Thursday, May 13, 2010

FMW Feedback

Nothing makes me happier than receiving these messages... Enchilada lasagna: GONE! Might be the best recipe yet! My kids and I loved the Rustic Chicken...I was worried the 9 year old wouldn't like the "wine" but he did. I added zucchini with the mushrooms and he ate those, too! We ate the meatloaf for dinner last night w/ baked potatoes and carrots. It was SO GOOD! We ate it again for lunch today and it was just as good leftover. We’re going to have the Rosemary lemon chicken tomorrow. These slow cooker meals are absolutely amazing! Thanks!!! We had the enchiladas last night and they were a HUGE hit. I made the Hawaiian Chicken (fake chicken, in my case) into a stir fry and it was delicious! The shrimp kabobs were epic. I added zucchini and grilled them. I made baked potatoes as a side and it was one of the best meals I have had since I was in Vegas and the fish I ate had been flown in from Italy that morning. THAT good! I am so sad there were no leftovers! Thank you my wonderful FMW customers - you make my day! If you would like to feed your family meals that receive rave reviews - come to my Freezer Meal Workshops or host a Wildtree Tasting!

Horizon Bundle to Complement My FMW

If you are attending my May Freezer Meal Workshop, or purchasing a Freezer Meal Bundle, I have a great addition to it! I have been a fan of the "Meat Lady" for a long time! Her name is Beth Kandell and she is as passionate about delicious, healthy food as I am. She sells Horizon Foods which is restaurant quality meat, seafood, poultry, pork and more that is flash frozen and only takes minutes to defrost. She has put together a protein bundle to make your life even easier! All the meat, fish, pork and chicken you need to do the Freezer Meal Workshop or Bundle has been packaged together! It includes: 24 ABF (as in antibiotic free) Chicken Breasts 4 Orange Roughy Fillets 2 Flank Steaks 4 ABF ground beef patties The cost is $149.88 but you can pick and choose and substitute what you would like to order. Please let me know if you are interested! Happy, healthy cooking!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Smoked Mozzarella and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This delicious recipe uses one of our new products that was just released. INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup panko 2 1/2 TBSP Wildtree Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Blend 1-10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless 1 1/2 TBSP mayonnaise PREPARATION: Preheat oven to 425ºF. In a small bowl, stir together the panko and 1 TBSP Smoked Mozzarella Blend. In a separate bowl, combine 1 TBSP Smoked Mozzarella Blend, spinach, and cheese. Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Cut a deep pocket in the thickest part of the chicken. Spoon the filling into the pocket and seal with a toothpick. Arrange the stuffed chicken breasts in a 13x9 baking dish. Top with the mayonnaise and Smoked Mozzarella panko. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

No GMO's in Wildtree Products!

After reading the impressive list of nutritional qualities, it is easy to see why Wildtree products can be said to have “side benefits” instead of the “side effects” that come with eating products containing MSG and other preservatives, hydrogenated oils, artificial food dyes and high fructose corn syrup.

Wildtree does not use any ingredients that are irradiated or are genetically modified.

So, why is this important?

What is irradiation anyhow?
It is the process of exposing foods – spices, fruits, vegetables or meats, to radiation with the purpose of killing bacteria, insects, parasites or to delay spoilage, sprouting or ripening. On the surface this may seem like a good idea, however, opponents of this unnatural process are fearful of unknown long term effects as well as the destruction of nutrients such as Vitamin C and B vitamins. Marion Nestle, the author of “What to Eat” states in her book: “Unless their labels state otherwise, I assume that commercial dried herbs and spices have been irradiated electronically or with the use of radioisotopes, even though I have never found a box of them bearing a radura label.” By law, irradiated foods are supposed to be labeled with a symbol, the radura, which looks like a flower and the statement ”treated with irradiation.”

With Genetically Modified (GM) foods, the genes have been deliberately manipulated to give the plants some desirable trait such as having a resistance to insects or viruses. GM foods are supposed to be labeled voluntarily with PLU (product look up) codes that begin with 8 but there is no regulation that states a food manufacturer has to label a food as genetically modified. Just as with irradiated foods, opponents of this process argue that we have no idea what impact these genetically engineered foods are going to have on us down the road.

We are seeing and do know, however, the devastating health effects of high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup, HFCS, which the food manufacturers have worked way too hard to convince us is healthy – is a processed, “man made” substance that is metabolized, like fat, far more rapidly than any other sugar or sweetener. When we eat real sugar, our bodies produce leptin hormones that let us know when we are full. But when we eat HFCS – because it is a synthetic substance that doesn’t act the same way in the body – unlike real sugar – it does not trigger leptin so our sweet tooth never gets satisfied.

The average person today is consuming between 12-15 teaspoons of HFCS daily.


 In addition, the Washington Post published an article last January that HFCS is contaminated with mercury – a toxic heavy metal. In the tests that were conducted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, mercury was found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand name food and beverage products where high fructose corn syrup is listed as the first or second highest ingredient on the food label. The IATP study found the highest levels of mercury were in some snack bars, BBQ sauce, sloppy joe mix, yogurt and chocolate syrup. All with very well-known brands such as Kraft, Hunt’s, Quaker, Hershey’s, Smucker’s and Yoplait.

