Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes, Uncategorized

Curry Shrimp & Rice Noodles

I love curry, but I rarely order it at restaurants because it’s too spicy and bothers my stomach. So I decided to come up with my own curry recipe that has all the flavors I like without the heat. This recipe is perfect for people who follow the Mediterranean Food Pyramid like me, and it’s gluten free. Most of all, it’s simple and fast.

Ingredients:

1 pound of Shrimp

Fresh basil sprigs

1/2 small onion

1 small carrot cut 

4 to 5 sliced mushrooms

3/4 cup of asparagus chopped

1/2 of a sliced red bell pepper

1/2 of a sliced green bell pepper

4 to 5 cloves of garlic

1 tablespoon of fresh ginger roughly chopped

Rice Noodles 

Sea salt

Garlic salt

Cumin

Fresh ground pepper

Liquid Amino or gluten-free soy sauce

Parsley

Curry powder to taste

1 1/2 to 2 cups of coconut milk (I used the canned milk for a richer taste)

The juice of half a lime

1/2 cup of  chicken broth (I used my own Homemade Chicken Bone Broth.)

Toppings: cilantro and green onion

Directions:

In a non-stick pan with a little of olive oil, sautee garlic, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, and carrots. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Once the vegetables have softened, add coconut milk, broth and blend the liquid together with the vegetables. Now begin adding curry powder, start with a little so that you don’t make the dish too spicy. Stir in the lime juice, Liquid Amino, chopped ginger, garlic salt, parsley, and cumin.

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Start preparing the rice noodles according to the instructions on the package. After the curry sauce has cooked for a five to seven minutes, taste and add more curry or other seasonings if needed. Now add the raw shrimp and turn the heat on medium high while it cooks. Once the shrimp is done add fresh basil to the dish.

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Now scoop all the goodness into a bowl on top of the noodles. Add limes wedges, green onion, and cilantro on top.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes, Uncategorized

Lazy Stuffed Bell Peppers

There’s nothing like stuffed green bell peppers, but it can be a time-consuming meal with too many steps for a busy weeknight. I came up with a recipe that’s quick and still tastes delicious. It’s also gluten-free and it’s a perfect dish for those who follow the Mediterranean Food Diet Pyramid like I do.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 40

Total time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

4  green bell peppers – Slice the tops off and dice the edible parts for the stuffing. Discard the seeds and core of the peppers.

1 red bell pepper (diced for stuffing)

1/2 to 1 pound of ground chicken

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

8 to 12 ounces of tomato sauce

1 to 2 (10 oz cans) of diced tomatoes with chiles

1 diced medium yellow  onion

1 to 2 cups of brown rice (I use. Uncle Ben’s pre-cooked containers. You pop them  in the microwave for 60 seconds.)

Parmesan cheese

Worchestshire sauce

Extra virgin olive oil

Seasonings: oregano, parsley, basil, garlic powder, sea salt, ground black pepper,

Side salad: mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, green olives, shredded carrots, and vinegar and olive oil for dressing.

Directions:

Drizzle olive oil in a pan and brown the ground chicken. Add red bell pepper, onion, and the diced tops of the green bell peppers. Let the vegetables soften and then add the diced tomatoes with chiles, the tomato sauce, and the pre-cooked rice. Blend in the seasonings and Worchestshire sauce to taste. Let the mixture simmer.

Meanwhile, spray olive oil in a glass dish and place green pepper shells inside. Put the dish in the pre-heated oven at 350 degrees. Let the pepper shells cook for fifteen minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and spoon the meat mixture into the green pepper shells. You can pour a little tomato sauce on top if you like the peppers juicy.  Then sprinkle on lots of parmesan cheese. Let the peppers cook for another fifteen to twenty minutes and they’re done.

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Have a side salad with a stuffed pepper for dinner and it’s  a scrumptious filling meal.

Stay Blessed,

Barbie

 

 

Posted in BEAUTY, Ipsy

Ipsy Boxes- Feb & March 2017

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The thing I love most about my monthly Ipsy service is the bag I get. This denim bag is perfect to toss in my purse or to carry around town on the weekend.

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Look at the cute little pull. This year Ipsy has done a great job with all of their bags. The bags alone are worth the ten dollars a month subscription fee.

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Here’s what was inside the bag.

Luxie Rose Gold Brush– Vegan and cruelty-free. Dome shaped for highlighting.

Hikari Cream Eyeshadow-This has become my favorite eyeshadow. The color is Metallic Copper. I just swipe it across my lids and I’m done.

NYX Butter Lipstick– The color is Ripe Berry and it’s beautiful.

The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream– Moisturizes the fine lines around the mouth and eyes. Can’t wait to try this.

Dermadeli Toner-Not only does this toner clean your face but it also refreshes it. It’ll go in my purse for a quick spritz on warm days.

