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Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Chicken Mango Kabobs

This whole summer has flown by in the blink of an eye!! I can’t believe it’s Fall already! But, if you’re still able to find some yummy looking mangoes at the store, then you MUST try this recipe! My husband is doing P90x and is subscribed to the email newsletters. A few weeks ago he received an email with this recipe in it, and we just had to try it. I can only describe them in one word– DELICIOUS!! They are spicy, sweet, tangy, a great mixture of flavors that will leave you craving more!

Chicken Mango Kabobs

  • 1 tsp. lime rind, grated
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil (plus extra to grease grill surface)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 mangoes
  • 1 sweet red pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 small red or sweet onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Medium bowl
  • Large bowl
  • 8 skewers
  • Brush for marinade

Light charcoal grill or preheat gas grill. In a small bowl, create marinade by whisking together lime rind, lime juice, oil, garlic, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Place chicken chunks in large bowl. Pour half of marinade over chicken, toss to coat, and let stand for 20 minutes. Stir honey into remaining marinade, cover, and refrigerate until needed. Cut mango flesh from each side of pit. Cut mango flesh in a grid pattern of 3/4-inch squares down to but not through the skin. Gently push skin to turn inside out and cut off the flesh. Alternately thread mango, pepper, onion, and chicken pieces onto each of 8 skewers. Brush with half of the reserved honey marinade. (Discard marinade that chicken soaked in.) Lightly grease grill surface and place kabobs on it over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning and basting kabobs once with remaining honey marinade until fruit is softened and chicken is browned and cooked through (with no pink inside) and juices run clear (about 8 minutes). Makes 4 servings (2 skewers each).

Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Cooking Time: 8 minutes

And even better, they are high in protein and low in calories and carbs. Nothing like a delicious meal that’s healthy too!
**Note** Don’t forget- if you use bamboo skewers, you MUST soak them in water first! Otherwise they will catch fire on the grill… Guess who forgot to soak the skewers– yep, that would be me. Ours still turned out tasty though, our skewers where just a touch burned. lol.

 

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Low Carb, Gluten-Free, Spinach Quiche!

I follow the blog Frugal Feeding, and am always finding delicious things that I’d love to make. This particular recipe was just too good to pass up. I’d been looking for a good quiche recipe, and couldn’t have asked for a better one to meet my dietary requirements. AND it’s delicious too! Even Linnaea chowed down on some (and she’s a picky 2 year old!)

Because his blog is out of the UK, I thought I’d help you all out a little bit and convert some of the measurements :) To see the original recipe, go HERE

Crustless Spinach and Ricotta Quiche

Serves 4

Ingredients:

• 10oz fresh spinach

• 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

• A little olive oil

• 1/2 cup heavy cream

• 8oz ricotta cheese

• 2 eggs, beaten

• Salt and pepper

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Fry the garlic in oil in a large saucepan. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Beat the eggs, cream and cheese together in a mixing bowl until combined. Add the wilted spinach and season.

2. Transfer the spinach and cheese mixture to a buttered quiche dish and bake in the oven until just set. This should take around 20-25 minutes. Once cooked leave to cool for 2 minutes before very carefully slicing.

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Homemade Household Cleaners

Wow, sorry it has been so long since my last post! We have been busy, busy, busy, and I haven’t been feeling too hot. But now I am back with a great post! I have compiled a list of great homemade household cleaner recipes. With a toddler running around, the importance of having a natural/homemade cleaning aid is a concern- there are just too many harmful chemicals in the stuff you buy at the store. Not to mention, you can save a buck or two making your own! If you have another great cleaner to add to the list, let me know!

Window cleaner  via I Can Teach My Child

Orange cleaner  via Penniless Parenting

Tub and shower cleaner  via Food.com

Bathroom cleaner  via Crunchy Betty

Toilet bowl cleaner  via Frugally Sustainable

Drain cleaner  via Tidy Mom

Granite Cleaner via 320 Sycamore

Kitchen cleaner via One Good Thing by Jillee

Oven cleaner  via One Good Thing by Jillee

Countertop cleaner via The Stowell’s

Wood cleaner  via eHow.com

Floor cleaner  via A Delightful Home

Carpet Cleaner  via Surviving the Stores

Laundry soap  via I Can Teach My Child

Dishwasher detergent  via diyNatural

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Broccoli Salad- With Walnuts and Grapes

I’m back!! We finally got all the kinks worked out, and I’m back to blogging. I have a SUPER yummy recipe to share with you today.

While we were visiting my parents in Missouri, we had this delicious broccoli salad. I have been trying to recreate something similar to it (with my own twist) since we got back home. What I ended up with isn’t exactly like what we had, but it is pretty darn yummy! Here’s what I did…..

Broccoli Salad

1 large head of broccoli
1 cup mayo
2 Tbsp spicy mustard (I actually use a little more because I like the taste of mustard)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
A dash of Cayenne pepper
1/4 Walnuts, chopped
Red grapes
 
Finely chop the broccoli. I run mine through the food processor- fast and easy! Pour into bowl. Add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne. Mix well. Add walnuts and grapes, mix again. Serve.
 
***Please add to, or take from, this recipe as you wish. I am not 100% positive on all the measurements I used because I sort of add things, taste, add some more, etc. I will edit the post next time I make this salad to get more accurate measurements- I was just too excited to share it with you all! Enjoy!!
 
 
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Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies!

