Winter squash with onions and rice

I had a chance to grab some winter squash which I know is good for you if only because it is orange in color inside. The orange color means it is anticarcinogenic, according to what I have read.

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I know the outer skin is tough to cut, but I decided I was going to try and create a tasty and healthy meal with it as a challenge. It wasn’t too expensive and it was a change from the green vegetables I usually eat so I started finding recipes online to work with, and create my own.

One of the recipe’s I found said that you can boil the squash to make the skins tender, then scrape out the meat once it’s cool.

I grabbed these winter squash’s and began cutting them in half to put in a large pot of hot water on the stove. I cut with a sawing motion and smaller knife, eventually pulling them open with a small hammer and a screw driver. They cracked open. Once in half I scraped out the seeds, and placed them in salted water to boil on the stove. After about 40 minutes they were tender enough to drain in a large food strainer under cold water. Then I scraped out the meat of the squash after they were cool enough to touch and it left a soft pile of orange tender squash meat.

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I wanted to add some stuff to make it tasty enough to eat every day, to use as left overs to take in small plastic containers for my lunch. It was a process. I made the rice and added quinoa which takes about 20 minutes to cook with the lid on, and the pan left on low. If you time the rice and the quinoa for how long each has to cook, respectively, you can add them both to a large covered pot. I always add butter, salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder, turmeric, veggie bullion and some dried parsley for looks.

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Then I used a saucepan and cooked sliced mushrooms, onions in coconut oil, with more garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and turmeric that I get at any store. I added a ground beef and sausage combination I got from the store, to taste up the meal.

It was a lot, I know, and probably much more than people are willing to cook for a meal at home. I just wanted to show you some ideas I have had in cooking with items I usually don’t buy. I also want to use squash more often. Next time I may experiment with some kind of oven-cooked winter squash, with the bottom cut off so it’s flat on the bottom. Then I would stuff the inside with cooked rice, coconut oil, and top it with walnut bits.

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squash-mealHere is my final dish with the following:  winter squash, rice and quinoa, mushrooms, onions, and ground beef with ground sausage.

It’s tasty, and surprisingly healthy using coconut oil with spices making it tasty. I did not use butter but the flavor was fantastic, especially since the ground sausage had it’s own juicy flavor with the beef.

Salt and pepper makes the flavors pop.  I use sea salt.  Every little bit of trying to use minerals and vitamins help the thyroid heal.  

I hope you become inspired to try your own squash recipes and maybe use cinnamon and nutmeg with melted butter in some concoction using acorn squash, or some other squash you’d like to experiment with.

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Easy Chicken Dinner

Here is what I’m eating these days. Knowing I have leaky gut and want to lose weight with a low thyroid, the odds are stacked against me.

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I’ve been very careful in what I eat. I’m not eating perfectly, but am at 98% “eating clean” and am paying attention to the benefits for some, to go gluten free.

This is a chicken thigh cooked on top of the stove in coconut oil, with organic brown rice for the carbohydrates which we should have some, aged parmesan cheese for the flavor I love, Bragg liquid amino, spinach and my usual spices: turmeric, sea salt, pepper, ginger, parsley, and oregano. Those are the basics I use almost exclusively.

Start A Free Blog: Here’s First Steps (video)

I have created a short video about how to start your own WordPress blog to get you started in case you want to start a blog and have never seen or understood how to start a free one on WordPress.com.

WordPress.com is the free version so should not be confused with WordPress.org which is a paid version and has more features than the “dot com” version.

Here’s the video of my speaking, using a hand-held little webcam, in order to try and get you started from the very first steps in getting started and then you can go from there.  But by watching this video you can publish your first page if you want to.

I’m ordering a mini-tripod to hold the camera steady for any videos I do in the future, so sorry about the wobbliness of the video.  I did my best, and I hope you find it helpful.

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Organic Brown Rice Changed Up

I like to eat rice now and then, and I changed up my rice with several ingredients that I think more people will begin adding once they get exposure to this idea.   It’s really simple once you let your mind flow when you add what you want to.

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Let’s start with a stick of butter. I have read that butter is much better for you than margarine, so I buy butter these days.  I put the butter into a large pot of boiling water, then shake some sea salt into the water when it begins to boil.

Lundberg Sprouted Brown Basmati Rice, 16 Ounce

I turn the heat down on my six cups of filtered water.  I then place two cups of organically-grown brown rice and add some coconut oil as well.  I get busy adding spices and veggies, like spinach, into the rice while it cooks.  Some of my favorites are: turmeric, pepper, onion powder, garlic salt and oregano.  I know I am getting my good nutrition for the day and for many days in a row!  After 45 minutes and the rice is cooked.  I then cool it down in the pan before transferring it to plastic (yep, I know, I’m working on getting plastic out of my diet) containers for storage in the refrigerator and my freezer.

I want to tell you that I found the organic brown rice in a grocery store and am glad I bought it.  Some people have celiac and other problems with their guts.  I found a site that says organically grown wheat may or may not cause the problems that some have with wheat, but here’s the link in case you’d like to read about it.                     

Quality Food Heals But Why Don’t Doctors Prescribe It?

cuc-tom-salad-blog-yellowWhy is it that medical doctors don’t tell their patients how a good diet, possibly tailored to their illness, could help them get well?

