Sunday, December 20, 2009

What is your answer to "So what is the GREENEST thing YOU can do"?

I was enjoying one of my favorite blogs this morning, the "Do The Greenest Thing Blog", and was reading the post....So what is the GREENEST thing YOU can do? I just couldn't help myself and decided to share author Jenna C's great post and my response here. It's time people realize that there is more to energy consumption then cars. Oil is food!

So what is the GREENEST thing YOU can do?

Something has been on my mind, and I’m just aching to share this with as many people as possible which is why I started doing the whole Face Book, Twitter, Blogging thing…I am very passionate about this and I think you will be too. Here goes…

As most of you know, there is an obvious pollution problem all over the world. Anyone local to the Phoenix area just has to look out side to see the filth hanging in the air, or drive down one of our freeways and see “pollution advisory” on a sign on an overpass. It’s not just here, its everywhere. The problem is right in our faces, not to mention the other unseen effects caused by emissions.

The most negative effect you as individuals have on the environment is driving your vehicles. Vehicle emissions kill over 30,000 people a year in the United States alone!

Some may argue about Global Warming, and whether or not it’s real. I believe it’s happening, but what I believe is beside the point. The point is, there IS something you can do to help with this pollution problem. I’m not going to tell you to car pool or ride your bike or take the bus, although those are all helpful. I’ve got something MUCH more powerful.

What I want to tell you about is a device created by a brilliant friend of mine, Randy Ambrose, founder and CEO of Vortex Magnetics. It’s called Power Box. This device uses magnetic energy to cut your vehicle emissions in HALF, not to mention the dozens of other benefits which I will cover a little later. You don’t need any tools to install; you’ll get everything you need to when you order it. It clips right to your fuel line and that’s it.

Right away you’ll notice a difference. You’ll get an increase in gas mileage (up to 25%!!) and horsepower. Your vehicle emissions will be cut in HALF. Your car will require less frequent tune ups and over a short amount of time the carbon build up in your engine will be removed. It does all this and it costs less than $80.00. This product pays for its self with in a few months with the money you’ll save in gas, and it will last longer than the life of your vehicle.

Installing a Power Box on your vehicle IS the GREENEST thing you can do! The product is the only one of its kind with an EPA approval and has been marketed in over 13 countries. There are even more amazing things this product can do, but I’ll save that for another time, or you can check out the website. Visit

I thank you for your time, and please, your feed back is very much appreciated to this newbie.

Until next time,

Jenna C.

My comment....

They number one thing we can all do in my opinion is to shed red meat from our lives. The amount of fossil fuel it takes to produce red meat and the pollution from it is one of if not the largest contributor to our problems. At this point if U.S. citizens could just eliminate 2 meals of red meat a week we could feed every hungry person on this planet. Of course this is only going to get worse as the populations of China and India desire and can afford more animal protein. The effects from their massive populations will make the effects of our mere 300,000,000 look petty. We have problems on the way!

What is your take? Please leave a comment and let us know.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Where Do You Get Your Protein?


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Happy World Vegetarian Day To Everyone!

Every year on October 1st, World Vegetarian Day kicks off a month of parties, potluck, presentations, food tasting displays...and lots of friendly discussions!

For those new to vegetarianism, it serves as an enticement to give meatless fare a try (even for a day) and learn about its many benefits. And, of course, it's the perfect occasion for vegetarians and those already moving towards plant based diets to celebrate their healthy, compassionate food choices.

World Vegetarian Day and Vegetarian Awareness Month celebrations are as varied as the people who plan them. Whether you want to keep yours simple and private or public and grand our ideas and resources can help.

In addition to individuals from all walks of life, past participants have included schools, colleges, health food stores, co-ops, restaurants, libraries, employers, health care centers and many others.

Please consider joining with the thousands of others this October who will be exploring the vast variety of tasty and healthful meat free foods, and sharing information about the benefits of vegetarian diets with the people in their local communities.....Visit The World Vegetarian Day Website

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Uncle Ray's Mujabarley........Yes, Mujabarley!

