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Drunken Whiskey Garlic Shrimp

Who doesn’t like whiskey, did you know that there are 0 carbs in whiskey. Just another reason to grab a bottle and start enjoying. Well, at least share the bottle with your friends. ūüėČDrunken Whiskey Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients
2 pounds shrimp (if frozen, thaw the shrimp in a colander and run cold water over it or allow it to thaw in the fridge)
4 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 cup whiskey
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon old bay seasonings
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions
Place all of the ingredients in zipalock bag and allow it to marinate for at least 2 hours in the fridge, it can also marinate overnight for an intense flavor.

Remove the shrimp from the marinade and place them on wooden skewers that have been soaked in water.

Grill the shrimp on each side for 3 to 4 minutes (depending on the size.) When the shrimp has changed from translucent to white, it is done. Serve with additional wedges of lemon.

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Butter Chicken

I am a huge fan of butter! My friends make fun of me because I buy butter from Costco 2014-06-12 20.23.13and I usually buy 8lbs of it to last me a month. I live alone so this delicious butter is not shared with anyone else, it is just for me!

I am a firm believer in buying grass-fed organic butter. Why? Let me list the reasons.

1.) Grass-fed butter contains lauric acid.

2.) Butter is filled with antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamin E (another antioxidant that helps protect our heart), vitamin K (helps our body with blood clotting), vitamin D(strengthens immune system and proper absorption of calcium), Activator X, aka.Vitamin K2 (bone strength and calcium distribution), selenium (an antioxidant that shows some evidence of reducing the odds of prostate cancer), and one of the best sources of vitamin A (promotes the health of our thyroid, adrenals, organs, and aids in the absorption of calcium).

3.) It tastes so much better, the rich color is an indicator that it is filled with nutrients.

4.) Butter helps fat-soluble vitamins be absorbed by the body which means that you actually benefit from the great healthy foods that you eat!

5.) Butter contains short and medium chain fatty acids, studies show that these acids help the great battle against cancer and benefits our immune system.

6.) Grass-fed butter has the highest levels ¬†of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which keeps you skinny (no, really- studies show that it helps with weight loss and weight management, and if that wasn’t enough- it fights against carcinogens.)

7.) Children are growing faster due to the hormones found in milk, when feeding your children organic milk and butter, you are keeping them from ingesting harmful chemicals and hormones that they do not need.

Yeah, and did I mention that it tastes amazing???

Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter
1 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 chicken breasts or 6-8 chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
3/4 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2  teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2  teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2  teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2  teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy cream
4  tablespoons tomato paste

Directions
Saute onion and garlic in butter in medium-low heat. Add the chicken and allow it to brown on all sides, this should take about 10 minutes.

Add the spices to the chicken and stir in the tomato paste.

Cover the pot and allow it to cook in the spices for 10 minutes.

Stir in the cream and lower the heat to low and allow it to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve over rice, cauliflower, with naan or just the way it is.

Easter Basket Ideas

Are you ready for Easter?? If not, I have some easy ideas that will help you throw together your kids baskets in a matter of minutes. Here are some ideas to please just about anyone. Easter Basket Ideas

Here are a few basket ideas for your kids:
movie passes
amusement park passes
chocolate (of course)
iTunes gift cards
restaurant or fast food gift cards (I prefer the healthier places to keep them on track)
ear buds
phone covers
books
Amazon gift card
eReader credit
hair barrettes for girls
sun screen, bathing suits, sunglasses and beach towels
makeup for the girls
cologne or perfume
Extra cellphone battery
Extra cellphone battery charger
summer watches (can be found at the dollar store)
card games
bath soap
DVDs
sandals
PJs
card games
game credits
video games
jewelry
reusable water bottles
magazine subscriptions
markers
crayons
coloring books

Now that you have the gifts ready, is the table set? If not, ready my post titled, “Easter Table Centerpieces.”

Do you know what you are serving for dinner? If not, here is my Honey Glazed Easter Ham Recipe.

Need other ideas like what to serve for dessert and sides? Look no further, all of my recipes and Easter ideas can be found on my Pinterest page.

Cooking 101: Stovetop Parmesan Herb Chicken

I love recipes that can be made in a single pot, that means less cleaning for me. It also means that I can store the food in the same pot that I made it in. Yeah, I really am that lazy!Cooking 101: Stovetop Parmesan Herb Chicken

The touch of fresh herbs and Parmesan Cheese really adds flavor and depth to this simple chicken dish. I love this because you can change the flavor around by just adding different herbs, once you get the basic idea down, try incorporating whatever you like into the recipe.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
1 family pack of chicken breast or chicken thighs (boneless and skinless)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1/4 tablespoon fresh chives
1/4 tablespoon thyme
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tablespoon chives

Directions
Melt the butter in a large pan, I like to use a dutch oven.

Add the chicken and sprinkle half of the salt, garlic powder and pepper.

Brown the chicken on one side for 4-5 minutes until golden brown.

Sprinkle the salt, garlic powder and pepper on the second side and cook until golden brown for 4-5 minutes.

