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Organic chocolate chip oatmeal cookie

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This is one of my best cookie recipes that I have made by far, it is like a cross between a chewy granola bar and chocolate chip cookie. It is an easy and yummy chewy cookie recipe that the whole family will love. The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 week and in the freezer for 3 months.

This recipe makes about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of organic butter
  • 1 cup of organic light brown sugar (can be reduced by 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar (can be reduced by 1/8 of cup)
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 tsp of Pure vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cups of organic flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 cups of  Bobs Red Mill 5 grain rolled hot cereal
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nut or walnuts (optional)

Directions

In a large bowl cream together butter, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs one at a time with a hand mixer.  In separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt. On low-speed in small batches slowly mix dry ingredients into butter mixture.  With a large spoon mix in rolled oat, chocolate chips and nuts.

Wrap cookies dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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To bake preheat oven to 350 degrees

Slice cookie 1 to 1 1/2 inches and bake for 14-16 minutes until brown.

Enjoy

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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…That’s Amore!

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What most people don’t know about me is that my father was born and raised in Harlem, NYC. Up until my grandmother past away in 1993 we spent many holidays and summer vacation in NYC. It has over 10 years since I been to NYC but the one thing that I miss almost as much as my grandmother is the food to be more exact …PIZZA! Man, when I was a kid there is nothing better than eating a slice while walking down street with cheese and sauce running down my arm. I was in heaven. Now everyone in NY has their favorite pizza palor. Over the years I have eaten at a lot of  palors in the Bronx, Harlem and manhatten I can honestly say I never had a bad slice.

Living in Kauai, Hawaii a pizza much less a slice is hard to find. Don’t get me wrong I do love living in paradise and I would have to think hard and long about trading that for a New York slice of pepperoni. Our options are limited we have the fastfood chains here that you take the kids to after soccer game and a high end spot that serves good pizza but really who the heck in this economy can afford to pay $30 for a large pizza? It better have some truffles or eatable gold in it. Right!

So once again I was force to being resourceful. I started crafting my own homemade pizza. Now I not in any way comparing my pizza to NYC (which I consider the holy grail of Pizza) but it’s pretty darn good. My pizza is definitely more rustic and I use cookie sheet.  For the 2 pizza which feeds 4 to 5 people cost $10.59.

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I found a super easy pizza dough recipe on food network courtesy of Bobby Flay. This dough can be made ahead time and refrigerated/frozen. This particular time I double the recipe and made calzones for my kids to take to school for lunch.

Pizza Dough 

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Ingredients

3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling (Chef’s Note: Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can’t find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Directions
Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Roll out dough and to size of your pan. Again, I used a cookie sheet because I own a fancy pizza pan/stone.

Toppings as follows:

Top with 3/4 cup of Mariana. See recipe from What’s for Dinner post.

Sliced mozzarella

Pepperoni

Homemade sausage ( see recipe below)

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

Homemade Italian Sausage

Ingredients

1/2 pd of ground pork – You can replace with turkey or chicken

2 tbsp  Ground cumin

2 tbsp  Italian seasoning

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp of Black pepper

Mix and store in plastic wrap.

Enjoy!

What’s for dinner?

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Here is one of family favorites recipes that I made the other night for dinner.

Chicken Parmesan, homemade marinara, Pasta and Caesar salad. The cost to prepare this entire meal cost around $25. Yes, you heard me $25 dollars to feed 4 people. It’s homemade, organic and delicious.  Vegetarian? Just replace Chicken breast with Eggplant. I hope you love this recipe as much as my family does.

Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients

  • 2 organic chicken breast – Tip slice 1 chicken breast length wise to make 2 servings
  • 1/2  cup organic flour ( I use Safeway’s Organics brand but any brand will do)
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs – Tip slice leftover bread in cubes and toast in the oven at 375 for 10 to 15 minutes then grind in the blender – I used leftover hamburger and hot dog buns. See picture below
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan – Tip  buy the block and grate it yourself it is cheaper and taste better than shredded
  • 1 – 2 tbsp of Italian seasoning
  • kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 organic eggs scrambled
  • 1 cup of marinara (see recipe below) 
  • 4 to 6 slices of mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil for frying

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 375

Heat frying pan to medium heat and add 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil enough to coat the pan.

