Monday Musings 12.10.18

Happy Monday! It’s the start of another busy week here in Minnesota for the fiance and I! We are doing 2 bathroom remodels and in an older home, there always seem to be complications of some sort that add more time/projects to the job. This week we are waiting on an electrician, but luckily we have other tasks to do in the meantime!

Hope you are having a fantastic Monday and use today to set yourself up well for the rest of the week!

#1 Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo

I didn’t think it was possible to love Primal Kitchen Mayo anymore than I already did but here we are, I’m head over heels! I adore the subtly spicy chipotle flavor and the kick of lime and have been especially enjoying it with tuna over salad for my lunches lately!

I know this is like probably the 100th time I have professed my love for Primal Kitchen products but I just can’t help it! I am seriously so in love with them! Instead of using junky inflammation-causing ingredients like canola oil and processed sugar, Primal Kitchen uses heart and brain healthy avocado oil! Their products are sugar free and perfect for your next Whole30 or just to reduce sugar consumption on a daily basis. I promise you won’t miss the sugar.

#2 Canned Tuna (Trader Joe’s)

I think everyone has caught on to the awesomeness that is Trader Joe’s by now, right?!? If you don’t live by one I am sincerely sad for you and hope that you can make a trip soon!

Among hundreds of other amazing products, Trader Joe’s knocks it out of the park with their prices. I love being able to find produce and canned goods at a price much lower than other grocery stores. The products are better quality too!

I have really been digging on this tuna lately because it is just so dang easy. I think I have had some for lunch everyday for the past 2 weeks. You just pop the lid off, grab some AMAZING Primal Kitchen Mayo (see above) and put it over some greens. Boom. EASY.

#3 Siete Foods Hot Sauce

I tried Siete Foods Traditional Hot Sauce for the first time this week and I am hooked. Holy moly this hot sauce is bangin’! I am not a massive hot spice fan but I do like my food to have some flavor! So I love adding hot sauce to things like ground meat, eggs or even stews.

Siete Foods is a brand I have been loving for a long time because they are truly making a difference in the options that we have on the market! I first tried their super delicious tortillas (my favorite is the Cassava Chia one) and was instantly interested in what else they had to offer! Siete Foods focuses on real, whole food ingredients that are naturally gluten and grain-free to help everyone enjoy delicious foods! They also have Almond Flour Tortillas, Cashew Flour Tortillas, Coconut and Cassava Flour Tortillas and Chickpea Tortillas!

Siete Foods also has a full range of grain-free tortilla chips that are TO.DIE.FOR! Seriously, try them, you’re going to thank the sh*t out of me 🙂 The Lime flavor is my all-time favorite. They are made with only cassava flour, avocado oil, lime and salt! Soooo easy and sooo much better for you than traditional chips!

I know, I know, I started this out saying I loved the hot sauce but I really just love all their products! Except their new cashew-based and dairy-free nacho cheese, because I haven’t tried it yet! But as soon as I get my hands on some, it’s going down!

#4 AROY-D Coconut Milk

This is legitimately the king of all coconut milks. It is hands down the best one I have ever tried.

The only ingredients are coconut cream and water and it is soooo creamy! I don’t know if it’s the ratio of coconut : water but it is so much better than any other canned version I’ve found.

I’ve found this specific brand a couple places but the most common one is at Asian markets. But I have also found it here on Amazon! Highly recommend using in your coffee (or matcha! 😉) and for all baked goods.

#5 Homemade Ghee

You would think ghee is made out of liquid gold by looking at prices in grocery stores! It is anywhere from $11-$20 for a little bottle! Insanity if you ask me. Especially when it’s so easy to make your own!

Let’s first talk about what ghee actually is. Essentially it is butter with the dairy proteins cooked out of it. This is beneficial for those who are sensitive to dairy, lactose or casein and ghee has an exceptional nutty flavor.

Ghee is also full of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that is extremely beneficial in reducing body fat, inflammation and lowering blood pressure. Yay for CLA!

I have been making my own ghee for about a year and a half now and simply love the taste I can produce! The whole process takes about 40 minutes but is well worth the time spent.

I also love being able to control the quality of ingredients that go into the ghee. I always use Kerrygold Unsalted and grass-fed butter. I t produces a fantastic deep yellow ghee that is absolutely full of vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin E!

My favorite uses for ghee are in my morning matcha, I love to use it in my cast iron skillet for sautéing because it has a higher smoke point than butter. I also prefer to use it in most all baked goods! It adds such a subtle creamy flavor and really plays well with chocolate 😏

My favorite easy recipe to follow is here but I have the process down and do it without a real recipe every time. Basically I melt down the Kerrygold butter in a saucepan over low heat until it bubbles and let it slow boil for around 30 minutes or when you start to see small brown pieces float to the bottom. At this point it is ready to be strained, I normally just use a Chemex coffee device with a filter.

Voila! Super easy and you can store ghee either in the fridge or on the counter!

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