Eat Happy: Coconut Crusted Shrimp

Hi there.  Welcome back! We’re doing a weekly series that publishes every Thursday 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 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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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 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.

 

 

My Healthy Kitchen: Top 5 Essentials

Happy Friday!  As it has been mentioned before, I eat in a way that is low carb.  To perfectly define it, it’s No Sugar No Grains (NSNG as coined by celebrity trainer and fitness guru Vinnie Tortorich).  There are so many tools and foods that I keep on hand at all times.  Today I am sharing with you my top 5 essentials.

Bacon

You either love bacon or you’re wrong.  We eat a ton in our household.  Here’s the thing – bacon makes everything better so it’s the ultimate source for fat and protein, which are extremely important in my lifestyle.  Wrap anything in bacon, eat it solo, or use it as a dipper.  It’s a must.  We buy these gigantic packages at Sam’s Club.

Heavy Whipping Cream

Another way to get in some fat and calories is adding a splash of this to my coffee in the morning.  If I am on the go and unable to eat all day, another cup of coffee with this helps me make it through.  Not only that, but it makes a great thickener for sauces and is an essential for a cheese dip.  A little goes a long way and I’m a fan!

Cold Brew

I like to start my day with a cup of hot coffee, but afternoons if I have coffee, I love a good cold brew.  It’s SO easy to make at home that I highly recommend you grabbing a cold brewer.  I have this one.  It’s super hipster looking, but it’s easy to use.

Salt

My preference is Himalayan Pink Salt, freshly ground over my food.  however, I also take a few whole salt crystals sometimes, washed down like pills.  When you are a low carb eater, you need to supplement with salt.  It’s honestly like a vitamin or medication for me.  Without it, I’m miserable.

Unsweetened Sparkling Waters

Whether the brand is LaCroix, Ozarka, Bubly, Polar, Aquafina, Dasani, or any other…. I drink several a day and always have an assortment of flavors.  A few go into the fridge for drinking straight and the others go into the pantry for mixing with distilled liquors.  I love that they pair well with any liquor.  They are also amazing for settling my stomach when I am hungover or when I had a stomach virus.

There you have it, the five things that I absolutely can NOT live without in my kitchen.  What are yours?

 

 

 

Eat Happy: Sesame Crusted Seared Ahi

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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?


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: Ultimate Low Carb Pizza Crust

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?


Admittedly the Ultimate Low Carb Pizza crush from Eat Happy is a recipe that I’ve made countless times before. So when I made it for this blog post, it was not my first time around.  🙂

It’s just incredibly easy and honestly – making a pizza this way tastes better than the ‘real thing’ to me. I’d hands down – choose this pizza crust over any other. Why? It’s light and delicious. It doesn’t make me feel bloated. I know it’s not doing any damage to my body. AND – it’s grain and sugar free which allows me to stay within my WOE which is the biggest perk because I finish eating it and still feel good and happy about my choice of a meal.

So that’s the raw dough ball and then the ball flattened out. I just used my fingers to push it into that shape. It should be pretty thin, and it always comes off the parchment paper beautifully with no sticking. I do always end up cooking mine the suggested full time of about 15 minutes. I take it out around the 10 minute mark to punch some air holes in it.

Doesn’t that just look so yummy??? Picture on the left is the bare crust straight out of the oven. Picture on the right is the crust with melted mozzarella cheese. I decided to make this crust into some cheesy bread.

I just cut my giant cheesy bread into slices and dipped it in some homemade marinara sauce. So so so good you guys.

 


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

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 : Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

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?


