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June 2016

Montebello Pasta with Simply Nature Marinara and Kirkwood Sausage Recipe and Review

So, last night I needed to make dinner. We were out playing outside all day, I had nothing lined up to make!

I looked into the pantry and I found  some organic farfalle  pasta, aka bow tie

and a jar of organic marinara sauce.

 

 Spaghetti is always quick and easy. Looked in my fridge and found a package of chicken sausage stuffed with feta cheese and spinach.  The sausage is all natural, no nitrates or nitrites, no hormones or antibiotics and the chickens were fed a vegetarian diet!

 

This was so quick to throw together and was pretty tasty! Grilled the sausage, boiled the noodles and warmed the sauce on the stove. and TADA!! Dinner was done!

 Both my  kids ate it no problem. My 3 year old, she’s a super picky eater and she finished it!

Other than a quick dinner, what did I really think?

Montebello Organic Pasta- I was VERY surprised how  well this cooked. Usually with organic pasta, I feel like once you get  to the al dente  state and can quickly turn to mush. This no where near got there. I cooked it for around 10-11 mins which is a couple mins past the instructions (only because I was multitasking) and it stayed firm! I did have some left overs and next day pasta can be very hard and tough. This was just as a great as  the day before! Loved this pasta!  I got this pasta from www.sprucefoods.com. Great website!

Simply Nature Organic Marinara Sauce-  I was really happy with this sauce. It had some great flavor. Next time I’ll probably season it more with some oregano or basil, but this time I wanted it as is so I could review it appropriately. Ill continue to buy this. The ingredients were great! I buy this sauce at Aldi.

 Kirkwood Chicken Sausage- It was easy to cook and tasted good! Kirkwood has a great line of Never Any! It’s meat without hormones or antibiotics, nitrates or nitrites and I’ve been really happy with this brand! 

What is your favorite  quick spaghetti dinner? Share in the comments!

 



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Wildtree Snickerdoodle Review

Ohhhh, it’s my favorite kind of cookie!! The Snickerdoodle. Something about sugar and cinnamon that I can’t get enough of! However, store bough snickerdoodles are full of who knows what and the calories per cookie…..eeekk I can’t even say it!

I make my own snickerdoodles usually, but let’s face it, I don’t always have the time! With two little girls, when they want the cookie that I promised them… then I better have it! That’s what happened the other day. Not thinking, I told my 3 year old… “Of course you can have a cookie!”  *Insert foot in mouth*   We didn’t have any made! Luckily, I had a box of Wildtree Snickerdoodles in my pantry that I could whip up quick!

I’d never made these ones before, but I knew it wouldn’t take long. I had bought these along with some other products that I will review later! I loved that the company has all organic mixes, spices and sauces! So, with these cookies, I only needed just a few ingredients and we were rockin.

 The ingredients were pretty straight forward! I used Organic Almond Milk and subbed out some Coconut Oil for the melted butter!

I mixed the cookie mix with the milk and coconut oil until it formed a dough.

 I know, it doesn’t look like a lot of dough, but it does make 12 cookies!  Next I used an Organic Coconut Sugar and Organic Cinnamon powder and mixed it together as the instructions directed. Coated the dough balls and placed the on a baking sheet.

 Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes and this is what you get!

 They were fast to whip up and bake! My 3 year old and I were able to play a game to pass the time till her beloved cookies were done! ha I’m not always a huge fan of some cookie mixes, because of the ingredients, but as an organic brand…. I was happy!

Check out the calories and fat! Only 5 grams of sugar! I love that and using almond milk and a coconut sugar really kept it low on sugar and calories!

Overall, I liked these. They were more like muffin tops than cookies but they were good! Had a nice texture and flavor. I think the only change I’d make for my other package to make would be to flatten the cookies a little more before baking. Maybe, that would help to look more like a cookie and make it more of a dense cookie compared to how light it was.

If you’d like to get some snickerdoodles or check out any other organic mixes, sauces or spices go to www.wildtree.com !

Enjoy!!

 

What are you favorite cookies? Tell me below in the comments!



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Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway!

WOO!!!! Lets have a GIVEAWAY!!

