Category: Food

Real Food Menu for Week of 3.23.2020

These certainly are strange times we’re living in. My heart goes out to everyone whose lives have been upended by COVID-19. So many of us are preparing for the unknown, working long hours, living in self-isolation or under shelter in place orders. I think that social distancing and resisting the urge to hoard have become our era’s victory gardens; everyone can do their part to stop the spread of this disease.

On Saturday, Mark and I went out to do our weekly grocery shopping and as everywhere, we encountered empty aisles throughout the stores. Surprisingly, we were able to find (or substitute) nearly everything on our list. We took pictures of the stores so that Pa Kettle could see what is happening from the comfort of his home.

In this week’s menu, I’ve got a fantastic, new quinoa salad. Packed with protein and minerals, this tiny seed is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s mild, nutty flavor lends itself to sweet and savory dishes.

Breakfast :
Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats – This recipe makes one jar, so multiply it by the number of servings you need. We like to add fresh blueberries, because, why not?
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-mornings-strawberries-cream-overnight-oats/

Lunch:
Meatloaf, Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes” and Roasted Green Beans – Delicious, comfort food!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/meatloaf-dinner/

Dinner:

French Onion Soup – An old favorite; served with crusty, gluten-free Brazilian Cheese Bread

French Onion Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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I’ve had this recipe for so long, that I can’t remember where I found it! I substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour for the wheat flour. The key to this rich soup is in caramelizing the onions until they are a deep, golden color. It’s worth every minute in flavor. Serve with crusty bread or sandwiches on the side. We like Brazilian cheese bread or gluten free baguette.

Ingredients

  • 8 brown onions, sliced
  • 1 oz. butter
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 2 T. thyme leaves
  • 2 T. plain, all-purpose flour (I use gluten free)
  • 2 T. brandy
  • 2 T. dijon mustard
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Place the onions, butter, oil and thyme in a large saucepan over medium heat, cover and cook for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden.
  2. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the brandy and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the mustard, stock and water and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
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Aztecan Quinoa Salad – New Recipe! My quinoa has a longer cooking time than the recipe, so I cooked it according to the package directions, cooled and fluffed it with a fork. You’ll need about three cups of cooked quinoa. The flavor profile is similar to our favorite Greek Salad.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aztecan-quinoa-salad-recipe-1970211

Teriyaki Salmon – Here’s an easy, sheet pan meal! I substitute gluten free tamari for the soy sauce. Cook until the salmon flakes easily and the veggies are tender-crisp.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/homemade-teriyaki-salmon-meal-prep/

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – So satisfying! Red lentil penne holds up well in this salad, but any sturdy noodle will work. Don’t forget the feta for that creamy, salty goodness!
https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/mediterranean-pasta-salad/

Snack:
Fresh fruit, veggies and hummus and popcorn are the order of the day.

Treat:
Pina Colada Green Smoothie – We sampled this refreshing drink and prepped a pack for the freezer. Mark generally does not care for green smoothies, but he rated this one a 10!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/pina-colada-smoothies/

There’s a reason that food bloggers post picture of the ingredients for green smoothies, not the finished product! They never look very appealing.

Be well and safe, everybody. I hope your week is off to a good start!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 3.16.2020

With our cupboards looking a little Mother Hubbardy, we went to Kroger on Saturday for our weekly rations. While I wouldn’t say that social distancing was in full effect, shoppers seemed focused on the task at hand and the mood was a little somber.

Large sections of the store were wiped out, with signs all around stating limits on key items. Despite the signs, a man in the checkout line in front of us took the opportunity to berate the cashier telling him he couldn’t buy that cart full of toilet paper (I don’t understand this obsession!). He swore he didn’t see those enormous signs posted everywhere.

At Fresh Market, the manager thanked me for not being angry when she checked their stock and reported they were out of tuna. When she followed instructions from corporate to limit the number of people touching the coffee dispensers by pulling the free sample size cups, customers yelled at her.

With friends and loved ones who are in the high-risk categories, I certainly understand the fear of this pandemic. But I think with a little extra patience, kindness and common sense, we’ll get through this COVID-19 mess just fine.

