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Here’s an easy way to remove scratches from dishes and make them shine like new.

Life Hacks - how to remove those little black scratches from your dishes - So easy and they look brand new

One of my favorite West Omaha restaurants closed recently (*sniffle*) and they auctioned off everything that was inside. I ended up with a lot (get it, a “lot”?!?) of wide rimmed soup bowls. Twenty of them, eek! I paid just $0.75 each and figure we can have all of our friends over for a soup party, soooo wild and crazy, right?!? Ha.

Anyway, these were obviously used for tons of restaurant customers, and were pretty scratched up (and literally black on the underside rim). Enter my secret weapon: BAR KEEPERS FRIEND.

I first tried this magical powder when we snaked out a toilet (um, gross!) and the metal snake left scratches in the porcelain bowl. I sprinkled some Bar Keepers Friend on the water, let it sit for a few hours, and when I scrubbed the bowl then flushed, the scratches were gone. It was awesome.

I bought a new container at Target for $1.99, but you can find Bar Keepers Friend almost anywhere that sells cleaning supplies. Bar Keepers Friend also comes in a liquid form, and a spray bottle with foam, but I stuck to the original old-school powder because I had such good luck with it last time.

So how do you use this miracle product? Just wet your dishes and sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend on, then using a wet sponge or rag, start wiping until it makes a paste and rub all of the surfaces. Rinse off and dry.

Check out the difference:

Easy one step scratch removal for dishes

One step scratch removal for dishes - Tips and Tricks - DIY

How to remove scratches from dishes - Just 1 easy step

Here’s an unbelievably easy recipe I learned in a cooking class – add two ingredients to a jar and let it sit overnight. That’s it! You’ll end up with creme fraiche, which is similar to sour cream, but not as sour, and not as thick. It has a higher fat content than sour cream, but… everything in moderation, right?!? You can add a spoonful to scrambled eggs right before serving for some creamy goodness, or use to drizzle over prepared dishes. You can mix in some fresh herbs and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, then drop some on chicken or fish. Our oldest likes to put it on his tacos instead of sour cream. Fanciest taco ever, ha! 🙂

Homemade Crème Fraîche Recipe

Creme Fraiche

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 tablespoons cultured buttermilk
  • 1 pint heavy cream

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine cream and buttermilk in a non-reactive container (I used a glass pint jar). Mix gently, and allow to rest uncovered at room temperature until thickened to desired texture, usually overnight, or up to 12 hours or so. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

According to J. Kenji Lopez-Alt from SeriousEats.com:
“Add more buttermilk and you’ll need less time for it to thicken (but it’ll be less creamy). Add more, and it takes longer, but tastes better… It gets super rich and creamy at right about the 12-hour mark. You can also halt the process early by just refrigerating it to stop the bacterial action. This is useful if you want a thinner Mexican-style crema agria for drizzling over tacos or sopes. For those of you worried about cream spoiling at room temp, that’s the idea: it’s the good bacteria from the buttermilk multiplying in there that prevents the dangerous bacteria from taking over.”

Super Easy Cilantro-Lime Rice Recipe: Copycat Chipotle – Make a huge batch and freeze the extras in individual portions. 

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe - make a bunch and freeze the extras

A few years ago I posted a recipe for Cilantro-Lime Rice, which you can make on the stove. I love making HUGE batches of this and freezing individual portions. Just reheat in the microwave and you have a perfect side dish, main dish, in a rice bowl with chicken or steak, in burritos, or as a nacho topping.

I am also totally in love with my rice cooker, so recently I’ve been doing it the super-easy way. Just prepare the rice in the steamer using jasmine rice and chicken broth (instead of water, for more flavor). After it’s cooked, stir in fresh squeezed lime juice, freshly grated lime zest, and chopped cilantro leaves. Fresh and easy.

My rice cooker holds 3 cups dry rice (which ends up being around 6 cups after cooking), so you can adjust this recipe accordingly.

If you prefer the stovetop method instead of a rice cooker, here’s my original recipe for Cilantro-Lime Rice.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Jasmine rice (I used 3 cups per batch)
  • Chicken or Vegetable broth (I used 2 cups per batch)
  • Limes (I used 2-3 per batch)
  • Fresh cilantro (I used the leaves from half of one bunch per batch)
  • Optional: Sea Salt, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Measure dry rice and rinse under water (to keep the rice from getting too sticky), then drain.

Add rinsed rice to cooker and add chicken broth to the line indicated on your cooker.

Cook according to manufacturer instructions (on mine, this means just put a lid on it and press the ON button). While rice is cooking, rough-chop the cilantro leaves.

After rice has finished, pour cooked rice into a large mixing bowl. Stir in cilantro, the juice and zest from the limes.

Optional: add salt, to taste.

TO FREEZE: Cool finished rice then place in freezer-safe, microwavable containers, in whatever portions you will need, and mark the date with a Sharpie (keeps up to 3 months). To reheat, remove lid, sprinkle the frozen rice with 1-2 Tbs. water, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 1-3 minutes depending on the portion size. Fluff gently then repeat. Let stand for a couple of minutes before fluffing once more and serving. Or, to save freezer space, use ziplocks (instead of containers), flatten the ziplocks down, and put in a microwave-safe dish before reheating.

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe - freezer friendly and so easy just use a rice cooker and it is perfect

Here’s an easy recipe for light puffy breadsticks: just throw some cheese and herbs on a sheet of puff pastry and bake! You can customize these with your favorite pizza/breadstick toppings.