 One of my favorite things to bake with Coconut Flour! It’s gluten free, full of fiber and a great alternative to wheat and grain flours!  When baking with coconut flavor you get a nice texture and everything comes out a little sweeter!  Better yet, its made with only one ingredient! Organic Coconut!

Best thing overall, I wanna give a 1lb bag away!!

Here’s how you can win

-Go to my facebook page Oh My Organics and Like the page.

-Share this post with your friends.

-Comment down below “I want to win Oh My Organics” showing that you liked and shared!

GOOD LUCK!!

Winner will be chosen on June 26th!


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Documentaries To Watch List

 There is so much knowledge right at our fingertips nowadays, we have to take advantage of it. With Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other streaming websites you can find anything to watch. One that I always enjoy watching is a documentary. In one of the groups that I’m a member of on Facebook, one mom asked what were some great documentaries to watch, I was surprised when the comments came pouring in. Now, I’ve had a TO WATCH list before, but after I read the responses, my list grew greatly. Some of these I have watched already, but many I have not. So, I thought I’d share my list and hope that it would bring more awareness to certain subjects! Some of these cover the subjects of Food, Overall Health, Cancer, Toxins, Vaccinations, GMOs and more. I’d love to know if you’ve watched any of these and your thoughts.

DOCUMENTARY TO WATCH LIST

Food Inc.

Fed Up

Cowspiracy

Food Matters

Forks Over Knives

The Human Experiment

Business in Being Born

Silent Epidemic

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

The Sugar Film

Oh No GMO

Face of Birth

Plant Pure Nation

Bought

Trace Amounts

The Truth About Cancer (9 Part Series)

We Were Children

Hungry for Change

Over Fed and Under Nourished

Doctored

Sick to Death

The Greater Good

Resistance

GMO OMG

Stink

Supersize Me

Fast Food Nation

Plastic Paradise

Cooked

In Defense of Food

Zeitgeist

Earthlings

Run From the Cure

Beautiful Truth

Heal Your Self

True Cost

Origins

Crazy Sexy Cancer

Vegucated

Food Chains

Farmageddon

Bottled Life

Happy

Change Your Food, Change Your Life

Elephant in the Living Room

Meat the Truth

The Drop Box

Dying to Know

Under Your Skin

The knowledge is out there for us to educate ourselves on certain topics, we just need to make time for it. Stop living blindly. We need to make major changes in the world for future generations to be able to enjoy it.

Have you watched any of these documentaries? Did you enjoy it? Did it change your mind on certain things? 



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Clif Kids Z Bar Review

 Energy Bars… I have a love/hate relationship with them..

 I feel like most energy bars are pointless. The only energy you get is from the crap ton of sugar that’s in them. As quick as your sugar high hits, it’s gone and it leaves you hungry again. However, I do have admit, these were good. I was pleasantly surprised that these organic bars only have 12g of sugar and no high fructose corn syrup,artificial colors or flavors. All of the sweetness comes from real food, no additives! I was happy with the ingredients and it kinda tasted like a cookie!

When my daughter tried them she referred to it as a treat. She loved it. So, in a pinch if I didn’t make my own bars, I know I could buy these and they would be okay.

They do come in other flavors that I have not tried yet, but I have looked up ingredients for the other flavors and I thought they looked good.

So if your looking for a snack to put in you or your kids lunch that’s not a candy bar or something loaded with who knows what. Pack one of these!

Have you tried the Clif Z Bars? What are your thoughts!?



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Beer Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Cilantro Coleslaw and Pico De Gallo

 Man, I am a sucker for tacos, but sometimes I just like lettuce, veggies and salsa in a tortilla and I’m good. I’m not always a fan of the taco meat, so I’m happy when I can find recipes to change it up a bit.  My husband got me a cookbook full of vegetarian recipes and this was one of them. Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos with Cilantro Coleslaw and fresh Pico!  At first, I was hesitant to make it because with two young children, I just don’t have the time to spend forever in the kitchen making dinner without one of them having a meltdown of some sort. I was pleasantly surprised though that it came together pretty quick! Plus, it was delicious! Here’s what I did….

First, I made my pico… very simple.

