Big Bold Beetsy Borscht

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This borscht came about when I had white cabbage, red cabbage and sauerkraut that all needed to eaten. I also had yellow, red and green onions.

Borscht Done

This soup recipe is to chop all these ingredients to 1/2 cubes or shreds and put in a big pot and bring to a boil and then simmer for an hour.

  • 1 large beet, peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 jar of saurekraut
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower in small chunks
  • 1/2 head of white cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage shredded
  • 3 small bok choy shredded
  • 1/2  bunch of dill chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bunch of parsley chopped
  • salt and pepper

After this is cooked, add the second 1/2 of the dill bunch chopped and two T. of apple cider vinegar. This gives it the slightest hint of a pickled beet taste. Start with that and make it more sour if you like.

The white chunks are the cauliflower in the bright hot pink fuchsia soup!  A little rye bread, some small boiled or baked potatoes served with this is delightful.

Favorite Soy Milk

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Costco Soy Milk

My favorite soy milk to buy is at Costco and it’s their brand, Kirkland.  I think it’s one of the cheapest around and you get a case of 12 one quart containers that can be stored at room temperature until you open them.  Very convenient for storing.

The two available are either plain or vanilla flavored.  I prefer the vanilla flavored since it’s already sweetened and I’m don’t mind some of the “earthy” taste of soy milk but…. I’d rather hide it.

The case of soy milk is sometimes hard to find, it’s in back behind where the refrigerated milk products are or sometime they have it out in front where the “freezer” tasting area is.

 

If I don’t find the Costco brand then I buy the Silk brand which a better deal at Costco then next in line is WalMart.

 

I LOVE making hot chocolate with soy milk!!!  I get lot’s of vitamins and since I use very dark chocolate I get the antioxidants and not it’s wonderful.  More on that later.

The Magical Fruit Pantry (guess what that means)

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Magical Beans

Part of our success has been the variety of legumes we are eating to help with our protein.

We have the following dried beans in our pantry ready to be hydrated and cooked up: Black beans, pintos, white beans, kidney beans, small red beans, chick peas, lentils ( brown, green, red), Urad dal, Split peas, Mung Beans, canary beans, broan, fava and even the 16 bean soup mix.

Canned and ready to go:

Pintos, refried both black and pinto, kidney beans, white northern, black beans, chick peas, fava, broad, mixed beans,

All these are wonderful in stews, curries or soups, chili or salads.

Beans are a common staple and many varieties can be found in local supermarkets, if you head over to some of the ethnic markets there will be even more selection. We often buy bulk in 25 lb bags or more and seal them into small airtight portions with our food sealer.

If the zombie apocalypse arrives we will be OK!

Organic Food – Stretch

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I was reading recently an article that discusses what we eat and the over hyping of organic foods.  It seems that people bought into eating organic means eating healthy… Mark Bittman’s article from NY Times

“What if I can’t afford to buy organic food?” It seems to have become the magic cure-all, synonymous with eating well, healthfully, sanely, even ethically.

But eating “organic” offers no guarantee of any of that. And the truth is that most Americans eat so badly — we get 7 percent of our calories from soft drinks, more than we do from vegetables; the top food group by caloric intake is “sweets”; and one-third of nation’s adults are now obese — that the organic question is a secondary one. It’s not unimportant, but it’s not the primary issue in the way Americans eat.

To eat well, says Michael Pollan, the author of “In Defense of Food,” means avoiding “edible food-like substances” and sticking to real ingredients, increasingly from the plant kingdom. (Americans each consume an average of nearly two pounds a day of animal products.) There’s plenty of evidence that both a person’s health — as well as the environment’s — will improve with a simple shift in eating habits away from animal products and highly processed foods to plant products and what might be called “real food.” (With all due respect to people in the “food movement,” the food need not be “slow,” either.)

 

Eating Greens 1

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We all know that eating leafy greens is a healthy thing to do. So many vitamins and natural calcium. However, how to get them down? We are doing this several ways.  The first is raw in morning green smoothies.  We add scrupulously washed kale leaves to our drinks, sometimes it is bokchoy, spinach, last week we tried the fresh beet greens from the tops of our farmer’s market beets. I read some where that to access the calcium in leafy greens juiced raw that you need to add some acid, hence the 2 T. of frozen orange juice concentrate we add to our drink, the tart orange taste helps cut the bitterness of the greens, we can really tell if we have forgotten it. We tried some mustard green and some strange greens form the Asian Market.

So our raw greens in smoothies ratings: 1-5 with 1 being love it and 5 hate it.

  • Kale  1
  • Mustard greens 5+   this is so bad that it gives me shivers just remembering the taste shift from 2 leaves!
  • Spinach 1
  • Bokchoy 2
  • Beet greens 2  The taste was OK but did not grind up very well.
  • Cabbage 1
  • Asian Water Spinach 5+  The snot-like quality of this green to congeal your entire drink cannot be underestimated.
  • Parsley, mint, celery leaves and  other leafy herbs  1    These three are suited to the mornings the others you may want to wait for later in the day–

We usually use our Blendtec blender to whole blend/juice this stuff, we want the fiber. When these are actually juiced ( we have a juicer as well) they are so bitter. Hard for us to get them down. We try to drink them right way for that reason.

 

Pancaking It

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Such beautiful, tender, light, crepe-like  Swedish pancakes.

Smashed the strawberries and a dab of sugar by hand.

 

This Batter was very, very thin!

Used this pancake mix from IKEA  and then after eating read the label–OOPs contains eggs and dry milk.  They were tasty, we just won’t be using it again.

Bucket Garden

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We did the bucket garden described on our garden link.   It took us about an hour to make the buckets and mix that goes into the bucket.

We’ll see… The tomatoes already perked up since yesterday.

I can taste the tomatos now…all sliced up salt and pepper …. nothing like hope and dreaming…

The other plants are a salsa pepper and pickling cucumbers.  Guess what we want to make.

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