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Another early morning at the Pilates Studio, which I almost slept right through. I went to bed really early last night (10pm) and I still managed to not sleep through the night. I need help sleeping>@?!?!!?!?!?

I the way home, I faught the urge to have a Chai Latte.. and turned left instead of crossing the intersection into the Potomac Village Shopping Center where Starbucks is located.

As I was driving home, I concentrated on my Breakfast of 1Tsp Barley Max Mix with Distilled Water.

Then, I started making my Mid Morning Juice of 8oz Carrot, Celery, Cabbage.

30Minutes before lunch 1Tsp Barley Max Powder with Distilled Water

Lunch: Pineapples until satisfied

Mid Afternoon Juice is 8oz Tomato Juice Cocktail. I can’t wait to make this!!!!

Ingredients:

1Large Tomato

1/2Medium Cucumber

1Celery Stalk

3Carrots

1Handfull Greens(Spinach, etc)

1Green Onion

1Small Beet

1/2Red Bell Pepper

30 Minutes before Dinner 1Tsp Barley Max Powder with Distilled Water

Dinner: Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad, Vegetarian Spaghetti, Whole Grain Bread

The Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad has been on the menu before… but it’s still good.

 

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

Start with Green Salad, Spinach

Small Broccoli Florets

Small Cauliflower Florets

Finely Diced Celery

Finely Chopped Green Onion

Finely Diced Red or Yellow Pepper

Peel and Chop 1/2 Avocado

Top with Grated Carrots

Directions: Mix together and top with a fresh lime, and olive oil dressing with seasonings. Or great plain!!!

 

Thursday Menu Vegetarian Spaghetti

Thursday Menu Vegetarian Spaghetti

Vegetarian Spaghetti:

Ingredients:

2Cups Chopped Onions

2Cups Chopped Celery

1Cup Chopped Bell Pepper

1Cup Grated Carrot

Add these Chopped and Steam Sauted ingredients to the Spaghetti Sauce:

1Quart Tomato Sauce

1Celery Stalk with Leaves

1/2Cup Green Pepper

1Large Garlic Clove

1Cup Onion

1Small Carrot

1Tsp Garlic Powder

1Tsp Oregano, Marjoram

2Tsp Vegetarian Worschestershire Sauce

1Cup Tomato Paste

3Large Tomatoes

1Bay Leaf

2Tsp Basil

1/2Tsp Italian Seasoning

1/4Cup Parsley

2Tbsp Raw Unfiltered Honey

Directions: Peel and cube tomatoes, mince garlic cloves, dice onions, celery and green pepper and grate carrot.

FRESH SPAGHETTI SAUCE: Place ingredients in large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, cover and allow to sit for flavors to mingle. Remove bay leaves. Serve at room temperature or heat slightly but do not boil.

COOKED SPAGHETTI SAUCE: Place in a large stainless steel kettle, cover and bring to boil. Turn heat down to simmer and cook without a cover until the amount has decreased to one third to one half. Remove bay leaves. Transfer about 1/3 of the mixture, cool and blend  in blender/food processor until smooth. Return to kettle and mix with the rest of sauce.

Combine ingredients from Spaghetti Sauce and Vegetarian Spaghetti and serve over Spinach, Spaghetti Squash, Artichoke or any other Whole Grain Spaghetti Noodles.

I was so excited to make this… and it tasted to great!!! Worth the wait.

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I got up this morning for a 30 minute Pilates class… and I’m glad I did. I had too much food last night and plus I got a heavy workout that made me work this morning, when I didn’t want to.

But again, I stopped off at the Starbucks across the street from the Pilates Studio to get, this time, a Tall Iced Chai Latte w/Soy.

Mike and I are both doing office work this morning… and I haven’t even gotten to making my mid morning juice, or take my Barley Max Powder. So after this, I’m going straight to the kitchen to do so.!

Breakfast: 1Tsp. Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Mid Morning 8oz Carrot Juice

30 Minutes before lunch, 1 Tsp. Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Lunch: Mixed Fruit Salad eat until satisfied

I ended up putting some Apples, Grapes and Banana together for my mixed Fruit Salad.

Mid Afternoon 8oz Carrot, Cucumber Juice

30 Minutes before dinner, 1 Tsp. Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Dinner: Stacked Salad, Hearty Vegetable Stew, Whole Grain Bread

I made some changes to the stacked salad.. instead of making a fresh salad, I ate the left overs from Mondays Mixed Garden Salad. I just added layered Cucumbers, and Carrots to the mix.

Stacked Salad:

Ingredients:

Bed of Romaine Lettuce or Green Salad

1large sliced tomato

avocado

summer squash rounds

cucumber rounds

red pepper rings

yellow pepper rings

top with grated carrot

Directions: Wash and dice, chop, and layer vegetables on top of Romaine lettuce or Green Salad.

Wednesday Menu Hearty Vegetable Stew

Wednesday Menu Hearty Vegetable Stew

Hearty Vegetable Stew:

Ingredients:

1quart vegetable soup stock/distilled water

1medium onion

4cups tomatoes

1cup green beans

4stalks of celery w/tops

1/2tsp thyme

1bay leaf

6 medium red potatoes

1garlic clove

4 carrots

2cups fresh peas

6sprigs parsley

1/4tsp basil

celtic salt

Directions: Dice Celery and onions, peel and cube tomatoes and potatoes, slice carrots and green beans, mince garlic, remove stems from parsley, if using fresh, mince. Steam saute vegetables in a small amount of soup stock until al dente. Add the rest of the soup stock and the seasonings, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook an additional 30 minutes, add peas, cover and continue cooking 15 minutes. Serve in deep bowls with toasted whole grain bread.

