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Cilantro Lime Soup

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Are you ready for a taste-bud explosion?

This soup is insane, it received five stars from our family!

boxwood clippings: cilantro lime soup

Ingredients

2 TBSP olive oil

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

80 oz chicken broth

14 oz can diced tomatoes

7 oz can diced green chilis

4 chicken breasts

4 limes

2 c cooked rice

1 bunch fresh cilantro

ground cumin, salt and pepper

tortilla chips, sour cream, avocado, cheddar cheese to garnish

Directions

Cook chicken and shred, or to save time use a rotisserie chicken! Next warm olive oil in a large pan and cook diced onion and garlic. Add cooked chicken, cooked rice, chicken broth, tomatoes (not drained), chilis, juice from the limes (about 1 cup) and bring to the boil. Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste. Add chopped cilantro before serving, top with avocado and cheese and serve with tortilla chips. Thanks to Kumari for the wonderful recipe!

The Simplest Chicken Tikka Masala Ever

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Indian food is our absolute favorite! We love it so much we are always looking for new recipes trying to mimic our favorite dishes. For anyone else that has attempted this, you know this is a hard task!

Our good friend, Kumari shared with us the best find ever! Indian Essentials Tikka Masala seasoning mix from Costco. The recipe found on the spice mix is amazing! So tasty, so easy and so inexpensive! We’re in love!

boxwood clippings_simple chicken tikka recipe

INGREDIENTS

3 large chicken breasts

1 onion

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP olive oil

1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)

1/2 cup cream

1/4 cup seasoning mix

DIRECTIONS

Dice onion and cut chicken into 1″ cubes. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook your chicken on medium heat until no longer pink. Set aside. Melt butter and and a tablespoon of olive oil and cook onions. Add tomatoes, seasoning mix and chicken and cook for 10 mins. Mix in cream and simmer for 10 more minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite rice.

The best part about this recipe is you can exchange ingredients to your liking. We added diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce and used plain yogurt instead of cream. We also love it with potatoes.

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Give it a try, we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Costco’s Gluten-Free Super Salad

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Our new favorite discovery is Costco’s bagged Sweet Kale mix salad.

Topped with a little rotisserie chicken and we have a new favorite lunch!

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It is SUPER for many reasons…

No.1 It contains 7 superfoods, pre-washed and ready to feast on… broccoli, kale, cabbage, and brussels sprouts just to name a few. It also comes with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and poppyseed dressing (gluten free) all ready to mix in.

No.2 It is delicious!

No.3 It lasts for about a week in the fridge, which is AMAZING! It is also fantastic the day after you’ve mixed in the dressing as it marinades overnight, much like a traditional broccoli salad would.

No.4 It only costs $4.79 for a large bag!

Healthy, delicious, easy and inexpensive meals is what we’re all about, and this passes with flying colors!

Time for a Costco trip!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries + Marshmallows

Monday, February 9th, 2015

We are thrilled to be guest posting over at one of our favorite store’s blog today.

Gygi is our first and often one-stop shop for any holiday, party or event we are planning and we’re so excited to be sharing these ever so easy perfect valentine treats HERE.

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Gygi is currently offering Boxwood readers 15% off their online shop AND in store with this coupon!

Yippee!

Thanks Gygi!

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 (Click on image then print for coupon, or shop HERE for online store.)

Easiest Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies EVER!

Friday, February 6th, 2015

I have had several people give me this recipe over the years, because it is the is the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe ever!

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INGREDIENTS

1 c peanut butter

3/4 c light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Beat peanut butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt and mix until incorporated. Shape into balls, and roll in white sugar. Flatten with a criss-cross pattern with a fork, place on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper and bake for 7 minutes at 350. Allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet.

These are sure to be a hit with any peanut butter lover whether living gluten free or not!

Gluten Free Cauliflower + Cheese Soup

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Can you tell we’re on a soup kick?

If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort food for a cozy night in, you’ve come to the right place!

