Growing up in east Tennessee, Indian food wasn’t something that we frequently enjoyed.
I can remember one restaurant, The Sitar, that advertised an extensive lunch buffet that my father always enthusiastically suggested when it came time for a family dinner night. And yes, it's still open today if you want to check it out.
Alas, it never received enough votes to make the cut.
I’m pretty sure it took me until college to venture into the world of Indian food. While not every dish is my jam, I’ve found enough items that I can maneuver through an Indian menu with confidence.
Curry is one of my go-to dishes. Especially a red curry.
A beautiful blend of lemongrass, shallot, ginger, tomato paste, cumin, coriander, and chilis, this dish is salty and sweet and slightly spicy.
I finally decided I’d start experimenting with my own version, testing it on Mr. Waffle House for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (on Valentine’s Day mind you) and HE LOVED IT!
Like bowl empty in under 6 minutes loved it.
Today’s the day to take on this stupidly simple curry.
It's one of those throw raw food in a slow cooker, turn it on, and walk away meals.
Let’s get to it!
Happy hump day my little love nuggets!
You’re halfway through your week! And you’re just a few days away from the first day of fall! And you’ve made it through the toughest part of the day- waking up and getting out of bed!
Way to go.
I think you’ve earned a handful of paleo-friendly goodies that are just dying for you to come find them at your nearest Wal-Mart. AND, like I did last week, I’m going to be sharing a recipe featuring one of these said goodies at the end of the week.
So great, right?
Sorry it took me over a year to realize how helpful that would be for y’all…better late than never, huh?
I’m going to go ahead and get right to it, friends. I have MUCH to do in preparation for PUMPKINPALOOZA 2017 that will be kicking off next Tuesday, though the first day of fall is technically Friday.
In the meantime, enjoy all the watermelon and okra and figs and tomatoes you can before they’re out of season and are being imported from mysterious, faraway lands like Mexico…and Australia….and California.
And, as always, if you see or buy any of my #paleowalmart finds this week or weekend, snag a pic and tag me on Facebook or Instagram. I LOVE LOVE LOVE when y’all do that. Makes my lil paleo heart just pitter patter with glee.
Rice. That’s made of cauliflower.
Yes, in cause you haven’t heard, this is a thing.
I don’t know who started it or how they came up with the idea, but it’s a recipe I’ve been enjoying as a low-carb alternative to white rice for nearly 2 years now.
Just recently, however, grocery stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and even Wal-Mart have hopped on the cauliflower train and started providing their own freshly riced cauliflower.
Even the big business folks over at Green Giant and Bird’s Eye have gotten in on the fun.
While I’ve tried Wal-Mart’s fresh riced cauliflower and Bird’s Eye’s frozen riced cauliflower, I know Wal-Mart offers a 12 oz. bag for about $2.48, and Trader Joe’s offers a 16 oz. bag of the fresh stuff for $2.49.
Not too shabby.
BUT…(cause there’s always a but)…I found a 2.5-POUND (aka 40 oz.) head of cauliflower at Aldi this week for $1.68.
Talk about bang for your buck!
So today, I’m going to show you how 1) quick 2) easy & 3) cheap it is to make your own cauliflower rice and cauliflower rice kits just like the ones you’d pick up in the grocery stores.
The meat and potatoes of this post is completely inspired by 1- the Holy Spirit and 2- my rockin pastor Steve Hayes of Grace Community Church here in Corsicana, TX. What is about to unfold is the result of a week of marinating on what was said through Steve. I must give credit where credit is due. To Him and to him. Wanna hear more from Steve? Click here to hear some of his past sermons or find out more about visiting my church home.
As a born and raised Presbyterian, I am no stranger to this act.
Prayer just something I learned how to do as a child, like tying my shoes and riding a bike.
In my family, prayer came before dinner, before bed, before whopper life events like exams and championship football games.
It’s just part of daily life.
Wake up. Eat. Pray. Sleep.
And, naturally, my understanding as a child was that prayer should be done with eyes tightly closed (peaking naturally resulted in your prayers being disqualified or so I thought) and heads bowed and hands pressed together.
