Rule 3 in our seven healthy habits discussion is take your probiotics. A healthy gut is a healthy body. There is no better way to keep all system go than keeping the right healthy bacteria in the system. Raw organic foods are full of the “right stuff”. Also organic Greek yogurt and other probiotics on the market keep us healthy and glowing.
Research and find the best and easiest food and supplements to your system/tastes. You will not be sorry.
Namaste, Healthy Ones
The Queen Cronista
I am a Queen Crone not the Queen of Patience. Therefore, I’m not always firing on the same cylinder as the rest of the world. I have noticed in recent years that the longer I spend in meditating and praying on a topic/issue the faster the result. This marked sense of focus is the reason. The Universe just kicks in faster and responds better in “Earth Time”.
Try it you’ll be amazed. Don’t forget to thank the Universe for putting the rapid response team on it. Life is so much easier when you have a plan……
Keep the energy flowing toward what you desire at all times…the Universe will always respond. You get what you focus on all day long. Your thoughts in this moment are creating your future in the next.
The Queen Cronista
Working hard to overcome my winter doldrums which lead to carb overload. Below is a tasty recipe loaded with protein that should help us all. it helps those looking out for gluten issues. This Quinoa Crust is dense, so a thinner crust does not mean a weak pizza base. I prefer to use quinoa flour to increase flakiness.
Oven 350 * Grease Medium Pizza Pan
2 Cups Chopped Cremini Mushrooms
1 Sm Bag Spinach
1 Pt Grape Tomatoes Halved
1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
1 Cup Asiago Cheese
2 Lg Shallots Diced
1 tsp Minced Garlic
2 Cups Quinoa Flour
1/2 Cup Butter (room temperature)
2 Tbs Water, or as needs
Quinoa Crust-mix flour and butter in a bowl until mixture forms small clumps; stir in water until dough comes together. If dough is too dry, add a few drips of water until dough holds together. Press dough into prepared pizza pan and bake for 10 minutes. Let Cool while you prepare toppings.
Toppings-Heat skillet to medium high. Saute shallots until translucent, add the mushrooms until reduced. Reduce heat to medium. Then wilt the spinach in with the tomatoes add the garlic and simmer for 5 minutes Add Feta Cheese and fold in lightly.
Spread Half of the Asiago cheese on the crust. Then spread the topping mixture over it. Put the remaining Asiago Cheese over the top and bake until brown. Let sit 5 minutes before slicing.
We have been snowed in for almost 2 weeks. I’ve managed to load boxes to go to the local thrift store, unpack from my move and make up lots of new recipes. I was forced to live out of my frig/cupboard for a week so creativity was a must. Very Little House on the Prairie.
We are back online and losing some of our cabin fevers. However, the residuals of a full moon, Mercury in retrograde and Mother Natures Assault of coldness has left the energy field low. What to do? Well, I’ve upped the supplements, started a new detox of the colon and generally speaking grabbed myself by the scruff of the neck and declared “enough already”.
I send you all warm hug and wishes for hot cocoa in your daily chilly universe. Remember all of this moisture will make a beautiful spring. Focus on the day for what it is and look forward knowing Mother Nature has the birth of spring in her heart.
The Queen Cronista
2 Buy the Best Food in the Store
This one is practically a no brainer as well. Buy organic when possible. Buy the whole food concept, grains, produce. Shop the perimeter of the store where the least process foods seem hang out.
Expensive doesn’t always mean healthiest. Read the labels. Know what you are spending your hard earned money on every time you make a purchase. Your gut is the window to your health. Keep it clean and health will follow.
S.A.D. (seasonal affect disorder).
Its that time of year when many people get S.A.D. (seasonal affect disorder). The sky is gloomy and nature is hibernating for many parts of the world. Some people begin to get that sad, sinking feeling of rejection, lonesomeness, regret, pain of loss, defeat, all of the dust bunnies that can collect in the attic of our mind. For some people it is inherited, genetically coded into their mainstream computer (the brain).
However, the good news is you can do something about it. There are numerous herbal remedies out there for this type of doldrums syndrome. Bacopa, Sam-e, Kava Kava, ginseng….to name just a few (as always, research if for yourselves first). These are inexpensive and do not require a visit to the doctor, which alone can give some of us more stress and sadness. One Bacopa and some volunteer work and I’m good as new. Find your personal formula and stay happy!
