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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Food Foto

Quick Salad w/ boiled eggs
I decided to make quick salad fixings on my days off, so I have quick lunches for the days that I do work. In a storage container I chopped up lettuce, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes and some onion. I also add about 1/2 cup to 1 cup corn kernels, a handful of nuts and seeds as well as raisins. In a different container I store boiled  and peeled eggs, usually about 5 or 8 that I can quickly slice and then throw on the salad. I also used a store bought salad dressing (balsamic) but to stretch it a little bit more I mixed about 1 cup salad dressing w/ 1 cup apple cider vinegar. ACV is really got digestion and it cuts down the amount of calories but it also really great w/ any kind of salad you might be making. Doing the prep work only take about 15 minutes (sometimes less) and saves me a ton of time during my lunch breaks, so I can enjoy my break or catch up on any chores that need to be done. If you work outside of the home (and have a fridge at work) you can make this and just take it with you. An easy, yummy and good for you salad already made when your lunch break rolls around.  

Friday, December 13, 2013

Food Foto

You can't really see whats under that mound of onion, mushroom and zucchini but it is a lovely baked tilapia fillet! We have been on a huge tilapia kick (okay, it HAS been on sale at HEB) and it is yummy! Besides the sauteed veggies we had a rather large salad and a quick baking soda biscuit. Which I still have yet to post (so lame and lazy, I KNOW!). On the up and up however this was easy to make especially after a super long 10 hr shift of work. It was also warm so that was nice and satisfying since the weather is Austin has been so chilly and lame. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pureed Zucchini Sauce

Pureed Zucchini Sauce by Custom Taste
I have a very and loyal love affair with zucchini. It is my absolute favourite vegetable (or is it a fruit?). You can eat it cooked, baked, in a soup, raw, anyway and everyway. I have even seen some recipes use it in cakes! Those are next on my list to try.  I came up with this one day when i wanted some creamy but low cal as well. This ended up being perfect!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Food Foto






This is from a few nights ago but it as so yummy I finally got around to sharing it. It was an HEB Fiesta Salmon burger which is made with; salmon (obviously), onions, jalapenos and diced cheese. I have been wanting to try one everytime we go to the fish counter but they can be pretty pricey for something that is just one pattie, but a previous shopping trip gifted me with one of these babies!
When we recieved it I was so happy to finaly try one of their salmon burgers, which are pretty tasty by the way! So now I know for any future special occasions these would not be a bad thing to get. Along with the salmon burger I made a simple side salad of just lettuce, diced onion and diced tomatoes as well as a mushroom creamy rice. Talk about full and satisfied afterwards!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CIC-Caramelized Onion Gingerbread Biscuit Loaf


It is that time of the month again!! No not the woman thing, but Crazy Ingredient Challenge time!! Like many of you (or not) know the 20th is when a bunch of us bloggers get together and do a crazy ingredient reveal which is hosted by Jutta at Hungry Little Girl, this months was defiantly a doozie. Gingerbread and Onion, say wha!? First off, nowhere near me sells "gingerbread spice" which I thought was a thing, surprise! It isn't. Secondly, i only came up with this final recipe about..well the day a I made it! (which was last night..whoops)Even though I have been busy with training (I am in On the Job now, woot woot!) I never miss a CIC. They are so intriguing and really put your chef skills to the test. So if you'd like to participate just click here and let Jutta know! Now..onward to this crazy, yet delicious, concoction!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Food Foto

Grilled veggie and cheese sandwich with veggie pot stickers . We are still actively using our panini press, especially now that the weather is chilly every once in a while. Also since I work at home it makes it easier for me to get something yummy made and still get chores around the house caught up. My grilled cheese contained cheese (obviously) grilled zucchini and tomatoes (cooked in the oven w/ a little coconut oil, salt and pepper sprinkles at 350 for about 10 minutes) with some mustard on whole wheat bread. On the side were some veggie pot stickers and San Luis hot sauce. It was a melding of cuisines lol. I also chugged 1.5 quarts of water. I cannot get enough of it lately. Weaning off of coffee makes me sooooo incredibly thirsty. Overall this was hugely satisfying and gave me an energy boost so my brain was ready for me online traning. Woo!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Food Foto

Last night's dinner. My tofu seemed extremely angry. I had pasta with mushrooms and a pureed zucchini and almond milk sauce along with 3 slices of firm tofu cooked in soy sauce with a tiny side salad dressed with salt and pepper.

