Tag: clean food

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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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 2.10.2020

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!

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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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!

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 2.2.2020

We’re knee-deep in Arthur Birthday Season and had a super fun weekend of birthday prep and visiting with family. Pa Kettle has suddenly decided to be coy about his age, so he’s just telling folks that he is “forty-four more or less”.

With a busy weekend in the rear-view mirror and an even busier week ahead, we’re going back to the basics with several stand-by recipes. I’m excited to try the new recipe for Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potatoes.

Birthday boy!

Breakfast:

PBJ Overnight Oats – This tasty breakfast fuels our mornings with the familiar flavors of a PBJ sandwich.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-pb-j-overnight-oats/

Lunch:
The Bomb Paleo Chili – This recipe is a great way to get more veggies into your picky eater, especially if you grate them before cooking. (The veggies, not the picky eater.) We happen to like our veg, so no need for trickery. Don’t forget the special ingredient, cocoa powder. Delicious!
http://jennlosesit.com/the-bomb-paleo-chili/

Dinner:

Marinated Salmon with Garlic and Herbs – We love this simple supper and serve it over garlic and herb cauliflower rice, which Aldi carries in the freezer section.
https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/marinated-salmon/

Double Baked Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potatoes – New Recipe!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/these-double-baked-chipotle-chicken-sweet-potatoes/

Chicken Pineapple Curry – So yum! Serve over brown rice or cauliflower rice.
https://www.5dollardinners.com/chicken-pineapple-curry/

Kale Salad with Apricots and Almonds – New Recipe! Pa Kettle shared this recipe with me. No, he didn’t make it. He received it in the mail and thought I would like it. It’s very similar to the Convert Kale Salad that we crave on a regular basis.
https://www.whatwouldcathyeat.com/2012/04/kale-salad-with-apricots-and-almonds/

Bowl of Doom – We’ll use up the rest of those sweet potatoes in this dish. This protein-packed Paleo dish would be equally good as a vegetarian meal, minus the beef.
http://www.vicariouslypaleo.com/bowl-of-doom/

Treat:
Superhero Muffins: Shalane Flanagan’s recipe packs a load of healthy ingredients into one muffin. This old favorite is doing double duty as fuel for training runs as well as the occasional treat. These freeze well, so I made a double batch.
https://runfasteatslow.com/blogs/news/superhero-muffins

Have a great week, Superheroes!

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 Dips for the Super Bowl

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a thing about football. Truly. First down, blah, blah, offside, yada, yada. After twenty five years of marriage, I still don’t understand the game and it’s not for Mr. Arthurized Home’s lack of explanation. Bless him.

I can still enjoy the pageantry of the Super Bowl, though right? All the pre-game hoopla, tasty snacks and funny commercials. Now that I think of it, the commercials have been pretty lackluster the past few years. Love it, anyway. What better chance to spend an evening with friends and share some delicious eats?

Since you’re gonna need snacks, they might as well be tasty and healthy. Here are some (mostly) real food dips and spreads to make your Super Bowl get-together epic. All of these recipes are found here, I’ve detailed the changes that I made where applicable.

Honey Mustard Dip – Serve with fresh veggies and pretzels. This one is super quick, five minutes and you’re done!

Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip – Go a little easy on the garlic, if you’re not a fan. I used fresh dill and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Serve with fresh veggies.

Buffalo Chicken Dip – So good! I think the 1/4 cup of hot sauce is perfect, add more if you love heat and don’t need those taste buds. This dip is great with celery sticks or as a spread for crackers.

Southwestern Black Bean Dip – I used a red bell pepper for that pop of color, and doubled the chili powder and lime juice. Serve with cucumber slices or tortilla chips. We like Late July or Simple Truth Organic, but any clean brand of chips will do the job.

Apple Cottage Cheese – I enjoy a good apple and cheese combo, but Mark wasn’t a fan of this one until it was blended smooth. Now he loves it. I doubled the cinnamon at his request.

Whether you’re a rabid fan or casual watcher of “game ball” as our niece called it when she was little, I hope your weekend is filled with friends, fun and oh yeah, football!

For other healthy and delicious dips, check out this post.

The cute football field towel is by Stonewall Kitchen and I found it here.

