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{January 9, 2012}   Quick Snack

Heres a very quick snack that my children love to eat in the afternoon. Apples and Peanut butter…

If you have an apple slicer use that to cut your apples into wedges. If you don’t have one I suggest you get one they are an awesome investments. They are about $7 bucks, but my suggestion is to check the kitchen supply section of your nearest thrift store first, they always have wonderful buys. Spoon out some peanut butter onto each of their plates/bowls and let them scoop it up with their apple wedges. Mmmmm sooo good!  Kids just love this. It’s a really good filler until dinner time and the peanut butter is good for them too, but don’t forget the roughage the apples offer. It’s really good for those kids that have “bathroom issues” The apples “get them going” :-0

Good Bless and enjoy!

Vegetariansistah



{January 6, 2012}   What’s for dinner?

In one pot put some parboiled rice to cook. Add some butter and garlic salt.

In a large skillet drizzle some EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). When that gets hot enough put chopped garlic in and some curry. I use Juliana Jamaican authentic curry.
Let the curry cook really good then add mushrooms,chopped potatoes, celery,tomatoes, cilantro,and red onions. To season it’s best to use garlic salt rather than regular salt. Black pepper and a little Mrs. Dash.
When cooked to your tenderness pour on top of your rice and serve. Delicious and healthy. mmm

Let me know what you think…Thanks 🙂



Well…Try SMOOTHIES!

Kids love smoothies. It’s like a dessert to them, or just the fact that it’s in a cup with a straw is sometimes so much more appealing to them. Especially when you want them to eat a more exotic fruit like a papaya. Maybe not so exotic to us, but sometimes very strange to children. According to my kids the papaya is: slimey, eww, wet, etc. (I’m sure you get the point). Now take that same fruit turn it into a smoothie and stick a straw in it and voila! “Oooh mommy this is good.”

So this is what you do:

Cut a papaya in four slices (slice it long not across if that makes sense). With a knife just gently brush the seeds off (into a bowl because you can dry them and plant them later). Then with your knife slice the skin off and place papaya into blender. About 2 cups of vanilla almond milk, and 1 serving of vanilla yogurt. For children you might be able to get away with no sugar because of the vanilla yogurt but if you feel the need just add two table spoons (preferably one ) of sugar. Blend with half a cup of ice and enjoy! Very simple and easy really can’t go wrong 🙂

Blessings



{January 5, 2012}   Whats for dessert?…

For dessert I did something very simple that I’ve told you guys about before. I actually got this from my girlfriend in Vero Beach and tweaked it to my liking.

Fruit Medley

Choose what fruit you would like to use or in my case (what fruit I can afford at the time lol) and for this dessert we used: green grapes, red grapes, and strawberries which I actually cut in fours to make it seem like more and to evenly distribute amongst the other fruit 🙂 and blueberries. Wash thoroughly and separate grapes from stems.

Place the fruit in a large enough Tupperware and shake. Then squeeze lemon juice over top to preserve fruit and keep it fresh. refrigerate for a while to chill then put spoonfuls in each bowl and a dollop of whip cream if you would like and watch the smiles on your family’s face 🙂

  



{January 5, 2012}   Whats for dinner tonight?…

Tonight I made a vegetable pasta dish and every time I make it I usually change something here or there but this time this is what I did…

First I boiled some angel hair pasta.


While that’s working in a large skillet I heat a drizzle of olive oil. As the olive oil is heating I’m chopping half of a large red onion, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, celery, 1/2 of a jalopeno pepper, mushrooms and cilantro. I pour all of my chopped vegetables into the skillet and let it sizzle a bit (mmm what a wonderful sound it makes). I drizzle a little more olive oil on top then season with some salt pepper and lots of chopped garlic.

When thats cooked to my liking (you may like yours cooked more than mine but I like a little crunch to mine) then I add sweet corn and a few green olives (you can add black olives I prefer green). Turn the stove off and drain your pasta and pour your veggies on top of your pasta. sprinkle some feta (or should I say a lot of feta lol) over top of your vegetables and let the steam melt it a little.

