Gluten Free Vegetarian Baked Ziti

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Gluten Free Vegetarian Baked Ziti

This one is super easy and fast. Here’s what you will needziti.jpg

1 package gluten free quinoa pasta

1 jar Classico traditional pasta sauce

2 yellow squash- sliced thinly with a mandolin

3 young zucchini- sliced thinly with a mandolin

2 cups spinach

8 oz raw milk cheddar from Trader Joe’s – grated

2 oz Parmesan cheese- grated

2 cups raw milk or buttermilk

2 tbsp gluten free flour or einkorn flour (I use the one they sell at Costco, awesome deal, its like 10$ for 5 lbs. They also have it at HEB and Sprouts)

2 tbsp real butter

1/2 tsp nutmeg (non irradiated) I bet you didn’t know your spices were radiation treated. Did you?

Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Prepare pasta according to directions. Set aside.

Slice squash and zucchini thinly. Using number 2 on the mandolin. Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 clear Pyrex dish evenly. This will make a few veggie layers.

Top veggies with spinach.

Top with pasta. Set dish aside. You are almost done.

Prepare the bachmel sauce-

Melt butter on medium heat. Slowly add in the gluten free flour. You are making a roux now 🙂 stir until butter and flour are completely mixed. Cook until the roux is a light brown. Like honey.

Add in the milk slowly while stirring vigorously. You don’t want any lumps. The roux will make the milk thicken so stir until this happens. Add in nutmeg, then salt to taste and add one shake of pepper.

Pour the bachmel sauce over the pasta. Pour the Classico pasta sauce over the bachmel sauce. You’ll need to add 1/3 cup of water to the pasta sauce jar and shake to release all the goodies. Pour over the top.

Cover evenly with the cheese and bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees.

Enjoy.

Easy and Amazing Chili

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No picture for ya on this one. But I do have an amazing recipe for you. I hope it will suffice 🙂
My super picky 2 year old ate an entire bowl of this and then asked for more! #WINNING!

1 lb ground beef (you can use ground turkey but it won’t be as flavorful)
a bit of salt to taste
1 white onion diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1 green bell pepper diced
1-2 (jalapenos if you feel like it, I don’t ever put it because the baby doesn’t like spicy food)
1-52 oz can ranch style beans
1-15 oz can black beans drained
1-15 oz can stewed tomatoes
1-15 oz can tomato sauce
26 oz water
2-tbsp minced garlic
2-tbsp chili powder
1-tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp paprika
1-tbsp sugar
2-tbsp Bragg apple cider vinegar
ground cayenne pepper to heat to your preference

in a large pot
cook your ground beef then salt to taste
add in the veggies, cook until soft
add in the spices
then add in the canned items and water
I add 26oz of water because I love for there to be plenty of broth. If you want a thicker chili you can add less water

Bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour.

done

Enjoy with fritos, crackers, tortilla chips, diced avocados, diced tomatoes, diced red onion, in macaroni and cheese, with hot dogs, whatever!
P.S. the chili always tastes better the next day!

Best Floss in the Universe

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Perhaps the title is an understatement. I recently started using a new brand of floss. I had a coupon for Reach Total Care Floss, not the one is normally buy but I had a coupon so I gave it a go anyway. I usually use either Plackers floss picks or Reach regular waxed floss both of which I have a love hate relationship with. The Plackers re-deposits the food particles on all your other teeth and it hurts my gums. The regular Reach floss always shreds inbetween my teeth leaving annoying strings behind. It also always cuts off the circulation in my fingers.

This new Reach floss is amazing! It doesn’t hurt my fingers while flossing. It glides smoothly between my teeth with giving me gum pain. It even fits between my tightest teeth! Needless to say I am in love. 😁

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Our switch to the Paleo Diet

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Last week we decided to go Paleo. In our version of the Paleo Diet we allow rice, raw milk and potatoes. So far here are the changes that I have noticed. I lost 2 pounds in a week. So I am down to 127lbs. Without any exercise. I have been having regular BM’s. Which it totally out of the norm for me. I have had a massive reduction in the amount of gas that I pass. I used to pass gas at least 50 times a day and they always had the most horrid smell. Now I pass a normal amount. About 15 times a day and the smell is normal. I am so happy because gas has Always been an issue for me. My son who is EBF has also had a huge reduction in the amount of gas that he passes. The smell of his gasses is much less stinky now.

