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Copycat Chick-Fil-A chicken-paleo friendly

Published on February 6, 2015, by in Recipes.

Get the great taste of Chick-Fil-A without the (IMO)bad politics or bad ingredients. Yes, it’s true. This chicken is moist, flavorful and delicious. According to thedomesticman.com, this is the list of ingredients in Chik-Fil-A chicken(I did not verify). “100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika), seasoned coater (enriched bleached flour [bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening [baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate], spice, soybean oil, color [paprika]), milk wash (water, egg, nonfat milk), peanut oil (fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and Dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added).” I heavily adapted this recipe last weekend and plan on making some more this weekend. Ingredients: 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts(well-trimmed) 1/4 cup dill pickle juice 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons milk(I used cashew milk) 1/4 cup

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DIY cashew milk update

Published on February 6, 2015, by in Recipes.

Since the first batch of coconut milk was so thick, creamy and delicious, I wanted to recreate it as a thinner version. While the thick and creamy version is more like a whole milk or half and half, perfect for drizzling and coffee creamer, it would be very heavy for cereal. This time, I soaked 1/2 cup cashews over night, rinsed and blended with 3 cups cold water. This came out more like a 1% milk. Perfect for daily use. I may still make another smaller batch of the thicker consistency for my coffee. Has anyone else made cashew milk? What is your favorite ratio?

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Published on February 5, 2015, by in Recipes.

Is there a better way to spend time stuck inside than to spend it in the kitchen baking? Probably not. So, that’s exactly what I did this past weekend. Early into the snowfall: I had planned on making a double batch of Valentine’s monster cookies, but I only had enough peanut butter to make one batch. So, I hit the internet to find a new option. I chose and adapted Trisha Yearwood’s white chocolate cranberry cookies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 T vanilla 1 large egg 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 t baking soda 1 cup dried cranberries 3/4 cup white chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use silicone baking mat. Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium about 2 minutes. On slow, add the egg and

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Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana muffins

Published on February 3, 2015, by in Recipes.

Wow. Wrap up everything delicious into one muffin and this is what you get! I don’t identify with any particular eating method, but from what I understand, these are paleo-friendly. Heavily adapted from paleomg.com. Ingredients: 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 teaspoon espresso grounds 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of salt 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Put muffin liners in pan. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, vanilla, eggs and almond butter. Then add coconut flour, espresso, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. My batter was very liquidity at this point, probably because I pulsed my bananas in the blender a little too much instead of mashing them. Pour batter into the 12 muffin cups. Bake for

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DIY cashew milk

Published on February 2, 2015, by in Recipes.

I finished my strict healthy eating plan on Saturday night. I felt great doing it and decided I would reintroduce things one at a time as long as they felt comfortable and I didn’t have any adverse effects. Two of the biggest changes I noticed is that I wasn’t bloated or congested while eating like this. I have long suspected my congestion is related to certain foods and seasonal allergies. I have made DIY almond milk in the past, so I decided to make some cashew milk to continue on the no dairy path. Wow. It’s really amazing. Rich. Creamy. And it doesn’t need strained like almond milk. No pulp! Soak one up of almonds in water for a minimum of 4 hours. I soaked mine overnight. I was amazed by the little balls of oil that floated on top of the water after soaking. Then, drain and rinse cashews

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Clean and healthy

Published on January 27, 2015, by in Update.

So, what happened to blogging once per week? Well, almost immediately after that post I started on a new eating plan. I was diagnosed as hypothyroid a few years ago and have been on medication since. I know it isn’t the biggest deal, but I would rather not be on medication for the rest of my life. I have been doing a lot of reading over the past year on hypothyroidism and a lot of the literature recommends changes in diet to help control thyroid levels. I have dabbled in changes, but have not fully committed to anything. After reading The Fast Metabolism diet, which reiterated much of what I had already read, I committed to 28 days of a specific eating plan that eliminated meat with nitrates and nitrites, “dirty” fish, only certain fruits and vegetables, processed foods, corn, sugar and sugar substitutes, wheat, and dairy. It felt very

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Twenty fifteen

Published on January 2, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Hey everyone! I’ve been in blogging hibernation since June. Last year was a crazy but wonderful year. I did a ton of travelling and was glad to spend time with friends and family all across the country. It was very much a year of enjoyment. So, where does that leave me in 2015? Ready for a little more consistency and moderation. I tend to a be a little too strict and rigid with myself at times. Then other times, it all goes out the window. My goals for 2015 are to work out 3-4 times a week, every week. I’ve gotten much better about doing a variety of workouts and would like to continue that. And when I work out consistently I automatically eat healthier. So, if I am working out, I don’t really need to set any food based goals. I also got a great planner from my Secret Santa at

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Baking in my bones

Published on June 26, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

There have been many exciting things happening in my kitchen lately. I got this beauty of a book in the mail: Which caused me to make this delicious cheese: I’ve also had a big urge to do some baking. This week I put my baking urge to good use and fed my co-workers breakfast two days in a row. Cinnamon rolls: And a new donut recipe I’ve been wanting to try: What’s been happening in your kitchen lately?

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Sum sum summa time

Published on June 19, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

The polar vortex is very much over in Chicago and we have moved to hot and humid. I am enjoying the warmth that summer has finally brought to us! Last weekend, I kicked off the weekend with a summer work BBQ and enjoyed some refreshments: Saturday morning, I headed to the post office to pick up my package from Thailand. I ordered a tank top from Etsy that happened to come from there and they wouldn’t deliver it to my house, so I had to pick it up. I loved the postage stamp: Then, I headed up and watered the garden. One of my co-gardeners has an abundance of radishes right now, so he shared some with me! Eeek! I love radishes and butter, salt and radish sandwiches. Thank you Grandma Domino. Keeping up with the low to no sugar plan, I made some oatmeal banana donuts for Brian to

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Sugar Free Fed Up Challenge- Day 10

Published on June 11, 2014, by in Update.

So, here it is. The last day of the sugar-free challenge. Honestly, I think Brian and I both accidentally had sugar once or twice. Did you know that plain Triscuits do not contain added sugar but the sea salt and black pepper version has added sugar? Yep, guilty of eating added sugar there. How do I feel? Not any different. I eat a low added sugar diet on a regular basis and gave up fake sugars long ago. So, I’m probably not a good person to speak on the subject. I think I actually ate worse while doing the Fed Up Challenge than I normally do. Why? Because I ate a TON of cheese. Almost all condiments and seasonings have added sugar, unless you make them from scratch. Even some store-bought hummus brands include added sugar.  So, I mainly used hot sauce, mustard and one salad dressing. I also made

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