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

Currently We Are…

Ashley –

Inspired by:

This answer is also going to answer the ‘reading’ one a little lower in the list, but that’s life eh? I read through This Charming Life which is a lifestyle blog written by a lady named Kaelah. Her blog started in 2009. Yah. I read about 9 years of content in two days. I also thoroughly stalked her IG. It’s whatever. ANYWAY – to the inspiration thing. Reading through her early days …. And honestly even up to her current posts – I was just truly inspired by the way she just literally wrote and shared what was on her mind. She had themes and such..but she didn’t let that always dictate her blog. It made me feel inspired to not be controlled by self imposed expectations of feeling so much pressure to put out THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING EVER whenever I try to come up with a blog post. I want to try to be continually authentic and not afraid to say or post what I want to post without thinking “does this have mass appeal?” or “will this become the next viral post?”. Because the truth is we don’t have a HUGE audience, but we love those of you who are here and are interested in what we have to say. Even when your blog space is just a tiny corner of the internet, you still feel pressure to do what everyone else is doing which is the opposite of what we ever intended to do around here. Sometimes you just need a reminder of that. 🙂

Watching:

I am currently binge watching IZombie on Netflix. So good.

Reading:

**see inspired by** 😉

Thinking About:

Oh gosh. So many things. My sister and I are doing a 30 day plank/squat challenge with each other. All the things happening with Coop and the end of school. How I need to make an eye appointment because I’m on my last pair of contacts and my prescription is expired. Alllll the things I want to do this summer and how in the heck I’m going to make that happen with work/mom responsibilities.

Listening To:

For the past two or three days I’ve been all up in the new Post Malone Album. It’s literally been on repeat in my car. I’ve listened to nothing else.

Dream Life:

I had a TERRIBLE dream…well I guess really it was a nightmare… on Saturday night. I was on vacation by myself, but ran into my parents who insisted on taking me home RIGHT THAT SECOND. I kept telling my dad that I’d rather take my own car, but he wouldn’t listen and made me come with them. We were driving on this elevated road/land bridge and all of a sudden this power plant that was just ahead of us exploded and we were all engulfed in flames. Then silence and darkness. It was terrifying and so realistic.  

Eating:

All day Sunday, I ate this sausage and green bean conoction I made. I cooked the green beans and sausage in butter and bacon grease with tons of garlic salt, chili flakes, and pepper. It was so good.

 

Drinking:

I am OBSESSING over these new Ozarka Sparkling waters that Rhonda found and suggested to me. Their Raspberry Lime flavor is LIFE. I can’t find the ones that say Ozarka…but here’s a link to some Nestle Sparkling water on Amazon – cause it’s the same thing.

 

Rhonda –

Inspired by:

Timehop.  Yep, the app that shows you what you have posted on this day previous years is inspiring me.  That’s because every year around this time, my BFF Nicole and I are at the beach for our annual girls’ trip.  We had to skip it this year and we have been supremely sad about it.  The good news it, It inspired me to do my best at recreating that blissful beach feeling here at home.  I have been sipping frozen cocktails in my bikini in my backyard, blasting some music, and just closing my eyes and taking it all in.

Watching:

Errthang?  Southern Charm, Real Housewives of Everything, Dateline…. I’m a reality junkie.  I am sure there is something non-reality on my DVR, but I am way behind!

Reading:

Um.  Facebook?  Ha, but really…. I haven’t read anything in awhile.  I have so many responsibilities and that’s just not one of my me-time priorities.

Thinking About:

My house.  We have been decorating and redecorating and organizing and things like that.  It has been completely exhausting but has totally been worth it!  The backyard is in the middle of quite a makeover and we did a lot of stuff in the house too.  So fun, but it’s nonstop on my mind.

Listening To:

Bebe Rexha.  I listen to a few other things, but all things Bebe are on heavy rotation right now.  At home, in the car, lyrics up in my Snaps.

Dream Life:

I don’t know if it’s the booze, the late nights, medications, or what….but I have been having crazy dreams for a couple of weeks now!  Most recently, I’ve dreamed about road trips, beaches, Stuart trying to kill me, falling out of a 10th-story window, and all sorts of fun stuff like that.  I’ve woken up feeling completely unsettled most mornings.

Eating:

Meat, all the meat.  I have been focusing on eating meat and damn, it’s been amazing.  Forkfuls of pulled pork and roast…piles of bacon cheeseburgers…god, bacon…steak.  I ain’t mad.

Drinking:

I am currently obsessing over making and drinking Frosè.  Lemon juice, a bottle of frozen rosè, a handful of frozen fruit (I have been doing pineapple), and a couple shots of Tito’s.  Blend!  So damn refreshing when I’m lying in the sun!

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!