My Famous Chicken Salad

Written By: Li Cross - Sep• 15•16

My favorite meal to donate to a friend or neighbor in need is my Famous Chicken Salad and a Loaf of Bakery Bread. It’s also my husband’s favorite!

Here is the recipe:

2 cups Cooked diced chicken

1/2 cup Chopped organic celery

1/4 cup Dried cranberries

2 tsp  Tarragon

2/3 cup Mayo, or olive oil mayo

¼ cup Chopped pecans

 

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve on a multi-grain bread.

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Brownies (Guilt Free)

Written By: Li Cross - Aug• 21•16

If you have food allergies or just want to enjoy a brownie without the guilt, this is for you. They are vegan, gluten free and dairy free. My husband would NOT want a brownie made from Sweet Potato & Almond Butter, but loves these. They are chewy and moist, like a brownie should be.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup of cooked-mashed Sweet Potato

1/2 cup Almond Butter

1/4 cup sugar (or 3 Tbs. Stevia, or Maple Syrup)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup chopped Walnuts

Mix all ingredients (except nuts) until creamy and stiff. Add nuts and stir. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 15 to 18 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool and cut into squares. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Your Healthy Pantry – Cookbook

Written By: Li Cross - Aug• 04•16

“Your Healthy Pantry” Cookbook is now available. Order today and it ships tomorrow. 

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This wonderful cookbook is full of delicious recipes that take the All American Diet and kick it up to a Healthier Cuisine. It bridges the gap between Betty Crocker and Tofu. Each recipe is simple to make and has been tried and approved by picky eaters, with thumbs up! Here are a few of my favorites: Shepherd’s Pie with Chicken, Crock Pot Beef Burgundy, Hungarian Chicken and Rice, Aunt Li’s Guacamole, Li’s Chicken Salad and my fabulous Shrimp Creole. If your mouth is watering….order yours today. They also make great gifts. 

 

 

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Price is $10 each with $2 Shipping  ($12) Total

Shrimp Etouffe

Written By: Li Cross - Jul• 02•16

I have several recipes for Shrimp Etouffe, but most of them call for canned soup and I prefer to use all Fresh Ingredients and no pre-packaged items. Some recipes start with a good Cajun Roux. Mine starts with butter and veggies. (A lot healthier) Here is the recipe:

1 to 2 Lbs Fresh Raw Shrimp 

2 C. Brown Rice – (cooked makes 4 cups)

1 Stick of Butter

1 C. Chopped Onion 

1 C. Chopped Celery

1 C. Chopped red and yellow peppers

1 sm. Jar pimento

1 Clove Garlic – minced

1 C Chicken Broth

1/4 tsp. Oregano, Thyme, Paprika, Cayenne, Sea Salt (cayenne is optional)

1 Sm. Tomato Sauce

2 T Corn Starch w/ 1/4 C Water (for thickening)

Peel and devein shrimp. Place in a bowl and set in fridge. Cook Rice according to directions on package (or see my Easy Brown Rice Recipe)

Place butter and chicken broth in a large pot on the stove. Heat on med. high to melt butter. Add all veggies to pot. Add all spices and simmer until veggies are tender (about 20 minutes). Add tomato sauce and mix corn starch with water in a small dish. Add to pot and stir to thicken. Add shrimp and cook about 5 minutes (until shrimp are no longer translucent.) Serve over rice.

 

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Easy Brown Rice

Written By: Li Cross - Jul• 02•16

I love brown rice, but hate the mess it makes on my stovetop. It always boils over, because of the new energy efficient stoves. If you try to cook on medium heat, it never boils and medium high will burn it up. Ugh! My remedy…..Place 2 cups of brown rice and 4 cups of water in a crock pot. (I use a small one) Add a few shakes of sea salt. Turn on Hi for 3 hours. Stir twice during this time. Turn off and let it stay warm in crock pot until dinner. A bag of rice is so much cheaper than buying minute rice or boil-n-bags. This recipe is fool proof too.

I always make extra and freeze it in pint size zipper bags for another meal. Just thaw in the fridge for a day and dump into a microwave dish for heating.

 

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Eat more Fiber – They say….

Written By: Li Cross - Jul• 02•16

Eat more fiber…..I am so sick of hearing this. Much of my life, I went to the bathroom about twice a week and was miserable. Every doctor I went to said “Eat more Fiber”. Even after a colonoscopy……”eat more fiber.” I would eat a bran muffin and prune juice for breakfast and you know what? I got “Bloating and Gas” and still couldn’t go! Medical Doctors are not trained in Nutritional Health. All these years I suffered, and my allergies were also worse while constipated. Your gut stores bacteria and illness and you stay sick.

The truth be told…..I was vitamin deficient! That’s all!  My body needed Magnesium! Has your mom ever given you Milk of Magnesia when you were constipated? It worked didn’t it? I find that Liquid Calcium Magnesium & D (or Zinc) has healed my gut and made me regular. My allergies, are just a sniffle and my gut is no longer bloated or gassy. I highly recommend this Supplement. Find it at your local health food store. 

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The Queen of Leftovers

Written By: Li Cross - Jul• 01•16

I absolutely love “chicken night”. It means I get 2 more days of easy meals. I begin by making a whole chicken for the two of us. We both eat a piece or two and I cut the rest into small chunks and freeze them in two pint size freezer bags. If you have a whole family to feed….make two chickens. I usually bake mine on a chicken chimney or in a crock pot. The leftovers in the freezer can easily be pulled out in the morning, placed in the fridge and thawed in one day. I now have the base for chicken pot pie, chicken noodle soup, chicken Shepherd’s pie, chicken enchiladas, etc. Saving the chicken like this cuts out about 30 minutes of preparation and I always have frozen mixed organic veggies and boxed chicken broth on hand for quick healthy meals. The reason I buy whole chickens, it’s cheap and doesn’t have preservatives and junk in it.

