Sunday, April 28, 2019

Which fruits have the most pesticides?

basket of strawberries

Do you know which fruits and vegetables are the heavily sprayed with lots of pesticides and potentially dangerous? 

Every year the EWG (Environmental Workers Group) publishes a list of the twelve foods that are most heavily sprayed with pesticides. They call it the Dirty Dozen. They also publish a list of the Clean 15. 

These guidelines are very helpful. I have been following their research and suggestions for years.

Since strawberries are always top on the list, I only buy organic strawberries. Other fruits that is heavily sprayed are grapes, apples, and peaches. 

I feel it's important for us to be aware of what we are eating or not eating.  We have to educate ourselves. Sometimes I think oh does it really make a difference? Well Yes it does!

Many doctors, scientists, and researchers are beginning to see the connection between what we are eating and how we are feeling and disease! You can reduce your risks ! Start with cleaner food choices.. 

Like who is teaching ways to reduce cancer risks ? Dr. Kristi Funk- a breast surgeon - I'll be reviewing her new book on Breast Health and what you can do to reduce your risks in my next post 

Meanwhile trust me on the pesticides and get your list from the EWG.. 

You can get a free digital copy at their website right now.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How To Make Almond Flour in Minutes

Got Almonds? You can make almond flour in minutes in your food processor.

bowl of almonds

Use raw unsalted almonds, blanched almonds, or slivered almonds. Any of those will work.

For each cup of almonds that you process, you end up with a little more than a cup of almond flour.

almond flour

It's that easy and simple. You can make your own almond flour in minutes.

How do I use almond flour?-

I make gluten free cakes and cookies.

I made my almond flour in my food processor. I pulsed for 3-4 seconds at a time for about 20 times. Suddenly, I had a very workable flour that is gluten free, kosher for Passover, and healthy.

You do not want to allow the food processor to run too long as you may end up with almond butter.

1 cup of almonds

Use the metal blade in your food processor. Place almonds in the food processor, close lid and pulse about 15-20 times for about 3-4 seconds each burst until your almonds turn into a meal/flour type texture. Use in recipes that call for almond flour or almond meal.

Amazing Baked Donuts
baked gluten free donuts

Almond Shortbread Cookies

gluten free almond cookies

Gluten Free Batter Challah

gluten free challah

Shared on Weekend Cooking at Bethfishreads where anyone can share a food related post.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

5 Minute Red Pepper Soup-Zero Points

vegan roasted red pepper soup

Red pepper soup is one of my favorite soups. But I often don't have the time or interest to heat up the oven to slow roast the peppers. After eating this delicious soup at a friend's house, I asked for the recipe. I was shocked to find out that she actually made this soup in just 5 minutes in the blender using a jar of roasted peppers! The results are a rich tasty soup that is both high in protein and flavor.

Anyone who knows me,  knows that I love soup anytime of the day or year. I'm partial to easy recipes that get me in and out of the kitchen fast. This recipe is top on my list of convenient easy recipes.

The recipe calls for a can of chick peas. If you prefer to cook your own chickpeas, use 3 and 1/2 cups of cooked chick peas.  I prefer not to use cans, so I frequently make my chick peas in the Instant Pot. I soak my dried chick peas overnight and then cook them for 20 minutes with some herbs and spices. Directions for making chick peas in the Instant Pot.

red pepper

My motto: Quick, Easy, and Healthy

In addition, I was happy to realize that this beautiful orange soup is only zero points on my Weight Watcher program! That means I can eat a serving of this soup without having to subtract the points from my daily point allowance. Yay!!

roasted red pepper soup

This soup goes great with a salad and some crunchy bread or crackers ( all gluten free of course).


1 can of chick peas ( 15 ounce)
1 jar of of roasted red peppers ( 12 ounce)
4 cups of vegetable broth
1/4 cup of parsley or cilantro, chopped
Salt and cracked pepper to taste
Optional: 1 clove of fresh garlic


Place the ingredients in the blender. Whiz until well blended. Season to taste. Heat to serve, garnish with sprouts of greens.

healthy and gluten free soup

shared on Souper Sunday where anyone can share a soup, salad, or sammie..