Crock Pot Bag Meal: Pork and Peppers

RECIPE: Pork & Peppers Crock Pot Bag

Just put everything into the freezer bag. Then, toss it around just a bit to make sure everything is coated well. Place it in the freezer until needed.

Plop contents it right into the crock pot frozen. At mid-day, give it a little stir to separate the pork chops. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours.

Or, thaw your bag in the refrigerator first. Cut your cooking time to 6-7 hours.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 pork loin chops
  • 1 onion, cut in chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, assorted colors, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Salt and pepper the pork chops.
  2. Place the pork chops and all ingredients into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Release the air and seal. Toss gently to distribute the ingredients. Freeze.
  3. Remove from the freezer. Take the ingredients from the bag and place them in a slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Serve over rice and with hot sauce, if desired.

 

Sleep Remedies

Source: http://wellnessmama.com/2582/sweet-dreams-sleep-tincture-recipe/

SLEEP Tincture Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP dried Yarrow flowers (relaxing and nutrient packed)
  • 2 TBSP dried Catnip (naturally calming)
  • 2 TBSP dried Oatstraw (also helps with bed wetting)
  • 2 TBSP Chamomile flowers (calming and relaxing)
  • 1 TBSP dried Mint leaves
  • 1 TBSP dried Hops flowers
  • 1 TBSP dried stevia leaf
  • boiling water
  • 2 cups 80 proof or stronger vodka or rum
  • glass quart size canning jar with airtight lid

How to Make Sleep Tincture:

  1. Put all herbs in glass jar
  2. Pour boiling water to just cover the herbs and mix well
  3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with alcohol (don’t use rubbing or grain alcohol!)
  4. Cap with airtight lid and leave in cool, dark place for at least 2 and up to 8 weeks, shaking daily.
  5. After several weeks, strain the herbs out and store in small tincture bottles for use as needed.
  6. Normal dose is 2-3 droppersful for adults and 1 dropperful for kids over two.

How to extract calcium from egg shells

Excerpts from: http://nourishedmagazine.com.au/blog/articles/how-to-make-calcium-using-egg-shells

You can use any kind of egg (chicken, goose, duck), but it is best to use organic or certified organic eggs from free-range birds. If the bird does not get proper nutrients the eggshells won’t contain the nutrients we need.

One whole medium sized eggshell makes about one teaspoon of powder, which yields about 750 – 800 mgs of elemental* calcium plus other microelements, i.e. magnesium, boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, sulphur, silicon, zinc, etc. There are 27 elements in total. The composition of an eggshell is very similar to that of our bones and teeth.

1/2 teaspoon of the powder would = 400 mg calcium

Notes from BuzzNutrition:

-Calcium needs vary per person, depending on how much dairy and leafy green veggies are eaten every day

-Any calcium supplementation should be accompanied by magnesium, taken separately (calcium in the morning, magnesium at night since magnesium encourages relaxation)

-Vitamin D is required for the body to use calcium properly. Most people are deficient… come in to get your levels tested and determine the right dose for you!

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Make Powdered Eggshells:

  1. Wash empty eggshells in warm water until all of the egg white is removed, but do not remove the membrane because it contains important nutrients for the joints which helps arthritis.
  2. Lay broken pieces out on paper towels and allow them to air dry thoroughly.
  3. Break the eggshells up into small pieces, and grind them to into a fine powder in a food processor, blender, coffee grinder, or a nut mill, or put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to grind them. Please note that some blenders will not grind the eggshell into a fine enough powder. A coffee grinder works the best.
  4. Store powdered eggshells in a covered glass jar or container. Keep it in a dry place, like the kitchen cupboard.

How to take eggshell calcium (this forms calcium citrate) takes 3 hours:

  1. Put 1/2 teaspoon of powdered eggshell into a small dish (approximately 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches across) 1/2 teaspoon equals approximately 400 mgs of elemental calcium.
  2. Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon (freshly squeezed), and mix well it will start to bubble and foam, which is what is supposed to happen.
  3. Leave it at room temperature for 6 hours the longer you leave it the less gritty it will be, but do not leave it longer than 12 hours.
  4. It can be taken by the spoonfuls, followed by mouthfuls of water to wash it down. It is not sour tasting. In fact the taste is quite pleasant.
  5. Also take 400 mgs of magnesium citrate at the same time.

Other Eggshell Recipes here are some other ways to make eggshell calcium citrate:

# 1 Lemon Eggshell:

  1. Place one whole, clean, uncooked egg into a clean, wide-mouth jar and cover it with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Cover the jar loosely and place it in the refrigerator.
  3. A few times a day, gently agitate the jar the mixture will bubble.
  4. After 48 hours, when the bubbling stops, carefully remove the egg.
  5. The recipe says to take 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture daily, but with the added lemon 1/2 teaspoon would not equal 400 mgs of calcium, so it is hard to judge how much of the mixture to take in order to get enough calcium.

