Slow Cooker Massaman Beef Curry

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We got rid of our cable package. We now just have basic cable. At first I thought this would really annoy me, but I’m beginning to realize how little TV I actually watch. I don’t really have a show anymore that I love and I watch a lot more on YouTube than I used to, so I’m actually okay with this change.

Plus, it leaves more time for baking at night which I’m fine with. I’ve made the same cookie recipe 3 times this week trying to perfect it. Anthony isn’t too upset that, but I think he’s sad that he isn’t getting ESPN. I can’t blame him!

I have been LOVING crock pot meals lately. I don’t know why. I mean it has been SO freaking hot and I dread turning on the oven so that may be part of it.

I’ve been making old favorites like pulled pork and carnitas, but I’ve also been trying new things! And this was definitely a hit. Anthony really likes curry meals, so sometimes I’ll throw him a bone and make it for him. But I really liked this too, so we’d definitely make it again. I served it over brown rice to soak up the extra liquid!


Slow Cooker Massaman Beef Curry

Yields – 8 servings

Prep time – 15 minutes

Cook time – 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 3 medium russet potatoes (about 1 pound) peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ¼ cup Massaman curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In your slow cooker combine everything except the flour. Make sure that your bay leaf and cinnamon are submerged in the liquid.
  2. Cook on low for 7 1/2 hours then add your flour and stir.
  3. Cook for another 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the bay leaf and cinnamon. Serve!

Recipe adapted from Simply Whisked.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (Dairy Free)

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I pulled out my back. I have no idea what I did to it, but it seriously hurts. I have never had a hurt back before so this is a new one for me and it is not at all fun.

I can’t move. I’m sitting in my chair with a heating pad on my back like seriously cannot move. Which isn’t good because my job involves a lot of sitting on the floor, dancing and singing songs with little kids. I’m not sure how this is going to work at all.

Any advice for dealing with a hurt back? I’ve tried Aleve and Bengay and they just aren’t cutting it. Basically I want to sit still with a heating pad all day.

Plus it’s like 9000 degrees outside. Literally. And so humid. So I can’t cook and I made no bake cookies. I’ve been craving no bake cookies for awhile, but since I’m not eating butter I didn’t think actually having them would be possible. Since I felt awful all weekend I finally gave in and looked up recipes for these cookies. I needed something to pick me up! Clearly I’m cranky over here.

These definitely curbed my craving and put a smile on my face again. Plus, this recipe is easy enough for my husband to make me when I can’t move.


No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies (Dairy Free)

Yields – 16 cookies

Prep time – 5 minutes

Cook time – 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup dairy free butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup oatmeal

Directions

  1. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and the sugar together over medium heat.
  2. Once the butter is melted add the almond milk and stir.
  3. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in the peanut butter.
  5. Once the peanut butter is mixed in add the oats and stir.
  6. Drop the mixture into 1 inch balls on a piece of parchment paper.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool and harden.

Recipe adapted from 5dollardinners.com.

Blackened Tilapia

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I went to vote in the primaries here last night and it was amazing. I’ve never voted in a primary before, but this one I thought it was important that I go. There is just something about voting that makes me feel so emotional. I don’t know why, but driving home I just had so many feels. It’s nice to live in a country where we can choose our leaders, even if they aren’t the leaders we’d necessarily choose on our own. It’s just nice that I have a say in who runs my country. It makes me feel blessed. Continue reading →