I know to most of you soup is not a summer time thing. So call me strange but I think soup is the perfect summer time food. Just don't heat it up so dang hot! One of the reasons I think it makes a great summer time meal is that it is a great way to eat "light" you might say. I live in the desert southwest, believe me, 105 degrees and a stuffed feeling from over eating don't go together.

OK, I know what your thinking. Your saying to yourself what the h*#% is Mujabarley? Hey, I am allowed to make up my own dorky names. And dorky it is! I just haven't been able to come up with anything any better. And you know how it is when you say something long just sticks. So I feel like I am stuck with it.

Let's start with a little history of this recipe.

I admit it, when it comes to food [or just about anything] I like cheap. Wait, let me make it sound more dignified. I like inexpensive. And we were looking for something to cut the boredom of the usual brown rice meals I was making, So I am digging around in my vegetarian recipe books and I find Mujaderra, or Mujadarrah. This isn't a history blog so don't throw me under the bus, I found as many ways to spell it as I did to make it. Basically, it looks like folks in the Middle East have found many ways of cooking brown rice and lentils together for many years. Most recipes I found started with cooking onions in the pan for starters and finishing it off with a topping of yogurt. Not really our style. We did like my original experiments with these recipes, but of course I had to make this "Middle Tucson" style, not Middle Eastern style. That's where the barley comes in.

Mujabarley is basically more of an American style soup that is based on Brown Rice, Lentils and barley Let's get started......


1 cup Brown Rice........long or short, you know I'll use what's on sale!

1 cup Green can use red, I prefer green.

1 cup should be able to find this in any bulk food store.If not, think about moving.

Celery.............5 or 6 stalks cut into 1/4" pieces.
Might be to much for you, we love it!

Carrots............Don't buy big bitter carrots. Nice baby carrots, well worth it. I cut mine "Julianne" style, not to small.

Red Bell Pepper....Any color's fine, I prefer red.

Onions.............Spanish is my favorite. White would do, NO RED.
One large or Two small.

Tomatoes...........2 or 3 medium, chopped.

Fresh Baby Spinach
Fresh Garlic.......Chop it up!
Granulated Garlic
Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Let's get your big pan going, don't make the same mistake I insist on making over and over...."this should be big enough", We know you are smarter then that.

Now don't make me repeat this, keep this simmering, control your heat, don't let it cool way down. Relax, I'll tell you how.

Start six cups of water simmering, set your timer for 30 minutes.

Add a teaspoon [or so] of olive oil, a dash [big dashes] of Sea Salt, Pepper and granulated garlic.

Remember control the heat so you might want to temporarily turn up the heat....and add one cup of water.

Now throw in the carrots and the one cup of brown rice, stir well and cover, and always put the cover back on....please.

Now add another cup of water, keep the heat up until it's simmering. Now turn it back down. Do you have the idea now?

After about 10 minutes throw in your celery, and add another cup of water. How's the heat? Keep it simmering good!

When the timer goes off it's time to add about 8 cups of water [do I need to tell you how to do this again] the fresh garlic, onions, bell peppers, lentils and barley, stir well. And don't forget a dash of Sea Salt, pepper and granulated garlic.

Set the timer for 45 minutes, is the cover back on?

When the timer goers off add your chopped tomatoes and set the timer for 15 minutes. This is a good time to make sure you have enough water. Remember it's a soup, not a goop. If you need to add some water. Is the cover.....never mind.

When the timer goes off this time remove the pan from the hot burner, preferably just move it over to an unused burner and add your baby spinach. Just lay it on top and sprinkle a small amount of sea salt, pepper and granulated garlic on top. Don't stir in, just cover.

Reset timer for 15 minutes. Now when the timer goes off this time fold, not stir, your spinach into the soup.

Guess what, your done!

I guarantee that after you make this once you will be dying to get right back to make your own version of it, we have never made it the same twice.

Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know how you did or if you catch any mistakes, hey I am a guy, there should be plenty of mistakes!