A friend shared this tip with me yesterday. Use a steamer basket to make your hard boiled eggs! 12 minutes is all it takes. So get a pan of boiling water, add your steamer basket with eggs (I did 7 or 8) and cover for 12 minutes. Immediately after, soak eggs in a super ice cold bath. This makes peeling so easy! It only took me a few minutes to peel these bad boys. The taste? Amazing. Soft bright yellow yolk. Not too soft. Not too hard. Just perfect. So easy!
If you follow me on my facebook page you probably know that my husband and I have been take-out free for probably over fifty days now. That means no meals out, no to go coffee or drinks, no carry out food, no fast food. Every single meal that we have eaten has been food that I have made at my house. We didn’t set out to break a world record or anything, but I must say it feels really good to not have spent one cent on outside food. What does this mean? Well it means more trips to the grocery store for sure. It also means I know exactly what is going into my body. No trans fat, no extra sodium or fat. I have complete control. Not to mention how much money we have saved! I am not sure when this streak is going to end, but I am more than happy and content eating at my house! Here are a few meals that I wanted to share.
Craving Mexican? Do it yourself! I made taco seasoned ground turkey with red bell peppers for the filling. For the toppings- Lettuce, mexican cheese, tomato, plain chobani for sour cream, peach salsa, cilantro, and onion. Delish!
Or make a chicken taco salad! Continue reading “No take-out? No problem.”
Lightened up lasagna soup from the Deen bros. Looks like a great dish for a cold night. Source and Recipe here-
Bikini Rolls look super elegant and tasty. You could use whatever veggies and sauce you like. Instead of egg roll wrappers, try summer roll wrappers instead!
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Refried Bean Poblano Peppers simple and healthy Mexican food. Instead of buying refried beans, pick whatever kind of beans you like and mash them yourself!
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Grilled teriyaki shrimp kebobs. Pretend like it’s summer! Yum!
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Coconut Lime Chicken so islandy good!
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Seafood in the morning. Seafood in the evening. Seafood at suppertime.
Yes friends. I take advantage of my amazing surroundings to eat fresh lovely seafood. I would say it’s my main source of lean protein. Some people are amazingly scared of seafood. Either they don’t know how to prepare it, or they tried some really crappy frozen shit that sucks. All I am saying is give seafood a try. It’s not all fishy tasting.
Even if you do not live near the water you can still find decent seafood. The trick is to buy wild frozen fish or usa caught shrimp. DO NOT EAT FARMED ANYTHING. I am talking farmed tilapia ( I have never found wild tilapia in my entire life) farmed salmon, shrimp from china, or anything that was grown on a “Farm”. You want WILD. Those pinkish farmed salmon filets you see at the grocery store behind the seafood department? Stay very very far away! If you have a nice seafood market near by go talk to the fishmongers. You should always make good friends with the fish guy! Be adventurous. Do not be afraid of the sea creatures.
Once you have picked out some nice wild seafood now you should do some research. Google preparation methods, recipes, or hell even what you are going to eat. My biggest tip is to not OVERCOOK seafood. Shrimp are not supposed to be shriveled up and rubbery. Fish is to flake, not to be so dry it tastes horrible. Of course raw is not good either, it just takes practice. You will become a pro in no time no matter what kind of seafood you choose to cook.
Am I suggesting going out and hunting for it? ABSOLUTELY if you have the resources. I never imagined being able to touch bait, bait a fishing rod, catch a crab, net a crab, or wrestle with a 2 lb crab, but those times have been some of the best in my entire life. If your loved one likes to fish…go with them! I promise it’s fun. Plus all the hard work is worth it. Free food and entertainment + exercise? Yes please.
Some people think it’s mean to kill sea creatures. Here are my thoughts. At least a creature under the sea is truly free. There are no fences, no boundaries, and I feel like they get to have a wonderful life just swimming around down there. I am a stickler for regulation and I truly support sustainable fishing. This means I never take undersized catches, and I release females. I do my part so I can help to feed my family without guilt. Every single thing I catch is killed humanely and not wasted.
I encourage you to dig a little deeply here people. Try something new. It might suck. You might hate it. But maybe…just maybe you will fall in love with something new. Good luck!!!!
If you have any questions on seafood preparation please ask me in the comments!
Some Seafood Inspirations- Some of the first Snapper I caught. Simple steamed shrimp in old bay. So simple. Snapper filets. Spider crab claw. Meat is so very sweet. Seafood stew with clams, mussels, and shrimp. Asian marinated salmon. Grouper filets! Maine lobster, clams, stone crabs, and KW Pink shrimp. Beloved Blue Crab. Smoked Salmon! More blues! Fish Tacos. Broiled Scallops. Lemon Pepper tuna. Chef Ron Browns inspire crabby bowtie pasta. Shrimp Cocktail. Crab, Avocado, Mango stack. Salmon over greens. Shrimp Miso soup. Smoked samon over sauted spinach. Lemon basil pesto pasta with shrimps. Crabby soup. Garlic mussels.Sushi!!!
Here is a link to some of my seafood blogs/recipes. Good luck!
1. Get yourself a good set of knives. Honestly. Those random knives you collected over the years are not gonna cut it. Suck up the cost buttercup. If you want to be healthy you are gonna have to chop a lot. If you are chopping a lot, you want good knives! See how this work? I use these Komachi Knives. I have had them for 2 years. They are in perfect shape. Colorful, sharp, and I love them. Do some research and get some knives! Here are my Komachi knives. They are 43% off right now. Figures I would miss the sale!
2. Herbs! Do yourself a favor and start keeping fresh herbs on hand. Dill, cilantro, mint, basil, thyme, and lemon grass. Continue reading “5 tips in the kitchen.”