onion sprouting

Can we make Taco Thursday a thing?😍  Whole-wheat tacos served with curried beans, roasted peanuts, avocado, tomato salsa, red onion, roasted capsicum, sprouts, sesame seeds, lime and copious amounts of salad :) Really delicious if I do say so myself haha 😅 All #vegan because life is too short to make others shorter✌️

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awkward paradox, part 2

As a followup to my post about the onion sprouting on my kitchen counter, I’d like to share the photo I took of said onion:

It started out curled over because of the way it was sitting on the counter, but I set it upright and now it’s starting to straighten out towards the light. Poor thing. It has a sibling that’s a little bit smaller. Once it gets warmer out, I’ll plant them outside and see what happens.

Dangan Ronpa April Fools Day Headcannons

(I have no idea if April Fools Day is actually a thing in Japan, but whatevs! Also it’s not April 1st here yet, but I’m already seeing pranks going around so I figure it’s fair game to put it up now. In order of who I thought of first.)

Kiyotaka Ishimaru

  • Spends the week leading up to the day telling everyone in the school that April Fools Day pranks will not be tolerated, especially those of a physical nature that cause damage or pain!
  • Becomes the main target for most of the nasty pranks as a results, tries to put on a brave face and says he’s glad it’s him and not one of his friends, but he still spends the day getting gradually more and more hurt and upset by the pranks directed at him.
  • Keeps having to change his uniform because they’re getting stained. Eventually all ten get damaged and he spends part of the evening doing laundry in his underwear and a towel just so he has something to wear.

Sayaka Maizono

  • Before the day even starts there’s fake screen shots of a new album from her band going around, talk of amazing sounding press appearances, basically fake news that her fans are getting really excited for
  • She doesn’t do any pranks herself, just spends the day apologetically denying all the fake rumours to her fans, and gets upset that she has to make them upset that she isn’t able/planning to do any of those things they were all really excited about.

Leon Kuwata

  • Starts the day thinking all the crazy pranks and fake online news that only gullible dumbasses would fall for are hilarious… until he sees how genuinely upset Sayaka is, at which point he goes online and start angrily lambasting everyone sharing the fake news about her band.
  • Still thinks physical pranks are funny though, and sets up several of the classic ones- buckets of water/jello/soft balls perched on doors, thumbtacks on chairs, some tripwires areas with softer flooring, etc. This is much to the annoyance of…

Mondo Oowada

  • Doesn’t really care about the day. He thinks people making their friends look stupid is bullshit, but realises it’s just tradition and they don’t mean anything by it. He’s spent the last week making it clear that anyone dumb enough to make him look like a fool is getting a beat down in return though, so no one tries anything that might hit him.
  • Ends up spending the day getting increasingly angry at how Kiyotaka is being treated, which ends up with him slamming Leon into a wall when one of his buckets of jello just happens to ruin Kiyotaka’s final clean uniform. It takes a combined effort from Kiyotaka, Chihiro and Makoto to stop him from punching Leon.

Aoi Asahina

  • Likes the idea of silly pranks, but wouldn’t dream of actually hurting anyone. Most of her pranks are food based, such as switching the sugar with salt, and offering people gross foods disguised as candy (caramel onions, chocolate-coated boiled sprouts, Mayonnaise filled donuts)
  • Feels bad for tricking them regardless, and offers them real candy/donuts to make up for it once they’ve fallen for it.

Sakura Oogami

  • Doesn’t really get involved in the day. It’s not something she’s familiar with, and it seems foolish to her.
  • No one dares target her either, aside from Asahina, so she doesn’t suffer at all. Even when Asahina targets her, she doesn’t realise it’s a prank and just tries to give her cooking tips until Hina confesses that it was supposed to be a joke.

Hifumi Yamada

  • Gets stupendously excited about the news of a new season of Demon Angel * Pretty Pudgy Princess, until he discovers that it’s fake and is crushed. But then he decides to get in on the fun and writes a post declaring that from this day on he’s quitting fan art and only drawing photo-realistic pictures of snakes. Spends the rest of the day bathing in the outcry from his disappointed fans before admitting that he made it up for April Fools.
  • Because of this, he spends most of the day at the computer and doesn’t get hit by many pranks, except for the ones set up by…

Chihiro Fujisaki

  • Knows not to trust anything online today, unless there are multiple sources for it. Doesn’t get hit by many pranks in real life, because A) No ones that much of an asshole to target tiny little Fujisaki and B) They figure Mondo would kill them if they did.
  • Plays a few computer based pranks: Troll-face stickers stuck on the underside of the mice in the computer labs (So they don’t work), sets the home page on every browser to Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up, gets Alter-Ego to imitate various people and insist that they’ve been trapped in the computer. Stupid stuff that even Kiyotaka manages to laugh at.

