Zucchini Inspiration Recipe

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It’s time to add on the veggies. I love the taste of homegrown vegetables.

Veggie help

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I often get stuck doing the same things with vegetables like just baking them or doing a stir-fry. I need to be inspired to try something different. I, of course, don’t always have homegrown vegetables so anything that will help bring out the best in what I do have, I’m all for it!

Inspiration

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I came across this colorful zucchini dish that I thought was worth sharing. It truly inspired me to want to run to the store and buy some colorful tomatoes, pick-up some farm fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and zucchini and put this salad together. This is what I call the Zucchini Inspiration Recipe.

 

The must have tool

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To obtain the beautiful cut of the zucchini you will need a spiral slicer. I’ve had my same spiral slicer for years called the saladacco by Joyce Chen. It is super easy to use and makes beautiful spiral strands, ribbons or slices. It’s very useful and easy to clean and store away.

Let’s get started!

There’s only one thing left for me to do… let you get started and I go enjoy this dish myself.  Hey, why not make this dish and take to a party, baby shower, ‘pot luck’ or even a loved one who may not be feeling well.

There’s nothing more exciting than colorful food that satisfies the palate.Like flowers it can put a smile on your face; Make it a great day all! ~Miranda

 

Zucchini Inspiration Recipe
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3 servings
 
A colorful veggie dish marinated in a balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized to look like ribbons, then noodles trimmed to 5 inches or less
  • 1 cup cherry or cocktail tomatoes, halved
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 small mozzarella balls, halved ( can substitute for sliced or shaved mozzarella)
  • ½ cup thinly sliced basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Place the zucchini and tomatoes in a large bowl
  2. Make the marinade. Pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the garlic is smooth.
  3. Pour the marinade over the zucchini noodles and tomatoes, and toss to combine.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Add the mozzarella and basil to the zucchini noodles, toss to combine, and serve.
Notes
The longer it sits in the marinate the more intense is the flavor.
Reprinted from Inspiralized, by Ali Maffucci

 

Mamas Get Well Soup

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It never fails, when the seasons begin to change somebody experiences the ‘not well’ symptoms. From runny noses, to sneezes, to achy backs, a remedy is needed and fast!

Mama to the rescue

As a mother, when my husband or children are not feeling well, I do whatever I can to make that time as short as possible. One way I do this is by making an old-fashioned get well soup; I’d like to call, “Mamas Get Well Soup”.  It is a simple soup to make that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, however the key ingredients to this recipe is plenty of cayenne pepper, onion and garlic.

Spice it up!

It will be HOT but, if anyone is sick…this soup will definitely get the immune system in activation mode. It’s a tasty soup with a well balanced delicious broth. The spice of the cayenne does not take away from the overall flavorful taste.

Someone is smiling

The one who isn’t feeling well will thank you and I guarantee their nostrils will open up and they WILL get well soon. This recipe is shared with love and care. Pass it on….

~Miranda

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Mamas Get Well Soup
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8 servings
 
old-fashioned chicken soup with lots of cayenne, garlic and onions
Ingredients
  • 2 lb chicken tenderloins (cut-up)
  • 64 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 15 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 3 large stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons real salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups egg noodles or elbow pasta
Instructions
  1. Put oil in pot and fry the onions and garlic until the onions turn clear, then remove
  2. Add the chicken and spices and cook until chicken is cooked well; white and no longer pink
  3. Add celery, onions, garlic and mixed vegetables into pot cook for 5 mins or until vegetables are tender
  4. Pour chicken broth into pot and bring to a boil, then add noodles or pasta and cook according to directions on package.
  5. All done!
Notes
Add the cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon at a time and if you're brave, add the second teaspoon at the end; once done and let sit with lid on pot for a few minutes to mingle the flavors, then serve it up!

Will you give this recipe a try? Share your thoughts on some of your get well soup ideas

Classic Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas

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Oh, I was thinking about this Classic Garlic Lime Chicken Fajitas recipe that I obtained while grocery shopping and I just had to share the deliciousness.

Meals Made Easy

It is very simple and tasty. Even you’ve never seen it and would like to try, whip up a batch today!

