Auntie Anne’s Style Soft Pretzels

Published April 11, 2014 by Get Your Body Back With Coach Mary and Skinny Fiber

Ingredients:
1 Bag of Kroger Brand Frozen dough – use 2 loaves to make about 10 pretzels (I think there are 4 or 5 loaves in a bag)
1 stick of salted butter
1 Cup of Cinnamon & Sugar Mixture
Pretzel salt or Large Kosher Sea Salt
1 large Large Cookie Sheet
1/2 cup of Baking Soda
2 cups of Hot Water
Directions:
Sit dough out and let it rise to about double its size. I use two loaves to make pretzels.
Preheat oven to 400 and spray baking sheeting with pam
Use a pizza cutter to cut dough and then roll it out in to pretzel shapes.
You can use flour to work the dough and keep it from sticking. If you don’t know how to roll pretzels you can do balls, or twists.
HERE’S THE BIG SECRET!! ~ In a medium size bowl mix together warm/hot water with about 1/2 cup of baking soda. Keep a wisk handy to stir as the baking soda will settle to the bottom.
After you roll your pretzels dip them one at a time in the baking soda mix then pat on a towel and place on your baking sheet. If you would like salted pretzels go ahead and salt them.
Bake 8 minutes and turn the pan and bake for another 5 minutes.
Depending on the size of your pretzels the time may vary. While they are baking go ahead and melt butter in a bowl (we use a shallow pasta bowl that is a little larger than our pretzels). We also use the same size bowl for our cinnamon sugar mixture
After your pretzels are finished baking use spatula to loosen them from your pan and use tongs to dip them one at a time in the butter. If your making salted place them in a pan to drain…if you have a big roasting pan use that and place them on a rack and let butter drain into the pan.
For your cinnamon dip them in butter then dip in cinnamon sugar and coat really well. Then place in the pan….your all done! You can also try different toppings: garlic powder, icing, ect.
YUMMY!!!

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Chicken Cilantro burgers

Published April 11, 2014 by Get Your Body Back With Coach Mary and Skinny Fiber

1 package of ground chicken
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
Lea & Perrins chicken marinade
1 small ball of fresh mozzarella
1 avocado
sliced tomatoes
lettuce of your choice
Low carb or Multigrain flat bread

Mix ground chicken with chopped up fresh cilantro (I love cilantro so I chopped up a lot!) , diced up fresh mozzarella, and a few squirts (to taste) of Lea & Perrins chicken marinade.

Grill (I used the George Foreman grill for 5 minutes on high, flipped and an additional 2 minutes to evenly brown both sides until fully cooked and cheese is melted.

Garnish with sliced avocados, tomatoes and lettuce — low carb, fillling, and delicious!!! Enjoy!!!

 

CILANTRO BURGERS

Salad for a Week

Published April 11, 2014 by Get Your Body Back With Coach Mary and Skinny Fiber

Get your ingredients together for your salads for the week:
It is pretty much self explanitory, use whatever you like, just remember to put the dressing on the bottom so that it does not get soggy! Here is the recipe too!

THE ARRANGEMENT:
From BOTTOM to TOP
Dressing
Shredded carrots
Cherry tomatoes
Sunflower seeds
Hard boiled eggs
Baby spinach
DIRECTIONS
1) Arrange ingredients in a large mason jar
2) Store in fridge for up to a week
3) When ready to eat: shake jar, place on a plate, and eat!
You can make any arrangement you want… you can add red onion, cucumbers, radishes or peppers, and grilled meats! Always remember to put the dressing at the bottom and the lettuce at the top — a MUST!!
Enjoy!

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Published April 11, 2014 by Get Your Body Back With Coach Mary and Skinny Fiber

Ingredients:
4 Medium/Large Sweet Potatoes (washed thoroughly)
6 oz Canadian Bacon (Divided and Chopped)
4 Tbs Sour Cream ( I used Daisy Brand)
6 tsp Finely sliced Scallions
4 Tbs of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:
Wash Sweet Potatoes and pierce with fork
Place on Microwave safe plate or paper towels in microwave.
(they also may be cooked in oven time will vary)
Cook on High for 10 minutes turning after 5 minutes.
Let cool a few minutes and slice potatoes length wise.
Pre Heat oven to 325°
Scoop out inside of potatoes in a separate bowl leaving 1/4 inch shell.
Mash Sweet potatoes and and Canadian Bacon and Sour Cream mix well.
Spoon mixture into Shells, place in Baking dish… top with Shredded cheese and Scallions Bake at 325° for 20 minutes (uncovered)
ENJOY!!!

