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Simple Herbal Gifts: A Little Cooking Wreath

1 stiff chive flower stalks (regular; or garlic chives)
1 long sprigs of thyme
1 long sprigs of parsley
1 long sprigs of oregano
1 long sprigs of marjoram
1 long seed heads of basil
1 short sprigs of sage
1 short sprigs of rosemary
1 dried chili peppers
Small herb wreaths like this one can go directly into the soup pot, or you can hang one in the kitchen to be plucked from as needed. Present them in plastic bags to hold their flavors and minimize their shattering. Twist chive stalks into a 4- to 5-inch circle to form a base for the wreath. Twist in sprigs of thyme, parsley, oregano, and marjoram and basil seed heads to fill out the wreath. Add a single short sprig of rosemary or sage. Let dry thoroughly; the wreath will shrink slightly. Thread three or four dried chilis on sewing thread and tie around top of wreath. Cover thread with a tie of kitchen twine or a narrow ribbon.
* Developed by Jim Long of Long Creek Herb Farm, Oak Grove, Arkansas * Published in: The Herb Companion - October/November 1993 *

Backpacking Simple Food Ideas

Here are very, very simple ideas for dehydrated and light-weight foods.

1) Any packaged dinner mix from the grocery and packed in ziploc baggies ie, Macaroni & Cheese, Rice-a-Roni, Broccoli and Cheese, etc There are tons of these things available today. If they call for milk, then the boys can carry powdered milk in baggies. Margarine will travel well, and since they will be working hard, the extra fat might be desireable.

2) Instant oatmeal and instant grits and bagels are great for breakfast. Again, powdered milk can be used with these. Get some of the new Fantastic Foods hot cereal mixes--they are warm and filling.

3) Dehydrated vegetables and full meals can be found in camping stores. Add dried peas to a box of mac & cheese, for instance.

4) Try Ramen noodle soups, or any of those "soup in a cup"s (that can be packaged in baggies so they take up less room).

5) Dehydrated bean flakes that mix up almost instantly with water are available in HFS. Mix these with some cooked minute rice and put in a tortilla. Yum! Flavor them with onion, garlic, cumin powders.

6) Cheese backpacks well. Again, the fat may not be so bad if they are hiking all day. And if it's cold, then the fat is almost necessary to help
 them stay warm. (You need a lot more calories when it's cold.) Add a hunk to any soup, pasta, rice, or dehydrated veggies you're cooking.

7) Pasta, pasta, pasta. Top it with sauces made from the dry package mixes. A lot of these are tasty. High in sodium and preservatives sometimes, but for a couple of meals they won't hurt you.

8) Instant mashed potatoes that can be mixed with the powdered milk or water only. Make up an instant gravy to go top. (I *really* like the Hain's brown gravy mix and it's fatfree and all natural.)

9) Dried fruit can be cooked in some water and put on top of a piece of angel food cake for dessert. (Hey, the cake might get crushed a little, but it is lightweight!) Add some cinnamon and Tang (in lieu of orange juice) and you approximate a Cooking Light recipe.

10) The dry veggie burger mixes would make a great meal. Most of them make up with water only and many are quite tasty.

11) Bulgar and couscous cook up in only a few minutes with boiling water.

12) There are lots of dried meats and fish available, but I've never used them.

As you can see, when we camp, I like to cook things that require water only. No fancy cooking and then tough clean up for me! I find that when I'm "on the trail", ALL foods taste wonderful because I'm always so hungry.

The Most Important Part Of Your Evening Meal

Most people consider a salad to be an optional or less important part of their evening meal . . . somewhat of an appetizer before the "main course." This is unfortunate because a good salad has all the nutritional components required by our body, and this is a claim that can't be made by any cooked food.

When planning your evening meal there are a lot of things you could skip, but a salad isn't one of them. For example, you could omit bread and cooked food without creating a nutritional deficiency. You could--and should--skip the meat and dairy products, and your health will benefit greatly from their absence. The same is true for dessert. But if you want all the essential nutrients needed by your body, you cannot omit a good, raw salad full of fresh, living vegetables.

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids (protein), enzymes, carbohydrates, fats, water and fiber are all essential components of a healthy diet, and every one of these essential components can be found in raw fruits and vegetables. This is a claim that can be made of no other type of food other than raw fruit and vegetable. The more you learn about the nutritional deficiencies of cooked and processed foods, the more you will appreciate your fresh salad, and the wisdom of Genesis 1:29, in which God handed down a diet of raw fruits and vegetables.

Raw vegetables are more nutritious than cooked vegetables because heat from cooking destroys all enzymes and most vitamins, while protein and minerals are altered by heat to a form that is extremely difficult for the body to utilize. Enzymes are the activating force that helps vitamins, minerals, protein, etc. work in the body, and enzymes are among the first of nutrients to be lost to heat or long storage.

Raw vegetables are an ideal source of protein, partly because this protein has not been altered by heat, and also because this protein is not in an excessive amount. Heat from cooking alters amino acids (protein) into a non-living form, difficult for the body to use, which needs living food to produce vibrant, healthy living cells.

Raw vegetable salads can be a good source of protein, and you can add an avocado and Udo's oil for your essential fatty acids.
Historically, protein has been America's primary nutritional concern, but most Americans are much more likely to have a deficiency of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than they are to have a protein deficiency. The main reason for a vitamin and mineral shortage is that Americans do not eat a large enough variety and quantity of fresh raw vegetables and fruit. The reason for an enzyme deficiency is simply that enzymes are only found in living (raw) food and most Americans have exhausted their enzyme potential (the body's ability to produce digestive and metabolic enzymes) by consuming an excessive amount of cooked (dead) food. Americans, overall, eat very little living food.

Raw fruits and vegetables are also a good source of water, considering that they are composed of between 70 and 90 percent water. Our bodies lose almost a gallon of water a day, which must be replaced, and the water from raw fruits and vegetables should account for a part of this replacement.

The solution to avoiding any dietary deficiencies is to consume a broad variety of fresh raw fruits, vegetables, and fresh vegetable juices, especially dark green and deeply- colored vegetables, organic when possible, and some sea vegetables, such as kelp (also found in Barleygreen). With this type of diet, not only will you get every vitamin, mineral, and trace mineral you need, but you will also be well-supplied with protein, enzymes, carbohydrates, fats, water, and fiber--all from a living, natural source.

This is not really my point of view. Give up meats and milk products, not my cup of tea, but it may be yours. John.
This info is from Hallelujah Acres,

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