Celestia Ludenberg

  • She thinks the whole thing is petty, but she’s bet several of the tougher students that she can scare the life out of them at some point during the day, so she sets up various jump-scare type pranks, with help from coerced victims  volunteers. Stuff like cardboard cutouts of insects placed inside lamp shades, creepy manequins floating around in quiet classrooms, students in scary costumes jumping out unexpectedly. 
  • She wins all her bets, and spends the day making sure she doesn’t go anywhere/try anything she hasn’t just watched someone else go/try first, making her immune to most other pranks.

Makoto Naegi

  • Tries to do a few of the sillier classic pranks, but his bad luck means he ends up victim of the prank he was just attempting to play. 
  • Examples: Tries to swap salt and sugar, but fails to notice Hina’s already done it, so it’s just himself with salt in his morning coffee. Goes to set up a bucket of plastic balls over the homeroom classroom door and gets hit by Leon’s first bucket of water instead.
  • In the end he just gives up and decides to help…

Kyoko Kirigiri

  • She’s not interested in pulling pranks (Except the odd bit of teasing aimed at Makoto), and she manages to spot most of them before they hit her, especially as she’s being extra cautious today.
  • She’s still a detective though, and spends most of the day with Makoto collecting evidence to determine who set up most of them, which she then passes to Kiyotaka at the end of the day.

Yasuhiro Hagakure

  • Decides he’s going to prank everyone by just spouting nonsense instead of giving real predictions. Ironically his nonsense is 100% accurate, and he spends the next few weeks trying to replicate the effect, but without any luck.
  • Previously tried to predict what pranks were going to get played on him, so he dodges a few things, but still gets hit by a ton of stuff. (He’s also the only person other than Makoto with salt in his morning drink)

Byakuya Togami 

  • Doesn’t set up any pranks, obviously he’s far too refined for that petty nonsense! He has approved a few false news articles about ‘upcoming’ physically impossible/ridiculous Togami brand products, because apparently that sort of thing results in good viral marketing (he’s consulted Fujisaki on this though, and vetoed a coupld of ideas on the programmer’s advice)
  • Does get hit by a few of the practical jokes as well, but the jokes of them once Kirigiri gives him evidence he needs to send them the dry-cleaning bill for his fancy suits… Assuming they’ve not already had the life scared out of them by…

Toko Fukawa/Genocider Syo

  • Toko tries to spend the day hiding in her room, but gets dragged out by Kiyotaka who insists she still has to go to class and that his warnings will have prevented any wronging today.
  • About ten minutes after that she’s hit with a burst of black pepper from some pranks, making her sneeze and spend several hours as Genocider, whose idea of a good April Fools Day prank is to jump out at people screaming “You’re so fucking cute I’m gonna kill ya!” and then, once they’ve wet themselves, burst out laughing and tell them not to worry, they’re too ugly for her to kill.

Mukuro Ikusaba

  • At Junko’s suggestion, dresses up as and acts like her sister. The pair pretend Junko’s been cloned until everyone’s seen through it and Junko gets bored of the prank.
  • Spends the rest of the day being incredibly cautious not to get hit by pranks, because she doesn’t dare ruin the clothes or wig Junko lent her. Her soldier training makes her successful at this.

Junko Enoshima

  • Once she’s done pretending to be a clone, starts pulling off really crazy pranks, like breaking into the boys lockers while they’re in gym and replacing their trousers with skirts, hacking the school announcent system and having Monokuma do a broadcast, fills the headmaster’s office with balloons and finally spends the evening finding people who have fallen asleep and painting their faces with crazy makeup, then taking pictures.
  • Despite the craziness of her pranks, she’s the only one Kyoko can’t find any evidence against, so she gets off scot-free.
This is not a success story

As I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now, somewhere downtown Detroit, with a coffee to my right, a salad on its way to me, and a sweaty CrossFit session behind me this morning, let me share my candid thoughts with you.

Weight loss is hard. I actually forgot that little fact a few weeks back when I called my sister to declare I had re-signed up for My Firtness Pal; it had been two days and I saw my weight drop, and I remember thinking this will be easy.

It is not. 

