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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Saving money, staying healthy!

I've heard people say that we as a world have become so advanced.  The technology has been changing rapidly.  It's true before cars people had alot of work to do just to get the horse and buggy hitched up ready to go.  People harvested alot of their own food instead of buying it from a store.  Back then they also didn't have alot of processed food then.  People would bring in honey, homemade pies, salsa, etc.... to sell at the store for a profit.  However it wasn't "cheez-wiz, candy bars, boxed macaroni and cheese."  So whats wrong with everyone planting a garden, harvesting the food, any extras canning or freezing.  If you don't have room for a garden then you can buy the produce by the bushel where someone else harvest's it and freeze or can it.  Even if you were to make a peach pie, it won't be as bad as the fake pie filling in cans at the stores now a days.  You can grow mini gardens anywhere!  You can even grow totes of veggies!  It's for your health and your pockets so lets see what you can do!

So that's what I've done.  I have some yellow squash and zucchini in the freezer.  I have canned tomatoes and will be doing green beans.  I also have a cold pantry where i can keep some cabbage and onions.   

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

During the times when you have alot on your plate.  It takes pre-planning.  I plan meals or cooking ahead to freeze meals when I may be sitting down in the evening when I watch tv.  Yep, that's right I do it.  I watch tv.  Just because you want to get healthier doesn't mean you have to give up everything.  Weigh what's important to you.  Or learn to multi-task.  I have been going here and there.  For many reasons my entire family hasn't fought me when I've said let's pack up lunch, dinner, and a cooler for drinks.  Everyone always wanted to buy their food out.  They see how expensive and how much more unhealthy than when you make your own food.  The portion sizes are out of control in restaurants lately.  So if it's just errands, fair, race, family trip, fireworks, or anything else that will keep you away from your main food supply - then pack it!  It's pre-planning.  Plan Plan Plan for nutrition and exercise.  It's your key to meeting your goals!!!! Let me know how it goes.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Zucchini

So what can you do with zucchini?  Not much that I could come up with besides grilling it or putting it in zucchini bread.  My friend Marie brought this zucchini dish to a pot luck the other night and I thought I would share it but in a reformed version.  To prepare zucchini for the freezer you can shred it and steam it until becomes translucent.  Then take it out bag it and freeze it.  So to make this dish take it out of the freezer and defrost it - put it in a glass baking pan - prepare some spaghetti sauce with peppers and onions.  She had pork but I was thinking about spicing up some turkey burger for a little more health.  Mixing that with the spaghetti sauce adding it to the zucchini then adding some fat free mozzarella to the top of that.  Then bake it!  Yummy!