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If You Can’t Beat ‘Um Eat “Um: Dollar Weed

If you live in a warm or coastal climate, you’ve likely experienced the invasion of dollarweed (also called pennywort) in your lawn or garden. This coin-like plant, which can be found growing in lawns and gardens, is quite edible.

Dollarweed is a broad leaf weed that appears in wet areas in the landscape. It’s low to the ground, with one round leaf per stalk. The leaves can grow up to the size of a silver dollar—hence the plant’s name. It looks similar to a lily pad. Pennywort grows naturally at the edges of ponds, lakes, canals, and riverbanks.

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These nutrient packed plants are widely despised by homeowners and are commonly called weeds, but throughout history many of these hearty little plants have provided people in all walks of life a wealth of tasty nutrition.

They have a chemical, like celery, that helps the aorta and blood vessels relax. They do that by increasing the amount of nitrous oxide available and that can lower blood pressure. In India, Centella has been used for that purpose for some 3,000 years. Nice of modern science to confirm it. The plant has a host of other properties as well from affecting blood cell development to wound care to reducing edema.

Don’t be afraid to learn about edible weeds and flowers you can find in your yard, but be cautious and do your research before consuming them.

Editor’s Note: The content of this article is provided for general informational purposes only. Be cautioned that some wild plants can be poisonous, and poisonous plants sometimes resemble edible plants which often grow side by side. If you are inclined to nibble some pennywort you should do two things. First, make sure you have someone who knows what they are doing identify them. There are a couple of look alikes in Florida that could confuse a novice. And, more than that, as a water-loving plants they’re quick to pick up and store pollution and bacteria or that pesticide you put on your lawn. Collect them from clean places.

To learn more about edible weeds visit EatTheWeeds.com

If you can’t beat ‘um, eat ‘um…

With love,

Sindy ❤️

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Green Potato Hash Omelette

This Green Potato Hash Omelette is so good you won’t even realize you’re eating healthy 😄

I usually grow my own produce, but when that’s not an option then I always try to use organic ingredients when I can 👍 To me, the food just taste much better & I feel it’s healthier & more sustainable.

So on to the recipe:

Green Potato Hash Omelette

  • 1 small to medium potato cubed
  • 2 eggs scrambled with salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • any veggies you like…I used broccoli, green onions & mixed greens
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • any spices you like…I used sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, nutmeg, ginger & gram marsala. (spices have micro-nutrients in them…micro-nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of every system in the body and are vital for good health.)
  • any cheese you like…I used blue cheese.

In a small to medium saucepan boil potatoes until tender. Meanwhile heat oil in a medium frying pan. Add potatoes to hot oil & fry until they just turn brown.

Meanwhile, scramble egg with salt & pepper to taste. Set temp. to low, melt butter in a small frying pan.

Once potatoes are brown, then add in your veggies & spices, toss to combine.

Add scrambled eggs to frying pan, when cooked on one side, flip & cook on the other side.

Assemble on a plate, omelette first, then hash & top with cheese.

Don’t forget to have some hot water ready to make some green tea to go with your Green Potato Hash Omelette 👍

CHEERS & ENJOY!

With love,

Sindy ❤️

 

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Diabetic Treat: Sinfully Good

Okay, I’m about to drop a bomb on all my diabetic peeps!! My dad was a diabetic and one of the things he used to crave the most was sweets. Which was kinda funny, since, he never really ate sweets before he was diagnosed. But, anyway, for some reason he was REALLY craving them. So, being the awesome daughter that I am, I did some research on how to naturally quench his craving for sweets.

There are many different ways for diabetics to curb their desire for sweets, but here’s one that tastes truly sinful…DATES! Dates are sooooo sweet and you would think that they would be at the top on the no-no list for diabetic. But… let me break it down for ya….

Dates are:

  • Easily digested
  • High in fiber
  • Prevent LDL cholesterol absorbtion
  • High in iron, potassium, B-vitamins, vitamins A & K, copper, manganese, magnesium & niacin
  • They have a low glycemic index
  • Increase energy
  • Fat Free
  • Have a ton of antioxidants

So, here’s the thing. Each person is different, what works for one person, may not necessarily work for another. I know that some foods that were supposed to be good for diabetics, weren’t good for my dad. I would suggest that you start small, like, maybe, one date. See how you feel, if you don’t have a reaction, then, next time eat 2 dates.