Since I have discovered my "meat intolerance" I have been giving tofu another try, so far so good! No skin reactions or digestive problems, plus I feel so much better now that I have been extremely meat free for the last 2 weeks. I know I was trying to be meatless as a way to save money but apparently I need to be meatless as a means to stay healthy. It's easier this time since it is less if a choice and more of a need. Recipe for the zucchini sauce will be up soon since I can post it fast. I am at the tail end of my training schedule and I am getting into a groove. Hopefully I will be back to regular blogging very, very shortly.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Sauce

This recipe has been just sitting, and for some reason I never posted it. As you can tell by the watermark, it has been a long time since this was made. The sauce is very tangy and is my favourite kind of BBQ. Goes great on anything really, not just BBQ, so it makes it great for my being meatless, YAY!

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Hiatus

I started a new job you all!! I am lucky to have the chance to work from home for a great gaming company and I have been on a 5 day a week 8 hr a day training schedule. So when I have down time, I take it. Little by little I have been working on keeping this blog because I do love sharing my sometimes odd, sometimes normal recipes. I am just so not motivated to sit down and blog after 8 hours...of already sitting down. It has only been one full week and I am now forcing myself to get more organized and get on a schedule. I have so much to share from drink recipes to holiday recipes to some great holiday finds. If you did not know I did do a Guest Post for Blissful and Domestic as well as my most recent Crazy Ingredient Challenge post. So please check out both. I adore Danielle's blog and even have a full post dedicated to her wonderfulness coming soon and I love the CIC's because they not only encourage creativity but make me a better cook.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Food Foto

Tacos with the Taco Bean Burger crumbles.

CIC-Broccoli Pumpkin Pie Risotto


This month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge! Pumpkin Pie and Broccoli! Hosted by Jutta at HungryLittleGirl.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Food Foto

Eggless homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Early morning, yummy breakfast.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FOOD WATCH OUT!

Due to the partial government shut down in the USA there are some areas in which we all need to be careful of. A major area is the food we buy and eat. The USDA has cut food inspections to almost nothing This means many heavily inspected and regulated foods can enter our country unsolicited and unchecked. These foods include many imported seafood and produce  as well as any frozen or cheap food of unknown provenances. This is just a quick summary of a Buzzfeed Food article and the full article can be found here.

BE ON THE LOOK OUT AND CAREFUL OF
Imported shrimp from Southeast Asia
Imported tilapia from China
Some imported farmed Atlantic Salmon from Chile
Any cheap, frozen fish that does not list an origin

Helpful tips
Be extremely careful when purchases any imported fruits or vegetables that you are planning to eat raw
ALWAYS wash, rinse and dry any produce you buy regardless of how it will be eaten
Make sure to cook thoroughly so you kill any bad bacteria
If you go to buy any shellfish buy local.
Do not eat any produce that has any visible signs of decay
ALWAYS keep a clean cooking area and preparation surfaces
If you go out to eat make sure to ask where the food is coming from. You can never be too helpful.
If you or anyone you begins to show signs of food poisoning or food related illness make sure to seek medical attention.

Even though these are helpful tips no matter what, they are especially important during this time. A good rule of thumb is if it looks suspicious or you can't find out where it came from don't buy it or eat it.

Keep healthy my friends!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Taco Bean Burger (and Crumbles)

Just like with the Seed and Bean Burgers these burgers are just as versatile and just as yummy. The only difference is the ingredients. This just goes to show how easy and quick making bean burgers can be.

Seed and Bean Burger (and Crumbles)

I truly enjoy making veggie/bean burgers. It is a lot of fun to experiment with different flavours and ingredients. You can really customize them to whatever you are doing for dinner that night. Doing Mexican? Make a taco inspired bean burger! Italian? Pasta inspired! So many options, so many ways! You can do this with meat burgers, but they can also get overcooked or fall apart a lot more easily than bean burgers will. Another great thing about making bean burgers is versatility! Go from burger on a bun to crumbles in a taco within a matter of seconds using the exact same recipe. Two in one meals that are healthy and yummy and friendly to your wallet.

