Carolina Gold Tofu

Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 50 mins Course Main Course, Side Dish Servings 2

Equipment

  • skillet

Ingredients  

  • 1/3 cup olive oil or canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold sauce add more or less depending on your preference

Instructions 

  • Heat skillet to medium low-high*. Coat bottom of pan with oil.
  • Wash and slice tofu into rectangles into about 1/4 of an inch. Dry tofu on paper towel.
  • Add salt and pepper to tofu.
  • Carefully fry tofu in pan until one side is golden brown. Flip tofu and cook the other side until golden brown.**
  • Coat tofu with Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold sauce. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes or until sauce has caramelized. Repeat process for other side.
  • Remove tofu from skillet. Serve tofu with fresh vegetables and rice.

Notes

*If using canola oil or vegetable oil, heat skillet to medium high. **Cook times vary: If using olive oil, cook one side for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 10 minutes. If using canola or vegetable oil, cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Keyword glazed, olive oil, pepper, salt, tofu, trader joes

Trader Joe’s Inspired Golden Glazed Tofu

Make glazed tofu with Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce. Use olive oil, tofu, salt, pepper, and Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce to make this easy recipe. Serve with fresh vegetables and rice.

  • skillet
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (or canola oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce (add more or less depending on your preference)
  1. Heat skillet to medium low-high*. Coat bottom of pan with oil.

  2. Wash and slice tofu into rectangles into about 1/4 of an inch. Dry tofu on paper towel.

  3. Add salt and pepper to tofu.

  4. Carefully fry tofu in pan until one side is golden brown. Flip tofu and cook the other side until golden brown.**

  5. Coat tofu with Trader Joe's Carolina Gold sauce. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes or until sauce has caramelized. Repeat process for other side.

  6. Remove tofu from skillet. Serve tofu with fresh vegetables and rice.

*If using canola oil or vegetable oil, heat skillet to medium high.

**Cook times vary: If using olive oil, cook one side for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 10 minutes. If using canola or vegetable oil, cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. 

Frying tofu is chaotic sometimes. Cook times vary because of varying oils and heat settings. I used olive oil in this recipe to keep it healthy. I also did not deep fry the tofu for the same reason. Cook the tofu however you want it. The rule of thumb is to cook it until golden brown. 

 

Main Course, Side Dish
glazed, olive oil, pepper, salt, tofu, trader joes


Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Recipe

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants to potentially prevent against cancer.*

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 1 min Course Breakfast, Drinks Servings 1, Calories 401 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup Sweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/3 cup Blueberries
  • 3 tbsp Oats
  • 1 tbsp Flax Meal
  • 1 scoop Pea Protein Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions 

  • Put all ingredients inside the blender. Blend ingredients for 1 minute or until smooth.

Notes

*source

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

The best blueberry smoothie breakfast for busy mornings! This smoothie is filled with oats, almond milk, protein, and blueberries! Did you know blueberries are packed with antioxidants to potentially prevent against cancer*? Even more, the oats in this smoothie will keep you full all morning!

  • Blender
  • 1 cup Sweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/3 cup Blueberries
  • 3 tbsp Oats
  • 1 tbsp Flax Meal
  • 1 scoop Pea Protein Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Put all ingredients inside the blender. Blend ingredients for 1 minute or until smooth.

Breakfast, Drinks

Blueberry Banana Muffin Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk
1 ripe banana
1/3 cup blueberry
3 tbsp rolled oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp almond butter

Directions

Place all ingredients inside a blender. Blend ingredients until smooth.

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Pure Juice by Sarah Cadji

3 minute read


Pure Juice not only has juice recipes but, smoothies and nut beverages as well.

This beautifully illustrated book provides recipes for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Looking for juices for targeting strength, weight loss, glowing skin, de-stress and more?

Here are 3 reasons why Pure Juice by Sarah Cadji is perfect for health enthusiasts:

1. Beginner friendly

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In the beginning of the book, Cadji shares the importance of a raw vegetable diet.

She emphasizes the purpose of each ingredient as well as the process of prepping and cleaning your equipment.

Cadji explains why each juice and recipe helps your body.

2. Easy Recipes With A Purpose

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Cadji has created simple and healthy recipes that taste absolutely delicious.

The recipes can be concocted with a juicer or a blender.

