Dogs Detecting Cancers

Family of Sarita and Adelita - 2_0054My little sister is a Dog Whisperer (read: trainer).  She’s always had a soft spot since before I can remember as a kid.

She told me about this concept at the end of 2014, having been connected through someone in the Los Angeles Area that is specializing in cancer detection through k9 noses.

Pretty special. And so is my sister.

Dogs detecting cancer – amazing video here.

UPDATE:  she will be training dogs on this!

Tuesday Muesli

Tuesday Muesli - YUM!
Tuesday Muesli – YUM!

Made a meal plan and so far I’m sticking to it.  Did my shopping and planning on Sunday.

It’s the ONLY WAY to do it – no matter how much I fight it.

This morning I made Muesli with what I had in my cupboard
(3 servings)

Part 1

1 C Bob’s Redmill Gluten Free Oats
1T flaked coconut
Chopped the following lightly:
1T raw pecan
1T raw cashews
2T raw walnuts
1T flax (ground)
2T raw almond

Part 2
1/4c dried cranberries
½ banana – sliced and chopped (to spread the sweetness)
3 large strawberries, chopped
½ apple chopped (skin on)
1/2t flaked coconut (on top of the above you bake)

Almond Milk
Drizzle of REAL maple syrup


1) Turn on oven, set to 350.  Set rack to the middle/lower portion of oven.

2) Prep an edged cookie sheet with parchment paper.

3) Place all Part 1 in a big bowl and blend with a fork.  Toss a lot.

4) Spread on cookie sheet.

5) Don’t wait for oven to be ready (preheated).  Bake for 3 minutes and then toss (I take the sheet out and lift the parchment edges and that seems to move it around nicely).  Place back in oven and bake for another 3 minutes.

6) Coconut will brown fast, don’t leave this alone or your’ll ruin it all.

7) Remove and place in a big bowl.

8) Scoop out 1/3c for a “serving” and add Part 2 on top.

9) Once you’ve got both parts in your bowl add milk THEN drizzle maple syrup.

You could put this on top of plain yogurt too.

Approximately 400 k/cals for a serving (depending on your toppings and whether you use nut, rice, dairy milk or yogurt)

Serving size 1/3 cup of Part 1.

Roasted Butternut Squash On Fresh Spinach

Serves 3Roasted Butternut squash pine nuts and quinoa on spinach
Prep/cook time 60 minutes (due to baking…using a la cruset pot would make it half the time!)
Perfect for: Lunch, Dinner
Level: Easy


5 cups of rinsed uncut raw Indian Summer spinach  (or whatever kind you love raw)
3 cups of butternut squash cut into cubes
2c cooked quinoa
⅓ c roasted (I roasted mine) pine nuts
2T evoo
1 ½ t cumin ground
1 t of coriander
1/4t cayenne pepper
to taste:  salt, black ground pepper, red pepper flakes (Randy PILED it on)

Heat oven to 425.
Prep cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Put EVOO and spices (cumin, coriander, cayenne) in a large bowl and whisk well.
Add chopped butternut squash (any squash would work).
Mix vigorously!

Place squash flat on cookie sheet.

Bake for 30 minutes.  After halfway turn the squash to change the side that is on the cookie sheet.  I did this by pulling cookie sheet out of oven and taking the edges of the parchment paper and sort of jostling them around.  This really worked great to mix up their positions.  Put back in oven for remaining 15 minutes.

WATCH close after 20 minutes.  You don’t want to burn these!  They should get “crispy” but also soft through.

While it cooks, roast your pine nuts on the lower shelf in oven for 10 minutes.  Also shake these around to evenly distribute their “baked” side.  Mmmmmm…YUM.

Prep your two plates with rinsed and patted dry spinach.  I use my salad spinner.  Spinach can be super dirty (especially the organic type) with actual dirt and that makes gritty bites.  Bleh.  I rinse well.  I left the tips on because I like the stems.  Your choice.

Warm up your quinoa (you should make a big batch to pull from all week). If none made, it takes 15 minutes or whatever your instructions are.  Follow them for perfect quinoa.

Once roasting squash is done mix it LIGHTLY with your quinoa.  Place on top of spinach.  Then divide the pine nuts and toss them on top.

Serve it up!

I put a teaspoon of Neumann’s Own EVOO salad dressing on my spinach to jazz it up.  Randy ate his with a lot of red pepper flakes.

Salt and pepper TO TASTE means you do it right before serving.  Don’t kill the recipe with too much salt.