Easy Crock Pot Ginger Chicken and Brown Rice Congee (aka chicken & rice porridge)

Hello everyone and welcome!

Today I am sharing my 1st official “Fall” dish of the year. This dish is easy, healthy, savory, comforting and delicious!

My goal with everything I make is to use the best quality ingredients I can and have it be full of flavor…….all the while having it be simple to make.

Let’s get cooking………..

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless organic chicken thigh

1¼ cup organic brown rice, rinsed and drained

8 cups low-sodium organic broth of choice ( I used my DIY version here)

1 tsp organic ground ginger root powder

1/2 tsp organic black pepper

2 tsp Pink Himalayan salt

1 tbsp organic toasted sesame oil

Garnish options:

Add whatever you like here are some suggestions below…….just have fun with it.

organic spinach, bok choy or greens of choice

organic green onion, mushrooms, carrots, crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha

Method:

  1. In your crock pot combine rice, ginger, chicken, broth, salt, black pepper, and sesame oil. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours. Remove chicken about halfway through the cooking time and set aside to cool. The porridge is done when the consistency is almost smooth. Season to taste with additional salt if needed.
  2. Shred or cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and add back it back into your porridge, stir to evenly distribute the chicken throughout.
  3. Now it’s time to enjoy. Ladle a nice portion into the bowl and garnish as desired.

 

I hope that you will enjoy this savory recipe as much as my family and I do.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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Update – Fellow Bloggers: “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange

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We have received such good and overwhelming response with this “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange project and have thus decided to open up a second slot per week for your Guest Posts.

new-blog-posts will now be released every Tuesday and Friday at ±1 am

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We have rescheduled all the received Guest Posts and now have many more openings for the remainder of the year and your post will be released sooner rather than later.

Depending on the number of future Guest Post requests we receive, this can possible turn into an ongoing “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange project, but then we need you, our Fellow Bloggers to eat-great-and-participateand share-and-inspire with your recipes.

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Vegan Garlic & Herb Pull Apart Bread

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Here’s how this bread came about. My brother called last minute and said that he and his family would be coming into town. Great, I am always happy to see my family. The first thing that goes through my mind is what am I going to cook.  With such short notice, I need dishes that will be quick and easy oh and large portions because my brother is a true foodie!

One thing I love showing my brother through food is that you can have the food you love with the nutrition, your body needs and deserves without sacrificing taste.

Since they would be arriving around dinner time I decided to go with my One Skillet Lasagna and nice big salad and this pull apart bread. A nice family style meal where everyone can serve themselves, eat and enjoy each others company.

Here’s what you’ll need:

3 C. Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 C. warm water
2  1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp. organic cane sugar
1 tsp. Himalayan Pink salt
2 tsp organic garlic powder
1 tsp organic onion powder
1 tbsp organic Italian seasoning
3 TBS. organic extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer with dough, attachment add your flour, then add your yeast on one side of the bowl and your salt on the other side of the bowl and mix dry ingredients together. ( a tip adding salt directly on top of the yeast deactivates it which is why these two ingredients are added on opposing sides before mixing the dry ingredients together.)
  2. Next add your garlic, onion powder, and Italian Seasoning and mix.
  3. Add your sugar to the water and mix, pour it into your dry ingredients followed by the olive oil mix until your dough is shiny and smooth. Takes about 6-8 minutes.
  4. When your dough is ready, rub the dough and bowl with olive oil. This will help it rise in the bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise at room temperature until doubled, 1 ½ -2 hours
  6. Once the dough has risen, gently remove the dough from the bowl knocking out the air.
  7. Using a bench scraper or knife, cut the dough into medium and small sized pieces.
  8. Grease a 10 inch Bundt pan or cake tin with olive oil. Fill the pan with the dough pieces.
  9. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and let the bread rise for 45 minutes or until puffy and they have risen up to the top of the pan.
  10. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.Cool the pull apart bread in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on a platter or large plate and allow to cool slightly about 10 minutes. (* for a short cut you can use store bought pizza dough…..I just love making my own from scratch!)

I hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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White sugar

Let’s talk about Sugar

Cooking Without Limits

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It’s been 2 months since I stopped eating white sugar. For me is a miracle. I am the person who eats 1 box of chocolate every day or 2-3 pieces of a chocolate cake. Why I stopped? Because I start feeling so bad.

We need sugar, but consuming white sugar in excess is so bad for us. So now, I take my sugar from fruits and I am feeling so good now, lots of energy to play around with my boy.

Naturally occurring sugar—which gives fruit, some veggies, and milk their sweet taste—is perfectly healthy. It is added sugar that we need to not OD on.

It’s not just sugary foods like candy and cookies either, but sugar has made its way into practically EVERYTHING we eat.

