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SLOW COOKER INDIAN BUTTER CHICKEN

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken Made With Spices You Already Have In Your Cabinet With All The Creamy Deep Flavors You’d Expect From Your Favorite Restaurant.

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken made with spices you already have in your cabinet with all the creamy deep flavors you'd expect from your favorite restaurant.Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken is one of my favorite meals to make when I’m feeling nostalgic about culinary school. The recipe is a slow cooker version of one of the first ethnic dishes I learned to cook in culinary school.
One thing I’ve learned when it came learning to cook different cuisines in client’s homes was that you try to pack light and use as much as possible in the client’s home. If they have great cookware that means you don’t have to bring in pots and pans (score one for your back!) and if they have spices that are fresh you use them (my clients pay for groceries so using existing spices was always preferable). Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken RecipeThere are some tweaks you can add if you’d like to take this recipe to the next level:
  • Brown the chicken quickly on a high heat before cutting into chunks (don’t worry about it cooking through, that is the slow cooker’s job)
  • Saute the jalapeno and garlic in the butter in a saucepan before adding the sauce ingredients into it. Yes, a second pan – but it will make an even more awesome flavor if you’d like to take the extra step.
  • If you want to skip the cornstarch, scoop out the sauce and reduce it in a saucepan while you’re setting the table before dinner. Again, second pan but another trick for an additional layer of flavor. Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

When cooking Asian or Indian cuisines you’ll often find that the spices you need are unique, expensive and not readily available. This of course is the chef’s problem since your clients only need to be thinking “oh my goodness this is amazing!”

This Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken is the perfect set of spices and flavors that rivals your favorite Indian restaurant with none of the hunting down spices.

And if you’re looking for an amazing Naan to go with it, check out this Homemade Naanfrom Domestic Superhero.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Tools Used in the making of this Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken:
Slow Cooker: This is the smaller version of my normal slow cooker, but if you’d like to make it in a larger slow cooker make a double recipe. Don’t skimp on the sauce, it thickens if you have leftovers too and it is SO good you won’t want to have to ration!
AllSpice Spice Rack: I use this spice rack and fill up the bottles with freshly purchased spices. It’s basically one of the most beautiful things in my kitchen and when you’re working with a large quantity of spices, not having to hunt and peck through your cupboards makes everything go at warp speed

SLOW COOKER INDIAN BUTTER CHICKEN

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken made with spices you already have in your cabinet with all the creamy deep flavors you'd expect from your favorite restaurant.
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 20minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Indian

Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken made with spices you already have in your cabinet with all the creamy deep flavors you’d expect from a restaurant.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes

SAUCE

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 8- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a large ziploc bag the night before cooking add the yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, salt and chicken (leave the chicken breasts whole here).

  2. Zip the bag closed and work the mixture into the chicken until all incorporated. Refrigerate overnight.

  3. Scrape off a majority of the marinade that is on the chicken and discard it. You’ll have plenty of the second sauce to keep the food moist and provide enough sauce.

  4. Cut the chicken into two inch chunks.

  5. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, add the butter, garlic and jalapeno into the bottom of the slow cooker.

  6. In a small bowl add the 2 teaspoons cumin, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, tomato sauce and heavy cream and stir to combine.

  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken, cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

  8. Stir the cornstarch into the one tablespoon of water and add to the slow cooker and stir (stir and pour quickly since you’re using more cornstarch than water it will settle quickly).

  9. Cook an additional 20 minutes on high.

  10. Top with cilantro before serving.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 4 Servings, Amount per serving: calories

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PORK CHOPS IN SOUR CREAM GRAVY


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Pork Chops in Sour Cream Sauce

PORK CHOPS IN SOUR CREAM GRAVY

Pork Chops in Sour Cream Gravy is one of those very easy recipes that’s an “Oh my gosh” dinner. It’s all in the gravy kids. Take ordinary pork chops and kick them up just by perking up the gravy.

