Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Looking into my life from the outside, some may think it is chaotic.

Probably because it is chaotic.

One thing that helps each day is to not sweat the small stuff.

Do you remember many years ago….the series of books by that title?

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

They were amazing books that helped put things in perspective. In the end, it is ALL small stuff.

Guess what? There is a brand new “Don’t Sweat…” book!

  • “In the first new Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book in nine years, Kristine Carlson shows how moms can live with less stress and more happiness. Kristine Carlson gives mothers tried-and-true advice that will empower them to find greater peace, joy, and harmony within themselves and their homes. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms reveals how to: be a mom (not a friend), balance being a woman and a mom, pursue your passion (but not at the expense of your children, and reclaim your family time.”
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I like how each chapter can be read independently from the others. My personal favorite is Chapter 48 – When All Else Fails, Laugh! In our family sometimes that’s all this is left to do, laugh. We can find the humor in almost any situation.
This book is also the perfect gift for the moms in your life.
If you would like to read the first chapter, it is available for free here.

Pinterest? Huh? (plus a giveaway!)

There are so many social networking sites out there now. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn are the ones I am most familiar with.

At least until Facebook changes its format again….

Facebook is where I make sure my family and friends can catch up on my family’s latest doings and pictures.

Twitter is where I rant to and with people I have never met.

LinkedIn is where I pretend to be a grown up.

Have you heard of Pinterest? Pinterest is a newcomer on the social media scene, but it is causing quite a stir.

Pinterest?

It confuses me. I’m not really sure what I am supposed to be doing.

Luckily I was given the opportunity to review (and give away!) a copy of Kelby Carr’s new book – Pinterest For Dummies

And goodness knows I need all the help I can get.

Pinterest For Dummies, will help new users get started creating their Pinterest boards, finding people to follow, and pinning bookmarks. The book will cover: 

• What Pinterest is about and why you should use it

• Getting your account set up

• Setting up boards and getting organized

• Pinning, repinning and giving credit where credit is due

• Using hashtags, liking pins, commenting, finding people to follow, checking out Tastemakers, sharing pins with your other social networks, and using search

This book, like all For Dummies books, is written in a logical, easy to follow format. Each step, from requesting a Pinterest invite, registering, setting privacy settings, to the highlight of Pinterest….PINNING!

(Want an invite? Hit me up, I have a few left.)

(I also have a Handy Dandy Pinterest button up….you can follow me!)

Hey y’all! I’m pinning!!

Pinterest For Dummies quickly and concisely answered every question I had about Pinterest. It explained what, how and why.

No, I’m not going to tell you! Buy the book!

Or you could win one right here. 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{Mommy Rambles was very generously provided with a copy of Pinterest For Dummies for review and giveaway. Because goodness knows I need all the help I can get.}

Fun in the (no) sun – Beyond Coastal Review and Giveaway

Sunscreen.

I really have not given it much thought.

For our family, it is not something to be used only while engaging in outdoor activities. Lupus is made worse for many sufferers when exposed to UV rays. I don’t know why. I don’t know how. But I’m not about to chance it. Anything I can do to help keep my lupus quiet, I’m going to do it.

I put it on. I go about my day.

But recently I have begun rethinking some of the things I bring into our home. There are so many yucky icky chemicals in….stuff. After cleaning up my cleaners, I started looking at other items in our home. My sunscreen caught my eye. Aminobenzoic acid? Dioxybenzone? Phenylbenzimidazole? I can’t pronounce those. What are they? Why am I rubbing that on my skin?

Ick.

I was recently given the opportunity to try Beyond Coastal sunscreens.

All Beyond Coastal products are: Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, Fragrance Free, Oxybenzone Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free

A quick glance at the ingredients and I knew this might be exactly what I was looking for. I could actually pronounce them! Larch Tree Extract? Coconut Oil? Comfrey Plant Extract?

When my sunscreens arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh they smelled. Not fake or chemicaly, but just fresh. As I was playing with each sunscreen my family picked their favorite and disappeared with them. The following is their impressions.

Andrea, 20,  liked the Active Face Stick SPF 30. She says that it goes on very smooth, smells slightly citrusy and feels very light on her skin. She felt it would be just as nice under makeup as it is on its own. She liked the fact that it was a solid stick and not a liquid. She will give it a real workout when she heads to China next week for a study abroad. It’s already packed up in her carry on. :)

Jon, 18, grabbed the Kid’s Natural Sunscreen. As a redhead with very light skin, he knows that sunscreen is important. His impression of this was favorable. He liked that it didn’t smell girly. He also liked that it was easy to apply and disappeared quickly.

