Ok @tristynleighh this is for YOU…and anyone else that wants a yummy rich tasting single serve stew that cooks in 8 minutes!
Rainy Day Stew
It rained off and on all day here in Miami and I felt a little bit of a chill. That had me craving a warming stew, so I pulled out my Instant Pot to get one going. It turned out super yummy, so I decided to share it here, so you (and I) can recreate it in the future. It hits all of my ‘___-frees”, gluten free, grain free, dairy free and it is low-ish carb to boot. Because it is pressure cooked it is even lower histamine than a traditional slow cooked stew. Boom.
Here is what I did. Continue reading
Upcycling your Hamama Coco Mats
What can I do with my used Hamama seed quilts you ask? ANYTHING but the garbage can is my reply!! There are lots of ways to repurpose or upcycle your mats.
First, peel off the seed layer and scrub or snip the roots off.
Give the mat a good washing with a natural gentle dish soap.
Then let the fun begin!
IN THE KITCHEN:
Cut them into thirds and use as scrubbers. These days many of the natural sponges have a coco fiber layer JUST like your mats.
IN THE BATHROOM:.
You can use a piece as a soap holder in your shower or bathtub.
IN THE GARDEN:
Cube them and use as a mulch in your garden bed or containers. Coco fiber has excellent water retention properties. You can add more as you use your mats over time. It will break down and add organic matter to your soil. WIN WIN!
Cut them into a circle and use to cover the drainage hole in the bottom of your garden pots or seed starter trays. This will allow drainage but keeps the soil inside. BOOM!
Tear them up and add to your orchid pots as a natural mulch.
(I actually put these in my blendtec and let them spin for a few seconds to unwind the mats, but not sure how that would work in a regular blender, it was just my time saving hack.)
At the very least you should compost your mats. I home compost mine and have found a few tricks that help. I peel off the seed layer since I don’t want a bunch of “volunteer” plants in my compost bin. Then I either peel the remaining coco mat into layers or cut it with heavy kitchen shears into strips or cubes. That way it composts more quickly. The more you break it down the more quickly it will decompose. It is considered a brown for those of you that compost.
Feeling crafty? Why not make some ornaments for an au natural Christmas tree this year! All you need is a sharpie, some sharp scissors, a few cookie cutters and some colorful cord to make a fun and crafty ornament. Use a skewer to poke a hole for the cord.
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Clean and Green Life: All the Things I Use and LOVE
From time to time I get asked for a comprehensive list of the things I use and love. Among friends and family I am known as someone who does my research and is fairly picky, but hopefully in a good way. I am always looking for the very best products with the cleanest ingredients and ideally the greenest footprints. So for those of you that have asked over and over, here it is, finally! Continue reading
Creamy Dairy Free Chive Dressing
I have been craving a creamy salad dressing lately, something flavored like traditional ranch dressing. Admittedly it has been so long since I have had real ranch dressing I am not sure I remember accurately what it tastes like, but nonetheless I am trying to recreate what I recall. I googled dairy free recipes but they all seemed to include something I couldn’t have like egg, garlic or vinegar, so I set out to make my own version. This was my first go at it and I think it came out really delish Continue reading
Tips for Saving with the ibotta app
Wait! Don’t throw those receipts away! There may be cash back on them!! Continue reading
Super Tender Turkey Flax Meatballs
I love mini meatballs. They are super yummy to build a bowl around and very versatile. These are so moist and delicious! They practically melt in your mouth.
Turkey Flax Meatballs
1 pound of organic ground turkey, mixed white and dark meat, NOT all white breast meat or they will be dry.
2 T ground golden flax. I buy mine as whole seeds and grind in my blendtec blender and freeze what I don’t use immediately.
1/2 cup of frozen cauliflower rice
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sea salt, I use Redmond Real Salt
1 T hemp heart gomasio (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400.
Mix all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl until well blended.
Use a Tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop the mixture and roll by hand into small meatballs.
Brown them in oil in an oven safe skillet (stainless or cast iron).
Transfer the skillet to the oven to finish cooking the meatballs. They are done when a thermometer inserted measures 165. How long that takes will be a result of how big they are and how much browning you did stovetop. For me it is about 10 minutes.
I like to make these on a food prep day and then transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen I transfer to a large stasher bag and keep in my #freezerstash.
Raw Greens Flatbread
If you are on Instagram you know I have been on a greens “flatbread” kick lately. My husband would call it a jag 😉…love you honey! I first discovered raw greens “bread” from following the amazing Dr. Deanna Mutzel on instagram…check her out here. She is the Queen of this stuff and she has a wonderful ebook and online course where you can learn all there is to know about making it. I have been toying around with my own version and many of you have asked for me to share it, and since I always gladly share my recipes with you all, here goes. Continue reading
Hemp Heart Gomasio
Years and years ago as a teenager I did a stint of eating macrobiotic and back then we made a LOT of gomasio and put it on everything! I can just taste it now. So good! We made it with sesame seeds and sea salt…simple enough. I decided to give it a go with hemp hearts, which are my current favorite and a recent successful food reintroduction.
Here is what I did. I can’t even call this a recipe…it’s a “barely recipe”. Continue reading
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