Valentine’s Day Low Carb Pancakes

Valentine's Day Low Carb Pancakes

What better way to start out Valentines Day than with a delicious breakfast that is also good for you. Today I will be sharing my low carb pancake recipe. I have always been a fan of pancakes so finding a low carb option that was also delicious was a must. I have been meaning to share this recipe for a while and after stumbling upon the heart shaped cookie cutters the other day, I decided that Valentine’s day would be the perfect time to share it.

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Valentine's Day Low Carb Pancakes

These pancakes are super easy to make and the addition of the heart shape makes them the perfect treat to surprise you special someone on Valentine’s Day morning. You will only need 5 ingredients to make these pancakes. I found my heart shaped cookie cutters at my local Kroger on sale but they are similar to these.

Valentine's Day Low Carb Pancakes

Begin by adding 2/3 cup of egg whites, 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/8 cup of almond flour, 1/3 cup of powdered peanut butter, and 1/8 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to a blender. Mix ingredients completely. The batter will appear very watery but will thicken as you cook it. Spray a pan with nonstick spray and pour in the batter. While your pancake is cooking go ahead and turn on the broiler on the oven. Cook the pancake for about 5 minutes, the top will still look uncooked but go ahead and place under the broiler in the oven. Only leave the pancake under the broiler for a couple of minutes as it will cook very fast. Remove from the oven and unless you plan on cutting them into heart shapes they are ready to be eaten.

If you want to make your pancakes into heart shapes like I did in the above pictures simply use your cookie cutters to cut out whatever size hearts you prefer. I topped off my pancakes with Hungry Jack’s Sugar Free Syrup and a few strawberries.

Valentine’s Day Low Carb Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup of egg whites
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/8 cup of almond flour
  • 1/3 cup of powdered peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • sugar free syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 2/3 cup of egg whites, 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/8 cup of almond flour, 1/3 cup of powdered peanut butter, and 1/8 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to a blender.
  2. Mix ingredients completely.
  3. Spray a pan with nonstick spray and pour in the batter.
  4. Turn on the broiler on the oven.
  5. Cook the pancake for about 5 minutes on the stove top, the top will still look uncooked but go ahead and place under the broiler in the oven. Only leave the pancake under the broiler for a couple of minutes as it will cook very fast.
  6. Remove from the oven and unless you plan on cutting them into heart shapes they are ready to be eaten.
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Let me know what breakfast treats you like to enjoy on Valentine’s Day or what your thought are on these Valentine’s Day low carb pancakes if you decide to give them a try.

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Four Kiehls Products You Must Try

Four Kiehls Products You Must Try

If you are unfamiliar with the Kiehl’s brand, I will be sharing four of their products that you must give a try. I only recently started using Kiehl’s products and instantly became obsessed. My husband has been a long time fan of Kiehl’s products and he is incredibly picky about what type of products he will use(They have tons of items specifically for men). While we were shopping in Nashville a couple of months ago, we walked past a Kiehl’s store and he asked me to go in and pick out a few different products. Since I’ve heard him rave about their face wash for several years I figured why not. The challenge was narrowing down what products I wanted to get as they have so many options. After spending quite some time looking at all the different products they had in store, I finally decided on four to give a try. Below I will discuss each of the products I purchased and what my overall thoughts are on them after using them for a couple of months.

Four Kiehls Products You Must Try

I ended up purchasing the Crème De Corps, the Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser, the Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic, and the Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque.

