Bacon and Sprouted Lentil Soup

IMG_0934For over a dozen years now I have been eating according the the “Blood Type” diet as per recommendations from our osteopath who just so happened to miraculously save My Handsome Man’s life in 2004. He suggested My Handsome Man (Blood Type A) make modifications to his diet and told him it would safe his life and  potentially cure him of the health issues he was facing. The changes were immense and I wanted to be supportive, so I modified my diet (Blood Type B) as well. This recipe is considered “highly beneficial” for A Blood Types and “neutral/beneficial” for B Blood Types since the lentils are sprouted. If you are using lentils that are not sprouted, it is considered an “avoid” recipe for B’s.

  • YIELDS
    MAKES 8 SERVINGS
  • PREP TIME
    15 MIN
  • COOK TIME
    30 MIN

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 8 oz turkey bacon
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart (32 oz.) vegetable stock or turkey bone broth
  • 1 1/4 cup uncooked truRoots® Organic Sprouted Lentils
  • 2 c organic salsa (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. HEAT oil in large pot oven over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, bacon, and garlic until softened. Remove bacon and chop into small pieces. Add curry powder, cumin, and salt. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  2. ADD salsa*, stock/broth and lentils. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender.

* My Handsome Man doesn’t eat tomatoes, so I usually skip the salsa when I make it for him!!

Gluten Free Baked Apple Crisp!!

My daughter left for college about a month ago and ever since I have been re-learning my way around the kitchen. You see, she has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was 6 years old, wrote and published her first collaborative cookbook when she was 10, and has since edged me out of my cooking responsibilities as a wife and mother. We’ve been missing her terribly and her delicious cooking too! I was hankering for a treat on Sunday night and decided to do something about rather than eat another rice cake or carrots. I spied a recipe for Apple Brown Betty in, “I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage” by Crystal Godfrey and decided to give it some modifications and make it for dessert.

Baked Apple Crisp form Sarah L Cooks Kitchen

Filling

2 C boiling water

4 C dried apple slices (we get ours from the LDS Online store)

Add the following after the apples and water have set for at least 5 minutes.

1-2 drops clove essential oil from doTerra

1/4 C barley malt

 

Topping 

1/2 C gluten-free all purpose flour (I used Pamella’s this time)Baked Apple Crisp form Sarah L Cooks kitchen

1/4 C gluten-free oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill this time)

1/4 t cinnamon

1 t brown sugar

1/4 C butter

 

Pour boiling water over dried apples. Let stand at least 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix dry topping ingredients together, then cut in butter. Drain 1/4 C of liquid off the bowl of apples and stir in the barley malt and 1-2 drops of clove oil. You may also choose to add 1-2 drops of cinnamon oil to the apples as well. Place apples and any remaining liquid in a greased pie plate of 9-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle topping over the apple mixture. Bake at 350 F for 55 minutes.

I think it tasted best served warm, but that didn’t stop me or My Handsome Man for having the “leftovers” this morning for breakfast. I had mine with three over-easy eggs and My Handsome Man had his with large vanilla protein smoothie.

 

My Girl is Graduating and We’re Saving Money

imageMy Girl is graduating from high school this month. She is my second child to graduate from high school. With graduation comes lots of expenses, but we have managed to save money using the Three B’s and choosing to spend money based on our values.

Hear about the the Three B’s and other graduation tips on my Family Financial Cents segment on Sac and Co by watching the video below.

Could you use family finance tips for other parts of our life? Visit the “Family Finance and Your Future” here on my blog.

I would love to hear from you! Please reach out on onTwitter, Instagram, or Facebook!! :-)

Family Financial Cents: Weathering the Financial Storms of Life

There will always be storms in life and by taking actions that matter when those storms come, you will often create more positive outcomes. By choosing daily to take actions to prepare for unexpected events, while fully living present in the moments of today, you allow for safer travels for yourself and your family when life sends the hail and whirlwinds.

Have you faced a financial storm such as a fire, job loss, illness, or other family emergency that you have since gotten through? I would love to hear your thoughts on how you and your family weathered those storms.

When Life Throws You LemonsOften financial storms can lead to storms in others areas of your life and when that happens it’s important to know what steps to take to make it through to the other side and back to awesomeness. I created a complimentary online workshop called, “When Life Throws You Lemons”.  Click HERE to receive this gift from me!! 

Magic Happened In the Kitchen Tonight

Sarah Thompson of Sarah's Kitchen with Sarah L CookI met one of the most caring and wealthy souls on the planet via social media a couple of weeks ago and tonight I met her in person. Sarah Thompson hosted a Kindness Campaign Freezer Meal party for a family in her neighborhood whose three year-old daughter passed away last week.

I was drawn to Sarah the moment I read about her on her website and Facebook page and sent her a message sharing how impressed I was. Her reply was so prompt and so heartfelt and I knew straight away she was a kindred spirit and we would be fast friends. Tonight when I met her in person, I was even more impressed, not just with Sarah but with her family and the kind and generous women she surrounds herself with.
Kindness Campaign from Sarah's Kitchen

Tonight’s Kindness Campaign blew me away. Over a dozen women and some families showed up to make meals for this family who has suffered such loss. When we walked in, we were met with pans and pans filled with pre-prepped ingredients to make freezers full of meals! As Sarah was sharing with us the process of the party, she mentioned she had spent over 30 hours of donated time in preparing the food for this family. My heart burst with love for her and of angels she is doing every single day.

Sarah shared her love for this family and how the meals we were donating funds for and assembling would fill their hearts with love and healing in the coming months. I don’t even know them, but the meal I made for them somehow created a bond of compassion and I felt love grow in my heart as I carefully filled the pan of food and wrote a note of healing on the lid.

