31.7.14

Veggie Burrito Bowl with Yellow Rice and Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette




Better than take out, this loaded burrito bowl is packed with flavor and good for you veggies in every color of the rainbow and fiber and protein from the cumin black beans. Did you know that eating beans and rice together makes it a complete protein?  Get choppin!








Very little cook time is needed for this healthy dinner making it my idea of a perfect summer meal. Leftovers mean I'm looking forward to lunch the next day in a big way. I love the crunch factor going on from the radishes, purple cabbage, carrots and yellow peppers which make this salad very filling and satisfying. The flavor is bursting in every bite from the cilantro lime vinaigrette, cumin black beans and the yellow rice. 

You could use saffron for the yellow rice if you have some on hand but it's pretty pricey and there's plenty of flavor going on in here already. I used much thriftier turmeric which happens to be super good for you and gives the rice a pretty yellow color.









Start with a big handful of chopped Romain lettuce. I like Romaine in my burrito bowls for the crunch factor in place of calorie loaded tortilla chips {my weakness!}








Then pack in your fav veggies and beans, be creative, try jicama, radish, purple cabbage, peppers, roasted poblanos, pickled jalapeƱos. If you don't care for cilantro try blending up some tomatillos with lime juice and evoo.















You Will Need

1 cup (or 1 can) black beans
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 radishes
1 small yellow bell pepper
4 roma tomatoes
1 cup purple cabbage, sliced thinly
4 cups Romaine lettuce, chopped
2 large carrots, shredded
1 cup long grain white rice
1 tablespoon turmeric
2 large handfuls of fresh cilantro
3-4 limes, juiced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoons honey (eye it) optional


Putting it All Together

Cook rice according to package directions. As soon as it's done add turmeric and stir well to combine. Cover with lid till ready to use. 
If using dried beans soak over night in water, drain and add to a medium pot with 2 1/2 cups water. Bring to boil, cook covered for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add cumin and salt and cook another 20 minutes. Remove from heat. If using canned beans, add turmeric (omit salt) cook on medium-low covered for 15 minutes. 
For the dressing, In a blender combine 2 large handfuls of fresh cilantro (don't worry about the stems), juice from 3-4 limes, evoo and honey. Blend until smooth.
Arrange salad, veggies, rice and beans in a bowl and drizzle with vinaigrette. 







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25.7.14

Skinny Jeans Mediterranean Baked Lemon Chicken with Artichoke Hearts,Olives and Grape Tomatoes






Raise your hand if your sick and tired of chicken for dinner. Or is it just me? We hardly ever eat chicken anymore because of the humanitarian thing which correlates with the whole added hormones and who knows what else not good for you factor (yeah, I'm one of those sorts of weirdos). Sufficed to say, When I buy chicken it's the Organic, free range sort and I make sure I make a flavorful meal out of it like these Red Chile Shredded Chicken Tacos.


22.7.14

Brussels and Shitake Mushrooms in Mirin and Sake with Gingered Broiled Salmon


Cooking with spirits is this months theme for RecipeRedux. Choosing just one recipe for this post was a tough one. Then I remembered the first time I tasted mirin, just a dash used in some Jasmin rice  and the choice was easy. Just a tablespoon or two of this special Japanese cooking wine transforms boring foods into a slightly sweet and complex creation.








11.7.14

An Entire Summer's Worth of Giveaway's! #giveaway



I've got a few fun giveaways for you today! This summer has been a whirlwind of activities with the kids shoved into my days off from work. Living in Phoenix means it's way too hot to spend more than a few minutes outside unless you're in the pool. We've been hitting up some museums and indoor play parks that are scattered around the valley as well as morning KID movies at Harkins {popcorn and jelly bellies for breakfast anyone?}.






So I apologize for my lack of consistency in posting but my priorities have been spending what time I do have off from work with the kids and getting them out of the house as much as possible this summer {they're like caged monkeys when left to their own devices for more than X amount of hours at a time!}.







First, Epicurean is offering one of their pretty State Shape Cutting Boards from your state of choice to adorn your kitchen counter. Epicurean is obviously a trusted shop offering top quality kitchen ware and this cutting board is no exemption. I own three! I love that they are super durable, very classy looking and made using wood "scraps" that would have otherwise been thrown away.



The State Shape boards not only represent the United States visually, but are made in the U.S. as well.  Additionally, they are eco-friendly, dishwasher safe and NSF approved. Epicurean’s cutting boards were born out of excess cut-off skate park materials. The company’s heartfelt and original designs, pro environment business practices, and truly unique materials come together to make innovative, functional, and thoughtful products made in the USA and distributed worldwide. 








I've been using my pretty little cutting board for cutting up and serving snacks such as cheeses, fruits and veggies almost every day for the last couple of months. It makes a perfect, simple and clean looking serving board that can be kept on the counter for easy access to healthy snacks this summer. 












