Well, it has been a while folks. Sorry about that. But, even though we haven’t posted here in quite a while, doesn’t mean we have not been at work! God sent me back to school to get my certification as a CNHP (Naturopath) and we are working on a new and updated website to be released soon! Oh… and a new logo as well to go along with all the great new and upcoming changes! So stay tuned – lots of big changes on the way! 🙂
Hello Dear Friends!
We have been having such a good time at our potluck and fellowship nights! The food has been great and we have been making new friends, sharing ideas and encouraging one another! We invite you to join us- either in person, on our Happy, Healthy & Full of Life Facebook page or here on our Blog!
After recently mentioning to our group that I made wonderful vegan donuts for our family on the weekends for treats and had recently discovered we could even have French Toast and still stick to our vegan lifestyle- they requested we have a “Breakfast for Dinner” themed potluck! And so , that is exactly what we did! Think this one went over well- everything was yummy!
Up first was the vegan donuts I mentioned. I found a recipe in the Vegan Junk Food cook book by Lane Gold, and with a few modifications, made a version I could use in my newest fun kitchen gadget- a donut maker! Aren’t they cute?!! And they taste as good as they look! Get the recipe here!
These were fixed in the nifty little Baby Cakes Donut Maker as seen here, but they can also be baked in the oven using a donut baking pan as seen here or even using a muffin pan and only filling the bottom of the muffin cups. You won’t have a hole in the middle, but they will still be tasty!
French Toast has always been a favorite, but since going vegan, I had never tried it thinking that the heavy egg and milk-based typical recipe just would be hard to duplicate as a vegan recipe with much success. I am happy to report that I was WRONG!! We couldn’t believe how awesome this simple recipe was! It is a shame we have been missing out on these for so long – but no more!! Get the recipe here!
Other tasty goodies brought to share included Peach Blueberry Crisp brought by Beth- Very tasty!! Thanks Beth!! You can find the recipe here. Beth noted she made the following adjustments to the original recipe: she used barley and oat flour in place of the almond flour and she added 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
Heather brought Vanilla Chia Breakfast Pudding and it was also very tasty! Topped with fruit and granola- yummy! Thanks Heather!! You can find the recipe here!
We also enjoyed a Mexican Breakfast Bowl brought to us by Chantal. Livened up our breakfast potluck- Thanks Chantal! Recipe listed below.
4 avocados mixed with about 1 Tbsp Southwest seasoning
4 cans organic black beans, rinsed and drained
Cilantro, about 1/2 cup snipped
Place beans in the bottom of the Trifle Bowl. Pour some salsa over the beans and let it filter through. Spread some of the avocado mixture over the salsa. Repeat the layers until ingredients are used. Top with snipped cilantro. Squeeze a lime over the top to finish.
We also enjoyed a lovely fruit salad brought by Audrey- Thanks Audrey!
And the tasty selections continued with the Banana Waffles shared with us by Shelly. Thanks Shelly!! Find a recipe for them here. (I would suggest substituting honey or maple syrup in place of the sugar.)
After breakfast, err ahhh DINER, we finished watching the movie Forks Over Knives. If you have not seen this movie, we highly recommend it!! Learn more here. Loaded with great information, research and testimonies, it will change they way you look at food from now on….for the better!!
After the movie, we had some great discussion and decided on a theme for the next get-together.
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Come back to visit to see what fun we get into next time!
Hello Friends! We’d like to share with you the fun, great food and fellowship we had at our last get-together!! We had several new families join us and we enjoyed a wide variety of wonderful and tasty healthy Mexican-inspired dishes. Here’s the line up…
Marinated Veggie and Bean Burritos
Very tasty!! The beans coupled with the savory marinated veggies is just the right combination. Add your favorite toppings and it is a meal in itself!
(Link to recipe here)
Salsa Infused Tortilla Chip Soup
Love this Mexican-inspired soup! Just the right combination of heat and veggies topped by the crunch of the tortilla chips!
(Link to recipe here)
Warm ‘Vegveeta’ Cheese Dip topped with roasted red peppers and green onions (Link to recipe here)
*Tip- when we got home, we mixed what we had left of this cheesy dip with salsa and liked it even better!
A fresh, crunchy and delicious salad and cornbread brought by Audrey-
Very Tasty and rounded our our meal very nicely! Thanks Audrey!
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili brought by Angie
Loved the mix of flavors, textures and colors! Great for a cold winter’s night family supper!! Thanks Angie!!
(Recipe at bottom of page)
Easy and Delicious Beans and Rice Bake brought by Beth
Really liked the combination of flavors and colors- very tasty! Thanks Beth!!
(link to recipe here)
Pineapple Rice, also brought by Beth
Simple yet so flavorful! Sweet enough to be served as a dessert! Thanks Beth!
(Link to recipe here)
Tangy Gazpacho Cucumber Cups brought by Chantal
Aren’t these lovely! Beautiful and delicious too! Great addition to our Mexican Night Menu! Thanks Chantal!
(Link to recipe here)
While finishing up our diner, we watched a video by Sergei Boutenko on the importance of greens in our diet and many were awed by the information and realization of how far the typical American diet is from the ideal. No wonder we are all sick! The video is called The Miracle of Greens and you can watch it on-line here . The quickest, easiest and tastiest way to gets lots of nutritious greens into you diet is to drink green smoothies!! We made and sampled my personal favorite- Pineapple Strawberry Banana. (Link to recipe here -Just leave out the kiwi)
We also shared some great books on greens and making green smoothies – complete with lots of great tasting recipes!
Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko – available here
Green Smoothies Revolution by Victoria Boutenko – available here
Stay tuned in as we continue the fun, fellowship and great food! Join us on our Facebook page where we welcome you to join us by submitting recipes and comments! Click here to visit our Facebook page – be sure to “like” it to get notifications of new posts! Next get-together is February 24th, 2014 and the group decided the theme will be ITALIAN NIGHT!! Sure to be YUMMY- we can hardly wait!
