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Nites Out: P. Terry's (N. Austin)

Go try the Ruta Maya Organic Coffee Shake @P. Terry’s now!

This is a creamy coffee shake that I found less sweet than the chocolate shake, which is a good thing.  It has a nice robust coffee flavor, and it smells like coffee!  Perfect partner to a bacon cheeseburger.

Thanks P. Terry’s for the coupon so I could try out the new shake! 

 

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Warm Greek Salad

warm greek salad

Part of my Greenling Box was this awesome Chicken salad, which included:

organic garlic
organic crushed red pepper
organic kale
organic chicken breast
organic brown rice
organic black olives
Dill Vinaigrette (organic red wine vinegar, organic lemon juice, organic agave nectar, organic canola oil, organic mustard, organic dill)

Get the kit and make this salad!

I left out the tomatoes that came with it, Little Sister got a hold of them and demolished half the container, so she was awarded the remaining tomatoes.   I’m normally not a huge olive fan, but this worked because they provided the salty bite needed to round out the dish.  There was no salt added to the chicken, only black pepper.

Given the list of ingredients, you could expand the portions of this to feed more hungry friends.  You know you could swap out the olives for dried cranberries and apple pieces!  For those of you without allergies, throw in pecans or something.  Have fun and play with your food.

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Adding on to the theme of this week, I wanted to share this video by Food MythBusters. If you’ve heard the term “Big Ag” before and never thought about what it means, this may help you. Real food grown the way humans have been growing it for centuries is what we need to survive. As one of my friends put it, the Bible says when all the bees die, we die with them.
I’d love to hear your comments.

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I keep reading articles relating the decline of human health since the inception of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  This term may sound foreign to you and you might think this does not affect you, but I beg you to keep reading.  The worst of the GMOs are those that carry their own insecticides, you eat these foods (i.e. corn) then the insecticides break down your guts to the point of letting undigested food bits into your bloodstream.  The body attacks these particles as if they were viruses or bacteria, for most people this results in new allergy, cancer, or other disease.

Organic For Baby and Mom

The effects of harmful chemicals on human beings can begin with the foods you eat while pregnant or trying to conceive.  These mutations of genes are passed to the fetus.  The infant formula you then feed your child also contains modified and engineered ingredients.  Ever have your baby throw up a bottle of formula?  I did.  Every day.  I had to switch formulas until one didn’t make my son sick.  At the time, I didn’t know anything about GMOs, however they were all around me and had been for at least a decade.  The best kept secret that is a silent killer and multi-billion dollar industry for those who create and sell it.

Making My Face Red

One aspect that I’m very interested in researching is the effect certain foods have on skin.  Before moving to Texas I didn’t have red blotchy skin on my face, didn’t need prescription creams to keep it in check either.  I found pictures of myself (sans make-up) from nine years ago, I had pretty nice skin!  After years of living here in the US, I developed rosacea.  Is there a connection between GMOs and this skin disorder?  The less wheat and processed foods I eat, the less red and irritated my face feels.  Coincidence?  I don’t know yet, but if anyone has information about this or studies please share in the comments below.

Avoid shopping in the middle of the store

I’ll make it easy for you.  This is the list of the most frequently found ingredients that could be genetically modified: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash**.  Buy these ingredients in their natural organic form, or with a “No GMO” label.  This also includes pet food.  I suggest printing the shopping guide to keep in your purse or if you have a fancy shmancy phone, download an App for it.

Buy organic meat, dairy (or at least rBGH/rBST free), and organic vegetables or fruits, especially those without peels (berries, stone fruit, squash).

Organic Food Is Not That Expensive

I went shopping to compare prices of organic versus conventional foods.  Here is what I found:

Assuming a pound of each of the fruits and seeds were purchased, the difference is less than 6 dollars.  And note that organic food isn’t always the most expensive item or brand on the shelf to choose from.

Comparison of organic mac’n’cheese to one possibly made with GMOs

But if you know how much the GMO filled foods could impact your health, causing illnesses, anywhere from allergies up to and including cancer, how much will you spend to relieve symptoms over your lifetime?  Wouldn’t that money be better served preventing you from getting sick in the first place?  GMOs are the root cause for what ails you, natural and organic foods will take them out of the equation.

Comparing Chocolate Syrups

I’m A Farmer’s Daughter

This is a sticky situation.  My father used to farm grain crops.  He is also a chemical technologist.  A double whammy for his foodie Earth-loving daughter.  I asked some tough questions and ruffled Dad’s feathers to at least make him aware of what’s happening with GMO seed crops.  He confessed that he grew GM Canola in 1998, the last year we farmed.  It was probably cheaper to buy than regular seed, although that doesn’t sit well with me.  I know it was a hard year but still…

There is a list of safe seed sources from farms that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge in 2012 (YAY!) available here.

Final Thought

As I was writing this post I was snacking on some “all natural” Sun Chips.  I paused.  Read the label and threw out the bag.  Read about the lawsuit against Frito-Lay using “all natural” on the label of GM snacks.  If you need me, I’ll be going through any remaining snacks in the house and tossing them out.  Consumers can let their choices be heard through the products we choose or don’t choose to buy for our families.  Please READ THE LABEL!

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Resources


Non-GMO Shopping Tips and Free Printable Guide (** list taken from this website)

Genetic Roulette (Video)

Non-GMO Project

Greenpeace Canada

CBS News

I won’t get too link happy here, you can easily find lots of information in your favorite search engine!

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This was right next door to where I was headed at lunch and my very empty stomach wouldn’t let me leave without a pie.  A meat pie to be exact.  For once I didn’t feel quite so bad after eating pizza.  It might have been the organic ingredients.  The pie had very fennely sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, and a tasty cheese.  Lucky for me there’s a Promise Pizza close to work and close to home!  The menu points out what is gluten-free if you’re looking for that.

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Kitchen toys are so much fun to share with the kids, at least the safe ones.  They love to push buttons and turn handles.  Big Brother was my pasta sous chef for the day, in charge of turning the hand crank of the pasta machine and using scraps of pasta to make his own noodles.  He is obsessed with Kung Fu Panda, and easily convinced he should eat lots of noodles, just like Po.

Little Sister can’t keep still now.  She has learned the tools of the toddler trade: chairs and stools.  These tools are especially useful to see what is cooking.  Any long utensil extends the toddler toolkit to be able to scoot objects off high surfaces and spilling them on the floor.

Big Brother and I worked on the ravioli.  I roasted the softball-sized acorn squash from the garden box with salt and pepper until it was soft.  The flesh of the squash was combined with fresh basil and Pecorino cheese.

The pasta dough is easy to prepare: I used about 2 cups of semolina flour and 2 large eggs.  Pour the flour on the counter and make a well in the middle.  Take off your pointy rings, they will become dough balls and you will tear the pasta sheets as you handle them.   Mix the eggs and slowly incorporate the flour, you might not use all of it.  Knead for about 1 minute until the dough springs back when you poke it.  Cover with a glass bowl and rest for 30 minutes.  Cut slices about an inch thick to begin squishing it down to size, either in a pasta roller or with a rolling pin.  Cut the sheets into squares, roughly the same size squares for even cooking.

Too much water around the rim of the first two ravioli caused a sticky mess.  From then on, I used a sprinkle of semolina flour on the work surface and very little water to seal the edges.

After the squash filling was used up, Big Brother had the chance to make more noodles as I boiled the finished ravioli.

Voilà, fresh ravioli!

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