Faith, 8, liked the Active Lip Balm. No real review here, but she asked for the “Lip soft stuff” several times. :)

I grabbed the Natural Clear Sunscreen. This comes out of the tube white but blends to clear with no effort. It has a very soft fragrance. It is not greasy at all and feels very light on my skin. I can see this becoming my favorite sunscreen! 

 

I wish I could give a review regarding the effectiveness of the sunscreens, however I live in Washington state and during my review period, the sun did not really show itself. LOL

The awesome people at Beyond Coastal would like to give one lucky reader the opportunity to try their sunscreens! You know you want to!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{Mommy Rambles was provided a sampling of sunscreens to review. Opinions are my own}

Tillamook Light Yogurt. Really.

Mornings in my house are a wee bit crazy.

Ok, that may be an understatement.

My breakfast often resembles coffee.

Maybe because it is coffee.

I know, I know….I need to eat in the mornings.

I love yogurt but have you seen how much sugar is in a serving of flavored yogurt?

26 grams of sugar in a single serving of a leading blackberry yogurt.

Dude.

I was recently given the opportunity to try a new yogurt.

Tillamook Light Yogurt.

A serving contains 15 grams of sugar. That is much better

But….

Light? Ewwwww. Have you tried light yogurt? It always has a chalky taste and a yucky mouth feel. Right?

My samples arrived – vanilla and strawberry – and well….it’s light yogurt. I put it in the fridge and avoided it for a few days.

Because it is light yogurt.

But….I love all things Tillamook. Cheese, ice cream, sour cream, butter? Yummmmy!

Finally, I knew I just had to take the plunge and try it. Even if it is light yogurt.

When I opened it, it smelled pretty good. Consistency was nice – not watery like some other light yogurt I have tasted.

And this made me smile.

You can see the little vanilla bean specks in there….. nice touch Tillamook.

I’ve never been a big fan of plain vanilla yogurt so I added some fresh berries.

You know what? It is awesome. No chalky mouth feel at all. It is smooth, creamy and delectable. Vanilla is a huge hit!

I actually looked forward to trying the strawberry!

But it disappeared.

My kiddo says it was fantastic. 😉

I will be adding this to our shopping list with no hesitation.

{Mommy Rambles was provided a sample of Tillamook Light Yogurt. All opinions and yummy yogurt are mine. Except when stolen by my kiddo.}

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 15

See my eyeballs?

Still vibrating.

Today marks my 5th day on the second phase of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. (Previous Posts: Day 1, Day 6)

Two carry overs from the first part of the Challenge are the Spark Drink and OmegaPlex.

I am still amazed at my energy level after drinking a Spark. Yowza.

One new addition is the Meal Replacement Shake.

I used the replacement shake at breakfast. Mine was vanilla.

Another new addition to this part of this phase is MNS Max 3. This consists of a “strip” of supplements that you take at different times during the day. There are 4 separate pouches that you take.

It’s a lot of pills. LOL

Included in every strip pack of MNS® Max 3:

MNS Max 3 Contents:
Before Breakfast Color Packet
Calcium Plus – 2 caplets
ActoTherm SR – 1 caplet
ProBiotic Restore – 1 capsule

Before Lunch Color Packet
Calcium Plus – 2 caplets
BioTherm – 2 capsules

White Packet
CorePlex – 3 caplets

White Packet
OmegaPlex – 2 softgels
Amplify A.T. – 1 softgel

ActoTherm: Based on an exclusive blend of botanicals including cinnamon, gotu kola, ginger and peppermint, this time-honored AdvoCare original product has been reformulated. This new version features a sustained-release to aid in preventing a spike and drop-off of energy throughout the day.*

BioTherm: A unique weight-management aid developed by AdvoCare that combines oolong tea, effective botanicals and B vitamin, biotin, to support weight control.*

The synergistic combination of ingredients in BioTherm helps your body convert fat into energy.* biotin is also used by the body to facilitate the conversion of food to energy. It acts as a coenzyme in several metabolic reactions that aid in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and the conversion of amino acids from protein into energy.*