And, we invite you visit our website as well to find more great recipes, information and class information. Our wish is for everyone to live a happy, healthy life to the fullest possible! Join as we journey towards that goal together!!
Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili
Makes 8 servings
2 large onions- chopped
4 cloves garlic – chopped
1 butternut squash (2lbs.)-peeled seeded and cut into 1 1/2 in. pieces
1 large green bell pepper – seeded and chopped
1 large jalapeno pepper – seeded and chopped
2 cans stewed tomatoes
2 tsp. cumin
Chili powder – as desired
1 tsp. salt
2 cans black beans – drained and rinsed
½ red sweet pepper – seeded and cut into 1 in. pieces
½ yellow sweet pepper – seeded and cut into 1 in. pieces
½ orange sweet pepper– seeded and cut into 1 in. pieces
¼ cup cilantro and scallions chopped – optional
Coat slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
Add onions, garlic, squash, green pepper, and jalapeno. Combine tomatoes, chili powder,cumin and salt. Pour over squash and peppers.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
Add beans and sweet peppers, during last 30 minutes.
To serve, stir in cilantro. Top with chopped scallions and shredded cheese, if desired.
Note from Angie: I did not use a slow cooker, just a large pot. For thicker consistency, I cooked the onion, green pepper,jalapeno pepper, tomatoes, and half of the squash first and then blended. Then added the rest of the squash and beans and cooked until squash was tender, using vegetable broth as needed.
The second gathering for our Happy, Healthy & Full of Life!! fellowship and potluck night was a wonderful success!
If you read our last post…old man winter did not cooperate with our last scheduled gathering as the temps were -10 degrees below zero that night with howling winds and we had to cancel it except for our little family in the cozy warmth of our own home! And, it was not a total loss- we sure enjoyed the spoils of our efforts- HOME-MADE PIZZA! If you missed it and would like to see the delicious results and get the recipes you can check it all out here- Family PIZZA Night .
So, what should the menu be for our second meeting, considering the extremely cold winter weather we have been experiencing here this season?? Nothing seemed more fitting for the main course than a BIG pot of spicy, hearty, warm, CHILI!! The kind of thick, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs stuff that will warm you from the inside out! The kind of stuff real cowboys like to eat sitting around the camp fire after along hard day to warm up and fill their stomachs!
OK…silly I know. But we have to have a little fun when we can too! 😉 Now, I don’t think this recipe will do this too you! But, you know the kind of good, hearty stuff I am talking about! Before our family turned our attention to more healthy food choices, I had a killer chili recipe that EVERYONE loved! I even gave the recipe to some friends who won a chili cook-off with it. It was GOOD STUFF! It had both beef and pork sausage in it. But, our health has won out over our taste buds and I didn’t fix it any more, thinking there was no way I could recreate it without all the meat in it. But, one cold, wintry day, I decided to give it a go to see what I could come up with. So I looked at some other vegan chili recipes for some ideas of where to start and went from there using my old favorite recipe as a guide to making our own. I have to say- it is great stuff! Never even miss the meat!! Now, we can have some good, warm-you-all-the-way-down-to-you-toes chili on these cold, blustery winter days!! Next time I fix it- I am going to take a nicer picture of it- but this one will have to do for now…still shows how thick and hearty it is! Since we do live on a horse farm and like to consider ourselves cowboys and cowgirls of sorts- we named it after our farm- Three Feathers Ranch Chili! (recipe here)
Now, chili is a good start for the menu, what to add to it? Our family has always liked to serve grilled cheese sandwiches with out chili. Gosh darn it- another item we thought we had to drop off our menu after giving up dairy in favor of better health! BUT, we found a solution to that as well!! There are many wonderful varieties of non-dairy cheese available today! Even our local Kroger’s is carrying them now! The one we use is almond based and quite tasty! I use our home-made Honey Whole Wheat Bread (recipe here) , add the sliced cheese and then grill on my panini press to get nice, hot, gooey-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside, grilled cheese sandwiches! (recipe here)
Now, we need some sort of fresh salad or veggies of some sort to round things out. I decided to bring something everyone likes- veggies and ranch dip. Now, we all know those commercially packaged varieties of dip are tasty, but full of yucky stuff that is not good for our bodies! So, back to the kitchen to see if we can find a more healthy alternative. Think we found it! Y-U-M! Decided to stick with the trend and call it Three Feathers Ranch Dip! 😉 (recipe here)
OK, we are still here in America where no meal is complete is seems without a little something sweet to end it all with. So, I decided on these Chocolate Muddle Bars (recipe here) to finish things up with. Just enough sweet punch in a small bite to tame your tongue from the spicy chili and tangy dip!
Old man winter was kinder to us this time around and we were able to have more than just our wee little family for this potluck! We had several nice families join us who also brought dishes to share!! I love potlucks bring a dish or 2 and get to eat from a bunch of others too!! What great idea! Whoever started the idea needs a prize of some sort! 😉 I took my camera and managed to snap a few shots of some of the other dishes that were brought. We had no idea what everyone was bringing, but it was if someone planned it as it all went so well together! We had a Mexican Layered Dish– (recipe Below)
And then there was some delicious, fresh and crispy Apple Crisp Salad (recipe here) …. (Note- Beth added a nice handful of oats scattered over the top and then a small sprinkling of chocolate or carob chips to top it off! Very tasty additions!)
And, what could be better than another little something sweet like these All Natural Oatmeal Banana Cookies?!! (recipe below) Yummy!
So, we had a great meal, awesome fellowship and some fun too! After dinner, we discussed reasons we all had for making an effort to be healthy, such as- to live a long, happy, disease-free life, to be around long enough to enjoy children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren, to serve God and others, to live life to the fullest, etc! Louis pointed out most people are more cautious with what they put into their automobiles than what type of “fuel” they put into their own bodies, and that just like our autos – they will NOT run and operate properly without the proper fuel. We were reminded that God created these magnificent bodies of ours and what gift they are! Genesis 1:29 states the diet God designed man to eat to nourish his body. These amazing bodies are designed to heal themselves and maintain health –IF we will only give them proper nourishment to provide the fuel in which to do so! He wants us to be healthy as it tells us in 3 John 1:2 “I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in health, as I know it is well with your soul.” Some remarked at the amazing things the body of Christ – His Church – could do for His kingdom if only we were healthier. All the time and efforts spent on our health problems could be spent serving others and all those prayers sent heavenward for health problems could be directed in other areas! Just imagine!! We then discussed ideas for topics in upcoming get-togethers, etc.
