Entries Tagged as 'food'

Joy Delivered


Joy delivered. Otherwise titled, reasons to fall in love with Door to Door Organics.

Grocery shopping is something I don’t mind doing, but sometimes, given my list, it can take up a rather large portion of my day. And in the dead of sub-zero winter or in the middle of a beautiful summer day, frankly, its the last thing I want to be running around doing.  So when I had heard that Door to Door Organics was coming to the Milwaukee area and I had a chance to partner up with them, I jumped right on it.  Afterall, I am a huge advocate for eating healthy, local, unprocessed foods.

1) You can choose the size and frequency of your produce box.  Given that my kids are produce hounds and I generally make several trips to the market a week to restock on fresh fruit, I chose the large box for $54.99. There’s no delivery fee and you can cancel or put a hold on it whenever you like. But even better? You can see what is in your box and sub out items if you wish.

a large produce box

a large produce box

2) Add-ons. Once you get your produce box squared away, the fun begins in The Good Food Shop. Foods are broken down by category/subcategory, including sale items, or you can simply search on an item, so its very user friendly.

3) The price is right. The pastured, local eggs I normally purchase were normally the same price I pay. Only this week, they were on sale (woot!). The price on the grass-fed organic beef I purchased for stew was actually a dollar cheaper per pound than what I normally pay.

4)They care about good food. They use local farmers. And they care about the environment. You can read more about what Door to Door Organics believes on their website.

Everything is carefully and diligently packed in sustainable packaging that you return with your next delivery.

Everything is carefully and diligently packed in sustainable packaging that you return with your next delivery.

5) Can’t figure out what to buy? Under the ‘Kitchen’ link, Door to Door Organics has tons of yummy, healthy recipes that link up with the shopping list. Easy peasy!


Now it’s your turn!! Save $10 on your first order with the code TUBERS15W and enter to win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards that I am giving away to Door to Door Organics! (winners must be in the Milwaukee area. You can check to see if they deliver to your zip code ).
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Disclaimer: I received product from Door to Door Organics in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.


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Let’s talk about juicing


Errrrryone’s doing it.

Let me back up here.
I got a juicer last year for Christmas and its likely the most used gift, aside from my 17 year old Cuisinart food processor, that I’ve ever used. I juice several times a week. I love that I can get so many fresh fruits and veggies into my body through one drink….and some veggies that I wouldn’t necessarily eat, at that.

But juice cleanses? No bueno, people.

Granted, I am not a nutritionist. But what I do have is years of knowledge from counseling and from nutritionists. And I know what this fad does to your body.

1- You’re depriving your body of sufficient calories, especially those in protein and healthy fats. What happens when you do this is your body goes into starvation mode. This means it hoards every single calorie that you consume. When this happens, your body begins to break down muscle instead of fat. Your metabolism slows down.

2- You’re depriving your body of fiber. You’re “detoxifying” your body, but you’re not giving your body any means (fiber) by which to rid the toxins.

3- You think you’re losing weight? Wrong. Its all water weight.

People. Losing weight is not an overnight thing. Its not easy and its not quick. And detoxifying or cleansing? Guess what? Our kidneys and liver are great at doing that all on their own. If you want to give them a jump start, consider cutting out foods like refined sugar, caffeine, and alcohol for a period of time. Cut out the processed foods and soda. It may not be easy or quick, but its what works.

It KILLS me to see “fitness minded” people posting these expensive juice cleanses all over the internet and people following in their footsteps, thinking its the right thing to do. ITS NOT.

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Basil chicken


My family loves Asian food. So when I came across this recipe for Thai Basil Chicken, I knew that it would be a hit if I made a few modifications.  Low + behold…I was not wrong. They gobbled up every last bite.

basil chicken via houseoftubers.com

4 chicken breasts, cut into bit size pieces
1 small onion, sliced thinly
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 large red bell peppers, cut into strips (depending on how many of your family members like peppers)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
3 cups basil leaves, loosely packed

4 TB coconut aminos (you could use soy sauce)
2 tsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp honey
2 tsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch
pinch of black pepper
Prepare your ingredients. Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
Saute the garlic with the crushed red pepper in olive oil for a minute or two on medium heat until it smells fragrant; add the onion and cook for 2 or so more minutes. Add the chicken to the and saute until it is almost done, about 3-5 minutes. Add the bell peppers. Saute for 1 minute. Pour in the sauce and stir to coat. Cook for another minute or so- until the sauce thickens up a bit. Add in the basil leaves and cook for 30-60 seconds or until they start to wilt and become fragrant.
Remove from the heat and serve with hot rice.
We always use GP’s Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice recipe. My husband swears its the best rice ever and the only way brown rice tastes better than white. I think one of the keys is using short grain brown rice. The texture is more palatable.


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Protein Packed Power Balls


With my kids on the go, in activities from 4:00pm – 8:30pm most evenings, I am always looking for homemade snacks to feed them. Snacks that pack a punch of power.
A friend brought these, made with peanut butter, to our elementary school’s fun run, so I immediately had to ask for the recipe (and then tweaked it a little). They’re easy and quick to make and I had all the ingredients on hand. The nice thing is that you can switch things up and make different versions of this, as I did.

power balls-houseoftubers

Since I have a daughter who doesn’t care for peanut butter (unless its with an apple), I made a version with homemade nutella for her.

1 c. oats
1/2 c. nut butter or seed butter
1/4 c. honey
1/2 c. unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/2 c. ground flax seed
1 TB chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. chocolate chips, optional

Pulse oats for a second or two in a food processor. Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Chill for 15-20 minutes. Roll into 1.5″ size balls and place on baking sheet. Refrigerate.

The first batch I made (pictured here), I did not pulse my oats and I thought the balls were not ery pretty. So I decided to give them a quick whirl through the food processor and it made them much easier to roll, resulting in a prettier ball.

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Thai isnpired chicken


I purchased an entire cut up organic, pastured chicken from a vendor at the farmers market and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Entire chickens are a new territory to me.  I hemmed and hawed and then Monday came and it was cold and rainy and I had to be gone for a funeral from 1:30-7:30, so I made soup.

An entire chicken was a bit much for the soup, so I set some pieces aside for another night.  The following night, I decided on a modification of a recipe that I’ve had for many years. I think I got it from my uncle back when I was in college.  Its a favorite of my husband and kids and let me tell you….it was DIVINE.  Woah.  The perfect thing to make with leftover chicken (or turkey).


thai chicken recipe

Thai Chicken

Prepare 1.5 c. short brown rice with a few sprigs of parsley. I use the recipe from It’s All Good to make my rice and it comes out perfect every time. My family hasn’t turned their noses at brown rice since. I also think using short grain vs. long grain helps.

2 lbs. cooked, shredded chicken breast
2 medium red peppers, sliced into matchsticks
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 scallions, finely chopped
2 TB expeller pressed neutral oil

Whisk together following ingredients for the sauce:
4 TB coconut aminos
2 TB chopped cilantro (or 2tsp dried)
2 TB honey
3 tsp curry
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp arrowroot powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Heat oil in a pan. Add peppers and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add crushed garlic and white part of scallion. Stir fry until peppers are tender-crisp. Add chicken and stir thoroughly. Cook until heated through. Add sauce, stir thoroughly. Cook 1 min more. Serve over rice. Garnish with green part of scallion.

Be prepared to have all of it eaten up!

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