I had been in Detroit for just over a month, and with the exception of mentally thinking about trying to lose weight, I had put no actual conscious effort into doing so. It was the usual: just wishing and hoping and obsessing, but not actually changing any of my habits.  Sure, I had signed up for CrossFit, but to say I was “half-assing” it would have been over stating it.

The mental toll of watching my weight increase was exhausting.  I had told myself when I arrived in this new city I’d have a fresh start to my weight loss voyage, but a month had passed and that wasn’t the case.  Then at some ungodly hour one morning, I wrote a very honest letter to myself; there’s something about writing that sets things in stone for me.  I can tell myself something 302 times, but if I don’t commit those thoughts to written words, I’m almost guaranteed to forget them the next morning.  I won’t go into the details of the letter, but I woke up the next morning ready to officially commit to something I so desperately wanted.

That was just over a month ago, and I have been amazed at how that letter somehow switched a light on from within. 

Exercise:

Since then I have been to CrossFit four or times each week. It’s been humbling getting back into it.  A 35lb bar is all I can handle right now. I’m the slowest by far in all the workouts, and the majority of the movements I have to modify.  

I am fortunate that a lot of the movements and my techniques from doing CrossFit in Melbourne were like riding a bike. And my new Coach here is exceptional.  This CrossFit focusses on quality over quantity (often the area where CrossFit gets a lot of criticism) and I am definitely thankful for that (I never really found a CrossFit I liked in Toronto because I thought all the coaches didn’t focus on technique).

If you follow along on my Snapchat you’ll already know this, but I’ve even been getting my ass up for the 6am or 7am CrossFit sessions. Last week I made it to FIVE early morning sessions and got a glimpse into life as if I was a morning person.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it got sooooo much easier each day, and I had significantly better days when I did exercise in the morning. 

I live in perpetual muscle pain these days, but it’s a good happy pain; one I missed. 

Food

As we all know, you can’t out exercise a bad diet, and thus on that fateful letter-writing night, I decided to focus on calorie counting. Calories in, must be less than calories out.  I set my goal to “1 pound a week loss” which landed me at 1,800 calories a day.  Also making this the most generous number of calories I’ve ever aimed to hit.  (In my younger stupider days I’d always aim for 1200/1300 a day).  

I bought a little kitchen scale and hit the ground running. I measured and tracked everything. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.  From the oil on my roasted veggies in the evenings, to milk in my coffee, everything was added to the My Fitness Pal app. I quickly got into the routine of it too, I became more conscious of labels in stores, and more aware of how quickly calories can add up.

One thing I didn’t expect from calorie counting, but am absolutely over the moon about, is how it released me from mentally beating myself up throughout the day.  I learned from counting calories that I wasn’t eating that badly before, but mentally I thought I was.  

If I ate a Turkey Tom Jimmy John’s sandwich (for Canadian friends, it’s like Subway but more delicious) for lunch (because it was free at the Lunch n’ Learn at work, let’s say) I would be so angry at myself the rest of the day, and think I completely (pardon my french) fucked up my diet that day, which in turn would lead to negative thoughts and not caring about dinner that evening, or worse, trying to hardly eat anything for dinner. 

From counting calories I saw that having that Jimmy John’s sandwich for 520 calories was a lot, true, however also completely manageable and normal and I could still easily end my day without going over my allowed calorie intake.  A huge amount of mental stress has been lifted from counting calories, and I saw very blatantly how negative I had been previously to myself for no reason at all.

I counted the tomatoes and broccoli and cauliflower and onions and asparagus too, and quickly saw how my current weight is where it’s at in large part because of healthy food. Portions! Portions! Portions! And my portions of healthy food were huge. With the oil on my roasted veggies (carrots / sprouts / asparagus / onions / etc) and half a sweet potato sprinkled with some feta cheese and a breast of chicken on the side, my dinner could and would get to around 600 calories. Yikes. And this makes sense. As I don’t eat McDonalds or candy or go through tubs of ice-cream. I am over weight because of portions. HEALTHY portions. 

Weight

This post is not a post about my success.  

Over the past four weeks my weight has been up and down and up and down and overall  I have stayed the same. It’s incredibly frustrating. I am trying really hard. I also have a smart scale which shows no Fat % loss, which busts the muscle weighs more than fat theory. 

My jeans, however, are fitting looser, but I also feel like they need a wash…  I tried on a dress yesterday which didn’t fit before Christmas, and said dress? Still does not fit.  I believe I only went over my calorie intake once, and yet here I sit, seeing no results. 