 

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The March Ipsy bag came with a lovely card to pass on to someone special.

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This month’s bag is a clutch that’ll pair well with a spring sundress. It’s a micro-suede material on one side and…

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a patterned design on the other side.

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Here are the goodies I received.

Air Repair Skin Moisturizer-Has green tea in it to bring new life to dull skin. I’m eager to try this out.

Cake Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse-I love the scent of coconut and mango.

Tarte Cosmetics-Matte dry lip paint in the color Vibin. Since I wear Invisalign, I’m hoping this will work for me since regular lipstick stains my braces.

Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow-This is a nice neutral color in Marisa that I will definitely use.

Chella Tweezers-The design is supposed to give you more precision while plucking those stray eyebrow hairs. We’ll see.

I’m pleased with everything I received from Ipsy, especially the bags. I’m looking forward to next month’s bag.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Grocery Shopping, Health

Healthy Food Haul Hits and Misses

Here’s a quick wrap of healthy products I found around town. Basically, I go where the sales are to get the best deals. Let’s start with Marshall’s.

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This coconut water was $2.99 a container. I usually pay $4.00 for each so I bought two.

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My absolute favorite treats are these dark chocolate coconuts chips. I toss them on top of vanilla yogurt or eat them as a snack. These pomegranate gummy bears are gluten-free and taste just like normal gummy bears. The coconut chips and gummy bears sell for $2.99 a bag.

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These Goodie Girl cookies are so yummy. They’re gluten-free but they’re not low-fat. Great on yogurt or by themselves. Just $2.79 a bag. These are my favorites.

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These nut and rice clusters are a nice afternoon treat. They’re low-calorie and full of good stuff. A little pricey at $6.99 a bag.

This raw cacao powder was only $5.99 a bag which is about four to five bucks cheaper than at other stores. Chocolate is made from cacao so it’s a great way to add a chocolate taste to smoothies and baked goods. I also found a small bag of goji berries for $2.50 which is a great price since they’re expensive.

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Lastly, I needed fresh ground pepper so I picked this grinder for $5.99. I was really pleased with the taste of the peppercorns.

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Moving on to Costco. They finally got their Himalayan pink salt back in stock.  It costs less than four dollars.

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This is the best salsa in the world. It has a little kick but it’s not too spicy. It’s all natural and I use it on taco salads, with chips, and even on top of omelets. $5.99 a jar at Costco.

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I stopped by Fresh Thyme Market for my 48 oz bottle of GT’s Trilogy Kombucha tea for only $7.49. I usually have to pay $3.30 for the smaller bottles which adds up. I’ve learned to stop by the store before the weekend. I got this on a Thursday and it was the last one.

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I’ve also switched from using almond milk to coconut milk. There is far less sodium in coconut milk than almond milk, so it’s better for people who have high blood pressure.

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You always want to check to make sure that your dairy and meat products are carrageenan-free. Carrageenan is red seaweed used to preserve food, meat, and other food products. It can cause severe digestive issues.

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Moving on to ALDI’s. I used to love this non-fat yogurt. It’s low-calorie and tastes great and it only costs $1.89 for a large container. It was a must have that I’ve repurchased several times. That is until I read the label and found this…

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I don’t know how this got by me, but the darn yogurt has carrageenan in it. So I guess I’ll have to shell out the extra money and pay $4.00 a container for carrageenan-free yogurt. Darn.

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I did have some success at ALDIs. This 8 oz bag of mixed nuts was only $4.99.

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I found a something new at Meijer. Gluten-free lasagna cut pasta for only $1.99 a bag. I’ve been looking for pasta that I can use in a tuna casserole or chicken noodle soup. I’ll  be sure to share some recipes and let you know how the noodles taste.SAM_2466

Lastly, I want to show how I store my goodies. I hate the cluttered look of store packages and containers. So I keep my food items in glass containers. I get these from the Dollar Tree for a buck a piece. I can immediately see what I’ve left and repurchase before I run out.

I also use mason jars to store beans, rice, and even spices. Click Mason Jars Storage to learn more.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes, Uncategorized

Roasted Cumin Shrimp and Veggie Salad

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp (1 pound)
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes sliced in half.
  • Shredded carrots
  • 1/2 of a yellow bell pepper
  • Asparagus cut
  • 1 small red onion
  • Mixed greens salad
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Seasonings: garlic powder, Mrs. Dash seasonings, cumin, ground pepper, sea salt

Directions:

In rows, spread the yellow pepper, onion, asparagus, and tomatoes on a baking sheet, toss with olive oil and add seasonings to your taste. Place in oven at 350 for ten minutes. Take baking sheet out and add shrimp to the pan. Drizzle olive oil on the shrimp and add seasonings, plus lots of cumin. Place back in oven until the shrimp is cooked. Take out and squeeze lime juice on the shrimp and the veggies.

