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One of my favorite comfort foods is a delicious rice bowl, with a great topping or plain. Rice is my downfall carb, and I can’t seem to shake it! This recipe is for a favorite of mine, and it’s so easy to make!

PLEASE NOTE:  This recipe is *not* vegan, please be aware that not all of my recipes will be.

Recipe: Savory Turkey & Spinach Bowl
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Asian-Inspired
Author: Faith
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Serves: 4
Slightly sweet, very savory turkey and spinach top a steaming bowl of sticky rice. Perfect with miso and tea on a chilly day!
Ingredients
  • Turkey and Spinach Bowl
  • 2 C Cooked Sticky Rice (short or medium grain), prepared according to package directions.
  • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey
  • 3 T Olive or Coconut OIl
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Dark Agave Nectar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 C Baby Spinach Leaves, washed and spun dry
  • 1/2 C White Onion, chopped or minced
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Root, crushed (optional)
  • 1 T Soy Sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions and set aside, covered with a damp cloth or paper towel.
  2. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat along with garlic, onions and ginger. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the cinnamon, salt and soy sauce, stirring well.
  3. Add the spinach to the pan and toss to coat with the oil mixture. Turn the heat up to medium and cook until just slightly wilted, turning often with tongs. Add the agave and give it another stir to coat.
  4. Top the rice with spinach mixture and serve!

 

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Have you ever had a craving for brownies sneak up on you? Home baked, warm, fudgey, chocolatey brownies? And you can’t help it, you must have one? But that’s when you realize how totally in the way your life is — you’re too tired, you’re on a diet, you don’t have it in you to bake and so you end up tossing a frozen burrito in the microwave instead, right?

Well, what if you could satisfy your brownie craving with a warm, delicious VEGAN brownie without having to bake an entire pan of treats, in about the time it takes to microwave that burrito? Enter my beloved single-serve VEGAN fudge brownie, made in a mug in your microwave! When I first started looking into vegan cooking, my omnivore (but good food loving friend) Josh sent this my way to help me out.  This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, and it’s easy to see why!

Recipes: Single-Serve Vegan Fudge Brownie In A Mug!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Author: Faith
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Serves: 1
A delicious single-serve VEGAN fudge brownie you can make in the microwave!
Ingredients
  • Vegan Microwave Mug Brownie 01

    Vegan Microwave Mug Brownie 02

    Vegan Microwave Mug Brownie 03

  • 4 T Flour of your choice
  • 4 T Organic sugar or your favorite powdered or granular sweetener (may have to adjust the recipe if substituting!)
  • 2 T Organic cocao powder
  • 2 T Melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 T Water
  • Vanilla Extract (to taste)
  • Pinch of salt (do not omit)
Instructions
  1. Place the flour, salt and cocao in a coffee mug and stir until well blended.
  2. Mix in the coconut oil thoroughly to form a paste, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pop the mug in your microwave on high for 45 seconds to 55 seconds. The brownie should look a bit damp in the middle.
  4. Let cool for a minute or two then grab a fork and dig in!
Serving size: 1 Calories: 310 Fat: 14g Saturated fat: 13g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 8g Sodium: 325mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 1g Cholesterol: 0g

 

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

I admit that, while I like ice cream, I don’t eat it much. It’s an unnecessary expense and I have problems processing dairy, so ice cream may taste great but it comes with the nightmare of borderline lactose intolerance. But, I also love to cook and started experimenting in the kitchen, and I came up with this great-tasting dairy-free ice cream made with almond milk!

Okay, so technically it’s more of an ‘ice milk‘, but that’s only if you make it the ‘easy way’. But I’ll get to that in a moment.

The first thing you should know about this post is that it’s the first of my healthy living posts, and it’s not only dairy free but can also be vegan and gluten free, as well. It all depends on you and your preferences and dietary needs.

This particular version of the recipe is raw, gluten & dairy free as well as being vegan (and tasty!) – so, what’s the easy way? Well, I’m about to show you!

Recipe: Raw dairy free strawberry ice cream!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Author: Faith
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Serves: 4
Quick and easy vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free strawberry ice milk!

Ingredients
  • 1 C Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 C Almond Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • Scant 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Liquid Stevia (to taste)
  • Plastic freezer container or ice cube tray
  • Blender, vitamix, magic bullet, food processor.
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat all ingredients until bubbles start to form. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the almond milk is pink and tastes like strawberries. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Pour cooled mixture into a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and store it in your freezer for 8 hours. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Once the mixture is frozen, break it up into smaller pieces and blend it in a vitamix or blender until smooth. For a more ice cream-like texture, you can skip the blender and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker.
Serving size: 1/2 C Calories: 50 Fat: 1.3g Saturated fat: 0 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 0 Sodium: 325mg Fiber: 1/2g Protein: 1/2g Cholesterol: 0mg

You can mix this recipe up – make it with agave, white table sugar, maple syrup, or any other sweetener that’s too your liking. It works with all sorts of fruit, and all sorts of dairy-free milk. And it’s so delicious!

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Some work done over a hot, steamy bowl of ramen.