Cauliflower + Cheese Soup

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Ingredients

one head of cauliflower

one can chicken broth (14oz)

one onion

2 tsp diced garlic

2 tsp butter

2 c milk

2 c sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 c flour (we use THIS GF favorite)

Directions

Dice onion and chop cauliflower into small pieces. Melt butter and cook diced onion and garlic until translucent. Add flour and mix creating a paste texture. Whisk in milk and chicken broth. Add cauliflower and cook until tender (about 20 mins on medium heat). Salt and Pepper to taste. Blend with an immersion blender if you would like a smooth texture, but we like leaving chunks of cauliflower. Stir in cheese.

This soup is simple and delicious. Let us know how you like it!

Adapted slightly from THIS recipe.

Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Brad’s niece, Nicole introduced us to this amazing soup combo. It’s zesty, brothy, and creamy all at the same time and we could eat it all day long.

Zuppa Toscana Copycat Soup

boxwood clippings Italian sausage and kale soup

Ingredients

1 lb mild minced Italian sausage

3 large potatoes

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 cups kale

2 cans of chicken broth

1 quart water

1 c whipping cream

Dice onion, mince garlic cloves. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Brown sausage in large pot. Add water and broth. Place onion, garlic and potatoes in pot and cook on medium heat until potatoes are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cream and add kale and simmer for 10 mins before serving.

We hope you enjoy this amazing soup!

Original recipe HERE.

Thanks for sharing, Nicole!

Simple Tomato Soup

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Soups are one of the easiest things you can make, and we loveee this one because it has to be

THE EASIEST!

boxwood clippings_simple tomato soup

 

You Will Need:

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

4 Cloves of garlic

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, chopped and juice

3 cups of water

salt, pepper, cheese and fresh basil to taste.

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How To:

Over medium heat cook oil, garlic and pepper flakes until garlic begins to turn golden. (About 5 minutes.) Add tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper and let simmer until dinner.

Garnish with cheese (mozzarella is perfect), and basil.

This goes perfect matched with this Easy No-Knead Bread, or a simple grilled cheese sandwich,

YUM!

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Usually we are salad girls for lunch, but in January it is so hard to have salad when it’s so freezing, right?! We’ve turned to soup to warm us up and get our veggies in. This is one of our faves…

boxwoodclippings_spicy butternut squash soup

INGREDIENTS

1 butternut squash (3-4 lbs)

1 onion

2 celery stalks

2 large carrots (or 10 baby carrots)

2 cans chicken broth (28 oz)

1/4 c cream

1 TBSP curry powder

DIRECTIONS

Prep veggies by peeling, and dicing to roughly the same size. Heat 2 TBSP olive oil and saute veggies until onions turn clear. Cover veggies with broth and boil until squash is tender. Add curry powder and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for the 30 mins. Stir in cream before serving.

The celery gives this a little crunch and the curry powder a little spice. Play around with the amounts of ingredients for your personal taste. We hope you enjoy!

Gift Idea: Orange Cream Chocolates

Friday, December 19th, 2014

We are in love with THIS recipe for making homemade chocolates.

They are easy, so fun to make and the final result looks so profesh…making them a perfect Christmas gift idea!

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We headed to Gygi to stock up on ingredients and packaging. Here’s what we used:

Ingredients:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp orange cream oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

Directions

Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, orange cream oil and vanilla extract until a creamy paste is formed. Cover and refrigerate dough for about an hour. Prep a cookie sheet with foil and dust with powdered sugar. Make little balls of the peppermint dough and place on foiled cookie sheet. Refrigerate again for about an hour.

After an hour prep a cookie sheet with foil (no sugar this time) and melt chocolate apeels. We did this in a microwave proof bowl stopping and stirring chocolate every 20 seconds. Take your chocolates from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to dish out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolates on the cookie sheet to set. We used a round dipping tool like THIS, which made dipping extra easy (and helped us feel like chocolatiers :)).

For packaging, we picked up THESE little candy cups and THESE adorable holiday boxes sold individually, which are so fun for Christmas!

This recipe makes about 25 delicious orange creams. Adapted from this recipe.

Are you making anything fun for Christmas this year? We’d love to hear!

Gift Idea: Easy Chocolate-Dipped Chips

Friday, December 12th, 2014

You guys! Have you ever had chocolate-dipped potato chips?!

Yes, it sounds gross, but don’t knock it til you try it!

It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and we’re gifting it this Christmas to those hard-to-buy-for men in our lives, as well as neighbors and co-workers!

