Guacamole – Recipe

We LOVE avocados!!  In the last couple of years we have started eating them daily around here.  They are really great for you too!  A perfect first food for little ones even.  So in addition to just cutting one open to eat with eggs, on a sandwich or adding to a salad, we love to make a quick snack of guacamole.

 

My Mother-in-law has always made the best guacamole!  She makes a huge batch and if you are not early for the party then all that is left is an empty bowl.  It goes so fast!  I always thought that making your own guacamole was complicated and why not just buy it(super silly, I know!)  So my Mother-in-law was sweet to just adjust her recipe for what she thought for our family size of 4!  So now we make it all the time!

 

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A quick time saving tip…I take a whole red onion and chop it.  Then I freeze individual servings in tablespoons. One large onion will give you about 10+ servings.  I can then just quickly pull out my 1 tablespoon serving for a quick batch. It is thawed in minutes with the lime juice, sea salt and all the mashing and mixing.  We love this with even the optional items left out.  Even easier!

 

I wanted to share this SUPER quick and easy recipe,  just in case anyone else was like me…intimidated by even buying an avocado let alone making your own guacamole!

 

Guacamole - Recipe
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4 to 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 T finely chopped organic red onion
  • 2 T chopped jalapeno's (optional - I leave these out for the little ones)
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes (optional)
  • Sea Salt to taste (more makes it better, keep salting and tasting)
  • 1 T lime juice
Instructions
  1. Mix well and serve with chips or cut up veggies!
  2. ENJOY!!

 

Shrimp Fried Rice

This is a really tasty recipe we’ve been making these past few months.  I was trying to think of a way to sneak more eggs into my little guy since he won’t eat them on his own!  I merged a few recipes together to come up with this recipe… it’s a crowd pleaser in our fam. :)  If you don’t like shrimp, you can use something else or leave the meat out all together.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice
 
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 8-12 ounces cooked shrimp (peeled & deveined), thawed if frozen
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch of scallions (about 8), chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 1 cup dry rice OR 3 cups cooked cold rice
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 bag frozen peas and carrots (about 2 cups), thawed
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions if starting with dry rice.
  2. Thaw shrimp and frozen veggies.
  3. Chop scallions, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet. Add scallion whites, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add shrimp and heat through.
  6. Add rice and stir to coat.
  7. Push rice mixture to side of the skillet and add eggs to the other side and cook, stirring and working into rice mixture, 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add veggies and soy sauce. Heat through and serve.
Notes
I buy cooked shrimp because I think they are deveined better! But if you are starting with raw shrimp, cook those first, transfer to a plate, and then proceed with the recipe.

Enjoy!

Canus Goat’s Milk Soap – Review

I wanted to share with you this new bar soap I love for the shower, because it SMELLS SO GOOD!

It is the Canus Goat’s Milk Soap with Orchid Oil.  I LOVE how it smells!

Canus Goat's Milk Soap

It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean and slightly scented with orchid oil.  If there is one thing that I miss from switching over to more natural products, it is usually the scent.  Well this is not lacking here!!

It is too ‘flowery’ for my hubby, so he says.  :)  But I love it!  In the health food store it is pricey ($4.50 or so per bar), but if you buy it from Vitacost.com or LuckyVitamin.com, you can get a 3-pack for $6-$7! (at the time of this post)

Is there a natural bar soap that you love?

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion

I decided to try this Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion because I had tried the shampoo and LOVED the smell.  I was so excited to see they made a lotion in the same scent!  It’s kind of a warm, vanilla-but-not-vanilla scent.  My son told me I smelled like cookies.  But it’s not a sweet scent, just a warm yummy one.  :)

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Body Lotion

It’s made with frankincense and myrrh, which are actually fantastic for your skin.  All the ingredients are things you’d recognize.  The lotion is very creamy and not greasy.  This makes a wonderful body lotion, I love it!  It’s my new go-to lotion.  And the best part??  It was $10 at Target!!  Next time you’re there, see if you can smell it… I’ll bet you’ll love it!!

Soaked Quinoa

I love quinoa!  I’ve put up a few quinoa recipes here on the blog, and I like to soak it before I cook it.  For me (and for many others), soaking makes the quinoa much more digestible.  Here is the recipe I use for soaking and cooking! (scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe) 
 
Add 2 cups of quinoa, 2 cups of warm filtered water, and 2 tablespoons of kombucha to a glass bowl.
 

quinoa to soak

 

Cover and place in a warm place for 12-24 hours (I soak it for 24 hours).  You can see the quinoa has expanded…

 

soaked quinoa

  

Here is a close up of the quinoa… you can see their little ‘sprouts’ on the ends that have started to unwind…

 

quinoa sprouts

  

Rinse the quinoa under water using a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag…

 

quinoa in mesh strainer

  

Add rinsed quinoa to a pot with 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt.  Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and cook 12-15 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes, and serve.

 

cooked quinoa

 

Season and enjoy, or use in your favorite recipes!

 

Soaked Quinoa
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 2 cups of warm filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt, whey, kombucha, raw apple cider vinegar, etc. (something cultured and acidic)
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. In a glass bowl, place the quinoa, first two cups of warm filtered water, and 2 tablespoons of the yogurt or other acidic liquid. Cover and place in a warm place for 12-24 hours. (I soak the full 24 hours)
  2. After soaking, rinse the quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag.
  3. Add the rinsed quinoa to a medium-sized pot with the last two cups of water and the salt. Bring to a boil, turn down to low, cover, and cook for about 12-15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. Serve.

 

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