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Meatless Monday: Beet Pierogis!

July 25th

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups peeled chopped beets
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Place beets and onion into a saucepan over medium-heat. Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and let beets simmer until tender 12-15 minutes.
  • Drain water and place beets and onion into food processor. Add butter and pulse until the veggies are finely chopped.
  • Whisk together eggs and water. Slowly add in the flour. Place dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Take half the dough and roll out until thickness is 1/8 an inch or less. Cut out circles using a cup.
  • Take circle cut-out and place about 1 tablespoon of beet filling in the center. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and fold the dough over the filling. Pinch the edges of dough together to seal completely. Make crimped indentations around the sealed edges and dust the pierogi with flour.
  • Repeat this step until flour or filling runs out.
  • Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil. Drop pierogis in water (2 at a time) and stir to prevent them from sticking. Reduce heat to gentle boil and cook until they float to the top—8 minutes. Drain and serve!

Workout Wednesday: Stars & Stripes Workout!

July 20

Burpees (with Push Up)

Squats

Tuck Jumps

Lunges with Ball Twist (7 each Leg)

Jumping Jacks

Step Ups (7 each Leg)

Bicycle Crunches

Meatless Monday: Root Vegetable Stew with herbed Dumplings!

July 18th

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces vegetarian sausage links
  • 2 pounds root vegetables
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups cooked beet
  • 1 1/4 cup whole-what pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 up low-fat milk

Directions:

  • Heat 2tsp oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add veg. sausage and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • Heat 2tsp oil in a Dutch over medium heat. Cook onion for 4 minutes. Add veggies and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and rosemary and cook for another minute. Add broth and bring it to a simmer, making sure to stir throughout.
  • Whisk whole-wheat flour , cake flour, rosemary, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in egg and milk to form a batter.
  • Once the stew has reached a simmer, stir in the beets and sausage. Let simmer again.
  • Drop in dumpling batter 1 tablespoon at a time over the stew. Cook until the dumplings puff and the vegetables are tender or about 10minutes.
  • Add salt to taste and serve hot!

Workout Wednesday: FireCracker Workout

July 13

Mountain Climbers

Medicine Ball Slams

Squats

Tricep Dips

Plank

Walking Lunges

Push Ups

Burpees

Plank

Bridge

Miss Mollie Mae: First Aid for Dogs and Cats

If you share a home with a dog or cat, chances are you have experienced a health crisis with them. Because every minute counts, there are some common emergency tips to help stabilize your pet before you can get to an animal emergency room.

Be Prepared: Build a portable first aid kit or box for home and travel including gauze, bandages, towels, thermometer, eye dropper, and leash. Create a medical history card with phone numbers for your vet, emergency hospital, and poison control hotline. Add your pet’s medical history including recent vaccines, heartworm status, recent surgeries, and any medications including dose and frequency.

Trauma: Always approach your pet with caution if they have an injury, are sick, or in pain. If your pet is bleeding, place a bandage to slow blood loss, apply pressure, and minimize contamination of the wound. Do not remove any penetrating objects.

Seizures: If you believe your pet is having a seizure, you should block off stairs and move potentially dangerous objects from the path of the pet. Do not try to hold them down. Seek vet help immediately as even 1 seizure is dangerous and can lead to more.

Toxicities: If you believe your pet has been exposed to substances which can be life threatening, call poison control. There is a charge to call, but each service houses a database of thousands of toxins including clinical signs and treatment recommendations. If toxins were ingested, vomiting should be induced ONLY if ingestion was witnessed and should be induced with hydrogen peroxide (1-2 teaspoons for every 10 pounds). For dermal exposure, bathe with mild soap and wear gloves.

Burns and Smoke Inhalation: Burns are very painful and often very difficult to detect on a pet unless […]