Sunday, April 15, 2012

Food Prep Sunday

Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers, Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes, Quick Sesame Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps, BBQ Pork, Pineapple, Aunt Tilda's Brown Bread, Cantaloupe, Celery, Grapes and Cucumbers

Another Sunday = prep day!!  I love it! <3

I've been going through my cupboards this past week in an effort to 'clean' things up a bit.  We are pretty good about eating clean, 75% of the time, but it's those little things that lurk that I wanted to get rid of.  One of them being high-fructose corn syrup.  It's in everything!! The vanilla extract you bake with?? The soy sauce you season with? It's EVERYWHERE.  I ended up ditching marinades, sauces, extracts and anything else with a long ingredient list.   I also decided to check the expiration dates on my spices. WHOA.  We've lived in this house for 6 years and I had spices that have traveled houses! YIKES! I got rid of the old, made a list and now we have a beautifully stocked spice cabinet.   

I also picked up a few new 'clean eating' cookbooks.  I tried 2 new recipes and so far they're winners.  They are both crockpot recipes since I seem to be obsessed with slow cooking lately.  BBQ Pulled Pork and Quick Sesame Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps.  The Lettuce Wraps are from "The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes On Earth" cookbook.  I have another one of Jonny Bowden's cookbooks and neither one disappoints!  The BBQ Pork is from Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker, which is the new cookbook by Tiffany from The Gracious Pantry. I love Tiffany's blog and her cookbook is great, too! I'll share the recipes later on this week.  

If you haven't checked out the Black Eyed Peas with Ham recipe, make sure you do! I made it on Friday and as I sit here on Sunday night, the entire batch is GONE.  This family devoured it!

After a nice relaxing weekend I'm looking forward to another fabulous week.  Make it a great one, folks!

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