 2 organic tomatoes

1 organic baby cucumber

1/2 white onion

1 organic red pepper

1 jalapeno

Dice all the veggies small.

Put in a bowl and add the juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper, cumin and a handful of chopped cilantro. Mix and set aside

 

Next we’re going to multi-task a little bit. Here is what you’ll need….

For the slaw:
1/2 head of green cabbage (about 1/2 pound)
1 small carrot
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

For the tacos:
1 head cauliflower (about 1 pound)
3/4 cup beer
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon lime juice
11/2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
11/2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce
1 to 2 garlic cloves, sliced
11/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
6 tortillas
homemade pico, for serving

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

I started with chopping the cauliflower, making all the florets the same size (no bigger than a quarter) and stalks removed.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, warm the beer, vegetable broth, lime juice, tamari/soy sauce, hot sauce and garlic.

Drop the cauliflower into the mix and cook for 90 seconds. Remove from heat and drain.

Next, take your chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, oil, onion and mix in a bowl. Put the cauliflower into the mix and coat evenly. Spread cauliflower out on a baking sheet and roast for 20 mins in the oven. Stir halfway.

While the cauliflower is baking, prepare the cilantro slaw.

Chop the cabbage into skinny strips that are no longer than 2 inches. Do the same with the carrot and make into matchsticks.

Place into a large bowl.

In a small bowl. combine oil, vinegar, lime and salt and whisk.

Pour dressing over cabbage mix and top with cilantro.

To assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas in the oven until hot and pile on the cauliflower. Top with some of the slaw and fresh pico de gallo. YUM!

 

 

This was full of flavor and the cauliflower was a great substitution for the taco meat!

I can’t wait to make it again!

What is your favorite taco recipe? Let me know in the comments! 🙂



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Quinoa Salad Recipe

Oooo we love Quinoa salad, and eat a lot of it in our house. i usually make enough with the intentions to have left overs for lunch the next couple of days.  So this is one recipe I definitely want to share with you. We usually just use a bunch of fresh organic veggies, but if you wish to add meat, go for it!

Ingredients

1 cup organic quinoa ( I used super grains this time. A mix of white quinoa, red quinoa, millet and buckwheat)

1 organic yellow pepper

1 organic orange pepper

1 pint of organic grape or cherry tomatoes

1 handful of cilantro

2 cups of black beans

2 organic carrots

1 organic seedless cucumber

 Rinse 1 cup of quinoa and cook according to instructions. Usually, bring to boil with 2 cups of water and let simmer for 15-20 mins, then let rest off heat for 5 mins. Dump into a bowl to cool.

While quinoa is cooling, chop all veggies. I suggest to dice them smaller, similar in size,

 Dump veggies and black beans into bowl with quinoa.

 This next step you can play with to see what best suits your taste. The Dressing! I personally like to keep it simple but you can add whatever you like.

Dressing

1/4 cup organic olive oil

1/4 cup organic red wine vinegar

1 lemon or lime squeezed

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Whisk or emulsify with a blender

Pour over salad and mix

 

Serve warm or chill and serve as a cold salad. Keeps well in the fridge.

ENJOY!!!

Let me know what you think!

What are your favorite recipes using quinoa?



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Somethings Missing…..No More Microwave

It’s been something I used almost all of my life. It has simplified things and made life convenient. It was easy as a push of a button and boom, food was done! Never did I think I was putting myself in harms way by using it. Yea, my parents told me when I was a kid not to stand so close or stare directly at it, but I thought it was all a bunch of bologna..  A couple years ago, my husband and I became more conscious of the things we were doing. One of these things was using the Microwave. We were making changes on how we would microwave our food. Using only glass, not using plastic wrap or covering our food with a styrofoam plate when heating stuff that would splatter. When our microwave stopped working after replacing it once before, we decided maybe it’d be best just to give it the boot all together.  We were taking all these special steps on using it, when just using it alone could be causing us harm…

So we ripped it down and threw it away!

 Isn’t it pretty?? I personally think so! In fact, it’s a great conversation starter! We haven’t decided what we want to do with the wall yet for a back splash so that’s how it looks today! When people come over they look at it oddly… point at it with their head cocked to the side a little bit with confusion. During this time were able to tell people “we are no longer using a microwave!” Some just go with it and some ask “Why?”

