January 20, 2011

from slactivist to breast cancer resource center volunteer (guest post)

One of my goals with this site has always been to get people talking about things that are historically "hush-hush" (such as infertility, miscarriages, and the like) in the hopes we can shatter the stigma and openly support each other, both women and men. This is the first in what will hopefully be a series of guest blogs. - Kara

From Slactivist to Breast Cancer Resource Center Volunteer
by Catherine Emmerling

A little over one month ago, I was relaxing on my flight home from San Francisco. As I casually scrolled through my friends’ Facebook statuses, Kara’s status update caught my eye. Her simple, straightforward plea was as follows:


(Editor's note: I posted this because I was sick of reading all those mass copy and paste memes of "A cancer patient has only one wish: that you repost this status update for Christmas." This update was me calling "shenanigans" on folks.)

I knew all at once that her status was a sign. This sign was one of many, not the least of which was the truth: that I had become a slactivist. Due to my current unemployment status, I have described myself as a professional time waster, which I am afraid is synonymous with slactivism.

January 15, 2011

recipe: low-carb crock pot goulash with garlicky tomatoes

Crock Pot Pork Goulash. Photo: iFoodTV.
It's been almost a year since the uterine cancer diagnois, and the kick-off to a healthier lifestyle.

We found this fantastic low carb cookbook, and since we began using it, I'm down 24.4 lb. and IT Geek's down 10 lb. I've been sharing our twist on some of the recipes, such as the Almond Crusted Tilapia (there's a link to book below...feel free to buy it through me and any meager amount of affiliate commission we get goes toward the Baby DeFrias fund).

We love this particular recipe because even though the goulash doesn't have pasta in it, it tastes like it does due to how the cabbage softens during the cooking process.

Low-Carb Crock Pot Goulash
with Garlicky Tomatoes
Our rating: 5 stars out of 5
Makes 4 servings

1 tbsp olive oil
1.5 lb. boneless pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
Sea salt and lemon pepper to taste
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp paprika
6 cloves garlic, chopped small
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sour cream
  1. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the pork and onion together; salt and pepper as you go.
  2. In the Crock Pot, combine pork, onion, water, ketchup, paprika, garlic, pepper, and cabbage. Cover and cook for low for 4 hours (depending on your type of slow cooker) until the pork is tender.
  3. At the last hour of cooking combine flour and sour cream. Stir into pork mixture and blend thoroughly.

Garlicky tomatoes
2 large tomatoes (heirloom if possible)
1 garlic cloves
(1 tsbp garlic power if you don't have the real thing)
1 tbsp olive oil
  1. Wash and cut the tomatoes into 1/2 slices.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan, then saute garlic.
  3. Add tomatoes, cooking 3 minutes each side (don't let them get mushy).
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.