01.26.2017

Roast Chicken

Roast chicken, so simple, right? For some reason, it’s the kind of recipe that I’ve always tried to avoid. I think I’ve done it 3 or 4 times in my life. I pretty much roast everything, but chicken? No thanks, I’ll get one at Whole Foods.

Roast-Chicken

While I was at the grocery store the other day I saw the raw chickens but ignored them. The problem was that when I went to get roast chicken it was way too early in the morning so there was not a single cooked bird in sight. Can I say how proud I was? Instead of throwing a tantrum (like a good 3-year-old girl) I said “fine, I’ll take the challenge. I know I failed in the past but I can do this!”. I turned around and got a chicken to cook.

Once at home, what did I do? Duh, I googled “roast chicken”. I’m not going to lie here, this is neither my recipe nor my grandma’s secret chicken recipe. This is Ina Garten‘s masterpiece that I followed to the T. The recipe is so simple, you would think it would be a disaster, but if you know anything about that woman, you know that it has to be good. And now I can say the chicken was delicious and the method foolproof.

Roast-Chicken

Now, if you came here looking for something healthy, you better look somewhere else BUT, if you want something really good, perfect for a Sunday night, or to entertain some friends, look no further. The chicken was perfect!

Roast Chicken Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1 head of garlic cut in half
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme
  • 1-2 tablespoons of butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Root Vegetables
  • Onions
  • Fennel
  • Carrots
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter
  3. While you're melting the butter and preheating the oven, remove the chicken giblets and rinse the chicken inside and out.
  4. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry.
  5. Salt and pepper the inside of the chicken and stuff it with the quartered lemon, garlic, and 6 or 7 sprigs of thyme.
  6. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
  7. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil.
  8. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.
  9. Roast the chicken for 1½ hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

I didn’t use these specific veggies. Instead, I used a mix of carrots, butternut squash, parsnips, and onions. These are the best vegetables you can have since they get soaked with the chicken juices. Be careful because they can burn a bit if you cut them too small!

Do you have a favorite roast chicken recipe?

 

12.18.2016

365 Photo Project – One photo a day

365 photo project Today is a great day! Well, really, every day is a great day but today, or I should say yesterday, I decided to take on the 365 Photo Project. Why? Because I love to torture myself by adding more things to my to-do list. Also, let’s face it, we take lots of photos and then we don’t do anything with them. We might as well try to experiment, right?

Basically, I used to love photography, that’s why I started this blog ages ago, and with another name. I wanted to take beautiful pictures and learn to edit them. As usual, I stopped for a few years, but this time I’ll just blame my iPhone. Really, it’s its fault. The photos are nice, you can take videos, you can edit them, post them directly to your social media, send them to friends, plus it’s easy to travel with. Do you know how heavy a camera and extra lenses are? Let’s just say that the phone is easier. That being said, I’m sorry but you just can’t beat the flexibility of a DSLR. That’s why yesterday I decided to start.

365 photo project

365 photo project

My goal with this project is to take a photo a day with my camera. I already do it with my phone, which is fine, and I may post that photo here or in other social media outlets, but I want to learn. I want photography to become a habit and to learn to edit my photos. Simple, right?

No theme, really, except for the fact that my daughter will show up A LOT.

11.20.2016

Chocolate cookies

 

chocolate-cookie

Who doesn’t like chocolate cookies? The other day I came across this recipe in the Shape magazine and decided to make it. Usually I would’ve passed since it implies some kind of baking, but I read the it, chocolate was involved, and since I had the ingredients I just made it. I tweaked it a bit to make it “healthier”.

chocolate-cookie

Now, I would say that more than cookies they’re crisps and they are addictive. So, I’m just letting you know, once you try one, you won’t be able to stop!

chocolate-cookie

 

Chocolate cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350. Line a sheet pan with a nonstick mat or parchment. (If you have more pans and mats, prepare them too.)
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter Add oats and seeds and cook, stirring, until they are a shade darker, 1 to 2 minutes. Add sugar and salt, stirring until sugar has almost dissolved. Remove from heat and stir to cool slightly, 5 to 6 minutes. Add egg to the pan while stirring vigorously. Then stir in vanilla.
  3. Using a teaspoon measure, scoop batter onto prepared pan, spacing scoops 2 inches apart. As it bakes, the batter will spread into flat 2 inch discs. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes until golden brown. As each batch comes out of the oven, carefully slide the mat or parchment paper with the cookies onto a wire rack. If you don't have any more baking sheets run pan under cold water to cool it quickly, and wipe it dry. Transfer cookies from the mat to the wire rack. Repeat with the rest of batches.
  4. Drizzle cooled cookies with melted chocolate and let stand until set.