 

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Amish Friendship Bread

Published November 3, 2013 by Get Your Body Back With Coach Mary and Skinny Fiber

Amish Friendship Bread~

First you will need to make the starter for the bread.  This will take 10 days.

Ingredients:  2 ¼ tsp. (1 package) active dry yeast  ¼ C water  1 C flour  1 C sugar  1 C warm milk  Do Not Use Metal Bowl Or Metal Utensils

Day 1

Combine yeast and water, and let sit for 10 minutes.  In a 2 quart non-metal container, or in a gallon  Size zip lock bag, combine sugar and flour. Mix well. Add to  This the milk and yeast mixture. If using a bowl, mix ingredients well  And cover loosely. If using zip lock bag, seal tightly and squish bag  Until well mixed. Leave on a counter; do not refrigerate mixture  During fermentation process.

Days 2-4

Stir starter with wooden spoon, or squish bag daily.  If using a bag, open to let air out and reseal.

Day 5

Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk.  Mix well.

Days 6-9

Stir starter with wooden spoon or squish bag daily.

Day 10  Stir in 1&1/2 cup flour, 1&1/2 cup sugar, and 1&1/2 cup milk. Mix well.  Remove 2 cups starter mixture to make your bread ( recipe follows),  And keep one for yourself to start process again.  Divide the remainder starter mixture into 1 cup portions to give  To friends along with a copy of this recipe, or store in the refrigerator and begin the 10 day process over again skipping day 1, starting at day 2.  You can freeze the starter in 1-cup measures for later use.  Frozen starter takes 3 hours at room temperature to thaw.  If the starter isn’t passed on the 10th day be sure to date the bag so the friend  Can determine where they are in the process.

Amish Friendship Bread

1 cup starter  1 cup oil  3 beaten eggs  ½ cup milk  1/2 tsp. vanilla extract  2 cup flour  1 cup sugar  1 ½ tsp baking powder  ½ tsp baking soda  ½ tsp salt  2 tsp cinnamon  1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix  nuts, optional  raisins, optional  dates, optional  cinnamon sugar

In a large non metallic bowl combine starter, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla.

In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt  cinnamon , and vanilla pudding mix. Add to starter mixture, and mix well.  At this point add your nuts, raisins, or dates. About 1 cup total.

Grease 2 loaf pans and sprinkle bottoms liberally with the cinnamon sugar.  Pour the batter into loaf pans, and sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.  Bake 325* for 1 to 1 ½ hrs or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.  Options:

Chocolate Bread- Omit the Cinnamon & Vanilla Pudding  Add 2 tsp Cocoa  1 Cup Chocolate Chips  1 Large Box Instant Chocolate Pudding

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread- Omit Cinnamon & Vanilla Pudding Mix  Add 1 Large Box Instant Lemon Pudding  1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds

To make 2 different loaves, omit cinnamon & large box of pudding, divide dough in half. Use a small box of instant pudding mix of choice per loaf.

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For Better or For Worse: Is Organic Milk the Same as Regular Milk?

Published October 5, 2013 by Get Your Body Back With Coach Mary and Skinny Fiber

Glass of MilkIf you’ve done any research into organic milk, you’ll find many articles claiming that there is very little difference in the quality of the product when compared to regular or conventionally-produced milk.

This research is based on the study of the end product, but to make an informed decision, you need to investigate the way milk is produced.

You may have also seen dairy labels that say “rBGH-Free” or “rBST-Free” and immediately below, you’ll inevitably see the disclaimer, “No significant difference has been shown between milk from rBGH [or rBST] treated and untreated cows.”

This disclaimer a result of a lawsuit Monsanto (remember them?) brought against Maine’s Oakhurst Dairy. In the lawsuit, Monsanto objected to the use of the statements “rBGH-Free” or “rBST-Free” because it implied that it was undesirable.

