BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! NO, I’M NOT PREGNANT!

Don’t you guys love when someone posts one of those Facebook posts about a big announcement and then you have to wait until a later time to see what is going on. You wonder if they are pregnant or moving? Well I didn’t even want to plant the seed in your minds that I could be pregnant…so not going to happen. But I did want you to know what is going on with my business because so many of you have been so supportive and awesome. Here is an email I’m in the process of sending out to everyone. It’s going a bit slow b/c I’m trying to make sure I capture everyone. In the meantime, I thought I would also blast it to FB because then I know you all will see it.

So here is the email….and my big announcement. And I’m super super excited!!!

Hey!!

I just wanted to let you those of you who are my friends and/or who have been my awesome Wildtree customers know that I’m going to be taking a more casual role with the company. I’ll still be here if you need Wildtree, or if you want to host a party. I love the Wildtree products. I think they are the best and healthiest spices and marinades available and it’s always how I will feed my family.

I’m really excited because I’m launching a new business with Juice Plus. I’m not sure if you have ever heard of it before, but it’s awesome! It is just concentrated RAW fruits and vegetables in a chewable or capsule form. That’s it. It’s not a supplement. It has a food label. There is also a line of awesome bars and shakes that contain macronutrients and the Tower Garden (a vertical hydroponic fruit and vegetable growing system)

So why am I doing this?? Well…I started giving my kids Juice Plus about two years ago after Anders had the life threatening strep infection for which he was hospitalized. I was so scared because he was sick ALLLLLL the time and the doctors couldn’t really tell me why other than there was something going on with his immune system. So a few of my friends had their kids on Juice Plus and it has the added benefit of providing the nutrients of fruits and vegetables so if we eat pizza or chicken nuggets…they are still getting their daily dose of fruits and vegetables. 98% of people in this country do not get enough fruits and vegetables. It’s really hard to get 7-13 servings in a day!

So what happened? Well I didn’t really think much about it and then recently I was doing a vendor event with Wildtree and I ran into a former customer who was doing Juice Plus. I started to talk to her because I was so surprised to see her in direct sales because she has a very demanding full time career. She told me that her kids never get sick anymore and she just feels like she has to share this with everyone she knows. I had a big light bulb moment… OMG ANDERS HAS NOT BEEN SICK THIS YEAR!! He has missed one day of kindergarten and really I think he could have gone to school but I didn’t force it on that day. ONE DAY!!!!! First year in elementary school, I was gearing up for all the illnesses. I thought is this really from Juice Plus??? So I went home and started to do research because if I’m going to share anything with my friends and family it is going to be the BEST. Wow, you guys I was blown away. The amount of clinical research done on this product is just ridic! Most pharmaceuticals have like 2-3 studies done before they hit the market. Juice Plus is a “nutraceutical” (meaning not supplement..it’s food) and there are over 30+ gold standard clinical research studies on it that can be found HERE.

The other awesome thing, is that if an adult buys the JP capsules for themselves (this is not just for kids…actually adults can benefit just as much because of the anti-inflammatory effects of the whole nutrients provided), they can enroll their kids in the Children’s Health Study and kids get their JP for free! The results from the study are amazing so far. You can read about the study and the amazing results for kids HERE but the cliffs notes version is that 60% of kids are missing less school and 96% were reaping a positive benefit of some kind. I’m definitely in that category of was less missed school (ONLY ONE DAY THIS YEAR!) and I also feel great knowing my kids are getting this nutrition every day so I don’t have to stress when they gag about eating broccoli (yes, that really happens. EVERY TIME!).

Ok so I’m obviously excited about this product. We’ve used it for 2 years before I’m bringing it to all of you. And I’ll leave you with one tidbit that really sunk in with me when I recently went to see Dr. Richard DuBois speak about Juice Plus (he is a doctor who helped set up the Infectious Disease Unit at the CDC)…he said “if you can swallow, you should take Juice Plus.” And I have to say that I agree with him. I try to do a lot of other things to make us healthy like eating organic and very little gluten…Juice Plus isn’t a magic bullet. But it’s one simple change that can make a big impact, and def has for us.

Please let me know if you have any questions. If I don’t know the answer because I’m new to this…I’ll find the answer for you.

