Canned Young Jackfruit

Canned Young Jackfruit In Brine

Here’s a recent meat substitute for those of your who are tired of soy crumbles – or similar. In the latest issues of Vegetarian Times, they recommended the use of Canned Young Jackfruit in brine as a substitute for meat – we tried their Jackfruit gyro recipe  – we liked the texture of the jackfruit but not that recipe, I’m sure that it would be useful wherever you need to replace the meat with a lower fat, healthier alternative.

Make no mistake – we aren’t vegetarian or vegan, our current diet, which we are doing very well on right now – Joel Fuhrman’s Eat To Live diet is very low in animal proteins, so we are always on the lookout for something that we can use to replace the meat. It’s also low carb as well.

If you are into a low carb diet, stay tuned, we’ve done that diet as well and have some great hints for a low carb pasta which you may not know about!

How To Make Money Off Your Library Through

Recycle Your Library

Take a look around – do you really need all of those books? Sure you read them and they look great on the shelf – and seeing them all around you makes you feel smarter doesn’t it? Your friends and family all probably marvel that you’ve read all of those books! But its spring cleaning time and you’re thinking, maybe I can do without a few of those. But before you throw them in the garage sale box, first check out the Amazon Marketplace. You’d be surprised how much you can make back from those dusty tomes

You’ve probably noticed a button which says “Have one to sell – Sell On Amazon” when you are surfing books on Amazon –  if you do, you can list your own books for sale and unlike eBay and those other sites, its costs you nothing to list your books and they even throw in the shipping costs. Beware though that you can sell your book at any price, even a penny, it is usually not worth selling unless they go for at least $2, since Amazon does take a commission on each sale.

Grab a stack of books and a coffee, sit down at your computer, and start searching. Here is a sure fire way of pricing your book so that it sells: price it exactly 2 cents below the lowest price, as long as that price is more than $2 – and the next time someone is looking to buy that book, yours will be sold. You’ll get an email with the details, Amazon will credit your account with the funds and shipping, minus their commission (which is one of the reasons why its not worth selling anything under two dollars)

You never know what you might find: I dug up an old Teenage Mutant Ninjas comic book anthology which sold for $75 (its now worth $100)

How To Travel In Style: The Briggs & Riley Verb

The Big Ass Bag

Briggs & Riley Verb Span Expandable Rolling Briefcase

Yes folks. If you are like me and need your office everywhere that you go, you need, A BIG ASS BAG. And after a long hard search, I have finally found one – great for daily use, carries everything and even has wheels for when you get too tired to carry everything. Fits right under the seat in front of you on planes and carries it all. In a future post I’ll go into detail on what I carry in my big ass bag, but here is a quick rundown:

  1. Two laptops, a 15.4 inch and a 11.6 inch netbook
  2. A 7 inch Kindle Fire like tablet – Coby Kyros 7-Inch Android 2.3 4 GB Internet Tablet with Capacitive Touchscreen – MID7022
  3. Chargers, books, headphones, paper notebook, pens, two cell phones…
Trust me, this baby will handle it. And you can’t really beat the quality level of Briggs & Riley

Looks are deceiving…this compact style rolling briefcase holds all your tech gear and then some, while keeping you mobile.

Outsider® handle for wrinkle-free flat packing

  • SpeedThru™ pocket for quick storage of personal items at luggage security checks
  • Three-section business case design: (a) organizer (b) computer and (c) expandable fan file/packing section
  • Interlocking handle system easily stacks and secures a rolling business case on top of any Upright
  • Simple as that® lifetime warranty—same as all Briggs & Riley business cases
  • Tuff-lite™ outer fabric is exceptionally strong, lightweight and abrasion resistant
  • Fits most 15.4″ laptop screens

via Span Expandable Rolling Brief, VBR412X, Verb, Rolling Cases | Briggs & Riley Official Site.

Movie Review: Chronicle

Great movie. Go see it.

That was short eh? Here is the story: three teens, all with various issue of their own, discover an alien device which gives them telekinetic powers. I’m not going to go in to too much detail here since I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I have to say that its incredibly real. Also, it’s completely built in the found footage style of Blair Witch Project – they cleverly always explain how the found footage is captured – also a very interesting statement on how pervasive video capture has become. Almost any device can now capture video, and any and all devices which capture video are used here.

I have a few issues with the story later on, but it mostly rings true – and definitely leaves you wanting a sequel, which after you watch the ending, you’ll be trying to figure out.

Forbidden Rice Pudding

Forbidden Rice Pudding

adapted from a recipe from Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

This recipe can easily be doubled, quadrupled etc – just don’t make TOO much because I learned the hard way that it does not freeze well. I use Almond Milk and in the frozen batch all of the milk got watery, so only make enough which will store in the fridge for a week. I eat this every morning for breakfast and go through about a quad of this recipe in two weeks.


2 cups cooked black (Forbidden) rice – use a rice cooker  and the same instructions as for Sushi rice – typically 1.5 cups of rice to 2.5 cups of water is perfect, or cook it on the stove. Rice must be cooked first…
2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk – I use vanilla Almond Milk from Whole Foods myself
1/2 cup dried apple, soaked to re-hydrate, then chopped fine. You can substitute other dried fruit if you like…
1 cup frozen blueberries – either wild or regular
2 large or 4 small dates, pitted and finely chopped
1 Tbsp currants – I used raisins in a pinch last time
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract – add more to taste – use a good quality one
1 Tbsp Chia seeds

Place all ingredients, except chia seed, in a medium-sided pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat and simmer on low for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the chia seed, stir well, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Let cool and eat any way you like: I usually have it for breakfast heated with a little extra almond milk, almost like oatmeal, but its great anytime for a snack, dessert whatever. My family jokes around and calls it “sludge” but I like it. If its not sweet enough for you throw a few drops of light agave nectar on it and stir it in just before you eat it – yum.

