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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 12/18/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 18, 2014, one comment

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

thursdaysWHOA.  Hold the phone.  Next Thursday is Christmas?! Uhm.  I don’t know if I am prepared.  I have been trying to get into the Christmas spirit just a bit more in the past week…IMG_20141212_184830Random pictures by the Christmas tree…

CHRISTMAS SOCKS.  Because Handknit is always better. IMG_20141214_075745 IMG_20141205_104236Cozy-ing up by the “fireplace” (Yeah – did you know there is a Netlflix channel that plays a fireplace?!) IMG_20141211_173039And.  Really just… Because Christmas.  

IMG_20141214_090145I guess I can really believe it is near Christmas.  This weekend Nathan and I went on a Costco / Target / Whole foods run and were overwhelmed by shoppers.  Neither of us are super big crazy present people, so – for real – we just thought most of those people looked ridiculous.  We did stock up on some awesome goodies, including enough bread to keep us full for a while :) IMG_20141213_173621(The large loafs at Costco are half the price of the small loafs here in town!) 

I also picked up some gluten free ramen – which I am mega excited to try! IMG_20141213_175246If you want to see our entire haul…here’s a video!

 

 

 

 

I can say that we were glad to get home and away from the crazys.  And, I think Indy was glad we were home as well. IMG_20141213_170732

I hope everyone is doing well.  I’ll see you next week! :) 

Hey…Speaking of next week…If you are struggling with what to cook for Christmas you can check out some of my recipe roundups!

Vegan Gluten Free Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas and Vegan Gluten Free Christmas Breakfast Ideas

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What I Ate Wednesday : 12/17/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 17, 2014, 2 comments

These eats were taken on… uhm?  Wednesday?  of last week… I think.  The days are all running together…

Breakfast: IMG_20141211_071918Soy yogurt with coconut, coconut sugar, banana, pecans, vanilla extract and cinnamon

Lunch…Uhm.  There was not a picture. It was taco soup.  Only with tomato sauce instead of tomato juice.  Because sometimes you just can’t be bothered to go to the store…

After work snack: IMG_20141215_093422Hummus.  And chips.  And.  Uh.  I may have eaten the entire thing of hummus.  I got bored.  And there may have been wine involved.  Oy. 

Dinner: Well, after the hummus [and wine]…Nathan told me he wanted me to cut his hair.  I’ve been cutting it for about 5 years, but always with a razor and guards.  We decided to try using scissors.  Scary, right?  (Especially after the above mentioned wine).  It actually turned out REALLY WELL.  Afterwards we went to dinner at a new place in town and I got a delicious lentil burger.  We went just a tad late, though – late enough that they were ID’ing when we came in the restaurant.  It was loud.  We may be getting old.  Oy.  

So.  That was my poor attempt at food.  #IWillTryHarder.

…If you are struggling with what to cook for Christmas you can check out some of my recipe roundups!

Vegan Gluten Free Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas and Vegan Gluten Free Christmas Breakfast Ideas

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Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot (So Easy!)

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 16, 2014, no comments

I’ll admit it.  I do love baked potatoes.  But here’s the problem.  Cooking them was always way too difficult.  OKAY.  Not difficult.  Just annoying.

First, you could bake them in the oven for agessssssssss, which always ended me with either – raw potatoes – or – burnt to a crisp because I swear they were raw 3 minutes ago potatoes.  

Then..there was the option of microwaving.  Which also left me with half baked potatoes.  And…multiple times I stabbed myself trying to prick the potatoes with a fork.  

