The Rising Spoon

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Whole Chicken

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An easy slow cooker chicken recipe featuring fresh lemons, lemon pepper seasoning, and whole chicken. This is going into my weekly rotation!

Love cooking whole chicken recipes in the oven? Time to take a break and let the slow cooker work its magic. Trust me, you won't miss all the heat and babysitting required (to make sure it doesn't overcook) when you're roasting a whole chicken.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Simple Greek Salad

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Greek Salad
Is it just me or does it feel like summer arrived on scene like a sledgehammer in the middle of a tea party? Here in Dallas it would have been 100+ degrees every single day starting two months ago, but this year we've been spoiled with a mild winter, an immensely rainy spring (odd for us), and a tolerable early summer. 

Hot Hot Heat (No, Not the Band)

Now that it's in the triple digits the last thing I want to do is crank up my oven for a meal (even though I love, love, love roasting foods). So, I'm relying on my new crock-pot to slow cook a whole chicken or pork shoulder once a week that I can shred and turn into many different meals. 

For side dishes, I'm opting for cold foods like mustard potato salad, apple cider vinegar coleslaw, sauerkraut, sliced salami + raw cheese, and this Greek inspired tomato, cucumber, and red onion salad. I love that I can make (or buy) any of the above ahead of time and nosh on the leftovers at a moment's notice.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Slow Cooker Kielbasa Sausage, Potatoes & Veggies

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This is one of my new favorite slow cooker recipes with kielbasa sausage, potatoes, mixed veggies, homemade stock, and seasonings! It is super easy and totally comforting. 

Slow Cooker Kielbasa Sausage, Potatoes & Veggies

If you follow my blog's Facebook page, then you know I finally bought a new slow cooker a few months ago and am totally in love! This is after at least of year without one, since my boyfriend accidentally broke my old Rival crock pot. 

I kept it around afterward as a vessel for soaking dried beans and relied on my enameled cast-iron French Oven for stove top slow cooking, which worked just fine, but a slow cooker is so much easier. No babysitting involved since it's plugged into a wall versus leaving your stove on for hours at a time.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Mint Kombucha Mocktails

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Blueberry Mint Kombucha Mocktails
Looking for a fruity mixed drink that won't put you into a sugar coma or give you a hangover the next day? Try a kombucha mocktail! You might be wondering, how is this different than regular non alcoholic drink recipes made with fruit juices? Well, the main ingredient in this drink is kombucha. 

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha a delicious fermented tea beverage. It's bubbly, often mixed with tasty fruit juices, and filled with a ton of probiotics (similar to yogurt) that help keep your digestive system happy. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Pan-Fried Avocados

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Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Pan-Fried Avocados

Love avocados? Do you normally scoop out the pulp, slice it up, and serve the avocado all by its lonesome as a garnish or topping? Well, I'm about to rock your world!

Say hello to one of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes: pan-fried avocados! Because of its simplicity, it's more of a technique than a recipe, per say; however, I never deviate from the steps, lest I mess up this heavenly dish.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sugar Snap Peas with Onion, Garlic & Orange Zest

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Sugar Snap Peas Recipe with Onion, Garlic & Orange Zest

Looking for a quick and easy vegetable recipe to fix when you're busy? Try sugar snap peas! This springtime vegetable is slightly sweet, so it doesn't require much seasoning, although you can jazz it up with a myriad of flavorings (or keep it simple with salt and pepper). 

Even better, once they hit a hot pan, sugar snap peas only take about 5-7 minutes to cook. This makes them an excellent option when you're short on time and don't want to rely on pre-cooked canned veggies.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

DIY Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

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DIY Clay Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

See the essential oil diffuser necklace on the left in the picture above? I'm wearing that one right now as I write this! I placed a drop of Grounding essential oil blend on the front of the diffuser necklace a bit ago so I could set aside distractions and work on editing these pictures. 

Within minutes of applying the oil, it soaked into the clay and as the pendant lay against my chest, my body heat gently warmed the essential oil, causing it to diffuse into the air right below my nose. Neat right? 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chicken Nachos with Mango Avocado Salsa

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Chicken Nachos with Mango Avocado Salsa

One of my favorite quick and easy meals is baked nachos. I make them at least twice a month, and try to keep basic nacho ingredients like organic tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, and fire roasted salsa on hand for nights when I don't want to spend much time in the kitchen. 

Even better, nachos are the perfect vessel for leftover whole roasted chickenground beef, or pulled pork. So when I need to reinvent leftovers (yet again), nachos is an easy recipe that fills empty bellies and prevents food waste.