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Simple Suppers – Heavenly Chalupa Creations and Spending Time With My Peeps

In honor of my mom’s 68th birthday and the chalupa-feast dinner we had for her, here’s a blast from the past post from 2011. Enjoy and God bless!

Christ-following Minimalist

Chalupas…

Easy

Yummy

Taco meat goodness

“nuff said

Ingredients:

  • Ready made tostada shells (I used the baked ones and–oddly–they were fabulous.)
  • Taco Meat (ground meat with taco seasoning. Just follow the directions on the spice packet, and you are good to go.)
  • Refried beans (Make your own or buy them in a can–Seriously. Black beans would have been amazing on this!)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese of your choice
  • Chives, onions, black olives, salsa, cilantro, or anything else you’d like to savor on your chalupa.

Simple Suppers come from the idea that we like great food, simple recipes, and little prep time. This is one of my favorite Simple Suppers. With chalupa shell in hand, I was an artist with a little round canvas smearing and building and concocting combinations. Plus, my mom and hubby were there creating, too. Family bonding. I loved it! Create chalupa combinations and bring out…

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Simple Snacks – Caramel Banana Pumpkin Seed Bites

About as easy to make as it is to say. LOL

They are delicious and totally worth the work.

First, gather your ingredients…

  1. Bananas
  2. Caramel syrup
  3. Pumpkin seeds (mine are roasted and salted for an unintentional salted caramel experience.)

Bananas, pumpkin seeds and caramel make for a yummy snack.

Next, I chopped the seeds and sliced the banana.

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I coated the outside of each slice with caramel, then I rolled them like little wheels in the chopped pumpkin seeds. Be prepared for a hot mess. Not literally, but you know…

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Voila! Deliciousness! You can tell the ones I tried really hard on and the ones when I just wanted to eat them. LOL I did one with whole seeds, but I like the look better of the chopped.

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I hope you enjoyed this little Simple Snack. Super yum and good for ya!

God bless!

~Chelle

Independence Day Syrup

Today I woke up, watered our pathetic excuse for a garden (Thank you, Texas heat.), and made watched my mom make pancakes for the family. Nothing beats a late morning brunch of pancakes dripping in homemade syrup.

So, I wanted to share the recipe with you. I always forget syrup at the store, so we’ve just decided to start making our own. Here it is! Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

1.5 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

2 Tbsp. Molasses

Heat it on the stove over medium heat and allow it to gently boil for several minutes. Keep an eye on it, and stir often.

Tip: Start your syrup before you begin cooking your pancakes. It takes about 20 minutes to thicken, and maybe more than that depending on how think you want it.

By the time you have your beautiful stack of pancakes, your homemade syrup should be done, too. Enjoy!

Happy Independence Day, everybody! Be safe! And, be blessed!

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Raw isn’t for sushi anymore

My body needs balance.

My body needs balance.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my diet. How it affects my health. How it affects my well being, my personality, my family.

I’m ready to be healthy.

So, I’m thinking about going raw. Not necessarily entirely, but I need to add more fruits and veggies to my diet.

And, not the jellied-donut variety.

I’ve been watching videos and checking out websites, and I have a few questions.

  1. How do you eat when you go over to someone’s house? Do you only visit others who eat raw?
  2. What do you eat for holiday meals?
  3. Do you ever get tired of eating salads?

Okay. Maybe these are petty questions. Maybe if I chose this lifestyle I would throw hospitality to the wind and require certain food choices for me to come visit. But, I just can’t.

Now, I don’t want to knock and AM NOT knocking those who chose this food lifestyle. It is wonderful, but for me I can’t do it 100%.

Believe me. I tried.

But, God brought to me the following reasons why I can’t go all the way with this. So here they are…

1. When I’m working for Jesus, I have to be able to eat whatever is put in front of me.

Luke 10:7-8

And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you…

I like Thanksgiving dinner. LOL I know. I’m a nerd.

2. Grace allows that all things are clean to eat.

Acts 10:10

10 And he (Peter) became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:12 Wherein were all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

In Genesis 1, God’s plan was for all of us to be vegan. Even the animals were to eat only plants and fruits.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

And, then that fall happened, and meat eating was born.

Then, in Leviticus, God gave us further culinary rules, which I heard constitute a very healthful diet.

And, then grace happened. That grace that only comes with Jesus, and now we can eat EVERYTHING.

Maybe we were better off with the law? We had rules to live by. I have come to the realization that we all have rules for a reason — because we need them.

