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It’s Thoughtful Thursday, and I am “thought-less.”  Now don’t be mean and go “there”…  So, I decided if not thoughtful then I should at least be helpful and share a few little BIG things.  These items are little gadgets, whatnots, and ideas that changed my life in a BIG way.  In the past, one of the little BIG things included the OXO Good Grips Soap Dispensing Dish Scrubber.  This is a new link as this newest version includes a great caddie that catches water run-off from the sponge (be sure to order sponge refills).  I love it!

little BIG things Have a Snoring Spouse?

Mighty Plugs are the very best earplug you will ever buy!  These earplugs have kept my spouse and me in the same sleeping quarters for years.  Apparently, I snore.  Well, so does he.  I can sleep through his snoring, but he can’t sleep through mine.  So I found these earplugs, and they have been a godsend.  I buy the 12 pack so that it lasts us a year.  Yep, one pair lasts for a month.  They are blended from Beeswax, Cotton & Lanolin.  This advanced moldable ear plug forms to your ear canal each time as you insert it,  to create your own “Perfect Custom Fit.”

He hears nothing.  So now his alarm is his phone under his pillow on vibrate.  A small price to pay for a good nights sleep.

Scandinavian Cheese Slicer

Ok, a Scandinavian Cheese Slicer is not a new item and can be found in many a kitchen.  And yes, it is great for slicing block little BIG thingscheeses into thin, watch your cheese intake, slices.  You still need willpower, but it takes a several of these to make up an ounce, so you feel like you are eating a lot of cheese.  But when you forget to get out the butter from the refrigerator, so it is soft and spreadable for the morning toast, a piece of bread or a cracker, whaddya gonna do?  Option A) destroy the bread, pulverize the cracker or beat the toast into oblivion? Or, Option B) Use the cheese slicer to cut a thin slice of butter that quickly softens.

Hard Cold Butter? Use your cheese slicer

That’s what I thought… Option B.  Now I use Kerry Gold Butter because it is from grass fed cows which is much better for you than regular butter.  Yes, there has been a bit of controversy surrounding the small amount of grain some of the herd is fed.  But read here for the details which seem to be insignificant for most, (Skip down to the section Why I Still Recommend Kerrygold Grass Fed Butter)  but also know that the company is working with the farmers to fix that issue.

The best price for Kerry Gold is at Costco is $7.29 +/- for three bars which are equivalent to 6 American sticks o’butter.

Spiralize Me

This handy little gadget makes vegetables into strings that resemble spaghetti.  It is super easy to use, and we had four zucchini’s spiralized in no time last Sunday.  Now if you have weak hands due to arthritis or some other reason you may want to get a more sophisticated model that you just crank it out.  I have not tried the crank version, but it has to be easier than the one I have.  But for $10 bucks this is all I need, and it takes up no space in the kitchen.  Check out the Handheld Spiralizer here.  The sophisticated crank version here.

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The featured image is the Zucchini Spaghetti we had on Monther’s Day.  See below.

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Sautéed Zucchini Spaghetti with Vidalia Onion, Garlic, and Cherry Tomatoes

When you crave pasta but know better, this is fresh and light and delicious.

Ingredients

4 medium zucchini, washed, cut into 3-4 inches pieces and then spiralized.

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 medium sized Vidalia Onion, thinly sliced and separated

2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated

Preparation

The cooking of this dish is really by all of your senses to manage the proper cooking of each element.  You want the onions and zucchini al dente when finished. You want the cherry tomatoes to “pop” their skin.  Proceed with care…. It will be delicious.

Heat your skillet over medium-high heat.  Once heated, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the skillet lightly.  Add the sliced and separated onion and the crushed garlic and sauté for about 3-4 minutes or slightly translucent.  Stir in the cherry tomatoes and cover for about 3-4 minutes.  Onions and tomatoes should be almost cooked.

Add in spiralized zucchini with salt and pepper to taste and sauté until the zucchini has lost it firmness and is al dente in the mouth.  (taste it!)

Use tongs to remove from veggies from the skillet and place in a bowl.  Freshly grate Parmesan Cheese on the top of the dish and serve immediately.

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Download recipe here: Zucchini Spaghetti

 

That’s all for now.

 

Cheers,

rick

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