Beef broth, sour cream, onions and Worcestershire Sauce add tons of flavor and make this an extraordinary dinner. I served mashed potatoes with sour cream in them as a side dish.  Paul loved it so much he ate the leftovers for BREAKFAST!  This is a push your chair back and unbuckle your belt good kinda meal, Enjoy!

 Pork Chops in Sour Cream Gravy

Pork Chops in Sour Cream Gravy

  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/8 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons – 1/4 cup milk for thinning gravy
  • 2 dashes worcestershire sauce
  1. Place oil in a large saute pan. Place the pork chops in the pan and cook under low to medium heat until browned on both sides. Remove the pork chops from the pan to a plate.

  2. Add onions to the pan, cook until softened. Stir in the beef broth and pepper, return the pork chops to the pan, adding any juices left on the plate. Spoon onions over pork chops, cover and simmer about 12 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle. Remove pork chops and onions from the saute pan to a plate.

  3. In a medium bowl stir the sour cream and flour together. Add to the broth in the pan, whisk until well incorporate. Add the worcestershire sauce to the gravy, stirring to incorporate. If the gravy is too thick, thin it with milk to the consistency you prefer. Place the pork chops and onions back into the pan and cook until pork chops are heated back up. Serve immediately.

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Spicy Black Bean Soup – ALL THING RECIPES


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

This healthy black bean soup recipe is easy to make with canned beans. Thanks to some basic aromatics and Cuban spices, it’s incredibly flavorful and delicious. This soup is naturally vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. The recipe yields quite a bit of soup (6 to 8 servings)—it is easily halved, or you can freeze the leftovers.

I should mention that this recipe makes quite a lot of soup; leftovers will keep well for four to five days, so it’s perfect for weekday lunches. You can also freeze it.

SPICY BLACK BEAN SOUP RECIPE



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped fine
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 4 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (use ¼ teaspoon if you’re sensitive to spice)
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar, to taste, or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: diced avocado, extra cilantro, thinly sliced radishes, tortilla chips…

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions, celery and carrot and a light sprinkle of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetable are soft, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in the beans and broth and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, reducing heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, until the broth is flavorful and the beans are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Puree about 4 cups of the soup in a blender until smooth (beware the steam that escapes from the top of the blender, it’s very hot). Return the pureed soup to the pot, stir in the cilantro, vinegar/lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste. Serve.

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MEAL PREP MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN BOWLS


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Meal prep can be the difference between staying on track with healthy eating choices or going off the rails and finding yourself ordering a Mc whatever through a speaker in the drive-through.   Dedicating a few extra minutes on weekends to set up your meals for the week is time well spent.  Whether it be lunches, dinners or both – planning ahead is essential.

Meal Prep Mediterranean Chicken BowlsMEAL PREP!

Trying to figure out what to do for lunches during the week can be a real drag.  Especially when you are trying to eat healthy, nutritious food instead of hitting the drive-thru.   Stocking up on fresh vegetables and staples like chickpeas, feta and olives make meal prep a breeze.  If you aren’t a fan of feta, substitute it for something you like.  Ricotta salata is a crumbly cheese similar to feta but milder in flavor.   Not an olive lover? Leave them off.   

When I’m making a “bowl” like this for meal prep, I usually include a grain.  This time, I made roasted chickpeas in place of the grain.  Roasted chickpeas are crunchy and delicious when they are warm.  After they’ve cooled, they are chewy and nutty which gives great texture to this salad.  

Mediterranean Chicken BowlI grilled a few extra chicken breasts when I made them for dinner a couple of nights ago.  I knew that I was going to do these for lunches for the week, so I planned ahead and made more than I needed.  See those two with the chicken meatballs?  Same deal.  I made meatballs one night and made extra to make meal prep easier.  I’m far from consistent on this, but I try.  I find that if I have something already prepped for the week, it helps me stay on track with good choices instead of grabbing whatever because I’m starving and I have nothing ready to eat.
meal prepWith a little planning and a little time spent prepping, you can stay on track and weekday meals become one less thing to worry about.

