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Whole Wheat Pie Crust

10 Dec

As promised, here is my super simple recipe for whole wheat pie crust. I made this crust with my pumpkin pie, and my husband made it with his pecan pie, and it was perfect for both. This crust is a crumbly type crust, it reminded me a little of a graham cracker crust. This recipe is a whole foods approved version that I adapted from an old family recipe, using just three ingredients. Easy as, well…pie!

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup butter, melted

4 tablespoons water, more or less as needed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour and butter together, and if needed add water one tablespoon at a time until you have the right consistency. Press your crust into an 8″ or 9″ pie plate. Bake crust for 10 minutes. Now you are ready to add your filling!

 

 

Homemade Popcorn

3 Jul

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We love popcorn, who doesn’t? Even more, I love the fact that popcorn is a whole grain and therefore fits into our whole foods diet! It is super easy to make healthy homemade popcorn, so please don’t ever buy those boxes of chemical and toxin filled popcorn that you find on the grocery store shelf again.

I read this tip on 100 Days of Real Food, and we have been enjoying healthy delicious popcorn ever since! All you need is a bag of organic popcorn kernels, and brown paper “lunch sack” bags. Since roughly 90% of corn in the United States contain GMOs, it is always best to go with organic popcorn kernels. Put 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag, and fold the top of the bag over 4-5 times. Microwave as you would a store bought bag of popcorn. It takes about 2:00 minutes in my microwave, but the time will vary depending on your microwave so just listen for the popping to slow down. I put my popcorn in a big bowl, drizzle with 1 tablespoon melted butter (you could use olive oil instead), and sprinkle with salt to taste. So yummy! You could use other spices to create all kinds of flavors; salt and lime juice, salt and pepper, sugar and cinnamon, etc. Enjoy!

A Weeks Worth of Groceries (April 15-21)

30 Apr

I thought it might be interesting to show what we are purchasing at the grocery store each week so that you can get an idea of what we are eating on our whole foods diet. All items are organic, non-GMO, and contain no sweeteners except honey or pure maple syrup.

Central Market

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Applegate Smoked Turkey Deli Meat, Organic Whole Milk, Lactose Free Whole Milk (for my husband), Red Jacket Fuji Apple Juice, Stahlbush Frozen Vegetables (broccoli, green peas, corn, sweet potatoes, butternut squash), Stahlbush Frozen Fruits (strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries), Organic Bananas, Organic Fuji Apples, Organic Blue Corn Tortillas

Cupboard Natural Foods

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Caramel Sea Salt Macaroons, Woodstock Frozen Fruit (pineapple, blueberries, mango), Chocolate-Mint Tart, Chocolate Tart, Frozen Corn, Organic Whole Milk, Fruit Leather (raspberry, apricot, grape), Apple Cider Vinegar (with “mother”), Organic Strained Tomato, Organic Crushed Tomato, Organic Diced Tomato, Organic Black Currant Fruit Spread, Texas Pure Honey, Barbara’s Organic Cereal (Honest O’s), Organic Tomato Paste, Pepper Belly Salsa, Numi Rooibos Tea Bags, Choice Green Tea Bags, Newman’s Raisins, Casbah Couscous, Apple Cinnamon Yogachips, Blue Corn Chips, Dried Fruit (mango, apricot, apple, pineapple), Honey Acres Mint Patties, Heartland Raisin Walnut Bread, Heartland Sunflower Seed Bread, Raw Cashews, Raw Sunflower Seeds, 4-color Spiral Pasta, Larabars, That’s It Bars

Earthwise Gardens

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*All items are local (within the state of Texas), organic, meats and eggs from animals that are pastured/grass-fed, cheeses made with raw milk.

Spinach, Cabbage, Grapefruit, Oranges, Red Leaf Lettuce, Granola, Pecans, Pork Bratwurst

Food Babe vs Kraft

18 Apr

You may have already heard about Food Babe, and Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food, taking on the American food giant Kraft over petroleum-based dyes yellow #5 and yellow #6 that are used in Kraft’s macaroni and cheese as well as many other products in this country. If you have not heard about this, let me fill you in on this very important issue and how YOU can help.

When the UK decided that products with yellow #5 and yellow #6 (potentially harmful artificial ingredients) must have a warning label on their packages, Kraft reformulated their macaroni and cheese using natural coloring (paprika and beta carotene). Unfortunately they have not voluntarily done the same in America. In fact, lots of companies (including Kraft) continue to use ingredients here in the US that are banned in other countries. Don’t we as Americans deserve the same safer food as our friends overseas?

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These harmful dyes are completely unnecessary. The UK version and the American version look and taste almost identical! Food Babe and Lisa Leake have done taste tests themselves, as well as on the streets of Chicago, and people actually preferred the UK version. Imagine that!

Yellow #5 and yellow #6 are:

  • contaminated with known carcinogens (cancer causing agent)
  • cause hyper activity in children
  • have a negative impact on children’s ability to learn
  • have been linked to health problems such as asthma, skin rashes, and migraines
  • have no nutritional value and are used for aesthetic purposes only

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that stuff in my body or my children’s bodies! I grew up on Kraft Mac & Cheese, just like most of you probably did, and I have fed it to my children occasionally (before we started on our real food diet). No more! I have taken a stand and boycotted all Kraft products, I signed the petition and posted on Kraft’s facebook page. I am doing my part to get rid of these nasty dyes…will you help? Go here to sign the petition, and help us change Kraft’s mind about serving Americans mac & cheese with yellow #5 and yellow #6!

Restaurant Review: Patrizio Osteria (Southlake, TX)

21 Feb

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My husband and I, along with five other couples, went to dinner at Patrizio Osteria last night. We arrived close to 6:30pm, and ordered a drink at the bar while we waited. The service at the bar was quick. I had the Patrizio Bellini, which was very good. The decor is simple yet elegant. Unfortunately, the acoustics were not good and we had to shout at each other to be heard.

We didn’t have to wait long to be seated, between fifteen and twenty minutes, but other couples in our party had arrived before us and put our name on the list. We were seated in the downstairs dining area, at a long table between the kitchen and the bar. We received our menus, and drink orders were taken within minutes. Unfortunately, that is when things slowed waaaayyy down. We waited about thirty minutes before our food orders were taken, and then about another thirty minutes to get our food.

I ordered the Chicken Caesar Salad with Polenta Croutons, and was pleased with my dish, although not the length of time it took to get it. The polenta croutons were delightfully lite with just a hint of crisp on the outside. The Chicken Caesar Salad was perfectly dressed, and very tasty, with the right amount of romaine hearts. The chicken was roasted and very thinly sliced or shaved, which I prefer to the usual thick slices of grilled chicken you generally find in salads.

After we had finished eating, our plates were cleared away quickly and then we waited…again. It took the waiter about thirty minutes to bring our checks. We spent a total of almost three hours there, and at least half of that time was spent waiting for one thing or another.

My opinion? While the food that I ordered was good, others in my party were not pleased with their dishes. The food was not worth the wait and the prices, and we have no plans to return in the future.

Patrizio Osteria
1281 East Hwy 114
Southlake, 76092
817.251.8798
http://www.patrizios.net

Store Hours:
Sunday -Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm; Lounge open until Midnight
Bar Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm

Cost:
$$ (most entrees under $25)

Fare:
Italian