Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Alert: GMO Free Cheerios Test Positive for Round Up Weed Killer



GMO-Free Cheerios Test Positive for Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide 


Do your kids eat cheerios? Can you believe this?
If things were not upsetting enough with Monsanto and our food supply, recent testing found that Cheerios-

a children's breakfast GMO free cereal had the highest amounts of weed killer of the products tested.




Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream indicated too: 

In addition, the NY Times published an article a few days ago about Ben and Jerry's ice cream. Ten of their flavors were found to have residues of Monsanto's weedkiller  in 10 samples of their ice cream




There were other products too that showed residues of the weed killer that has now being questioned in California EPA because of its known cancer causing effects. 



Goldfish Crackers also tested positive: 


  • Original Goldfish crackers  – 18.40 parts per billion
  • Goldfish crackers colors – 8.02 parts per billion
  • Goldfish crackers whole grain – 24.58 parts per billion
Whole Foods 365 Round Crackers had residue as well:

The greatest concentrations seemed to be in cereal, crackers, and cookies. Mostly in wheat, oat, and grain products- even GMO free products.
see article "Dangerous Levels" posted below for more info 

Is residue of weed killer harmful in our food products?

California is the first state to take a stand !
California EPA Moves to Label Round Up ( weed Killer)  as Carcinogenic

"An FDA-registered food safety lab recently conducted testing on common foods and their results were nothing short of alarming. The lab found high levels of a chemical known as glyphosate in several popular foods. If glyphosate sounds familiar, it may be because you know this chemical as Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer. Test results indicated that these foods have over 1,000 times the glyphosate levels that are considered to be harmful."
Quoted from the article: Dangerous Levels Of Glyphosate Found In These 9 Food Brands!

Articles: 

Are you aware of these findings? What type of cereal and grains are you eating? Even organic has had traces.Please leave a comment




http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2016/dec/27

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wordless Wednesday- Philadelphia

I live about a half hour from Center City Philadelphia . I'm participating in Wordless Wednesday where the post is primarily photos and sharing some photos from a walk in Philadelphia 



Chinatown

Horse and buggy ride to see the historic area 
Philadelphia has the best murals 

Pine Street 



Center City Neighborhood

The famous Geno's Steakhouse

Liberty Bell





Philadelphia is famous for Cream Cheese ( Philadelphia Brand by Kraft) 



Here is a 3 ingredient blender recipe for out of this world zero carbohydrate pancakes made with
Philadelphia cream cheese- 
No  out Out of this world zero carbohydrate GF  cream cheese pancakes- very easy- no flour and gluten free 

We also visited the teuscher chocolate store on a chocolate tour in Philadelphia 



Sunday, July 23, 2017

7 Must Try Salad Dressing Recipes that are Family Favorites





Homemade salad dressing is so quick, easy to make, and delicious that we always make our own. Making our own ensures us that we will know that are made from healthy quality ingredients, and I can be certain that they are gluten free.

 I've rounded up 7 of our family favorites for you to try.

No chemicals, no additives,,, just good wholesome ingredients like the herbs growing in your garden.





Homemade salad dressings are not just empty calories, they contain fresh herbs, fruits, and other ingredients that add nourishing enzymes and nutrients.






Over the years, we've experimented with all kinds of flavors. Our basic dressing is usually just freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil. Somedays when we are feeling more adventurous,  take the extra 5 minutes to make a special dressing like one of our seven family favorites below.



We love to add fresh herbs from the garden like basil, mint, and dill. Fresh and amazingly fragrant, they make the dressings not only taste wonderful,  but these gluten free dressings also smell fabulous.







Our fresh ingredient salad dressings add a delicious zing to any salad.

  • Tips on making quick homemade salad dressing
    • Use your Vitamix, Bullet, or blender to make a salad dressing in minutes
    • Use fresh herbs that completely pulverize in a strong blender and add an incredible flavor
    • Use balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or fresh lemon juice
    • Use olive oil or coconut oil or simply blend in an avocado
    • There are no chemicals 
    • It hasn't been sitting on a shelf for a year
    • It's tastier
    • You control the amount  and type of oil you want to use in the recipe
Homemade salad dressing can bring out the best of any salad! Whether you prefer a fruity dressing or a savory dressing, I'm sure you will find one in our favorites! 

Linked to: Wednesday Waste Less Linky

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday- Whale Watching

I'm getting on the Wordless Wednesday bandwagon.

There are bloggers who post photos every Wednesday.

I find myself enjoying their photos of places they have visited, their hometown photos, food, outfits, family gatherings etc. -

I recently went to Cape Cod and took a ton of photos. Since it's Wordless Wednesday, I'm going to share a few of  them with you today.

Le me just say that it was a magical day!!

Whale Watching Cruise from Hyannis, Massachusetts in Cape Cod





looking for whales on a misty day in our friend's Noreen and Avi's raincoats









Monday, July 17, 2017

Papaya and Blueberries Make a Beautiful Fruit Cup




I was having company for dinner the other night and blueberries and papayas were in season.
So I decided to forgo the typical fruit salad that I usually make and instead make a dessert using only the two fruits.

