Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Food Hussy Giveaway: Izzy's Codfather Lenten Giveaway!

With today being Ash Wednesday - that means Lent is here and fish frys will be on every corner of our great city. That said - there's someplace else you can go to get some great meals every day of the week - including meat-free on Fridays! 

This pic gives it away - our friends at Izzy's always welcome you with that tub of zingy pickles ready for you to snack on as soon as you sit down. They sent us a gift card to check out their Cod sandwich as well as their other offerings and give you a chance to get some Izzy's for yourself!

Larry wasn't ready for Lent so he got a traditional Reuben - sans the sauce - and loved it as always. They were also very accommodating since he's allergic to eggs and can't eat their potato pancakes and offered up pasta salad, potato salad, pretzels or chips.

We tried this before Lent - so I just went for the traditional Battered Cod sandwich served on soft fragrant rye bread with a potato pancake. I was so hungry and ready to dig in!!!

During Lent - they change it up a bit and feature "The Codfather" which is one of their delicious tavern cut cod filets, battered with Izzy's special blend of spices and seasonings but it will be served on a kaiser roll with lettuce and tartar sauce. It comes with cole slaw or your choice of a side for only $6.99. 

I loved their battered cod - the seasonings in the batter are fantastic. The outside is super crispy and the inside is light and flaky - just how delicious cod should be! 

In addition to the Codfather - Izzy's menu is full of delicious Lenten friendly dining options, such as: 
  • Tuna Melt $7.99: All-white albacore homemade tuna salad served open faced on whole wheat bread with melted imported Swiss cheese. Served with pasta salad
  • Veggie Reuben $7.99: Olive topil√≥v with diced fresh tomatoes piled high with sauerkraut and melted imported Swiss cheese on a toasted telera roll.
  • Boneless Cod $8.89: Cod battered with Izzy’s special blend of seasonings on rye bread with tartar sauce.
  • Cod Reuben $9.29: Battered cod, homemade spicy tartar sauce and sweet-n-sour coleslaw topped with melted American cheese on rye toast.
  • Tuna Salad Sandwich (All White) $7.49: All-white albacore homemade tuna salad mixed with sweet relish, topped with lettuce and tomato on a toasted telera roll.
  • Egg Salad Sandwich $6.49: Homemade with spicy mustard, mayo and a pinch of special seasonings, topped with lettuce and tomato on rye toast.
  • Tuna Wrap $7.99: All-white albacore tuna salad with lettuce, diced tomatoes and melted imported Swiss cheese.

So let me know which Lenten special you want to try and we'll give one of you a $20 gift card so you can take you and yours to Izzy's yourself!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Food Hussy Recipe: Roasted Pork Loin & Veggies with IKEA Whole Grain Mix

This post is sponsored by IKEA. All opinions are my own.

I'm mildly obsessed with the new IKEA PS Collection - basically it's how I would like to live. It's clean lines with bright colors all over the place! You have to go check it out! In addition to the cute home furnishings - they've added to their food selection with this collection.  

First up are the IKEA Mix of Grains packets ($3.49). There are two flavors available - the first which I tried is a whole grain with dried porcini mushrooms and spices and the second is a mix of garlic, lemon, jalapeno and lingonberry.

These whole grain mixes are super easy to use - just a cup of water plus the grains and you're done. You bring the liquid to a boil and then leave it set for 10 minutes. As I was cooking it - I wanted to add a little more moisture so I added probably another 1/2 cup of chicken broth. That's a great tip too - if you're cooking rice/grains and think they're too bland - use chicken broth instead of water - it adds just a bit of extra flavor for you.

This is a great healthy side dish alternative to rice, pasta or potatoes - there's so much nutrition it's ridiculous! Also what I love is there's no chemicals or anything you can't pronounce - simple good ingredients.

To go along with my whole grains - I cooked up a small pork loin. The easiest thing to do with a pork loin is grab your favorite seasoning mix (this one is Colonel De's Garlic Goodness) and rub it all over the pork loin. I let that rest for a bit while I prepped my veggies.

A simple way to cook veggies is to roast them - you just throw them on sheet pan - making sure they're all about the same size or consistency - and sprinkle them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them at 425 for 20 minutes - maybe a little less for soft veggies like these and a little more for things like potatoes. Roasting at a high heat really locks in all that veggie flavor and yet adds a nice crispy texture to them. So delicious!

With my pork loin - I used a pan that can go from stove top to oven. So I seared the pork on all four sides first and then popped it in the oven.

I checked on it after a bit - always check your temp on pork and chicken - with pork you want a touch of pink on the inside and that comes at 155 degrees. So this wasn't quite done - it just needed a few more minutes. The nice thing was - it was in the oven with the veggies - so it was easy to get it all done at the same time.

And there you have a well-balanced meal packed with nutrition and the IKEA PS Whole Grain Mix was the start of it!

The pork was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside - that's because I seared it before I put it in the oven - that is the key! Then I topped the whole grains with the roasted veggies and it really was a wonderful combo. The whole grain mix had porcini mushrooms so just adding a few more mushrooms in was a great addition.

The PS Collection also has these new drink mixes ($4.99) with three flavors and something they call Bacillus coagulans. There are 1 BILLION of these per serving of the drink mix. Now - what is it? Well - short explanation: it's a probiotic that is good for you. Long explanation - go here.

They also have these cute cups in their PS Collection that I just loved! They come in hot pink or navy and are $5.99 each. It's got a silicone sleeve and lid so it can be used for hot or cold drinks.

I love that IKEA gives you insight as to why they designed things - here are the designer thoughts that created this glass cup:

”I wanted to make a simple cup, the kind that you really want to take everywhere so I drew inspiration from regular paper cups and used the benefits to create a cup that’s kinder to our environment. The result became IKEA PS 2017 cup with lid. It’s made from durable glass, with a sleeve that keeps you from burning your fingers. This is a cup to keep by your side, whether you’re at home or at the office, on the go or taking it easy.” - Designer Iina Vuorivirta

 These drink mixes are really good - my favorite is the raspberry but they're all good.The other thing I like is that they're not overly sweet - you really feel like you're drinking something with some bang for the buck and not just a Kool-aid for grown ups.

I hope you've enjoyed your peek into the new IKEA PS Collection and be sure to stop out and check it out - I'm seriously obsessed. I already got this cool lamp and I have a feeling these hot pink candlesticks are next!

Roasted Pork & Veggies with IKEA Whole Grain Mix

- pork loin
- favorite seasoning mix
- broccoli & mushrooms, sliced
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- IKEA Whole Grain Mix
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

- Preheat oven to 425
- Rinse off your pork loin and pat dry with a paper towel
- Rub the seasoning mix all over the pork loin and let rest
- Spread your broccoli & mushrooms on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper
- Heat oven-proof skillet with olive oil and sear pork loin on all sides
- Once pork loin is seared, pop the skillet into the oven along with your sheet of vegetables
- Roast for 20-25 minutes (might want to take the veggies out a bit before your pork)
- While pork & veggies are roasting, heat chicken broth on stove in a small pan and add the IKEA Whole Grain Mix
- Once liquid is boiling, turn off burner and put the lid on
- Check the temp on the pork to be sure it's 155 degrees (no more! don't dry it out!)