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Chicken pineapple curry

Published on February 13, 2016, by in Recipes.

I had found a recipe on Pinterest, but made so many changes to it by the time it was done, that it really looked nothing like the original by the time I was done. Ingredients: 1-15oz can of coconut milk(you can use light if you want) 1 1/2 T red curry paste 1/2 T curry powder 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp ground garlic powder 1 cup of pineapple chunks(well-drained, reserve juice to the side) 1 large carrot, cut into match sticks 1 1/2 cups broccoli but into bite-sized florets 2 chicken breasts diced cilantro for garnish, optional lime, optional rice or cauliflower rice to serve over Directions: Prepare the rice or cauli rice as directed, so it will be done when your curry is finished. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Stir together the coconut milk, curry paste, curry powder, ginger, and garlic powder together in the sauce pan. It

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Plated meal delivery: A review

Published on February 12, 2016, by in Update.

This is not a sponsored post. After a lackluster experience with Hello Fresh, I was a little skeptical about another meal delivery service. I had heard good things about Plated and a friend was kind enough to gift me a free week of meals(3 meals for 2 people). So, why not. Plated was about the exact opposite experience of Hello Fresh. My husband hasn’t stopped talking about how delicious one of the meals was…we ate it 4 days ago. The produce was a much higher quality and almost all organic. The meat and seafood also seemed much higher quality. Plated offers more options of meals to choose from every week. They also offer more exotic dishes that you can add for a slight up charge. Oh, and you want dessert? You can add that on, too. Our first meal was Chicken with Brussels Sprouts: Look at that! Plated was able

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HelloFresh: a review

Published on February 11, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

This is not a sponsored post. I’ve been on the hunt for some new meal ideas. I love the idea of a meal delivery service for two. When I find a new recipe I want to make, I am often deterred by the amount of special ingredients I need to buy to make the recipe once. What if I don’t like the recipe and now have three full spice bottles I’ll never use again? Or what will I do with the rest of that random vegetable that I only needed a little of? I decided that I would try a few of the meal delivery services, and why not, they offer great deals for first time customers. The  first company I tried was HelloFresh. I paid about $30 for 3 meals that are 2 servings each. There were about 6 options to choose from. I chose a shrimp lettuce wrap,

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Old favorites, new favorites

Published on January 26, 2016, by in Update.

I have really enjoyed being back in the kitchen more since the start of the new year. When we travel a lot, we do as I think most people do, shop for convenience and speed. I hadn’t been making nearly as many things from scratch. I’ve really enjoyed having homemade nut milks among other things on hand. One of my favorite things to make with homemade milk is chia pudding. It makes a delicious and filling breakfast. Another thing I’ve done to help myself have more time in the kitchen is on occasion I get some of my groceries delivered. I still buy almost all of my staples at Aldi, but this really helps me to cut down on running to 3 different grocery stores, which can take up most of 1 weekend day, when you don’t have a car. What grocery delivery service do I use? Artizone! I love them. They are

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The thing about moderation…

Published on January 13, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

Going into the new year, I declared Tuesday’s to be treat Tuesday’s. If I want dessert then I can have it on a Tuesday. It really makes me think about what I would want and choose wisely. I had dessert last Tuesday. A delicious chocolate and almond butter tart. Then I was thinking about it yesterday and there was nothing that I wanted. I always forget that when I cut down on sugar, it makes me not really want it anymore. The more I eat sugar, the more I want. So after only one treat Tuesday, I fell off the treat wagon. Not that there won’t be treats, but…they are just so much less appealing now. I love eggs. Love them. I had this little creation the other day and it was a total delight. Spinach, tomato, and feta. The feta really gave them a kick of flavor. I know it

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Goals

Published on January 1, 2016, by in Update.

I told you I’d be back with my goals. I’ve done month long detoxes, 3 day diets, and all sorts of other plans. Some stuck for longer than others, but none of them lasted. So what is my plan for this year? Moderation. I’m following a healthy eating plan that allows treats. I even stayed within my parameters last night when we went out to eat and had cocktails. It was great. I was in control. So what am I doing today? Dialing it back a little. I’m a huge Iowa Hawkeye fan and today is the Rose Bowl. I could be at a bar with an all I can drink special and a buffet of unhealthy foods. I’m not. I’m watching the game from home, confit ably in my pajamas andtreating myself to a little good charcuterie, lots of water, fruit and vegetables. And I’m happy with that…I’m in

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2016…it’s going to be big

Published on December 30, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Wow. It’s been more than 6 months since I have last blogged. To be honest, I needed a break; 2016 will be my 12th year of blogging and that is a long time.   So much happened since I last sat down and wrote. One of the year’s highlights was my second niece was born! We did a lot of traveling. I mean a lot. So. Much. Travel. But it was amazing and I loved every minute with family and friends.   We also had new adventures in Chicago. Brian went to his first ever Bears game. I took up pottery on the wheel. Now we have more hand thrown pottery than we will never need. And did a lot of baking, cooking, and drinking some green smoothies. So, that brings us to today. Literally. Beautifully snowy today.   So what is going to happen from here on out? I

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Spring forward

Published on May 21, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

It’s been quite some time since I last posted. I haven’t been making a ton of recipes lately, but mostly eating things that don’t require a lot of complicated ingredients as I’m always trying to eliminate processed foods from my diet. Most of the things that  I make that require a recipe are baked goods that I make/take to other people. So, let me catch you up on what I’ve been doing! For Brian’s birthday in April, I made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with a mini pb cup baked inside. We took them to a bar where we met friends for delicious beers. My birthday weekend was spent planting my garden. We had to haul in some extra dirt and the Crafty Beaver was nice enough to let us borrow a card to push it over to my plot. I transported some of my plants to the garden by bike basket:

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DIY coconut butter

Published on February 26, 2015, by in Recipes.

I love coconut butter. I had attempted to make it once before and it didn’t work because I attempted to use reduced-fat coconut flakes. When I use full fat, unsweetened coconut flakes, I come out with a delightfully creamy and rich coconut butter. How does one use coconut butter? I love coconut, so I think you can use it on anything or simply eat it by the spoonful. I love to put it on my oatmeal and sweet potatoes. When it’s warm it becomes all melty and delicious. Cold, it’s more like a rock that you have to chisel at. So how do you make this magical stuff? Simple! Ingredients: 12 ox full fat, unsweetened coconut flakes Directions: Put coconut flakes in blender. Blend in a high-powered blender on high for 1 minute. Use tamper to push down if necessary. Give it a little stir to see if you like the

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Friday Failure

Published on February 13, 2015, by in Recipes.

So, not everything goes well or as planned in the Spatoola kitchen, even when I follow directions exactly. This has been posted all over Facebook and Pinterest, so I decided to give it a try. I made the paste. I scrubbed and nothing happened. I tried it with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. I tried it with vinegar and baking soda. I let it sit. Nothing. Nada. All of my pans are still dirty. But that’s ok, because my mom reminded me that my grandma always said that they make better cookies when they have a little wear.