Green Kitchen App Review

13 May

I still have one more recipe that I plan to post from the Green Kitchen app but I figured that I could give you the low down on the app anyways. To be honest, I have had this app for a few months before I decided to post a review of it. I wasn’t thrilled with the app at first, but I kept finding myself looking through it because the recipes sounded so good. I was drawn to it because everything was so healthy and they used a lot of lentils, which was something that I have been trying to eat more of. So I took the plunge and decided to make a week’s worth of recipes.

Overall, I thought the recipes were great. Everything was light and delicious, even the heartier meals. I loved that I got to try new foods like beluga lentils. Like any cookbook, there were recipes that were not as appealing, but overall I think it was worth the money.

The top reason why I liked the app:

  • The food is delicious and healthy. None of the recipes called for a lot of oil or cheese, instead using great spices to flavor dishes.
  • The meals are reasonably fast to prepare. If you’re looking for healthy and quick meals that won’t break the bank, this app will not disappoint. Unlike most vegetarian recipes, these do not require ingredients that are hard to find or at least hard to substitute.
  • They update the app with new recipes. I don’t know exactly how often they update, but I’ve had at least two updates since purchasing the app. Unfortunately I can’t tell which recipes are new because of how the app is designed.
  • Aesthetically it’s a beautifully designed app. I know that’s a silly reason to like it but just so pretty that I loved using it.

A few things that I didn’t like about the app:

  • Despite being beautiful, the recipe index page is difficult to use. Since the index page only has pictures of the recipes and no names, it can be hard to find a recipe if you don’t remember what it looks like.
  • The directions can be a little hard to follow. I feel confident that I’m able to follow a recipe pretty easily, but there were times where I had to reread the directions. I think the directions could be written a little more clearly.

You can purchase the Green Kitchen app at the iTunes Store.

Beluga Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

10 May

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I would buy the Green Kitchen app just for this recipe. It was mind-blowing. I didn’t have cardamom which made me a little nervous that the meal would be lacking flavor. To make up for the missing cardamom, I decided to add cinnamon and nutmeg. The result was so good that I may never try it with the cardamom.

This was a really hearty meal. I could definitely see this recipe becoming a fall/winter favorite. Despite being so hearty, it was still really light and didn’t leave me feeling really full.

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Keep your eyes out for my review of the app on Monday!

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Beluga Lentils

9 May

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via Green Kitchen app

This meal was the first time that I’ve had spaghetti squash and it definitely won’t be the last. It is a great alternative to pasta which can be so heavy. Michael didn’t love the squash but he said that it wasn’t horrible because of the pesto. I decided that I would use my pesto instead of the parsley pesto that the original recipe called for.

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The one part of the meal that was surprisingly good were the lentils. I had never had beluga lentils before but they are really good. They are a bit firmer and a little stronger in flavor than other lentils. However, I felt they added a nice flavor and texture to what could have been an otherwise boring meal.

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Green Lentil & Yellow Beet Salad

7 May

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I’m still here! Blogging and cooking have taken a back seat since we came home from Colorado. A combination of life and illnesses left me with zero motivation to do much of anything. But that’s all changing now! I felt awful after eating comfort food and take-out, so I decided that we’re spring cleaning ourselves around here.

Feeling uninspired, I decided to try different recipes from the Green Kitchen app all week. Last night we had this Green Lentil & Yellow Beet Salad. It was OK. Definitely not the most delicious meal I’ve eaten but it was really healthy and I didn’t feel like there was a 50 pound weight in my stomach. Once my motivation returns I’ll figure out a way to make a much more delicious version.

Unfortunately I can’t post the ingredients and directions, but my plan is to give you my opinion on the app and whether of not I felt it was worth the money. See, there is a method to my madness!

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Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews

25 Apr

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We made it back to Chicago! Isn’t it awful when you get home and there is no food in the house? That’s how these little bits of deliciousness came to be. I had chocolate left over from the Thin Mints and wanted to use it up. So I popped open the bag of cashews, tempered the chocolate, dumped the cashews in and voila chocolate covered cashews!

I didn’t make a lot of these, so you may have to adjust the amounts of ingredients based on how many you want to make.

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Ingredients:
1 bar of dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1/4 cup raw cashews

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Break half the chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 second and stir. Continue to microwave for 20 second increments and stir until the chocolate is melted. Add the rest of the chocolate and stir to melt. Microwave in 20 second increments, if necessary.
  3. Drop the cashews a handful at a time into the chocolate. Cover with the chocolate.
  4. Place the chocolate covered cashews onto the baking sheet. Once all the cashews are covered in chocolate, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened

As always, enjoy!

A Spring Snowstorm

18 Apr

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Greetings from snowy Colorado! In addition to seriously icky weather, Michael contracted some sort of exotic illness while in Brazil which has kept us indoors since Friday. The combination of a sick husband and a fear of driving down the slick mountain roads myself has left me with eggs, toast, carrots and hummus. Michael’s diet of saltines and broth doesn’t really make for a really great post either!

Just to give you an idea about how our trip has been playing out, this is a picture of what it looked like when we arrived:

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Here is what it looked like after the first day of snow:

Day 1

Here is what it looks like after the storm passed:

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Meet our friendly neighborhood fox. Her name is Felie. We originally named her Felix, but then I discovered she was a girl so we changed it to Felie. I love her and I’m fairly certain she loves us. She also has a little baby fox named Marley, who is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of Marley. We chose Marley because we don’t know whether it’s a male or female.

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This beautiful bird paid us a visit just before the storm.

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Native Foods Restaurant Review

15 Apr

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We’re vacationing in Colorado this week, so I’m not planning on doing much cooking. I love trying local restaurants and if we can make it out this snow then I will do just that! While Native Foods isn’t really a “local” restaurant since there is one in Chicago it is worth the visit. There was one located close to my old office and it quickly became one of my favorite lunch places. I didn’t go there too often because it is a bit on the pricy side for lunch, but totally within the price range for dinner. The Twister Wrap with crispy tempeh is the first thing I ever had and is still my favorite. I also tried the Yo Amigo Taco Salad which is equally amazing.

If there is a Native Foods in your area, I highly recommend checking it out!