Easy Lent Options With Kroger Easy For You Seafood – Plus Save Money!

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Lent…that time of year we all either love or hate. Whether you are giving up something like chocolate or social media, or doing something positive, like a random act of kindness each day, it’s about making a positive change for 40 days, that hopefully you can continue beyond Easter. I love this time of the year, counting down the final days of winter, swim suits in the stores, and planning those summer vacations. But if you’re like me, Lent also means no meat on Fridays. I always have flashbacks of fish sticks or fried fish sandwiches from 12 years of private school. Now those options are fast and easy, but not really good for you. Luckily Kroger’s Easy For You Seafood program, gives you fast and easy options that are also much healthier than fried processed fish.

 

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I was first introduced to Kroger’s Easy For You Seafood a few weeks ago at the new Oakley Kroger Blogger Event, you can read about that HERE. That first time I got the wild caught salmon with fresh organic herbs, lemon, garlic, and butter and it was delicious (see image above)! I knew I would be using this program again and again, making it easy for someone like me with a busy schedule to have a quick and easy healthy option for dinner.

 

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Today is the first Friday in Lent and Kroger is offering a $1 Off Easy For You Seafood, every Friday during Lent, Feb 12-Mar 25. You all know I love to save money, but what makes this even cooler is the fact that the $1 off coupon is automatically added to your plus card account (SO simple right!) and you can use this an unlimited amount of times (score!)! So if you buy 5 Easy For You Seafoods, you get $5 off! Can’t beat that!

If you don’t know how the Easy For You Seafood program works, here is the cliff notes version.

  1. Choose Your Seafood
  2. Choose Your Seasoning and Garnish
  3. Take The Oven-Ready bag Home and Bake

It really is that easy! Plus this service is free!

 

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Today I got the USA wild caught cod loin (see above)! I don’t eat farm-raised fish, and the employee behind the counter was so helpful and got a binder out to give me all my wild caught options. You also know eating clean is very important to me, last time when I tried the salmon I just got fresh organic rosemary, lemon, garlic, and butter and that was a delicious clean option. This time I wanted to try a seasoning because cod can sometimes be a boring fish. I got it seasoned with the Vegetable Pepper Medley which is an all-natural gluten-free seasoning consisting of dehydrated red and green peppers, onion, black pepper, celery, and parsley. I then had them add fresh organic rosemary, lemon, garlic, and butter for added flavor. Another nice thing about this service is they had sealed seasoning jars right out on the counter so it was easy for me to read the ingredients and find a clean option for me. Me and the hubby both loved it and it paired great with Old Bay Cauliflower, one of my favorite recipes!

 

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So happy Lent! I encourage you toss out those fish sticks and visit your Kroger today to try the Easy for You Seafood program and don’t forget on Fridays through lent you get $1 off! Be sure to share this, so your friends can save too! If you want more information about Kroger’s Easy For You Seafood program, click HERE.

 

 

*This post is sponsored by Kroger, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower

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Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower is one of my absolute favorite things to eat! It’s my go to side dish whenever we have seafood, and it also makes the perfect snack for watching the game. But let me back up a minute. This Kentucky girl used to have no idea what I was missing. When I first met my husband, who is a good old Maryland boy I might add, I can remember one of the first things he asked me was if I liked seafood. At that time, popcorn shrimp and fish frys were the extent of my seafood history and knowledge. He quickly introduced me to “real” seafood when he took me back to the Chesapeake Bay and let me try all kinds of fresh new things. I swear you haven’t had a crab cake unless you’ve had one from Maryland. Okay, back to the Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower….

So my husband puts Old Bay on everything, and I mean everything. This recipe was actually his idea and typically I’m not as much of an Old Bay freak as he is, but this recipe is a keeper! Cauliflower is a great source of Vitamin K and Vitamin C and is packed with antioxidants and has some amazing anti-inflammatory benefits too. The added benefit of Old Bay, is that is makes my hubby happy! 🙂

 

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Chop a small head of cauliflower and put into a bowl.

 

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Drizzle about 2 Tbsp of olive oil over the cauliflower and mix until well coated.

