IN MY KITCHEN ~ April Edition! A few items of interest in my kitchen for this upcoming month are highlighted in this post! Let me know what you think of them - if you have used or done and thing with any of the items listed or if you have any questions. Questions help me think of future posts - so I ALWAYS welcome them!
Dried items! If you visited my blog last week you saw that I accepted Opal's Dehydrator Challenge. I REALLY enjoyed that adventure and her and I have been trying to put together a weekly blogging Linky to get more people to BUST OUT their dehydrator! Let us know if this is something that would interest you! We would LOVE more participants! One of the many things I hope to do with my Excalibur Dehydrator this month is to dry more fruit and herbs to use in my teas and tonics. I would like to start off with citrus! Another item in my kitchen as of late is TEA. Well, I always have tea with or around me - pretty much throughout the day and evening. One of the companies I have been into lately is Pelican Tea. WHY? Because it stands out in the sense they use peppers and spices to add a HOT KICK to their tea flavors and blends. I think this really sets them apart from many/most other tea companies! They have some really interesting flavors and I hope to review some of them over at Sororitea Sisters soon!
On a more positive note...
The Basil has sprouted! YAY! I LOVE Basil! I hope it continues to grow! I started it from seed but I will most likely be getting a starter plant at some point, too, but I know I will use it! I use a lot of Basil! I will probably be getting more starter plants for herbs as well.
I have been buying more Dates lately, too! That is one thing you will find in my frig most of the times any more. I get them from my local herb lady. I have been using them in my Vitamix when I made Salad Dressings and Smoothies. I have also been using them in my Breakfast Bars when I try and make them in my Dehydrator. A little bit goes a long way and I appreciate them much more now that I am older. I'm NOT saying I didn't like them when I was younger it just wasn't something we had a lot of fresh in the house growing up..so maybe it's like my 2nd Childhood when it comes to dates?
Lentils are one of the worlds HEALTHIEST Foods! They are a Fiber ALL-STAR! They are Heart Healthy! They are an energy booster! They help stabilize blood sugar! They are a good source of Iron, Vitamins B1 & B6, Protein, and Magnesium...among others.
On of the many NuNaturals Products I'm intrigued with is this one. Oat Fiber.
It's a way to add more fiber to your diet. I don't think I have a problem with that but I'm interested in this product as a whole and also interested in possible passing a bit of this on to my mom and dad as my father is trying to increase his fiber intake.
NuGrain™ Oat Fiber is naturally produced from food-grade oat hulls
through a proprietary process. This is a chemical-free process, turning
organic hulls into various organic fibers. Oat fiber has many uses in
baked goods, adding to smoothies, porridge, smoothies, and other recipes
where you want to boost the fiber content of the foods your eat.
Substitute 3 tablespoons NuGrains™ Oat Fiber for every 8 servings per
recipe. For example if recipe yields 24 cookies and serving size is 3
cookies, then substitute 3 tablespoons for flour in your recipe.
What's in YOUR Kitchen for April!? Let me know in comments!