Lastly, and putting the final nail in the coffin of this dangerous synthetic substance, HFCS is almost always made from genetically modified corn – so those who are regularly consuming foods containing HFCS are consuming genetically modified food.

By Donna Hetrick

Wildtree is All About Side Benefits...Not Side Effects!

This is some amazing information you might not know.
By Donna Hetrick
Wildtree Team Leader/Certified Clinical Nutritionist

If you’ve been enjoying Wildtree for any length of time, you might be able to roll off your tongue that Wildtree products contain “No MSG, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Artificial Dyes or Flavors, No Preservatives or Additives, No Genetically Modified Organisms, No Hydrogenated Fats, No Irradiated Ingredients and No Artificial Sweeteners” without taking a breath. But do you know about the many wonderful nutrients Wildtree products DO contain?

Powerful antioxidants, herbs and spices with known anti-cancer properties, healthy sweeteners, spices that are recognized as infection fighters, oils that contribute to a healthy heart and weak acids such as lemon and lime extract that help alkalize the system.

Did you know that every time you whip up a Wildtree dish that contains curry that you are not only serving something that tastes great but that it also has anti-cancer and anti-bacterial properties? And just recently it was discovered that if a person eats curry once or twice a week, it may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Let’s take a look at some of the other nutrients found in many Wildtree products:

Garlic is an antibacterial herb which has medicinal properties against microbes, bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. It is also healthy for the respiratory tract.

Cilantro is rich in Vitamin C and also has anti-bacterial properties.

Cinnamon is well-known for blood sugar control, it boosts brain function, prevents unwanted clumping of blood platelets and enhances digestion.

Rosemary contains nutrients which minimize free radical damage in the brain, fight bacteria and act as a decongestant.

Onion & Chives ward off colds, coughs, asthma and breathing problems. They associated with reducing the risk of stomach cancer, helping to ward off strokes and reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.

Cayenne Pepper / Hot Chili Peppers / Jalapeño Peppers improve circulation, stop bleeding from ulcers, are good for the heart, the kidneys, the lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach. Ward off colds, sinus infections and sore throats.

Clove has antiseptic and anti-parasitic properties. Also aids in digestion.

Blueberries are packed with antioxidant phytonutrients that neutralize free radical damage to the collagen of the cells and tissues.

Ginger cleanses the colon, stimulates circulation, and is a strong antioxidant and enhances digestion.

Ground Mustard Seeds improve digestion and aid in the metabolism of fat.

Thyme has strong antiseptic properties, lowers cholesterol, reduces fever and headache.

Dill enhances digestion, gives relief from insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea and respiratory disorders.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lemony-Parmesan Chicken & Veggies

This is simple, delicious and easily made as a freezer meal to store up for a busy night! Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl combine: 4 TBSP Garlic GSO 1 lemon, juiced 2 TBSP Parmesan Rice Blend pinch of pepper Toss mixture with 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, 2 sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into bite size pieces), head of broccoli and some carrots (cut into bite size pieces). Place all contents into baking dish and bake in pre-heated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Serve with a red leaf lettuce or arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette. Cook's Note - Use Lemon GSO to make a quick vinaigrette. Mix with champagne vinegar, salt & pepper.

Friday, May 7, 2010

May's Freezer Meal Workshop Info

The time has come again...time to sign up for your next Freezer Meal Workshop. There are only 2 months left before I am gone for the summer - so don't miss out on this opportunity to stock your freezer with quick, delicious and healthful meals! Many of the recipes use our NEW products just released on May 1st! Tame Dinnertime Chaos Save Time ~ Save Money ~ Have Fun Upcoming Workshop Dates & Menus Thursday May 20 @ 10 am or 6 pm in CULVER CITY Adobo Grilled Chicken Honey Mustard Chicken with Crunchy Onions Chicken Tikka Southwestern BBQ Chicken Chicken with Asparagus, Artichokes & Sundried Tomatoes Asian Turkey Burgers Rodeo Rub Burgers Wicked Good Chicken for the Slow Cooker Chipotle Lime Steak Tomato Basil Tilapia One more thing...if you do not live nearby and cannot attend these workshops, don't worry! You can still participate by using the recipes and creating them yourselves! Check out May's Freezer Meal Bundles. Contact me directly to order them!