Keto Friendly Pumpkin Peanut Butter Flax Cookies w/ Cream Cheese topping

I enjoy checking out new diet trends. Not only for the health reasons but also for the science behind the trend. If you have not heard about the ketogenic diet it is basically a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet. For some, the Atkins diet might immediately pop into your head. They are similar, as in Atkins is ketogenic. The only difference is Atkins did not care about calorie consumption as well as had carb load days. With ketogenic what it aims to do is keep your body using fat as an energy source rather than glucose, which comes from carbs. As long as you keep your daily carb intake between a certain number of grams (mine is between 25 to 50 grams, but I have to stay under 70 grams). Breakfasts, lunch and dinner are easy when it comes to ketogenic, but I wanted to try my hand at desserts. The main carb in these was the Pumpkin Puree, but I also wanted a fall feelings to them. They are energy packed. So they are a great pick me during the day, just make sure to drink lots of water. Flax seed are high fiber and can...well... stop things up if you aren't careful.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Banana Nut Granola

Another way to use overripe bananas! We have been on a trail mix buying kick and an oatmeal kick. However, just eating them plain was getting a little redundant. I saw a banana getting a bit to brown for regular eating and this idea came the mind! It can cut into crumbly granola bars or crumbled up completely to be eating as a cereal! A great high energy treat.

Friday, September 20, 2013

CIC: WAKE UP Veggie and Coconut Milk Blend

Another Crazy Ingredient Challenge recipe! Every month Jutta at Hungry Little Girl hosts a Crazy Ingredient Challenge. She gives us (myself and other bloggers) 2 ingredients that most would usually not think to put together. This month's was tomato and coconut, hence my veggie and coconut blend. If you would like to participate in next month's CIC go the sign up page here and let her know!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Homemade Pop tarts

Homemade Pop tarts by Custom Taste
After seeing what felt like hundreds of "make your own pop tarts" recipes on Pinterest I decided to gives this a go. I had recently made some Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling and needed something to put it in. I also needed a quick breakfast item in case Mr. CT and I overslept and he needed something to grab before dashing out the door. I say dashing because he is so very dashing :). 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Left-Over Salad Breakfast Taco

One night Mr. CT and I had a large dinner salad with some leftovers. The next morning I decided to re-purpose this "dinner" salad into a breakfast taco. This is great for times when you, also, have leftover salad and do not want it to go to waste. You get a great overall nutrient boost and you save money. There is nothing wrong with using leftover for breakfast and this is a great overall healthy breakfast. Not to mention it is quick, yummy and super versatile with whatever salad leftovers you may have.

Cheezy Quinoa Enchiladas

Cheezy Quinoa Enchiladas by Custom Taste
Recently I have grown tired of rice and beans into my tacos and enchiladas so I made some enchiladas with Quinoa Taco Sub. They are filling and taste exactly like taco meat. These were definitely a yummy and much needed changed from the usual meatless fillings and substitutes. Being meatless that is definitely something I try to aim for is keeping my meals new and tasty and that helps to keep my on my meatless track. So give these a try for a Meatless Monday or if you are also growing a little tired of the usually meatless food fare. 

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling by Custom Taste
Who says the taste of apple pie is only meant for American Independence Day and the fall season. Um, NO ONE. I have been dabbling in home-made pop-tarts for Mr. CT's breakfasts and he said that after lemon filling his next most liked was apple pie. Since we had a load of apples and no lemons I decided to give it a go. This filling is super easy and does not require heating your kitchen up with an oven. It can also be used for anything. I have used in pop-tarts and in a sandwich for a sweet treat. Feel free to eat like apple sauce but the cinnamon might over power your palette, simply thin it out a little with milk or juice. 

Almond Banana Protein Drink

Almond Banana Protein Drink by Custom Taste
I made this quick breakfast one day after seeing my last banana get to the perfect shade of..BLACK. I love bananas anywhere from yellow with a few spots to black. For eating yellow with brown spots and for everything else brown to black. They are so much sweeter and are great for the digestive system. Our blender has been out of commission for the past 3 months, so smoothies have been out of the question. This recipe it super simple and you don't have to dirty any extra dishes AND it is super quick to drink. Try it during a busy morning or an easy after workout pick me up.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Quinoa Taco "Meat" (Soy-Free!!!)

