Pomegranate Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fry is one of the best things that ever happened to parents. It’s like this safe word you really don’t understand until it’s 5:30pm, you haven’t been grocery shopping in days and the children are whining there’s nothing for dinner. You have to act, and fast. Raiding the cupboards is a less than glamourous experience I’m certain 99.9% of us have experienced. Grabbing a little of this, a lot of that. Something you desperately want to use up before it goes bad. Suddenly, the most fantastic idea comes in the form of a whisper. Stir fry. That word has saved dinner plans over and over again, will do it again now.

Prepare The Skillet

I have a few sauces I keep stocked in my cupboard and this one is just the right amount of sweet and thick, that it’s perfect in this stir fry. Simple, quick and delicious are my favorite qualities in dinner.

Simply heat up the skillet and grill some chicken. While that’s cooking, chop your veggies and get them ready to toss in.

Cook on low for a few minutes until the veggies are soft. Now add the marinade and simmer for a good 5-10 minutes more. If you’re in a good mood go ahead and serve the stir fry with rice. Otherwise the veggies and chicken will do just fine.




Coconut Lime Cheesecake

There is a still place in my house. It’s not a location, like some sort of secret closet or reading nook of mine. It’s a point in time. I rise before the sun to see it, and feel it. I get excited for it as I close my eyes each night, thinking about how decadent that moment will be. To be alone is a treasure in my life. It’s not common or the norm, but it’s none the less a treasure. Meant to be enjoyed in the stillness. I hear the creeks and groans of my little house, the hum of my coffee maker and the tiny buzz of flies that snuck through the ever-opening back door my children zoom through each day.

The decadent, meaningful pieces of my life remind me of this recipe we’re talking about today. It’s not always about the loud and proud showstoppers, but the sweet, small treasures in life that stick out more than the rest. Like a soft whisper that can be heard over the roar of a crowd. I created this recipe with summer in mind. Thinking of the flavors of summer, and the places I want to eat this cheesecake. Silly, I know, but food is often attached to memory makers. Like the quesadilla burgers we made for Thad’s birthday party one year as a joke. They turned out to be insanely good. So good, we’ve made them many times over since. Or the time we went to Oregon to clam hunt and brought back enough to make and can homemade clam chowder. That was still one of the best clam chowders I’ve ever had. I loved roaming the cold beaches with the kids, searching for the right sized bubble in the sand leading us to clams.

My 4-year-old who climbed the table just to get as close as possible to that slice of cheesecake.

Today, I am honored to present this Coconut Lime Cheesecake. A simple treasure made from the best ingredients. I used my gluten free graham cracker recipe to make the crust, about half a batch is perfect. I baked that in my spring form pan and let it cool a few minutes while I moved on to the filling.

Gina Marie from Sierra Nevada Cheese. Honestly, the best cream cheese I’ve ever tasted.

Next I filled my mixer with two packages of Sierra Nevada’s Cream Cheese. I watched as it became fluffy, then added in the honey and coconut milk. Once incorporated, I added the eggs one a time followed by the lime juice. Being sure to scrape down the sides in between pouring, I then added the coconut flakes and mixed for another minute until it was al the same consistency.

Pouring the filling in and then baking the cheesecake for 40 minutes with very impatient children who could smell the cheesecake throughout the whole house was task all in itself.

Once finished, we let it cool before digging in. Rori was so excited to grab a bite, she literally climbed up onto the table!

 

May this recipe bring you as much joy as four-year-old sneaking up on her dessert. We tested this recipe without the honey, and it worked perfectly if you are wanting a less sweet option.




Crock Pot Applesauce

At times I wonder if you’re into crock pots like I am. Honestly I’ve held back a bit so as not to scare you off. See, I own…..wait for it….. 3 crock pots. Whew, that’s a load off. What’s more is I often use all three simultaneously. That’s right. Main course, side and dessert all served in crock pots for the masses.

crock pot applesauceThis addiction started when we were building our youth leader team and I found myself needing to feed 10+ young adults on a weekly basis. I couldn’t quite get everything to take turns in the oven nicely no matter how well I prepped and really didn’t want to make people wait. So I pulled out my trusty crock pot and gave it a whirl. Low and behold, I found something that worked, and left me ready to focus for the meeting at hand instead of playing Martha in the kitchen.crock pot applesauce

Fast forward to today, and you can find me using my crockpot for all sorts of things, whether we are expecting a crowd for dinner or not. This week I made homemade crock pot applesauce. Now if you’ve never tasted this delectable, you’re truly missing out. Crock pot applesauce has a rich cinnamon flavor and is best served warm. My family likes it slightly chunky, so I use a potato masher to get it the right consistency. Some people use a hand mixer in the crockpot to get it smoother. It’s really up to you and your texture preference.crock pot applesauce

Since apples are in full swing here in Northern California, I’m going to be making lots and LOTS of apple recipes. Next week will be apple butter and I’ve already made caramel apple pie! Now that is a crowd pleaser, let me tell ya. Enjoy this incredible recipe!

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Grain Free Enchiladas

Have the dieting blues? Does eating healthy seem like a never ending tasteless concoction after another? I got you. The same thing happened to me when I first learned my daily ice cream habit might not be as good for me as I hoped it was. I switched completely over to “healthy” food and found myself missing classic dishes like enchiladas, chicken pot pie and waffles. I thought to myself, “This is what life is now. Grilled chicken and steamed veggies for the rest of my days….”

grain free enchiladasHold up. That can’t be true. There’s got to be a way to incorporate healthy eating with delicious food. Say no to gulping down power greens mixed in the blender each morning and try REAL food. I’m talking about bringing all of your favorites back in a nutritious way. That’s why I started Sweetest Lemonade. I want you to know that eating better is still insanely flavorful, and so good your whole family will eat these dishes! Take these grain free enchiladas for example.grain free enchiladas

They are full of veggies, protein and use my grain free tortillas. I worked on this one multiple times to make sure they tasted as good as they should. I mean, enchiladas have a reputation, ya know? My kids think these are a gift from heaven and my husband just about lost his mind when I made these for dinner the first time.grain free enchiladas

If you’re not into dairy, try goat cheese or another dairy free cheese. I personally love a good raw white cheddar whenever I can get my hands on it.

