WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, I DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT I WAS GOING TO MAKE FOR DINNER TONIGHT ...... Then I thought about what I had in the freezer for meat and what vegetables I had in the fridge. I knew I had frozen chicken breasts and I had a bunch of bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. I also had some sour cream in the fridge that needed to be used up. So what I put together will be the makings for CHICKEN FAJITAS. Because I'm low carb, I will just have it on a plate rather than on tortillas, with an added dollop of sour cream and topped with some shredded cheddar cheese. Pictured here is after I got it all assembled in the slow cooker. It'll cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 5-6 hours after which I will remove the chicken breasts, pull off the meat and shred it and put it back in the slow cooker, stir everything all-together and cook for another hour. RECIPE here.
Almond Milk has made it's debut into the grocery stores in a BIG way this past 2 years. I believe it's because of all the food allergies that we humans are experiencing. Why? GMO's, Preservatives and other Chemicals have found their way into our food chain and our bodies are becoming more and more sensitive to dairy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and many more organisms.
The food manufacturers are gaining up on us and taking advantage of our need to change our diets and introduce things that our bodies can tolerate. Almond Milk is on average about $4.39 for a 1.89L carton. If you're lucky, it is sometimes on sale for $2.89. Why not make it yourself?
Here’s how to make it:
1. Soak the almonds. Start with 1 cup of raw, unsalted almonds. Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with at least 1 inch of cool, fresh water (filtered or distilled is best). Make sure your bowl has some space, as the almonds will plump up a bit. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
2. Place a piece of cheesecloth over a jar or other container, securing it with a rubber band.
3. Drain the almonds in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Toss them in a blender. Add 1 ½ cups of cool water and a pinch of salt (optional). If you want to sweeten the milk, you can add a couple of pitted dried dates to the mix, or a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or honey. Blend at the highest speed for about 2 minutes—you want those almonds thoroughly pulverized. Blend in up to ½ cup more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin it if desired. Taste the milk and add more sweetener or salt, if needed. You also can blend in some vanilla, if you like.
4. Slowly pour the milk into the jar, through the cheesecloth. Work slowly so it can pass through the cheesecloth and not overflow. When all of the milk is through, gather up the cheesecloth and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. Cover the jar and chill. Makes about 2 to 3 cups.
Although almonds can be expensive, it is still much cheaper than buying it pre-made in the grocery store. If you source your almonds in a bulk food store, you can save yourself a lot of money making it yourself.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog where I explain how to make your own HOMEMADE RICE MILK!
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THE BENEFITS - YOU WILL ....
Do you remember when we made "jiffy pop" popcorn? Where you used to shake the container on your stove burner and the container would explode into a tin bulge full of popcorn before your eyes. Then came the era of hot air corn popping machines, followed by microwave popcorn that you make in 3 minutes. Microwave popcorn is expensive for what you get and it contains a lot of unnecessary chemical additives. Check out the chart below and have a look at the ingredients!
Then the marketing got out of control and now you can purchase calorie reduced popcorn, flavoured popcorn, butter or no butter, cheddar or blue cheese, oh and do you want white cheddar or orange? ... the list goes on and on. In fact, in your grocery store aisle, there are many shelves dedicated to brands of popcorn. Not to mention the pop up kiosks in every mall in town where you can buy pre-made popcorn, again in every variety and flavour. Should I even go to the place where you buy popcorn at the movie theatre and have to mortgage your house to pay for it?
If you compared the price of commercially marketed popcorn vs. buying popcorn in bulk and making it yourself, you can save a ton of money while keeping your family healthier. Right now with microwave popcorn on sale due to the Super Bowl, a box of 3 bags of microwave popcorn is priced at approximately $3.00 (At No Frills & Walmart - the lower end price point stores). Normally, the price is much higher. Comparatively, if you purchase bulk popcorn it works out to $1.11 (we called Bulk Barn for this price) for the same amount of popped popcorn and this price includes your oil. You can make this on the stove the old-fashioned way, with natural ingredients at a low cost. So I encourage you to try making it this way, seasoning it your way and enjoying it with your family & friends! 🏈