I can’t believe February is already behind us, can you? Didn’t we just have Christmas? Life is going by way too fast and I’m trying to enjoy each day since tomorrow isn’t promised, but I often find that I make it to Fridays and forget what happened all week. I guess they call that getting old.
Anyway, here are the things my family enjoyed in February. I only have three. We seem so boring. However, this month was… um… for lack of a better word: WEIRD.
I’ll link a recap to January at the bottom.
Spectrum Naturals Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil | $10
Ya’ll. I feel like I’ve been cheating myself out of something great for a long time. If you haven’t heard, coconut oil is a multi-purpose substance that people are obsessed over. There are so many benefits that you can read about online, from the cooking/consumption benefits, to the hair/skincare benefits, to the fact that it’s a cloth diaper-safe rash cream. So far, I’ve only been using it for cooking and let me tell you, it’s amazing. My favorite new recipe is this Sauteed Shrimp with Coconut Oil, Ginger and Coriander. It’s so easy! We serve it with brown rice or a quinoa+edamame blend plus a steamed veggie. The whole family devours this. Yes, including Zoey. Sometimes I use it to cook some sliced chicken breast with a little brown sugar, red curry powder and cinnamon. Yes, please!
HP Laptop | $350
Around the time we had to cancel our IUI, our laptop was also on its last leg. It was notorious for losing connection with the keyboard, running really slow, coming out of sleep mode by itself… the list goes on. It served me well for five years but it was time for something new. I would have really preferred a Macbook, but that wasn’t going to happen within our budget, so we applied the IUI money toward a new laptop and I don’t regret it. What we got serves the needs of our family – it’s not the fastest powered, fancy pants laptop you’ll ever see, but it works for us. We really needed it so I had something reliable to blog on and we needed more space for our media (we also purchased a TB external hard drive for media). Now our old one is pretty much a DVD player for Zoey and that’s fine with us. How I feel about Windows 8 is another story, but I won’t get into that… *ahem*
Quiche | price varies
Okay, so, this is random. For some reason, we started making quiche a weekly staple to our dinner menu during the month of February. For one, Glenn loves (no, really, LOVES) him some quiche, especially crustless. Two, it’s cheap. Three, it’s versatile. Four, it’s packed full of protein. Five, it’s simple. Six, it’s delicious. Seven, this list is getting too long. Here is a basic recipe we frequent, along with some variations:
- 6 eggs
- Milk of choice (we use almond milk and sorry, we don’t measure, we eyeball)
- Shredded Cheese (sorry, use however much you want. We mix it up between feta, cheddar, monty jack, whatever we have)
- Sea salt + cracked pepper
- Garlic powder
- Meat (we use two chicken sausage links diced but this is also good with a half pound of ground breakfast sausage)
- Veggies (you can use spinach, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a glass pie dish with cooking spray.
- Saute (in olive oil or butter) your meat and whatever veggies you want.
- When the meat+veggies are cooked through, add to the pie dish.
- In a bowl, whisk your eggs and add in your milk.
- Pour the egg mixture over the meat+veggies in the pan. Do not stir.
- Spread shredded cheese over the top. Do not stir.
- Season with sea salt, cracked pepper and garlic powder.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes (keep an eye on it. If you go to take it out and it’s jiggly, put it back in for a few minutes. It should be firm. It may bubble up in places and that’s okay. Once you take it out, it all flattens out.)
- Serve with lots and lots of hot sauce. We have found this is best with something more like a Tabasco sauce, not so much Sriracha (although we have an obsession with Sriracha as well.)
That’s it for February. Hopefully March is more exciting! Let me know if you try the quiche and like it or what alterations you made.
Monthly Favorites: January