Whipped and Chunky Mashed Potatoes


Ingredients:

• 1 lb Baby red potatoes

• Almond milk

• Sea salt

• Garlic powder

• 4 blend shredded cheese (optional)

• Butter/margarine

Directions:

  1. Boil potatoes until soft

  2. Strain and run under cool tap

  3. Let stand until completely cooled

  4. Blend potatoes skin on, milk, and seasonings in blender, manual stop and star button

  5. Pour mixture back into pot, heat and add cheese, butter and add milk as needed to keep from burning

  6. Stir until desired temperature is reached

  7. Serve

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On This Day in History: Sliced Bread


“It’s the best thing since sliced bread!” is a modern saying.  But where does it come from?

“Otto Frederick Rohwedder was an American inventor and engineer who created the first automatic bread-slicing machine for commercial use. It was first used by the Chillicothe Baking Company.”

~https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Frederick_Rohwedder2016-07-07

Since then, we have seen pre-sliced bread in so many recipes and favorite meals.

I love grilled cheese and tuna sandwiches.  What about you?

Strawberry, Banana, Yogurt Smoothie


Strawberry, Banana, Yogurt Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt

3/4 cup Trader Joe’s organic strawberries (frozen)

1 banana (frozen)

1 cup fat free (skim) milk

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp. Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seed

Appliances:

Skinnygirl by BELLA Personal Blender

#mybellalife

Directions:

Blend together until desired consistency is reached.

Berry Happy Smoothie


Berry Happy SmoothieSo, I’ve been sick for two weeks now.  What started out as a standard cold turned into a sinus infection and the next thing I know, I’m spending a night checked into the fabulous five-star hotel called the “Emergency Room.”  The day I had started taking my prescription antibiotics was the night I took a trip in the ambulance.  I had been prescribed them the day before when I visited my primary physician.  I never had a sinus infection that caused a fever before and I was shaking so bad that I could barely dial the phone and had trouble breathing.  Thankfully, I was not having a reaction to the medication.

I had the Lap-Band surgery about four and a half years ago, so taking medication in its pill form can be difficult for me at times.  This is especially the case when they are horse pills like the antibiotics I am currently on. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, “horse pills” are medication in the form of tablets or capsules that are very large in size.  The large size of horse pills can make them exceptionally difficult to swallow.

It helps me to drink a smoothie while taking medication.  So today I made what I am calling a “Berry Happy Smoothie.”  This smoothie made me feel good while I was drinking it that I just had to post the recipe for my (and your) future reference!

The key to making this smoothie is the cottage cheese.  I know what you’re thinking, “Cottage cheese?  What!”  My mom questioned it too when I suggested she add cottage cheese to the one she made yesterday.  Cottage cheese is a thickener to a smoothie recipe.  If you don’t like the cottage-cheesy taste, you can add flavor extracts to it, such as vanilla.  You can also thicken your smoothie with xanthan gum.  You might find that in the gluten-free isle.

Bring a smile to your mood with a Berry Happy Smoothie!

Berry Happy Smoothie

  • Servings: 2 1/2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Berry Happy Smoothie

Berry Happy Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 3/4-1 c Cottage cheese
  • 5.3 oz (150 g) Low-fat plain (original) or coconut blended Greek style yogurt, like Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries, strawberry preserves or red raspberry preserves
  • Fat-free milk or milk alternative
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey

Utensils

  • Blender
  • Drinking glass (tall)
  • Straw (optional

Directions

  1. Blend the cottage cheese using “pulse” until it is creamy.
  2. Add the yogurt and ice and continue to “pulse” until the ice is blended in.
  3. Add the fruit and/or fruit preserves and “pulse” until those are blended.
  4. Add the milk and honey.
  5. Add more ice if needed.

Learn many creative shake recipes that utilize cottage cheese as an ingredient!

Dashing Dish | Categories | Shakes

I have made the French Toast Protein Shake before and it was so good!

SNAP YOU NJ SNAP!


Dear NJ Department of Human Services,

Today I wanted to buy a box of matzoh for Passover, but I couldn’t afford to.  Today I learned how much I hate you. I love you, but I hate you. I don’t want to depend on you, but right now, I have to. I don’t feel ashamed that I must use a government issued card to buy my groceries. I feel ashamed for you that you had to call me to ask me if I paid for my own phone bill and then lower my monthly grocery money allotment based how much I spent paying for my own landline.