Weekday meals are a snap with Mediterranean Chicken Bowls

For the Bowls

  • 5 handfuls of spinach
  • 20-25 grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 English cucumber diced
  • 5 ounces Feta cheese crumbled
  • 1 1/4 cups roasted chickpeas
  • 20 kalamata olives
  • 1 cup yellow/red bell peppers diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs grilled chicken thinly sliced

Tahini Dressing

  • 5 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 Tbsp. water more or less to achieve desired consistency
  • salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1 – 15 oz can chickpeas drained, rinsed and dried
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Make Roasted Chickpeas

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 20 – 30 minutes, until crunchy. Set aside to cool.

Make Tahini Dressing

  1. Combine all ingredients for dressing and whisk until smooth. You may want to add more or less water depending on how thick you’d like the dressing. Portion dressing into cups and set aside.

Assemble Bowls

  1. Place a handful of spinach in each of the 5 containers. Top with 4 – 5 tomatoes, diced cucumber, 1 ounce feta, 1/4 cup roasted chickpeas, 4 olives, approximately 5 ounces of grilled chicken and

  2. some bell pepper. Add a dressing cup to each container, put the lid on and refrigerate.

  3. Lunches are DONE!

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VEGAN MUSHROOM RISOTTO – ALL THING RECIPES


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

It’s easy to whip up, comes together in one pot, versatile, tasty, healthy and everybody always goes crazy for its naturally creamy texture.

Vegan Mushroom Risotto Recipe

A creamy, rich and tasty Vegan Mushroom Risotto made with peas for an extra splash of color. The creaminess of this risotto dish comes from the way it is cooked in the vegetable broth – adding the broth bit by bit and stirring it until the rice is cooked and the vegetable broth is soaked up. The cashew cream added at the end adds an extra element of creaminess to this dish!



Ingredients

  • 2 white onions, diced
  • 3-4 gloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tsp herbes de provence
  • 5 cups white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1½ cups arborio rice (“risotto” rice)
  • 5 – 5½ cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ cup dry white wine*
  • 1 tsp truffle oil (optional)
  • 2 – 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • Sea Salt + Pepper to taste
  • Sea Salt to taste

Cashew Cream

  • ⅓ cup cashews
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 – 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 – 3 tbsp water

Garnish
Directions

  1. Soak cashews in hot water while preparing the risotto.
  2. Over medium high heat, in a large and deep pan, saute the diced onions and garlic with the herbes de provence in a splash of vegetable broth until they begin to soften. Add chopped mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms soften and reduce, adding a bit of extra vegetable broth if necessary.
  3. Add the arborio rice to the hot pan and saute with the vegetables for a couple of minutes until the rice begins to turn a light golden brown. (*Saute continuously to ensure that the rice does not burn).
  4. Add 2 cups of the vegetable broth and stir until the rice has soaked up the broth. Add a cup more broth and stir continuously until the rice has soaked up the broth. Add the dry white wine (if using) and stir until the rice has soaked up the wine. Add another ½ cup of vegetable broth and continue stirring until the rice soaks up the broth. Continue adding vegetable broth, by the ½ cup, until the rice is just cooked. (Note: I used a total of 5½ cups of broth but you might need a bit more or less depending on the heat of your stove etc.)
  5. Stir in truffle oil (optional), nutritional yeast, lemon juice and frozen peas. Stir for a couple of minutes until the peas are lightly cooked. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cashew Cream
  7. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Using an immersion blender, blend the cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and water until a creamy and smooth mixture is formed. Add additional water, by the tablespoon, until the desired consistency is reached. Season with sea salt to taste.
  8. Stir the cashew cream into the risotto (or, alternatively, leave the cashew cream on the side and allow people to add it directly to the risotto on their plate) and garnish with fresh basil.