May’s Freezer Meal Bundle

Can’t make it to the Freezer Meal Workshop but still want to save time, money & stress? Then purchase one of these discounted bundles and receive all the recipes, cooking directions, side dish suggestions & a free bottle of Wildtree’s Grapeseed Oil. When you purchase one of the following bundles you will receive recipes for Adobo Grilled Chicken, Honey Mustard Chicken with Crunchy Onions, Chicken Tikka, Southwestern BBQ Chicken, Chicken with Asparagus, Artichokes & Sundried Tomatoes, Asian Turkey Burgers, Rodeo Rub Burgers, Wicked Good Chicken for the Slow Cooker, Chipotle Lime Steak, and Tomato Basil Tilapia. You will also receive your choice of a bottle of Grapeseed Oil (Natural, Garlic or Butter) and the guest special of the month. The 10 Meal Bundle allows you to make all the recipes multiple times. Or you can choose one of the 5 Meal Bundles and make 5 recipes as well as others multiple times.
10 Meal Bundle Honey Mustard Vinaigrette $10 Adobo Seasoning $7.50 Teriyaki Sauce $9 Chipotle Lime Seasoning $7.50 Basil Pesto GSO $13 Rodeo Rub $7.50 Curried Garlic OR Korma Curry $8 Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce $8 Leslie’s Smoky BBQ Sauce $8.50 CA Garlic Pepper $12 Rotisserie Seasoning $9 Grapeseed Oil of choice ($13 value) FREE May gift - ($10 value) FREE NEW Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Blend Bundle valued at… $123 Only pay… $100 My Culinary Club Price… $80 5 Meal Bundle #1 Chicken with Asparagus, Artichokes & Sundried Tomatoes, Tomato Basil Tilapia, Asian Turkey Burgers, Southwestern BBQ Chicken, Chipotle Lime Steak CA Garlic Pepper $12 Basil Pesto GSO $13 Chipotle Lime Seasoning $7.50 Leslie’s Smoky BBQ Sauce $8.50 Teriyaki Sauce $9 Grapeseed Oil of choice ($13 value) FREE May gift - NEW Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Blend ($10 value) FREE Bundle valued at … $73 Only pay… $50 My Culinary Club Price… $40 5 Meal Bundle #2 Chicken Tikka, Adobo Grilled Chicken, Wicked Good Chicken for the Slow Cooker, Honey Mustard Chicken with Crunchy Onions, Rodeo Rub Burgers Honey Mustard Vinaigrette $10 Adobo Seasoning $7.50 Rodeo Rub $7.50 Curried Garlic OR Korma Curry $8 Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce $8 Grapeseed Oil of choice ($13 value) FREE May gift - ($10 value) FREE NEW Smoked Mozzarella & Tomato Blend Bundle valued at… $64 Only pay… $41 My Culinary Club Price… $32.80
There are many other recipes you can use with these ingredients. Please check out to see!
***You must purchase these bundles directly through me.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Health Benefits of Cooking with Grapeseed Oil

Did you know that Grapeseed Oil is one of the healthiest oils to cook with?
Even more than Extra Virgin Olive Oil (an extremely healthful oil, but not when exposed to high heat).
Once you have cooked with grapeseed oil, you will never go back to the others. I recommend replacing cooking oils with grapeseed oil for a healthy kitchen pantry. Wildtree has many different naturally infused grapeseed oils. Roasted Garlic and Butter are my favorites.

Here's why you should switch....

Wildtree’s Grapeseed Oil is EXPELLER PRESSED - NOT solvent extracted like the vast majority of grapeseed oils in the marketplace.

GRAPESEED OIL is made from grape seeds after wine production. It is therefore environmentally sound and requires no new farmland or water to produce. Versatile, delicious and good for you, grapeseed oil allows the pure flavor of fresh food to come through. Its delicate flavor and body make it perfect for sautéing, baking or frying. Try it in salad dressings, on pasta or hard breads, or use as a marinade or baste for the grill.

Health Benefits
♥ There are NO preservatives such as TBHQ or BHT.
♥ It is NOT hydrogenated.
♥ There is NO sodium.
♥ NO trans fatty acids.
♥ NO cholesterol (it actually aids in cholesterol reduction).
♥ It has one of the lowest levels of saturated fats of all oils (1/2 that of olive oil)
♥ It is easily digestible
♥ A good source of Vitamin E Alpha (an important anti-oxidant) (4.3 mg per serving).
♥ Highest concentration of poly (76%) unsaturated acid of any oil.
♥ Helps the body produce High Density Lipoprotein (HDL).
♥ High in Linoleic acid - and its health benefits: - is a fatty acid which acts as a transporter for saturated fats - helps prevent accumulation in the arteries. - also known as Omega-6 and in near identical proportions to mother's milk. - vital to life and cannot be produced by the body alone.

Miracle Frying Oil
Grapeseed Oil is ideal for frying at high temperatures. It may be heated up to 419 degrees (F) without burning, - one of the highest flash points. Deep fry your favorite foods in Wildtree's Grapeseed Oil for a wonderful light crispy taste and cholesterol free frying.

Fantastic dairy-free butter substitute!
I substitute Butter GSO when a recipe calls for melted butter. I cut the amount in 1/2 or a 1/3 and feel good that I am not adding cholesterol to whatever it is I am baking. I've also used Butter GSO when making grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, popcorn or sautéing vegetables. And our Butter GSO is dairy-free!

Contact me today and learn how to meal plan 30 minute dinners and eat healthier!