This is one thing I CAN do. So I am sewing and shipping, one batch at a time for the people I love.
I’ve been cooking Judy’s recipes in Quarantine and this one – this one, is a keeper. Judy’s recipes always taste like home. Most of them have been handed down to her from her momma (one of my second moms), Tami. We used to raid Tami’s fridge after school looking for her leftovers… the pasta with red sauce, the latkas, her pesto ice cubes. For some reason, I think this one is an original Judy – and now Jess tweaked recipe. But not to worry, Judy will surely correct me if I’m wrong. So here it goes: a butter chicken recipe to stay home for.
I will warn you upfront this butter chicken recipe is **spicy**. I will also warn you that this butter chicken is very delicious and may result in cooking so many times that you get sick of it. Proceed with caution.
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#AllergicToEverything Butter Chicken
If spicy offends you, cut the cayenne in half, at least.
Jess' version of Judy's Butter Chicken – if spicy offends you, cut the cayenne in half, at least. This recipe is very delicious and may result in cooking so many times that you get sick of it. Proceed with caution.
- 1.5 lbs chicken breast cut in 1/2 in. pieces
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1.5 tsp minced garlic
- 1.5 tsp grated ginger
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes or fresh
- a few hand-fulls of spinach **optional**
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper **spicy**
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup of half and half or heavy cream
Preheat oven to 400
Grease rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray or evoo
Combine chicken, yogurt, lime, garlic, ginger, garam masala, chili powder, salt in a mixing bowl, then spread over cookie sheet
Bake 15-18 minutes
Heat oil in a pot over medium heat
Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes
Add tomatoes and cook for 10-12 minutes (smush everything)
Add spinach if using, garlic, ginger, garam masala, paprika, cayenne, cumin
Add chicken and cook 3-5 minutes
Just before serving add butter and half and half (or cream)
If spicy offends you, cut the cayenne in half, at least. This recipe is on the spicy side.
This recipe is very delicious and may result in cooking so many times that you get sick of it. Proceed with caution.
I know it ain’t the prettiest dish, but sometimes ugly is delicious. Especially when it comes to butter chicken.
Remember those Cracker Jack boxes of caramel popcorn and peanuts? This grain-free granola hits that kind of spot.
Warning: the first time I made it I ate all of it in 36 hours.
Ways to eat it:
- in a bowl with almond milk and sliced bananas
- on top of plain greek yogurt
- on top of chia seed pudding
#AllergicToEverything Cracker Jack Grain-Free Granola
#AllergicToEverything grain-free granola, great over top yogurt, chia seed pudding, or with sliced bananas and almond milk.
- 2 cups nuts and/or seeds of your choice I do 1/2 cup nuts + 1.5 cups of seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp flax seeds ground
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt more or less depending on if your nuts/seeds were salted
- 3 tbsp maple syrup or 2 tbsp maple syrup + 4 scoops of stevia
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
Preheat oven to 330.
Mix nuts/seeds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, cinnamon and sea salt in a bowl.
In a small microwavable dish, combine maple syrup and coconut oil. Nuke for 30 seconds. Pour over the nut/seed mixture and stir well to combine.
Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes. Check after 20 minutes, cook until golden brown. Watch carefully at the end of the cooking, this will brown quickly.
Remove from the oven when golden brown and rest until it has completely cooled. Store in a mason jar or air-tight container.
Feel free to add in dried fruit towards the end of the cook time (after about 20 minutes of baking).
Freeze half the batch so you don’t eat it all at once like I did!
There is no wrong way to make grain-free granola. Add in dried fruits, mix and match your nuts and seeds. Try honey instead of maple syrup. Get creative. You can eat it in a million ways. I love it as a dessert over yogurt or chia seed pudding. For breakfast, I slice a banana and add almond milk.
Most of us with food allergies also deal with digestive issues. Let me say, without really saying in detail, that this chia seed pudding beats any powder or tea meant to help you digest your food. I have been eating one serving a day for the last month and I swear to you, my digestive system has never been better. Who knew!? Chia seed pudding is now a must in my house. And it is beyond easy.
Make a single serving or a big batch for the week. The flavor options are limitless. I bought a two-pound bag on Amazon for about $11 bucks and it was well worth it.
