Monday, March 30, 2009
4-5 free-range boneless chicken breasts
1 can black beans (or I use 1.5 cups of previously soaked, cooked then frozen black beans)
1 bag frozen organic corn
1 jar organic salsa
1 package organic cream cheese
1. Put chicken breasts into crock-pot
2. Add black beans, salsa, and corn
3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours
4. Add cream cheese and let sit for about 1/2 hour
A small nutritional lesson on grains. Just because you have switched from white flour to whole grain flour does not mean that you are getting all of the nutritional value. In fact you may also experience new problems with digestion. This is because whole grains contain phytic acid in the bran of the grain. Phytic acid combines with key minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc and prevents their absorption in the intestinal tract. Soaking, fermenting or sprouting the grain before cooking or baking will neutralize a large portion of the phytic acid, releasing these nutrients for absorption. This process allows enzymes, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to not only neutralize the phytic acid, but also to break down complex starches and difficult-to-digest proteins including gluten.
That is how Sue Gregg explains it in her Whole Grain Baking Cookbook. And the following is her blender batter pancake recipe. You can use different combinations of grains and cultured milk but the following is the best combination I have found so far.
1. Place in blender, blend at highest speed for 3-5 minutes, cover blender and let stand at room temperature 12-24 hours (so I do this the morning or night before wanting to make the pancakes) Put the ingredients in the blender in the following order:
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 tbs melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
1. preheat griddle on medium high
2. Just before baking, add egg and blend on highest speed 1-3 minutes
3. Stir in:
- 2 Tsp baking powder
- 1/2 Tsp baking soda
- 1/2 Tsp salt
There are many many ways to prepare "soaked" breads, muffins and pancakes. In this recipe you soak the grain overnight before baking. You can also soak and sprout a large amount of grains (I mainly use spelt) then store them in your refrigerator then grind then you can just grind the grain into flour right before using. This can all sound very intimidating, but believe me once you get the hang of it and in the habit of doing it, it is very simple and takes little time. Believe me..with 2 little ones I know how precious time can be!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I wish I could capture Jack's newborn smell in a bottle...it's fading fast! It's amazing how they all have their individual smell. I could pick Jack out of a a lineup blindfolded anyday. I know this because I was smelling Henry the otherday and couldn't smell anything. But Jack....the most beautiful smell in the world!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Yesterday was a long day. We left home at 6:40 am to check in at the cleveland clinic by 8. We were called back to pre-op by 9. Met with the doc and anesthesiologist by 9:45 and Chad was carrying him back to the surgery room by 10:20. The doctor came out to tell us everything went as planned around 11:10 and we got to go back and see him by 11:30! It was so sad seeing him laying in his crib/hospital bed in his hospital gown. He was sleeping but his eyes were all swollen and kind of bloody. He woke up pretty quickly after we walked in and was pretty upset so I picked him up and held him for about 2 hours while he slept. At 1:30 he woke up and was finally ready to eat for the first time since 4 am. The nurse was about to send us home then he spiked a temp. His little face was so red. So she gave him a bit of motrin and it went down so we were safe to head home around 2:30. Little guy slept all the way home, we got there around 3:30. He then had to show off his eyes to grandma and grandpa wingfield before they left. He was then ready to eat and take another nap. He slept about 40 minutes then played pretty happily for about an hour until he was ready to go to bed. So he ate again and was in bed by 6 for the night! He woke up a few extra times during the night but still slept until 6:40 this morning. He has been acting pretty close to normal all day. Just a little extra fussy. Big thanks to Willow's mom for taking Soraya for a few hours today so that I can give Jack the extra attention he is wanting.
His eyes are looking better and better as the day goes! It is amazing how they have transformed. I just keep looking him over as he just looks so different to me!
Morning the day after surgery
Afternoon the day after surgery