Monday, April 29, 2013

Foto Of The Day

I am doing a hard cardio workout this afternoon so i wanted to make sure i got a lot of fiber and water in before it started. Also, protein never hurts!
This was my first dish to try raw squash, I have really been missing out! I thought it would be bitter and tasteless but it tasted amazing!
This big 'ole salad has about lettuce, aroma tomato, squash and baked pork. I choose pork over most meat because it has a higher lean fat to fat ratio, almost half of beef actually (if it isn't bacon) plus if you are trying to lose weight or stay trim it is the better option. I had a dressing that was homemade hummus, mustard, honey and vinegar with some hot sauce. It was delicious!

Oil-Free Hummus

Oil-Free Hummus by Custom Taste
So we have moved to a clean eating diet (still getting rid of some of our "bad" foods though), and we REALLY like hummus. I have made hummus before but it required a lot of oil and since most oils are not on our approved list and coconut oil would be sort of weird, I had to think of something else. After some googling I found a recipe by Rip Esselstyn the author of The Engine 2 Diet as well as the son of Caldwell Esselstyn who starred in the documentray Forks Over Knifes, one of our favourite food movies. I knew this would be a recipe to be trusted for sure. Instead of oil he uses broth, which is convenient since I make a lot of broth at home. We did not even miss the oil!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Homemade Leftover Veggie Stock

This hasn't been a crazy last week or two per-say, they have just been very full. Mr. Custom Taste has had a weird work schedule and whenever he has days off we both have days off. I've also been fighting allergies, and I no idea what I am having an allergic reaction to. So between work schedules, allergies and feeling completely run down, I wasn't much for concentrating. The good news though is that I did find solace in the kitchen, so I have a bunch of new recipes coming your way! Hopefully I will be able to get back to some regular posting asap.
Have you ever wondered on whether or not you should save those potato peels, or the root end of a celery stalk? Well the answer is, yes, yes you should save them! The inedible or disliked parts of veggies make a great stock. We keep a zip top bag in our freezer and throw the unused parts in there and when it gets full or when we need more stock we make some! Making the stock itself is super simple and super hands off! You can make it on the stove or in the crockpot.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Foto of the Day

Foto of the Day by Custom Taste
BREAKFAST! (my favourite part of the day)

1 ripe banana
1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberry Banana Mixture
1/2 Cup Goat Milk
1 Cup Ice
1 Scoop Rice Protein
2.2 Boiled Eggs
3.1 TBSP Central Market All Natural Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter and eggs. Don't know why exactly, I just do! Hey, don't knock it till you try it!

Foto; (noun)
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Meal Idea: Chicken and Rice Bake

Meal Idea: Chicken and Rice Bake by Custom Taste
I meant to post this yesterday, but writing and sitting down was apparently not in my mind's plan. Instead I ended being a cleaning, cooking and Pilates freak. We have had our nutritional yeast just hanging out in our cupboard for a few months and i have gotten a cheese tooth (like a sweet tooth only cheesy) and i did not want to use real cheese so i came up with this recipe! You would not even know there wasn't any cheese in it! It is a subtle cheese taste and smell too it, plus it is super easy and hands off for those busy days or nights.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April Surprise Recipe Swap: Strawberry Scones

For my second SRS hosted by (Hungry Little Girl), my partner was Turnips 2 Tangerines. Turnips 2 Tangerines is a blog run by a Wisconsin wife, mother, daughter and more who has been involved with food through out her life. She originally started her blog as way to keep up with family, but came to love her blog (like many of us have) and it became a big part of her life. The voice of her blog is very happy, upbeat and she shares much more than just recipes. However, since this is a "Recipe Swap" i focused in on her cooking. She lists easy to follow recipes that are intriguing but not overwhelming. The one that caught my eye was her Strawberry Scones. 
April Surprise Recipe Swap: Strawberry Scones by Custom Taste
I have a love affair with breakfast food, who doesn't? Let's be honest here. As well as berries, so having both in the same recipe caught my eye. As many of you know I do not use eggs, butter or "grain" sugar in my baking, so this proved to be a little difficult to adapt, but I got it! I stuck as close as I could to the original recipe, and it turned out delicious. I also cut it in half since I am the only one who eats sweet breakfast foods in our house. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Crusty Soup Bread