We invite you to come and join us for our next Happy, Healthy & Full Of Life potluck and fellowship get-together! We will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Monday each month to share a great meal, fellowship, recipes, information, encouragement and lots of FUN! We meet at Ninevah Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, KY at 6:00 PM. These events are FREE! Just bring a dish and the recipe to share with the group! We will have a brief discussion after each meal on a different health topic, share testimonies and information to help you make better informed choices for you and your family’s health!
Live too far away to join us in person? We invite you to follow along and join us on-line on our Facebook page! Be sure to “like” the page so you will receive notifications when new information is added. Share your favorite healthy recipes and ideas with us too! Happy, Healthy & Full Of Life Facebook Page
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Full of Life year in 2014!! Blessings!
Recipe for Mexican Layered Dish shared with us by Audrey-
10 corn tortillas
2 cans black beans, drained
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 package non-dairy cheese
1/2 medium onion
1/2 package sliced fresh mushrooms
3 – 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder and cumin to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Saute onion, mushrooms and garlic until soft. Add remaining spices and mix well. Set aside. In separate pan, add beans and simmer until soft, then mash. In a baking dish, layer tortilla shells, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans and then cheese. Repeat making 3 layers. Bake for 15 minutes covered. Uncover and reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes. bake an additional
Recipe for All Natural Oatmeal Banana Cookies shared with us by Beth- (adapted from http://www.cookiemadness.net/2008/01/1392/)
1/3 cup coconut oil
3 ripe bananas
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk
dark chocolate or carob chips (optional)
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 – Melt coconut oil in pan on stove over low heat.
3 – Add remaining ingredients, except almond milk- only add as much as needed to moisten batter.
4 – Let stand for about 5 minutes to soak oats.
5 – Stir in Chocolate chips (optional)
6 – Lightly grease cookie sheet with coconut oil.
7 – Drop by spoonfuls of about 1 tablespoon into cookie sheet.
8 – Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until lightly brown.
9 – Allow to cool before eating.
Well, our very first scheduled Happy, Healthy & Full of LIFE!! get-together was s small one! Just the 3 of us! Due to the horrible weather, with dangerous temps 50 degrees below normal – we had to cancel. However, I had already made home made crusts and sauce for class- so we made it for our family at home anyway! We had pizza on the brain and looking forward to it the last few days – so might as well go ahead and warm up as the cold winds blow outside with some nice hot home-made PIZZA!!
Pizza!! Who doesn’t love it?!! But, most pizza you buy from the regular outlets are so bad for you! But, it is something you do not have to give up if you learn to make a few simple adjustments! And it is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!!
I’ll walk you through the process…
First, of course is the crust, the foundation in which to build the tasty, piled-high Italian feast!
This is a whole wheat recipe that is hearty, but light and flavorful! Recipe will make 1 huge crust, 2 thin crust pizzas or several individual sized portions. I like to make up an extra batch while I am making it to put in the freezer for a quick family pizza night meal at a later time! If eating immediately, bake until about half done and then add your toppings and continue baking. If saving for a later meal, bake until lightly done and then refrigerate or freeze for later use. For best results, bake on a pizza stone! *Tip- I laid a pan on top of the crust while baking to prevent large air bubbles from forming while baking.
Next, comes the sauce.
Love this sauce recipe! Quick, easy and so delicious!! And just the right amount of zing!! Smother the crust with this awesome sauce!
Next, come the toppings. Everyone has their favorites. I will take you through our favorite line-ups…
Yes, you can still keep things health and still be tasty!! Our first layer consists of fresh spinach and tomatoes. Yes- SPINACH! Good for you and great to add a little anywhere you can! You’ll never really even taste it here! For the tomatoes- Romas work nice for pizza, but any kind will do.
Starting to look yummy!! But, we have LOTS more good stuff to add! Next layer- my personal favorite- MUSHROOMS! Fresh too- none of those canned slimy things if you can avoid them!
Now were talking!! Mmmm, I can almost taste it already! A few more things and we’ll be ready to pop it into the oven! This would be a good place to have the oven warming up if you don’t already! OK, what’s next? Fresh peppers. Red, yellow or orange. We don’t use green peppers. Did you know there is really no such thing as a green pepper? They are just immature (unripe) red, yellow or orange peppers. And, as with all fresh produce – the more mature and ripe – the more nutrients! So, we use the sweet, ripe varieties!
Wow, I am getting hungry just working on this post!!
OK – the next ingredient might seem a little odd to most. But, it sure seems more appropriate than putting little fish, like anchovies on a pizza to me!! Balsamic roasted asparagus!! Simply cut asparagus spears into thirds, put in a shallow pan with a dab of olive oil and a good splash of balsamic vinegar and roast in a hot oven for several minutes turning to coat with marinade a couple of times. I fix up a batch and keep it in the frig ready for pizza night.
Now, what next? To be honest – this would be enough and it wold be great without anything else! But, my guys like a hearty pizza, so we’ll go a little further! Now, I know many of you are thinking you couldn’t possibly have real, tasty pizza without some meat on it. I know, I know….we were pepperoni connoisseurs for many years ourselves! However, knowing what I know now about processed meats and how bad they are for you, I refuse to bring them into the house to feed to my family! (Topic for another post someday, let’s get back to the pizza!) So, anyway, if you choose, there are some good plant-based meat alternatives out there available. Here are a couple we use on pizzas that we like.
The first is this Mexican Chipotle flavored variety of sausage. Pretty spicy and when sliced thin, even resembles pepperoni. A tad too spicy for me, so this goes on the portion my husband Louis and son Trevor will be eating!
