Who knew that when I started making these amazing chicken wings so many years ago they would come to benefit us on our new food journey?
These are simple and a great substitute for those Plucker's chicken wings I crave so often. Don't get me wrong I am not comparing these to Plucker's, but when you live overseas and a can't get a decent chicken wing these just might get you past that craving!
And I (as well as everyone else in my family) love them!!
2 1/2 TBL garlic salt
2 1/2 TBL cayenne pepper
2 1/2 TBL ground black pepper
2 TBL oregano
Mix them all together and there you have it:
These are the cute little spice jars I told you about.
Generously sprinkle wing spice over both sides of wings.
Cook on grill till done and serve with blue cheese and celery sticks.
Bake in the oven at 400 for 17 minutes, flip and cook for another 17 minutes.
Serve with baked sweet potato and salad.
***Normally I break apart the wings into drumettes and little winglets parts but today I was in a hurry so I left them together.
***These are much better cooked on the grill.
You are so beautiful to me....
Stuffed bell peppers.
I've made them before, but I've never made them this good.
This recipe comes mostly from my head - after I researched multiple bell pepper recipes.
We didn't have leftovers so I think I am going to have to make more today for lunch.
What you need:
2 TBL coconut oil (you can always switch this out for your oil of choice)
5 cloves garlic minced
1 whole shallot
3/4 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 bag of fresh spinach
6 bell peppers - tops cut off, remove membranes and poke small holes in the bottom of peppers - you choose your color (I used green & yellow)
2 pounds ground beef
1 TBL onion powder
1 TBL garlic powder
2 1/2 TBL cumin
2 TBL paprika
1 TBL oregano
2 TBL fresh ground black pepper
1 Jar Marinara sauce (Rao's is my favorite and Whole30 approved.)
Combine ground beef with all seasonings and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400
Heat oil in skillet
Sauté shallots for about 60 seconds then add minced garlic and sauté till fragrant. Add carrot and sauté another 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms, sauté 2-3 more minutes:
Add spinach - sauté till wilted:
Move veggies to the sides of the pan and add meat mixture - lightly brown.
Line a cookie sheet with foil.
Bake in oven 30-45 minutes or till done.
Heat sauce on stovetop and pour over bell peppers.
Note: Next time I will add the sauce to the meat/veggie mixture and bake in the pepper.
A few of the girls and I have started a 'lunch bunch' on Tuesdays.
One day a week where we get together with no kids, eat a (hopefully) delicious lunch and share all the things that are going on in our lives (the awesome, the good, the bad and the ugly).
There are a few rules and it seems I am breaking one of them right now....
"What happens in lunch bunch stays in lunch bunch".
I just can't help sharing.
It is who I am.
I had been dying to try Samgyetang even though I didn't really expect to like it.
Samgyetang translates to "'ginseng chicken soup".
Hubby was glad I took the 'Lunch Bunch' because he was afraid I was going to make him tag along. :o)
In Korean culture it is believed that this soup can prevent illness.
Samgyetang is traditionally eaten during the summer months to replace nutrients lost through excessive sweating.
However you can eat it any time of the year as there are restaurants dedicated only to Samgyetang (like the one we went to) and since I really don't want to eat this hot dish during the heat of the summer so we tried it towards the end of winter.
The lady that worked at the restaurant wanted to make sure I got a picture of the ginseng. I was glad she did because sometime workers can be put off by all my picture taking. :o)
Nice restaurant for Korea!
My friend Julie is new to the peninsula, and was pretty impressed by the silverware in the drawer of the table (as we all are the first time we encounter it!). Kris, AKA Vanna showing us the drawer. Love these girls!
And here it is!
The star of the show...
What did I think?
Well, it was WAY better than what I expected! The ginseng wasn't too strong and the broth was a bit like chicken and dumplings broth. Kind of simple. I liked it. It is not something I would have weekly or monthly, but give me a cold day in winter and I might just find myself heading back over to Omega 3.
Plus you get a wishbone and that's just cool.
How to get there:
(I only know how to drive there.)
Leave from Visitors Center gate 13 - turn right and get in the right hand lane.
Take the first right (at the light) and go over the railroad tracks. Stay in the left lane.
At the first light make a left.
At the first right make a right.
Go until you see a small 4 way intersection - look across the street to the left and you will see Omega 3 Samgyetang restaurant on the bottom floor.
Park in the lot.
I didn't pay for parking - I don't think you have to as many people were helping me park and unpark. :o)
The outside of Omega 3 looks like this:
Omega 3 Samgyetang
302-90 Ichon 1 (il)-dong (17 Ichon-ro 54-gil)
We all know I'm a pretty adventurous when it comes to eating and while I will eat snake eggs that pop in your mouth and drink coffee that came out of a wild cats ass, but I really don't want to go here.....
Let's get something straight - even if I were not doing the Whole30, I would still make this for dinner.
