Gum Joy Oil, and Vegan Teeth Floss…

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Well, I have to say, I was very pleased with this product. Been meaning to try it for ages, but I make my own tooth powders and pastes and, well, why would I need to? I had traipsed on over to David Wolfe’s place for an order (excellent customer service, by the way) and decided to give it a try. Good stuff. Anyway, I will definitely be trying to formulate my own Joyous Gum Oil 😉 I have most of the ingredients. For now, this is a really great product.

Instructions direct to use “6 drops” on your toothbrush; however, I don’t think that much is even necessary. It is not “oily” feeling in the mouth; but whatever gets around the outside of your mouth and lip area is 🙂 No prob, though, really.

Teeth felt very clean, non-oily, and, wow, fresh breath! Not that mine is all THAT bad Photobucket Lol. But really *really* effective! They found a great combination of essential oils and in perfect amounts. Wonderful. Now, hopefully, I can duplicate it! AND breath stayed fresh…which is not common. Alot of mouthwashes, for example, smell good for 10 minutes then it’s back to halitosis dominosis! This is like a tooth cleaner and mouthwash in one.

Probably since bad breath comes from the stomach too. And, of course, in between teeth! Flossing, is a *must.*

For flossing, this is the one I use most often, Eco-Dent’s:

GentleFloss, Vegan Floss, by Eco-Dent

GentleFloss, Vegan Floss, by Eco-Dent

Another good one I find in stores is JASON’S Vege-Wax Floss; but it’s not on their site for some reason! It may be discontinued…too bad, really, it’s a top product. It’s compact; so this one, I  keep in my car, lol.

Vege-Wax Floss, Vegan, by JASON

Vege-Wax Floss, Vegan, by JASON

Also good is Dessert Essence, which has some other good, vegan products (but *always* read labels!):

Desert Essence Dental Floss, Vegan

Dental Floss, Tea Tree Oil, Vegan, by Desert Essence

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Strix

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Off Topic

Collusion — do you? Do you collude with others? Basically, it’s gossip; but it’s a deeper, more personal level of gossip — much more powerful and damaging. It’s within. It’s all about you — and isn’t it always?

This is a subject I’ve been wanting to discuss ever since reading many personal stories about it online from a woman who started the conversation on her blog. It’s not just women, though, it’s sadly one of the many social behaviors engrained in them from birth.

Jealousy. Talking “behind someone’s back.” Yes, it even happens online. In fact, over the years I’ve seen some of the ugliest behavior toward eachother online. Perhaps it’s the anonymity…how much uglier then is that? Much.
I’ve read it described as a way to distract from your own problems, your own dis-ease, your own “shortcomings.” It’s addictive.

When you “dislike” someone or your perceived characterization of them — why? What do they stir in you? It’s all about you. Good way to distract yourself, I guess. Focus on them. Gossiping/colluding is a grasping for power and control — for hierarchy…A false power, of course.

You are the victim of your own reaction to them.

Much worse, I think, is faking the “niceness.” I mean, sure you  should be, “nice”; but, again, it’s only covering up your discomfort with what this person, this situation is bringing you. There is something there, a “lesson” maybe, you need to learn, and covering it with pleasantries serves only to perpetuate it.  I guess, maybe this is why I’ve always had trouble with “The Secret” Law-of-attraction thing-a-ma-jiggy (in part, anyway.Too much nonsense swirling around that one). I mean, it sounds all flowery and light, but, it also sounds sort of…disengenuous…? Maybe that’s it. I don’t know; I do get the gist, maybe just not the method. Forcing the niceness is denying your inner lessons, those signals going off — good or bad — that are making you dislike this person you “can’t stand.” Shouldn’t we be facing those instead of feigning? Phony. Phoniness is sometimes blaringly obvious; sometimes not. Sometimes misconstrued; sometimes true.

