Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Beef and Broccoli

MMM. Guys. This recipe is amazing. This version of the classic beef and broccoli does NOT have some of the typical ingredients that cause inflammation in the body such as cornstarch, sugar, and vegetable oil. This is a great recipe to use if you are in the beginning phases of "trialing" foods, because other then the beefy ingredients the other ingredients are anti-inflammatory!
Something I love about beef and broccoli is that it doesn't take long to make and can be served together, separate, with rice, without rice, etc. My kids typically like their food all separated out, so meals like this where I can easily do that not only makes them happy, but me as well because I don't have to listen to the groaning at dinner if it's combined.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Buttermilk Biscuits

One of my all time favorite meals is biscuits and gravy. Having a good biscuit makes a big difference. I have tried quite a few different biscuit recipes and this one is the winner in our family.
This biscuit recipe is nice and flaky and isn't dry or chewy.
This recipe is for a basic buttermilk biscuit but you could add your own herbs to it to jazz it up and mix up the flavors each time. Not only do I like to use these biscuits for breakfast with gravy but I also love them with a nice warm bowl of soup or even as a hearty side to some Alfredo or, to be honest, I like them warm with some butter and jam on them. FANTASTIC. Ugh my mouth is salivating, now I need to go make some more!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Snowball Cookies

This type of cookie has so many different names. Whether you know them as Snowball cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding cookies, Crack cookies, etc. it doesn't matter! It's just a darn good cookie.
We haven't had a lot of snow this winter, so we have had to make alternatives to snow to remind us that it's winter. Whether it's having a white pom pom snowball fight in the house or making these cookies, we like to keep the idea of snow alive right now.
This cookie recipe became one of our favorite Christmas/Winter traditions a few years ago. I had never had one of these types of cookies before until I went to my sisters house one year for Christmas and they had these marvelous little bits of heaven waiting for us on the counter. I immediately asked for the recipe and have had it every winter since then in my own home. (Thanx sister!)
last year for Christmas. Pretty sure I ended up eating more then half of the batch that they had made.
The cookies are filled with pecans, rolled to perfection, and dusted heavily with powdered sugar!


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Avocado Salsa


One thing I miss about living a little further south is El Pollo Loco. Everything I got at that restaurant was delicious (although slightly over priced in my humble opinion). My favorite thing to order was their Chicken Taco Al' Carbon and I would drench it in this amazing avocado salsa.
So being that we no longer live by an El Pollo Loco I had to go in search of a copycat recipe. 
This recipe is PRETTY DARN CLOSE to El Pollo Loco's Original avocado salsa. I say original because they changed the recipe for theirs a few years ago (per the update below). I don't know if they changed it back but this is our favorite homemade version.
We like ours a bit more thick then how they have theirs but aside from thickness, everything else is pretty spot on.
This recipe is a great alternative to salsa's that use a tomato base for those who can't have tomatoes or who are just looking for something different. We like to make a double batch and keep it in the fridge for a few days to eat with chips and quesadillas.

**UPDATE** I have recently been noticing that the kind at El Pollo Loco is spicier then it used to be and read a sign somewhere that they don't use the jalapeno anymore to make this but they use a habanero pepper instead. So I guess if you like the extra heat you can change the type of pepper in this recipe but I prefer the taste of the original salsa better.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki

I love gyros. Love love love them. We used to have a great little Greek/Mediterranean food place that we would go to all the time when we lived down in Phoenix and they had the BEST food ever. Just thinking about it makes me salivate.
Needless to say I have been craving some gyros lately but I'm way to cheap to buy lamb (which is what we always ordered at that restaurant) so when making it myself  I always opt to use this chicken gyros recipe. It is so good. I have also included a fantastic Tzatziki sauce recipe that goes wonderfully with it.
 I like to add some fresh red onion, tomatoes and sumac and served them on homemade Pita bread.
I also like to pair this up with my favorite Lemon Butter Rice as a side.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Tortillas

Homemade tortillas are seriously a BILLION times better then store bought ones. You know how store bought tortillas don't really have much of a flavor...these do! Now, they aren't overpowered in flavor that it takes over whatever yumminess you are putting inside said tortilla, but it's more then just a vessel to hold your fillings. I've been on a huge tortilla making kick for a while now, testing and re-testing different recipes and I finally have come up with the ones I prefer.
Now, do they take a little more time and effort then the kind you buy already made from the store? Yes, but can you make a decent amount and keep them in your fridge for another time when you need some instantly...YEP. So I will typically make a batch on the weekend and then use them throughout the week. (Yes we go through a lot of these because they make the best quesadillas, and lets be real, quesadillas for lunch with little kids is always a win!)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cashew Chicken

This recipe is legit. It is full of flavor and just flat out delicious. My kids love it, I love it, my husband loves it...I'm sure if I had a pet they would love it as well. It takes hardly any time to put together from start to finish and is anti-inflammatory!
💥Mind Blown💥
In all seriousness, this is just a darn good recipe. It's got the crunch of the roasted cashews and all the wonderful flavors you would expect from an Asian dish.
Since discovering this recipe (and tweaking it) we have had it almost every other week. That's a pretty big deal in this household because I don't like to make very many meals over and over again.
Give it a try, you won't regret it, and your gut will thank you!

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