Puff Pastry and Cheese for an awesome batch of breadsticks

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • to taste: garlic powder, parsley flakes, and/or oregano
  • crushed red pepper flakes

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lay the puff pastry flat on the parchment paper and sprinkle on the cheese. Add garlic powder, parsley flakes and/or oregano to taste.

Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut puff pastry in half (going the short direction). Then cut the long way into 1-inch strips.

Bake for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Before serving, top with crushed red pepper flakes.

Just add cheese and herbs to puff pastry and cut into breadsticks - So easy and delicious

 

recipe adapted from 4 Ingredients by Kim McCosker & Rachael Bermingham

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Coconut oil is the star of this recipe! Add in some blueberries, form into cute shapes with a silicone mold, and voila. You’ll have a bag full of one-a-day doggie deliciousness. (Obviously, check with your veterinarian before starting any health regimens or new foods with your own dogs.) Our little chihuahua-mix nibbles ever so delicately at these, while our 60 lb. vizsla chomps them up in one bite.  🙂

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Frozen blueberries (enough for 1 or 2 in each treat)
  • Coconut Oil, in solid form (I started with 1/2 c. and kept melting a little more at a time as I went, I probably used a little less than 2 c. altogether)
  • Silicone treat mold (I used a 24 bite-size flower mold)

WHAT YOU DO:

Place one or two frozen blueberries into each serving of the silicone mold. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil over medium heat until it melts.

Pour liquified oil into the mold.

Place entire mold in fridge and let it solidify.

After treats are solid, remove from the mold.

Label a freezer-safe bag or container and store in the freezer.

recipe inspired by hellonatureblog.com

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Here’s an easy and delicious healthy meal idea: Artichoke and Lemon Chicken. I used ghee to make this recipe Whole 30 compliant, but you can use butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. or whatever you prefer. Just start it on the stovetop in a cast-iron skillet and move the whole thing to the oven to finish.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 Tbs. cooking fat (butter, coconut oil, ghee, etc), divided into two Tbs. each
  • Half of one onion, sliced
  • 2 cups canned artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. dill
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 lbs. uncooked chicken breasts
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. of the cooking fat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add artichoke hearts, dill, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine.

Place the chicken on top of the ingredients in the skillet, then top each piece of chicken with a small pat of the remaining 2 Tbs. of cooking fat.

Put the entire skillet into the oven and bake for 45 minutes (or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F).

recipe adapted from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

 

 

Oh slow cooker recipes. How I love thee. Here’s a healthy meal that’s low-carb, low-fat, and high-flavor. It’s also Whole30 compliant. And super easy! Just make a homemade sauce out of a bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, garlic, and herbs in a food processor. Then pour it over chicken in the slow cooker, set it, and forget it! (Then shred it, and sprinkle with delicious fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro.)

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Healthy Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken · recipebookandmore.wordpress.com · 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and rough chopped
  • 1 onion, rough chopped
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 4 lbs. uncooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro

WHAT YOU DO:

In a food processor, combine bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, garlic, parsley flakes, cumin, salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and lime zest. Mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. (I added a teaspoon or two of water to thin it out slightly.)

Line slow cooker (optional). Place chicken in slow cooker then pour the sauce over the top. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 4-6 hours, until chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked.

Before serving, shred with two forks. Sprinkle with lime juice and cilantro.

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recipe adapted from The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth by Jonny Bowden

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ZUCCHINI NOODLE CAPRESE SALAD

Ahhhh the spiralizer. I love this kitchen gadget. You can turn veggies like zucchinis, cucumbers, and carrots into awesome healthy low-carb dishes. Turn zucchinis into noodles = Zoodles!

Here’s an easy no-cook salad that’s perfect for summer veggies from the Farmer’s Market or your garden. It has the delicious flavor of a traditional Italian caprese pasta salad, but without the pasta.

ZUCCHINI NOODLE CAPRESE SALAD

Zucchini Caprese Salad

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, cut into spiral “noodles”
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes (I used a combination of orange and red)
  • 4 oz. fresh mozzarella, cubed
  • 1/3 c. thinly sliced basil leaves
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • salt & pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Place zucchini and tomatoes in a mixing bowl.

Make the marinade in a separate bowl by combining the lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, and garlic.

Pour marinade over the zucchini and tomatoes and stir gently to combine. Place in fridge to marinade for 10-20 minutes (the longer the zucchini marinates the more flavorful it will become).

Remove from fridge, add the cheese and basil to the bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and serve.

recipe adapted from Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad Recipe 

Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad Recipe - fresh and delicious not to mention easy!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced into halves or quarters
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced then cut in half
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 3 avocados, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Place tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, avocados, garlic, and dill in a large bowl.

Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Toss gently to combine.

Just before serving, season with salt and pepper.

Here’s a link to an avocado scooper I hand-stamped, available at my Etsy shop!

Here’s an addicting Chex party mix idea: use pretzel goldfish crackers, ranch dressing mix, lots of cereal (just for the halibut I tried some Kix with the Chex, really got crazy in here ha), and baby goldfish crackers, seasoned with parmesan cheese and ranch. I made a big batch in a 12×19 inch foil pasta/roasting pan, and baked it in the oven. Here’s how it turned out…. And if you have other tasty snack mix recipes like this, let minnow. Get it?!? Oh fish puns.

Gone Fishin Chex Party Mix - warning super addicting! Easy and delicious.

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Preheat oven to 250°F. Place butter in a large ungreased roasting pan, and put in the oven to melt. Add remaining ingredients in the pan, and stir until coated. Bake uncovered for 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes or so. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Gone Fishin Chex Party Mix - so easy and delicious - addicting too!

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