Healthy Barley and Lentil Soup

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Hearty Barley and Lentil Soupsource: Jodi Green

I found the original recipe for this dish on the Joy of Kosher site.  However, I skipped the kale, added some yummy Italian seasonings and simplified the instructions. The end result is a very good and filling soup.

3/4 cup barley

1/3 cup green lentils

2 tbsp olive oil

2 carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

2 large onions, diced

1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1/2 tbsp dried basil

1/2 tsp powdered garlic

1/4 tsp pepper

salt, to taste

Using a large pot, saute the vegetables in oil till softened. Slowly add 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. When the water boils, add the rest of the ingredients. Stir frequently and add additional water if needed. Cook till the flavors have melded and the lentils and barley are ready to eat.

Garlic Broccoli Salad

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Garlic Broccoli Saladsource: Laurel F

A friend of mine saw this recipe in a magazine in the doctor’s office and decided to copy it for me. She didn’t record the exact recipe, just the basics.

I filled in the blanks myself to create this easy and absolutely yummy salad.

Ingredients

16 oz. frozen broccoli, defrosted

5 minced garlic

3 tbsp light olive oil

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/2 – 1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Directions

Squeeze the broccoli to remove excess moisture.

Saute the garlic in the olive oil till light tan.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Can be refrigerated several days before serving if desired.

Note: Feel free to adjust this recipe to your own taste. Adding more or less of the minced garlic, seasonings or vinegar is completely fine.

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Potato Chips and Dip

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World's Quickest Potato Chips and DipMatt DeTurck

World’s Quickest Chips and Dip is a recipe that’s so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to include it.  But it tastes so good, so I’m going to anyway.

Ingredients

1 pint sour cream

1 envelope onion soup mix

large bag of chips

Directions

Gradually combine sour cream with onion soup mix, to taste.  Sample after every addition.  Serve with chips for dipping.

Note: It is easy to add too much onion soup and this recipe is not forgiving! Be careful!

How to Make Cheese Balls

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How To Make Cheese Ballssource: Theresa

This Cheese Ball recipe has evolved so much throughout the years, that it is no longer anything like the original.

Ingredients

8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

1 – 2 flat tablespoons cream cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped olives

garlic powder (to taste)

onion powder (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

Directions

Mix all ingredients until well blended.  You want the mixture to be very stiff, so add as little cream cheese as possible. Roll into a log or balls and serve with crackers. Note: You will have to mix the ingredients with your hands in order to get them blended sufficiently.

For a more attractive cheese, gently roll the balls in herbs or spice such as paprika, parsley or cilantro.

Variation: Chopped and rehydrated sun dried tomatoes can be also added to the cheese balls.

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Homemade Dickie

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Homemade Dickie

source: Miles Kimball

I have quite a few shirts that I dislike because of their necklines. They aren’t immodest by most people’s standards, but they are still lower than what I enjoy wearing.I was going through my closet yesterday and I decided to throw those shirts, plus a mock turtleneck with a stained front, into the garbage. Just as I was reaching for the trash, genius struck.

Why couldn’t I combine the shirts with the low necklines with the turtleneck?

I tried on several of the low cut shirts on top of the turtleneck and they looked great. The only problem was that I was waaay to hot for comfort.

I went to throw the shirts into the garbage a second time, and genius struck again.

I decided to make a homemade dickie out of the mock turtleneck. I took a scissors and cut the sleeves off the turtleneck and cut the sides open. Then I cut off its front and back till about 3 inches below the neckline. I tried it on with the other shirts again and this time it was perfect.

The result: Instead of throwing away four unusable shirts, I gained three very nice ones.

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25 Printable Vegan Recipe Cards

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25 Printable Vegan Recipe Cards

These recipe cards were made from some of my favorites recipes on the Craft Stew site. These are the recipes I make again and again. They are loved by both my family and the many guests we have frequently have. Hopefully, you’ll love them too.

To make these recipe cards, first download the 5 pdfs. Next, print out the pdfs on cardstock. Finally, carefully cut the cards out, trimming just inside the lines.

Download Set 1: Bubby’s Lemon Pie, Annette’s Almost Fat-Free Popcorn, Amazing 2-Ingredient Carrot Soup, 3-Ingredient Salsa Guacamole, “Oh So Healthy” Roasted Potatoes

Download Set 2: Egg Rolls Stuffed With Vegan Hot Dogs, Easy Vegetarian Chili, Easy Stir-Fried Vegetables, Easy Orzo With Three Variations, Dairy-Free Taco Salad,

Download Set 3: Have Stale Bread? Make Bruschetta!, Hasselback Potatoes, Glazed Hot Dogs Vegan-Style, Frozen Banana Dessert, Fancy Corn Salad 3 Ways

Download Set 4: Includes Spicy Indian Style Tomato Sauce, Quick and Healthy Tomato Salad, Just Wonderful Split Pea Soup, Jerusalem Pesto and Pasta Salad, Israeli Salad With Red Wine Vinegar

Download Set 5: Includes Vegan Hater’s Bean Soup, Vegetarian Sizzling Rice, Vegan Mashed Potatoes, Vegan I Can’t Believe It’s Not Chicken Soup, Vegan Almost Joes.

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How To Grow Hydroponic Herbs

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How To Grow Hydroponic HerbsI’m not much of a gardener. I’m too afraid of snakes and spiders to enjoy playing in the mud. And, the one year I really tried to grow something, my entire yield was three green peppers and a rotten watermelon.

The one exception to my purple thumb is hydroponic herbs. Growing hydroponic herbs is so easy, even I can do it. It’s a no-brainer.

How To Set Up A Hydroponic Garden

There are dozens of ways to set up a hydroponic garden, but I’m going to teach you to do it like I did. Besides being the fastest and easiest way, it’s also the cheapest.

1) Run out to the store and purchase herb seedlings, a package of large disposable plastic cups, a package of medium disposable plastic cups, vermiculite, some plant fertilizer and an 1/8 of a yard of polyester fabric.

2) Punch a hole in the bottom of one of the large plastic cups.

3) Cut out one 1″ x 6″ piece of polyester.

4) Thread the piece of polyester through the hole in the large plastic cup. Half of the length of fabric should sit on each side of the hole.

5) Holding the top end of the polyester straight up with one hand, fill the large plastic cup with vermiculite. The vermiculite should just about cover the polyester.

6) Fill a medium plastic cup 1/4 of the way up with water and a little bit of plant fertilizer.

7) Place the large plastic cup into the medium cup. There should always be a gap of air between the bottom of the larger cup and the water in the medium cup. The bottom half of the piece of polyester should hang from the larger cup, through the air, and into the medium cup.

How Does the Hydroponic Garden Work?

The piece of polyester works as a straw to suck water and fertilizer from the bottom cup into the top cup.

How To Use A Hydroponic Garden

To use the hydroponic garden, dampen the vermiculite with water. Then carefully rinse and shake the dirt from a herb seedling. Once the dirt is completely removed, place the seedling into the larger cup, gently fitting the roots into the vermiculite.

When the water in the bottom cup gets too low, pour more water/fertilizer through the vermiculite and into the bottom cup. Keep your plant on a sunny windowsill in a south facing exposure. Harvest herb immediately before use.

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