I would like to point out also, that dates, should only be consumed as a snack, it’s not a meal replacement. That goes for anyone, not just those with diabetes. Dates are such a powerhouse of nutrients that only need to eat 3 or 4 of them to get their benefits.

Here are the ones I get from the regular grocery store:

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Here is an excellent recipe to curb your “candy” craving. It actually taste a lot like brownies 😀

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Chop up about 3 or 4 dates and put in a small food processor

ADD IN 1 Tablespoon each….

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2 T. Almond meal
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Cocoa powder
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Ground flax seeds *Flax seeds are much easier to digest when ground. Don’t buy them already ground, they loose their potency. Freshly grind them to get the most benefit. *The processor won’t grind them, you will need a coffee grinder.
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Sesame seeds

process in food processor…

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Add in 2 or 3 drops of flavoring. I love the combination of orange & chocolate so I add wild orange. Peppermint may be good too. I have never tried it.

process again until a ball forms

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remove from processor and shape into balls or whatever shape you like. Top with a little orange zest and enjoy!! So YUMMY 😀

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***If your “batter” comes out too thin, just add more almond meal. If it’s too thick add a tiny bit of water. Mine sometimes come out very sticky, but I don’t mind. If you don’t like the stickiness you can roll them in some cocoa powder or almond meal.

Thank you for stopping by 😀

With Love,

Sindy <3

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If You Don’t Have One of These, You Don’t Know What Your Missing!!

Back in October of 2016 I went on a trip to Costa Rica and stayed with a friend of mine. We got to talking about kitchen appliances and she told me about the programmable pressure cooker she & her daughter used. She told me it would change my life!!

I wasn’t so sure a kitchen appliance could change my life, but I told her I would check into it when I got back home to the states. Well, time came and went and I never really thought that much more about it. Continue reading “If You Don’t Have One of These, You Don’t Know What Your Missing!!”

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Eat Chocolate, Ethically, Uniquely, Consciously

Ethically Sourced, Uniquely Made, Consciously Eaten!

Today I’m posting about something that brings two of my most favorite loves together. Sustainable living & CHOCOLATE!! I’m passionate about being a conscious consumer. I really do love chocolate, but, I haven’t always loved the way in which chocolate is sourced, cultivated, harvested and processed.

I’m sure you have heard the news, chocolate is good for you!! YAY!! But, hold on a minute, not all chocolate is good for you. Chances are the chocolate you are eating is VERY bad for you 🙁 (bummer) Off the shelf chocolate has many things wrong with it, but I’ll just stick to the 4 worst health & environmental issues: Continue reading “Eat Chocolate, Ethically, Uniquely, Consciously”

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Bread Making Success!!

I successfully made bread!!

You’d be surprised how long it has taken me to successfully make bread :/

I have been trying to successfully make bread for years, sad, but true 🙁 I did have a bread maker once that created some pretty awesome bread. I wouldn’t say that I made the bread though, it was more like, go to the grocery store, buy a box of bread mix, dump, pour, push button and the bread machine did the rest.

But on a recent trip to Costa Rica I stayed with a friend who taught me some basics about bread making. I wish I could say I came home and BAM, made me some awesome bread!! That was not the case. Oh, I tried, but my bread still came out dense, I mean like a hardheaded man, you could knock somebody out if you threw it hard enough, kinda of dense. Continue reading “Bread Making Success!!”

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Goood, Gravy!!

My dad’s side of the family are full bred southerners. You know, “Y’all want some iced tea”, kinda southerners, and, through the years I’ve heard the phrase “good gravy” a lot! But, never to actually describe the gravy? It was more of a way to not use the “Lord’s name in vain” or instead of using some unacceptable profanity. I guess the gravy was always good so there was no use saying how good the gravy was? :/ Continue reading “Goood, Gravy!!”