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Mardi Gras King Cake Flavored Coffee from Community Coffee

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Mardi Gras King Cake Flavored Coffee from Community Coffee

Every morning my husband is the first awake. He works corporate for a major auto retailer and has over 80 stores to oversee. He has goals to set, conferences to attend, travel from Washington to Alaska and many hours in an office maintaining his region. His days are not so routine and at any moment he can be off to any part of his region crossing 2 states to resolve issues. The only constant in his work day is coming downstairs in the morning to let our dog out while he starts his coffee. Coffee is not just a tasty beverage to him but as a part of his mornings as the showers and kisses goodbye.

As we start February we have several holidays coming up and as we celebrate, he will still wake up those mornings and start with those sips of his coffee. Community Coffee is a brand we love. I often can find it at a great price and when I do we stock up. I love flavored coffees and my husband loves the dark roasts. Community Coffee now has a new flavor in celebration of Mardi Gras, the King Cake flavored coffee.

Have you ever tried King Cake? The same vanilla and cinnamon blend is what Community Coffee introduced into this new flavor and it is so delicious. I am trying hard to stop using creamers in my coffee so the only way I know to do that is trying flavored coffees.

My coffee story may not be as habitual as my husbands because I drink coffee only a few mornings a week, but when I get my coffee moments I absorb them like I’ll never have a quiet moment again. For me coffee is my celebration for having a free moment or just a pick me up on a hectic day. Find all of the available coffees at Community Coffee.

What is your coffee story?

Food, Natural Foods, Recipes, Uncategorized

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

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Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

Spices are a cooks best friend. Right? Can you imagine a kitchen that had no spices or salts? I can’t and because grinding and sourcing what is needed to create spices in nearly impossible inside the average home we rely on brands like Spice Islands to bottle it up for us.

Spice Islands buys many spices whole and then mills them in their facility to release the rich flavors so we can enjoy them right from the bottle. For 75 years, Spice Islands offers many spices sourced from around the world. With Valentine’s approaching, homemade dinners are romantic and can make for a great night full of sentimental memories.

We are eating a low carb diet so we have eliminated most pastas, rices and breads. I have been trying many healthier food options like these in my recipes. Our nearest health store and even common grocers offer veggie pastas which add that extra dose of nutrients to its pasta and many are less carbs than standard enriched pasta. Here is an easy favorite in our home using Spice Island’s Poultry Seasoning.

 

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner
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Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

Ingredients

  • Turkey Sausage (sliced)
  • 1 package of vegetable pasta
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 small bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 tsp Spice Islands Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp of olive or avocado oil
  • feta cheese and green onions to top

Instructions

  1. While pasta is cooking heat 2 tbsp oil in a skillet. Add onion, bell pepper and seasoning and saute until onion is soft. Add sliced turkey link sausage and cook through. When pasta is done, drain and add back into pasta pot. Add the sausage mixture and 1 tbsp oil and stir to combine. Dish and top with feta and green onions.
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Do you know what some of the most widely used and popular spices are from around the world? Some of them are dill weed, bay leaves, cumin, garlic powder, saigon cinnamon and tumeric.

Enjoy many recipes at Spice Islands website like these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes they have featured!

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 18 mini cheesecakes

 

18        paper baking cups (2 1/2 inch diameter)

18        gingersnap cookies

12        ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4       cup sugar

1          tablespoon corn starch

1          teaspoon Spice Islands Pumpkin Pie Spice

2          eggs

1          cup canned pumpkin

1/3       cup light corn syrup

Heat oven to 325 F. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups. Place 1 cookie in each cup.

With electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, corn starch and pumpkin pie spice. Add eggs and mix well. Add pumpkin and corn syrup; beat 1 minute.

Pour filling into liners, dividing evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes until just set.

Chill 1 hour.

For more recipes, visit SpiceIslands.com

Food, Healthy Living

Super Bowl Food Options to Snack On

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Super Bowl Food Options to Snack On

It’s hard! When trying to watch what you eat and finding motivation to start exercising, it is a hard process. With food there is so much temptation out there and unless you have the skill to make healthy taste as good as chocolate cake in your kitchen you are just left with strong cravings. I am a believer on cheat nights when changing eating habits because we have to fulfill those good feelings and some guilty pleasures are harmless when in moderation such as food cravings. The other 6 days a week can be a battle. Now we are days away from the Super Bowl-this is going to be real hard!

There will be dips and bread and tons of meat and desserts and that’s before you add some sodas and even spirits and beers all loaded with their own calories. You can always offer to bring snacks! Why? Because you will feel a bit less guilty eating a chocolate or banana chocolate chip muffin or even a deep chocolate muffin top! With Garden Lite and VitaTop you can snack this Sunday (and any other day) with less calories than baking these in your kitchen.

Garden Lites has muffins as well as soups, waffles and more. We love the chocolate and banana chocolate chip muffins that contain zucchini and carrots as the first 2 ingredients and are made of 33% veggies. 1 entire muffin is 120 calories and are dairy and nut-free.

Have you ever tried a Vita top? We love them. Just like the Garden Lites muffin, they go from freezer to ready out of the microwave in seconds. Our favorite, the Deep Chocolate Kosher VitaTops contain real cocoa, chocolate chips, whole wheat & organic sugar. Each muffin top contains 100 calories.

So grab them from the freezer section and pop in the microwave, cover and take to your Super Bowl party with you. Telling everyone you made them yourself? I’ll leave that up to your own agenda. I plan to just share with everyone about a product we all have access to that makes healthier snacking more enjoyable. Visit the product page to see all of the food and snack options.

