Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Bumblebee Stew

One of my favorite restaurants is J. Gumbo’s which offers a New Orleans cuisine. My favorite dish is Bumblebee Stew. Corn, tomatoes, and beans. The combination is amazing. Here’s my version of the recipe. It’s vegetarian and gluten-free.

Ingredients

1 can of sweet yellow corn

1 can of red kidney or black beans

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 medium onion

4 cloves of garlic

Brown rice (optional and prepared separately)

1/2 cup of vegetable stock

Seasonings (Add to taste)

Edward & Sons vegetarian bouillon cube

Southwest seasoning

Cajun season

Worcestershire sauce

Fresh ground pepper

Oregano, basil, parsley

Celtic sea salt

Sea Kelp (for the iodine)

Turmeric (just darn good for you)

Mrs. Dash Seasoning salt

Directions

Dump everything into one pot, stir, and let the dish simmer on medium low for fifteen to twenty minutes.

Either serve by itself or spoon it over brown rice. Enjoy.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

Posted in BEAUTY, Birchbox, BODY, lifestyle, SKINCARE

Birchbox-May 2017

My May Birchbox had some familiar favorites and a surprise.

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I’ve received several Coola products in my monthly subscription boxes. They always work great, so I look forward to using this sunscreen/primer. Full-size $42

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I’ve used Whish body cream before and it smells luscious, but the sample tubes don’t have enough product to see if it works. This cream is supposed to help stretch marks and scars. Full-size $36

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I don’t know why Birchbox keeps sending me hair products I can’t use. Full-size $24

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I’m excited about this mascara by The Beauty Crop. Not only is the packaging adorable, but the mascara has argan and jojoba oils in it. Full-size $22

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This perfume is described as sophisticated and glamorous with notes of sandalwood and jasmine. I call it heaven. Full-size $105.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in BEAUTY, Ipsy, lifestyle, SKINCARE

May 2017 Ipsy Bag

Of course, this month’s Ipsy bag has a  summer theme.

 

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I received a clear plastic bag decorated with ice cream cones and fudgesicles. This will be handy at the pool or beach.

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This is a repeat from Ipsy. I got this brush last year and it’s perfect for highlighting. I guess I have a spare now. In fact, I’ve received about four Luxie brushes from Ipsy over the months. No complaints here.

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This Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighting duo is another duplicate. I think I gave the other one away, so I’ll use this one. On the right side of the picture is a Hikara cream eyeshadow pigment. These pigments rock. A couple of months ago, I received a gold one and it’s one of the most gorgeous golds I’ve ever owned.  This month’s cream pigment is a metallic coral pink color. Just swipe it on and go.

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I haven’t bought a mascara in years, thanks to Ipsy and Birchbox. I usually receive great quality mascaras. If I don’t like one, I toss it and move on the next.

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How can you go wrong with coconut oil?

Nice bag, but I can’t wait to see what June brings. It should be good.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Adobo Turkey Stir-Fry

This is a quick meal to put together after work. It’s full of flavor, filling, and gluten-free.

Ingredients

Turkey breast cutlets

Mushrooms

1/2 of a medium red pepper

1/2 of a medium green pepper

1 small onion

3 to 4 garlic cloves

1 cup of Chicken broth

Brown rice

Seasonings (add to taste)

Goya Adobo seasoning

3 tbsps of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

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2 to 3 tbsps of Bragg Liquid Aminos (Gluten-free)

Mrs. Dash salt-free seasoning

Dried Basil

Fresh Ground Pepper

Dried Parsley

Celtic sea salt

Worcestershire sauce

*Tip-If you have time, marinate the turkey in the liquid aminos and apple cider vinegar for at least two to six hours.

Directions

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Brown turkey cutlets and season with sea salt, pepper, Adobo seasoning and Mrs. Dash. Remove the cutlets from the pan and let them rest.

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Cook the vegetables and season them with basil, parsley, and pepper. I sliced my turkey cutlets horizontally like a tenderloin, but you can also cut them into cubes. Put the turkey in with the sautéed veggies and now add the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, and Worcestershire sauce. Turn the heat on low for ten minutes, and then turn the heat on high to burn off some of the liquid, allowing the seasonings to coat the meat.

I spoon the Adobo turkey and veggies over brown rice and devour the meal. It’s sooooooo good.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

 

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Turkey Cheeseburger Tacos

I know this will be a shocker but when I cook burgers at home, I don’t use bread or a bun. I haven’t for years, but I decided to switch things up when I came across a recipe that took all the ingredients of a cheeseburger and grilled it together like a grilled cheese sandwich. To make this meal gluten-free, I used corn tortillas.

I made two attempts at this recipe: quesadillas and tacos. We’ll start with the tacos which are what I prefer.

Ingredients (all gluten-free)

  • Ground turkey
  • Corn tortillas
  • Onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Dill Pickle
  • Ketchup
  • Lettuce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Loads of cheese. Your preference.

Cook the ground turkey and then add the seasonings, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and top it all with loads of cheese.

Meantime, brown the corn tortillas in a non-stick pan. Now build your tacos, adding the meat and cheese mixture and your toppings. It tastes just like a cheeseburger.

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Now here’s my attempt at a quesadilla.

Brown the ground turkey and add the Lawry’s seasoning salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Brown a corn tortilla and build your quesadilla.

Layer on onion, pickle, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and lettuce.

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I put a browned corn tortilla on top and tried to press it all together but it didn’t really work. Everything fell apart and I had to use a fork. So, I’ll stick with the tacos. Let me know which way works better for you.

Stay blessed,

Barbie

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Apple Cider Beef Stew

This meal is hearty, healthy, and hella good. Simply toss everything in a slow cooker and let it go. Of course, it’s gluten-free and a great Mediterranean Diet dish.

Ingredients:

  • A pound of beef stew meat
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Ground black pepper
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt
  •  Thyme
  • Parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 to 3 cups of beef broth
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 2 tbsps of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of gluten-free flour

Directions:

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Put the vegetables, seasonings, and beef in a crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours or cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

About 15 minutes before it’s done, take a cup of liquid and pour it into a bowl. Add about 1/4 cup of flour, adding a teaspoon at a time and stirring as you go.  Pour the mixture into the beef stew and combine. This will thicken the stew.

I hope you enjoy and stay blessed.

Barbie

Posted in FOOD, Gluten Free, Mediterranean Diet, Recipes

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Let’s face it. Stuffed cabbage rolls take more time than most of us have on a weekday night. Here’s a way to have the taste of stuffed cabbage rolls without the work. This recipe is gluten-free and you’ll only need one pot.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • 1 small head cabbage, chopped
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes ( I used one can of tomatoes and chilies and one can of tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic.
  • 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

Seasonings: Use to taste

  • Sea salt
  • Raw cane sugar or another sweetener
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Basil
  • Oregano

Directions:

In a large non-stick pan cook ground turkey, onion, bell peppers, and garlic over medium-high heat until done.  Add cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Put the cover on the pan and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes.

Stay blessed,

Barbie