Notes
1) Stir the rice continuously to ensure that the rice does not burn while cooking.
2) Leave out truffle oil to keep this recipe oil-free.
3) Leave out cashew cream and pine nuts for a nut free version.
4) Make sure your white wine is vegan if necessary.
5) Leave out white wine and add an extra tbsp of lemon juice to keep this recipe alcohol free.

Recipe Adapted : VEGAN MUSHROOM RISOTTO @ cearaskitchen

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VEGAN SEVEN LAYER TOSTADAS – ALL THING RECIPES

These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd. In partnership with Lightlife!
These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd.Another Mexican-inspired recipe for you today! I hope all of you are enjoying all the bean/avocado/salsa goodness, because I sure am having fun eating it all after photographing it.

I start school exactly a month from when I’m writing this (July 20), which is both incredibly exciting and nerve-racking. I’m excited because I’ll be in a new state, studying something that I want to learn about, and I love the program I’m starting. But just the thought of getting back into school mode exhausts me. I’m not ready for all-nighters again…

These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd.

But alas, that is the reality of college, so I accept the challenge of the next three years of grad school. All the sleepless nights and research papers will be worth it!

Of course, I need to make sure I’m FUELED well to help me thrive (not just survive) during long days of class, work, my assistantship position and a social life. I’m already stockpiling recipes that I can quickly whip up on a busy night when I’m drowning in schoolwork.

Enter these Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas, which are done in 30 minutes and made with healthy ingredients!

These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd.

These seven layer tostadas are packed with plant-based protein thanks to refried beans and Lightlife Smart Ground Mexican Crumbles, which have 10 grams of protein per serving!

Here are the seven layers we’re working with:

  1. Refried beans
  2. Lightlife Smart Ground Mexican Crumbles
  3. Lettuce
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Cashew cheese
  6. Black olives
  7. Avocado

A perfect, wholesome, satisfying meal!

These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd.

The recipe as-is makes about four servings, but feel free to double the recipe to feed a crowd! Also, if you’re prepping these for dinner throughout the week, keep the ingredients separate then assemble when ready to eat.

These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd.

VEGAN SEVEN LAYER TOSTADAS

These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd.

These Vegan Seven Layer Tostadas are loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings like beans, cashew cheese and avocado! A healthy 30-minute meal great for busy weeknights or for serving a crowd.

  • Author: Emilie
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Meals

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package Lightlife Smart Ground Mexican Crumbles
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup carrots, chopped into ½-inch chunks
  • ¾ cup—1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon miso paste (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 15-ounce cans vegetarian refried beans
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 6-ounce can sliced black olives
  • 1-2 avocados, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook Lightlife Smart Ground according to package directions.
  2. In a small saucepan, add cashews and carrots; cover with water. Bring to a boil; let boil for 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a blender, add cashews, carrots, non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, miso, garlic, onion powder, turmeric, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  4. Toast tortillas under oven broiler or in a toaster. Arrange on a flat surface to prepare for toppings.
  5. On each tortilla, add a scoop of refried beans; spread into a flat layer. Top each with a scoop of Lightlife Smart Ground, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, a drizzle of cashew cheese and avocado slices.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and serve!

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SLOW COOKER SHREDDED ITALIAN BEEF


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Tangy, slightly spicy Italian beef is slow cooked all day until it’s fall apart tender, and then shredded.  Perfect on it’s own, on a bun, or a baked potato!

If you’re looking for a great no-fuss meal, you have to try this amazing Slow Cooker Shredded Italian Beef!  It cooks away in your slow cooker , until it’s so tender it practically falls apart by itself, then shredded.  It’s tangy, a little bit spicy , and SO versatile!

This Italian beef is unbelievably easy… you don’t even have to sear the beef first!  Of course you totally can, if you have the time and feel like it.  About half the time I make this beef I sear it, and the other half I skip it.

