Strange but Good: Cumin & Cayenne Fluff

I am not sure why I have not done this earlier than today. I have made Blueberry Fluff, Strawberry Fluff, even Chili-Mango Fluff

Why not a SAVORY FLUFF? p.s… I am sure there are more flavors to come. Stay tuned.

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For today’s STRANGEbutGOOD, I bring you a spicy blend of cumin and cayenne flavors. The spiciness is calmed by the dairy in the cottage cheese. You are left with a versatile dip or topper for a rice cake (my fave), bread, etc…

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Cumin & Cayenne Fluff
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-drop of milk (if needed)
-1/2t cayenne
-1/2t cumin

*Blend everything on high power until smooth.

Easy peasy–I know.

My favorite way to eat this is as a dip.

I tried it with carrots. Yum. Celery. Yum. Cucumbers. Yum.

You get the idea…

What flavors should I combine next?? I would love your ideas!

xoxo, Haley

Head over to Laura’s site Sprint2theTable to see other STRANGE but GOOD concoctions!

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Strange but Good: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Growing up, I remember the commercials.  I remember the tone in the woman’s voice as she sang the “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!” It has stuck with me.. for years.

As the years went on, it seemed to be getting weirder…

And even weirder..

Or is it #strangebutgood?  Hmmm… As the pets got stranger, chia seeds were not only being used as pets in my kitchen.  Chia seeds became FOOD!

So, here’s to another STRANGEbutGOOD Friday in the foodie world–(Thanks to Laura)!

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I have put chia in cottage cheese, yogurt, smoothies… but this recipe is a new one for me.  Honestly I was scared at first.  I didn’t know what was to come from these little guys.  From experience, I knew they became gel-like, but a bunch of them in my mouth??

I have seen recipes like this in many places, so I am not reinventing the wheel.  However, I threw some ingredients in a bowl, let it sit, and liked it!

Of course, the main ingredient:::

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CHIA SEED!  Looking at the nutrition facts below, chia seeds are full of Omega-3s, fiber, and protein.  What a SUPER FOOD!!?

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Alongside the CHIA seeds is my favorite milk, SILK!

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CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING

What Ya Need:
-2 T chia seeds
-1/2 cup milk
-1T unsweetened cocoa powder
-sweeten to your liking 🙂

Easy Instructions:
-Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Cover. Let sit in fridge overnight or for a few hours.
-Stir again. EAT!

Before and after the fridge…

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mmm… Chocolate Chia Sludge 🙂

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This POWERHOUSE snack has 160 calories, 7g protein, and 10g fiber!

enjoy!… hope you don’t grow ch-ch-ch-chia hair 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question: Did you have a chia pet growing up?  Please tell me you remember the commercial!

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Top That Pop!

Popcorn is delicious.  When watching a movie on a Saturday night, what do you do?  Pop some popcorn in the microwave.

Unfortunately, those bags of popcorn are full of fat, calories, and chemicals. Blech.

I have a solution though!  Pop your own and top it with what YOU want.

Today’s #strangebutgood focuses on POPCORN.

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Thanks to Laura for the crazy good link-up!

Just because the popcorn that comes pre-seasoned is not healthy, it doesn’t mean POPCORN isn’t healthy.

Popcorn actually is full of fiber (1g per cup) and only has 30 calories a cup (popped).  It is also whole grain and good for your heart.

So, how do we solve this popcorn problem?

An air popper!  (if ya don’t have one, there is another helpful link at the bottom)

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This kitchen gadget was a random Christmas present a few years  back, and I LOVE it!

I use Bob’s Red Mill White Popcorn (ordered from iherb.com –use the code: MLS308 to save $)

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Just put in 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels..

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and WA-LA!

Look at all of that popcorn!  The 1/2 cup of kernels is only 360 calories when it is all popped! (that is what a regular bag of popcorn is..and you don’t get nearly as much)

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***Now for the fun and #strangebutgood part…***

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THE TOPPINGS!

I have two versions today: a sweet and a savory

sweet: 1/2t cinnamon

savory: 1/2t cumin, dashes of cayenne

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All ya need is: 2 cups of popped popcorn, couple sprays of olive oil, and your choice of spices!