When you consume sugar, your body has two options on how to deal with it:

  • Burn it for energy.
  • Convert to fat and store it…

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Quick & Easy Summer Drink Strawberry Watermelon Limeade (Only 5 ingredients + All Organic)

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I’ve really been enjoying the summer fruits of the season. So today I decided to share a quick and easy summer drink that is really refreshing and delicious.

Here’s what you’ll need……….

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups organic watermelon diced, seedless
  • 4 cups organic strawberries frozen
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons organic lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons organic cane sugar or honey

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into your blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Now it’s time to enjoy!

    You can use this recipe to make popsicles just pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze or add a little libation for a great summer cocktail.

    This recipe serves 4

    I hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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Spinach & Mushroom Alfredo (Quick + Easy + Healthy + Flavorful Vegan Cooking)

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Last week I shared my DIY seasoning and broth mix. Today, I want to share with one of the many ways I use it. I love this dish it’s delicious, quick and easy to make. This is a great meatless option that’s so satisfying. It’s also kid approved which in my household is an absolute miracle….lol.

Now let’s dive right into this recipe.

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Ingredients

1 lb organic spelt penne or rigatoni pasta

1 C organic plain unsweetened almond milk

1/2 C vegan mozzarella cheese

1-1/2 C sliced organic mushrooms

1 C fresh organic spinach ( roughly chopped)

1 Tbsp of my DIY seasoning mixture (here)

2 tsp vegan butter

Method

  1.  Cook your pasta according to package, drain and set aside.
  2.  In a large pan on medium heat add your butter. Once it melts add your milk, seasoning mixture. Stir to combine.
  3. Add your cheese and stir until melted. Once your cheese is melted add your mushrooms and stir until tender.
  4. Once your mushrooms are tender add your spinach and the pasta and stir to combine.

Just like that, your dish is done and it’s time to enjoy your labor of love.

This dish serves 4

I hope that you will enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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The World’s Best and Easiest DIY Seasoning and Broth Mix That You Will Ever Make ( Vegan + Soy-free + Gluten-free )

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So this recipe came about out of pure laziness. I don’t usually advocate laziness but in, this case it actually paid off.  I was just at the grocery store and I realized that I didn’t buy enough vegetable broth which I need for tonight’s dinner. I’m home all comfortable ready to make dinner so going back out to the store is totally out of the question. I decide to throw some things together and make a broth mix of my own and hope for the best. Since it turned out AMAZING I had to share. It also turns out that this mixture is great for seasoning veggies, salad dressing, and more. The blend is vegan but if you’re a meat and or seafood eater it works wonderfully as well!

I just want to say an optimistic viewpoint can really turn just about anything into something great!

Now onto the recipe……..

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbsp organic garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp organic onion powder
  • 2-3 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp organic salt-free seasoning
  • 1 tsp organic thyme
  • 1 tsp organic paprika
  • 1 tsp organic parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp organic black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp organic turmeric

Method

Place all ingredients in an air-tight container and shake well to get everything evenly mixed.

To use this mix use 1 Tbsp of the broth mix to every 1 Cup of water and boil on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Allow your broth to cool a bit and pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.It’s that simple and it will taste like you have spent hours making this savory broth. For use as a seasoning, I usually use 1-2 tsp for veggies and a bit more meat and seafood.

Now anytime you and I are in need of broth or a great seasoning mix we will have it when we need it.

This recipe yields 24 cups of broth.

I hope you will give this recipe a try, use and enjoy it as much as I do.

Oh and don’t forget to come back soon……

I will show you in upcoming, post the many ways I use this mix!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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Easy To Make Blueberry Crumble (Organic + Vegan + Gluten-Free)

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I have been loving all the summer fruits and berries.  So today I decided to make a Blueberry Crumble because………I need to use up my blueberries before they go bad and because this is such an easy to make dessert.

Now I know the title might not seem that appealing to some, especially when you read (organic + vegan + gluten free) but I promise you will never know!

When I am cooking and baking my goal is to use really good quality and healthy ingredients as much as I possibly can……..without sacrificing taste. I love good flavorful food…..don’t we all.

I decided to make a gluten-free version because I bought the flour a while back and I only used it once to make a gluten-free deep dish pizza. You can find that

recipe here…just swap the wheat flour for all purpose gluten free.

