Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
I recently had some rosemary Marcona almonds and they were absolutely delicious. I also accidentally bought a large bag of raw cashews. These were not so delicious. So I set out to find a recipe for roasting Cashews and I also have a recent obsession with Rosemary since those Marcona almonds.
This is my second batch of roasted cashews. The first was simply a tiny bit of coconut oil and Sea salt. For these I decided to get a little more creative. I started with the cashews and about a teaspoon or less of coconut oil. Then I added dried rosemary and dried chili pepper flakes. Stir them up and spread them in a single layer on a baking pan. Bake at 2:50 for about 20 to 25 minutes until they are starting to brown a little bit.
The best part is the smell of the roasted cashews. It almost smells like fresh bread. And then the taste of the rosemary and roasted nutty goodness of the cashews and a little heat from the chili, make these amazing!
I'm excited to try other spice combinations and use fresh herbs one spring rolls around.
Monday, February 18, 2013
With all that (and work too) I have needed some quick and easy go-to meals while staying healthy. Here is what I have been eating lately:
My version of Heuvos Rancheros - chopped up lettuce instead of tortilla or chips, sloppy joe/chili, topped with a fried egg and avocado. DELICIOUS! I have had this for breakfast on the go and even for a quick dinner after a run. All it takes is to fry the eggs, warm up the chili and chop up the lettuce and avocado. Sometimes I have avocado on hand, sometimes I add a little bacon on the side. :)
Chicken soup - last week I grabbed a rotisserie chicken. Not the best sourced meat, but I needed some meat on the go... I ate the chicken breast in lettuce wraps, sliced and warmed, and I enjoyed the legs and wings too. :) But then I had the bones and a little meat on them leftover. I boiled it with water, carrots and some peppercorns for about 45 minutes. I strained the broth, added some chicken breast and frozen veggies. Delicious in less than an hour. I made 3 bowls of this and had it to heat up for lunch later in the week.
Lettuce wraps and taco salad - I cut up a head of iceberg lettuce into large leaves and packed them along with a bowl of the sloppy joe/chili. Heat up the chili and spoon into the lettuce, roll up and enjoy! The cold lettuce and the slightly spicy hot chili is a perfect combo! These have been my go-to lunch for the last two weeks. Sometimes I just cut up the lettuce though and it's kind of like nachos or a taco salad! Top with whatever you have - tomatoes, avocados, salsa, etc. Yum!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Several months ago I saw a pin on pinterest (imagine that!) that talked about the best way to keep a newborn's tiny socks and mittens from getting lost in the washer and dryer was to put them all in a lingerie bag - not because they need a gentler cycle, but to keep them all together. (Full disclosure - I tuck my bras in that bag with my socks too, they come out before the bag goes in the wash. Having them in this lingeriebag keeps them from snagging my other clothes.)
Ok, I promised two ideas - that's one!
Here is number two - the easiest way to display, hang, detangle, and organize your necklaces.
I found oversized thumbtacks at a discount store - usually you can find these at an office supply store too. Stick them in the wall and hang your necklaces! (I have waaaay too many necklaces for one person!) These are easy to move if you need to add more and leave tiny holes if you decide not to keep them in the same place.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Fast forward to my Paleo eating habits now - this is not a place I frequent anymore. While they have salads that are pretty good, I have to modify a lot - cheese, dressing, bread, croutons or wontons, etc.
SO I was super excited to hear that Panera had these new hidden menu items available. Today I had a few minutes between a meeting at my school and a training at another site....and needed to grab something!
I pulled it up on my phone, just in case I had trouble ordering...but had no need for it! The cashier knew just what I was talking about and she rang it up (with my request of no-onions!) with no hesitation!
SO exciting. I had the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps with no onions. It was delicious and great to go - I took it to my meeting and was very happy with that choice!
I didn't have any pesto (I was in a hurry, they had trouble getting the pesto to go, so they gave me olive oil and lemons, I didn't eat the olive oil anyway.)
DELICIOUS choice that has now opened up to me! I'm excited to try the Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad next time. I just need to figure out if the bacon is nitrate free. :)