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Easy Clean Paleo Dinner #2


Pumpkin Apple Carrot Bisque with Broccoli and Garlic Chicken Meatballs

This dinner was alot easier than it looks, and it contains fresh food from my garden.

But, rest assured, you can get everything you need from the store.


For the Bisque, I had already baked my backyard pumpkin, and froze it.  I of course, roasted, salted, and ate the seeds!  So, I simply threw 3 cups of frozen pumpkin in a pan to melt it.  I chopped up a few slices of fresh ginger and 4 large Organic Costco carrots and simmered them in a pan to sweeten them up.  After cooking, I threw them in a Vitamix with 2 cups of Organic Treetop Applesauce from Costco.  I blended into a Bisque, added purple sage sprigs from my herb garden and Voila!  A warm, sweet, and spicy treat filled with Vitamin A and Carotenoids!

As for the Broccoli….well, Costco has pre-packaged portions of Organic Frozen Broccoli, so into the pan with some water for steaming it goes!  It is important not to overcook broccoli or to use too much water.  Many of the overcooked vitamins will end up in the liquid if so.  You want to savor the antioxidants from this cruciferous vegetable.  This is why lightly steaming is so important.

Lastly, the already-cooked Organic Aidells Sweet Chicken and Roasted Garlic from Costco go into the Stainless Steel Pan for 10 minutes to get re-heated.  We only cook with Cast Iron, glass, Ceramic and Stainless steel, because aluminum, teflon, and other unnatural surfaces cause cancer and other health issues.


Total time tonight?  30 minutes from freezer and garden to plate.  I even added candlelight to the dinner table.  So, c’mon….you can do this too!


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10 Ways To Live Better By Living With Less

  1. Always bring your reusable bags shopping.  Keep a few in the back of your car.  Plastic litters the oceans, puts toxins in the atmosphere, and can take thousands of years to degrade.
  2. Reduce packaging.  Grow your own garden.  Buy bulk.  Eat fresh, unpackaged whole foods.  Avoid products that are double wrapped with plastic, and take the time to contact the manufacturers about their waste.  You might get a thank you for saving them money!
  3. Think twice before you buy.  The more “stuff” you buy, the more clutter you will have in your life.  Make sure every item you buy is worth its carbon footprint.  When you want some “thing” at the store, go home and research: where and how they are made, what the reviews are, and price.  You might check Craigslist to see if you can get a better deal.  If in 48 hours, if you still really want the item, chances are, it will still be there.
  4. Drive less.  Walking and biking are not only great forms of exercise, they make the world and your wallet “green”.  It is fun to slow down and see the world, while reducing pollution.  Employers may compensate employees for these modes of alternative transportation, including ride-sharing, taking the local transit.  Additionally, insurance companies will often give drivers discount for reduced mileage on their vehicles.
  5. Reuse your glass bottles and Paper.  Recycle everything else.  Many plastic bottles leach BPA.  You can use glass jars for storing Kombucha, Sauerkraut, freezer jam, and soups.   There is no need to buy water bottles, when you can reuse wine and juice bottles.  Cardboard and paper are great for sheet mulching in the garden.  Non-meat food items are great for composting.  Aluminum and steel cans can be donated to local schools for money.  Make sure to follow you local waste company’s policies on recycling to ensure everything ends up where it belongs.
  6. Buy Local.  Buying local supports the economy, reduces your carbon footprint, and results in better quality.  Buying foods without wrappers is better for the earth.  Help support your local farmers markets.  They might just save the community if there is ever a disaster in the commercial food supply.
  7. Grow Your Own Garden.  A little space, some good compost, and some local non-GMO seeds can produce alot of food.  Start with easy vegetables like Kale, Onions, Garlic, Beets, Chard, Spinach and Lettuce.  They are low maintenance and taste so much better right from the garden.  A fresh salad every day will take your health a long way.
  8. Consider Eating In.  Preparing your own food saves you money, and might even save you time from driving to a restaurant and waiting to be served.  You’ll know what the ingredients are, and with all the money you saved, you can probably even afford to splurge for an organic bottle or wine or make a nice fresh fruit salad for desert.  Why not have a game night or a movie while you are at it, and avoid the unsafe drivers.  Potlucks with friends are the best!
  9. Learn to Cook, Mend Your Clothes, Change Your Oil, Cut Your Hair, Clean Your House, and Perform Basic Home Maintenance.  Or swap these services with a friend who can.  Our ancestors knew how to take care of everything they owned.  Become empowered and learn to be independent.  You’ll be glad you did.
  10. Remember that the time you spend working is spending life energy.  How much of your life energy is that shiny new car worth?  Are working those weekend hours to pay for your new prize going to make you happier than spending Saturday fishing from the boat you carried in your old pickup truck?  Material items usually don’t last as long as memories.  Most of us have to work to provide income for basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.  Spending less on frivolous things andaving for hard times make sense.  So, wherever you are working, make sure you are enjoying it.  Life is short, and never guaranteed.

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Spicy, Salty, Sour, Sweet – Give Me Something Bitter to Eat!

Prepared Bitters

Western medicine defines taste according what Researchers have identified the taste buds to detect.  Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and Unami.  While Ayurveda identifies a sixth, pungent and replaces Unami with astringent.  See this article for more details The 6 Tastes

It’s no surprise most of us are naturally drawn to sweet.  When humans are born, their first food is their mother’s sugary milk.  In Western Society, sugar and other artificially extracted fructose, sucrose, maltose, etc. is laden in the highly processed non-foods.  And while sea salt contains numerous trace minerals, iodized salt is used to preserve and flavor most packaged convenience food, paying tribute to a large population of Hypertensive humans.  We are very familiar with those tastes, indeed.

