Okay, so if there is anything that I am addicted to it’s without a doubt iced coffee.

It’s kind of a strange thing. There was a time, not that long ago, that I couldn’t stand the taste of coffee. I was strictly a tea drinker. Then somehow I discovered iced coffee and everything changed. It went from like to love to need pretty quick. And here I am drinking it just about every day…even in the winter.

Another thing that happened is I became an iced coffee snob. I’ve been a food snob for most of my life, so it’s really no surprise that I snub my nose at many iced coffees. Today I want to show you how to make your own iced coffee at home that tastes amazing and will save your some serious bucks (if you have a coffee shop habit like I do).

Do you have a coffee shop habit?  Kick it with this homemade cold brewed iced coffee!
This is my iced coffee above!  Bold flavored coffee in a cup packed full of ice!

I drink one each afternoon. Seriously. Especially now that my days are spent painting and doing manual labor renovating this house. It helps get me through because this home improvement work is no joke.  It wears me out.

Recipe for Cold Brewed Iced Coffee at Home

This coffee is cold brewed. In my opinion it’s the only way to go when making iced coffee. It cuts out a ton of the acidity, which is awesome if you find that coffee bothers you in that way. It also doesn’t have that bitter taste that coffee that is brewed hot and then cooled can have.

It does take time to make because the coffee has to brew overnight. After brewing you do have to strain the grounds out which also takes a little time. This is a great way to make iced coffee and it makes enough to last for a while!

I used to always keep a simple syrup in the fridge to sweeten it with and I would add a little milk to make it creamier. You can buy all kinds of flavored syrups if you are into that. My tastes have changed over time and now I drink it unsweetened with just a splash of almond milk. It makes it around 10 calories or so…which makes me happy!

Iced Coffee at Home (Cold Brewed Method)
How to Make Perfect Iced Coffee at Home

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground coffee (good quality is best)
  • 8 quarts cold water (filtered is best)

Instructions

  1. In a large container mix the coffee ground and water. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours (I usually do it overnight).
  2. Line a find mesh strainer with cheesecloth (or paper towels if you don't have cheesecloth). Pour the coffee through the strainer letting the coffee drip through and the strainer catch the grounds. Place the coffee in the refrigerator to cool before using.
  3. To serve: Fill glass with ice cubes (the more ice the better in my opinion). Fill most of the way up with coffee. Add a simple syrup or flavored syrup if you want it sweetened. Finally add a little milk or half and half and stir. Enjoy!
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2014/07/22/how-to-make-iced-coffee-at-home-cold-brew/

Recipe from Pioneer Woman

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Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos

by Katie on July 16, 2014

A few weeks ago I attended a Recipe Refresh Challenge put on by Humana Vitality. I worked as a team captain and my team transformed typically unhealthy nachos into something just as tasty but much healthier – Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos!

Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos Recipe

They were SO delicious and SO easy to make! I love me some nachos, but I have to say that I think I like the bell pepper nacho better. The mini peppers provided just the right amount of freshness and crunch.

Whoever thought of using a mini pepper instead of a chip is genius! Pure genius! Why have I never thought to do that?

Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos Recipe

Anyways, these nachos are healthy, but so full of flavor. They have salsa and garlic and cumin and all kinds of great flavors in them. You have got to try them!

Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos

Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 jalapeño finely chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 lb. fat free ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 bag of mini peppers
  • 3/4 cup of low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/2 large tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Heat oil and add garlic, jalapeño and the white parts of the green onions. Cook and stir for about a minute.
  3. Add ground turkey and chili powder and cumin. Cook completely.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the salsa.
  5. Slice the ends off the mini peppers and slice length-wise in two. Remove the seeds and ribs.
  6. Press each half open so they are as flat as possible without breaking.
  7. Arrange on a large baking sheet.
  8. Spoon nacho mixture evenly into each pepper.
  9. Sprinkle with black olives and shredded cheese.
  10. Bake nachos for 7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  11. Remove from oven and top with tomatoes, cilantro and the remaining green onions.
  12. Serve warm or at room temperature.
http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2014/07/16/bell-pepper-turkey-nachos/

*Recipe and photos thanks to Humana Vitality

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Menu Plan Monday

by Katie on July 14, 2014

Happy Monday!  Are you ready for a great week?  Here in Cincinnati we are going to have spring-like weather this week with highs in the high 70′s…which is unheard of for this time of year.  I’m pumped because I still have so much work to do on my kitchen cabinet doors and I can work outside without dying of a heat stroke!