Juices can be enjoyed on-the-go for breakfast or lunch.

Some memorable smoothie recipes are entitled: The Gym Freak, The All Day Breakfast, The Smart One, and the The Bee.

Before or after your workout, you can make the Gym Freak.

If you don’t have time at work or school to eat lunch or breakfast, you can create the All Day Breakfast.

3. Simple and Inexpensive Ingredients

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Are you on a budget?

The ingredients in Pure Juice can be found in your local supermarket.

Vegetables such as kale, spinach, and cucumbers are at the core of this book.

More ingredients found include apple, pineapple, cilantro, lemon, mint, and ginger.

As you see, you can juice leafy greens, fruits, and herbs all in one glass.

Conclusion

Why Pure Juice by Sarah Cadji is perfect for beginner health enthusiasts?

1. Beginner friendly

2. Easy Recipes with a Purpose

3. Simple and Inexpensive Ingredients

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Do you have a favorite healthy beverage?

My go-to is the Green Wake Up juice recipe in Pure Juice by Sara Cadji.

It is filled with delicious cucumbers, apples, spinach, parsley, and a touch of lemon.


Bible in A Year Podcast Fr. Mike Schmitz Review

2 min read


Are you seeking to grow your faith this year through reading the Scriptures?

The Bible in A Year Podcast with your host Fr. Mike Schmitz is a great way to read and reflect on Scripture everyday.

Here are 4 reasons why you should start listening to the Bible in A Year Podcast:

1. Its free!

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The Bible in A Year podcast can be streamed for free on your favorite podcast app.

It is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Sticher, Google Podcast, and Amazon Music.

You can even stream it on the Ascension Press website.

Click here to view it on the Ascension Press website and get the podcast links

2. On the Go

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You can listen to the Bible in A Year podcast in your car.

Listen to Bible in a Year when running errands, picking up your child or siblings, or even when you have some quiet time.

The best practice is to listen to it in the morning.

The Scriptures, prayer, and reflection will keep you pondering God’s Word throughout your day!

3. Daily Episodes

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The Bible in A Year podcast started on January 1, 2021 and stars again on January 1, 2022.

Fr. Mike Schmitz and the Ascension Press team upload new episodes daily.

What’s great is that each episode is only 20 minutes.

This is a resource that is perfect for people on the go.

The podcast is not only packed with truth and wisdom but also, commentary by a knowledgeable priest.

4. Interpretation, reflection, and prayer in 20 minutes.

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Fr. Mike Schmitz not only reads the Bible, but he interprets it in a way that you can understand and connect to the big story of Salvation.

After the Bible reading, Fr. Mike reads a passage from the Psalms that relates to the theme.

He somehow manages to throw in a short prayer to guide you in your day.

Here is additional information from the Ascension Press:

“In the Bible in a Year podcast, starting January 1st, 2021, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way.

Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins.

With this podcast, you won’t just read the Bible in a year … you’ll finally understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!

Ascension Press

To read more about their mission statement or learn about Fr. Mike Schmitz or Jeff Cavins click here.

Conclusion

Why You Should Listen to the Bible in A Year Podcast?

1. Its free.

2. On the Go

3. Daily Episodes

4. Interpretation, reflection, and prayer in 20 minutes.

How are you growing in faith this year?


The Augustine Bible Review ESV Catholic Edition

3 minute read


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Are you looking for a Bible?

Do you value having a clear and accurate English translation?

What about portability and beautiful design?

If you said yes to all three, then the Augustine Bible ESV Catholic Edition is great option.

What are some key features of this Bible?

1. English Standard Version (ESV)

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From months of reading, this Bible definitely has an accurate and clear translation.

This edition has all the canonical books approved by the Catholic Church.

The Augustine Bible is in the ESV or English Standard Version.

The ESV translation is the most literal translation of the Bible into English.

Augustine Institute:

“Printed in Italy, The Augustine Bible features the English Standard Version® Catholic Edition translation, which many consider to be the best available English translation of the Bible. “

The ESV translation philosophy states:

“The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. As such, its emphasis is on “word-for-word” correspondence, at the same time taking into account differences of grammar, syntax, and idiom between current literary English and the original languages. Thus it seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original.”