Now onto this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
BLT Breakfast Bake – Mr. Arthur is happy to welcome bacon back to the breakfast table.

Lunch:
Hearty Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup – A year after finding this recipe, we still love it. We double the recipe to make enough for our lunches and a little extra for Pa Kettle’s freezer.

Dinner:

Bowl of Doom – We haven’t had this favorite in awhile. I’m lightening it up a little with ground turkey.

Green Curry of Broccoli Soup – She’s not gonna win a beauty contest any time soon, but this little number is creamy and delicious! Top with finely shredded parmesan and toasted pepitas.

Fiesta Honey and Lime Kale Salad – New Recipe! We prepped this one in the morning to give the dressing time to soften the kale. This is a nice salad for meal prep as it keeps for a few days in the fridge.

Chicken and Green Bean Stir Fry – New Recipe! This was our first time trying coconut aminos, we normally substitute gluten-free tamari in Asian inspired dishes. For extra flavor when serving, sprinkle a little over top. Mr. Arthurized Home wants you to reduce the cayenne by half, while I think this recipe has just the right amount of heat. You be the judge!

Snack:
Superhero Muffins – If you haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend them! They really are a meal in a muffin. Because they freeze beautifully, we’re making a double batch and filling the freezer.

Treat:
Stupidly Easy Banana Bread With only six ingredients and no processed sugar, this lightly sweet loaf is great for breakfast as well as a treat.

If you need a lil’ sweetness on your banana bread, try this maple cream cheese spread. So good, it’s dangerous! I decrease the recipe by half and add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

For dairy-free, whip some chilled coconut cream. If the mixture is too thick to spread easily, add in a tablespoon or two of milk or coconut milk.

Are you ready to take on the week? Go, be your awesome self, especially to grocery workers!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Mint Shake

I’ve got a fun recipe for you, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! This one is quick and easy enough for the kiddos to help prepare.

You know that green shake a certain fast “food” company rolls out for St. Patrick’s Day? Yep, that one. (It’s trademarked, so I can’t name it here.) I was shocked to discover it contains 27 ingredients! A chemistry degree will be helpful when perusing that list.

That tally is especially surprising when you consider that only seven of those ingredients meet my decidedly unscientific definition of real food: made in nature, not in a factory. If you exclude the water, and eliminate the two sugars, you’re left with milk and cream.

The good news is that you can make a delicious, minty shake at home in minutes, using just a few simple ingredients. As an added bonus, you’re likely familiar with these ingredients and may have them in your kitchen right now. You can feel good about serving this to your family, but you don’t have to tell them it’s good for them. It’ll be our little secret.

Real Food Mint Shake

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Made without food dyes, this refreshing shake is gluten free, dairy free and delicious! The avocado adds a creamy richness to the shake; the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime.

Ingredients

  • 2 c. unsweetened coconut or almond milk
  • 2 c. ice
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large handful fresh mint leaves, or to taste (can substitute 1 tsp peppermint extract)
  • 1 T. honey, or to taste
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional garnishes:
  • mint leaves
  • dark chocolate shavings

Directions


Remove the mint leaves from the stems. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the seed. Scoop the avocado flesh into a blender. Add all remaining ingredients to the blender and process until smooth. Garnish if desired and serve immediately.
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If you’ve got a patch of mint growing in your garden, this is a great way to use some of that bounty.

Enjoy!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 3.9.2020

I’ve got three new recipes for you this week and two of them are slam-dunks and the third one, well, you be the judge! Mark and I agreed that we could happily eat the broccoli and red cabbage salad and the bruschetta chicken casserole once a week.

We’re engaging in a little kitchen compromise: Pancakes for him and salmon for me. Give a little, take a little. That’s what makes a marriage work, right?

Breakfast:
Paleo Pancakes – We make these ahead and freeze in single layers on a baking tray. When frozen solid, transfer them into a freezer bag. Take out just what you need each day, and pop them into the toaster to warm through. A sprinkle of chocolate chips into the batter doesn’t hurt!
https://myheartbeets.com/paleo-pancakes-grain-free-dairy-free/

Lunch:
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Sauteed Kale and Goat Cheese – New Recipe! Honestly, we were unsure if we would like these. Even a few bites in. Still unsure. They’re very different from our go-to lunches, but we both decided these are keepers.
https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/5-real-food-budget-meals/

Lunch prep.

