Pomodoro Diavolo, an original recipe I came up with because I enjoyed a garlicky and spicy arriabiata, but wanted a lighter dish and liked Pomodoro.
Begin heating water for pasta, slightly salt water. Add pasta when boiling. Use approximately one package for this, I prefer angel hair as it cooks quickly. If you use a heavier pasta, heat the water and start cooking before beginning the sauté below.
Heat 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil to smoking. Lower heat and add garlic to taste. A half-head of real garlic, or 3-4 T of pre-chopped garlic should be added to the oil and slightly browned (this is done to taste, I love garlic). While cooking, add pepper flakes, about 1 T depending on desired heat. If you have dried basil and not fresh, add it here in the oil as well to soften and add flavor.
Chop to small consistent pieces 4-6 medium to larger tomatoes. Add into garlic and oil and cook on medium heat.
When pasta is just below al dente, drain and add into tomato mixture. Stir, allowing pasta to finish cooking in juices from tomatoes and oil. This will only take a few minutes. Serve and enjoy. Put fresh basil on top here if you have it.
A nice small salad or garlic bread (sauté oil and garlic like above and melt into butter onto bread – homemade garlic bread is by far the best.)
While the weather has yet to warm up, why don’t you warm yourself up with some broccoli cheddar soup:
2 tablespoons cooking oil (olive oil or vegetable oil)
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chicken broth (you can use low sodium or fat free broth for a more healthier soup)
1 (16-ounce) package broccoli florets
2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces cubed or shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, colby or similar)
Heat a large saucepan coated with the cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic; saute until the onions turn light brown. Add the broth and broccoli to the saucepan. Bring broccoli mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
In a bowl combine the milk and flour, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Add the milk mixture to broccoli mixture. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Stir in pepper. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts.
Place one-third of the soup in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Return pureed soup mixture to pan.
Add organic ingredients where desired. Makes about 6 servings.
Pesticides are commonly used to grow food since they are a cheap way to control weeds and insects that can damage food crops. Those pesticides are also harmful to the farmers and workers who work in the fields harvesting crops and to the end consumer of the food products. Studies have shown higher incidence of cancer rates in farmers and farm workers with direct exposure to the pesticides. Cancer is not the only concern from pesticide exposure additionally there are reports of higher incidents of immune disfunction, sterility and neurological damage.
Children are more sensitive to pesticide exposure since their bodies are not fully developed and still growing. The EPA states “Pesticides may harm a developing child by blocking the absorption of important food nutrients necessary for normal healthy growth. Another way pesticides may cause harm is if a child’s excretory system is not fully developed, the body may not fully remove pesticides. Also, there are “critical periods” in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates.”
Pesticides also have risk for adults as well. As one gets older ones skin gets thinner allowing for more potential pesticide exposure. As we age our kidneys and liver lose some ability to remove pesticides from our bodies resulting in potential buildup of pesticide toxins.
The bottom line is pesticides are harmful to human health and should be avoided as best possible. Purchase organic foods when possible and when not possible make sure you wash your produce to reduce pesticide consumption. Use organic pest control methods for your own home garden as well. In the long run our bodies will thank us for it.
This is a nice resource page of free Kindle ebooks. This page is updated daily as the Amazon deals change constantly. If you check it daily you will find nice books of recipes, cooking, storage, and different homesteading resources. While Amazon offers many free books each day, this page focuses mostly on those who are or want to be self-sufficient. Before purchasing check to make sure they are still free as links may expire.
While this is not an endorsement of the site nor the books, it should prove to provide some interesting free ebooks. Enjoy, and happy reading!
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Foodbabe asks Is Subway Real Food?
A humorous look at advertising “natural foods”.
An article about the FDA looking into the carmel coloring used in sodas and their potential cancer causing effects.
Thanks for reading.
It wasn’t what the world wanted to hear nor was it welcome news, but the World Health Organization has let us know the bad news. Here is the info as CNN reported it:
“Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.
The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’s specialized cancer agency, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million annually within two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are tipped to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million annually.”
They do state that there is no way to treat our way out of the problem, that prevention is necessary, and that about half of all cancer cases are preventable. Obviously those who smoke raise the probability for them and higher for those around them, but what we eat also can hurt us.
As our readers know, your Truganic hosts are keen on keeping your health through healthy eating, We ask that you read your labels carefully, and stay away from processed foods. Avoid chemicals such as High Fructose Corn Syrup and other artificial sweeteners since all are known cancer-causing agents, in addition to causing other health and mental issues. We have also pointed out it is better to use food-based vitamins than the chemical ones pushed by retailers. The chemical vitamins do not help our body, and can many times hurt it.
With a little caution and some home cooking, you can keep the doctors away much more easily. And don’t forget your apple a day!
