Recipe: Tuna Patties

After being in a eating-rut, I finally made a recipe off my pinterest board and it was superb!

And in true Stacey-fashion, I didn’t follow the directions all that well, so….

I used parsley instead of dill, doubled the broccoli amount, halved the quinoa amount, used olive oil-based mayo and not traditional, and friend them in leftover bacon grease instead of coconut oil (I’m allergic to coconut and I love bacon – true southern woman so I have leftover bacon grease in my frig). 

These are truly delicious! I could have eaten the entire batch but tried to control myself so I could have some left over for lunch tomorrow. 

Recipe: Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff

I am obsessed with this recipe ! Beef Stroganoff has been a favorite of mine for years, dating all the way back to Mom making the hamburger helper version growing up.

I did make some modifications so I’m going to write out the recipe below but the modifications were made because I didn’t have some of the ingredients the first time I made it. 🙂

1 package of mushrooms (pick your favorite kind)
1 white onion
1 lb. of ground beef, browned (you could use any kind of ground meat)
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
onion powder
garlic powder

I sauté the diced mushrooms and white onion until almost done. Next, add the browned meat and mix in. Add the wine and yogurt. Sprinkle the onion and garlic powder over the top of the skillet. Stir and let simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes. Serve in a bowl.

Some people following the paleo diet will still cook with wine and will eat yogurt and some people won’t. It’s personal prefernce. I’m not sure what you could substitute for these two ingredients in this recipe however.

You could add quinoa or any noodles you want to to make this more of a “true” beef stroganoff recipe but the flavors don’t need it (and neither does my waist line). Enjoy!

Recipe: Depression-Era Cake

My niece turned one back in February (still working on writing the post about her birthday party and my world-wind trip to Dallas) and my best friend (her mom) used this recipe for her cupcakes. I wasn’t the only person at the party that is gluten-free and a couple of the other party animals are also egg- and dairy-free so this recipe is perfect.

The recipe originated out of the Great Depression and world wars when people didn’t have eggs and milk to be able to cook with. It uses vinegar and water reaction (could be a pretty cool cook experiment to do with small children) to make it fluffy. We made the gluten-free version into cupcakes which turned out fabulous! I’ve since made this recipe three times because it is so easy and allergy-free. Enjoy!

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I am a table leader for the membership class at church for 9 weeks which has given me a great opportunity to try some new recipes. There are a couple people at my table that are gluten-free and dairy-free which makes paleo recipes intising.

After pinterest-ing for much longer than is healthy, I decided to try this recipe. It was really good! I didn’t have any leftovers after class so I’m assuming everyone else thinks it’s pretty good too. I actually followed the recipe for this one (probably because it’s measure, combine, and dump) with my cooking time being closer to 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Recipe: Sour Candy Grapes

I found the original recipe here for sour candy grapes via pinterest. Go figure.

I’m a table leader for the membership class at my church (Redeemer Fellowship). It’s a 9 week class that focuses on what the church does and does not believe. People take it with the intent to then write down their faith story, start volunteering at the church, and sit down with one of our pastors to discuss their life. At the end of the process you become a member of the church. It’s pretty lengthy (especially in comparison to other churches I’ve been a member of) but I think it accomplishes a church community that serves each other and is sheperd-ed by our team of Elders.

Each week, the DNA table leaders help facilitate the discussions that take place during class and strive to develop some community. Optionally, they bring the snacks. I had seen this recipe on Pinterest for a long time now but had never tried it. I figured I would let me table be guinea pigs.

They loved them! (and I did too)

I used green grapes, washed them, patted them dry, and rolled them through fruit punch and sugar-free lemon jell-o mixes. After about 4 hours in the refrigerator, they were funny looking but very tasty.

I did have a few leftovers which I froze and ate for dessert the next night. I prefer the frozen ones, personally.

These snacks are perfect if you need a quick fix for an activity or have someone who has severe food allergies. The kids hanging around at church definitely loved them too!!

