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roasted eggplant lasagna with thyme

A classic comfort dish takes a noodle-less twist using roasted eggplant and tomatoes as the base layers, then spiced with organic garlic powder and thyme. Complete with a quick homemade sauce, this vegetable version still has all the creamy cheesiness you love.

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Doesn’t this look delish!!! Recipe courtesy of Simply Organic!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Thyme Leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1  Bay Leaf
  • pinch Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 large eggplants, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • If you don’t have fresh organic or dried ingredients on hand  I love to use my essential oils  Thyme Essential Oil….  Sweet Basil Essential OilBlack Pepper Essential Oil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and grease with cooking spray.

2. Arrange eggplant slices on baking sheets and brush with olive oil. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from oven and set aside.

3. In a medium-size bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon thyme and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Stir until well combined, then set aside.

4. To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a medium-size pot over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for about 3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.

5. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, parsley, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and tomato paste. Stir until well combined and let cook for 1 minute.

6. Using a sharp knife, break up tomatoes while still in can. Add to pot and break up further. Add sugar and stir to combine. Bring heat to a low simmer and cook down for 20 minutes, until thickened.

7. Taste and add additional salt, pepper, spices or sugar if desired. Turn off heat and set aside.

8. Adjust oven temperature to 375 degrees. Spoon a ladleful of sauce onto the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place a layer of eggplant slices on top of the sauce, then a layer of tomato slices on top of the eggplant.

9. Dollop the ricotta mixture over the tomatoes and using a spatula, spread in an even layer. Sprinkle 1/4 cup mozzarella over the ricotta mixture, then 1 tablespoon basil.

10. Continue layering in the following order eggplant, tomatoes, sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, basil for 3 layers, reserving some basil for garnish. Once you lay the last row of eggplant slices, top only with sauce, remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella and remaining 1/4 cup parmesan.

11. Cover baking dish with loosely tented aluminum foil, place on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

12. Remove foil and broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Remove from oven, let rest for 15 minutes, then garnish with remaining basil and serve.

 

Thank you Simply Organic for the recipe!

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Personalized Egg Cups

There’s one for everyone!  Personalized!

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Create Your Own Snacks!

I am really having fun making my own Power Bites.  I know exactly what’s in them and it’s fun to play.  Today’s experiment may sound a little crazy.  I looked to see what I had on hand and just went for it!

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (yes garbanzo beans, great source of fiber….I had a choice between these, black beans, or peanut butter.  I’ve already done peanut butter, black beans are next on the list! ;))
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • a couple handfuls of walnuts (one for the blender, and one chopped)
  • 3 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (that’s all I had)
  • 2 tablespoons each of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and ground flax
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops nutmeg essential essential oil
  • 1 packet of vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • approximately 1/4 tsp. of sea salt

Combine coconut oil, garbanzo beans, pumpkin, honey, 1 handful of the walnuts, and salt in Vitamix (it worked better than my NutriBullet).  Cream together then scrap into a bowl…  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Roll into balls (whatever size you like) and freeze for approx. 1 hour.  Put some in an airtight container in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.  This made about 3 1/2 dozen balls!

Make your own, have fun…play with it.

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Skillet Chicken and Root Vegetable Potpie

Sometimes you just have to have a Pot Pie!

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Ingredients (Substitute where needed!)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 (6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breasts (Organic Free-Range)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided (I use Trader Joe’s Organic, Free-Range chicken stock)
  • 2.8 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup) (substitute oat, coconut, etc.. flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup diagonally cut carrot
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped turnip greens or kale (about 3 oz.)
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled and cut into 3/4-in. cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 (14.1-oz.) pkg. refrigerated piecrust
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • How to Make It

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side. Place chicken on a cutting board; let stand 10 minutes. Shred into large pieces.

    2. Preheat oven to 425°F.

    3. Combine 2 1/2 cups stock and flour in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add onion, carrot, and garlic; sauté 6 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in turnip greens; cook 1 minute. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and flour mixture. Add turnips; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chicken and parsley. Remove pan from heat.

    4. Arrange piecrust over pan, folding edges under as needed. Cut slits in dough to allow steam to escape. Brush with egg white. Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.

      I always use organic ingredients!

      Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Less Loaded Potato Soup

Less Loaded Potato Soup

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Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 pound cubed peeled baking potato (about 2)
1 pound cubed Yukon gold potato (about 4)
5 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)  or vegetable
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 bay leaf
1 pound cauliflower, cut into florets (about 1/2 head)
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
Cooking spray
1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk  or use coconut or almond milk
3/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
1/2 cup fat-free fromage blanc (such as Vermont Creamery) or sour cream (or greek yogurt)
2 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 1/2 cup)
4 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled (nitrate free)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, thyme, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add potatoes, stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf.

3. While potatoes simmer, combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, cauliflower, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray; toss to coat. Roast at 450° for 30 minutes or until browned, turning once.

4. Place cauliflower mixture and milk in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour cauliflower mixture into a large bowl. Add half of potato mixture to blender; pulse 5 to 6 times or until coarsely chopped. Pour into bowl with cauliflower mixture. Repeat with remaining potato mixture. Place cauliflower-potato mixture in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cup green onions, and fromage blanc; stir until fromage blanc melts. Ladle soup into 8 bowls. Top evenly with remaining green onions, cheese, and bacon.

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

This looks delicious!!!