Mix flour, bread crumbs, seasoning, parmesan, 1/4 tsp of salt and pepper in bowl.  Lightly season chicken breast with salt and pepper.  Dip chicken breast in egg and then breadcrumb mixture.

Cook in frying pan 4 to 5 minutes per side until golden brown

Repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken. Set aside to drain.

Place chicken breast on an oven proof dish top with 1/4 cup of marinara and sliced mozzarella cheese.

Cooked in the oven 20 to 25 min minute until cheese is melted and slightly brown.

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Homemade Marinara & pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes 
  • 2  garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tbsp of Italian seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of crush red pepper
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Your choice of pasta prepared according to instructions on the box

Heat up pot to medium heat, add 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil to coat pan. Saute garlic for 30 seconds and reduce heat to low.  Add crush tomato and the remaining of ingredients.

Cover, stir occasionally and let simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer you let it simmer the better the flavor with be.

Caesar Salad

Ingredients

  • chopped organic romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 Caesar dressing see recipe below
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan
  • croutons – Tip Follow bread crumb recipe above before toasting in oven toss with 1 to 2 tbsp of Olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. 

Toss all ingredients together.

Caesar Dressing courtesy of Food.com by Miss A.T.K

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese ( grated)
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt ( to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper ( to taste)
  • 1 lemons, juice and zest of
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil ( good quality)
  • 2 garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. In blender, mix egg yolks, garlic and anchovies into a paste.
  2. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT olive oil. Mix a few seconds.
  3. Slowly add olive oil until dressing is thick and creamy. Add more or less olive oil depending on desired consistency

Super Yummy Acai Berry Smoothie!

Aloha Friday friends,

As promised in my previous blog here is my Super yummy Acai berry smoothie recipe.

If your mornings are anything like mine; juggling to get three kids showered, fed and out the door on time for school,  your probably to busy to even think about eating breakfast yourself. Here is super quick, easy and filling smoothie recipe that will tie you over until lunch.

I use Miessence® Superfood’s in my smoothies to give my body the missing nutrients it is lacking.

To learn more out more about Miessence® Superfood’s go to Miessence® Vitality Pack or try it out by taking the Miessence® 10 day Vitality Challenge

  • 1 tsp  Miessence® BerryRadical Antioxidant Superfood
  • 1 tsp Miessence® Inliven Probiotic Superfood
  • 1 tsp Miessence® DeepGreen Alkalising Super
  • ¾ cup of Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice – I like Safeway’s Organics brand
  • 1 spoonful of Sambazon Acai Berry sorbet
  • 1 Organic Banana
  • Frozen Organic Strawberries 

Blend all the ingredient together in a blender and Enjoy!

As always the action happens in the comments below. Let me if you love this smoothie as much as I do.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Much love and Aloha!

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

When Gil Scott-Heron wrote ” The Revolution will not be televised” in 1970 I’m sure he was influenced by the sociopolitical issues of his time. The Western world was changing and people were finding their voice. There was an increased awareness of political and economic liberty for women and minorities. People were united in opposition against the Vietnam War; nuclear weapons, distrusted the government and big business. There was also a movement in advocating for world peace and the environment.

Fast forward to 2013 we find ourselves in another Revolution that will not be televised on the main stream media outlets. This revolution is not going to take place out in the streets with people rioting with pitch forks and torches. It’s going to take place in our homes, at our kitchen tables and in the grocery store isles. More and more people are taking part in the revolution, some of them unaware, by choosing what products to feed their families. Whether you realize it or not where and how you spend your hard-earned dollars has more power and more of a lasting impact than rioting in the street. It has the power to force our food industry to start providing healthy and safe products for our families.

So your asking “Okay, Lisa what is this revolution you’re talking about?”.  It’s about the health risks of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOS.

First let me throw this disclaimer out there: I am by no means a scientist or an expert in this field. I am just a Mom that has a desire to provide the best possible health and food choices for my family. The main reason why I started this blog is to be able to have a forum to share information and tips on how you can provide healthy choices for your family.

So for you newcomers, you’re probably wondering what is a GMO?