Now let’s dive into the recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups organic gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar (DIY here)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt
  •  4 cups fresh organic blueberries
  • 6 tablespoons cold vegan butter, cubed ( I like this soy free brand here)
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened organic applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar (for blueberry filling)
  • 4 teaspoons organic cornstarch

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9×13 or 8×8 inch baking dish ( I used a bit of the vegan butter.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 C cane sugar and 1/2 C brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and flour. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the vegan butter until the butter is pea-sized or smaller.
  3. Mix in the applesauce, using a spoon or your hands bring the dough together. Transfer half of the dough to the prepared baking dish and press in to form an even layer of crust.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch. Mix well to combine, add the mixture into the baking dish spreading it out evenly. Crumble the remaining dough over the blueberry mixture to form the crumb topping.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 45- 50 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I do. For similar recipe’s to this one check out some of my older post here, here and here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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The Truth About Salt

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Today,  I want to talk about salt which is an essential part of cooking and baking for its ability to enhance whatever you’re making and so much more.

Let’s start by talking about the different varieties of salt…….

Basically salt falls into two categories unrefined and refined. With, unrefined salts being the best because they are pure and natural.

Let’s talk about my favorite unrefined salt first………..

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Pink Himalayan

“Himalayan” salt is actually from Salt Mountains in Pakistan. Many people believe Himalayan salt has all kinds of healing properties due to the 84 natural minerals and trace elements found in this untouched natural salt such as calcium, chloride, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and iodine . This salt is hand-mined deep inside a mountain, hand sorted and cleaned. The Pink color is from the high iron content along with 80 other minerals. These salt deposits  are over 250,000,000 years old.

As a natural source of sodium, Himalayan salt provides essential minerals for healthy bodily functions. The sodium in the salt helps to regulate blood volume and thus blood pressure, nerve transmissions and heart functions and much more.

  • Regulate the water content throughout your body
  • Promote healthy pH balance in your cells (particularly your brain cells)
  • Promote blood sugar health and can help reduce the signs of aging
  • Assist in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
  • Absorb food particles through your intestinal tract
  • Support respiratory health
  • Promote sinus health
  • Prevent of muscle cramps
  • Promote bone strength
  • Regulate your sleep
  • Support your libido
  • Promote vascular health
  • Regulate your blood pressure with sufficient water and potassium intake.

 

Celtic Sea Salt®

Celtic Salt is a great salt harvested from the coastal areas of France. The salt is harvested by hand, unprocessed so it contains at least 75 natural minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, sodium, chloride, and iodine. The only issue someone may have is that since the salt is harvested from the current ocean it could possibility be exposed to the toxins that are in the ocean. The benefits of this salt are as follows……

  • Alkalize the body
  • Balance blood sugars
  • Eliminate mucus buildup
  • Build immunity
  • Improve brain function
  • Increase energy
  • Provide electrolyte balance
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Prevent muscle cramps
  • Regulate heartbeat and blood pressure

 

Real Salt

Real Salt comes from a mineral-rich salt deposit formed by an ancient sea in Central Utah. Harvested from about 300 feet below the earth’s surface. It contains 62 trace minerals such as  calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, sodium, chloride and iodine. Some of the benefits of this salt are………..

  • Contains 60 trace minerals which help you stay hydrated.
  • Sufficient sodium levels that help balance your sodium-potassium ratios.
  • Powerful electrolytes like magnesium.
  • Trace elements required for proper adrenal, immune and thyroid function.
  • Digestive enzyme enhancers, which help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods that you eat.

 

Refined Salts

Table Salt/Iodized Salt

The more common “refined” table salts are stripped of their natural minerals during processing. This is done by taking natural salt (sea salt or Himalayan) and cooking it at a very high heat temperature (heating at that type of high temperature causes the salt to lose the majority of the eighty important elements which are naturally occurring), bleaching and then adding synthetic chemicals. These chemicals include everything from manufactured forms of sodium solo-co-aluminate, iodide, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and aluminum derivatives.

Table salt causes the blood pressure to rise rapidly because the blood is attempting to move the toxic elements rapidly away from the heart. This is why doctors will often tell people with high blood pressure to stop intake of salt. Moreover, excessive table salt causes us to retain waters and other fluids. Many chronic imbalances such as diabetes, gout and obesity can be worsened or even partially caused by excessive intake of common table salt. And be aware, this salt is not just the stuff in your shaker.

Most packaged and processed foods contain astronomical amounts of the stuff. These preservatives can cause swelling and, over time, major kidney, thyroid, liver problems, hypertension, heart disease, muscle cramps, water retention, edema, stroke, heart failure, and even major nervous system disorders such as anxiety and depression just to name a few.

It is also particularly hard on both the circulatory system and nervous system. As well as wreak havoc the lymph system in the body. This salt is also highly addictive, as the more the body becomes used to the high levels of fake sodium, the more your body will crave it.

Here are the benefits……

  • Synthetic Iodine to help prevent goiters
  • Very inexpensive

So there you have it a little more insight on salt and how it can be beneficial for your body when used in moderation. Remember to consult your doctor before making any major dietary changes. I hope you found this information to be as helpful as I have. Below I have included a video on the topic that you may also find useful.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

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