After assembling the donated meal, I was going to go home and spend time with my family. Then, I remembered they would be watching a show together and I wouldn’t likely be missed if I stayed a little longer. I was drawn in by the magic in the kitchen and the fellowship of all the women who were somehow becoming my friends in such a short time. I made a few meals and am looking forward to seeing what my family thinks of my “gourmet cooking” thanks to Sarah!

 

Dear Millennial and GenZ Children…

Dear Millennial and GenZ ChildrenI read an article recently about socialism and the perks and pitfalls of living in a socialist/communist country. The case for socialism was inspired by Millennials and I am choosing to share my thoughts because I have children that are in the Millennial generation as well as GenerationZ and I want them to know what their Momma believes in and that is Free Enterprise and Working Smart as well as Working Hard! Something that is “free” from our government means that millions of tax-paying citizens have had their paycheck stripped so that the government could choose to create a “free” perk for someone/some organization. Let’s be crystal clear, something “free” from the government is NOT FREE!!  The last time I checked some of the “free” things we can experience on this planet are: sunshine, rain, God’s grace, smiles, …you get the idea.

Thanks to my Mary Kay clients, social media marketing clients, and the people who hire me to speak or who buy my courses and my book, my businesses have paid for countless perks for my sweet children’s lives, for all the people who support my businesses (Mary Kay staff/employees, UPS drivers, USPS workers, dry cleaners, etc) and for all the people I have hired along my 22+ year journey in business who have worked in my home or virtually in their own home or local coffee shop!

My children have never received an “allowance” because I don’t believe in giving my children money except on Birthdays or other special occasions just so they can “experience money” or ” gain money education” at an early age. Their financial literacy has been awarded them by doing chores because they are part of Team Cook/our family. They have been allowed to earn money by doing household “Pay Jobs” (jobs that aren’t party of daily chores) or by working for me or my husband in our business ventures. Each child has been on my payroll since they were about 7 years old as per IRS tax code which states that I can hire my children to do jobs/tasks in my business. The fact that they have been on my payroll does not mean they have been given a paycheck… that would be called welfare and I don’t believe in that for most cases either. I  don’t pay my children a paycheck unless they work and earn the money. Novel concept, isn’t it?

So many people over the years have consulted with me about hiring their own children in their businesses and one of the most common questions is, “What would I have my children do in my business?” So, I created The List. You can get The List of  “99 Things Kids Can Do to Make Money”  by clicking this link and then opting in to get the “Free Gifts” mentioned on that page. I created The List based on the tasks/jobs my kids have done over the years and I stopped at 99 things because, it’s catchier than “105 Things…” and I wanted to leave room for those reading the list to come up with their own ideas! It’s more fun that way!

I could literally talk/write for hours about the valuable benefits from teaching children to work, become self-reliant, manage the resources of this Good Earth, and share their gifts with others, but you likely wouldn’t stay that long, so feel free to come stop by my blog again and read some more.

If you liked what you found here, by all means, SHARE it with others! If you really liked what you read, implement some of the ideas and message me with how they worked for you. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or via email: Sarah@SarahLCook.com

 

I want your jeans….

2016-03-12 09.13.36“I want your jeans”, said the man coming towards us as I walked with other youth along Red Square in Moscow to St. Basil’s Cathedral.

It was 1991 and I was shocked by his request for me to sell my jeans from off my body.2016-03-12 09.13.27

We had been warned by the People to People International leaders before the trip that people who worked the Russian Black Market were aggressive in their requests to get American goods because they could be resold for such a high price; still his assertiveness stunned my 16 year old mind.

2016-03-12 09.12.59I kept the jeans I was wearing that day, but exchanged other things with him for a backpack, military jacket, and some hats.

Jeans; discarded because they don’t fit right, are too faded, or torn in the wrong places, can still be very valuable to those who are struggling to meet basic life necessities.

Today I come to you with a request, “I want YOUR jeans.”

This memory of how jeans could be worth so much to some people came to my mind as began collecting jeans and other denim material to make shoes for children in Africa through an organization called Sole Hope. The story of how our jeans could be used to save the feet and even the lives of children on the other side of the world was a high price I was willing to pay with my time.

sole hope processThis Wednesday I am hosting a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting party with the Young Women in our Church youth group. Your jeans will be turned into shoes for children in Africa who desperately need them. We can’t host the party with out denim to cut into shoe pieces.

 

They can me dropped off at my house or I can arrange to pick them up. Please message me on Facebook or send me at email: Sarah@SarahLCook.com

Wellness Wednesday: How Do I Love Me?

Happy Wellness Wednesday! I have a question for your when was the last time you took time to love YOU? In this video I share why that is important as well as some ideas to help you love yourself and be your own best Valentine!

Thanks so much for stopping by! When you’re done with the challenge I gave you in the video, be sure to share your feedback below. As always, if you find value in this video or other things here on my blog, share them with others! :-)

Finance Friday: Getting Your College Cash

If you have a college student, college-bound student or you are a student; you may have heard of he FAFSA. It is an online questionnaire/application that helps the federal government as well as colleges/universities you are interested in be able to determine how much financial aide to offer you. Take a look at some of the tips I share today on Sac and Co:

New Year, New You Beauty Bar!!!

Happy New Year Lovely Ladies!! I have so much fun and fabulousness in store for you in 2016!! The first of which is a “New Year, New You Beauty Bar” where you get to stop by my home for your personal skin care winterization and some fabulous color tips for 2016!!

You DON’T need a ticket to come, but you must text/call (916.216.2857) to reserve a Beauty Bar spot!! When you purchase $10 or more between 1/1/16 and 1/8/16, you will be entered to win a raffle prize at the Saturday afternoon Beauty Bar!! To place an order visit: MaryKay.com/SarahCook

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