Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!!!! I hope your holiday is wonderful and you spend it with loved ones! Don't forget what CHRISTmas is all about :)


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tuna Salad

1 can of tuna
1 TBSP paleo mayo
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp dried dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Delish! :)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cleaning Pesticides From Produce

     Can't buy organic? I understand, sometimes it isn't available or you just simply can't afford it! Even if you do buy organic, some stores still spray preservatives on the produce once it's on the shelves. Either way, I like clean veggies, so here's a tip I learned awhile back.  I believe it was originally credited to "The Juiceman" but correct me if I'm wrong.

     Fill your sink with cold water (I only fill mine to the point that it'll just cover my fruits & vegetables) and add 4 TBSP of salt along with the juice of half a lemon. It makes a weak acid solution which is perfect for cleaning pesticides. Soak most fruits & veggies for 5 to 10 minutes, but for all berries only TWO minutes! Then rinse well with cold water & dry it off before putting it back in the fridge. Your fruits & veggies will be squeaky clean!

     Another alternative is using 1/4 cup of white vinegar, but the salt & lemon trick does a better job in my opinion, especially on tough ones like waxy apples and grapes.

    Do you have another tip you use? I'd love to hear it, leave me a comment!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Today's Daily O is Mashed Sweet Potatoes! Very easy, and a delicious side to add to any meal. I also love it just as a snack. Mashing sweet potatoes is a great way to let out some aggression, so go for it! It's as easy as this:
  • Take enough Sweet Potatoes to fill a 2-quart saucepan, up to 3/4 full. 
  • Scrub them good, rinse, and stick them in the saucepan whole. 
  • Fill with water until they're covered. 
  • Bring water to a boil, then bring it down to a simmer and cook, covered, for 25 minutes.
  • Drain, set aside to cool.
  • Once cool enough to handle, slip each Sweet Potato out of its skin & into a bowl.
  • Add about 1 TBSP of grass-fed butter for each pound of Sweet Potatoes (that's approximately 3 medium-sized potatoes) 
  • Add salt to taste (I add about 1/4 tsp for every pound)
  • MASH!!
  • ENJOY!! :)
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Beef with Broccoli

     Today's Daily O is Beef and Broccoli from the Food Lover's Make It Paleo cookbook. You can find the recipe here.

     One word: Yummy! My favorite thing about this dish is the addition of red pepper flakes- gives it a nice little bite, but not too spicy. The broccoli turned out very flavorful, and the beef juicy. Only complaint is that it ended up a bit soupy- adding a 1/4 cup of aminos (I used Braggs) seemed to be too much. I haven't tried coconut aminos yet, perhaps they cook differently. So if you decide to use Braggs or even soy sauce in place of the coconut aminos, start out with 1/8 cup and see where that gets you.

     If you love Chinese food, I definitely recommend giving this Paleo recipe a try!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rosemary Lemon Chicken

     Today's Daily O is one of my favorites, Rosemary Lemon Chicken. I just got a fresh rosemary plant so I can always have fresh rosemary, so this was the perfect time to make this dish! Here's how it goes:

   2 Chicken breasts (approx 1lb)
   1 TBSP Fresh Rosemary, minced
   1 Tsp Garlic, minced
   1 Tsp Black pepper
   1 TBSP Olive oil
   Juice from half a lemon

     Preheat oven to 350. Put the chicken breasts in a glass baking dish. In a small dish, combine Rosemary, Garlic, Black Pepper & Olive oil, then rub it into the chicken breasts. Take your lemon juice and sprinkle it over the chicken breasts. Stick it in the oven for approx. 30 minutes... and voila! Tender, juicy, flavorful chicken!

     I love this dish! You can taste each ingredient so clearly, and this really does make for a juicy piece of chicken. If you're cooking for more than two, then just double or triple the recipe as needed.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Enter to Win Green Guru Gear

Welcome to the Green Guru Gear Giveaway!

Two Winners! (Open to US & Canada!)

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Sponsored by: Green Guru Gear

Finding bags to store your things when you travel, camp or commute can be hard, especially if you are looking for ones that are hardy, water resistant and eco-friendly.  Green Guru Gear combines all three of those attributes into their awesome products!  By upcycling the inner tubes from bicycle tires, they create unique and resilient products that are perfect for toting your everyday needs around!  Krista over at Savory Savings received an assortment of commuter-friendly upcycled bags and pouches to review and shared her thoughts.  And now, she wants to give some away to you!  If you are interested in winning a medium and large zipper pouch from Green Guru Gear, enter with the giveaway tool below.  This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18 and older.  The giveaway will run from December 11, 2013 through December 27, 2013 at 11 PM CST.  Entries will be verified.  Winner will be notified by email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.
Good luck!