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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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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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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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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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The great salad toss up

Published on May 8, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I’ve needed some new inspiration when it comes to salads. How to you keep eating salads interesting? Mix them up! I was traveling a few month’s ago and stopped at CIBO Express at O’Hare. I love stopping there as they always have a ton of healthy options. There, I got an insanely delicious salad. It was mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato, blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and turkey with a champagne vinaigrette. It was so flavorful, filling and comforting because it tasted like Thanksgiving. This led me to think about how I could build more creative and filling salads rather just than vegetables or my “go to” taco salad. Here are two that I’ve made lately: I had a sweet potato with cinnamon. Then I had a salad of spinach, tri color peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, carrot shreds, sunflower seeds and a combination of blue and cheddar cheese.

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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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Massaman Curry

Published on April 29, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

This recipe is absolutely delicious. I made it for the first time a few years ago for Brian as a surprise. I thought I would blog it again with some updates, because it is that good, comes together quickly and is extremely satisfying. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons red curry paste 1 (3/4 inch thick) slice ginger, minced 1  container extra firm tofu, cubed(can also use 1 pound chicken breast cubed) 3 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons fish sauce 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/3 cup peanut butter(not natural) 1 (13.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice Peanuts, chopped lime wedges, for serving pinch of red pepper flakes, if you want it a little hotter cilantro for topping, optional steamed broccoli, optional cooked rice, for serving This recipe is traditionally made with chicken and potatoes, which is the way I usually make it. I changed

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Native Food Cafe’s Mad Cowboy Bowl Remake

Published on April 27, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last winter, Brian and I fell in love with the Mad Cowboy Bowl at Native Food’s Cafe. We were incredibly sad when they came off the menu in late February. So, I started making them at home. They are simple and full of flavor. Start by roasting a lot of vegetables. Their bowl included cauliflower, onion, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, corn, sweet potato, carrots and a half of a white potato. I did all the veggies, except sweet potato and substituted fingerlings, because it was what I had on hand. Toss in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 375 for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring twice. They should be fork tender when you pull them out. At this time, you will also be baking your tofu. I used one block of extra firm tofu(drained) cut into 6 pieces and seasoned with a southwest seasoning. Turn the

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Baba Ghanoush

Published on April 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

    So. I was lied to. I found a recipe for baba ghanoush called 3 Minute Baba Ghanoush. It took way more than 3 minutes. It was also delicious. Ingredients: 1 roasted eggplant(see below) juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup tahini 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons EVOO fresh ground pepper, to taste So… to get a roasted eggplant, take a small(1-1.5 pounds) eggplant, prick it with a fork a few times, and bake it for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Pre and post-roasted eggplant: Let the eggplant cool, slice long ways and scoop out the innards. This is the part that definitely took longer than 3 minutes. Place the inner scoopings of eggplant and remainder of ingredients in a powerful blender(I have a Vitamix). Start on low and gradually increase speed. Blend on high for about 30 seconds until your baba is incredibly smooth and creamy. Pour

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