Monthly Archives: April 2019
The First of the Gardening Series
Keto-Friendly Marinade for Steak and Chicken
Stir well the following ingredients:
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Lemon juice (fresh is best)
¼ Cup Keto-Friendly Worcestershire Sauce – (substitute the coconut aminos for the soy sauce)
1 ½ Tablespoons Garlic Salt
2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 Teaspoons Pepper
Pour over steak and let sit for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. Then cook as desired.
For chicken, pour over and let sit for 20 minutes up to 1 hour. Then cook as desired.
I used the marinade for the steak, and while I was cooking the steak, I let the chicken sit in the remaining marinade while the steak was cooking. Delicious!!!
The Hamilton Beach Indoor Electric Grill Review
Let the Growing Begin!
These are madder seeds in peat pots ready for water to be added. I need to get a bit of potting soil to cover the seeds, but for 24 hours, it won’t hurt them being uncovered.
Recycling at its best. The aluminum trays are from a catered meal at the office back in January. The gravel is from a failed aquarium experiment (it’s clay and far too muddy for aquariums), and it is perfect for keeping the soaked peat pots standing and helps with water management.
I ran out of peat pots after planing Lady’s Bedstraw, madder, bloodroot, and mignonette seeds. I still have woad and soapwort seeds to plant, and I’d like to order some indigo seeds so I can compare indigo and woad. Luckily, I have these planter pots and some pressed paper egg cartons to use.
But the best part?
My light rack! This is left over PVC from the backdrop frame we used to use at comic conventions. It was still in its bag in the back of Scott’s art closet. And, better yet, I have enough to build another one. Now just to figure out where to put it. The bathroom counter works great for this one, but I need another space just as big for another one. I need to figure that one out. Hmmm…
Gotta Love the Mail!!!
More fun supplies arrived for natural dyeing and the garden. I am so anxious to get to both of them, although I have most of the supplies necessary, now, for the garden, and I’m still waiting on several for the natural dye experiments to commence.
So, let’s start with what I received for the garden. 100 peat pellets so I can start my seeds in the house and 500 plant tags. This last item should last me several years. In fact, I might use a specific colored tag for each year I plant something.
As for the natural dyeing supplies, I received these:
Citric acid to shift pH, and soda ash for scouring cellulose fibers.
And the last of the yarns I need – linen and silk. I already have plenty of wool and cotton yarns in my stash, but needed these two. Now just to get the fabrics I ordered in the mail. I should see them next week, and we can start the series on natural dyeing.
I feel like a mad scientist, sitting here and rubbing my hands together in anticipation of all of the fun this spring and summer will bring. You just wait and see what’s coming!!!
Keto-Fit Anytime Smoothie
One of my favorite quick and easy Keto-friendly meals for breakfast is a smoothie. Now, over the past few years, smoothies have gone from being the “in” food to being vilified. This, mostly, is due to the sugars that can be found in smoothies, whether they be processed sugars or those found naturally in fruits or honey.
As you can see, for Keto purposes, this is pretty good. The net carbs are 11, which is a little high, but if this is the main bulk of your carbs for the day, then it’s not bad. Also, it is pretty high in potassium, which is one of the nutrients usually lacking in a Keto diet. I still take an additional 1,000 – 1,500 mg in supplement form each day to keep muscle cramps at bay, and because I have a naturally-occurring potassium deficiency that has put me in the hospital a couple of times. I make sure I get at least 2,500 mg a day, although I try to get as close to 3,500 mg as I can.
So, let’s take a look at the recipe:
I start with a cup and a half of unsweetened coconut milk. You can use cashew milk or almond milk, but I find that coconut milk is creamier and thickens better in the blending.
Add one serving of Garden of Life Keto-Fit (I like the chocolate version, but you can use the vanilla if you like it better).
Add in about 1 cup of kale leaves (remove from the stem) or about 3-4 leaves. Now I like red kale better as it is less bitter (although, if done right, you won’t even taste the kale), but green kale is perfectly fine. The red kale does make the color of the finished smoothie prettier, too.
You don’t need much frozen berries – about 1/8th of a cup or just enough to give some flavor and help the smoothie be thicker when done.
Put the blending lid on (I will review the smoothie blender I use in a different post). Make sure it is snug.
Put it on the base and let the liquid fall to the bottom before turning it on. This will keep it from getting clogged.
Blend for about a minute or until the kale leaves are thoroughly chopped up. You can watch the progress of this through the cup and when you barely see any leaf particles, you can stop.
And you are ready to drink. I just rinse the blades well in hot water. I know they are supposed to be dishwasher safe, but I find that the dishwasher dulls the blades, so prefer washing them by hand.
It tastes like a chocolate-raspberry shake. You can use blackberries, blueberries or a couple of frozen strawberries, too, but be aware of the added sugars with the blueberries and strawberries.
And, there you have a healthy, delicious, and filling meal. Like I said, I love this for breakfast. It keeps me full all morning, the added potassium and fiber are great for my system, and I just plain love the taste. Enjoy!!
Look What Came in the Mail Today!
One step closer to mordanting some cotton and linen.
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