Author: Time2Thrive

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Immunization Safety/Prep

We are hearing a lot of worry about whether or not these new mRNA vaccines are safe, how they differ from others, and whether we should get them. This post focuses on current data, how to prep if you haven’t had the vaccine yet, and what you can do for booster “prep”. For the vaccinations in general, the data is pretty astounding; they not only are safe, but they are showing a surprising side effect. Some “Long Haul” COVID sufferers and people with auto-immune issues are actually seeing a resolution of symptoms! For up to 40-50%, the vaccine is making them BETTER! No one predicted this, and it is very hopeful, especially for patients who have suffered symptoms from prior infections. (see more in box below). “I didn’t expect the vaccine to make people feel better,” says Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at the Yale School of Medicine who’s researching long COVID. “More and more, I started hearing from people with long COVID having their symptoms reduced or completely recovering, and that’s when I started to …

Time2Thrive Crabcakes

I adapted this recipe from one online that used crackers, and I’ve made it gluten free.  They are even better than the one I posted a few years back!Just in time for the holidays! The most important thing is that you have good crabmeat. If you like spicy, you’ll have to add some cayenne or sriracha.  These are tasty with a lot of flavor, but not too spicy. Ingredients: serves 4-8 depending on size and other meal items 1 large egg, beaten½ cup olive oil based mayo or your favorite mayo1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard1 T Worcestershire Sauce½ T hot sauce OR 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning (I use Sriracha)¼ teaspoon salt (more if your crackers don’t have salt)¼ cup crushed gluten free saltine type crackers (I used GF Matzoh!)1 stalk celery finely diced¼ cup diced fennel (optional)2 T finely chopped fresh parsley1 lb. jumbo lump crabmeat, drained well if you use canned I use 1 – 3 T coconut oil for cooking them, may have to add more if you have two batches. Combine all …

Makloubeh: divinity upside down!

Makloubeh, a classic middle eastern entree for a special occasion, made easy with Kalla’s recipe. Don’t wait to make this, it is phenomenal!

“Red, White & Blue-Black” Eggplant Casserole

This eggplant casserole will become a family favorite. Make ahead of time and pop in the oven for dinner!

Ottolenghi’s “Surprise Tatin”

When you have an abundance of cherry tomatoes, this is a sure fire way to make them the star of dinner.

T2T Indian Potato Cakes

A delicous take on latkes with an Indian twist inspired by Yottam Ottolenghi’s original recipe.

Pork Stir Fry, (super easy)

A super easy, no gourmet skills required stir fry that whips up in 15 minutes.

Leek & Smoked Salmon Tart

Miss your lox and bagel? Here’s a fix that’s healthy and satisfying.

Time2Thrive Egg Roll Soup

This easy soup will satisfy your egg roll craving!

Fats Simplified

Since I first posted this in 2013, we’ve had access to even more research, especially about saturated fats, and the news is good: they help decrease heart disease and they truly help inflammation. I updated this in ’17, ’19 and now for 2020. This is the post where I get into the most research. (You can also click on shorter posts at the bottom of this page.)Here is the latest: You need fats. Do NOT try and lose weight by turning to low fat options. Guess what they trade for fat so that the product tastes ok? SUGAR = CARBS. The trade off is that you’re hungry in an hour! Why? Your insulin just spiked.   How many times have you eaten a meal only to feel hungry in an hour or two? Fat gives us satiety, the feeling of “I’ve had enough to eat”. So, fat is your FRIEND, especially if you want to lose weight and lower your inflammatory load. Here’s simple guidelines for fat consumption. List of “Good” Fats: Vary where they …

Sausage, Bean and Kale Soup

We are all doing a lot more home cooking, and that is such a good thing! Eating healthy is important always, but especially now. You can actually boost immunity by providing your body with vitamins and minerals. This soup is easy and spicy sausage, kale and white beans make a hearty, filling and nutritionally packed entree for the chilly nights and days of spring. This soup is GF, DF and slow carb. Prep time 25minsCook time 25minsServes 4-8 depending on entree or side dish Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil1 medium yellow onion, chopped4 medium garlic cloves, minced¾ -1 lb spicy chorizo sausage or hot Italian sausage3 carrots, peeled and diced small¾ C mushrooms, chopped2 celery stalks, finely chopped1 tsp aleppo pepper, optional½ C dry white wine4 C chicken broth plus 1 tsp. “better than bouillon” extract, chicken flavor2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed1 bunch kale, chopped small, stems removedsalt, to tasteBlack pepper, ground, to tasteParmesan, optional, for serving Directions: Heat oil over medium in a large soup pot. (not …

Thriving with Kids at Home During Uncertain Times

I posted this on my personal Facebook page last week and it has taken off, so I am sharing it here, and I have expanded it. If you are a parent, grandparent or aunt/uncle, here are things to help ease our anxiety in this time of social isolation. I will also be posting more recipes soon. Things to do with your kids: Ask them what they want to do. My granddaughter started a word document and listed some very academic goals! Kids will surprise you! They love the Prodigy game site for math. It works with parents to create challenges and our g-kids already had accounts from school. Cook with your kids. Teach them how to make REAL food. Don’t just make sweet things. Show them how to make soup. When they cook something they are proud and much more likely to eat it! Vitamins boost immunity. Ditch the junk food. Here’s a recipe. Use stay at home resources. There is even a Faceook Group Amazing Educational Resources that has a list of a TON …