Find a place to volunteer, go visit an elderly neighbor and take them some hot soup and fellowship, call a friend that you know is going through a tough time and be a light unto their day. This type of activity will bring you out of yourself with amazing effects. Others may be suffering from S.A.D.-ness too and you could be just the medicine they need. It’s all doable with the natural wonders the Universe gave us all… but we so often fail to utilize. Love yourself enough to try some of Nature’s love potions for the soul (charity, compassion, laughter, love). You’ll be glad you did. S.A.D.-ness is real, but so are the natural, simple remedies. Don’t be a Gloomy Gus by choice. When you heal yourself you may just be healing others along with you. We love you all.
The Queen Cronista
Chicken Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
2 tsp. Olive Oil
8 Slices Multigrain Country Bread
1 Cup Gruyere Cheese Shredded
4 oz Thinly Sliced Prosciutto
1 ½ Cup Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Shredded
3 Tbs. Sour Cream
2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
4 tsp. Unsalted Butter Softened
1 tsp. Fresh Thyme Leaves
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan. Arrange 4 slices of bread in pan. Layer Cheese, prosciutto, and chicken over all four slices.
Combine sour cream, mustard and thyme in a bowl and mix well. Spread this over the remaining bread slices. Top each sandwich in the skillet with these sour cream side down.
Cook 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to cutting board and spread butter on all sides of sandwich. Cut and serve with wilted spinach or a salad, or your favorite winter soup.
Set oven to Broil
2 Tbsp Half N’ Half
2 tsp Chopped Thyme
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
8 Lg Eggs
2 tsp Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Shallots
1/2 Cup Asiago Cheese Grated
1 Sm Pkg Spinach (if frozen squeeze out liquid)
1 Cup Grape Tomatoes Halved
1/2 Cup Feta Cheese Crumbled
Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and whisk. Heat a medium oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan and swirl to coat. Add shallots sauté 3 minutes or until translucent. Add egg mixture to pan; Add remaining ingredients and fold into egg mixture….cook 5 minutes or until eggs are partially set. Cover and let steam cook until eggs are set (appx. 3 min). Remove lid top with additional Asiago Cheese if desired (1/2 Cup) broil until cheese is melted and brown (appx. 3 minutes). Cut in to 8 slices and serve with toast or rolls.
Those of us who have been around awhile know in the very depth of our being that “Love and Light” is what it is all about. Loving the entire Universe (because we are all connected to everything in the Universe) and loving ourselves so we can do just that.
I’m always working on being a kinder gentler me. In spite of all of my proclaimed “saltiness” I know that love is the answer to it all. I still struggle to walk that talk. So where I am this week… is to practice loving someone or something…I might generally scowl at on a given day. Send the situation or person light and love and walk away, feeling the gratitude for my ability to choose correctly and do that.
Its tough for me a lot of days. The world we live in is not in a condition I thought I’d ever see it in my lifetime. I pray for my grandchildren everyday that they learn at an early age to survive this chaos with love and better understanding than their Crone Grandmother did. They are our future. Luckily my daughter-in-law is a solid Diva with a huge heart and a firm grip on reality. I wish that for all of your children and children’s children.
Send a little love and light all week….the Universe will feel the vibration and respond accordingly.
The Queen Cronista
Oven 375* Serves 8
4 Cups Shredded Roasted Chicken or Browned Ground Beef
4 Green Onion Sliced
2 Lg Garlic Cloves
1 Sm Can Diced Garlic Tomatoes
1 Cup Rice Prepared to instruction
16 -6″ Flour Tortillas
2- 14.5 oz Mild Red Enchilada Sauce
1 Can Mushroom Soup
3 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese Shredded
In a large skillet saute onions until translucent. Add Garlic, Tomatoes, prepared rice , 1 can of Enchilada Sauce and combine. Fold in 1 cup of cheese. Fill each tortilla and roll tight. Place in a 9X13 pan loose end down.
In a bowl mix together the last jar/can of enchilada sauce and the mushroom soup. Add 1 cup of cheese. Pour over the rolled enchiladas. Top with the remaining cup of cheese.
Bake in 375* oven for about 40 Minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Let sit 15 min before serving.
Serve with salad topped with Avocado slices.