Thursday, October 31

Super Simple Sriracha Dressing

For those that know me, know I LOVE spicy food. Love it. There have been several times in our relationship that I have single handedly taken Mr. FFF out of commission because I thought it was the perfect amount of spice... but apparently it was too much for the normal people in this world.  My love for sriracha is no different and currently I am on another kick. Last night was taco night so I wanted to re-purpose the leftover chicken in today's lunch as a salad and instead of using the same old Balsamic Vinegar dressing I usually whip up, I decided a spicy lime dressing was needed.

The SRIRACHA LIME DRESSING WAS BORN! Literally in 30 seconds I whipped this together (so there is no reason not to have fresh dressing when you would like it).

Ingredients Needed: Sriracha, Lime Juice, Olive Oil, S&P
Step 1: Break out any container that you can shake things in and it not leak. I used this small mason jar.
Step 2: *Pour in half lime juice, half Sriracha plus a sprinkle of salt & pepper- not the late 90's rap group.
Step 3: Place lid on and shake. Uncap lid and test for taste/spiciness/saltiness.
Step 4: Whatever amount of liquid you have from Step 2 place the equal amount of olive oil. Cap and Shake. Taste again & pour over your salad. 

Your welcome world.

Lunch is over but I will leave you with this article I ran across the other day which, of course, is only making me use more throughout the day not conserve. Thankfully today's verdict was a win for all spicy food fanatics! Production will be resumed. Yay!

Do you make your own dressing at home? 
If not what kind do you buy?

*JUST EYEBALL IT. Come on this is not rock science; this all about how YOU like it so just eyeball it and then eventually you will know how much you like. This goes for all homemade dressings- Practice Makes Perfect.

Tuesday, October 22

Crazy for Zucchini's

I know the summer is ending which means the beloved zucchini will no longer be in season BUT who doesn't love a good Zucchini Bread? Mr. FFF looooovvves Zucchini Bread. He must think its good for him or something... but just like carrot cake this delicious bread is full of sugar and gluten. Just take a look at the standard version from my Better Homes & Garden *Cookbook. One cup zucchini to one cup sugar? Not the best way to eat your veggies. Since our home is now gluten free I decided to try out a couple of zucchini bread recipes I have had my eye on from my two **favorite gluten-free bakers. 

First up, Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Elana's Pantry. I like zucchini and love chocolate but the two of them together?? I wasn't sure. Followed her recipe to the T and it turned out great! Moist, chocolaty, but still had that underlying zucchini taste we all know and love. 

Next up, Almond Flour Zucchini Bread from Against All Grain's Danielle Walker. This bread turned out ***okay but to be fair I misread the directions and I don't enjoy the taste of banana. Danielle states to use two mini loaf pans and I used the same pan as in the first recipe which is apparently in between the regular loaf and the mini loaf. Whoops- first world problems, lesson learned. The center was still pretty under cooked once I took it out of the oven but I ended up slicing this bread up and sticking it on a cookie sheet back in the oven until done. The good news is that it tasted very similar to the classic version. 

Mr. FFF didn't like any of them. After one bite the words "This doesn't taste like my mom's" slipped right out. *sigh* The chocolate one is out for him (although I loved it!) because it is too different from the original but I am going to try out Danielle's version again when I have an extra zucchini laying around. I can tell from the taste he will like it if I can just use the proper pan... I think we will have a winner. 

In the mood for some zucchini bread? Why don't you do a taste test too! 

*This is the cookbook I refer to to see all standard recipes before making it mine.

**Both of these ladies also have cookbooks so be sure to check them out. (Elana has three and Danielle just came out with her first one this year.) 

***The recipe includes one very ripe banana- I don't really like bananas but I did recognize that it would be needed for the sweetness in the recipe, so I included it. >> I << can taste the banana but it is pretty faint and mixed in with the other flavors but if you are the other 1% of people who could do without the taste of this high potassium fruit you might not like it.  

Wednesday, October 16

*Organic is the New Black

Over the last year an item on my to do list was to get more organic veggies in the house. We have always had vegetables in this household but we wanted to aim for more per serving per meal.  Of course I want the most nutrient dense veggies for our overall health as well.

 There are several ways to go about this:
  • Option 1: Continue to buy conventional produce.
  • Option 2: Buy ALL organic produce.
  • Option 3: Buy regular produce, except for the dirty dozen. 
Conventional: Buying conventional produce is fine for anyone on a budget. Eating veggies is better than not eating veggies. Although the thought of eating these items that were grown with pesticides and chemicals gives me the heebe geebees when I really start to think about it. Conventional is the most cost effective.

Organic: Buying organic produce makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I like eating vegetables that I know have no pesticides/chemicals** on the land for a minimum of 3 years and were grown with care using farming practices that are both old and new. If you buy all organic veggies be prepared to spend $50+ per week on produce particularly if you buy from a major grocer.

Pick 'N' Choose: This (maybe more affordable) option is to purchase all conventional except what the Environmental Working Group calls the dirty dozen. I came around to this option because Mr. FFF (FoodFavesFun) doesn't like it when I buy... an Organic Apple that is smaller AND more expensive than its conventional prototype. He doesn't see the value. Health duh! This is still an expensive option considering basically everything I like to eat is on the dirty dozen list except for celery***. But over the last year it has been the way that I have been making sure I can vote with as many of our dollars as possible and still feel slightly warm and fuzzy.

Here is a handy guide to take along with you to the grocery store to keep you on track.

Is shopping Organic important to you? If so, do you "vote with your dollars" by buying/supporting organic farms?

*How much did you love Orange is the New Black??? One awesome thing about Netflix making their own shows is getting to partake in the ultra marathon once the show is released. The bad thing is still having to wait until the net season. Ekkk!

**Due to the Government Shut down of October 2013, I wasn't able to link up and get the deets from the National Organic Program itself. From my understanding, there are no chemicals and synthetic pesticides plus the veggies are not subjected to irradiation and are also inspected/certified each year.

*** Hate celery!!! Unless its chopped up really small and hidden in my food.

Saturday, October 12

Hello, Again!


It's nice to see you again. It has been basically a year since I have updated this blog which is when I started my new job last November. It was challenging and different but similar everyday plus the people; they were pretty cool to work along side. That's over now and I have all of this free time so I am happy to re-start something that is really enjoyable.

There have been many times that I have started a topic: "New Year, New Goals", "Whole 30 = A Whole New me?" -just some unpublished examples. I have loads of pictures on my phone of food that I have made or eaten over the last year. It's ridiculous when you look at my cell phone gallery: food, food, pup, pup pup, followed by food. I might be obsessed- but some studies say that it makes for a better meal.

Bella at the Independent, Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup, Morning Tail gate food, Abita Pecan Harvest, Me with a week of groceries, Gluten Free Quiche with a side salad at Piquant, Bella for the first swim of the year. 

I am sorry I have been gone for so long. Mostly for myself because I enjoy making food, commenting on happenings in my hometown or local hot spots. Plus I am consistently asked how I made things I post on Instagram or Facebook. So a blog is the obvious choice. I really can't promise anything but I hope to continue for the foreseeable future. Staying home definitely gives me more time to do the things I love but I should probably find a new job sometime... one day... soon.

In the meantime I am going to channel The Pioneer Woman.