Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken breast (frozen or not)
1-2 carrots diced
1-2 celery sticks diced
1 ts poultry seasoning
1 ts salt, optional
1 ts pepper
1 tbs dried mint leaves
1/2 medium onion diced
1/2 c corn (frozen or not)
1/2 c green beans (frozen or not)
5 c water
2 c chicken broth

Directions:

Put all ingredients in Crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs. If you put frozen chicken allow to cook until 1-2 hrs left of cooking time, and dice or shred, then re-add to Crockpot to cook until done.

Kristine Sandy

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Chemicals in Our Daily Items to Avoid

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When I first started to want to switch my family from non-organic to more organic, I would have never thought that it would educate me like it has. There are so many things out there that are just horrifying, that these companies would even think to serve us. So many toxins and helpers of disease and death. Even in our baby products, we are literally asking those little bodies to entake so much, that I can’t even understand how they don’t get sick quicker. Please take these into consideration. And try to take them out of your home, especially for the little ones. The link at the bottom gives a more detailed version of what these things do to your body.

1. Synthetic Presevatives

“Ethylparaben, butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben are frequently used in cosmetics.

Formaldehyde is listed under a variety of names on labels, including dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol). Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are two other widely used synthetic preservatives.”

2. Triclosan

3. Fragrance (Phthalates)

“The term “fragrance” on a label can indicate the presence of any combination of an array of ingredients, some of which are derived from petrochemicals. Phthalates, a group of chemicals used in plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and regularly labeled ‘fragrance,'” Also watch for the unscented versions who could have synthetic fragrances.

4. SLS and SLES

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). The chemical reaction of the sodium laureth sulfate by companies are also known as: sodium lauryl sulfate into sodium laureth sulfate, which creates the byproduct 1,4-dioxane

5. Propylene Glycol

“Look for these synonyms on labels: PPG; 1,2-dihydroxypropane; 2-hydroxypropanol; methylethyl glycol; 1,2-propanediol; and propane-1,2-diol. ”

6. DEA and TEA (Nitrosamines)

Diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA)

7. Retinyl Palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A)

8. Oxybenzone

Which are in sunscreens. http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/16/health/sunscreen-report

Learn more about the seven to avoid: http://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/ingredients-to-avoid-zmfz12jazmel.aspx#axzz2dAzWqwYa

Kristine Sandy

Chicken Cresent Squares

3 oz softened cream cheese
1 lb cooked chicken, cubed
1/8 ts pepper
1 tbs chopped white onion
2 – 8 oz cans original cresent rolls
1 ts Montreal chicken seasoning
3 tbs margarine / butter, softened
2 tbsp milk
1/4 ts salt, optional

Preheat oven to 350. Spray two baking sheets, with non stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl blend all ingredients together, until smooth and mixed well. Separate can of cresent rolls into for rectangles; sealing perforations with fingers. Spoon 1/3 c mixture, enough to cover the middle of the cresent rectangles. Then pull all sides of cresent towards middle and seal, making it look like a ball. Then set the non-perferated side down on the cooking sheet, placing four balls on each sheet. Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes or until tops of cresent rolls are golden brown.

Note: This meal is really good as leftovers and with corn on the cob. My husband takes it to work for lunch. 🙂

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Kristine Sandy

Parmesan Garlic Zucchini

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2 zucchini
1 tbs olive oil
1/3 c parm cheese
1 tbs garlic salt

Preheat oven to 400. Spray baking sheet with non stick spray. Cut off ends of zucchini, cut in half, then cut half length wise, and cut off the bottom so it can stay in the baking sheet. Place zucchini on sheet. Then with a cooking brush lightly spread the olive oil on the top of zucchini. Then sprinkle lightly with garlic salt. The add cheese on top.  Cook for 15 mins or until cheese is melted and lightly brown, and of course the zucchini is tender.

This side dish is really good with any Italian dish. This amazing dish is very tender, just enough garlic salt and the cheese just adds to the flavor. Really good instead of bread. A huge hit for my family!

Kristine Sandy

Homemade Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix

2 tbs dried parsley
1 tbs dried dill weed
1 ts garlic powder (substitute 1 garlic clove for every 1/8 ts of powder or 4 ts garlic salt for every ts of powder)
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 ts died basil
1/2 ts pepper

Mix together. Yields: 4 tbs. Will keep for 6 months.

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To make wet:

1/3 c mayo
1/4 c milk
1 tbsp of above mix

Mix well together. Keep in sealed container. Will keep for three days.

Picture of wet mix coming soon, sorry for inconvenience.

Homemade Chicken Taco Seasoning

3 tsp chili powder (please see my homemade version)
2 1/2 tsp paprika
2 1/4 tsp cumin
1 1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic clove
dash cayenne pepper

Mix together. Keeps for 6 months in sealed container. Yields: 9 tsp. For every package bought at a store, the package yield: 2 tbs.

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