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Ingredients:

Crinkle-cut kettle-style potato chips

Milk chocolate (our fave from Gygi HERE)

Directions:

Simply melt and dip chips and lay on parchment to dry.

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We fell in love with THESE adorable popcorn containers, which are perfect to hold the chips wrapped up with a little cellophane and THIS twine.

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C’mon, you know you want to give them a try! Nom, nom, nom!

Best of Boxwood: Yummy Homemade Gifts

Monday, December 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season of giving, which means it’s time to whip up some homemade treats! Here are a few Boxwood favorites!

Perfect peppermint creams HERE

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Easy caramel pretzels HERE

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sweet + salty dipped tangerines HERE

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classic peppermint bark HERE

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roasted almonds HERE

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mini caramel apple sampler HERE

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 Are you gifting any homemade items this year? What do you have in the works?

A Holiday Salad: Clementine, Pomergrante, Turkey + Bacon!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Do you have leftover turkey in the fridge?

Here’s a perfect salad to use it up…

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Ingredients:

pomegranate

clementine slices

roasted turkey

cooked bacon

raw sunflower seeds

cheese (any will work, we used mozzarella and parmesan)

greens (we used spinach and arugula)

blush wine vinaigrette (HERE) or make your own similar dressing (see HERE).

Directions:

THIS tutorial changed my life… I really didn’t know seeding a pomegranate only takes a minute. You can go as light or heavy as your like with all these ingredients. We like a lot of pomegranate and bacon!!!

Prepare for your taste-buds to explode! This is the perfect side dish for the holidays or serve as a main dish when you need something a little lighter in this season of indulgence. Let us know what you think!

Mini Mince Pies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

To me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies.

I know lots of you American’s have a bad impression of these little yummies, but I’m here to tell you they are a must try, and not scary at all!

Topped with a healthy amount of whipped cream, they are to die for. A perfect, rich treat for a festive evening.

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To make, simply whip up a batch of your favorite pie crust (l like an all butter one like THIS).

Roll, and cut out the pastry. I used a large glass to cut the base. Then gently place in greased cup cake tin.

Add a teaspoon or so of filling (I used THIS one). Then use a smaller glass or mold for lid. Top with an egg wash.

Cook until golden brown.

 

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For decoration I used some pastry cutters similar to THIS, left some plain, and some a basket weave effect. This is the fun part, so it’s nice to have an extra minute and have some creative fun. I loved it when my mum would recruit us for this job when we were little.

The smell alone will convince you they are the ultimate dessert for this season.

Ummmmm!

Festive Meringues

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The season of food is here, and we already can’t get enough.

We’ve posted about THIS meringue recipe several times, but we just love how simple and to-die-for delicious they are.

This time we topped them off with the usual whipped cream and seasonal pears + peaches. We added just a light dusting of ground cinnamon, which really gave a festive zing

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We swear by meringues because they are the perfect light dessert after a big meal. We’re even having them as part of the Thanksgiving line up this year.

But the really good part is that they can be made up to a week or more in advance and stored in a tin, so there’s very little prep day of consumption…LOVE THAT!

(PS. They are naturally gluten free too, which is a double win win for us!)

 

Gluten-Free Caramel + Chocolate Oat Bars

Friday, November 7th, 2014

We are so addicted to these amazing oat bars…

boxwood clippings_gluten-free caramel, chocolate and oat bars

INGREDIENTS

Butter (and lots of it! 1 cup)

2 c flour (depending on your gf mix you may need more, we used THIS)

3/4 c brown sugar

1 1/4 oats (we used THESE ones)

2 eggs

1 cup chocolate chips (our fav HERE)

1 cup caramels (THESE ones are GF)

DIRECTIONS

Stir together softened butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and eggs until mixture looks like crumbs. This is when the amount of flour can fluctuate. If mixture is too sticky and won’t crumb, just add a tbsp of flour at a time until it will.

Use half of the mixture to press into a greased baking dish (we used a 13×9) and cook at 350 for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

Sprinkle chocolate and caramels over cooked base and top with remaining crumb mixture and cook for 30 mins until golden brown again.

Refrigerate for 2 hours to set before serving.

Jane’s Blessing Day: 5 Easy Tips for Entertaining a Crowd!