So Why

I made a Snapchat story a few days back on how frustrated I am, and a few of you kind people wrote back: 

Don’t count calories, look at macros
You’re now in your 30s. This is life. 
Eat the majority of calories in the morning
Eat more. Are you adding calories for CrossFit?
Do the Whole 30; it works
You have to wait longer. At least six weeks
8 hours of sleep, more water. 

Looking at the above list there is certainly room for improvement. I don’t pay attention to macros, I do eat the majority of my calories in the evening (although I really think a calorie is a calorie to your body, no matter when you eat it), I do not add my CrossFit calories to MFP (It would be about 600 extra calories a day! Which I think is nutty), and I could definitely drink more water.   I also side-eye Whole 30, as I don’t want a “diet,” but more of a lifestyle change; truthfully, I’m also nervous of binging on a “diet.”

I am working at being better at all of the above. Except, of course, I can’t reduce my age.  I remember people telling me it would get harder, but like with everything else (skin and cancer and terrible things) it won’t happen to me. I think it has.  

But. 

But I am not going to give up, because regardless of the number between my toes each morning, working out and eating better has helped my mental state a lot.  I am more confident, putting effort into dressing better each morning, and not beating myself up any more. 

So yes. There that all is. I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed there’ll be some scale or fat percentage loss movement. Stay tuned! 

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Gentleman Doll Recipes: Garlic Scape Basil Pesto and Roast Pattypan Pizza with Pesto and Sauteed Greens

Had an insane marathon cooking session yesterday when I found the harvest of patty pan squash piling up and wanted to use several at once, along with a sizable amount of garlic scapes (I bought a giant bag of the latter a month ago at The Garlic Farm before I realized the farm CSA share would include more garlic scapes for three weeks running… our fridge nearly fillied up with them).  Also: had a bell pepper and half an onion, a half-empty bag of bean sprouts, three different kinds of garden greens and some formerly fresh thyme that a family member forgot purchasing, let get dried out and “donated”. 

You can see the intimidating array of veg I was faced with…

My first solution was to make Garlic Scape Pesto, which would last through several recipes and use of a good chunk of scapes at once… the CSA share also included basil, a traditional pesto ingredient, so I tossed that in as well. I’ve never had brilliant success making scape pesto and it was a challenge this time, possibly because I subbed in cashews for the traditional, very expensive pine nuts, and used vegan parmesan… But I stuck with it, pureeing til I had the consistency desired. Even if you use strictly traditional ingredients apart from the scapes (which I’ve done past years) the scapes take longer to puree than plain basil or greens, and need a bit more oil or liquid. But it’s worth the added effort. Next time I might try soaking the cashews too.

I made a few little appetizers with pesto to see how it would taste in different contexts… these are some stuffed squash blossoms and stuffed jalapeños topped with red cabbage coleslaw (a delicious little addition to the farm CSA last week… I may have to try making my own when my cabbage start piling up)

Then I figured pizza would be the easiest way to combine the odd assortment of remaining veggies. (I’ll be making pasta with the remaining squash and pesto later in the week). I sliced and roasted the four oldest pattypans in the oven (I basted them with either olive or sesame oil, then experimented with other flavors, including thyme, balsamic vinegar, lemon pepper, sriracha, oregano, vegan blue cheese dressing, lemongrass and dijon mustard). At the same time I sautéed the rest of the veggies in olive oil.

The roast pattypan slices proved so tasty it was hard to stop myself and assorted family who stopped in from just eating them out of the oven, but I saved enough to (just) make a layer on the pizza, between layers of pesto and the greens mixture. It really worked well for something I came up with on the spot to prevent rotting veggies in my fridge.

  It was a bit overwhelming, especially being in a hot kitchen on a hot day… but worth it. ;)

Disease..

 Human disease is caused by wrong rhythm of life, by ignorance of the law of periodicity. The appearance of man on the planet is not the cause of disease. There was disease in the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms long before man. The basic cause of disease are mistakes about the law of periodicity, the law regulating the processes of nature. The law of periodicity can be studied in sexuality, for example such as it expresses itself in woman, in particular. By following this arrangement of nature, the cyclic manifestation of sexual impulses, important discoveries about the rhythm of life could be made. The application of this understanding would eliminate most causes of disease. The knowledge of the law of periodicity is in itself an entire discipline, which will be given to mankind when it proves itself able to comply with the laws of life.