 

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Add a Tbsp of Old Bay and mix until coated evenly.

 

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Spread onto a baking sheet and bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

 

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Remove from oven and enjoy! If you don’t have Old Bay Seasoning, you can get it HERE!

 

Old Bay Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:

Head of Cauliflower

2 Tbsp of Olive Oil

1 Tbsp of Old Bay

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°.
  2. Wash and chop cauliflower.
  3. Put in bowl and add olive oil, coat thoroughly.
  4. Add Old Bay, coat thoroughly.
  5. Arrange on baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. (I usually remove at 10 minutes, flip them and bake for another 10 minutes).

World’s Easiest Paleo Cookies

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I have to admit I am not much of a baker. I think that’s because I really do not have a sweet tooth, I’m not into cakes and pies and all that sweet stuff. My sweet Grandma Lorraine used to say, “who needs all that icing anyway” and I have to agree with her. However, with being pregnant, I suddenly have been craving sweets! I seriously could live on dark chocolate and organic vanilla bean ice cream right now. I heard that means it’s a girl, but since we aren’t finding out the gender, I guess I will have to wait and see!

I love simple clean ingredients and something that isn’t going to take all afternoon to make. So when I discovered this recipe by Elizabeth Barbone for the World’s Easiest Paleo Cookies in her new cookbook World’s Easiest Paleo Baking, and realized from start to finish it took less than 20 minutes to make these cookies, I knew I had to try them! The title is correct, with only 4 ingredients, these were so simple to make, especially for a non-baker like me, seriously it was SO easy! Not to mention, very delicious. I love that you can taste a hint of the maple syrup! 🙂

Read down for the recipe and also make sure you go to the bottom of this post to enter to win a copy of Elizabeth Barbone’s cookbook, World’s Easiest Paleo Baking. Or Click Here to buy your copy now on Amazon!

 

Mix together the Almond Flour and Baking Powder.

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Add in the Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract and stir together to form a sticky dough.

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Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. For crisp cookies, press down the dough lightly with the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup. I personally wanted soft cookies, so I didn’t press down the dough.

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Bake until edges are golden brown, about 12 minutes and enjoy!

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Don’t they look heavenly. These were soft and moist, but had a nice golden brown outer layer.

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World’s Easiest Paleo Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes per pan
Yield: 16 cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups finely ground almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder, homemade (see recipe below) or grain-free store-bought

1/3 cup dark maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the almond flour and baking powder together in a medium mixing bowl. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until a sticky dough holds together.
  • Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. For crisp cookies, press down the dough lightly with the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup. (If the glass sticks to the dough, lightly wet bottom of the glass.) For softer cookies, don’t press down the dough.
  • Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for about 3 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Allow the baking sheet to cool, and repeat with the remaining dough.

 

Grain-Free Baking Powder
Most commercial baking powders contain a grain-based starch. Thankfully it’s easy to make your own!

Active Time: 2 minutes
Yield: about 6 tablespoons

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cream of tartar

2 tablespoons baking soda

1 teaspoon tapioca starch

Directions:

  • Whisk the cream of tartar, baking soda, and tapioca starch together in a small bowl.
  • Store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

 

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Salsa Verde

 

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Is it just me or have you ever been scared to try something because of the color? What is it about green foods, that seem so unappetizing? For the longest time I wouldn’t eat guacamole simply because it was “scary” looking. I just expected it to be gross. But in reality, it is delicious and I was missing out for many many years. I love guacamole and could seriously eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

And now Salsa Verde is my new green love! Who knew it could be so ugly, yet beyond delicious. There is something about the sweetness combined with the spiciness that just makes my mouth water. It makes a great healthy snack or appetizer and is really easy to make.

 

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The best part about this recipe is I had the majority of the ingredients in my garden or from our weekly CSA Share. The tomatillos and garlic came from Greensleeves Farm and the jalapeños came from our backyard garden.

 

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First remove the tomatillos from the husks and put on a cooking sheet with the jalapeños, onion, yellow pepper, and garlic cloves. I tossed these in olive oil so they would get good and roasted. Bake on 450° for 20-25 minutes or until roasted.