CorePlex®Supplementation with an optimally-formulated multivitamin can help decrease the prevalence of insufficient vitamin and mineral levels in adults, improve their micro-nutrient status to levels associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, and improve their quality of life and ability to perform daily tasks.* CorePlex is an optimal formulation of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and trace elements needed by the body to promote and sustain long-term health and well being.* By combining this synergistic blend of 36 nutrients, CorePlex supports healthy bone structure and growth as well as provides optimum nutritional support for healthy muscle, connective tissue and skin.*

OmegaPlex®OmegaPlex Omega-3 Fatty Acid Dietary Supplement is a safe, convenient and easy way to get the omega-3 fatty acids that may be missing in your diet. OmegaPlex contains a concentrate of at least 500mg long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, 300mg EPA and 200mg DHA. omega-3 fatty acids such as those present in OmegaPlex help support cardiovascular health in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.* These critically important oils even help regulate the body’s inflammatory processes, support healthy joints and are important for the maintenance of healthy skin.*

ProBiotic Restore™ ULTRAProbiotics are beneficial microorganisms that confer health benefits on the host. Our bodies must maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria to work at its best. When this balance is disturbed, it can have significant negative effects on our health including poor digestion and absorption of nutrients. Our immune systems are under daily assault from environmental factors, physical and emotional stress, inadequate rest and poor nutritional status. Additionally many individuals do not consume adequate dietary fiber, drink enough water or exercise regularly, which often results in occasional problems with elimination. Even though some individuals supplement their diets with probiotic products, all probiotics are not equal. The multi-strain probiotic complex in ProBiotic Restore ULTRA provides six high potency strains – three species of Lactobacillus and three species of Bifidobacterium. Two billion colony forming units (CFU) ensure full coverage of both the small and large intestines. ProBiotic Restore ULTRA helps replenish normal beneficial intestinal microflora to support healthy immune and intestinal function, while aiding good digestion and enhancing weight management programs.*

Calcium Plus: Bones and teeth need far more than calcium alone to stay strong and healthy. They need a balanced array of minerals including magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, boron, silicon and potassium plus vitamins C, D, K and more. Calcium Plus is an incredibly effective way to ensure you receive enough calcium to keep bones and teeth strong and healthy.* Calcium Plus delivers two types of highly absorbable calcium, combined with other minerals, vitamins and botanicals.

Amplify A.T.: A revolutionary formula that combines two potent and unique natural ingredients that produce advanced nutritional benefits.* These two super-nutrients, astaxanthin and tocotrienols, are the real secret behind the power of Amplify A.T. For anyone who wants to fight the aging process, Amplify A.T. can help by strengthening the immune system, maintaining healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range, and providing excellent nutrition for joint health and mobility.* It provides excellent support for skin too, by vitalizing the appearance of skin, helping to reduce the formation of wrinkles and maintaining healthy skin tone.* Its ability to help reduce muscle fatigue and muscle damage while enhancing muscle recovery provides an edge to any athlete.*

Now on to the nitty-gritty. The scale has not moved since my last post. I am still hanging at 149 lbs. But…

My clothes are fitting better.

I have a ton of energy.

And that is awesome.

 

Get Clean! Plus a giveaway!

I am going to be honest. I went into this review opportunity thinking that I was smarter than the average bear. I already knew that there are things in the average cleaners. Yucky things. We had already made the move several years ago to cleaner cleaners. Our family learned the hard way that the stuff lurking in cleansers can be nasty.

At one point in our daughters young life, it was thought that she might have Kawasaki Disease. At that time, one of the possible causes of this disease was thought to be exposure to cleaners. As soon as Kawasaki Disease was on the table, I went on a mad rampage, purging nasty chemical cleaners. Pine-Sol? Gone. Lysol? Tossed. Windex? See ya. In their place I bought wonderful, natural cleaners. Like Method, Caldrea, and Mrs. Meyers.

Time passed, and it turns out that Faith’s mysterious fevers and illness’s are from a rare genetic disorder called Familial Mediterranean Fever Syndrome. My revamp of our cleaners stayed, but I will admit, I haven’t looked too far into the implications of all those chemicals since our first purging. Have you ever looked at the Household Database? That is some scary stuff.

Meet my cleaner cupboard.