I needed a quick fix for my sweet tooth, and these cookies hit the spot! They are a bit crumbly, but taste a lot like a real peanut butter cookies. I used stevia instead of Splenda, but I imagine they’d taste great either way. Enjoy!!

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
1 1/3 cups granular Splenda or equivalent liquid Splenda or Stevia
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Extra granular Splenda for fork

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl; beat well with a spoon until it becomes a thick dough. Gently roll into 20 balls and place on a baking sheet. Or, use a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop to evenly measure the dough. Dip a fork in granular Splenda and make a criss-cross design by gently pressing into the balls of dough in alternating directions. Be gentle and dip the fork into Splenda frequently because the dough is very sticky. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Cool before removing from the baking sheet. Store in the freezer and do not thaw before eating.

Makes 20 small cookies
Can be frozen

With granular Splenda:
Per Cookie: 81 Calories; 6g Fat; 3g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 3g Net Carbs
Per 2 Cookies: 162 Calories; 12g Fat; 7g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 7g Net Carbs

With liquid Splenda:
Per Cookie: 75 Calories; 6g Fat; 3g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; .5g Dietary Fiber; 1.5g Net carbs
Per 2 Cookies: 149 Calories; 12g Fat; 7g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 4g Net Carbs

** I definitely recommend freezing these cookies after you make them. When frozen, they hold together much better.

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Sugar-Free and Low Carb Chocolate Souffle!

The hardest thing about dieting is my sweet tooth. So, I have been looking for alternatives so that I can “indulge” every once in a while. Here’s one we found that was a real winner!

 

Low Carb Chocolate Souffle: Via Low Carb Desserts

8 oz sugar free chocolate chopped
6 tablespoons (3/4 of a stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons coffee (rum or water can be used)
6 large eggs (divided into 6 egg whites and 6 yolks)
¼ teaspoon cream of tarter, heaping
½ cup Splenda

Fill a sauce pan 1/3 with water and heat until water becomes hot but before it simmers. Preheat your oven to 375˚F.

Combine chopped chocolate, butter and coffee in heatproof bowl and place over the hot (but not simmering) sauce pan of water and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, let cool for ten minutes and then whisk in the egg yolks. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites on medium speed until the eggs are foamy then add in the cream of tarter and beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the splenda until the peaks are stiff but not dry.

Using a large rubber spatula, stir in 1/3 of the egg whites into the low carb chocolate mixture, and then gently but thoroughly fold in the remaining mixture. Butter 6 (10 oz) ramekins and sprinkle with Splenda and arrange on a baking sheet. Divide the batter equally among the 6 ramekins and bake to risen and set, about 20 minutes. Once you remove it you have one minute maybe two to get the low carb soufflé to the table before it falls!

The low carb soufflés can also be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 before baking.

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza- LOW CARB!!

Jason and I have been working on losing weight. I gained 60 lbs when I was pregnant (Ugh, I know!), and now that she’s 1.5 I guess baby weight is no longer an excuse for why I’m overweight. lol. Anyways, we have cut out all junk food, sugar, bad carbs, etc and have both lost quite a bit of weight. One thing that I’ve struggled with is finding healthy recipes to replace some of our not-so-healthy cravings. Pizza is a bad one for me. I LOVE pizza. So, I’m trying out a few different low carb variations. The one we tried this week was the cauliflower crust pizza from Spark Recipes. It was actually pretty good. Not sure if I’d really call it a pizza, as you can’t pick it up and eat it with your hands. Although, if you read the comments, some people suggest using raw cauliflower and say that it comes out better. I’ll have to remember that for next time!

Here’s the recipe for you to try at home!

 

Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: 20
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

Cauliflower, frozen, cooked, riced, 1 cup
Egg, fresh, 1 large
Cheddar Cheese, 1 cup, shredded
Fennel, 1/2 tsp
Oregano, ground, 1 tsp
Parsley, dried, 2 tsp

Directions

Rice or finely chop the cauliflower. Beat egg, add the cauliflower, and shredded cheese. Mix, then press into a greased pizza pan then sprinkle with the spices. Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes. If you double the recipe cook 15 to 20 minutes.

Add desired pizza topping such as red sauce, mushrooms, green pepper, onions, cheese, etc. Bake until brown and cheese is bubbly.

This makes four pieces.

Number of Servings: 4

**Thought I’d add…. When the recipe says to “rice” the cauliflower here’s what it means:  How to rice cauliflower

I prepared ours in a cake pan, and topped it with cheese and turkey pepperoni. YUM!

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Grilled Romaine Salad

I had seen this recipe on a show on Food Network, and thought it sounded a bit strange. But then my in-laws tried it and went on about how delicious it was…. So, curiosity got the best of me, and I just had to try it to. Let me tell you, I am in LOVE! This is how I want my salad every night for dinner :)

Mmmmm..... Grilling it brings out so many flavors in the romaine. You have to try this, so tasty!

Here’s the recipe via Food Network

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions:

Preheat a grill to medium-high.

Rinse and pat dry the lettuce. Cut the 2 heads in half lengthwise. Brush surface with olive oil and grill about 4 to 5 minutes total, turning occasionally. Place each wedge on a salad plate and drizzle with your favorite Caesar dressing. With a vegetable peeler, shave some pieces from a wedge of Reggiano-Parmigiano over each salad and serve.

**I add some salt and pepper to the lettuce after brushing it with olive oil, and we use just plain old Parmesan cheese. I do drizzle mine with a little Caesar dressing, but it actually tastes delicious without any dressing at all. Enjoy!

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