I have done it a few times, googling how to replace an ingredient when I’m in the middle of cooking and noticed I don’t have everything I need. Searching: What can I use instead of buttermilk? Or what is a good substitute for dry rosemary? With new recipes, when I have to replace any ingredients I can’t tell the difference in its flavor or its presentation, but with an old recipe, I can certainly see the differences? Small changes in flavor, consistency, and most importantly how your stomach feels!
When I was little sitting at the breakfast table my grandmother will decide what to make for lunch and sometimes for dinner. She would name a few dishes and make a decision, pick up her shopping basket, and head to the maker. After a couple of hours which was normal since my grandma would stop and have conversations with friends and neighbors while shopping. Catching up on all the news from, who is getting married, taking a vacation, or having a baby. She will enter her kitchen in a hurry with a basket full of seasonal vegetables, herbs, and fruits ready to cook.
The sound of dicing chopping peeling will echo through the house and later the aroma of herbs and rice and vegetables will take us to the kitchen. If I was lucky she will let me help with making spinach or lamb patties. Lovingly graciously, she would wrap a kitchen towel around me and pull a chair next to hers. I start with my small hands shaping quarter-size patties, I would have my special corner in the pan next to her perfect oval-shaped ones. I was always asking questions “ what is the green vegetable? And what is the yellow bean”? My grandmother in detail will explain, “ the green herb is mint and the yellow bean is lentil”. Then she will explain in detail again how every ingredient helps in flavoring our food and satisfying our tastebuds. She would say “Mint helps to settle your stomach since you have lentils in your food.” Every meal served was made with seasonal ingredients and was perfect for the time. Every ingredient had more than one purpose, to add flavor, and beauty, and to keep the digestive system healthy.
Trying new recipes is exhilarating and I am always happy to know I have found a new dish that my family enjoys. To make every dish perfect and original I take the time to read the recipe and stop at the grocery store to pick up everything I am missing. To create the original flavor takes patience, but all I need to remember is that every old recipe has been refined for years by experts who made it lovingly for their family, just like my grandmother did.🥰
Fresh beets take a long time to cook, but with a crockpot, there is no need to watch and wait. A vegetable so beautiful to slice, and delicious, in a sandwich or on top of any greens, is also loaded with vitamins. I have always used beets when preparing meals, and for the first time, I cooked fresh beets in a crockpot. It took almost 3 hours, to have delicious beets for my salad.
When I plan on making cheese or charcuterie platters, I add slices and whole beets to create a beautiful colorful platter. I look for any chance to add this beautiful vegetable to our meals for more goodness. Good for the digestive system, eating beets increases athletic performance, brain health, decreases inflammation, and detoxes the liver.
It has been a few weeks, Since I have consciously tried to drink more water. I have realized that by drinking more water I can accomplish more, and feel better. I had noticed more and more in the mornings I woke up with sore muscles, and headaches. I do suffer from migraines, but my headaches were happening more often.
I did some research and realized I don’t drink enough water during the day and dehydration can cause achy muscles, and headaches. Knowing what is causing my problem I had to start drinking more water, and for me that was a difficult adjustment to make. I have never enjoyed drinking water, and I have always depended on deluding fruit juice, drink coffee, or Iced tea when I was thirsty. So I started thinking of ways I could add flavor, naturally to plain water, and hoping, better flavor would encourage me to drink more water, as I exercise, swim, Work in the garden, and just do my daily chores.
I hope this video will be a nice easy guide to encourage you to drink more water, and enjoy a more productive day. I have already started feeling better, and that is a very good sign.☺️
I use a combination of herbs fruits or vegetables to add flavor to my water. Before I leave my house I take my Yeti travel mug add ice, water, and a combination of herbs and maybe a slice of lemon or another citrus fruit like tangerine, and I am ready to start my day💪🏻☺️
It is easy just to brew a dark cup of tea, and before drinking it plain, add more flavor to it. Not just flavor, but also ingredients that can calm your stomach, calm your nerves and help you have a better day. I usually have a few things in the pantry, and depending on how I feel, I add to my hot tea : ginger, lemon (dry lemon) mint, honey, and sometimes crushed cardamom seeds for more flavor. Crystallized ginger slowly melts in hot tea and adds more antioxidants, it is anti inflammatory , eases headaches & migraines, and lowers blood pressure. Adding lemon to your tea, can boost your immune system and increase your vitamin C intake. Honey is great for soothing a sore throat, and sweetening your tea naturally. Adding mint to hot tea reduces headaches, Improves immune system, and helps digestive system. And my favorite candied orange slices, add natural sweetness, wonderful flavor, and vitamin C. Today, take a few minutes, and treat yourself to a hot cup of tea, any way you like It ☺️