Ok, here is the reality of this shot. I have lots of help.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you also know I have lupus. What does that have to do with anything? Well, it’s twofold. First, I have limited energy and second, my skin is extra, super, crazy sensitive. Even when using the natural cleaners, my skin breaks out. My hands literally split and rashes creep up my arms. Because obviously something that does that to my skin is ok to be around my kids and pets, right? Right?  Add in the fact that with kids and pets, I’m doing a lot of cleaning. Not only does that hurt my skin, think of the waste. Empty plastic bottles. Landfills. Bad.

Where am I going with this? I’m glad you asked.

I was recently given the opportunity to review the Shaklee Get Clean system.

I figured I would be one tough cookie on this.

Meet the Get Clean system.

One of the most important things is what you won’t find in the Shaklee products, which have been reviewed and endorsed for their safety by Healthy Child Healthy World {http://healthychild.org}.  They believe that health isn’t just about what you put in your body; it’s about everything around you. They bring you a full line of natural and nontoxic cleaning choices that are Safe for You, Your Home, and Your Planet® called Get Clean®.

·         No harmful fumes or hazardous chemicals.

·         Outperforms 20 national leading brands.

·         You would spend $3400 for ready to use cleaners to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!*

·         Features Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate – just 1/4 tsp. makes 16oz. of all-purpose cleaner for only 3 cents.

·         And when you purchase the Get Clean Starter Kit you also make a positive impact on the planet:

·         Keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills.

·         Eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas.

M’kay, that’s good to know, but…..do they work? I was originally going to focus my review on just one product in the Get Clean line, giving y’all the low down truth on how it performed. I took all the yuck cleaners out from under my sink and started using every part of the Get Clean line. By golly, I was going to find the weakest link in this and use that for my review.

This looks better. Now on to the flaw in my review plan. They all work. Not only do they work, they work great. Scratch that, they work amazing.

Laundry? Clean and soft.

Dishes? No spots or haze.

Bathroom? Fresh and clean.

My car? Dust and Cheeto free.

Windows? Streak free.

My review plan? Tossed out like those yucky cleaners. So instead here is what I want you to take away from this review:

My skin is rash free and soft. 

I have been using every single part of the Shaklee Get Clean System for over two weeks and my hands are perfect. I have (almost) begun to enjoy cleaning. Now, the products I was sent to review are part of the Get Clean unscented line, but after using them without an incident for a week or so, I took an additional step. I added a few drops of essential oil to my spray bottles. I added sweet orange to my window cleaner, lavender to my degreaser and orange, lavender and chamomile to the all-purpose cleaner. The aromotherapy was fantastic.

And my hands are fine!!!

A bit more about what you will and won’t find in the Shaklee Get Clean system.

The next thing I would like to point out is the lack of waste in this system. A little really does go a long, long way. The Super Concentrate? You literally use just drops of it to make the window cleaner. Drops! I have made and used 2 full bottles (in the provided spray bottles) of the All-Purpose, Window and Degreaser sprays and I have used almost none of my Super Concentrate. Let me put it this way:

To get the same amount of clean as one 16-ounce bottle of Basic H2, you would have to spend:

• Nearly $482 for the equivalent amount of all-purpose cleaner

• $12,250 for the equivalent amount of window cleaner

• $144 for the equivalent amount of degreaser

In terms of environmental savings, there is the waste saved from the landfills and elimination of 248 pounds of greenhouse gas with just One Get Clean Kit! Passing on one Get Clean kit to a friend is equivalent of planting 10 trees!

For more information about the system, check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTpBru2Oaj4

Remember way back in the title where I mentioned a giveaway? Of course you do!

How would you like to win a Shaklee Mini Household Kit? Shaklee is giving one lucky reader from each blog a Mini Household Kit!! {$46.95 retail value}. Want one? I knew you would!

  • To enter the blog giveaway I want you to look under their kitchen sink to see if you find any of these ingredients in your cleaning products: kerosene, phenols, cresol, lye, hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, sulfuric acid, petroleum distillates, ammonia, sodium hydroxide, butyl cellosolve, phosphoric acid, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, morpholine, and phthalates?

Did you? Leave a comment on what you discovered and why you need a green cleaning makeover! (Mandatory entry)

Additional entries, separate comment below for each entry: (Limit 5 entries TOTAL per person please!!)

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Official rules: http://blogger.myshaklee.com/us/en/about_giveaway_rules.html Giveaway ends April 19th at 11:59 EST. One winner will be chosen from all eligible comments via random.org.

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This review and giveaway was made possible by the Shaklee Corporation & Mom Spark Media. Incentives, product and support were provided. Thoughts are my own.