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Last week we blessed Jane, which is a special prayer to put her name on the records of our church and bless her with things to help throughout her life.

Here’s Jane in her little white dress and bonnet, doesn’t she look hilarious?!

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It was a great day with some of our special friends and family and was the largest party we’ve planned in a while.

Here are five ways we kept it super easy!

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1. KEEP DECOR SIMPLE AND SEASONAL

We spent nothing on decorations and pulled items around the house that were white, brown and gold. We used gold Christmas paper as a table runner, a simple bronze Christmas garland draped by itself, hung pine cones from the chandelier and personalized the chalkboard and banner.

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2. CHOOSE AN EASY FOOD THEME

We chose a soup and bread bar which turned out perfect for this time of year. I asked a few people to bring a soup and the variety ended up being amazing. We had chili, Italian sausage, mushroom (pic below), cauliflower and spicy carrot. Soups can be prepared ahead, aren’t too expensive, and can easily be transported.

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3. USE DISPOSABLE ITEMS

We rarely use disposible items when entertaining, but when entertating a large crowd it is a must!! We headed to Gygi to pick up items that were clear and white so disposable bowls (above) etc would just blend and not distract. How cute are these little cups we used for milk to serve with cookies for dessert?

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 4. MAKE SOMETHING ORDINARY, SPECIAL!

We picked up a tin of shortbread cookies from Costco and garnished them with chocolate. This was a huge hit and literally took 30 mins. We used our favorite chocolate, Guittard that is available in bulk at Gygi.

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5. PREP AHEAD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

We wanted to serve another fall favorite, caramel apples. Although these are super easy, they are a little time consuming, so we made sure to schedule prep time before the party. We were thrilled with how they turned out. See directions HERE.

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Honestly, with these tips this event was zero stress! The soups were warmed, and everything was ready to go for when guests arrived. No fussing about food and washing dishes etc.

Our little pioneer baby with Nanny and Grandma.

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A big thanks to Gygi and for everyone who made this such a special day to remember!

We are being featured on Gygi’s blog today talking about all of their products we used! Please hop over to see us HERE.

Butternut Squash + Potato Side Dish

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!

Today we’re sharing this delicious side dish for when you want to take your taters up a notch!

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What You’ll Need:

2 lbs potatoes

2 lbs butternut squash

2 c cheddar cheese

2 c cream (half and half would work too)

4 large sage sprigs

3 cloves of garlic (smashed)

Directions:

First makes your sauce by slowly bringing cream, garlic cloves and sage sprigs to a boil over medium heat. As soon as it starts to bubble remove from heat and set aside. Next peel and slice potatoes and butternut squash, toss with 1 cup of cheese and salt and paper and place in greased baking dish.

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Remove sage and garlic cloves from sauce and pour over potatoes and squash. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400, for 45 mins until veggies are tender.

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Two words: COMFORT FOOD!

We love this for a special occasion like today, a Sunday meal or Thanksgiving. Hope you love it too!

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  Adapted from THIS Rachael Ray recipe.

No-Fuss BBQ Shreded Chicken

Friday, October 24th, 2014

There is nothing as tasty on a brisk autumn evening than a warm, slow-cooker meal .

This BBQ shredded chicken is as simple and delicious as it gets.

No-Fuss BBQ Shreded Chicken

Ingredients:

4-6 chicken breast (depending on size)

20 oz barbeque sauce (our favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s)

20 oz original Coke

Directions:

Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken. You can drain the liquid before shredding if you like, but we like to keep it saucy.

Serve on a roll, salad, rice…the possibilities are endless. This is such an easy and inexpensive meal, we love it!

Recipe adapted from HERE.

The 5 Minute Stewed Apple

Friday, October 10th, 2014

One of our go-to desserts this time of year are delicious stewed apples…

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Ingredients:

apples (any type)

1 tbsp brown sugar

sliver of butter

dash of cinnamon

dash of ground cloves

Directions:

Core your apple and place in microwavable dish.

Blend sugar and spices. Play around with amounts and different spices, to make your own special blend.

Layer inside cored apple teeny dabs of butter and sugar blend.

Microwave 4-5 mins and allow to cool a little before serving.

This is a perfect and warm dessert that isn’t too heavy or calorie-ridden. Although…you could always serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream for extra deliciousness ;)