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The Candida Diet and This Week's Menu Meal Plan

About two years ago I had the worst cough imaginable. It was a nagging couch. It felt like asthma might feel like. It wouldn't go away. I thought it was caused by an allergy to my new pet rabbit in the house... but after an allergy test - that wasn't it. Then, against my better judgement I finally went to my house doctor - knowing he couldn't do anything for me (sorry I don't have much faith in doctors)... and sure enough all he could do for me was give me an antibiotic. I thought to myself, that's not going to do any good, but I was desperate so I took it... and it didn't do any good!

I spent weeks searching the Internet and my Nutritious Healing book and finally after much pondering decided to follow the Candida diet and cleanse. Found here at this link: Candida Detox. I didn't even wait till the beginning of the year, I think I started it December 31st - I was so desperate to get well...

and within 3 days I started feeling much better - and within 5 days -…

Easy Arizona Salsa

I got the recipe from an Arizona friend. People in Arizona just know Mexican food a little bit better than people else where - some of the best Mexican food I ever had was in Phoenix.

Anyway, the thing that makes this Salsa different, is that it's partially cooked - and that makes it smoother and tastier in my opinion. My  husband also really likes it and that says something because he doesn't like the 100% raw salsas - this one is more like store bought - but cheaper because you make it yourself.

It could last up to 10 days in the refrigerator... but it won't last that long because if there is a bag of tortilla chips nearby - it will be devoured quickly!

Easy Arizona Salsa
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 bunch (handful) fresh cilantro leaves (aka coriander)
1 medium onion, peeled
1 medium green bell pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-3 teaspoons garlic salt (or 1 Tablespoon garlic powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt)
red pepper flakes to taste (Sambal to taste)

In a blender or food processo…

Chickpea Burrito's (Vegan)

Yesterday I decided to share my week's menu and I noticed that one of my favorite meals: Chickpea Burrito's was not only - not on my blog - it's also not to be found online - anymore. I found the original recipe via and now when I go back to that site to search for it - I can't find it. It's as if the original submitter of the recipe, took it down. 

I don't know why - it's delicious - and a great alternative to black bean or pinto bean burrito's.

The original recipes was submitted by user kelly.elly and called it Refried Garbanzo Beans with Sauted Veggies Burrito. You can see why I shortened the title. I had it added at one time in my WW recipes list and it's about 4 PTS. per burrito (but I used lots less olive oil then - and had to steam my veggies instead of saute them in oil). The original recipes says it serves 3.... but from my experience it serves about 8. So, I will give my version of the recipe - which is almost exact - just a few a…

Menu Monday and Spring PAC 2013

I usually try to plan the meals for the week on Monday - then I go to the store and do my shopping - well some of it. Some of it get's saved for Wednesday when I hit the farmer's market (much cheaper produce). And I always find myself back at the store at the end of the week getting more milk, bread and apples... they always run out first... and I try to stock up on snacks for the weekend. All in all, I'm trying to keep my spending to about 100 euros a week on groceries - but it's difficult with a growing family - and I've noticed that this time of year - produce - and apples are not cheap.

Here is the menu for this week:
Monday - Indian Butter Chicken (veganized) This is the way my husband prefers the meal - he doesn't really like the taste of chicken that much - so we usually use a fake chicken substitute like wheat meat or something store bought and quick. 

Tuesday - Chickpea Burrito's. This is a recipe I found at - but the title of the recipe is…

Baby Name: Kenobi (boy)

So, I'm pregnant, I think I've already announced that somewhere... but anyway, it's a boy! My first one. I already have three girls. I thought for sure it would be another girl but then this pregnancy was very different. For one, I didn't have the same disdain for garlic and onions that I did with the other pregnancies... and two, I have more hair growing on my legs... it completely stopped growing for 9 months with the girls. That's a bonus to having girls... but the bonus for having a boy is I can still eat whatever I want and not feel sick. It's kind of a disadvantage though - because then I really have to monitor myself - so I don't get too fat.

Why is choosing a baby name so difficult? Well, we've come up with quite a long list of names, the problem is - we don't agree on each other's name choices. My man loves one name, I love another.

We even put up a poll on to let all our friends and family and associates vote on the name li…