Very tasty and healthy and something new you can try if you are already a vegetarian. Or for someone who is considering it and wants to try it out on there family first and see how they will handle a vegetarian meal.

Please let me know how it goes 🙂

More recipes to come



Today we had a new years dinner with some friends from church. We really enjoyed ourselves and we suspect our guests did too. We try to think of things that they would enjoy eating and would keep there minds off of the fact that there is no meat.

Soo…what did I make for dinner you ask? I made a baked mac and cheese with chopped onions and extra cheesy (mmm soo good).  I picked some greens from my garden and cut those up and made them into a wonderful spicy dish. The reason I focused on spicy is because most people like to cook there greens with a ham hock or some sort of meat for flavoring and since I don’t I needed to focus on a bold flavor for my guests so I went with spicy and It was good. Baked beans was a given when there is baked mac and cheese usually baked beans is to follow and I found a great brand called VanCamp’s, they don’t have the bacon in them and they are so good. Then I made a potato salad. I would have loved to have a huge greek salad but I didn’t have enough time to make one (next time). I put veggie burgers in the oven seasoned them a bit and made burgers with mayo ketchup and mustard. I must say not everyone can do veggie burgers and I did notice one of my guests left most of his on his plate and that’s ok he wins a lot of points with me just trying it 🙂 Lastly I made a punch with frozen guava and mango and 1 1/2 bottles of ginger ale and lots of ice.

If you are a vegetarian please comment and let me know what you had for dinner this holiday season I’m always up for swapping recipes…Thank you and God Bless

Simone 🙂



Being a vegetarian and a mom can be challenging for some people. It’s one thing to only have to feed yourself, that’s easy pull over at a vegetarian restaurant or a Panera bread or you can buy a salad from any non vegetarian restaurant, there are so many options. But when you have a family especially a big family you need to live off of a budget.

For one thing my husband and I live by Dave Ramsey’s method of budgeting which is off topic right now but if you have any questions on budgeting or about Dave Ramsey send me a comment and I would love to answer. That program will change your life completely. So back to feeding your family, one of the things I do is shop bulk like a BJ’s or Sams for example. You can buy your fruit and vegetables there wash them and freeze some. The ones frozen can be made into smoothies as the week goes on and the fresh ones can be put in ziplock bags or Tupperware and given as snacks.

One of my girlfriends who has 3 kids did a wonderful medley of green grapes, red grapes, and strawberries all washed and placed in a bowl and to see these kids surround her like little ducklings was such a precious sight to see. I mean these kids were acting as if the medley was some big bag of candy that other kids would go crazy for. Once there bowl was done they ran back to her “mommy more mommy more” LOL. Now remember if you have a very young child you need to cut the grapes into smaller pieces. You should never leave a toddler alone with grapes anyways due to choking hazards.

This afternoon that is what my 19 month old had as his snack, a fruit medley. To watch him sit there and enjoy the fruits was so rewarding to me. For breakfast he had a waffle that I just easily put in the toaster and cut up in small pieces and placed in his bowl and gave to him with his almond milk in his sippy cup with 2 spoonfuls of baby cereal and some water shaken up real good. The baby cereal is good for him because it’s so high in vitamins and him being a vegetarian I want to make sure he gets all the good in him possible.

One of their favorite dishes that I make that they love it baked spaghetti with morning star crumbles. What you do is place the crumbles in a hot skillet like you would ground beef (yuck) lol. season it just the same as you normally would. I season with garlic, salt, pepper, and green peppers. While that’s cooking your spaghetti should be boiling and getting tender. Drain spaghetti and put in bowl along with your cooked crumbles. Mix around with Ragu (or any other sauce you may prefer) Sometimes I open a can of sweet corn and mix it in as well and sometimes I’ll put a little sugar in my ragu. Then I layer. In a pirates dish I put some of the spaghetti then lots of cheese another layer of spaghetti then a lot of cheese and so on. On the top I sprinkle more cheese and then bake in the oven for about 30 min on 350 degrees. Let it cool then cut in squares. You can put some garlic bread with it and a nice salad. Place an ice cold pitcher of water on the table and watch everything disappear right before your eyes 🙂 Hurry before there’s none left for you! God Bless 🙂

Simone



{December 29, 2011}   Are you a vegetarian?