Anticipating the cooler weather has got me in the mood for some soup.  And lots of grilling and eating outdoors!

menu planning

Monday- Chicken and Rice Soup (made with wild rice), Fresh Fruit Salad
Tuesday- Leftover Chicken and Rice Soup and Turkey Sandwiches
Wednesday- Grilled Burgers, Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili-Lime Honey Butter, Grilled Veggies
Thursday- Grilled Chicken over Caprese Quinoa Salad
Friday- Grilled Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, and Baked Beans
Saturday- Out to Eat
Sunday- Out to Eat

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Humana Vitality Recipe Refresh Challenge

by Katie on July 9, 2014

A few weeks ago I had such an awesome opportunity to share my love of healthy cooking as a team captain at a Humana Vitality Recipe Refresh Challenge. It was held here in Cincinnati at the Midwest Culinary Institute and it was SO much fun! I was so honored to be asked to participate!!

As a team captain I worked with my team in refreshing a traditional recipe by making it healthier…without sacrificing taste, of course!  It was great evening and I even got to keep the awesome chef coat.

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We started off the evening with a demonstration on how to make Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad. I make my chicken salad this way all the time…it’s so good!!  Using greek yogurt instead of mayo is a great way to refresh your recipes!

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After the cooking demonstration from Chef Meg Galvin, we broke up into smaller groups and created our assigned recipe. My group made Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos. It was so much fun to cook together and talk about our cooking tips and ways to make family favorites healthier!

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After each team finished up their recipes we came back together and sampled them all! I couldn’t eat a few of them because they weren’t gluten-free, but they sure looked delicious. The other groups made Thai Chicken Pizza, Spinach Mac and Cheese, and a Sweet Potato Cauliflower Mash.

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My Bell Pepper Turkey Nachos were a take on regular nachos. They were lightened up by using crisp mini bell peppers instead of tortilla chips and turkey instead of ground beef. They were packed full of flavor and absolutely delicious!

Humana Collage

* A huge thank you to Humana Vitality who provided me with this opportunity. I was compensated for attending the event, but was not required to post and all opinions are my own.

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Menu Plan Monday

July 7, 2014

Wow…it’s been a while since I’ve written a menu plan post.  It’s been a while since I’ve really planned a menu, come to think about it.  With all of the house projects going on it has been survival mode for food.  Then we were on vacation – and wow…we had some awesome food in Colorado. […]

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Apple-Berry Baked Oatmeal

July 1, 2014

I’m not usually one who is big on breakfast, but one thing that I do love in the mornings is Baked Oatmeal. I make it all the time and never really get bored with it. Besides the fact that it can be quite filling and healthy, what I really love about it is that a […]

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Freezer Cooking FAIL

June 26, 2014

Ever think bloggers have it all together? That I make wonderful meals every night in my super clean kitchen and always have a freezer stocked full of meals to pull out at a moments notice? Okay, that’s a little ridiculous…I’m sure nobody thinks I’m that awesome. BUT, just for proof…my latest freezer cooking FAIL. Yeaahhh…you […]

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How To Make Pizza Bread {Can Be Made Gluten Free}

June 23, 2014

Having to eat gluten-free can be pretty difficult sometimes, and I miss real pizza more than words can describe, but this amazing Pizza Bread is changing all that for me! I’ve made gluten-free pizza crust and it’s pretty good, but my mom introduced me to this pizza bread she makes. WOW! It’s so wonderful and […]

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Hello there! Remember me?

June 17, 2014

Hey there, remember me?  Maybe not…it’s been a while. There’s been a lot of this kinda stuff going on in the kitchen… And a ton of this kinda stuff going on as well… That has left no time for much of anything! Just baking and house stuff. Cooking, laundry and blogging were put on the […]

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Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma

May 23, 2014

About the book: Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country. Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin. However, Ella is a […]

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