Want to know more? You can read more about the ESV translation here

2. Beautiful Design

Catholic Market: The Augustine Bible ESV Catholic Edition

The Augustine Bible has a timeless, simple, and elegant design and only uses black ink.

The titles of the passages are at the top and notes are at the bottom.

“The Augustine Bible features a beautiful foil-stamped slipcase and a durable matte cover to ensure that you can use and treasure this Bible for years to come”

3. Portability and Durability

The Augustine Bible comes with a hard cover protector case that has the same beautiful design.

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Why get the Augustine Bible Review ESV Catholic Edition?

  1. English Standard Version (ESV)
  2. Beautiful Design
  3. Portability

Augustine Institute:



It features a “Blue cover, with gold foil stamping of tree
Anti-scuff matte lamination
Smyth sewn
Encased in a rigid Wibalin® slipcase with foil stamping.
Features the English Standard Version® Catholic Edition (ESV-CE) translation.
1,232 pages
8-page of full-color maps after the last text page
Printed on 24# Thinopaque
Printed in Italy”

From the Augustine Institute:

“The turning point in St. Augustine’s life came when the emptiness within drove him to cry out to God in anguish. As if in answer, he heard children singing “tolle lege,” “take and read.” We are grateful for the privilege to publish The Augustine Bible, and we hope it encourages you to “take and read” with faith, as St. Augustine did, and so to truly hear the voice of God speaking to you in love. “

What are some resources you use with your Bible?


How to Learn Medical Spanish for Free

3 minute read

Here are 3 hidden gems to help you learn basic conversational medical Spanish for free.

Perfect for beginners, this is a great way to start learning medical Spanish with no added cost to you.

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1. Language Tailor

The language tailor has 76 videos that are all less than 5 minutes.

Enjoy a lesson everyday and be sure to take notes in a notebook to track your phrases.

His fast and informative videos are found on YouTube under languagetailor1

I was really impressed by the simplicity and amount of phrases I learned through his videos in a short period of time.

This channel is perfect for people who are not yet confident in their Spanish skills and do not want to invest yet in an expensive medical Spanish course.

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2. Common Ground International

This is another perfect YouTube channel for beginner Spanish learners.

The host, Rory, speaks both English and Spanish. He is very passionate about you beginning your medical Spanish journey.

Rory’s videos help you to build sentences, learn vocabulary, and hear proper word pronunciation.

His videos average about 15-20 minutes and are perfect if you want to level up your skills from the Language Tailor’s awesome videos.

Common Ground International even offers services to help students and businesses be more proficient in Spanish in the workforce.

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3. SpanishDict app

The SpanishDict app is by far the most useful Spanish app for beginner medical professionals learning Spanish.

If you forgot how to say a word or are struggling with pronunciation, this app is a lifesaver.

Just type in a word or sentence in English or Spanish and it will automatically translate it for you.

You can even hold down the voice button and say a phrase in Spanish or English and it will automatically translate it for you.

Another stellar thing about this app is its correct grammar and accuracy compared to Google Translate.

It can even be utilized for pretend conversations with a patient.

Think of some phrases you usually say at work and translate them to Spanish through the SpanishDict app.

The next time you see a coworker or patient, you can show off some cool phrases you learned in Spanish.

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Conclusion

How to Learn Medical Spanish for Free?

1. Language Tailor

2. Common Ground International

3. SpanishDict app

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Do you recommend any medical Spanish resources for health professionals?


How to Learn Medical Spanish for Free!

3 minute read

Here are 3 hidden gems to help you learn basic conversational medical Spanish for free!

Perfect for beginners, this is a great way to start learning medical Spanish with no added cost to you.

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

1. Language Tailor

The language tailor has 76 videos that are all less than 5 minutes!

Enjoy a lesson everyday and be sure to take notes in a notebook to track your phrases.

His fast and informative videos are found on YouTube under languagetailor1

I was really impressed by the simplicity and amount of phrases I learned through his videos in a short period of time.

This channel is perfect for people who are not yet confident in their Spanish skills and do not want to invest yet in an expensive medical Spanish course.

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

2. Common Ground International

This is another perfect YouTube channel for beginner Spanish learners.

The host, Rory, speaks both English and Spanish. He is very passionate about you beginning your medical Spanish journey.

Rory’s videos help you to build sentences, learn vocabulary, and hear proper word pronunciation.

