Archive for September 2012

Yeast-Free Stuffed Acorn Squash!

Fall is here, and the grocery store produce section is a big indicator of that! There are various varieties of squash everywhere! One of my favorites is acorn squash, so I decided to test out a yeast-free recipe using this seasonal gourd.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of lean ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  • 4 acorn squash
  • 4 tablespoons of butter or ghee (clarified butter)

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut the tops off of the acorn squash, about an inch or so down. Scoop the seeds out of the acorn squash, and set them on a lined baking sheet. Place the tops to the side. Place 1 tablespoon of butter or ghee in the bottom of each squash. In a large saucepan cook the onion, celery and bell pepper 7-8 minutes, or until translucent. Add ground turkey and seasonings and cook till brown. Fill the large bottom half of each acorn squash with the meat mixture, do not pack the mixture in the squash, and just loosely fill. Place the tops back on the acorn squash and bake for an hour, or until the squash is tender. Enjoy immediately.

Butter is permitted two weeks after you have been on the yeast-free diet, so make sure to enjoy this recipe after you have reached that point. During the baking process the melting butter creates a steam effect inside the squash and also adds flavor to the squash itself.

I hope everyone enjoys this recipe as much as my family did!

 

10 Uses for Witch Hazel

In Texas, it doesn’t feel like the summer heat has left us quite yet. One of the major things I like to use witch hazel for is to soothe an aching sun burn, but you will be quite surprised to find it does much more than that!

Here are 10 wonderful ways to use witch hazel:

  1. Spot and blemish control. Witch hazel can reduce inflammation of pimples and can help cleanse acne spots.
  2. Soothes diaper rash. A little witch hazel on a cotton ball can remedy your baby’s bottom in a hurry.
  3. Shrinks under eye bags by tightening skin.
  4. Soothes poison ivy and poison oak by relieving the itching and swelling.
  5. Heals bruises faster.
  6. Soothes razor burn by stopping the bumps from forming up around irritated hair follicles.
  7. Treats and soothes sunburn (my favorite), and lessen peeling and flaking.
  8. Treats dry skin. Apply witch hazel after you shower to dry areas to lock-in the moisture.
  9. Prevents bug bites from itching with its anti-inflammatory properties.
  10. Used to heal cuts and scrapes. Apply a dab to prevent infection and encourage healing.

Our New Website!

I have some very exciting insider news for all of our awesome blog followers! In a few weeks we will be launching a brand new website! It has been a long time coming that we’ve needed a new website, and we are so excited to be rolling this out for you!

A few things to look forward to:

  • A new refill form that will show you your past refill history, allow you to set-up reminders and will be much easier to navigate.
  • A virtual tour of the pharmacy and biographies of our staff members.
  • Our blog will be live, right there on our webpage!
  • A video channel with awesome videos made by our pharmacy staff!

We can’t wait to launch our new website, and we hope you love it as much as we do!

Yeast-Free BBQ Sauce!

Football season is here and that means grillin’ and chillin with friends and family for the game! I have found a delicious and easy recipe for yeast-free barbeque sauce that mimics the best store-bought stuff! It tastes great on chicken, pork, beef and even as a condiment on sandwiches or a sauce on chicken wings! Please use this recipe only if you are past week two of the diet, it does contain apple juice and lemon juice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 4 packets of Sweet-N-Natural or Stevia

Directions:

I like to use the large bowl of my mixer for this. Place tomato paste in the mixing bowl and slowly mix in water until your desired consistency is reached. For thicker sauce use less water, for thinner sauce more. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Taste and tweak seasonings to adjust for your personal taste. Place in container and keep for up to one week. Shake before each use.