Homemade worcestershire sauce

I realized I was out of Worcestershire sauce in the middle of making my homemade chicken salad. I didn’t feel like going to the store, and I knew I could find a recipe on the internet. It was quick and easy, so here it is:

  • Apple cider vinegar, ½ cup
  • Water, 2 tbsp.
  • Soy sauce, 2 tbsp. (low sodium variety)
  • Brown sugar, 1 tbsp.
  • Garlic powder, ¼ tsp.
  • Mustard powder, ¼ tsp.
  • Onion powder, ¼ tsp.
  • Ginger, ¼ tsp. (minced)
  • Cinnamon, a pinch
  • Pepper, a dash

Directions:
Mix all the components together in a cooking pan and place on a medium flame. Allow it to boil and then allow it to simmer on a lower flame for 45 seconds more. Let it cool down before using and store in a cool, dry place. One tablespoon of this can be used to substitute an equal amount of Worcestershire sauce. This makes about ¾ cup of the sauce. (Found: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/worcestershire-sauce-substitute.html)

I really didn’t want to use soy sauce (HFCS) or the brown sugar, but I still have both of those on hand. I will be replacing all the bad staples in my pantry, but right now, since I’m not working, I don’t have the means to just go out and replace everything.

I will continue my hunt for a recipe without HFCS and sugar.

Cindi

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Are you leptin resistant???

I stumbled across this article today about leptin and how it affects weight loss. I had never heard of leptin before, but now I know why it’s hard for me to lose weight. It’s another great reason to avoid high fructose corn syrup…

http://wellnessmama.com/5356/cravings-fix-your-leptin/#disqus_thread

 

I found the leptin article while researching hormonal balance…

http://wellnessmama.com/5425/balance-hormones/

 

Happy reading 🙂

Cindi

 

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Homemade recipes to avoid soy by-products

I found some amazing homemade recipes for a few store-bought items that contain soy and soy by-products.

Here is one for homemade pasta sauce in a crock pot:

http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2011/09/homemade-homemaking-garlic-basil.html

Another one for homemade cream of chicken soup, because the store bought version has a TON of bad stuff in it:

http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2012/01/homemade-homemaking-cream-of-chicken.html

And finally homemade taco sauce, because, yep you guessed it, full of soy stuff….

http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2009/11/homemade-taco-sauce.html

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Soy is in everything….(and that’s NOT a good thing)

     I’ve been avoiding (at least I thought I was) soy since I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2001. However, soy is in ALL processed foods, usually as soy lecithin. Soy is known to cause trouble for the thyroid, and 95% of soy grown in the US is genetically modified, meaning it has Round Up poison and the Bt toxin added to its DNA. So when you consume soy, you are consuming weed killer and toxins that are now part of these plants. No wonder we are all fat and sick. Go check your labels, you will be very surprised.
     Soybean lecithin comes from sludge left after crude soy oil goes through a “degumming” process. It is a waste product containing solvents and pesticides and has a consistency ranging from a gummy fluid to a plastic solid. (http://preventdisease.com/news/09/073009_soy_lecithin.shtml)
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Convenience is killing us….

Wow, I didn’t realize how many products contain sugar. Mayonnaise, peanut butter, and pasta sauce have hidden sugar. I know I can make my own peanut butter and pasta sauce, but I’m not thrilled about making my own mayonnaise. My daughters are not happy with my new healthy eating kick, and one of them even blamed my Master’s degree program for ruining her life! But what teenager wants to follow their parent’s advice? None that I know of 🙂

I’m trying to slowly incorporate my new recipes to lessen the shock to my daughter’s systems, but it’s not easy. They keep finding cool desserts to make on Pinterest! It’s hard to compete with the internet 🙂

I love convenience, but convenience is killing us…

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