Friday, May 24, 2013
We are officially on Summer Break, here in the Van Dahm household! To celebrate their great test scores, we took the kids to an outdoor zip-line and rope obstacle called Go Ape. How did I do? Well, my heart was racing and my knuckles were white. (Despite the fact that I was only on the Junior kids course). Yeah, I don't handle heights real well, yet I did have a good time. We plan to return in the Fall for the big adult course. Oh. Great.
I am excited to announce that beginning JUNE 8, 2013 , When Pigs Fly will be offering a Weekly Clean-Eating Meal Plan Subscription, delivered right to your inbox! PLUS, each week our meal plan will educate you on which foods can improve your quality of life. If you are tired of searching for healthy recipes or just want the tools to live a healthier life, then this is for you!
I'll leave you with one parting thought--
...that moment when you're too tired to adequately explain something to God, so you just sing Him a little bit of a Bon Jovi song instead. Been there. Done that.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A guilt-free way to enjoy this classic snack food!
1 bag of frozen potato wedges, regular-cut fries, or shoe-string fries
1/2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 fresh garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh cilantro, stems removed and chopped
Green onion, chopped
Cook potatoes according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet, over medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and pepper in the oil for about 7-10 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
Stir in the drained and rinsed black beans, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste. Continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.
When fries are ready, transfer to a large serving plate, or you can serve it directly on the warm baking sheet.
Top potatoes/fries with the following-- bean mixture, tomatoes, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, and green onions. Serve immediately.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Beans, vegetables, and barley make this soup both hearty and healthy.
1/2 cup dried red kidney beans
1/2 cup dried pinto beans
1/2 cup dried white navy beans
1 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
2 large celery stalks, stems removed and chopped
4 cups (32 oz.) vegetable broth
4 cups water
3 bay leaves
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup dried green split peas
1/2 cup dried pearl barley
4 cups fresh spinach, stems removed, torn bite-size
1 tsp. sea salt
Few dashes fresh ground black pepper
In a large pot, combine kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, onion, carrots, celery, broth, water, bay leaves, and dried oregano. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender (about 1 hour).
Add the split peas and barley, and cook until the peas and barley are soft, about an additional 45 minutes.
5 minutes before serving, add the spinach leaves to the pot, cooking until slightly wilted. Season with salt and pepper.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
1 Lb. shallots, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. sea salt
Few dashes of freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, toss the shallots with the olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour mixture into a large piece of aluminum foil. Fold and seal the foil to create a pouch.
Set on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, until tender, browned, and caramelized.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
1. Deep Conditioner for Hair- When my hair begins to feel dry or brittle, I take a scoop of solid coconut oil and work it through my hair (dry, not wet), concentrating on the ends. Once every strand is coated thoroughly, and you look like a greasy mess, run a hair dryer over it briefly (but do not dry it all of the way). The heat will open the hair shaft and allow the oil to penetrate the hair. Now, pull your hair up in to a bun. Place a shower cap over your hair. Leave it alone for 1 hour. Then, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. You may need to shampoo it twice, to remove the greasy oil.
2. Eye Makeup Remover- Take a pea-size amount of solid coconut oil and work it between your two fingers. As it softens, gently rub it onto your eye lid, lashes, and brow (while your eye is closed). Take a dry cloth and gently rub the oil and makeup off. I then typically take really warm water and a new cloth and wipe my eyes again, to remove any extra oil left on.
3. Skin Moisturizer- I have seen that you can use coconut oil on your whole face. I am not that brave, as I have heard it can clog pores for sensitive-skin people like me. However, I will take a small amount and rub it into my hands, feet, or elbows before bed, giving me soft skin by morning. Great during the winter months!
4. Foot/Body Scrub- Mix coconut oil with equal parts sugar, and use as a body or foot scrub.
*Coconut oil will remain solid at room temperature. If it gets too warm, it will turn to liquid and back again when cooled.
Topics: Health: Clean Eating/Wellness
Monday, May 13, 2013
Thick, creamy, and delicious!
10 oz. bag frozen whole strawberries
2 ripe medium-size bananas, peeled
1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
2 Tbs. pure honey
1-1/2 cup rice milk
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Friday, May 10, 2013
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So, my boys were gone one day last weekend for most of the day. How did my husband and I spend that cherished, quiet time? Watching Water for Elephants, while eating a potpie, of course. Yeah, we're spontaneous like that. Lately my personality has begun to resemble that of Kristin Stewart as Bella Swan, so I know it has been a long week! My list of things to do keeps getting longer, while I swear the hours in the day are getting shorter. Thus the relaxing movie/potpie night. Lol.