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April 15, 2016 Meeting Recap and Game Night!

Our fierce flourishing theme took us today to helping our homes and cooking flourish.  We painted mason jars and planted herbs in them – so cute and colorful!  Thanks to Home Depot Park Meadows for donating the plants.  See the recipe below that calls for rosemary, one of the herbs planted.  We had this with Easter dinner and the fresh rosemary made all the difference.

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Corn and Potato Gratin with Rosemary (from Colorado Classique cookbook by the Junior League of Denver)

1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 1/2 Tbsp butter

2 C fresh corn kernels (3-4 ears) or frozen, thawed

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

2 C 1/2-inch diced red skin potatoes, not peeled (about 2/3 lb)

1 C chopped onions

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

3/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

2 C half-and-half

4 eggs

1 1/2 C Gruyere cheese, grated and divided

rosemary sprigs for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp oil and butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add corn and saute 6 min or until golden brown.  Remove corn and set aside.  Return skillet to medium heat and add 3 Tbsp oil.  When oil is hot, add potatoes and onions.  Saute, stirring constantly, for about 8 min.  Remove from heat and stir in corn, rosemary, salt and cayenne.  In a large bowl, whisk together half-and-half and eggs.  Add corn mixture and half of the cheese.  Stir well and transfer to a greased shallow 2-quart baking dish.  Bake on center rack for 25 min.  Sprinkle top with remaining cheese and bake 20 min longer.  Garnish with rosemary sprigs before serving.  Gratin can be made a day ahead, covered, and refrigerated.  Reheat at 300 degrees for 30 min.

 

And GAME NIGHT!

Despite the snow, Moms and Pops Game Night was on Saturday night and a great time was had by all who braved the roads!  Many thanks to Vanessa and Diego for their fantastic games, organizing and hosting.  We joined with the Pax Christi group and had good, friendly competition with one team coming from behind to win at the last minute!  So fun to spend time with the hubbies too.

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Recipes

As requested, here are a couple recipes for meals that have been delivered to our moms in need this past month.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

1 ½ pounds of chicken breast

Juice of two limes

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

1 (16 oz) bag frozen corn

2 minced garlic cloves

½ red onion, chopped

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 tsp cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

½ jar salsa

 

Place all ingredients in a re-sealable gallon sized freezer bag. Mix together and zip bag closed.

 

When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hrs. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.

 

Serve with tortillas and your favorite toppings (sour cream, guacamole, salsa, cheese).

 

Super Easy Dinner 🙂 

All the ingredients can be purchased at Costco.  Place them in a pan and heat in oven at 350 until hot.

Aidells Chicken Meatballs (Teriyaki and Pineapple)

Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice

Frozen Broccoli

Canned Pineapple and Juice

Onion (Optional)


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December 5th Meeting Speaker Recap

Our speaker this morning was Sarah Newman, a Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach. She provided a wealth of information on nutrition and healthful eating for ourselves and our families. Information included:

Foods that fight infections and are a natural antibiotic:

  • Tomatoes
  • Chickpeas
  • Spinach

A vegetable that is high in protein and beneficial for diabetics:

  • Artichokes

Natural cough expectorants:

  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Chili peppers

Foods that fight against cancer-causing pollutants:

  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Berries

Overall top 3 fruits:

  • Avocado (stabilizes blood sugar, high in vitamins D and A, and keeps you feeling fuller longer)
  • Guava
  • Papaya

Marketing can be confusing when trying to buy healthy foods for our families.  Sarah suggests looking at the following numbers when reading labels:  Dietary fiber should be at least 5g, (especially in cereals), sugar (less than 5g is ideal), and protein.

She also explained the concept of “traffic light eating”, which separates foods into 3 groups. Green foods are fruits and vegetables (eat as much as you want). Yellow foods are foods that you need but that should be eaten in moderation (examples include black beans, cheese, nuts, yogurt).  Red foods are foods that you only eat every so often (e.g. desserts). You and your family should decide what’s right for you.

Our MOPS moms had some valuable input as well.  One idea for getting your kids to try new foods is to put a cotton ball in a jar whenever they will try a new healthy food/make a healthy food choice and then provide a reward when the jar is full.

