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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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?

Strange but Good: Chocolatey Elvis Protein Shake

I have created a monster.

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A monster in the sense that this thing is going to take over my mornings.
Yet, I have decided to wave the white flag.
I will fully allow this to happen.
It’s that good.

Once upon a time…okay, it was last Friday…I put sririacha in my protein shake. The subtle spice gave the shake a nice kick.

This week, I wanted a sweet & salty combo. (my fave combination of flavors)… Then, this happened.

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I had extra in the fridge.. I couldn’t let it go to waste, right?

Before I go any further, a big thanks to Laura for being the QUEEN BEE of Strange but Good!

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Since I have been upping my weight at CrossFit, I need to replenish my muscles after I work them into the ground. I have been trying to increase protein to feed, build, and repair them.

According to fitday.com, “As you workout, the process of lifting weights and performing other exercises actually causes the muscles in your body to begin to break down. The muscle cells themselves tear and become damaged. The result is that your body moves in to repair those cells. When you provide your body with protein as it goes about repairing and rebuilding those muscles, it is then able to rebuild the cells slightly better and stronger than before.” Hence the reason I need and even CRAVE more protein. To do so, I have been trying to get a little creative…

So, I tapped into my “hunka-hunka burning love” energy and made this better than better shake.

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I have seen the ice cream with it, heck, I once had a Bourbon Bacon milkshake! (Thanks to the Marina Kitchen in San Diego!)

I’ll stop blabbing.. Here’s the details:

Ya Need:
-1 cup almond milk
-1/2 cup cottage cheese
-1/2 banana
-1 scoop chocolate protein
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 T peanut flour
-6 pieces of ice
-1 t guar gum (optional*, for thickening)
-2 to 3 pieces of bacon (fat torn off)

Directions:
1. Combine milk, cottage cheese, banana, protein, vanilla, and peanut flour in blender.
2. Blend together until smooth.
3. Add in ice and guar gum. Blend until smooth.. or you don’t hear the ice 🙂
4. Tear two bacon strips into pieces while blender is doing its thing.
5. Toss in bacon just to mix. (You want the salty chunks!)
6. Pour in a pint glass. Top with more bacon.
7. Place in freezer to chill.
8. Eat with a spoon. Like I always do. Or, in this case, the extra piece of bacon.

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Here’s one more pic to make you drool. It’s major #foodporn.

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xoxo, Haley

Question: What’s the strangest thing you have ever eaten???

Strange but Good: Thai Peanut Protein Shake

On Wednesday I shared my eats that included a Pad Thai… Well, that dinner (recipe next week) inspired my STRANGE but GOOD for today!

When I told The BF what I was doing, he literally looked at me like I was crazy.  Maybe it was the two glasses of this lovely Pinot Noir…

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Courtesy of Bub’s in Downtown San Diego 🙂

Maybe it is the fact that smoothies & shakes are fabulous..but need an extra KICK 😉

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People tend to put sriracha on everything.  It’s good on eggs, meat, in certain pastas & soups… but with yogurt, milk, peanut flour and vanilla??

That’s right.  I added sriracha to my morning protein shake.

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A lot of thai recipes use the peanut taste and incorporate spices.  So, I thought, “What could go wrong??  Peanut. Good. Spice. Good.”  Low and behold… I was right!!

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A HUGE thanks to my girl, Laura, for hosting this super awesome link-up every week!

I know you think I am crazy.  I don’t care.  This shake is a strangey but a goody.  It has a peanut forward taste with a spicy-zing finish.

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Thai Peanut Protein Shake

-1 cup almond milk

-1/2 cup Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt

-1T peanut flour

-1T Sriracha

-1 scoop vanilla protein powder

-sweetener, to taste

-7-10 ice cubs

-1/4t guar gum (to thicken)

-spinach (optional)

How-To:

1. Blend & freeze!

2. Enjoy!  (I had mine with a crumbled rice cake)

Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B:

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Exhibit C:

20130221-154022.jpg….I threw the shake back in the blender to add spinach!  I’m crazy, but I learned this trick from Laura–and she’s crazier. 😉

xoxo, Haley

Question: Too strange?  Who wants to toast a nice glass of wine?  😉