I have been on a Tex-Mex kick in the past weeks, if you have not noticed, however I was getting tired of just plain old beans and rice. I wanted something with more texture and flavour. After a few hours, here and there, searching how to make my own "meat" at home I got a little discouraged. There are a ton of options, but all heavily dependent on soy or tofu and that was something I did not want. Eventually I found a recipe using quinoa here. She used nuts and a blender and an oven, it seemed very labour intensive. What this recipe did do was inspire the one I am sharing with you today. You only need a stove-top, pot, quinoa, some extra ingredients and you have a soy free meat sub for any of your meatless needs.
Quinoa Taco "Meat" (Soy-Free!!!) by Custom Taste

Homemade Chipolte Sauce

Easy Peasy Homemade Chipotle Sauce by Custom Taste
At our home we love anything spicy, we also go through hot sauce very quickly. After many months of having to buy multiple bottles of hot sauce a month we started buying dried peppers and looking up recipes to make out own. This is own of our favourite easy and quick recipes we have come up with. Only 2 ingredients and only 2 weeks to wait. You can also drain the liquid out after 2 weeks and use it as a soy sauce. All you would need to do is add more vinegar before pureeing your sauce!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chicken Cheese Enchiladas


Ever since I perfected the Cheeze Sauce recipe I try to keep it on hand as much as possible. The sauce is also a great way to add cheesy flavour without the added fat or calorie associated with traditional cheese. I also love anything tex-mex. Since enchiladas are super easy to customize and no matter what you stuff them with it can all cook at the same time, so it makes it super easy for a couple like Mr. CT and myself. I can make a meatless enchilada for me and meaty enchiladas for him. If you haven't guessed this is the recipe I made for him!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Easy Baked Chicken Breasts


Easy Baked Chicken Breasts by Custom Taste.
Mr. CT is starting his healthy kick and his go to healthy meal is baked chicken with a grain and some greens. This past shopping trip we picked up some large chicken breasts at a really great price! Yesterday I cut them into serving sizes and baked them with some herbs. Even though I don't partake in eating meat that much, if at all, I know he likes it so I will cook it. The meat we get is from a very trusted grocery store that has a high standard for their meats and we always buy organic. This is a really easy recipe if you bough a lot of chicken in one go or you need a simple recipe during a recipe rut. You could even use this recipe for a casserole or soup if the recipe calls for chicken.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Homemade Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas by Custom Taste
I love tortillas! I love that you can wrap any meal up in them and have a handy no fuss meal. I have been experimenting with different way of making tortillas without using a lot of oil and fat. I have made them with black beans and pinto beans, they were good but not great and what I was looking for. Aside from being oil-free and lard-free I also wanted something quick, easy and not very labor intensive. This is by far my favourite recipe! I have made them four times already! They are super simple to, and honestly so low fat you'll be impressed. No oils or fats needed, just flour, water and a little salt. This recipe also doubles easily so no second guessing if you want to make a double batch. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Machine Sandwich Bread

Machine Sandwich Bread by Custom Taste
 Recently Mr. Custom Taste and I broke out our 3 in 1 panini press, grilled sandwich maker and waffle iron. Hot sandwiches just sounded right, and we ate them for a good week. So to accompany those sandwiches we obviously needed some bread to go with them.  I did not want to heat up the apartment baking bread in the oven so I also broke out the good ole bread machine. This recipe is super easy and took a few tries to prefect. It is simple, has simple ingredients and is hearty without the making you feel bloated afterwards. Start it any time of the day and have it ready for when you need it and you won't get dead armed from kneading, also a plus!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Banana Spread

I recently saw a blogger I follow talking about how she wished there was such a thing a "banana butter" because she loves mashed bananas and I thought "what?! I have doing a banana spread for ages!". I thought it was super common though so I never really bothered to share. So here it is! My Banana Spread. I usually will eat it on something, in something or by itself if I am feeling crazy. It is super yummy, and super easy to make. Plus you could freeze it and have an ice cream type treat!
Banana Spread by Custom Taste

The Meatless Lifestyle 08/13/13


Friday, August 16, 2013

Zucchini Corn Muffins

A few days ago I was really craving cornbread..BUT I forgot where my cornmeal was (woes of being ADD about organization) however I did have corn flour. After figuring out how to make something similar to cornbread with corn flour I noticed our abundance of zucchini and decided to throw some of that into the recipe as well. Sweet and savory! This little guys are great as side either covered with beans or drizzled with honey. They are easy and inexpensive to make and easy to store. Make up a batch and a quick meal ready to go in seconds.
Zucchini Corn Muffins by Custom Taste

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Slow It Down Minestrone Soup

This soup is extremely hands off and great to make during a hot day. It requires little use of the stove and doesn't heat the whole house up while it is cooking. Prep the night before, start it in the morning, go out and do awesome hot weather activities and it will be ready to eat by dinner time. Using a beach towel to raise the temperature without worrying about burning anything is a great trick to ensure good melding of flavours without a burnt taste.