Still, you might be surprised how we are also drawn to bitters, though.  If you’ve ever enjoyed a cup of coffee, a bottle of beer, or a bite of chocolate, you are actually enjoying one of your most inherent tastes – Bitter.

Humans have been consuming bitters since the beginning of mankind.  Carefully selected bitter herbs have been treasured as potent remedies across the ages.  Eating an adequate amount of bitter flavor is crucial for digestive and immune balance.  Some benefits include:

  • curbing sugar cravings
  • relieving gas, bloating, heartburn, upset stomach, and nausea
  • increases digestive enzymes, bile, and HCL production
  • aids absorption of fat soluble vitamins A D E K
  • helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and balances appetite
  • creates regular bowel movements, and eases constipation
  • supports liver function, promoting healthy skin, and increases energy

Some bitter herbs include Chicory, Coriander, Dandelion, Endive, Horehound, Mint, Sorrel, Sow-thistle, Wild lettuce, and Wormwood.  Though, there are many more.  You can also find prepared bitters like Swedish Bitters and Urban Moonshine at your local health food store or online.

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Where Has All the Real Food Gone?

Our Ancestors took great care in smelling, tasting, and thoroughly chewing the foods they ate.  One wrong bite of a poisonous berry or mushroom, and they’d be dead!  Food was eaten fresh and in season, or fermented or cured with sea salt.  Today, so many people are rushing around, eating out of packages.  Most of these processed “foods” are void of nutrients, and flavored with addictive taste enhancers leaving people hungry for more and more.  People are literally starving their bodies to death, while their fat cells are holding on to the borage of poisons to protect their kidneys and livers from toxic overload.  These so called “foods” are combined together with non-food preservatives and chemically composed flavor enhancers to cover up the age and quality of what once was real food..  It’s nearly impossible to detect the toxins in these fake foods with the multitude of non-pronouncable ingredients.

Manufacturers are able to get away with packaging low quality foods without properly preparing the nuts and grains because they are all mixed together with artificial flavors and colors, loads of sugar, and unhealthy iodized salt to cover up the rancid, stale ingredients.  It’s no wonder why so many folks are riddled with allergies, hypertension, and other degenerative diseases.  Additionally, children are behaving violently at young ages, and there is an epidemic of Autistic children.  It’s all related.

Beyond that, processed food is old and dead.  The packaging is usually wrapped with cancer causing, estrogen altering BPA to prevent corrosion.  Beside that, all the packaging is harmful to the environment.  If you need to keep some emergency foods in your car or home, it is possible to find better alternatives that are BPA free, use sea salt, and don’t have the infinite shelf life of a Twinkie – it’s just not natural!  Consider buying a dehydrator and a vaccuum sealer, and make your own fruit leather, properly prepared dried nuts, and jerky.  It tastes amazing, is easy to do, and saves you money.

Here are some guidelines on how to cope living in a society where processed foods dominate the grocery stores…..As a rule of thumb, make packaged food, a very small percent of your diet.  If you have to ingest it, make sure you read every ingredient.  If you can’t pronounce it, or don’t know what it means – DON’T EAT IT!  Here is a printable list of the most common list of food additives and their side effects to post to your pantry.  You can bookmark it on your smartphone for when you are shopping.

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Plan Your Nutritious Meals for the Week! Download A Free Copy of the Weekly Menu Template.

Planning the weekly menu with your household can be a fun way to bring everyone together.  Sharing in the responsibility of preparing and serving meals lets everyone feel empowered, and prevents misunderstandings.  Being able to plan your meals a week in advance makes shopping simple.  It’s easier to make healthy choices when you are prepared.  Enjoy this printable template.

Weekly Menu

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Costco is Cool!

I’m really happy shopping at my Local Costco. Prices are fair, and bulk food reduces waste. They treat their employees well, and the samples entertain the kids.  Along with our Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s and my Garden/Farm, they stock nearly all our essentials.  They actually read the comment cards at the Customer Service Desk if you want to request a new product.

Here are some of the quality products I have purchased:

  • SeaWeed Chips
  • Organic Sprouted Lentils
  • Organic Sprouted Quinoa
  • Organic Brown Rice
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Broccoletti
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Spinach
  • Organic Salad Mix
  • Organic Baby Kale
  • Organic Apples
  • Organic Frozen Peas
  • Organic Frozen Beans
  • Organic Frozen Corn
  • Organic Canned Tomatoes / Paste
  • Organic Frozen Antioxidants
  • Shitake Mushrooms
  • Organic Butter
  • Nitrate/ite Free Turkey Breast
  • Nitrate/ite Free Turkey Bacon
  • Organic Ground Turkey
  • Organic Chicken Whole/Breast/Thigh
  • Frozen Salmon Patties
  • Adelle’s and Amy’s Natural Chicken Sausages
  • Cheese
  • Organic Chicken Stock
  • Organic Wilcox Eggs
  • Sardines in Olive Oil
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pine Nuts
  • Organic Hemp Seeds
  • Organic Steel Cut Oats
  • Organic Raisins
  • Craisins
  • Ancient Grains Granola
  • Ancient Grains Crackers
  • Organic Tortilla Chips
  • Organic Hummus Cups
  • Organic Raw Sugar
  • Clover Honey
  • Sea Salt
  • Frozen Cheese Pizza 4 Pack – we pile on our own nitrate/ite free sausage and organic vegetables (pizzas have decent ingredients)
  • Margherita Thin Pizza 3 Pack (thin crust)

Note: if you ever see an asterisk on the price tag, they will soon be phasing the product out!