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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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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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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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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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Mexican pizza

Published on June 6, 2014, by in Recipes.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I made some quick and easy Mexican pizzas when I was exhausted the other night. I thought I’d give you the details, so if you ever need a quick dinner you make them, instead of picking up the phone and ordering out. You can thank me later for saving you a delivery fee and lots of calories. Ingredients: corn tortillas black beans sweet potato chicken corn cheese hot sauce All of these ingredient are options. Add and omit as necessary and you can easily make these vegetarian or vegan. They are already gluten free and do not have any added sugar. Pretty healthy for being so delicious, huh? Preheat oven to 400F with a pizza stone in it, if you have one. Use one corn tortilla per “pizza”. Open a  can of black beans and rinse. Smash some black beans on the tortilla.

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No sugar Fed UP Challenge-Day 4

Published on June 5, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

Brian and I are on day four of the Fed Up Challenge of not eating any added sugar. For the most part, we are both doing great! I’m so proud of Brian as he has given up regular and diet pop. I kicked that habit a few years ago and it was tough. I was a Diet Coke addict. The hardest part is there is very little “quick” food to go to. It’s all processed and has added sugar. Last night I was really tired from 3 nights in a row of bad sleep and didn’t have the energy to make dinner. Finally, I came up with some quick Mexican pizzas with corn tortillas, black beans, sweet potato, corn, and chicken. I topped them with hot sauce and cheese. Added an apple with a little coconut butter as a side and called it a meal. So, what’s the plan for

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