FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Lemony Greek Orzo Salad

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Summer is here and with the heat comes the need for lighter meals. Cold pasta salads and soups are a great option when it is 90+ degrees outside. Orzo (orso) is a great recipe base because of its versatility. Orzo, also risoni, is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. It tends to take on the flavor of whatever you put it with and doesn’t try to be the star of the show. The recipe I am sharing today is one of my favorites and could be made with any pasta or rice. You can control the portion size as well so it is perfect for a large party or dinner for two. orzo-jpg

Lemony Greek Orzo Salad (Serves 6)
*I substituted 4 drops of doTERRA Lemon Oil for the fresh lemons. I love cooking with essential oils because unlike fresh produce, I do not have to worry about them spoiling before I can use them! doterra-lemon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orzo cooked and cooled (follow instructions on the box)
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil drizzled on cooked orzo to prevent sticking
  • juice from 1/2 half lemon or 4 drops doTERRA Lemon Oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 10 kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in large bowl and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
Serve and Enjoy!

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Organic Gardening with Essential Oils

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Gardening this summer? The warmer weather brings a multitude of pests; ants, aphids, web worms, caterpillars and let’s not forget the trusty snail. Snails did a number on my squash before I knew about oils in the garden. :( Never fear! You can garden without pesticides! Here are some essential oils that can help keep your garden healthy and thriving and your family safe!

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FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Bake-free Chocolate Oat Cookies

Wow! It has been over a month since I posted anything. I would like to say that it is because I have been so busy but that really isn’t the case. I suppose I just needed a break. In May, I decided not to renew my nutrition counselor certification. It was a little pricey and since I dissolved my LLC back in January there really wasn’t a huge need to continue for another two years. I am still interested in helping people learn how to love a healthy lifestyle, but my work schedule didn’t allow the time I needed to build a successful business. This was not an easy decision, but with the saturation of the health and wellness market it really requires a full-time schedule to make money. I am thankful for every client I had over the last two years and seeing their success was so rewarding. I pray that the Lord opens the door again at some point. Until that time, I am still teaching Made to Crave at my church twice a year which is my passion. I have met some terrific women who love the Lord and have a desire to honor Him with their lifestyle choices. I look forward to my next class in the Fall! I know He is in control and will direct my paths to bring Him glory!

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I came across this recipe on Facebook and it originated at Healthy Holistic Living. This was another case of “Hey, I have most of these ingredients on hand so let’s make it!” I have not actually made the recipe yet but I plan to do so this afternoon. It has been sitting on my counter for a week and every night I tell my husband that I am making them tomorrow. Today is tomorrow! ;) Enjoy! Check out the main website for a great explanation of the ingredients.

Bake-free Chocolate Oat Cookies – yields three dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ cup of raw organic honey
  • ⅔ cup of almond butter, optional
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of pink Himalayan pink salt

Directions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the honey, almond butter and coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir in the oats, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and pink salt until everything is fully incorporated and coated.
  4. Use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to drop mounds of your mixture on the parchment-lined baking sheets.
  5. Place your cookies in the freezer for at least 15 minutes so that they can set.
  6. Store your healthy cookies in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer (depending on how hard you would like your cookies to be,) and that’s it! That’s a pretty quick and easy recipe right?

Rainbow Spring Rolls

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Beautiful! Can’t wait to make these!

Originally posted on Thirsty for Tea:

Spring rolls are one of my all-time favorite foods.  I love them anytime of the year, even in the winter and fall.  For lunch, dinner, or even as a light snack, they are always a welcome addition at my table.  Especially as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, spring rolls become the perfect meal.  These Rainbow Spring Rolls with Sweet & Sour Sauce are delicious enough to suit the taste buds of meat eaters and vegetarians alike, and it’s very possible that even the kiddos might love them too!