My husband, who has been struggling to gain weight, has put in 2 pounds in a week.

Overall we are very happy with this diet and have no plans or desires to cheat and go back to gluten.

Diamond Nexus: A review and a Giveaway!

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Diamond Nexus: A review and a Giveaway!

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When my husband and I first got engaged we were young. No joke I was 19. So we bought the cheapest ring we could find. I got my 1/4 ct 14k white gold engagement ring from  Target with no idea about the 4 C’s. Needless to say my ring was not very clear. I loved my ring though. It was perfect at the time. As the years passed I decided that I would like a new ring. As I felt like my tiny ring no longer reflected our love and journey properly.

Thus began my long search for the perfect ring. I had an idea of the style that I wanted. I knew I wanted a halo ring, with “infinity” sides and a pave look. I thought I would have to have my ring custom made since I never could find a ring that met my criteria. I liked these two, but there was no way I could afford them

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Left $9,459.99. Right $6,272

About a year ago I came across Diamond Nexus and I have to say I loved the concept. A lab created diamond that was as hard and durable as natural diamonds? Awesome! Not to mention that my husband and I had completely jumped on the eco-friendly train.

I was skeptical though. How could a lab created ring possibly stack up? I have only had experience with CZ rings. They get cloudy and ugly so fast. Here is a quick video on how DN stones are made My fears were laid to rest when I read about Diamond Nexus’ No Risk Triple Guarantee . If I have any issues with the ring or a stone falls out or anything I can contact them and they will fix it! That is really amazing!

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So here I was looking at the ring of my dreams. I waited until a great coupon code came up and I called Diamond Nexus and ordered my ring!!! Every ring is made to order so the two week wait was excruciating! I watched the video and looked at the photos of my ring for hours. Then finally it shipped! I was elated!

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My ring! $675! A price I can afford and a ring I can count on! I love this ring so much! It sparkles in every type of light. The photos really don’t do this ring justice. It is more beautiful than I could ever of imagined! The only thing I will say negative is that the plastic ring sizer is thicker than the actual ring band so I could have gone a quarter size down, but I really don’t want to send it back for re-sizing since my finger likes to change size depending on the weather. I did not buy the matching band yet. I plan to get it for myself as a birthday present next year! Overall I am elated to finally have the ring of my dreams!!!

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(My old ring compared with my new ring)

Diamond Nexus has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway!  Enter below to win a pair of .84 ct. Round cut tension back studs in 14K White Gold. You can also enter on my Facebook pages. SimplySooney Tooth Powder and crunchiemommieblog.

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I started a business!!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/163247389/organic-fluoride-free-remineralizing

Brushing your teeth is a task that you do twice a day every day for your entire life. So it just does not make sense to use harmful chemicals. Your mouth is made to absorb nutrients and thus absorbs any chemicals that you put in it.

I created this tooth powder to remineralize a few cavities that I got from being pregnant and so far it is working great. My husband has been using my tooth powder for over a year and at his dental appointment a few years ago he had two cavities. At his most recent appointment both of his cavities no longer showed up the x-rays. This created much confusion for our dentist. Needless to say I believe that this product works.

This product contains ingredients that help your teeth and mouth be healthier, and will not cause harm like other brands.

One ounce of tooth powder will last one person about one month of brushing twice a day. For a larger family I would recommend the 4oz size.

***To Use
Simply wet your toothbrush and dip into the tooth powder. To prevent contamination if more than one person is using this product. I recommend using either a separate jar for each person or simply scoop out a pea size amount into your hand using a 1/8 tsp measuring spoon or what ever you would like.

This product comes packaged in a food grade plastic bag. This is to reduce waste and cost for you and me. Simply pick up any jar and fill. I personally use a central market jelly jar that I have cleaned.

This item comes with free shipping by USPS.

