Beef and Broccoli


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I happened to have stumbled across this recipe the other day and modified it slightly due to my corn allergy.  I still have not found a substitute for soy sauce so it was not totally corn free (sadly) so the allergy pills still had to be taken each time I ate it.  I decided to make just enough rice per each meal so that the rice was hot and fresh each time that we ate.  We had several meals from this dish and I took the left over gravy and froze it to use as a base for the next time that I make the dish.

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

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Ingredients:
1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef or chicken consumme or broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil (I put in 2 tbsp)
3 garlic cloves, minced (I put in 3 heaping tbsp minced garlic in olive oil)
2 tablespoons cornstarch (I used potato starch in its place)
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired) I used frozen
Hot cooked rice

Directions:
1. Place beef in a crock pot.
2. In a small bowl, combine consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce form the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine.
4. Add broccoli to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
5. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
6. Serve over hot cooked rice.
Source: Xtreme Fat Loss Diet

This is a new favorite in our home that actually got my hubby to like broccoli even more.  Hope that You like it as well.

Have a great day,

Tammye Honey

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Grocery Store Blacklist And Good News


The Grocery Store Blacklist: 12 Food Companies to Avoid (and 95 Sneaky Aliases)

By Fritz Kreiss

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http://occupymonsanto360.org/2013/04/12/the-grocery-store-blacklist-12-food-companies-to-avoid-and-95-sneaky-aliasesby Daisy Luther
cheerios-poisonA genetically modified rose by any other name may smell sweet, but may still have frankenthorns© that might independently detach themselves and lop off your finger while you’re smelling it for all you know.  That’s not unlike a trip to the grocery store these days. There are a lot of ugly surprises in pretty, charmingly-named packages.

It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life.

Take for example, the earthily-packaged “natural” foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles.  They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources.  You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.

Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.

Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto. (Monsanto, incidentally, donated $7,100,500.00 to the fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products.)  Don’t forget that Monsanto is now above the law due to the Monsanto Protection Act, a traitorous rider that Senator Roy Blunt managed to attach to a bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. (you know, that guy in the White House, who made the labeling of GMOs one of his 2007 campaign promises?)

nomonsantoI wish I could make a comprehensive list, but there are more stealthily labeled toxins on the shelves every single day.  It all boils down to a these big companies that own nearly all of the foods sold in the United States. Some of the quietly owned subsidiaries may surprise you.  Included is the amount that the company (and its subsidiaries) donated to defeat California Proposition 37 which would have required GMO labeling.

Not every item on this list contains genetically modified ingredients. The list is based on the duplicitous marketing of the companies.  More consumers are trying to make healthy choices at the grocery stores, but it’s difficult when companies push their toxic wares and dress them up as health food. Young people in particular fall victim to these schemes.  You have to give a kid credit for purchasing something called “Vitamin Water” over a soda pop, and it’s infuriating that the kid, trying to make a good choice, has been tricked into the purchase by deceitful advertising and marketing.

Some of the products listed, may in fact be exactly what they are portrayed to be, but I choose not to financially support the corporations behind them.

Protect your health and help starve the beast by avoiding products distributed by these companies and their subsidiaries:

Campbell’s – $250,000.00

  • Healthy Request
  • Wolfgang Puck Soups
  • Pace Foods
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • V-8

Cargill, Inc – $202,229.36

  • Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Shady Brooks Farms
  • Diamond Crystal Salt
  • Liza
  • Nature Fresh
  • Peter’s Chocolate
  • Wilbur Chocolate
  • Honeysuckle White
  • Rumba Meats
  • Good Nature

Coca Cola –  $1,164,400.00

  • Vitamin Water
  • Smart Water
  • Dasani
  • Nestea
  • Minute Maid
  • Honest Tea
  • Odwalla
  • Vitaminenergy

Con-Agra – $1,076,700.00

  • Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
  • Hunt’s Organic
  • Lightlife
  • Alexia
  • Healthy Choice
  • Hebrew National

Dean Foods –  $253,950.00

  • Horizon
  • Silk
  • White Wave

General Mills – $908,200.00

  • Nature Valley
  • Fiber One
  • Cheerios
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Muir Glen
  • Lärabar
  • Gold Medal Organic
  • Food Should Taste Good

Heinz – $500,000.00

 

Kellogg’s – $632,500.00

  • Kashi
  • Muslix
  • Nutrigrain
  • Bear Naked
  • Morningstar Farms
  • Gardenburger

Kraft – $551,148.25

  • Snapple
  • ReaLemon
  • Triscuit
  • SnackWell’s
  • South Beach
  • Boca
  • Back to Nature
  • Nabisco

