Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SAD to RAW

This blog used to be called "Fun Fast and Easy Cooking" ....my how times have changed.   I still "cook", but only for my husband and kids.  My body can no longer handle cooked, processed, foods, or meat.  Therefore, I have had to, out of necessety "go RAW".  I have NOT however hated it...rather, I've GREATLY enjoyed it!  I can actually TASTE food now!  Now that I'm not stuffing my body into a comatosed state...I can actually hear when it needs something!  It tells me when I need more carbs(bananas baby!) more fat (avacados!).  Sometimes I go through periods where my body wants only apples and lemon water all day. It's amazing how alive I feel!  My mind is even clearer....oh...and I'm losing weight too (nice little side effect!). 


That being said....it has NOT been easy.  I still slide off track when my hubby asks me to make his favorite "Armenian Choerag" bread.  Pulling it out of the oven....smellling the yummy, fresh, sweet, hot, braided bread....yup...a bite, no two...maybe three goes into my mouth....then..the next day.....>BAM<! My body reacts badly and I'm in pain......Or, I make a roast and potatoes for my family's sunday dinnter and the yummy smelling beef roast calls out to me (I'm a good cook, lol)...."JUST EAT A LITTLE"......and then, the next day.....well, you get the picture. 

I can't just switch my "meat and potatoes", "why'd you feed me whole grain bread", "I only eat white rice", "My favorite veggie is creamed corn".... husband to raw food and expect him to eat it....My two teen daughters (15 and 13) are a different story.  My oldest loves almost everything I make (some of the green smoothies are "icky" to her).  My next daughter likes some things (including the green smoothies and juices), but some things are not her cup of tea...and she loves meat and taters.  My next child (son, 10yrs) likes pasta, pasta, rice, and pasta....oh, and chicken!  My 6yr old son is a TOTAL meatatarian...hates pasta, eats some veggies, LOVES meat.  Then, there's my 3 1/2 yr old daughter....she likes mac n cheese, ham, chicken, and....mac n cheese!  Veggies are difficult, to say the least, to get her to eat.  My hubby usually hides them in mashed taters.

This has made for an interesting household situation.   Little by little, I introduce things to my children and hubby, hoping to get them to eat healthier.  Sometimes it's a great sucess, sometimes it's a flop, but, I'm not giving up!

It also means my meals have to be fast so I can take care of my family, and affordable because we are a family of 7 on a budget.

This blog has morphed into a cronicle of these adventures.  I'll be posting RAWcipes....things I've gotten, or tried to get my family to try, and their responses....A RAW mom in a SAD family....it's RAWtacular!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Cookware WARNING:

 Cookware Warning:


People love non-stick pots and pans, they're easy to cook with, especially clean, but cookware like Aluminum pans and Teflon contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA.) which can lead to infertility, cause cancer and other health issues. PFOA is a dangerous chemical that releases toxins once heated so you want to avoid non-stick cookware!

Alternatives:

There are many good alternatives which can even produce better tasing meals!  They are: Stainless Steel, Ceramic, Cast Iron, Stoneware and Glass.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Food Necessities

I put my order in with Country Life Natural Foods today.   They are a wholesale natural food distributer.  A freind and I order at the same time, once a month , and he delivers directly to her house.  This way, we've cut out the retailer and the retail price!  These are some things that I ordered and we can't live without:


Coconut Oil......I use it for cooking, greasing pans, as a substitue for shortening...Here are some benifits of Coconut Oil:
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc
SO, ya wanna know more about the benifits of coconut Oil?  Go here.

Whole wheat flour:   We don't use ANY bleached flour and very RARELY (like in the case of batter bread) use any white unbleached flour.  ( I also ordered some whole wheat pastry flour)Here is a little on why:

White bread is "dead" bread.

 

Why is the color of white bread so white when the flour taken from wheat is not?

