“Naked” Egg Rolls

Do your kids ever try to tell you jokes? Mine LOVE to tell jokes. Most of them are pretty much the same thing in like 100 different versions. It starts to get hard to give a “realistic” sounding laugh! So, we’ve been looking up kids jokes online and have been telling each other jokes here and there. Just for fun, I’m going to share with you a few of my favorites:

Why did the boy throw the butter out the window? To see the butter-fly ……

My daughter’s personal favorite: How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it!

Why do cows wear bells? Because their horns don’t work.

What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground Beef

What do you call a blind dinosaur? A Do-you-think-he-saur-us

Want to hear a pizza joke? Never mind… it’s too cheesy!

HAHAHA… my little girl just GIGGLES at these jokes, which, in turn, makes them quite funny to me!! 🙂

Anywho…. on to food blogging… 🙂

Ok, so, have you ever CRAVED Chinese food… like, eggs rolls, but didn’t want the deep fried fattiness of it, but you DID want the food and flavor? I made egg rolls… “Naked”..!!! No wrapper, no frying, but ALL OF THE FLAVA! Yeah! Seriously, this completely satisfied my craving for Chinese food the other night! DELISH! Give this one a try some night when you’re craving Chinese food, but not the deep fried aspects of it. There is a little bit of chopping vegetables involved… but it’s WORTH IT!

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Serves 3-4 people, depending on serving size

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb breakfast sausage (NOT maple flavored, or anything crazy)
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped/shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 cup soy aminos (or coconut aminos) OR low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup UN-Cooked rice, rinsed and set aside

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Cooking Instructions

  1. Put the rinsed rice into a rice cooker and put the water suggested on packaging into the rice cooker and close lid and turn on. (OR follow cooking instructions for stove top on the rice packaging.)
  2. Start by shredding and chopping your cabbage into thin, bite size pieces.
  3. In a large skillet, cook and brown the breakfast sausage. (Do NOT use links, unless they are un-cooked and you remove them from the casing BEFORE you cook them.)
  4. Start julienning your carrots. You can either use a cheese shredder, knife or mandolin.
  5. Add the olive oil, carrots and onion to the skillet and toss to combine. Let onions start to brown. Stir in the soy sauce, sesame oil, seasoned rice vinegar, chicken broth (or water), garlic, and fresh ginger.
  6. Cover and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes. Toss in the cabbage during the last 3-5 minutes so it will soften, but not become mushy.
  7. Serve over the cooked rice, and garnish with green onion.

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ENJOY!

You’ll really like this one, I promise!

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Chicken Tacos… All “Thai’d” Up!!!

In my hiatus from this blog, I HAVE been cooking. I usually take 1-2 days per week where I do not do a lot of cooking… we eat leftovers, or eat at a Chipotle or Zoe’s or something… or MOES! 🙂 But… I definitely have been cooking. I have so many pictures of meals that I have made over the past couple of months, I’m trying to organize them and figure out which recipe that I wrote down, the pictures correspond to. Oops! It’s been a bit overwhelming around here lately, but in a definitely good way! I’m BACK though! I may take a hiatus here and there, but I will always return to share some new, fun, FRESH and whole ingredient recipes!!

So, I found a great Thai Chicken taco recipe, but they used a lot of peanut butter and peanuts in the recipe. I personally do not use either in my home… so this is my “re-vamped” peanut-free version. And… it’s DELICIOUS!!!! It has SO much flavor… seriously… BURSTING.

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Chicken Tacos – Thai’d Up

Serving Size – 3-4

Ingredients:
For Marinade:
1/2 cup orange juice – I juice some clementines I had in my fridge that worked PERFECTLY
1/4 cup Liquid Aminos OR Soy Sauce (low sodium)
2 tablespoons local honey
1 tablespoons grated FRESH ginger
1/2 lime, juiced
1/8 tsp cayenne powder
s&p to taste or preference

For Dipping Sauce:
2 tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter (Or any nut butter of your choice)
2 tablespoon liquid aminos (as referenced above… you can also use soy sauce)
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons honey
1/8 tsp cayenne powder

For Thai’d Tacos:
4 large organic carrots, julienned
2 sweet mini red peppers, deseeded and sliced  thin
1 head of cabbage, pull 6-10 whole leaves, thinly slice or shred rest
5-6 chicken tenderloins
2 TB coconut oil
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper
Cilantro, limes wedges, sriracha sauce for topping

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Directions:
For marinade, combine all marinade ingredients in a large bowl, whisk, and add chicken tenderloins.  Cover and marinate as long as you can. I marinated for 30 minutes because I was a bit more rushed. You can even marinate overnight for even better results!! If needed, just marinate while you chop and julienne all of the veggies.

