February 2012

Baked Chili-Lime Sweet Potato “Chips”

by Angie Anew on February 26, 2012

While doing the Whole 30, I never really felt deprived. Sure, a glass of wine would have been nice. But overall, sticking to the plan wasn’t that big of a deal. I think it’s because I tend to prefer savory foods over sweet ones. (Plus, I got amazing results!) My weakness? Potato chips. I can’t [...]

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Crispy Chicken Legs

by Angie Anew on February 21, 2012

Crispy chicken skin. Not my favorite food, but pretty darn close. Lately, I’ve been buying chicken legs (super cheap!) and roasting them on high heat for some serious crispy chicken goodness. I follow a simple recipe from Chaos in the Kitchen. It’s more of a method than a recipe, really, but I’m sharing it because [...]

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Super Simple Bacon-Wrapped Dates

by Angie Anew on February 20, 2012

Last night I was craving something good. Something really good. Then I remembered a post on a blog I follow called A Nutritionist Eats. The author recently wrote about goat-cheese stuffed bacon-wrapped dates. Wow! While I’m not eating much dairy lately, I usually have bacon and dates on hand. So I made a simpler version. [...]

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Slow-Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Ribs for Two

by Angie Anew on February 13, 2012

To say that the members of my family have divergent food preferences would be an understatement. I prefer to eat low-carb and gluten-free. My husband avoids beef and pork, but eats chicken and fish. My older son is a lacto-carbotarian. And the baby? He’ll eat anything. So when I say that these slow-cooker red wine [...]

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Mashed Roasted Cauliflower

by Angie Anew on February 12, 2012

I really need to get better about meal planning and grocery lists. Too often, I end up buying items that we already have at home. Today’s superfluous purchase was cauliflower. So I decided to roast the older head to make mashed roasted cauliflower — a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. Pin It The first thing [...]

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St. Paul Public School Lunches Set a Healthy Standard

by Angie Anew on February 10, 2012

Before my son started public school in St. Paul, I expected to pack his lunch every day. School lunches in my day included delights like mystery meat, sugar-laden French toast sticks and canned peas. Blech. But I’ve been surprised and impressed by St. Paul Public School lunches. At a parent event at my son’s school [...]

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Becoming a Full-Time Working Mom

by Angie Anew on February 8, 2012

Big changes are on the horizon. I’ve taken a full-time position with my department! I’m excited to take on more challenging work and help to bring about some exciting changes for my organization. Still, becoming a full-time working mom will be an adjustment. What I haven’t yet decided, though, is whether the adjustment will be [...]

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Clarified Butter

by Angie Anew on February 6, 2012

Today, I replenished my supply of clarified butter. When I posted a snapshot of my activities on Facebook, one of my cousins wanted to know more. Why make clarified butter? And how do you do it? I started making clarified butter while on the Whole30. Regular butter is a no-no on the plan due to [...]

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Our Couple’s Staycation in Minneapolis

by Angie Anew on February 5, 2012

My hubby and I enjoyed a city staycation in Minneapolis last weekend! It was our first night away in a LONG time. Too long. Completing the Whole30 seemed as good a reason as any to get out and indulge a little! We stayed at the W Minneapolis in the Foshay Tower. Great location and a [...]

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Post Whole30 Celebration Meal (Many More to Come ;)

by Angie Anew on February 3, 2012

Last night, I had my first dinner out since completing the Whole30. (See my results!) We chose Brasa on Grand Avenue — one of my favorite spots for gluten-free food in the Twin Cities. I enjoyed ribs, Brussels sprouts with pickled ginger (quite possibly my favorite part of the meal), fried yucca with mojo sauce [...]

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