I’m BAAAAACCCKKKK!

So it has been a WHILE!  I suppose a new baby will do that to you.

While our Savannah isn’t a baby anymore, she is still quite a handful.  Her 2nd birthday was this past Friday and I have been wanting to get back to blogging about stuff I cook and things I make.

It was really last Saturday night when I was home and Wes was at a motorcycle race when I watched ‘Hungry For Change’ on Netflix and was inspired to eat better and come up with good recipes that DO NOT have preservatives and all that crap and the 50 names for MSG.  This documentary was JUST what I needed, as I have been feeling down on myself, lethargic, and overwhelmed with work, my commute, my husband working full time AND attending school FT, being a mom, and trying to hold it all together.  The time for exercise is limited and eating right is my saving grace right now.

I have been eating ‘clean’ for just over a week and I feel amazing and inspired to find new things to make and try.  It makes SO MUCH SENSE.  We need to eat what grows more natural, meat that is raised without preservatives and additives, food that doesn’t sit on a shelf and doesn’t have a shelf life of 3 years at a time.

So I have starting cooking lots of great things and will be adding lots of great recipes that I have found, tweaked, made easier, and loved so far.

I still plan on making some of the things l love, the shrimp and grits, the gumbo…but making these things ‘better’ and cleaner than before…mixing it up!

Thanks for reading and I hope to put some good stuff out here tomorrow – have to organize photos from my phone on this newer computer we have, as everything ‘blog related’ is on our old computer with the crapped out screen.

 

Hello World! (again)

It has been a while!

Now that I have my new fancy phone, I can post to my blog with photos and EVERYTHING!!  I So i was inspired by having dinner with Jennie and Alex last night…she made some delicious chicken and a side of sweet potatoes and then cucumber/watermelon salad. We brought another cucumber salad and a big salad from our garden.

Everything was so good and we talked about not eating as many grains and pasta and gluten.

So today…off to the Farmer’s Market we go and I spent the end of the day in the kitchen prepping food for the week and making crock pot meals.

This week we will be enjoying a Thai Chicken recipe I pulled from WW.

1 head of Cauliflower,  3 sliced carrots, one cubed red pepper,  one cubed sweet potato, with curry paste and garlic and a dash of lemongrass, along with juice of one lime and about a tablespoon of lowfat peanut butter.

Pour in one can of light coconut milk and about 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock.

Then place 3-4 chicken breasts on top and cook on low for about 6-7 hours.

Take the chicken out and shred it and then put it back in and stir.


Yum!







Homemade Egg Rolls!

One of my most favorite memories from growing up is when my mom and dad would work in the kitchen together and make homemade egg rolls.  They would cook all the ingredients together, drain it, roll them in the kitchen together (laughing and being silly) and then fry them in the electric fryer which made some other YUMMY items like pancakes, city chicken, and special breakfast!

Mom, Wes, and I went to Buford Highway Farmer’s Market yesterday and I told her
I was craving these homemade egg rolls.  Interestingly enough, she was all eager to make them, as she herself had been craving them and would love to make them – so we got all the ingredients there!

Lean ground Pork, snow peas, mung bean sprouts, carrots, peppers, onion, egg roll wrappers, and stuff to make sauce for dipping!

Cook the pork first and then add all the veggies, as well as Sriacha, Garlic, Ginger, Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Cumin, Crushed Red Pepper, and a little S&P – cook all that in a taller pot and put a lid on it and let it sit and cook for about 20 minutes.

Drain the mix (saving the juice for a soup or something else – do NOT throw it away)

and make the rolls – putting the mix in the square and then folding – doesn’t that make TOTAL sense?!?!?  And make sure you put a little water on the end before you seal it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we fried them in our little fryer on the lowest heat

and ate them with a few sauces:

-mustard & soy sauce

-black bean sauce

-ketchup & strawberry jam (dad and mom used to make this with grape jelly and ketchup – YUM)

 

 

 

 

SO YUMMY!

very happy and brought back happy memories for me and mom!

**and a little tidbit of info – dry fried things on a paper bag instead of a paper towel – less soggy!!

 

 

My blogging skills are truly lacking…

So I JUST wrote about how you have to blog AT LEAST every other day to actually ‘be’ a blogger and then I go and DON’T WRITE ANYTHING  for like a month!  WTH?

I am coming back into the picture with some yummy, delicious CURRY that I made tonight.

In my wok, I put about 2 T canola oil and some dry curry powder.  I cooked 3 cubed red potatoes in the microwave for 4 minutes, drained them, and then put them in the wok.  I added 3 thick sliced carrots and about 1 cup of stock (I used chicken).

