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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Peanut Butter & Apple Sweet Potato Hashbrowns

It sounds crazy, right?  Peanut butter sweet potato hashbrowns???

I have no idea why it popped into my head.  It could have been some crazy subliminal recipe that hatched from my daughter's writing prompts for the month.  My kids are infamous for doing part of their homework or schoolwork on the bus.  She apparently had to write seven journal entries this month, but she only had five done so far.  So, while we were waiting for the bus today, she was working on one of her journal entries.  One of the writing prompts was "Create a Peanut Butter Recipe."  It went into my head and left immediately. Or. . . . . DID it????

As I was browsing on my computer this morning, I thought sweet potato hash-browns and a soft cooked egg sounded good!  A half hour passed and that thought changed into, "I want peanut butter." I've been having weird cravings lately.  Yesterday I opened the fridge and thought, "A cold glass of milk would be good"  and I HATE milk.  Don't like it at all.  No, I'm not pregnant.  Probably as far removed from that as possible. . . . .
Anyway, peanut butter sweet potato hashbrowns popped into my head.  I headed to my kitchen and this recipe was born!

I wasn't sure exactly which direction I was going to go with this, but the end result was yummy.  It has just a hint of cinnamon.  I added some crushed red pepper because I like things spicy.  You can certainly leave that off!

This recipe uses:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 quarter of an apple, diced (about 1/4 - 1/2 cup) I left the skins on.
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon paprika
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons peanut butter

This will look sticky!  I decided not to try to dry it out.  I didn't want all of the peanut butter to burn away!

Optional:  Fresh Cilantro, 1 stalk of green onion, crushed red pepper

Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.
Add sweet potatoes and cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.

Turn heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally for an additional 5 minutes.
Add the apples, the cinnamon, the paprika and the salt.

Cook for two minutes, while stirring.
Add the peanut butter and stir to coat all of the sweet potatoes and apples.
Cook, while stirring for 1 or 2 minutes more.
Place sweet potato hash browns in a bowl and top with cilantro, green onion and crushed red pepper if desired.


Do you like peanut butter?  What's your favorite way to eat it?

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Natural Dental Care with Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste

My friend and I were just joking that we are trying so hard to eat more organic foods and use more natural body care products, but that we were still buying the chemical-laden toothpastes.  We were standing in the middle of one of those big stores in the toothpaste aisle, looking at prices, just wanting to get out of there quickly!  We know that we should be trying to switch to something more natural, but are unsure of what's available.  Why is that?  I think it's because it's just not something I've thought about that much.  I've been using the same type of toothpastes since. . . . . forever.  Since it's time for me to begin thinking about it, I thought it was a good idea to share some info about a natural toothpaste from Himalaya Botanique.   I have not been given a chance to try it yet. I'm going to put it on my to-do list to buy some, though and try it out.  Here is some info about the brand and their toothpaste.

I learned about this product through Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I may have been compensated for my time with a gift card. The opinions posted are my own.

The thing that I found most interesting about Himalaya Botanique's toothpaste is that it's Whitening formula contains papain and bromelain.  Those are enzymes from papaya and pineapple.  The enzymes help to remove surface stains.  How cool is that?  The toothpastes also contain other natural ingredients, including:

  • Neem Leaf~~I've heard of Neem's antibacterial properties before.  I even have a Neem supplement in my cabinet.  The toothpaste uses neem leaf from the "world's most researched tree" to help keep the mouth clean.
  • Pomegranate.  Did you know that pomegranate is an astringent fruit extract and could help tighten the tissues of the gums?  
  • Xylitol~~  I've used xylitol before as a sweetener and I've bought gums that have xylitol in them before.  I've heard before that xylitol may actually help to fight cavities.  Himalaya Botanique says that it's been clinically studied for oral hygiene.  
Here's the part that might be important to some people~~  it is FREE from Carageenan, SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate), Gluten and Fluoride.  If those are some of the things that you're trying to stay away from, this toothpaste may be a good option to try.

The Himalaya Botanique toothpastes come in these varieties:
  • Whitening Complete Care Simply Peppermint
  • Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint
  • Complete Care Simply Peppermint
  • Simply Mint
  • Simply Cinnamon
  • Simply Spearmint
  • Original Neem and Pomegranate
Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste normally retails for $5.99.

You can find out more and connect with Himalay Botanique in these ways:
If you go to their website now, they have a coupon available.  This is a screenshot from their website. The link above will take you there.  On their website, look for the image below.
You can find Himalaya Botanique Toothpastes at stores such as Earthfare, Whole Foods, and local health food stores.  You can find a store near you, by searching at the Himalaya Botanique website locator tool. 

I love that Himalaya Botanique is a company that has been passed down from one family member to another since 1930.  That shows that the family is passionate about their products and their mission.  I also love that Himalaya Botanique is involved in the Global Community in many different ways, including donating the planting of over 200,000 trees for Trees for Life, partnering with Vitamin Angels and different Autism Awareness groups.  Himalaya Botanique is also committed to Fair Trade and sustainable sourcing for their ingredients.  Himalaya believes that if wellness is the path to happiness, they must contribute to the wellness of all things: people, the environment and communities.  

I JUST added the Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste to my Subscribe & Save on Amazon for $5.69 a month.  

They are also available with Prime shipping for around $5.99, but I figure if it just gets shipped to me monthly, I won't have to think about it!  I know that at least once a month I'll be getting my chemical free toothpaste.  Looks like they also have 2 packs, 4 packs and 6 packs available in various flavors ready to buy.

Have you ever tried a Natural Toothpaste???

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