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MORE FROM ***46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECEIPES****Power to End Stroke*** You are the Power***Stroke Association.org ~~~~~((SOUP)) CHICKEN SOUP WITH MUSTARD GREENS AND TOMATOES!!! WOW!

 

 

 

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This is another installment to inform and assist  all humanbeings.  As I stated before I went to a job related function and I received this lovely little book on receipes for people of color.  This information was given to me by a nice lady that represented the American Heart Association.  She wanted all of us to get out the word about black Americans and stroke.—-So please understand I am copying from the booklet…the information you are about to read is from the booklet called 46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECIPES—

EDITOR Sandra K. Nissenberg,

  CEO  Louis Weber, 

 President Magazine Division Jerry L. Croft, 

Editor-in- Chief James M. O’Connor.   

BEST RECEIPES TM SPECIAL

VOL.1, no. 23, June 12, 2007

2007 Publications International, LTD.

Favorite Brand Name Recipes at www.fbnr.com

For Publications International, LTD. business inquiries call 847-329-5841

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. ORG—-

REMEMBER: according to 46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECEIPES AND AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION……

STROKE TARGETS BY COLOR.

KNOW WHERE YOU STAND.  The odds are African Americans are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as white Americans.

Beating the odds isn’t about winning. It’s about living. You have the power to end stroke. 1-888-4-stroke/ StrokeAssociation.org.

Now to the receipe of the day!

Chicken Soup with Mustard Greens and Tomatoes!


Serves 4…1 cup per serving

4 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth

1 small carrot, thinkly sliced

4 large mustard green leaves, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups)

2 medium italian plum tomatoes, diced

2 ounces diced lower-sodium, low-fat ham (about 1/4 cup)

2 medium green onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon imitation bacon bits

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Now, according to the receipe follow the next set of directons….

In a large saucepan, bring the broth and carrot to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, or until the carrot is almost tender.

Stire in the remaining ingredients.  Increase the heat to medium high and return to a simmer.  reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, or until the greens are tender and the flavors blend. 

Ladle into soup bowls.

Per serving: calories 61, Total fat 1.0g. Saturated fat 0.0g, Polyunstaturated fat 0.0g, Monounsaturated fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 6 mg, Sodium 297 mg. Carbohydrates 7g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 7 g.

Dietary Exchanges: 1 1/2 Vegetable, 1/2 Very Lean Meat

So there you have it…page # 10 in the Soups chapter of the 46 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECEIPES!!!!

NOW GET TO COOKIN!

TILL NEXT BLOG~~~~

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY

Cooking CHEAP, HEALTHY, QUICK AND NATURAL THE EASY WAY!—((watch that salt and sugar too!)) January 6, 2008

duckies at play This is a serene picture, that a friend took many years ago.  I will always cherish this picture.  I always believe that a meal should be peaceful, and unrushed.  Tranquil…  so that the meal gets digested properly.  Relax and   enjoy… I have a treat for you.  Quick,  healthy meal ideas from Riveroflifelisajoy!

Often people ask me to cook for school functions.  I do not offer food for those  occasions. 

 Why you might ask?  Well my mother always cooked very, very simply because my father was a diabetic. 

I do not have a special meal that people rave about….you know what I mean….don’t you?

  So I go to my old stand by….Italian Pastry!  I go to Sapiensia’s Excuse the spelling.

My favorite Italian Pastry is Connolly’s!  (spell check )  I love those…especially  when placed in the cake.

  The cake is vanilla with connolly creme inside and white or chocolate frosting.  This cake I like to purchase for family birthdays! 

It is my terrible little treat….once in a while….pssst but don’t tell anybody!!! LOL!!!!  

I also like another pastry called lobster tail!  That is great too.    I also love a certain other little treat  during the summer  the REAL CHOCOLATE CHIP CONNOLLY ICES!  YUMMY!!!! 

 And  all other natural fresh and delicious icey treats.  I love this stuff!  I do not generally buy junk food for my house.  I do not buy chips too much.  My italian pastry treat is about once every 4 or 5 months or so.  I am not a bing  or secret eater type person….Ya know?

But I love juices.  I love GREEN TEA by TURKEY HILL.  I know,  I know….maybe to much sugar right?  Probably so.  So  I have to cut back on the Green Tea….but it is so REFRESHING!

  I also love Welches Grape Juice.  Grape juice is also good for cleaning your blood with the antioxidents as well. 

I was told to go to Flushing Queens to get the REAL GREEN TEA LEAVES in stead of buying the premade stuff.

  Problem…there is difficulty parking and I would like a suggestion of how to locate the place that sells the REAL Green Tea leaves.

