Friday, July 15, 2016

Crack Taters aka Baked Baby Potatoes


Best. Baked. Potatoes. EVER.

Ingredients 

3 lbs Small Potatoes
1 Green & Yellow pepper
1 cup Olive Oil
1 cup Hemp Oil
1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
2 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan 
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions 

Preheat oven to 350.
Use a deep dish stoneware or cast iron dish (9 x 12 x 3).
Mix all ingredients except potatoes and peppers, in a mason jar - shake it like a Polaroid picture.
Wash and cut potatoes in half - except the really itty bitty ones: bite sized is the goal.
Dice peppers.
Pour wet over dry and toss.
Leave to marinate for 20 - 45 minutes.
Bake at 350 for 1hr and 45 mins.
Toss intermittently.
Serve warm with other stuff, or eat it all in one sitting, like I know you want to. ENJOY.







Friday, July 8, 2016

Dannon Makes a Bold Move Towards Non-GMO Ingredients and Labeling.


I could very well eat yogurt until the cows proverbially come home. 

But with the insurgence of GMO's in cow feed, crops, and a general lack of transparency in the corporate food market, I've literally stopped buying it.

I know, I know, there's a grand debate on whether or not any dairy is good for you ... we at Moms For Real Food Initiative are still on the fence with that discussion.
I do know, that most people who are diet, food and health conscious, know that probiotics are good for your guts. And having an option that is tasty, readily available, non-GMO, and something their kids will eat, is always a win!
 
So when comapnies like Dannon make a bold move to change their practices, I sit up and listen. 


#KnowYourYogurt Dannon.com Moms For Real Food Initiative
Image provided by Dannon #KnowYourYogurt


DANNON MAKES THE MOVE TOWARDS NON-GMO LABELING ...


Dannon listened to the consumer when they demanded more honest and clear GMO labeling. Consumers have made a very clear move towards more naturally sourced and manufactured products, so Dannon decided to ride with that movement by evolving all three flagship brands toward the use of non-GMO ingredients: Dannon, Oikos, Danimals.


These flagship brands represent nearly 50% of their sales, and this change is being reflected in all countries in which Dannon products are sold. 


Dannon decided to work with US feed suppliers and farmers to start planting non-GMO feed for their cows as soon as possible to fulfill their needs. Once those changed are implemented, the products sourced to the above mentioned three brand families will contain milk from cows eating the non-GMO feed.

DANNON'S TIMELINE FOR THESE CHANGES?


#KnowYourYogurt Dannon.com Moms For Real Food Initiative
By the end of 2017 ALL products within the Dannon brand family will be made with non-GMO ingredients and they will have completed a full conversion.

Side note: Dannon still believes that currently approved GMO's are safe. However they also believe in their consumers who predominantly prefer non-GMO ingredients. So addressing this preponderant demand by building a strong relationship with farmers, and accelerating these changes to meet that demand, means quite a lot.

IN THE MEAN TIME ...



A commitment to labeling GMO products is the forefront of their campaign of corporate-to-consumer transparency. 

By December 2017 the presence of GMO's in their products will be clearly labeled, independent of whatever actions are taken regarding labeling by the US government.


By taking on this practice, Dannon becomes the very first leading national yogurt maker to embrace sourcing locally, and non-GMO. They already far into implementing safe and fair animal practices via the Validus Certification system.
 

Projecting proudly by the end of July 2016 (yes this month) more than 90% of their direct milk supply will come from farmers that are certified in this manner.


By now, you know Moms For Real Food Initiative is all about transparency and real food maintaining companies!

This move by such a large corporation will hopefully encourage other comapnies to follow suit.


(For specific information on the Dannon Pledge please visit their website www.DannonPledge.com )

You can keep up with these changes by following Dannon on their various social media platforms:
Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Website - PLEDGE
Here is a link to their list of Ingredients 






*This post contains content sponsored by The Dannon Company, Inc. The opinions expressed in Moms For Real Food Initiative's post are our own.
For more information on Dannon's move toward sustainable agriculture, naturality and transparency, and nongmo ingredients visit www.dannonpledge.com and www.dannon.com/ingredients *

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Who's Your Farmer? Cilantro and Chive Restaurant


Moms For Real Food Initiative Whos Your Farmer? Cilantro and Chive Restaurant
So far with "Who's Your Farmer?" we've focused on people who USE farmers ... and that's ok! Because without these amazing people who use locally produced and sustained foods, our local farmers wouldn't be as famous as they are.
Keri visited Cilantro and Chive on Lacombe, AB, a few months ago and could not stop raving about them. So she left the owner a note (albeit a slightly tipsy napkin note) to contact her.
A couple weeks later she got an email from the dubious Rieley Kay, chef and co-owner.
He proceeded to tell her that not only were they a local restaurant, but that they source locally, and where possible use organic producers! WIN-WIN-WIN!