 Mankind has never sought to apply these laws, even though the wise men of all ages have intimated their existence. The planetary hierarchy casts no pearls. Pearls will be given to mankind, when it proves itself able to estimate their true value. All disease is caused by mistakes made about laws of nature and laws of life in this life or in past lives. Some people in the esoteric field assert that disease can be cured in some cases, but that this is possible only if you know the causes (in past lives) and, having a full knowledge of each particular cause-effect condition. Otherwise, the consequence will be that a certain organ is cured, but not the constitution, so that the disease is transferred to another organ….or the “germ of disease” may be transferred to a higher “envelope” and must work itself out in the next incarnation, if not in this one. So once again, the cause of disease MAY lie in past incarnations.

To look at a few things more specifically:
  -Diseases that result from hatred (criticism and judgment) depend on energies going from the throat center to the navel center. 

   -The organism(body or being), has been whipped up to abnormal performance through stimulants, and the individual will have to pay for this. 

   -Physical disease is the result partly of wrong stimulation, over-stimulation, wrongly applied stimulation, or some sort of inner tension; partly of inhibitions, psychic deprivation, or congestion of energies. 

   -Irritation results from self-interest, self-sufficiency, and self-satisfaction. 

 The cause of disease is not only, as many sects believe, illogical thinking. If that were the case, then everybody would be incurably ill. It’s also important to note that the zodiac signs each have a certain mineral(cell salt) that they associates themselves with..and in tern, they associate themselves with a particular body part. When we’re in compliance and in rhythm with these minerals, disease may also be avoided, or at the very least, we can minimize damaging effects that are created from their deficiency.
The 12 zodiac cell salts are as follows:

Aries - Potassium Phosphate, Rules the head, face, brain, eyes, muscles, pineal gland. Said to be good as a brain food helpful for nerve and brain imbalances. Foods containing this salt include Parsley, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Linseed Meal, Peanuts, Milk, Buttermilk, Cheese and Avocados.
Diseases: Headache, migraine, pimples on the face, sinus problems, nosebleeds, fever, inflammation, haemorrhage, high blood pressure, burns, scalds, toothaches, baldness.

Taurus - Sodium Sulphate, Rules the neck, throat, thyroid gland, vocal chords, larynx, chin, lower jaw, ears, tongue, vocal chords, tonsils. Said to be good in regulating the water supply in the body system, decreasing or increasing it as needed. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, Egg Yolks, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Kohlrabi, and Milk.
Diseases: Gout and joint inflammation, sore throat, Tonsillitis, stiff neck, tension, excess weight, under-active thyroid gland.

Gemini - Potassium Chloride, Rules the arms, shoulders, fingers, upper ribs, lungs, bronchial tracts, trachea, thymus gland, nerves and nervous system. Said to be good for forming and distributing fibrin throughout the body, thereby moderating coagulation. When clogging occurs, it is associated with sinus and throat problems as well as fibrous growths. Foods containing this salt include Cheese, Egg Yolks, Radishes, Coconuts, Lentils, Carrots, Spinach, Asparagus, and Sauerkraut.
Diseases: Those associated with the nerves, nervous strain, chest and lung complaints, asthma, insomnia, amnesia, all diseases in the arms, shoulders, hands, corrupted blood.

Cancer - Calcium Flouride, Rules the stomach, breasts, breastbone, alimentary canal, lower ribs, womb, pancreas. Said to be good for muscle and ligament tonicity, (thus helping prevent muscle prolapsis) as well as healthy teeth enamel. Foods containing this salt include Turnips, Asparagus, Beets, Goat Cheese, Kelp, Garlic, and Pineapple.
Diseases: Stomach and digestive complaints, upset stomach, breast disorders, lymphatic system disorders, obesity.

Leo - Magnesium Phosphate, Rules the heart, upper back, spine, spleen, aorta, circulation. Said to be good for healthy nerve tissue, thus assisting nerve transmission. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Cabbage, Asparagus, Beechnuts, Almonds, Whole Wheat, as well as fruits such as Lemons, Limes, Oranges, Grapefruit, Figs, Gooseberries, Peaches, and Cherries.
Diseases: Heart problems, hardening of the arteries, high or low blood pressure, spinal and back problems, blood disorders, all sicknesses in the ribs and sides, the yellow-Jaundices.

Virgo - Potassium Sulphate, Rules the stomach, intestines, nervous system, abdomen, lower dorsal nerves, bowels, nails, spleen. Said to be good for circulation of oils through our body, which supposedly assists digestion and kidney function, as well as excretion of toxins through the skin. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Onions, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Tomatoes and Cucumbers.
Diseases: Anxiety, nervous tension, bowel and digestive system disorders, intestinal disorders, abdominal disorders.