Crusty Soup Bread by Custom Taste
This originally was meant to be sandwich bread but i did not have a loaf pan big enough so after opting for a round baking dish it got a nice and crusty outside and a chewy inside, so i upgraded it to soup bread! It was great for dipping into a brothy soup and did not get all mushy like some breads do. Plus it is filling, so a little goes a long way. This bread is also fool proof, just mix the ingredients, give it some hands on love and it takes care of itself.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bite Battles: Chewy Corn Crackers

Bite Battles: Chewy Corn Crackers by Custom Taste
 WE LOVE CORN...which probably is not the best grain (yes grain) to love, but we are working on it. We also love dipping apparatuses, mainly because we tend to make A LOT of sauces. I also go in between churchy and chewy, Mr. Custom Taste does too. We were suppose to take these on our road trip this past weekend, but we forgot them. Don't you just loathe when that happens? Anyways, that just means we get to enjoy them for even longer and with anything now, YAY! We compared these to a popular corn chips, Fritos! Like always, we believe ours is the better one or I would not be here writing an entire post about it. They are simple to make and very hands off, plus no rolling pin required!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Meal Idea Mondays: Turkey Patties

Meal Idea Mondays: Turkey Patties by Custom Taste
 As we mentioned in an earlier post, we make a lot of burgers, and this is one is probably one of our favourites. It is moist, egg-less and super easy to make and can be used for anything you need meat for.  They are essentially low calorie and low fat and obviously loaded with protein so if you are like us and starting a new intensive workout routine these are a welcome treat. 


We eat a lot of turkey in our home, and we love burgers. So we are sharing one of our (many) burger recipes

These corn crackers are great and super versatile, plus easier and more simple than the store bought corn chips.

We are still building our grocery list for a new clean eating lifestyle, and like many things that are great it will take time. So we are deciding to post it now, and hopefully get some great feedback from you all!

We know we have constantly been bombarding you all and talking about how we are moving to clean eating, so here it is! This explains how we came to the decision to be "clean eaters" as well as what it means for us

Just simply nom.

Homemade Road Trip Treats

Homemade Road Trip Treats by Custom Taste

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Our Take On Section 735 of the HR 933 "The Monsanto Protection Act"

First off, being new to food politics and still working my way around I think I have a very good grip on what is going on and it how it affects all consumer’s without having to get into tons of historical bills and policies. I can view it simply and straightforward. I believe that Section 735 of the new HR 933, also known as the “Monsanto Protection act”, is a horrible thing. If you have been aware, there has been a huge push in the US specifically for federally (or at least state) backed laws supporting the labeling of GMO/GE ingredients in products.

GMO/GE crops, cattle and anything else, still have no scientific backing that it is healthier, supports larger crops or more sustainable products. All that GMO/GE crops and etc., do is cheapen the product and make it more resistant to disease as well as incorporates pesticides to aid in these products fighting off diseases and plagues. So sure on the surface it looks great, however these built in human engineering “protections” also pass into the base of the food product itself, which will in turn pass into anything or anyone that consumes it.

The reason why this new law is so horrible for the consumer is now, Monsanto is protected from any industry that wishes to label their products as “GMO/GE Free”. If any store, like Whole Foods Market for example, wants to require any product sold in their store to bear this label they risk being taken to a federal court and sued over discrimination of a company, which in a free-trade market is illegal. This also protects Monsanto from FDA lawsuits and attempted blocking of GMO/GE products because now that it is a federally recognized law the Supreme Courts can do nothing.