Here is my website:  Juice Plus Website You can find info about Juice Plus capsules and chewable, the shakes and bars and the Tower Garden. Also, if you want to join my FB group to see more info let me know!

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Instant Pot Turkey Butternut Squash Chili (no beans)

It’s been way too long since my last post! For those of you who have an Instant Pot, you know how awesome it is. For those of you who still just use a crockpot, this recipe can easily be adapted and I’ll give you some tips on that below.

I’m starting a Whole 30 on Jan. 2nd. I’ve been trying out some recipes so it is not a total shock to my system when I really get started. I came up with this chili because I had these ingredients in my fridge. Bean free chili without sour cream and cheese as toppings is a little bit out of my comfort zone…but I think this one is so flavorful that you won’t miss those things. (This is what I tell myself anyways!)

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 onion

1 tsp Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub

3 cups butternut squash (or diced sweet potato)

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatos

1 8oz can tomato sauce

1 4 oz can diced mild green chiles

1 TBSP Wildtree Fajita seasoning (2-3 TBSP if you like it HOT)

3 tsp Wildtree Garlic Galore

(if you want to add beans to this, 1 can of black beans would be delicious)

Instructions:

  1. Sauce the turkey, onion, and rancher steak rub on the saute function until meat is no longer pink.
  2. add all of the other ingredients
  3. hit the “beans/chili” button
  4. when done, quick release and enjoy

For crockpot: saute your turkey, onion, and rancher steak rub and then cook this chili on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I’ve been following the Trim Healthy Mama diet lately and it has been working for me. I also use my Wildtree spices to make this diet work for me and the two go together perfectly!! Last night I was really craving pizza so I made a cauliflower crust pizza. I wish I could tell my kids thought this was the best pizza ever. I wish I could tell you my five year old didn’t gag the entire time he was eating it. I cannot. But guess what…more pizza for me. And I thought it was awesome. The 5 yo can detect a vegetable from like ten miles away and will avoid it at all costs. His loss!

So here is the recipe I made up based on some ones I read on the internet:

1 head cauliflower

2 tsp Wildtree Pizza Sauce Blend

1 tsp Wildtree Garlic Galore

1 egg

1/4 cup mozzarella

1/4 cup parmesan

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

  1. process the cauliflower in your food processor until is resembles flour.
  2. microwave cauliflower for 6 minutes and then lay out on a kitchen towel. When cool enough, squeeze as much water as you can from the cauliflower.
  3. In a bowl, mix together thoroughly cauliflower, mozzarella, parmesan, Wildtree Pizza Sauce Blend, Wildtree Garlic Galore, and egg.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Pour cauliflower mixture onto parchment paper and pat into a pizza crust shape making crust pretty thin.
  6. Bake crust for 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned.
  7. top with your favorite toppings and then bake again for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Power Protein Pancakes

My four year old has declared a war on eggs. No egg shall grace his plate without monumental amounts of whining and complaining. So what’s a mom to do? Make some freaking sneaky egg hiding pancakes, that’s what!  So these pancakes are also gluten free so that’s a win for us too.

Hope you enjoy!

Power Protein Pancakes

Makes approx 12 pancakes

3 bananas

3 eggs

1 cup almond flour

add a little bit of almond milk if the mixture is not liquid-y enough. Or you can also add another egg.

Mash everything together and then you have a wonderful pancake batter with which to deceive your children with. 🙂 Go forth and be smug!

Where I’ve been…and where the Blog is going!

I’ve been thinking about blogging again recently. A friend had asked me why I stopped and I explained that since becoming a Wildtree rep, I didn’t want to seem pushy or salesy and basically I was only cooking Wildtree recipes for my family because they are so tasty, easy and healthy. She told me that I should blog about that! So….here I am! And I want you to know why I became a Wildtree Rep and why you will be seeing mostly Wildtree recipes on my blog.