Nestle –   $1,169,400.00

  • Pure Life
  • Pelligrino
  • Perrier
  • Poland Spring
  • Gerber
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Tribe Mediterranean
  • Sweet Leaf Tea

PepsiCo $2,249,661.61

  • Miss Vickie’s
  • Sun Chips
  • Aquafina
  • SoBe
  • Harvest Crunch
  • Dole
  • Ocean Spray
  • Tropicana
  • Miranda
  • Tazo
  • Quaker
  • Naked Juice
  • Mother’s

Unilever – $467,000 (source)

  • Salada
  • Knorr
  • Ben & Jerry’s

A little bit of good news…

It isn’t all bad news.  There are a few companies you can still count on – keep in mind that corporate mergers take place every day.  When businesses change hands, there is no obligation to notify the public.  One such cautionary tale took place with the company Dean’s, which acquired Horizon foods.  They quietly phased out the use of organic products without making any changes to the label and used non-organic milk produced under factory farm conditions.  As well, they dropped the quality of their organic soy and began purchasing cheaper harvests from Asia.  Meanwhile, unwitting retailers had no idea that the company had ceased producing the items organically, and continued to promote the products as they had previous to the acquisition.

Right now, these are some labels to look for.

  • 7th Generation
  • Amy’s Kitchens
  • Apple and Eve
  • Applegate
  • Azumaya
  • Blue Diamond
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Bossa Nova
  • Cal Organics
  • Cedarlane
  • Cell-nique
  • Choice Organic Teas
  • Clif Bar/ Nectar Fruit
  • Coombs Family Farmers
  • Cosorzio All Natural
  • Country Choice
  • Crystal Geyser Alpine Water
  • Doctor Kracker
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Dr. McDougall’s
  • Dr. Praeger
  • Eat Raw
  • Echo Farms
  • EcoMeal
  • Eddie’s Pasta
  • Eden Foods (The only company NOT
  • using harmful plastic in the lining of their
  • cans as bonding agent!)
  • Edward and Sons
  • Endangered Species Chocolate
  • Ener-G
  • EnvironKiz
  • Fantastic Foods.
  • Giving Nature
  • Golden Temple
  • Go Naturally
  • Greenway Farms
  • Harvest Bay
  • Hawthorne Valley
  • Ian’s Natural Foods
  • Koyo Organics
  • Lakewood
  • Lesser Evil
  • Let’s Do…Organics
  • LifeStream
  • Living Harvest
  • Lundberg Family
  • Madhava
  • Murray’s Chicken
  • Nasoya
  • Native Forest
  • Natural by Nature
  • Nature Factor
  • Nature’s Path
  • Newman’s Own Organic
  • Organic Prarie
  • Organic Valley
  • Pacific Naturals
  • Pamela’s
  • Peace Cereal
  • Petalumi
  • Rapunzel
  • Real Foods
  • Republic of Teas
  • Road’s End Organics
  • San J
  • Sensible Foods
  • Seven Star Farms
  • Sunergia
  • Tasty Bite Indian
  • Terra Nostra
  • Texmati
  • Theo chocolates
  • Think Organic
  • Turtle Mountain Toferky
  • Vermont Mystic Pie
  • Vitasoy
  • Vita Spelt
  • Vivani Chocolate
  • Wizard’s Saucery
  • Woodstock Farms
  • XOXOXO chocolate
  • Yogi Tea
  • Zija
  • Zoe’s Granola

Another way to avoid unscrupulous food producers is through apps such as Buycott.  If you  have an iPhone, it can be used to check a product that you see in the stores to see what corporate links exist with a quick scan (it will be coming to Android soon as well).

Of course, the best way to avoid GMOs and toxic additives is to avoid packaged foods altogether. Raise and preserve your own food, buy organic and local, cook from scratch, and avoid processed foods.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook andTwitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

 Saw this and had to share this information with other readers.

Dinner In A Hurry


When I found out that I was going to have hungry grandchildren to visit yesterday I wanted to make something quick and easy so that I could sit and visit while it cooked.  Due to a time crunch on the visit as the boys had to return home to get ready for school for today it had to be a quick meal.  Their mom had said that she could pick up a pizza on the way.

Homemade and nutritious for me always wins hands down.  I said I had already started to just come and visit.

I took chicken thighs and placed them in my roaster pan where I poured Wishbone Lite Italian Dressing on them enough to well coat them.  I covered with foil and placed them in the oven at 350 F.

I then proceeded to peel potatoes.  Both yellow butter and Red potatoes since I did not have enough of the yellow butter ones.  I placed them in a pan of water cubed with a hint of sea salt and let them boil with the cover slightly ajar.