 

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Then add your roasted vegetables (including the yummy juices) to your blender. Also add in the cilantro, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and lime juice. I used my food processor setting and mixed on pulse until the desired consistency. I prefer salsa verde to be less chunky than your typical salsa and the flavor goes a long way!

 

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Once it is blended and chilled for at least 2 hours, enjoy with your favorite chips. I prefer organic blue corn tortilla chips. This recipe is so delicious and really, I mean really addicting! Beware that you might just shovel it all into your mouth!

 

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Ingredients:

2 lbs. Tomatillos (about 30 small)

3 Jalapeños

1 Onion

1 Yellow Pepper

1 Lime (juiced)

5-6 Garlic Cloves (more if small cloves)

1/2 cup Cilantro (chopped)

2 Tbl Olive Oil

1 tsp Cumin

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 450°
  2. Remove the husks and stems from the tomatillos and peel the garlic cloves
  3. Chop the onion and yellow pepper into large chunks and place on cookie sheet with the tomatillos and jalapeños
  4. Pour olive oil over vegetables and coat well
  5. Roast for 20-25 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and remove the stems from the jalapeños
  7. Add roasted vegetables, including the juices, to your blender and add lime juice and spices
  8. Mix until desired consistency (I use the food processor settings and pulse until smooth)
  9. Best if refrigerated for at least 2 hours until chilled and then serve with your favorite chips and enjoy!

 

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Roasted Garlic Green Beans

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There’s not much more I love more than garlic. Well besides wine, wine truly does make everything better. And bacon, boy do I love bacon. But cooking with garlic does make this world a better place, and I love cooking with garlic. I put it in just about everything.

So when I received a bundle of these awesome purple beans in my Week Ten CSA Share I knew I wanted to roast these bad boys with a little garlic. You know magic is pretty cool too. And when you cook these pretty little purple beans, they magically turn green! How fun is that? If you want to impress your children with some “magic” buy some delicious purple beans, cook them and amaze your kids as they come out of the oven green. I promise you will be the coolest.

This recipe is super easy and oh so tasty. Even if you don’t have purple beans, green beans will still be equally delicious. In addition to being an excellent source of Vitamin K, green beans also contain many other valuable vitamins and minerals, making these a great option to add to your diet. For additional nutritional information for green beans Click Here.

 

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See these beans start out purple! Trim the ends and throw them in a bowl.

 

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Add some olive oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper and mix around.

 

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Arrange them on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven at 400° for 25 minutes or until they turn golden brown and green!

 

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Okay, don’t those look delicious!

 

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They were crunchy, garlicky (is that a word?), and oh my goodness so tasty!

 

Ingredients from our CSA:

Green Beans

 

Other Ingredients:

Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp

Garlic Powder to Taste – (I use about a tsp)

Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°
  2. Wash and trim ends on the purple (or green) beans
  3. Put in bowl and add olive oil, then add garlic powder and salt & pepper
  4. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

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Kohlrabi Krisps

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Oh I have been so excited to post this recipe! Kohlrabi is this funky root that I received in my CSA Share and I had no idea what this alien looking root was all about. So I did some thinking and came up with these Kohlrabi Krisps. An awesome thing about Kohlrabi is that it lasts a long time in your fridge. I went on vacation for 2 weeks and when I returned, these were still perfectly firm and ready to be eaten. I heard you could bake or fry these like potato chips and I knew I had to try it since I am a sucker for a good homemade potato chip. Plus these are much healthier and make a great snack!

 

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One of my favorite things about the CSA is getting to try new fruits and vegetables that you can’t find at your typical grocery store. Kohlrabi is one of those things, and to be honest if I saw this is the grocery store I would have no idea what it was or how to eat it. So this my friends is a delicious way to eat this funky root…

Start by cutting off the extra “limbs” to this root and peel it with a vegetable peeler.

 

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Slice thinly or use the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer: Vegetable Spiral Slicer, Best Veggie Pasta Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals if you have one to make your “krisps”.