In June, I became a Rep for Wildtree. Wildtree is a company with a line of all-natural, non-GMO, peanut free, preservative free, no HFCS or dyes food products. I love that this company was founded by a Mom whose kids had been diagnosed with medical conditions that required restricted diets. She needed to come up with healthy meals that everyone would enjoy with ingredients that her kids wouldn’t react to. She was also a full-time working single mom so they had to be easy to make. The founder, Leslie Montie, and her parents began experimenting with new ways to flavor and prepare food.  They founded Wildtree Herbs in 1996 and began to sell their specialty blends at local craft fairs. They were overwhelmed with the reception and quickly gained a loyal following. In 1999, Wildtree was launched as a party plan company and Representatives all over the U..S hold Tasting parties (where friends come together to sample some yummy Wildtree food and talk about meal planning) and more recently a few years ago we started to do Freezer Meal Workshops (where you buy a spice/oil bundle and we come together at the host’s house and make ten meal to take home and put in your freezer for busy nights).

So since June, I have really enjoyed my new role as a Wildtree Rep. It took me a long time after meeting a Wildtree Rep at my Mom’s group Holiday Sip-n-Shop and becoming impressed with the products to sign up and decide to do this. But I’m so glad that I did! My friends have been so supportive and I’ve held several freezer meal workshops in my own house as well as some at friends’ houses for their friends. When I started, I wasn’t sure if this was going to be right for me. I’ve never been a salesperson before. And I still struggle with being nervous that people might think I’m too pushy or salesy. But I really think that there is so much value in providing people with healthy meal planning and every time one of my friends/customers tells me how much they liked something it makes me feel really good! So I really feel more like my role is “Meal Planner” and not salesperson.

One of the other things that I love about Wildtree is that for any product you purchase you can go to my website (www.mywildtree.com/cameronne) and click on “recipes” and there is a dropdown menu listing each product and you can pull up all the recipes that go with your product. There have been many times when I’ve had a spice blend and thought I wonder what I could make with this and then gone to the website and had so many options from which to chose!

We also have a 2 monthly meal planners. The first is “simple.healthy.dinner” which is 8 recipes and a bundle of products that usually runs around $50. The recipes come in a pdf format and they have step-by-step pictures for each recipes. The second is a meal planner bundle that comes with a bundle of products, recipes and grocery list that you can purchase for half price if you have spent $50. So for example, if you purchased the simple.healthy.dinner promo for this month that would qualify you for the half off menu planner and then you could make the following:

Simple.Healthy.Dinner

1. Balsamic Chicken with Spinach Salad

2. Braised Short Ribs

3. Chicken Breast with Creamy Mustard Sauce

4. French Onion Soup

5 Pan Roasted Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce

6. Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin

7. Roasted Red Pepper & Sausage Alfredo

8. Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells

and this month’s half price Menu Planner is called “Freezer Meals” (You can follow the instructions that come with the recipes and freeze these in advance or you can make them fresh as you go, which is what I did when I made some of the recipes)

9. Mu Shu Pork

10. Roasted Sausage and Peppers

11. Raspberry Hoisin Pork

12. Jerk Salmon

13. Slow Cooker Sante Fe Chicken

14. Sloppy Joe Tacos

15. Turkey & Black Bean Taco Chili

16. Jerk Chicken Waldorf Salad

17. Jerk Tenderloin with Caribbean Salsa

18. Ham & Cannellini Bean Soup

I love having all these recipes to try during the month. And the great thing is that the Wildtree products don’t have to be used all at once so you can make all these recipes and then search for more on my website. The possibilities are endless!

So thanks for reading this!! Please let me know if you have any questions!!! I will start posting some yummy recipes in the next few days! (I’m going to get my exclamation point license revoked!!!!!!)

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Who doesn’t love taco night??  If you want to kick it up a notch, try making your own taco seasoning!

I’m not a big fan of pre-packaged taco seasoning. I just don’t really like the taste. Although I have used the stuff for years and years. Lately, I’ve been trying to explore some homemade taco seasonings and came across this one that I really like. The cinnamon gives it a very interesting taste. And I mean interesting in a good way.

Here’s where I found this delicious spice mix that makes the equivalent of one packet of taco seasoning:

http://www.food.com/recipe/taco-seasoning-mix-124269

Enjoy!

Mexican Rice

I’m a big fan of Pioneer Woman’s recipes. She is my go to for a lot of recipes including this one for Mexican rice. I have made this many times to serve with fajitas or tacos.  It’s really easy and makes up a big batch and it is very good heated up for lunch the next day, and the next day and maybe even the next night. Like I said, it makes a lot!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/11/good-ol-basic-mexican-rice/