Another option we like are these smokey tempeh strips. They taste along the lines of bacon. I cut them into small pieces and spread them around the pizza for a bit of added flavor. And, then of course, there is the final topping…cheese. Now, what to do about that since we have basically gone vegan and cheese is not on the list of foods we consume. Again, we could stop here and it would be awesome!
This is the non-dairy variety of cheese we like to use. Plant-based, made with almonds! Tasty enough I can’t keep my son Trevor from grabbing a nibble of it all by itself when he comes through the kitchen and I am making pizza! Spread a sprinkling over the top, and it is ready to go into the oven!
Use you pizza peel to slip it into the oven onto the pizza baking stone and you have the recipe for tasty pizza perfection!!
Now, tell me this doesn’t look delicious!!
I can assure you it WAS!! Every last bite of it! 😉
Want the recipes for the delicious home-made whole wheat crust and the home-made sauce? Follow this link to our website for recipes!
Since Old Man Winter canceled our first attempt at having our pizza night, the group decided this was too good of a theme to pass up and not be a part of, so on March 24th, we had another go at it and I am happy to report Old man Winter cooperated with us and it was a huge success! We brought the zesty home-made sauce and the crust dough all ready for everyone to roll out and make their own personal pizza pies. Below are some photos of some of the pizzas as they were ready to go into the oven showing the varying tastes of our members.
As you can see – they all look YUMMY!!!
For those who are utilizing a gluten-free diet, we would like to offer these links to some crust alternatives that will meet that requirement –
Also, while we were each making our own tasty version of pizza, we shared some traditional pizza making tools that make the job easier and give professional quality results.
First- The Pastry Cloth.
My Granny gave me one of these many years ago an I have used it many times over the years to roll out everything from her cherished dumpling and biscuit recipes to all sorts of pastries and baked goods. Very handy and makes things quick and easy and helps with quick clean up. Mine isn’t this fancy- but really like the idea of the measurements printed on this one- might have to give it a try myself! I have used a rolling pin cover as well, but don’t find it as helpful as the pastry cloth itself.
Here is a brief article on using a pastry cloth.
The Wooden Pastry Roller
The pastry roller is great for helping to roll and smooth out that dense, sticky and elastic pizza dough! I like this as opposed to a regular rolling pin because you can roll it out from the center to leave a nice thick crust around the edge. We like crust here at our house! A regular rolling pin will make your crust a uniform thickness.
The Dough Docker
Actually, this is something I haven’t utilized previously but plan to buy with my next Amazon order! It punches small holes in the crust to keep large bubbles form forming while baking. Awesome, as I have seen some pretty big bubbles form in our crusts before!
The Pizza Peel
This handy item is for getting your big flimsy, sticky crust into the oven to be baked! Ever have the perfect crust all rolled out only to make a mes of it trying to get it into the oven? This little gem will make it a snap!
Yes, plain old cornmeal- essential for a great professional quality home-made pizza. It is the “ball bearings” that get your beautiful crust to slide easily off your pizza peel and into the oven without ending up a sticky, lumped up mess!
The Pizza Baking Stone
This is essential for that great pizzeria-quality crust – perfectly baked to be crispy on the bottom and tender inside. I like a big one so that we can make small individual pizzas and have room to bake several at the same time.
The Pizza Cutter
Of course, the last item is the popular pizza cutter to get the full pizzeria experience. I prefer one with a larger circumference cutting wheel on it as the deeper your pizza and toppings are, the center screw mechanism will drag through your toppings with the smaller ones.
Here are a couple of tutorials on Youtube on rolling out a pizza crust and using a pizza peel and baking stone.
I would also like to share some vegan pizza cookbooks I recently came across – Look to have some good recipes and ideas for mixing things up and trying some new varieties. We hope to try some ourselves soon!
So, there you have it – all the steps, recipes and things you need to make your own awesome pizzeria-style pizza right in your own kitchen! Mix it up, try some new toppings and crusts and have fun with it! I know our family would hate to give up our weekly family pizza night! In in the cold winter months, it is usually pizza and a movie night! Think we are going to take it out to the grill/fire pit this summer!!
Happy pizza making!
ANOTHER UPDATE!! 5-21-2014
Well, we just keep finding new ways to make pizza! I recently came across a recipe for deep dish pizza that intrigued me, so we tried it here at home.
The more I messed around with it, the better it got! The original recipe called for some spelt flour. Well, I have just about every known type of flour there is – garbanzo bean, coconut, almond, oat and whole wheat of course and more. But, no spelt flour in the house. So I decided to go with a mixture of whole wheat and oat flour instead. GREAT – family loved it! Next time I went to fix it…oh no! Out of the oat flour!! Now, as a crunchy gal, I know I could make my own as I did have some oats on hand, but, I opted to try something else instead. I Used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 organic, unbleached white flour. WOW!! Even better! It was deeper and fluffier! I believe we have fixed it nearly twice a week since making this new crust discovery!!
To perfect the process, I even bought a new pan! I bought a 12″ cheesecake pan (see it here) that works great! (I would have bought a 14″ if I could have found one!) Build and bake your pizza in it, then simply pull off the outer rim to serve without messing it up! It is non- stick, so clean up is easy too! I would advise, however, to scoot your pizza over onto a different pan or surface before cutting with a sharp pizza cutter or knife as they will scratch the non-stick surface. Actually, I have been just using one on my plastic spatulas to cut and serve it right from this pan. You don’t have to have this type of pan to fix this recipe- first time I made I used a 13″ x 9″ Pyrex glass dish and that worked just fine….something about pizzas needing to be ROUND though…. 🙂
I bet you are wanting the recipe by now! Ok…here you go!
Deep Dish Whole Wheat Pizza Crust Recipe
2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 cups warm (not hot) water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water, stir and let stand for 10 minutes. Add oil, salt, garlic powder and honey. Whisk briefly. Add flours about 1/2 cup at a time and mix well. Add a bit more flour if necessary if it is till too sticky, although this dough recipe will me more “moist” and “soft” than the previous recipe above. Cover bowl with a damp dish towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 55 minutes. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Pour dough into pan and pat with flour-coated fingers or spatula to the cover bottom of pan. Push up a rim of crust around the edges if you like. Add topping ingredients of your choice. Bake for 18 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes and remove outer rim of pan and serve! Yummy!!