Thursday Night Clams

Warmer weather, Thursday night without any place to be, great wine in the wine rack, and a trip to Costco leads to some experimenting in the kitchen for dinner. I had the windows and doors wide open at my house. Music drifting through the cool evening air. Candles lit. Home alone. Leggings and a tshirt. Barefoot. Bliss.

I stumbled upon The Domestic Man this week and figured I would try out a recipe. I chose his post on Littleneck clams which Costco had last week. Living in the midwest means good seafood is rare. I really don’t eat seafood at restaurants around town because usually doesn’t taste so good. Yes, I am one of those snotty people who can taste the difference in seafood that has been previously frozen. I still eat it. I just don’t want to pay to eat it at a restaurant. Costco had littleneck clams flown in that morning from Boston. I was in for trying.

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The recipe is so easy and I didn’t make any modifications.

Warning: I sliced my finger open on one of the clams since I wasn’t paying attention while I was washing them. I was paying attention after that, of course! It didn’t dampen how good the recipe is 🙂

I used a bottle of Ruffino pinot grigio that I had picked up several months ago at a wine tasting at Cellar Rat. The recipe also tasted so good that I ate all the clams myself while drinking the rest of the bottle of wine which watching the CrossFit Open 14.3 announcement. I rounded out the evening by watching the new episode of Scandal at a friend’s house.

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It was a perfect Thursday evening.

Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving Holiday is different for me every year, mostly because I am rarely with the same people or in the same place as previous years. My parents have always opened their home to anyone who didn’t have anywhere else to be for Thanksgiving which brough some great memories including Korean graduate students or fraternity brothers or even sometimes family.

 

I think this open invitation is due to my parents struggling through graduate school (both of them) with a 6 month old infant and vowing to make the path for those behind them easier (my Dad still chooses to teach classes on the college level) but it’s also because their only daughter rarely comes home for the feast because she typically has football tickets. Some years my parents have gotten smart and gone to the football game with me or traveled to have Thanksgiving close to the stadium so I would attend.

This Thanksgiving was a little bit different. It was different because for the first time since I went to college, I was a little sad to not be at my parent’s table. It was the first Thanksgiving without my grandmothers. It was the first Thanksgiving where the football wasn’t on Thursday (it was Saturday). It was the first Thanksgiving I had to work both Wednesday and Friday. It was the first Thanksgiving where I was completely alone in my house on Thanksgiving Night.

I think it’s healthy to want to be with family. I had a great Thanksgiving! Separation has created a longing to be home for Christmas that I haven’t had in the past. Typically my travel over the river and thru the woods is trying on a good year but this year I won’t care. I’m ready to go home for Christmas!

So what did I do for Thanksgiving this year?

I ran a 5k with my friend and her family and boyfriend which I PR’ed 🙂

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Then it was off to my friend Brad’s Parent’s house to have Thanksgiving lunch with them, his sister and her boyfriend, and their cousin. It was traditional food and super yummy!

Than back to Lee’s house to help cook Thanksgiving dinner and eat with the 5k crew. We packed up and went over to the club level of the hotel her parents were staying in to watch the lighting of the Plaza which officially kicks off Christmas in KC and was also on my KC Bucket List. 🙂 It was even better that we didn’t have to be outside in the cold with thousands of people!

After cleaning the dishes, Lee and her Mom and I went shopping at Kohl’s and Michaels. The lines were two hours long in Kohl’s to checkout but we ended up with some great loot including my presents for Affordable Christmas and the last (almost) of my Christmas gifts for friends and family!!

It was a long day but one I am emensely thankful for. Friends are chosen Family and I had two great families that adopted me for Thanksgiving. (By the way, my parents had 12 at their house for Thanksgiving this year including my brother’s girlfriend, and two care givers of my grandmother and their family members. Everyone said it was drama free and delicious, exactly how Thanksgiving should be!)

Recipe: Blue Buffalo Chicken Soup

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I found the original recipe on Pinterest here. I’m not super good at following directions so I left out the orzo and didn’t substitute anything in its place which is probably why mine was a little bit more runny than the original recipe. The recipe made enough soup for me to eat 5 different meals. It was a great recipe to make on the weekend and eat the rest of the week!