LIPTON TEA MIX HAS  a good GREENTEA MIX… —now that is not very sweet at all.  I think you would have to put the whole dry mix into your pitcher to get that over sweet taste. 

Every culture has it’s “staple” foods. 

 For example some cultures use rice,  or pasta as the basic staple of every meal.  some cultures use flavorings that are totally recognizable to that ethnic group.  Well,  I am African American. 

 But I do not know how to cook those culturaly known meals at all!  Suprised?  Don’t be.

  My parents knew and lived cultural diversity before it became the”IN THING”! 

My mother’s best friend lived with my family from the time I was five years old   until I was fourteen.  Irene passed away when I was fourteen. 

  My father was a practical nurse, and my mother was a stay at home wife.

  My mothers’s friend Irene was Irish American.  She had personal issues that she could not resolve so her children stayed with their father and she lived with us. 

 Irene was a wealth of knowledge of the fine arts,  food,  and creativity!  She and my mother would set about to decorate my parents house every six months!

  Irene and my mother with my fathers financial backing opend up a store on Jamacia Avenue in South East Queens called for Antiques and What Nots!  

Irene also worked in the Post Office, so she would contribute to the household and assist my parents with the bills. 

My mother and Irene were like Lucy and Ethel from the “I love Lucy Show”—they always had creative ideas (((back in the 60’s—that’s right! 

 A black woman and a white woman were best friends!— I did learn so much from that diverse family experience that I will always cherish and never forget!)))

 My family was very middle  class because my father kept two practical nursing jobs from the time I was born, until he died from diabeties at the age of 59.

 So I was fortunate enough to have a happy early start in life.  But my mother did not cook…traditional African American food! 

   My mother was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist!  They do not eat P0rkor pork by products!  They are similar to the Jewish belief in that they keep the Sabbath Holy and do not injestany pork at all.

  If you know anything about the south, a lot of meals are cooked using pork.  Vegetables –especially greens.  I never ate greens or collard greens with pork flavoring until I was an adult and attended a party! 

 My mother did not even make macaroni and cheese.  Not even fried Chicken!   I grew up eating the Irish Ham,  steak, chicken,  steamed, or boiled vegetables, and white mashed potatoes!  Funny— huh!

So read my receipes for simple meals….Please do not expect Soul food from me!  But do understand….I am asking around and people are giving me the receipes to make good macaroni and cheese,  or brown sugar kernal corn.  I will tell you how it goes!

Tonights meal:

Fried fish and onions with egg noodles and vegetables!

How to of Riveroflifelisajoy Fried Fish:

Ingredients:

1 egg

1 cup of “America’s Choice Italian Style Bread Crumbs ( Waldbaums Brand)

4 “Captain Bob Whiting Fillets”   (frozen)  cut up two inches  a piece

1 third of the frying pan  filled with America’s Choice Vegetable Oil (Waldbaums  Brand)

1 large onion cut up in 1 inch slices

How to:

First, pour the  cracked open egg (yolk and all) over the cut up fillets.

Mix and cover all of the fish thoroughly.  Then pour the 1 cup of America’s Choice Italian Style Bread Crumbs over the fish and mix well with a fork. 

 All of the fish should be covered in bread crumbs.

After heating up your frying pan on low,  gently place the fish nuggets in the pan and cover with a lid.  Let brown on each side. 

After the fish nuggets have a golden tint place the chopped up onion in with the fish nuggets.  Keep the flame on low a bit longer. 

While this is cooking,  get a sauce pan and bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Take one cup of  America’s Choice egg   noodles and place in the pan/pot.  Let boil in the water for 5 minutes. 

 Take a bag of frozen mixed America’s Choice vegetables  and pour one cup of vegies in the pot! 

Whala!

In about 10 minutes you have noodles and veggies swirling around each other. 

 After they are completely cooked,  drain and then put in a bowl.

  Pour the America’s Choice Tomato Sauce over the veggies and noodles!

While veggies and noodles are complete—check your fried fish!

The onions should be browning lightly.  The fish can be cooked until crispy! 

Notice….the only salt added to this meal is the salt in the Bread Crumbs which is 430mg!

Also the other salt added to this meal is the Tomato Sauce which is 580mg!

Wow!  That is high for salt isn’t it!

So to decrease your salt intake….You might monitor your salt and look for LOW SALT bread crumbs,  and LOW SALT tomato sauce too. 

I do not add any salt on my own….and I feel that  salt in this meal is way over the limit even for me!

What do you think?

I will keep adding to this blog.

I will let you know of  the next dinner that I create!—Remember Low Budget…does not mean tastless meals!

