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Monday, May 25, 2015

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Lentils

Lentils and chicken are slow cooked with green salsa and black beans to make a creamy one pot dinner. Top it with cheddar, sour cream, cilantro and crunched up tortilla chips for the ultimate Mexican meal.
Lentils and chicken are slow cooked with green salsa and black beans to make a creamy one pot dinner. Top it with cheddar, sour cream, cilantro and crunched up tortilla chips for the ultimate Mexican meal
Love the flavors of salsa verde? Me too! I wanted to mix things up a bit and try lentils in a Mexican-style meal instead of Indian food or other traditional ways of cooking lentils. And it was a super awesome choice! I loved the way the lentils came out almost creamy-like. The chicken was so tender and moist.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Why do M&Ms from the big bags taste so much better than the M&Ms from the small bags? (+video)

My friend Rachel and I have a theory. We truly believe that there is a significant difference in the taste and quality of M&Ms that are from the small individual serving bags (and fun size bags) versus the M&Ms in the large shareable bags.  We believe that the large bags of M&Ms taste better. We've talked about it several times (we have a great relationship where we can talk about the truly important things in life) and I didn't know if it was really true or if it was just psychological. Like maybe the big bags of M&Ms taste better because there's more in them and I don't feel as bad eating them because I don't actually know how much I've eaten. Whereas when you eat the individual servings bags you know exactly how much you've eaten and feel bad that you've downed 230 calories in, oh, 9.8 seconds flat. 
Why do M&Ms from the big bags taste so much better than the M&Ms from the small bags?
I decided that I needed to set up an experiment. I needed to find out for sure if the big bags of M&Ms actually taste better. So I did what any normal person would do and headed to the store. I bought one (12.6 oz) large bag of M&Ms and five (1.69 oz) small bags of M&Ms.  I took out two cereal bowls and labeled one #1 and the other #2. Then I had my daughter pour an even amount of M&Ms from the small bags and the large bag into each bowl. She then wrote down which bowl had the small bag M&MS and which bowl had the large bag M&Ms. She then hid the paper so I wouldn't know which M&Ms were in which bowl.  I wanted to be in no way influenced and I wanted to do a double blind study (hello college statistics FINALLY coming into play in real life).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Best 100 Smoothie Recipes for Kids (+giveaway)

Hi!
Just popping in on a boring Tuesday to tell you about something fun and exciting! Deborah Harroun (a personal friend of mine) of Taste and Tell has a really awesome smoothie cookbook that came out TODAY (and I'm giving one away)!
best 100 smoothie recipes for kids cookbook

Monday, May 18, 2015

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry

If you love ordering curry at restaurants you're going to be so happy that you can make this awesome slow cooker version at home! It is seriously so good. I couldn't be happier with the results of this recipe. It's full of flavor and it has the right consistency. It doesn't have weird, hard to find ingredients in it. Try this coconut chicken curry for dinner tonight!

Easy slow cooker recipe for coconut chicken curry--restaurant quality!

Sometimes recipes turn out great on the first try and this was one of those! I just had the leftovers for lunch and the curry was even better the second day. I love all the awesome flavors involved in this dish--thai curry paste, ginger, lime and creamy coconut milk.