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Anti-Cancer Foods and Drinks – Daily Monki Bread

1. Top 10 Food and Drinks for Cancer Prevention (via Care2)
2. What your Portion Size actually looks like! (via fooducate)
3. FDA posts calorie counts on Airplanes, Movie Theaters, Convenience Stores (via Eater)
4. Eat This: Sauteed Potatoes with Chorizo Recipe
5. Top 10 Kitchen Tools to Prepare Vegetables with (via Serious Eats)


A Kitchen Monki Welcome!

Kitchen Monki would like to welcome two new bloggers to the site, John Newman from “Confessions of a Mormon Foodie” blog, and M. Ryan Taylor from his self titled blog “M Ryan Taylor”. John recently posted a new recipe, “Summer Squash Pizza with Roasted Garlic and Creme Fraiche” and M. Ryan posted his “Simple Tomato Salad”. Both of them look delicious and have already added them to my Queue. Welcome to the both of you!

With “Confessions”, John quips about his Utah food adventures, in and out of the kitchen and interjects once and awhile with interesting and curious food news. I’m a big fan of his cooking and recipes naturally and am eager to try his Flag cake next July 4th or Memorial Day. “I love cooking, eating, reading, baking, making music, and being sarcastic.” Sounds like a fun monki to me!

Ryan is a musician, author, director and artist. On his blog, he shares his insights about creativity, health and living a simple life. He is a tremendous singer as well! Check out his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner… Fabulous! Other pieces from this his recordings can be found at http://mryantaylor.bandcamp.com. I’m not a huge spinach fan but I like what Ryan has to say about “Simply Eating Spinach”.

We hope everyone has a chance to visit their blogs for reading worthwhile. In addition, check out John and Ryan‘s collection of recipes on the site and let them know what you think!


Genius Invention – Daily Monki Bread

1. This is sheer Genius!… Standing Rice Paddle (via the food section)
2. 10 Chef’s Favorite Kitchen Tools and Tricks (via Huffpost)
3.  What do people look for on Nutrition Labels?   (via fooducate)
4. 37 Ingredients that make up the Twinkie are photographed (via MNN)
5. Make This: Curried Ground Turkey with Potatoes Recipe


Guest Blog Post: What Is She Doing?!

My name is Laura Barlow, and I’m a contributor on the website HealthyMomsKitchen.com as well as the author of Shedoing.blogspot.com.  I am a huge fan of Kitchen Monki, and was delighted when I was asked to share my story and some of my favorite recipes!

I am an Insulin Dependant Diabetic, and have found that a low glycemic lifestyle (see Nisha Riggs’ Monki Bread guest post on this topic) is the perfect way for anyone, with or without diabetes, to find health, energy, maintain consistent blood sugars, and turn your body into a fat-burning-machine!

I’m not one for fads.  I’m not one for “quick fixes”.  I’m not one for having to eat a separate meal from my family.  I’m not one for extremities.  I wanted a new, healthy lifestyle, that would benefit my entire family, as well as help me lose weight.

Thus began my love affair with Dr. Ray Strand!  He is a “real” doctor (Family Practitioner) who began on a quest to help his wife who had several health issues, feel better.  The combination of science, nutrition, and lifestyle he introduces are simple, yet so powerful!  A lot of it I find falls under “common sense”,  with the rest making more and more sense as you learn and implement it in your life.  It is a lifestyle that encourages a healthy balance of foods, and giving your body what it needs to function at optimal levels.  Once you learn more about what food choices are ideal, the lifestyle comes easily.  I never count calories.  I never eat the same things over and over (unless I want to!)  I feel better because the items I use are fresh, and less likely to be refined or processed.  I never feel “ravenous”, or crave carbs as I have in the past.

Since beginning the low glycemic lifestyle, I have lost and kept off 45 pounds, and I plan on losing another 10-15 by October.  My running has benefited from this lifestyle as well!   I plan on running a 190 mile relay race (Red Rock Relay) in September, and the Sundance Halloween half marathon in October.

What’s in My Fridge” every Wednesday on Healthy Mom’s Kitchen shows my passion for this lifestyle.   I post a new recipe to share my latest creations per what I have on hand in my fridge, or cupboards!  I love how creative I can be with my family’s meals. My family loves low glycemic! My diabetes LOVES low glycemic! I have cut down my insulin use by more than HALF!  Through this lifestyle, you can REVERSE the effects of insulin-resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, not to mention all the health issues you are preventing your kids and family from being susceptible to.  Plus…you just feel AMAZING!!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes I’ve come up with, all low glycemic, diabetic friendly, FAMILY friendly, and just plain YUMMY! (Click on the titles to go to the recipes on Kitchen Monki!)

