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What’s in the Box? Recipe Roundup #14

What's in the Box?

After over 2 months of vacation, Harper and I are finally back to reality.  It feels nice to unpack our bags, hang up our clothes and put our toiletries back in the medicine cabinet.  But lots has happened since we first left for Ireland back in June.  While we were gone, Freddie got another new job.  Which means yet another move for us (which, if you’re still keeping track is 12 moves in 8 years…with 3 of those moves happening in the last 8 months).  As much as we had hoped they would, things just didn’t work out for us in San Louis Obispo.  But as they say, when one door closes, another one opens, and Freddie’s new opportunity is even better than his last.  So while Harper and I were visiting friends and family all over the globe, Freddie was busy packing up our new home up north and moving us south to good ol’ Orange County.

Luckily, I am no stranger to this area.  I have aunts, uncles and cousins who live in Orange County and so I guess you can say I have grown up coming to visit here.  It’s just so much bigger than what we have become accustomed to after living in Santa Barbara for the past 3 years.  But there is nothing better than being close to family, so we are very grateful for that.

And of course, I couldn’t approve of the move until I found a CSA.  And my new one sounds awesome!  I just didn’t submit my subscription in time to get a box this week, so next Tuesday I will be picking up a box and can’t wait to share it with you all.

But in the meantime, let’s check out the links from last week.  I am loving the rooty, tooty, fresh and fruity flavors that are coming our way…Pizza with Raspberries, Pasta with Peaches, and Quinoa with Cranberries (and pineapple mint!).  Get’s me more excited than it should.  But, as we all know, I have a weakness for fruit.  Which is why I have decided to share my favorite summer fruit recipes this week.

Enjoy!

Raspberry Chicken

Raspberry Chicken with Homemade Rice Pilaf - In Her Chucks

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake - In Her Chucks

Lime Pistachio Squares

Lime Squares with Pistacio Graham-Cracker Crust - In Her Chucks

Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon Iced Tea - In Her Chucks

Your turn: What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate your CSA fruits into simple and delicious meals?  Looking forward to drooling over your ideas.  

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Fresh Start: Day 7, 8 & 9 & WIAW #16

I might as well apologize from the start.  I am about to dump 3 full days of meals on your lap.  It’s a bit much for one post, but my busy behind has been running around like a chicken with her head cut off the last few days and therefore there has been minimal computer time.  The good news is, this post is jam-packed with delicious and nutritious food that is sure to inspire you to eat clean.

So instead of wasting time on small talk today, let’s move straight to the grub, shall we?

Day 7

1.  First Thing:  Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  After a whole week of beginning my mornings with a green drink, I am LOVING this new addition to my daily routine.  It really does get the day started on the right foot and its delicious to boot :)

2.  Breakfast: Naturally Sweetened Goat Yogurt–  I promised myself I would try a new flavor and this strawberry is delicious!  I think we have a tie between this flavor and the mango.  I am liking this idea of branching out…I wonder what I will try next?

3.  Lunch: Sprouted Tortilla with Goat Cheese and Mixed Veggies-  Definitely my favorite lunch so far.  It has been on the menu a lot the last week but I don’t mind a bit.  This time I topped it with some leftover veggies from the stir fry.  It was divine!

4.  Snack:  Amazing Grass Bar–  Even though I quickly fell in love with the Chocolate Amazing Grass bar, this Chocolate Peanut Butter has taken its place.  I scarfed it down in a matter of seconds.  I can’t wait to run to the store to stock up on some more.

5.  Dinner: Salmon and Veggie Kabobs-  I had never made kabobs in the oven before but since Freddie was gone on a business trip, and he is the ultimate grill man, I had to get creative.  Luckily they turned out great.  Although I owe all the credit to the amazing marinade.  You can’t go wrong when you are dousing fish and veggies in tamari, coconut oil, honey, rice wine vinegar, cilantro and sesame seeds :)  The combo is pure heaven.

6.  Snack:  Almond Milk Ice Cream–  When I read that I could enjoy a bowl of non dairy ice cream, I nearly flipped.  I have such a weakness for ice cream it’s not even funny.  Maybe we need to just straight up label it an addiction.  So I do my best to stay away from the parts of town where the 31 Flavors and Cold Stone’s are located.  I was also slightly doubtful that this non dairy ice cream could tickle my fancy…but it totally did.