Add the fresh rosemary, chives and thyme to the chicken and allow it to cook for another 30-40 minutes. Take and cut a piece towards the outside of the pan in the center to ensure it is fully cooked.

Sprinkle the chicken with the Parmesan cheese and the remaining chives.

Serve with some delicious vegetable sides.

Cooking 101: Slow Cooker Herb Chicken Soup

Welcome to Cooking 101 series. I am going to introduce you to simple recipes that anyone can perfect and add their own touch to.Slow Cooker Herb Chicken

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, coconut oil, butter or bacon grease 9I prefer to use anything but olive oil in this recipe because the reason we use certain oils is to get the health benefit, olive oil’s heath benefits degrade in high heats)
1 onion,finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
4 stalks celery, chopped
3/4 teaspoon fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon fresh oregano
3/4 teaspoon fresh tarragon
3/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
2 quarts  chicken stock
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 lbs)
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon salt
3/4 teaspoon flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon mint, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped

Directions
Place the rosemary, oregano, tarragon and thyme in a cheese cloth or any other safe cloth and tie with food-safe string.

Place all of the ingredients but the last three in the slow cooker and set to low and for six hours.

After the six hours, remove the cheese cloth with the herbs and add the two fresh herbs. Using two forks, tear apart the chicken and serve.

TIP: Use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand, if you don’t have any use dry herbs and leave them in, no need to fish them out. Just use 1/2 as much dry herbs because they are very strong.

What if you don’t have any? Then leave it all out, I have made this soup without any herbs and let me tell you, it is amazing! Cooking is about improvising and learning to use what you have. I have a herb garden so I love to grow my own organic herbs and use them in everything!!

I love to add additional veggies that are sitting around the house, one of my favorites is mushrooms. You can add any of the following: jicima, peas, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes or anything else your heart wishes or your fridge is filled with.

Low-Carb Tiramisu ala Harini

What makes my Tiramisu so amazing? It is drenched and I do mean drenched in liquor! This is really not something I would recommend that you serve to your children. Well, you could if you want them to sleep soundly through the night but it isn’t really something I recommend.Tiramisu

Ingredients
1/2 cup coffee liquor (I really enjoy the Starbucks liquor or you can make your own and the recipe can be found here)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar substitute
8 ounce package of mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons Vanilla liquor (Godiva white liquor is perfect), try to find one without sugar added
3/4 cup  heavy cream
20-24  low-carb crepes
8 tablespoons of sugar-free chocolate curls
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions
Combine together the coffee liquor, vanilla extract and a tablespoon of the sugar substitute in a bowl that is wide enough to allow the crepes to be immersed in the liquid. Mix the ingredients together.

Beat the egg yolks and 3 tablespoons of sugar over a double broiler set to low. Create a double broiler by placing a heat-resistant bowl over a pan filled half way with simmering water.  Beat the mixture for 5-10 minutes until the mixture has tripled in size. This can be done by setting the hand-mixer to medium.

Slowly, fold in the mascarpone cheese and the vanilla liquor. Using the hand mixer, start slowly and increase the speed until the mixture is fluffy and light. Allow the mixture to cool fully.

Beat the heavy cream until you have stiff peaks. Then mix the cream into the mascarpone mixture by only incorporating in 1/3 of the whipped cream at a time.

Dip the bottom of the crepes into the coffee liquor mixture and place them neatly at the bottom of a 9√ó9 baking dish. Cover the bottom of the dish with the crepes.

Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the folded crepes and spread so it creates an even layer.

Sprinkle half of the dark chocolate curls over the mascarpone layer.

Repeat the step with folded crepes. Pour the remaining liquor mixture onto the crepes, you never want to waste such deliciousness.

Spoon the remaining mascarpone mixture and even out. Dust with the cocoa powder and add the chocolate curls.

Refrigerate overnight to allow it to set and serve.

Spiced Pear Cupcake with Cinnamon Honey Buttercream

My friends over at Sticky Fingers Sweets and Treats provided this recipe and I am in love!
Yield 2 dozen cupcakes
Cupcake Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups (3 large ripe pears), finely diced
Cupcake Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line two muffin tins with paper liners.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt and set aside.
 Beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until pale and fluffy (should be about 5 minutes)  then add in eggs and vanilla, beat until combined.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in the pears.¬† Don’t panic if the batter looks broken!¬† Add the dry mixture until it is almost all combined then turn off mixer and finish mixing by hand. Be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.Spiced Pear Cupcake with Cinnamon Honey Buttercream
Fill your cups about 2/3 full (the tops of the cupcakes will be flat and if overfilled they don’t look as nice.)¬† Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden brown and they spring back when lightly touched.¬† Allow the cupcakes to cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
Frosting Ingredients
2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup of honey
teaspoon of cinnamon
6 cups powdered sugar
Frosting Directions
Whip e butter until soft and translucent and add the honey.
Beat in the powdered sugar and cinnamon until its stiff but not solid.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag and pipe onto your cooled cupcakes.