Bacon Stuffed Jalapenos

This is Mr. CT's favourite stuffed jalapeno recipe and he believes it is the only way bacon jalapenos should ever be made. Seriously. Even though I don't eat meat or a lot of cheese, I do make an exception for this guys.  We do not eat them often, only during special times because they are that good, and because they are a little fatty. The secret is (Mr. CT said I could revel this) is mixing bacon, and some grease, into the cream cheese. His problem with other recipes of these is that not every bite has bacon, so he created these guys. Hope you give them a try!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Coconut and Lime Bites

I made these right before going to Mr. Custom Taste's father's house for a weekend vacation and tons of grilling. Before we left I was trying to use up any fresh produce that might not last much longer. We had recently bought some coconut oil and had just a few limes left. So my "ah-ha!" moment ended me wanting to make a lime and coconut poke cake or cupcakes then finally mini-cupcakes. Well they took on a whole mind of their own. Let me just say apparently I am great making stuff that should have cheese it in cheeseless. My sister-in-law was the first to say they reminded her of a key-lime cheesecake. After that was said, everyone else started agreeing, even I didn't notice it. With summer winding down, I suggest taking this to the next BBQ. Sweet enough to please any sweet tooth and light enough to keep everyone happy.
Lime and Coconut Cupcake Bites by Custom Taste

The Meatless Lifestyle 08/04/13


The Meatless Lifestyle 08/04/13

The Meatless Lifestyle 08/03/13




The Meatless Lifestyle 07/20/13

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Back from Vacation

WE ARE BACK!!!(again)
I did not realize how crazy busy our summer has been until I sat down to write this post. Goodness me! It feels like we have been going and going every since May 8th, when Mr. CT and I went down to the heart of the Texas Hill Country to meet up with my father, (new) mom and grandparents.During their time here we had a bunch or sight seeing, catching up, dinners and of course a small wedding. Almost as soon as father and new mom left we got LG for a month and a half of fun, hard and great times! Before LG's switch we started the first few days of the vacation off hanging out and playing on Lake Conroe where FIL has a beautiful house! After the switch we came back here for some well deserved time off before Mr. CT had to head back to his day job and I had to get back to mine. Don't get me wrong we had a blast! It is just nice to be getting everything back in order and getting back to a schedule. SO! The line up for my catch posts are;
A few Meatless Lifestyle posts I neglected (sorry!)
Part One of the Mimas Build
A "How To Deal With..."
A "How To Store..."
Two or three new recipes
AND.. A Bite Battle!
It has been ages since I did a bite battle, I know. This will be a little different than the previous, and you'll see!
I know that summer is winding down for many of you, kids leaving, school starting, etc. I hope everyone had a delightful summer, and I am so looking forward to fall! This Texas summer was probably the most tame and wet summer I have experienced in my 6 summers being here.
Best get to work on these posts, hope you all enjoy!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Cheeze Sauce-Revisted


You might remember a few months ago i did a vegetarian cheese using garbanzo beans. It was okay, but nothing compared to my new one! This recipe is probably one that I am most proud since starting my blog. It started out as a quick topping for potatoes and took on a life of its own once I tasted it and realized how yummy it was and how much it tasted like queso. If you are looking for what it tastes like, just like that queso you can get at Chilis just, you know, better tasting and better for you! Kid-friendly as well! Need to sneak in more veggies do this! You can't tell the difference. The carrots give it a sweetness, the potatoes give it thickness and the nutritional yeasts gives it the cheesy nutty flavour that is so yummy! Super inexpensive to make and relatively easy and quick you will be smiling with joy as others wolf this down thinking it is real queso.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Meatless Lifestyle 07/18/13

The Meatless Lifestyle 07/18/13

Crazy Ingredient Challenge- Meatless Mole Tacos

Instead of the Surprise Recipe Swap, Jutta has replaced it with the Crazy Ingredient Challenge. You can opt in or out from month to month, instead of being responsible every single month. If you would like to join in on the fun visit her blog at Hungry Little Girl or the Crazy Ingrediant Challenge sign up page.

For the first month of the CIC, Jutta had us pair together cauliflower and chocolate. WHAT?! Yes, cauliflower and chocolate. At first I was thinking of some sort of dessert, but I told Mr. Custom Taste about this and he came up with a great idea. Since I was meatless he suggested using the cauliflower as a faux meat of some sort, making mole and putting it all in a taco. He is quite brilliant, I know. So I give to you, Meatless Mole Tacos.