Eat Happy: Coconut Crusted Shrimp

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


When I saw that I was going to be making shrimp, I was excited because I love shrimp, but I have also never actually cooked it myself, so there was some intimidation there.  After reading Ashley’s shrimp experience from last week, I was really not looking forward to peeling and deveining them.

Luckily, Kroger had the hookup.  Sure, they were more expensive, but it was a price I was willing to pay to avoid that nasty task.

I was expecting this to be a stressful meal to make, just out of shear intimidation.  However, I poured some tequila, turned on the music, and got to it.

Like pretty much all recipes where you bread or crust something, the most frustrating part was when the coating starts to get super wet and no longer sticks to shrimp.  In other coated foods, I have started doubling the coating so that when the first batch gets wet, I can use the second.  Just a tip for you.

I honestly can’t believe how overall easy this was to cook and how delightful the taste was.  I feel like it’s a dish that I can impress company with, but at the same time, my 4-year-old loved it.

Would absolutely make this again, and kinda can’t wait!

Eat Happy: Almond Crusted Baked Cod

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When I realized that I was making fish again, I took a deep breath before remembering that Anna Vocino hasn’t steered us wrong yet.  I was definitely excited to go back to the fancy ass Kroger to get the fish, so it made it fun.

I will admit, to save some money and frustration, I took a few liberties with this recipe.  I already had almond flour, but no almond meal as the recipe calls for.  I looked at Kroger but they didn’t have any, so I decided to just roll with the flour rather than make another stop.  Instead of chopping fresh chives, I used lightly dried ones.  And shallots?  I’m not entirely sure what those are because I always just add more garlic instead.

Is there anything more satisfying than a big hunk of good butter melting in a pan?

Yes, there is.  It’s garlic sautéing in said butter. *drool*

Sometime in the middle of cooking, I sat down my champagne glass and it barely tapped the handle of the coffeemaker.  Unfortunately, that broke the glass.  I’m still not sure if I’m more upset about the glass being broken or the champagne wastage.

I have to say, this was the least stressful meal I’ve made from Eat Happy in quite awhile!  It was quick and easy to prepare and well, tasty as fuck.

I served the fish with tomato slices marinated in balsamic vinegar and topped with mozzarella, baked and and finished with a quick broil.  Delicious!

Eat Happy: Pistachio Crusted Coriander Salmon

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

I was, to put it mildly, not excited about making this meal.  I am super intimidated by cooking fish and I just don’t eat a lot of seafood in general.  In addition to that, I abhor pistachios.  Cool.

My stores that I frequent most often are Target and Walmart – solely because they are behind my neighborhood.  It’s quick, easy, affordable, and I know where everything is in the store.  They don’t have fresh seafood departments though.  To be honest, I am not sure I would have gone through with heading over to Kroger to get salmon if not for the fact that I was wanting to try their store brand seltzer water.  Motivated by my favorite Tito’s mixers, I headed on over.  I got the salmon and the goddamn pistachios, along with the (expensive-ish) spices that I didn’t have at home.

At home, I had to talk myself into jumping in.  The absolute worst part of the entire process was the beginning – shelling the pistachios.  I put on a training video I was wanting to watch and got after it.

There was some gagging over the fact that I was going to eat pistachios and that there was fucking skin involved in the fish.

Let me just tell you though – when the fish started baking, it smelled absolutely amazing.  The kids kept asking me what the great smell was.  They still had no interest in eating it, mind you.

Well… turns out it tasted just as amazing as it smelled.  Once again, the anticipation was much worse than the actual process and result.

That being said, I’ll substitute with another nut next time, because fuck pistachios.

 

 

Eat Happy: Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi

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So, I was super intimidated when I realized that I’d be cooking this recipe. Mainly because I’ve never ever cooked tuna. Ok so all because I’ve never ever cooked tuna. My only experience with tuna besides the stuff that comes in the can was eating it on sushi.

I was also very much so prepared to dislike this. Spoiler alert: I was very much wrong about that. 😉

I literally stood in front of the oven with my arms crossed staring at the tuna while it seared thinking – ” this is going to be so gross.” LOL Like a child!