I have to cook short quick meals…because after a long day at work….my energy is very low.  So I use pasta and vegetables.  I also use alot of brown rice.

  I love salad…which I did not discuss today.  I like fresh green kale or spinarch. 

 I do not buy canned vegetables.. I generally get the quick frozen veggies instead at Waldbaums.  Waldbaums always has a sale—like 10 packages for $10.00!   Great for the single parent on a limited income!  Excellent for life on a shoe string!

 I try to stay with foods that have salt naturally from nature….not additives.

Hope your cooking is cheap, healthy quick and easy!

Till next blog entry…

Riveroflifelisajoy!

MY GOBBLE GOBBLE POST NOW HOBBLE, HOBBLE—TREK TO THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPREE! AND WHAT TO DO WITH THAT OLD LEFT OVER TURKEY?!

Sunflower.jpgI had so much holiday fear that my little family would not enjoy the ThanksGiving Holiday like I always liked to.  One day at work just before the holiday I was outside my job early in the morning and I began wishing my co-workers “Happy Thanks Giving!”

  A friend of mind walked up to me and stated….”I guess you forgot…..I do not celebrate Thanks Giving!”  She leaned closely and whispered it so that no one else would hear.  But I felt that she had shouted that at me. 

 Here I was so excited because my church had donated a turkey and all of the trimmings to me for my family, and because I felt like that old Lewis Carol Story about Scruge….I wanted to shout HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE ROOF TOP!!!!  My friend has a different financial situation than mine. 

But she does not celebrate that holiday because her religious beliefs at her congregation told her that it is kind of “sinful” to celebrate ThanksGiving!  I looked at her hard and I said in a determined voice, “So you are telling me that my soul will be condemmed to hell for celebrating ThanksGiving? 

 She hesitated for a minute and then said,  “Well,  know…because God recognizes that  you have suffered alot in your life and that you have helped alot of people and so he will wait until you understand that you should not celebrate that Holiday because of all of bad things that happened to the Indians.  (my friend is not Indian, or black) 

 So I said….I am black,  I have American Indian  and European in my geneaology too….so I can relate to all sides of this issue.  I have celebrated the Feast of Thanks Giving all of my life.  I do not feel the need to stop celebrating it. 

But I do respect your opinion and religious beliefs…..I have to.  I believe in tolerance….it does not mean I have a total understanding of someones’ culture or lifestyle to be tolerant.

  My friend  gave me a hug….told me that on ThanksGiving she would be spending it on bended knee in her church, and praying.  I told her I would be cleaning the house,  as is my regular for the past NINE years since my husband left my son and I due to his catastrophic illness. 

 I always clean the house and then I put the turkey and the trimmings together.  So we have really never ate the actual feast on Thanks Giving Day!  My friend said great and then she gave me a hug.  She said Good!  God knows your heart. 

You will be blessed for not actually eating on the actual day that PEOPLE OF THE WORLD are eating.  I looked at my friend as she walked away from me that day, and my ThanksGiving Spirit had practically died. 

I felt a deep sickening feeling in the pit of my stomack.  I just did not know how to call out—HAPPY THANKSGIVING as my co-workers arrived to work,  safe and sound.    I still believe in ThanksGiving—don’t you?——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————please commment:

My next little blog is about my left over ThanksGiving Turkey.

I have placed it dismantled into a big roaster pan after we had our first two or three helpings of it.  Then I would take out whatever pieces I wanted and made a type of chopped barbeque  without the barbeque. 

I put  butter,  seasonings, and let it simmer until crispy!  Great tasting.  I put some brown rice with it!  My son ate the rest of his macaroni and cheese, and  baked ziti.  But now,  it is 12/02/07 and the it is time to say good bye to my HAPPY THANKSGIVING!~  

 Sorry little 16 pound promise of a pleasant turkey fragrance throughout the house.  ALL DONE…ALL GONE…..—nOW the next phase is to go toward the birth of the Christ Child.  Christmas Carols and presents gallore! And of course Hannukka!   I have a friend who celebrates both holidays because their is an adopted black child in the family!  I think that is SOOOO COOOL!  WE ARE REALLY ONE FAMILY—!!!!  

 I purchased a Fiber Optic Light Christmas Village for $24.00 in CVS store.  It is so pretty.  It has a bunch of little buildings attached with old fashioned gas lit street lights and people walking in the snow and a man and woman on a full size horse pulled sled.    and I put it on the diningroom table. 

 I always get my tree on Christmas Eve, or a few days before. My son really likes that to be the  begining of his Christmas Holiday and celebration of the Christ Child and me singing for the Church during this time of year.  Last year I sang the Christmas song from Charley Brown cartoon. 