How-To::

-Scoop up 2 cups of popcorn

-Spritz olive oil on top

-Sprinkle on toppings

-Shake!

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Look how portable they are!  The two sandwich bags have 2 cups of popcorn in each.  The gallon bag is holding the rest for another day.

No air popper?  No problem.  Head over to Lindsay’s site for directions on Healthy Microwave Popcorn!

Now just don’t go blaming me if you get kicked out of the movie theater for bringing your own 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question:  fave popcorn topping? cheese? caramel? kettle corn?

I have been known to throw back a bag of Kettle Corn at The Padres’ games 🙂

(Make Your Own) Ground Chicken Breast Patties

It’s easy to stick some chicken breasts in the oven and top ‘em with some spices. However, this week I did something new (to me) and thought it was strange.

I have never been a fan of handling raw meat. (Anyone else immature enough to giggle at ‘raw meat?’) It grosses me out. It feels all slimy and squishy–not cool.

So, ground meat is just weird. —yuck— Especially when you have to mix it around with your bare hands and it’s squishing through your fingers. (I could vomit just typing this..)

Anywho–I decided to make my own ground chicken breasts! In the grocery store, this stuff is usually quite expensive. It is always upwards of $3 a pound (and that’s the cheapest I have seen it–Love ya, Sprouts!)

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BUT, if you make it yourself, if can be as low as $1.80 a pound. Deal? YES!

Before I continue, head over to see the QUEEN of Strange but Good::: Laura!

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Back to how I don’t like raw chicken (or any meat for that matter)–I put the chicken breasts in my food processor to make ground chicken breasts! Why haven’t I done this before? It was so easy and was able to add tons of flavor with herbs and veggies.

Here’s what I did and what you SHOULD do!

Chicken Breast Patties

-2 chicken breasts (mine were medium sized)

-3 T egg whites

-2 green onions, chopped

-1-2 T cilantro, chopped

-half serrano pepper, deseeded & chopped

-1 T chives

-1/2 cup grated carrot

-salt and pepper

  1. Chop green onions, cilantro, serrano, chives and grate carrot. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop chicken.
  3. Put chicken and egg whites in food processor. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
  4. Process until a paste is made–should be ground up.
  5. Add in herbs and veggies. Pulse until mixed.
  6. Put meat mixture into a covered bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (mine was in for 8 hours).
  7. Form 8 patties with chicken.
  8. Cook in a pan, under a medium broiler, or on the BBQ. Flip a few times until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
  9. Enjoy! – Serve as sliders, on top of a salad–or however you choose!

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Strange but Good: WAS-up?

HAPPY FRIDAY, FRIENDS!

I have been known to add a little too much heat..

BUT it goes in so nicely… The spice is nice.  What else do you want me to say?

I have even made Wasabi Edamama Encrusted Chicken..

But today…….

For this Friday’s STRANGEbutGOOD Special… I bring to you..

NUTTY WASABI SPREAD!

The star of the show::::

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Head over to Sprint 2 the Table and see what other wacky foods are being made today!

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Looking for a sinus clearer?  Look no further…

It goes on a rice cake

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It goes on a banana

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WASABI PEANUT SPREAD

-1T peanut flour* (add water to your liking)
-1t wasabi powder
-1t honey

*Sub PB or Almond Butter (paleo!!)

1. Mix all three and EAT!

I must say my favorite way to ENJOY the spread was on a rice cake WITH sliced banana 🙂

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xoxo, Haley

Question: What strange things have you been enjoying lately?

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Strange but Good: Blooby Chicken

I have never really been a fan of warm fruit.

Apple Pie? blech. Pineapple on pizza? blech.

^^^my face when you serve me warm fruit..

So, to me, this warm blueberry sauce is a stretch..

To me, this is STRANGE but GOOD.  Click over to see what #strangebutgood Laura has concocted this week!

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However, I may have turned a new leaf… I LIKED IT!

Blooby Chicken

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Here’s what you need…

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-8 oz. chicken breasts, cooked
-1/2 cup white wine, dry (I used a Chardonnay)
-1 sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-Pepper, a couple dashes
-1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

How-To:::
1. Cook chicken breasts.. Slice ’em all fancy 🙂
2. Combine wine, pepper, and chopped rosemary. Let sit for 10 minutes to combine flavors.