Hungry yet??? 🙂
I discovered a vegan cheese sauce that you can try to top it as well if you like!
Vegan Deep Dish Cheese Sauce
2 cups cashews
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Done! Also be good to top other dishes or even use as a dip as well!
So, there you have it – LOTS of options to make your own favorite version of pizza or even mix it up and do something different each time!
Have fun and Be Healthy!!
We’ve been busy here at 6th Day Health Ministries!! We decided to start the new year with a brand new, updated website!
We would love for you to drop by and check it out! We will be adding new information, recipes, articles and fun stuff weekly!
Check it out at www.6thdayhealth.com
Blessings as you begin a New Year on 2014 and may it be happy and HEALTHY!!
So, I am in the kitchen this morning when my son Trevor comes through after just getting up and the first words I hear out of him for the day are “Goody, Goody, Goody!!” Now, what sort of event could elicit this kind of exuberant comment so early in the morning?? He notices I am working my way through a big bag of oranges on the counter with the juicer. Now, how do you think that makes a Mom feel? I’ll give you a hint- 🙂 Yummy AND good for you!
I have never cared much for orange juice that you get from the grocery stores – think they taste fake and nasty. And, there is a good reason for that- they mostly are fake and nasty!! The wonderful juice that started out as fresh, alive and healthy has been killed through pasteurization, may have had the oxygen sucked out of it and been sitting around in huge vats for a year and even if it is advertised as “100% juice” it contains chemical-loaded flavorings. How do you think it always tastes the same regardless of what kind of growing season they have had?? YUCK! (See links below for more information on this “juicy” topic.)
So, always trying to see in what ways we can improve the quality of the things we put into our bodies, last year I bought a juicer. Now, I have one of those big, heavy duty juicers that will juice about anything, but this one is designed specifically for juicing citrus fruits. I also have one of those little hand-powered models in the cabinet too t- but let’s face it…it would take all morning to go through a bag of oranges with that thing! Even though it might give me some added muscle in my right arm, I save it for when I need a tad of lemon or lime juice in a recipe.
If you are interested in trying it yourself, there are many options available. This is the model I bought. I really like it – works good and easy to clean and operate.Here is a link to it on Amazon- Bodum Juicer on Amazon
So, I encourage you to give it a try! Great tasting and so good for you!! And, with our modern conveniences today- no elbow grease required! 😉 Your family will love it!!
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Links to more information on commercial orange juice-
I am feeling a bit old today! But, not for the usual things that affect most people my age- aching joints, arthritis, blood pressure problems, hemorrhoids, etc. Very thankful for that I might add! However, my inner KLUTZ came out yesterday in full swing! After closing the cable across the driveway to our farm, in a hurry- I tripped over it on my way back across to get into my truck. So, I was propelled from about 2 feet in the air directly onto my hands, knees and even managed to catch an elbow on the way down as well. Lying flat faced in the gravel slowed me down! I was at least glad no one drove by and saw me lying there! Took me a minute to gain my composure and strength back to drag myself to my truck. Figured I had tore holes in my jeans and sweater and bloodied them up to boot, but luckily that was not the case- just inflicted the bodily damage right through the denim and crochet. Great way to start your day- needless to say, the incident made each step of my day of errands and grocery shopping a reminder of my clumsiness earlier that morning! Today, upon awakening, I realize in addition to the cuts, scrapes and bruises, I am feeling it in my back, shoulders and arms as well. Feel like I have been run over by a truck! But, contemplating my injuries, (in addition to making a mental note to myself to NEVER rush myself over that darn cable again!) I pondered about our body’s amazing ability to heal itself! And it is a good thing too! I can only imagine what my poor legs would like today if they didn’t!! Growing up very much a tom-boy, my knees stayed covered in thick scabs and my legs in bruises. My mother was always embarrassed on Sundays as we went to church because my dresses always stopped just above my knees to reveal the bruises and scabs in varying stages of crustiness and flaking off. Can you imagine what they would look like today if our body’s did not heal themselves?? I have actually been amazed that I do not even have and horrible scars on my knees as reminders of my childhood adventures! We are all quite aware of our body’s ability to heal themselves from things on the outside- cuts, scraps, bruises, etc. But, why do we not believe they can also heal things on the INSIDE as well?? God did an amazing job in designing these bodies of ours! They are an absolute marvel!! I am guessing we would all look like zombies as adults if all the damage done to our bodies on the exterior as rambunctious youngsters never healed! So, why do we not believe the same healing goes on INSIDE our bodies as well? The only requirement is that we provide our bodies with the proper nourishment to maintain and repair themselves as God designed and even told us to! Immediately after creating man, God told him the foods he should eat- “And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” Genesis 1:29. To function, and heal, as God designed our bodies to, they need the proper fuel. You wouldn’t put water or milk into the gas tank of you prized automobile and expect it get you where you want to go, would you? Yet, we treat our bodies as if we can out any old junk into them and then be surprised when we get sick!
Think of it this way- picture your body built out of bricks. When you are born, you are made up of nice, new, high quality bricks! As we age and experience wear and tear on our bodies, some of the bricks get old or damaged and need to be replaced, juts as with a brick structure would. The key to strength and longevity is the quality of the bricks or building blocks that the old, worm out bricks are replaced with. If the bricks are replaced with bricks of lesser quality, made with inferior materials, the building will continually become weaker less unable to support itself over time- eventually ending up with major failures in the structure and even totally crumbling. Not much different within our own bodies! Reportedly, our body’s are made up of around 100 trillion cells, all with various lifespans continually dying off and being replaced. Estimates of how many cells within the body that are replaced in a given day range from between 2 – 15 trillion!! PER DAY!! That is a lot of rebuilding going on!!! So, if our bodies are not getting the proper nutrition to build healthy new cells, the new cells will be weaker and inferior as well. So, sickness and disease are able to take a stand when the bodies defenses are weak. So, am I am comforted to know that all evidence- inside and out- of my clumsy episode will soon be a distant memory! Do you doubt it? Be happy to post follow up pictures in a week or so of my newly formed skin where the holes and scabs are now on my hands and knees, the lovely blue color from the bruises will be gone as well. The only remaining injury will be to my pride. 😉
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You don’t have to give up eating tasty food to eat healthy!! Just make a few adjustments! Try this great tasting CHOCOLATE MOUSSE recipe!! This stuff is AWESOME!! I have taken this recipe to Sunday School get-togethers and family gatherings with GREAT success!! No one suspected it was a healthier recipe unless I told them and everyone wanted the recipe! Great for dipping fresh fruits like strawberries and grapes into or can eve be used as a frosting!!