How To Listen To Anything, Anywhere…

android-pro-148x300Well, almost anything. We’ve gone through app after app looking for a comprehensive radio app and we think we’ve found the best so far – check out TuneIn – available for both Android and iPhone, and maybe even for Windows Phone, although I haven’t checked yet. My favorites are Soma FM – a SF based internet broadcaster who has a number of channels, my fave is Groove Salad, which I’ve been listening to for years. There’s something there for everyone, so check it out…

Choose from the Best Variety

TuneIn offers over 50,000 stations and 120,000 shows, all yours, wherever you are.

Remember Your Favorites

With the Favorites feature, you can tell TuneIn to remember the stations and songs you love the most. Plus, when you sign up for a free account, TuneIn will show you these Favorites anywhere you use TuneIn – on your phone, on your computer, in your car and beyond.

Discover New Favorites

Shake your phone or press the “Recommended” button and TuneIn will reveal a new station that you’re bound to love.

Get What You Want, Easily

If you know what you want, simply search for an artist, song, or sports team and TuneIn will show you a list of stations currently playing what you’re looking for. If you are in the mood to discover something new, you can browse through categories like music genre, sports, talk, location, or language.

Play It Again

With TuneIn, you can pause and rewind what you’re listening to. If you missed something, you can quickly skip back to hear it again. TuneIn Radio Pro is a premium mobile version of the service that lets you record any station to your phone or tablet.

via Android.

Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce)


Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs with Tomato Sauce)

There are a lot of variations of this recipe but this is the one we always make.


1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, finely minced or grated (reserve 2-3 Tbsp).
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley or 2 tsp. dried
1 egg
1-2 Tbsp. Panko bread crumbs
1/4 inch Olive oil
1 large (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 can water
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. cumin
1 (good) pinch sugar
salt and pepper
1 tsp. flour
A splash of dry wine, whatever you have left over – red, white rose, anything is fine


Mix together the beef, onion, garlic, salt, oregano, parsley, egg, pepper to taste and Panko. Form the mixture into elongated oval-shaped meatballs.

Heat olive oil in a pan and pan-fry the meatballs until they are browned on all sides (you don’t have to cook them through). Remove. You can probably bake the meatballs instead if you want, but simmer the sauce longer and maybe use a little beef broth in place of the water to add some depth to the sauce.

To the pan, add the 2-3 Tbsp onion (and more oil if necessary) and cook until translucent. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, water, wine, bay leaf, cumin, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a low boil and add the meatballs. Simmer about 10-15 minutes.

Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta

How To Get A Workout At The Movies

Movie Workout

My kids and I used to have a ritual – actually two rituals. If there was some movie that they wanted to see we would get up really early on Sunday morning and pile into the car, drive to the movie theater in the mall and catch the latest pic they wanted to see – lately since they are getting older its usually fun for me too. Being the cheap dad that I am, the first weekend showing is even cheaper than the rest of the matinees, we used to get in for 6 bucks a head, now it’s 6.50. Still a great deal when you add it all up. don’t even get me started on 3D and XD. Next time.

We’d also, on other days, bike to the nearest park and hang out there for a while, swinging on the play structure – yes – even adults can get some pullups in on the monkey bars you know.

One day, I had a brain wave: I calculated the distance to the park and Google Mapped out the distance to the mall. Guess what – pretty much the same. So now we combine it – we get up even earlier and jump on our bikes for an early morning ride to the theater, catch a movie, grab lunch and head back. It’s a great way to insert fitness into your, and your kids, life.

Fasolia Gigantes (Butter Bean Stew)

Fasolia Gigantes (Butter Bean Stew)


This was one of my Dad’s favorites – if you can’t find, or don’t like Butter Beans, Cappellini Beans work just fine. We actually cook the beans direct from dry in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes, let the steam naturally release over time and then cook them as below. I love dill, but if you don’t you can use parsley instead:

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Dried butter beans
  • 1/2 Cup Pure olive oil
  • 2 Medium Onions — finely chopped
  • 1 Each Garlic clove — pressed
  • 3 Large Ripe tomatoes — peeled, seeded & diced
  • 3/4 Cup Tomato sauce
  • 6 Tablespoons Fresh Dill — minced
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Cups Water

Put the beans in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, partly covered, for about 1 hour, or until beans are almost tender. Drain and set aside. Or use pressure cooker method: put beans in pressure cooker with 3 inches of water above the beans and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure then slow release the steam

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a heavy saucepan, heat the oil and saute the onions until translucent. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, dill, salt and pepper, and water. Simmer, covered, over low heat for about 20 minutes, until sauce starts to thicken. Transfer the beans to a casserole or baking dish, pour the tomato mixture over, and stir.

Bake for about 40 minutes, until the beans are tender and the sauce is thick. Serve warm or at room temperature – room temperature is how you get in in the Taverna in Greece.

Bag Off!

Bag Off!

So our town recently outlawed plastic bags. That’s right – here we are in the middle of a recession – retailers are hurting like crazy and the local government decides to just make it harder for everyone by making people think ahead and have reusable bags with them BEFORE they head the the store. No more impulse purchases – unless of course you want to walk out of the store balancing all of your items in your arms. Well, i guess they at least let us BUY a paper bag for a dime.

Well, personally, I think that its a dumb idea, any kind of government edict to try and get people to chance behavior will likely just annoy people in the end. Of course, on the flip side, every time a government makes a boneheaded move like this, its a golden opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to do something about it.

Need cash? Stand outside your local Target and sell bags for a nickel. Or even better how about a service which rents bags? Remember, as Will Powers (or someone) once famously said “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise”