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Feeling Lazy? Grab some chicken and kale!

With a 5 year old and 3 year old, food prep is hard sometimes!

Like today, for example…two girls decided naps were not happening after an hour of &#%$ing around, tattling on each other, getting up to come tell me “something important”, etc.

So I got them both up and made them sit on kitchen chairs watching me prep for the week…slicing Brussels, marinating chicken thighs, making egg muffins…no music (much to the chagrin of me AND Alexa), no TV, no talking…you get it. Basically, NO FUN.

So…on a night when I am worn out, this recipe is so easy and delicious….

Take one bunch of kale, ribs removed and sliced..put that in a large saute pan on medium with about 2T avocado or XV olive oil, add S&P and cook down a bit…about 10 minutes and stirring every few minutes.

Then I took some frozen chicken tenders I had bought…about 6-7…and sliced them thin and added to the pan.

*I thawed by putting the bag in a bowl under some running water “restaurant style” and sliced while slightly frozen…you can always turn the heat down on the stove to accommodate.

Added about 2 T balsamic vinegar, 3 minced garlic cloves and a little more oil if needed.

Then threw sun dried tomatoes. I had taken one cup of dried ones and put them in about 2 cups water with some salt and microwaved for about 3 minutes to ‘plump’ them up.

Added and tossed, tasted, a little more S&P and some nutritional yeast and DONE!

*you can serve over some pasta if not eating #whole30 add pasta water to help with “sauce”.


Meatloaf….the Ultimate Comfort Food

Meatloaf. Is. The. Bomb.

It is like breakfast hash for me. Easy. Delicious. Basic but can be “fancy”. Reliable. One of my faves.

My mom made meatloaf A LOT. I don’t know if my dad just loved meatloaf or it was super affordable or it was easy with 3, then 4 kids…or all of the above (though I lean to #1).

I did a turkey meatloaf and added a bit of ground beef for flavor.

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 ground beef (I honestly thawed burgers, so I think at least 85/15 would be good)

1 egg

1/2 cup coconut flour

2-3 minced garlic cloves


3 shredded carrots…my mom ALWAYS added shredded carrots and I do it every time…

1 cup thawed frozen spinach, squeezed/drained

2 T dried minced onion…could use fresh chopped onion, about 1/4 cup

1 t lemon juice

Mix together and bake on 350° for 25-30 minutes.

I ate it the next day for lunch with cauliflower/potato mash and roasted broccoli (which IS my new jam)

#whole30 #clean #easy

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! 🙂

I have 270+ followers?!?!

I was just messing around on my blog tonight and adding a little ‘Yelp’ review button so people can see my restaurant, etc. reviews over there and I was shocked to discover I have that many followers to my blog!  Super excited am I!!!

I am going to have to get more serious as I see that my little blog-that-could which I started to give recipe tips to my friend Jenny now far more readers that I expected.

Tonight, BTW, I made more Slap Yo Mama Chili in the Crock Pot – Winter is just made for Crock pots – don’t you think?  It was raining today and chilly outside and this just seemed like the thing to do.

Refresher on recipe –

1 T olive oil with 3-4 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 chopped red onion, 1t curry powder, 1T slap yo mama spice, 1t cocoa powder, dash S&P, pinch of crushed red pepper, 1T balsamic vinegar – let that all cook and get hot for a little bit and then add 1 lb ground beef (87/13 works great) until it starts to change color and then 1 can each of Northern White Beans and Dark Kidney Beans (both drained AND rinsed) along with about 1/2 cup stock – I used homemade veggie – and 1 LG can each of tomato sauce and petite diced tomatoes

Let that all cook for about 2-3 hours on high and 1-2 hours on low and then serve – YUM!

We had this for dinner and you can always (just like my husband, Wes) add some sriacha sauce for extra heat or sour cream or yogurt to minimize the hot.

Snow Day Chili!

We are snowed in here in GA.  There is about 7 inches on the ground and we are now getting sleet and icy rain.  No one is really out on the highways and there are no planes flying anywhere.  What better solution than to make some yummy chili?!

-diced celery and onion with some chopped garlic with a little olive oil in the crock pot

-added ‘Slap Ya Mama’ cajun seasoning, chili powder, salt, crushed red pepper, cocoa powder, bay leaves, a little ginger, and some white wine

-2lb ground beef, 1 large can crushed tomatoes, half can chicken stock, 1 small can black beans – partly drained

It is in there cooking – I will add a little more chili powder later if necessary and then some fresh chopped cilantro towards the end.  Going to let that cook for about 6 hours today!