 

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Classic Garlic and Lime Chicken Fajitas
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 8
 
Savory Chicken Fajitas with garlic and lime
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup each lime and orange juices
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 flour tortillas (8-inch)
  • Seasonings:
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. minced onions
  • ¾ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp. oregano leaves
  • ½ tsp. cilantro leaves
  • ½ tsp. coarse ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. MIX juices, oil, all of the Spices and salt in small bowl. Reserve ¼ cup of the marinade. Place chicken in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add remaining marinade; turn to coat well. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor. (optional)
  2. COOK and stir chicken in large heated skillet on medium-high heat 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet. Add bell pepper, onion and reserved marinade; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Return chicken to skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through.
  3. SPOON chicken mixture into warmed tortillas. Serve with assorted toppings, if desired.
Notes
Recipe courtesy of McCormick. Shared to expand the deliciousness!

Have you tried this recipe before? How will you be enjoying this classic fajita recipe? Please share your comments and pics! ~Miranda

Successful Health Plans

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When I was on my journey to improve my health, (not on one now, I’m 6 months pregnant) I discovered a successful detox and weight loss plan I’d like to share. I say successful because I followed the plan and I experienced these results.
 
Results: I was able to eliminate unwanted cravings, increase my energy, lose weight, improve my concentration, and improve bowel elimination.
In Summary. I found that overall, it was a positive experience. I realized that because I set my mind in advance to focus on doing the plan, my attitude about it was positive therefore I was pleased. My results met my expectation.
What’s your goal? If your goal is to detox, lose weight or both then I’d say this plan will get you there. All you have to do is follow it until you reach your desired result. As with any diet change, if you currently have health issues, please seek your legally license physician for medical advise. The products recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Plan
Breakfast-
Upon rising, take one serving of BarleyMax. Mix with a few ounces of purified water or vegetable juice. (I personally mixed with just water) 
 
Tip: It is best not to consume food containing fiber first thing in the morning, as fiber hinders the body’s cleansing and eliminating efforts which continue for several hours after rising.
Mid-Morning-
Drink an 8 oz glass of a combination serving of CarrotJuiceMax and BarleyMax. Thirty minutes later is an excellent time to use B-Flax-D to help maintain optimal bowel function. Mix your B-Flax-D in a fruit smoothie of your choice to consume.
 
*(if you need to stabilize blood sugar or keep hunger under control and support body weight some celery, broccoli or cauliflower florets spread with almond butter could be consumed)
 
Lunch-
At least 20 minutes before lunch have another serving of BarleyMax and have a salad; fruit salad is acceptable.
 
(keep in mind, fruits cleanse the body, while vegetables feed the body)
Mid-Afternoon-
Drink an 8 oz glass of  a combination serving of CarrotJuiceMax and BarleyMax.
Supper-
While you are preparing supper at least 20 minutes before, have another serving of BarleyMax then have a large salad with baked sweet potato or steamed veggies and veggie burger. 
 
(be sure to use leafy greens such as spinach, kale, etc. for your salad and not iceberg lettuce which has little to no nutritional value.)
Evening-
If desired, enjoy a glass of apple, pear or grape juice.
(It is best not to consume anything containing fiber after the supper hour.)
Take this plan one day at a time. Give it try, set a time frame on it like 7 days and track your results.
Make it Plain
To sum this Successful Detox and Weight Loss Plan up,  it is the best vegetable juice blends; very close to fresh, fresh fruits, salads, a single serving of fruit juice drink in a day and one cooked meal in a day. That’s it!
Nice, don’t you think?
Okay, big change from the usual but if detoxing or weight loss is your goal, then you can do it!
Here’s to your success…..
 ~Miranda
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Pamper Yourself Recipe

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Pamper yourself
Today is your day! I know you may have a few important things to do, but please take time-out for YOU! This foot soak recipe is a keeper. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare for your special time; your moment of pampering. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Everybody needs a little TLC and YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Pamper Yourself with this Fabulously Fragrant Foot Soak-

Recipe
2 cups Epsom salt
1 tsp dried lavender flowers
1 tsp dried mint leaves
Directions:
 
1. Fill a pretty jar with lid about halfway full of Epsom salts
2. Add essential oils, replace lid and shake
3. Remove the lid again, add comfrey, dried leaves and flowers, replace lid and shake (again)
 
Use 2 to 3 tablespoons in bath or small foot tub of warm water. Soak and relax while your feet are rejuvenated.
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***Bonus***
 
2 Ingredient Eye Cream-Recipe
 1/4 cup Coconut oil
– protective antioxidant and supports tissue repair and healing
 
1 tsp Vitamin E
– anti-aging reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
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What to do next? Place coconut oil in a small glass jar (like a baby jar) put lid on and place glass container in warm water to melt oil. Remove lid and add vitamin E, stir to mix and use as needed.
Enjoy your time 🙂
~Miranda
Will you be pampering yourself today? Let me know below so I can celebrate with you!