“3 in 1 Crockpot”

Take two ingredients, and you have the base for 3 different, amazing, and healthy dishes!

The 2 ingredients:

4-5 pork steaks

1 large can of pineapple chunks with own juice (non-sweetened)

Place in crock-pot and slow cook for 5-6 hours.


Meal #1 “Green Salsa Pineapple Pork”

Take the pork from the crock-pot and lightly shred. Smother with your favorite fresh or bottled green salsa. Top with some of the remaining pineapple from the crock-pot, and a little shredded cheese. You can put this over barley, brown rice or couscous, or place in some corn tortillas to make individual tacos.

Meal #2  “Sweet and Sour Pork”

Take the pork from the crock-pot and cut into bite-size cubes. Slice up some red and green sweet peppers and put them into a wok or frying pan with a little non-stick spray. I also like water-chestnuts, and slivered almonds, but they are optional. Add the pineapple from the crock-pot to the pan. Cook until heated through. Stir in cubes of pork until mixed. You can put this over rice, couscous, barley or serve over more steamed vegetables. Chopsticks, optional!

Meal #3 “BBQ Pork”

Take pork from the crock-pot and shred with a fork. Use your favorite BBQ sauce, and mix in with the pork. Add pineapple from the crock-pot. Put this mixture into a whole wheat pita bread pocket, or serve with barley, corn on the cob, or a whole grain wheat roll and salad.

“Quick Kid Friendly Quiche!”

A healthy alternative to a customized pizza! My kids LOVE this recipe!

Place a non-stick-sprayed glass dish in the oven, set to 400 degrees.

1 lb ground turkey sausage cooked, set aside

5-6 eggs

2-3 cups favorite shredded cheese

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Mix eggs, cheese, salt and pepper together. Set aside

10-12 fresh basil leaves, chopped. Set aside 5-6 leaves for top of quiche.

10-12 oz frozen spinach

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 teaspoon of onion salt

Combine all ingredients, except 5-6 basil leaves for the top of the quiche. Carefully take hot dish from the oven, and pour mixture into the dish. Smooth out top, add a light layer of shredded cheese, and place extra basil on top as décor.

Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 25 minutes.

“What’s in our Fridge Skillet?!”

It was 5 o’clock, and this is what I got…A little bit of this….A little bit of that…One great dish!

Leftover cooked chicken breast (2-3 cups)
2 small zuchini
1/2 onion
3 fresh tomatoes
1 can black beans
Bag of frozen spinach
Favorite Salsa
Our favorite chili seasoning
Greek Yogurt
A little shredded cheese

Cut and cube chicken and put in large frying pan. Season substantially with your favorite chili seasoning. Start warming through on medium heat. Chop up zucchini, onion and fresh tomatoes and add to the frying pan, seasoning again with chili seasoning. Take the can of black beans, drain, and add them to the mixture, followed by 2-3 cups of your favorite salsa. As it continues to simmer, add the frozen spinach (1-2 cups) and cook until heated through. Place generous scoops into bowls and top with a dollop of plain Greek Yogurt. YUM!

My newest summer creation!!

“Couscous and Grape Summer Salad”

4-5 cups couscous

2-3 cups halved green grapes

2-3  cups cubed cooked pork or chicken

1 cups slivered almonds

Put in large bowl.

Mix together:

½ cup white wine vinegar

½ cup canola oil

½ orange juice

Pour over salad, and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight. Serve chilled. Refrigerates well for a few days.

“Basil Chicken with Goat Cheese”

The flavor of the fresh basil is AMAZING! Sophisticated enough for adults, yet mild enough for the kiddos!

(Don’t freak about the goat cheese–you can also use cream cheese if you like! BUT…the goat cheese is mighty yummy!)

4-5 Chicken breasts, without skin

4-6oz Seasoned or Plain Goat Cheese (I used goat cheese seasoned with Chive and Onions)

5-7 Fresh Basil Leaves

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Slice the breasts open half way. Insert a couple slices of the goat cheese into the chicken breast. Lay 1-2 fresh basil leaves over the goat cheese. Close chicken breast back together so cheese and basil is adequately tucked inside.

Place prepared chicken breasts in glass dish. Drizzle with Olive Oil and rub over tops of chicken breasts. Sprinkle breasts with Salt and Pepper.

Cook at 350 degrees for about 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours until done.


