Cashew chicken made healthy


Forget takeout. This recipe tastes like the best cashew chicken from your favorite Chinese restaurant, but doesn’t leave you feeling bloated from all the sodium or with a headache from any MSG. The secret is both in the sauce – it tastes like a rich, brown, flavorful gravy – and in the toasted cashews. Toasting them brings out their rich, buttery flavor.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as we have


Cashew Chicken
Serves 4
a healthy take on a restaurant favorite
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  2. 1/4 cup corn starch
  3. 1 medium red pepper, cubed
  4. 4 scallions, whites and greens chopped, separately
  5. 1 clove garlic, chopped
  6. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  7. 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  8. 2 TB Mirin
  9. 1 tsp sesame oil
  10. 1 1/2 TB fresh minced ginger (about 1" of a knob)
  11. 1 date, pitted and chopped
  12. 1 TB arrowroot starch
  13. salt + pepper
  14. coconut oil
  15. 1 cup raw cashews
  16. 1 cup uncooked short grain brown rice
  1. Toast cashews on stovetop.
  2. Toss chicken with salt, pepper, and corn starch to coat. On medium heat in oiled skillet, brown chicken. When almost done, add red pepper and the whites of the scallions.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the broth, coconut aminos, ginger, mirin, garlic, sesame oil, and date in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low, whisk in arrowroot, and allow to thicken. Pour mixture over chicken, add cashews, and stir. Top with chopped green scallions.
  4. Serve over rice.
  1. Tip 1: Use the Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice recipe from Goop/It's All Good. It won't disappoint.
  2. Tip 2: Use homemade chicken (bone) broth. It will yield a much thicker, richer gravy.
Adapted from A Saucy Kitchen
Adapted from A Saucy Kitchen

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Four gifts holiday gift guide : READ


Hello! It’s the final week of the 4 Gifts blogging series—which I guess means that Christmas is creeping up on us. Eeep! This week’s category is something to read. I am a HUGE reader and have always been. I devour at least one book a week. My family members, well, not so much. But I try and get creative when it comes to books. Magazine subs/renewals make great gifts, as do music books, if you are giving gifts to anyone who enjoys playing instruments. Got a vacation coming up? An information filled book on the destination helps get the kids excited and gives them some activity ideas. My daughter may grumble when it comes to getting her to read a non-assigned book, but I can always get her to read any sort of fun-fact type of book. And my husband? Well if I can get him to crack open a book on a vacation, its always, without fail, non-fiction.

With that in mind, here’s some great suggestions:

reads for her
Milwaukee Mayhem | The Martian | After You | Mindless Eating | Milwaukee Mag sub

reads for him
Compelling People | Whisky Mag sub | Talk Like TED | To Sell is Human


kids books 2
Guinness World Record Gamers Edition | Grace, Gold, & Glory The Daring Book for Girls | Fodor’s Cancun guide

kid reads
Boy’s Life magazine sub | Rolling Stone rock songs for guitar | Ripley’s Believe it or Not | Guinness Book of World Records 2016

Don’t forget – you have until Sunday evening to enter to win all these awesome gifts!!

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$165 Target Gift Card || $25 World Market Gift Card || Lace Arm Warmers – Forgotten Cotton || Personalized Cutting Board (9×12″) – Laserworkz || Gypsy Dreamcatcher Necklace – Gypsies Box Jewelry || $30 Credit for Keep Collective with Kassie || Adult Coloring Book – This Girl’s Doodles

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Holiday comfort in a cup


Looking for some holiday cheer? For this delicious black walnut old fashioned cocktail recipe I created, click through to Wayfair’s blog.

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tips for getting those holiday cards done


One of my favorite parts of the holidays season is sending and receiving holiday cards. Sure, its a busy time of the year and true, many of us keep up with each other one way or another in this digital age, but there’s something to be said about good old fashioned mail. The feeling you get when you open your mailbox to find it stuffed with cards. I love displaying the cards and then later, taking snaps of them and using them in my digital address book.

One of my least favorite parts of holiday cards is photos. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s some simple tips to get those cards done and out the door.

1) Choose your photo type – did you already have a professional family photo done this year? Great – save yourself some time and stress and use it. If not, try not to worry too much about perfection and just take some cute snaps of those important people in your life. Kids don’t have coordinating clothes? No worries – change the photo to black and white. Or maybe do a selection of candids – this is what we did last year, with some Disney World photos. This year, even though I took family photos for a friend, the holidays snuck up on me and I was left with no time to take photos of my own (my kids schedules are INSANE). No sweat – I refuse to stress over it. I scrounged up a cute photo from one of our vacations this year and used that.

2) Buy your stamps online or in bulk at a place like Costco. Save yourself time by not having to hit the USPS this time of year and the pain of running out of stamps.

3) Update your address list

4) Update your card list. When in doubt, always send one.

5) And the fun part…time to select and order those cards!! Last year, I ordered our postcard style cards from Pear Tree and was so happy with the process and the quality that I decided to use them again. This year, they have two new additions to their holiday line: their premium cards and the Genevieve Gorder Holiday Collection. It was a hard choice to decide which design to go with!

During the ordering process, you can order envelopes that have your return address printed on them. You can also order extra envelopes, as well as other options. The cards come nicely packaged and quickly.

Right now through 12/15, they have their Jingle Sale, which saved me $20! They also have extended their Cyber Monday sale through the week with the code CYBER30 for 30% off. I encourage you to check them out…I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Peartree Greetings Photo Card

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Making a good impression at the dinner table


As a family, we are constantly working on our manners. I feel like I am constantly reminding my children about social manners, but even moreso, about table manners. I feel like dining with good manners is a way to make a (good or bad) lasting impression. Naturally, I want my children to practice good habits at home so that they become second nature when they are in public, and more importantly, when they are adults.

For the past year, I’ve had this print-out hanging in our kitchen. Several people have commented on it, so I thought with it being the holiday season, I would share our list of 10 basic manners. Feel free to print this basic table mannersPDF out for your own home.


1.Put your napkin in your lap.

2.No phones or other electronic devices allowed at the table. No answering them if they ring during a meal. TV stays off.

3.No eating until everyone is seated.

4.Always use your utensils.

5.Wait to talk until you are done chewing.

6.Chew with your mouth shut.

7.Keep your head up and out of your bowl/plate. You’re not an animal.

8.Ask to be excused before getting up.

9.Say thank you to the cook/host.

10.Always clean up after yourself.

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