Today I had a major craving to (1) spend time in the kitchen (even though the crockpot was already making dinner), and (2) stuff my face with cheese straws. I lovelovelove cheese straws, even though they aren’t healthy or low-carb (or especially because they aren’t healthy or low-carb). I decided to try making a low-carb version…completely winging it. And it amazingly worked out! I made them with sesame oil and sesame seeds for an Asian feel.
-bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
-splash of olive oil
-1T sesame oil
-splash of milk
-generous dash of salt
-1/2 cup chickpea flour
-Mix cheese, butter, oil, milk, and salt with hands.
-Mix in chickpea flour until dough-like consistently.
-Take quarter-sized amount of dough and roll between hands, then roll under one hand on a greased surface.
-Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
-Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until golden on edges.
-Serve with wine as a delicious, Asian, low-carb, gluten-free appetizer.
Salmon with yogurt and dill
L&Q live in Chapel Hill now!! We got together last night for a jog with the pups, and then we made this delicious meal:
1. Place salmon in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Add a dash of salt and pepper, and add a spoonful of capers and handful of grape tomatoes to the dish.
2. Broil on the middle rack for about 8 minutes, or until the salmon starts to become opaque. Remove from heat.
3. Mix together yogurt, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dill. Spoon on top of each piece of salmon.
4. Return to the broiler for another 2 minutes, then remove and serve!
We ate our salmon with sides of farmers-market okra and squash and zucchini. So tasty!!
-K, L, Q, and C
Meal Prep Follow-Up
I recently posted about the plan-ahead crockpot meals we made for this month. I just wanted to do a follow-up post, now that I’ve actually cooked 4 of the 5 recipes!
First of all, STORAGE: I was worried we wouldn’t have space in our freezer for a month’s worth of chicken dinners. But we did! You just have to freeze them flat (maybe by putting on a cookie sheet at first? I just cleared room), and then you can easily keep them flat or line them up upright.
EFFICIENCY: has been great! The recipes do make quite a bit, once you’ve added in the extra stuff (most recipes call for a jar of coconut milk, tomatoes, or salsa). Which, by the way, we also bought at our initial trip and were included in the $9-10 per meal estimate. And the recipes last for about 2-3 meals each for 2 people. It really has saved us a lot of prep time. And of course our grocery trips are now fast and cheap (since we’re just getting extra stuff to complement the chicken). Today, I only bought the essentials: a chopped salad mix (all of which I love!), one lime, corn tortillas, and alcohol for a friend’s birthday!
- Honey Rosemary Chicken: the one recipe we haven’t tried
- Fig Balsamic Chicken: Soooo tasty! Mediterranean-ish.
- Santa Fe Chicken: Also quite tasty (and similar to the lime salsa chicken).
- Coconut Curry Chicken: pictured. So, so good. And it makes a LOT. We had this while 3 friends were over, and we still had lots of leftovers. Probably made about 8-10 from this one batch!
- Lime Salsa Chicken: pictured. heavy on the cilantro, which is my favorite!! Served over corn tortillas and rice
Our fortune cookie this week (the second one I’ve taped on our mirror because I liked it. The other was: “Unexpected gains are likely.”). Of course I got excited about possible changes (that may come in swaddled blankets), but that certainly doesn’t seem to be the case. And since that doesn’t seem to be the case, I’m nervous about what other potential changes could be blowing through. Why is change so scary?! And why am I giving any credence to a fortune cookie?!