Friday, September 30, 2011

Eco-Fashion

I'm as into eating natural, whole foods as much as the next person, but sometimes, this movement seems to go too far.  I mean, were we really meant to wear our food?
I'm just sayin...

condom hat

Beef Jerkey purse:
Beef jerky purse

Jewelry made of teeth:

Teeth jewelry

Cat hair jewelry:
Hairball jewlery
So, I'm going to be sticking to regular clothing and jewelry for now.

Are You Ready For These Bad Boys??

Went shopping with my sister, Rebecca, at Central Market and I saw these guys sitting outside the entrance.  My heart skipped a beat as fall is my absolute favorite time of year!  It's fall and you know what that means!  Pumpkins and hay rides, hot chocolate and Christmas carols, and may we even see some SNOW this year?  Gosh I hope so!!

Anyway, on to the pumpkins!!  Aren't they beautiful??  Who doesn't like a good gourd?




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So Busy!

I know I haven't posted on here in awhile- I promise to get back in the swing of things soon!  My husband and I bought a house and moved in a week and a half ago, so I've been busy getting the house put together and haven't spent much time being bloggy (or healthy for that matter since we've eaten out a lot!)  And now that we're about an hour away from where we used to live (but still in DFW, if you can believe it) and more out in the boonies- I've got more things to find, more markets to peruse!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Egg In The Hole=Delightful!

Anytime I stay with my parents, they always have Ezekiel bread and eggs. As I don't really buy eggs, it's a fun opportunity for and egg in the hole. I made some a few weeks ago and have been lazy with the posting but my friend Brandy had the same idea, which inspired me. And Pioneer Woman featured them on her show last week as well. Great minds think alike. They both use biscuit cutters...I just tear the bread. It was yummy!



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Garbanzo Bean Snacks

These were a nice snack to crunch on and super simple to make.  All you need is some paprika, oil, and a can of Garbanzo beans.  Rinse the Garbanzo beans and pour them in a bowl.  Drizzle some olive oil (or canola oil) over the beans and mix.  Sprinkle paprika over the beans, and mix.  Lay out on cookie sheet pan and place in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Stir the beans around on the pan and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  Continue to stir and cook until you get desired crunch.  I let mine cook for about 30 minutes total.  The inside was a little chewy and the outside was crunchy.  A perfect afternoon snack!!



Monday, September 19, 2011

Healthy Oils

I was browsing Woman's Day and I came across this chart in regards to healthy oils.  I think it broke it down very simply for me and wanted to share.




Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sharing Some Chipotle Love

You all know how I adore Chipotle.  I stumbled across this video last week and wanted to share it.  I loved it and I love how Chipotle is working hard to bring good and healthy food to mainstream America.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cucumbers? and Other Gardening Surprises

Because of the heat, we kind of gave up on the garden.  We decided to harvest out carrots and either freeze them or use them.  Much to our surprise a few weeks later something started growing!!  I had planted five things, but when the fifth one didn't grow, I forgot about it and forgot what I planted.  Well, I guess the heat did some amazing things, because it just kind of took over and now the cucumbers(?) are sprawling healthily with lots of flowers all over!  Hopefully in a few weeks we can report that we have fresh homegrown cukes!

Here are some good gardening tips we learned this year:

Look at that big daddy carrot in the middle!  HUGE!!  When planting carrots, space them out to give them space to grow!
 Don't over water, don't underwater, and use the internet to find information on how to prevent issues.  I found this carrot and a quick google search led me to this resource which gave tons of information just on carrots.  If you have a lot of carrots growing in your garden, like we did, become familiar with it.  This goes for any other plant.  Get to know the best way to grow, harvest, and store that crop.
 Cucumber flowers!  I'm hoping they'll be really tasty soon!  I'm not sure why they took so long to sprout, but then took over the garden so quickly.  Something to research on another day.
 The cukes extend beyond the garden.  I guess I didn't give them enough space to grow!
One thing I learned this year was that weeds will take over quickly and will make gardening way less fun.  Instead of planting in the ground like we did this year, I am going to work on either making or buying a raised bed garden next year to prevent weeds from attacking!  But like most things, I'm learning!  Slowly but surely, we're getting closer to a big, beautiful garden!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Black Bean Burgers

These things were easy (can you tell I like easy recipes?) and healthy.  They were spicy!  And truly would be perfect with a little lettuce and tomato!  I plan to make these again and again.




To make these bad boys you simply need:

1 can black beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1/2 cup ground flax seed
3 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp chili powder
couple dashes cayenne
1 tsp nutritional yeast (I found mine in the bulk bin at Central Market. Sprouts sells them by the bottle in their baking aisle.)

Mix the ingredients and mash them!
 Form into patties and place on baking sheet.
 Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and out pops deliciousness!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Artichoke Tapenade

I recently made a really delicious tapenade!  It was super delicious, fresh tasting, and pretty healthy for a snack!

