Friday, June 27, 2014

Mango-Turmeric Smoothie


Lately, I've been reading more about the spice ~ turmeric, and I keep sneaking it into some of my smoothies. Depending on what I'm blending, the orange color of the turmeric is either front-and-center (like in the Mango-Turmeric Smoothie, sprinkled with fresh cracked pepper, shown above) or camouflaged (like in a green smoothie or one with dark colored fruits/veggies).  Either way I make it, I'm happy with the health benefits of including turmeric in my diet. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quick Moroccan Chicken Thighs with Chickpeas


I was craving something a bit exotic the night I made this dish... but, I was short on time.  So, I threw together this little gem ~ Quick Moroccan Chicken Thighs with Chickpeas ~ and was quite happy with the results!  To make this dish I just used ~ a can of fire roasted tomatoes with juice, 1/2 a can of drained chickpeas, 4 skinless chicken thighs, a small sliced onion and a sprinkling of traditional Moroccan spices ~  powdered ginger, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.  I let it all simmer together until the chicken thighs were cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.  I added some steamed veggies on the side... and dinner was served.  Not too much effort, not too much time, low on carbs... but full of the exotic flavors I was looking for.  On-the-fly cooking inspired by a craving.  Cool.  :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew with Mushrooms & Red Wine


I love a good beef stew recipe. I love a good bottle of red wine. I love a good beef stew recipe that uses a good red wine.  I love a good beef stew recipe that uses a good red wine and includes fresh mushrooms and lots of veggies. Put them all together and I've got a meal we all love.  :)



Monday, June 16, 2014

Strawberry Chia Pudding ~ Meatless Monday


I'd heard about using chia seeds in desserts and was curious about how it would turn out. So, when I saw this recipe for ~ Rich & Creamy Strawberry Chia Pudding, I decided to give it a try. My take on it ~ This is an interesting dessert, with an unusual 'crunch' and a texture that is kinda-sorta like pudding. (it's so trippy how the seeds thicken up the mixture like that) I used dark chia seeds, so mine wasn't as pretty as theirs, but that was OK. My guys weren't too keen on it, they like their pudding smooth, not with a crunch... but I'm glad I tried this superfood sweet treat. It's always fun to try a new spin on traditional foods.




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