Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Two new wonderful recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy and remember to give thanks everyday.

Stuffed Baked Potatoes
submitted by Lucy Feliciano

Idaho baking potatoes (count how many people will be coming for dinner and buy that many)Shredded Cheese (Soy or Regular Yellow Cheese)
Worthington Loma Linda Vege Burger (1 can)
Salt (to taste)Pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Cayenne Pepper 1/2 teaspoon (you can omit the cayenne if you wish)
Oregano (Sprinkle generously)
Curry 1/2 teaspoon (you can omit the curry if you wish)
OnionsMushroomsChivesGarlic (1 piece)
Butter or MargarineTomato SauceWater (1 cup)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Wash the potatoes but don't peel them. Take a fork and poke holes on both sides. Put them in a microwave safe dish (no more than two at a time). Cover them with a wet paper towel and set your microwave to Fresh Vegetable, under baked potatoes, and let the microwave due the cooking. Check to see if they are done with a fork about 8 to 10 minutes into cooking. Re-wet the towel if necessary.Cooking time will depend on the size of the potato. I would cook no more than 20 minutes in the microwave. Let potatoes cool down.Cut the mushrooms, chives, and onions in order to saute them in EVOO for topping of the potatoes.Heat pan with EVOO, add garlic, Vege-Burger, and seasonings. Add the tomato sauce and the cup of water. Cook for 10 minutesand taste for seasoning.Slice the potatoes down the middle but not all the way. Take a fork and start mashing the filling inside of the potato. Add butter or margarine and top with cooked Vege-Burger sauce. Top that with onion, mushrooms, chives, and cheese.

Candied Yams
submitted by Lucy Feliciano

Yams 3 large
Butter 1 stick
Sugar 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar 1/2 cup
Cinnamon 1 tablespoon
Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger 1/2 teaspoon
Pancake or Maple Brown syrup
Baking dish 9 x 13

Wash yams, peel, and dice them into 1 inch cubes. Put them into the baking dish. Sprinkle spices, both types of sugar, and drizzle with pancake syrup. Cut pieces of the stick of butter and spread them around the yams. Mix all together until the pieces are covered. Put in the oven at 375 degrees. Bake until the yams are fork tender.

Lucilla Feliciano resume writer and job search consultant in Puerto Rico for CIMAPR
She is also a vegetarian by default.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Are you too Smoothy for a Smoothie?

The original meaning for the word smoothy or smoothie dates back to the early 1900's meaning a smooth-tongued person. The word smoothie evolved in the 1960's when there was a resurgence in the United States in macrobiotic vegetarianism. Health restaurants adorned the idea with popular fruit juice smoothie in their menus.

The word smoothie didn't really become generic until Smoothie King of Kenner, Louisiana made the word a household name. Although he didn't invent the word smoothie he refers it to the first time he heard the word back in the late 1960's to fruit and fruit juice based drinks made by the "Hippies".

My girlfriend always called me a smoothy but I never really knew what she meant by that. I always thought it meant I was yummy.

Become smoothy like me and try this smoothie recipe.

Strawberry Orange Smoothie
submitted by RecipeMatcher

Servings: 5

1/4 Cup Ice
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup, Plain, Non-Fat Yogurt
1 1/4 Cups Juice - Orange
3 Cups Strawberries - Frozen

Cooking Directions:

1. Add all ingredients to blender (blender will be full). Mix on low speed for 10 seconds. Remove lid, stir with wooden spoon. Mix on medium speed for 15-20 seconds, remove lid and stir again. Mix on high speed for 15 to 20 seconds or until smooth. Pour into glasses. Serve immediately

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