Four Kiehl's Products You Must Try

  1. Crème De CorpsI had heard a lot of good things about this body lotion and wanted to give it a try. I have tried several lotions in the past but none that I really think works better than another. However, after trying this lotion I would definitely say that it is far superior to other lotions I have tried in the past. It moisturizes the skin without leaving that greasy feeling that some lotions leave behind. It also does a much better job moisturizing my skin than other products I have used. I noticed a difference after just one use. It left my skin feeling very soft. It is especially good for those people that are sensitive to fragrances because this lotion does not have a strong smell.                                                                             Four Kiehls Products You Must Try
  2. Blue Herbal Gel CleanserI have a face wash that I have used for years and that I have been very pleased with so I was reluctant to give another one a try. After using it, I am definitely glad I gave it a chance. It leaves your face feeling so refreshed. It’s an oil-free cleanser which is a plus. It also contains salicylic acid, which aids in getting rid of blemishes. It also does not dry out my skin as I have experienced with other cleansers. I highly recommend this product if you are in the market for a new face wash.Four Kiehls Products You Must Try
  3. Rare Earth Pore Refining TonicI had personally never tried a toner prior to trying the rare earth pore refining toner so I don’t have much to compare it to. I liked the idea of it helping to control surface oil and that it helps to refine your pores. You need to shake the toner prior to applying as the ingredients tend to separate. Overall I really like the product. It  produces more of a matte look and works well under make-up. I do feel that it helps reduce shine/oil throughout the day as well.Four KIehls Products You Must Try
  4. Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance MasqueThis is by far my favorite Kiehls purchase. I am a huge fan of face masks but this one beats them all. I was drawn to this mask because it contains turmeric, which I have recently added into several of my recipes as you may have read here or here. It also contains cranberry seeds that are excellent exfoliates as well. This mask leaves your skin glowing. The overall appearance of my skin is always improved after this mask. It is easy to apply and remove, and you only need to leave the mask on for 5-10 minutes. Your skin is left feeling so smooth and soft after removing the mask. It also has a very light scent that is pleasant without being overwhelming. I cannot recommend this mask enough.

I would love to hear what your favorite Kiehl’s products are and which you would recommend I try next.

 

 

 

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White Chocolate Hazelnut Candies

White Chocolate Hazelnut Candies

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With Valentine’s Day only a couple of weeks a way, it has me craving all things chocolate. My husband recently went on a trip out of town and requested that I make him a few treats to snack on while he was gone. We both have a huge obsession with Justins Nut Butters but my husbands favorite is the hazelnut butter. Searching through the pantry, I still had tons of ingredients left over from all of my Christmas baking and decided to combine the Justins Hazelnut butter with white chocolate to make some candies. The result is a delectable treat that makes it hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions of eating healthy. Below I will share how I made these white chocolate hazelnut candies.

I previously shared my recipe for almond butter cups here that you may want to check out as well. To make these candies you will need Justins Hazelnut butter, white chocolate morsels, coconut oil, and a candy mold.

White Chocolate Hazelnut Candies

Start by melting 1/2 cup of white chocolate morsels with 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. I typically start by heating the chocolate for 20 seconds at a time and stir before heating for another 20 seconds to avoid overcooking the chocolate. When the chocolate is completely melted, spoon a small amount of the melted white chocolate into the candy molds. Spoon just enough to coat the bottom of the mold. After you finish coating the bottom of the molds with the white chocolate, place the molds in the freezer for about 5 minutes so that the chocolate has time to harden.

White chocolate hazelnut candies

Once the chocolate has hardened, remove the molds from the freezer and prepare to add the filling to our candies. Scoop 3 tbsp. of Justins Hazelnut Butter into a microwave safe bowl with 1/2tbsp of coconut oil. Heat for 20 seconds and stir. Repeat until hazelnut butter is completely melted. Scoop a small amount of the Hazelnut butter into each of the molds, completely covering the white chocolate base layer. Leave about 1/3 of each mold empty so that you can put one more layer of white chocolate on top. Once the hazelnut butter has been added to each mold, place the molds into the freezer for another 5 minutes to harden.

White Chocolate Hazelnut Candies

After the second layer has hardened, remove the candies from the freezer so that we can add the last layer. If you do not have enough melted white chocolate left over to cover each of the candies or if the chocolate has hardened back up simply add more white chocolate morsels and melt the chocolate in the microwave. Spoon enough white chocolate into each of the molds to reach the top of each mold. Once each mold is completely full, place the candies back into the freezer for another 5 minutes or until the white chocolate hazelnut candies have completely hardened.

Once the candies were completely hardened, I was able to easily remove them from the molds by gently pressing on the bottom of each mold. Your white chocolate hazelnut candies are now ready to be enjoyed. I have to warn you that it is hard not to consume all of the candies in one sitting. They are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Let me know what your thoughts are if you give them a try.

