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!