~The Kitchen Wife~

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sweet Potato Fries

The official start of summer is upon us! With the availability of fresh produce being more abundant, I am finding myself wanting to make better choices.  However, making better a choice is not the same thing as depriving yourself of the things you love.  Take my delicious, oven-baked, Sweet Potato Fries for example.  All the great flavor and texture of their white, starchy cousin, but so much better for you.  I can't wait to share with you how I did it, so...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Natural Bathroom Cleaner

I was blown away by your response to my Natural All Purpose Cleaner recipe! Because of that, I have decided to share another one with you.

As I've mentioned before, in 2015 I have been working to become as chemical-free in my home as possible.  It's because of that I have been making many of my own household cleaners.  One of the harshest store bought cleaners in your home is your bathroom cleaner.  Mine was so toxic that it even said to make sure the room was well ventilated while using it.  So when I began the journey of making my own cleaners, that was one of the first ones I researched.  I have to say that when I stumbled across this recipe in an old book of my mother-in-law's I was a little skeptical.  I mean Vodka?  But when I began researching the cleaning properties I thought "Well, I'll give it a try."  You see, vodka's high alcohol content is what makes it great for killing germs, mold, and mildew, and it does not have a harsh smell to it.  However, if you are not comfortable with using vodka feel free to substitute with rubbing alcohol.  Though it's not as strong as vodka, it produces a similar result.

I am so excited to share this cleaner with you, so...

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Spicy Black Bean Burger

I have been a fan of Meatless Monday for a while, and I try to practice it in my home as much as possible.  The challenge is finding things that my carnivorous king of a husband will like as well.  It has to be filling, flavorful, and not to weird.  That is why I LOVE these Spicy Black Bean Burgers. They are just what it takes to keep Studhubs happy, and I know you are going to love the too!  I can't wait to share them with you, so...

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cilantro Lime Rice

Sometimes at the end of the month I have more meals left than budget.  That's when I try to get resourceful and stretch my dime the best I can.  It's from that place that my recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice was born.  I was having friends over for a dinner party and didn't have a lot of money to do it with.  After I bought the supplies for the entree the bulk of my budget was gone, so I went to my trusty pantry to see what I could come up with.  I had some cilantro and lime left from the Tequila Lime Chicken and Pico de Gallo, then I saw the rice & I thought cilantro lime rice, perfect!  It was simple, flavorful, and inexpensive.  The perfect compliment to my meal.  I know you're going to love it, so...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Perfect Pico de Gallo

With the weather warming up my body craves fresh foods.  I want color in my diet.  Reds, oranges, yellows, purples, greens, I want it all!  And my summer condiment of choice is Pico de Gallo!  To me it is the perfect embodiment of the freshness of summer and it's ALWAYS in my fridge.  It is so simple to make and goes on just about anything!  I can't wait to share with you how I make it so...

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tequila Lime Chicken

I love chicken.

I would go so far as to call it the tofu of meats!  I say that because, on it's own, it doesn't have a lot of flavor, but when you season it just right, OMG! One of my favorite ways to prepare chicken is with my tequila lime marinade.  It is PACKED full of flavor, super simple, and I know you are going to love it!  I can't wait to share it with you so

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Baked Spaghetti

So today's recipe kind of has a funny back story.

My friends are always sending my funny videos to watch.  The other day my friend Rose sent me a cooking tutorial video on how to make baked spaghetti.  I don't know how to describe it other than to say it kind of made you think of "Cooking From Prison with (Insert your favorite prison name here.)" It was disturbing yet slightly comical, but it did get me to thinking.  I have never had baked spaghetti.  I know, crazy right!?!  I knew immediately I had to change that so I decided to make some for dinner.  Before you ask NO, this is NOT the recipe from that video.  *lol*  I kinda of concocted my own recipe, but it was seriously delicious and simple enough for a weeknight meal!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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