Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yummy Chicken Noodle

I made this soup a few months ago but forgot to post it. :) I posted a while ago about the chicken broth and my efforts to make a yummy soup. I tried chicken noodle and it was delish! After preparing the broth, I added diced onions, celery, and carrots. Cooked then added wheat noodles and precooked chopped chicken. Cook for about 30 min then season to taste. It was really yummy with good veggies and whole wheat noodles. And it was homemade!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and your families from us here at Eat Crunchy! To remember the reason for the season, click here for free videos of the story of Christ.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sprouts Holiday Meals

I don't know if you have seen this or not, but Sprouts sells premade holiday meals. We did this for Thanksgiving and it was YUMMY! (I feel like I use that word a lot but it's true!) They include a meat, stuffing, pie, potatoes, veggies, and rolls.Good quality food and cheaper than any of the other grocery store deals I saw. Click here for the website and check out the deliciousness. Just make sure you preorder by 12/22!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Yummy Sunday Afternoon Chicken Casserole

In my effort to have yummy food that is not entirely bad for me, I present to you yummy chicken casserole!



While the whole wheat noodles cooked, in a separate pan, I cooked onion, garlic, chopped chicken (humanely treated and smoked) then added cream of chicken soup, water (instead of cream) and spices. I cooked this on low-med heat then mixed in with the noodles when they were done. I put them in a casserole dish and topped with a smidgen of butter, cheese, and crushed all natural pita chips. Bake for 20 min and voila! It was delish!

It's not that it's a healthy dish, but it's a healthier version and so yummy! Had I had the ingredients, I would have taken it up a notch by adding flax to the crushed pita chips and more veggies to the sauce.

Perfect for a Sunday afternoon!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Is Your Christmas Shopping Done?

I don't know about any of you, but I have yet to complete my Christmas shopping.  In fact, I'd venture to say that I'm a little behind.  I decided to be a little wallet friendly that I would buy one gift and make the other for each person- but that is proving to be rather difficult.

If you're looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift (and who isn't?) you might check out VistaPrint.  I don't know if you're familiar with this company.  This is actually the place where www.eatcrunchy.com gets our business cards.  The best part is you can often get FREE stuff, and you just pay shipping.  Although I should tell you the cheapest shipping can take a couple weeks- so get on this now if you're wanting to order something from VistaPrint for Christmas.  They even offer lots of eco-friendly options.

So here's some inspiration for your Christmas shopping: you COULD go cliche and get a calendar with your kid's image on it (I'm not hating on the idea- I do it too!) OR you could be a little more earth friendly and get your friends/family/coworker/teacher a reusable tote with your personalized image.  Check it out!


So check out VistaPrint, and sign up for their emails if you want to be notified of their often FREE deals as well.  Right now they're offering 250 FREE Business Cards:


Monday, December 5, 2011

What is a GMO?

We've talked on the blog before about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) but we haven't really gotten into the nitty gritty of a GMO and why they're bad for us.

So let's talk GMOs: What is a GMO?  In a nutshell a GMO is an organism (fish, food, etc) whose material has been genetically altered.  For food, there are two types of GMOs, both of which are patent protected (yes, patent protecting FOOD, if you can believe it).  One is resistant to commercial herbicides and the other is able to product "pesticidal proteins" from within the plant (doesn't that sound delicious and nutritious?)

The best and easiest visual reference I can find to do a quick overview of a GMO is here.

Besides the fact that GMOs have not been proven to be safe (and they haven't been around long enough for us to really know long term cosequences of ingesting them)- they provide severe consequences for our freedoms and food supply.

An example: Monsanto (and if you want to learn more about the evils of this massive company- head over here) sells these seeds to farmers.  These seeds cross pollinate from field to field (as plants often do).  If Monsanto finds a crop in a neighboring farm- through no fault of either farmer- they are suing the non planting farmer even though he didn't purchase or plant the crop in his farm.

