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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Sweet Potato Hash

Hash? What’s hash?  I actually had no idea!  I always heard of it as “Corned Beef Hash,” but I was a little late on that boat because I have been all out of corned beef for weeks!

Let me save you the trouble–don’t google “What is hash?” There are some interesting sites that pop up.  (Apologies–this is hash the FOOD I am referring to).

Any who–turns out HASH is a dish consisting of diced meat, potatoes, and spices that are mixed together and then cooked either alone or with other ingredients such as onions. (Source)

I went along with this yet omitted the meat.  It turned out great!

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This was paired well with two eggs and sauteed cabbage (my fave).

Sweet Potato Hash

Ingredients:
-1/4 onion, chopped
-half sweet potato, cooked & cubed
-1/2 T coconut oil
-1/4 teaspoon each of onion, garlic, paprika
-sprinkle of salt

How-To:
1. Spray a pan with nonstick spray (or use more coconut oil)
2. Cook up the onion until translucent on medium-high.
3. Add in cubed sweet potato (I left the skin on) and let cubes sit in pan.
4. Leave the potato alone to get a nice sear. Then flip.
5. Stir in coconut oil. Coat potato.
6. Add in spices and stir to coat.
7. Sprinkle salt.
8. Serve up & enjoy.

Spices added…

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Before I demolished the plate!

20130323-091951.jpg*I found that the coconut oil adds a whole new flavor dimension.  It really added to the dish.

xoxo, Haley

Question: Ever had a hash before?  I hadn’t! haha.. and liked it  🙂

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 🙂