Life Tastes So Good

Exploring life one taste at a time.

Asian Glazed Drumsticks

“We  keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re  curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
~ Walt  Disney

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I started blogging to push me out of my comfort zone with cooking. I needed to try new things, explore and fail some. However, I haven’t tried anything too adventurous just yet. I decided to make something I normally wouldn’t make for dinner. I stink at making Asian food. I’ve tried and failed. Over and over. When I saw this recipe on Skinny Taste it seemed simple enough. I actually pulled this one off! Ha! I added broccoli and shredded carrots to it as well. Modifications have been made to the recipe. I hope y’all enjoy as much as we did.

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Ingredients:

8 medium chicken drumsticks (No Skin)

Olive Oil

1 cup water

1 tbsp. Sriracha hot sauce, or more, some like it hot!

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp sugar

3 cloves garlic (crushed)

1 tsp. grated ginger

2 tbsp chopped chives

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 cup of Broccoli florets

1/2 cup shredded carrots

What To Do:

In a large sauce pan heat up a enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of pan. Brown chicken for about 5 minutes about half cooked. Stir in all the ingredients excluding the broccoli and carrots . Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes on low. Once the 20 minutes has passed add in the broccoli and carrots and turn the heat up to high and allow the sauce to reduce for about 8-10 minutes , until it becomes thick. Watch out not to burn the glaze, stir often. Once it’s thick enough for your liking Serve over a bed of white jasmine rice for a full meal.

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Spicy Tuna Bites

“I have encouraged my kids to eat well from day one. I add flavor – herbs and  spices – to everything because I don’t want them getting used to starchy, bland  food. I also want them to experiment – they don’t have to love everything, but  they do have to try it.”

Alison  Sweeney

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Spicy tuna with titile

I love cucumber. It’s crunchy and sweet and all things yummy. I really love it. Then born was this spicy tuna bite, mostly because I refuse to let a cucumber go bad in my house. The recipe is easy fast and a little messy to eat but I’m okay with that. I did offer some to my kids they tried it and ran to the trash can. My guess is that Alex (3) and Emily (2) don’t like tuna just yet but that’s okay they at least tried it which is a huge thing for me. The tuna can be substituted for chicken or crab meat even.

What You Will Need:

2 Small to Medium sized bowls

One can of Tuna of choice (I used all white tuna in water)

One Whole Cucumber

1 Tbsp. Cayenne based Hot Sauce plus more for topping (I used Frank’s)

1 1/2 Mayo (or for a light version Greek yogurt)

1 Medium Sized Avocado

Fresh Cracked Pepper

1/4 Tsp. Salt

What To Do:

Peel and clean cucumber. Slice it into 1/2 thick slices.

Slice open avocado and remove pit, don’t worry about being to clean we are going to place all the avocado into one of the bowls and mash it with a fork till a smooth texture is achieved. Add the 1/4 Teaspoon of salt and mash some more to ensure the salt is equally distributed.

Now open and drain can of tuna from excess liquid. Using the other bowl mix tuna, mayo and hot sauce. Add freshly cracked pepper to taste.

For bites, Place cucumber ring on a dish, top with avocado, then top with tuna, and then again with a cucumber slice. Drizzle additional hot sauce over the top.

(NOTE: if you do not want additional hot sauce on top add 1/4 tsp. salt to tuna as well.)

Enjoy!

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Things I am in love with as of now.

Liquid Dreamsicle

Tip of the Day: Ceiling fans always amaze me. I mean how can something that is always moving (at least here in Texas it’s always on) get so freaking dusty?! HOW!? No matter the science behind it, the best way to keep the blades dust free for a longer time is to wipe them down well then once they are clean and dry get a dryer sheet or two and thoroughly rub all the blades down. Boom!

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It’s that time of year. Pollen. Rain. Lots of Claritin and Girl Scout Cookies! I mean who out there does not like at least one type of Girl Scout cookie? Unfortunately I enjoy way too many of them. My husband and I fight over boxes of cookies and enjoy them with a huge glass of milk (Soy milk for me though). What are you favorite flavors? Or what is your ultimate favorite flavor? When I was nine month pregnant with Emily the Girl Scouts came -a-knockin’ and oh did I love it. So much my doctor swore they started my labor later that week.  Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, or Caramel Delights, whatever your poison I believe they go to a great organization and will buy them for life.

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Now on to a topic that is even more fun that cookies. Drinks! When I was in New Orleans a few months ago I had the great honor of trying my first Dreamsicle drink. It was epic. I’m the kind of person that likes mixed drinks that actually tastes good, not one that leaves an odd burn that makes me wonder if I just drank acid. You know what I’m talkin’ about!  I thought to myself….I bet I can make that at home. Being that I am on a diet I decided to make a Skinny Liquid Dreamsicle Drink, but that being said you can easily used regular products instead of diet products. I bought a cheaper vodka and got the same results as I did with a more expensive brand. I believe total cost for all products was under ten dollars, which is much better than paying seven dollars a drink at a bar.

I hope y’all enjoy this drink a much as did. Once the kids are in bed and I get to sit down with a month worth of Grey’s Anatomy to watch, these hit the spot!

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Ingredients

Sprite Zero*

Lite Orange Juice*

Cake Flavored Vodka

Orange for garnish

Measure out 1/3 cup of Sprite, allow all bubbles to calm before finalizing measurement, add to glass of choice.

Add 1 Cup of Orange Juice to Sprite and then add  2 Tablespoons of Cake flavored Vodka.

Garnish with orange twist or wedge, if desired.

Serving Size for one 9.5 oz glass.

* You can substitute Sprite Zero for regular Sprite and Lite Orange Juice with regular juice.

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