In fact it is going in our normal rotation (if there is such a thing around here!)
AND - I gave you substitutes at the bottom.
I got this recipe from NomNomPaleo - check out the original recipe here
.(She goes into WAY more detail than I do & has great follow along pictures.)
I have a feeling I will be using many of the recipes NomNom post. :o)
Oh and if you didn't know, I'm doing the Whole30.
I have a separate area on my blog for daily updates- all month long.
I am on Day 9 today without 1 single slip up! Head on over
and cheer me on if you feel so inclined.
I have a Hamilton Beach programmable crockpot (I get nothing from mentioning that - just sayin'!)
so I can set it and forget about it. It has a probe so it cooks to the temperature I want - then stops cooking and turns itself to warm.LOVE THAT.
It is also big enough to fit 2 whole 5 pound chickens in, so I doubled this recipe and there wasn't even a sliver of chicken left.
4-5 pound chicken
2 TBL of ghee (clarified butter which I have to special order)
2 onions, chopped into large pieces
4 green onions with stems, chopped
6 cloves of garlic coarsely chopped
2 tsp tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken stock
Poultry Magic (or your favorite seasoning)
Fresh ground pepper
I can't believe I didn't know about ghee before the Whole30. I.LOVE.THIS.STUFF.
-Melt ghee in a large skillet and sauté onions, garlic & green onions & saute for 2-3 minutes
-Add tomato paste & sauté another 8-10 minutes
-Toss in poultry magic - I used about 2 TBL
-Deglaze the pan with chicken stock
-Remove from heat
-Put chicken in crockpot and pour sautéed mixture into crockpot
-Cook for 4-6 hours our until you thermometer reads 165 degrees
-Once it is done take it out of the crockpot and let it rest while you make the gravy!
-De-fat sauce in crockpot by spooning as much out as possible
-Blend with an immersion blender until totally smooth, like gravy
-Add salt and pepper to taste
Watch your family eat it all up! :o)
*****If you want to make this and you are not on the Whole30 and you don't happen to have ghee in your house, just use butter. :o) Also you can subsitute the chicken broth for wine.
Our last day in Bali the 3 older boys went deep sea fishing. The boys left about 6AM - when I ask Hubby about the company he was going out with and for details he had none. He told me he didn't get a receipt and all he knew was the guide was going to be waiting for them on the beach by our villa.
Call me a freak if you wish but there was no way I could let 3 of my boys just go off without know ANYTHING other than they were going out on a boat in a foreign country....I went down to the beach with them and took about 20 shots of the boat and their guide. You know, just in case. :o) All turned out well. They all came back safe and sound.
(Something you guys may not know about me - I always have a plan. I may not share it with anyone, but I have worked out worst case scenarios in my head. I also make sure my people know what to do in emergency situations. When I go out for a run alone I always write my phone number on my body somewhere - true story. If I didn't move so often I would tattoo it to the bottom of my foot! :)
Plus I got this awesome shot (from my phone!), so win, win!
It seems that Boy 2 was the star of the show today! He caught 8 fish!! Boy 1 caught 5 and Hubby only caught 3.
In this video you will witness him catching 2 fish at one time! :o)
(Boy 1 had a fish on his line too, but it seems he was ignored. Poor baby.)
He is just so stinkin' cute!
They take after their Mom - eating the eyeball of the Red Snapper!
Boy 2 ate the other eyeball and here he is about to eat the tongue.
Unfortunately our trip had to come to an end.
We had an amazing time on a dream vacation!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sentosa Beach, Singapore & Sanur, Bali.
We are a blessed family!
Till next time:
Bali, Bali, Bali!!
Tirta Gangga is located on the East coast of Bail in the city of Amlapura. The Raja of Amlapura, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut built the water palace in 1947 and used it for weekend retreats. It is built on a natural spring that is considered to be holy and sacred. It was built in 1948, but then in 1963 was almost completely destroyed when Mount Agung erupted.
So this is the 2nd place we went to that has holy water. I have no idea the name of it as we had been out all day and your driver just threw it in at the last minute. This place is believed to have healing powers in the water as well. This place was just as beautiful as the last, but I believe it was hotter than the first! We were in and out in no time as everyone was melting.
Bali, Bali, Bali!!
I think the black beaches of Changgu were my favorite of all the beaches we went to in Bali! I was a little sad that we only had a few hours in this area. Changgu is on the south side of Bail about 10 kilometers from Kuta. The kids had a great time playing in the surf!
And the black sand between the toes felt amazing.
After hanging out on the beach for a while we headed over near the town of Denpasar to check out the very popular rock formation and temple Tanah Lot. The Pura Tanah Lot (which literally translates to Tanah Lot temple) dates back to the 15th century.
Pura Batu Balong is another temple in the same area.
Sorry, I don't really know anything about it, other than it was beautiful! :o)
Bali, Bali, Bali!