#AllergicToEverying Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk
Chia Seed Pudding with Almond Milk, a little sweetener, spiced up just the way you like it. Eating like the birds is great for digestion.
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of your choice
- 2 scoops stevia or sweetener of your choice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp raisins
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1 tbsp granola
Combine chia seeds, almond milk, and stevia in a cup. Mix thouroughly and let sit for a minute, mix again. Stick in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
Add any flavorings you'd like – my go-to is cinnamon.
To make a large batch for the week I combine 2 cups of almond milk with 1/2 cup of chia seeds in tuperware.
A mason jar would also be great for this recipe, allowing for shaking rather than stirring.
Eating like the birds turned out to be a game-changer for me. I highly, highly recommend trying out chia seed pudding in your diet if you are dealing with digestive issues.
Chia seed pudding can be breakfast, lunch, or dessert.
It is day number I don’t know what of the lockdown. And it has been eons since I put up a new recipe. So, I decided to start simple. Turmeric Ginger Matcha Latte. I’m drinking one right now. I drink one most days for the mid-day caffeine boost.
You know what I can’t stand, are really long blogs when I just want the recipe. So let’s get into it. Fuck SEO word counts and search rankings, here is what you came for:
Turmeric Ginger Matcha Latte
#AllergicToEverything Turmeric Ginger Matcha Latte – in the time of Corona, or not. A midday pick-you-up.
- 1 mug-full Almond Milk I use unsweetened vanilla, add a splash of vanilla if you only have plain almond milk on hand
- 1 tsp Matcha Powder
- 2 tiny scoops Stevia or sweetener of your choice
- 3 good shakes Turmeric ground
- 3 good shakes Ginger ground
- 2 grids Black Pepper to activate the turmeric
- 1 quick grind Himalayan Pink Salt or a tiny pinch of any sea salt
Fill up your mug with Almond Milk (or part almond milk, part water depending on how rich you want it), pour it into a small saucepan over low-medium heat.
Add matcha, stevia, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and salt to the saucepan and whisk. Stir occasionally, until the liquid is just starting to bubble and the spices appear to have become one with the milk.
Pour it back into your mug – while it cools to drinking temperature, give the pan and whisk a quick wash so you don’t have to do it later.
Use any kind of milk you want.
Leave out the spices if you don’t have them.
Take some time today to take care of you.
It’s been so long, I couldn’t even remember how to put in the damn recipe.
And I am sorry my site is so fucking slow. I am working on it. Bless you, if you waited out the load time. Turmeric Ginger Matcha Lattes are always worth the wait.
It sure has been a while… I drove out to Modesto and left with a puppy in my tote bag. I was terrified driving away. She’s my first puppy. All I knew is that we belonged together. And now all I want is to take THE BEST care of her – like having homemade All-In-One Puppy Spray on hand when she gets itchy or stinky or matted.
Her name is Kate. She is a tiny little thing and just about full grown at 4.4lbs. When I brought her home I noticed she was biting at her front paws and scratching her ears a lot at night, the vet said it was probably allergies – go figure, she’s just like her mama! They said I could give her 1mg of Benadryl per pound of weight as needed, which meant about 5mgs, which in terms of Benadryl is somewhat complicated to dose. After scouring Amazon for natural remedies, I got to thinking and decided to try and make her a puppy friendly itch relief spray. And then I decided it should also be a calming spray. And a puppy perfume. And deodorizing. And detangling. And conditioning.
And voila! My first #AllergicToEverything allergen-free pet recipe: All-In-One Puppy Spray. A DIY recipe to stop itching, deodorize, detangle, condition, and calm your pup.
All you need to make this easy all-in-one puppy spray recipe are a couple of products you may just have around the house already. Lucky for me, all I had to do was run by Dollar Tree for mini spray bottles.
Not only does it smell great but it works for Katie. She is barely itching anymore. It took her a few weeks to get used to the process of being sprayed but now she sits and lets me spray her, rub her down, and brush her. Dets on the brush I use are in the puppy spray recipe notes below!
#AllergicToEverything All-In-One Puppy Spray
A DIY leave-in puppy spray recipe to stop itching, deodorize, detangle, condition, and calm your pup. It even works to freshen up their clothes and bed!