Geez.  I sound mega whiny.  Yeah.  None of those are really problems…but the truth is – I can totally cook them in my Instant Pot WAY easier.  I mean …It’s freakin SIMPLE.  …And the potatoes – totally perfect, every single time! Baked Potatoes in the Instant PotI even made you a video.  :)   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Super easy, right?! Here are the directions written out as well…

Baked Potatoes in the Instant Pot
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Ingredients
  1. Potatoes - however much you want (max of 5 pounds). You can peel them or chop them if desired. They need to all be roughly the same size.
Instructions
  1. Insert the steamer rack into the instant pot (see how in the video)
  2. Add about 1 cup of water into the instant pot
  3. Add potatoes
  4. Close lid and turn the sealing vent to "sealed"
  5. Click the "manual" button and reduce the time to 10 minutes
  6. Once cooking completes let the pressure valve release naturally (about 20 minutes)
  7. Open the lid and eat the potatoes :)
Notes
  1. P.S. - pretty sure you could do the exact same thing with sweet potatoes :)
  2. P.P.S. - These potatoes are super soft - I think they're perfect :) If you prefer a crispy skin, you could bake them for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees after you finish cooking them in the instant pot.
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 12/11/2014 – November Favorites

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 11, 2014, 2 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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If you read my What I Ate Wednesday post yesterday you know that I’m struggling in the whole “where did the hours of the day go” type of thing.  I was sick all last week / all weekend, and . . . suddenly . . . this week is half way over and I’m pretty certain it was just Friday of last week.  

Uhm.  All of this is just really an excuse for “I don’t have many thoughts or pictures for Thursday” … so how about a video?!

Here are some of my November favorites! I hope you enjoy!

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What I Ate Wednesday : 12/10/2014 – Breakfast Special

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 10, 2014, 13 comments

Guys. I’m struggling this week.  I can’t seem to get in a groove.  I just looked up and it’s the end of the day on Tuesday, and I haven’t taken a single food picture since last week.  Yesterday I didn’t eat lunch until after 2pm.  #ThereAreNotEnoughHoursInTheDay

So…since I’m failing as a food photographer (eek, if you could even call my Wednesday food pictures “photography”), I thought I would, instead, write to you about my favorite meal – BREAKFAST.  

If you didn’t catch it, I did a big round up for Christmas Breakfast Ideas on the blog yesterday.  Because everyone needs special Christmas food, right?! :) Christmas Breakfast Recipe Roundup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

You guys know I’m no stranger to busting out a huge, multiple course breakfast: breakfastNutcracker teaTofu scramble, vegan cheese sauce, waffles and yogurt with strawberries

But most mornings this SERIOUSLY doesn’t happen.  I usually hit up something little, filling, delicious, and…of course…FAST.  Here are some of my favorites!

Rice crackers and peanut butter < This is my always-in-the-pantry fall back breakfast! Capture

Waffles and peanut butter or with yogurt and cinnamon < sometimes I make my own waffles using this recipe: wafflesbut when I can find them, I also buy these waffles in huge batches so that I can have a freezer stash 

Gluten free toast (or Udi’s toast or Udi’s bagels) and peanut butter…or toast with hummus and tomatoes, or yogurt cheese

IMG_20141113_072401Soy Yogurt with fruit and/or nutsHomemade Yogurt Topping IdeasLeftovers.  Of anything.  Especially Mexican Potato Soup.  I worked rotating shift work for 4 years / am married to a guy who worked third shift for 9 years.  Breakfast has often, for us, been any type of food. Rice and beans? Yes.  Burritos?  Yes.  Soup.  Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  

Mexican Baked Potato Soup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

 And…of course…there is always tea.  :) 

Those are some of my breakfasts that are on the regular rotation.  What is on yours?  Did I miss any favorites?   

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Christmas Breakfast Recipe Roundup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 9, 2014, one comment

It is seriously no secret that I am completely in love with breakfast.  In our family it’s tradition to have a huge breakfast Christmas morning.  I think – honestly – it was just my Mother’s way of keeping us busy for just a bit longer before we tore into presents.  If you eat an alternative diet or follow a different-than-mainstream lifestyle the holidays can be confusing and hard to navigate – so – for you breakfast folks out there – here are some awesome vegan and gluten free breakfast suggestions for your Christmas morning.  Christmas Breakfast Recipe Roundup [Vegan/Gluten Free]

More of a lunch or dinner Christmas day feast type of family?  Check out my Thanksgiving recipe round up of 2013, our Thanksgiving menu of 2013 as well as my 2014 round up and 2014 menu! 