Dinner:

Turkey Meatball Zoodle Soup – Hello, old favorite! I’m loving wide zoodles made using a vegetable peeler instead of the spiralizer. We’ll see how those work in this soup.
https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-turkey-meatball-zoodle-soup-whole30/

Salmon in Roasted Pepper Sauce – Simple and satisfying. We love this meal. Serve over brown or cauliflower rice.
https://cooktoria.com/salmon-in-roasted-pepper-sauce/

Broccoli and Red Cabbage Salad with Tangy Peanut Butter Dressing – New Recipe! This one felt way out of our comfort zones due to the dressing, but we both rated it a 10! Make a double batch of the dressing because you will want to pour it on everything. Any extra shredded cabbage is delicious as a side salad the next night, with leftover dressing and a sprinkle of toasted cashews on top.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/broccoli-red-cabbage-salad-tangy-pb-dressing/

Bruschetta Chicken Casserole – New Recipe, savory and delicious! The beautiful flavors of bruschetta without those pesky carbs. I can’t wait until we have fresh basil from the garden for this goodie.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eats-bruschetta-chicken-casserole/

Snack: We’ve been loving the gouda snacking cheese from Aldi. Popcorn, veggies, hummus, fruit. Rinse, repeat.

Treat: Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream – I noticed that we have a little stockpile of bananas in the freezer. Time to make some nice cream.
https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2017/07/31/chocolate-peanut-butter-nice-cream/

I hope your week is off to a great start and filled with all good things!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Rainbow Pickety Bits

Now that March is here, it’s time for all things Irish, rainbow and leprechauns! (I’d throw unicorns and mermaids in there too, if I thought I could get away with it.) The first few weeks of March are filled with the promise of spring, the beginning of daylight saving time (for those of us who participate) and the anticipation of a few St. Pat’s shenanigans. Why shouldn’t your menu reflect that same sense of fun?

A rainbow pickety bits platter is an easy dinner, game night, or party option, and so simple to create. Use an assortment of your favorite nibbles from the following categories:

Fruits, fresh and dried
Veggies, including pickled
Olives
Nuts
Deli Meats
Cheeses
Dips and Spreads
Crackers and Chips
Chocolates

Foods to try:

Red – Apples, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Raspberries, Beets, Radishes, Cherries

Orange – Apricots, Nectarines, Oranges, Cuties, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Peaches, Cheese Crackers, Red Pepper Hummus

Yellow – Apples, Pears, Pineapple, Bell Peppers, Cheese

Green – Kiwi, Broccoli, Grapes, Olives, Pickles, Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumber, Celery

Blue and Purple – Blueberries, Blackberries, Purple Carrots, Purple Cauliflower, Grapes, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Figs, Olives

This is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen. They’re more likely to sample new foods when they’ve helped prepare them.

Place dry foods like crackers, in small bowls or ramekins. Do the same for dips, pickles and any foods in juices or brine.

On a large tray or platter, arrange foods in ROYGBIV order, tucking the ramekins in tightly as you work. Add pickle forks, small tongs and cheese knives if needed for serving.

Since I didn’t have a pot of gold for the end of my rainbow, I figure a bowl of chocolate is a suitable substitute.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own celebrations. Such a fun way to get all those fruits and veggies in, and eat the rainbow!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 3.2.2020

Are you better at eating real food when you keep healthy snacks on hand? For us, the key to cutting down on junk food has been simply this: Don’t have it in the house. Revolutionary, I know. There are very few cravings worth changing out of pajamas and leaving the house for. Thank God we don’t have grocery (or pizza!) delivery service out here in the country.

Having said that, sometimes you just get a hankerin’ for something a little sweet or a salty, crunchy snack. That’s why we add snacks and treats to our menus. I’m more than happy to munch on fresh veggies, hummus and parmesan chips if we have them ready to go when a craving hits.

