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Do you use Pinterest? I have found many good alternative health resources there as well as recipes and natural cleaning tips.

I have used Pinterest for some fun personal projects like this one. I have many other projects done in my mind’s eye too. ūüėČ But that’s for another time.

Check out these resources:

Raw Foods     Fermented Foods      Vegan Recipes      Smoothies
Gluten Free     Natural Cleaners       Essential Oils      Organic gardening  

If you’re on Pinterest, share some of your favorites with us in the comments!

Southeast Kansas Buying Club
Whole foods for less!
Serving Independence Kansas
and surrounding areas.

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Food Clubs

Across our vast nation, food clubs can be found everywhere, and in various shapes, sizes and styles. I believe that food clubs hail from a bygone era when area families came together to get the work done. Ladies of the community would pool their resources to “put up” the harvest by canning, drying or other preserving methods. The men would do their own work, butchering animals and processing for winter storage. Working together, house by house, to lighten the individual load and catch up on the latest gossip.

Besides our buying club, here are a few examples of other food clubs:

  • Cheese Clubs~ where members gather to sample cheese varieties, or perhaps even make cheeses together in a group setting.
  • Recipe Clubs~Kitchen savvy individuals gather together and concoct various forms of food and share the results (and the recipes)! Sounds tasty!
  • Monthly Food Preparation Clubs~make an entire weeks worth of meals (or more) in one setting. Members share food costs and enjoy company while assembling freezer meals.
Variety of cheeses on serving platter

Variety of cheeses on serving platter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Food clubs fill the void left by our commuter lifestyle. We’ve grown away from tight-nit communities into larger metro settings. This is a great way to reclaim some of our agrarian heritage and rediscover the joys of preparing and eating food together!

Southeast Kansas Buying Club
Whole Foods for Less!

Serving Independence, Kansas
and surrounding areas.

 

 

 

 

Home Remedies for Colds, Flu and Sore Throats

There’s nothing better on a cold winter day that a hot bowl of soup! Soup also soothes a sore throat like no other. With cold and flu season hitting hard it’s a good idea to put healing foods into our diets, or boost our normal amounts. I’m going to focus on three specific foods and share a bonus recipe for using all three!

Ginger is well-known for various healing properties and useful during: nausea, colds & flu, inflammation and other ailments. There have been many research studies done on ginger which have verified the healing potential packed into this spicy rhizome.
Onions are also superb as healing foods. High in quercetin, onions are useful for coughs and colds as well as more serious ailments such as cardiovascular health issues and osteoporosis.
Garlic
, that pungent little bulb, packs a punch against viruses and bacteria. With more than 3,000 articles published, garlic is popular for good reason.
Garlic’s major healing component is allicin, which garlic and onions both contain. “In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, allicin powder was found to reduce the incidence of the common cold by over 50%.”

Here’s a tasty soup that incorporates all three: Chinese Cabbage Soup.Homemade Chinese Cabbage Soup.

Homemade Chinese Cabbage Soup.

Chinese Cabbage Soup

Ingredients:
5 qts water
1 pound round steak diced, grass-fed if possible (or meat of your choice)
1 small organic onion, finely chopped
3 Tbs finely diced fresh ginger root
3 organic cloves garlic, diced
2 organic carrots, shredded
2-3 pounds organic Bok Choy (you can substitute, Japanese cabbage or green cabbage) thinly sliced. (I sourced some locally grown bok choy!)
6-8 baby Portobello mushrooms sliced. (I ordered through our buying club!)
1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
Salt to taste (I use pink Himalayan salt)
Crushed red pepper to taste
Bring water to boil in large stock pot. Add diced beef, be sure to throw in any fat trimmings or bones (if you have some) to add flavor and nutrition, these can be removed before serving. Add onions, garlic, ginger and carrots.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add cabbage, mushrooms, salt, and pepper flakes and simmer for 10 more minutes, or until cabbage appears wilted. Stir in aminos right before serving.

This makes a savory and delightful broth based soup that’s soothing and filling. The broth alone is wonderful for those with sore throats or unable to eat a full meal. A perfect between meal snack as well.

For other helpful home remedies check here.

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