White Chocolate Hazelnut Candies

White Chocolate Hazelnut Candies

 

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Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day

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I know there are lots of people who dread Valentine’s Day but I have never been one of those people. I mean, come on, a holiday that encourages the consumption of chocolate and all things sweet, how could you not love that. It seems that the price of chocolate and candy seems to soar around the holidays. If you are not fortunate to have a special someone in your life to buy that expensive chocolate/candy for you this year or if you are responsible for buying the candy for your little ones to give to their friends and classmates , I am here to let you in on a little secret. The Dollar Tree has tons of Valentines chocolate, candy,  and decorations, and you guessed it, for only one dollar a piece. This allows you to stock up on all of your Valentine’s Day needs for a fraction of the cost, leaving you plenty of money to snag a few sweets for yourself.

Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day

Today I will be sharing 3 of my favorite Dollar Tree candies and how I use them to create some delicious treats for whatever Valentine’s Day festivities you may be attending.

Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day

I purchased the Palmer Cookies & Crème Hearts, Peanut Butter Hearts and the Milk Chocolate Luscious Lips. Growing up my Grandmother always stocked us up on Palmer’s brand chocolates around the holidays so I have been a long time fan. The chocolates are absolutely delicious and the Valentine’s Day inspired shapes make them even more fun.

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I decided to add my chocolates to another one of my favorite desserts, cookies. I used both plain sugar cookies and chocolate peanut butter cup cookies. I simply prepared my cookies per the instruction from the package and after removing them from the oven I promptly placed my chocolates on top of the cookies before they had a chance to cool. This allows the chocolate to melt to the cookie so that it stays attached. I put the peanut butter hearts on top of the chocolate peanut butter cup cookies and the milk chocolate luscious lip chocolates on top of the sugar cookies. Make sure to allow the cookies to fully cool after adding the candies on top so that the candy has time to harden back up.Sweet Treats for Valentine's DaySweet Treats for Valentine's Day

Now if you are planning on distributing these goodies to others instead of eating them all by yourself, Dollar Tree has several different options you could use to package your treats. I purchased the valentines treat bags with twist ties (25 treat bags come in one pack for only $1) but they also have boxes that would work well too.

Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day

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In a World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind

In a World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”   -Bob Kerry

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If there is one thing this world could use more of it would definitely be kindness. It seems that true genuine kindness is far and few between these days. In a world where hate seems to be so prevalent, kindness is necessary. Being kind is something that I strive to personify in my everyday life. It’s not just being kind to those that are kind to you but I think even more so to those that aren’t. I think showing kindness to those that lack it can have a profound impact. Their lack of kindness says more about them than you, but your reaction to their lack of kindness is very telling of the type of person you are. It’s not always easy but it’s important to make a conscience effort to be kind in whatever situation we are dealt.

In a World Where You Can Be Anything Be Kind

“Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace.”

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Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Proverbs 16:24

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Turmeric Seasoned Steak

Turmeric Seasoned Steak

I have to give my husband the credit for this recipe. He absolutely loves my turmeric spiced tilapia recipe and requested that I come up with a turmeric seasoning for a steak. We don’t eat a lot of red meat so when we do its a treat. On this particular night I chose to use a flat iron steak but you could use whichever cut you prefer. Below I will explain how I made this turmeric seasoned steak.

Turmeric Seasoned Steak

I like to marinate my steaks for at least 4 hours if not a little longer so that the steak can really soak up all the flavor. So if you are planning to make this recipe make sure you plan ahead to that you can leave enough time for the steak to marinate. To create the seasoning add 1 tbsp. turmeric, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp. paprika, 3 tbsp. olive oil, and 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice to a bowl and thoroughly mix the ingredients. Place the steak in a gallon bag and pour the turmeric mixture over the steak. Make sure the completely cover the steak in the spice mixture. Remove all the air from the Ziploc bag and place the  steak into the fridge for at least four hours.

 

After the steak is done marinating it is time to cook it. We chose to grill our steak but you  can also cook the steak in the oven if you prefer. My husband is excellent on the grill so I let him take over and cook the steaks while I prepared the side of squash and zucchini. We both prefer our steaks more on the medium side instead of well-done and these were cooked just perfect. Overall I’d say that the turmeric seasoned steak was a success as we finished off the entire thing!

