Aleyah’s Shrimp Salad and Shrimp Melt Sandwich

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Today, my guest blogger is my daughter, Aleyah. She enjoys being in the kitchen, and she loves seafood (especially sushi she says!). Last week, she made this shrimp salad all by herself (with just a little guidance from me). We had been to Whole Foods and picked up their canned shrimp since we had a coupon 🙂 The sweet, little shrimp were perfect for making this salad, and Aleyah was kind enough to share with her brother who is also a seafood lover.  Below is the recipe straight from the horse’s mouth:

Shrimp Salad

1 can of 365 shrimp (Whole Foods brand)

2 Tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt

1 Tablespoon of light mayo (also 365 brand)

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1/4 cup of celery, finely chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

A pinch of garlic powder

 Salt and pepper to taste

Drain the canned shrimp and chop very finely. Place yogurt and mayo in a bowl. Add lemon juice, garlic powder, thyme, and salt and pepper and stir. Then add in the celery and shrimp. Stir until it is all mixed together. I made my shrimp salad into a shrimp melt. First, I made the Shrimp Melt by putting Colby Jack cheese on the bread with Dill pickles and grilled it until golden brown.

FAVORITE Waffle and Pancake Mix!

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Just got our Amazon shipment of our all-time favorite waffle and pancake mix- Bob’s Red Mill High Fiber Pancake and Waffle Mix– and just in time for tomorrow morning’s waffle with strawberry syrup birthday breakfast for my oldest! Whenever I make this, I double the recipe, replace the 2 eggs with 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed, add a bit of cinnamon, and some vanilla extract. You can place them in the fridge if they will be eaten in the next few days (and they will!), or you can freeze them and pop them into the toaster. We also love peanut or almond butter, raisins, honey and pure maple syrup on this breakfast favorite- enjoy!

Cricket Cuisine

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In the east, we know little crunchy and crawling critters are often eaten. Well, that cuisine is hopping this way and the new and upcoming trend is cricket flour. Yes…those summer night creatures are finding their way into protein bars here is the US. They offer an excellent source of protein (more than chicken) and an excellent source of calcium (more than milk) and they are high in iron (more than beef).

I ordered the sampler pack from Chapul which contains the Chaco Bar (Peanut Butter Chocolate), the Aztec Bar (Dark Chocolate Coffee Cayenne), and the Thai Bar (Coconut Ginger Lime). I sampled the Aztec and loved the slightly sweetness followed by just a kick of heat at the back of the throat. Joel and Aleyah both liked the Thai, but Aleyah’s favorite was the Chaco. Anna didn’t care for the only one she tried (the Chaco), but then again, she is my picky eater. And I did NOT tell them what was in them, although Aleyah figured it out on her third bar 🙂 They are a bit pricey (about $3 a bar after shipping), but they were worth the try, and I am hoping that the flour will be readily available soon so I can make my own. I did find that upon checkout, the promo code ‘CatchCarrigave me a 10% discount.

Curious as to what takes away the cricket flavor (because there isn’t one)? Here are the 100% all natural ingredients in Chapul’s Chaco Bar:

Organic Dates, Peanuts, Organic Raw Honey, Chapul Cricket Flour (Brown Cricket, Acheta Domestica), 100% Cocoa Powder, Oats, Flax Seed, Salt.

Be Adventurous!

Pukka Refresh Tea – My New Nighttime TREAT!

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My friend Kate, owner of Blue Morpho Skin Spa (who gives FANTASTIC organic facials!!!) recently introduced me to Pukka’s Refresh Tea. It’s a blend of  peppermint, fennel, and rose and, while I thought this combination was a bit odd, it turned out to be slightly sweet and the perfect way to complete my evening. Replace your current nighttime treat with this tea, and I promise your sweet tooth will thank you!

Uncured Canadian Bacon at Sam’s!

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If you’re heading off to Sam’s today, (it is the Saturday before the Super Bowl after all) then you may find this uncured, nitrite/nitrate-free Canadian bacon from the Rose Packing Co. in the pre-sliced deli meat section. The big, red “UNCURED’ label caught my eye as pushed my cart by, and I picked up a package (just under $10 for 1.5 lbs) for my family. My husband and kids all love meat with their eggs, and this has been a hit! Because it is uncured, I kept it in the fridge for just about a week and then portioned the rest out into servings and froze it. The other night I made an Italian frittata with eggs, almond milk, sauteed kale, onion, and garlic and some of chopped Canadian bacon. I topped it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and baked it. Even my Anna (she is my “compartmentalized” eater- nothing can be mixed together!) liked it! I hope you are able to find this at your Sam’s Club!