 

5 Shocking Facts About Perfume EXPOSED

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I was just thinking  about fragrances and how I love to smell perfume. I use to buy a new bottle every year and I made sure I passed through the department stores in the mall near the perfume counters so that I could sample any new fragrances.
 
When I think about perfume I think about beautiful pink flowers, or some other lovely flower that was used to create a beautiful scent for me to enjoy, but the truth is my initial thought is furthest from the facts of what’s really in some of those perfume bottles. 
 
Have you ever wondered why some perfumes last longer than others or why some scents are so attractive you can’t stop sniffing it? Well, the next time you or someone you know goes perfume shopping, you may want to consider what’s really in those scents.
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Here are the 5 Shocking Facts About Perfume Ingredients-EXPOSED
1. Ambergris– used as a fixative in making perfumes. Where does this ingredient come from? Whale intestines. Read proof here
2.  Castor Castoreum-used as a fixative in perfume. Where does this ingredient come from?  Muskrat and beaver genitals. Read proof here
 
3. Civet-used as a fixative in perfumes. Where does this ingredient come from? The gland near the genital organs of civet cats. Read proof here4. Estrogen/Estradiolused in perfumes purpose is unknown; so they say. Where does this ingredient come from? Pregnant mare’s urine. Not convinced? Hear it again here5. Musk Oil – used in perfumes purpose is unknown; yeah, I think that’s just standard talk. It takes too much time and energy to really explain. (sarcasm) Where does this ingredient come from? Musk deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat and otter genitals. I’m not making this up, it’s obviously not a huge secret. Find confirmation right here

Not so exciting anymore is it?
There you have it, the 5 shocking facts about perfume ingredients exposed. With this knowledge, I decided I would either make my own perfume or at least, choose very carefully. How about you?
On a positive note:There are companies that care and use only flowers, fruits, herbs and spices in their perfumes see here. You can also enjoy perfumes made with pure essential oils right here. Now, doesn’t that feel much better? (smile)
Make it a great one friends
-Miranda
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7 Brain Foods For Brain Function

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Have you ever had problems remembering things or concentrating? If so, you know how extremely frustrating it is to get anything done. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve placed my keys down and seconds later I’m nearly tearing the house up to find them. 
Now where is it?
As we age it seems more difficult to keep our thoughts collected, difficult to even focus.
These difficulties remembering may be a part of the aging process to some degree, but diet and lifestyle certainly has a lot to do with it as well.
What are you eating?
There are several brain foods that you can include in your daily diet to boost cognitive function, boost concentration and maintain brain power. Although there are more than seven brain foods, we will highlight only seven here.
7 Brain Foods To Eat For Better Cognition and Concentration
 
1. Walnuts-Interesting….walnuts actually resemble small brains. Do you think that’s a clue that we should eat them? Of course I’d say so. A study conducted in 2007 found that a diet including more than 2% walnuts was able to reverse brain aging including age related motor and cognitive defects. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants which fight against free radical damage to the brain cells DNA.
2. Coffee – For all coffee lovers, today is your day! According to a study done in 2005 “nothing else comes close to providing many antioxidants as coffee. While average coffee from the local coffee shop might contain all sorts of sugars and additions, a fair-trade organic coffee can do great things for your focus and brain power.
A cup of coffee first thing in the morning will wake-up your brain and allow you to focus and concentrate. Even the aroma of coffee changes in the brain proteins tied to stress which helps ease the mind.
3. Dark Chocolate– Caffeine found in chocolate wakes-up the brain in addition to harnessing rich brain protecting antioxidants. The cocoa flavanols found in dark chocolate can boost basic thinking and memory functions. Flavanols can keep brain cells alive by enhancing the supply of blood to capillaries in the brain and help create new blood vessels.
4. Berries Did you know that berries are an anti-aging food? Berries protect the brain from oxidative stress while decreasing the effects of age related conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. In addition to delaying memory decline, blueberries have been found to improve learning capacity and motor skills.
5. Spinach– Spinach is loaded with vitamin E, which has been shown to improve cognitive function. Vitamin E helps increase brain tissue and release dopamine  which controls information flow in the brain. Spinach also contains lutein, an antioxidant that could protect against cognitive decline.
6. Carrots- Carrots are definitely an eye-catcher, meaning they are great for improving your eye sight, but did you know that they are also great for the brain? Carrots helps to reduce inflammation and restore memory, the compound found in carrots known as luteolin, appears to reduce age-related memory loss and boost overall brain health.
7. Fish– The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish give our brain a huge boost. Consuming fish weekly can reduce the risk of stroke and dementia while slowing down mental decline. Research also indicates that vital fatty acids help to keep memory sharp as we age.
4 Quick Brain Activities …(you may already do)
  • Eat Breakfast (ex. fresh fruit, oatmeal, coffee)
  • Get Enough Sleep (set a bedtime and keep it)
  • Exercise Daily in Some Form(walk, stretch, ride a bike)
  • Manage Your Stress(Laugh at least 10 times a day!)
**information presented is for educational purposes only and does not replace the advice of your legally licensed physician  I, Miranda, am  not responsible for your freedom of choice.
Let me know your thoughts about this article below.
As always, sharing with you is indeed a pleasure. Pass the love along…..
-Miranda

