Health and Wellness

Healthy Cells, Healthy Immune System, Healthy Body

Our immune system was designed specifically to heal our bodies and keep them healthy. So why are so many failing these days?

There are many factors that cause our immune systems to function poorly - diet, lack of exercise, too much stress and how we handle it, pollutants and contaminants in the air and water, toxins in our food supply, body care and cleaning products among many other factors. But taking our health seriously doesn't have to be burdensome and confusing.

I don't know anyone who wants to be sick or die of disease but sadly that's what is happening to so many people. Death is a sure thing, but disease doesn't have to be.

If you're interested in strengthening your immune system allowing it to do its job, which is to heal your body, then go to Amazing Molecules . Find out how healthy cells make for a healthy body and then contact me!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Crispy Pumkin Seeds - Yum!

When making Pumpkin Puree don't forget to bake the pumpkin seeds! There are many ways to bake pumpkin seeds.  Click here or on the title for a recipe called, "Crispy Pumpkin Seeds".  This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks called, "NOURISHING TRADITIONS".  

The recipe calls for soaking the pumpkin seeds, something I have to admit, I've never done before.  I've always just dried mine over night.  It also mentions using a dehydrator instead of the oven so that they can bake at a lower temperature.  I haven't tried dehydrating pumpkins seeds yet but I do dehydrate apples and bananas.   They taste nothing like the store bought variety.  A dehydrator helps to preserve the enzymes which we need for proper digestion.  

So check out the website for ways to bake your pumpkins seeds and don't be afraid to experiment and create your own flavors.

Organic Pumpkin Lasagna

Making fresh pumpkin puree is so easy.  But the best part is that the finished product has a delicious smooth pumpkin flavor, one you can't get with canned pumpkin.  Canned is good in a pinch but if you want that extra special flavor, you'll have to read further.  In my opinion, the difference between fresh and canned pumpkin is too noticeable to disregard.  

Making fresh pumpkin puree is not time consuming or difficult.  It freezes very well so you can make it way ahead of time and defrost it before you use it.  Click here or on the title for You-Tube instructions on making puree.  The only part on the video I would change is the oil.  There really is no need to put oil on the flesh when you bake it with the rind up.  However, I do thinly coat the bottom of the pan with organic, extra virgin Coconut Oil.  

So besides pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, pumpkin bread and muffins, what else can you do with pumpkin puree?  Try this delicious Pumpkin Lasagna recipe for a change that your taste buds will love:


1 lb organic whole grain Lasagna noodles
Grapeseed oil, to coat pan and to sauté vegetables (organic, if possible)
1 clove organic garlic
14.5oz finely chopped, equal portions of organic celery, onion & carrot (I use a scale to weigh)
30 ozs of fresh cooked organic pureed pumkin or two 15oz cans organic pumpkin
½-cup organic whole raw milk
1 organic, free range egg
2 T chopped fresh organic sage
1 ½ cups organic raw sour cream (if possible)
2 T organic chives, chopped
8oz organic grated raw cheese combo:  Mozzarella, Asiago, Provolone and Chevre cheeses, or any combination (it's difficult to find raw Mozzarella, Asiago and Provolone; authenic Reggiano Parmegiano is a raw cheese)
Celtic sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground organic pepper, to taste

  • Grease lasagna pan with oil (use size of pan to fit noodles).
  • Cook noodles until al dente.
  • Sauté celery, onion and carrot in oil until golden. 
  • Mix together pumpkin, egg, milk and vegetable mixture with sage.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Place layer of noodles on bottom.
  • Top with a layer of pumpkin mixture, then layer of cheese.
  • Repeat with remaining lasagna, pumpkin and cheese.
  • End with noodles on top.
  • Mix sour cream with chives and spread on the top layer.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  • Eat and enjoy!  Great left over , too!
Taste tested at Trader Joe's in Media, PA about 4 years ago.