Friday, July 29, 2011

Blissfully Blessed: A guest post and delish recipe!

Check out this post. My sister asked me to guest post on her blog. There is also a great recipe on there that I havent posted on this blog so check it!

Blissfully Blessed: A guest post and delish recipe!: "I am so excited for my first guest blogger because she happens to be my little sis! She is such an amazing cook and baker. And her recipes n..."

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Blueberry Ice Cream

This is a very simple treat, perfect for these hot days we have been having! You can substitute virtually any fruit in this recipe. If you have any brilliant concoctions please post them to the comments!

Blueberry Ice Cream

1 Can coconut milk

2 C. Frozen blueberries (or any frozen fruit)

1 Tbsp Honey

1 tsp Vanilla extract

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, pour into 1/2 c size bowl and freeze until almost solid. If you freeze them too long they get a little icy and aren't as smooth. However I found that if you do freeze them too long just pop them in the fridge for a bit before you eat them and they will be a little smoother.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My First Fresh Steps Box

There were several great things about my first experience with Fresh Steps. Here are the top 5 reasons why I love this company!

1. I got WAY more produce than I thought I was going to get.

2. All the fruit and veggies were ripe and ready to eat.

3. Nothing was old, bruised or in any way inedible.

4. They used a box with a plastic bag and they ask you to return the boxes at your next pick up making them an environmentally friendly company.

5. The variety was great and it inspired me to get creative with the meals I prepared (recipes to come!)

Here is what I got in my box:

1 huge head cabbage

1 huge head leaf lettuce

1 celery

2 yellow squash

3 bell peppers

1 bunch cilantro

1/2# cherries

1 pkg blueberries

4 Fuji apples

2 Oranges

2 apricots

3 nectarines

It was all organic and locally raised. I averaged out what I would have paid for the organic produce at the store and it came out to over $40.00 I got all the above mentioned produce for $22.00!!!! They are running a promotion for the first 4 boxes at that price! What a great deal! Go check them out, also Crossfit is hosting a pickup location so you can get it while you are at the gym, I know convenient right?!?!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Fresh Tuna Burgers

This is such a great recipe! I am not a huge seafood fan, but these burgers were to die for! They have the perfect amount of spice and because of the lime in them they taste a little tropical.

Tuna Burgers

Makes 4 good sized burgers

1# Tuna Steaks

2 TBSP Bragg's Liquid Amino's

1 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil

1/2 tsp Wasabi Paste (this is where the spice comes from if you like it hot add more)

Zest of 1 Lime

1/4 C Cilantro

2 tsp. Ground Ginger

1 TBSP Dijon Mustard

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

Here are the lovely tuna steaks I found.

Chop the tuna steaks until large chunks and put in a food processor with all the ingredients. After you zest your lime squeeze the juice from 1/2 into the mix too! Process until it is well mixed and it starts to form a ball in the bowl.

Take the burger mixture and divide it into 4 equal parts by scoring it with your hand. This way the burgers are equal in size and they will take the same amount of time to cook.

Lightly grease a skillet or griddle and cook the burgers. It will only take about 2 minutes on each side for a medium burger, which is how I like mine!

I served it with some Bragg's liquid amino's and wasabi on the side.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jalapeno's: Bacon Wrapped/Chicken Stuffed

I took these bacon wrapped chicken stuffed jalapeno peppers to the CFLC BBQ/Hooverball game. The day was tons of fun and these peppers got lots of compliments. I thought I would share the recipe (as embarrassingly simple as it is) with all of you lovely people who couldn't attend our fun day. As a side note, the peppers aren't very spicy because I removed the ribs and seeds, if you want them to have a little kick leave some of the seeds. My hubby hates spicy food and he thought these were tolerable, (even mild salsa is hot to him!)

12 Jalapeno Peppers (or how many you want to eat, they are great reheated)
1# Chicken cut into pieces that will fit into the pepper, seasoned with your favorite seasoning.
Cut the tops off of all the pepper and carefully scrape all the seeds out, the best way I found was to take a butter knife and put it into the center of the pepper and twist it back and forth, then just dump out the seeds.

Stuff the raw chicken into the pepper cavity and wrap with bacon. It takes one full slice of bacon to wrap the pepper properly (say that 5 times fast!). I have grilled them and cooked them in the oven. Grilling them is a little tricky because of the fat from the bacon, cook it up on the top rack if you have one or use indirect heat (turning on one side of the grill or putting briquet's on one side only). They took about 45 minutes to an hr depending on the size in the oven at 350 degrees. Just make sure the pepper is soft and the chicken is thoroughly cooked. I used a meat thermometer to make sure they were done enough. Aim for 170 degrees for chicken.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fresh Steps is On-line!

That produce delivery company now has its website up! They are planning an debuting their business at the Rathdrum farmers market on the 16th of July. They will have boxes there ready to go at a promotional discounted price, along with some other products that they will be carrying from local businesses. Make sure go and check them out, I know I'll be going!!! Another exciting thing is that they will be adding recipes from the nutrition blog and linking us to their webpage!!!

Turkey Sausages with Apples

This is a great recipe that I saw on It reminds me of the Aidell's sausages that I love so much. The great thing about this recipe is that you get the full flavor of sausage patties without all of the fat if you are concerned with that sort of thing. They are the perfect balance of sweet and savory and are a great addition to any breakfast.

Turkey Apple Sausage

Recipe from Elana's Pantry

1# Ground Turkey or Chicken

3/4 C. Dried Apples diced

1 TBSP Maple Syrup

1 tsp. each Salt and Pepper

1/4 tsp. Allspice (this is what gives it such good flavor)

2 TBSP Fresh Sage- chopped (this is what gives it a sausage taste)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, take off your rings and get those hands in there!

This is what it should look like when you are done mixing.

Heat up a skillet with a little pan spray or a small amount of Olive oil, form the meat mixture into patties and cook over high heat for 3 minutes on each side.

This is about the color you are going for.