I hope everyone has a FABULOUS Christmas! 

Breakfast Ideas: 

Post Punk Kitchen’s Tofu Scramble

Cracker Barrel Style Hashbrown Casserole 

Roasted diced potatoes (dice potatoes, toss with olive oil and garlic powder, roast at 450 until golden brown)

Bread-Machine Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Bread-Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Soy Yogurt (Which you could pair with fruit, cinnamon, anything!) …or…top it with Grain Free Granola Clusters!

Soy Yogurt Cheese (for your bread!) (you could sweeten it a bit and add some cinnamon for a delicious cream cheese) (or you could add garlic powder and chives for an excellent savory soft cheese – which goes amazingly well with the tofu scramble!)

Minimalist Baker’s Blue Cornmeal Waffles (they work awesome with any cornmeal!) (they’re also oat free!)

A huge bowl of fruit salad (dice fruit, squeeze orange juice on top!) 

Banana Pecan Muffins

Sweet peanut butter coconut rice

Lemon Poppyseed Date Balls

Cut out Christmas Cookies < I mean…opps…

Did I miss any of your favorites?  What is your family’s Christmas food traditions? 

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 12/4/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 4, 2014, 4 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Oh.My.Goodness.It.Is.DECEMBER.  I am actually zero percent sure what happened to November.  It was Halloween last weekend, right?! 

It probably doesn’t help that I spent most of the month in airports.  And airplanes.  And cars.  And ALLofTheTimezones.  I’m finally BACK though.  And completely content on staying at home forever a while. 

I think Indy is also glad we’re home, since he has taken quite nicely to laying on our jackets as soon as we put them down – you know – to ensure we don’t go anywhere. indyI can say, that looks pretty darn comfortable.  I’d like to take a nap like that…

Don’t worry ..he’s just resting up to attack his arch enemy – IMG_20141128_140954The. Christmas. Tree.  He doesn’t attack it…per-say… (at least we hope he doesn’t start that this year) – he just likes to stare at it.  And, occasionally, eat it.  Oh.  And act really really scared of it.  

I put the tree up on Friday, and it was feeling quite Christmas-y, because we had a big snow storm on Thanksgiving day, and it was feeling quite “Christmas-y”

IMG_20141118_060314But, by Monday, the weather had changed its mind. 

IMG_20141201_145828#NowILookLikeThatCrazyPersonWithMyTreeUpInWarmWeather

At least it makes this afternoon in Long Beach last week feel a little less far away…IMG_20141123_144524Because knitting Christmas socks should at least sometimes happen with iced coffee and sunshine.  

But…really…I’m ready for more snow.  Even if it means this. IMG_20141120_184500…It also means I get to do this…IMG_20141130_010644Skiing = totally ready. 

And eat these:IMG_20141120_191709

I even knitted a new toboggan for the occasion ;) 

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Oh! And made some earrings for the Etsy shopIMG_20141126_191202

Hello December.  Let’s do Winter.  :)

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What I Ate Wednesday : 12/3/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 3, 2014, 4 comments

I had full intentions of taking some “Thanksgiving Day” food pictures for you.  But..that didn’t happen.  Best laid plans, right?  That’s what WIAW posts all seem to be ..”best laid plans”.  The weekend after Thanksgiving I spent mainly sleeping.  So my eating habits were a bit off.  But – then – work had to happen again.  So, eating has returned to normal :) 

Breakfast – IMG_20141105_071553Waffle with peanut butter.  And..some airborne on the side.  I was trying to kick a cold.  It (as of today) hasn’t been kicked yet.  Oy.  