What better way to drive away the winter time blues than with a nice chocolate cake. Here is the recipe, hope you enjoy.
Ingredients for the cake:
1/2 cup organic cocoa (will need hot water and some milk to go with this, see directions below)
1 cup unbleached organic flour (Recommend King Arthur Organic All Purpose flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp. organic butter
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp real vanilla extract
Ingredients for the chocolate frosting:
1/4 cup organic butter
1/4 cup organic cocoa
1/4 cup organic milk
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
1 tsp ground espresso
1 tsp real vanilla extract
Chocolate cake directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a 1 cup measure, put cocoa powder and enough hot water for the powder to dissolve with a with a spoon so it becomes paste like. Then fill the rest of the cup up with milk to make one cup.
3. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing well.
4. In a separate bowl mix butter, sugar and add egg yolk, beating for one minute. Stir in vanilla.
5. Combine the dry ingredients with the cocoa mixture and mix well for about 1-2 minutes until all the dry ingredients are combined with the wet ingredients.
6. Pour the batter into a buttered 8 x 8 pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until cake tests done. Place on a cooling rack while preparing the frosting.
Chocolate Frosting directions:
1. Melt the butter in a sauce pan;
2. Add cocoa, milk, sugar, and espresso to the melted butter.
3. Bring butter mixture to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes on medium heat.
4. Add vanilla.
5. Stir rapidly for about 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Spread over cake and enjoy!
Fish oils obtained for the tissue of oily fish has many benefits for the human body. You may have heard about the DHA and EPA fatty acids found in fish oils that help reduce inflammation in the body. The DHA-EPA fatty acids found in fish are known to improve heart health through reducing inflammation in arteries. The American Heart Association recommends the consumption of 1 gram of fish oil daily for better heart health.
Research indicates that fish oil is also good for eye health, prevention of certain cancers, alzheimers, psoriasis and mental health. Fish oil has been shown to reduce incidents of depression in people who take it regularly. So if you have those winter time blues due to cold and lack of sunlight reach for some fish oil and take it on a regular basis.
You may have recently read in the news about a teenager left in a comatose due to a hit and run accident recovering from his brain trauma in part due to his parents giving him fish oil. What did the fish oil do to help? The DHA-EPA fats in fish oil likely inhibit brain cell death, help reconnect neurons and reduce inflammation which can harm the brain. These benefits can b had by anyone.
When consuming fish oil I would suggest reaching for quality brands with a good reputation. Some brands over state the quantity of fatty acids their pills deliver and thus have reduced effectiveness. While a quality brand may cost a bit more on the price tag the benefits to ones health always outweigh that cost.
According to Wikipedia turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. Like ginger, the useful part of the turmeric plant also grows underground. Turmeric is used in cooking many South Asian dishes and also is used worldwide as a natural food coloring due to its deep yellow color.
The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is being evaluated for its benefits in treating diseases and cancer. Turmeric has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic treatments due to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties. The internet has plenty of articles on the benefits of of turmeric on arthritis sufferers, diabetes and other ailments.
If you want to add turmeric to your diet I would recommend adding some turmeric to smoothies or you can make a turmeric tea. See the recipes below:
Pineapple Watermelon smoothie:
2 cups watermelon cut up into 2 inch pieces.
1 cup pineapple cut into 2 inch chunks
1 orange, peeled and deseeded
½ cup organic coconut milk
1½ cups organic coconut water
½ teaspoon organic turmeric powder
1 teaspoon (or less) of organic cane sugar or honey (If desired)
Put all of the ingredients into a blender until it is creamy like in texture. Makes 2 servings.
For this you will create ahead of time a turmeric honey mixture using 1/3 cup of honey with 1 tablespoon of turmeric. Mix the honey and tumeric together until it turns into a paste. For each cup of tea put in one teaspoon of the honey turmeric paste. On top of that you can add a spritz of lemon juice, add cardamom, or add any other tea flavorings you have to adjust the flavor to your liking. Sip and enjoy.
Did you know that in addition to helping with dry skin, proper hydration has other health benefits such as reducing stress, reducing fatigue, reducing chances of kidney stones and provides for better stamina during exercise? See the below facts:
Water dilutes the salt and minerals in urine that can clump together and become kidney stones. By drinking enough water kidney stones are less likely to form due to diluted urine.
About 85% of your brain tissue is composed of water. A dehydrated body increases feelings of fatigue and stress. Water helps deliver oxyen and other vital nutrients to your cells. Proper hydrations ensures your heart does not have to pump as much to move your blood.
Water helps prevent muscle cramping and helps with joint lubrication which is a big benefit during exercise. Drinking sufficient water prior to and during workout sessions will help you build muscle and stamina leading to an overall healthier body.
The best hydrator is plain old water. While other liquids can help with hydration they are not as good as water at restoring hydration levels in the body.