 

It’s because the flour used to make white bread is chemically bleached, just like you bleach your clothes. So when you are eating white bread, you are also eating residual chemical bleach. Flour mills use different chemical bleaches, all of which are pretty bad. Here are a few of them: oxide of nitrogen, chlorine, chloride, nitrosyl and benzoyl peroxide mixed with various chemical salts.

 Wanna know more, check out this site.


I wish I had the time and money to buy whole grains and use my own grinder, THAT would be AWESOME!

Carob Chips:  Have you tried these yet?  They are AWESOME!  They are like chocolate chips, only BETTER!

Coconut milk:  I use this in place of milk for baking and for soups.  Have you ever had a thai chicken soup with coconut milk? spicy, sweet, and  FABULOUS!  I will post my recipe later!

Agave Nectar: I didnt need to buy this this month, as I had been baking less and still have some, but I usually buy a 176fl.oz. container every month to two months. I use it as sweetener in my baking instead of the dreaded "white sugar"

Sucanat:  I still have some of this as well, but I keep it stocked.  I use it in some of my baking instead of that sugar stuff!

Honey:  I buy a gallon of honey about every 2 to 3 months as well for my cooking/baking.  I make an AMAZING batch of natural peanut butter granola bars with honey!  I'll post that later too!

I THINK.....yeah, that's it for now, although, I sometimes order oat and rice flour to add to my whole wheat baking. 

Also, I buy Coconut Flour from a natural foods store as I can't get it through Country Life and I use it in my cookie recipes, YUM! 

What can't YOU live without?





Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sundays at The Maghakians' house

Sundays at my house are never predictable.  One Sunday, it will be just the kids, my husband, and I(7 of us) comming home and eating a quick bite before going back to church for choir practice and then evening service. On another Sunday, we might be bringing as many as 5 extra kids/teens home with us for the afternoon.  On yet another Sunday, we might be having a dinner at the church, either with the whole church, or just inviting a family who's kids we've been bringing to church to have dinner with us.

 No matter WHAT happens, the reoccuring problem is this....what to eat?  In order to have time to eat and still be able to get back to church in time, I have had to pull a few aces out of my sleeve.  I thought I'd share them with y'all!

Ace #1:  Slow Cooker-  For a slow cooker meal, I will set the ingredients that don't need to be refridgerated on the counter near the cooker.  Then I will arrange the refridgerated ingredients together in the fridge so I can quickly get them in the morning.  If the cooker requires meat, I cook it the night before and refridgerate it in a tupperware container. Then, on Sunday morning, I arrange all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook them on low till we get home from church...then VOILA....we have a meal when we come home!

Ace #2: Electric Roaster-  I use a roaster to cook turkey,chicken,  pork, beef, or venison roast.  I need large amounts of meat to feed the crews I end up with and the electric roaster is ideal for this.  For this, I put the meat with seasonings and some water/stock in the cooker on low all night long.  I check it the next morning and usually it's fine to be left till after church.  If I want carrots and/or  potatoes, I add them to the roaster in the morning.  Then, when we come home, VOILA!  a meal!

Ace #3:  Rice Cooker-  If I cook chicken the night before, I can come home, put rice in my 20 cup rice cooker and cook some veggies.  Then, 20 minutes later, POOF a meal!  Or, I dice up the chicken, then mix it with cream of mushroom soup, cooked veggies and top with cheese and pop it into my bean pot or a large cake pan and cook em in the oven for a few and YUM-a LUM-a Ding-Dong!

Ace # 4:  Sub Day!-   A quick, fun way to eat together on a Sunday is to get some sub rolls, different kinds of veggies, meats , and cheeses and spread them out on the table for a Sub free for all!

Ace #5:  Pre Cooked Casserole-   A lasagna, tuna noodle casserole, spagetti pizza, shepherds pie, or the such-like can be prepared and cooked the night before or the morning before church and then re-heated after church!

These are just a few of the aces I keep in my sleeves......God has allowed me to learn these tried and true methods to allow Sunday to be a day where we focus on the Lord, not food!