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Friday night is refrigerator clean out time, getting ready for my goodies from Bountiful Baskets. What can I make with all the odds and ends?
Heat up some oil in a large skillet and add in some small pieces of meat, seafood or scrambles eggs, veggies and even fruits that are cut up in bite size pieces, add some garlic, fresh ginger if you have it, a few dashes of soy sauce, salt and pepper or any other seasoning you like.
Serve it over rice or noodles. Add some chicken or veggie stock to the leftovers for a quick soup.
Looking for a fun AND healthy valentine? We’ve got you covered! Download these fun valentine stickers and put on the fruit of your choice. There are 48 1-inch stickers. 18 apple versions, 18 orange versions, and 12 banana versions (see the sample above!). You can print them on a sticker sheet and punch with a 1-inch punch or just print on regular paper and use a glue dot to adhere to the fruit of your choice.
Enjoy and have a Bountiful Valentine’s Day!
The last two years have brought about great changes in my family’s diet. We have been introduced to Bountiful Baskets which has helped us make living fruits and veggies the base of each meal. We have had three out of six of us diagnosed with celiac disease requiring a gluten-free lifestyle. Additionally we have one member of our family recently diagnosed with severe allergies to many (OK most) foods further limiting diet options. I have had moments of frustration but, for the most part, the new menus have been a fun challenge. I enjoy getting creative in the kitchen (BB certainly helps there) and we have all seen health benefits from a diet increasingly free of processed foods.
The last two months have brought about great changes in my kitchen. We have recently discovered that many of my 7-year-old’s chronic pain issues are due to numerous, severe allergies- both food and environmental. I was already committed to having a “non-processed” pantry and she was already gluten-free so I thought I had the home-cooking lifestyle down pat. But the discovery of allergies to all grains, many fruits and vegetables, and to other basics including olive oil and raw local honey, really set my mind whirling. So much of what I thought was healthy was in fact hurting her. Though I was truly grateful to finally get some answers for my girl I felt depressed, overwhelmed, and totally ill equipped for the task at hand. But, being a somewhat plucky, hard-to-keep-down kind of gal, I quickly got over my pity party and did the best thing I could do. I started to research and started to get into the kitchen and experiment.
Just east of the dazzling Las Vegas strip is one of hubby’s and my favorite date spots. It’s one of those tiny, quiet, unassuming little places located in the middle of a neighborhood that has me clutch my pocketbook and cling to my honey’s arm just a little tighter (in my experience this is a recipe for a great place to eat). The outside is deceptively simple but every time we step through the door we are immediately transported to the exotic nation of India. As I enter I am drawn in by the impeccable decor, soft lighting, intoxicating smells, and absolutely flawless service from native waiters who are always willing to laugh at my attempt at their Indian language, and are often shocked by my request for the “hottest” level of food. While we order our stand-by favorites like Saag Paneer, Dal Makhani, and of course Chicken Tikka Masala, the servers are never slow to suggest more adventurous dishes and we take their suggestions whenever possible.
I am a seriously cheap, ad-watching, sale-hunting, clearance-rack scouring mom of four. My motto is “A penny saved is a BAD SALE!”. So, when I can find ground beef that is low in fat, high in fiber and protein, cholesterol free, grain-fed, easy to use, easy to store, and .80 cents a pound I say SCORE! Now, the reality is I have never found that (in meat form). I have learned that I can get all of this benefit through tiny, little legumes known as lentils. I turn to lentils 3-4 times a week and when BB offered a 25 pound bag there was no debate in my mind- I was stocking up. I use lentils in place of ground beef or turkey in almost any recipe including tacos (season just as you would ground meat), and even meatloaf. Lentils are also a perfect ingredient in soups and salads. I love lentils because they need no pre-soaking (in my busy life that means no pre-planning!) and they cook up much faster than regular beans.