Yum and photos to be added later!

Things you should have in your kitchen

Jenny (of Hey Jenny!) called me the other night and said she needs ‘an app’ for my blog.  Not quite sure how to do that or if that is even possible, but instead I promised her a list of things I think everyone should have in their kitchens.  These are things I always use, or just plain like to have around in case I need them.  Some of them are not 100% necessary, but if I ever come visit you and I need to ‘Iron Chef’ it up for dinner – having these items would be most helpful!

List form?  Sure, why not!  These are not in any order, just how I am thinking of them while drinking Cupcake Cabernet and not allowing myself to get up and ‘go look’!

1 – Sun Dried Tomatoes – a must!  I found a great 2 lb bag at Costco for cheap, already hydrated.  You can throw these in hummus, pasta, salads, stuff them in chicken breasts – versatile!

2 – Fresh Garlic – don’t have to refrigerate this stuff.  I keep it in a small dish in my spice cabinet and keep the ones I am not using in the fridge.  You can also buy the pre-ground garlic in a jar that is refrigerated.  Either will do nicely, thank you.

3 – Kosher Salt – just rocks, great to cook with

4 – Canned Chick Peas – always have these around to make hummus, add them to curry, put them in a salad

and along with this comes

5 – Tahini – I personally think everyone should have tahini in their cabinet.  Don’t refrigerate it, not necessary and makes it icky.  I use it pretty much only for hummus, but hummus is a great snack you can whip up with just about any bean and eat with chips, veggies, pita.  You can get tahini in the international section of a grocery store or at an Asian-type market

6 – Olive Oil – I like to have both spray and stuff you can pour.  I also try to make sure my Olive Oil is cold pressed and from Italy or Spain only.  You can cook with it and it is healthier than most oils.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good, but the smoke point isn’t that high, so if you cook with it, expect your food to burn in the pan.

7 – Good Balsamic Vinegar – spend a little $$ on this stuff.  It is great to marinate pork, beef, chicken – great tossed in pasta, great on salad.  We brought some good stuff back from Germany when we went to see JM.  I don’t expect anyone to travel to Europe, but get the good stuff.

8 – Fresh Parmesan or Asiago cheese

9 – Frozen Chicken Breasts – Lately, I am buying this from Wal Mart.  When I am feeling ‘culinary’ I buy the bone-in breasts and remove them, freeze them, and save the bone for stock (Steve, we can discuss this later so you can start making it).  Having chicken in your freezer that you can just throw in a pot and boil is GREAT!

10 – Frozen Shrimp – preferable the ‘bigger kind’ 21-35 (in that range) – Raw, Tail On OR Raw, Heads On.  You can make GREAT shrimp stock from the heads and shells (again, Steve, we will discuss) and use it for rice, cous cous, or quinoa

which brings me to:

11 – Cous Cous or Quinoa – I know, I know.  People love rice.  These two other grains are so much better for you!  And so easy to make.

12 – Whole Wheat/Whole Grain Pasta – maybe 1-2 boxes each of whatever type you like (We like penne and linguine in the Blanton house)

13 – Cumin – you can get this at a Hispanic Market or the grocery (Hispanic market is cheaper).  Great to put in hummus or as a marinade herb

14 – Fresh Lemons & Limes – another great thing for marinades and lemons are necessary for hummus.  As my 1st teacher at AIA said, “lemon juice is an abomination” – so I always prefer fresh

15 – A good microplane zester/grater

16 – A good cheese grater (this one’s for you, Schupacks)

17 – Large non-stick saute pan and Large regular saute pan

18 – 4-6 Qt Saucepot

19 – 8-10 Qt Stockpot

20 – Soy Sauce – again, good marinade, good to make stir fry, etc.

21 – Corn Starch- I know, sounds weird, but helpful to make stir fry or thicken any sauce you have

22 – Canned Black Beans – again, just something that can be added to anything and a good staple

23 – Canola Oil – natch

24 – Ground Turkey – Whenever this goes on sale in the 1 lb package, I always buy about 3-4 of them and freeze them.

25 – Pork tenderloin – again, buy it when it is on sale and you can throw the package right into your freezer

25 – Frozen Tilapia – Again, Costco has this fresh in family packages.  You can take it home and separate it into smaller bags

which leads me to:

26 – 1 QT Freezer Bags – a MUST in my house

OK – I think this is a good enough list to start with.  I also always have Pita Bread in the house for hummus – but that is just me!

Bo Benny – hope this helps!