Showing posts from March, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: I have no idea what to cook

No really, I am drawing a blank. I'm craving carbs like nobody's business, but you know, inflammation. And if I was just cooking for myself, it would be easier than cooking for the both of us.

Last night we had steak salad, IP ate two whole steaks. I think there is a growth spurt on the horizon.
Based on what I have in the freezer and minimal shopping, I think I will go with ... a trip around the world. I have severe wanderlust kicking in.

Monday:  America - Tilapia (for me) Salmon (for her) with green beans and cherry tomatoes.

Tuesday:  Mexico - Lettuce Wrapped Tacos (hey, it's Tuesday)

Wednesday: India - Chicken Curry (yes, I add peas and carrots to my curry).

Thursday: Caribbean - Jerk Chicken - sweet potato for me, mixed veggies for her. And maybe some plantains. Nom.

Friday: England - Roasted Cornish Game Hens with roast veggies.

Saturday: Leftovers, if there are any. When she likes something, she really likes it. Unless a miracle happens and we go to WonderCon.

Sisterlocks Update

Hey, look! It's late March. I can't believe it's been a year since my last update. Time sure does fly when I am not obsessing about my hair. Well, only occasionally obsessing about it. I can only see real change in the length of it on wash and henna days, otherwise, it's still shrinking 50-75%.
I've played with different styles and tried curling with both Flexi-Rods and Bantu knots. I finally resorted to just using a curling iron to save time and some of my sanity. The curls still fall by the end of the day. My loctitian suggested Lottabody, and the next time I am able to have a Saturday or Sunday as wash day, I will be curling my hair. I also need to purchase a bonnet style hair dryer to make that particular experiment work. I now know from experience that it takes my hair two days to dry when I use Flexi-Rods or Bantu knots. It just looks better at this stage styled in some way.

Because I have multiple textures, some of my ends are raggedy. I'm almost fully …

The Improv Kitchen: Gluten Free Asian Orange Chicken Tenders

Gluten Free Orange Chicken Tenders
By Annette Holland

Published: March 24, 2015
My daughter loves orange chicken. However, traditional orange chicken is breaded in wheat flour and the sauce contains soy. I modified my old recipe and came up with gluten and soy free orange chicken tenders. They were quite delicious despite not having coconut aminos as a soy sauce replacement.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2-3 servings
Serving size: 1-2 chicken tenders

6 chicken tenders
5 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon honey
1 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (or to taste)
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Cooking Directions
Brown chicken in coconut or olive oil over medium heat. While chicken is browning, combine spices, honey, 1 cup water, and orange juice. Mix until honey is diss…

Menu Plan Monday: Add a Little Spice

I planned this menu last week and never got around to the grocery shopping. We ended up eating whatever I could throw together from the fridge and eating out at least twice. Not good for my budget.

Lately, I've had to make even more adjustments to our diet (read that as "lifestyle") and how I cook. In addition to dairy intolerance, tolerable if she takes a Lactaid, my daughter's soy intolerance is borderline allergy. She can't have anything that contains soy oil (looking at you Trader Joe's snacks) or that has soy lecithin. Did you know that stuff is in practically everything? I couldn't even buy tapioca for the pie I made (recipe and link coming soon).

She's gotten used to eating super-healthy for dinner, but breakfast has become problematic since she's now allergic to eggs (probably the whites since even paleo safe mayo affects her), but not if it's baked as an ingredient in something. I'm still trying to figure that one out. And the sur…

Book Review: The Engines of God

The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first exposure to Jack McDevitt -- I'm glad I got this as a library book instead of purchasing. I was disappointed after all of the hype I had read and heard about this series. It caused no excitement and took me over three weeks to read. It's not that long of a book, and I'm not that slow of a reader.

Priscilla Hutchins, "Hutch" to her friends and colleagues, was written incredibly flat. For a protagonist, I expected more. Someone I could care about. Someone I could cheer on and celebrate the wins and commiserate the losses with. A good book gives you an emotional connection to the characters so long as you are immersed in their world. I felt none of that for any of the characters in The Engines of God.

There was some romance, and on that front I wish McDevitt had received input from to a woman when writing from her point of view, if only to fix the approach to her first private encounter wi…

Menu Plan Monday: Baby it's cold outside!

My daughter came home Sunday afternoon and started asking about dinner right away. Grilled eggplant didn't go over so well (she let it get cold), but the grilled cajun salmon was a hit. Then the requests for meals started coming fast and furious. Every single request was a type of chili.

Monday: Beef and Bean Chile Verde
Tuesday: Three-bean Chili (from scratch)

Wednesday:Chicken Chili

Thursday: Leftovers Friday: Turkey chili
At least she's getting lots of lycopene this week. I'll probably have to make a few batches of gluten-free cornbread to go along with all of this chili.

Still feeling a little silly.