So colluding with others makes you/us feel better for the moment. It’s like eating that cupcake. Feels good for that brief moment, yes? It’s covering up some awful detox that you don’t want to go through. And so you “feed it” to shut it up, to shut it down. And you have others there to say, “Yes, go ahead. You deserve it! It’s okay. My GAWD it’s just one cupcake!” And my favorite turnabout — “you don’t HAVE TO BE PERFECT” as if that now gives persmission (to basically hurt yourself). And it also is making a judgment about others (those “perfect people” we all hate) , and the person is using this as a manipulative tool, many times because of their insecurity and perceived shortcomings. Surely makes them feel good when you “fail” too…but I’ll not go there for now….
or  “Yes, she is soooo annoying.” “He is just rude!” “She just wants attention. Look at her!” “Did you see what he…??!!”  “Well, I heard…”

It’s all connected.

What I ask myself when I feel like gossiping is, “What is it about Me that makes me want to make this person look bad to others?” “Why do they ‘get to me'” and why do I let them?” There are many ways and reasons. I’m sure you can think of many.

I think one of the saddest reasons is to do it to make friends. Sounds so silly, but is it not true? A sick way of bonding with your buddies is to get together and gossip. How ugly.
Let’s not discuss anything real; let’s just distract and focus on someone else. Feed that addiction. Judgment. Judging others and by standards we don’t even keep ourselves. Shame, perhaps. So let’s project those “failings” onto others.

And then a disempowering bond begins to tighten between/amongst colluders…you must dislike who I dislike, right? I mean, IF you’re my friend, my “enemies” will be your enemies, you will join in and nod about “that person,” right? Cause if you don’t, you’re sort of…suspect. Maybe you’re not “loyal,” after all. Maybe you’ll be pushed out of the cool-kids group we’ve got going here.

The above is the worst to me.  It’s ugly. It’s shameful. That’s why it’s the worst to me, because I’ve done it. I’ve caved to colluding with my best friend for fear…(there’s the first clue: anything based on fear) …fear of not being understood, fear of her reaction if I didn’t… Maybe some of it is normal “growing up ‘stuff'”; but we all know it’s not something many grow out of.

And when you get caught up in it, you’re sort of trapped. You have to follow along, even if you disagree. It’s like a gang. It’s like Sonny and Fredo Corleone (okay, you knew that was coming at some point).
I think the times that have felt the worst and made me feel thoroughly self-convicted have been the times I — whether or not induced by others — have judged someone and was wrong. It is worse, though, when you’ve been colluding with others and gossiping about them, only to discover this person did not deserve it. Actually, no one “deserves it” or we all do. What do you do then? If it was only within yourself, it’s easy to fix, right? Well, not really…But what if you like this person and  all your buddies don’t? When you discover you and they are wrong…what do you choose? What have you chosen? Most often, it seems, we choose our “friends.” Isn’t the true power in standing up and saying to the group you don’t agree? Or maybe just stop the colluding. Don’t participate. Yea, that’ll make you popular, right? Brave? Not really; it’s just right. It’s the right thing to do. But, please, let’s not play the martyr role; that’s a whole other drama, though certainly related. Rather than having to “stand up,” why not just NOT participate in the first place?
As they say, get yourself a group of real friends. Good luck. Truly, I believe there are very few people who have more than a few true friends they can be real with and NOT collude. Persons they can tell the truth to, even when it hurts. Persons they can LISTEN to without judgment, without colluding with when they oh-so want to. And when your friend is in pain and grieving and, yes, “trashing” an ex-love or someone who stabbed them in the back (because pain is normal afterall; no, I’m not being contradictory here) when they are in that place, can we just listen? Can we comfort without judging and colluding “to make him/her feel better” because that’s a reason we do it, right? Just be with them. If it means just hugging them in silence, letting them ramble and purge it all out, then isn’t that more of a friend?
And then sometimes, when you don’t “collude” or agree or egg it on, the person in pain — do they feel betrayed? Do they feel you’re not “on their side”? Sometimes, I guess. But, I imagine, when it all calms down, the real friends won’t see it that way. At least, this is what I believe we should strive for amongst ourselves: not to expect our “true friends” to collude with us, because it’s disrespectful to our ‘selves’ and to eachother; and not collude with others when we see it happening (’cause we do see it coming), and just…walk away, don’t participate, don’t nod, don’t agree, don’t “egg it on.” Are you not DIS-empowering your friend by keeping him/her IN that negative space when you do collude and nod and agree? How does this really help them/you/the situation?
Maybe, after the purging, we can look together at how this all happened. “How did you/I get into this mess?!” Let’s talk about THAT. No blame, just truth. Track it down. Let’s get serious about the origins of how it came to be that I/you are in this situation.

