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  • Processed Free March, are you in?

    Through Instagram, I found Laury Raiken who writes The Fitness Dish blog.  During the month of March she is doing a challenge called "Processed Free March".  There are no giveaways for this challenge.  Her goal is simply to raise consumer awareness about what real food looks like.  If you know me, then you know I was definitively interested in participating.

     

    The "Processed Free March" challenge got me thinking.  Are we "processed free" at home?  The quick answer would be no.  We are not completely "processed free".  With two little girls at home, there's bound to be some Fruity Pebbles and Oreos in our pantry.  My husband's love for Diet Coke and our love for pork easily takes our household out of that classification.  We still drink mostly cow's milk; although I make my smoothies with almond/coconut milk.  I love white rice, so I limit our intake by cooking quinoa or millet.

     

    Processed Free March Poached Eggs, sweet potato and berries.

    So for this challenge, my goal is to add more veggies and fruits to our meals.  My definition of processed foods really means "fast food".  The food you get from a drive through.  Now, please understand I do occasionally eat a cheeseburger from McDonald's   And yes, my daughters love the chicken nuggets happy meals too.  But to us, going to McD's is a treat, it is a "fun food day".   Prepared foods that come out of a box with instructions or out of the freezer section would also qualify as processed foods.  I'm not talking about frozen or canned veggies.  Eating frozen or canned veggies is better than not eating any vegetables at all.

     

     

    The point of this "Processed Free March" challenge is not to focus on the things you can't make at home because you have too much on your plate already.  To me the point of the challenge is to see where you can start cutting unhealthy foods out of your diet and adding healthy foods instead.  Try a new vegetable, visit a new grocery store, check out a new cookbook.  There are so many ways to include real foods in your diet.

     

    Here are some good sources to get you started:

    Fruit and Veggies More Matters

    Healthy Living Blogs

    Simple Green Smoothies

     

    Are you in?  With fifteen days left in March, will you join us in the "Processed Free" March Challenge?  Upload your pictures on our Facebook page with the #ProcessedFreeMarch or add the hash tag to your pictures on Instagram!

     

    Are you "Processed Free"?

  • Strawberries for Valentine's Day

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's time to start thinking or at least "pinning" some ideas on how to incorporate strawberries.  Strawberries for Valentine's day are perfect.  Better than roses if you ask me.  ;)  They are a beautiful shade of red, almost shaped like a heart and sweet like candy, without the calories.  Now, I'm not against chocolate covered strawberries, don't get me wrong.  But why not get a little more creative this year!

    Heart shaped strawberry Perfect heart shaped strawberry!

    Pinning for Strawberries

    Have you heard of Pinterest? It's this wonderful collection of beautiful pictures "pinned" by individuals.    Whether you are into fashion, interior decorating, gardening, makeup, organization, cooking, you name it, it's all in Pinterest.  You can easily loose track of time while browsing all of their pictures. If you have some free time, check out and join our Pinterest page by clicking here.  And I seriously mean "free time", prepare to be glued to your computer for way longer than 15 minutes!

     

    Pinterest

     

    Almost weekly, I get emails from customers requesting our recipe for either the strawberry bread or strawberry cookies.  Sadly, I always reply that I can't because it is our "family secret".  Since I can't share those recipes, here are some of my favorite strawberry "pins".

    Strawberry Bliss

    Strawberry Pie

    Strawberry Meringue Cookies

    Strawberry Bruschetta

    Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

     

    But if any of these sound like to much work, let's face it sometimes we are too busy.  Just bring your sweetheart on by and enjoy a Strawberry Shortcake!

    Strawberries Strawberry Shortcake
    cookies made with strawberries Strawberry cookies

    How about some of our famous Strawberry Cookies for the kid's classmates?  And of course, you can't forget about our Strawberry Milkshakes!  As always, we have gift certificates available because who wouldn't like a little bit of red on Valentine's Day?

    Do you have special plans for Valentine's day?

    Are you "addicted" to Pinterest?

    Do you have a favorite Strawberry recipe?

     

  • Top Three Yellow Tomato Recipes

    I've been on a yellow tomato kick this week and came up with three easy tomato salads.  So far, I've eaten yellow grape tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!  A couple of days ago, I roasted a double batch of eggplant, zucchini, sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange), mushrooms (button and baby bella), purple onion and yellow grape tomatoes.  Sure it took a bit longer to make a double batch, but they cooked together and I had plenty for various meals.  Win Win.  Once you have roasted them, you may eat them right away or add to your lettuce mix.  If you have any leftovers, you can add it to your salad the next day or mix them in with quinoa or bulgur wheat.

    Roasted Tomato Salad Roasted Tomato Salad

    Roasted Yellow Tomato Salad:

    1 Eggplant, cubed

    1 package mushrooms, quartered

    1 zucchini, cubed

    1 sweet red bell pepper, cut in thin strings

    olive oil

    salt to taste

    In to the broiler for about 30 minutes.  I moved them around half way through.

     

    Green Bean and Tomato Salad Green Bean and Tomato Salad

    Green Beans and Yellow Tomato Salad

    My second favorite tomato salad is Green Beans and Yellow Tomato Salad.  Easily made in your pan by searing a handful of green beans, yellow tomatoes and one clove of garlic.  I added the green beans first.  Cooked them with some Olive Oil and salt for about 5 minutes, then added the garlic.  After about a minute, I added a handful of yellow tomatoes.  It was amazing.  The tomatoes got sweeter and somehow juicier.  They seemed to explode in your mouth with every bite!

     

    Tomato Salads Swiss Chard and Yellow Tomato Salad

    Swiss Chards and Yellow Tomatoes:

    If you've been reading my blog, you'll remember I planted a backyard garden from seed in December.   That garden has been growing steadily and I've harvested some Rainbow Swiss Chards as well as Black Seed Simpson Green lettuce.  Along with my eggs, I sauteed a handful of swiss chard and some yellow tomatoes with a little bit of salt and Olive Oil.  Amazing! The flavor combination between the bitter and slightly salty chard and the sweet grape tomatoes was better than any other cold salad I've ever tried!

     

    Grape tomatoes for tomato salads Yellow Grape Tomatoes

    And if you are wondering why I'm on such a tomato kick, the reason is that these little beauties are at our market right now.  They look so happy and cheery I couldn't help but try them.  We should have them in stock for a few days, so try them before they are gone!  And if that's not enough to get you to try them, you should know they are grown in Immokalee, Florida!  Gotta love Florida produce!

    Have you ever had a salad with cooked veggies?

    What's your favorite salad?

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