Mama’s Cold Brew

The hardest part of this recipe is the wait time! 

I’ve been making cold brew for about 3 years. I started out following The Pioneer Woman’s recipe but I soon dropped the recipe and used my tried and true method: dump a few things and hope for the best. This last time I made it I tried really hard to pay attention to the amounts I was dumping so I could post the recipe here!

First, I get out my Pyrex Measuring Bowl and pour in half of a bag of coffee (1/2 of a pound ish). I used this kind the last two times and it’s delicious!

Then, I pour water over the coffee to fill the bowl, throw on the lid, and put it in the fridge. Now, wait for 8-48 hours. The Pioneer Woman says 8 hours should suffice but sometimes I just don’t have a chance to get to it for a day or two. It’s never turned out badly!

Okay, next step. Get yourself a mesh strainer, some cheesecloth or paper towels, and a smaller Pyrex measuring cup

The strainer goes over the small Pyrex and the paper towels go inside the strainer.

Pour your cold brewed coffee over the paper towels in the strainer. When your measuring cup gets full, pour it into a storage container (i.e. mason jars, or cute and clean juice bottles).

Continue this until you are pouring mostly grounds into the strainer. Then, squeeze the grounds to get out every last caffeinated drop! 

Now the good part: making your iced coffee! I always do 1 part cold brew to two parts other liquid since the cold brew is so strong. You could do water, milk, almond milk, creamer, or whatever you love. I usually do almond milk! Add a dash of cinnamon and a couple drops of vanilla extract to take it to the next level.


Whole30: My 1st Week

On July 31, I started the Whole30, a nutritional reset involving thirty days of no added sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, alcohol, or many of the weird ingredients that are common in processed foods! Can you believe it? Each of my meals before July 31 contained one several of these things! It may seem crazy to do a Whole30, but for me, it seems necessary. I have struggled with my weight for a decade (!!), since I was just a middle schooler. And this needs to stop – the fad diets, the emotional eating, the yo-yo-ing (is that even a word?), and the need to finish the whole bag of chips or box of cookies. I hope to gain self-love, energy, and “food freedom”.

Let me just tell you…the first three days were HARD. Day 3, especially. Oh Day 3 was the worst. I had headaches all day, was irritated at everything, and worst of all, I was exhausted! But then I found this ‘timeline‘ of the average whole30, and I realized thankfully that this could be over soon. My KILL ALL THE THINGS days just came a little earlier! Phew. I am normal. Surprisingly, I haven’t yet been craving too many things that I can’t have..just an Oreo, one single Oreo.

Okay, let’s get into what I’ve been eating!
My normal breakfast is eggs & a banana or if I’m lucky, I’ll go for this delicious Sweet Potato Hash. And believe me, if you try this recipe, it will change your life. It is delicious and I think I might have to go make it before I can finish this post!
Nom Nom Paleo Sweet Potato Hash

Okay, I’m back. My typical lunch is leftover meat from the night before & some sauteed veggies! My favorite mix of veggies is zucchini, yellow squash, and mushrooms. Or if I’m lazy I’ll make some eggs and add some homemade spaghetti very own egg-hetti or spag-eggi.
Grilled Zucchini & Mushrooms

My dinner is pretty much the same as my lunch. Once, I got really inspired and made Citrus Carnitas. I had a really heavy hand squeezing my limes, and it was way too citrus-y, but follow this recipe and you’ll be golden!
Citrus Carnitas

I’ll try to do another update next week!

DISH | January

See what we’ve been eating:

First up, Asian Grilled Chicken from Skinnytaste. It’s deliciously simple & we ate it with rice.

Asian Grilled Chicken

One chilly day we had Bacon Cheeseburger Soup cooking in the crock pot! It was so delicious, filling, and downright awful for you. The best!!

Crockpot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Philip and I also made deliciously fattening MOINK balls! They are BBQ meatballs wrapped in bacon & are definitely one of our favorites! You could serve them with salad to balance out the meal or with sweet potato tots like we did! We loved dipping them in spicy ranch dressing. Oh, and as apartment dwellers we have this grill pan instead of the real thing – it works spectacularly & we suggest everyone have one!

MOINK balls

We DO eat healthy sometimes though! This Greek chicken is delicious with green salad & grapes!

Greek Chicken

Hint: Click through each picture for the recipe! And here’s my Pinterest board of our favorite recipes!