Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix

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This is seriously the best thing I’ve ever discovered! (for now).  It’s a dried mix of lentils, beans, and tiny alphabet noodles and it’s like the most

beautiful vegan canvas you’ve ever encountered (on a cold day that calls for hearty and satisfying soup).


The instructions on the package are pretty easy: 1 cup soup mix to 4 cups water. Add your fave veggies. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.The easiest way to get your veggies in there is to wash, roughly chop (to fit into your food processor) and then let

your food processor pulse it into tiny little pieces.

I have discovered you can mix it up wonderfully by changing the vegetables and seasonings that you put in:

To make it “Indian Style” just add your favorite indian seasonings, like 1 tbsp Turmeric, 1 tbsp cumin, 1/2 tspn dried mustard powder, a pinch of cardamom, etc – along with extra onion and garlic in the food processor!

To make it “Thai Style” simmer it with a stalk of Lemongrass, a touch of soy sauce, and add 1/2 cup of canned coconut milk for the last 5 minutes… chop fresh basil and add right before serving.

To make it “Asian Style” add roughly chopped Bok Choy, thinly sliced carrots, and julienned bell peppers for the l
ast 5 minutes. Add extra veggie broth, and serve with bean sprouts on top.

A quick and easy dinner – just serve with salad and your favorite bread stick!

Juicing for cold & flu season

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Last week my son had a mild fever with a terrible cough and runny nose. Wanting to let his body do the healing, I thought it would be best to give him a fresh juice…and to make myself one while I was at it!

The recipe (all ingredients are organic):

2 Oranges, peeled

1 Lemon, NOT peeled

2 Royal Gala Apples

2 medium-to-large carrots

1″ piece of Ginger

Put everything throught the juicer, putting the carrots through last to push everything through.  Stir, serve immediately. Enough for a large cup for myself, and 6-8oz for him. Drink straight up – DELICIOUS!

Wouldn’t you know, his fever disappeared within 30 minutes and he hacked up SO MUCH phlegm. He didn’t cough again for the rest of the day!

Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine, and Thy Medicine Thy Food – Hippocrates

About me…

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As a Stay-At-Home mom who has always embraced a healthy lifestyle, a disdain for pharmaceuticals, and a strong belief that the human body is always capable of healing itself, I was amazed when my sister-in-law told us of her personal health struggles. She has been able to help her body heal itself and rid itself of its disease by managing what it was that SHE ATE (with ZERO pharmaceuticals). A good friend of mine stopped AND REVERSED his father’s Pancreatic Cancer by completely modifying his diet and supplementing with superfoods and un-heard-of supplements.

Having always believed in the body’s ability to heal itself, we were finally ready to take our approach to the next level. Upon my SIL’s recommendation, we finally bought a juicer. We did a lot of research and finally settled on a Single Auger Omega 8006.

From our very first juice we were addicted.

We felt strong and energized. From the very first cup! For the first 2 weeks we juiced 2 or 3 times a day! We quit coffee cold turkey, as the juice replaced it in the morning. After about 3 weeks had passed, we realized we hadn’t had any animal products! Hence the blog’s title “An Accidental Vegetarian”.

We are heavily influenced by the documentaries Forks Over Knives and Food Matters.

We are now practically vegan. I say this because we have a mild Gluten Intolerance and after serious trial (and error) with finding a good Gluten Free Bread, we have discovered that our favorite has egg in it. Some of our favorite baked goods have eggs, and our favorite Organic Crackers have some Cheese in them. That being said, we consume no cheese, no milk, no dairy (except for those dang good crackers). We aren’t 100% Vegan as we also eat seafood on rare occassion.

Follow along with this blog as we list our favorite foods, recipes, food-related studies we find, and general lifestyle predicaments we might find ourselves in!  Please feel free to comment!

Our favorite Juicer

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We are addicted to our juicer! I highly recommend this Omega 8006 HD Juicer…and I’ll tell you why.

For starters, this is a “masticating” juicer. The average juicer on the shelf (and those late night infomercials) is a Centrifugal juicer.  Centrifugal juicers have a perforated metal bowl spinning at tens of thousands of RPMs that rip apart the fruits and vegetables as they are pushed through the machine.  This high spinning action aerates the juice and starts to oxidize the vital nutrients immediately. The high RPMs also generate heat and destroy enzymes. A “Masticating” juicer uses an auger to push the fruits and vegetables through a tunnel, as if it were being chewed, and then it is pressed against a screen which seperates the juice from the incredibly dry pulp.  A masticating juicer has low RPMs (ours is only 80RPM) thereby preserving all the vital nutrients and enzymes.

And if you’ve ever done a taste test comparison of juice made from a Masticating Juicer vs. a Centrifugal juicer, the difference would knock your socks off!  The masticating juicer is much more flavorful!

Also, you can’t juice Wheatgrass in a Centrifugal juicer, but you can in the Omega 8006 :)

Another winning feature? It comes with a 10-year bumper-to-bumper warranty!

The single Auger feature makes it super easy to clean (I can literally take mine apart and hand wash it in under 4 minutes). A useful feature considering we juice every single day, and sometimes 2 or 3 times per day!