The Jesus Diet


Stuffed Tomatoes
July 17, 2011, 1:21 am
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Everyone has heard of stuffed peppers, but stuffed tomatoes?!  Last year I tried a recipe for tomatoes stuffed with spinach and cheese.  They were amaze-balls.  This year, I switched it up a little.. Here’s the recipe!

Stuffed Tomatoes

4 tomatoes

1 green pepper

1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese

2T parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper

Cut the top off of the tomatoes and scoop out the guts (leave enough flesh on the side that they can hold their form).  Put the guts into your food processor with the big blade attachment.  Season the inside of your tomatoes with a little bit of salt and fresh ground pepper.  Throw your seeded and cored green pepper and cheeses into the food processor with your tomato guts.  Whiz a few times until it’s thoroughly mixed together and spoon it back into your tomatoes.  Cook at 350 for about 15 minutes, until all the cheese is melty and the tomatoes are soft.

Alterations:  You can throw about anything inside your tomato.. Add some basil, cooked rice, meat, beans.. Seriously people, the tomato’s your oyster!



Zucchini Pizza Boats
July 11, 2011, 1:18 pm
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Inspiration struck yesterday!  Reviews are:  Nate: “These are delicious!” (Said at least 5 times) and Will:  “Mommy, I love this dinner!”  Owen: “Pizza!”

Zucchini Pizza Boats

2-3 zucchini sliced lengthwise (You can also sub summer squash)

1/2-1 c pizza sauce

3/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese

Fillers* see instructions

1.  Scoop the seeds out of the zucchini halves, leaving some flesh.  *Mince some filler veggies.  I used 2 cloves of garlic, about 2T minced onion and about 1/4 cup of broccoli stems that the boys passed over.

2.  Scoop an even amount of sauce into each zucchini half.  Layer the minced veggies and top with cheese.

3.  You can bake or grill these puppies.  You could bake them at 350 (it will probably take about 30 minutes).  We grilled them and they were fantastic! 



Peanut Noodles – My Staple Recipe
June 23, 2011, 7:22 pm
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I’ve begun leading workshops through my church about whole foods.  One of the things we talked about was having a few staple recipes to fall back on when you either don’t have a plan, or are running low on groceries.  Well, here is my FAVORITE staple recipe..

Oh So Delicious Peanut Noodles

A fist full of rice noodles or whole wheat noodles

Sauce:

1/4c cup peanut butter (Try buying from those grinders in the store – so good!)

2 T coconut milk + more to thin if necessary (Or, you can just use regular milk or water in a pinch)

1 t red curry paste

2 T Pure Maple Syrup

2 T lemon or lime juice

1 t soy sauce 

3 T sesame oil

1 T minced ginger

1 clove garlic, minced 

This will make enough sauce for about a fist-full of pasta, depending on how saucy you want your noodles.

Additional Add Ins:

Shredded Carrots

Shredded Cucumbers

Chopped broccoli (steamed or raw)

Sprouts

Pepper slices

Be creative!

Cook up your noodles.  While they are cooking, mix up your sauce.  When your noodles are done, drain (and rinse if you want your noodles cold)  Toss together the sauce, noodles, and add-ins.   You can serve this warm or cold.



Tropical Pizza and My Hiatus
October 5, 2010, 12:26 am
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Hello everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I updated.. Among all of the late summer preserving/settling into our new home I decided to take a bit of an internet hiatus.  I banned myself from Facebook along with all other non-essential internet tasks.  I should am hoping to impart some yummy recipes and information more often this fall/winter.  We’ll see what happens!  Stick with me!  🙂  Just a yummy recipe to start us off…

(Right before I popped it into the oven)

Tropical Pizza

1 lb clean eating pizza dough (I like freezing 1lb balls wrapped in waxed paper, then foil so I can just grab and thaw the night before I make pizza)

1/3 c mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/3 c swiss cheese, shredded

2 bell peppers, color of choice, chopped

1 c organic pineapple or mango salsa

Preheat oven to 400.  Sprinkle cornmeal or flour on a pizza stone/cookie sheet and stretch dough in a medium-sized pizza.  Cover crust with 2/3 c salsa, then cheeses and peppers.  Top with the remaining salsa.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheeses are melted and pizza is heated through.



Revamped BLT Salad
August 17, 2010, 2:12 am
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This recipe is so good I just had to share it with you right after I finished eating!

Revamped BLT Salad

4 hardboiled eggs, chopped

3 pieces of organic nitrate/nitrite-free bacon, cooked and chopped

3 tomatoes, seeded and diced

3 cloves of garlic, cooked in 1T EVOO until browned

4c baby spinach

2 T EVOO

Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Mix all these ingredients together and serve immediately.  Deeeeelish!



Simplify
June 6, 2010, 1:31 pm
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With everything that is difficult and fast-paced in our lives, eating shouldn’t be at the top of our lists.  I know that starting out on a clean diet can seem very intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.  There are so many quick and easy recipes that are delicious and wholesome!  For example, this could easily be an entire meal..

3/4 – 1 c cottage cheese

1 apple

2 crisp breads, (like Wasa)

A few carrots

A large glass of Water.

Easy huh?  You don’t have to make a fancy meal to be clean!



The art of being frugal; Chicken
May 15, 2010, 7:31 pm
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Being a stay-at-home mom has a few drawbacks, one being the lack of a second income.  I wholly appreciate the lifestyle that this inspired; one of frugality and appreciation of everything non-monetary.  I have learned ways to make my money last; and have had quite a bit of fun doing so!  I am able to provide my family with clean, wholesome, healthy food, 3 meals a day, every day, on $200 dollars every two weeks.  That breaks down to $14.29 a day, $4.76 each meal at $1.19 a person.  Awesome huh?  So all of you who are doubting whether or not you can eat clean on a budget.. doubt no more!

One way I have found to make my money last is I occasionally will buy a whole chicken and stretch it out for several meals.  For example.  Last week I did the following:

Day 1:  Roasted Rosemary-Balsamic Chicken with veggies

Day 2:  Penne with shredded chicken

What was left after those two meals:  Bones, Skin, and the little bit of meat that I couldn’t get off the bones.  Straight into the trash?  Oh, no Sir!  Into the stock pot!  I have come to appreciate the art of making Stock.  The chicken broth/stock we buy from the store is FULL of sodium and unknown ingredients.  Why not make your own?   Here’s how I do it..

Chicken Stock

Leftover chicken bones/skin/etc

Water

Veggies (carrots, green beans, onions, spinach, celery, etc)  I like to use the ends of carrots, celery, and onions that I don’t use in my regular cooking, then roughly chop enough veggies to get a good ratio.

In a very large stock-pot, toss in leftover chicken, fill to about 1/3-1/2 of the way full with chopped veggies (Nothing fancy, just whatever you have on hand), and fill to the top with water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour or two.  After it has cooked, toss all of the chicken/bones in the trash, and the veggies in your compost bin.  Pour liquid into jars and put in the freezer.  Whenever you have a recipe that calls for chicken broth/stock, just use your home-made stock instead!  Ta-dah!