Homemade Ranch Dressing

Code Boyfriend and I moved! Again!

This time in to our real apartment, not temporary housing. And in a much better part of town than we were.  Trust me, if you ever visit Seattle, skip the University District and “The Ave”.

Now we’re settling in to Lower Queen Anne, which is lovely.

It’s so amazing to be able to find your way home by which way the Space Needle is! Granted, you can’t see it from our apartment, but you can see this…

Seattle Skylinewhich I think is pretty awesome.

Anyways, with the packing, unpacking, repacking, and then unpacking everything we own, I haven’t been in a really good frame of mind to blog. I hate packing! It makes my anxiety go crazy. What if I forget something? What if something breaks? What if one of the moving men is a serial killer?

Luckily, I didn’t forget anything, only replaceable lamps broke, and the moving men were really nice guys.

Now, my focus is on organizing our stuff into a much smaller space, finding a job (I’ve already been on 2 interviews), and getting life here started. That is a life that also includes blogging.

So today, I decided to make  my own Ranch dressing. A lot of the recipes out there call for mayo, which Code Boyfriend hates. I created something creamy, tangy, and a little spicy, without using mayo.

Ranch Dressing | Anxiety and Coffee

Ranch Dressing

  • 6 oz of plain Greek Yogurt
  • 6 oz of Sour Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Dried Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives (the dried stuff freaks me out, but feel free to use it if you have it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons White Vinegar
  • Lots of Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Combine everything in a mason jar or other storage container. No need to dirty a bowl if you don’t have to. Allow to sit in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to marry.

Ranch Dressing | Anxiety and Coffee

Then use as a salad dressing, or like we did, as a spread on sandwiches.

 

Clean Eating Southwestern Chili

I’ve been a tad bit bored since we moved to Seattle…

I know it’s very exciting to move across the country, pick out an apartment, explore a new city, and look for your first job out of college. But most of that happens on the weekends…

During the week days, Code Boyfriend goes to work. And then, after filling out what feels like a million online job applications,  there leaves a lot of time for day time tv shows. Do you know they show several hours of How I Met Your Mother every day if you are willing to switch networks?

Regardless of me having a lot of time on my hands, I don’t have a fully stocked kitchen. No flour, very few spices, and generally just not a lot to work with.

So sometimes, I just want something quick I can throw together.

Clean Eating Southwestern Chili

This is one of my favorite quick dinners, whether we are eating clean that month or not.

Clean Eating Southwestern Chili

  • 1 Can of Diced Tomatos
  • 1 Can of Black Beans
  • 1 Cup of Frozen Corn
  • 1/2 Cup of Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Cup of Ground Beef
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

Brown both meats in a pot, with the chili powder, garlic powder, and the other seasonings. Once brown, add other ingredients  and allow to simmer over low heat for at least 20 minutes.

Clean Eating Southwestern Chili

Serve with sour cream, cheddar cheese, or whatever your heart desires.

French Toast Oatmeal

For June, Code Boyfriend and I are going to be eating clean for our 30 day challenge. That means no white sugar, no white flour, and no processed foods.

…While we are in the middle of a move. We’ve had smarter ideas. Try finding something without sugar or flour in it in a fast food place. It’s really hard.

The first thing we did once we moved into the temporary apartment was stock it with meats, fruit, veggies, and whole grains.

For breakfasts, I was planning to have oatmeal. I had left of my spices in Rochester. We only took what would fit in the car, and those didn’t make the cut.

So I bought cinnamon. But that was it in the sweet spice department.

I also knew I had a long day of moving in ahead of me and wanted to make something with a little more protein.

French Toast Oatmeal was born. Now, I doubt I’m the first person to come up with this, but at 6:15, I thought it was a stroke of sheer genius.

The texture is amazing, custard-y and soft. And it kept me full through lunch.

French Toast Oatmeal (Serves 1)

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar (sweeten it however you like, this made it sweet enough for me, but I wish I had maple syrup)
  • 1/4 Cup of Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk (We had skim and it worked great!)

French Toast Oatmeal

Combine all of the ingredients in a pot. Whisk to ensure the egg is throughout incorporated before you turn on the heat. This helps keep this from being scrambled eggs in oatmeal, which really doesn’t sound as good.

French Toast OatmealCook, while stirring frequently, on medium low heat for 8-12 minutes, or until the oats have fully absorbed the liquid.

French Toast Oatmeal Finish with cinnamon, walnuts, fruit, maple syrup, or whatever else you like on french toast, and enjoy!