Friday Food and Lifestyle
Welcome to the first Friday Food and Lifestyle post.
Every Friday, I bring you food articles, recipes, finance information, homemaking articles, keto information, or other lifestyle articles.
Below is an outline of today’s finds.
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Summer is the time we take to the outdoors. Below are some tips from across the internet to help your family have a fun, safe, and enjoyable summer.
- Purple-painted fence posts or trees. Most states have a purple paint law in effect. Landowners paint their boundary-line fence posts or trees purple to prevent trespassing. Enjoy the countryside but be aware of the purple markings and don’t trespass.
- Family bicycling is a great way to spend time with the kids and get them away from indoor computer activities. Of course, safety is an important consideration when biking, so make sure your family knows the rules, wears helmets, and sticks to non-traffic areas. A lot of communities have devoted bicycle lanes helping to make biking safer.
- Hiking at one of your State parks or nature areas is a great way to relieve stress. Even preschoolers can enjoy a walk in the woods, learning about the trees, birds, and animals.
Hobbies help develop our tastes and passions in life – they can be as diverse as gardening, cooking, writing, knitting, weaving, crochet, needlepointw, cross stitch, or sewing, to name a few.
If you are having trouble finding time to craft, I recommend reading my post, “My Top 10 Ways to Find More Time to Craft” or “3 Tips to Help You Get Unplugged from Technology.”
I am slow to discover air frying.
I use either an air fryer lid for my Instant Pot or our Instant Vortex Pro oven. Two of our favorite foods in the air fryer are Schwan’s frozen crinkle-cut french fries and Red Baron frozen deep dish single pizzas (pepperoni and cheese. ) You can read more information about my favorite kitchen tools at Recommendations: Food and Tools. Recipes are below for our two favorites.
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Air Fryer Frozen Single Deep Dish Red Baron Pizza
- 1 ea frozen deep dish single pizza
- oil spray
- Remove pizza from its wrapper.
- Lightly spray the top of the pizza with oil.
- Place the pizza on the shelf or in an air fryer basket.
- Place the shelf in the center or insert the basket into a cold air fryer. (Don't preheat)
- Set air fryer at 380° for 3 minutes and hit Start
- When the air fryer beeps, turn the pizza around (not over) and continue cooking.
- When sufficiently browned and bubbly, let the pizza cool and enjoy.
Air Fryer Frozen Schwan’s Quick-Bake French Fries
- 8 oz Schwan's Quick-Bake French Fries about 1/4 of the bag
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Place the shelf in the center or insert the basket into a cold air fryer.
- Preheat air fryer to 400°. Set the timer for 10 minutes
- When the air fryer beeps, place the frozen fries on the preheated shelf or basket of the air fryer.
- When the air fryer beeps, stir or shake the fries at the 5 minute mark.
- When the air fryer shuts off, check for the correct level of crispness. Bake for 1 or 2 minutes more, if needed.
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I hear those of you who are following my keto journey wondering about me eating the above recipes. You can rest assured that I am still managing my health. For two years, I maintained a strict keto lifestyle. Now, I still follow a keto diet, and I do not overindulge in carbs. But, I do what is called 16/8 intermittent fasting. That means I fast for 16 hours and keep an 8-hour eating window open. With this method and supplements (mainly C8 MCT oil) that I use I remain in ketosis about 75% of the time. Remember, a good life involves everything in moderation.
Here is one of my favorite keto recipes:
Keto Creamed Spinach
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 10 cups baby spinach chopped
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 4 oz cream cheese softened and cut into small chunks
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Gradually add the spinach and sauté briefly just until it wilts. Continue until all the spinach has been added and wilted down. Do not overcook.
- Add the heavy cream, cream cheese, shredded parmesan cheese, onion powder and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Heat, stirring frequently, until the cream cheese melts completely and the mixture is heated through.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately with your choice of main dishes. Enjoy!
Net Carbs: 2.72g
Protein: 4.53g *Source: HappyForks.com Nutritional information provided for entertainment purposes only and should not be construed as medical guidance or advice. All information is based solely on results provided by HappyForks.com and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
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