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100 Foot Journey

This is a stellar movie!

 

I’m terrible in the kitchen and this movie motivates me something real. {Seriously, maybe this is all in my head but I feel like my culinary skills are getting more polished. HALLELUJAH! }

 

Beyond  the food, this movie speaks of grace and redemption; The tension of two cultures colliding and the beauty of a single act of kindness. Check out the trailer below and add it to your Netflix queue.

 

 

Well, I can’t post this without adding an inspirational dish from a different culture. Try this easy West African Peanut Soup (spice to taste). It’s been perfect for the cooler weather! I was doubtful at first putting it all together but one mouthful, I was sold. Jonathan loved it and so did the boys! PRAISE! {Not recommended if there’s a peanut allergy in the family!}

 

This was found in the doTERRA Living magazine that arrives at our house quarterly. The Winter 2015 mag had soup recipes from around the world using essential oils so I had to try! If you don’t have EOs, feel free to substitute, or better yet, contact me to get your hands on these gems! This is great served over warm rice or with chicken added. Enjoy!

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xo,

Amy's Signature

I Want Juice?

In the Schro-home, we drink “juice”. Not expensive, high-fructose corn syrup kind  at the grocery store, but this simple Apple Cider Vinegar + Agave concoction. The first thing my son says every morning  without fail when he wakes up is, “I want juice?” I have no idea why he makes it into a question.

What he really means is, “Good Morning.”

ButterFREAKIN’nut Mac n’ Cheese!!

AHHHH!!!  MY LIFE JUST GOT BETTER!!!

 

Ok, I know i’m a bit dramatic but seriously. THIS. JUST. HAPPENED!

 

So I came back from an an exhausting awesome vacation in New York (10 days sleeping on airmattresses with two boys) I had to come home and stare at a wall for a few days to recover. As I stared at a wall, I turned on the TV. To the cooking channel. And here we go!

HIGH KICK!!!

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese. What?! So I don’t know what to do with Butternut Squash anyway but I had some in my pantry (I’m starting the babe on solid food).

 

***Side note, I’m terrified of the kitchen. Jonathan has a few horror stories to tell in this department about my culinary expertise but THIS WAS SO EASY!! That’s why I’m PUMPED!!

 

This Mac n CHeese is sofreakinAMAZING! Adds such great flavor, more vitamins and it’s lighter than the usual thicker/heavier versions. AHH!

 

 

 

Step 1. Chippy chop your Butterfreakin’nut Squash up

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Step 2. Get yourself a blender like this off craigslist.

 

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Step 3. Do this.

 

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Step 4. Lose your mind!!!!

 

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Ok, Let me try to break it down better.

Boil 

  • squash
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • some broth. No judgment if you use boullion cubes.

Blend

  • that junk up when it’s done cooking.
  • Add a cup of Parmesan cheese (the recipe added in Gruyere cheese also, but who has that on hand?!)
  • Add a little milk, and Greek yogurt to cream it up a bit (I didn’t have yogurt on hand but it turned out perfect)

Combine

  • cooked noodles
  • cheese sauce

Add

  • salt & pepper to taste

Garnish (optional)

  • bread crumbs
  • and parsley

My son ate it all weekend long. It was so good I had an improve hangsesh with some friends (admission was a squash and some noodles) and we crushed the casserole dish. I don’t think I can ever go back now to the other version. Check out the scoop for a more logical explanation of the recipe.

I’ve been changed.

Enjoy!

 

Git in Ma’ Belly!

“Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws.”
Charles Simmons

What a day and age we live in now! I heard it said that the average person today takes in more toxins (air pollution, food, toxic insult on the body) than our great grandparents did in their entire lifetime! And even our fruits and veggies don’t contain as many nutrients as they did 50 years ago due to soil health and the crazy way our food is grown.

So let’s talk about food.

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”
-Hippocrates

Food should be healing and energizing. When you want to take a nap after eating a meal, something isn’t right!

Do you have allergies/skin issues? Trouble sleeping? Anxiety? Depression? Headaches? Fatigue?

Jonathan and I went totally paleo when I was 5 months pregnant with our firstborn. Cold turkey. I pretty much thought I was going to die- we threw out everything and had no idea how to start a new diet. Note to self: preparation. is. the. key. to. success. Then we noticed how great we felt, rested we slept and how queasy “cheat” food made us feel.

Now, I am not saying one diet is better than another. With the “Caveman” Paleo diet- there’s LOTS of meat and protein involved. That can be a little much on your heart and kidneys.

But the idea is:

  • Lean Meats
  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Nuts
  • Water

So no sugar, no breads, no pastas, refined, processed anything… It’s very difficult (especially going out for social gatherings) but you feel great once your body gets used to being clean.

One of my favorite places to eat is a totally raw eatery called Happy Healthy Human.  I love the food, feel AWESOME long after the meal is over and take home the menu to study and duplicate it later.

The idea of RAW is consuming food completely uncooked- maintaining its nutrients and enzymes that are destroyed by heat. You can heat food- but not more than 115* in the oven- so it can literally take hours to produce a meal.

  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Nuts Soaked
  • Dehydrated combos.

I really enjoy Raw desserts. I can eat them all day long. If you’d like to learn the basics of raw, I’d recommend Going Raw by Judita Wignall. There’s plenty of resources out there, just hit up your local library.

There’s tons of different “diets” out there. I think as long as you eat food as close to the original form as possible, drink lots of water and reduce your toxic load, you will feel the difference. Everything in moderation. Like the saying goes, you are what you eat. I heard it said once that every time you eat you are voting. Voting for the types of food you want- supply and demand for the grocers but also for yourself. You can choose to move towards better health or away from it with every bite.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says,

“You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

I pray you would take the time to honor Him who has given us life and enjoy the benefits of excellent health!

In His Grip,

Amy