Libra - Sodium Phosphate, Rules the kidneys, lower back, lumbar region, buttocks, adrenal glands, blood vessels, skin. Said to be good for balancing the acid-alkaline function in our bodies, thus helping all acid conditions which affect the nervous system. Foods containing this salt include Cottage Cheese, Eggs, Buttermilk, Brown Rice, Tomato juice, Cirtus fruits and juices, Whole Wheat products, Lentils, Vegetable Greens, Asparagus, and Parsley.
Diseases: Associated with the kidneys and any problems that arise with them, obesity, cholesterol problems, acne, etc.

Scorpio - Calcium Sulphate, Rules the reproductive organs, sexual organs, bowels, excretory system. Said to be good for building and sustaining epithelial tissue, thus supposedly good for all skin diseases. Foods containing this salt include Cauliflower, Lettuce, Cabbage, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, Egg Yolks, Celery, Brussel Sprouts, Kohlrabi, and Milk.
Diseases: Associated with ailments of the reproductive and excretory systems, stone in the bladder, ruptures, and other diseases related to their genital organs.

Sagittarius - Silica, Rules the thighs, liver, hips, arterial system, pelvis, femur.
Said to be good for building and maintaining skin, hair, nails, and nerve coverings, as well as removing decomposed matter from the skin. Foods containing this salt include Endive, Barley, Oats, raw Cabbage, Cucumber skins, Shredded Wheat, Rye and Whole Wheat products, Spinach, Peas, Carrots, Gooseberries, and Strawberries.
Diseases: Complaints of liver, weight issues and over-indulgence in food, alcohol and drugs.

Capricorn - Calcium Phosphate, Rules the knees, joints, bones, skin, teeth. Said to be good as a bone builder and helpful in any bone disease. Foods containing this salt include Parsley, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Linseed Meal, Peanuts, Milk, Buttermilk, Cheese and Avocados.
Diseases: Dental problems, skin problems, arthritis, all diseases related to knees, joints, either by strains or fractures.

Aquarius - Sodium Chloride, Rules the ankles, circulatory system, Achilles heel, calves, shins, breath, eyesight. Said to be good for regulating the water supply throughout the body, thus affecting elimination and how “cool” or “hot” we are regardless of the temperature. Foods containing this salt include Onions, Celery, Tomatoes, Almonds, Apples, Spinach, Peaches, Pecans, Lentils, Sauerkraut, Eff Yolks, Swiss chard, and Roquefort and Goat Cheese.
Diseases: Circulatory problems, varicose veins, anxiety, muscular spasms, arthritis, palpitations.

Pisces - Ferrous Phosphate, Rules the feet, toes, lymphatic system, adipose tissue. Said to be good for transporting oxygen throughout the body, thus aiding circulation which assists the purifying and stimulating of internal organs. Foods containing this salt include Raisins, Prunes, Plums, Grapes, Figs, Oranges, Spinach, Currants, Mushrooms, Dates, Beets, Wheat Bran, and Lima Beans.
Diseases: Addiction to alcohol or drugs, suspension of normal functioning, general lethargy, all diseases in the feet, colds, immune system problems, fluid retention, hormonal imbalances, chilblains, glandular problems.
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Today’s adventures and recipes


Orange Teriyaki Sauce

Orange Teriyaki Veggie Rice Bowl

First the sauce:

- 1.5 cup Orange Juice with pulp

- 5 tablespoons Splenda brown sugar

- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

- 3 tbsp raw honey

- 2 cloves​ of garlic, minced

- 1 tsp fresh ginger root, minced

- 2 tbsp cornstarch

- ¼ cup warm water

Instructions:

- Mix cornstarch and water. Set aside.

- In a small pot, Mix up Orange Juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. Heat and stir.

- When it starts to boil, add the cornstarch mix. Stir for a minute until all blended. Remove from heat immediately.

- cool and let it congeal.

- Can it!

Macros for 1 tbsp: 24 cal, 5.3 C, 0.0 F, 0.2 P, 70.3mg Na, 21.9 K

Now, the rice bowl…

Make 1.5 cups brown rice.

Boil 500g sweet potatoes

Steam:
300g Vidalia onions
20 Brussels sprouts
1 large sweet yellow pepper cut 15 into strips
1 large sweet red pepper cut 15 into strips
1 large sweet green pepper cut 15 into strips

When all this is done, take:
- 2 tbsp of orange teriyaki sauce
- 4 Brussels sprouts
- 100g sweet potatoes
- 3 strips of each color pepper
- 60g onion

And fry up for a few minutes until veggies are glazed.

