Feed Your Soul

How to Organize Lunches

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, September 09, 2015


With five kids in the Pujols household, packing lunches for school can be ordered chaos. Here are some tips for how to keep lunches for your family better organized.

·         Make a big batch of PB&J sandwiches in advance and freeze them.

·         Put a rubber band around a sliced apple to keep it from turning brown

·         Freeze drinks the night before and they’ll double as ice packs

·         You can also freeze a clean, wet sponge to use as an icepack

·         Organize snacks for each day ahead of time.

Tips for Keeping Healthy Snacks on Hand All Week

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, September 09, 2015


Here are some quick and easy tips for keeping healthy snacks on hand all week:

 

1.       Gather your favorite veggies like celery, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower

2.       Wash and Cut into bite size pieces

3.       Store in air tight container

By prepping veggies over the weekend you have food that’s ready and easy to grab from the refrigerator on days when your family is more rushed.

You can also pack individual serving sizes into small Ziploc bags for on-the-go snacks or for packed lunches.

When You Help Someone up a Hill...

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Tips to Get Moving this Labor Day

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, September 07, 2015

This Labor Day millions of us will be blessed to enjoy a big meal with our families. One of the healthiest things we can do after a big meal is to get up and move around rather than just sit and talk. Thirty minutes after you’ve finished eating consider taking a walk with your family or playing games in your yard like croquet, badminton, yard darts or bocce ball. Activity also feeds the soul.


Blessed are the Happiness Makers

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, September 06, 2015

Create a Care Package for the Homeless

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, September 06, 2015


We’ve all driven past folks on the corner holding up a sign asking for help. You might have handed them a ten dollar bill, maybe more, and still thought there must be more you could do. Actually there is. This simple care package for the homeless is something you can make yourself and keep in your car when such occasions arise.

Take a watertight gallon-size zipper lock plastic bag and fill with items like these:

·         Water bottle

·         Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verse (click here for a Pujols Kitchen Care Package Card)

·         Crackers with peanut butter or cheese

·         Fruit snack or applesauce cup

·         Granola Bar or cereal bar

·         Tuna and crackers

·         Gift certificate to fast food

·         Band Aids

·         Chapstick

·         Comb or small brush

·         Socks

·         Hand wipes

·         Pack of Kleenex

·         Maxi pads

·         Toothbrush and toothpaste

·         Nail clippers

·         Mints, cough drops or gum

·         Rescue Mission meal voucher

Labor Day Meal Planning Tips

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, September 04, 2015

With a little planning, serving your family a big meal this Labor Day doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are some tips:

Two Days Before

1.       Make a menu of your family’s favorite dishes

2.       Survey your pantry and refrigerator for ingredients you already have

3.       Make a grocery list of items you still need

4.       Shop

The Day Before

1.       Make your side dishes and refrigerate if needed

2.       Make your desserts and refrigerate if needed

Labor Day

1.       Set your table

2.       Roast or grill meat

3.       Pour drinks

4.       Get out side dishes

5.       Eat and then serve dessert

*Have the rest of the family do the dishes!

  

Back to School Health Tip

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, September 01, 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!

Pujols Kitchen Takes New Direction

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

La Cocina Deidre


 In 2008, I sought a way to combine my interest in cooking with my passion to help those in need and Pujols Kitchen was born. Created to honor God, Pujols Kitchen offers great Latin inspired cookware, provides authentic recipes, serves in global missions and shares inspiration from my heart and my kitchen.

For me, cooking is an expression of love and serving others. Whether it’s preparing a meal for family and friends in your kitchen; sharing your talents with others or donating cookware to those in need, there are all sorts of ways to love and serve others here at home and abroad. That’s why we’ve decided to make Pujols Kitchen’s online community a place for positive connections with people and to expand its mission on a global scale. Each month on the newly remodeled Pujols Kitchen website you’ll see recipes, inspiring messages and ideas for serving others in your immediate community and all around the globe.