Laura Barlow



“Healthy” Burgers – Daily Monki Bread

1. The Healthiest Fast Food Burgers you will encounter (via Hungry Beast)
2. What “true” Espresso is and how Americans ruin it (via Salon)
3. 7 Weird Foods eaten while the animal is still Alive (via Weird Worm)
4. Make This: Sweet Corn, Chillies, and Burrata over Fettucine… Recipe
5. Tyson recalls 172 tons of Deli-Meat sold to Wal-mart (via slashfood)


Not in Bottled Tea – Daily Monki Bread

1. Study shows Bottled Teas have virtually No Anti-Oxidants in them (via fooducate)
2. 10 Everyday Superfoods (via Eating Well)
3. Ranchers feeding Red Wine to Cattle to make the meat taste better (via G&M)
4. For the real serious cook: Rick Bayless’s Oaxacan Black Mole with Braised Chicken… Recipe
5. WT..? Moms stage a ‘Nurse-In’ at Arizona McDonalds in Protest of a breastfeeding mom getting kicked out (via Consumerist)


Kitchen Monki – Developments

Since Kitchen Monki was launched earlier this year, members have made many feature requests; stuff they’d like to see on the site that would enhance their overall user experience.  Recently, users have made mention of the mobile site and inquired about having an app for the iPhone/iTouch/iPad.  We wholeheartedly agree that this is needed and something that the community would no doubt embrace.   As well, based on your feedback, we know that Mobile Monki Shopping is one of your favorite aspects of the site and something that you’ve been searching for for a long time.  We are thrilled to oblige, however, we are not resting on our laurels and realize improvements can be made.   In talking with the development team, they are going to revisit the current mobile site later this fall in conjunction with starting the underpinnings of an iPhone app.  As you know these take time so we will be keeping you up to date as to the progress of this project. Stay Tuned to Monki Bread!


Not Your Ordinary Joe – Daily Monki Bread

1. Inside The Secret World of the Trader Joe’s Empire (via Fortune)
2.  What you need to know about the massive Egg Recall (via Salon)
3. China’s 45 Billion Chopsticks need 100 acres of forest every 24 hours (via treehugger)
4. 22 Uses for Lemon Peel (via Care2)
5. Eat This: Keller’s Roast Chicken Recipe


Kitchen Monki – Known Issues v. 1.0

Hi everyone!

The following is a list of some of the known bugs members have encountered on the site.  We are currently working on fixing these bugs and, as mentioned before, we will be giving you status updates on these and other developments around the site.  If you have run into any issues that are not on this list, please feel free to contact us at bug@kitchenmonki.com.  Rest assured, we will get back to you promptly with a response.

Meal Planner

  • Print – Adjusted quantities not showing up/reflected in the ingredient grocery list print-out, reverting back to original entry and not edited version – FIXED
  • Print – small sized font, plan is difficult to read
  • Print – unable to delete items on the grocery list before printing packet

Add Recipe

  • Photo Upload – some jpeg files unable to upload due to size issues for recipe pictures, error message ‘must be .jpeg’, even though it is – FIXED
  • Enter Ingredients – After editing ingredient, expect to Tab over to ‘Save Ingredient’ but tabbing skips over to ‘Continue’ – FIXED
  • Enter Ingredients – if ingredient list is long, the page does not auto scroll down when adding additional items, must be done manually by user – FIXED
  • Enter Ingredients- After ingredient add step, ingredient items are not in order of entry when creating the recipe, must look to find where the ingredient is in the list before adding it to the corresponding step

User Profile Page

  • Send Message – Error message comes up ‘Must enter a valid recipient’s name’, when using apostrophe’s in name ie. O’Connell – NA

Grocery List

  • Quick Add Item – edited quick add item note does not show up when no measure/amount is added.  Adding an amount and measure will make the note appear – FIXED
  • Manager – fractions such as 1/2 get interpreted as 1 instead of 0.5 when editing an item ie. Measures – FIXED

Quick Meal

  • Select Meal - when choosing meals based on meal prep time, ie. 1-15 mins, brings up list with suggestions not in that time frame ie. 60+ mins. – FIXED

Home Page

  • Member Generated Recipes - clicking ‘See More’ at the bottom of the feed goes to recipe exploror and brings up list from the start, rather than where the list leaves off (ie. recipe explorer starts at the most recent recipe, not the subsequent ‘see more’ recipes.

We welcome any and all feedback you have on these known issues.  Please let us know if there is an aspect of the site that we can help you with.

Thanks again for using Kitchen Monki!

Dan Yim

Kitchen Monki Community Director


Milk from the Desert – Daily Monki Bread

1. Dubai to export Camel Milk – three times more Vit. C than cow’s milk (via Huffpost)
2. Egg Co-ops bring you fresh eggs from your community backyards (via treehugger)
3. Gourmet Food Trucks bringing great food to the pedestrian masses (via NPR)
4. Eat This: Jameson Whiskey-Braised Pork Shoulder With Irish Colcannon… Recipe
5. How to make Caramel by Chef Gordon Ramsay (via Youtube)