We were blessed with a rare (at least so far this year) sunny day this past Saturday, giving us a chance to get some outside chores done finally. On days like that, when you’re out raking and picking up fallen branches and cleaning up the tangles of brush that have cluttered the yard throughout the soggy (and snowy) winter, you never know how long you’ll be outside before you decide to quit. Time just seems to fly by, until suddenly you realize it’s evening and you’ve not eaten since breakfast. Then, all of a sudden, you’re not just hungry but famished, and you don’t want to have to wait another 30 to 90 minutes to prepare something to eat.
It’s just those sort of days where slow-cooker meals are perfect. You don’t really have to spend much time preparing anything, and when that time in the evening comes when you decide you need to eat now, you’ve got hot food ready and waiting. Perhaps the only drawback (if you must look for one) is that you need to get started early. Of course, most days that we’ve got a lot planned start early anyway, so it’s not much more effort to toss some goodies into the crock pot and set them on low before heading out the door.
Miss your cereal or just want a great snack? My friend Brad gave me a great recipe for grain-free granola. It’s cool I can say friend although I have met him only once. We communicate mainly through his nutrition log via the computer. He tells me what he eats, I make a comment. We have some fun banter. I love that he takes the time to write it down and that he cares about what he is putting in his body which is, after all, a machine. The ingredients can vary so much in these granola recipes. You can tweak them to your liking, ie add in what YOU like. So of course I took his recipe and changed a few things to make it my own based on what I like and also based on what I had available to me at the time in the pantry; Ah improvising!
Brad and Bailey
Posted in Breakfast, Kids Menu, Printable, Recipes, Vegetarian or Vegan
Tagged almonds, cinnamon, egg white, gluten-free granola, granola, macadamia nuts, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds, unsweetened coconut, vanilla, walnuts
This recipe started out inspired by a dish called laksa that comes from Malaysia and Indonesia. Traditional laksa is a spicy noodle soup, of which there are numerous local incantations involving either curry or tamarind for flavor, and a greatly varied list of ingredients such as tempe, boiled eggs, poached fish, rice noodles, bean sprouts, and shrimp paste. Of course, just like a Hollywood movie claiming to be “inspired by a true story” (we know how close they stick to the facts in those, don’t we), this recipe evolved into a loose interpretation of traditional laksa that is definitely Purely Primal. And don’t be scared away by the long list of ingredients either – this one is simple to put together, and doesn’t take very long either.
Posted in Main Dish, Poultry, Recipes, Soups & Stews
Tagged Basil, chicken, Chiles, Cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, easy, fennel, lemongrass