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Basic Vinaigrette Recipe

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Let’s save time and money by making our own vinaigrette. Fresh salad dressing is a great way to add all the flavors you crave to your salads; whether it’s greens, root vegetables or just broccoli and cauliflower this recipe will work beautifully.

Eating out?

When eating out, you can avoid high calories or MSG by making your own salad dressing and bringing it with you. Choose a place that has a large salad and fruit bar and load up on the fresh veggies.

Show your style

Add raw honey, fresh dill, parsley, poppy seeds, cilantro, whatever your heart desires and make this Basic Vinaigrette Recipe your very own. Please share how you’ll be enjoying your salads and as always, I’d love to see a picture!

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Basic Vinaigrette Recipe
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1
 
Simple blend of vinegar and oils; a base to customize
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Bragg's Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ cup flaxseed or olive oil
Instructions
  1. Put everything except oil in your blender.
  2. Blend and slowly add oil until well blended.
  3. Pour over salad just before serving
Notes
This is a basic vinaigrette. You can add raw honey to sweeten, fresh dill, parsley or whatever you desire.

 

 

 

 

Baked Zucchini Parmesan

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Here’s a simple recipe I found. This recipe is not my personal recipe, but when I find something delicious and super easy, I like to share. It’s Baked Zucchini Parmesan.

If you’re like me, side items are not usually the first thing you think to cook up, for me, it’s the last these days. I’m working on improving that habit of main course and skimpy sides.

Well friends, do try this recipe out and let me know what you plan to pair this Baked Zucchini Parmesan with. Feel free to share the ideas!

~Miranda

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Photo credits: Chungah

 

Baked Zucchini Parmesan
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
Crisp, tender zucchini sticks oven-roasted to absolute perfection
Ingredients
  • 4 zucchini, quartered lengthwise
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a cooling rack with nonstick spray and place on a baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place zucchini onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan mixture. Place into oven and bake until tender, about 15 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Notes
Adapted from Cooking Classy and iFOODreal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set Your Table For Spring Ideas

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One of my most liked times of the year, SPRING! I thought I would share some inspirational spring table setting photos.

The photos below were obtained from an online store that I loved to do light shopping from. I say ‘light shopping’ because they are not necessarily on the ‘reasonably priced’ side.

They have things that inspire much creativity. I love the natural beauty of the smooth river rocks placemats  and the round wood mats made from tree branches. The recycled glass plates in various colors, the morrocan tea glasses, the twing utensils are all such a nice touch to Springtime than the usual.

I hope these photos inspire you to get creative this Spring. If you want more natural living inspiration, feel free to check out Viva Terra.

To accompany these Springtime table settings, try this Spring recipe:

Maple Glazed Pea Pods with Baby Carrots

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Maple Glazed Pea Pods with Baby Carrots
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
A Spring Time recipe. Tender pea pods mixed with sweet baby carrots in a maple glaze.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of baby carrots
  • ½ pound of snow peas trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons of quality butter
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add pea pods and cook until tender crisp; drain and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in the same pan and stir in cornstarch. Return carrots and peas to pan and stir in maple syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Enjoy!

 

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