Amazing Vegetarian Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup!

img_20170119_130101792_hdr.jpgBeing a Vegetarian I still occasionally miss certain things that I used to enjoy…like Chicken Noodle Soup. And, lately I’ve been experimenting with going Gluten Free. So Chicken Noodle Soup seemed to be something that was out of the question… Until now… I decided to make it happen. I made Vegetarian Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup that was amazing!

Here is how I did it. I used Quorn Chik’n Tenders, Jovial Gluten Free Spaghetti and Pacific Brand Vegetarian Chicken Broth. I added sautéed onions and shitake mushrooms and a diced potato and a little poultry seasoning.  And I created the best Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup… Here is the recipe. Great with a little Udi’s Gluten Free Bread toasted and topped with butter.Please share with friends and tell them where you got the  recipe!

1 onion sliced and sauteed with olive oil for 3-4 minutes

Add half a bag  Quorn Chik’n nuggets and Saute till slightly cooked and then cut each piece in half.

Add a handful of Shitake mushrooms Cook  2 more minutes (be sure to remove the tough stems)

Dice a small potato

Pour Vegetarian Chicken Broth into a saucepan and add the above ingredients.

Add 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning and a little salt and pepper.Cook for 20 minutes .

Grab a very, very small handful of spaghetti. About the size of quarter round. Break spaghetti into 1 inch pieces and throw into soup. Cook 15 more minutes. Remember that the spaghetti will swell so you don’t want too much… And you are done! Enjoy!

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Cook Naked!

Whenever you can… Cook Naked! Cooking Naked helps you stay in touch with your body. And being in touch with your body will bring out your Inner Sensuous Chef who wants to cook Healthy, Beautiful and Sensuous Food to maintain your Healthy, Beautiful and Sensuous Body. Go completely Naked or wear an apron if you must for protection…especially if you are a Passionate Chef…like me!  

Play Dance Music while you cook to set the mood for Sensuous Cooking. Choose music that you love… Music that makes you want to move. (I go to Pandora.com and choose Pleasure Victim)  Dancing while you cook will make cooking a more Sensuous experience. Moving your body rhythmically will get your energy flowing which will improve your Creativity.   And as you are cooking remember to choose lots of colorful Fruits and Veggies and don’t forget to use Herbs and Spices too!  They are all full of Antioxidants and other Magical things.  

I also suggest that you Eat Naked. Eating Naked tends to help you choose your foods and portions more wisely. While you are Cooking and Eating Naked … Be kind to yourself… And remember to say only Positive Helpful things to yourself about your body.   Here is a simple and powerful Positive Affirmation… My Body is becoming more Beautiful, Heathy and Sensuous every day!   Cooking Naked will help you stay in touch with your Sensuous Self. Do it as often as possible and use your Positive affirmation every day!  

Peggy Durham
Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com Author of “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach”
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Get Off of the Sugar “Roller Coaster”

A Sensuous Woman doesn’t need sugar to be sweet! Sugar is sweet, but what it does to your body is evil. When you eat white sugar, your pancreas goes a little crazy.  The job of your pancreas is to send out insulin to help your body utilize sugar.  It takes one molecule of insulin to move one molecule of sugar out of the blood stream, and into a cell.  “The Roller Coaster Effect” happens because white sugar is an unnatural food.  What I mean is that white sugar is so processed that it has lost all of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber that were present in it when it was in its natural state. This unnatural substance (white sugar) causes your body to overreact. As soon as you eat the sugar, your blood sugar level goes sky high. At this point, the pancreas freaks out (because it’s job is to send out insulin to keep the blood sugar at a reasonable level), and it sends out too much insulin to take care of the sugar. What happens next is that too much insulin is produced, and it causes your blood sugar level to drop very quickly. And, when your blood sugar level drops, you feel hungry, and will often reach for something sweet to help you feel better quickly. Wow!  It’s easy to see how this vicious cycle is unhealthy for your mind and body.

 Sugar causes many health problems.  Here are a few:

~    Causes weight gain, and promotes fat production

~    Drives heart disease

~    Leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes
          
~    Elevates insulin in the blood which can contribute to the development of cancers         

~    Is addictive, due to the high level of dopamine that is produced in the brain when you eat sugar 

The bottom line is that you need to avoid white sugar products as much as possible.

My solution is to use Stevia.  Stevia is the best sugar substitute. It’s extracted from the sweet leaves of the Stevia plant.  It comes in powder and liquid forms.  I prefer the liquid extract.  Some extracts contain a tiny amount of alcohol, so read the label, or buy the powder form if you want it to be alcohol free.  Giving up sugar is one of the best ways to become the Sexy, Sensuous, Healthy Woman you want to be.

Almost Famous Quotes

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“The key to Your Sensuous Self is your “Creative Imagination”. If you maintain a strong connection to your Creative Imagination… You will always be a Sensuous Woman”…” Peggy Durham
Sensuous Life Coach

I was writing a Creative Imagination exercise for my “Be Your Own Sensuous Life Coach” Meetup next week when my lover brought me breakfast out in my garden. I had just imagined something just like that 🙂

Power up your Metabolism ~”The Everything Shake”

Create your own personal Everything Shake ! Drinking one of these shakes everyday will help you in a variety of ways. This is a great alternative especially when you are too busy to fix breakfast.  I feel like it keeps my body humming smoothly, reduces food cravings and keeps my weight down without really trying. Also, having a high protein breakfast gets my metabolism fired up for the day… And, no matter what else I do that day I feel like I’ve improved my nutrition for the day if I start my day with an Everything Shake. It’s always one of the things listed on my Fridge Checklist! Your Shake can be made in a variety of ways depending on your preferences. You can choose a protein powder that is either vegan protein or whey. Currently my favorite protein powder is Arbonne’s Vegan Protein Powder* made with rice, cranberry and pea protein. It contains 20 grams of protein, 20 vitamins and minerals, has a low glycemic index and is gluten free.  To find a Protein Powder that meets your needs, just read the labels. I always prefer stevia as the sweetener. Do not use juice in your shake as the main liquid. It’s just too high in sugar.                                     

