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Tilapia, Gourmet Potatoes, & Garlic Risotto with a side of bad back

My dearest lovely readers. I realize I’ve been somewhat absent here and in my online communities the past week, except for the occasional photo post of my refrigerator contents or the facebooking references to the contest I’m in (Vote HERE and “like” me on FB here) or the random tweets (follow me here). Alas, my life has been hectic chaos lately.

By hectic, I mean sinus infections and migraines and just when I thought I was getting better, I pulled a muscle in my back that knocked me flat.

By chaos, I mean my husband has taken over most of my motherly-duties and my meds were making me loopy. Which basically meant that he did things like put the opened organic cranberry juice in the cabinet, but I no longer cared.

By loopy, I mean loopier than my normal typical self.

Alas. Bear with me here.

This is what I’ve been up to. When I wasn’t laying in flat-out agony, I mean. I pulled this meal together a few nights ago. It was quick, easy, and simple enough I could manage it right now. I’ve never loved to eat fish, but this stuff was incredible.

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Yummy huh? Yes. It was.

Tilapia, gourmet potatoes, and risotto. With that side of bad back.

This was very easy. Even injured.

No, I don’t whine and complain much. Why do you ask?

I used a 28 oz package of Tasteful Selections potatoes and quartered them. I placed them in a skillet and added just enough water to not quite cover them and brought it to a boil and let cook uncovered. These are my favorite potatoes…I use the Sunrise Medley the most, and their fingerlings are wonderful as well. Delicious little things. Trust me.

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I let the water boil almost entirely out. Then I added a teaspoon of kosher salt, a teaspoon of crushed black pepper, and two tablespoons of butter. I let them slightly sauté until the outside started to crisp.

Meanwhile, I prepped the garlic risotto. It was a GF box mix from Lundberg, shown here. I followed the directions on the box. Honest! Rare for me, I know.

Then. For the fish I used a recipe from a friend and made a few tweaks (I had tilapia on hand, instead of his flounder) and fried it in a heavy cast iron skillet. His original recipe is here. I basically dredged the filets in butter and then in the seasoning mix, and fried them. Click the link, check it out, and go try it!

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Enjoy!

PS. Best things about cooking with a back that is a mess? I finally have a valid excuse for not being able to load the dishwashers.

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Review: Erewhon Gluten Free Cereals

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Recently, I was contacted about reviewing some Erewhon gluten free cereals for my blog. I was quite excited about the prospect. Not only is it difficult to find a wide variety of good gluten-free dry cereals, but also because most cereals are high in sugar.

When the package arrived from Attune Foods containing three Erewhon organic gluten-free cereals, I was thrilled before I even poured the cereals into bowls for breakfast the next morning.

Here is why: No GMOs, certified gluten-free, and the ingredient lists were all very short, natural, and organic. For instance, the Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free Cereal had this ingredient list: Organic brown rice, Organic brown rice syrup, Sea salt.

That is it. Simple. What’s not to love? There is also less than 1g of sugar in 1 cup of cereal. See why I was enamored with it so very early on?

My family and I tried the Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free Cereal, Rice Twice, and Strawberry Crisp. Rave reviews for all of them, which surprised me – my kids tend to be opinionated little foodies and pretty clear when it comes to what they like and what they do not like.

Side note: this direct honesty trait of theirs is marvelously helpful when writing a blog – hearing, “Mom, this recipe of yours kind of tastes like rotten eggs, I don’t think you should post it” or “Why did you ruin the broccoli?” keeps a girl humble. They are my loudest critics…and my biggest fans.

My kids’ favorite cereal hands-down was the Rice Twice. It has a kid-cereal taste to it, without all the added junk. It consists of rice crisps and puffs, and has a very distinct taste to it. It was their favorite, and I have requests to stock up on it next time I get to Whole Foods. My favorite was the kids’ next favorite, Strawberry Crisp. Consisting of flakes made from corn and rice along with some freeze dried strawberries, this cereal was sweet and tasty. This stuff is incredible! The final cereal was the Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free Cereal, which we all also enjoyed as a cereal. Plus, I used this cereal to make crispy rice treats with marshmallow and butter, cutting them into petite circles. They disappeared very quickly. I also used 2 cups of the cereal to create this delicious pork chop recipe.

All in all, Erewhon is our new favorite brand for cereals. I highly recommend that you try them! A big thank you to Annelies at Attune Foods for sending me the cereals to sample and review.