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Lessons in Time-Saving Food Prep: Frozen Meatballs

Kitchen, kid, chef.There are times when I want something home made and yet I want to put out zero effort. Since I’ve been put on timeout on the Sam’s Club chickens (I’m only allowed to bring one home every other week now), I had to find another multi-meal, quick prep option. My solution: meatballs!

I used to have to make them from scratch and freeze them myself (I have a rocking recipe that include spinach) because Mr. Rinaldi does not eat beef, pork, or any other red meat. So if we wanted turkey meatballs there was labor involved.

I have since discovered Tyson, Butterball, Jenny-O and Foster Farms all produce turkey meatballs. Here are some quick recipes – less than 30 minute to table. You can go turkey, beef, or homemade and freeze your own. Just make sure the meatballs are precooked.

Meatball Pizza: Use a Boboli pizza crust, a shmear of sauce, a bit of cheese and some fresh mushrooms and/or roasted red peppers, add some thawed and sliced meatballs – pop it in the oven at 475° for 15 or so minutes and you have dinner.

Summer Green and Meatball Soup: In a large pot, simmer 6 cups of chicken broth, 1 can of cannellini beans (rinsed), 4 to 6 cloves of chopped garlic and some whole meatballs, add 4-8 cups of any combination of the following torn into bite-size pieces – spinach, escarole, chard or kale (remove any tough stems). Simmer until meatballs are heated through and greens are wilted. Just before serving add 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice to the pot, season with salt-and-pepper to taste – optional Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

Sweet-and-Sour Meatball Mess: When I got the recipe for this one after trying it at a potluck years ago I couldn’t believe it. Take a medium pot and toss in enough meatballs for 3 to 4 servings, add 3/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup grape jelly and 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice. Heat through the simmering. Serve with crusty bread and crudités.

Red Curry Meatballs: In a large skillet sauté one sliced onion, one sliced zucchini, 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms and a sliced red or green bell pepper in olive oil until tender. Add 2 tablespoons red curry paste and one can of coconut milk. Add the meatballs and season with salt and pepper and cilantro to your taste. Serve over rice or noodles.

Meatball Bahn Mi: Heat the meatballs in the oven, on stovetop or in micro. While meatballs are heating mixed together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce (available in Asian markets or ethnic food aisle at your grocery), and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Spread on a split baguette and top with sliced meatballs, shredded carrot, cilantro sprigs and thinly sliced radishes.

What are some your favorite time-saving recipes?

Are You An Emotional Eater?

Comfort food.I’ve never been hugged by a bowl of mashed potatoes, and chances are neither have you. Yet we often refer to things like cake, pasta, or other starch-laden food items as “comfort foods.”

When I worked in healthcare many of us had become addicted to what we termed white flour Thorazine. We knew we were using simple sugars, fats and high glycemic index carbs for their sedative qualities. We worked in a highly-stressful environment and ate to alleviate that stress.

Foods that are high in fat, carbs, and/or sugar are highly addictive for a reason. They kick off a set of chemical reactions that lead to a boost in serotonin in your brain. Bottom line: they make you feel good. If only for a short time.

I’m embarrassed to say that at one point during the most stressful period of my life I had more than doubled my weight. I’ve since lost 50 pounds and kept it off, but the battle is far from over. I’m still 100 pounds over my normal healthy weight, and until I make the change in my own mind that this battle is a priority, it will continue to be a daily process of determining whether I am eating for hunger, stress, exhaustion, addiction, or a myriad other reasons.

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you think you’re eating for emotional reasons:

  • Do I eat because others are eating?
  • Do I eat when I’m not particularly hungry?
  • Do I get a sense of peace or soothing while I’m eating?
  • Do I feel bad about what I’ve eaten when I’m done?
  • Do I find myself regularly craving high carb or fatty foods?

If you find you’ve said yes to even one of these questions perhaps it’s time to start looking at what’s eating you as opposed to what you’re eating.

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Woman Breaking CigaretteMy name is Kimberly and I was once a two-pack-a-day smoker.

That is actually how I came to hypnotherapy over 20 years ago.

I was a two-pack-a-day smoker and had no conscious desire to quit. My parents were going to see a hypnotherapist for smoking cessation as my father had serious health issues and needed to quit his habit immediately. I went for two reasons: first, they asked for my support, and second, they were paying for it. I went into the sessions thinking I would go along for the ride and just smoke when I wasn’t with them.

Well, the short story is this: I left there and carried a pack of cigarettes for a year along with the thought, “I know I’m going to want one of these soon.”  After one year I tossed that last pack of unopened cigarettes and finally admitted I was a non-smoker.  Mom and Dad quit just as easily.

I could rehash the health-related reasons to quit, but you already know them. From the changes in your ability to taste and smell food to more serious issues of heart or lung disease, even cancer, you have heard them all. You have probably been asked by loved ones to consider them in your decision as well.

You always have choices. You chose to start smoking. Up till now you have chosen to continue smoking. You could choose to keep right on smoking or you could choose to quit. If you choose to quit you could try cold-turkey, nicotine gum, a patch, a pill, or hypnosis. Perhaps you could even choose a combination of these methods. The choice is yours. When you are ready to make a new choice, I can help. I am so confident in how well hypnotherapy works in smoking cessation, I offer a program with a lifetime guarantee.