INGREDIENTS

%5 POTASSIUM NITRATE (SENSITIVITY FORMULA ONLY)

Potassium nitrate is commonly used in toothpastes such as Sensodyne or Crest Sensitive as a remedy and is approved as a monographed drug by the FDA.

BENTONITE CLAY
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.”
A unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy meats, impurities and chemicals.
Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.

CALCIUM CARBONATE AND MAGNESIUM CITRATE

Provides your teeth with the calcium and magnesium they need.

ALUMINUM FREE BAKING SODA

“Baking soda can be successfully used to remove stains and discolorations from the surface (enamel) of teeth, thereby given teeth a whiter and brighter appearance. Brushing your teeth with baking soda removes stains caused by drinking tea, coffee, and sodas as well as chewing tobacco and smoking. Mixing baking soda and water releases free radicals from the mixture. These free radicals break down the stain molecules on the enamel, which can then be scraped off the teeth using a toothbrush.”

CERTIFIED-ORGANIC CLOVE POWDER

“Cloves are dried buds from a tree in the Myrtaceae family. Primarily harvested in Indonesia, cloves were thought to first originate in Syria, when they were discovered in a ceramic pot by archaeologists who predict the cloves date back to 1721 BC.”
“The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for many years. Gargling with diluted clove oil helps in easing throat pain and irritation. The characteristic smell of clove oil also helps to eliminate bad breath. Clove is also effective against cavities, and traditionally, in India, clove oil was added to a small cotton ball and put at the end of the tooth which has the cavity every day before going to sleep. The cavity would vanish in a few days. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including mouthwash and tooth paste. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide to prepare a white, filling material as a temporary alternative to a root canal.”

CERTIFIED-ORGANIC CINNAMON POWDER

“Cinnamon oil demonstrates antimicrobial effects in modern studies. A 2010 clinical trial published in the journal “Food and Chemical Toxicology” by Mehmet Unlu and colleagues from the faculty of medicine at Cumhuriyet University in Sivas, Turkey, demonstrated that cinnamon bark oil effectively destroyed 21 different types of bacteria in the laboratory. Rinsing with diluted cinnamon oil after you brush your teeth, or using a toothpaste that includes cinnamon essential oil as an ingredient, might help you kill harmful bacteria and prevent cavities.”

CERTIFIED-ORGANIC MINT

Improving the health of a person’s mouth is a well known benefit of mint. Since it has germicidal qualities and quickly freshens breath, it adds to oral health by inhibiting harmful bacterial growth inside the mouth and by cleaning the tongue and teeth. This is why mint used to be rubbed directly on the teeth and gums to refresh the mouth and eliminate dangerous forms of growth. In modern times, for the same reason, mint is one of the most common elements in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other dental hygiene products.

NON-GMO XYLITOL

Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. This is how it protects the teeth from tooth decay. With Xylitol, the acid attack that would otherwise last for over half an hour is stopped.
The number of acid-producing bacteria may fall as much as 90%. No acid is formed because the pH of saliva and plaque does not fall. After taking xylitol, the bacteria do not stick well on the surface of the teeth and as a result, the amount of plaque decreases.

Research has shown that the use of xylitol also helps repair damage to the enamel. Saliva in itself protects the mouth and teeth. Stimulated saliva in particular contains all the components needed to repair early cavities. If sugar is only taken a couple of times a day, the saliva can do the job alone. But most people take sugar so often that the mouth’s own defensive tools are not enough.
Saliva that has xylitol is more alkaline than saliva stimulated by other sugar products. After taking xylitol products, the concentration of basic amino acids and ammonia in saliva and plaque may rise, and plaque pH rises as well. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to move into those parts of enamel that are weak. Therefore, soft, calcium-deficient enamel sites begin to harden again.

***DOES NOT CONTAIN

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FLUORIDE

Fluoride, a highly toxic chemical, rather than helping teeth, seems to actually damage teeth by making them too hard and thus brittle. Also be aware that fluoride in its chemical form as used in water fluoridation is seriously implicated in cancer causation and can actually “ruin teeth”.1

Fluoridated toothpaste damages gums. At the concentrations used in commercial fluoridated toothpaste (1,000 ppm), fluoride causes gum damage by poisoning enzyme activity and slowing down the gums’ self-repair mechanisms. By brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste, you gums will suffer damage (according to Dr. John Yiamouyiannis, an authority on fluoride’s biological effects).

