Rosh Hashanah Dinner….. or just yummy food for any time…

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This year I hosted my family for Rosh Hashanah  Dinner  ( Jewish New Year) …. and I thought Id share some of our traditional family  recipes.. in case any one is interested.. Brisket in the crock pot..  ( shhhhhh…… mom doesn’t do … Continue reading

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A message from the Sun.. and me.

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Im freckly… VERY.   I wasn’t always as a child…. but I started to get MORE freckly as I aged… and yes, I have them too.. age spots, I think there is a difference? As a kid growing up 70’s/ … Continue reading

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Feel pH-abulous… Alkaline Detox

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If you follow my Facebook page (The Happy Health Counselor),  then you probably already know what Ive been up to.   Yep.. Im feeling pH-abulous! Seems I had a little more than the winter blues this past February!   I … Continue reading

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Do NOT stop at go.. RUN NOW to make this Turkey, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chilli

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Okay.. its been weeks now since I made the FIRST  batch of this yummy goodness… I have since made it three more times… Im hoarding it in my freezer.. true story. Yep, Its tried , tested and TRUE.. delightful. Ingredients: … Continue reading

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Who put Peanut butter in my Soup…

African (inspired)  SPICY  Lentil Soup …. with Peanut Butter,  Brown Rice, and Lentils !   

What you need: 
1 medium yellow onion, chopped in small pieces
1/4 cup sliced green onion/scallion (just the green part)
2  bell peppers, seeds removed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces – I used one red , one green
1 Tbsp minced garlic ( I used minced garlic from a jar )
2  14 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
8 cups vegetable stock  – I used low sodium
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp  chile powder
1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper.. recipe calls for Aleppo Pepper.. I could NOT find it. 
(Use any combination of chile powders or spicy red pepper that you have if you don’t have  Aleppo pepper .. like I did )
1/2 cup uncooked brown lentils – rinsed
1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
1 cup peanut butter – I used natural no sugar added

FYI
I used my favorite 5 Qt Crockpot for this.. but I think you could use 3.5 Qt for it too.

How To: 

Chop onions, green  onion, bell peppers, and garlic and place in crockpot.  Add canned tomatoes with juice, Vegetable Stock,  ground cumin,  chile powder, cayenne pepper,  lentils, and brown rice.
Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for about 8 hours. – Stir if you want.. not necessary
At 4 hours (on high ) add in  and stir Peanut Butter it will dissolve .. or at 8 hours (on low).. then turn to low and let cook for one more hour.
Serve as is or with croutons … DELISH !photo
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As I began to Love myself….

Each morning  when I wake up,  I read  an affirmation that speaks to me…  today’s affirmation was about loving myself.. .. and today’s affirmation came to me in form of  a poem.  A poem so good I had to share……

 

A SELF LOVE poem

By Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment, so I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it SIMPLICITY.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS LIFE!

 

Please share… create a great day !

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Stir Fry Quinoa with Shrimp and Pineapple.. DELISH !

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Inspired by a dish  we had while traveling in PR.. which was Fried Rice, Plantains, Shrimp and Scallops.. I made my own version.. 🙂 Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa prepared 6 large shrimp de-vein and take off shell and tail/ chop … Continue reading

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