Turmeric Seasoned Steak

Turmeric Seasoned Steak

Ingredients

  • 1 flat iron steak
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. paprika
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine 1 tbsp. turmeric, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tbsp. paprika, 3 tbsp. olive oil, and 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice to a bowl and thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  2. Place the steak in a gallon bag and pour the turmeric mixture over the steak.
  3. Make sure the completely cover the steak in the spice mixture.
  4. Remove all the air from the Ziploc bag and place the  steak into the fridge for at least four hours.
  5. After steak is marinated, cook on grill or cook in oven.
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Low Carb Spaghetti

Low Carb Spaghetti

We rarely eat any type of Italian dish in our household. Most Italian dishes tend to be loaded with carbs. They are either comprised of some type of pasta, a creamy sauce or loaded with cheese so we just tend to avoid them. Every once in a while I will get a craving for some type of Italian dish whether that be a pasta type dish or pizza and when this happens I try to create a healthier version for us to enjoy. I’m all about finding ways to recreate my favorite dishes to make them healthy but still tasty. As I was doing my grocery shopping this past week I passed the spaghetti squash and got a sudden craving for spaghetti. I quickly snatched up a medium sized spaghetti squashed and headed over to the ground beef. I grabbed a pound of the leanest ground beef I could find, 96% fat free. Next was to try to find a spaghetti sauce that wasn’t loaded with sodium, fat, and carbs. After about ten minutes of reading the nutrition labels on all of the pasta sauce jars I stumbled upon Patsy’s tomato basil sauce. It was by far the healthiest option on the shelf, lower in fat, carbs, and sodium. With all of the healthy and delicious ingredients needed for my low carb spaghetti in my cart, I headed to the checkout. Below I will share how easy it is to recreate a healthier but still delicious version of the traditional spaghetti.

Begin by cutting the spaghetti squash in half length wise. I always have trouble cutting larger squash, as they tend to be tough, so I will usually pop the squash into the microwave for just a couple of minutes to help soften it up and make it easier to cut. Once you squash is cut in half, drizzle a little olive oil over each half and sprinkle some black pepper as well. Place both halves on a baking sheet and put into a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes (time may vary slightly depending on the sLow Carb Spaghettiize of your squash).

While the spaghetti squash is cooking we will begin cooking the ground beef (you could also use a lean ground turkey as well). Completely cook the ground beef before adding the pasta sauce.

Low Carb Spaghetti Low Carb Spaghetti

Once the ground beef is completely cooked, pour in 1 cup of the pasta sauce and let simmer for a few more minutes.

Low Carb Spaghetti

After the spaghetti squash is completely cooked, remove it from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Once cooled, use a fork to tear the squash into strands or “noodles”. Scoop a little meat and pasta sauce on top of your “noodles” and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top and you can enjoy your spaghetti without the guilt that comes with all those carbs.

Low Carb Spaghetti

Low Carb Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • pasta sauce
  • 1 lb lean ground beaf
  • black pepper for seasoning
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half length wise.
  3. Drizzle a little olive oil over each half and sprinkle some black pepper as well.
  4. Place both halves on a baking sheet and put into a preheated oven for about 40 minutes
  5. While the spaghetti squash is cooking, begin cooking the ground beef. Completely cook the ground beef before adding the pasta sauce.
  6. Once the ground beef is completely cooked, pour in 1 cup of the pasta sauce and let simmer for a few more minutes.
  7. Remove the cooked spaghetti squash from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  8. Once cooled, use a fork to tear the squash into strands or "noodles".
  9. Scoop a little meat and pasta sauce on top of your "noodles" and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!
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If you like this low carb spaghetti recipe, make sure to check out my spaghetti squash, turkey and asparagus recipe here. What are some of your favorite ways to cook with spaghetti squash?

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Setting Goals for the New Year

Setting Goals for the New Year

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. Mostly because so many people make resolutions at the beginning of the year only to break those resolutions in a few weeks or sometimes months. I am, however, a big proponent of setting goals. I always feel like having a goal to work towards forces me to work harder and gives me the motivation to do so. Knowing what my end goal is helps me to determine what steps I need to take in order to get there. I will be sharing a few of my goals for 2017 as a way to hold me accountable (if its written for all of you to read then I have to follow through, right?).