The thing is – I’m just not into big slabs of meat. And then the idea of the texture of raw tuna on the inside that was part of a big slab of meat. All that had my brain going, “No thank you ma’am.” I’ve had raw tuna on sushi, but it was sliced super thin.

One thing this recipe had that I was SUPER excited about was the wasabi paste. I love wasabi paste. I’ll eat as much of it as I can handle, because the flavor is just phenomenal to me. I ended up adding some extra paste to my soy sauce for dipping which took the whole dish to another level for me. Anna suggests that you dip the finished tuna in soy sauce which is good in and of itself. BUT if you like wasabi paste like me…whisk a big dallop of that into your soy sauce for some extra yumminess.

This is a great substitute for conventional soy sauce. You can get it from Amazon. 

I totally overcooked my tuna, cause I was being extra cautious. It still tasted pretty dang delicious in my opinion! Going into this I definitely thought this would just be a one time dish for me – but after trying it, I can confidently say I will for sure be making this again!

This was such a yummy meal and as always I could feel great about putting it into my body because there are no sugars or grains in it!

What about y’all..do any of you have Eat Happy and have made this recipe? What about tuna steaks in general? Any big fans out there? What’s your favorite way to cook them?


Want to read our other Eat Happy posts? Here’s a handy dandy list for ya

 

Eat Happy: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Eat Happy: Ultimate Low Carb Pizza Crust

Eat Happy : Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Eat Happy : Cheese Ball

Eat Happy: Mango Salsa

Eat Happy: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Eat Happy: Broccoli Dip

Eat Happy: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

Eat Happy: Kale Chips & Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini

Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps

Eat Happy: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

 

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series (that was publishing every Tuesday and has moved to Thursdays) wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We started with the very first recipe and are working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

 

When I ended up being assigned the Cauliflower Pizza Crust, I admit I was not excited.  Making my own crust has never been appealing to me in the first place, which is why I either skip pizza or buy a ready-made Mikey’s crust.  However, this entire series is about trying new things, so I dove in…and by dove in, I mean whined and agonized over the fact that I needed to buy and food-process cauliflower and squeeze out all the moisture.

I don’t own a food processor and my Ninja blender typically does just fine.  however, it didn’t quite get the cauliflower to the texture it called for.  I forged ahead anyway.

My favorite part of the process was sipping Tito’s as the kids and I gagged over the putrid smell of cauliflower cooking.  ACK.  This is the point where I said it smelled like ass, rotten ass, and Quentin stated, “and rotten ass is the worst ass.”

I knew I didn’t get enough of the moisture out when it just wouldn’t really bind together.  As I was mixing the dough with my hands, I could fell water squishing.  Oops.

I had forgotten to buy traditional pizza toppings, which I prefer to use when I am trying a new crust.  However, I went ahead and used leftover roast and some BBQ sauce.

I gotta say, the texture was all wrong, as in it fell the fuck apart and was chunky (yay for not pulsing enough and having too much water), but it didn’t taste bad.  It did taste like cauliflower because, you know, that’s like 80% of the content.  I won’t make it again (unless manufacturers start making cauliflower dust in the freezer section), but I can almost see why people eat it.

 

Eat Happy : Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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Sooo, if you read last week’s installment of Eat Happy – then you already knew hummus was on the agenda for today.

And here we are…about to dive into some hummus. 🙂 I love hummus. I don’t eat it too often, but when it is in my fridge – it doesn’t last long. I’ll put it on just about anything. It’s like. The perfect condiment.

This was MY first experience with making hummus. I’ve seen my dad do it tons of times, but I just always opted for buying the best and most clean version of hummus that I could find at the grocery store. I can tell you though – after actually making this hummus…I won’t be buying any pre-made store brand hummus again.  It was crazy easy to do and soooo much better! Which I mean, is not a revolutionary concept. Most of the time the things you make at home taste better than the store bought version.  I’m just always surprised when I can make something that tastes so good…cause I have minimal talent in the kitchen. 😉

I have a mini food processor / blender contraption so I had to cut the recipe in half and make it in two batches which was also incredibly easy to do. All the amounts split evenly. {{insert all the praise hands for easy maths}}

So, I made the hummus then stashed it in the fridge to let it chill and set and get more yummy while I bathed and put the kids to bed. Then, I just wasn’t feeling eating hummus. I had some left over cheesy bread ( aka low carb pizza crust with melted cheese on top) and homemade marinara calling my name. However, I had blogger duties to attend to.

