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EASY SLOW COOKER SPLIT PEA SOUP
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:50

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Recipe: 1 tablespoons olive oil /1 medium onion, diced /2 celery stalks, diced /2 carrots, diced /1 cup split green peas (uncooked) / 1 cloves garlic, minced /1 teaspoon thyme /2 bay leaves /4 cups vegetable broth / 3 cups water /sea salt and pepper to taste /¼ cup chopped fresh parsley to garnish.

In a slow cooker, add all ingredients. Heat on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Wooden Ladder? Great Way to Display Photos!
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 21:39

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Baked Tomato and Garlic Pasta
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 21:38

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Recipe: 8 oz. pasta of your choice / 4 tomatoes /4 cloves garlic, peeled /3 tablespoon of chopped basil /1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes /2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts / 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive  oil /sea salt and black pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and cut the tomatoes  in half. After being baked the skin will slip off easily. Place on a baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and wrap in foil. Put both garlic and tomato in oven and bake for at least 30 minutes. Remove the tomato and garlic. Mash the garlic a large mixing bowl. Remove skin from tomatoes and mash with fork.  Mix with garlic, salt, pepper, and more olive oil. Cook pasta until al dente.  Drain and mix with tomato and garlic sauce. Add pine nuts and basil as a garnish

 
Reuse Idea: Reclaimed Metal Sliding Door? DIY Hidden Kitchen Nook!
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 23:09

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Simple Spaghetti Squash...40 Calories Per Cup!
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 19 January 2015 21:19

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Swap calorie and carb heavy pasta with light and delicious spaghetti squash. It forks into long strands that you eat just like pasra, but contains just 40 calories per cup!

Recipe:1 spaghetti squash /3 cloves of garlic minced /3-4 basil leaves /extra virgin olive oil /sea salt & pepper /red pepper flakes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice off the tip and the bottom of the spaghetti squash and then cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the inside and the seeds. Lightly coat the inside with olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Place both halves face down on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. About 10 minutes prior to the squash being done, heat some olive oil in a pan and sauté the garlic over medium heat for a minute or two until fragrant. When the squash is finished baking, flip it over and use a fork to scrape out the inside. It should come out like "spaghetti" strings. Mix the sauteed garlic into the squash. Chop the basil and mix through or place on top to garnish. Add sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

 
Italian Baked Zucchini...
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 16 January 2015 23:43

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Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Top with sliced roma tomatoes, fresh basil, oregano, chopped fresh garlic, (optional to taste) parmigiana and shredded mozzarella cheese (non dairy optional). Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a little sea salt. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes. Easy!

 
Reuse Idea: Plastic Laundry Basket? New Safety Holder for Baby!
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Monday, 12 January 2015 21:38

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WHO HAS TIME FOR BREAKFAST?
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Written by Alicia Belmonte   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:48

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In our busy environment, it is so difficult to make a morning meal.  Especially if your making it for little ones, elders your companion or even just you.  Here are some quick, easy healthy tips to provide you with "the most important meal of the day".

1) Scramble 1 egg per person in a little olive oil, toast 2 slices of multigrain bread/person and mash half an avocado. This makes a wonderfully quick and easy breakfast sandwich to eat on the go, plus it's full of vitamin A, protein and fiber.

2) If your bananas are a little to ripe, peel then freeze overnight.  The next morning throw them in a blender with nonfat yogurt plus any fruits you have in your home (having a bag of frozen mixed berries in your freezer is also a great addition). This simple and extremely quick breakfast provides protein, potassium and minerals.

3) If you actually have ten minutes to make pancakes or waffles, try simmering applesauce, your favorite berry plus a little honey together to use as a topping instead of syrup. Not only is this delicious but also gives you antioxidants.

 
Why Use a Laptop?
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 21:37

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A laptop will consume around 50 watts of energy while in use compared to a computer and monitor, which consumes around 270 watts of energy. Also, have all laptops set so that they go to sleep if not used for more than 15 minutes. Screen savers do not save money. How to go green at work and save a lot of money? Switch off all computers and laptops when not in use. If all businesses did this they would save enough to power the city of Chicago for one year!

 
Roasted Eggplant and Vegetables
Healthy Eating
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 23:11

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Recipe: 2 medium eggplants chunky chopped / 2 large zucchini sliced  / 1 large onion chopped / 2 cups chopped purple cabbage / 1 each red and yellow bell pepper chopped / sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste / 4 cloves garlic chopped / 1/2 teaspoon dried margaram / 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano / 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil. Add the first 3 ingredients to baking tray, mix up with oil, garlic and spices and bake for about  30 minutes at 375 degrees. Add bell peppers and cabbage, mix in gently and bake about 20 more minutes. Serve warm or cool.

 
Reuse Idea: Reclaimed Wood? DIY Eco Chic Lamp!
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Monday, 19 January 2015 21:20

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NATURES WAY OF HEATING AND COOLING...
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Written by Alicia Belmonte   
Friday, 16 January 2015 23:45

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The cost of heating and cooling your home or apartment can be expensive.  There are natural, easy, and nearly free ways to help.  If you have already, or can plant deciduous trees on the south side of your home, you will not only enjoy the benefit of their beauty, but be warmed and cooled as well. Let the leaves provide shade, this will  promote cooling in summer, and warmth in the winter when the leaves fall (since sunshine can freely shine through the bare branches).  Eventually you may also benefit from a lovely compost, and of course, trees also produce oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide as well. 

 
Pumpkin Orange Spice Cake
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 12 January 2015 21:40

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Recipe: 2 cups whole wheat flour / 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice / 2 teaspoons baking powder / 1 teaspoon sea salt / 1/2 teaspoon baking soda /1 cup pumpkin puree (fresh made or canned) /1/2 cup raw sugar / 1/2 cup orange juice / 3 tablespoons orange zest /2 eggs (or egg substitute) / 1/4 cup coconut oil tablespoon canola oil. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 9 x 5-inch loaf or bundt pan.

COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and baking soda in medium bowl. Blend pumpkin, raw sugar, orange juice, eggs, and coconut oil (melted) in large mixer bowl. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened. Pour into prepared loaf or bundt pan.

BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.

 
Reuse Idea: Fallen Trees? DIY Designer Bed Posts!
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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 21:37

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