  1. One of my goals is to grow this blog. I have only been blogging for a few months and not always so consistently (evident by the fact that I’m getting my New Year’s post up on January 9th), so that is definitely one of the things I want to work on in order to help grow my readership. I want to improve upon both my content and photography as I feel that is hugely important when trying to grow a blog. I also need to start focusing on my social media presence (Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest) as it plays such a big role in driving traffic to the blog. Sometimes it seems like there is an endless amount of learning when it comes to blogging. I researched tons of tips on starting a blog prior to writing my first post and still continue to research different aspects of blogging so that I can incorporate it into my blog to try to improve it. While it sounds like a lot of work, I truly do enjoy creating different content to share.
  2. My second goal for 2017 is to unplug more. I feel like today it has almost become the norm to be glued to our cell phones. Between all the different forms of social media to having access to internet at all times, its almost hard not to get sucked in. I know I’m guilty of looking at social media and before I know it I have wasted 15-20 minutes. I also tend to get distracted when I am trying to get things on my to-do list done but instead get caught up on checking emails or something else on my phone. I want to be more intentional about spending that time that I typically waste on social media/internet doing things that don’t involve my phone or computer. I also think its incredibly important to be present in our everyday lives and by spending time with our loved ones instead of having our faces glued to our phones.
  3. Thirdly, I want to try to stress less. About 7 months out of the year, my husband and I spend more time on the road and out of town then we do at home. Between all the traveling and trying to run my handmade jewelry business and now writing a blog, I sometimes get overwhelmed and feel that I don’t have time for everything. I want to try not to get stressed out if I’m not able to get a blog post up as often as I would like, or if I’m not able to get some of the things accomplished for my jewelry business that I would like. At the end of the day, it isn’t that big of a deal and I can always get it accomplished on another day.
  4. Another goal I have for 2017 is being more consistent with my quiet times. I go through phases where I will stick with my quiet time on a daily basis for a while then I let our ever changing schedule throw me off and it takes me a while to get back on track. I want to start making my quiet time a priority and sticking to it. I feel I am a much better wife and over all person when I spend time daily reading the Bible. Do you have any bible studies that you would recommend? I would love to hear your suggestions.
  5. My last goal for 2017 is to grow my jewelry business, Immeasurably More. I launched my jewelry website in June of 2015 and really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I have continued to research and try to implement everything I have learned into my business but still have more to learn. I want to invest more time and effort into growing my sales as well as my social media channels.

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself for 2017? I think it is neat to look back on my goals throughout the year to see what progress I have made and what I still need to work on.

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Cauliflower Dressing

Cauliflower Dressing

Over the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, it seems everyone serves a version of turkey and dressing. I have never been very fond of dressing but my husband loves it. Since dressing isn’t something that fits into our healthy eating lifestyle but is something that he would like to have at times other than just Thanksgiving, I decided to try to make a healthier version of dressing for us to enjoy. That is what inspired this cauliflower dressing recipe. While I have never been a huge fan of the traditional dressing, I devoured this cauliflower dressing.

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To create this mouth watering cauliflower dressing, start by breaking down a head of cauliflower in a food processor. When finished, the cauliflower should have a rice-like texture. Next, chop 1 yellow onion, 2 stalks of celery, and 2 carrots. Add some oil to a skillet and toss in the chopped onion, celery, and carrots. Cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes until the vegetables become tender.

Cauliflower Dressing

Next, add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes. Next chop 2 tbsp. of parsley, 2 tbsp. of rosemary, and 1 tbsp. of chopped sage. Add the chopped herbs along with 1/2 cup of vegetable broth to the skillet. Thoroughly stir the mixture and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and cover tightly. Let the cauliflower dressing sit for about 10 minutes so that remaining liquid is absorbed. It is now ready to be served!

Cauliflower Dressing

Do you have some Thansgiving or Holiday dishes that you recreate to make healthier? I would love to hear and try other options as well. Leave your recipes below in the comment section.