As you can see above – IDK why I even doubted my desire for hummus. That ish was so good. I ate it standing over the counter while pulling my baby carrots from their bag like a real classy gal.

I ended up having to stop myself from consuming way to many carrots and hummus. Cheesy bread be damned   –  apparently. 🙂

There you have it! Some easy peasy and delicious roasted red pepper hummus from Eat Happy. You need to get your hands on this cook book. It will feed your soul and body with only the good things that are grain and sugar free.


Want to read our other Eat Happy posts? Here’s a handy dandy list for ya:

Eat Happy : Cheese Ball

Eat Happy: Mango Salsa

Eat Happy: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Eat Happy: Broccoli Dip

Eat Happy: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

Eat Happy: Kale Chips & Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini

Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps

Eat Happy: Mango Salsa

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

When I realized I was going to be making mango salsa, I gotta tell you – I was not excited and made a face for sure.  I don’t love mango.  Okay, I actually can’t stand mango.  I like mango flavored cocktails and stuff, but biting into a chunk of mango?  Naw.

I definitely wasn’t about to peel and cut up a mango, so I took the lazy and more expensive route and skipped that step.

This recipe is seriously as simple as cut up some shit and toss it into a blender.  I mean, it really doesn’t get any easier than that, especially when you’re lazy and buy as much stuff pre-chopped as possible.

It took me probably 10 minutes to make this, including setting up the blender and chopping the ingredients.  It really smelled and looked good, so I had high hopes that it would also taste good.

I am pleased to say, it is DELICIOUS and I did not feel like I was going to gag on a mango!  YAY!

Such a light and refreshing treat for these warm Texas days.  I had some of it on pork rinds then turned it into a lunch by rolling some into turkey and cheese.

This also made a huge jar of salsa and I am looking forward to enjoying a little of it here and there and mostly seeing Stuart enjoy it, since I typically don’t eat fruit and tomatoes anymore.

Do you like mango?  Do you make homemade salsas?  This is a great variety!

Eat Happy : Chicken Queso Dip

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We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?



Hey Hey! 🙂 Today’s post is all about Anna’s Chicken Queso Dip. Let me just say that I was super excited to make and eat this. It’s got my most favorite ingredients: chicken, spicy peppers, and cheese. What’s not to love?

This was probably one of the MOST simple things I’ve made since we began this journey of cooking through Eat Happy which is saying a lot because the recipes in this book are generally not complicated. I love that. Cause cooking is not my favorite thing to do…so the less steps the better.

The dip did not disappoint me. It was super yummy, and made the perfect dinner. I used some pork rinds and extra crispy bacon to scoop it up with. Easy peasy peeps.

While this dip would be great to make on any week night for your family, I think that it would make a great addition to any party or get together.

And I mean really, that’s all I have to say about this fabulous dip! Go get yourself this cook book and start treating your body to some yummy meals that are grain free and sugar free. I promise you’ll feel and look amazing. 🙂

Until next time!


If you want to read through our other Eat Happy posts…I’ve got them all lined up for ya!

Eat Happy: Bacon Wrapped Dates

Eat Happy: Broccoli Dip

Eat Happy: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

Eat Happy: Kale Chips & Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini

Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps

Eat Happy: Kale Chips & Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?


Today’s post is a joint effort. Rhonda is handling the Kale Chips and Ashley is going for the deviled eggs. 🙂

Rhonda –

I am no stranger to kale chips.  I hate the ones you can buy in the store, but have always enjoyed making them at home for a crispy snack.  When I looked over Anna’s recipe, I thought, cool… I just need to buy kale and White Balsamic Vinegar.  Easy, right?  LOL.

Truth be told, my kale chip experience was supposed to go up last week, but I have struggled to find the white balsamic.  I have gone to every store in my area.  I finally gave up and decided to use the regular balsamic that I have at home.

 

Listen, the recipe calls for washing and drying and cutting up a bunch of kale.  Ain’t nobody got time for that when the store sells it in giant bags already prepped.  I used to eat a lot of kale and I have never bought it in any other form.