{December 28, 2011}   How to become a vegetarian

Good Morning Friends,

On this post we will be discussing how to become a vegetarian.  I have people ask me everywhere I go “how do you do it,where did you start, how do you start.” Well in this post I plan to answer these questions for you and hopefully more.

If you are reading this post you are most likely interested in vegetarianism and if so my question to you is WHY? It is very important to have a reason for becoming a vegetarian, something you are truly passionate about or else you most likely wont stick with it.

Ok here we go I have provided a list of 6 easy steps to becoming a vegetarian and I use the word easy very loosely because it may or may not be as easy of a transition for you as it was for me everyone is different.

1. WHY?: Like I said before you need to know why you want to become a vegetarian. What ever your reason is that will be your daily reminder and give you strength on days you are feeling weak. My reason personally is the killing of animals. Do your own research and find your own reasons but personally the treatment of these animals when they are alive is cruel and inhumane to me and disgusts me to be apart of it in any way. My husband has his own reasons which differ from mine but whatever your reason is be passionate about it believe in it and it will keep you going daily.

2. ONE STEP AT A TIME: With this I mean you don’t necessarily have to jump head first into this lifestyle. You can take your time by cutting out one meat at a time. Start with red meat steak beef etc. and the next week try another and see how that works for you. Personally my husband and I just went cold turkey (ironically lol) and never missed a beat but that option isn’t for everyone. I don’t want you to be miserable and feel as though you are depriving yourself of what you love or like, which takes me back to step one you have to have a reason something you are passionate about for doing this then you wont feel deprived.

3. SUBSTITUTIONS: There are many meat substitutions out there like morning star and Boca that have meatless options for you especially if you have a young family that you are transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle. You can also find recipes on the back of there packages. Now I must note if you have an older family like one with teenagers for example it is my recommendation to allow them to choose themselves wether they want to be vegetarian or not. I do this with my older kids and they for the most part choose to be vegetarian. I’ve seen them slip up here and there but I don’t scold them and I allow them to make it there choice no matter how I personally feel about it. which brings me into my next step….

4. DON’T JUDGE: Please don’t judge others while on your journey to becoming a vegetarian. I do not look down on other peoples  reasons for eating meat just as I would not want them to look down on me and my family for NOT eating meat. We live in this wonderful country were we can make choices and lets not ruin that by pushing our lifestyles on others if their not interested.

5.BE PREPARED: It is very important to be prepared when going to a dinner, party, restaurant, holiday party or get together. This is the easiest way to fall of the wagon so to speak if you have not thought ahead of what will be there that you can possibly eat. Trust me my husband and I do that until this day before we go anywhere that may not be vegetarian friendly. We discuss options like salads, pastas, rice and so on. It may be easier for us also because we are not vegan meaning we don’t mind eating eggs, cheese etc. although I don’t drink cows milk (also for the inhumane treatment of the cows and the soreness of there utters etc.) and yes I know cheese is dairy but again it ‘s a choice I am at this time ok with and which may change later.

6. ASK QUESTIONS: No one cares more than you do that your a vegetarian and you will learn that very quickly. When you go somewhere please please please ask the infamous question which will become part of your daily life lol. “Is there meat in this?” Then check for yourself. Plenty of times I have gone to restaurants and specifically told them we are vegetarian please make this salad without chicken or bacon to find under all my lettuce is a colony of bacon. You have to check your own food no one truly cares like you do.

Well I hope I was able to answer all of your questions if not please ask me whatever else you would like to know and I will do my best to answer them for you. May God Bless you ❤

Simone



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