- 2 oz Spray bottle (or whatever size you have)
- 2 oz Water (spring or distilled if possible)
- 1 tbsp Pure witch hazel
- 2 tsp Almond oil (or melted coconut oil)
- 1 tsp Glycerine
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 6 drops Lavender essential oil
- 6 drops Sweet orange essential oil
- 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drops Peppermint essential oil (optional, I omitted this but I hear good things!)
- 3 drops Chamomile essential oil (optional, I omitted this but I hear good things!)
In a 2-ounce spray bottle combine the water, witch hazel, almond oil, glycerine, and vitamin E oil.
Add in essential oils. You can switch them up and use less or more depending on you and your pups preference - BUT please note: some essential oils are toxic to pups so do your research first!
Spray on your puppies back and tummy and use your hands to scrunch it through their hair, making sure to cover any itchy spots like their paws and ears. I like to brush my pup after - see the notes for the brush I use. You can even spray their clothes (before or after wearing), on their bedding to freshen them up!
- Please do your researching when using essential oils on your animals - they can be toxic. The ones I have listed in the recipe are dog-friendly. When it comes to buying essential oils I stick to brands I trust like Aura Cacia and NOW.
- I use the Conair PRODog Pet-It for Dog Slicker Brush and we love it! It's easy to hold in your palm and I can tell it's like a massage for Katie.
- Feel free to get a larger spray bottle and make up a big batch. I ended up at the Dollar Tree and found a pack of travel bottles (one spray and two with tops), which worked perfectly. I stored the other two for when the spray bottle runs out. Also a great gift idea!
I also use it to freshen her bedding and her clothes (before and after she wears them). As a first-time dog mommy, puppy smell wasn’t my favorite thing so it was a win-win.
No Benadryl necessary. Just natural allergy relief at its best.
If you’ve been following my Kickstarter journey, you know I failed at 96%. I raised over $30K and got zilch. Heartbreaking.
Seriously heartbreaking. It kind of crushed me in the end. Not kind of, it really devastated me. Simultaneously my personal life imploded and it seemed like I’d lost just about everything that mattered to me. During the campaign, I entirely threw myself into #AllergicToEverything, a pseudo distraction from my personal life. In the end, I lost it all. I had to dig deep to see the lessons and find the gifts in the failure and loss. I was beyond burnt out.
I had to look at my part in all of it, both personal and in the campaign. For the first time in my life, I allowed myself to just be. I took things really slowly. First I slept a lot. And ate my feelings. I stopped going on social media and checking my email. For a while, the most I could seem to do was go to my shrink once a week and watch reality shows about people’s lives (particularly challenging lives), trying to find a way to feel less alone, I suppose.
And then one day I started going to Al-anon (a 12-step program for family members and friends of alcoholics). I went almost every day for the first month. Those rooms have changed me. I started doing yoga again and cooking and praying about what was next for me. I even prayed about wanting a dog and no-joke, as I was about to spend $1K on a hypoallergenic dog, Katie was posted on Petfinder. I didn’t pay a dime for her. We came into each other’s lives at the exact moment we were supposed to.
Not to get religious on you but I know now that God only gives us what we can handle. I’ve had to learn to trust that there is a bigger plan for me. That all of these losses were part of the path meant for me.
All the while, you’ve been asking for the relaunch and you’ve stayed by my side. You’ve been beyond supportive. And I suppose I just want to give you a window into why it’s taken so long to get back on my feet and relaunch. I don’t know how I would have made it through all the failure without all the love from you.
It took a lot of soul-searching to bounce back.
But now that I have survived the failure – I am preparing the relaunch. This time around things will be different. I’m pacing myself. I’m putting myself first. My guess is that it will happen early spring.
In the meantime, it is my most favorite time of year. The holidays are here and I’m going to embrace them with family and friends and my Katie Kat!
I’m jazzing up my resume – yes I need a job again.
I’m applying to Berkeley for another Master’s, this time an MFA in Art Practice, which along with making the world a better place- has always truly been the root of my passion.
I’m back in the kitchen.
I’m doing my yoga.
I’m going to meetings.
I’m walking with my pup. Or trying to. She’s learning 😉
And I’m saying to myself, “Jessica, I know you want to put the Christmas tree up but you have to at least wait until Halloween!”
Speaking of Christmas, I’m pretty sure this all-in-one puppy spray would be an amazing DIY gift for the pet lovers in your life!