Thank you #Zija International!

http://www.food4thoughtwellness.com

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Core Moringa Plant Protein Granola Bars/Bites

 

Core Moringa Plant Protein Granola Bars/Bites
Ingredients
• 1 1/2 cups quick or rolled oats (120g)
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup nut butter
• 1/2 cup raw agave or honey
• 1-2 drops of Améo Cinnamon or Améo Orange
• 1 Packet of Core Moringa Plant Protein or ….2/3 cup XMprotein – Dutch Chocolate or Vanilla Bean
• Handful mini chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions
Stir all ingredients together until well mixed. Transfer the mixture to an 8×8 pan (or smaller if you want the bars thicker) and spread evenly. I made mine into Granola Bites! Freeze for at least 1 hour, then cut into bars. For optimum freshness, store leftover bars in the freezer for up to a month.

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Meet Moringa Oleifera!

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Do your own research…

Pubmed.com

Dr. Monica Marcu

Moringa Documentary

MORINGA SUPPORT

The powerful benefits of Zija have been validated with hundreds of thousands of positive individual experiences. To maximize Moringa’s remarkable health benefits, Zija enlisted the help of Dr. Joshua Plant, Biomedical Scientist. Moringa is changing lives every day, and we are positioned to deliver it to the world like never before!

While modern science is just now discovering the many benefits of Moringa, its uses and benefits date back thousands of years. Ancient Indian writings as far back as 150 BC refer to the Moringa tree and its healthful uses. Early Romans, Greeks and Egyptians prized its therapeutic properties and used it to protect skin, make perfume, and purify water for drinking.

Moringa has most recently been recognized by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the United Nations World Food Program, and more.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research, has also started to pay attention to Moringa. In March of 2008, it was featured in their “Mystery Plant Challenge”. The following are some highlights from that article:

This year’s mystery plant has important medicinal properties. Perhaps like no other single species, it has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.
Unlike the plants in previous contests that came from Africa, it originally came from Tamil Nadu. It is now grown in many tropical areas of the world. It can easily be grown in drought, on poor, damaged soils and can also help to reclaim them. Its seeds also contain oil that can be used as a source of renewable energy.
All parts of this plant can be eaten. Its high-quality oil can be used in cooking and its leaves can be consumed as a tea or as a nutritious substitute for milk. The leaves are an excellent source of protein and iron, which cannot be found in many other plants.
It contains many vitamins and minerals, literally from A to zinc, and all of the essential amino acids.
It is grown in all countries of the world that experience malnourishment. It could save millions of lives. It can be used to purify polluted water, working as both a coagulant (for removal of turbidity) and as an anti-microbial. Extracts from its seeds can be used on a small or large scale as a low-cost, locally available alternative for water treatment chemicals.
It is known by over 100 names in different languages around the world.

Source: “What is IT? NIH Celebrates Earth Day 2008.” NIH Record 2008. Web.These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Zija’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

ZIJA’S MORINGA

By Dr. Joshua Plant

Over the last 50 years we have observed the widespread commoditization of food. While it is cheaper and more readily available than ever before, the low-cost manufacturing and harvesting practices used to produce food have compromised its nutritional value. For example, 100 years ago the average person consumed around 200 grams of fiber daily; today that number is closer to 15 grams. The result is a worldwide nutritional famine.

The beneficial properties of Moringa are unparalleled and highly unique. Moringa is enriched with both water and fat-soluble vitamins, it is an excellent source of the amino acids that our body craves, and it has rare phytocompounds that aid in promoting a healthier body.

Recognizing that the nutrition in Moringa is not immune to harsh harvesting and manufacturing practices, Zija has gone above and beyond industry standards to deliver the most nutritious Moringa possible. From tree to mouth, Zija scrutinizes each step to ensure that nutrition is at the forefront of all decisions in the growing, harvesting, and manufacturing processes. I will address just a few of the steps that Zija takes to ensure that the nutrition of our products is never compromised; after all, Moringa without its nutrition becomes just another plant.

MORINGA FARMS

Not all Moringa is created equal. In fact, depending on where Moringa trees are grown, their nutritional content can vary significantly. Knowing this, Zija has vetted several different locations and farms where our Moringa trees will have the highest nutrient content available, even if it comes at a premium cost.

DRYING PROCESS

We work tirelessly to ensure that Moringa’s nutritional properties are conserved as much as possible during its harvesting and preparation. While shade drying is a much longer and more costly process than drying in the sun, it also prevents harmful UV rays from crosslinking vitamins and minerals, which would render them inert. This once again demonstrates Zija’s commitment to delivering the most nutritious Moringa possible.

MORINGA BLEND

Zija has created a proprietary blend that incorporates several different efficacious parts of the Moringa tree. This blend has allowed us to achieve a complementary nutritional profile. For example, even though Moringa leaves contain a lot of Vitamin C, the pods contain even more. By combining Moringa leaves, seeds, and fruit, we can maximize Moringa nutrition in products such as SmartMix, SuperMix, XMprotein, XMburn, XM+ Energy Mix, XM3 Energy Drink, XMam, and XMpm.

PRODUCT MANUFACTURING

As a leader in manufacturing technology, Zija uses state of the art machinery for each and every one of our products. Understanding that nutrition can be compromised by exposure to sunlight, oxygen, and time, we quickly blend and assemble our products into airtight sachets that meet the highest standards of manufacturing.

Here at Zija, we are unwilling to compromise the nutritional value of Moringa. In doing so we are able to deliver a highly valuable product that helps address the nutritional void that is so prevalent in today’s diet.These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Zija’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
[Dr. Joshua Plant: Zija’s Biomedical Scientist]

DR. JOSHUA PLANT

Josh graduated first in his class from Harvard Medical School with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. He has done extensive research and been published himself on various health and nutrition topics. He works meticulously to ensure that the quality and nutritional value of Zija’s products is second to none.

Visit….www.lwalling.myzija.com…to learn more!

www.food4thoughtwellness.com

For approximately $3.10 a day….WHY NOT!

Need I say more.

xo!

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