Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Finally! Organic Printable Coupon Site

I've been looking all over for a site that specializes in organic specific grocery coupons and lucky for you I've finally found it at Mambo Sprouts. The site also specializes in healthy recipes, and all around healthy living stuff
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Healthy Printable Coupon Site

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quin-WHAT? Quinoa Basics

I'd been wanting to incorporate Quinoa into our diets for a while, so when my lovely sister-in-law got us a Quinoa cookbook I figured it was time to start. You may be asking what the heck is it? Keep reading for all the basic information on this powerful superfood.
Pronounced: Keen-wah
Nutrition: Gluten-free super-grain that contains all essential life-supporting nutrients. 
One cup cooked=
222 calories, 5 grams fiber, and 8 grams protein.
How to use: Use as a rice substitute in casseroles or as a side dish. Cook a batch on Sunday and keep in the fridge to use for the week. Yummy recipe below for Quinoa burgers I tried this weekend.
Where to buy: Best deal is a 4 pound bag for $7.99 at Costco, but it's also available near the rice at most grocery stores, and even in the bulk bins of your health food store.
Other stuff: The saponin seed coating provides and natural protectant from pesticides

Quinoa Burgers  pairs great with mama's homemade oven fries
recipe adapted from "Quinoa365" book by Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming
1/4 c quinoa
1/4 c green lentils
1 1/2 C water
1/3 C walnuts
1/2 C whole wheat breadcrumbs
one can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3/4 C chopped celery
3/4 C chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1 C chopped green or red bell pepper
1/4 T salt and pepper
* combine qunioa, lentils and water in saucepan and bring to boil. Cover, reduce to simmer 23 min.
* preheat oven to 350, and grease baking sheet
* combine all ingredients in food processor. Mix until combined and chickpeas are broke apart
* using about 1/2 C mixture at a time, shape into burger patties, place onto sheet.
* bake 20 min and enjoy! 
All things Quinoa and Additional Recipes
Cooking Quinoa

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Upcycled Herb Planter

One thing on my post vacation "to do" list was to plant herbs indoors. This means I needed a visually appealing container to do it in. After some brainstorming I made this cute little decoupage herb planter from an old crystal light drink container. It's small enough to fit on a window sill for optimal sun exposure. 

Here's how to make your own:
Supplies Needed:
empty tube like container (ie; old crystal light holder)
old magazine
mod podge
glue stick
soil, and herbs of choice
scissors, a fork or nail
cut desired photos from magazine
glue onto container
mod podge over top
once dry poke holes in the bottom of the container for drainage
fill with soil and plant herbs in a sunny window