I’m learning every kind of food plan out there that there is in order to heal my own medical issues, and am feeling better just by changing the food I eat.  I have not learned anything from going to doctors about using food as medicine.  

In fact when I went to the doctor last and they learned that I had not been under a doctor’s care for many years for having had arterial surgery and low-thyroid, the medical people who ran tests to see how I was doing acted like they were in shock.  They acted like I was in some kind of emergency or crisis and acted alarmed, since I did not take medications nor see a doctor regularly.  Their eyes got big and they were very concerned about my condition.  It was like they had never heard of someone’s taking control of their health but not seeing a doctor for every little thing.

After the test results came in, they reported that my echocardiogram and tread-mill tests were normal with no abnormalities.  I could have told them that.

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I am still working on the low-thyroid but have made a lot of progress in using food as medication and getting off of the prescription meds, and also the over-the-counter thyroid supplements.  I have learned from physician’s such as Dr. Axe, found online, that leaky gut caused a lot of problems contributing to hypothyroid.  Addressing my food plan has helped me immeasurably in treating my hypothyroid because I feel so much better.

What really gripes me is how the medical model says we have to see the doctor for every ailment but they aren’t trained to talk about the health benefits of proper food and nutrition.  And the high cost of prescription drugs and medical treatment for everything is too much to bother with when there aren’t really results.  You don’t get well this way.  

Diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity and inflammatory diseases like arthritis and inflammatory bowl disease do not begin to heal with prescribed drugs. Doctors never tell you that.  They only say that you might feel better, but watch out for the side-effects of the drugs, so why bother taking them for any length of time?  

Except for being in a medical emergency, I wouldn’t go to a doctor.  Prescription  drugs only mask the issues and are not curative, in my opinion.  How can they possibly heal a disease?  Granted, I am not a medical doctor and so I can’t give medical advice, but it seems that to doctors, using food as medicine is not the norm, it is a no-no to tell you truthfully that food has medical benefits.

It seems that most Americans suffer from one ailment or another, and more and more Americans are overweight or obese.  

The way I see it, our food intake is the main problem.  I mean not only the quantity of the food we eat but also the quality.

According to BestMasterOfScienceInNursing.com, “69% of adults are overweight or obese” and “70% of Americans take prescription drugs.”

They also report that food can be used medicinally and can be used to help treat many conditions.  BestMasterOfScienceInNursing.com reports that a Mediterranean type diet can help inflammatory diseases such as appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and can reduce blood pressure.  Why can’t doctors tell their patients this?

blood-pressure-curl-borderThey report that a low-carb diet helps lower the risk of heart disease, helps weight loss and boosts good cholesterol (HDL).  Celiac disease can be treated by a gluten free diet, and a vegetarian food plan can help blood pressure drop about half of the drop in medication.  Food is a great thing, it not only tastes good but it can heal you up, too.

The cost of medical school averages $32,495 for in-state public education, according to Business.com.  Private medical schools are much more expensive.

At the cost of public schools, why aren’t medical schools focusing more on healing and wellness, instead of doling out drugs?  Why teach prescription maintenance, rather than using food for real healing?

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Jello Surprise In A Healthy Way

Here’s a second idea (if you read yesterday’s post for the first idea) for a treat you can pack in your lunch pail and take to work.

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It’s Jello Surprise! LOL! No, really, it’s good for you and there are a variety of ways to make this refreshing taste treat a sweet desert to eat during a long work day!

I began making jello, the plain kind, when I read Dr. Axe reporting that gelatin is good for your leaky gut.  Then I discovered it was an easy way to liven up my lunches I take to work so I have a treat every day and don’t feel deprived.

Here is my first step where I’ve added hot water into a bowl of four jello packets, the unflavored variety, and added several packets of stevia.  After stirring several minutes, with my Mickey Mouse whisk, a powerful thought hit me.  I got the idea to place a tea-bag into the hot water with the mixture to add flavor, and health properties of green tea!

Knox Gelatin, Unflavored, 32 Count, Net Wt 8-Ounce

Here is what it looked like, and now it sits in the kitchen where it will cool down just a bit. Then I will add frozen fruit, stir it in, then pop into the fridge for three hours and let it set!

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I have also used lemon juice and squirted it into the cooled down mixture to add vitamin C. The ideas are endless for what you can add into these jello treats!  

For any of you single men out there who don’t pack a lunch and you want to save money so you can take your pretty girlfriend out on a date, you can spoon the jello into plastic containers and take it to work!  More economical than buying lunch at the drive-thru every day and make your mamma proud you are eating correctly, for a change!

Don’t forget to buy the inexpensive blue ice packs to put in your freezer, and then add one to your lunch box to keep these frozen deserts cold in your lunch bags!

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Easy Peasy Berry Treat

Someone told me I should write a recipe book because my snacks were so good!  I develop tasty, easy snacks that are not that expensive, simple to make and good for you!

Here’s one of my tasty treats!  

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This is my bowl of frozen blueberries I bought in the frozen section of my local grocery store that is sprinkled with stevia, instead of sugar!  Cool and delicious, it is a tasty treat that is sugary sweet, without the fructose and cane sugar that goes into everything sold at the supermarket these days!

As a friend would say, “easy peasy”! 

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