So we made an appointment to go visit and have a little chat. 
Below is the video of the interview, and the some really great information about Cilantro and Chive's origin, a list of farmers they use, AND a list of BREWERIES AND DISTILLERIES they use.  
You are welcome.

 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Canadian Essential Oil Company Saje Wellness

Saje Wellness Market Mall Calgary Alberta


We don't openly advocate many companies on Moms For Real Food Initiative which do not directly relate to food, but I felt Saje to be a justifiable exemption.


Saje Wellness Market Mall Calgary Alberta
Last night I spent an evening with some Calgarians and co-founder of Saje Wellness, Jean-Pierre LeBlanc. He taught a FREE class for beginners on wellness, living a life free of illness and essential oils.
He spoke, not only about his product, but about wellness, healthy living, and "disrupting medicine". His passion for the importance of using a pro-active mentality towards ones health was based on his own personal journey. There is something to be said about being able to directly associate and relate, when so many of us suffer from some sort of "chronic" illness.

He raised interesting points like: Chronic pain and illness and why these things do not have to be a "life sentence", and how you can become not only healthy but well - permanently.

The discussion of your mind, body emotions all being connected is becoming more and more prevalent, and that if one isn't "well", it manifests elsewhere! Have a sore throat? What is that "thing" you've been keeping in and not saying.

He is also an advocate for other local companies! Case and point: he spoke about organic, locally sourced food and local company SPUD.ca. Then proceeded to give us all $30 towards our first purchase!

Did I mention this class was FREE?

I've tried many different essential oil comapnies, wellness brands and the like, but there is something honest, forthcoming and "non-Amway" about Saje as opposed to other Wellness Companies .....


Why do I love this company? 

  • The mere fact they are Canadian and not corporately owned is huge. When you buy your oils and products from them, you are still supporting local
  • Jean-Pierre was asked about "organic sourced" during the class, and his response was heart felt and honest; "Organic. When we are able to, we always use organic, locally sourced and even wild crafted herbs."
  • All of their ingredients are derived from safe and renewable resources. Packaging is simple, and made of recycled or recyclable materials.
  • The products you buy have all been meticulously blended and manufactured with the individuals wellness and holistic lifestyles in mind. 
  • The co-owner himself comes to his stores to teach. Not a representative, not his assistant, not a "team member", but him. 
  • They do these classes FREE. (need I say more?)
    Co-Founder Jean-Pierre LeBlanc
  • The products work. If I were stranded on a desert island without Peppermint Halo I'd be a frigging wreck.
  • POINTS system - every purchase makes you more money. You earn points and every few purchases you get a full roll on size for free.(varies) I've already cashed this in at least 4 times.  
  • They take care of their staff - the true sign of a company's integrity is how happy there staff is. Go on, ask one of them!

KEY POINT: As opposed to most "Wellness and Essential Oil Companies", there is no "opt-in", "sign-up", or "minimum purchase required", it's simply wellness for free and if you want to buy stuff, great - but there was ZERO pressure.
A little FAQ and history about Saje:
  • 1992 Saje natural wellness is founded, Saje’s first location opens at Lonsdale Quay,BC
  • 2002 Saje’s first Alberta location opens on 4th street in Calgary
  • 2013 - Health Canada licenses saje’s remedial products
  • Canadian-owned and operated, with offices in Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia.
  • High quality, organic (first and foremost) locally sourced ingredients
  • 37 stores nationwide
  • Co owned by Kate Ross LeBlanc & Jean-Piree LeBlanc
  • Competitively priced
 You can read more about Saje here, but please, go to one of there many, nation wide classes, you will NOT regret it! 









Monday, May 16, 2016

German Bundt Cake Revisited!

GERMAN BUNDT CAKE - REVISITED

Recipe by Tracy Loeppky©



Hi all! As you may, or may not have guessed, my lineage is German and Dutch. Many, many recipes have been taught to me by my Omas and Opa!

One of which is the classic German Bundt Cake.

Now - I will post the original recipe, and also list my alternative ingredients for people who like to have some choice in their baking.
Enjoy!




Wet

  • 200 grams sugar (7 oz.)
    • or Coconut or Berry sugar, you may also but this in half
  • 1/2 lb. butter (8 oz, or 1 cup)
  • Cream together

Add

  • 4-5 Eggs
  • 6 tbs milk
    • or Almond milk
  • For extra moistness add a splash of oil, or pudding mix (no added sugar mix)
  • Vanilla Extract


Dry

  • 500 grams Flour (17.6 oz, or 2 cups)
    • or GF flour, Spouted Grain flour, but you may need to add additional moisture in the form of apples sauce, oil, or fruit
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 heaping tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup oil - must be a liquid oil
  • (Any other dry ei. choice chips, raisins, nuts etc)


  1. Add dry to wet
  2. Mix well, scraping edges frequently.
  3. Should be a thick, sticky and heavy texture. Not wet.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour, or until tester comes out dry.
  5. I used a standard confectioners sugar icing. You may use whatever you like - or nothing at all!