Bringing out an old friend… Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

In honor of this holiday, I was inspired to make some grinds with tequila! This time, with lamb shanks, baby!

I made orange-tequila lamb shanks.

I tweaked the recipe, as I always do.

Ingredients (Foodnista Soul’s way):

Mmm, slow cookers are one of the best inventions ever!

Mama mia! Why haven’t I taken advantage of slow cookers more often in the past? I absolutely love it! My dad would occasionally make dinners in the Crock Pot and it would be soo delicious!

So, one weekend, I decided to make one of my dad’s Crock Pot dishes- chicken with Cream of Mushroom soup sauce. I added frozen mixed veggies, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Yum! I wanted to test out the slow cooker. Before I started my busy afternoon of errands, I put all of the ingredients in the Crock Pot and set the cooker to low for eight hours.  I started with the vegetables first. Chopped them up and put them in the pot. Then added chicken thighs and breasts, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with thyme, pepper, garlic and pepper seasoning, and Hawaiian salt. Finally, I added the Cream of Mushroom soup and diluted it with a little bit of water, so it wouldn’t be so thick. Stirred it to get the sauce evenly in the pot, covered it, set the timer, and left for the long day ahead.

When I returned home in the evening- violà! The chicken came out so tender and the dish amazing! This was served with egg noodles. Yummy! It was such a simple and easy dish. Just typing this and reminiscing at these pictures are making me hungry. I gotta go! Haha!

Have a great week!

~FS

Merry Christmas Eve- a perfect posting for the season!

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Sunday! Almost two months ago, one of my dear friends got married at her dad’s cabin on the lake in Minnesota. We had a lovely, delicious dinner amongst family that I wanted to share. Perfect for the Christmas season.

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On her wedding evening, we had prime rib, with homemade mash, green beans, carrots, and sauteed mushrooms. Yummy! That piece of meat was HUGE! I tried my best to finish it all, but couldn’t. I was way too full. Too bad I couldn’t bring it home as leftovers to finish. Haha, back home to Hawaii.

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Carrot cake for dessert/their wedding cake! Yummy! Haven’t had carrot cake in so long!

What a coincidence, tomorrow we will be having prime rib for our Christmas dinner. Can’t wait! Be sure to lookout for another posting of that soon.

Have a beautiful Christmas with your loved ones. It’s my most favorite time of the year to celebrate with family.

Blessings,

FS~

 

Going smoothie crazy with my newest food gadget!

It’s #WellnessWednesday, and I am so excited to share this post with y’all!!

Last Christmas, my boyfriend got me this multi-purpose Nutri Ninja®/Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ (ooh, fancy, huh?). I finally started using it- three-and-a-half months later, haha!

My new food gadget consists of:

One base and two interchangeable vessels, the 1200-watt DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ easily switches between Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction** and Nutrient Fusion*** in single serve or 4-cup Nutri Bowl. (http://www.ninjakitchen.com/store/)

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Wow! It’s an all-in-one blender and food processor, if you ask me! I can just use this one base to make my drinks and food!

For the past two weeks, I’ve gone crazy making all different kinds of smoothies. The featured image above is a carrot-strawberry smoothie, with the “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink.

Here’s a list of the different (protein) smoothies I’ve made with my new gadget. It’s truly amazing!! It’s so easy to use and I can make multiple batches to last an entire week!

The ingredients in these smoothies are adjusted by your taste buds =D

Apple-banana smoothie:

  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink
  • Ice (optional. I use ice to make my drinks colder and slushy)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (you can use fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Peanut butter-banana-grape smoothie:

  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Grapes (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (I use both- I use lactaid milk since I am lactose-intolerant)
  • Peanut butter
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry smoothie (yes, carrots):

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Any kind of orange juice (I used the “Essential” Vitamin Water®)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

 

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-apple-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

The blender did a fine job blending the carrots well into the smoothie, with the other ingredients because of the auto-iQ boost™ feature. If you like your smoothies with more texture and “grittiness,” you can turn the feature off.

I can’t wait to incorporate different veggies and fruits together to create more yummy smoothies. It’s not just about the fruits these days! Veggies are included, too!

http://www.ninjakitchen.com/ (you can find yummy recipes here)

Cheers, till next time!

FS~