Well………..

1. Cooking food in the microwave kills the nutrients that it once had. So you spend all that time preparing a healthy dinner and when you reheat the leftovers the next day, its pointless. It may fill your belly, but won’t be beneficial anymore. You food loses 30-40% of the vitamins it once had which turns them inactive.

2.As a nursing mom, I’ve never microwaved breast milk, but know of some mothers that do. I know, if they knew what it was doing to their milk, they would no longer do this. All of the powerful bacteria fighting agents in the milk are killed by the microwave. This leaves the milk 18 times more susceptible to growing E coli!

3. More times than not, when we reheat food in the microwave its either in a plastic container or covered in saran wrap. When heated the plastic will release cancer causing agents into our food.

4.The non-ionizing radiation of the microwave can affect changes in your blood and your heart rate. There was a study done with 8 individuals and the ones that consumed microwaved food had an decrease of red blood cells, increase in white blood cells and cholesterol.

5. The radiation that is produced from the microwave has been proven to mess with your heart rate and your heart rate variability.

 

Now, this is a topic that has been highly debated, but there have been studies that have proven these facts. I know some say this is completely on speculation and opinion, but personally even if one of these reasons have the slightest bit of validity to it, then I feel comfortable with my decision not replace our microwave.

I want to hear your thoughts though. Do you have a microwave? Would you ever consider getting rid of it? Do you believe the reasons posted? 



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CORE Foods Review

  Breakfast on the GO! 

Let’s start off the reviews with the most important meal of the day, breakfast! CORE Foods offers great oatmeal bars that you can grab right out of the refrigerator and head out the door.  CORE Meals are the only 100% organic, gluten-free packaged meals to go that don’t contain any added syrups, oil, salt, and preservatives. Perfect for breakfast, workouts, travel, outdoors, busy days, and anytime you need a healthy meal on the go.

I was excited when we got these, as we are always looking for quick meals for my husband to take to work in the morning. Convenience is always a plus.

When Joe and I first tried them, I think we were both a little surprised. I was expecting more of a moist granola bar, but this wasn’t the case. It’s a little drier, however the flavor is definitely there! We both felt satisfied and was able to go about our morning without being hungry again until lunch.

If you’re looking for that regular, sweet tasting meal bar to tide you over to lunch or dinner, this probably isn’t for you. Personally, I like this, because those meal replacement or snack bars make  me crave more, since they are sweet. The CORE bars, depending on the flavor has at most 17g of sugar, due to the raisins. All others, range around 6-8 grams. They pack a bunch of protein, healthy fats and fiber into the Meal bars, which is great!

There are 2 different kind of bars in 3 different flavors. Regular Meal bars….

 and Meal Whey bars..

Almond Raisin, Cashew Cacao and Walnut Banana.

Of the 3 flavors, Cashew Cacao was probably my least favorite. However, I still thought it was good. To me, it just didn’t have a whole lot of flavor. Next, I liked the Walnut Banana. It tasted like a not so sweet banana bread. I’d definitely order more of these. But most of all, I really liked the Almond Raisin. It is the sweetest of the 3 and it reminded me more of a cookie. However, like my complaints about sweet snack bars, it didn’t leave me craving more. I was satisfied.

The ingredients used are pretty straight forward. No extra fillers or additives, just as Cory Rennell the guy behind CORE Foods intended. He traveled all over, as he studied nutrition and wanted to keep the ingredients as pure and fresh as possible.

