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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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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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How to Eat Organic, Even if You’re on a Budget

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

BudgetA lot of people tell me they love the idea of organic food and would start eating it in a heartbeat but their budgets simply don’t allow it. It’s true that organic food can cost considerably more than conventionally grown food…absolutely. The one glimmer of hope is that there has been a downward pricing trend as organic foods became more popular. Still, the prices aren’t low enough for many people, so how can you eat organic when you’re on a budget?

Here are a few ideas you can start with.

Start with one thing at a time. Going organic doesn’t mean you have to go all or none. Take small steps to where you want to go. I also recommend downloading the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Dirty Dozen list that shows you the produce that is most likely to be grown with the most pesticides, so either avoid those or purchase them organically. The list includes items like apples, bell peppers, peaches, potatoes, blueberries, spinach, celery, strawberries and more. They also keep a list of produce that is least likely be grown with as much pesticide, so you may not have to rush into organic versions of those.

You can get the list or download a mobile app here.

Dirty Dozen App

Buy from farmers markets. There are many organic options at farmer’s markets and they are often more affordable than organic fare found at regular supermarkets. You can search Google for “[your town] farmer’s market” or use the Local Harvest website to find markets in your area.

Cut out expensive, processed foods. While processed foods may seem like a great deal because they save time and they appear to be inexpensive, they often don’t provide a lot in the way of portion size or nutritional value and can really eat up a food budget if you rely on them. Try reducing the amount of processed foods you buy and eat more nutrient dense whole foods. It’s good for the budget and good for your health.

Stock up when things go on sale and then can, dry or freeze it. It’s the same money-saving concept that people have been using for years and you can apply it to organic foods as well. Invest in a food dehydrator, canning equipment and freezer-ready containers, so you can store organic foods for later eating.

Make it a goal to eat a fully local and/or organic meal each week. It’s an idea borrowed from TheDailyGreen.com and it’s a good one. If you just try for one meal, you’ll be making a difference without a lot of cost. Plus, leftovers and extra ingredients can be stretched out to additional meals.

Eat more vegetarian meals. I know it’s scary for some meat lovers, me included, but eating more meatless meals gives you so much more money in the food budget. Or if you’re not ready to do vegetarian, consider using smaller portions of meat in your meals. Try things like stir fries and similar meals where meat is simply an accompaniment, rather than the main focus of the meal.

Pick Your OwnPick your own. Don’t be afraid of a little manual labor. Using “you pick” opportunities allows you save a lot of money and stock up for canning, drying and freezing. You can pick a variety of fruits and vegetables. You can look for you picks in your area by visiting PickYourOwn.org, but do confirm they are organic growers first.

Every little bit helps and the better you get at picking the right foods, the more affordable it can be. And remember, the long term health benefits of eating more naturally will likely save you plenty in health costs in the long run.

Just one thing before you head out and stock up on everything…we should talk about what organic really means and we’ll do that in my next post.

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