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Monday, April 28, 2008

Free Recipes Blog - a Review

As I write my course on better eating, I’m realizing that many of the participants are enjoying the recipes that are provided. Great whole food recipes that my girlfriend and I create and eat ourselves here at home.

Everyone loves recipes, and the more the better I always say.

I’ve posted a few of them here on my website and I’ve send out a monthly favorite to my subscribers each month along with my natural health newsletter.

The recipes I’m interested in, and the ones we promote are low fat / good fat, dairy free, whole food vegetarian recipes. I figure that any high school or college student can cook meat, but it’s the rest of the important qualities of food, namely whole foods, that we could all learn more about.

The free recipes website My Recipes Blog is most certainly not in that category.

Great Recipe Photos? Nope! The pictures of the recipes are small and hard to see.

Dairy Free? Certainly not. The front page alone has a Bechamel Sauce that includes 300ml milk, 300 ml light cream (oh good, it’s light) and 55 grams of butter. Uggghhh. I just read that off to my girlfriend sitting in her office and she exclaimed "Jesus! What kind of website is this? Is this a health website?" Nope.

Low fat? Not a chance. Again, the front page has many free recipes that include a "good helping of oil". One has 4 Tbsp of oil, the next 5 Tbsp and the one above of course has 600 ml of milk /cream plus the 55 grams of butter. Nope, certainly not low fat recipes.

You probably know by now that I’m against pop or soft drinks of any sort and diet pop is one of the worst possible chemical concoctions ever made. Aspartame, Sucralose, Nutrasweet and all that crap are know carcinogens, avoid them like the plague. When you see a recipe blog that has a category entitled "Coca-Cola", close the tab and run away.

Yes, it’s a free recipe website.

It’s a "cheap" free recipe website.

Have a look at their about page.

free recipes about page

The owner hasn’t even changed it since installing the blog! Do not use these recipes, do not visit this website. I took on this paid review to bring it to your attention so that you could better use your time by learning about the "other side of the coin" – .

This has been an honest, paid, sponsored review of My Recipes Blog. If you want me to review your website, I'll do it, but I'll be honest.

One a scale of 1 to 100, this free recipe website gets a 1.

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Going Green On St Patricks Day

st patricks daySt Patrick's day is know for green beer, shamrocks and green underwear, at least in my mind. I think I've had green beer once, just to say that I did it, but this year my interest is more on green foods for St Patrick's day.

A very simple habit to begin is to eat green food every day, and I think St Patrick's day is a good time to start.

With that in mind, I offer some tips for going green this March 17th.

1. Start your day with a green smoothie. Smoothies offer up their nutrients in an easy to digest format, are usually high in water content and can be spiked with ground flax seeds for increased fiber and EFA's. A recent poll on brought some interesting comments and opinions.

2. Eat a green salad every day. Choose from the wide variety of nutrient dense foods on the top 10 super foods list along with high water content vegetables like peppers and cucumber. Choose a over store bought and you're good to go.

3. Make green soup. Combine over 7 green vegetables and 1 green bean into this . Made with nutrient dense, vitamin rich vegetables and "creamed" with cashews instead of dairy, this is a perfect and one of my all time favorites.

4. Replace oranges with kiwi fruit. Instead of getting your daily dose of Vitamin C from Oranges, choose instead. Kiwi fruit has more vitamin C than oranges and is considered to be one of the healthiest fruits you can consume and makes it into position four of the .

5. Eat Broccoli. Learn more about how to steam vegetables and then add steamed broccoli to your meals. Broccoli is a great base for a green soup as well.

6. Consider increasing your fiber with heart healthy green lentils. This is a regular around our house and is not only great fresh, but goes well as the main content of a wrap. Grab an Ezekiel wrap, lay down some hummus or red pepper spread, some day old lentil loaf, a handful of fresh mixed greens, some avocado, a pump or two of Braggs liquid amino's and it's "green lunch" time.

I'm restricting my alcohol consumption this month to a few select days. St Patrick's day is one of them, as I'm looking forward to the yearly tradition. Then, back to the bulk of my diet - green foods.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

5 Whole Food Soup and Stew Recipes

Gone are the days of dieting for weight loss, in is the smart way to get results – eat higher quality food full of nutrients, fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Cutting calories doesn’t necessarily cut it anymore. Instead of starving your body, feed your body to a healthy slenderness.

If you’re new to whole foods, some recipes would certainly help in getting your started.

Soups are great meals to prepare in the cold winter months and can be easily packaged to take to work with you for a healthy meal.

Here are 5 whole food soup recipes you can create at home to provide essential nutrition for your weight loss program.

black bean soup

Black Bean Soup - When it comes to three basic categories of nourishment - protein, fiber and anti-oxidant related substances - few foods have as solid a nutritional profile as black beans.

african peanut stew

African Peanut Stew – Featuring Chickpeas (Garbonzo Beans). A prominent ingredient in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and East Indian dishes such as minestrones, hummus, and falafel, whole Chickpeas have a mild yet hearty flavor and keep their unique round shape when cooked. In addition to being a good source of protein and calcium, Chickpeas are especially high in iron.

barley lentil soup

Barley And Lentil Soup - Lentils are a delicious and nutritious food — high in protein, minerals, and fiber — that can be easily used as a substitute for other staples such as meat, pasta, or potatoes in soups and stews. Unlike dried beans, they require no soaking and cook relatively quickly.

pumpkin butternut squash curry soup

Pumpkin Butternut Squash Curry Soup - Butternut squash is a winter squash with a sweet nutty taste that can be steamed, roasted, pureed or mashed and used in any type of recipe. This Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup is just right for the cold weather as the ginger gives it a bit of a kick.

broccoli lentil soup

Broccoli Lentil Soup With Roasted Pepper Coulis - The lentil is a brushy annual plant of the legume family, grown for its lens-shaped seeds. With 26% protein, lentil is the vegetable with the highest level of protein other than soybeans, and because of this it is a very important part of the diet in many parts of the world, and especially South Asia.

Technically, these are soup recipes and stew recipes, but I’m sure you’ll love them anyway.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Recipes

halloween recipes

Happy Halloween

Darlene and I have been working on preparing a bunch of Halloween recipes that make use of your pumpkins. This is a great time of year to buy up a bunch of pumpkins for use as food.

The pumpkin is a squash the same as butternut squash or spaghetti squash and goes well in many types of recipes. My personal favorite, especially this time of year, is a curry.

Here are two we have for your right now, and a . Just this morning we did pumpkin pancakes, but it won't be released until this weekend.

Visit my other blog for more .

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