Changeable Zucchini Stir Fry

Ingredients

1 sliced onion

1-2 spiralized zucchinis

1 lb ground beef (or turkey, pork, etc- this is the changeable part)

2 tsp garlic powder (or fresh)

2 tsp taco seasoning (I keep a jar of homemade in my pantry)

Directions

Saute onion and zucchini on the stove on medium heat. Once softened, move them to the oven and broil until browned and crispy. While they are in the oven, brown the meat with the spices. Once the zucchini/onion is done, return them to the pan and mix with the meat – serve and enjoy! We topped ours with parmesan but obviously thats optional.  You can change this up with different meat and veggies- and toppings!

I took a picture but I couldn’t get it to upload. Which is ok because its not very pretty anyway.

 

 

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Stuffed peppers fit for a king! (and a cautionary tale)

Never again will I be swindled into paying $7 for four bell peppers. Mike and I love to walk to the farmers market on Saturdays, then make something for lunch or dinner with all of our finds. One summer goal was to master omelets, and we totally did. Quality eggs + sausage + hot sauce makes for an omelet i’ll never forget. The golden egg of omelets, if you will. Anyway, we went last Saturday and decided to make stuffed peppers using this recipe:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/stuffed-bell-peppers.html

However, after purchasing a watermelon and the tomatoes and bell peppers, we decided rather than take out a loan for the rest of the ingredients, we would go to Sprouts. Great decision. We pretty much followed the recipe aside from omitting cheese and I used a few extra tomatoes. Oh and added corn because I had a couple ears I needed to use. Yum!

I posted a good snap story of the stuffed peppers but forgot to save it, so here’s a pretty picture from when I was  farmer.

 

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Gumbo

I’m not sure I had ever even had gumbo, but Mike wanted it the other night and turns out it is delicious! This is the recipe we used but made it on the stove instead of the crockpot.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/238411/slow-cooker-chicken-gumbo-with-shrimp/

We just used sausage, and next time I would add way more vegetables because I’m me. Also Cajun seasoning is in the bulk spice section, convenient because you can buy just a tablespoon since it’s not the most applicable spice. I don’t have a picture but it was goooood.

Spaghetti squash + cashew marinara = a match made in heaven

Spaghetti squash has always been a favorite of mine, on its own or with regular marinara. But, cashews + V-Eazy = another match made in heaven. Blend up soaked cashews with almost anything and you’re on the right track.

I combined recipes from my two favorite blogs:

Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Tomato Basil Cream Sauce

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/marinara-sauce/

I just make the pioneer woman marinara, then blend about half of it with cashews until it’s a really nice shade of salmon. Not the prettiest, but I could eat it everyday. I paired it tonight with roasted (then broiled!!!) brussels sprouts, but it’s even better with turkey meatballs (the recipe you sent me!) Oh and the sauce is excellent on zucchini noodles too. Really any noodles. Make it!

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I made no effort to take a nice picture. I was hungry!!

Product reviews!

  1. Nutpods https://www.amazon.com/nutpods-Dairy-free-Creamer-Unsweetened-Vanilla/dp/B00XK4JLJY/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1471914638&sr=8-1&keywords=nutpods+dairy-free+coffee+creamer

I ordered the variety pack of 3 and have so far only opened the vanilla flavor- I like it, but I like my go-to Califia Toasted Coconut flavor almond milk better. It quite possibly can’t be beat. However, I realized today that I can keep a pod in the fridge at school, and they would be great for road trips/travel for those of us who are high maintenance and hate black coffee and dairy. Ultimately, will buy again but only for special use, not daily use.

2. Cuisinart ice cream maker https://www.amazon.com/Conair-Cuisinart-ICE-21-Frozen-Yogurt-Ice/dp/B003KYSLMW/ref=sr_1_5?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1471915440&sr=1-5&keywords=cuisinart+ice+cream+maker

10/10 on the unnecessary but so fun appliance scale. Ice cream making always seems hard to me but this is so easy. You keep the bowl in the freezer, then plop it on the base and pour in whatever you want to make into ice cream (blender comes in handy here) and it’s ready in about 20 minutes. Great for those of us who are high maintenance and hate dairy and sugar. Plus the pink one is SO you (does sarcasm come across on a blog?)

How to Create an Indoor Herb Garden

Step 1

Drive to Ikea and check out the Fintorp series. Don’t order it online. Ikea is evil and will charge you $30 for shipping.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/21592/

Step 2

Show Ace a picture of what you are wanting to do and give him everything you bought. Sit back while he works his magic.

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Hard at work!

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I’m sweating just watching him!

Step 3

Go to Trader Joe’s and buy the perfect sized herbs. Squeal when you find them!

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Cutest little herbs I ever did see!

 

Step 4

Put the herbs in the containers, pray that they grow without sunlight, and enjoy!

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Oh la la! Just what I never knew I wanted!

Second recipe of the day + an update

I’ve been waiting for the day that I get to make peach ice cream out of the Palisade peaches that have been rolling around my fridge for a week. Today is that day. We passed through Palisade, CO on the drive back from Telluride last weekend and bought 28 peaches (that’s right, twenty-eight). We only ate five on the drive (yes, five), giving me plenty to play with. Mom gave me her ice cream maker a few weeks ago but I hadn’t used it yet- it’s amazing.

Update: my fingers are still tingling from the peppers last night.

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I blended about five peeled peaches, a can of chilled light coconut milk, a banana and a little vanilla, then the ice cream maker did its job! Delish.

I love you!

It’s green chile season!

Luckily meatballs are always in season.

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Sister secrets: make sure you don’t make the meatballs too big or they will take one hundred years to cook through and you’ll have to cut them in half. Also work hastily with all the peppers or you’ll end up with tingly hands for the next 12 hours. Since we have Blendy and V-Eazy it’s unnecessary to do much chopping of the vegetables for the sauce! I used four giant hatch green chiles and four giant jalapeños and was pretty concerned it would be too spicy but it wasn’t at all!

I served them with sweet potatoes because I’m predictable.

Enchilada Verde Turkey Meatballs

I love you! Is that a weird sign off? Don’t care.

 

“Cake” as Cora calls these bars

These were so easy and are really delicious. Im envisioning all kinds of change ups- different flavors of jam, peanut butter chips on top, so many options!

Best Ever Bars