Some studies suggest that consumption of GMOs will cause us to be resistant to antibiotics.  Some suggest they cause slow neurological damage.  Some suggest that it will cause new allergens to be introduced into our foods.  Whatever your belief is, there is no research that says these foods are 100% safe for you.

If you're wanting to purchase REAL food and avoid these lab produced foods, then check out this website for brands that are Non GMO certified.

UPC Food Search

I told you I'd be back.  I'm happy to report I'm now pain free!  As for whether or not I'm kidney stone free, well- only time (and an x-ray the next time I visit my urologist) can tell.

So while on my little sabbatical- I spent a lot of time surfing the internet.  I found a really awesome tool that helps identify a little more about what's in your food.  It doesn't get too specific for each item, but it does help one start challenging their pantry.

So, the first thing I decided to look up was Cheerios.  My son loves Cheerios and they are so much cheaper than the organic oat cereal in the grocery store.  A quick search of the UPC (you can also search by name) and you can find great information like this:

Awesome, right?

So then I decided to look up an old favorite that I enjoyed thoroughly throughout college.  Totino's Pizzas.

Check out how many more ingredients there are and how many are artificial!  Sometimes I can't believe I put that in my body!!

So check out your favorite foods and see what's in yours.  This site also has information about country of origin and GMO content (some, not all products).






Friday, November 18, 2011

Thankful for Jason's Deli

The other day I was getting over being ill and needed some substantive food and decided to order from Jason's Deli.  They are not the cheapest and did charge a delivery fee.  However, it was excellent food, and I was so grateful to have some healthy food after being sick.

I would bet that a lot of people don't know that you can actually go online and order and they will bring it to your door.  Next time you are looking to order Pizza or Chinese, consider Jason's Deli instead.

I Really Must Apologize

I haven't meant for this much time to pass without posting.  I have so many great blog articles sitting on my desktop, just waiting to be fleshed out and posted but I haven't had the energy to get them done.

For the past year I've had the worst kidney stone situation, undergoing surgeries and attempts at surgery.  I'm hopefully scheduling my last surgery today, the one that will take care of the situation for good.

And then this past week I got the worst stomach bug!  And I know, I know that Sprite has high fructose corn syrup, and so do those dang Blue Bell popsicles- but when you're sick you go towards comfort and things that brought comfort.  When we were sick, my mom used to give us popsicles and sprite, and there's just not a better combination in the world to make you feel better.

What do you have when you're sick?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Frozen, Seasoned Veggies

If you look at the "About Us" tab, you will note that I am not a cook and don't have a lot of time to cook, so finding ways to eat healthier food that is easy to make is important.  One of my biggest problems is fitting vegetables into my diet.  I buy vegetables and they go bad sitting in my fridge or on my counter.

So, in my renewed commitment to eat more veggies, I have decided to try frozen, pre-seasoned veggies.  I bought several bags of these at Target and have found them to be quite good.  Also, it seems to be working. I've eaten more veggies recently than I have for a long time.

So, for all those busy, professionals out there, I highly recommend this strategy.  Also, if you get some that aren't frozen, throw them on the stove and add some seasoning of your own.  Either way, a quick way to get vegetables.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Manna Bread

This is the yummiest bread I've had in a long time.  And, it is very healthy but you wouldn't know that.  For me, someone who does NOT cook and needs food to be tasty and easy, it is difficult to find things in this category. 

This bread is not just healthy, but it tastes SOOOO good.  It has a sweeter flavor and the nuts help make it interesting.  It has a wonderful, fresh smell to it and is dense enough to be quite filling.  There are several different flavors, but my favorite is the fruit and nut (pictured below).  You can find it at any natural food store.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day

Eat Crunchy wants to give a BIG thank you to all the veterans who have served and fought for our freedoms. We are so grateful for all you have done. May a kind Heavenly Father bless you and your family members for the sacrifice! And may He ever watch over this great country!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Want To Learn How To Butcher A Chicken?