Enjoy!

xo Eva

11.18.2016

Holiday Travel Tips

travel tips Yup, the holidays are here and I don’t know about you, but I always look around to get inspired, or reminded, of some travel tips during these busy days. I love seeing other people’s ideas and creativity, because let’s face it, when it’s time to travel, people come up with really great ideas especially for food…

I love to travel and I’m the kind of person who can eat anything they serve on the plane. Definitely the food is pretty blah and I feel awful once I land, but there’s something about it. Then, we have my daughter, who told me when she was 5 that she wasn’t going to eat the food they give you, so I better get her something before. I call that a win!

Besides the fact that plane food is not the best, another advantage is that you can both control the quality of the ingredients and you can save money if you bring your own stuff. Granted, it may take some space but, wouldn’t that be the same space than buying food once passed security?

Food ideas

  • Nuts or individually packed nut butters – be careful with this. Some people are extremely allergic to nuts and can’t even be around them. I’m still amazed at some airlines giving peanuts at snacks considering how many people are allergic to them. I would say, if you can, you should avoid eating them on the plane.
  • Protein bars – I’m not a fan of them but they come pretty handy. Make sure they have just a few ingredients.
  • Fruit – just make sure it won’t get mushy. I love bananas but I usually get them passed security.
  • Shakeology – I always bring a couple of packets with me just in case. I can mix it with water in my shaker cup, eat a banana, and that’s my breakfast or lunch.
  • Veggies – carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes.
  • Crackers – I love Mary’s Gone Crackers
  • Cheese sticks
  • Salad – if you bring it just make sure that the dressing is treated under the 3-1-1 TSA rule.
  • Hummus – same as the salad dressing.
  • Yogurt – same as the salad dressing.
  • Seeds (pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
  • Sandwiches or wraps – so much better than the airplane food.
  • Dried fruit
  • Chocolate for your sweet tooth – you’re welcome.

I would suggest you avoid salty foods because it’s going to make you even more dehydrated. Speaking of which, don’t forget your water! You’ll need to stay hydrated since the cabin will suck the moisture out of you. You may require to visit the bathroom more often, believe me I’m with you, but it will be worth it.

Other tips

  • Bring antibacterial wipes to clean the tray. It gets gross and unfortunately they don’t get 100% clean.
  • An empty bottle of water that you can fill once passed security or to use with your protein powder or Shakeology.
  • Once you get to your destination, get moving. Unless you get at night and there’s barely not time change, try to get out and move. Exercise or just move. You’ve been stuck in a plane with stale air and not moving. Get that blood pumping!
  • Bring your own entertainment. I can’t sleep or read on planes, not sure why, but I can watch movies for hours upon hours. I’ve been in several planes where my screen was broken, so having my laptop with my movies saved my sanity and my husband’s. You never know, so plan accordingly.
  • Have your toothbrush, toothpaste, face cream, deodorant, makeup remover wipes, and an extra pair of undies in your carry on. You’ll be happy when you’re stuck in a hotel without your suitcase because it didn’t make your connection. I’m glad I had this with me when I travelled to Nashville last summer.

What tips and trick do you have when you travel?

10.27.2016

Easy Pumpkin Chili

pumpkin-chili Pumpkin chili on the stovetop or on the slow cooker, you pick! By now you probably know how much I love pumpkin. Actually, I’m not really sure I like it that much but I like to incorporate it to anything, plus, you know fall=pumpkin, right? Now, chili is another story… I do believe you can eat chilli any time of the year, although it feels more appropriate during the cooler weather. It’s very versatile, very simple to make, you can entertain with it. Make a big batch and you’ll have great leftovers.

There are many chili recipes around and you can definitely customize it to make it your own. Use this one as a guide and tweak it as you please. After all, it’s cooking, not baking, so ingredients and measurements can be easily adjusted.

pumpkin-chili

While I was cooking my daughter kept asking “when is the chili going to be ready?”. When time came to eat, she not only had two but three servings! Definitely kid approved. I think it’s because it doesn’t have beans, I know it’s chili and it should but I’m not the biggest fan. Also, you can’t taste the pumpkin although it gives it a creamy consistency plus all the health benefits.

pumpkin-chili

One of the reasons why it’s versatile it’s because you can make it on the stove or in the crockpot. I decided to do it on the stove because I had time and I love to cook. For a crockpot version you could through all the ingredients in the slowcooker and cook for about 6 hours on low. Another option would be to brown the veggies and the meat on the stop and then put everything in the slowcooker with the rest of the ingredients. Personally I think that if you have to use the stove first, then you can just finish this chili in 20 more minutes.

By the way, if you’re doing, or are a fan of, the whole 30, then you can use this chili recipe.

Easy Pumpkin Chili
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3-oz (1/2 can) tomato paste
  • 1 14-oz can pumpkin puree
  • ½ - 1 cup organic low sodium chicken broth or water
  • 2 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ - ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and saute the onions and peppers, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes or until onions start to soften.
  2. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Add the ground beef. Break it up as it cooks. Cook until meat is nearly cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  5. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Serve with any toppings you desire.
  7. Enjoy!

How do you like your chili? Pin recipe to make later!