Put on top of ½ cup of brown rice.

Cover and freeze. Ready for morning wake up call for work.

Macros for 1 meal: 320 cal, 70.2 C, 1.5 F, 8.1 P, 256.5mg Na, 978.6 K

victor-maze  asked:

i remmeber you got somehting against all kinds of meat but wath about bugs? like bug meat flour live like the pet fish or lizard that we all want to be

Yea bugs are not a viable option for those of us with insect allergies either, or also apparently grass allergies. So if you test positive for a cockroach allergy and also grass allergies insect protein is not the way to go, which is a shame cause come the apocalypse that’s likely all we’ll be able to eat.

And just the clarify for the other people asking me what can I eat?

White meat (no that doesn’t include pork, pork is classed as red meat due to the myoglobin count) with minimal processing, some organic fruits and vegetables provided they are not naturally high in sulfites (so potatoes, carrots, parsnips spinach and the occasional roasted pepper seem to be okay. I can also eat strawberry in moderation again so A+) that must be cooked at all times or my body won’t be able to digest them, organic olive oils, organic cane sugar, some fresh herbs, sea salt and oatmeal. That is it, that is my safe list of foods.

Things I cannot eat: wheat, dairy, red meat, anything non organic due to a preservative allergy from sulfites, anything canned, anything that uses GMO products—this includes most medications that use corn as a stabalizer and also caramel coloring—anything raw (I have to cook literally everything or my body can’t digest it) honey, maple syrup (sulfited), molasses (ditto), yogurts (sulfited from natural fermentation) tea in tea bags (the dye used on the tea bags is a sulfite containment, I still haven’t tried loose tea yet, but all tea is sulfited but also caffeine is an issue for me), lots and lots of different kinds of flours cause grains just don’t seem to work for me, lots and lots of cooking oils, chocolate, sunflower oil will be the death of me as will soy, onions, garlic, chives, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, chickpeas, corn etc etc etc I could literally just keep going, and this doesn’t even include chemical sensitivities or environmental allergies.

Salad-in-a-jar

Here’s a neat idea: packing your salad in a jar for a quick meal.

It’s easy enough, but keep these tips in mind:

  • Most important rule: dressing at the bottom, greens at the top. Keep them as far away from one another as possible. If you do that, your greens will stay crispy and fresh, no problem.
  • Use the resting time to your advantage. Place items that’ll soak up and marinade in the dressing as the next layer for the best salad flavor. Cooked grains, tofu, meats, mushrooms—anything that is spongy and will suck up that yumminess as the jar sits in the fridge.
  • To make the salads a little more hearty and filling, try adding a protein like chicken, quinoa, beans or cubed tofu.
  • We’ve had these salads last as long as 10 days in the fridge without getting soggy, yucky or anything but delicious.
  • I try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half—half toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half greens.
  • For a few more tips, see the source: http://backtoherroots.com/2013/04/09/salad-in-a-jar-101/

Here are some nice combinations:

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry-Lime Vinaigrette

  • Strawberry-Lime Vinaigrette (I use about two tablespoons of dressing per pint-sized jar)
  • Cooked Quinoa
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sliced Green Onions
  • Crumbled Feta
  • Baby Spinach

Mexican Chickpea Salad with Chile-Lime Dressing

  • Chile-Lime Dressing (I use about two tablespoons of dressing per pint-sized jar)
  • Cooked Brown Rice
  • Cooked Chickpeas
  • Salsa
  • Red Onions
  • Halved Grape Tomatoes
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Chopped Romaine

Tofu Living Salad with Sesame-Lemon Dressing

  • Sesame-Lemon Dressing (I use about two tablespoons of dressing per pint-sized jar)
  • Drained, Pressed and Cubed Extra Firm Tofu
  • Sliced Red Bell Pepper
  • Chopped Cucumbers
  • Sprouted Lentils
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chopped Romaine

Sunshine Salad with Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette

  • Orange Marmalade Vinaigrette (I use about two tablespoons of dressing per pint-sized jar)
  • Cooked Quinoa
  • Clementine Wedges
  • Sliced Red Onions
  • Sprouted Lentils
  • Pine Nuts
  • Chopped Romaine
  • Baby Spinach
cheap soup recipe that tastes really fucking good

3 cup mushrooms, chopped
½ cup carrots, chopped
2 cups brussel sprouts, chopped
3 tablespoons miso
1 ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (reduce if you want)
1 vegetable bullion cube
½ onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, crushed and then chopped finely
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp thyme
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp soy sauce
9 cups of water
olive oil, for cooking (or any oil, but olive oil is best)

instructions: Chop all vegetables. Sautee mushrooms, brussel sprouts, onion, and garlic in a pan with olive oil on medium hight heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly. Take off heat and put the vegetables, along with the rest of the ingredients (besides the miso) in the crock pot with 8 cups of water. Turn on high. Boil 1 cup of water and pour into a bowl with the miso. Mix thoroughly with a spoon until no clumps remain, then pour into the crock pot. Mix everything with a large spoon, replace the lid, and let cook until dinner, stirring every few hours.