GLYCERIN

According to Dr. Gerald F. Judd’s research, it is very important to avoid all toothpastes containing glycerin since for teeth to be able to remineralize, the tooth surface needs to be clean and “accessible”. This is prevented, however, by glycerin which covers the surface with a sticky and hard-to-remove substance

SORBITOL

In spite of being cariogenic with prolonged use (according to research done by dentists at Hamburg university), sorbitol can be found as a sweetener in certain toothpastes.

SLS/SDS

Surfactants (added as foaming agents). Studies have shown that toothpastes which produce a lot of lather due to the presence of the toxic chemical (detergent surfactant) sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS, aka sodium dodecyl sulfate or SDS) are actually bad for the gums. The foaming property strongly swells up the gums, which would tend to promote periodontosis (receding gums). (Other sources speak of surfactant concentrations above two percent possibly damaging the gums.)

PROPYLENE GLYCOL

An active component in antifreeze, propylene glycol acts as a wetting agent and surfactant in toothpaste. The Material Safety Data Sheets for propylene glycol warn that the chemical can be rapidly absorbed through the skin, with prolonged contact leading to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. The EPA won’t allow its workers to handle propylene glycol without wearing rubber gloves, yet it doesn’t stop the chemical from being used in common health care products.

DEA

Consumers find diethanolamine, or DEA, in products that foam, including toothpaste. DEA disrupts hormones and forms cancer-causing nitrates. According to Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental health at University of Illinois, repeated skin exposure to DEA can lead to increased risk of liver and kidney cancers.

STEVIA

Stevia, or the singular stevioside, at least in some studies, seems to affect the male reproductive organs. This was the conclusion of a group of European scientists in early 2006.

The study showed that when male rats were fed high doses of stevioside for 22 months, sperm production was severely reduced, the weight of the seminal vesicles declined, and there was an increase of cell proliferation in their testicles. In time, this could easily cause infertility or other reproductive problems.

In another study, female hamsters were fed large amounts of a derivative of stevioside called steviol. Here the scientists found that the female hamsters had fewer and smaller offspring.

PEG

Polyethylene glycols (PEG, added as a dispersant and to bind water) make the skin more pervious to noxious substances possibly containing bromine, iodine or chlorine, and are considered allergenic and/or potentially cancerogenic.

TRICLOSAN

Conventional toothpastes, among other toxins, can contain Triclosan, a chemical.germ killer/antibacterial (also found in mouthwashes, deodorants, soaps etc.). Triclosan belongs to a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans (even the US EPA apparently considers it a high risk factor to human health). Stored in bodily fat, it can suppress immune function and accumulate to toxic levels with resultant liver, kidney and lung damage. Triclosan is frequently contaminated with toxic dioxins.

Heavy on my heart

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There are so many things weighing on my mind lately. So many things that I want to do yet don’t and so many things that I do yet I don’t want to do them.

For instance, I qualify for a full pell grant. I can go to college for free yet I don’t know what I want to do. I really love birth yet I feel like becoming a midwife is just too much responsibility for me. Maybe I could become a nurse. But I’m too squeamish. Or maybe a teacher. But I don’t want to deal with the public school system. Maybe an accountant. But that’s boring. I really just don’t know. And I’m not sure what I’m good at. I was a preschool teacher for 5 years. I enjoyed that. And I was a nanny for 2 years. It was fun. Other than that I have no idea. When I was a child I dreamed of becoming an opera singer. When I was in high school I dreamed of becoming a karate instructor. And when I was 19 I dreamed of becoming a ESL teacher. Now that I’ve had a baby. I’ve become obsessed with birth and breastfeeding. But I do t know where to start if I went that route.

As for the things that I do but I don’t want to do. I play video games. Yet I don’t want to. It’s such a waste of time. I pay way too much attention to my phone and social media. I watch too much tv. I secretly eat ice cream even though. I know I need to just throw it out.