Then I added 1 red pepper cut into large dice, 1 lemon squash cut into quarters, and half an onion in big dice.  Juice of half a lime, about 1 T fish sauce, granulated garlic (about 1/2 T), 2 tsp cumin, 1 T panang curry paste,

Let that cook down a bit, stirring every 3 minutes or so for about 15 minutes and then added sliced chicken breast.  (Pack of 3 boneless breasts….cut 2 in half longwise and then slice into thin ‘cubes’) Added chicken breast, stirred, and added about a ‘dash’ of Rooster Sauce and stirred some more.

 

 

 

 

 

After that, added one can coconut milk

and some chopped cilantro and Thai Basil (from our garden, natch) and then served it up.

YUM!

 
Lunch for tomorrow and a healthy meal for tonight!

MAKE IT!

Have I mentioned I love the Crock Pot?

A crock pot is a superb invention.  These things have been around since the 70’s (natch) and have been making life simple for all of us for 40+ years!

I took Dolores to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market when she was here about 2 weeks ago.  While I heart YDFM, this other market has an ENTIRE European Section complete with deli and bakery AND they have Curry Ketchup for currywurst, which is a magical delight I ate my weight in in Germany.

So – the meat here is lots of specific cuts to Korean and Latino and Asian and European cuisines and they had stew beef which was gorgeous AND cheap – so I bought 2 packs to freeze.

Took the stew beef and cut it into about 1-2 inch cubes and coated them in plain flour, so there would be a ‘thickening agent’ in the crock pot, and put them in the pre-heated crock pot with about 1 T of olive oil and about 3-4 crushed garlic cloves.

 

 

 

 

Then I put in about 4 cups of chicken stock, 1 cup red wine, S&P, 4-5 thickly sliced peeled carrots, 4-5 large diced red potatoes potatoes (skin on), and 1 onion (chopped large), covered it and let that cook overnight (about 8 hours) on LOW.

 

 

 

 

 

When it was done in the AM (and it smelled SO GOOD to wake up to!) I stirred in about 1/2 cup of sour cream (you could also use plain yogurt), tasted it, added a bit more S&P and let it cool while I got ready for work and put it in the fridge for later for dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

For you vegetarians out there, you could just do the veggies and vegetable stock for about 2 hours on low and still add some yogurt or sour cream to have some good ‘stewed’ vegetables.

Seems odd to have stew in the summer, but I think ANYTHING made in the crock pot makes life easier and it just SO HAPPENED I didn’t get home until about 7:15 from work, so a dinner that was already prepared was super convenient!

I clearly suck at blogging

Originally posted on Hey Jenny! Look what I made!:

In order to ‘BE’ a blogger, you have to blog more than once a month…right?  I am not very good at this right now.  I have been doing South Beach diet for a few weeks and I assure you, nothing exciting and ‘blog-worthy’ about that!  You just pretty much eat egg whites and salad with tuna or chicken or fish.  I can make that exciting…but only so much!

I did make some yummy turkey cabbage rolls.  I froze the cabbage and peeled it off after I thawed it (SUPER NEATO trick from Dolores!) and then I used ground turkey with garlic, basil, s&p, wine, little bit of mustard, balsamic vinegar, grated mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and some oatmeal.  I wrapped it up in the cabbage and then cooked it in a pot on low heat with tomato sauce (which also had balsamic and garlic in it) for about an hour…

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I clearly suck at blogging

In order to ‘BE’ a blogger, you have to blog more than once a month…right?  I am not very good at this right now.  I have been doing South Beach diet for a few weeks and I assure you, nothing exciting and ‘blog-worthy’ about that!  You just pretty much eat egg whites and salad with tuna or chicken or fish.  I can make that exciting…but only so much!

I did make some yummy turkey cabbage rolls.  I froze the cabbage and peeled it off after I thawed it (SUPER NEATO trick from Dolores!) and then I used ground turkey with garlic, basil, s&p, wine, little bit of mustard, balsamic vinegar, grated mozzarella cheese, diced tomatoes, and some oatmeal.  I wrapped it up in the cabbage and then cooked it in a pot on low heat with tomato sauce (which also had balsamic and garlic in it) for about an hour or so – YUM!

 

 

 

 

 

and I made some YUMMY pork tenderloin with a lemon zest, rosemary, garlic ‘crust’ that you bake at about 500 degrees for about 12 minutes a pound per side

 

 

 

 

 

So I will try and be more ‘blogger friendly’ and post more than once every 2 months…..I know I have ‘tens’ of followers who want to know what we are eating on a daily (or at least weekly) basis! :)