Recipe of the Day

Today I want to leave you with a recipe. I was searching for a good crock pot soup recipe and I found one and, of course, made it my own. I am excited to try it. This would be a good one to freeze in zip locks for a quick dinner in the future too! Let me know what you think!

Crock Pot Pea Soup

1/2 lb Green split Peas
3 Celery Stalks, sliced
1 can fire roasted Tomato
6oz Mushrooms
1/2 large sweet Onion, chopped
1/2 large clove Garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
2/3 medium Sweet Potato, peeled and diced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Wash and drain the peas.
Wash and dice your mushroom.
In a crock pot pour all ingredients. Cook on high for four hours and enjoy!

This is a great meal for on the go when you don’t have time to make dinner! Start it in the morning and when you get home from work, it’s perfect!! This recipe will make about 4 servings.

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A post from Linda Jeffrey

Today my mother wrote, in my opinion, a pretty incredible and convicting  post. We have to be aware of what is going on around us. Please read. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Mercy Leads Me

 “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.  And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.”  Genesis 19:13-14

I am feeling the angel of the Lord pulling me by the hand these days, warning me to stop lingering.  Lot was hindered and distracted by the appeal of Sodom.  He lingered.  Two years ago, I found myself perishing in the midst of a food system on which God’s wrath lies.  Its seed, which God gave to us for food, has been genetically altered  and now damages our immunity every time we eat it.  Its animals are caged, crowded, and diseased, unnaturally fed, and prematurely slaughtered for maximum money and minimum health.  It is grown in soil no longer enriched by God’s perfect plan of natural re-fertilization through the dependence of plants and animals rotating their use of the land.  Fat, flavor enhanced, waxed surfaces fool us into thinking the fruits and vegetables will nourish our bodies, but they are empty and leaves us hungry and unsatisfied.

I lingered in this system like Lot, until I was in danger.  I was sick, fatigued, arthritic, and clueless that there was a way of escape.  Like the attractions of Sodom to Lot, I was comfortable in the convenience of the fast food drive thru, the low cost of the cardboard boxes and cans, and the dwarf wheat bleached white preservative laden bread I put my nitrate filled processed meat and genetically modified sugar laden ketchup on top of.  Like Lot, I lingered, and would have died in this Sodom with diabetes and heart disease and arthritis and Alzheimers.  The most radical changes have occurred just in the last ten years, silently, with slick marketing to cover its assault on our children who suffer with allergies, asthma, ADHD, and autism. I am jolted by the evil of what is happening to our children, to my grandchildren; and still I linger.

Like Lot, the Lord was merciful to me.  The fate I just described is never His will for His people.  But I lingered.  So the Lord, being merciful to me, took my hand, via the hand of my 17-year old daughter who was a hundred pounds overweight, and my 26-year old daughter who was wheel chair ridden with celiac, and fibromyalgia, and other food-related issues, and my friends who are struggling with infertility, and autism, and diabetes, and together they dragged me out of Sodom to a safe place.  I understand now that God made food, and if you fight for it, you can find food that man has not manufactured in Sodom.

I will tell you what the angels told Lot—make haste and get out of Sodom!  Lot was afraid, but his life was at stake.  He was too fearful to go out completely, so he begged to escape to a nearby city.  Then gradually he moved on to the mountain of safety.  The angel spared him because he was at least willing to start the process of escape.   Like Lot, God’s deliverance to health and life is for all of us because of His great mercy.  He is calling us to escape, for ourselves and the sake of our children, and though you have not the time or the courage or the understanding, His mercy will show you the way.  God wants you to walk in health.  He wants your children to live.  Open your drowsy eyes and look around you.  The disease numbers are skyrocketing.  Autism has gone from 1 in 500 ten years ago to 1 in 44 boys today.  At that rate half of children will be autistic by 2025.  Alzheimer’s death has increased 15,000% since 1968.  Can you name a single chronic illness whose numbers are going down?

I beg of you, do not ignore my warning as Lot’s own children did.  They mocked him.  But still he spoke.  You are in danger.  Your children are in danger.  The morning sun has risen over Sodom, and our entire way of life will never be the same.  If you are willing for your family to be delivered in health, the Lord who is rich in mercy will take you by the hand and lead you every step of the way.  It is God’s will that our bodies be in health just as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2).