1/2 tsp lemon zent
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 can artichokes in water
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
1 peeled garlic clove
1/2 cup pitted green olives (I bought a whole can, but didn't need it all- these are also available at the olive bar at Central Market or Whole Foods)
1 Tbsp drained capers
5 Tbsp olive oil

Drain artichokes and pat dry.  Combine all ingredients in a food processor (I have a small manual one that I used for this recipe) and process until you get desired consistency.  I served these on whole wheat crostinis (whole wheat bread, sliced, sprinkled with olive oil, toasted in the oven until crispy.)  Target had the whole wheat french loaf bread in the bakery, but I might try my hand at making my own soon.

This was so good, it was addicting.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Roasted Tomatoes

My favorite thing about summer is the overabundance of tomatoes!  I bought some cherry tomatoes at Sprouts, not really sure what I was going to do with them.  I had some in salads, mixed some with spaghetti- but I had a few left over and decided to roast them.

I put them in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Mixed and then laid them out on a stoneware pan from Pampered Chef.  I prefer stone or ceramic pans for things like this because I think it helps to cook more evenly and without burning.  Then popped in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.  It will vary, but you want them to burst and release some juices without becoming flat.

The results were A-MA-ZING.  Deliciously sweet, with a hint of salt.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Yummy Deliciouness!

This posting is about deliciousness. I could tell you the bread was whole wheat, the strawberries organic, the eggs cage-free, the yogurt greek, and so on but this is not about that. This is about the yum and it was YUM!





Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Taco Seasoning

As I've posted before, one of my biggest issues is the amount of salt that is added to everything! (I even saw frozen veggies one time that had added salt!)  Excess sodium is so harmful for your body and so easily avoided by cooking at home.  One premade item that I love using, in beans and meat, etc- is taco seasoning.  But even the low sodium packets have too much sodium for my tastes.  Enter: homemade taco seasoning.  And what's even better- as most things made at home- you can change it to your liking!


2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 teas garlic powder
1/2 teas onion powder
1/2 teas red pepper flakes 
1/2 teas oregano
1 teas paprika
1 Tbsp cumin (I LOVE cumin, so I might even add a smidgen more!)
2 1/2 teas salt (I skipped this as I prefer to salt after cooking to reduce our intake)
2 teas pepper


Then just take that mixture and put it in a glass container and store!  Use about 2 Tbsps per pound of meat, whatever is to your liking!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Boom in Food Allergies?

I'm not sure if there is a boom in food allergies the past few years, or if there is simply a better ability to diagnose and "treat" them- but I feel like I have heard numerous news stories and personal stories of allergies.  Airlines and schools going peanut free, a better availability of coconut, rice, goat milk, gluten free products hitting mainstream stores, etc are just some symptoms of an increase in allergies.

I stumbled across this article today and I took particular interest in it as my son is biracial.  My husband has a sensitivity to milk and soon after our son was born, he developed eczema, which we learned is most common among black children.

Interestingly- our son's eczema has become easier to control as he has naturally consumed less cow's milk and taken a greater interest in water.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!!

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day is "... a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." When I think about the people who founded this country and have been the backbone of our economy since the beginning, I think of the farmers and ranchers. Entrepreneurs and hard workers. Thank you to those in our history that have worked hard and sacrificed much for our country to be great!

So Happy Labor Day!

Coupons! Vitality House Living Social

We received this from one of our readers (check out her cool blog here)!  Check out Living Social for a great deal ($25 worth of food for $12) at Vitality House in Richardson.  This deal is only good for one day, so get in on it soon.  Eat Crunchy hasn't yet reviewed this restaurant, but it gets great reviews for clean and healthy living.  One thing I love seeing on their website is that the meals are proportional and nutritionally analyzed!  How interesting!  We're putting this down on our list of restaurants to review and share with you all!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Crockpot Garlic Chicken

Wanting to use up some organic drumsticks I had in the freezer, but not having much in the house since it was the day before shopping day- I turned to the trusty internet and found a recipe for 40 Garlic Clove Chicken.  To be honest, I didn't have that much garlic, so I'm going to call mine 22 Clove Chicken.  This recipe was super simple.

One onion, sliced- layer in the bottom of the crock pot
Chicken drumsticks sprinkled with Paprika
Obscene amounts of peeled garlic gloves on top

Crock pot that bad boy on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

What you will have is a chicken scented in garlicocity.  Delicious and succulent.  The family determined something like this should not be served alone, it would be best served with a light gravy over rice.  Now to find a healthy gravy....

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Creole Seasoning Goodness!

I just had the best vegetables for dinner!  I was introduced to this Creole seasoning a few years ago.  I love to saute veggies with this stuff.  It also works very well on chicken.

It helps me eat vegetables which otherwise are not my favorite foods at all.  Try it if you haven't already:







More Restaurants Going Healthy!

I read this article about more restaurants going the way of high fructose free.  These kinds of articles make me happy, knowing that people are choosing REAL food over artificial and processed fillers!  We praise and support restaurants making healthy and natural choices!