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"Berry" Good Spinach Smoothie ~ by Nakia A.
  • 6 oz. of unsweetened OJ (not from concentrate, I use Simply Orange)
  • 1 hand full of fresh Spinach (the bags in the produce area from the grocery store works for me)
  • 1 Cup of Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of frozen fruit. (I prefer dark sweet cherries, the more tart a berry is, the more sweetening you will need.  May I suggest either Agave Nectar or a sugar substitute you like.)
Blend that up in a blender until completely smoothie and frothy.  You can add unflavored fiber, milled flax seed, protein powder, etc.  It is a great pick me up and keeps be full for quite a while.  Enjoy.

Homemade 100% Whole Wheat Fettuccine Pasta ~by Nakia A.

If you have a pasta maker, this is for you!!  My husband got me one for Christmas and now the family only like the "real" noodles.
  • 3 Cups 100% ground Whole Wheat Flour (You can buy this at any store, I ground mine from hard red whole wheat berries)
  • 6 eggs
1.  Put the flour in deep bowl & make a well; crack 6 eggs into the well.  Scramble the eggs gradually picking up the flour.

2.  Once you have a soft ball pour dough onto a floured  table and knead for about 5 minutes.
                        Note: Dough should not be sticky, but it should have a little give.

3.  Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let sit for about 20 minutes (The dough needs a rest, you probably will too).  Now because I live in a dry state and don't want my dough to dry out, I wrap in plastic, but for y'all in moisture places just place a bowl over your dough for 20 minutes, it should be fine.

4.  After you have gotten some energy back (20 minutes later; and during your time out get your pasta make ready.  I use a hand crank, which I figure if they see how hard I am working, they'll appreciate it more, right?) Cut your dough into thirds.

5.  Always start on the lowest setting & gradually work your way up.  Now you just keep rolling on the flat roller until you have reached the thickness you like.  I recommend going at let 1-2 settings thinner than you think...The pasta expands when cooked.

6.  To make it easier to work with I like to cut my pasta into 12 inch lengths.  Now attach the fettuccine roller and roll your pasta sheet through and Waaah have noodles.

7.  Get a large pot of boiling water going and add a little olive oil.  Cook noodles for about 10 minutes or until the noodles are "al dente." Drain and serve immediately.

Top with any sauce you like or even just sprinkle a little Parmesan and parsley.  Enjoy!