Anyway. I’ve decided to return to a more plant and fruit-based diet. And, I love it. I don’t eat salads all day, but you may now refer to me as the smoothie queen.

Why am I so excited about this?

  1. I already have more energy.
  2. I gave up caffeine completely within a day and a half!!!!! AMAZING!!!!

So, now for breakfast it’s a smoothie with veggies and fruits. YUM!! I can’t wait to see what else happens. I already feel so much better. I can get outside and work on our garden. I feel energized and alive and clean.

Isn’t that how God wanted us to be in the first place?

BE BLESSED!!!! *Yelling over the whirring of my blender*

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

My 100th post! And, a fun Simple Supper

I can’t believe it’s already my 100th post!!!! I can’t believe it!

Wait. I think I said that already.

Anyway, I am humbled and honored that I am still around to blog about simple living, loving life, and our good Lord Jesus Christ.

Tonight, for my 100th post, I want to share a fun site that my mother-in-law introduced me to. Thanks, mom-in-law!

http://www.cozi.com is a fun, simple (my fave!) site that incorporates your family calendars, to-do lists, shopping lists and more. They even have an app! Check them out at www.cozi.com.

For tonight’s Simple Supper, I made Panko Parmesan Chicken Tenders. I found it in their simple living section.

To check out cozi.com and see their pretty pic of the tenders, please click below.

http://www.cozi.com/live-simply/recipes/panko-parmesan-chicken-tenders

Ingredients:

non-stick cooking spray
1 large egg
½ cup Panko bread crumbs
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
dried parsley flakes
1 package chicken tenders (sliced, boneless chicken breasts or tenders)
salt
optional: honey for dipping

Preparation:

Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 25 min | Servings: 4

1. Preheat oven to 400° F.

2. Spray a broiler pan with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Beat egg in a shallow dish.

4. Combine bread crumbs, cheese, parsley and salt in another shallow dish.

5. Dredge chicken tenders in egg, then in bread crumb mixture to coat.

6. Arrange tenders on broiler pan and bake 20-30 minutes.

7. Serve with honey for dipping, if desired.

Our Panko Parmesan Chicken Tenders waiting for the oven with a backdrop of Mom’s Favorite Grape Jelly she made today.

Wow. 100 posts. Already. God is good.

May you enjoy this Simple Supper recipes and enjoy the good things God is bringing your way.

Be blessed!

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Simple Suppers – Amy’s Simply Scrumptious Spinach Sandwich

All that was left by the time I took the picture. Did I mention it was scrumptious?

So my friend Amy made me this sandwich. I was leery at first — I must admit. It had all of my favorite things, but on one sandwich? It’s like eating pepperoni, white chocolate, potato chips and strawberries all on a piece of pie.

Ummmmm…no thank you.

But, I trust Amy’s pallet-ary judgement and trudged forward into a taste sensation. A sandwich that quickly became one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. THANK YOU, AMY!!!!!

I told her it was so good, I’m going to blog about it! So here I am. 🙂

The ingredients:

  • A croissant
  • Fresh spinach
  • Feta, lots of feta
  • Dried cranberries
  • Almonds

Per Amy…

  1. Hollow out the croissant. This is super simple since croissants are super squishy. You don’t even lose any bread. You just push it out of the way.
  2. Stuff fresh spinach, feta cheese, and dried cranberries into the cavity.
  3. Nuke it in the microwave until everything is warm and melty.

For best results, Amy said to place on a cookie sheet and warm in the oven for a few minutes. She said that the croissant gets nice and toasted while everything inside gets all gooey and delicious.

My Amy knows her stuff.

As a healthful alternative to chips, I ate raw almonds to have something crunchy. Amy said almond slivers would be excellent on the sandwich, and I have to believe her.

This sandwich also makes a great salad. Put all the ingredients in a bowl sans the croissant and simply add some raspberry vinaigrette.

I love simple meals — especially those that are vegetarian and simply delicious. Thanks, Amy, for sharing your creation with me!

God bless, everyone! Remember to keep simple living simple!

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Simple Suppers – Let the Experts Do It

Sometimes ya just gotta get out of the way and let the experts take over.

Sandra Lee’s Semi Homemade recipes are my lifesavers. Affordable. Easy. Classic. And, beautifully presented.

You eat with your eyes first, right? Even if my meal is simple, I want it to look scrumptious.

So click here for a yummy recipe from Sandra Lee.

Keep simple living simple.

-Bohemian Christian Chelle