 

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Put coconut oil in pan and heat on medium-high heat and then add the kohlrabi. I did these in sections so I could flip them. If you put them all in the pan at once, you might steam them and loose the crunchyness (the best part). You could also bake these in the oven if you toss them with oil and then bake, but I wanted a crispy chip so I decided to “fry” them on the stove.

 

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By the way, I love this coconut oil, Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce and I order it through Amazon every other month on subscribe and save. This is a really good price and lasts us about 2-3 months.

 

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Cook over medium-high heat and flip once the bottom side is golden brown and do the same to the other side.

 

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Remove from heat and put on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil. While they are still glistening, sprinkle with salt & pepper and garlic powder. You could also add whatever seasoning you’d like. Steve, being from Maryland and all suggested Old Bay. Shocker! (He puts old bay on everything…seriously everything!)

 

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Don’t these look delicious? Yum, they were so good! I dipped them in ketchup, but they were also yummy plain!

 

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Kohlrabi – 4 peeled and sliced

 

Other Ingredients:

2-3 Tbsp Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

Garlic Powder to Taste

Salt & Pepper to Taste

 

Directions:

  1. Peel kohlrabi
  2. Slice into thin pieces
  3. Add coconut oil to pan and heat to medium-high heat
  4. Add kohlrabi into single layer in pan
  5. Cook until golden brown and then flip and cook the other side until golden brown
  6. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt & pepper and garlic powder

For more recipes from our week five CSA share, click HERE.

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Shrimp & Veggie Stir-Fry

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Sometimes a good stir-fry can soothe the soul. It’s something that I used to make all the time back in “the day”.  The back in the day that I am referring to is when we didn’t eat clean and I used to make stir-frys using those spice packets and lord knows what ingredients were really in those.  So this is something I have been excited to make for a while.  Since we had some delicious asparagus, snow peas, and bok choi this week in our CSA, I thought this was a perfect time to give it a try and it turned out heavenly!

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I used the bok choi, asparagus, snow peas, and scallions from my CSA weekly share.

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In my pantry I grabbed a red pepper, onion, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, and a lime.

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For the sauce, you know the part that makes this scrumptious, I used:

– Soy sauce (I use Kroger Simple Truth Organic Soy Sauce)

– Tahini (I use Kroger Simple Truth Organic Tahini)

– Honey (I use my great-uncle Earl’s local Kentucky honey)

– Arrowroot starch (you could also use corn starch, but I always use Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Starch instead of corn starch.)

– The Quinoa was used as my base and the sesame seeds were toasted and sprinkled on top.

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I chopped up all the veggies.

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Sautéed them.

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Added the shrimp.

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Added the sauce and quinoa and then it was time to dig in.

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This was soooo good. The asian flavors were so heavenly, it was like I ordered this is an authentic asian restaurant.

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Ingredients from our CSA:

Asparagus

Snow Peas

Bok Choi

Scallions – chopped

 

Other Ingredients:

Olive oil – 2-3 Tbsp

Shrimp – 1 pound wild caught atlantic shrimp

Mushrooms – 5-6 chopped

Yellow Onion – 1/2 chopped

Red Pepper – 1 chopped

Carrots – 2-3 chopped

Broccoli – 1 small head chopped

Lime – 1/2 juiced

Ginger – 1 inch peeled and minced

Garlic Cloves – 3 minced

Quinoa – ½ cup

Honey – 2 tsp

Soy Sauce – 5 Tbsp

Arrowroot Starch – 1 Tbsp

Tahini – 1 tsp

Sesame Seeds – 2 Tbsp toasted

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions:

  1. Prepare quinoa as directed and set aside
  2. Wash veggies and chop
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat in cast iron skillet then add garlic, ginger, snow peas, asparagus, carrots, red pepper, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, bok choi,  and sauté for 5 minutes
  4. In another skillet cook the shrimp until down
  5. Meanwhile, mix together soy sauce, tahini, lime juice, honey, and arrowroot starch with wisk and set aside until veggies are sautéed
  6. Add shrimp, quinoa, and sauce to sautéed veggies in the cast iron skillet and mix.
  7. Top with scallions and toasted sesame seeds

For more recipes from our week two CSA share, click HERE.

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