Next, Downy sent my a big box full of there newest wonder product called Wrinkle Release Plus. I am not easily impressed by gimmicky  products promising to change your life but I have to say I was completely blown away and am now in love with this stuff! If you hate to iron as much as I do then you will love this product. Plain and simple, it works, it smells Downy fantastic and it's ridiculously quick working..... like instant.







Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is much more than a

replacement for the hassle of everyday ironing. It has over

101 uses for the home, family and traveler. In addition to its

ability to reduce wrinkles in clothes, Downy Wrinkle Releaser

Plus can be used as a quick-fix solution to remove creases

from pillowcases, bed sheets, drapery, tablecloths, cloth napkins, ribbons on holiday

decorations and many other household items. A quick spritz from the WonderBottle can also

remove odors and freshen up furniture, pet beds and infant car seats just to name a few. For

those who still want to iron, it serves as a better ironing aid than water without the residue of

starch.

Downy Wrinkle Release Plus works

to eliminate wrinkles by coating fabric fibers with silicone that allows them to relax and slide

apart instantly. Simply spray, smooth and tug, then allow fabric to

dry for a crisp, fresh smelling and wrinkle-free look in minutes.





One Simply Healthy Family Reader will win a box of Downy Wrinkle Release to last you for a long ironing free time and suitcases of wrinkle free clothes. I keep one in my closet and use it daily for wrinkles and for a refreshing clothes that have been on hangers far too long. Who doesn't love the smell of Downy???










Who the hell wants to iron ever in the summer anyway???  I'm throwing away my iron! :)















Barbara's fig bars are gluten free and made with all natural ingredients. 



Non GMO corn puffs are made with real, aged Cheddar and Blue Cheeses, YUM!
Both are a perfect lunch box treat for back to school.









Barbara's cereals have long been a favorite of ours and is one of the very few cereals I ever buy. They contain ingredients I am happy to eat and serve to my children and taste fantastic. Their products are always non GMO, gluten free and they offer some vegan options, also their cereal boxes are made with 100% recycled cardboard. Barbara's is committed to helping and donating money to the WWF and is active in Project Puffin.   Very cool!  




 Barbara's is offering 2 vouchers for free products to one SHF reader!






Colgate sent me their newest Optic White system which promises whiter teeth in just 2 days. It did!
Their Optic white pen & toothbrush made my teeth much whiter and my smile brighter after just the very first use. I continued to use the Optic white toothpaste and mouth rinse and my smile is noticeably brighter. I do have sensitive teeth so the toothpaste was a bit uncomfortable for me to use.





Colgate is offering one Optic White system to one SHF reader which includes the Optic white toothbrush and gel, toothpaste and mouth rinse.








Scar Away is offering 2 boxes of their Scar away silicone sheets to one SHF reader.








Even the smallest scars are noticeable, especially when they’re yours. Now these unwelcome reminders of mole removal, biopsies, acne, injuries, burns and surgery (among other causes), are easier than ever to shrink, flatten, and fade. New Scar Aw ay

Silicone Daily Discs use an advanced patented silicone technology in a petite, round format that is perfect for smaller scars, super-easy to apply, and are virtually invisible.
An effective, at-home, non-prescription way to treat and prevent the formation of
small, abnormal scars, including hypertrophic (red and raised) and keloid scars.  Professional grade silicone discs use advanced silicone technology, previously available only through hospitals, burn centers and plastic surgery offices.




My scar from removal of a mole gone rogue. The silicone scare removal discs definitely helped soften and lighten the scar. 











To win one or more of these products simply leave me a comment telling me which one you'd like. Make sure you leave an email in your comments if one is not linked already.
Please leave a separate comment for each product you'd like to win!
Tweet about this giveaway and copy the link to the tweet for an extra chance to win (include which product you'd like in your comment).
Open to U.S. residents only.








6.7.14

Blackberry and Peach Sparkling {Camping} Sangria #SundaySupper



It's July (in case you didn't know) which means it's really. freaking. hot. here in Phoenix (in case the obvious eludes you) which means it is officially time to get the heck out of the desert (duh). I'm counting the days until we can go up north and watch the temperature gage in the car drop down into the 70's. Ahhhhhh...... Luckily, "up north" is only about 3 hours away so coolness is within our grasp and I'm not one to not grasp at opportunities when they are shoved in my face.


perfect to take camping, on a picnic or to the beach!



3.7.14

Banana Split Popsicles {sugar free & healthy}








Inspiration for today's post comes from the fact that is 113F out and getting. even. hotter. The fact that it doesn't rain here in Phoenix makes me wonder how the hell so many idiots people decided to make this their home. It's a mystery..... and I'm Native..... idiot.