Sure, it’s not easy. I know.
And, honestly, in the end, do you ever completely trust these people? These fellow colluders? Is your friendship stronger? Truly, is it?

Have you ever seen when someone does just walk away. You sort of know why, even if they don’t say it. I guess many won’t notice it, or some may see it as “rude”; but I have to tell you, I have the utmost respect for those individuals. It’s not about not taking a stand; that’s another situation; and it’s not about denying or ignoring situations:  it’s about NOT colluding and not trashing people, not participating in hurting others with WORDS. Because words are weapons. They are. They just are.

So, again, I ask, “What does this say about me?” Because it is all about “Me.” How can we begin to change this — this collective “colluding” we do in our socializing (because it’s ingrained and EVERYwhere. Do our children have a chance?) enmasse? One person at a time, one day at a time, one situation at a time…right? I guess that’s the only way anything gets done– do it yourself 🙂

Respect your and your fellow beings’ selves. I’d much rather have self respect and the respect of others than have their collusion with my drama.

Thoughts?

Strix

Poetry-Animal Themes, A Few Of My Favorites…

Albert-Schweitzer

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
1875 – 1965

This is my favorite by Schweitzer; it’s not a “poem,” but a story, a true story. No surprise it’s got birds at the center of it 😉 :


“”This was a horrible proposal [that the eight year-old Albert join a friend in killing birds with a sling] . . . but 1 dared not refuse for fear he would laugh at me. So we came to a tree which was still bare, and on which the birds were singing out gaily in the morning, without any fear of us. Then stooping over like an Indian on the hunt, my companion placed a pebble in the leather of his sling and stretched it. Obeying his peremptory glance I did the same, with frightful twinges of conscience, vowing firmly that I would shoot when he did. At that very moment the church bells began to sound, mingling with the song of the birds in the sunshine. It was the warning bell that came a half-hour before the main bell. For me it was a voice from heaven. I threw the sling down, scaring the birds away, so that they were safe from my companion’s sling, and fled home. And ever afterwards when the bells of Holy Week ring out amidst the leafless trees in the sunshine I remember with moving gratitude how they rang into my heart at that time the commandment: ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ “

*****

Oscar-Wilde

And, one of my all-time, if not favorite children’s poems, which has stayed with me always…I read it over and over as a child, and, as then, I wept as I just read this again:


The Nightengale and the Rose, Oscar Wilde

*****

Hans-Christian-Andersen


Another favorite — I first read this as a teen in an antique book…darn if I can’t find that book now! I think of it every year around this holiday season. Was older then, but cried just the same:


The Fir Tree, 1845, Hans Christian Andersen

*****

And speaking of crying, if you ever need a good purging – don’t we all sometimes? — read this and it will stick with you, I can almost guarantee it. My dad even cried when he read this:


They Called Him Rags

They called him Rags, he was just a cur
But twice on the Western Line,
That little old bunch of faithful fur
Had offered his life for mine.
And all he got was bones and bread
And the leaving of soldiers’ grub,
But he’d give his heart for a pat on the head,
A friendly tickle or rub.
And Rags got home with the regiment,
And then, in the breaking away–,
Well, whether they stole him, or whether he went,
I am not prepared to say.
But we mustered out, some to beer and gruel,
And some to sherry and shad,
And I went back to the Sawbones School,
Where I was an undergrad.
One day they took us budding M.D.’s
To one of those institutes
Where they demonstrate every new disease
By means of bisected brutes.
They had one animal tacked and tied
And slit like a full-dressed fish,
With his vitals pumping away inside
As pleasant as one might wish.
I stopped to look like the rest, of course,
And the beast’s eyes leveled mine;
His short tail thumped with a feeble force,
And he uttered a tender whine.
It was Rags, yes, Rags! who was martyred there,
Who was quartered and crucified,
And he whined that whine which is doggish prayer
And he licked my hand–and died.
And I was no better in part nor whole
Than the gang I was found among,
And his innocent blood was on the soul
Which he blessed with his dying tongue.
Well! I’ve seen men go to courageous death
In the air, on sea, on land!
But only a dog would spend his breath
In a kiss for his murderer’s hand.
And if there’s no heaven for love like that,
For such four-legged fealtly–well!
If I have any choice, I tell you flat,
I’ll take my chance in hell.

By Edmund Vance Cooke

*****


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I began with and will end with Albert Schweitzer — “Prayer For The Animals

Hear our humble prayer, O God,
For our friends the animals,
Especially for animals who are suffering;
For animals that are over worked,
Underfed, cruelly treated;
For all wistful creatures in captivity
That beat their wings against bars;
For any that are hunted or lost or
Deserted or frightened or hungry;
For all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all the mercy
And pity, and for those who deal with
Them we ask a heart of compassion
And gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true
Friends to animals and so to share
The blessings of the merciful.
Amen

Dr. Albert Schweitzer


I have a childhood favorite story that I cannot recall and it’s been killing me for YEARS trying! It was a small, paper book, actually. The theme was “cleanliness,” I believe…involved a lion and a “messy” girl…something about hosing down the lion/girl, lol. Anyway, I’d LOVE to find that story again. If it rings a bell to anyone, please send me a clue!

Any favorite animal-themed or children’s poems to share?

Or, whenever you need a good ol’ cry…what do you do/think/read?

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Strix

Kale Chips…

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**See addendum regarding baking these at the bottom of this post**

Believe it or not, this is NOT a complete entry!! This is me, rushed, lol. Lots more to come, but, here we go…

Okay, I had a looooooooooooong(er!!!) post with several recipes to post for these; however, I think I’ll just post this one for today, and the others in a few days. I just moved this week, plus the holidays are here already; so I’ve been super busy. SO, let’s get to it:

I was inspiredby these kale chips online. What a shock to see so wholesome a packaged product! Unfortunately, salty and too fatty, and they use agave nectar (which is just as bad as any other sugar) and WAY overpriced. C’mon, kale does NOT cost all that much! And, hey, how hard can these be??!

There are some recipes for kale chips online, but they are — yep — LOADED with fat, some, including oil, and all include salt; none of which anyone needs, right? Right :D.

Mine are better, in my opinion 😉 These are healthiest chips you’ll EVER eat!

Recipes I’ve seen call for up to 1 C of nut or seed butters, and some add oil on top of that (!!) for a small volume of greens So, I’ve cut it down well enough to still get great flavor and texture. You will get lotsa chips from this too; whereas recipes calling for loads of dressing use less greens. You can always make these richer or less so, all to your taste. I’ve made very low fat and the higher fat — truth is they are both yummy, but the richer ones, have better flavor. It’s all going to depend on your taste, how much you want to make, how much of these you will eat (watch it: these can revive “snacking” probs, if that’s one of your demons! You’ve been warned), and for what purpose…These are an awesome way to get in those greens! Especially if you don’t like green smoothies (pshaw!) or can’t get in enough, or just want some greens variety. Great with soups! I eat these with my ETL salads 🙂
Okay, lots of pics to show you and the first recipe! (For ease of reading the recipe sans the pics, scroll down to the near bottom: It’s written out there)

Thought I’d post the curry first, since I make this most often:

You need:

A dehydrator and blender

My Curry Dressing

9- 12  -ounces Dino-Kale (weight after de-stemming)

Additional Nutritional Yeast, for sprinkling atop, Optional

THE INGREDIENTS:

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9- or 12-ounces Dinosaur Kale, Fresh, Washed, De-stemmed, torn into bite-sized pieces. Curly kale is fine; but Dino, preferred:


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1/2 C Sesame Seeds OR SunflowerSeeds, (measure before soaking, if you do so; you can use more, if you wish to make them richer)

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OR

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3/4 – 1 tsp good-tasting, good-quality, fresh Curry Powder — your favorite, or your own homemade (I recommend Penzey’s Maharajah Curry powdersee “BELOW“)


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1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds, whole (I sometimes add up to 1 tsp)


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1 tsp Coriander Seeds, whole, (or 1/2 tsp ground powder)


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8 ounces Tomato, fresh (about 2 smallish (canned, okay)


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3 TB Apple Cider Vinegar


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1/2 – 1  Red Bell Pepper (about 5-ounces; OR use just the tomato; or just the bells — but both is best)


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3 -4 TB Nutritional Yeast ( I like 4)


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1 tsp Garlic powder* (Yes, that’s only a half teaspoon in the pic — double it!)


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2 tsp Onion Powder*


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Black Pepper, to taste


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Additional Nutritional Yeast, OR  “Sprinkle” (see Notes) Optional, for sprinkling on leaves right after tossing in dressing to stick (not after dehydrated!)

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Okey Dokey?  Now…

THE PROCESS

Add ingredients to the blender



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Give it a good whiz Yes, it is watching you!:

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Pour over leaves…

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…and toss (pic is of a different sauce; I don’t have one of the curry, but this is how it’s done):

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You want them thickly coated:

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Place on dehydrator trays:

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Choose your temp (See “Notes” on temperature)

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…and let them go!! Make sure they are THOROUGHLY dry. The time they take to be done will depend on the temperature you choose and how many trays you put in at a time. I usually do 4 trays, spread, cranked to the highest temp — takes about 2 – 2 1/2 hours. So it will vary.

TA DA!!



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Enjoy!! sm row smiles

*You can try this without garlic and onion powders, if you don’t consume them; It’s still pretty good

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I like Penzey’s Maharajah curry powder for this (if for nothing else; I’m not a fan of prepared powders. I make my own, and even then I rarely use it.) This one is not hot. If you like spicy, then add some 😀

This is the key to the Penzey’s Maharajah — Saffron!

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This is what makes their Maharajah:  The subtlety is *perfect*; if you know saffron, it is — well, to me — a bit difficult to use. It’s tricky — you can easily use too much or too little; and it doesn’t always taste good in things you think it will! Anyway, it is incredible on these chips. The Penzey’s has *just* the right amount.

So make sure the curry powder you choose is one you like: the recipe depends quite a bit on it, though it will come out good anyway 😉 OR add some saffron to yours! It’s outstanding for these chips!

Not the best pic, but Here are some with a topping; makes them look a bit nicer too:

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NOTES:  You can use my cheesy sprinkle to top, if you wish; it works quite well on with any dressing on kale chips, actually.

You can use your nut/seed/or combo of choice + nutritional yeast. a commercial product uses walnuts + nutritional yeast (but they add salt), for example, which is very good. I like to add a bit of coconut to my nut-seed sprinkles; but here, I used just pignolis…

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BUT, finely minced…

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by hand: It’s best, with very delicate, oily nuts, to hand mince, or you will end up with butter :). Quite easy and quick.

Regarding, the temp — I crank my dehydrator to the highest temp. They may or may not be “RAW.” However, I’m not a “raw foodist,” so that’s of no consequence to me. IF, however, you are a raw food purist, you can absolutely make these: Simply lower the temp to whatever you believe best, and let them go. I’ve done it and they come out great. I just let them go overnight. Delish either way 😀

Here is the recipe without pics for ease of reading 😀

My CURRIED KALE CHIPS

Curry Dressing

9- 12  -ounces Dino-Kale (weight after de-stemming)

Additional Nutritional Yeast, for sprinkling atop, Optional

CURRY DRESSING:

1/2 C Sesame Seeds OR sunflower seeds, (measure before soaking)

3/4 – 1 tsp good-tasting, good-quality Curry Powder — your favorite (I recommend Penzey’s Maharajah Curry powder-see “Below”, or your homemade)

1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds, whole (I sometimes add up to 1 tsp)

1 tsp Coriander Seeds, whole, (or 1/2 tsp ground powder)

8 ounces Tomato, fresh (about 2 smallish (canned, okay)

3 TB Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 – 1 Red Bell Pepper (about 5-ounces (or use just the tomato; or just the bells — but both is best)

3 -4 TB Nutritional Yeast ( I like 4)

1 tsp Garlic powder*
2 tsp Onion Powder
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Black Pepper, to taste

Additional Nutritional Yeast, Optional

Blend up all except the black pepper, till smooth and creamy

Stir in freshly-ground optional black pepper to taste.

Toss thoroughly with prepared leafy pieces to coat.

Sprinkle with optional additional nutritional yeast.

Place on trays.


Dehydrate thoroughly till nice and crispy-crunchy
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*You can try this without these, if you don’t consume onions and garlic. It’s still pretty good

An important consideration: The dressing is not going to taste ideal on its own; it must stand up to those greens! So try it first – maybe test a few leaves by drying; then, see: If the dressing isn’t up to your taste, then adjust the seasoning. The dressings for green leafy chips must be much more concentrated in flavor; so you must concentrate the seasoning. Just keep that in mind 😉 they will taste different once dried and ready to eat. some of the dressings taste too vinegary, for example, but, again, it’s not going to be so after they’re dehydrated; the vinegar tempers the harshness in the fiber of green leafies. Soon, like me, you’ll be whipping these out without a recipe!!

Enjoy!
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I have made DElish ones using a good hummus style, sans the beans and using only the sesame/tahini; I’ve not used one with beans, but that might be a good experiment. I have LOADS to share about these chips! But, for now, Go wild with it; it’s SUPER easy!

More to come: Here are some I’ve had success with that will be posted soon!

Avocado, based

“Ranch”

Cesar

Nacho cheesy

Until then OR if you don’t like curry-flavors, here is a GENERAL guide:

This is the one I started with when I first began:

1/2 c SESAME SEEDS OR SUNFLOWER SEEDS (or other)
1/4 C APPLE CIDER 9OR BALSAMIC +LEMON)
1 LARGE GARLIC
1 tsp ONION POWDER
1/2 C WATER
1/4 C NUTRITIONAL YEAST
1 tsp WET BROWN MUSTARD, Westbrae,
BLACK PEPPERCORNS
HERBS,SPICES, etc. OPTIONAL( can’t go wrong with cumin! It’s great with the flavor of greens)

Another quick example:

1/2 C soaked unhulled (brown) sesame seeds (measure before soaking)
3/4 – 1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
2-4 TB nuttritional yeast
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1/2-3/4 C Water
2-4 TB Nutritional Yeast

Lemon Zest, few scrapes, optional

Variation examples (omit water first and add later if needed):
Use bell pepper
Use tomato, fresh (or sundried)

As you can see LOADS of things you can do! You can try a favorite dressing; HOWEVER…I *strongly* advise you to concentrate your seasonings. In other words, make your dressing stronger (by doubling you seasoning (not volume), for example) than you would for simply a salad.
But do try mine 🙂 Try a few leaves if you’re hesitant; then adjust to taste. This way you can see how to do it TO YOUR liking 😀

If you share this with anyone, please link to my blog as the source. THANKS! Oh, and please leave a comment if you try these…well, if you like them that is 😉

***To give credit where credit is due, the idea of kale chips, is actually not new! It just sort of is because the raw foodies came up with it for dehydrating. Joanne Stepaniak actually made these years ago, I do recall; however, she sprayed them with oil and used just salt and pepper, I think — certainly not a sauce. They were also baked at 350-degrees (actually, I think higher, but I’ll say 350- to be on the conservative side), which is not very healthful for greens. Dry, high heat = loss of nutrients and acrylamides! May as well just eat regular chips!