When ready to cook, heat the coconut oil in medium to large size skillet. Combine all ingredients for dipping sauce in a bowl and mix well.  Refrigerate sauce until ready to serve.  Remove chicken from marinade and cut into 1 inch cubes. Put chicken into the heated oil, along with the remaining marinade. Cook chicken until no longer pink (8-10 minutes) and when the chicken is about done, toss in the julienne carrots and the peppers and slightly toss until they are heated, but not soft. Assemble your Thai tacos with chicken, red pepper slices, shredded cabbage, dipping sauce, cilantro,and any other condiments of your choosing.  Enjoy!
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Quick and Easy Skillet Cabbage with Kielbasa

Sunday night and I need a quick dinner that’s filling, but won’t make me regret it the next morning. When you think Sunday dinner, what do you normally think? I usually think Chinese takeout, pizza, popcorn, oh… the list of easy options where I don’t cook could go on for quite a while! But tonight, I am remembering that I am in a fitness challenge group, and that I will be posting a picture of what I am eating. This, in turn, helps me to keep accountable to eating healthier! So… Cabbage and turkey kielbasa it is!

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Ingredients

2 TB butter or margarine
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
1/2 small sweet onion, chopped
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced (I use all natural and nitrite/nitrate free turkey kilebasa)
4 TB olive oil for sauteing
Juice of 1 lemon (1/4 cup or so) plus zest
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Dash (or more if you’d like!) Hot sauce

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Directions

Heat olive oil in the skillet on medium heat. Place chopped cabbage into the skillet. Add onion and garlic. Sautee until cabbage starts to get slightly more tender (about 3-5 minutes). Add lemon juice, zest and butter and sausage. Stir until cabbage is soft, bit still has a bit if crunch (unless you like it softer). Season with salt and pepper to taste  Serve with hot sauce or a bit of cheese if you’d like. It’s good as a main dish and also as a side dish! Quite filling too! Give this one a try if you want something to make with ingredients you most likely already have in your fridge and have no clue what to make! Isn’t that how great recipe are made?!

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Enjoy!

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken on Sauteed Cabbage

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Ok… so, in my “About Me” I said clearly that I’m not perfect, and my recipes won’t be perfect. They won’t always turn out perfect either! Today’s dinner is one of those examples! I wasn’t sure I wanted to post anything, BUT, I know that if I had changed the cooking time that the chicken would have been really good! So: Here goes!

Ingredients:

8 Chicken tenderloins (still frozen) or 3 Chicken Breasts (frozen)
1 TB olive oil
Juice AND zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp. minced garlic (or one clove)
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 tsp rosemary (chopped, and then place the almost empty stems into broth)
2 tsp. chives
1 tsp. chopped parsley for garnish

Put into crock pot on LOW for 4 hours. 5 Hours MAX! What I need, is a crock pot with a timer…  🙂 I cooked the chicken for over 7 hours… it was a bit dry! Flavor was great though! 🙂 Better next time.

 

 

 

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And now for the cabbage! I gotta say, you have to like cabbage for this one, but I was sick of the chicken and rice recipes, so cabbage it was! I took about 1/4 of the head of cabbage and cut it into smaller pieces. Then I cut up 1/5 of the onion and chopped and put it into a skillet with 2 TB olive oil with 1 tsp of garlic (minced), or 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Sautee until translucent and slightly browned. YUM! (Season with salt and pepper to taste)

The roll is the Honey Wheat rolls that I’ve made before. The recipe is SOO easy! It only takes 30 minutes too! Here’s the recipe: http://www.ihearteating.com/2013/07/29/30-minute-honey-wheat-rolls/