Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yummy Chicken Noodle

I made this soup a few months ago but forgot to post it. :) I posted a while ago about the chicken broth and my efforts to make a yummy soup. I tried chicken noodle and it was delish! After preparing the broth, I added diced onions, celery, and carrots. Cooked then added wheat noodles and precooked chopped chicken. Cook for about 30 min then season to taste. It was really yummy with good veggies and whole wheat noodles. And it was homemade!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and your families from us here at Eat Crunchy! To remember the reason for the season, click here for free videos of the story of Christ.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sprouts Holiday Meals

I don't know if you have seen this or not, but Sprouts sells premade holiday meals. We did this for Thanksgiving and it was YUMMY! (I feel like I use that word a lot but it's true!) They include a meat, stuffing, pie, potatoes, veggies, and rolls.Good quality food and cheaper than any of the other grocery store deals I saw. Click here for the website and check out the deliciousness. Just make sure you preorder by 12/22!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Yummy Sunday Afternoon Chicken Casserole

In my effort to have yummy food that is not entirely bad for me, I present to you yummy chicken casserole!

While the whole wheat noodles cooked, in a separate pan, I cooked onion, garlic, chopped chicken (humanely treated and smoked) then added cream of chicken soup, water (instead of cream) and spices. I cooked this on low-med heat then mixed in with the noodles when they were done. I put them in a casserole dish and topped with a smidgen of butter, cheese, and crushed all natural pita chips. Bake for 20 min and voila! It was delish!

It's not that it's a healthy dish, but it's a healthier version and so yummy! Had I had the ingredients, I would have taken it up a notch by adding flax to the crushed pita chips and more veggies to the sauce.

Perfect for a Sunday afternoon!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Is Your Christmas Shopping Done?

I don't know about any of you, but I have yet to complete my Christmas shopping.  In fact, I'd venture to say that I'm a little behind.  I decided to be a little wallet friendly that I would buy one gift and make the other for each person- but that is proving to be rather difficult.

If you're looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift (and who isn't?) you might check out VistaPrint.  I don't know if you're familiar with this company.  This is actually the place where www.eatcrunchy.com gets our business cards.  The best part is you can often get FREE stuff, and you just pay shipping.  Although I should tell you the cheapest shipping can take a couple weeks- so get on this now if you're wanting to order something from VistaPrint for Christmas.  They even offer lots of eco-friendly options.

So here's some inspiration for your Christmas shopping: you COULD go cliche and get a calendar with your kid's image on it (I'm not hating on the idea- I do it too!) OR you could be a little more earth friendly and get your friends/family/coworker/teacher a reusable tote with your personalized image.  Check it out!

So check out VistaPrint, and sign up for their emails if you want to be notified of their often FREE deals as well.  Right now they're offering 250 FREE Business Cards:

Monday, December 5, 2011

What is a GMO?

We've talked on the blog before about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) but we haven't really gotten into the nitty gritty of a GMO and why they're bad for us.

So let's talk GMOs: What is a GMO?  In a nutshell a GMO is an organism (fish, food, etc) whose material has been genetically altered.  For food, there are two types of GMOs, both of which are patent protected (yes, patent protecting FOOD, if you can believe it).  One is resistant to commercial herbicides and the other is able to product "pesticidal proteins" from within the plant (doesn't that sound delicious and nutritious?)

The best and easiest visual reference I can find to do a quick overview of a GMO is here.

Besides the fact that GMOs have not been proven to be safe (and they haven't been around long enough for us to really know long term cosequences of ingesting them)- they provide severe consequences for our freedoms and food supply.

An example: Monsanto (and if you want to learn more about the evils of this massive company- head over here) sells these seeds to farmers.  These seeds cross pollinate from field to field (as plants often do).  If Monsanto finds a crop in a neighboring farm- through no fault of either farmer- they are suing the non planting farmer even though he didn't purchase or plant the crop in his farm.

Some studies suggest that consumption of GMOs will cause us to be resistant to antibiotics.  Some suggest they cause slow neurological damage.  Some suggest that it will cause new allergens to be introduced into our foods.  Whatever your belief is, there is no research that says these foods are 100% safe for you.

If you're wanting to purchase REAL food and avoid these lab produced foods, then check out this website for brands that are Non GMO certified.

UPC Food Search

I told you I'd be back.  I'm happy to report I'm now pain free!  As for whether or not I'm kidney stone free, well- only time (and an x-ray the next time I visit my urologist) can tell.

So while on my little sabbatical- I spent a lot of time surfing the internet.  I found a really awesome tool that helps identify a little more about what's in your food.  It doesn't get too specific for each item, but it does help one start challenging their pantry.

So, the first thing I decided to look up was Cheerios.  My son loves Cheerios and they are so much cheaper than the organic oat cereal in the grocery store.  A quick search of the UPC (you can also search by name) and you can find great information like this:

Awesome, right?

So then I decided to look up an old favorite that I enjoyed thoroughly throughout college.  Totino's Pizzas.

Check out how many more ingredients there are and how many are artificial!  Sometimes I can't believe I put that in my body!!

So check out your favorite foods and see what's in yours.  This site also has information about country of origin and GMO content (some, not all products).