Then you ask God for things and thank Him for things and you hope He’s listening but you never actually get to hear a response.
As a wee Presbyterian lassie, I always knew God could hear me, but I never really knew if He was going to answer me…I was confounded that Santa could take the time to leave me a brief reply to my cookies and milk but God himself couldn’t take the time to jot down a few words on paper for me.
That’s kid logic, huh?
While my understanding of prayer has vastly matured over the years, there are times, I must admit, when my persistently unanswered prayers seem like they're for nothing.
But this past week I was reminded that just because I ask God for X (a new home, a child, a new job) and do not receive it doesn’t mean He isn’t listening.
In fact, often He not only listens but answers in a way my foolish, self-absorbed human self may not even realize.
So before you write off God as being distracted or distant or detached from your prayer life, let’s take a little closer look at our lives and what He is doing in them. We might just be surprised the way in which God is answering our prayers, sometimes even responding to needs in our lives we weren’t even aware of.
Y’all, He’s always listening. The real question is, are you?
Happy Saturday sunshines!
And here in Texas, it sure is sunshiny.
What happened to that crisp, autumnal chill that had me bursting out the canned pumpkin, causing me to debate pulling out the Halloween decorations, and even led me to this…
That pumpkin is going to have to enjoy the chill of the air conditioning for now seeing as we are back in the mid-90s for at least the forseeable future.
Nonetheless, I’m hard at work preparing for PUMPKINPALOOZA 2017.
If you’ve been with me since last fall, you would remember how I deemed every Tuesday in fall Pumpkin Tuesday, featuring a new pumpkintastic baked good, beverage, small bite, etc…
I’ve also been LOVING my new fitness class- Queenax Boost.
It’s a vastly difference fitness approach from what I typically do throughout the week (i.e. Crosffit-style conditioning, kickboxing, cardio dance). It incorporates way more balance, coordination, core, and agility all with just a giant swing-like apparatus.
It’s kinda like a plyometric pilates class.
And it’s only 30 minutes (that’s warm up, work-out, and stretching).
If you live in my hood, come play with me Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. at the Corsicana YMCA. Childcare is free, so your little friends can come play with my little McNugget. Not a member? Leave me a comment or email me at email@example.com and I can get ya a free pass to come give it a try!
Aside from burning my core in my Queenax classes, check out the other workouts I’ve been doin’ this week.
And as always, if you have a question about a move or are curious about how to modify a workout to meet your fitness needs, just leave me a comment or email me. I’m here for y’all! Be well, and keep movin!
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase from Amazon, I'll receive a small compensation.
Guys, I officially have mango fever.
It all started at Wal-Mart when I stumbled upon gorgeous, HUGE, ripe mangos for only 49 cents. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but I just had to buy them.
Then, my fate was sealed when I found dried mango that didn’t have ANY added sugar, a rare find.
Mango mania set it.
I came home and created a killer and oh-so-refreshing Mango Slaw that I shared with y’all on Tuesday, and then I pondered what I could do with the dried mango.
It’s so naturally sweet, so I wanted to be careful not to do anything to push it into the realm of cloyingly, over the top sweet.
Then I remembered seeing these little beauties pop up on my instagram feed-
Mango Pineapple RX Bars!!!
While I still haven’t found them in stores, I’ve been daydreaming about how bright those tropical tasties would be, like a little escape to Costa Rica wrapped up in a tiny package.
But alas, I live in Corsicana, Texas, where RX bars aren’t sold in stores.
So, I asked myself, why in the world can’t I make my own? Especially now that I have these no- sugar-added dried mango pieces.
And I did just that.
Super simple. Super clean. 100% Paleo, Vegan, and Whole 30 approved.
Dates, raw nuts, unsweetened coconut, unsweetened dried mango, gelatin protein, and a pinch of salt.
5 homemade RX bars for under $2 a piece.
Impossible? Nothing is impossible my friends with a little imagination, a little determination, and a Vitamix.
So let the mango madness continue!