Breakfast:
Homemade Granola – New Recipe! We doubled the cinnamon because we’re maniacs that way and added a sprinkle of nutmeg. Mark likes his granola with coconut milk and banana slices, I like mine with Greek yogurt and fresh berries.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/homemade-granola-sugar-free/

Lunch:
Weeknight Taco Soup – An old favorite, lightened up by substituting ground turkey for the beef. This tasty soup is great for meal prep because it keeps well in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for several weeks.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-weeknight-taco-soup/

Dinner:

Cherry Tomato White Bean Salad – New Recipe! Can you say sensational, savory, and satisfying salad three times fast? You’re gonna need to. This one’s a dandy!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cherry-tomato-white-bean-salad/

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup – What she lacks in visual appeal, she makes up for in flavor. Hubs loves this one.
https://cookieandkate.com/creamy-roasted-cauliflower-soup-recipe/

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef and Cheese – As per the Mediterranean Diet, we’re using ground turkey instead of ground beef. And since I’m not doing keto, I add a little cooked brown rice to the mixture. I bake these on a Silpat and don’t bother with the butter. These little crowd-pleasers freeze well.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Pickety Bits – This is the easiest dinner ever, and a great opportunity to clean out the fridge. There are no rules here. You know that half-eaten jar of pickles languishing in the fridge door? Use it up! Include a selection of fruits, fresh and pickled veggies, olives, meats, cheeses, nuts, crackers, dips and spreads. Dinner is served!

Snack:
Parmesan Chips – Crunchy, salty and delicious! I scale this recipe to make 6 servings, scoop with a cookie scoop and bake on a silpat. These pair well with soups and/or Netflix binges.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/parmesan-chips/servings/6

Treat:
Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites – New Recipe! This recipe made 18 bites. I added 1/4 tsp of salt to my batch. I’m going to experiment with using these as running fuel.
https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/chocolate-almond-coconut-bites/

Have a great week, everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 2.24.2020

Now that we’re in the thick of Blue Ridge Training Season, my week nights are a little busier than normal. Which means that simple meals we can throw together quickly are the order of the day. The breakfast cookies are a healthy grab-and-go-because-you-hit-snooze-one-too-many-times option. Crock Pot Italian Chicken Soup practically makes itself! Dump everything into the crock pot, cook on low all day, shred the chicken and you’re done. For a sweet treat, the lemon fruit dip whips up in minutes; serve with your favorite fruits for dipping, or drizzle over a fruit salad. Simple and flavorful!

Breakfast:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies – This is a quick and healthy breakfast option.
https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/sweet-potato-breakfast-cookies/

Lunch:
Crock Pot Italian Chicken Soup – This soup is soup-er (heh) customizable. Load it up with your favorite vegetables! When using broccoli, add it in the final hour of cooking so it doesn’t get mushy.
http://yourworldnatural.blogspot.com/2013/01/whole30-challenge-day-10-and-delicious.html

Dinner:

Sukuma Wiki – The spices in this dish are amazing. Our lightened up version is made with ground turkey instead of beef.
https://thedomesticman.com/2013/07/02/sukuma-wiki-kenyan-braised-collard-greens-and-ground-beef/

Cumulus Spiced Eggs – The goat cheese makes this simple supper just a little decadent!
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2012/07/24/the-5-most-common-dinner-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Orange and Cashew Chicken Stir Fry – New Recipe! Every bit as tasty as the restaurant version! We substitute gluten-free tamari for the soy sauce, brown rice for the jasmine and cayenne for the Korean chili flakes.
https://www.hellofresh.com/recipes/orange-and-cashew-chicken-stir-fry-5a296ba851d3f15fe04e9e02

Kale Salad with Apricots and Almonds – Delicious and light!
https://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2012/04/kale-salad-with-apricots-and-almonds/

Snack:
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus – New Recipe! I usually buy Aldi’s organic version, but I decided to try making it at home using jarred red peppers. Guess what? It’s fantastic! I added three cloves of garlic, but I would go with two next time. It overwhelmed the red peppers just slightly.
https://www.inspiredtaste.net/22016/roasted-red-pepper-hummus-recipe/