SLOW COOKER SHREDDED ITALIAN BEEF RECIPE
Tangy, slightly spicy Italian beef is slow cooked all day until it’s fall apart tender, and then shredded. Perfect on it’s own, on a bun, or a baked potato!



INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 7 pepperoncini peppers, chopped (I use the mild jarred ones)
  • 7-10 banana pepper rings (I use mild)
  • 2-3 lb beef chuck roast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp butter

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Spray slow cooker insert with cooking spray.  Add vinegar, dried onion, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, chopped pepperoncini peppers, and banana pepper rings to bottom of slow cooker.  Stir to combine.
  2. Add beef chuck roast on top of spice mixture, season both sides with salt and black pepper.  Top with butter.
  3. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours.  Remove beef from slow cooker and shred.  Return to slow cooker to soak up any residual juice and serve.

RECIPE NOTES
For extra flavor, place some whole pepperoncini peppers and banana pepper rings on top of beef before cooking.

Recipe Adapted : SLOW COOKER SHREDDED ITALIAN BEEF @ thechunkychef

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THE BEST MEATLOAF – ALL THING RECIPES


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

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EASY RICE COOKER PANCAKE – ALL THING RECIPES


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

This enormous pancake is made in a rice cooker! No need to stand over the stove and flip individual pancakes. Instead, just pour in the batter and let the rice cooker do the work.

To make the cake, whisk your batter, grease the interior of your rice cooker pot, pour in the batter, then set a timer and press cook. When it’s done, the surface will actually be pale and a little wet from the condensation that forms from the rice cooker being closed. But if you touch the cake, it should be firm, and a toothpick inserted will come out clean. The cake will also have pulled away from the edge of the pot slightly. As you let it cool down, the condensation will disappear and the cake will shrink slightly (the last photo in this collage is after the cake had cooled). When you flip the cake over, you’ll find a nice, even brown surface.

RICE COOKER PANCAKE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat milk

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until completely blended. Add in remaining ingredients and whisk until only small lumps remain.

2. Grease the interior of your rice cooker pot. I used my 10-cup rice cooker with only a cook/warm function. Pour in the batter. If you have a very small ricer cooker, make sure your batter does not reach past the halfway point since the pancake will rise when cooking. Close your rice cooker. If your rice cooker has a timer function, set it to cook for 45 minutes. If it doesn’t, set a separate timer for yourself and then press cook. If your rice cooker only has a cook/warm function, the rice cooker will likely go from cook to warm before the 45 minutes is up (mine did it after 10-15 minutes). You can try pressing cook again, but my rice cooker wouldn’t let me. I left it on warm and it continued to cook, finishing at 45 minutes. Your cooking time may vary slightly depending on your rice cooker (size, power, etc). You can check on it periodically. When it is done, the cake will have slightly pulled away from the edges of the pan. The surface may look slightly wet, but it is likely from condensation. When you touch the cake, it should feel firm and bounce back. A toothpick inserted should come out clean. Let cake cool a few minutes. Then invert the cake onto a plate (the cake should slide out easily), and the surface of the cake should be brown.

Recipe Adapted : RICE COOKER PANCAKE @ kirbiecravings

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Breakfast Oats Cookies – ALL THING RECIPES


It’s possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don’t prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry’s regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money.

This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit.

Prepare Before You Begin Trading
Because the Forex market is highly leveraged — as much as 50 to 1 — it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn’t trading; it’s gambling, with the odds long against you.

A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you’re trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them

Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market.
Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading.
The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time.
All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg’s book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it’s widely available in public libraries. “Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude,” by Mark Douglas is another good book that’s available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not.

Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket.

Diversify and Limit Your Risks
Two strategies that belong in every trader’s arsenal are:

Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea.
Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it’s even more important to understand how to limit your losses.
Be Patient
Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies.

In “On Any Given Sunday,” Al Pacino reminds us that “football is a game of inches.” That’s a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!