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Grain Free Tortillas

Being an introvert is like being a tortilla. We look simple and straight forward, but really we are deep and complex. Plus, we somehow end up holding everything together in this great big burrito world. Don’t worry, I really am going somewhere here.

I don’t think I called myself an introvert until I was 25. I didn’t really have a good perspective on how I looked to others, or what I wanted to be growing up. As I’ve said before in previous posts, I grew up in a bubble. A beautiful bubble where life was simple, home was small and I never wanted for more than the 5 channels of television we had. I spent my days deep in thought. From the thoughts of life as I’d sit in my yard trying to be so still a bee would sit on me thinking I was a flower (not my best idea) to the thoughts of what Barbie did to afford her dream house and why she had so many clothes and yet the smallest closet imaginable.grain free tortillas

Introvert and extrovert weren’t words I thought of to describe people, even in high school when we had English lessons about the two. As adulthood set on, I noticed I wasn’t growing out of what I thought might have just been childhood shyness. Ridiculous as it may sound, going to birthday parties my kids were invited to frightened me and I had to do a lot of positive self-talk to get myself there with a smile. I’m convinced I’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by the kindest people to walk this earth, so what was wrong with me that made me want to shove my hands deep into my arms pits and back into a corner when at events? At home I was fine. At church I was fine. Those were my safe places.grain free tortillas

Once I came to terms with this “introverted” self, it was like wearing a hat I didn’t like. I understood myself much better, but I couldn’t imagine living the rest of my life backed into a corner at the trampoline park hoping to God I remembered deodorant this morning in case someone tried to approach my sad state of self.

I made it my mission to become who I wanted to be, not what a definition said I was. I began researching introverts, who they were, what they were like, and ultimately hoping to find someone who had overcome it. Then it happened. I found them. My people. Introverts who WANTED to be friendly, be around people, and strove to work past their timid self to have that conversation with Susie at the snack table of their own kid’s birthday party. I was elated.

I know what you’re thinking. How did they do it? How does an introvert learn to like being around the masses, enjoy social settings, and not settle for a face that looks as if they’d rather be anywhere but where they are right now? I’ll tell you. Introverts are like tortillas.

Pressed down, shaken and put under a little heat is an incredible gift for introverts. When an introvert allows for a little pressure, that friend who comes over to try to strike up a conversation with you while you’re backed into a corner for example, it is GOOD. Let friends in. It won’t be easy. In fact if I’m really, truly honest, it’s the opposite of easy. Letting myself talk to people in social settings is akin to eating an apple with a straw. It feels impossible, awkward, and uncomfortable. Your mind races with excuses to walk away. Your heart pounds and all you want to do is go home and hide under the covers for the unforeseeable future. Don’t. Resist the urge to turn away from people.grain free tortillas

Start small. Pick a few people who have tried to reach out to you, who genuinely seem to care about you. Let them in! My biggest struggles have turned into my biggest victories with this method. See, introverts are amazing. They are the best listeners and want to have that hour long coffee date with you. The problem is the big settings, the events and public activities. Don’t even get me started on why it’s horrifying to see someone you know in a grocery store.

We also don’t trust easily, and tend to require a resume, 5 years of experience as a good friend and solid references before deciding to invest in you. I’m really working on that part. Introverts hold stuff for you. Pour your troubles, sorrows and hurt into a conversation with an introvert and you’ll feel like a new person. Full of life and ready to move on. Us introverts need to learn to let go though, and only hold on to other’s junk momentarily.

See, I was right. Introverts are legit like tortillas. And I love tortillas. At the age of 30, I feel like introverts and extroverts were both put on this planet for a reason, and I don’t want anyone to feel like I did, like they just received a death sentence of turmoil and sweaty palms the rest of their lives. Introverts and extroverts can still grow, become more than what the standards tell them.grain free tortillas

I want to give you something. More than this bomb grain free tortilla recipe. You’re welcome by the way. I want to give you friendship, and the tools to grow. If you’re new around here, please please please don’t be a stranger. I’m a real person behind these words on your screen. Reach out, talk and connect. If you’re a mamma, I have a special group just for you. A place to find your tribe and laugh a little and the things you find yourself doing from sun up to sun down.

Check it out, you won’t be sorry. Click the image below to go directly to Sweetest Moms!

And here’s those tortillas you’ve been waiting for. Plus, here’s where I got my tortilla press. I use it to make homemade wonton wrappers too!

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Beet Salad With Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing

“Just beet it, beet it, beet it!” This summer beet salad has me singing at top of my lungs like no one’s listening. In reality, my kids are looking at me like I’m some strange weirdo. I guess they don’t appreciate Michael Jackson parodies like I do.


Beet salad with pomegranate vinaigrette is exactly what your taste buds are looking for. Loads of fresh spinach topped with beets, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds bring this salad to a whole other level. The creamy vinaigrette is my new favorite dressing. It’s zingy and fresh. Put it all together and you’ve got a bowl full of summer.beet salad
Lunch should be quick, and this one takes less than five minutes to make! I linked the sprouted sunflower seeds and pomegranate syrup in the recipe for you to make shopping easy.

Try beet salad for yourself at tell me what you think!

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