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Greens, noodles, egg, enokitake & home made mushroom broth! Served with sriracha – yum!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

It’s been a long time, but my sister spent some time in the hospital so everything was (and is) put on the back burner. I’m just getting back into the swing of things with this review of my first trip to Hunan Chinese Restaurant out in Kearney, Missouri!

We were given a lovely combination platter (of which there is some not as lovely video – my phone stinks!), then Orange Chicken for Laota and Three Ways + Sizzling Rice for moi (about $10 per huge plate) – Some pics & video!

The rice was a bit heavy (I’m used to sticky rice, though, so that may be why), and everything was fried or drenched in sauce – which is all fine, actually. It was American-style Chinese food and absolutely lovely! The people were lovely, the food was good, the atmosphere is amazing (piano music and some fantastic singing). Couldn’t have had a better time!

Speaking of Asian food, I have a review of Kato Japanese Restaurant coming up!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

I’m having a grand old time running around the net today, getting ideas for fall table settings! You know, there are folks who do the old stand by decorations – festive table cloths, fall leaves, rose petals. Of course, I’m not thinking of that kind of table setting – I’m thinking of something a bit more unique!

Something you don’t see often are tables set with lovely decorations inspired by antiquity (such as my inspiration, the Greek Goddess Hera), which covers everything from myths to dogma.

I’ve seen feathers used before in table settings, like those used in napkin rings in bridal arrangements. But this being Hera we’re talking about, what I need are white plumes offset with some lovely peacock feathers to set off mostly white and stone bases.

Now, Greek and Roman sculpture was actually painted up so horribly that it’s a mercy that time faded it to the classical white marble we all marvel at, so white is what I’d be going with. Then you need to head over to a place like Eskay where you can grab some of their lovely peacock feathers wholesale or bulk for pretty decent prices, even when you factor in the shipping and handling fees.

Then you’re going to need to find your basics – you’re going to need stone or stone-fleck for your dinner plate. I’d go with a cobalt blue charger on top of that then a small, white marble plate on top of that.

Now you can arrange your peacock feathers and white plumes in a centerpiece or individually set into napkin rings to compliment the place settings – I wish I had the ability to do this and take photos!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

We had a movie night last night. We popped the film Loser into the bluray player and dug in to some new ice cream flavor is that we had never cried before.

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Laota tried out the cake boss flavor strawberry shortcake, which I had the night before and will post photos of later, and I got to try second Street Creamery’s sweet ol’ joe, which is just what it sounds like a delicious creamy coffee flavor.

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5 stars to both flavors of ice cream!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

My stepdad is adorable. I mean, literally, this dude is a little ball of sweetness and light and as aggravating as he is lovable. He’s a great big kid, and being a great big kid he has a real hard time turning his nose up at candy – that includes a candy he loves that shouldn’t even exist because of the sheer gross factor.

If you’ve ever been to St. Joseph, Missouri – here on referred to as Joe Town or St. Joe – then you’ve undoubtedly heard of their local candy, the pride of St. Joe, the Cherry Mash.

Anyone who knows me knows how gaga I go over vintage style candy, especially chocolates and taffies, but this candy. This… monster. Is the most disgusting chocolate I’ve ever that didn’t say Palmer’s on it – and that includes ‘chocolates’ I made myself out of play dough when I was a kid.

No, Cherry Mash is not a candy. Cherry Mash is a poop in a white wrapper. A monkey poop. The pride of St. Joseph is a poor quality monkey poop in a little bit of thin white plastic. Oh, and did I mention it’s freaking hot pink inside?

That is no joke – neither is the fact that the blighter tastes hot pink to boot. That’s right, it tastes like a freaking color and it’s covered in chimp dootie. So, of course, my step dad had to give me one. And did I eat it? Yes I did. Was it gross? Yes, it was. Remind me to buy him some real candy.

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Well, a few weeks ago on my mother’s birthday there was a swimming party. Yes, a 500 year old woman decided to have a pool party for her birthday – which would be great if it wasn’t a two hour drive in the heat. Add on top of that she had to stop and mull around a redneck’s garage sale for an hour (stank, I came out of it with allergies) then she wanted to eat – before a long car ride and a dip in the pool.

Okay, fine, her birthday and we do things her way. Then she decided on Country Kitchen – which was a bad idea and everyone but her knew it, but she decided that’s where she had to go.

Because it was cheap we all got the breakfast bar, and it tasted fine (so unhealthy, but I’m an egg fiend!). Low and behold, before the day was through, everyone had food poisoning. Food poisoning that lasted ages and everyone’s still slightly sick from the trip.

So, the moral of the story is my mother’s an idiot and Country Kitchen is disgusting. :P

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Oh, silly mother for showing up with stawberries and little, store-bought sponge cakes then forgetting them when she left. A little homemade buttercream, some warmed preserves and I have a feast! A feast of sugar! BWAHAHAHHAAAAH! *coughs* Ahh, ouch!

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bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

bento_box: KFC Christmas (KFC Christmas)

Originally posted at by CMKA over at my bento photo blog!

Mirrored from Hanamachi Lights: Bento & Food.

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