Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Why should I eat organic??

I'm sure I have said it before that I have never bothered eating organic. It was pricey and seemed out of my way to find organic food. But thanks to Abundant Harvest Organics I have slowly been switching over to organic. We get a box of organic, local produce each week! Plus there is a list of groceries I can add on as extras! It's awesome!!

A few months back I got tons of small potatoes. I used them for several meals but still had a few extras sitting out. I picked them up and they had started sprouting! I decided to toss them in a planter box just as an experiment along with a store bought non organic potato. I completely forgot about them. A month later I remember to look out the window and to my surprise there were huge leaves growing about one foot tall!! So I started researching when to harvest potatoes. I read that when that big green plant dies and turns brown you can dig up your potatoes. I kept an eye on them and they kept growing. Eventually I forgot about them again and went on our Christmas vacation back home. When we got back I was quite busy and kept forgetting to check on them. Finally I glanced out at them and saw the plants were all brown. So expecting nothing I pulled up a plant and to me surprise found a gorgeous potato dangling from the roots!! I kept digging around and found more and more potatoes!


Next I checked my store bought potato.... Nothing had grown from it and it looked all wrinkled and rotten, gross.

I went inside and did some research. Apparently since potatoes are a root vegetable they absorb all the pesticides, herbicides, and all the other chemicals and washing them won't help anything but get the dirt off. Then once they are harvested they are then sprayed again with a solution that prevents sprouting.


This definitely made me rethink what I eat. So even if you can't afford to go 100% all organic, I really do recommend you consider slowly switching over!


Thanks Abundant Harvest!!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bok Choy

I love watching cooking shows to help me learn different cooking techniques but also to learn about new foods that I have never cooked with! In several shows I kept seeing them cook with Bok Choy. It looked good and is super healthy so I decided to give it a go! I made a simple stir fry with it and I was in love! My husband wasn't a huge fan but I went back for seconds. Unfortunately I couldn't finish my seconds thanks to one of the dogs who cleared my plate of every last piece....


So now I love to cook Bok Choy as a simple and quick lunch!

Ingredients:
2 bunches of Baby Bok Choy
1/2 tsp Sesame Seed Oil
1 tsp Soy Sauce
1 or 2 cloves of Garlic minced (or just season with a little garlic powder if you're in a rush)
Crushed Red Pepper (Optional)
Toasted Sesame Seeds (Optional)
Salt

First chop the about 1/2 inch off the bottom of the Bok Choy so the leave just fall apart and give them a good rinse to get any dirt off. Next heat the Sesame Seed Oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Once hot take the pan off the heat and add in the garlic, soy sauce and crushed red pepper (if you're using it, I don't really like mine spicy so I don't). Stir that around for about 30 seconds and place pan back on the heat then throw on the bok choy! Keep the pan move and stir the bok choy so that it doesn't burn. While stirring add in a little salt, not too much since the soy sauce has plenty of saltiness to it. Once the leafy part is completely wilted you are ready to serve and eat! If you have them, you can top it off with some Toasted Sesame Seeds!

This is a super great side dish, or yummy just to eat for lunch! Usually this is made in a wok, but that's still on my list of "appliances I would love to have at some point in my life" so I don't have one yet. Hope you all enjoy!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Giveaway!

Well I decided to do a giveaway for my blog! Go to my Facebook page "cooking like a newlywed" to stay up to date on details of when it will be! 

Here's a sneak peek! 


Cheesecake Breakfast/Dessert Bars

Yes you read that right Breakfast/Dessert!!! The best thing about dessert, is that it will always make the perfect breakfast! Seriously though, I made this first as a breakfast, but realized I could pull it off as a dessert too!

When I first tried this I used Pillsbury crescent roll dough and pinched together the seams. Then I sent Jared to the store and he happened to find the Pillsbury Seamless Dough!


How had I never seen this?? It's awesome.

Ingredients:
2 (8oz) packages of Cream Cheese (softened)
2 rolls of Seamless Pillsbury Dough
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Chocolate Chips
2 TBL Melted Butter
about 3 TBL Cinnamon/Sugar

Preheat your oven to 350*. Use a 9x13 in pan and grease it with butter or spray. Unroll the first thing of dough and lay it on the bottom of the pan. Mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla and mix it until it's smooth. If your cream cheese isn't soft yet you can microwave it about 15 seconds at a time until it's soft, without the wrapper in a bowl! Take the mix and spread it in the pan on the layer of dough.



Next sprinkle chocolate chips on top, and top that with the second roll of dough. Take your melted butted and brush it on the top, and sprinkle that with cinnamon/sugar. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until it's golden brown. And that's it!


This is super sweet and pretty rich! If you don't like the richness you can add in berries instead of chocolate chips. I made it with blueberries and strawberries and both tastes amazing!

Tonight I made this for dessert and then put it in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow! It's perfect!

Hope you all enjoy!