Easter Dinner

Easter-Egg

I hope everyone is having a nice and relaxing Easter Sunday. We aren’t a particularly religious household so we take advantage of just relaxing as a family. πŸ™‚ We will search for Easter eggs, get Easter baskets, and make a nice Sunday dinner. Anytime I can spend time with my family without any plans, it makes me happy!

So what are you having for dinner tonight? My husband is going to be smoking a ham! I can’t wait. Typically I am in charge of cooking in the kitchen and he handles the BBQ and smoker. I think it’s a fair trade. His BBQ is seriously to die for! He makes his own sauces, rubs, and does such a great job giving the food some TLC. So we are going to have ham, rolls, deviled eggs, fresh green beans, green salad, and maybe some funeral potatoes. Funeral potatoes are a Utah thing. If you aren’t sure what funeral potatoes are, read this quick article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funeral_potatoes. I made them for a friend’s wedding recently (we got the joke, not sure if anyone else did), and they were a huge hit! I’m going to make either homemade banana pudding or I might try my hand at a new dessert recipe. If it works, I’ll post the recipe here. πŸ™‚

No matter how you spend today, I hope you are all safe, happy, and healthy!

 

Not a New Recipe, but a Good One

Indian Cauliflower Curry

This isn’t a new recipe, but it is so good! πŸ™‚ It is quick and easy. I made this on Thursday after picking up my son from soccer.

Indian Potato Cauliflower Curry

I know a lot of people don’t/can’t/won’t cook on weekdays because they don’t think they have the time,Β  but I promise you can do it if you plan ahead and know what you’re cooking. The key is meal planning.

Soda Ban

NY_SODA_BAN_25314715

There has been a lot of talk about the ban of large sodas (16oz and more) in New York by Mayor Bloomberg. With all of this talk, I wanted to throw in my two cents.

While yes, there is definitely an epidemic when it comes to obesity, I don’t know if banning a substance like soda is really going to tackle the issue effectively. If a person wants a soda larger than 16oz, they will find a way to get it. Whether it is bringing their own soda from home that they purchased from the grocery store, or perhaps purchasing a soda at a restaurant, then on their way home they’ll stop at the gas station and purchase another soda.

Rather than banning a substance like soda, why not put all the time and effort into educating the public on the harms of soda and provide them with healthy alternatives. People will be able to make their own educated decisions if they are given all of the information from both sides.

Soda is filled with not so healthy ingredients like sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and more. Would a person be more likely to stop drinking soda because the city is limiting the availability or because they know how much sugar they are actually consuming and what the harmful side effects may be? For example, a 12oz can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar, which is equal to about 10 teaspoons. If you bump that up to a 20oz Mountain Dew, it contains 77 grams of sugar which is equal to about 19 teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association recently came out with new guidelines for recommended sugar intake. The recommended sugar intake for adult women is 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day, for adult men, it’s 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily, and for children, it’s 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day. By drinking one 12oz coke, we either exceed our sugar intake for the day or come VERY close, depending on your gender and age.

We can all agree that soda is not the best choice when it comes to beverages, so check out this article to find some healthy alternatives. By removing soda completely from your diet and replacing it with an alternative like water, you will experience weight loss, feel more energized over time without the help of stimulants, and more!

Detoxifying Foods

Detox-150x150

Check out this article about foods that help you cleanse your body naturally! πŸ™‚ http://www.vitalmend.com/index.php/blog/foods-to-help-you-detox/

The article has a list of foods that will help cleanse your body allowing you to detox naturally without the help of pills, shakes, etc. When looking for a cleanse, try find one that is full of whole, natural foods. The idea is to cleanse your body and rid it of harmful chemicals and pesticides. A lot of the pills and other items that are used in cleanses, contain artificial sweeteners or other items you want to avoid while cleansing.

Don’t forget to check out Elite Health Coaching’s Seasonal Detox Programs! πŸ™‚ That’s right, you can cleanse safely every 3 months to keep your body performing well, helping to improve your sleep, eating habits, and more!

Kid Friendly Gumbo Recipe!

Kid Friendly GumboDo you have a hard time cooking for your family because their tastes all vary. Try this Kid Friendly Gumbo recipe. πŸ™‚ My 4 year old tends to be a little more picky than my 8 year old, but they both loved this meal! This is a great meal to throw in the crock pot and forget about it until dinner time. It’s quick and easy, plus the whole family will enjoy it.

Dinner Recipes

On Sunday night I decided to make an older recipe, but I definitely forgot how good this one is.

I ended up making Stuffed Chicken Breasts with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and homemade rolls. My husband even gave me a little shout out on his Facebook and Twitter because he enjoyed it so much. Now that’s satisfaction!

For the roasted potatoes, I took 4 russet potatoes. I should have only used 2-3 because they were pretty big and I have a lot of leftovers. First I washed them, and you can leave the skins on if you would like, then I diced them into 3/4 in – 1 inch pieces, tossed them with olive oil and sprinkled with a potato seasoning we have. I baked them on a sided cookie sheet with the chicken breasts at 375 for about an hour, until the potatoes were a little crisp, but not burnt, and the chicken was no longer pink.

With the asparagus, I used to steam them in a pot, but my grandpa showed me another way to do it. I cut off the bottom inch or so of the stalk, then cut them in half again. Place the asparagus in a large frying pan with about 1/4 inch of water in the bottom and the juice of 1 lemon. I cook them over medium heat until they get to my desired consistency, a little crunchy and a little soft.

This was a nice, hearty meal that left us full but not stuffed. And once again, I forgot to take a picture!