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Hey Good Lookin’! 2/24/13

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Whatcha Got Cookin? I love that song.

So I ate like sh*t yesterday.

We took our oldest to Olive Garden for lunch while his two little sisters were at an event.  He LOVES Italian but we had never taken him there, so off we went.

It was delicious, of course. It was also heavy and full of all kinds of who-knows-what. I didn’t care, until we went to my aunt and uncle’s house and we had *drumroll please* PASTA for dinner! LOL!

And bread.

And cookies.

I was feelin’ it today! I have nothing against pasta at all, but 2 out of 3 meals ran me down a bit.

TODAY IS A NEW DAY.

I slept in until 9:30 this morning. I piddled around, cleaned a bit, did some writing, etc, until I discovered it was 12:30pm and I hadn’t eaten. Well done, right? *eyeroll* …

So nothing to report for breakfast. Kids and hubs had yogurt, toast, and fruit.

Lunch was miso soup, made from this miso. It is THE BEST MISO EVER. I kid you not. I threw in a handfull of baby greens for extra punch. Baby kale, spinach and swiss chard, I believe. Trader Joe’s sells em’ in a bag for $1.99. Not bad at all! 😀 I ate it with a toasted piece of wheat sourdough and a cup of coffee (low acid decaf) with a teensy bit of turbinado sugar and a splash of raw cream.

Had a little yogurt a bit ago…

Dinner is going to be YUMMY.

Whole Foods had Organic, Free Range chickens on sale on Friday for $1.99 per lb. Woot!! I bought three of them. Might eat meat more than once this week at that price. 😉

Gonna season with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, & onion then  roast the bird in a terracotta chicken roaster. I have a very similar routine as the blogger here. Fresh salsa will be whipped up by blending tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, onion, lemon juice and sea salt. Sliced avocadoes and warm corn tortillas will finish it up. I guess its kind of like deconstructed chicken tacos. Chicken taco experience without all the shredding, dicing and slicing. I like it.

Every Sunday is family night, and the kids have requested smoothies and popcorn. I may have to do a post on homemade kettle corn…It’s pretty great. 🙂

Every day is a new day guys. One day of junk is just one day of junk…Try again tomorrow. 

Be good to your cake, and your cake will be good to you. 😉

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Healthy Cake 2/24/13

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My kitchen tends to be a bit of a science lab sometimes. Between brewing Kombucha, fermenting milk into all kinds of things like yogurt, buttermilk, and kefir, and growing teeny tiny gardens on my kitchen counter, I keep myself busy with food experiements.

I recently scored a sprouting tray from a friend of mine. This allows me to grow tiny, edible plants that nourish the cake in so many amazing ways.

For those that are unfamiliar with sprouting, think alfalfa sprouts…you’ve seen or eaten those before I am sure. Sprouts just like those can very easily be grown in your own kitchen.

Although I don’t eat alfalfa sprouts due to some studies that show they can diminish your immune system, I do eat other seeds (and sometimes nuts) that have been sprouted. Sprouted nuts and seeds can provide your diet with some of those most amazing nutritional benefits, and are often very mild in flavor which makes them easy for even the pickiest of eaters to stick them into just about anything without noticing much of a taste.

Today, I am sprouting Chia Seeds.

Remember chia pets? Ch-ch-ch-chia! Yeah, you can EAT THOSE. There are a million reasons you should eat chia seeds and/or sprouts. Go here for just a few reasons, including cardiovascular health and assistance with weight management. The seeds themselves are mucilaginous, which translates to “they get really slimy and gooey when you add liquid to them” (Yes, that’s the scientific definition.) I, personally have A MAJORLY HARD TIME eating them once they are wet. They are kind of like tapioca, and I do not do tapioca. You can eat them dry, (sprinkled on whole wheat toast maybe?) or wet if you dont mind the goo. My favorite way, however, is to SPROUT THEM.

Essentially, yes, I am growing a chia pet without the terracotta Obama head. Oh, and my seeds are organic. So its an organic non-terracotta Obama head. In my kitchen. Totally sounds normal, right?

Chia sprouts are easily added to salads, smoothies, sandwiches, etc. If you go to the happy raw kitchen blog, you get an idea of how you can grow them without any special equipment.  There is also a link to the “Sprout People” site that is kind of the go-to for all things sprouty and wonderful. This particular link takes to you the chia directions they provide. I really enjoyed this article too.

There are tons of seeds that can (and should be) sprouted. Chia might be among the best though when it comes to health benefits. Chia is gaining popularity, so the seeds are not hard to find for most people. I buy mine at Whole Foods, but they can be found in most large grocery stores and in most every health food store across the country. If you have a Winco near you, they are in the bulk section. 🙂

Better get this cake back into the kitchen…time to get my lab coat on. 😉