Spring Mini Cookbook

Hey! Remember this post? What’s in season when in Michigan? Now’s a good time to go back and check it out if you haven’t already.

But if you head over to one of my favorite magazines, Eating Well, websites, you can get a free cookbook for things that are popping up at the farmers market right now! Or will be soon!

You do  need to sign up for their newsletter, which I enjoy getting, but you can opt out at any time!

Frozen Lemonade- Fantastic Food Friday

Frozen Lemonade

This isn’t exactly a clean recipe. I’d say I was sorry, but it’s my blog so I can post whatever I want. And since this pregnant lady has been craving frozen lemonade, this is what you are getting for today’s Fantastic Food Friday!

Here’s the back story. With my oldest, who will be five this summer, I craved Slurpee’s. This is our third baby and well… I’m still craving frozen things, but this time it’s lemonade. I wanted something that tasted like REAL lemonade but had the consistency of a Slurpee. I tried several places in town but they were either to sweet, too melt-y or tasted like syrup. After listening to me complain, my dear husband decided to take matters into his own hand. Three (very yummy, but not the consistency I wanted) tries later, he hit on this and it was PERFECT! And super easy- I whipped one up right before sitting down to write this. I should have took pictures….

You’ll need
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
3 cups ice
Blender- We have a blendtec!

Pulse the lemon juice and sugar together 5 or 6 times. Add in the water and pulse a few to several times. Add in the ice and pulse until it looks like foamy snow.

Makes 4 cups!
Nutritional Info for 1 cup

Calories: 102.9
Total Fat: 0.0 g
Total Carbs: 27.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
Protein: 0.1 g

Getting into a Groove

I finally found a system that has mostly kept me on track. Strict routines are no fun but letting every thing go loosey-goosy means my house falls apart.

A few months ago, I found some printables at Proverbial Homemaker. Admittedly, I was looking for mason jar related stuff, but she has created some fabulous non-routine schedules. And they WORK! At least they do for me. Maybe I love them because they are mason jars? But I think the would have worked just as well for me if they were birdhouses instead. (I was going to say apples, but I’ve been craving those, so I didn’t think that was a great analogy!)

Instead of planning your day hour by hour, you first start out by identifying the most important things to get done that week and fit them neatly into categories, like Homemake, Self-Care, Learning, God, Marriage etc… Then you can fit those goals into a weekly rhythm. Now, this part gets a little bit more strict, because there are time slots, but they are things like early am, mid pm, night… etc. Why does this work? I think its because I can look at my “schedule” and know that what I have on there is the most important thing I need to do in that time frame. Even if I don’t get everything I WANT to get done, I’ve gotten what I NEED to get done. The past month has been crazy busy, but these planning tools have really helped cut down on stress. Not eliminate it, but has reduced it. I finally feel like I’m getting into a groove.

So… you know why I forgot to post last week? I didn’t put it in my schedule! Oops! Sorry.

 

 

 

Pesto, Mozzarella & Egg Breakfast Sandwich- Fantastic Food Friday

Before I found Clean Eating, it is safe to say I was addicted to fast food, especially the breakfast sandwiches from a certain fast food place. This is a more “grown up” version of said sandwich. Egg, pesto, English muffin, mozzarella cheese… yum!  The original recipe calls for roasted red pepper, but I just use a slice of fresh tomato.

Get the recipe from Eating Well here –> Pesto, Mozzarella & Egg Breakfast Sandwich.

What? You don’t have a pesto recipe? Never fear! Check this one out! Seriously, pesto is super easy to make and combines all the best flavors- basil, parmesan cheese, garlic… It usually calls for pine nuts, but since A has a nut allergy, I usually just leave it out.

Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauce- Fantastic Food Friday

In this recipe for  Thai grilled chicken, the chicken marinade is enriched with a little coconut milk, which keeps the meat moist during grilling or broiling. Check it out below!

Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauce.

I’ve made this several times in several ways. Hands down, the best is using dark meat. The breast meat just doesn’t have the same punch. I like the drumsticks best, David prefers the boneless, skinless thighs. We’ve done both grilling or broiling, and both are great! The marinade calls for some things that aren’t usually in my pantry- coconut milk and fish sauce, but they are worth the trip to the store!

Don’t skip the sweet and spicy dipping sauce. YUMMM! And it makes up super quick!

I like serving this with brown rice, green peas and grilled pineapple.

 

This recipe is from Eating Well Magazine. It’s one of my favorite places to find clean recipes!

 

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