Tea: IMG_20140915_181438I knew I’d need some tea throughout the day for my throat, but I didn’t want to go with anything spicy.  Caramel Apple Dream for the win.  

Lunch: Spinach & Mushroom Ragu Lasagna [Vegan/Gluten Free]Geez.  I am SUCH a photo recycle-r.  Spinach and mushroom ragu lasagna.  A huge huge huge plate of it.  Lasagna wards off colds, right?!

Dinner:20140406_161012ice creamOkay.  So yes.  There was a whole pan of lasagna in the fridge.  But.  3 dollar night at Menchie’s.  And…you can’t have Menchie’s without Chipolte.  I had a veggie bowl and chips.  Then..yep..some Menchie’s.  I am so so so so so thankful that Menchie’s carries dairy free ice cream! Chipolte+Minchie’s=my loves. 

I have a total confession.  All of the pictures are recycled.  Oy.  Perhaps the cold is getting to my head.  More unique ideas coming, I promise. See you guys tomorrow!

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Yarn Dying With Kool-Aid Tutorial

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on December 2, 2014, no comments

Okay.  I LOVE food.  But…I’m going to be the first one to admit it right now – I’m a tiny bit over food right now – I mean.  It was  JUST Thanksgiving.  

Instead, I thought I’d show you how to dye yarn with Kool-Aid.  < WHAAT?! Yes..It is SO easy! Plus, it’s December – which means it’s crafting time :) < Oh geez.  Have you not started your DIY Christmas presents yet?! Eeekk..I’d be in total panic mode! 

Okay.  dying yarn with Kool-Aid is super easy.  I’ll outline the steps really quickly, but then – of course – I’m going to show you a video on how to do it as well :) Yarn Dying With Kool-Aid Tutorial

  1. Buy yarn.  It needs to be a light color – or – undyed.  It also needs to be 100% wool.  < Or, mostly wool.  If you use a yarn that is partially wool and partially something else, only the wool will accept the dye (which can be cool as well!)
  2. Wrap the yarn into skeins (if it isn’t already)
  3. Soak the yarn in warm water for at least 10 minutes
  4. Add the koolaid to a mason jar or a large pot (if using more yarn) and fill half full with boiling water
  5. Add the yarn to the jar and swirl around 
  6. Leave until the yarn has soaked the color up and the water is clear again
  7. Gently remove the yarn from the jar or pot and carefully rinse with room temperature water
  8. Hang to dry 
  9. Knit or Crochet something awesome :) Yarn Dying With Kool-Aid Tutorial

Colors above (Left to right, top row first): 1 – 1 package grape, 2 – 1 package lemon-lime, 3 – 1 package mixed berry, 4 – 1 package pink lemonade, 4 – 1 package cherry (left to right bottom row): 1 – 1 package lemonade, 2 – 2 packages ocean spray blueberry pomegranate, 3 – 1/2 teaspoon mixed berry, 1+1/2 teaspoon lemonade, 4 – 1//2 teaspoon mixed berry, 1/4 teaspoon black cherry, 5 – 1 packet lemon, 1/4 teaspoon black cherry, 1 packet orange

:) There are a lot of other techniques you can do to make the yarn variegated or different colors throughout.  It was super fun and so easy to dye! Below is a video with much more details…

I’d love to hear about it if you try your hand at dying the yarn!!

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 11/27/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 27, 2014, 2 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Hey! Hey! HEY! Happy Thanksgiving!! And…to those of you not in the US…HAPPY THANKSGIVING ANYWAYS.  

Uh.  If you read yesterday’s post you know I’m a big punchy.  Just wanted to drop in and say HEY!  …and … I hope you have a fantabulous Thanksgiving…and I’ll see you next week for some actual coherent thoughts! 20141124_153628

…I’ll leave you with the Sunset from the flight that I thought would never end yesterday.  

See you guys next week! :)

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