His videos average about 15-20 minutes and are perfect if you want to level up your skills from the Language Tailor’s awesome videos.

Common Ground International even offers services to help students and businesses be more proficient in Spanish in the workforce.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

3. SpanishDict app

The SpanishDict app is by far the most useful Spanish app for beginner medical professionals learning Spanish.

If you forgot how to say a word or are struggling with pronunciation, this app is a lifesaver!

Just type in a word or sentence in English or Spanish and it will automatically translate it for you.

You can even hold down the voice button and say a phrase in Spanish or English and it will automatically translate it for you.

How cool is that?

Another stellar thing about this app is its correct grammar and accuracy compared to Google Translate.

It can even be utilized for pretend conversations with a patient.

Think of some phrases you usually say at work and translate them to Spanish through the SpanishDict app.

The next time you see a coworker or patient, you can show off some cool phrases you learned in Spanish!

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Conclusion

How to Learn Medical Spanish for Free?

1. Language Tailor

2. Common Ground International

3. SpanishDict app

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Do you recommend any medical Spanish resources for health professionals?

If you have taken any courses or books that have helped you in your Spanish, please let us know in the comments!


Things Nobody Told You About the Rosary

5 min read


  • what is the rosary?
  • who started the rosary and when?
  • why pray the rosary?
  • how to pray the rosary?

What is the rosary and why pray it

Rosary in Latin is,”a garland of roses.” It is a devotion to honor Mary. It is also a weapon in spiritual warfare. source: Catholic

Catholics believe it is like giving Mary a garland of roses. Every Hail Mary is a white rose symbolizing her purity and every our Father is a red rose for Jesus’ sacrificial blood. To read the story of the rosary garland view here

the Rosary saved a college girl from Ted Bundy

On a chilly winter evening at 3:00 am in January of 1978, Ted Bundy broke into a sorority house on the Florida State University campus. He savagely raped and killed 2 women in the dorms and approached the room of another young woman. He opened the door while he clutched a wooden bat. But, when he saw the rosary in the girl’s hands he mysteriously fled.

“Bundy explained that when he entered the girl’s room, he had fully intended on murdering her; some mysterious power was preventing him.”

The girl had to promise her grandmother to pray the rosary every night. Though the woman fell asleep that night with an unfinished rosary, she was protected from harm.

“The rosary is the weapon.”

st. Padre pio

Who started the rosary and when?

The Story of the Apparition of Mary to St. Dominic

It is unknown who started the rosary. However, in the year 1221, Mary appeared to St. Dominic de Guzman in Prouilhe, Southern France. At that time, the Church was battling a new heresy. (belief contrary to Catholic doctrine) It called itself, the Albigensian heresy or Catharism.

{According to Britannica, This group of people claimed that humans were “spirits trapped in physical bodies” and that there were two opposing gods. One was good who created the spirit and the other was evil controlling the flesh. Most importantly, the heresy “denied the divinity of Christ and the goodness of the created material world” It instituted a belief in suicide and a hate for the sacrament of marriage. (source: Catholic Culture)}

Read about the heresy here on New Advent

make sure to read the full article on the origins of the Rosary on Franciscan Media here!

“Wonder not that you have obtained so little fruit by your labors, you have spent them on barren soil, not yet watered with the dew of Divine grace. When God willed to renew the face of the earth, He began by sending down on it the fertilizing rain of the Angelic Salutation. Therefore preach my Psalter composed of 150 Angelic Salutations and 15 Our Fathers, and you will obtain an abundant harvest.”

Mary to St. Dominic

How can you pray the rosary?

Conclusion

The steps to praying the Rosary are:

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
  2. Say the “Our Father”
  3. Say three “Hail Marys” for Faith, Hope, and Charity
  4. Say the “Glory Be”
  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say the “Our Father”
  6. Say ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the Mystery
  7. Say the “Glory Be” (Optional: Say the “O My Jesus” prayer requested by Mary at Fatima)
  8. Announce the Next Mystery; then say the “Our Father” and repeat these steps (6 through 8) as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  9. Say the closing prayers: the “Hail Holy Queen” and “Final Prayer”
  10. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

click here to view it on Rosary Center

source : United States Center of Catholic Bishops

source: Loyola Press

What is Your Favorite Prayer?