Category: 5 Ingredients or Less!

A Quick Guide to Oil Pulling (Using Coconut Oil)

Oil pulling is a hot all natural health and beauty trend right now and there are many benefits to adding this little routine to your daily regimen and here’s the short list:

Whitens teeth, helps fight bad breath and gingivitis, pulls toxins and bacteria from your saliva/mouth. Some people say it helps clear skin and acne problems. Fights cavities? OK, now I haven’t found research done on the cavity thing, but some say it does! Others have said it helps with headaches and hangovers, liver problems, asthma, hormone imbalances, skin conditions…One of the benefits that I’m really enjoying is the inst-lip moisturizer that accompanies the coconut oil. Also, the coconut leaves a light pleasant aftertaste.

My husband and I recently started doing this in the morning after coffee. The key is to take about a teaspoon or more of coconut or sesame oil and (if you’re using coconut oil let it”melt” in your mouth without swallowing). Swish it around like you would do with mouth wash, but do it for 20 minutes. Here’s a tip! Do it while you shower or while you check your morning emails/read the news/etc.

Warning! Out of habit, your first instinct will be to spit out in sink. Do not, I repeat, do not spit out into the sink or toilet! Oils thicken up and can cause clogging of pipes/drain. rinse your mouth with warm water afterwards to clean out any lingering toxins.

 

 

 

Homemade Limoncello

limoncello
What?! We were not aware this was possible. Thanks to acoupleinthekitchen.us we now know it is! see recipe

How to Roast Garlic

how to roast garlic
Our Featured Foodie, Savour the Senses, offers this easy method for roasting garlic in olive oil. Not only does it give you roasted garlic, but you’re left with garlic oil as well!

see recipe

Smoked Pork Butt

smoked pork butt

smoked pork butt

We were recently gifted a smoker and this was our first experiment and it was delicious! see recipe

Sparkling Lemon and Blueberry Terrine

Sparkling Lemon and Blueberry Terrine

Sparkling Lemon and Blueberry Terrine

Don’t let it intimidate, this 5 ingredient delight is quite simple to prepare! see recipe

Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Parmesan Cheese Crisps
These cheese crisps make great toppers for salads, sandwiches, or even pasta! Made in under 10 minutes! see recipe

Pumpkin Dip

pumpkin dip

pumpkin dip

This dip was a huge hit at a party that we went to last week. Yummy and such a special seasonal treat! see recipe

Orange Slice Jello Shots

orange slice jello shots

orange slice jello shots

Thank you to our Featured Foodies at duodishes.com for this amazing, innovative way to serve jello shots! So much more practical (and much better presented) than a little cup.
see recipe

Asian Spiced Cucumbers

asian spiced cucumbers

asian spiced cucumbers

A nice, tasty side dish/snack and prepared in 2 minutes! Thanks to our Featured Foodie, savourthesensesblog.com, for this recipe. see recipe

Easy Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks

easy cheese stuffed breadsticks

easy cheese stuffed breadsticks

Thanks to our Featured Foodie, thekitchenwitchblog.com, for this fantastically fun snack idea! How good do these look?! see recipe

Gravy Fries with Cheese and Peppers

Gravy Cheese Fries

Gravy Cheese Fries

Husband was hungry and I brought this to the table. He devoured it. Super simple recipe under $5.  see recipe

BBQ Pulled Chicken

bbq pulled chicken

bbq pulled chicken

Chicken is America’s “favorite” meat, so here’s a recipe that combines our poultry pal with America’s Crock Pot! see recipe

S’mores Dip

smores dip

smores dip

“Get your s’mores on in this fun dippable form!” Thank you Laura with realmomkitchen.com for this simple treat to enjoy with the kids. see recipe

Melonshine

melonshine

melonshine

“The perfect backyard barbecue beverage,” says acoupleinthekitchen.us, creator of this cocktail. We’d have to agree! see recipe

Garlic Cilantro Fries

garlic cilantro fries

garlic cilantro fries

We hope when you take these out of the oven, they look as appetizing as Cynthia’s! Thanks to tasteslikehome.org for this simple recipe. see recipe

Coffee Milk

coffee milk

coffee milk

No, it’s not ice coffee…more like a chocolate milk…but a coffee milk! And it’s delicious. Thank you to thekitchenwitchblog.com for this wonderful inspiration! see recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Light, fresh and creamy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. We devoured this batch in a 1 day! Why buy store bought!? see recipe

Fresh Tomba (Tomato-Basil) Sauce

fresh tomba sauce

fresh tomba sauce

We’re very excited to introduce our new Featured Foodie, Cynthia, with Tasteslikehome.org. She has a collection of amazing preparations, including this super fresh, simple, versatile sauce. see recipe

Buffalo Egg Sandwich

Franks Breakfast Sandwich

Franks Breakfast Sandwich

Eggs, cheese, bread, and buffalo sauce! What a way to start your day! Yum! My husband’s favorite quick b-fast. see recipe

Hummus at Home

hummus at home

hummus at home

 

We’ve been on a hummus kick lately. I’m pretty sure, I’ll NEVER buy pre-made hummus again.  see recipe

Kiwi-Raspberry Sorbet

kiwi raspberry sorbet

kiwi raspberry sorbet

Thanks to our friend, Jenny, at Savour the Senses Blog for this sorbet treat that helped cool us off during the heatwave last week! Yum! see recipe

Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash

spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash spaghetti dinner! Yum! We had this surprisingly delicious dish last night. A new staple! see recipe

Mad Easy Macaroons!

Mad Easy Macaroons

Mad Easy Macaroons

FOUR INGREDIENTS! Woohoo! Thanks to our fellow New Englander Foodies A Couple in the Kitchen for this masterpiece. see recipe

Garlic & Herb Fondue for Two

garlic three cheese fondue

garlic three cheese fondue

Quick and easy fondue recipe we created late one night while drinking wine! Haha! Warning, this is NOT an authentic fondue recipe.  see recipe

Poutine (Canadian Fries with Gravy and Cheese Curd)

Poutine Gravy Fries with Cheese Curd

Poutine Gravy Fries with Cheese Curd

Time for some crispy fries with hot gravy and squeaky cheese!  see recipe

Glazed Whole Tomatoes Over Penne

Balsamic Glazed Whole Tomato over Penne

Balsamic Glazed Whole Tomato over Penne

Had some extra tomatoes lying around, so we whipped this together. Delish!
see recipe

Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby

Dutch Baby

Simple German pancake type recipe. I made this version quite buttery, so I’d consider this a special occasion dish. see recipe

Pickled Onions

pickled onion burger topper

pickled onion burger topper

How to make pickled onions for burger toppers, pizzas, sandwiches, pastas…the list goes on and on! see recipe

Miso Salad Dressing (Healthy Alternative)

miso salad dressing

miso salad dressing

Miso salad dressing is a great way to reduce your caloric intake! It’s tasty too! see recipe

Cilantro Lime Dressing

cilantro lime

cilantro lime

Cilantro lime dressing, great for salads, tacos or sandwiches! see recipe