The Making Of Mango Snack balls

 

 

I’m always looking for “snacks” that I can take along with minimal  amount of trouble storing and keep from going bad but most of all to quiet a grumbling hungry tummy. I saw  ”Cole’s Mango Snack Balls” on the Paleo Parents website yesterday and just had to make them. It took maybe 10 minutes from start to finish.

Start by making the paste with dates and dried mango

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Next pulse in the sunflower seeds, coconut flakes & banana chips

 

 

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Then roll them into balls or squares.

The finished product. BING BAM BOOM!
ImageThese are great for someone who can’t eat nuts… LIKE ME :)

 

in case you missed the recipe link above go HERE for it..I always need to give credit where credit is due for the recipes I use .. :)    Plus you get to go directly to the great sites ..I’ll do all the leg work for you.

Second Times a Charm Chicken

Football season is here like it or not. I’m always on the look out for recipes for my husband to enjoy during a game. Last month I tested out making some chicken wings. I found the recipe I wanted to try here at The Paleo Mom website. I was in the middle of doing a Whole30 challenge so I couldn’t have honey  which is in this recipe. That meant he would be eating them all most likely. My approval average is much better with the kids then with him so I was kind of worried that I would end up with a bunch of wings he wouldn’t eat.

imageI got my ingredients together took a picture and realized the coconut aminos weren’t in the picture.  This is a great replacement for soy sauce so you need to see it :)

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I have actually started seeing it in more and more places.. Look around first but If you can’t find it near you it’s always available thru amazon. I checked the price and did find it was about $1 more than in our local store with the shipping. Just be careful because it is only 6 something normally in store so don’t pay a lot more than that. I’ve seen the price really high for it on there before. I use this in a lot of recipes, it’s a great soy sauce replacement! (the price changed again while I was getting this post together so it’s best to try to find locally or stock up if you find a low price on amazon)

I was so busy thinking about taking pictures and maybe just maybe too much texting with a friend, that I totally just threw all the ingredients together and put them into a bag to marinate and threw in the fridge..

About 45 minutes later I realized…I had NOT done what the recipe called for.. Your suppose to “Heat honey, lemon juice, water, coconut aminos , vinegar, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Turn heat down to low once it starts to simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.” then put it in the fridge to marinate it.  UGH…..I had just mixed it up and thrown it in the fridge without even heating it.. SO what do you do. .well I remade the sauce, picked the chicken out of the first bag and put the heated sauce on it, let it cool a few minutes and back in the fridge it went..lesson learned…I really didn’t want them to taste terrible for him and It really wasn’t a huge fumble ( haha ..like my football pun )

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Here’s my second time with the heated marinade on it

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And here is the finished wings ! My husband loved them. So we won the game in the end ! (sorry I can’t help myself now )

The reason I told this long story is because you have good days and bad days in this real food journey . I don’t follow directions right sometimes and it still turns out ok or if I do follow it perfectly and think they are going to love it ..they don’t.. I may think it is AWESOME and they think it’s a dud…

But at the end of the day I know I tried my best to get the best quality foods I could in them. I want you guys to see that cooking from scratch or cooking with multiple food allergies that limit what you can use is really not that big a deal.. Now if we talk about cooking distracted or with a 2 year old helping, that’s trouble!! Wait till you see my next post to see more of that kinda stuff!

Have fun watching some football if that’s your thing…If not just enjoy some yummy wings with quality ingredients

( if you missed the original recipe link you can find it here )

(if you want to know more about what a whole30 is check it out here)

 

 

 

 

Super Simple Z-noodles

 

People ask me all the time So WHAT DO YOU EAT?? Well I eat super simple food. Tonight I picked up some organic zucchini ( zucchini is on the UPDATED Dirty Dozen list. always buy organic ) and I used a julienne peeler to make it into noodles.

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If your going to cook zucchini you need to get some of the water out of it so throw a little salt on it and let it sit in a collender for awhile. You will be surprised how much water comes out of it. I usually leave it sitting there while i’m prepping the rest of dinner. I’ll go over and squeeze it all in a ball gently every once in awhile to get the maximun amount of water out. It’s actually kinda fun. :)

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I made some Cauliflower Sauce to go on the Z-noodles . The recipe is one I have on my pinterest board but heres a quick link to it . ( I found it while searching for “cauliflower alfredo”.) I use coconut milk from the can instead of regular milk (the boxed coconut milk has way to much added stuff to it so I avoid it ) I also use my fat of choice like coconut oil instead of butter to sauté the garlic. I save the left over broth that you dont end up using to reuse in another recipe. I think the cauliflower being boiled in it for awhile just adds more good stuff to it.

After I made the Cauliflower sauce, I cooked the Zucchini. I used the same pan I had sautéed the garlic in for the cauliflower, I just putting more coconut oil in ( about 1.5 TBLS) on medium heat. The pan still had the yummy garlic flavor in it.  Move the noodle around till they reach the temperature that works for you. I like them soft but not mushy.  ANd thats it .. Combine the sauce and the noodles. pour that sauce on anything else too.

 

 

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(The chicken is a basic thigh cooked in oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, Salt & pepper …nothing creative)

 

So here’s my dinner . Isn’t it lovely. I ended up adding way more cauliflower sauce to it after the picture because it’s so good. My kids added mixed organic veggies to their plates and my Husband had no Z-noodles because thats the way he rolls. Theres one in every bunch right :)

 

 

If you looking for the peeler I have you can find it here

 

 

A Messy Fish Tale

Do you like eating fish? I’ve never been a huge fan but I’d really like to try to eat more. Salmon just taste too fishy to me. I’ve tried it a few different ways but wasn’t a fan. A podcast I was listening to talked about eating Mashed Sardines with Kale Chips. I just don’t think I could go there…yikes! If you might want to try, go check it out here. Where was I? Oh yeah ..So I bought some Wild caught Mahi Mahi Fillets and thought I’d make a recipe I saw for fish with Avocado Mango Salsa. (Find the complete recipe  here on Cupcakes OMG blog ) I figured even fish has to taste great with avocados and mango’s right?? Her fish was all in one piece after she seared it in a pan ..I ended up feeling like mine wasn’t cooked enough inside so I broke it all up to be sure. I think i’m actually a little phobic of undercooked fish. In the end this is how my dish looked

Not perfect but yummy for sure. I cooked it in coconut oil instead of olive oil. The salsa has

2 mangoes, cubed

1 avocado, cubed

a dash of cilantro

1/2 red onion, diced

juice of 1/2 a lime

Mixed all together and chilled

The family approved of the dish over all. The 5 yr old ate 3 helpings but pushed the avocados out of the salsa. Really I figured she wouldn’t like the fish at all so it was a win in the end. We have some more Mahi Mahi in the freezer waiting for the next time I feel up to taking on my fear of fish :)

Do you have any tips on cooking fish? I’d love to hear them

Be Well   Eat Well,

Donna