So, have you ever wanted to learn how to butcher a chicken?  Well, here is your chance.  Go to this link and sign up.  The event is held this Saturday.

Talk about eating local. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Promised Land Egg Nog

I was in Whole Foods yesterday and so excited when I walked by the dairy section and saw Egg Nog on the shelves.  While I think that the Christmas decorations make their way to stores too early every year, I believe the opposite is true about Egg Nog!  If should start to be put out in July and not put away until well after New Year's (maybe June). 

Also, the Promised Land reduced-fat version was quite good.  Drink up!
Promised Land Dairy Reduced Fat Eggnog

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Good Deals

I witnessed something great this weekend and had to share. I went shopping with Heidi and watched as she purchased $50 worth of items for $20. It was stinkin' impressive. Between a groupon deal, manufacturer's coupons and WF coupons, she walked away with bags of food for half of what I paid. SO impressed! It was just a nice reminder that you don't have to spend a lot of money to be crunchy.

Along those lines I have made two pots of soup (chicken noodle and chicken potato) for about $12. I'll probably get about 6 meals out of it. I love this making my own stock business.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Don't Flush...

I know we typically talk about food on this blog, but I'm going to take a moment and suggest a concept for something on the other end of the spectrum.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, let's take a moment to talk about bathroom habits.  About a year ago, when my little family and I moved into live with my sister, I realized that flushing the toilet in the middle of the night could wake up my child since the bathroom was right next to his room.  So what started as convenience has now led to a habit (even now that we've moved to a house of our own) of not flushing the toilet at night.  To most Americans, this is gross or unsanitary, but when you think about it, flushing after each trip is excessive and when we're talking about saving water (and we are in drought ridden Texas here, right?) excessive water use is something we want to target.

I came across this article and started talking to my husband about it (isn't is wonderful when you can start talking about potties with your spouse and not feel weird about it.... or is that just me?)  Anyway, as a kid he lived in California and he said he remembers not flushing being an active thing that was talked about in terms of water conservation.  And as he remembers, California (like Texas) is often looking for water conservation tips.

I don't know if not flushing will make much of a difference to our water bill, I'm sure it won't.  But I guess in some small ways it might make me feel like I'm helping the world... or at least not depleting it as fast as I was before.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sprouts Coupons and more

If you're not a fan of Sprouts on Facebook, you're missing out on lots of coupons.  (Also, you should sign up for their email list since they send out coupons about once a month for a FREE item.)  You can stack these coupons with manufacturer's coupons as well.  So this Arrowhead Farms coupon can be stacked with the Arrowhead Farms coupon on coupons.com for a possibly FREE item.

Sprouts is the bomb diggity y'all!

As a side note (although I can't find it now) a couple weeks ago I wrote on Sprouts' Facebook page about their meat.  They do offer grass fed and organic meat, but for the most part their meat is not grass fed, but they state they have just 4 meat suppliers and they are all certified in good husbandry practices (think nice to the cow thoughts.)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Make Your Own Chicken Stock

So, for the first time I made a whole chicken.  Yes, the whole thing!  I've always been intimidated by them, but I got some new bakeware and I wanted to try it out, so I bought a whole chicken.  Still initimidated by the thought, I left it in the freezer for about a week before I ventured on.  It cooked successfully and I was pleased.  But this post isn't about the chicken (well, sort of).  It's about the carcass (dun dun duuuuun).  I had always heard of using every bit of the chicken and another thing that intimidated me was using the leftover chicken.

So I got my carcass, put it in a big pot of water and added what I had in the house, celery, carrots, parsley, onion, salt and pepper.  I brought it to a boil, then turned it down to simmer for at least 4 hours.  It was more than 4 but less than 6- but honestly you can let it simmer for however long you like.  Just add water as it is needed.

(FYI, chicken STOCK is made with bones, whereas chicken BROTH is made with meat only.... the more you know....)