Why Hypnosis?

Those who quit smoking have a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis. Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate in using hypnosis.

Hypnosis is the most effective tool. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit, combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times more effective than nicotine replacement and 15 times more effective than trying to quit alone.

So when you’re ready, ask for help. I’ve been there and I know what it takes.

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Healthy Greens for Everybody

Fresh green smoothie in the glass“Yes, in fact, I AM the boss of you!”

That is what I wanted to scream the first time I heard Mr. Rinaldi say, “You’re not the boss of me!” But after 21 years of being married and hearing it every time I try to get him to eat vegetables, I’ve given up on fighting and taken to hiding greens in most of his meals in such a way that he is not aware of it.

Hey, if he’s going to act like a 5-year-old then I’m gonna respond like the mother of a 5-year-old.

Frankly I don’t understand his aversion to green things. I love vegetables and greens in particular. One of the easiest ways for me to sneak greens into his diet is to add them to smoothies and juices. It doesn’t have to be a lot; greens are packed with vitamins and phytonutrients, so a little bit goes a long way. I’ve also minced them and added them to sauce for pasta, in soup, minced and mixed into other salad toppings, in fritattas – the way I see it, if it’s chopped small enough it’s too hard to pick out. And since he actually does like spinach, I often sneak two or three other greens into any recipe that calls for spinach.

Here are some of my favorite greens:

  • Kale – Loaded with vitamin C, kale brings a bright note to soups and stews. Use the leaves only and toss the stems, and remember to go light if you’re adding it to juices or smoothies as it can bring up a bitter note.
  • Beet Greens – Potassium and iron rich, these make a great addition to anything that calls for spinach.
  • Swiss Chard – Mild in flavor, you can use the stems in your cooking as well – just make sure to start them before the leaves. This makes a great addition to pasta with broth and a little Parmesan cheese.
  • Turnip Greens – Loaded with calcium and a spicy bite. Try sautéing with bacon and toss with pasta and a bit of Parmesan or grated Romano.
  • Collard Greens – While the obvious is braised with ham hock, I use these for wraps instead of tortillas. Add a slice of avocado, roasted turkey and a raw vegan garlic spread; this makes a great lunch.
  • Bok Choy – A standout favorite for stir frying, bok choy is also great in noodle soups and sliced thin as a slaw.
  • Spinach – This is the one that disguises so many of the others. Spinach is loaded with vitamin C and iron. I like it simply sautéed with garlic and olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice before serving.

How do you get your family to eat healthier?

Previously: Why you should be eating a balanced breakfast

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10 Tips to Staying Youthful

Recently I was at the annual Hay House I Can Do It conference in Pasadena, California. I got to see a number of amazing speakers who addressed the mind, body, spirit collective.

One of the speakers who stood out for me is someone I’ve seen a handful of times before, Dr. Christiane Northrup. A physician, author, mother, inspirational speaker, and pioneer in women’s health, she addressed aging in her keynote on Saturday evening. A couple of the things that she said really stuck with me and they were:

  • Stop telling people your age – I love sharing my age, got to work on this one.
  • Stop acting your age – I’m notorious for not acting like an adult, nailed this one.

Her reasons were pretty clear: we have preconceived ideas about what certain ages should bring. And not only do we have those preconceived ideas, so do other people. It leads to ageism!

YouthfulOver the course of the past week I spent time with a number of my girlfriends and gathered a handful of additional tips for remaining youthful.

  • Laugh – Laugh at yourself, laugh at life, just find something to laugh about daily.
  • Forgive – Holding onto grudges, anger, resentment and all that other negative nonsense puts stress on your body, and stress leads to wrinkles as well is bad health.
  • Move – Get up and dance, run, walk or play if you can. If you can’t, then wiggle your arms and legs or flap them like a bird. Just find a way to move your body joyfully for 20 to 30 minutes a day.
  • Look to the future – Quit focusing on the past. It’s nice to reminisce but having something to look forward to – events, goals, treats, etc. those give you motivation to keep moving forward.
  • Hold on to memories, let go of stuff – Do you really need the stuffed animal your first boyfriend gave you back in high school or the silk flower you got for Mother’s Day 12 years ago? Things require energy and attention and so do people. Where do you think your energy is best spent?
  • Keep learning – Even if it’s learning to brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand, if you continue to learn and expand your knowledge base you have greater likelihood of staving off cognitive impairment associated with aging and you’ll have cool things to talk about with your friends and family – instead of repeating the same old stories.
  • Make new friends – Create new relationships in your life, and not just with people who are exactly like you. By creating and nurturing new relationships you’ll be exposed to new things and you’ll tick off a few of the other items on this list.
  • Find a purpose – Whether you take a job, start a business, do volunteer work or whatever it is, having a purpose that is greater than you, a connection to something that needs you more will continue to motivate you to keep actively participating in this wonderful thing called life.

Read more: My Lesson in Aging Gracefully

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