Glorious Greens!

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Thank heaven, there are far more options, when it comes to green, leafy vegetables than iceberg lettuce! Here is an idea that I hope will inspire you to branch out and try something new.

It is amazing how much our bodies need these dark, nutrient rich plants. The last time I made chard with this homemade dressing, I was surprised at how hungry my body was for greens! They were gone in about two minutes.

Steaming big leafy vegetables is very simple and takes almost no time at all. And of course, I hope you’ll find them to be tasty too! Try this dressing on mustard greens or kale or beet greens, or whatever you can find.

Wash and then tear 5-6 chard (or other greens) into 2″ pieces, removing center stems if you want to. (They can be tough to chew, but have that great color, so you can remove them before steaming or keep them and cut them off with your fork if they’re too tough to eat!)

Steam 2-3 minutes, drain and toss with enough vinaigrette to coat leaves (maybe 1/4 of this dressing recipe).

Serve hot!

Use the rest of the dressing on salad or use for a dipping sauce on fresh bread or make more chard tomorrow!

Vinaigrette:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tsp coconut sugar

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

salt and pepper to taste

Happy eating!

You Were Here

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I can imagine his head cocking to one side,

Listening, waiting, then tilting to the other.

Then hop. . . wings spread, flap, extend, force under the current

of winter air, and gone!

Was a little bird on the back step in a fleeting moment?

Did he stop and listen to our space? Was he bright and beautiful?

What kind of bird that small lives here in

winter?

I didn’t see him. He was alone, only the

snow recorded his presence.

When I am gone, what footprints will I leave

here?  In the wake of my living,

who will know where I journeyed, what I learned, who I loved, what I discovered?

I see prints everywhere, but the intentional writing,

the on-purpose, ripple-in-the-pond, the prints that

won’t melt with the seasons;

that record I choose to keep. The testament of each

soul is a

treasure.

Write yours.

Step into the ink

and run!

Salt, Soda and Vinegar

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Ever need a little help with reflux issues? (If you don’t, you may be one of the lucky few.)

Here is a simple recipe to try.

8-10 oz. pure water

2 Tbs Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

1/4 tsp baking soda

The idea is to drink this 2-3 times a day until your symptoms clear-up.  I have tried other brands of vinegar and have found Bragg’s to be the best by far.  It is cloudy but don’t let that bother you!

Also, if you haven’t already, look for a source of unprocessed salt to use in your kitchen.  We use Real Salt from Redmond, UT.  It is light pink with specks of minerals you can see.  Check it out!  You may be surprised at what a difference it makes in the taste of your recipes and in your health.

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Injera is Ingenius!

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If you’re wanting to make the flat bread (injera) I was telling you about, here are a

few more tips!





 

The flavor of this bread is really good. It’s so simple and so nutritious, it could easily turn into a requested snack or part of dinner!

The recipe again, only altered now with more experience:

1 1/2 cups teff flour

1 1/2 cups water

Let sit in covered bowl for 24 hours.

Then add:

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp Real salt

Stir and pour about 1/2 cup into skillet, cover with a lid and let steam about 4 minutes.  Don’t flip, just steam.

Remove from pan and keep cooking until your batter is gone.

Eat these just like this or with honey and butter or use as a wrap for a savory meat dish or curry or whatever. Experiment and have fun!

Want to improve your diet? Then open your mind, branch out and experiment and watch your children follow suit!

Enjoy! And happy eating!

Jacque

 

Inside and Warm

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I hope this winter day found you counting blessings.

A few months ago, I heard someone say that it must be offensive to God when we look in the mirror and remember our mistakes and faults.  The encouragement then was, make things right if needs be and then move on!  Once forgiveness is offered, let past problems and errors go. And if self-criticism has become habitual, we can exert ourselves in the cause of changing that mindset, by intentionally repeating, over and over, the positive truth.

I believe we are meant to succeed.

Be well!

Love,

Jacque

“When I make a mistake, I quickly forgive myself, make things right with others, learn from the experience, and, with dignity, move on.”