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I ended up making a Vegetable Soup Stock because that’s what this evenings Gazpacho Soup called for. So dinner got pushed back 45 minutes, while the Stock cooked up.

Vegetable Soup Stock:

Ingredients:

8-10 Cups Distilled Water

2 Onions, Cubed

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Carrots

4 Celery Stalk

2 Potatoes with Skin

2 Cups Cauliflower Pieces

2Cups Broccoli Pieces

1/2Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp Thyme

1Tsp Basil/Mint

Directions: Chop all vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Place in stock pot and add seasonings. Steam saute until slightly tender. Cover with distilled water , bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes to an hour. Cool and strain twice. Stock will keep in refrigerator for a week and can be frozen too to be used in soups and stews.

Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho Soup

Then I was free to complete the Gazpacho Soup:

Ingredients:

 3Cups Tomatoes

2Cups Cucumber, Peeled

2 Stalks Celery, Diced

1/2Green Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced

3Green Onions or 2Tbsp Dried Onion Flakes

2Tbs Olive Oil

2Tbs Lemon Juice

1/2Tsp Celtic Salt

1tsp dried onion flakes

1tsp parsley

1tsp oregano

1 tsp paprika

1tsp thyme

Directions: Place half of tomatoes and 1/4cup soup stock into blender and puree. Pour into a container and add other vegetables and olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings. Cover and refrigerate before serving… served cold.

While I was waiting on the Vegetable Soup Stock and the Gazpacho Soup to be made, I worked on the Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad:

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

Small Broccoli Florets

Small Cauliflower Florets

Finely Diced Celery

Finely Chopped Sweet Onion or Scallions

Finely Diced  Red or Yellow Bell Peppers

Peel and Chop Avocado

Top with Grated Carrots

Squeezed Lemon Juice

Seasonings

Directions: Wash Green Leaf Lettuce and Spinach Lettuce and add Vegetable Ingredients along with dressing and serve.

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The Passover Seder Plate

This is the traditional arrangement of the Seder Plate.. I picked up on the internet.

The Passover Seder Plate (ke’ara) is a special plate containing six symbolic foods which have special significance to the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt. The seventh symbolic item – a stack of three matzot.
Here is the Passover Seder Plate I made for Monday Night’s Seder with Mike and his Children.
Passover Seder 2010

Passover Seder 2010

The 6 items on the Seder Plate – and what I made:

  • Maror and Chazeret:  For maror, many people use freshly grated horseradish or whole horseradish root.  I USED HORSERADISH SAUCE. Chazeret is typically romaine lettuce, whose roots are bitter-tasting.  I USED ROMAINE LETTUCE.
  • Charoset: A sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt. I USED THE CHAROSET MIKE MADE WITH DATES & ALMONDS.
  • Karpas: A vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually parsley… WHICH IS WHAT I USED. FOR DIPPING I BROUGHT OUT A DISH OF WHITE WINE VINEGAR.  
  • Zeroa: A roasted lamb bone, symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), which was a lamb offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.  I ROASATED 5 LAMB CHOPS IN OLIVE OIL AND SEASONINGS.
  • Beitzah: A roasted egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then eaten as part of the meal on Seder night. I ACTUALLY BOILED 6 EGGS.

Once the Seder was complete, we brought out the Matzo Ball Soup, Cucumber & Tomato Salad, Rice, and Polo Horesht.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Polo Horesht

Polo Horesht

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

Basmati Rice w/Fried Potato

I had never made Matzat Ball Soup… and took the liberty of pulling up the recipe online. Then I realized I didn’t have the Matzat Meal to make the Matzat Balls… so I had Mike go out and get it from the store.

Matzo Balls:

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

Contents of Matzo Pkg

 Matzo Ball Broth(Vegetable Soup):

10Cups Water

2Onions, Cubed

3Garlic Cloves

3Carrots

3Celery

2Potatoes w/skin

1Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp. Thyme

1Tsp. Basil

2Cups Broccoli

2Cups Cauliflower

Directions: Bring Soup to boil and drop rolled pieces of Matzo Balls into water. Let Simmer for 30 minutes on low heat  and serve.

The Seder was very nice…. we read from the books and performed the Seder as close to the tradition as we could.

For the meal, I had some Mazto Ball Soup, Basmati Rice and Cucumber & Tomato Salad.

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What a great day here in Central Florida! Mike wanted to make Minestrone Soup and started his cooking around 11 this morning.  So I let him do his thing and it turned out wonderful. Mike’s Minestrone Soup turned out very well, and I actually ate a bowl for lunch and another for dinner. I paired the soup with a couple of pieces of Whole Grain Wheat Bread…. too good!

Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike's Minestrone Soup

Mike’s Minestrone Soup:

Ingrediants:

1Can Red Kidney Beans

1/2Can Chick Peas

1Tomato, quartered

1Can Diced Tomatoe

1Can Tomato Paste

2Carrots, diced

2Zucchini, choped

1Yellow Squash, chopped

2Cups Spinach

2Spoons Minced Garlic

6Red Potatoes, diced

1Red Onion, chopped

1Tbls. Dried Mint

2Tbls. Dried Parsley

1Tbls. Italian Seasoning

1 Bay Leaf

Celtic Salt

2Tlbs Olive Oil

Directions:

Wash and chop Onion, Potato, Zucchini, Squash into pan with Olive Oil and fry until Onions transparent. In a pot fill with 8 cups water, Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Tomato, Diced Tomatoes, Garlic and other seasonings. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium and add fried vegetables for another 45 minutes.

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