I feel like I have no self control. And I hate it. I dislike the way I am. Yet have no idea how to change.

I want to read my bible. Drink enough water. Stick to my diet ( not a weight loss diet a dairy free diet) brush my teeth twice a day. Keep my house spotless. Spend more time paying attention to Samuel. Tend a garden. Raise chickens. Juice regularly. Pray consistently. Stay calm during stressful situations. Have good posture. Exercise.

So many things I want to do yet I don’t do them. Sure I preach a healthy life style but why is it so hard to maintain. Why am I so lazy. Why am I so detached from life. I’m in desperate need of focus and willpower.

How does one achieve control of oneself and their emotions. I find my self getting annoyed with Samuel when he cries a lot. He is a baby and it is normal for him to cry. Why to I get short with him. What the hell is wrong with me?!

I guess I am at a major crossroads. One where I must leave behind my childish ways and become a woman. I thought having a baby would magically transform me. But it didn’t. I am still the same me. Still the same person with so much internal damage. I want to become more than I am.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Cool Whip Frosting

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Cool Whip Frosting

My husbands birth day was a couple weeks ago and I made a homemade chocolate cake and cupcakes. I wanted a frosting that was light fluffy and mildly sweet but I couldn’t find the perfect recipe online. It hadn’t been invented yet!

So here is what I came up with. Looks amazing huh?

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1 stick of butter

2/3 cup cocoa powder

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup milk or milk substitute

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 oz organic cream cheese or substitute softened

1 tub of cool whip

Melt butter and stir in cocoa powder. Allow to cool for 2 minutes. Put the cocoa mixture into a large bowl and add the vanilla. Using an electric mixer slowly combine the powdered sugar and milk alternating. Start and ending with powdered sugar.  Finish off by folding in the cool whip and combine with the mixer until the frosting is a uniform color. Cool for about 30 minutes then ice your cupcakes, cake or just eat it right out of the bowl.

Happy Eating!

Vegan Mexican Salad

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Vegan Mexican Salad

I have such a hard time coming up with side dishes to serve with Mexican dinners (and NO rice and beans do not count as sides in my opinion) I had a bunch of veggies and I was going to make this one recipe which was basically a corn slaw . But I had avocados and lettuce so I decided to mix everything together into one dish and Bam! this amazing salad was born!

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1/2 of a red onion diced small

1 red bell pepper diced

2 avocados cubed

1 tomato (I used a lovely orange tomato) diced

a handful cilantro

juice of 1/2 a lime

1 cup of frozen corn

olive oil

salt and pepper

lettuce of choice (I used romaine)

Heat olive oil in a frying pan toss in red bell pepper and frozen corn. Cook for about 3 minutes. you don’t want them to lose their crunchy texture. Allow to cool for 3 minutes. You want it to be slightly warm.

In a large bowl add red onion, tomato, avocado, cilantro and lime juice

into the bowl toss in your warm corn and red bell pepper

salt and pepper to taste and serve over lettuce.

This would also go great mixed with black beans or grilled chicken

serves 4 as a side dish and 2 as an entree

I served mine up with some nachos

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Happy Eating

White Bean & Spinach Soup

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White Bean & Spinach Soup

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1/2 lb dried navy beans (soaked for 6 hours)

2 Tbsp coconut oil

2 Stalks celery diced

1 medium onion diced

2 italian turkey sausage links

36 oz organic chicken broth

1 cup water

1/2 tsp pepper

5 oz spinach  fresh

1 Tbsp dried basil

1 Tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp powdered red pepper

.5 Tbsp garlic powder

1 cup diced carrots

salt to taste (redmonds real salt)

1 cup black wild rice

Soak beans for 6 hours in water
Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Remove sausage from skin, brown and crumble.
Add diced carrots, celery and onion.
Saute for 5 minutes.
Add beans, chicken broth, water, pepper, rice, and spices.
Bring to a boil. then simmer on medium low for 1 hour.
Add washed spinach and bring to a back to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve with french bread

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I won a blue ribbon from Just A Pinch Recipes for this one!