Currently there are petitions going around, some new, some old and some that have already been sent to President Obama, which he swiftly swept to the side.

So more than ever, consumers need to be doing their research into the products they buy at commercialized stores. Also, as consumer’s, we need to start buying fresh, buying local and cooking from scratch. If we can’t change their minds with words, we can definitely change their minds when it comes to their wallets.  As it stands certain parts of this bill only allow a year of protection as a time for whatever GMO/GE seed is planted, but one year is enough to cause irreversible damage to, not only the environmental but, consumer welfare and consumer health. For a better and more depth explanation and dissection of all the hype please visit the following websites:

Obamasigns 'Monsanto Protection Act' written by Monsanto-sponsored senator

Friday, April 5, 2013

Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies

Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies by Custom Taste
We like to enjoy the sweeter things from the kitchen every once in a while, but we also don't want to use loads of flour, eggs, butter and white sugar so this helps curb our sweet tooth and work for our bodies all at once! Since we keep bananas on hand at all times we also look for different recipes to use them in, this happened to be the perfect fit. Mr. Custom Taste has a busy work schedule and some days making a full breakfast isn't always that simple, so I made these ahead of time! They were suppose to be more of a peanut butter and jelly cookie but then i thought, "why not mix up the topping!?" We hope you like them!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Our First Trip to Whole Foods Market

IT IS OFFICIAL! We have begun our switch to a more clean and wholesome diet. So of course we started with Whole Foods Market, being in the Austin area it would be a bit weird not to start there, right? This was a test run and getting ideas on prices what they had to offer, and boy did they have a lot!
After doing some pre-emptive research we decided to stick to Non-GMO Project brands as well as brands we were familiar with and approved of. When it came to fresh produce and meats we stuck by what we normally keep on hand, that way we can see, well more like taste, the difference. Well we did splurge a little on two treats that we do not get often or ever.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bite Battles: Dark Chocolate Chips

Bite Battles: Dark Chocolate Chips by Custom Taste

We LOVE chocolate chips cookies in our house, but we never seem to have the chocolate chips. So instead of buying them I decided to figure out a quick recipe that whenever that craving arises we can make them without being let down. These chips (or flakes depending on how thin your layer is), are super chocolatey and very dark, so if you are a sugar fanatic make sure to add some sweetener to your style. They melt quickly and make your cookies (or whatever baked good) super gooey! Plus you bypass all the fake ingredients and a lot of calories for a lot less. Enjoy!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Meal Idea Mondays: Southwestern Salad

Meal Idea Mondays: Southwestern Salad by Custom Taste
Looking for a quick salad to add some veggies to a meal or an after work out snack? Well, we have just what you are looking for! Start the corn right when you start your regular meal or right before hopping into the shower and you will have a great meal ready for you in no time. With all the veggies and heart and muscle friendly fats you won't be sore or tired the next day.


Meal Idea Mondays: Roasted Southwestern Salad
We made this awhile back, but it was delicious and it would be rude not to let you guys know about it! Also, it was super easy and super quick.

Bite Battles: Chocolate Chips
We love chocolate chip anything but the store bought kind don't have the antioxidants plus a ton of added sugar to them. We are making our own and you are invited to check them out!

Our first adventure to Whole Foods Market
We are moving to a more clean way of eating, and being in the Austin area it would be rude not to start at Whole Foods Market first. We let you know about our trip, our goodies and what we did with some of them

We weigh in on a HR 933 Provision also known as "The Monsanto Protection Act"
Chances are you have not heard about this if you don't keep up with food politics as much as we do, so we give the run down and our reaction.

Road Trip Treats
We have a wedding to attend this weekend that is about 200 miles away. So we are making road trip snacks so we aren't tempted to stop at fast food restaurants or feel guilty for gas station buys.

Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies
Satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your waistline with these little babies. Breakfast, snack or dessert they are there when you need a quick energy pick me up.