29.6.14

Melon and Prosciutto Arugula Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar #SundaySupper



Do you like my new blog design? I'm so excited! I've been on the fence for ever about upgrading my old school template that I've had for years. Yet something nagged me every time I went to purchase a professional design about spending money on a hobby. Also, I have spent countless hours designing and editing and re editing and redesigning my {old}  blog. It was kind of my baby, granted it had the face only a mother could truly love.
























Alas, I came across an amazingly talented graphics and web designer named Dana Fox of Envye. Her multitude of web designs and graphics were just what I was looking for and at a price that wouldn't take money away from my children's college fund (although child number 1 kind of ruined the whole ride on my parents shoulders through his freshmen year of college while I slack off more than fungus on a rock deal for the rest of the darlings) but we won't talk about that.


There are still a few fun features that I am working on like a Photo Recipe Page and cuter side titles and organization but I'm pretty thrilled with my clean, updated look, however simple and late to the game it may be. Simple is exactly how I roll. Name of the blog Yo  {missing Breaking Bad......}


Onto picnicky goodness. I have to say this is probably without a doubt the crazy easiest and also most surprisingly delicious recipes I've ever made. I got up at an un-Godly hour this morning to go to work and saved a life via a total knee replacement and yet another by assisting in the removal of a bum gall bladder. Afterwards, I managed to drag myself to the grocery store in the 110F disgusting heat, talk myself out of going Cost Plus Market to purchase a melon baller, picked up a couple of melons and some prosciutto and then came home to take a 2 hour nap (don't judge) and still throw together this salad.



It's that simple.








25.6.14

The Ultimate Summer { #fourthofJuly } Roundup.




from beach totes and sunglasses to picnic treats and beach games, I gotcha covered.






My must have summer {4th of July} Picks!






These colorful Wow Rackets are just the thing for outdoor fun! They make a   booming  noise whenever they hit the included ball or birdie, they're just the thing for noisy, far-flung fun.

 







18.6.14

PICOBLAT : What you need to bring to your next picnic! #PicnicGame






Somebody told me that today was the halfway marker of summer on the calendar. That someone has also has only lived in The Valley of the Sun for exactly 3.5 months. Ummm,  did the nickname "The Valley of the Sun" not clue you in? I was sorry to burst his shiny, happy yet clueless bubble but summer unofficially or not starts in mid April and ends at the very tail end of October here in Phoenix. Prepare yourself.


15.6.14

Red Chile Shredded Chicken Tacos. How to win over your man's stomachand steal his heart #SundaySupper








I had all intentions of writing a mushy gushy, what a great guy my husband is post for Father's Day. That is until I calmly excused myself from the dinner table and stated that I needed to make sure my Sunday Suppers Father's Day post was up to par and ready to post and said dear husband stated, "You still need to finish it? What have you been doing in there all afternoon?"  The nerve.


I suppose I'll forgive him (shhh, don't tell him that ;) seeing as that he's a pretty amazing guy and an even more amazing dad to our 4 rug rats (teenager included). I'll skip all the mushy gushy and just post 2 of my favorite pictures/moments of my love being the wonderful father that he is.



14.6.14

Shitake, Crimini and Shrimp Spring Rolls




“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Mushroom Council and am  eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”



























Have you ever wanted to eat more veggies and less meat but didn't know how or maybe thought it would be bland and boring? Swap it or Top it!  can help you with tons of ways to incorporate mushrooms in place of meat. It's my favorite way, next to beans to add substance and flavor to any meal. Simply swap at least half or more of the meat called for in your recipe, whether it be ground beef, chicken or seafood and substitute it with chopped or minced mushrooms. The great thing about mushrooms is there are dozens of varieties with a wide range of flavors to compliment any dish! From Asian foods to South Western I add mushrooms for flavor, moisture and vitamin content, not to mention that they drastically reduce the amount of saturated fats and calories when compared to meat.




13.6.14

DIY Mini Magnet Terrarium


Happy Friday friends! I wish I could say that I have the weekend off but alas I'm headed in to work tomorrow to save lives one icky gallbladder at a time. Not a very glamorous job but at least it's near freezing in the operating room. Next week I have 5 days off starting on Wednesday and we are headed up to Northern Arizona to stay in my in-laws cabin. I can't wait to get out of this stinking heat! I seriously don't think I can make it to August, actually it doesn't really cool down until the very end of October here, ughh.


I wanted to share this lovely DIY mini magnet terrarium with you. Easy to put together and a super cute and unique accent on your fridge. I know I would love to have these arranged on my fridge instead of clippings and doodles for a change.  Not that I don't love the kids doodles ;)





DIY Mini Magnet Terrarium (via http://cladandcloth.com/)
I’ve got some cool news!  I’ve been selected to create a DIY kit for Darby Smart!  I’m still working with them to create the kit but I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.  In the meantime, I got a box just to see how it felt to open…


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