Friday, January 23, 2015

Skinnytaste recipes review

I was sent this book to try out from a book review blogging program. I got to pick the book and I had been anxious to try this one out. We picked out a few recipes that we all agreed on (yes even the 12 year old). We tried a mixture of a few for a few different dinners and were pleasantly surprised with almost all of them! I was actually most surprised of my kiddo's reactions and would highly recommend this cookbook.

Find the book here:
The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

I was able to find a variation of almost all of the recipes we tried on her website as well so here you go!

Roasted Acorn Squash with brown sugar
Pleasantly surprised. The child SWORE he'd hate it. Tried and he was in love with it. He said it tasted like candy. We all enjoyed it immensely and it was soooo easy. The book used maple syrup instead of brown sugar but other than that, not much of a difference.

Roasted Asparagus
The book had a slightly different recipe, adding lemon, which is what we did. We love roasted asparagus.

There are also some sesame green beans from her book that didn't have a comparable replacement on the site. They were delicious!

Creamy Cauliflower
We did use cream cheese instead. It was a recipe we had already been using from her site but we love it. I would eat potatoes with every meal but the other half won't let me so he made some substitutions!

Baked Zucchini Sticks
The kiddo has asked for these almost every day since we made these. We've made them twice and he's in love with them.

Oven Fried Chicken
Similar to the book recipe, we added some extra spices and the book had corn flakes instead of bran flakes and a different initial coating. We added a bit more cayenne, soaked the chicken overnight in buttermilk (per the book) and even my Kentucky born boyfriend approved of it!

As a family, we all really enjoyed these recipes. The boyfriend and I loved the oven fried chicken the most, with the acorn squash being a close second; the child was all about the zucchini fries. There are several other recipes we have marked as a family to try and I can't wait.

I think my favorite thing is that there weren't any odd ingredients. Everything can be found at a normal grocery store and easy to prepare. 

All opinions are my own. I was given the book in exchange for my honest review and opinion but honestly, like most books I review, I chose this one because I already interested in it. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Matcha green tea

I've heard of this stuff for what feels like forever but hadn't had a chance to try it! It was always either too expensive, or I had no idea what to do with it (honestly, that latter one is more true than the former).

So on a whim, I decided I HAD to try this stuff. I purchased Kiss Me Organic's from Amazon a few weeks ago. I love matcha green tea latte's from a local coffee shop so that was the first thing I made!

I like almond milk more than dairy milk, mostly because my boyfriend is lactose intolerant and my son finishes the dairy milk before anyone else can touch it, so I made it with that. There were quite a few recipes for this, but I kind of just combined them to make my own.

Matcha Green Tea Latte with Almond milk
1-2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder *if you LOVE green tea, add more. If you aren't sure, add less.
2 ounces of hot water
6 ounces of heated almond milk
Preferred flavoring: 1/2 to 1 tsp Almond extract or vanilla, or both!
Optional: Agave, honey, or raw cane sugar for sweetness

Sift the matcha green tea powder and then pour in the hot water to dissolve.

Add the almond milk, and whatever flavorings you want and shake.
Pour over ice if you want it cold (my preference).

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