I am excited about the redirection of Pujols Kitchen as I take it back to its original purpose of giving and missions. We will still offer great quality cookware for purchase online, but our main focus will be on the needs of those in challenging situations, both in the states and abroad, providing them with cookware and nonperishable food. I remember being inspired to create the cookware during a visit to one of the most remote villages in the Dominican Republic where cookware was such an important part of their existence. Knowing how important cookware was to them, and how important family meals are to creating a happy community, it is my dream to share this inspiration one family at a time, and end poverty all around the world.


And speaking of family meals, being a parent of 5 kids sometimes means 5 different requests for meals. Its a challenge to get one meal on the table let alone have time to serve a full restaurant menu. So I'm constantly looking for ways to get my kids involved in the kitchen. My oldest daughter, Bella, now nearly 18, has a passion for food. We've worked on helping her make healthy choices. I asked Bella, who has Down Syndrome, to help me teach other people with different abilities how to make good meals either with a toaster oven or a microwave. I will highlight a recipe twice a month straight from Bella's kitchen! Check out her Toaster Oven Tortilla Pizza.

Toaster Oven Tortilla Pizza

1.    Take ¼ cup marinara sauce and spread over a 10-inch whole-wheat tortilla

2.    Sprinkle one ounce reduced fat cheese on top and any of your favorite vegetables

3.    Heat up for approximately 5-8 minutes (or until cheese melts and tortilla is light brown)

4.    Slice and enjoy

Sometimes people just need a smile. God has blessed Albert and me and our family in so many ways. God has inspired me to serve. I just want to love on people and share the countless ways all of us can love and serve those in need. So I invite you into my kitchen where, together, we can share God’s love, serve others and make the world a better place one meal, one donation and one person at a time. Every one matters.

Ten Ways to Give Back

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Not all of us are made of money and while we’d love to give to those less fortunate, we don’t necessarily know how. The good news is giving to those less fortunate is easier than you might think and doesn’t have to break your budget either. Here are ten ways to give back and let God’s light shine through you.

1. Give of yourself. 
When you visit a friend or loved one, send them a card, call, email or text, you make them feel special and loved. Hand-made gifts are personal and show them you took time out for them. Showing appreciation, giving praise and gratitude creates heart-to-heart connections.

2. Share Your Talents.
Many of us downplay our talents when the reality is we know things others would love to know. Giving someone an hour of computer coaching or a cooking lesson could change their life. Do you have mad skills when it comes to painting, plumbing or landscaping? Are you an expert organizer? You never know who could benefit from your skills.

3. Clear the Room. 
 Tired of all the clutter in your closets or basement? Maybe it’s time to give what you no longer need or use to charity. What some consider junk others consider treasure.

4. Laughter.
One of the best ways to bring health and happiness to others is with laughter. Laugh loud and often with others and you provide them with physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits.

5. Give blood. 
 Not only are there health benefits to donating blood, like better blood flow and more balanced iron levels, but the blood you give might just save someone else’s life.

6. Touch is a powerful thing. 
 When you appropriately give affection in the form of a hug, a pat on the back, a kiss on the cheek, even a simple touch on the arm, you help to heal someone’s emotional wounds. The same is true of encouragement. Filled with doubts and fears, many of us have lacked courage from time to time. Make the world a better place by inspiring others to act on their dreams.

7. One of the easiest and most abundant gifts we can give away is kindness. 
Whether your kindness takes the form of buying Girl Scout cookies, opening the door for the person behind you, returning your grocery cart or making a meal for your neighbor, there are all sorts of ways to give away kindness. 

8. Lift someone’s spirit. 
 Bad news is everywhere. Why not share good news stories instead. Pass these on to friends with a personal note to let them know you’re thinking of them. You’ll make their day.

9. Forgiveness. 
 Memories of unlovable times can haunt us. Life’s too short to dwell on what they did or what you did and the meaning you’ve given it. When you forgive you offer healing to coworkers, family, friends and neighbors, even yourself.

10. Love. 
 Unconditional love is the purest and hardest love to come by. Make the world a more loving place by loving those who deserve it the least.

 

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