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3. Defrost blueberries for 30 seconds in the microwave. (I used frozen to have more liquid.)
4. In a small saucepan, combine wine, pepper, & rosemary with blueberries.

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5. Bring to a boil. Stir.
6. Add in ACV. Stir and smush bloobs to break and let juice out.
7. Boil for 1-2 minutes.
8. Lower heat and simmer until sauce thickens.

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9. Once it is finished, spoon sauce over chicken.  Serve with a side of broiled broccoli– I did! …or some other veggie…

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BEFORE:::::

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AFTER::::::

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You can see that it was horrible… 😉

happy STRANGEbutGOOD friday!

xoxo, Haley

Question: Pineapple on pizza? yay or nay?

Warm fruit??

–I can’t do it!  I even tried the broiling the grapefruit deal.. Couldn’t even pretend I liked it to post it. haha

Strange but Good: I have serious B.O.

I know what you’re thinking.. You absolutely do not want to hear about my going-through-puberty B.O.

However, this is not THAT B.O. This is some TASTY B.O… B.O. as in BLOOD ORANGES!

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One of the great things about living in San Diego, besides the great weather, is the fact that there are beaches to the west and mountains to the east.

One day, while heading east to the Viejas Outlet Mall, there was a small farm stand on the side of the road selling avocados and blood oranges!

We pulled over and purchased avocados (duh!) and decided to try the oranges. (I was a blood orange virgin).

Needless to say, I fell in love. These little buggers are sweet an incredibly juicy. Another plus is seeds are rare!

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The fruit is smaller than a “regular” orange and its insides are a dark color.

While doing some research on the BOs, I found this:

“The pulp of these oranges is also high in fiber, which keeps the digestive tract in tip-top shape and helps prevent constipation. Blood oranges are a good source of the B vitamin folate, which is essential to the healthy development of a fetus and to slowed aging of the brain.” Source They are tasty and full of fiber, folate.. not to mention antioxidants and vitamin C! 🙂

With a huge bag of BOs upon me, I set out to eat and drink their blood juice.

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Before I give ya TWO.. yes TWO recipes, head over to Sprint2theTable and show Laura some STRANGEbutGOOD love!

What would my day be without a protein shake? It’s not a shake with sriracha or chocolate and bacon, but it does have two whole blood oranges!

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Ingredients:
-1 cup almond milk
-1 scoop Vanilla protein
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-2 blood oranges, peels removed (duh)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-6 ice cubes
-1/2T guar gum (optional thickener)
-sweetener to taste

How:
Blend until smooth 🙂

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She’s a beauty, ain’t she?? I added a sliver of another orange for decoration and dribbled extra juice on top. Why not?

Next up: Blood Orange in my WATER!

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I have recently given up artificial sweeteners.. Yes, I know. I was hooked on them for YEARS. I mean addicted, like crazy. Adding blood oranges to my water was a good way to keep up the hydration and flavor it without adding Crystal Light. How healthy of me, right?

SNACK TIME! What else besides BLOOD ORANGE CHOBANI with a blood orange added?! Double BO, baby. #tastereal 🙂

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Dinner time rolled around… and I decided to make:::

Blood Orange & Basil Tilapia

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Ingredients:
-4 tilapia filets (enough for 2 people)
-Juice of one blood orange, save its zest
-6 basil leaves, minced (reserve some for topping at end)
-1/4 t garlic powder
-salt & pepper

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How-To:
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Rinse tilapia and dry before placing on a non-stick baking sheet.
3. Salt and pepper fish, set aside.
4. In a small bowl, combine zest and juice of the blood orange with basil and garlic.

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5. Brush tilapia with juice/basil combo. Make sure each piece is covered.

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6. Bake 20-25 minutes, uncovered, or until fish flakes.
7. Remove from oven, plate, sprinkle on remaining fresh basil.
8. Serve with a side of veggies. (I made sauteed cabbage and mushrooms).

ENJOY!

Overall, I am a BO Lover. I look forward to putting them into salads & maybe even some fluff?!

xoxo, Haley

Question: Have you ever tried a blood orange? What’d you think?