I LOVE being a wife. It’s so weird how much joy I get out of things that were previously chores. I love when my house looks nice, so I don’t mind cleaning it. I love when my husband is appreciative of a meal I make him, so I don’t mind cooking it (actually, I love it). I somehow enjoy going to the grocery store and doing laundry (Okay, I tolerate laundry), because I know it blesses my husband and makes our home better. He works so hard to provide for us so that we can live as comfortably as we do. The least I can do is make sure there’s a hot meal when he gets home.
Roasted Orange Rosemary Chicken
Steak, green beans, and lighter dairy-free mashed potatoes. The jist of making them dairy-free is using coconut oil and almond milk to make them creamy. But the full recipe is below, as promised!
RECIPE FOR DAIRY-FREE MASHED POTATOES: (In the Kitchenaid!)
Peel and cube 6 potatoes (Yes, CUBE! It makes them easier for the kitchen aid to mash)
Put potatoes in a pot, add water until potatoes are submerged, sprinkle with salt
Bring water to a boil and boil for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are soft
Drain water and put potatoes back on the stove on LOW for 15 additional minutes
Add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil to your Kitchenaid mixing bowl
Add potatoes and cover with almond milk. I used 1 ½ cups but you can add more/less depending on how creamy you want them!
Turn the Kitchenaid on a low setting at first but gradually increase the speed until potatoes are completely mashed and as smooth as you want them.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
(For the purpose of not seeming like a hypocrite, you all should know all these pictures and all the food pictures I post on Instagram are of KURTIS’ plate, not mine! I choose to post pictures of his plates because they usually have more stuff on it which makes it look nicer! I usually have a slightly-healthier version of whatever he’s having. For instance, with the chicken dish, I didn’t have any rice and only had the meat and veggies! I usually skip whatever carbs I’m giving him and give myself a smaller portion size as well.)
In an effort to make everything I cook a slightly-healthier version of the recipe I have, I have a few go-to tricks!
If the recipe calls for butter, I use coconut oil instead.
If a recipe calls for milk, I use almond milk instead.
If a recipe calls for sugar, I use stevia instead. (Stevia is an all-natural 0 calorie sweetener that comes from a plant! The only place I’ve been able to find stevia is Trader Joe’s. Everywhere else it’s stevia blend, and you don’t want to get Truvia either, which is the processed version of it.)
I just enjoy being a homemaker! I have thoroughly enjoyed decorating the condo and am still adding finishing touches here and there. Today we went to IKEA to spend a giftcard and we got some new artwork for the wall, a clock, and some patio furniture for our back porch! Hopefully next week I’ll be able to finish putting the guest room together. I can’t wait! I love our little home and can’t wait for everything to finish coming together.