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Food As Medicine

Posted by shopquirkycook.com Admin on

Well, we took the plunge and started eating more vegetarian meals about two weeks ago.  It has not been a hard transition, in fact we haven't missed meat at all.  We haven't become VEGETARIAN in the strictest terms, we still have some lunch meat for sandwiches at lunch, but we haven't had a meat entree for dinner.  We even went out to eat with friends and had meatless entrees.   I don't feel hungry or like I'm missing something, in fact I feel a lot better.  The first thing I noticed is that I don't have the midday slump where I...

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Meatless Meals Can Be Good!

Posted by Diane Aase on

My husband and I were eating dinner the other night and he said he just does not like meat as much as he used to and that he would like to try some meatless meals once in a while.  He didn't shout "Let's Go Vegetarian!" thank goodness, but I agree, we don't have to have meat for every meal.   We are empty nesters so we don't have to worry about what the kids will or will not eat.  We are also midwesterners so we love meat, potatoes, fresh produce and good bread.  We also like milk, ice cream, cheese and...

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Keep Your Kitchen Safe!

Posted by Diane Aase on

Cooking is a daily task that is as familiar to us as eating!  If fact, it is so familiar that we forget that it is one of the most dangerous rooms in our homes.  Cuts, burns, food borne illnesses and falls caused 1.69 million emergency room visits last year. That makes kitchen safety a very important topic for all of us to consider.  Here are ten safety tips to help you make your kitchen safe!  #1  Where are sharp knives stored?  In the kitchen!  Always keep knives in the wooden block or carrier they came in or in a drawer...

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There Are Dirty Utensils In Your Kitchen!

Posted by Diane Aase on

Did you know that there are unclean items in your kitchen that could be spreading bacteria and other germs around on kitchen surfaces and on the food you prepare?  I'm not trying to freak you out.  We obviously use our kitchens every day and we haven't ended up in the emergency room, so things can't be that bad, right?  Of course, you're right.   We do hear of salmonella outbreaks on things like romaine lettuce, poultry and other types of meat and produce.  If you unknowingly bring some of that home then you have a problem.  But there are easy and...

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Do You Have a Problem With Gluten? You're Not Alone!

Posted by Diane Aase on

Gluten sensitivity is a real problem. It is complicated and hard to diagnose as a definitive disease.  The very real celiac disease is well reported and is known to cause damage to the digestive tissues in the gut.  It can be directly linked to the gluten proteins in grains such as wheat, rye, barley and spelt.  The immune systems of those with celiac disease, about 1% of the population, recognize the gluten proteins as invaders and begin to destroy the tissues in the gut as well as the proteins themselves.  When the problem is a gluten sensitivity, the gut reacts...

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