I then took one container of Vanilla Yogurt, a container of Sour Cream, several varieties of fruit that I had (Mine were canned although frozen do work well) and 1/4 cup of marshmallows  I mixed them together in the bowl and let them sit in the fridge.

I was able to sit and visit, only being interrupted by my timer every fifteen minutes to turn the chicken.

The potatoes were finished and we added one stick of butter and one container of sour cream to whip them with the beater..

The thighs were done and we ate.  The meat fell easily from the bone and was very tender.  To have the boys comment how good the chicken was felt good.

They were surprised when I said that I had dessert.  First response was “What is that?”  I handed each a fork to stick in the mixture to taste.

Each had a big bowl of it and the last one finished the bowl.  I had a bag of coconut on the side to sprinkle on the top if the wanted it.  (I do not care for coconut so it always is a side option for me.)

A side salad was the other option which was offered.  Simple cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce with a choice of dressings.

Complete meal that was quick and easy with no measuring and I was able to spend time with my guests.

Thank you for reading.

Tammye Honey

Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy


I opened my emails this morning to find the top one from my hubby.  We do live in the same home, this is just another way of us to communicate when he is up late at night and wants to tell me something or show me something when I am sleeping.

Here it was:

http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/biscuits_and_gravy.htm

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Jimmy Dean premium pork or turkey sausage
  • 3 Tbs. corn starch
  • 3 C. milk
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 can. pre-made biscuits (i.e. Grand’s home style)

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, cook sausage until fully cooked. When cooked, do not drain. Add butter, and cornstarch, stir until cornstarch is dissolved into the sausage. By this time you’ll want to start putting your biscuits in the oven, bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Once done, slowly begin to add the milk to the gravy mixture.  Add about a cup each time continuously stirring. Season to taste. Pour your gravy on your biscuits to serve.

http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/homemade_sausage_gravy_and_biscuits.htm

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Tennessee pride mild sausage
  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 8 biscuits
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Corn starch

Directions

 

Break up and brown sausage well. Drain and add salt and pepper, mix until brown. Add milk a little at a time to get it brown. Let it cook down until it’s brown again, then add remaining milk. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir well, add corn starch to thicken. Serve over hot flakey biscuits.

http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/mind_blowing_buttermilk_biscuits_recipe.htm

Time needed

15 min preparation + 12 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 C All purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 C Lard (or shortening)
  • 2/3 C Buttermilk (or sour milk)

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in lard (or shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of dry mixture, then add buttermilk (or sour milk) all at once. Using a fork, stir (just until moistened).
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Quickly knead the dough by gently folding and pressing the dough for 10 or 12 strokes or until the dough is nearly smooth. Pat or lightly roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour between cuts.
Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 450F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the biscuits are done. Remove biscuits from the baking sheet and serve hot.

 

I think he was trying to give me a hint to change to gluten free flour and rice or potato starch and make this lol…

Will make and record just had to share…

What is in the Fridge Today?


As I walk to my fridge and look I am faced as many women with the task of being inventive and still staying on budget.

So far my ingredients include

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Perhaps some chicken or beef…have not decided yet but this is my starting block for dinner.  Since it is not grocery day I have to work with what I have in the house.  I do not feel like soup so a type of empanada it is.

Hubby was no help when I asked him what he wanted and he said whatever I am having.

As I am going through our mini freezer, what do I stumble upon but a ready made meal.

meal in a bag

I will have to take an allergy pill but with coupons I paid next to nothing for this and the chicken was on sale too.

Contessa makes a great line of quick meals for two. Or for one with leftovers for next day. Look for coupons as they are always available too.  I add meat to mine as hubby likes lots of meat.

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Perdue is now feeding their chickens without chemicals and organic.  They are not abusive so I try to stay clear of off brands that might be a deal but not good.

Thank goodness for coupons and being able to use them…

I guess the left over chicken will be the empanadas of tomorrow… and dinner is made for tonight…so I can clean today.  Yeah! I need to read the 12 secrets to planning meals why don’t you peek at it too?  Tell her I sent you please…Thank you.

One of my readers http://stuphblog.wordpress.com has asked what is an empanada so here I am adding an explanation of one of the easiest meals to make for a quick dinner.

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I love this brand as it is made with flour base that does not have bromine and no Corn…

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I add my hubby’s favorite cheese

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Medium Heat on the stove for the frying pan or griller

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I spray the pan with Pam to not have a greasy empanada

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I cut my chicken into strips and brown them on both sides or brown hamburger or stew beef or turkey burger….

Here is where it gets fun….

