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Easy Peasy Instapot Infant Food

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Before I get into the heart of this post, I wanted to share with my followers about my absence and recent endeavors that have emerged as a part of my child’s healing journey. I haven’t been too active with Holistically Heal for a few years as I was focused on her healing, but a mission was presented to me in the process. You can read about this mission here and can follow my personal journey of healing my daughter (also features the journeys of others on simliar paths) if you wish here.

Yesterday I was working from home and it suddently dawned on me that my child was out of prepped meals!!! Eeeeek! It was almost lunchtime and I hadn’t even began looking at recipes to create an ingredients list and go shopping. So, what’s a mom to do?

I might add here that my babe is 5, just learning to self-feed and we have gone back to purees recently as she has shown an interest in self-feeding. Since we now know she is able to self-feed we wanted to establish that expectation that she can and will. So in recent weeks I have been pureeing her meals to a thick, sticky consistency that she can keep on the utensil and safely eat without worries of airway aspiration or occlusion. Super excited to share that she has now independently self-fed every meal for the past 3 weeks!!  Once this habit is solidly established we will return to chewing foods for meals, but only doing chewing stuff for snack time during this transition. It’s recipes like this one that are my life-saver so I wanted to share for my foodie mommas following my blog!

I began searching the pantry, fridge and deep freeze to see what I had on hand. I had brown rice, grassfed beef, spinach and some nuts. Sounds like a great well-rounded combination! Ha! I began throwing ingredients (including a frozen chunk of local grassfed beef) into the Instapot. 40 minutes later…voila!! The recipe is to follow 🙂

Place the following ingredients into the Instapot (all organic ingredients), set on high pressure for 40 minutes. Allow to cool and puree in food processor, adding broth or water as necessary to proper consistency for your child’s needs.

1.5 lb local grassfed ground beef
2 cups brown rice
Container of greens (I used spinach, probably 3 cups or so)
3 cups of beef broth
6 garlic cloves
1 onion, cut into rings
Handful of raw walnuts
Appx 3 tbsp hemp hearts and 3 tbsp chia seed ( I just grabbed some and threw them in)
Salt and season to taste

Point of this post: Keep it simple, silly! Don’t overthink it…just throw some real food in a pot and get to cooking!

 

 

 

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Attention: Foodies who miss (sort of) Starbucks!

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I love clean eating…it’s really the only way to feel satisfied after a meal, snack or treat. On occasion if I get off track due to life circumstances in that moment and eat something not-so-clean, I regret it immediately and for hours to follow. I feel bloated, sometimes nauseated, still hungry but full (like a weird heap of cardboard in my stomach), exhausted, sometimes even a bit dizzy. But, there are a few things I feel like I miss (sort of) sometimes. Starbucks, Olive Garden tiramisu, movie theater popcorn, buffalo wings and maybe a few other things that don’t come to mind right now. Can you relate? If so, this post is for you!

This morning I decided it was time for a fun coffee drink. The following are the ingredients I used and it was DELISH! This recipe yields mochas for two.

The Nontoxic Iced Mocha

1 cup local raw milk (or organic milk product of your choice)
1 cup strong organic coffee
4 tablespoons locally made organic chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons local organic maple syrup

Blend ingredients in a shaker mug, blender, etc. Serve over ice.

Easy peasy, right?!?! Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!

Homemade Sea Salt Saline Solution for Little Noses

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Salt is naturally anti microbial. Saline nasal spray is a go-to of many parents, conventional and “foodie” moms and pops alike, when the green snotty nose critters make their way into their child’s system. It is also recommended by conventional docs, as well as naturopaths and doctors/advocates of natural medicine. Whether you want to save money or avoid introducing chemicals found in conventional nasal sprays purchased at the store, this post is for you.

Many of us “foodie” folks have a discovery along our paths that makes us want to kick our own $@& for stupidly overlooking something that you would think would be exempt from the chemical craze in the majority of over-the-counter products. Saline nasal spray was one of them for me. I mean, saline, salt water…that’s a safe bet. Why would you need to add chemicals to something so simple? I didn’t actually have this thought process because if I had, I’d have definitely read the label…I do on everything (apparently, almost everything) anymore. It was just one of those “simple” things that escaped my consciousness as something to even check, something that I’ve used for years, that was already in our remedies cabinet, and was a habitual go-to when one of the kids were sick.