 

 

Responsibility? Really?

I will be the first to admit that I have been pretty vocal about a certain business’s lack of what I see as responsibility.

The lack of stepping up. Saying, “Dang, something is not right here.”

Today I would like to tell you about a different company.

In 2005 I bought a Tempurpedic Mattress. It was a huge splurge for us. We agonized over it for MONTHS. Shortly before hubby was deploying to the Mediterranean, we took the plunge and bought it.

Can you say “Totally worth every penny!”?

This was such a huge investment for us that we wanted to protect it. Tempurpedic has a special protective cover for the mattresses that when purchased at the same time as the mattress itself, has a 10 year warranty.

Fast forward to June 2011.

Faith, as she does every night, crawled into bed with us. But this night she had an accident. Ok, no biggie, everything is protected and washable.

Except it wasn’t protected. The protective cover didn’t protect. Oh nos. :(

We called Tempurpedic and we were told that there had been a few production issues with the protector we had, but they would send us out a brand new, much improved protector.

M’kay, sounds good.

New one arrived and whoa nelly it was different! We put it right on the bed and life went on.

Until a couple of weeks ago when Faith once again crawled into bed with us and had an accident.

The super-duper new and improved protector didn’t work. AT ALL.

Ewwwww.

We called Tempurpedic once again because….THIS IS NOT RIGHT.

And do you know what they told me???

Ready?

Grab a coffee so you have something to spit on your keyboard when you read what they told me.

Got it?

Ok, they told me….

We made a mistake.

Can you imagine? A huge company admitting that something got past their careful vetting. That an error happened.

It turns out that the super-duper mattress protector we were sent was actually a bed cover and is not designed to provide any protection at all.

What is Tempurpedic doing to fix this?

They are not only sending us an entire new bed, they are upgrading the bed.

Admitting a mistake AND fixing it?

You spit your coffee didn’t you?

Seneca Oatmeal and Fruit cups, revisited. Plus a giveaway!

 WINNER! 

Last year I was given the opportunity to review Seneca Oatmeal and Fruit Cups.

I thought that they were a great choice for morning when there is not time for a sit down breakfast, but I did find a few drawbacks.

(Full review here)

I recently had the chance to try the two new flavors, Maple & Brown Sugar and Cranberry Apple.

Both new flavors have a very short ingredient list, which makes the “mom” in me very happy.

We tried the Cranberry Apple first. Just 45 seconds in the microwave and it was the perfect temperature. Peeling back the top, I could smell cranberries! The consistency was  perfect. Not too thin, not too thick. Big cranberries and apples were visible in each spoonful. Love love love this!

Next up is Maple & Brown Sugar. I wanted to like this. I tried to like this. I even added a bit more maple syrup attempting to like this. I just couldn’t. The texture seemed a bit off and while I could smell maple, I didn’t taste any.

Am I an oatmeal snob?

Final verdict for Seneca Oatmeal Cups? LOVE the Cranberry Apple. LOVE. And I can’t wait to find them in stores, because I will be buying them all up. Mine!!! This will live in my pantry right next to the Vanilla Peach from the last taste test. :)

Skipping the Maple & Brown Sugar.

Want to give them a taste for yourself? Of course you do!!

One reader will win a 2-pack of each new flavor of Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit!

Mandatory Entry 

Leave a comment below telling me about your child’s favorite breakfast food (1 entry per person)

Extra Entries (1 comment per extra entry)

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This giveaway is available to US residents only and will end on March 28th at 11;59 PM EST. Winner will be drawn from all comments by Random.org. Winner will be posted March 29th, and they will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.

A 24 Day Challenge

My weight and I have been in a battle for as long as I can remember.

And it’s not fun.

As an adult my weight has fluctuated between a high of 240 pounds and a low of 125.

I like myself at  about 135. I feel good, my clothes fit well. I try not to go by a number, but that seems to be the weight that I truly feel good. I’m not one to step on a scale daily or even weekly. To be honest, I like to avoid the scale and go by how my favorite pair of jeans fit.

Over the last month or so, I’ve notice that my clothes are not hanging quite right. My favorite jeans a a bit snug. My face looked a bit rounder. I said a quick Hail Mary then took a deep breath and stepped on the scale.

Yea, I put it out there. I’m showing my honest, no fudging, really really true weight.