Next week, my friends are giving a free seminar on what to do if you are struggling with infertility, getting ready for pregnancy, or are helping young children with severe allergies.  I will be speaking on July 10th here in Louisville on the steps to health.  I have an online bootcamp that walks you through the process for 40 days to help your family transition to permanent healthy eating.  I have just published a book, An Appetite for God (AppetiteforGod.com) for church Bible studies who are courageous enough to address the elephant in our sanctuary.  God has a garden of safe foods that are so full of health and delight, you can’t imagine.

Don’t linger any longer.  Make haste.  His mercy leads me.

Determination

Today I was asked, what was the secret of your success? I went through in my mind, protein powder? walking this journey with a partner? exercise?… All of things great, but I think that the real key to success is determination. You have to make the decision in your heart that it is your time to get healthy and do whatever it takes! There is no better time than right now! Know your plan and stick to it. The system is in place! I have walked through this journey and shown you that there is success possible with 30 Days to Fit. There is a system in place: enjoy your protein shakes for two of your daily meals and eat clean. Yes, it is a process, but ask questions and enjoy it. The system is here for you, are you ready to make the decision to get healthy and have fun doing it? Join me on my walk to health. Look at the recipes, join with people around you and get healthy now. The choice is yours!

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Work Those Abs!

I do my best to workout three to five days a week and as of late, I have fallen in love with a certain workout move. You know that small amount of pudge you may get at the bottom of your stomach? I don’t have much, but I can tell my lower abs are not as toned as they need to be. I have tried an array of workout moves, worked out with a few trainers, and the tool I have found to be most helpful are furniture sliders…

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Yes, I said furniture sliders. Trainer Sol Perry first introduced me to this move, and I have found nothing that compares. The furniture sliders are the pads you put under any furniture to not scratch the floor when you move it. Here is how I use them. Lay on the ground flat with your heels on the edge of the slider. As quick as you can pull your heel toward your body, with feet together, thrusting your hips into the air. I try for three sets of 20. This move works your lower abs thighs, glutes, and calves. Try this one and work your way up to three sets of 20. It is a hard move, but well worth adding to your typical workout! Good luck and let me know what you think.

Lasagna Anyone? YUM!

Anyone in the mood for lasagna? When it occurred to us that you could make lasagna without noodles, I was over the moon. I have not had lasagna in so long, and it was one of my favorites. (Not proud, but fact). We made the lasagna with cabbage leaves to create layers and it tasted delicious. The only thing that I would change, is that our finished product was a little more crunchy than I am used to with lasagna, so if and when I do this again, I will try boiling my cabbage before I use it as noodles. Not so much as to make the cabbage mushy, but enough to not be crunchy. I will keep you posted when I make it again. Anyway without further to do: The Jeffrey recipe Mushroom Lasagna!

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Mushroom Lasagna
1 small head Cabbage
1 lb Organic grass-fed Ground Beef
1 small Onion
32 oz jar Classico Spaghetti Sauce
6 oz Goat Cheese, crumbled
8 oz diced Mushrooms

In a medium frying pan, brown beef with onion in 1 tsp coconut oil. Drain any excess grease. Separate cabbage from head into individual leaves. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide each ingredient into thirds. In a 9×13 layer the following in this order: cabbage leaves (enough to create a solid single layer), 1/3 of beef, 1/3 of mushrooms, 1/3 of sauce and 1/3 goat cheese crumbles. Repeat to make three layers of your delicious lasagna. Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy with a large side salad!

Lunch!

Many of you saw my magnificent lunch!

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The questions were in, what are those yummy looking dishes? Well the orange food are baked sweet potato fries with green pan seared asparagus and tonight I want to share with you my Stroganoff recipe. That is the dish in the picture with mushroom and quinoa. Stroganoff was always a staple in our household growing up. It is traditionally made with heavy whipping cream and dairy. When my mother, who is a culinary genius in my opinion, told me we could have this dish again, I was ecstatic!

Beef Stroganoff

3/4 lb Organic Ground Beef

8oz Mushrooms, diced

1 medium Onion

1 can Coconut Milk

4 tbsp Braggs Aminos

1 tsp Garlic

1 tsp Pepper

IN a large saucepan place, beef, diced mushrooms, and onion. Add 3 tbsp water and steam until fully cooked, about 15 minutes.

Add coconut milk, Braggs Aminos, garlic, and pepper. Add 3 tbsp organic cornstarch mixed with 1 cup water and simmer for 15 minutes to thicken. Serve over quinoa and enjoy!

Tomorrow I will post our lasagna recipe, be sure to check back then!