 

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Place the mixed greens salad on a plate and sprinkle shredded carrots and cilantro on it. Next scoop the roasted vegetables and shrimp on top. Blend red wine vinegar and olive oil together for the dressing and drizzle on top.

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I use my homemade olive oil infused with thyme and garlic. Here’s how to make it.DIY Garlic infused olive oil.

This salad is great for lunch or dinner. Enjoy.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

 

 

Posted in BEAUTY, budget, Sales, SKINCARE

Budget Buys-Natural Face & Body Products at Marshall’s

I noticed that my face has been dry and dull looking lately which means that it’s time for me to switch up my skin care.  As you know, I like bargains so I headed over to Marshall’s and found the following goodies.

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Alba Botanical  Hawaiian Facial Cleanser is vegan and paraben-free. It contains pineapple enzymes which not only smell amazing, but they also brighten the skin to keep it from looking dull. There’s also passion-flower, aloe vera, and hibiscus in the cleanser. $7.99 (retail price $10.00)

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MyChelle is one of my favorite skin care lines. Normally, I can only afford to buy the travel kits which have sample sizes. Not today. I grabbed two full-size products. Make that the last two full-size products in the store. Pumpkin Renew Cream contains pumpkin seed oil, shea butter, and Vitamin E. Incredible Pumpkin Peel detoxifies the skin and clarifies the pores. This skincare line is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free. I really like the pumpkin smell. I paid $7.99 for each product. They retail for $28.00 a piece. Yeah. I got a bargain.

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Continuing with face care, I bought these Body Prescriptions facial wipes. They’re infused with aloe vera and they only cost $2.99. Much cheaper than at a drug or grocery store where face towelettes average $6.00 a package.

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I generally avoid natural toothpaste because it doesn’t whiten my teeth. However, Crest White toothpaste has been irritating my mouth, so I decided to try Nature’s Gate whitening gel. So far, it’s gentler on my mouth but we’ll see if it keeps my teeth white. $3.99 (retail $6.00)

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For several years, I’ve been using aluminum-free deodorant.  I’m just about out so I decided to try Stinkbug Naturals unscented deodorant. I like the fact that there are only four ingredients: coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, beeswax, and cornstarch. $3.99 (retails for $6.00)

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I picked up this wooden travel brush. It’s by Mystique and the bristles are made from Tourmaline which is gentler on the hair. $3.99 (retails for $8.00)

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*Sidenote. I already own this comb, but I wanted to point out the benefits of using a wooden comb versus a plastic one. Click here for details Benefits of wooden combs.

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I’ve been looking for a new body scrub. These Somerset scrubs caught my eye. Rosehip smelled so incredible that I forgot to read the label, and unfortunately, the scrub contains wheat. If you’re wheat or gluten sensitive, this scrub may cause issues. So far, I haven’t experienced any problems. This is one of the best smelling and effective scrubs I’ve ever used. $5.99

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I discovered a Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap at Marshall’s as well. I just had to buy it because you can’t go wrong with argan oil. $1.99 (retails for around $4.00)

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I’ve been eyeing Alaffia’s body wash and skin lotion, waiting for a good sale. Marshall’s delivered. I found 32 oz size containers of Coconut Lime body wash and lotion for $7.99 each. They retail for $15.00 a piece.  Alaffia’s products contain high-quality shea butter, coconut, and other natural ingredients. The company is based in Togo and provides jobs and resources for the community there in Togo.

After I scored at Marshall’s, I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up another Alaffia product which I’ve discussed in past posts.

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I use this black soap with shea butter and peppermint for everything. I wash my face and body with it and even clean my bathroom with it. I caught it on sale for $10.00 for a 32 oz bottle. It retails for as much as fifteen bucks. Read more about the company here Alaffia.

I have to say this is the best Marshall’s haul I’ve ever had. I can’t believe I found so many products at such great discounted prices.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Health

Cocoa and Nut Smoothie-Tastes better than a chocolate shake!

Ingredients

1/3 cup of vanilla non-fat yogurt (Make sure there’s no carrageenan in it.)

1 to 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs

1 tablespoon of cocoa with cane sugar or you can also use raw cacao powder and add honey to sweeten it.)

1 to 2 dates (for sweetness)

1 to 2 scoops of protein powder (I use Orgain Organic Plant Protein Powder. You can get a great deal at Costco. 2.74 pounds for $29.99)

1/3 cup of Coconut milk (carrageenan free)

1 teaspoon of Chia seeds

Any type of nuts you want (peanuts, Brazilian, macadamia, walnuts, almonds or a combination

Ice -3 to 5 cubes depending on how frothy you want the smoothie.

Directions:

Blend and serve with chocolate-covered coconut flakes on top. So much healthier than a chocolate shake and in my opinion, it tastes better. You’ll be addicted.

Stay blessed,

Barbie