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Not Your Regular Burger

Finished Chicken Burgers on a bed of Spinach with a couple slices of spicy cheese!

 

 

I love to cook, but I have a hard time following recipes. Anyone who knows me can testify to this being true! I either don’t have or like some of the ingredients in the recipe.

 

I taught myself to cook 28 years ago after becoming a stay at home mom with little money. One day, I thought “how hard really can this cooking thing be?” Little by little, I began to fall more in love with it. I would even spend Sunday afternoon’s watching cooking shows to assist in my learning. I was soon changing ingredients in recipes or just adding something to spice it up.

 

Getting creative in the kitchen over the years has become my stress reliever. This last Saturday night, I found myself without dinner plans.  My husband was gone to a Badger football game and since I am tired of eating salads all summer due to being home alone, I decided it is time to get creative in the kitchen.

 

As I started to think about what would really sound good for dinner it came to me – ‘chicken burgers’. I use to make them years ago when my children were little. The kids thought they were boring, but even though maybe they were a little more boring than other dishes, I still kind of like them. Voila! I now knew what my creative time in the kitchen was going to be used for.

 

I got comfortable in my yoga pants and turned on jazz music loud in the house. (I figured it was only my two big dogs and I there – who cares?!) I poured myself a glass of wine and went to work jazzing up my old chicken burger recipe. They turned out awesome!

 

You will find my recipe below. It is gluten- and dairy-free. I hope you give it a try and let me know your thoughts. If you have other additional ingredient suggestions, please let me know!

 

I believe trying new recipes, ingredients, and techniques in the kitchen keeps cooking and eating fun!

 

It’s the spice of life! Happy cooking to each and every one of you!

 

Patricia

 

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Not So Boring Chicken Burgers

 

  • 1 lb. Organic Ground Chicken
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Gloves, Chopped
  • ¼ C. of Fresh Cilantro
  • ¼ C. of Golden Greek Pepperoncini- Chopped

    The Chicken burgers while cooking!

    The Chicken burgers while cooking!

  • Sea Salt and Ground pepper to taste

 

  • Sauté chopped onion and garlic in 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Put ground chicken into mixing bowl and add sautéed onion mixture.
  • Mix in chopped fresh cilantro, along with chopped Greek pepperoncini.
  • Add sea salt and ground pepper to taste. Blend well.
  • Heat the same sauté pan the onions were cooked in, adding additional olive oil if necessary, and form the chicken burgers. Using this same pan adds extra flavor to your burgers and saves on clean up!
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Pumpkins, Pumpkins & More Pumpkins, Please!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Last week, the morning air here turned a little on the chilly side. I am not complaining what so ever. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year here in Wisconsin. But the cooler air gets me in the mood for pumpkin flavored foods, sweaters, apple crisp and hot coffee.

So, I decided to start working on developing a pumpkin recipe. I have heard many people mention on runny the dough can be when you add pumpkin to a regular pancake recipe.

I started with a basic recipe for pancakes that I have made over the years for my family. I decided the first thing to do was change out the regular flour with oat flour. Oat flour offers more fiber to our diets, which we all need. If you are gluten-free intolerance you may be able to get away with using oat flour. In fact, you can get the oats that are gluten-free and they will usually say that on the label. Then, take and grind them yourself in a Vita Mixer or blender. When the label states they are gluten-free they have not been processed in a factory with other wheat products.

Below is the recipe I developed and wanted to share with you. Here are some photos to feed your eyes as well! I look forward to hearing how you and your family like them.

Happy Autumn!

Patricia

 

Adding the last cup of Oat flour!

Adding the last cup of Oat flour!

 

Pumpkin Pancakes on the grill cooking!

Pumpkin Pancakes on the grill cooking!

 

 

Right before enjoying hot Pumpkin Pancakes!

Right before enjoying hot Pumpkin Pancakes!

Pumpkin Pancakes

¾ c. Almond Milk

2 Eggs

1 c. Pumpkin ( I used canned organic pumpkin)

1 tsp. Vanilla

4 Tbsp. Grapeseed Oil

4 Tbsp. Coconut Sugar

5 tsps. Baking Powder

½ tsp. Sea Salt

1 to 2 tsp. of Cinnamon

2 c. Oat flour

 

Preheat your griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.

Combine all the liquid ingredients together and blend them well. Add coconut sugar, baking powder and sea salt into bowl with the liquid. Blend well. The baking powder usually starts to fluff up.

Then add the oat flour one cup at a time to make sure it doesn’t get to thick. You can always add a little more oat flour as needed.

Once griddle or skillet is heated, drop about a ¼ cup of pumpkin pancake batter in a circle. Cook 2 or 3 minutes on each side or until you feel they are cooked inside.

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Naked Bicycling!

Photo by: blogs.anl.gov

Photo by: blogs.anl.gov

Yes, you read that correctly ‘Naked Bicycling’! But, I would just like to state that’s not what I do!

Here is the video of free-spirited individuals who decided to take part in a ride a few months ago in downtown Madison, WI. I didn’t see it personally, but a friend of ours did and shared their experience in detail with us.