Heres an excerpt from the NON GMO Project website FAQ. For full FAQ sheet go to http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

So your probably thinking GMOs are sprayed full of pesticide, lack nutrition and decrease in yield but surely they are safe for human consumption. The FDA wouldn’t have approved them to be on our supermarket shelves if they were not safe? Right?!

Here’s an excerpt from The Institute For Responsible Technology Health Risk brochure. The full brochure can be downloaded at http://www.responsibletechnology.org/health-risks#

In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM food.

Say what?! When I first read this I nearly fell out of my chair. Then I starting thinking about how many people who I personally knew with infertility, immune problems, faulty insulin regulation (diabetes) and just overall poor health. Again I  am not a scientist, doctor or researcher but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to start connecting the dots. I really recommend that you spend time browsing the Non GMO Project and The Institute for Responsible Technology websites.  Both websites provide the latest GMO information, articles, newsletters and apps that you can download to your smart phone.

If you haven’t seen it already you must watch ” Genetic Roulette” at http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

Here’s the trailer below

So your saying” Lisa, this is great information but what do I do now.” or ” I love to just throw out all the food in my cabinets and go organic but that’s too expensive“!

I’m not going to b.s. you and say ” It’s easy to change your eating habits” or ” Buy only organic”. The truth is organic and non gmo products are more expensive because they are not subsidized by the United States Government. Look I get it! I have a family of five myself and our 2nd largest monthly expense (the first being our mortgage) is food and the downside for us is that we live in Hawaii where everything just costs more. Which is why I started this blog to help give you cost saving tips and strategies. The bonus for you is that I love to cook! Not to toot my own horn but I am a pretty good cook! So I will also be sharing in my blog some of my families favorite and cost savings recipes.

So here are 5 tips to help you get started now.

1. Menu plan

Initially it will take some time to start but once you have it down it does get easier.  You will spend less TIME  and MONEY at the grocery store. There is one thing that you need to do in order to really make it work. BUY only what is on your list! It’s going to take discipline to stick to the list! Believe me I have caught myself more than once justifying to myself  that ” It was on sale!” or ” It was buy one get one free!” knowing that I didn’t need the first one to begin with!

2. Make things from scratch

I can hear you grumbling already! “Lisa , I don’t have time…. I work a full-time job….I have 3 kids…. blah blah blah”. I am not here to make anyone feel bad or to beat you up. I get it; your busy, you work full-time and being a Mom or Dad is an around the clock gig. The truth of the matter is do you REALLY want to trade your health and your children’s health for convenience? Here’s the thing, yes it may take a little extra planning and time on your part but in the long run it will SAVE you money. I think everybody could save a little money nowadays. So instead of buying those chocolate chip cookies, you know the ones, blue bag with ingredients you can’t even pronounce, make your own. It is cheaper, healthier and tastes a whole lot better. Again, I’ll be posting my yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe later in the blog. The recipe makes 3 dozen cookies so you can freeze the leftover’s to bake later.

3. Buy Local

Farmer Markets are great not only are you getting fresh produce that was most likely harvested that day, it is more affordable and you are supporting your local economy.

4. Get Creative

Plant your own garden or join a Community garden. Community Gardens are popping up all over the country. If you don’t have the time or farming not your thing. Look into joining a Community Supported Agriculture program.  To join a CSA you usually purchase shares based on your family size via a membership and the farmer provides you with a weekly box of seasonal produce. The benefit is that you get fresh seasonal produce at an affordable price and you get to know the farmers that grew your food.  Local Harvest has a great website that provides nationwide information on Farmer Markets, CSA and Coops. http://www.localharvest.org/

5. Go easy on yourself

This is the most important tip of all, go easy on yourself. This is not a competition it is a lifestyle change. It is not going to happen overnight and not everyone in your family is going to be on board. It wasn’t and sometimes it is still not easy with my kids but it is getting better. If you have older kids expect some resistance but eventually they will get over it and adjust. Believe me it will get easier! Nothing can be worse than your 13-year-old daughter screaming at you in the middle of the grocery store ” What you mean Mom, I can’t eat Frosted Flakes anymore?!”.  So to avoid that happening to you when go shopping leave your kids at home!

It is truly my hope that you found this blog to be informative, somewhat humorous and useful.

The action happens after the blog! I want to hear from you, please leave a comment and share your tips with me below.