Italian Ham Frittata

  • 9 eggs

  • 1/4 cup almond milk

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

  • 1/2 cup fresh kale, shredded

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs

  • 5 slices Canadian bacon, diced

  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Just a dash of slat  (bacon and cheese add saltiness to it too)

  • Fresh pepper

Saute kale, onion, and garlic over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Whisk eggs, milk, herbs, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add in veggies and ham and stir until mixed. Pour into an oiled pie plate and top with cheese. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. I like to turn on the broiler the last few minutes to brown up the top some. Slice and serve warm. We topped it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

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A Clean Pie Crust from the Store Shelves

Need a short cut on your holiday pies? Here is a traditional pie crust that I have used and have been completely satisfied with.

Wholly Wholesome Organic Traditional Pie Shell

whollyI have found this brand in the freezer section of my local Publix, The ingredients are: Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Palm Oil, Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Sea Salt

This 2-pack bakes up golden and flaky like we all love. It does NOT have the lard (aka partially hydrogenated oil, aka trans fat) that the other leading brands have. So start peeling those apples and feel free to enjoy a slice of all-natural apple pie!

A Kid’s Meal – Earth’s Best Baked Chicken Nuggets & Lettuce Wraps

Last night, Scott was off at church, I mowed the yard, and the kids cleaned and vacuumed the Armada. So this seemed like the perfect night to surprise my kids with one of my Whole Foods purchases from the other day- chicken nuggets! Earth’s Best Baked Chicken Nuggets were on sale at Whole Foods, I had 2 store coupons, and 1 manufacturer’s coupon making these a deal I couldn’t resist! The kids LOVED them and are thrilled that I have another box in the freezer. Here are Earth’s Best Baked Chicken Nuggets ingredients (and these are the reasons I’m okay serving this as a dinner “treat”):

Chicken Meat, Water, Contains Less than 2% of the Following: Evaporated Cane Juice, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Rice Starch, Sea Salt, Spice. Battered & Breaded with: Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Wheat Flour, Corn Starch, Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar), Garlic Powder, Yellow Corn Flour, Yeast, Onion Powder, Spice, Sunflower Oil, Extractive of Turmeric. Breading Set in Expeller Pressed Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil and/or Safflower Oil.

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Along side these nuggets, I served large romaine leaves and our container of pre-cut veggies. My kids have recently begun to create their own lettuce wraps with fresh veggies and dressing, and it seems to be a fun “trick” to get them to eat more vegetables. A fast and easy weeknight dinner (served on paper plates 😉  ) – a need we all have on those crazy nights!

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A Gruesome Discovery – Planters Peanuts

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How do I know my kids listen to my nutrition tidbits? As we were doing homework and snacking around the kitchen table the other day, Aleyah, as she was eating her Planter’s Lightly Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts, announced that there were corn syrup solids in the peanuts. I declared there certainly wasn’t (thinking that these are lightly salted peanuts and that would mean the ingredients should be peanuts and salt). Nope. My label-reading daughter was right. Here is the list:

Ingredients: PEANUTS, SEA SALT, MALTODEXTRIN, CORNSTARCH, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS.

WHAT?! That’s ridiculous. I bought them on sale but will not be buying them again.

Thank you Aleyah for being my co-detective! detect

“Way Better” Nachos

waybetterThursdays are special for the kids and me. Joel and I pick up Grandpa and whatever treat he has made, drive to school, and eat lunch with our girls. I bring lunch with me so I can serve up a cold dish, a warm lunch, or something that requires a microwave. Today I will be bringing Way Better Tortilla Chips and all the toppings that the kids love to make nachos- cheese, chopped spinach, tomatoes, salsa, and “sour cream” (plain greek yogurt with a squirt of lemon juice and salt and pepper).

The Way Better Chips are made with non-gmo sprouted grains (think corn, quinoa, brown rice, chia). The slightly salted crunch of these chips allows you to indulge in your Mexican craving (which I personally have often!) without the high-caloric content of the ones found in your standard restaurants. I have found this brand in Publix in their Greenwise/organic/gluten-free snack section.

As we inch towards the weekend, maybe you can throw some nachos into your menu and allow each person to create their own plate. Then you can know that they are getting an added dose of grains and (hopefully!) a good serving of veggies from the toppings.

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My “Mom-trepreneur” Article in the Florida Today Newspaper

Some publicity for my Sweet Hummus!

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Pick up your Florida Today newspaper this morning and read the article, or go to their website and read it there and watch the video!