2 small ripe avocados
3/4 cup honey, maple or raw agave syrup
1/4 raw cacao* powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
dash cinnamon (optional)
Place all ingredients in a Vita-Mix or other high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. You will need to use a tamper or scrape sides to keep it moving.
*Cacao is RAW cocoa and can be found at most natural food grocers. May substitute carob powder in place of cacao powder.
Store in air-tight container in the fridge- that is if it lasts long enough to make it to the ‘fridge!!
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I wanted to share a post on cancer I posted on FaceBook recently. So many of us have been devastated by this disease, either ourselves or we have watched friends and/or loved ones go through it. Both my husband, Louis, and I know all too well how devastating cancer can be as we have seen it numerous times on both sides of our family, even taking family members away from their loved ones at the young age of 35, leaving precious small children behind. We hope to do everything possible to keep our own family from having to suffer through such horrible times. You can too!
Cancer. A word that brings fear to everyone these days. Statistics show that 1 in 3 will now get cancer in the rates are climbing despite all the billions of dollars spent on research and treatments. I just bought a book I hope to read soon called “Cancer is not a disease; It’s a survival Mechanism” by Andreas Moritz. Some comments from the back cover state- “…cancer is the physical symptom that reflects our bodies final attempt to deal with life-threatening cell congestion and toxins.” “On the average, today’s conventional “treatments” of killing, cutting out, or burning cancerous cells offer patients a remission rate of a mere 7% and the majority of these survivors are “cured” for just 5 years or less….Any published success figures in cancer survival statistics are offset by equal or better scores among those receiving NO TREATMENT AT ALL. More people are killed by cancer treatments than are saved by them.”
Let me share something with you that made me angry when I first learned it. Did you know that a man named Dr. Otto Warburg received a Nobel Prize for discovering the cause and CURE for cancer in 1931 and in a speech claimed that “nobody could say that we do not know the prime cause of cancer”. We have known what causes cancer cells to thrive and grow for 81 years!! And the sad part is- the solution is so simple!
There are better alternatives. To prove this point, I submit the following excerpts from testimonies regarding the healing of cancer:
I was diagnosed with colon cancer in February, 2009. My wife, Cindy, and I decided not to follow any of the medical treatments. We started doing research on alternative methods of treatment. We had been introduced to the recovery diet several years ago and decided to use this diet as the treatment for my colon cancer. I have now been on the diet for 18 months. Within the first few weeks the symptoms stopped but over the next several months there were occasional reminders that the cancer was still there. About a year after I began the diet all symptoms had stopped completely. In addition, during that first year on the diet I stopped having problems with my heart. I have waited until now to say much of anything because I wanted to make sure that the cancer was truly over before I started telling very many people about my healing. Though I did not accept any medical modalities for my cancer I did go back to the doctor to have blood work to check the cancer markers. When the cancer markers started dropping I started being more confident in being able to tell people that the diet was working. It is to God that we give the glory. He has given us a body that, if we treat it the way He tells us to, will heal itself just as God designed it to do. After seeing the changes the diet had brought about in my life, Cindy and I both took our training to become Health Ministers in March 2010. We want to be able to tell as many as we can about the fantastic healing that can come about if we will just treat our bodies as God intended them to be treated.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, I had a lump removed, which proved to be malignant. By God’s grace, after the surgical removal of the lump and before I submitted to chemo and radiation, a friend of mine gave me a tape of yours. After listening to the tape, I refused chemotherapy and radiation and adopted the diet and Lifestyle. It has now been eight years since the cancer diagnosis and the refusal of further medical treatments, and each year I go to see my oncologist for a checkup, and each year the check up reveals no recurrence of cancer.
In October 2006 I was diagnosed with stage III, metastasized breast cancer. Within three days of diagnoses, the doctors had surgically removed my left breast, given me a chemo port, and scheduled me for a year of chemotherapy treatments. After experiencing my first chemo treatment, I felt the Lord was telling me to stop all further treatments. After receiving that first chemo treatment, I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I did notify my doctors that I wanted the port removed and that I was canceling all further treatments. Within a matter of days, a friend at church had given me Dr. Lorraine Day’s tapes telling of her own experience with breast cancer. Her tapes referred me to this diet and lifestyle.In October 2008, just two years after refusing chemotherapy treatments and adopting the Hallelujah Diet, I went to see an oncologist who insisted I have an MRI, a CAT scan, and a bone scan. All three failed to show any cancer. In fact, the only health problems I have had in the past years are the result of the mastectomy surgery in 2006 during which the doctor had accidentally cut a nerve. Here is a sad note: A very close friend of mine developed cancer just a few months before me in 2006. When I learned about the diet I shared with her what I had learned. And here is the sad part- she continued to do what her doctors wanted her to do. Soon she could no longer eat due to radiation damage. Then the doctors fed her protein drinks loaded with dairy and sugar. I tried to tell her how dangerous those protein drinks were for her but she just continued to believe what her doctors were telling her. She died in March 2007 at the age of 40. Because I don’t want others to suffer and die unnecessarily like my friend, I am coming to Health Minister training to learn how to effectively communicate to others the importance of changing their diet and lifestyle. I close by saying that if it hadn’t been for my personal relationship with Jesus Christ I probably wouldn’t be alive today. Because it was He who led me in my search for health answers after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. And it was He who impressed upon me to stop chemo treatments, because at the time I had no intention of doing anything other than what the doctors recommended, which was a year of chemotherapy treatments. I feel so blessed to be able to attend Health Minister training, because I believe it is the Lord who is leading me into this ministry, and I am so excited to be coming for training.