Organic foods can be expensive but one mom shared websites where coupons are available, including organicdeals.com and organicdealdiva.com.  Another resource shared for “real food” eating is the blog 100daysofrealfood.com

Lastly, our speaker provided tasty recipes for smoothies containing vegetables, fruit, and protein.

Chocolate Shake

1 cup spinach

1-2 frozen bananas

3 Tbsp hemp seed (adds 10 g of protein)

1 Tbsp raw cacao

1 cup milk of choice

Blend well.

**I made this one for my kids after MOPS and they loved it!

Blueberry Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 green apple

1/2 frozen banana

3 Tbsp hemp seed

1 cup milk of choice (suggested:  coconut milk)

1 cup spinach

Blend well.

Mango Madness Smoothie

1 cup frozen mango

1 carrot

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 cup milk of choice

1 orange

3 Tbsp hemp seed

Blend well.

 


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Breakfast Casserole

By popular demand, following is Jeanine’s recipe for the breakfast casserole served at our September 19th meeting.  Yum!

(Adapted from Paula Deen and Friends Living It Up, Southern Style, p. 80)

 

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE AND IN THE MORNING REMOVE FROM THE REFRIGERATOR FOR 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOU PLACE IN OVEN  PREHEATED TO 350 DEGREES.  BAKE FOR 1 HOUR.

THIS SERVES 6-8 BUT A LITTLE MORE AFTER I ADDED EXTRA EGGS AND MILK.

 

SPRAY A 1 ½ QUART CASSEROLE DISH

5 SLICES THICK-SLICED WHITE BREAD, CRUST AND ALL, BUTTERED AND CUBED ( I USED SOURDOUGH AND REALLY MADE SURE IT WAS BUTTERED REALLY WELL)

1 # MILD SAUSAGE, COOKED, CRUMBLED AND DRAINED

3 CUPS OF GRATED SHARP CHEESE ( I USED ABOUT TWO CUPS OF SHARP CHEESE ADDED A CUP OF A MILD SHREDDED CHEESE AND THEN I CUT ABOUT 4 SLICES OF PEPPER JACK INTO SMALL PIECES)

4 EGGS ( I USED ABOUT SEVEN)

2 CUPS OF MILK ( I USED ABOUT 2 AND ¾ CUPS)

1 TEASPOON DRIED MUSTARD

1 TEASPOON HOT SAUCE

 

PLACE YOUR CUBED BREAD EVENLY IN THE PAN

SPREAD THE SAUSAGE EVENLY OVER THE BREAD

SPRINKLE THE CHEESE EVENLY OVER THE MIXTURE

COMBINE THE BEATEN EGGS, MILK, MUSTARD AND HOT SAUCE AND POUR EVENLY OVER THE MIXTURE

I ADDED PARSLEY AND SLICED TOMATOES OVER THE TOP

 

COVER WITH PLASTIC WRAP AND PLACE IN THE REFRIGERATOR

 

IN THE MORNING REMOVE THE PLASTIC WRAP AND BAKE AS NOTED.  YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK BECAUSE OVENS AREN’T ALWAYS THE SAME. PLUS I THINK SOMETIMES CASSEROLES CONTINUE TO BAKE A LITTLE AFTER YOU REMOVE FROM THE OVEN.

 

Thanks, Jeanine!


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Courage to be Strong: Smoothies

Here are some smoothie recipes from Laura L. (our resident smoothie expert) to help us “Be Strong” in October!

 

The following two recipes came from a Detox program that Laura did in the Spring through Crave Moxie: http://bethany-utke.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/

CHOCOLATE FANTASY

1 1/2 cups dairy free milk (almond, coconut, etc.)

1 avocado, peeled & pitted

1 cup spinach

1 tbsp raw cacao

1 scoop hemp protein powder

Dates or honey to sweeten to taste – start with 3 dates and go from there.

 

DREAM DATE

1 1/2 cups almond milk (or coconut, or regular if you tolerate it well)

1 frozen banana

2-3 Medjool dates, soaked & pitted (or just throw them in without soaking)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp raw honey

 

Laura also shared this link on making your own almond milk:

http://wellnessmama.com/366/organic-almond-milk/

 

She uses dates for an all-natural sweetener, and says you can buy a nut milk bag for straining on Amazon. It tastes totally different than store-bought — much creamier and you can sweeten as much or as little as you want!

Thanks, Laura, and happy sipping everyone!