The Rising Spoon

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chicken Nachos with Mango Avocado Salsa

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. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DIY Beard Balm


My squash and sweet potato hating boyfriend (as he's fondly known here on the blog) took it upon himself to grow a beard about four months ago. As soon as I noticed his facial hair growing out, I started making plans for DIY beard balms and beard oils. 

The last time he grew his beard out was last summer when we were traveling overseas. It made such an impression on his parents that they bought him a beard grooming kit for Christmas. However, when he arrived in town for the holiday, they found that he'd shaved his beard off! Whoopsies! 

Well, about a month later he decided to re-grow it. Finicky, right? This time around I made him promise to not shave it off so I could fix a homemade beard balm recipe for him to try.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fragrant Boiled Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

Fragrant Boiled Artichokes with Lemon Butter Dipping Sauce

Can you remember the first time you ate a freshly cooked whole artichoke? Most people can! It's an unforgettable experience, probably due to the artichoke's unique appearance and the method used to eat it. 

How could you forget plucking the leaves off piece by piece, dipping them in butter or mayonnaise, then scraping off the tender meat between your teeth?

I was introduced to artichokes at age 12 or 13 while visiting a friend. We skipped into the kitchen one spring afternoon for a snack and found her mom boiling artichokes. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beef Lettuce Wraps

Beef Lettuce Wraps | therisingspoon.com

Looking for an easy grain-free dinner recipe that you can make on the fly? Try lettuce wraps! It takes about 20-30 minutes to prepare the filling, then minutes to assemble the lettuce wraps with whatever lettuce you have on hand, some crunchy toppings, and extra sauce. It goes even faster when you have a helper to chop the veggies! (Yes...I know that's an ideal situation.)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas with Harissa and Garlic

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas with Harissa and Garlic

If you're looking for a crunchy and crispy snack that won't set you back 8,000 calories in one sitting (boy can I relate), roasted chickpeas are the ticket! This is one of those super easy recipes I should have made years ago, but kept putting off. 

What Motivated Me to Finally Make Roasted Chickpeas

Walking past tiny, overpriced bags of baked kale chips and roasted chickpeas at my local health food store. At some point in your real food journey, you may develop a lens that changes your grocery shopping perspective. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Moisturizing Foaming Hand Soap
I've been on a mission the past year to slowly replace my store-bought cleaning, bath, and beauty products with homemade versions made from non-toxic ingredients and essential oils. I'm thrilled to announce that I've finally ditched all the commercial hand soaps in my home and am now using my own DIY foaming hand soap recipe.  

Why the switch? Well, I wanted to avoid synthetic fragrances and unnecessary ingredients in commercial liquid hand soaps. Like, triclosan for one. Not to mention the fact that those so called "anti-bacterial" hand soaps aren't any more effective than plain soap and hot water. Don't believe me? The F.D.A. admitted it themselves in this news release.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Roasted Curry Chicken Thighs with Grass-Fed Butter

Roasted Curry Chicken Thighs with Grass-Fed Butter

If screens were scratch and sniff, then you could experience how intoxicating these roasted curry chicken thighs made my home smell when I pulled them out of the oven. Much to my dismay, this is impossible. 

So, what's the next best thing? Staring at drool-worthy food photographs on Pinterest? I wish! How about actually making the recipe at home. It takes a teensy bit of effort, but it's totally worth it.

Lucky for you (and me), this recipe is super easy. It has only a handful of ingredients and the oven does most of the work. It takes a few extra minutes to pan-fry each chicken thigh in butter, but this helps bring out the flavors in the spices. It makes a huge difference. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies


Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies | therisingspoon.com

If I said I've been eating three cookies for breakfast every morning for the past five days, would you believe me? Well, it's true! Although, these aren't your average cookies. These, my friends, are breakfast cookies! 

That means they're a little special. And even healthy. Yep. I know the word "cookie" is not usually synonymous with health and that even "healthy" is a subjective term, but give me a chance to explain.