From Disease Proof:

Many whole-grain cold cereals are so processed and overly cooked that they have lost most of their nutritional value. Because these foods were dry-baked to make them crisp, they are also generally high in acrylamides and other toxic compounds. Soaking, sprouting, or cooking grains in water, instead of eating pre-cooked breakfast cereals, is a much healthier and more nutritious way to eat them.

On the other hand, you can try baking these in a more healthful manner at a low temperature in your oven. Go the lowest you can and watch *carefully,* perhaps moving them around often. A forum member over at Dr. Fuhrman.com mentioned she uses her oven as a dehydrator by attaching a lightbulb in there! Very clever 🙂 . You can do the same. Some people keep their temp at the lowest and leave the door slightly ajar to let air circulate and keep the temp low (some even put small fans in); however, this may be a great way to waste energy!

So, a dehydrator is best, but you can still give baking these a try 🙂 . Please let me know if you do! I’d love to know the results

Poxacuatl

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Tahini_Homemade Sesame Butter

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It’s so easy and fast to do, it’s sort of silly to buy jarred tahini or sesame butter. And in these economic times, who wants to spend $10-plus per jar? I rarely consume tahini, so when I do, I usually buy it. And then I’m left with a full, opened jar in my fridge for months. I prefer to just use the fresh seeds in  recipes. However, if I had others to feed or some scheduling issue, etc., I understand the time-saving value of buying the stuff jarred and ready to go. On the other foot 😉 there’s no reason for not making your own seed butters and nut butters. They take minutes — yep, minutoes. The sesame butter/tahini above took me all of 5 minutes in my food processor. This works in a power blender too, such as a Vita Mix or Blend Tec; as well, many juicers make luscious and smooth nut and seed butters. But a simple processor will do! Lookee here:  I used hulled seeds for these pictures; however, unhulled work too, but take a bit longer. I’ll get up some pictures of the process of those next.

I like to have the processor running, then pour in the seeds through the chute in a steady stream.

Here it is, already creaming (so quickly)

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Coming together:

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Time for a scrapedown 😀

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Okay, back to spinnin’…

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Nice. Now, it’s looking creamier. Time for a second scrape…

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Ooh, now she’s smooooothing….

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Ta Daaaaaa….Butta! Big, Bodacious, Butta.

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I stop mine here, as I like it as a butter and with a toothy-ness.  You can go on and get it even creamier.

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If you want the liquidy sort you can let it go a long time and it may begin to separate, meaning the oil from the solids. Then  you can stir it together and it’s oilier. Or, if you keep processing it may reach the consistency you want; Or it may even overprocess and you may not like the texture. It can also begin to heat if left on for long periods. Easiest thing to combat that is to simply unplug the unit and let it cool and then resume processing. You will doubtfully get to that point, though.

what you buy in stores is usually processed to a heating point that renders it un-raw, if not necessarily (thoroughly) cooked. As well, most of them have sesame oil added to make them creamier. The label does not have to state that it contains oil to have it added.

You may also add water to facilitate the smoothness; but I’d not do that in too-large of batches. The addition of any water or liquids renders a butter which will spoil sooner; so use up any quickly, if you add liquids. I have found it better not to.

I like the idea of using my seeds and nuts whole, and, if I need to butter them, even better: I have control over the texture and I know EXACTLY what went into it and that it is freshly made and not sitting on some shelf for months.

So it’s easy to do in your little ol’ processor. 🙂 No more expensive, raw, organic jars of nut and seed butters for you!

Mmmmm — Sesame Butter! Don’t ya want summa yer own? 😉

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Poxacuatl

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Must-See Documentary…

Can’t get it to show for some reason!

Go HERE to see the trailer for PROCESSED PEOPLE. Looks GREAT.

Now…will it get adequate promotion? Let’s hope the mainstream media gets a hold of it. If it gets a good push via internet, it may be the catalyst!

Strix

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