(covering face with a blanket and whimpering)

Why? Because I have been given an amazing opportunity to try the Advocare 24 Day Challenge. Not only do I get to try, Jimmy gets to try with me! Yay for not doing it alone!!!

Advocare 24 Day Challenge is not a diet or a miracle fat melter.

It is a jump start to a healthier lifestyle.

And y’all are going to help keep me on track! I will be posting once a week with an update of how it is going and my thoughts. Jimmy will be popping in with guest posts also.

I am so excited for my box with all the awesome Advocare goodies to get here! :)

Days 1-10 Cleanse Phase:

The first ten days are about cleansing your body of toxins and preparing for optimal nutrient absorption, and you may enjoy weight loss as well!

Days 11-24 Max Phase

Give your body the best tools you need to achieve your next weight management goal during days 11-24!*

Mushrooms? Seriously?

When someone says the word “mushroom”, the first image that comes to my mind is the can of button mushrooms we always had in the house while I was growing up. They were slimy. They were salty. They had a strange texture. I did not like. Now that I’m the grown up, mushrooms have not been a part of my culinary repertoire. There have been times while walking in the produce department that my eye has strayed to the displays of fresh mushrooms. They certainly didn’t look like the ones I ate while growing up. They actually looked pretty interesting. But all I knew how to do with mushrooms was open the can, dump into spaghetti sauce, then pick them back out before eating. So I kept walking.

Recently I was contacted by The Mushroom Council, a group of U.S. mushroom growers. They are promoting National Nutrition Month (March) as the perfect time to “get your plate in shape” with mushrooms.

Mushrooms huh?

The hook? 

“Increasing the intake of lower calorie foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of those higher in calories, like ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing calories and fat while still feeling full and satisfied after a meal. This approach of replacing some ground beef, turkey or other meat with mushrooms is known as “swapability.” It works because mushrooms’ hearty texture and rich flavor allow them to blend seamlessly with meats. The mushroom and meat “swapability” technique is an economical way to make family meals more nutritious and works great in family favorites like lasagna, burgers, tacos or chili.”

Swapping some of the meat? That sounds pretty interesting. 

Mushrooms and Meat: The Perfect Partner

Replacing some of the ground beef, turkey, or other meat with mushrooms is an easy technique called “swapability”

Mushrooms’ hearty texture and flavor make them compatible with meats both as a complement or replacement

Swapping in mushrooms for a portion of the higher-calorie ingredients, like meat, in a dish reduces calories, fat and sodium without compromising on flavor

The “swapability” approach is an economical way to make family meals more nutritious

This simple three-step “swapability” strategy is perfect for family favorites like burgerslasagna pizza, chili – or any dish that calls for ground meat:

o    Chop up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground beef or turkey;

o    Cook and season mushrooms the same way you would meat;

o    Combine the cooked meat and mushrooms and use the mix to complete your recipe.

I think I could try this. It sounds easy enough, and they provided links to several recipes.

RECIPES:

Crab and Mushroom Cakes with Chipotle Aioli

Mushroom Burger Wrap

Cremini and Pork Meatballs

Chocolate Chili

Mushroom Flatbread

Almost Lasagna

Mushroom and Beef Bulgogi Tacos

Chocolate Chili? I am willing to try anything that starts with the word  “chocolate”. Heh heh. Mushroom Council – Your challenge is accepted!

Using half my normal amount of ground beef.

Beefy

Next I carmalized the onions.

While the onions were doing their thing, I contemplated the next step. What do I do with these?

I chopped, and took a deep breath, and added them in.

The mushroom/beef mix. It smells really, really good!

Then I added in the beans, tomato sauce and spices.

Then I did this. Oh yes I did.

I simmered for about 20 minutes to let the flavors meld. That is such an awesome word. Meld. 

Verdict? Total yum! Do you see that happy face? No, really, it IS his happy face. He’s 17, this is ecstatic. Teen boys don’t show much emotion. This is a recipe that will have a solid place in our menus…..and…..I WILL try a few more mushroom swaps. 

Interested in learning more? Join us at a Twitter party on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM EST. The event hashtag is #Mushrooms and there will be prizes awarded. (US and Canada, 18+). RSVP is available at: http://resourcefulmommy.com/8634/mushroom-channel-twitter-party/

 

{{Mommy Rambles was compensated for this post by the Mushroom Council and Global Influence, but the yum was all mine!!}}