Cauliflower Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh chopped sage
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable broth

Instructions

  1. Start by breaking down a head of cauliflower in a food processor. When finished the cauliflower should have a rice-like texture.
  2. Chop 1 yellow onion, 2 stalks of celery, and 2 carrots.
  3. Add some oil to a skillet and toss in the chopped onion, celery, and carrots. Cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes until the vegetables become tender.
  4. Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Chop 2 tbsp. of parsley, 2 tbsp. of rosemary, and 1 tbsp. of chopped sage.
  6. Add the chopped herbs along with 1/2 cup of vegetable broth to the skillet. Thoroughly stir the mixture and cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove skillet from heat and cover tightly.
  8. Let the cauliflower dressing sit for about 10 minutes so that remaining liquid is absorbed.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

My husband and I’s recent trip to Nashville inspired today’s recipe. While in Nashville we went to the circus at the Bridgestone Arena, saw Vince Gill perform at the Grand Ole Opry, did plenty of shopping, and ate lots of amazing food. We started to get hungry while shopping and began trying to look around the shopping center we were at for something semi-healthy to eat. We saw several people carrying food trays out of Whole Foods and everything smelled delicious. We are not lucky enough to have a Whole Foods near us so we were unaware of the amazing food they offer. We decided to stop in and check it out and boy am I glad that we did. They had an amazing breakfast selection as well as tons of other lunch options. We both zeroed in on the chicken tikka masala as it looked amazing and smelled divine. It was a definitely a good choice. We both devoured it quickly and already began discussing how we couldn’t wait to try to recreate the chicken tikka masala once we got home.

This recipe is a little time consuming but I assure you that it is well worth it. Start be combining 3 tbsp. of turmeric, 2 teaspoons of garam masala, 2 tsp of cumin, 2 tsp of grated ginger, 4 minced cloves of garlic, 2 tsp of ground coriander  into a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup of whole milk yogurt with 1/2 tbsp. of salt and half of the spice mixture that we just made. I used two chicken breast but recommend using 4 chicken breast and slicing then in half length-wise. Coat the chicken in the yogurt/spice mixture and allow the chicken to marinate in the mixture for 4 hours. Set the remaining spices aside to use later.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Dice one onion and add to a large pot with 1 tbsp. of olive oil on medium heat.  I love my Le Creuset Dutch Oven for this. I have both the large and the small size and use the small one for this recipe. Add 1/4 cup of tomato paste, 1/4 tsp of crushed cardamom, and 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes to the pot and stir for 5-7 minutes. Next, pour the rest of the spice mixture that we set aside earlier to the pot and stir. Cook mixture for another 5 minutes.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Add a can of whole peeled tomatoes to the pot and bring to a boil. Smash the tomatoes as you stir. Once mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream and 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro to the pot. Allow sauce to simmer for 30minutes, stirring occasionally.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Now we will start on the chicken. Preheat the broiler and add a wire rack to an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Place the chicken on the wire rack and place into the oven. Allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until chicken begins to blacken. Remove from the oven and slice the chicken. Add the chicken to the sauce and cook for another 10 minutes.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Now the recipe may seem a bit extensive but this chicken tikka masala is so delicious that it completely makes up for how time consuming the preparation is. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts below in the comment section!

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. of turmeric
  • 2 tsp of garam masala
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of grated ginger
  • 4 minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp of ground coriander 
  • 1 cup of whole milk yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp. of salt
  • 4 chicken breast
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp of crushed cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup of heay whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Start be combining 3 tbsp. of turmeric, 2 teaspoons of garam masala, 2 tsp of cumin, 2 tsp of grated ginger, 4 minced cloves of garlic, 2 tsp of ground coriander  into a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup of whole milk yogurt with 1/2 tbsp. of salt and half of the spice mixture that we just made.
  3. Slice 4 chicken breast in half length-wise.
  4. Coat the chicken in the yogurt/spice mixture and allow the chicken to marinate in the mixture for 4 hours. Set the remaining spices aside to use later.
  5. Dice one onion and add to a large pot with 1 tbsp. of olive oil on medium heat.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of tomato paste, 1/4 tsp of crushed cardamom, and 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes to the pot and stir for 5-7 minutes.
  7. Pour the rest of the spice mixture that we set aside earlier to the pot and stir.
  8. Cook mixture for another 5 minutes.
  9. Add a can of whole peeled tomatoes to the pot and bring to a boil. Smash the tomatoes as you stir. Once mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  10. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream and 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro to the pot. Allow sauce to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  11. Preheat the broiler and add a wire rack to an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Place the chicken on the wire rack and place into the oven.
  12. Allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until chicken begins to blacken. Remove from the oven and slice the chicken.
  13. Add the chicken to the sauce and cook for another 10 minutes.
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