You can add…Onions

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Diced up and brown in the meat while it is cooking

Green peppers or hot peppers if you so choose

Spinach if you want to be healthy

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In a clean pan that has been sprayed with the Pam cooking spray

Add your tortilla shell then on half of the shell add your meat mixture.  Around the edges I sprinkle my favorite cheese as well as across the top.

Then fold over the other half so that it seals with the cheese. Press down with your spatula.  Brown on both sides then serve with

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This is to dip your empanada in

Enjoy

Tammye Honey

Homemade Shrimp Bisque


After reading a fellow blogger’s post this morning, I was suddenly starving and drooling for a homemade soup since it is so cold outside.

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Did you say hush… oh you sound just like my hubby…guess you are right…it could be worse, I could be braving the New York State Winter like I used to as I am letting the dogs out in my slippers and sweat shirt lol….

http://rantingchef.com/2013/01/22/soup-roulette/

In case you are wondering what inspired me this morning…. Hey where are you going?

Okay , he is great and has some really great recipes and some great guest bloggers on his site too.  I have even guest blogged there before.  Hurry back as I am about to give you the lowdown on my recipe.

Thanks for coming back, phew…was worried there for a second.

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Since my allergies are so bad to corn, I use all natural ingredients and fresh ingredients as much as possible in our foods so that I am not running for my allergy medication or even worse, my epi pen.

 

I started my soup with a few simple ingredients that I just happen to have in stock.

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A medium onion

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Some potatoes either red or yellow

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Shrimp (Take the tails off)

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Daisy Brand Sour Cream

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Fresh Baby Carrots

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Fresh Celery

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Fresh Sliced Mushrooms

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Old Bay Seasoning

milk

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Paprika (I happen to use the tube however this is fine)

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You can’t beat fresh baby spinach

(Had already thrown bag out when I realized I had not taken a picture sorry)

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Swanson does make it better for certain with their chicken broth

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My Vidalia Chopper is priceless in my kitchen for chopping my vegetables to a perfect size for all of my creations.  It is a must have for every kitchen.  It is quick and easy and super fast cleanup too.

I throw all my ingredients in the pot suited to how much of each item that we prefer as my hubby likes a lot more potato and more shrimp than the average person.  A full bag of spinach and easy on the mushroom, carrots and celery yet enough for flavor.  One to two containers of the sour cream depending on your taste and since my hubby does not like a thick soup I do not add a thickener and do add milk here…by now I am sure you know what milk looks like.  So I did not take a picture of our milk container.  Here would be a great spot to explain the thicker that I do use…I either normally use rice starch or potato starch and just a few teaspoons will do you.

Simmer slowly and enjoy the aroma till the veggies are soft.

Voila… serve in a bowl or to be creative in a bowl of carved bread.

Eat Healthy and enjoy,

Tammye Honey

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Guest Blogger on The Ranting Chef


So happy to be a guest blogger here today…check out this great Chef daily for some really great recipes… The Ranting Chef…Thank You for this opportunity to be a Guest Blogger on Your Site…

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The Ranting Chef

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Vagabond Chicken

5 Chicken Thighs

2 Red Delicious Apples (Cored, Peeled and Chopped)
1/4 cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Kraft Foods)
1/4 cup of Feta Cheese (Athenos)
1/4 Cup of Mediterranean Herb Cheese (Cracker Barrel)
4 cups of homemade bread cubes
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup of dry white wine (Beechaven is a local winery)
1/2 cup vegetable (or Chicken) Stock
1 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp potato starch (or rice starch)
My sauce:  1/2 cup dry white wine, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 1 cup apple sauce (unsweetened) with a generous addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, white pepper, vanilla and honey to taste.  I added the Potato Starch to thicken.
1. Combine apple, cheese, and bread crumbs. Set aside.
2. Flatten chicken breasts between sheets of waxed paper to 1/4 inch thickness. Divide apple mixture between chicken breasts, and roll up each breast. Secure with toothpicks.
3. Melt butter or margarine in a 7 inch skillet over medium heat. Brown stuffed chicken breasts. Add wine and 1/4 cup water. Cover. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.
4. Transfer chicken to a serving platter. Combine 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch; stir into juices in pan. Cook and stir until thickened. Pour gravy over chicken, and garnish with parsley. Serve.
Hope you do not mind the modifications, the taste was great and even hubby liked it all…

Hope you enjoy both his blog site and my recipe….See his original version of this recipe also as mine has been modified due to corn allergies.

Have a delicious day….

Tammye Honey

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

Very few recipes are meant to be static. They are best as they evolve and every different chefs put their own special take on them. I am really happy that today’s guest blogger, Tammye from tammyehoney, has taken a recent recipe that I posted and made it her own. Check out Tammye’s version and check out her site tammyehoney

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