I then sang O’ Holy Night, and Silent Night.  I had a full card of songs.  They never pay me for those opportunities to sing…..but I always believe if I do things like that when I really need a miracle I will receive it from the One Above!

  I have seen it happen in my life.  I will do a blog on miracles soon!

So tonight I say good bye to left over turkey and I will run to the supermarket to pick up some salmon, whiting fish, and chop meat turkey!  I will probably do another bit turkey for Christmas!

please comment what you do with your left over turkey!

till next blog:

riveroflifelisajoy!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! GOBBLE! GOBBLE! GRACE IS MINE!11/23/07 UPDATE!

I have to give thanks today!! 

For the Lord truly has looked my way.

My life so drawn from strife so long

That I was blessed today,  by someone

other  -far away!

Gobble,  Gobble,  Grace is Mine!

I would not have thought this would happen

to me,  not any time.

I have to say Happy ThanksGiving!  ThanksGiving is mine!

I want to share a miracle with you.  The Lord has given me  a basket for the holidays.  I thought I would not be able to feed my little family the traditional meal. 

  The past few months have been difficult.  I have had to go to the food pantry and eat whatever they offered.  They gave alot of brown rice and dried beans. 

 Beans are an excellent source of  protein.  But they take so long to cook!  Sometimes we did not have even butter or oil to add to the food. 

 But we survived and we are here today to offer THANKS GIVING TO THE LORD!!!!   

 I want to encourage all of  my fellow bloggers to be of good cheer–no matter what your circumstances that there is one above us all. 

 My good fortune I truly believe is based on the prayers of others for my family,  the good deeds of others toward my family,  and  my learning to be silent sometimes,  and other times to be humble.

  It is not always easy to be humble in the face of a difficult job,  or  frustrating situations in your job or personal life.  But I must inspire you today to not give up. 

There is a purpose to all of our lives.  Many times we lose loved ones along the road of life.  Other times we fall out of companionships and feel as though we are alone  in the world. 

 I have found that my faith in a higher power has seemed to brought people to my life that serve a positve purpose in my life. 

Thank the Lord!   Without the Lord I could not/ would not make it!  He keeps me and my family!

  Have a Great Thanks Giving with your friends, and loved ones!

 ((( So basically it as be as so helpful 2 give m3 da food i needed 2 haEve this thanksgiving dinner. Thank the Lord!!! )))That previous stuff is texting by my son! ***

 He  so happy to have a big 16 pound turkey to eat.  I am defrosting right now. 

I love to cook.  I love  to bake bread,  sweet potatoes, and all of the trimings.  It takes me a long time ….but  I love it.

  It sure beats the fo0d pantry!!!!!  Thanks be to God!  I have canned vegetables, and even stove top stuffing!!!!! I am baking RED VELET Duncan Heines Cup Cakes with white frosting!

  I will bake some brownies in the next few days too!  But the most tasty treat after that dinner is the Concord Apple Crisp!  As soon as you finish it,  it melts in your mouth!  It tastes great with icecream within the first half and an hour! 

 Pick it up in any regular  grocery store.  Get some Macintosh Apples and cut up about 7 or 8 and then lay in a 8′ by 10′  pan and cook until the concord crumbs seep into the apples. 

It is just like the apple without the entire pie crust!  Yes,  truly a blessed ThanksGiving Day indeed!!!!

 I am so happy that my church thought of  my little family.—-I will continue to pray for my church and the kind people there.  God bless everyone who contributed!!!

“BLESS THE LORD!!!  OH, MY SOUL!!!  AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!!!!”

JUST TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE===I COOKED MY TURKEY LATE BECAUSE I AM ALWAYS TIRED….SO AS MY FAMILY TRADITION GOES—NOT BY CHOICE—MORE BY MY HUMAN WEAKNESS—IT IS JUST NOW STILL QUITE HOT—AND MY SON AND I ARE GOING TO RUN OUT TO SEE WHAT THIS BLACK FRIDAY THING IS ALL ABOUT.  I DO NOT HAVE MUCH MONEY–BUT MY SON GOT AND A IN AMERICAN HISTORY, AND MAINTAINS A PRETTY STRONG B AVERAGE IN ALL OF HIS SUBJECTS….SO I TRY TO STRETCH A DOLLAR OR TWO IN HIS DIRECTION.  THANK THE LORD FOR HIS GRACE TOWARD MY SON.—I WILL CHECK IN LATER WITH AN UPDATE OF MY EXPERIENCE AT BLACK FRIDAY—I AM GOING TO OLD NAVY AND GAMESTOP!!!!  TALK TO YOU SOON!

RIVEROFLIFELISAJOY!!!