I know that there are others who got this phone call and the letter that followed, whose SNAP allotments were cut down to the bare minimum of $16 a month, likely based on the possibility that they may not be able to afford their own land line. Fortunately, I am one of the lucky ones who can and so my monthly allotment is not as such. However, it still pisses me off that the State of New Jersey would see to it that those who cannot afford groceries due to their present situation in life, should be shopping for fewer groceries and therefore less healthy options.

Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that I can still afford to do complete grocery shopping trips using my NJ SNAPs, but I believe that the latest adjustment was not well-balanced. Basing someone’s ability to buy groceries on whether or not they can afford their bills when it should be based on an individual’s income. I may have received more money because I pay my own bill, and a neighbor may have received less because he does not. Is the ultimate goal not to achieve financial independence anymore?  This would be in addition to making healthy eating more affordable, as per the nutrition courses you are so desperately trying implement!  Sometimes we need a little help first in order to get us to that goal.

I walked out of the grocery store, no matzo for Passover, no soup for dinner tonight, and no groceries for the rest of this week.  Leaving everything in the two bags on the counter, I apologized to the cashier, twice, and walked home trying not to cry.  Although you might think so, I wasn’t sad or ashamed.  It took me only a few seconds to realize that I was more angry that embarrassed.  I was fuming inside!

So SNAP YOU government! Get yourself together and stop taking the food from our mouths!

Love,

A broke, not-so-middle class, white, Jewish woman.

(Yes, I was brought up in a middle class, white Jewish family.)

A Child of the Nineties


The eighties; when we were babies.

The nineties; the days of hanging out in the backyard and playing with the neighbors on the swing set.

Carefree.

A time when your biggest responsibility was to make sure that your book report was done on time.

Yes, those were the days.

That was a different “feeling”.

When all our problems were solved for us by our parents.

Were they better days?  In some ways, yes.

But I really want to see what the future holds.

~Lily

Disney Has Done It Again!


Everyone knows that the people who make the magic happen at Disney’s studios are extremely creative. They must be. It’s a successful giant that’s been around for nearly a century.

Disney Channel, one of its many successful enterprises, aired a television show called Phil of the Future. It first aired on June 18, 2004 and was successful until it was cancelled on August 19, 2006. The story follows a family from the twenty-second century (year 2121) whose time machine breaks down and lands them in the year 2004. Here they have to adapt to life in the twenty-first century. The parents must buy a house. The father gets a job in a hardware store so that he can eventually fix their machine. The children, Phil and Pim, enroll in the local H.G. Wells Junior/Senior High School. They try to teach their caveman, Curtis, whom they accidentally picked up from a stop they made in the Stone Age, to behave like an average, twenty-first century man. They deal with nosey neighbors, an annoyingly peppy girl, school issues, and, of course, keeping the family secret. The family often uses the gadgets they brought with them from the future.

In one of the episodes, Virtu-Date (aired June 26, 2005), Phil takes his best friend, Keely on a date to a mall that looks like something out of his time. How do they get there? By virtual reality goggles!

In the following clip, the characters have already put on the goggles and are now clothes shopping in the virtual mall. Don’t blame me for the quality of this video clip. It was uploaded by another YouTube user.

Today, I see a post on Facebook that Microsoft is coming out with something called Microsoft HoloLens. “Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world, where they integrate with your physical places, spaces, and things.” I read also read some articles about it here and here.

I know that so many other movies, books and television shows have similar items, but when I saw the photo of Microsoft’s upcoming glasses, my exact thought was “They had these exact glasses On Phil of the Future!” Of course, even Microsoft isn’t as technologically advanced as it one day will be in the year 2121, so the fictional television series covered a few aspects of this gadget that we have yet to look forward to.

From what I’ve read, we will be able to move objects by turning our heads and pointing our fingers while wearing these devices on our heads. We can play Minecraft, make a task list, or watch a movie in the bathroom, but I don’t see us being able to touch anything that obviously isn’t really there.

The television show has the characters sitting on a couch with these goggles on while their minds are visiting a mall together; trying on clothes that are purchased from a vending machine with a holographic display, sitting and consuming tropical drinks at a tropical island themed juice bar. Meanwhile, they never leave living room.

The same would go for the HoloLens; you wouldn’t need to leave the room, if you didn’t want to, that is. I suggest you check out the official website for more information, photos, or to sign up for news and updates on the product from Microsoft.

Leave it to people like the teams at Disney to come up with something like this ten years before the computer companies actually come out with it.

Is Disney the frontier for all things futuristic?

What do you think?  Weigh in!