# 2 Lemon Eggshell:

  1. Fill a wide mouth jar with 3 clean, whole, uncracked eggs.
  2. Cover the eggs with freshly squeezed lemon juice it important that the lemons are very fresh or this mixture will not work right.
  3. Clove the jar tightly and place it in the refrigerator. You should start to see bubbles forming on the eggshells. That means the eggshells are being dissolved into the lemon juice. The mixture will gradually turn white.
  4. Gently agitate the jar a few minutes about 3 times a day.
  5. As soon as the bubbling stops it is ready to take. It should not take any longer than 36-48 hours. If you leave the mixture longer it will tend to get thick and the eggs will begin to absorb more of the lemon juice, or the eggs may split and leak into the mixture. Occasionally this mixture doesn’t work when the lemons are not fresh enough.
  6. Carefully remove the eggs without breaking the membrane, and use them as you would normally, i.e. in your raw egg drink. There will not be any shell left on the egg because it has been totally dissolved into the lemon juice, which is calcium citrate.
  7. Place a tight lid on the mixture that remains after the eggs have been removed, and shake it well.
  8. Take no more than one teaspoon per day initially because it can be very powerful. Start slowly. The amount may be gradually increased over time.

Bee’s note: The amount of this mixture to take is not easy to figure out. One eggshell (size is not stated) yields approximately 1,800 mgs of elemental calcium (amount that will be absorbed). Therefore 3 eggs would contain 5,400 mgs, divided by 400 mgs = approximately 13.5 doses.

Grain-Free Blender Brownies!

Source: http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/grain-free-brownie-recipe_http://www.chefteton.com/award-winning-culturedfermented-vegetable-recipe/

Grain Free Blender Brownies

Tools

Vitamix or blender (food processor will work too)
8″x8″ cake pan
(These come out only about an inch thick, so if you like them thicker, double the recipe, change to a 9″x13″ pan, and add a little more baking time.)

Ingredients

1 can Eden organic black beans or 2 cups cooked, soaked dry beans (Eden is the only company that offers beans in non-toxic BPA-free cans)
¾ cup Rapadura or coconut sugar OR 1/3 cup honey (raw is best)
2 Tbsp. coconut oil, plus extra for greasing the pan
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or raw cacao powder (raw cacao powder is least processed and has more nutrition)
3 eggs, preferably pasture raised
1-½ Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt
walnuts, previously soaked and dried, or other brownie toppings (Optional)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse beans very thoroughly and drain them completely. Now do it again. You really don’t want any “beany” tasting liquid in your brownies!
In your Vitamix or blender, add rinsed and drained beans, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, sugar or honey, and cocoa powder. Blend until smooth, then add the salt and pulse until well mixed. Batter will be thin.
Grease an a 8″x8″ baking dish liberally with coconut oil, and pour batter into dish. Top with optional walnuts or other toppings.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the top and sides are set, and the insides are just a little soft.
Cool before serving and enjoy!

Convenience Through Ice Cube Trays

Source: tipgarden.blogspot.com/2012/05/money-saving-tips-using-ice-cube-trays.html

Store cubes in ziplock bags in your freezer for easy access!

1 standard sized cube = 2 Tablespoons , 2 cubes= 1/4 cup, 4 cubes = 1/2 cup, etc.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner Cubes
Place pieces of lemon in each ice cube slot.
Fill each slot with vinegar.
Freeze. When cubes are frozen, pop them out into a ziploc bag labeled as garbage disposal cleaner and store in freezer. To use: Place 1-2 cubes down disposal, turn on the water and run the disposal. The vinegar and lemons will clean the disposal as they whirl around.

Tomato Paste
Sometimes you just need a tiny bit of tomato paste to thicken up your favorite sauce or soup. A whole can, no matter how small, is still just too much. So open a small can, fill your trays (I get about 8 cubes per can) and freeze till solid, pop out into a labeled bag and store in freezer. Just pop a cube into your sauce and watch it melt right into your dinner. Also little bits of leftover spaghetti sauce from dinner is great to freeze into cubes, no more waste!

Gravy / Soup Stock
Ever find that you have just a tiny bit of left over gravy and not sure what to do with it? For heavens sake, don’t throw out all that flavor!  Just pop it into your trays and freeze. Store your cubes in labeled baggies in the freezer. The next time you are making soups, casseroles, or even opening a store bought soup, pop a cube or two in for great flavor!  Same if you cook meat in your crockpot or oven and get a bit of broth from it.

Yogurt or pureed fruit for smoothies
Freeze yogurt or mashed up fruit. Pop into the blender with your other smoothie ingredients and wala, smoothie is done!

Coffee /Chai Tea Concentrate
What if you froze coffee or Chai Tea Concentrate to make your next cold coffee drink?

Herbs
If you have some herbs in your fridge that are getting a bit old, consider chopping them up and putting them in the ice cube slots and then fill each slot with water. These herbed ice cubes are great to pop into homemade soups and other dishes!

Baby food
Blend delicious vegetables and pour into ice cubes. Store in labeled bags in the freezer. Then pull out what you need and thaw overnight or in a saucepan (avoid the microwave).