Their complementary colors presented a brilliant contrast that was lovely and appealing . My summer dessert was very extremely easy to make, made a beautiful presentation, and was simply delicious. Of course it was naturally gluten free and vegan as well.

When I served it, I sliced a 2 inch thick piece for each person . Some fresh whipped would make it divine.

We ate it with a fork and knife.
Actually the skin and seeds are edible, but I don't know how good they taste.

I Live Near The Blueberry Capital of the World

We live about an hour from Hammonton, New Jersey which is nicknamed " the blueberry capital of the world." (Google it)  Hammonton is located on the way to the Jersey shore where there over 250 blueberry farms on 8,000 acres of sandy soil.

blueberry bushes 



It wasn't always that way. Fifty years ago, the farms were smaller and served mostly local markets.


However, today I understand that most of our local berries are now contracted to Driscoll.
So, no matter where you live you may very well be eating our local berries.



Years ago when my two sister in laws were still teenagers, I took them blueberry picking on a pick your own farm in Hammonton, NJ .



After picking ( and tasting) for about three hours in the vast sea of blueberry bushes, we went home with quite a haul.





We froze most of them, ate many of them, and made a few batches of blueberry muffins. It was a fun but exhausting. It was the one and only time I picked blueberries.



My dessert reminded me of my blueberry adventures.

Since blueberries are in season, why not make this simple dessert. It's naturally gluten free, low in calories, and rich in appeal.

Remove the seeds from the papaya

I sliced the papaya in two lengthwise and scooped out the waxy round black seeds from the core of the papaya and was left with a large long cavity. I filled it with blueberries.

I placed both the papaya and the blueberries in the refrigerator to chill.


My Notes:
Papaya tastes great with freshly squeezed lime..
Papayas from Hawaii are GMO ( their flesh is yellow)
Papayas from Mexico and Belieze usually are not GMO ( these have a more orange flesh)



How to Freeze Blueberries
Blueberries freeze really well and it's very easy to freeze them.
Simply wash them, dry them well, place them in ziploc freezer bags and freeze them.
Be sure to dry them well so they will not stick together.
Use the frozen berries for smoothies, muffins, pancakes, etc.

I usually freeze them when they are on sale,or whenever I can get organic blueberries at at reasonable price


How to Select a Papaya
Papaya are an extremely nutritious fruit. However, most papayas that come from Hawaii are genetically modified ( GMO) they have yellow fruit inside -
try to look for papayas that come from Mexico or Belieze which are usually not GMO- often called Caribbean Reds and Maradol- they look orange inside.
I found  an article online that explains more about safe Papayas 



I also found this Youtube that explain how to select a papaya when it's ripe- he talks about the Hawaiian variety (which will be GMO- he doesn't mention that) but he also explains about the Caribbean variety and how to identify it ( which is the non gmo type)









Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pasta Salad with Olives and Veggies


Sometimes you need an easy go-to recipe to serve on those hot hot hot summer nights when you just don't feel like doing any real cooking. Pasta (gluten free of course) salad seems to be that recipe for me.

This Mediterranean style salad is flavorful, fragrant and can be made in advance. We enjoy it paired with  cold soup  or cheese and ( GF) crackers.

Since the salad contains carbs, protein, and lots of veggies, you could actually eat it as your entree. Although I added crumbled feta cheese, omit it to make this a vegan salad.

Omit the cheese if you are vegan
I used red peppers, red onions, olives, fresh basil, tomatoes, celery, scallions, cucumbers, and feta cheese , but feel free to add or substitute any vegetable that you prefer like peas, carrots, radishes, capers, chopped raw broccoli, raw sliced mushrooms, marinated artichokes etc.


Because this recipe can be served at room temperature, it's a great recipe to bring to a pot luck dinner or BBQ-

If you make your pasta in advance, then the prep is just like making a simple salad!



I toss the salad with homemade Italian dressing or try my bold lemon dressing and it is absolutely delcious . 

Where do I get my gluten free pasta? 

 Trader Joe's and Aldi's carry a variety of gluten free pastas at very reasonable prices. 

I recently started shopping in Aldi's and was pleasantly surprised to find a huge selection of gluten free items ( breads, wraps, crackers, snacks made from decent ingredients) Aldi's also has many organic packaged products and produce.

If you want to cut back on the carbs in this recipe, omit the pasta and substitute florettes of lightly cooked cauliflower.


Enjoy!


Author: Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes to cut up vegetables
Cook Time: 25 minutes to cook and drain GF pasta
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients: 

12 ounces of uncooked GF pasta, boiled and drained
1 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 cup of sliced cucumbers
1/2 cup of diced celery
1/2 cup pitted Greek olives , chopped
1/4 cup of chopped scallions
1/3 cup of diced red onions
1/4 cup of freshly chopped basil
1/2 cup of diced red peppers
3/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese
Optional: top with slices of avocado

Directions: 
Cook and drain GF pasta according to package directions.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the list of the ingredients with the pasta.
Toss with 1/4 of Italian dressing or my bold lemon dressing.
Taste best served at room temperature.

Linked to : Souper Sunday ( soup, salad, sandwich blog carnival) and Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish 

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