turkey in a crock pot.
2. In a small bowl, combine, tamari sauce, agave, and garlic. Pour over beef.
3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. After first hour, stir to make sure turkey slices don't stick together.
Serve over rice.
I went to the Farmer’s Market last week looking for kohlrabi. I asked at each stand, and had nearly given up, when a man in one of the booths said, I have one bunch left. He handed me very four small kohlrabi with the greens still attached. They were $3. That price for such tiny kohlrabi would not have been worth it, but I was intrigued by the greens.
When I got home I looked on the internet and learned that kohlrabi greens were edible. Tonight I gave them a try.
I cut off the thick stems and set them aside to feed to the deer. I cut the leaves and small stems into small pieces with my kitchen scissors. I cooked them in a little water and a little light olive oil. I seasoned them with a Mediterranean blend of rosemary, cumin, coriander, oregano, and cinnamon.
They were very good. I would definitely buy them again.
On that same trip to the Farmer’s Market. I bought sweet potatoes. I had read an article about grocery store sweet potatoes being sprayed with something to keep them from sprouting. I have no idea whether that article is true, but it made me cautious and I began peeling my sweet potatoes rather than eating the skins.
When I saw organic sweet potatoes, I stopped and looked. The price was $3 for a small sack – roughly twice the price of sweet potatoes in the grocery store. I bought a bag, wanting to see if I could discern a difference in the peels.
When I got them home, I realized that the skins were pitted and moldy. I had to peel the sweet potatoes before I cooked them. So the experiment was a waste. I paid twice the price, and still threw away the peelings. At least the deer were happy. They love sweet potato skins.
This is why I rarely buy organic. In theory it makes so much sense, but way too often I pay a high price and get home with poor quality produce
So hurrah for Farmer’s Market kohlrabi, but blah for Farmer’s Market sweet potatoes.
Every year since I moved to the Hill Country the city of New Braunfels has had a Love Your Heart luncheon on the first Friday in February. I have a couple of friends who always urge me to come, but my hiking club hikes on Friday mornings. I always laughed and said that it did my heart more good to hike than to sit at lunch.
This year the ladies in our Bible Study reserved a table. I decided to forgo the hike and attend the luncheon. There were two keynote speakers. One of them was a 25 year old (same age as DD) who had a virus attack her heart. Her story about getting a heart transplant underscored one of the themes of the banquet which was heart disease doesn't just strike the elderly.
Lunch included several Mexican dishes, all well prepared, and surprisingly good for Type Os. One of my friends joked with me saying, "Suzanne, this is your kind of meal."
There was a panel discussion by four local dietitians, one from the grocery store, two from hospitals and one from a medical clinic. I have low expectations for dietitians because they usually tout the government diet, but these ladies were excellent.
Here are some of the things I learned:
- These dietitians were not anti red meat. There are 29 cuts of lean beef. They said that the two key words when looking for lean beef are loin and round.
- Always remove the skin from chicken or turkey before cooking. That is where the fat is.
- Quinoa is complete protein
- Lack of Vitamin D increases heart disease risk. Vitamin D is more easily absorbed by people with light colored skin. Mushrooms are a good source of Vitamin D
- A good rule of thumb is to make sure that more than half of your plate contains fruits and vegetables.
The dietitians talked about inflammation and heart disease, giving the best brief explanation of anti-oxidant that I've heard - "We need oxygen to live, but processes that burn oxygen in the body produce free oxygen radicals. Anti-oxidants bind the free radicals and escort them out of the body."
The last two hints were my favorites
- Women are decision makers about food for our families, so it is important that we model good nutrition. Even if our children or husbands don't want to eat fruits and vegetables, you can show that fruits and vegetables are cool by eating them yourselves.
- Let your children help in the kitchen. Children are more likely to eat food that they help cook.
After the panel the exhibits opened with displays from local health services. The firemen gave a demonstration of new CPR recommendations. Mouth to mouth is out. They taught us to draw a mental line from armpit to armpit and put the heel of one hand in the center of that line. Put you other hand over the first hand and push firm, fast pulses until help arrives. They said that it can be surprisingly exhausting, and that EMS will have machines to continue the pulses automatically.
The final event was a 5K walk/run on Saturday morning. Before the start, a local pastor prayed, "Creator God, we are here today to strengthen our physical hearts. Bless and protect us as we walk and run. Also remind us that even more important than the condition of our physical hearts is the condition of our spiritual hearts."
What a great message! Nourish your physical heart, but don't neglect your spiritual heart.
I've had a bit of a dry spell about blogging. Part of me thinks I should apologize; but another part of me doesn't want to bore you with words written without enthusiasm.
My business is usually quiet from mid-December through January, and that was the case this year. I worked diligently on some genealogy projects that have long been delayed. I have been publishing books for others. This year I hope to publish my father's WWII memoirs. I've been told that the market is saturated with memoirs of generals, but there is a growing demand for memories of the troops. I have a manuscript that will fill that niche.
I've been eating right - following the BTD faithfully. I've been exercising regularly and plan to run in another 5K race this weekend. I'm in good health. I just haven't been inspired to write...until today. And today I came up with four things I wanted to blog about. I'll pick one for now, and hopefully write about the others in coming days.
The more I watch DD raising BC according to the Blood Type Diet, the more I wish it had been available when I was raising my children. BC is now 10 1/2 months old. He is leaving baby food behind and is beginning to eat finger food. You know what he wants to eat? Legumes. That's right! He is attracted to Type A food. DD sent a picture today of him grinning as he ate a bowl of English peas and chopped chicken. She said he loves black eyed peas - not exactly what most parents feed their babies.
SIL wanted him to try banana, even though it is a Type A avoid. He offered BC a bite, and he pushed it away, not at all interested. Yet this same toddler will eat beets and carrots; pumpkin and avocado; celery and rutabaga.
DD has not given him wheat or corn, but he loves rice and oats. Because SIL has a sister with Crohn's disease, they will not give him leafy greens until he is a year old. DD is still nursing him, and plans to continue until his first birthday. We babysat for him a few weeks ago, and gave him rice milk to drink while his Mama was away.
He has just had his first cold, and it was a mild one. I told DD that by the time she was his age she had been on antibiotics more than once for ear infections. I believe cow's milk was the main culprit.
BC has been walking since he was 9 months old. He was very physically active in the womb, and he was a very active little baby. He learned to crawl, sit and pull up all at the same time. One week he was frustrated with creeping. The next week he was crawling to a table and cruising around it. It was amazing to watch. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas he let go of the table and walked by himself.
I don't think that the BTD has anything to do with his early walking. I think that is a reflection of his own personality. I would also be quick to add that walking early is not all good. He has not developed a sense of depth perception. If he is on one side of a room he may attempt to walk under a table to get to the other side, not realizing that he is too tall to fit.
There are advantages to a baby being content to creep and crawl until they have a better special sense. DD and SIL have done a thorough job of baby-proofing. BC will figure out depth perception, but until then they keep a close watch on him.
Today's news was full of controversy about vaccines. BC has had all of his shots, and I'm glad. I was also glad that his pediatrician was not one of the doctors that gave multiple shots at once, especially when he was tiny. I think the doctor used good sense to spread the shots out a little and let him recover from some before giving him more.