Treat:
Creamy Lemon Fruit Dip – Serve with your favorite fresh fruit.
https://www.superhealthykids.com/recipes/creamy-lemon-clean-eating-fruit-dip/

Bring it, new week!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Menu for Week of 2.17.2020

Cheers to a new week of eating real food! If you are new to Arthurized Home, welcome and thank you for taking the time to read here. My intent for these menus is to provide inspiration to try new dishes while staying within the parameters of clean eating. I define that as eating foods made in nature, not in a factory. My husband and I have a high tolerance for eating the same dishes repeatedly, (see: breakfast and lunch) so this prevents us from getting stuck in a rut. Here’s what’s cooking this week:

Breakfast:
Apple Pie Overnight Oats – New! We almost always double the cinnamon in recipes, and this one is no exception. Toss a little nutmeg in there, too. We topped these babies with chopped apples and pecan pieces.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/apple-pie-overnight-oats-jar/

Lunch:
Simple Pumpkin Soup – Easy and delicious! If you can dice an onion and open a few cans, you’ll have lunch or dinner on the table quickly. We’re have this with a side of our favorite Convert Kale Salad. I made a batch of toasted pepitas to top our pumpkin soup and some extras for snacking.

Simple Pumpkin Soup

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious, comfort food

Ingredients

  • ½ c. onion, diced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of cayenne (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 1 (13.5 oz.) can coconut milk
  • Garnish with pepitas, if desired

Directions

  1. Dice the onions and gently brown with olive oil in a large saute pan.
  2. Add pumpkin puree, salt, maple syrup, nutmeg cayenne and ground pepper.
  3. Slowly add chicken broth and coconut milk. Heat through, but do not bring to a boil. Garnish as desired and serve.
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Dinner:

Keto Philly Cheese Steak Skillet Dinner – I’m not really a steak lover, but I could eat this one once a week. So good!
https://www.eatingonadime.com/philly-cheese-steak-skillet-dinner/

Huevos Rancheros (Without the Grain) – Simple and quick! If you’re not grain-free, serve this with a side of rice.
https://deliciouslyorganic.net/huevos-rancheros-without-the-grain/

Weeknight Tandoori Chicken – New! I wasn’t sure what to expect with this dish. Would it be too spicy? Would hubs hate it? Not to worry, we both enjoyed it. Although, I felt it was a titch too greasy using thighs. The next time I make it, I’ll use chicken breasts. The sauce was tasty enough to eat over the spinach and rice, minus the chicken.
https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/weeknight-tandoori-chicken/

Harvest Minestrone Soup – Fix yo’self a bowl of comfort food. So good!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-harvest-minestrone-soup/

Snacks:
Strawberries, bananas, oranges, popcorn and these delicious pepitas:

Spicy Toasted Pepitas

  • Servings: 4 snack size servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Great for snacking or sprinkle on soups and salads.

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping c. raw pepitas
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar (or granulated sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pinch of cayenne (or to taste)

Directions

  1. Drizzle olive oil into a heavy pan over medium/low heat.
  2. Add pepitas, sugar, salt and cayenne.
  3. While stirring constantly, toast until pepitas are medium brown in color.
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Toast those seeds from green to golden brown.

Keto No Bake Cookies – Hubs is craving chocolate and peanut butter; best combo ever! Even though I’m no longer doing keto, we still have and use this sweetener.
https://thesoccermomblog.com/keto-no-bake-cookies/

Have a great week, everybody!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Menu for Week of 2.10.2020

We had a busy little weekend with Night to Shine on Friday, followed by a six mile jaunt to the star on Mill Mountain Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon found us puttering around the house, and we wrapped up Arthur Birthday Season on Sunday with a nice lunch for our nephew.

Have you been to a Weaver Street Market? My boss recently discovered this gem in his travels and has been raving about their food bar. He’s now planning his trips so he can eat there. I’ve not visited one yet, but the recipes on their blog caught my eye, so we’re sampling a couple of them this week.