In January 2004 my husband Tim was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer and the oncologist wanted to immediately start him on mega doses of chemotherapy and then do a bone marrow transplant. Tim told the oncologist that he would have to think about it before giving permission to use those medical treatments. I immediately started doing all kinds of research online for alternative treatments. Almost everywhere I searched led me to this diet and lifestyle. We both immediately started the diet. In the meantime, Tim went to a Cancer Treatment Center of America and also to Mayo Clinic for second opinions. Of course both told us that a diet change could have no effect on the healing of cancer. Then we went to Tijuana, Mexico and to the Oasis of Hope Hospital as well as the Gerson Clinic and the Hoxey Clinic. They all found that Tim was doing so well on the diet that they told us to just keep doing what we were doing. We kept reading and learning more and more about eating a healthy diet and living a healthy lifestyle, while Tim kept having his blood work checked on a regular basis. In January 2010, it will have been six years since Tim refused the doctor route for his cancer, and through a simple diet and lifestyle change, with no help from the medical community, he is cancer free. Praise the Lord!!!
When Tim made that diet and lifestyle change in January 2004, I made the diet change with him so that I could better encourage and support him. As a result of my adopting the diet and making some lifestyle change, I am off three different prescriptions for high blood pressure, as well as prescriptions for arthritis, high cholesterol and thyroid. As a result of making that diet change and without any further doctoring, I am off all medications and have lost 30 pounds. By the way, prior to Tim’s diagnosis of multiple myeloma, he had for 45 years owned and operated a meat processing plant in Battle Creek, Michigan. Needless to say, Tim is no longer in the meat processing business and realizes that the meats he was processing cause cancer. We know the diet works. I have met many people besides Tim and myself who have seen marvelous improvements in their health after they began eating the way God intended. The bible tells us that to know to do right and to do it not is sin. And so it is not only because of the wonderful healings both Tim and I have experienced, we are convicted to stay completely on the diet. We now live in Gulf Shores, Alabama and there is such a need for someone to help spread the message that You Don’t have to be sick. I feel God speaking to me to become a Health Minister so that I can help the many people who question me about the diet. I already have a family that has started the diet and seen great improvements in their health, while they are working on getting their son off the drugs the doctor’s have him on for hyper-activity. I would have to say that the greatest thing God has done for me, after salvation of course, is when He brought information to us concerning a diet change that God used to heal Tim of cancer. Also, I have an 18-month-old granddaughter and her mother is feeding her the diet. Hallelujah!!!
In 2002 I was diagnosed with COPD which is a progressive lung disease usually brought on from years of smoking. Doctors told me that there was nothing I could do to stop it and that I would just have to live with it, knowing it would get worse with time. In 2003 I suffered a heart attack, the doctors saved my life, and sent me home. Two weeks later I had another heart attack, and after two weeks in the hospital was sent home. I wasn’t told to change my diet or my lifestyle, and so I continued eating my bologna and white bread sandwiches, drinking my sugar sweetened tea and making my daily trips to McDonalds for breakfast. My wife Becky had been interested in nutrition for years and would often tell me I needed to change my diet and way of living, but I would just make a joke out of what she said and respond I would continue to eat the way I wanted until God wanted me home. Later that same year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I did what the doctor said and had radiation and implant seeding, but didn’t change my diet or lifestyle. In the meantime my lungs were getting worse. I could hardly breathe and this caused me to sometimes go into a panic. I couldn’t work hard or walk fast without losing my breath, and if I got stressed I would cough uncontrollably. In 2008 my prostate cancer returned, only this time more aggressively. My doctor told me I didn’t have many options because my prostate had been destroyed by radiation five years prior, and he gave me less than an 80% chance of living two years. He wanted to do a procedure called cryotheropy which freezes the area but gave no guarantee the cancer wouldn’t return or that it would allow me to live any longer. I did not like the odds and poor quality of life that follow the treatments. We came home and began to pray and seek guidance as to what to do. We also began to read some of the many books Becky had on health. As I learned more and more about diet and this magnificent body God had given me and how we were not designed to be sick, it all started to make so much sense. After reading the book several more times I was ready to do the diet. I didn’t want to be sick. I didn’t want to die of cancer. So many others had cured themselves of cancer through nutrition and I knew that I could be cured too. So I canceled my procedure and decided to change my diet and lifestyle. After a few months into our new way of life we spent a week at the lifestyle center in Kentucky. This was an incredible experience and had a profound effect on our lives.
In September 2008 I was told I had colon cancer after a colonoscopy at age 52. A tumor was found in the anal canal. After telling me the tumor was Stage-2 malignant squamous cell carcinoma, the doctor told me the treatment would be chemotherapy and radiation; along with surgery, requiring a complete and irreversible colostomy.