Day 8

1.  First Thing:  Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  I have officially started week 2 and I am feeling great about this fresh start.  I am also proud of myself that I finally remembered to use my reusable straw from Simply Straws.  Working on new habits in all areas of my life :)

2.  Breakfast: Avo-Banana Pudding with Berries-  Pudding for breakfast?  Yes, please!  Making up for all those times I wanted chocolate pudding for breakfast when I was a kid.  Although if I had asked my mom for this rendition, she would have gladly served it to me.

3.  Lunch:  Asian Salad with Fresh Tuna and Avocado-  Another fresh batch of tuna made, another fresh batch of tuna devoured. The nuts, the avocado, the salad dressing, all adds to the incredibly delicious experience that is my lunch.

4.  Snack:  Apple Slices with Almond Butter-  I really do love the fresh almond butter that you can make at the store.  It’s so much more nuttier and lot less pasty than what you buy in the jars.  I should rename this “Almond Butter with Apple Slices” as the fruit is merely a vehicle to shovel more almond butter in my mouth.

5.  Dinner: Kidney Bean Tostada-  It’s official, I am a refried kidney bean lover.  From dried bulk beans to pure bliss, I am so happy with the way these beans turned out.  It was definitely time intensive (12-15 hours of soaking, another 30 minutes of simmering before they were even ready to hit the skillet), but it was totally worth it.  I sautéed mine with garlic, green onions and bell pepper and also added in some fresh corn and cilantro.  Spread it on a sprouted tortilla and topped it with fresh veggies and avocado.  Yum, yum, yum!

6.  Snack:  Almond Milk Ice Cream-   Loving that I get to eat ice cream two days in a row.  Feels so naughty, but then again, it feels so nice.  I can’t say that it tastes like “real” ice cream, because it doesn’t, it tastes like Almond Milk Ice Cream, but I am an almond milk lover so it works out well.

day 91.   Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal mixed with Coconut Water-  What makes Amazing Grass’s Amazing Meal so Amazing is that their greens are raw, organic and infused with delicious flavors.  Did I mention that they are vegan, Non GMO, Gluten, Soy and Dairy free too?

2.  Breakfast: Egg White Scramble-  Another delicious morning of veggie packed eggs.  I used an orange bell pepper this time and was loving the minor change.  Also, no tomatoes this time as I forgot to pick one up at the store last night :(  Although it was still a killer way to start the day.

3.  Lunch:  Spinach and Hummus Pita with Goat Cheese- This sandwich was super!  I tried it with some shredded goat cheese cheddar and was loving both the taste and texture.  Next time, I am going to add a handful of sprouts and maybe some grated carrot to the mix.

4.  Snack: Fruit Salad with Shredded Coconut-  Mangos, raspberries, blueberries, bananas and strawberries with a handful of coconut flakes…might as well take me to the Caribbean.  This fruit salad was everything I needed this afternoon and more.  Forget about anything else, I could easily live on fruit alone.

5.  Dinner: Halibut Burger-  I have never tried fresh fish in a sandwich or burger before.  But I love fish in tacos and figured a burger might be a similar experience.  These were out of this world delicious!  I started by cutting up the fish in small pieces and mashed it with a potato masher.  I added in some lime juice, egg, cilantro, green onion and seasonings and pan fried it with coconut oil.  I only wish Freddie was here to taste it.  This might even rival my turkey burger recipe.  Looking forward to sharing the recipe with you soon.

6.  Snack:  Piece of Dark Chocolate-  Need I say more?  Except that I didn’t eat the entire bar.  Just a few pieces.  It was just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy my after dinner dessert craving.

Now can you see why I haven’t had much computer time?  I have been too busy preparing and eating these amazing meals :)

Wanna join me in turning over a new leaf?  Check out Amazing Grass’s Two Week Challenge and commit this new year to creating a new you :)

*Full Disclosure:  Amazing Grass provided me with one bottle of Amazing Meal free of charge.  I was not paid to write this post. With exception of some of the factual information given about the various products, all opinions regarding the products are my own and 100% honest.

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Homemade Granola

It finally happened.  After 8 months of writing my blog I am without words.  Writers block.  I have been sitting here staring at this delicious picture of granola for a good while now and still can’t seem to come up with a creative way to gush about my new favorite snack.  Don’t get me wrong, I have penned numerous introductions that were cute, clever and funny (some of which referenced my life as a “crunchy granola mom“…one of my favorites for sure), but after a few sentences I become stuck.  So instead of wrestling with it any longer, I decided to do what comes naturally to me…be honest.

