Sunday, February 26, 2017

Set the Table 2017 | Week 8

Welcome back + Happy Sunday Fun Day!
  • Each Sunday #SettheTable2017 begins with the upcoming week's game plan followed by a picture recap of last week's chaos. Warning: Selfie videos and picture shenanigans keep me cooking and laughing... C'est la vie, I'm lighting it up.
  • #CatchmyGrit on my Instagram stories throughout the week to capture the fun, the food and the family table reactions (good and bad).
  • New to this series? Here's the STORY behind my #SettheTable2017 food adventures with Pure Barre Kildeer.
Up this Week:
*Note: The first underlined/linked recipe name corresponds to the Jamie Oliver Ultimate Recipes App to help me stay organized (his grocery list feature is rad); However, IF I was unable to find Jamie's app recipe online, I have linked to a similar recipe.

Linguini Alla Puttanesca

Festive Fiesta Taco Tuesday (with Vegan Nacho Cheese

Rich & Creamy Fish TrayBake (adding catfish & shrimp; subtracting mussels, clams and flounder. I may smash it with Keralan's Fish Curry TrayBake - easy on the curry.) 

Home-made Pizza with 3 Toppings

*Here is a handy conversion link for any online euro measurements (the app uses USA measurements).
*If possible, buy antibiotic free meat (Here's why I try to know where my meat is coming from).
*Use the EWG "Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen produce guidelines to save money + reduce the pesticides and herbicides on your plate. 
*Avoid artificial colors and preservatives - Check your labels, grocery stores offer a variety of clean brands to help protect your family's gut microbiome --> More Guts More Glory I SAY!

Wrap it up with last week's family table action:

I was highly skeptical of this vegan cheese sauce made from potatoes and carrots (I threw a purple carrot in there for more color).

This sauce is the bomb. Seriously. SO EASY. All you need is a food processor or high speed blender. I already have it written down so I don't have to look it up on my phone.

Taco Tuesday was a total cluster. My parents came over and tried the sauce; They loved it. Abbie wouldn't even try the sauce and literally just looked at her plate the entire time before she was picked up for basketball practice. Serenity now. Tommy wolfed down his salad to get to the nachos. He at them no problem, but was not impressed. Mac hadn't even gotten home from his friend's house when I took the picture and Chris was out of town... Needless to say, I was not happy when I took the picture. Mac came home, tasted the sauce and said, "This is so good. It tastes like... like... like something from an Italian restaurant... like... Maggiano's."

To the Mullies... Geronimo... I needed that! Thanks Mac!

The next night = Chili con queso... just mix your taco concoction with the sauce. There are no words. 

Just make it.

Cucumber and watermelon radish bites with chili con queso and avocado.

The before picture.

Yea, I know what you're thinking... Chicken in milk = Not a chance. Trust me! Jamie's recipe is so easy and I made it even easier (Cuz I'm a slacker). Place the following in your slow cooker (And I did not sear the bird beforehand):

1 3lb organic chicken
Organic rice milk (poured in half way up the crockpot - I did not measure it)
1 entire bulb of separated & unpeeled (yipeeee!) garlic cloves
1 cinnamon stick
10 sage leaves or so
Zest from two organic lemons
A generous amount of sea salt and pepper all of the top of the bird

Cook on high for at least 4 hours. (Mine was in from 2:45pm to 7:30pm).

I was so excited I forgot to take a picture of the finished crock, but I did save the Instagram story video:

I ladled some of the gorgeous sauce over the top of the pulled chicken...

Everyone... totally bonkers. 

I just keep telling myself that someday... someday... Maybe we won't need ketchup on the table?

My new set the table trinkets - When you have your own initialed little plate, it makes eating salad more fun. 

This week, I'm playing Gloria in the kitchen (It was turned UP and pulsing out of my swagger van's radio rather obnoxiously Friday morning). 

It'll get us in the mood to
in no particular order
with others
preferably more often.

To the Mullies we go...

1 comment:

  1. serenity - NOW! (: love the initial plates for salads - such a cute idea, am literally on fire to make this cheese sauce, officially moved to top of the list! so happy you shared!!!!!!


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