A red flag went up in my brain and I said, ‘No thanks’ to any medical treatments! The next thing that came to mind was, ‘I guess it’s time to get on the diet!’ I had heard about the diet years earlier while watching a Christian television program. I was intrigued by what I heard I watched it and shared it with others who had health issues. Then came the colon cancer diagnosis and I believed God was telling me, ‘Stop telling other people to change their diet – you need to change your diet!’ That night we went to dinner with friends who also had major health issues and we toasted to our diseases as I ate my last SAD (Standard American Diet) meal. The next morning I begin my journey to better health. It was like God turned a page in my life to a brand new chapter. One month into the diet I spoke to a Health Minister. After the conversation I convinced my husband we needed to attend a class so I could fully implement this lifestyle without getting frustrated at my lack of knowledge in preparing healthy food. that week changed my life! And my husband who was playing the good sport by going with me came away with so much information that he agreed to also make the diet change. We loved the hands on food preparation and I discovered a whole new way to prepare food. I also learned about alternative ingredients to use to convert favorite recipes, how to read labels better, how to menu plan and grocery shop. We exercised daily, read the Bible & prayed, prepared food and educated ourselves about our self-healing bodies. After returning home I heard from my second opinion doctors that the ‘standard treatment’ is chemo and radiation. Then I was given a list of side-effects from both treatments – like burning skin inside & out, pain that would require pain medications, secondary cancers like leukemia, hip bones that would no longer produce red blood cells, and the list went on. Talk about discouraging news! I told the doctors about my plans to treat my cancer with diet change and nutrition, and they just stared back at me. Finally one of the doctors said, ‘Why don’t you want treatment?’ I answered, ‘Because I don’t want poison injected into me or to have my insides burned with radiation. My husband was nervous after those visits, so we went home and watched the video titled ‘Healing Cancer from the Inside Out.’ That video convinced me that I needed to stay the diet route with my colon cancer. Regular check-ups to a Nutritional oriented Medical doctor continued to show my cancer was gone and I feel great! I want to become a trained Health Minister because the Lord has restored my health and I want to be able to share my journey and all the information I have learned on my journey back to health with others. Following is a summary of some of the benefits received since adopting the diet and lifestyle: I have lost 40 pounds- went from a size 14 to a 10 – as I watched the fat just melt away. I feel so good! Have more energy than I have had in years, and I finally, actually enjoy exercising. I even like walking uphill. Before the diet and lifestyle change I used to huff & puff, but now enjoy the challenge. I am now within a few pounds of the weight I was 31 years ago. My husband can’t believe the transformation my body has gone through. My blood work is phenomenal. I had a physical back in June 2008 and had a cholesterol level of 225. It is now down to 148, for a 77 point drop. All my other numbers are excellent. My blood pressure is also down. Before the diet change my knees were getting stiff, especially walking upstairs. They are much better now. I no longer have body odor, and acid reflux is gone after suffering with if for over 10 years. My energy level has greatly increased, and I no longer have that dragging spell in the middle of the day. And the list goes on . I love feeling so good! I didn’t think it was possible to feel this good ever again! I thought that we should just expect those aches and pains and extra pounds as we got older. Don’t be deceived my friend! Good health is our birth right as God’s children! But we have to do our part. Make the diet change and enjoy the journey. You will be glad you did! I know I sure am. It has now been eight months since we adopted the diet and I have not looked back, nor do I feel deprived because I gave up all the junk food I had previously enjoyed. I have had my PSA tested several times and there is no longer any sign of cancer. My blood sugar has gone from over 300 to under 100. My COPD is about 80% gone and all my arthritic pain is gone. And as a bonus, I have lost over 75 pounds! I feel better than I have felt in a long time and I am closer to the Lord than ever. I am also looking forward to living a very long time with a body fit for the ‘Masters Use’ so that I can do the Lord’s work. If I can do this, anyone can, and I give all the credit for my recovery to God our Creator and His diet.
I have just come from a very successful visit with my mother’s doctor and can’t hold back my excitement. I must tell you her story: On February 10th of this year (2007), my mother called me, needing to go to the emergency room after being sick and vomiting for 4-days. I rushed her to the emergency room only to learn she had a huge growth in her abdomen. A cancer specialist and surgeon were brought in on her case, and her oncologist told me they had found the largest tumor they had ever seen. He suggested a biopsy, which was done. The biopsy caused the tumor to grow rapidly, adding another 50 pounds of weight in just one week. When the results from the pathology lab came back we learned mom had a large B-cell lymphoma cancer and it was growing rapidly. At this point mom was struggling to breathe because the growth, now awakened by the biopsy, was growing rapidly and pressing against her lungs. She was not able to eat or drink anything. Our family discussed our options and decided that chemo was our only choice. Just one round of chemo was very devastating to our very sick mother. Because of mother’s severe reaction to the chemotherapy, the doctor said there would be no more treatments because he didn’t think mother could survive them. A few days later the doctor came to mom’s room and told us that he was not sure she would live through the night. However, she remained in the hospital several weeks trying to get enough strength back to return home to die, for we were told that there was nothing more the doctors could do.
When we finally took mom home, I immediately placed her on the diet, knowing it could save her life if the tumor had not progressed too far, robbing us of the time needed for the diet to work. The first 2-weeks we saw no change in mom’s condition, and then her doctor gave me a lecture regarding treating mom with nutrition. He was quite firm with me and very discouraging. He closed the conversation by saying: ‘Proper nutrition can’t cure anything – not even a headache! Don’t you think we doctors would have figured that out a long ago if nutrition worked?’ The doctor’s words did not discourage me; because I felt so sure in my heart that your program would work, that I continued it, but with very little encouragement. By the third week, I began to see things that I thought were signs of improvement. By the end of the 4th week I was pointing out to mom all the positive improvements in an effort to encourage her that she was indeed getting better. This is now the 5th week, and mom (who lives with my wife and me) is going around the house doing household chores each day. Today we took mom to her doctor, and watched him stammer and stumble all over himself trying to explain her very miraculous come-back. He is now a believer, and admitted that he was going to have to re-think his stand on nutrition and turned to me and said: ‘Don’t change a thing you are doing – keep it up!’ He then asked for the website and said he was definitely going to check into the program, for he couldn’t deny what he was seeing. He wants us to bring mom back in 6-weeks so he can put her through a battery of tests to see if the cancer is either gone or gotten smaller. I don’t need the tests, although we will do them. I am already seeing the mom I have always known return to life. I’m thankful for your educational information and faithful work.
And these are just a few of the THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of testimonies available on healing from cancer, and there are just as many for other “incurable” diseases like arthritis, MS, leukemia, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and the list goes on and on. We will be sharing more encouraging testimonies here on our blog and on our website at www.6thdayhealth.com , along with information, research, awesome food, and lots of fun! And, even better than learning how to reverse these devastating diseases- learn to eat and live a lifestyle to prevent ever getting them in the first place!! 🙂 Come and join us!