   Peggy’s Favorite “Everything Shake”
 Combine 1 – 2 scoops of  Arbonne Protein Shake Mix in blender with  1 1/2 cups soy, almond or skim milk (calcium), 1/4- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (antioxidants), 1/2 Tbsp Flaxseed Oil (anti inflammatory), 1/2 -1 tsp psyllium seed fiber (regulates digestive system) and a few ice cubes. I also add a probiotic to improve my immune function. The best probiotic is  bacillus coagulans found in Arbonne’s Digestion Plus  or in a product called Digestive Advantage. Create a shake that you love by using your favorite fruit and if you like  you can add a few spinach leaves for additional nutrition.  Have fun and use your imagination to create your own personal  “Everything Shake” with all of your personal favorites . Add it to your Fridge Checklist to help you improve your Health and Well Being  every day! And that is vital to becoming a Sensuous woman.

Arbonne Shake mix can be found at HealthandWellnessLifeCoach.MyArbonne.com

Sensuous Salad

I am a self proclaimed Gourmet Cook, but I hate making Salads. . . . I used to think that I was the only really great cook who felt that way . . . but I was wrong.  Lots of cooks avoid the salad, even though there are thousands. . . . Okay, maybe hundreds of reasons to have a salad once or twice a day. So how can we overcome this easy-to-accept “No Salad Lifestyle” ?  My solution is to make the Salad first!  It’s also important to remind yourself to think about the fact that fresh and colorful means full of antioxidants . . . and antioxidants mean anti-aging, no matter what your age is.  Salads are not even hard to make and a non-cook, or maybe your sous chef (aka your friend or lover) can help make the salad. But you can design it.

 
Use your Inner Artist to create a Sensuous Salad.  First, you need to assemble Sensuous Ingredients.  

  You will need Organic produce, starting with lettuce.  Choose one or two varieties, and dark green is preferred.  After that, add other colors.  Choose something orange, pink, red, blue, yellow, and any other color you can find.  The more colorful, the better.  Be sure to use Organic Fruit and Veggies, if at all possible. If Organic produce hard to find…Learn how to grow it yourself.  You can find all kinds of information about growing food in containers in books, magazines and online.  So, if you want . . . you can grow your own Organic produce no matter where you live.  I myself have written many articles on this subject.  And, although you can grow an Apple tree in a container . . .  Strawberries and Blueberries are easier. Lettuce and Basil will grow well indoors in a sunny south facing window, and tomatoes and peppers will do well in a container on your patio. If you have never tried to grow food… be brave and choose to grow something that you love to eat.

  Once you have your ingredients, you can start to create your Sensuous Salad.  My favorite ingredients include Romaine and Bibb lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, thinly-sliced apples or Asian Pears, slices of carrots, slivers of red cabbage, fresh peapods and red bell peppers. There are always the standard salad choices of cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, spinach and celery or not so standard additions like olives, artichokes, grilled zucchini, or avocado. The possiblities are endless. I always add pecans or walnuts, and my favorite cheese. Sometimes, I add homemade croutons made from toasted whole wheat bread, topped with olive oil and garlic. 

There are several ways to go with your dressing.

      Peggy’s Sensuous Salad Dressing

                  Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil

       Choose some really good Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil. You can buy flavored Balsamic Vinegars and Olive Oils which can be fun . . .  but, I love my 18- year-old Balsamic Vinegar, because it is very sweet and tasty.

 
      The proportions are up to you, but most dressings have more olive oil than vinegar. The most common ratio is 3:1 with 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar. Once you have assembled your ingredients for your dressing, mix a 3 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a bowl. (You may need more, depending on how many salads you are making.)  Use your senses to determine your preference.  I like to add a bit of real maple syrup or local honey, a shake or two of turmeric, and maybe a bit of cayenne pepper.  You can also add any of your favorite fresh or dried herbs, like basil, thyme, or parsley.  Play with the ingredients until the dressing tastes good to you.  This will become your Signature Sensuous Salad Dressing. Connect to your Sensuous Self to create your own Signature Sensuous Salad  Dressing.

     When you are ready to eat, drizzle each salad with a Sensuous Salad Dressing. 

     Take a Food Selfie and share if it looks good!  🙂

     This is an excellent first course in your Sensuous Dinner. . . .  Or, you could decide to make it the main course by adding your favorite Veggie Protein sautéed with some onions and garlic, or maybe some grilled Salmon.

      Make a Sensuous Salad at every meal . . . or for sure, once a day.   Put it on your “Fridge Checklist.

      Adding more Sensuous Salads to your life will make you Healthy and younger looking… and help you stay in touch with your Sensuous Self. 

      Explain the concept of a Sensuous Salad to anyone who dines with you.  This will help your friends be as Healthy and Sensuous as you are!

Check out my post on Fridge Checklist for additional ideas of how to stay in touch with Sexy, Sensuous, Younger You!

Until next time… stay in touch with your Sensuous Self
Peggy 
Peggy@SensuousLifeCoach.com