**If you don’t have a crock pot, you can just make this on the stove, on medium heat in a big pot. It’s done when all the vegetables are soft (especially the onions, that’s the best way to check). If you don’t have smoked paprika that’s ok just leave it out. Carrots are also optional. Mushrooms and brussel sprouts are the two important things, really. If you don’t have miso paste, you can probably buy it at any grocery store, likely in a refridgerated section by soy meats (the tub I have was like $3 and it lasts a month or so). The miso is what gives this flavor so you really need that to make this work!**

This makes like 5 big bowls of soup.

I made the broth from carrot, kohlrabi, white radish and leeks. Then I stir fried pineapple and tomatoes with a bit salt and then poured them all in the broth. For toppings I stir fried mushrooms and bean curd sheets with soy sauce. Actually I supposed to fry tofu too but I was too lazy so I just use the white tofu. Put some rice noodles and the toppings in a bowl, garnish with some bean sprouts, chopped green onions and coriander and there you go. 😋😋😋

The Prank - Sam x Dean x Reader x Cas

Part Of: Impossible Prompt Challenge

Prompt: Who left their sandwich in my shoe?

No warnings

Sam was in the library researching, he’d been at it all morning and now he was starving. Sam got up and went to the kitchen, he’d gone to the store the day before. He’d bought lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumber, bean sprouts, mushrooms, roasted red pepper and mustard. Sam went to the kitchen and got all the things he needed to make the sandwich he’d wanted all day. Sam made his King of all sandwiches and he took his plate to the library. Sam sat down and realized he forgot his chips and water, he got up and went back to the kitchen. Sam came back to the library a minute later, both his brother Dean and Dean’s girlfriend Y/n were there too. Sam went back to his seat and his sandwich was gone, “okay Dean, where’s my sandwich” Sam said. “I don’t know Sam, I just got here, what sandwich are you talking about” Dean said. Sam glared at Dean, he looked all over the library and found nothing. Sam looked at Y/n, “Y/n, do you know where he put my sandwich, I’ve been looking forward to it all day” Sam said. “Sam I didn’t see Dean take it, I don’t know what he did with it” she said. Sam looked everywhere and couldn’t find it, he sulked back to the library and sat in his chair. He looked like he was about to cry, “Sammy, just make another sandwich man” Dean said. “I only had enough for one” Sam said, Dean felt genuinely bad, he didn’t take it but if he had that look on Sam’s face would have made him give it back. The afternoon went on, Y/n was doing laundry and she went to the room she shared with Dean to put their clothes away. Meanwhile in the library Castiel had popped in to help with research. “Who left their sandwich in my shoe” Y/n said, holding up her shoe and a baggie with a sandwich in it. “Damn it Dean, I knew you took it, but why’d you put it in her shoe” Sam said. “I swear Sam I didn’t take it, if I was going to prank you, I’d do something worse than take a sandwich” Dean said. Sam looked at Y/n, “Y/n you took it” Sam said, “Sam, why would I have announced I found it if I took it” Y/n said. A strange sound got everyone’s attention, they turned around. Castiel was laughing so hard he fell off his chair, “Cas you took it” all four said in unison. Cas zapped himself away and came back with a sandwich on a plate, “yes I took it, I put it in the fridge and hid a joke sandwich in Y/n’s shoe” Cas said. Sam took the sandwich from Cas and scarfed it down, “Cas, why’d you take it man” Dean said. “We’re family and family plays pranks on each other” Cas said happily. “Dean I’m sorry I accused you of taking it” Sam said, “and Cas, consider our prank war on” Sam said. “Let’s get out of here before we get roped into this thing” Dean said.

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I am getting one of those food delivery service’s ads, and there is a picture of toast with a pile of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and sprouts on top of it. Like, if I put the bread in the salad? that’s “””unhealthy.””” but vegetables on toast? health. bullshit and a lie. don’t listen to them