*Sigh*…Now that I got that off my chest, let’s talk about this yummy, crunchy, salty, sweet concoction.

It was love at first bite.  I can’t say that I would call myself a granola lover (although I am in love with this granola…[scroll down to #10]), but there is something special about this homemade snack that has got me hooked.

Harper and I went swimming with a bunch of our mommy/baby friends a few weeks ago and a friend of mine had just made a fresh batch.  She offered some to the group and Harper and I took a small handful to share.  Well, let’s just say I went back for seconds, and thirds, and maybe fourths (don’t judge me…its amazing!).  I then begged her for the recipe.  The moment she sent it to me my oven was pre-heating and I began tossing my rolled oats in a bath of sugary goodness.


Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons of water

1/3 cup of pure maple syrup

Preparation
Heat oven to 250 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large bowl combine oats, brown sugar and salt and mix until combined.  In a small saucepan over medium heat combine oil, water, and syrup.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and pour over the oat mixture.  Stir mixture to coat oats evenly.  Spread mixture onto baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

Once the granola has cooled, you can mix in any of your favorite additions.  One cup of any of the following would be delicious:  raisins, dried cranberries, currents, flaked coconut, chocolate chips, almonds, cashews…the list goes on and on.  I threw some dry roasted pecans in there.  Feel free to make it your own :)

So what’s so great about this granola?   First of all the texture happens to be perfect.  The crunch meter weighs in at about 5, not too soft and not too “ouch this snack is ripping the inside of my mouth apart” rough.  It’s light and airy and almost reminds me of rice cereal (except maybe a few notches more on the crunch scale).  Secondly, it has a great balance of sweet and salty.  Adding nuts will help to kick up the salt factor a bit, which is a nice compliment to the maple syrup glaze.  Lastly, your options of how to enjoy it are endless.  Drowning in a bowl of almond milk?  Delish.  Sprinkled over a spoonful of yogurt?  Divine.  Shoveled into your mouth by the handful?  Why not?  And remember, with all of the add-ins, this snack can be transformed a million times over.

Need one last reason to stop what you are doing and get busy in the kitchen?  It might just be the easiest thing I have ever made.

Now if you will excuse me, I have some granola to tend to…it’s snack time :)

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Strawberry Scones

Last night I discovered a new hobby…baking scones.  And I think this may have potential to get a bit dangerous!

I have been a lover of scones for many years.  I can remember going to the local country mart to pick up fresh baked scones with my mom.  They were the perfect after school treat.  As I grew older, nothing tasted better with my morning coffee than a sweet and crumbly scone.  It has been a while since I enjoyed a scone, as most of my meals these days are made at home.  But now that I can whip up my own batch in no time, you better believe these babies are going on a regular rotation.

These scones have been on my “must bake” list for a while now.  I discovered them shortly after falling in love with greek yogurt pancakes and learning that greek yogurt was a versatile ingredient for a variety of yummy things.  After all the strawberries that have been coming my way lately I couldn’t help but give them a shot.  And they are truly a winner!


MeAndMySweets

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1-2 tsp for flouring work surface

1/4 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling on top

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

4 Tbsp unsalted cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

1 cup chopped strawberries

3/4 cup Strawberry 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°F. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Add butter, using hands or fork, work until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in strawberries, and then Chobani to hold dough together. Do not overmix.

Turn dough onto floured surface and with floured hands, knead 2 to 3 times. Gently press dough into rectangle, about 1 1/2-inches thick. Fold rectangle into thirds, like a letter. Press dough into 9-inch round. Cut into 8 wedges.

Arrange wedges on a parchment-paper-covered cookie sheet. Sprinkle each wedge with a little sugar. Bake until golden, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.

Recipe from Chobani Kitchen

What makes these scones stand out from the rest are their moist, and tender texture.  They literally melt in your mouth.  The recipe doesn’t suggest a glaze or icing, but I would think that a simple glaze to dress the top of these would be a nice addition.   But they are perfectly delicious just the way they are.

To be honest, I was a little nervous about making scones from scratch.  Baked goods that require  kneading scare me.  Mostly because I look at kneading as an art form, one that I haven’t had a ton of experience with.  But when all was said and done, the scones turned out perfectly and as a result my kneading confidence is now through the roof.  What to tackle next?

If I could live vicariously through you (since I am still avoiding caffeine), I would serve these fruity and delicious scones with a homemade, unsweetened, vanilla, almond milk latte.  Mmmmmm….sounds like a perfect way to start the day.  Good Morning!

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