Thursday, September 25, 2014

Diet Restrictions & Preparation

Being on a diet has been really hard. Saying goodbye to so much food begins by being committed to your goals, as well as to closing the mouth and choosing the food we eat wisely. Everyday I must prepare the food I will be eating and it is very time consuming. After all the food is completely prepared, I put them in individual bowls so I can eat them for lunch & dinner. Here is one of my daily food preparations and for breakfast I always have either a bowl of homemade quick oats made with 100% raw honey and a protein veggie smoothie or I will eat 2 rice cakes with some gluten free peanut butter and a veggie protein smoothie. 

Its been hard to remove some munchies from my diet. This diet should work well with my daily 3 mile walk, yoga, weight lifting & early morning stretches...I should loose a lot of weight by next Summer...let the weight loss quest continue.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Great Vegetable Kabobs

One of the dishes I made this month was some skewers full of veggies, ripe Plantain bananas, tofu chunks and veggies (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, yellow onions, yellow & red peppers & mushrooms).  I soaked over night my ingredients in some salt, black pepper and 1 bottle of Grove Farms Fat Free Honey Dijon Mustard Dressing. 

Since I live in an apartment my Cusinart Panni Presser is my best friend when it comes to grilling.

After 15 minutes on high the Kabobs are done.

Don't they look great and they were delicious.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Amazing Coconut

The amazing fruit with great overall benefits.

You can drink it as a great thirst quencher, you can bake with it, you can cook many great dishes with it and the coconut oil has great overall benefits to make life a bit nicer.  

Here are 52 Uses for Coconut Oil

  • Eat a spoonful when you need an energy boost.
  • Use it as the base for a homemade body scrub.
  • Use to condition your wooden cutting boards.
  • Use as a super conditioner on your hair (apply to dry hair, leave in as long as possible and then shampoo as normal).
  • Use as a styling agent if you have really dry hair. Just rub a tiny bit on your palms and apply to your hair and style as normal.
  • Keep a little container in your purse for lip moisturizer.
  • Add a spoonful to your dog or cat’s food. CO is great for our furry friends!
  • Replace nasty, unhealthy vegetable oils in your cooking and baking with CO.
  • Make healthy ice cream topping.
  • Use it for oil pulling.
  • Use a tiny dab on your underarms for a natural deodorant.
  • Use coconut oil instead of shaving cream.
  • Add to your bath tub for a moisturizing soak (a drop of peppermint oil is wonderful!).
  • Use as a makeup remover.
  • Use it to help sooth chicken pox, shingles, or other rashes or skin irritations.
  • Use it to treat athlete’s food, ringworm, or other fungal or yeast infections.
  • Take a spoonful with your vitamins to help improve absorption.
  • Spread a thin layer on cuts or burns to speed up healing.
  • Take up to 5 spoonfuls per day for improved thyroid function.
  • Add a spoonful to your smoothies for extra nutrition and flavor.
  • Use on the delicate tissue around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles and sagging.
  • Use as the base for homemade toothpaste or lotion.
  • Use in place of massage oil.
  • Use in place of KY Jelly
  • Use on your baby’s diaper rash or cradle cap.
  • Use to help reduce visibility of stretch marks or to prevent stretch marks.
  • For nursing mothers, use coconut oil on your nipples to prevent cracking and irritation.
  • For nursing mothers, consuming coconut oil will help increase your milk flow.
  • Apply to bee stings or bug bites to soothe and heal the wound.
  • Women can use in the nether regions to relieve yeast infections, dryness, and/or discomfort.
  • Eat a spoonful with each meal to improve digestion.
  • If you’re prone to nosebleeds, coat the inside of your nostrils with coconut oil regularly.
  • Helps soothe and heal hemorrhoids.
  • Take to helps reduce or eliminate migraines.
  • Use as the base for a vapor rub.
  • Mixed with peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, or tea tree oil makes an excellent insect repellent.
  • Mix with baking soda for a non-toxic “Goo Gone”.
  • Use to help detox the body during a cleanse or fast.
  • Use as a metal polish, but always test a small area first.
  • Use as a leather moisturizer.
  • Season your cast iron pans.
  • Use to oil your pans and baking dishes instead of pan spray.
  • Got gum stuck in your hair? Try using coconut oil to remove without cutting your hair.
  • Use instead of WD-40.
  • Use as a personal lubricant (not safe with latex).
  • Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion.
  • Use as a natural sunscreen.
  • Mix with a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice and use as a furniture polish (always test a small area first!).
  • Mix with butter and toss your popcorn in it.
  • Use on cracked or rough heals to help smooth them out.
  • Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them.
  • Use as the base for homemade chocolate candy.
  • Take a couple spoonfuls every day to help overall immune function.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


My dear friends, my postings will resume next week due to illness...Thank you for your patience.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Still Picking Veggies From My Balcony Harvest

I am tickled pink because I am picking veggies from my balcony every other day.
This is my cilantro and this is the 4th batch I will be picking is beautiful.
My cherry tomatoes are getting red and I have been making great salads with them.

My peppers will be ready for picking as soon as they turn red, I have picked over 20 peppers so far. Great for a good stir fry.

From my Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Recipe Request...Breaded Brown Sugar Tofu and My Medical Update

Hello my sweet readers. I hope you are all feeling great. I am feeling better. I went to see my foot surgeon and I am happy to report I will not need any foot surgery. X-rays showed that the cause of my foot pain is my RA arthritis. The arthritis has completely surrounded itself around the entire ankle and it swelled it up real bad. I am still on crutches and hoping this swelling and pain will slowly disappear from the shots I am getting on the ankle. I posted a picture of my ankle at the end of this post.
But let me tell you about this weeks post. I received a few emails requesting me to do a re-post of my breaded tofu, plus I also breaded some zucchini. I have many tofu recipes on my blog but they requested the brown sugar here it is.
1. Buy yourself a package of the EXTRA firm tofu. This extra firm tofu is the best to use when breading tofu.
2. Cut the tofu in a thin almost medium slices like mine.
3. Mix in a bowl 1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. garbanzo flour
1/2 tsp. Adobo
1/4 c. TVP
3 TB. dried onion flakes
Mix well and set aside.  In another bowl pour in some olive oil, enough to cover a slice of tofu. In another bowl put in your sliced zucchini. Set the bowls in order like mine, tofu & zucchini then the oil and then the breading.

Preheat your Panini presser or a Cusinart  presser like mine at 350 degrees. I like to put a cookie sheet under mine in case some of the juices drip out of the cooker.

Put the tofu or zucchini inside the oil and then into the breading.

Once your pan is full of all the breading, press it down and let it get a bit crispy.

Once they are done they should look like this.

 I served mine with my Spanish rice & beans...delicious.

I hope you like this and that this may have answered your questions.
Ankle photo
I look and feel horrible. My ankle looks so deformed from the swelling.
I hope it gets better soon so I can return to my daily 5 mile walk.

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