California Grown

Almonds
Raw, sproutable, ground, small batch, & sustainably grown
Walnuts
Raw, sproutable, ground, small batch, & sustainably grown
Raisins
Raw, sun-dried select miniatures for best flavor, never oiled
Whey Protein
Cold-concentrated, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, free-range, grass-fed
Water
Local, de-ionized, and filtered using both carbon and particulate filtration

USA Grown

Oats
Rolled whole grain kernels, flash steamed (Colorado)
Flax
Raw, truly cold-milled, hand-selected seeds, never pressed for oil (North Dakota)

Internationally Grown

Cashews
Raw, sproutable, ground, small batch, & sustainably grown(Vietnam)
Bananas
Raw, freeze-dried, sustainably grown, no additives (Chile)
Cacao Mass
Fermented, dried, and roasted (Dominican Republic)
Cacao Powder
Raw, heirloom, and traditionally fermented (Dominican Republic)
Coconut
Raw, sun-dried whole fruit shavings (Sri Lanka)
Vanilla Beans
Ground whole beans (Indonesia)
Cinnamon
Ground raw whole bark (India)

Storage is key with these bars, in order to keep them fresh. 1 week in the pantry, 2 months in the refrigerator or 1 year frozen.

So overall, I really liked these and will continue to purchase them. If you’d like to try them, you can find a store closest to you, using their store locator.

Or you can buy directly from their site. 

I found that they can also be purchased on Amazon for roughly $45 for a 10 pack, so depending if you choose to do the subscribe and save option on their website, Amazon may be your better option.

I wanna hear from you! What is your favorite grab and go meal? 



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The Project Begins…

So you may be wondering what is Oh My Organics, but first let me give you a little background.

My husband, Joe, and I have been married for almost 6 years and we have 2 daughters, a 3 year old named Rylynn and a 1 year old named Remy. We love cooking together and we did it all the time before we had children, but now with kids, it rarely happens..  I can barely use the restroom without getting interrupted, let alone being able to prepare a meal with him without some sort of crisis happening or Remy just deciding at that moment would be best if she cried during the whole time we made dinner.  Let me tell you though, we’re pretty good in the kitchen, however, we just made what tasted good and didn’t really care what went into it.  When I went to the grocery store I just threw stuff in my cart not even batting an eye at anything organic.  I didn’t understand the concept at the time and I don’t think I really cared.  It’s kinda sad to think about it now.

Luckily, after we had Rylynn something clicked.  We wanted to do better.  I don’t think we knew what that meant just yet, but we were making an effort.  We made all our own baby food, we used cloth diapers and started reading labels.  I was still absolutely clueless, but I felt like we were making strides into the right direction. I did a lot of researching and became more aware that the things I did was only a start. Talk about being overwhelmed… Pesticides, GMOs, MSG, and thousands of toxic chemicals, in virtually everything.  Thankfully, our eyes were open and we were ready to make even more changes.  Between a coworker and our church we had a great group of friends that were like minded who taught us a lot.  It was a big Ah-Ha moment for us and we jumped in with both feet. We were reading labels, buying fresh ingredients and organic when available and even jumped on the essential oil band wagon.

After having Remy it solidified our ways even more. We not only wanted to do right for ourselves, but especially our children! Over this past fall, I joined a Non Toxic company that opened our eyes to things that we’re putting on our bodies everyday and the effects from that were scary! The more I learned, the more I needed to educate others.  Now listen, I know making a switch like that isn’t easy. Saying and doing are two completely different things.. However, its where Oh My Organics is going to help..

Here is how it started.  One day I’m browsing Pinterest, because what else do you do during your kids naptime?  I come across some of these blogs and let me tell you, some of these blogs I couldn’t believe the attention they were getting from what they were writing about. So I thought if they could do it, then maybe I could too, and who knows maybe I’d be good at it!

If I am going to do this, I want it to do something that helps others.  I started thinking about my journey and how stressful it was. Understanding what organic was and the things that came with it. Which brands were trustworthy, which foods taste good, where I could find it and one of the big things for us was how to get it and not have it break the bank! So my idea started to evolve. The idea of making the decision of what organic products to choose a little easier. Review them, then share my thoughts. Helping to educate why spending just a little more money on organic is worth it! Not only for them, but also for the environment.

At first, I kinda thought this idea was out of my league, but in my heart, I knew, I would be passionate about it. I shared it with Joe and of course he was super supportive like with anything that I choose to do. We played with the name a bit and Oh My Organics came about. I am very excited about this and I hope you all enjoy this journey with me. I hope that at least one thing that I talk about may make a difference in someones life.. and from all that being said….  So begins the project!!!  Oh My……..Organics!



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