It wasn’t until I had a bit of a nasty nose myself this time around that I used the “saline” nasal spray and was caught off guard. My reaction? “OMG. What the WHAT is this that I just sprayed up my nose?!?!? What is this that I’ve repeatedly sprayed up my children’s noses?!?! That is NOT simple saline solution.” It smelled, tasted and felt like I just sprayed a public pool in my nose. No wonder they get so ticked when I put this in their noses!! And so the label inspection began…I’m not going to go into detail of the label as I don’t have the time at the moment and the purpose of this post is to provide a solution, not preach on the problem.

My first thought was that saline solution can’t be difficult to make at all. So, the net search commenced. This was one of the articles I stumbled upon and found helpful. 0.9% saline solution equals 9 grams of salt to 1 liter of water. That in itself can’t be too tough, but I really didn’t want to make an entire liter, nor did I want to deal with all the sterilization business for just nasal spray that I will be using for a very brief time before dumping. This can easily be made fresh every day or two or with each illness.

After a little searching I decided to use my glass-bottled Mountain Valley Spring water as the base. Now, for measuring the ratios. Using an online converter for grams to ounces, I determined that 9 grams is equivalent to 0.3 ounces. I got out my postal scale, zeroed it with a small bowl atop the scale, and began with 1/2 teaspoon at a time of my Celtic Sea Salt, until I reached 0.3 ounces on the scale at four 1/2 teaspoons (ie 2 teaspoons). That makes for a very simple conversion of 1/2 teaspoon to 250 milliliters of spring water. So, I filled up a glass baby bottle to the 250 milliliter line, added 1/2 teaspoon of Celtic salt, placed it in the bottle warmer to help dissolve it, stirring with a stainless steel straw. The solution, when fully dissolved will go into a glass dropper bottle with a glass dropper to cool so I don’t have to worry about the petrochemicals leaching from plastics (especially a warm solution) into my clean homemade solution.

Now, I sit back in peace, knowing in mere moments I will have a safe and clean saline nasal solution for my children that is super easy! I will further my research to determine if this is the absolute best ratio for nasal solution specifically, but in the meantime, it’s much better than the alternative!

In summary:
Recipe
250 mls spring water
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt

Now, all you big industry “saline” nasal spray producers…is it really that difficult to keep something so simple, simple? No. Time to step it up a notch and ditch the chemicals, or you will continue to ditch your customers!

Final note: I would NOT advise using table salt as a substitution for this or any recipe calling for salt! True salt is sea salt. Table salt is a nasty lab-made chemical concoction. Celtic Sea Salt and pink Himalayan are both options that are a pantry staple here in our home. When we feel we are dealing with more serious critters, we use colloidal silver spray in the nares and/or humidifier/nebulizer/oil diffuser as well. Good luck!

Awe-mazing Autumn Organic Soup

Perfect Winter Soup

I whipped up this soup last night, just throwing together random ingredients we had in the pantry and refrigerator..it turned out so delicious and I wanted to write up a recipe to save while the ingredients were fresh in my mind. I figured what better way than on my site to share with you, right? Right 😉

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 40 mins

Ingredients

2 cups sliced organic carrots (half moons)

2 cups chopped organic onions (appx 1/2 inch squares)

2 cups organic black beans, drained (cooked or canned)

3 handfuls organic baby spinach leaves, finely chopped (food processor saves time) Continue reading Awe-mazing Autumn Organic Soup

Summertime Slushie

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Summertime is just grand isn’t it? Fresh local produce, sunshine and picnics…I love the sense of freedom that accompanies summertime. You’re going to love this one and the kids will too!

Watermelon Slushie
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Small organic seedless watermelon
Organic juice of choice
Ice cubes

Cut the watermelon in half and cube one half. Place cubes in blender, adding just enough juice to blend the watermelon into liquid. Add ice cubes to the consistency of your liking. That’s it!!

Happy Summer Days to you!

XO~Rachel