See Monsanto created this synthetic hormone that allows cows to produce more milk and for longer periods of time and, they wanted to protect it. The hormone is actually banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and a number of European countries. Thank goodness, public pressure has also pressured some retailers not to sell milk made with the hormone.

Milking MachinesThese hormones produce more milk, but they cause a number of problems for cows including the higher rate of mastitis, which is an inflammation of the udder, often caused when milk supply is not fully expressed. To help prevent mastitis and the resulting puss that gets in the milk supply, cows are given a large amount of antibiotics, adding even more foreign substances to our milk.

Then when milk is ready to be processed for human consumption, it goes through pasteurization. Milk is pasteurized to kill potentially harmful materials that are introduced to livestock directly, like antibiotics or through a less than sanitary collection process.

One of the worst things about the pasteurization process is that it kills the nutritional value in milk and instead of just getting rid of harmful bacteria; it also gets rid of beneficial bacteria. The sad thing is many minerals are added in after the pasteurization process when they could have been found in the milk naturally. Add to that, pasteurization has been linked to allergies, poor digestion of milk products and even heart disease.

So does organic milk solves the problems?

Well, it’s really not that simple, so let’s walk through it.

Cows

Cows that produce organic milk are grass fed, rather than fed unnatural grains like their conventional counterparts. That’s a good start. They are also hormone and antibiotic free, so that’s another check in the column for organic. The problem is, a lot organic milk is also pasteurized, killing nutrients and making it harder to digest.

Your best bet really is to purchase raw organic milk. Raw milk contains more minerals than pasteurized milk. It also has 20 amino acids and contains beneficial enzymes. It can be expensive, but it’s milk in its natural form and provides the most health benefits. It also isn’t available everywhere, and is only permitted for sale in 28 states, so it’s not always easy to find. When you can’t find it or if it’s cost-prohibitive, you may want to consider what you’re putting in your body when you consume regular milk.

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Is It Really Organic and What Does That Mean Anyway?

Published August 11, 2013 by Get Your Body Back With Coach Mary and Skinny Fiber

What is organic anyway?Before you go out and buy a bunch of organic foods blindly, let’s really sit down and talk about what organic means.

According to Wikipedia organic foods are “Foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

So organic food leaves out the things I talked about a couple of posts back. Organic foods are void of pesticides and fertilizers. They aren’t irradiated or processed chemically – all important stuff.

However, the word “organic” is not a legal term in the United States, so sometimes it seems quite meaningless. In the United States, the legal term for organic food is “Certified Organic.” Food can be certified by the USDA when it meets certain conditions set out by the National Organic Program (NOP).

National Organic Program

Certified Organic produce must be grown using organic methods without chemical pesticides, genetically modified ingredients or petroleum or sewage-based fertilizers. It also can’t be processed with irradiation or contain prohibitive preservatives.

Certified Organic livestock must not be given antibiotics or growth hormones. They also need to have access to the outdoors.

When it comes to processed Certified Organic foods, 95% of the ingredients must be grown organically to contain the seal. And if a label says it is “made with organic ingredients,” it only needs to be made of 70-95% organic ingredients.

Food that bears this certification seal is generally thought to provide the consumer protection, but it’s not without its critics. Critics are concerned that the regulations deal with the way the food is grown, but offers no guarantee of the quality of the product. There are also reports that the certification standards are lacking and that includes a 2010 report from the Inspector General.

So what does this all mean for the consumer?

1. Products, especially non-food items, can be labeled as organic, but don’t meet the appropriate guidelines. Non-food products are not subject to the Certified Organic standards.

2. The guidelines may not be enforced properly, causing some foods to be labeled as Certified Organic when they really shouldn’t be.

3. Food that is organic may not actually be certified because the grower chooses not to get Do your researchcertified or isn’t able to get certified because they produce less than $5000 in products each year.

What can you do?

Given all these potential problems with organic labeling, it’s natural to wonder if it’s all worth it. The key is to read labels and be aware of word play. Stating things like “made with organic ingredients” is a typical way of making something sound good, when it may not be quite what it seems. Above all, know where your food is coming from, buy locally and do your homework.

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