Food, Healthy Living, Natural, Natural Foods

3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

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3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

Maybe you have heard of manuka honey. If not, it is gaining attention in the medical world for its abundance of therapeutic effects from certain bacteria ailments to skin and immunity improvements.

Following the success of Comvita internationally, it’s great timing to introduce our certified UMF® Manuka Honey to millions of health-conscious Costco members across North America,” said Vice President of Comvita North America, Corey Blick. “Through responsible beekeeping and setting the bar for Manuka in the industry from a quality perspective, Comvita has earned the highest level of trust with retailers and consumers.

Honey that helps

The Manuka plant of New Zealand is climate-sensitive and only flowers two to six weeks per year, making the honey a scarce resource. Comvita is a leader in offering certified UMF® Manuka Honey. They own and operate the world’s largest fresh-picked Olive Leaf farm and produces other purest source health and wellness products. 

So, why manuka honey? What are the benefits? There are many, but I picked 3 to highlight for you below.

Manuka Honey is known to relieve Gastritis

The bacteria found most commonly in the high acid stomach regions is called Helicobacter pylori. If you have ever suffered through acid reflux you know how miserable it is. According to a report published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, manuka honey had been found to be potent against 7 different Helicobacter pylori strains, but a similar effect was not observed with other types of honey. Using a Manuka honey with a UMF 10+ or higher seems best. The higher the UMF, the higher it is in its therapeutic effects.

Manuka Honey is great for our Immune System

According to a 2016 print in Natural Living Ideas, lab tests have shown that it contains certain substances that can stimulate cytokine production. Cytokines are signaling proteins involved in immune reactions by the body. They kickstart the defense mechanisms of the body and gets it to fight off pathogens and diseases. Increased cytokine production is behind manuka honey’s protective action against potential infections and diseases.

Manuka Honey is fantastic for those with Chronic Sinusitis

With sinus infections you have bacteria thriving in moist, warm chambers of the sinus cavity. These bacteria will form a biofilm making it hard for antibiotics to break through and take care of the infection. Manuka honey has the ability, especially when consuming manuka honey at least UMF 15+ or higher to act against the common sinusitis bacteria for great relief overall.

Manuka Honey Brand

Which manuka honey is right for you?

Comvita offers UMF 5+, 10+, 15+ and 20+ manuka honey varieties. Which one is right for you? UMF 5+ has natural honey benefits. It is the most similar to benefits in any pure honey from a trusted source and natural plant. As you get higher in the UMF, you get the best natural benefits offered from its healing and antimicrobial properties. If you are healthy and not in immediate need of a wide range of healing you can still benefit from UMF 5+ and 10+ just fine and feel good about your honey source and have it to rely on when minor ailments arise like colds and such. If you suffer from ailments like chronic acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, eczema and other such conditions that manuka honey can help bring you relief you would want manuka honey that is 15+ or higher.

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Find Comvita on Amazon and in Costco stores. Remember, manuka honey is a scarce source and is therapeutic . The price reflects this. You are essentially buying a natural healing product more so than a coffee or tea sweetener.

Food, Recipes

Pressure Cooker Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup

Pressure Cooker Recipe - Chicken Mexican Soup

Pressure Cooker Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup

Let me start by saying that when you take a spoonful of this soup it is so full of flavor you can just skip the extra carbs in toppings. I love topping chilis and soups like this, but I found myself not craving a bit of cheese or sour cream making this a very low carb soup in 30 minutes!

Soup Recipe

Loaded with nothing but beans, veggies, chicken and low-sodium broth it was a hit in my home. I looked over several recipes online and every one I saw included some sort of ingredient I didn’t have so I opened my pantry and started throwing things into a pot and magic was made. More recipes like this HERE!

Instant Pot Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup
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Instant Pot Recipe – Chicken Mexican Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 can (2 cups) low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 standard can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 standard can of pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 standard can of low sodium kernal corn
  • 1 standard can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 small jar or about 1 cup of black bean salsa
  • 1 packet mild taco seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Open all canned ingredients. Rinse and drain any and add into Instant Pot
  2. Place chicken breasts in pot sprinkled with a little S & P.
  3. Pour salsa and taco seasoning in then the broth. Give it a stir around the chicken, coating the chicken well so it is submerged.
  4. Set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 3 minutes. I like to natural release for 10-15 minutes but you can release right away
  5. Remove Chicken and shred then place back in pot and turn on Keep Warm mode until ready to serve
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Instant Pot Recipe - Mexican Chicken Soup

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Pressure Cooker Recipe - Chicken Mexican Soup

Food, Recipes

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

There is nothing more satisfying than creating an instant pot recipe unless that meal tastes great and is low in carbs to help you with your diet goals. Find even more recipes HERE!

You will notice that my recipe includes onions and peppers (a great way to use them up before they go bad), but the picture does not show any. This is because the night I made this I wasn’t aware my husband had used up my veggies in the omelettes he made us in that days breakfast so this dish you see was minus those veggies so I added some steamed broccoli to the plate.

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken
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Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 short jar of black bean salsa (about 2 cups)
  • sliced onion
  • sliced bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Riced cauliflower

Instructions

  1. Place chicken and onions, peppers in the pot. Pour the salsa and stock over the chicken and veggies. Add the curry powder. Cover and set pressure to high for 13 minutes. Release pressure and remove chicken to slice. Add the coconut milk to the juices in the cooker and stir 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken back in while you prepare the sides. Serve over riced cauliflower
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Having the right gadgets makes this meal so easy! Here is what I used:

Low-Carb Instant Pot Recipe: Curry Chicken