As much as I love baked goods and delectable bites, my background in healthcare reminds me that balance is the key to a happy life.  When I try to make a traditional recipe healthier, I like to spend a lot of time making sure that it actually still tastes good.  If a fantastic tasting recipe is also healthy it becomes golden to me, something…

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She laughs without fear of the future…

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I came across this verse this morning when putting together an email for my Made to Crave girls. We finished up our 12 week class last week. I am looking forward to the Fall when I can meet the next group of ladies the Lord brings to the class!

Every Christian woman longs and hopefully strives to be a “Proverbs 31″ woman. The part of this verse that caught my attention was the second half, “and laughs without fear of the future.” Aside from our daily struggles with career, family and life, this world is growing more and more chaotic by the minute. As women of God we are called to “laugh without fear of the future?” That sounds like a tall order! The original translation in Hebrew is the word sachaq. It is a verb meaning “to make sport, to jest, to laugh mockingly.” It is hard to laugh or jest at the future when we are given a bad health diagnosis or we lose our job or our child is acting out in a manner we cannot control, but there it is. That elusive Proverbs 31 woman, she does just that!

Scripture is full of commands from the Lord not to have fear. The words “do not fear” appear 69 times throughout scripture; “do not be afraid” shows up over 60 as well! Are you seeing a pattern? So what does that mean to us? In her book The Power of a Praying Wife, Stormie Omartian says if our lives are in any way controlled by something other than the Holy Spirit, we must have deliverance from that. If we have a tormenting fear, we need the perfect love of God to set us free. I am paraphrasing since she was obviously referring to our husbands, but you get the gist.

We cannot have fear and have our eyes on the Lord at the same time. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and a sound mind.” Since fear is not from the Lord that means it is of the devil. The devil wants to separate us from God and will use any and every method he can to do just that! When we are buried in the fear of the future, we cannot keep our eyes on the goodness of the Lord.

Let’s be women clothed with strength and dignity and laugh without fear of the future! God is in control!

Lord, I pray you would deliver us from all fear. Whenever we are controlled by fear, liberate us to know You in such depth that Your love perfects us and casts out all fear. Keep us from making decisions motivated by fear rather than being led by Your Spirit. Take away any fear that oppresses, alters, or limits our life. Help us to understand that freedom is found in Your presence. I pray that when we are set free, we will recognize it is You who liberated us and we will give you the glory. I know that when you set us free, we are free forever. Overflow us with your liberating love that brings wholeness. Help us to overcome all our fear so that we can be a support and encouragement to others in overcoming theirs. We know fear indicates a lack of faith in Your ability to take care of us. Strengthen our faith to believe that we have not received a spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15). Instead, we have received a Savior who loves us to wholeness.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

(Prayer adapted from The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian)

I <3 Cooking!

Over the last couple of weeks, my cooking bug is back. I can’t stop printing and saving recipes that I want to make in the very near future. Even more exciting is that I am creating my own! Monday night I made grass fed beef meatloaf and today I made a lovely apple, jicama, carrot salad. I did not photograph the meatloaf and the picture of the salad is just terrible. Please forgive me :-/ Normally, I share recipes on Friday but since I am cooking so much I figured I would have some new ones for you by then.

In past posts, I have mentioned SaladMaster and the fantastic tool I received for hosting a dinner party at my home. We ended up purchasing the cookware at another party because we loved it so much. The reason I mention this is because I used the SaladMaster machine to grate all my ingredients for the salad. A hand grater will work just fine, just watch your knuckles!

Apple, Carrot & Jicama Salad

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  • 1 medium apple (I prefer Fuji but any kind will do) shredded
  • 2 organic carrots shredded
  • 1 small jicama shredded
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds

Directions

Combine shredded lemon zest, apple, carrots and jicama in a medium bowl. Add lemon juice and mix well to coat the fruit. This will help keep the salad from browning and adds terrific flavor! Sprinkle the poppy seeds on last. Enjoy!

Check back tomorrow for the Grass Fed Beef Meatloaf recipe!

Cheers!