Food - Family -Faith

Food - Family -Faith
Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Cooking by: Shelley Hitz-Guest Post

I want to welcome my friend, Shelley Hitz to Recipe for Life. Shelley has embarked on a new adventure of eating in a more healthy way. I asked her to share her story with you. I also wanted to let you know about her new book: Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Cooking.

 

Our Turning Point

To be honest, my husband and I were not the picture of health in the early years of our marriage.  After tying the knot on August 15, 1998 we then proceeded to take in many meals consisting of Tuna Helper, frozen pizza and Lucky Charms.
And I’m not proud of that fact.
I knew better.  And yet I was too busy in my career to take the time to learn how to cook healthy meals for our family.
However, we hit a turning point.

Cancer Hit Both of Our Families

Yep…the dreaded “C” word.
My husband, CJ’s, mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Plus, my husband had gained over 40 pounds and was not happy about his weight gain (and his protruding belly).
Around the same time, our church hosted a health class based on a book by Stormie Omartian, “Greater Health God’s Way.”  As we listened to Tina and Rachael, our friends who taught the class, share their amazing stories of how changing their diet completely turned their lives and their health around, we were intrigued.

 And So Our Journey Began

After finishing that class, we were armed with new information about the impact food has on our health.  And we wanted to know more.  And slowly we began to change our diet.
They say that information empowers.  And it does.
Once we watched documentaries like, “Food Inc.” and “Forks Over Knives” we were convinced that eating a primarily vegetarian diet and increasing the amount of fruits and veggies in our diet was going to be our way of life.
My husband has since lost over 40 pounds and is running faster than he did in high school.   And I have finally realized the importance of cooking a healthy meal for my family.

And Now I Want to Share What
I’m Learning With Others

I’m the type of person that feels compelled to share what I’ve learned.  Especially something of value.  That’s why I have a website and books for teen girls.  That’s why I have a website and products on how to self publish books.  And that’s why I have written vegetarian cookbooks.
My primary motivation is to help others.
I know that eating a healthy diet can make a huge difference in your life and the life of your family.   By eating more fruits and vegetables and eating less meat, research has proven that you can prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many other illnesses.
It’s truly amazing.

Overcoming Obstacles in Life

I know what it’s like to overcome obstacles in my life.  Not just in regards to my health, but also my finances, fitness and family life.
  • I know what it’s like to have over $70,000 of consumer debt plus a $100,000 mortgage and feel hopeless of ever getting out.
  • I know what it’s like to be so out of shape that I felt like I couldn’t breathe after jogging only one measly mile.
  • I know what it’s like to feel helpless as I watched my dad lay in a hospital bed in a coma for 8 weeks and wonder if he would ever wake up.

Finishing My First Half Marathon

And Yet…

  •  I also know what it’s like to live beneath our means and use the “debt snowball” effect (thanks Dave Ramsey) to finally be out of consumer debt.  What an amazing feeling to be debt free!!
  • I also know what it’s like to finish my first half marathon (and probably my last).  I learned to push through the pain, to train hard and to enjoy that feeling of crossing over the finish line.
  • I also know what it’s like to see my dad open his eyes for the first time and take his first steps after a severe brain injury.

What Does This Have to Do
With Vegetarian Cooking?

Anything worth having in life takes dedication and sacrifice…paying off debt, finishing a half marathon and working hard in rehab everyday are just a few examples.
And so, as you decide to venture into cooking some vegetarian recipes or taking the plunge to eat primarily vegetarian (or vegan), it will take dedication and sacrifice.
  • It will take time to plan out your meals and do grocery shopping.
  • It will take dedication to eat healthy even when your friends and family don’t.
  • But, it will be worth it.

You and your family are worth it.

And I’m cheering you on and providing delicious AND nutritious vegetarian recipes that you’ll love and actually use.
Thanks for joining me in this journey!

Shelley Lynne, best-selling author of “The Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Cooking”




 

Here is one of the Recipes from Shelley's book:

 


 

 

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Servings: 6

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients
4 cups water
1 cup steel-cut oats
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 fresh apple - peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 Tbs honey
1 pinch salt

Directions
In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add the oats. Turn stove to low and allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes. They will become thick when they are done. Then mix in the following; carrots, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, raisins, ginger, and salt. Let it all simmer for about 20 minutes until everything becomes tender.  Stir in honey before serving.

Toppings:  pecan mixture (about two tablespoons) and a spoonful of yogurt.

Recipe Tips
Steel-cut oats take longer to cook, but have more nutrition than rolled oats.  If you’d like a sweeter taste, add more honey or use vanilla yogurt.

Nutrition Facts
Nutrition (per serving): 293 calories, 118 calories from fat, 14g total fat, 6.3mg cholesterol, 77.1mg sodium, 380.5mg potassium, 38.2g carbohydrates, 5.7g fiber, 15.2g sugar, 7.3g protein.


The Book is Free for today only, so check it out asap. 

Recipe from “27 Delicious and Nutritious Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes” by Shelley Lynne.  www.UltimateGuidetoVegCooking/Volume1

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