Feed Your Soul

What Pablo Picasso Gave Away

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, September 17, 2015

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso


How to Save Time at the Airport

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Here are some tips that have saved me time at the airport:

1. Check in online before going to the airport.

2. Wear shoes that slide off so you don’t hold up the TSA security lines

3. Don’t wear heels on the plane if you need to wear them when you reach your destination. Consider stowing them in your carry on.

4. Keep documents like your pass port, boarding pass and ID in an easy-to-access pocket or badge holder around your neck.

5. Keep toiletries in a bag that’s easy to remove from your carry-on. Do this as well for your laptop.

6. Eat prior to going to the airport or bring healthy snacks with you so you don’t have to eat airport food.

7. Sign up for the TSA’s PreCheck Program so you can use expedited security lanes and leave your laptop and toiletries in your bag.

5 Time-Saving Cooking Tips

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Here are 5 time-saving cooking tips to keep you on schedule:

 

·         Plan Ahead - On Sunday, take inventory of what you have in the fridge and plan your meals for Monday through Friday. Then make a list and go to the store. This eliminates the dreaded “What’s for Dinner” question and saves you money by planning around the ingredients you already have on hand.

·         Use Healthy and Convenient Foods - Low-sodium and no-salt added canned beans are healthy (7 g fiber/serving) and easy to fix. Consider rinsing your beans to reduce your salt intake.

·         Quick-Cooking Whole Grains – Quick healthy dinners are a challenge especially when trying to fit in more whole grains. That’s why quinoa is making more appearances at family dinner tables all across America. Quinoa takes 15-20 minutes to cook and has 3 g of fiber per ½ cup serving.

·         Frozen Vegetables – Don’t worry, we won’t tell your friends. Ideal for stir fry or soup when you’re in a hurry, frozen vegetables are still packed with nutrients because they are picked and frozen at the height of ripeness.

·         Prepared Vegetables – Whether it’s slaw or a bag of broccoli florets, buying a bag of prepared vegetables is another way to “chop” a few minutes off of your dinner prep time.

 

 

 

 

Raise Your Standard of Living

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, September 15, 2015
“When God blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living. Raise your standard of giving.” – Mark Batterson

Back to School Health Tip

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, September 14, 2015

Whether you’re sitting at a desk in a classroom or at the office all day you’ll want to keep moving. Be sure to get up and walk around every hour for at least five minutes to maintain good blood circulation and so your behind doesn’t get square!


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Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, September 13, 2015


A Teacher's Wish List

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, September 13, 2015


Some of the most unsung heroes here at home are teachers and more often than not they’re making the best of their classroom situations with very little. Here is a list of supplies teachers wish they had but are often too nice to ask for:

·         Classroom set of iPads (Okay, not all of us can afford this but we can always dream!)

·         Heavy Duty Pencil Sharpener

·         Classroom Assistant/Para Professional/Helper

·         Smart Board

·         Pencils

·         Printer with Ink

·         Boxes of Tissues

·         Books

·         Cleaning Supplies like Clorox Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

·         Students willing to learn

How to Prep Healthy Food for the Week Ahead

Pujols Kitchen - Saturday, September 12, 2015


Here are some tips for how to prep healthy food for your week ahead:

       1.       On the weekend make a menu and then a grocery list

2.       Pull out all the ingredients you’ll need for your meals

3.       Make the most of your time, by starting with the things that have an element of inactive work like making bread. Get the dough together and rising first, before you do anything else. With the stove and the oven on, it warms up and my dough rises better.

4.       Chop all your veggies for snacking.

5.       Make salads-in-a-jar (Mason jar). Keep lettuce separate from the dressing and it all stays fresh and crisp for days. You can dump the whole thing into a bowl or eat it right out of the jar. It’s a perfectly portable and healthy lunch.

6.       Prepare the rest of your meals to the step just before cooking, store in air-tight container and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Bella's Zucchini Bites Recipe

Pujols Kitchen - Saturday, September 12, 2015


My daughter Bella was born with Down Syndrome and is almost 18 and very independent. As adults, many people with Down Syndrome will grow up to live independently and it is important that one of the many things they learn is how to cook for themselves. Bella makes her own meals quite often and I thought it would be fun to share some recipes that she can make. She is learning nutrition and the importance of health so we will attempt to share mainly healthy meals or snacks that others can teach their child with different abilities. Enjoy!


Zucchini bites

1 whole zucchini, sliced
Pasta sauce
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle of oregano
Shredded basil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Set toaster over to 350 degrees
Lay out zucchini slices
Spread the pasta sauce overtop
Sprinkle cheese over sauce
Sprinkle oregano and basil over cheese
Add salt and pepper to taste

Bake in toaster over for 10-12 min or until cheese is melted.

Save Time Getting Your Family Out the Door Each Morning

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, September 11, 2015


What’s the best way to save time getting your family out the door in the morning?

1.       Pack lunches the night before

2.       Lay out tomorrow’s clothes (the entire week if possible) the night before

3.       Choose simple and healthy breakfast foods like fresh fruit, bagels and granola that don’t take long to prep


 

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