One thing that makes cooking more enjoyable for me, along with having a drink and dancing to some loud music, is having cooking tools that I enjoy.  I recently got these copper pinch bowls at Target and am pretty much OBSESSED.  I also got a new set of measuring cups and spoons because we were missing so many.  That mixing bowl?  Yep, it’s new too because I never have any the size I need!

Anyway, these were quick to prep and they cooked in half the time, thanks to me using prepped kale.  The pieces are smaller than they would have been if I had used a bunch and cut it myself.

I have made kale chips probably 30 times, and loved them every time.  These were on another level though and I will absolutely be making them again.  I mean, I do have a giant prepped bag of kale to go through now.

 

 

Ashley –

Sooo, deviled eggs? Listen, I’m southern so I for sure love some deviled eggs. They’re like a staple in our diet around here. Granted – typically they are loaded with unnecessary things like cornbread or some other form of bread crumb BUT  we are still down with the deviled egg here in the south.

I baked my eggs instead of boiling them. Y’all – it’s so much easier. Thank you to Rhonda for introducing me to that life hack.

Besides the absence of some kind of grain being stuffed into these bad boys – Anna’s Deviled Eggs are missing that usual key deviled egg ingredient : mayonnaise.  If I had to admit any kind of apprehension when making these, it would be that I was for sure that without mayo these bad boys wouldn’t taste quite right.

I literally had an internal battle raging the entire time of… maaaaybe I could just put like a dollop of mayo in the mix. I repeatedly had to tell myself to trust Anna – cause she hasn’t let me down yet. 🙂  OH and the green onions. Cause I’m just not a raw onion (of any kind) fan. Again, I trusted Anna.

I ‘got fancy’ as Anna said and put my deviled egg filling in a zip lock baggie to dispense it into the egg halves. Why? In actuality, it was because that was way less messy than spooning it into each egg half. Also, I may or may not – ok actually I did – eat some of the filling straight from the zip lock bag when I was finished filling all my eggs. It’s so good man. So good. I didn’t even miss the mayo! Nor did I mind the green onions. I was shook.

Now, because I’m from the south I couldn’t resist sprinkling the filled eggs with some kind of red spice. Typically people use paprika – I like things real spicy so I grabbed some chili powder. To be fair, I did taste one without the chili powder and it was delicious. 🙂 So good – and so good for you cause there’s no pesky grains or sugars added to these babies.

 


If you want to read through our other Eat Happy posts…I’ve got them all lined up for ya!

Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Eat Happy: Sausage Stuffed Mushroom

Eat Happy: Tzatziki Dip & Almond Meal Pita Chips

Eat Happy: Super Guac! & Smoked Salmon w/ Coconut Flour Blini

Eat Happy: Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches & Cheese Crisps

Eat Happy: Cheese Biscuits

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Tuesday wherein we are cooking through one of our FAVE cookbooks : Eat Happy! If you missed the intro post you can click on over here to read that.

We are starting with the very first recipe and working our way all the way through to the end. We will not be sharing with you the actual recipes that we cook. We WILL be sharing our experience during the whole process and our opinion of the outcome. So thanks for stopping by…and let’s dive in to this week’s recipe shall we?

This recipe is also made to where you can make cheese straws, which are a good ole southern tradition, but I did not have time for an extra step so I went with a good ole biscuit shape.

I hate, hate, hate grating or shredding cheese but I avoid the extra fillers in most shredded cheese if I can manage taking 5 extra minutes to do it myself.  I also happened to already have block cheese and it needed to be finely shredded, so I just went for it with my hand grater.

When I got the dough ready, I was 100% convinced that it was not done correctly and I had to just roll with what I had going on.  It was much wetter than anticipated.  These bitches smelled AMAZING while cooking.  The kids were just watching the oven, waiting for them to be ready.

When they came out, I was a little confused over how flat they were, but upon looking in a Facebook group where most of the members cook from this book, I realized that wasn’t uncommon.  The most common solution seems to be to add more almond flour, which I will try next time.

And there will be a next time, like probably tomorrow… the kids woofed them down in 30 seconds and begged for more.  Easy and delicious and they will make the perfect addition to a lot of our regular meals.