You can do the same with ground beef. Cook 2 pounds instead of 1. Use half and freeze half for another meal prep. Mix with spaghetti sauce or make chili, tacos, enchiladas, Shepherd’s pie, and so on. By cooking more than enough and taking 5 minutes to pack and freeze it, you just saved yourself 30 to 45 minutes in the future. Another leftover tip: Leftover veggies, place in a freezer container and keep until you make soup. Leftover mashed potatoes: Make Shepherd’s pie the next day, using the leftover veggies and the chicken you froze. Top with cheddar and bake 25 minutes.

 

Here is my Shepherd’s pie recipe:

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2 cups of cooked chicken – diced

1- 1/2 cups of Free Range Chicken Broth

1 pkg. frozen organic mixed vegetables

1/2 cup shredded raw cheddar

3 to 4 Cups Mashed Red Potatoes (or organic instant, follow instructions on pkg)

2 TBS Butter

Sea Salt and Pepper

2 TBS Corn Starch

 

Scrub 4 to 5 Medium Red Potatoes and cut in half, boil them in water until tender. Drain the potatoes, add butter and mash them. (Or make instant.)

Cook frozen vegetables in the chicken broth. Mix 2 TBS Corn starch with ¼ cup water and thicken the broth/vegetable mixture. Layer the bottom of a large casserole dish with cooked chicken. Add the vegetables to the casserole. Spread mashed potatoes over the vegetables in the casserole. Sprinkle the cheese on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Diverticulitis

Written By: Li Cross - Jun• 05•16

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Diverticulitis is becoming a health condition that more and more people are familiar with. Diverticula are sac like, pea sized protrusions in the intestinal wall.  Diverticulitis happens when the diverticula in your intestines are perforated and become infected and inflamed. This is caused by an improper diet that is low in fiber, processed food and fried food. (according to most Health Care Professionals). My opinion is, this is not 100% true. I eat a very healthy diet and a handful of nuts and seeds every day and plenty of fiber, yet I believe I have diverticulitis. I think the nuts and seeds contributed to the inflammation and discomfort. It comes on with sharp pains in your lower abdomen. At night the pain continues as a dull pain. You may experience constipation even though you’re eating right. Some people experience no pain at all. Some may have a bowel movement that is painful and often followed by blood. Some people experience high fever , chills and nausea. The symptoms are very broad and you really should see your Doctor before guessing that you have Diverticulitis. 

Regardless of how I got it, I am taking action to get well. My first move was to make a Smoothie with berries, lettuce, almond milk, banana and 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera juice. The Aloe Vera will coat my intestines and help in the healing process. I will stop eating nuts and seeds until my intestines heal. Some foods make us constipated due to slower digestion. They include: Dairy products (especially cheese), meat, nuts and seeds, grains (especially rice), processed food and fried foods.

It is recommended that we eat plenty of green leafy vegetables and vegetables that are high in fiber like yams, broccoli and cabbage. Eat more garlic as it will heal and detoxify. Homemade stir-fry (no Rice) is very good with tender pea pods, bean sprouts, garlic and ginger. (saute or bake fish or chicken).

During an attack, it is beneficial to give yourself an enema and clean your intestines. Put veggies and fruit in a blender to break them down and make it easier to digest. Steam veggies for dinner. Baby food is perfectly fine too. Drink carrot juice or green juice to get proper nutrition and give your intestines a chance to heal. There are several supplements that help also. They include: Probiotics, alfalfa, L-Glutamine, Flaxseed oil, Vitamin B Complex, Garlic, Vitamin E and C. I find that liquid Calcium-Magnesium & D help me the most. I will continue to take it well after I am healed.

Take supplements as directed and ALWAYS check with your Healthcare Provider before taking any supplements or making changes in your diet as the recommendations here may not agree with your current medications. 

Are you still racing for a cure?

Written By: Li Cross - Jan• 16•16

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Health and Happiness are two of the only things you Can Control. You can improve your health by eating right, getting some exercise and separating yourself from toxic environments and relationships. Each day we let circumstances determine our happiness. It helps to have a positive attitude. Those with negative attitudes are always miserable. Having a strong faith in God helps us keep a more positive attitude, but when our faith is challenged by illness we tend to push God away and listen to the enemy. You’re sick, you need drugs, you need lot’s of money to pay for treatments and drugs. When I got to a point where half my income went to medication and health insurance I said “Enough!”  Then I quit taking all of my prescriptions and went in search of alternatives for getting well.  This book explains what I believe to be the truth about our medical practices and how I intend to keep out of the hands of those who want to cut and burn my body in the name of medicine. 

For a copy of “Racing for a Cure, Dying to Know the Truth” send me an email at:

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Inside Cats Must Have Water

Written By: Li Cross - Sep• 19•15

Oliver the beautifulCats need water just like people do. When you have an indoor cat it is extremely important they have fresh water daily. A cat’s litter box contains a very absorbent clay and chemical combination that makes their kitty poop dry up quickly and not stink. It clumps the urine into little rocks. When residue of this “kitty litter” gets on their paws, they lick it off and the chemical gets into their system. That same super drying formula can seriously damage your cats kidney’s and other vital organs. It’s very important that the cat have access to fresh water to help keep his/her body functioning properly. Many cats die from kidney failure. This is one reason they have kidney problems. The other reason is the colored dyes used in making cat food look tasty. Those dyes can effect your cat”s digestion and mood. Please share this information.