Beef / Chicken / Clean eating / Dinner / Kale

Fun-due!!!!

I am very conscious of the food I eat. I try to eat organic (if it’s not too expensive), a variety of fruits and veggies, only natural sugars, and I read labels (actually I don’t read that many labels since I rarely buy prepackaged food).
I am pretty regimented about what goes in my body BUT I still have all those awesome food memories floating in my thoughts and emotions. Memories of sharing an ice cream cone with my daughter on a hot summers day, pizza with gooey strings of cheese, or a hot dog off the BBQ. Food is super emotional isn’t it? Food seems to be so connected to some of my best memories. Just because I am pretty regimented about the food I eat doesn’t mean that the food can’t be fun anymore. Other than the hot dog, I have found “clean eating” alternatives to the ice cream cone and the pizza- still fun but good for my body!
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The crazy pace of December was getting to us. My family was a little grumpy and a little stressed out. We needed a serious dose of FUN! It was time for some fondue! My daughter wanted a oil fondue so that’s what we did!
A “clean eating” fondue you ask. Well….maybe not crystal clean and healthy but much better than how I used to do fondue night!
How I made “fun-due” work for my new healthy lifestyle. The first thing to go- CANOLA OIL. Not a healthy oil! I did some research and learned grapeseed oil can be used to deep fry so that’s what went into the fondue pot.
Next- dipping sauces! My family loves mayonnaise as a special dip for the fried yumminess that come out of the pot. I usually use mayo as the base and add either garlic and herbs to one dish and then ketchup or chilli sauce to another. This time I got adventurous and tried my hand at making mayonnaise from scratch. I used grapeseed oil again and it turned out beautifully! It’s like magic!

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You can find the recipe here: http://www.thegraciouspantry.com/clean-eating-mayonnaise/ It is super easy and really yummy!
Now what to fry….. My husband made mini meatballs- nice and small so they didn’t take too long in the fondue oil. I cubed chicken breast and this amazing grass fed beef steak I found at the B&H Grocery store in Kemptville.

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We also fried some cocktail wieners. I know! Not clean eating!!! But they fry super quick so you can fry one while waiting for they other meat to fry! Lol!

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To add some green to our meal my daughter made an amazing Kale Caesar Salad. You will need:

1/2 cup of mayonnaise (homemade or olive oil based)
1-2 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp almond milk
Finely chopped kale
Croutons (Ace Bakery has clean croutons now!)
Grated parmesan cheese
Optional- chopped bacon

Whisk dressing and toss with the kale. Enjoy!

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It was a super fun meal!

Choose happy 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget about my giveaway! I’m giving away these awesome candles!

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How you can win:
-followers of my blog before Nov 30 get 2 ballots in the draw
-new blog followers get a ballot in the draw
-every time you share my blog (on twitter use the hashtag #ichoosehappyblog and on Facebook you need to make your status public so I can see it and use the hashtag #ichoosehappyblog) you get a ticket in the draw 🙂
Ps Target or the makers of the candles have no idea who I am- I just liked the candles and bought them for this contest.
-I’ll do the draw Dec 21st at 5:00pm
Good luck!

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