Easy chili

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Here is a super easy recipe

3 cans pinto beans drained

3 cans kidney beans drained

3 cans black beans drained

3 cans stewed tomatoes

2 small cans tomato sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion finally diced

6 cloves garlic minced

Salt*( to taste ) I leave salt out and let people add own salt

1/2 teaspoon Pepper* can leave pepper out

2 tablespoons Paprika smoked spicy hot

3 tablespoons Chili powder

1/2 c Nutritional yeast

*Ground beef* 1 pound cooked and drained ( if using meat in dish)

*2 cups textured vegetable protein tvp *rehydrated with vegetable broth if using)

Combined all the drained beans and stewed tomatoes and 1 can of tomato sauce set aside for now.

Sauté onions and garlic in oil add spices and cook for 5 minutes ( if using meat you can sauté garlic and onions with meat and spices) once onions and garlic are soft then add everything to the beans add the nutritional yeast adjust the salt and pepper if adding simmer for 45 minutes on very low serve or cool down and store in fridge , can also be stored in portion sizes and frozen .

Note * means you can use if you want but you don’t have to *

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Ways To Boost Breastmilk Production

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Below are some proven ways that I have found that produces breast milk.

Add Nutritional yeast to a good broth you can use vegetable, chicken broth or beef broth or do what I like to do I just add it straight to my soups take 1/4 cups nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce add to broth and heat to hot and enjoy.

Rolled oatmeal or Scottish oats cooked slowly over the fire then add whatever you want to it, I add nutritional yeast with some butter and sugar but that’s just me and eat it in the morning.

Drink Gatorade the 32 ounce one once a day along with 3 24 ounce bottles of water

Note are use the low sugar Gatorade but if you want to use the regular Gatorade go for it I just don’t like all the sugar it’s too sweet for me.

Steamed Fennel root is very good at bring in the milk as is fenugreek seeds

Below is a recipe using fenugreek seeds.

Note I don’t actually make this recipe either my sister-in-law makes it for me or my husband makes it for me because it involves a lot of work I do make it when I am not recovering from childbirth.

https://diaryofarevertmuslimah.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/halba-chicken-with-millwee/

I also drink a lot of tea here is my tea recipe https://diaryofarevertmuslimah.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/moroccan-tea/

Update: Dealing With Unexpected Health Issues

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I haven’t been posting much and it’s been due to unexpected health issues,

The last post I did was about having gestational diabetes which is a huge pain in the butt to manage I have had to cut out almost all breads , pastas , potatoes and other starches , count my carbohydrates which is a huge pain in the butt, give myself insulin injections four times a day and poke my fingers anywhere from 4/8 times a day depending on how I was feeling .

In January I went to Morocco and got sick with the Moroccan flu it had me down for all of January and half of February there really wasn’t any medications I could safely take but thankfully I had enough sense to bring a big bottle of powdered Gatorade mix which helped a lot .

Middle of February I developed cholostasis which is a liver issue that pregnant women can get it causes unbearable itching to the mother all over hands, feet , whole body doctors gave medications but they don’t seem to be helping and since I developed cholostasis I have had to go in twice a week for nst monitoring so they can check baby girl out, during the nst testing she likes to go to sleep so they have to put a loud buzzer thing on my belly to wake her up.

Doctors have found that baby girl isn’t gaining weigh like she should be she is small last time they did growth ultrasound they said she might be 4 pound 15 ounces but she could weigh less.

My heart issues have been acting up and making it hard for me to do much of anything I’m always exhausted and short of breath .

Because of all these issues the doctors have decided to do a caesarean on the 27th of April .

I will post another update when I can .

Easy Enchiladas.

About 4 cups shredded Turkey breasts from a roasted turkey

Two big cans of green enchilada sauce

2 pounds cheese shredded white cheese

15 corn tortillas

Canola oil 1/2 cup in small frying pan heat to hot

First shred turkey in a bowl set aside

Shred cheese in another bowl set aside

Heat oil to hot then fry the corn tortillas until they turn soft remove from pan with spatula drain off oil and put on plate

In a big rectangle pan the 13 by 9 in line with aluminum foil for easy clean up.

Take 1 can of enchilada sauce open it up and pour half of it into shredded turkey and mix well

To form enchilada take a tortilla add a spoon of turkey and a pinch of cheese then roll place in pan repeat until pan is full then sprinkle cheese over the rolled tortillas and pour the can and a half of enchilada sauce on sprinkle with cheese .

Now you can do one of three things if cooking the next day then foil wrap and place in fridge until ready to cook.

This recipe freezes really well if going to freeze, do not use glass pan use a metal pan one of those take and bake pans work well. Once frozen take out of freezer the day before you want to bake thaw in the fridge then bake.

To cook preheat oven to 375F cook 45 minutes uncovered .

Note : You can replace the turkey with chicken or roast beef .

Also you can replace the green enchilada sauce with red enchilada sauce .

Serve with beans and rice along with sour cream on top.

Easy Chicken Soup

4 pieces chicken breast or thigh ( remove skin)

3 stalks of celery chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

2 carrots peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

10 cloves garlic peeled and chopped

1 onion chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

2 quarts chicken stock

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil

1/2 cup noodles

Large sauce pan

Heat oil in sauce pan add chopped vegetables, garlic, onion and salt, pepper and cook for 5 minutes then add chicken stock and chicken bring to boil lower to simmer cook 15 minutes then remove chicken pieces using a folk and knife debone the chicken and add back to the pot add the noodles cook for 5 minutes then turn off and serve in bowls hot.

Makes enough to serve 4 people.

Soothing Lemon Tea

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Here is a old recipe that’s good for soothing sore throats and colds I will include the way my mom made it when I was growing up and I will also include the way I make it for my children.

My moms tea

3 lemons sliced

1 quart water

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Boil 5 minutes then add to cup add honey and drink hot.

My ways

2 lemons sliced

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 quart water

Boil for 5 minutes then add honey and drink hot.

If I make it for my husband I omit the cinnamon and add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper for him he likes it very spicy .

It’s also good for sore joints and aches and pains

Dealing with gestational diabetes

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Haven’t posted much of anything recently due to the fact that I’m struggling with how to deal with gestational diabetes .

I have to prick my fingers 6/8 times a day depending on f my sugars are too high or low not so fun my fingers sure hurt.

I also have to give myself insulin R in the morning with breakfast and in the evening with dinner and insulin N at bedtime so that involves filling up needles and poking them into my stomach three times a day ow.

I have to count carbs what a pain in the but and my nutritionist gave me this booklet to try and follow and sometimes I just want to scream because I’m not hunger and don’t want to eat but must eat because if I don’t eat on time it throws off my blood sugars.