How to Make Fire Cider to Boost Your Immune System

How to Make Fire Cider to Boost Your Immune System

  I’d never heard of Fire Cider until maybe 2 years ago. I saw it on Pinterest (naturally) and it caught my eye as an “old school” way to stay healthy. People have been making it for generations. It’s definitely something my grandfather would have known about. He always had a home remedy up his sleeve (Tomato plan leaves on a bee sting! Vicks Vapo rub up the nostrils for congestion!) Although you can buy it pre-made, there’s something satisfying about making it the way older generations did, and carrying on the tradition. Plus it’s quick and easy! Fire Cider is a concoction of naturally potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory ingredients like garlic, onions, lemons, turmeric steeped in apple cider vinegar.  I mean, any one of those individually is great for warding off what ails you but mix them all together and it’s you against the world!! You take it daily “to help boost the immune system, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days.” (Source) We already make our own elderberry syrup (this is the recipe we follow, although we cut the honey by half) but I’m always curious to try “weird hippie” popular folk remedies so I made my grocery list and set out to the store.     On my list –  ginger, turmeric root, jalapeños, lemons, oranges, horseradish root, garlic, onion, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and the optional ingredient rosemary. I’ve seen a wide variety of recipes online and it’s generally pretty forgiving. The concept is simple – buy the main ingredients known for fighting off the crud, add in herbs and citrus that you...
My Meal Planning Strategy in 5 Steps

My Meal Planning Strategy in 5 Steps

Meal planning is something a lot of people struggle with and I am no exception. Some weeks I just lack inspiration or I’m burnt out on thinking about food. But I know it’s worth it to plan for the week ahead and makes the evenings go so much smoother. So I’m not reinventing the wheel every week, I approach my menu by doing the following steps: 1| Check my calendar. If we have a busier week than usual with after work plans I’ll choose easier meals. Utilizing the crock pot, heating up frozen turkey burgers or just simple PBJ’s is perfectly ok! 2| Review my inventory. I open the fridge and see what would carry over a few more days. Then I peek in the pantry to see what we’re running low on and check out what is stock piled in the freezer. If I know we have a huge bag of broccoli in the freezer, I’ll plan on incorporating that into a quiche or stir fry. 3| Browse my pinned recipes and cook books. I usually spend 15 minutes or less checking out my various recipe boards on Pinterest. If you don’t have boards made, start one and begin saving meals that look good to you! Consider making a “To Try” board and “Tried and Loved” board.   4| Pick one family favorite and one new recipe for each week. I like trying new recipes, but it’s nice to balance one new one each week with a few family go-to’s so you’re not stressed learning new recipes every night. 3| Cook once, eat twice. Who has time to cook...