Friday, December 18, 2009

Good Times Restaurant

Since we moved, we've been looking for a legal restaurant where I can get a hamburger without the bun. We found a great one!

It's Good Times, and it offers additive-free beef with lots of lettuce, onion, and tomato in a box - perfect! The burger is very tasty, and reminds us of a hamburger we would make at home.

You can ask for a hamburger with just the meat and vegetabeles in a box. (No bun, cheese, or sauce.) Remove the pickles which aren't legal, and you have yourself an easy, yummy meal on the road or out on the town.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Finding a Thanksgiving Turkey

We just moved to a new part of the country, so we have been scouring different grocery stores in search of an SCD-legal turkey for Thanksgiving. We finally found three turkeys that have no additives other than water and salt, and I wanted to share them with you to help make the turkey search easier!

Costco has Foster Farms turkeys for 89 cents per pound - this was the best buy we found!

Sprout's Farmers Market has their store brand turkey for $1.29 per pound this week.

At several local grocery stores we found the Red Bird brand turkeys for about $1.99 per pound.

I hope this helps you out! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and be sure to check our Holiday Recipes page for lots of yummy Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Costco Items

We love to shop at Costco, and recently saw a couple of items that are legal and are being sold there right now.

First, they are carrying a box of 18 legal Lara Bars, with the total price coming out at less than $1 a bar! That's a great price, considering I can find them for $1.25-$1.79 elsewhere. The flavors the box includes are: Cashew Cookie, Cherry Pie, and Apple Pie.

For a while Costco has also been selling a box of Brother's All Natural Apple and Pear chips. There is nothing added - just the freeze-dried fruit. They have recently added new fruits, which may or may not be sold through Costco - strawberry, pineapple, and banana. I'd avoid the banana though since we don't know whether they were speckled when freeze-dried.

Enjoy! :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Plan Your Garden

Planting time is just around the corner! Plan now to buy some seeds or plants and enjoy yummy home-grown produce through the summer and fall.

My husband and I have a large garden every year, and always enjoy the delicious, fresh produce we get for almost free!

If you have some land you can plant a garden on, (or even a place on your patio that could house some pots) these are the fruits and vegetables we have gotten the most use out of:

Tomatoes - we like cherry tomatoes the best because they are the easiest for snacking, packed lunches, boiled down into sauce, or made into salsa and guacamole. Plus, they seem to always be tasty, as opposed to the larger tomatoes which can hit-or-miss flavor. You can freeze tomatoes for use throughout the year. They're great to add to a crockpot meal! Also, at the end of the season you can pick them green and let them sit indoors and ripen over a week or two.

Squash - any variety that can be boiled, scraped out, and frozen to use for pumpkin pie or pumpkin ice cream all year round is great! Winter, Acorn, Butternut, and pumpkin are all good varieties.

Melon -There are so many ways that you can enjoy melons in the summer. Popcicles, salads, and just alone as a snack are a few ideas. And what could be more summery??

Sweet Peppers - Sweet peppers are great for boiling down and making sauce with. The sauce is excellent over chicken! Just add a little water, salt and pepper to taste and you have a real winner! You can freeze the sauce in ice cube trays and then pop out into a gallon sized Ziplock bag for easy use. Remove a few cubes when you're making dinner and defrost in the microwave. Pour over chicken or any other meat and you have a delicous main course.

Bell Peppers - They can be de-seeded, cut into small pieces and frozen to use throughout the year. It cuts down on work as you make dinner, and saves a lot of money, too!

Onions - Because onions are so heavy, they can be expensive at the store. But plant them at the beginning of spring, and you will have enough onions for months to come! You can dice them up and freeze them for the coming year, saving both time and money.

Monday, February 2, 2009

New things are brewing...

For some time, we have been seeing the need for a special section on "How To Start the SCD." It is definitely not easy to gather all of the information needed, buy the right appliances and food, and know where to go for help if you have questions - especially when you're sick! So we are in the process of putting together a new page of the website which will address these issues (and more). It should be up on the website soon!

This past week we had a record number of visitors to the website: 1,024! More than 600 of them were new people. That is great news! I'm so excited that so many people are hearing about the SCD and that I'm able to help them on their journey to better health.

This week I have also been making and photographing some new recipes for some of the upcoming issues of the web magazine
I Want to Thrive! One is an absolutely to-die-for apple pie that has a flaky, totally "normal" crust! It's just what you might have eaten at your grandma's house growing up...old-fashioned, delicious, decadent goodness....Yum.

Another recipe that we're really excited to "unveil" in the May/June issue, is my husband's extremely authentic recipe for Enchiladas. When we were dating, he came up with them as a surprise after I'd mentioned that the one type of food I miss the most is Mexican food, and it was so delicious that I was a bit incredulous about whether it was really legal! :)

. . . So lots of new things are brewing at!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Some new products

Over the Christmas holiday I was happy to find a couple more prepared products!

Tropicana is now making a 100% juice blend of orange and tangerine juices. It is so delicious! I love the more complicated flavor when the two juices are combined. We found it at Albertson's but couldn't find it at another grocery store, so you may need to look around a little to get ahold of it.
The second product was pure vanilla extract from Smart & Final (which has stores in some western states). It contains water, alcohol, and vanilla bean extractives. It is a great price, too; around $6 for a 16 fl. oz. bottle, and around $13 for a 32 fl. oz. bottle. We stocked up!