It came out great!  And I have several cups of frozen organic free-range chicken stock in the freezer.  I got so much use out of this chicken!  You could even do this with your leftover premade rotisserie chickens (this is what fellow blogger Rebecca does with leftover Whole Foods chickens- which often go on sale, by the way.)
Here's just the chicken in the pot.  I added enough water just to cover the carcass.
 Rolling boil- this is about when I remembered to add the other ingredients.
 Don't forget to skim the top (that's fat folks, you don't want added fat!)
 Strain!

 Place in container!
 And freeze!



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Your Right to Know!

One step towards consumers maintaining and gaining our right to know.  I read this article and I remember reading about the lawsuit when it first made the news, so I was excited to read the outcome today.

Basically, the State of Ohio was attempting to prevent milk companies from stating on their label that their milk was made without antibiotics, chemicals, etc.  Yes, PREVENT them from advertising it's production values.  Can you believe it?  It's crazy to think that there are people out there that are actively trying to prevent you, the consumer, from knowing more about your food and where it came from.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rare Coupon! Gold Medal Flour

This company makes whole wheat and organic flours, and this coupon is good off any product.  Just head over to Gold Medal and click the 50c off any Gold Medal product.  These types of products will be going on sale like crazy since it is officially holiday season, so wait until you see a sale and grab one right away!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yummy Banana Bread

It's officially fall here in Texas. We endured a long, hot, horrible summer to finally get to the gorgeous weather we have been enjoying these past few days. I am so excited it is fall, I have lit all the cinnamon and spice candles, enjoyed a Starbucks hot cocoa, and today made banana bread. YUMMY! I have never made banana bread before (at lease that I can recall) so this was a new adventure. As you have surmised from previous posts, I am not the cook in the family, but I am trying to learn. Recipes that have 4-5 ingredients are the ones I can follow and do well with so when I found this recipe on allrecipes.com I had to give it a try.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

My mom has a wheat grinder so I have always had fresh wheat flour. I am always looking for a good store-bought flour and this was pretty tasty and fluffy. They have organic versions as well.








The more butter, the better. :)

It was delicious, though not as bananay as I would have liked but I think I didn't have ripe enough bananas.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Spaghetti Squash Casserole!


For my Monday Diabetic Friendly meal, I made a spaghetti squash casserole.  It was so simple, and I was surprised by how much I loved the spaghetti squash.  I was skeptical, but it turned out well.  I thought I could trick my son into eating it, after all, it DID look like spaghetti, right?  But to no avail.  So while I would call this a success for a low carb, high veggie meal, I would not call it child-friendly.


1 small spaghetti squash (1-1/2 to 2 pounds)
1/2 cup water
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or Italian Seasoning)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place with cut side down in a baking dish; add water. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until it is easily pierced with a fork. When cool enough to handle, scoop out squash, separating the strands with a fork.


 In a skillet, cook beef, onion, red pepper and garlic until meat is browned and the vegetables are tender. Drain; add tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, salt, pepper and squash. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Transfer to an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic Sauce

I found this recipe from an old magazine and tweaked it a little to make a delicious snack.  I love artichokes and they are super healthy, but I've never cooked them ever before.  I've always used a can (I know, I know!) or just stuck to ordering them when I went out.  So this was a brave new world for me to venture into.  If you've never dealt with an artichoke before, you may want to watch this video, just as a little background!

Take up to 4 artichoke, trim the stems and slice the top portion off (about 1/3 of the top so the inards are exposed.)


Place artichoke in boiling water (with salt) and 1 lemon (quartered).  Boil until outer leaves pull off easily (about 45 minutes).

Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup mayo, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 grated clove of garlic.  Cover and place in fridge until artichokes are done.


Now peel the artichokes layer by layer, dip into the mayo mixture and enjoy!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

High Value Coupon Alert: Vick's Nature Fusion

I saw this coupon for Vick's newest line "Nature Fusion."  This is flavored with honey instead of artificial flavorings.  Might be something nice to have on hand and perhaps with the coupon, you can get is free or super cheap!