Archive for April, 2010

Tortilla Soup

Spring weather. Some days it is really nice and warm, and some days it is just a bit chilly. (But no more saying the “S” word in April!) On those cooler days I love the warmth and comfort of soup but don’t really want some of the heavier soups and stews I tend to make in the winter.  I created this recipe by combining and editing 2 or 3 others.  If you skip the sour cream and cheese – which I do – it is totally vegan.  Otherwise, it is still a vegetarian option and no one missed the meat. If you know me at all, you know that measurements are only suggestions.  This never turns out exactly the same, it just depends on my mood and what I have on hand that day. But it is delicious every time. Continue reading


I have been promising for some time now to start posting some yummy recipes that make the transition to an alkalarian lifestyle easier. This is an easy recipe I got from that cooks quickly after a long day at work. Experiment with the penne pasta — try wheat, buckwheat, or quinoa pasta to make it even healthier. You can leave off the parmesan cheese if you want to make it dairy free also, but I honestly don’t believe that much is going to hurt you. So yummy, I may have to make it again real soon!

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

  • 1 c. vegetable broth
  • 1/2 jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
  • 1 (8 oz.) package  penne pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

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Health Care Reform

It seems the dust has mostly settled and most of us have gone from arguing about whether or not this should have been passed. Now the task at hand it to figure out how it really affects us. Personally, I am not a lawyer, so trying to decipher the new law is no easy task.

One thing I can do, and feel that it is my responsibility to do, is to take care of my own health. I really don’t think it is fair to expect anyone else to be more responsible for our health than we are. But when we continuously make poor lifestyle choices and very poor diet choices, then expect doctors to cure us of what ails us, that is exactly what we are doing.
The problem is, doctors really aren’t in business to cure us. They deal with the symptoms and make us feel better. But as long as we keep doing the same things, and eating the same type of foods, the disease keeps coming back (if it ever went away).
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Amazing Easter!

Every year sometime during the Easter season, I try to watch “The Passion of the Christ”. My husband thinks this is a gruesome tradition. But he doesn’t quite understand what I know.
You see, Jesus didn’t deserve to be beaten. He didn’t deserve to be crucified on a cross like a common criminal. He was (and IS) God after all.
I can try to convince myself that I’m a pretty good person, I’m not all that bad, I should deserve…. What I really deserve is punishment. Romans 3:23 reminds me that everyone has sinned, even me. And because I have sinned, I deserve the punishment that Jesus suffered.
So why do I watch that movie every year? Because it never ceases to amaze me that he allowed them to be that awful, so that he could fulfill the plan that would make it possible for me to have eternal life with him.Think about it. In Mathew 26:53-54, Jesus says “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
He certainly didn’t have to. He knew exactly what would happen when he chose to come be one of us. But he loved us so much, that he chose to do this for us. And HE IS RISEN!!! Continue reading