Breakfast:
BLT Breakfast Bake – While we’re not doing Paleo or Whole 30, this protein-packed dish is a great way to start the day! We’ll use half a pack of bacon in this recipe and the rest in the broccoli salad. We buy Hormel Natural or the Never Any uncured hickory bacon from Aldi.
https://www.realfoodwithjessica.com/2018/09/05/paleo-whole30-blt-breakfast-bake/

Lunch:
Paleo Egg Roll In A Bowl – Nope, still not Paleo, but we love this real food twist on an egg roll. Prepare as is for vegetarian, or add a protein. We like the chicken option. Fresh dianthus blooms are optional!
https://ancestral-nutrition.com/paleo-egg-roll-bowl/

Dinner:

Apple Cider Glazed Salmon – New! I don’t have Lusty Monk mustard on hand (although that name is hilarious!) so I’m using another spicy, stone ground mustard.
https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/apple-cider-glazed-salmon/

Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry – Yum! We add 1/2 tsp. of garam masala and 1/2 tsp. of curry powder, for a little extra flavor.
https://www.theendlessmeal.com/creamy-coconut-lentil-curry/

Lean Bean Meatballs with Greens n’ Rice – New! This dinner was a pleasant surprise. We made it using ground turkey instead of ground chicken thighs. I thought Mark wouldn’t care for it because he’s not a fan of spice, and the stone ground mustard is pretty hot. He loved it, and rated it a “10”! This meal is going into the regular dinner rotation.
https://www.weaverstreetmarket.coop/lean-bean-meatballs-with-greens-n-rice/

Best Ever Broccoli Salad – I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a warm broccoli salad, but this recipe has become a cool weather favorite.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2018/11/20/best-ever-broccoli-salad/

Snacks:
We’re having carrots and cukes with hummus (Aldi’s organic red pepper hummus is a fav), popcorn, grapes, and bananas.

Treat:
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – We’ll have them on Valentine’s Day with our heart pizza. I like to decorate these using unsweetened, shredded coconut.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-dipped-strawberries-clean-eating/

Happy Monday! Let’s do this thang!

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Heart Pizza for Valentine’s Day

The Valentine’s Day tradition of eating heart shaped pizza goes back about 35 years in my family. My brother Matt had cystic fibrosis, and sadly, we lost him when he was just 19 years old. Before he passed, he used some of his savings to host a Valentine’s party for our family. Matt requested heart shaped pizzas for our dinner that night. We’ve incorporated this bittersweet tradition into our Valentine’s Day celebrations ever since.

Use a best-loved recipe for the crust, or try this cauliflower crust from stonesoup blog. This one is a favorite because it tastes great, crisps up nicely, and it doesn’t crumble when you pick it up, Just like a conventional slice of pizza, minus all those pesky carbs!

A few notes:
The parmesan in this recipe helps to mask the cauliflower flavor. You could add garlic powder and/or Italian seasonings to the crust for additional subterfuge. I substitute ground flax seed for the psyllium husks, just because I usually have the flax seed on hand. I haven’t prepared this using frozen riced cauliflower. If you try it, please let me know how that worked for you. Here’s how I make this easy, low-carb meal:

Preheat the oven to 350° and rice the cauliflower in a food processor. To a large mixing bowl, add the cauliflower, almond flour, finely grated parmesan, salt and flax seed meal.

Stir to thoroughly blend the dry ingredients. Then add the eggs.

Stir until the mixture holds it’s shape when combined. If it is too wet, add a little more almond flour.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Press the crust into a heart shape, about 1/2″ thick.

Making pizza sauce is easy and inexpensive. I like to make my own, because jarred sauces tend to be full of sugar.

To make sauce, I mix tomato paste with garlic, basil, oregano and mixed Italian spices. Add water to thin, a few tablespoons at a time and whisk until it is a spreadable consistency.

Bake the crust for 30-40 minutes or until it is golden brown. Watch for browning around the edges.

Spread the sauce on the crust and add toppings of your choice.

Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and pop it back into the oven for 5-10 minutes, until the cheese is melty and gorgeous. Mine usually takes 8 minutes.

This crust freezes well. Take it through the pre-bake step and then wrap it for the freezer. And there you have it, our heart pizza tradition for Valentine’s Day!

What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Go out? Stay in? Do you have Valentine’s traditions? Whatever you’re doing, make it fun!

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