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Mild Salsa May 29, 2017

Filed under: Appetizer,Gluten Free,Miscellany,My Favorites,Paleo,Recipe,Snack — Crista @ 9:25 pm

After nearly 18 months since severe back pain (from a herniated disk and two slipped disks) caused me to stop CrossFitting and running, and other life circumstances getting in the way of regular exercise and healthy eating in general ever since, I’ve gained a solid 30 lbs and I’ve had a number of false starts when it comes to eating right and losing weight. I’m off to another start now, hoping to kick-start my inner healthy again, and I made this salsa tonight as part of the new plan. Thankfully, it’s delicious!

Ingredients:
1 handful fresh cilantro, diced
1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
½-in slice of fresh jalepeno, finely chopped (optional)
30-oz can of diced tomatoes (fire roasted if desired)
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 lemon (juice and zest)

Mix all of the above ingredients except the lemon in large bowl. Grate lemon zest into mixture; cut and juice lemon; add lemon juice and mix well. Refrigerate 1-2 hours before serving.

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Skinny Zucchini Rollatini May 24, 2017

Tried this on a whim a few weeks back and it was a little tricky to roll since I sliced the zucchini by hand, but delicious nonetheless! Will try slicing more thinly with the spiralizer next time.

Ingredients:
2 cups cottage cheese, small curd or whipped
2 large eggs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
1 tsp. garlic powder
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup marinara sauce
2-3 zucchini, sliced 1/8″ thick
1 cup grated mozzarella

Preheat oven to 400°. Gently beat cottage cheese and eggs to mix; with 1/4 cup Parmesan and garlic powder. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce onto the bottom of a 9″-x-13” baking dish. Separately (e.g., on cutting board or plate), lay out the zucchini slices and spoon a thin layer of sauce on each, then top with a thicker layer of cheese mixture and sprinkle with mozzarella. Roll up and place in baking dish, securing with a toothpick if needed. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and bake until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.

 

Crockpot Shredded Taco Chicken April 5, 2017

1 small onion, finely diced
1.5-2 lbs skinless boneless chicken breasts or thighs
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Layer onion on the bottom of the crockpot. Mix the seasonings in a small bowl. Rinse and layer the chicken in the crockpot, and sprinkle the seasonings on both sides of the chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until the chicken shreds easily. Use two forks to shred the meat and serve with your choice of tortillas or taco shells, shredded cheddar cheese, black beans, refried beans, rice, and/or avocado. Works great for “make your own burrito” night!

 

Bone Broth January 11, 2017

Filed under: Breakfast,Crock pot,Gluten Free,My Favorites,Recipe,Snack — Crista @ 10:59 pm

Modified from: https://wellnessmama.com/5888/how-to-make-bone-broth/

Bone broth has become a recent curiosity/interest (turned mild obsession) of mine, and I actually started off my new daily regimen of sipping broth by “cheating” with an organic boxed version I tripped across at BJs. It wasn’t bad, but a little high in sodium. I was determined to try making my own, but just needed the time. Finally got around to it following my first attempt at Roasted Chicken on Saturday, and I’m never turning back. Not only did my house smell amazing (and reminiscent of my grandmother’s house my entire childhood), but the broth is delicious. Can’t wait to have a cup in the morning…the man even loved it!

Ingredients:
Leftover bones, etc. from organic, free range chicken (no need to clean them)
Cold water (enough to cover the bones in a large pot)
2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
2 carrots, roughly chopped (no need to peel)
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped (greens included)
Optional: chopped onion, garlic (2 cloves), parsley, sea salt (1 tbsp), other herbs or spices to taste

Fill large pot with bones, etc. and cover with cold water. Add apple cider vinegar and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, chop and add veggies. Bring to a fast boil, then lower heat and simmer for at least 8 hours (or in the crock pot for 24 hours). Check every 20 minutes or so for the first two hours to remove and discard any froth/impurities from the top. Strain broth in fine strainer and refrigerate or freeze. Save bones, etc. and freeze to use a second time if desired.

 

Roasted Chicken

Filed under: Chicken,Gluten Free,Main dish,My Favorites,Recipe — Crista @ 10:46 pm

Since I can’t really take credit for changing much of anything in this recipe, I’ll just post a link to the original source and hope it doesn’t go anywhere any time soon!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-chicken-recipe.html#lightbox-recipe-video

That said, it was really pretty simple, and quite delicious. Extremely moist and tasty. I roasted mine upside down since I didn’t have kitchen twine, and the legs were a little undercooked, so next time I’ll be sure to cook it a bit longer despite the temp showing 165, and/or pick up some kitchen twine to have on hand! I served it with roasted brussels sprouts, roasted seasoned potatoes, and warm bread…the entire meal was a hit. I also saved the “leftovers” to make a bone broth, and it was absolutely delicious! Recipe coming soon…

 

Blueberry Lemonade November 13, 2016

Filed under: Beverage,Gluten Free,Miscellany,My Favorites,Recipe — Crista @ 10:33 pm

Found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/blueberry-lemonade.html

The 11-year-old has been asking to make lemonade and somehow blueberries got thrown into the mix, so I googled recipes and found this one. It’s a fair amount of work for a beverage, but kind of worth it when you can get the kids involved. We quartered the original recipe, so this makes just one pitcher, but I might make more next time. It’s pretty tasty…and makes a darn good sangria if you just add some red wine! I’m thinking vodka would be pretty great adult additive as well…

Ingredients
1 cup fresh organic blueberries
1 1/2 plus 1/8 cup organic sugar
7 organic lemons (separate juice from first 1/2 lemon for blueberry syrup)
4 cups water

First, to make a blueberry syrup, heat the blueberries, 1/8 cup sugar, and juice from 1/2 lemon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce the heat and simmer until thick, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar with 1 1/2 cups water and stir to dissolve the sugar and create a simple syrup. (If the organic sugar crystals are brown, this will be a dark brown syrup, but the color will lighten when mixed with the other ingredients.)

Once the blueberry syrup has thickened, strain the blueberries through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing to get all the liquid out, then place the liquid in the fridge and chill until cold (or place the pan in a bowl of ice to chill more quickly).

Pour the lemon juice through a mesh strainer into a pitcher. Add the simple syrup and 2 – 2 1/2 cups water. Add the blueberry syrup, stir it around and then give it a taste. Add more water if it it’s too sweet. Serve over ice.

 

Gluten Free Apple Crumble October 19, 2016

Filed under: Breakfast,Dessert,Fruit,Miscellany,My Favorites,Recipe,Snack — Crista @ 8:54 pm

After apple picking over the weekend, I’ve been dying to make an apple crisp, but wanted something a bit “crunchier” than my usual paleo recipe, so I tweaked that and added whole grain oats. Delicious!

Ingredients:
6 medium apples, peeled, sliced, then chopped in half width-wise
1 cup ogranic whole grain rolled oats
1 cup almond flour
A pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup grass-fed butter
1 cup organic honey, local if possible
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place peeled, sliced apples in a baking dish. Drizzle with about a teaspoon of honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. In large bowl, combine oats, almond flour, salt, cinnamon. In a small sauce pain, combine and melt butter, honey, and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry. Spread topping over the apples. Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes. When apples are soft and their juices bubble, remove cover and bake 10 more minutes to brown crispy.

 

 
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