All that being said I want to share all the great health benefits to biking that not only have I been experienced, but found through research as well. My husband and I got into biking seriously late in the summer last year. We have fallen in love with it. We have discovered that it’s not just great exercise, but also a good way for us to spend time together enjoying the outdoors.

Let’s look at just some of the health benefits to getting into biking.

•    Mental health and lowers stress levels

 

•    Good for heart health

 

•    Burns calories and tones the whole body

 

•    Gentler on your joints than running

 

•    Boosts your energy

 

With all that said, let us not forget how much fun it is to get outside and take in the sun!

Of course, my husband and I have talked about how we will never be into racing or anything like that. We are going at our own pace and enjoying the time and active together. And this is my hope for you that you go at your own pace. Where you will get to experience the wonderful health benefits to biking for many years to come.

Happy Biking to each and every one of you!

Patricia

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Changes Are On Their Way Here!

Blog Quote-July I am excited to share that there are changes coming here! It has been a long time in the planning, but it will be happening shortly. We will be dropping ‘Pacific Holistic Living’ and changing it to PatriciaZelmEmmart.com. I will be writing a new lifestyle newsletter bi-weekly that will be filled with recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, along with fashion to assist you feeling your very best.

 

You will also have access to my portfolio of articles with great information. I will be adding to them as they become available for me to upload. I will be writing a health blog, along with a fashion blog.

 

So, please sign up for the new bi-weekly newsletter and keep your eyes open on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have already changed our name on them to PAZE LLC.

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Lime Chia Seed Muffins

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Here is my latest creation!

Just finished writing an article with this Gluten-Free recipe included. Keep your eyes here, I will be posting the article and recipe.

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Happy Father’s Day! Fresh Gluten-Free Scones

Here is how we celebrated Father’s Day for my husband.

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Valentine’s Edition Newsletter

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Here is this week’s newsletter! After enjoying all the great information, make sure to sign up for it to be delivered into your email box.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Throw Together Vegetable Soup!

 

I am sure everyone can relate coming to dinnertime and having no idea what to put on the table for their family.

That was my situation late night and I’m usually organized for meals. But, I had been in a seminar all weekend and really feeling tired. Let’s just add that all the meat was in the freezer frozen solid. All most everything that came to my mind to make for some reason had meat in it. The question hanging in the air was still:

‘What to make?’

My husband mentioned homemade vegetable soup would be good after golfing in the rain all day. My first thought was ‘NO’, but the more I thought it about it I thought sure, why not.

I still had a good amount of vegetables in the refrigerator unused from last week’s meals. In my pantry, I had organic chicken broth. If needed, I also had some organic frozen vegetables in the freezer to complete the variety of vegetables in the soup.

I went to work getting creative and this is the finished Vegetable Soup.

Recipe right below…..

Throw Together Vegetable Soup

 

Vegetable Soup

 

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Large Onion, chopped

4 Carrots, chopped ***

2 Quarts of Organic Chicken Broth

2 Zucchinis, chopped ***

½ C. Frozen Corn

1 C. Frozen Peas

1 Bell Pepper, chopped

1 to 2 C. Fresh Spinach

3 Cloves of Garlic, Chopped

1 Tbsp. Frontier Tandoori Masala ****

Sea Salt and Ground Pepper, to taste

 

 

In a large stew pot, sauté the onion in coconut oil. Wash and chop the carrots and zucchini adding them to the onions. Pour in the 2 quarts of chicken broth. Continue adding the corn, peas and bell pepper. Let these ingredients cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Begin to add the Tandoori Masala, along with the sea salt and ground pepper. Right before serving add the fresh spinach and chopped garlic, cook another 5 minutes.

Remember with this recipe use whatever vegetables you have on hand in your kitchen.

***I use organic carrots and zucchini, so therefore I leave the peels on the vegetable. Peels offer extra fiber and nutrition to the soup.

****I use Frontier Tandoori Masala, which is organic and Gluten-Free.

 

Enjoy!

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Great Benefits To Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease and play a role in plant pollination.

Essential oils are non water-based phytochemicals made up of volatile organic compounds. Although they are fat soluble, they do not include fatty lipids or acids found in vegetable and animal oils. Essential oils are very clean, almost crisp, to the touch and are immediately absorbed by the skin. Pure, unadulterated essential oils are translucent and range in color from crystal clear to deep blue.

Read More About doTerra & Essential Oils Here:

 

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Homemade Gluten-Free Mayo!

I Did It!

Okay so it took two tries, but I made homemade gluten-free mayo. It was fun and once I followed the directions correctly it worked prefect. You see, I was trying to be in a hurry and didn’t really read the directions closely. So, my advise is to really take the time to read them and you will experience great success in making your own homemade gluten-free mayo.

This is not my recipe, although I wish is was. I have attached the link below here for you go and check it out. Have fun!

‘How To Make Homemade Mayo’

My Homemade Mayo!

My Homemade Mayo!

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