Thursday, May 23, 2013
I love Mexican food. So when I discovered that I could no longer eat corn, or dairy, or beef (and I've only just now gotten back pintos and avocados), I was pretty upset. Going out to dinner suddenly became much less fun.
But then I started getting creative. A local Mexican restaurant served Fajita Nachos. As per my request, the put all the toppings over rice instead of the usual corn chips. Oh. my. word was it good. Since we can't afford to eat out all the time, I made an effort at approximating the recipe at home. Once again - super good! Here it is:
Chicken Fajita Nachos
2 cups brown rice, uncooked (or 1.5 cups brown rice, .5 cups quinoa)
4 cups water
2 large chicken breasts, diced
1 large onion, sliced
2 sweet red peppers, sliced
2 sweet green peppers, sliced
1 tsp olive oil
1 15 oz can refried beans
1 15 oz can black beans
liberal dash each cilantro, chili powder, cumin
5 ripe avocados
1 large tomato, diced
1 small red onion, diced
juice of 1/2 lime
liberal dash each cilantro, chili powder, cumin
(optional) 1 tbsp mayo
(optional) fresh cilantro to garnish
Combine rice and water in large pot. Bring to boil, then simmer 20 minutes (or until all water is absorbed).
Heat olive oil in large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add onions and peppers, stirring constantly until just softened and slightly blackened. Remove veggies to serving bowl. Add chicken to hot skillet and stir until cooked through and slightly blackened. Remove to bowl with veggies.
Meanwhile, heat refried beans, black beans, cilantro, chili powder and cumin in medium pot over low heat.
In another bowl, mash avocados, diced red onion, diced tomato, lime juice, cilantro, chili powder and cumin until smooth. (If avocados are slightly under-ripe add 1 tbsp mayo to improve texture).
When all foods are finished, layer on plate. Or, if you're picky like my kiddos, serve separately.
Optional toppings include: shredded cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, salsa or swap the chicken for beef or pork. You could also substitute chips for the rice and make real nachos instead!
Easy and yummy and much cheaper than dining out. Enjoy!!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Then I realized, as I was folding laundry, that I have a few pairs that have lasted me ages. I first wrote about them here when a friend of mine sent them to me as a birthday gift. She works for the company and saw my request for comfy socks that year. Well guess what - those socks are still intact. Not only that, but they practically look new. Aside from a little fading and pilling, there isn't a worn spot on any of them. These are the only socks I have in my drawer that were there when I made my original post.
The lesson? Go check out Defeet. (I've got these cute pink ones and this pair, too). They're not the cheapest up front, but they'll last forever. I'm proof of that!
Friday, April 5, 2013
I just completed my fifth Old Navy sampling thanks to Crowdtap. I'd fallen out of love with Old Navy over the years, but after my first sample experience I realized how much the brand has changed recently and I'm totally hooked. If my wardrobe needs freshening up, I hit their clearance section and stock up. They are constantly having great sales (and you can get more bang for your buck with cash back from ebates), and they add great new collections every couple of months.
This time around, Old Navy offered my friend and me a chance to try out their comfy basic Tees. I was just lamenting to myself that I could use a few new t-shirts in my closet (I haven't bought any new shirts since my pre-baby days, and mommy-pooch is definitely not en vogue). It seemed to me, however, that all the shirts I've tried on lately are meant for tall, skinny supermodel types. Too long in the torso, too tight in the hips. My friend, on the other hand, is a tall, thin supermodel shape, so I knew that we'd really be putting these shirts to the test.
There were so many shirts to choose from I had to take stacks back to the dressing room!
Here's what I wore to the store. Yup, that's an Old Navy top, too!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Gluten-Free, Vegan Mac'n'Cheese
4 cups dry gf pasta (such as Tinkyada shells)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 cup frozen peas
2 large stalks celery, diced (I'm allergic so I swapped in a big handful of spinach in the photographs below)
2 large carrots, diced
4-5 small potatoes, diced
1/4 cup rice flour
1 cup Basic Onion Broth
1 cup rice or coconut milk (coconut will make a creamier sauce)
Liberal dash each Rosemary, Majoram, Savory, Parsley, salt and pepper (thyme and sage also work well)
1 cup flour (I use 1/2 cup rice flour and 1/2 cup tapioca starch)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1)Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut up potatoes and carrots
6) Meanwhile add flour, baking power and coconut oil to large bowl. Mash until mixture forms consistency of small peas. Add cold water 1 tbsp at a time until dough forms smooth ball.
8) Roll out dough on sheet of parchment paper and invert on top of casserole. Gluten-free dough may be fragile, so you may have to patch it. For a more 'artistic' look, cut dough with cookie cutters and arrange on top of pie.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Thank goodness for the Anywayup Cup. These cups look like a big-boy open-top cup, but they include a special valve in the middle to minimize spills. A child can drink from any part of the rim, but the stopper in the middle prevents water from gushing out if the cup is tipped. My kids literally have to turn the cup upside down and shake as hard as they can if they want to make a mess.
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Disclaimer: Anywayup did provide me with a free cup to review, but I never recommend products I don't personally love. All opinions are my own.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Basic Onion Broth
2 onions, sliced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
liberal dash marjoram
liberal dash savory
(if you can eat them, bay leaves, thyme and sage work well, too)
8 cups water
Add all ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low over night (approximately 12 hours). Strain into a large bowl, cool and ladle into smaller containers to freeze.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Monday, January 7, 2013
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Saturday, January 5, 2013
I don't know about you, but to me the terms "Laundry" and "Borax" go hand in hand. As a kid, we always had a box of Borax sitting right next to the detergent in our laundry room. Mom swore that without it, our clothes just wouldn't come clean. We had another box under the kitchen sink for making home-made dishwasher soap. And I even ran across that familiar Borax box in science class when our teacher has us make this super silly goop.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Dan Andreasen is one of my all-time favorite illustrators. My kids beg for his books at bedtime on a regular basis. We were thrilled when we recently stumbled upon his collaboration with author Eileen Spinelli on the book Hug A Bug.
This darling story uses short rhymes to tell about a girl who loves hugs. Not only does she love to give hugs, but she loves to teach others - others who might be a little grumpy - how good it can feel to give someone else a hug.
The illustrations are colorful and charming and Andreasen's characters are typically expressive. This is one book we are guaranteed to be checking out from the library frequently!