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 1.26.2020

Ever since we deep-sixed our microwave, we’ve done a lot of our cooking in this toaster/convection oven. Because this little dude is more energy efficient than our full size oven, we’ve realized $20+ monthly savings on our power bill. It’s large enough to bake a 12″ pizza, and doesn’t heat up the kitchen like the full-sized oven does. I guess that’s not really a bonus this time of year, but we appreciate that benefit during warmer months.

Breakfast:
Healthy Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal – So good. Don’t skimp on the cinnamon!
https://www.erinliveswhole.com/healthy-carrot-cake-baked-oatmeal/

Lunch:
Cauliflower Pizza – Here’s an old favorite made Mediterranean diet friendly by loading it up with veggies. I made two pizzas, so that Mark can have his favorite, pepperoni.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

Dinner:

Carb Buster Breakfast – We love breakfast for dinner and this vegetarian meal is a satisfying, savory option!
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/carb-buster-breakfast-2324125

Chicken and Rice Soup – New Recipe! I’m subbing canned coconut milk for the evaporated milk. Don’t worry, the coconut adds creaminess, not coconut flavor.
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/chicken-rice-soup/

Chop Chop Fresh Veggie Salad – Do you crave fresh veggies in the winter, like I do? This is so refreshing.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chop-chop/

30 Minute Mustard Glazed Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
https://unsophisticook.com/baked-chicken-thighs/

Snacks: Popcorn (can’t stop, won’t stop), apple slices with cheddar, carrots with roasted red pepper hummus

Treat:
No Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip – This is one of those 10% treats. Minus the chocolate chips, this recipe is processed sugar-free. We use these stevia sweetened chocolate chips. Hubs eats his with gluten free cookies, I’m having mine with apple slices. We sampled this dip with gluten free pretzels, and that’s a tasty combo as well.
https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/27/new-recipe-sugar-free-cookie-dough-dip/

What’s cooking in your kitchen? 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 01.12.2020

One of my goals for the new year is to reduce food waste (and hopefully food costs) by doing a better job of meal planning. Wasting produce is a huge pet peeve of mine. I suppose composting it gives it a second life, but it’s not what I intended.

We received this compost bin at Christmas and I just love it. We previously kept our kitchen scraps in a bowl and emptied it every day. Now we can get away with emptying every few days because the filter eliminates any odors. Yay!

Breakfast:
Blueberry and Raspberry Baked Oatmeal – This recipe is an old favorite. Perfect for using up a few bananas that are heading into banana bread territory. We like it with a little coconut milk on top.
https://www.sohowsittaste.com/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

Lunch:
Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup – New Recipe! Tastes like a cabbage roll without all that work. The recipe says it yields 12 servings. Um. Maybe if you’re feeding tiny people, or consider a cup of soup a serving? This makes 8 nice bowls of soup.
https://www.veggiebalance.com/cabbage-roll-in-a-bowl-slow-cooker-recipe/

Dinner:

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup – New Recipe! – Very likely the most monochromatic meal we’ve ever had, but tasty nonetheless. We’re having this with Brazilian cheese bread on the side.
https://cookieandkate.com/creamy-roasted-cauliflower-soup-recipe/

Mediterranean Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Artichokes and Capers – New Recipe! UPDATE: This meal was not only visually unappealing, it had a sharp acidity which neither of us enjoyed. And we don’t shy away from acidity around here.
https://juliasalbum.com/mediterranean-chicken-sun-dried-tomatoes-artichokes/

Pickety Bits – Unfamiliar? It’s a charcuterie board, a grazing board, or whatever the trendy name for it is today. I prefer ‘pickety bits’. Essentially, you just arrange your favorite snacks on a serving board or platter and call it dinner. My kind of cooking. This is best made for a low-key evening; great for game night.

Turkey Herb Stuffing Style Riced Cauliflower – This isn’t a new recipe, I just forgot to take pictures of it! We’ll throw some turkey cutlets in the crock pot to serve with this delicious side.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cauliflower-stuffing/

Snacks:
Clementines, Bananas, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers and Hummus, Popcorn
Rinse and repeat (we never tire of this).

Treat:
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies – Here’s a fun fact about Mr. Arthurized Home: He hates chickpeas. But he LOVES these little babies. We like them with these chocolate chips.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-chickpea-blondies/

Thank you for taking time to read here! Have a great 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.