End Cat Dissection in Schools and Protect Frogs From Extinction: 10 Petitions You Should Sign This Week to Help Animals

Critically endangered frog

Sign these animal petitions — protect frogs from extinction, pass the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, end cat dissection in schools, and more!

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47 Goats and a Brood of Hens Were Saved From Floods in India By Five Hero Dogs!

dog and goat

Recently, in Kerala, India, 47 goats and a brood of hens were saved from severe floods by five pet dogs! Amazingly, they helped each other survive!

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The Best Chicken Brinerade

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I’m working on a post about cooking juicy, flavorful chicken breasts, and before I publish that, I wanted to post my very favorite brinerade for chicken, with a printable.

The best chicken brinerade

I got this recipe from Cook’s Country and my goodness, it’s SO useful.

What’s a brinerade?

It’s a cross between a marinade and a brine.  So, it’s got way less water than a brine does, and it’s basically a really salty marinade but with no acid.

(ATK/CC/CI feel that acidic marinades make chicken mushy, not tender.)

brinerating chicken

What does a brinerade do?

It does an amazing job of making chicken tender, juicy, and flavorful, in very short order.

A quick 90 minute (or overnight if you like) soak in a few pantry ingredients will transform your chicken. Seriously.

What’s in this brinerade?

A few ingredients that you probably have on hand already!

brinerade

  • oil
  • water
  • sugar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic

I know it seems like this should not make a big difference in your chicken, but trust me, it does.

Should you brinerate in a dish or a bag?

I always brinerate my chicken in a glass lidded Pyrex dish, which works great for me and avoids a single-use plastic bag.

But a plastic bag also will work fine.

What should you use brineraded* chicken for?

*is this a word? I don’t know!

I use this recipe whenever I need basic chicken for a dish.

For instance, it’s great in chicken salads, chicken pasta, on green salads, and in sandwiches. And it’s also tasty enough to be eaten just on its own, or with a sauce.

brineraded chicken

Give this a try if you struggle with chicken breasts! And stay tuned next week for a post with more tips about cooking chicken breasts.

(email subscribers, click here to visit the post on the blog to see the printable recipe.)

The Best Quick Chicken Brinerade

The Best Quick Chicken Brinerade

Yield:
4 chicken breasts
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Additional Time:
1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time:
1 hour 45 minutes

This juicy, flavorful chicken is perfect for sandwiches, salads, pasta, and any other dish that calls for cooked chicken breasts. This chicken is great grilled or cooked on the stovetop.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (6-8 ounce) chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Combine first six ingredients in a lidded container; stir to combine.
  2. Add chicken, toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 90 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  3. Cook chicken on a preheated grill or in a hot pan on the stove until chicken reaches 160°F, flipping once.
  4. Let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information

Yield 4

Serving Size 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 98 Total Fat 10g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 794mg Carbohydrates 2g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 1g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 0g

© Kristen



Cuisine:

American

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Category: Main Dishes

A quick and easy brine/marinade makes chicken breasts juicy and flavorful.

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Burma Superstar Chicken Dal Curry

Chicken Dal Curry is a comforting Burmese stew made with yellow lentils, chicken, ginger, turmeric, curry and spices.

Chicken Dal Curry is a comforting Burmese stew made with yellow lentils, chicken, ginger, turmeric, curry and spices.
Chicken Dal Curry

Although I don’t want summer to end, I am looking forward to more braised dishes and stews. This dish satisfies both my cravings for curry and chicken stew, combining two of my favorite comfort foods. More comfort food chicken recipes I also love, Chicken Coconut Curry, Filipino Chicken Adobo, and Instant Pot Latin Chicken Stew with Corn.

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10 Of The Best No Fly Holidays From the UK

Who needs planes? We’ve found 10 great no fly holidays from the UK that save money, and the planet By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi We all love to travel, there’s no doubt about it. But as conscious travellers know well, tourism has a meaningful impact on our planet. Flying has a particularly damaging effect on the environment, as the aviation industry produces 2.5% of total carbon emissions. This could potentially rise to 22% by 2050. For those who wish to take steps towards being more environmentally conscious this summer, here are a few ways holidaymakers reduce their carbon footprint: Rather than pack travel toiletries, decant your existing toiletries into reusable travel containers — this means you are not contributing to further plastic reduction and helps to reduce the amount of plastic waste. Choose public transport when abroad – getting the train from the airport is much better for the environment and is usually cheaper than getting a taxi. Take part in activities that have a good environmental impact – many destinations offer beach clean-up activities or involve some form of wildlife preservation. Do your due diligence on the resorts and hotels you choose — finding out the environmental records of hotels […]
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Crispy Potatoes with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

Ever since I made that Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing a couple weeks ago I’ve been using everything and anything as a vehicle to get it in my mouth. 😅 One of my favorite vehicles, by far, are potatoes. So this week I made these Crispy Potatoes with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing as sort of a deconstructed potato salad. Just drizzle the dressing on top, sprinkle a few green onions in there, and DEVOUR.

Overhead view of a cast iron skillet containing crispy potatoes with lemon dill tahini dressing, a bowl of dressing and bowl of green onion on the side

What to Serve with Crispy Potatoes with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

So, I totally just ate them right out of the skillet, but I know some (read: most) of you will want to know what kind of meal to pair this with, so here are a few suggestions. I think these Crispy Potatoes with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing would be an awesome side to some Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers, Sun Dried Tomato, White Bean, and Kale Skillet, or Vegetarian French Dip Sandwiches. If you’re a meat eater, these potatoes would make a great side to just about any grilled or roasted meat. 

How to Store Crispy Potatoes with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

These potatoes are undoubtably the best right after cooking, when they’re crispy. You’ll want to drizzle the dressing on just before eating because if left on too long the dressing will tend to soak into the potatoes. So, if you plan on storing some of these to eat as leftovers I suggest keeping the three components separate (potatoes, dressing, green onion). Reheat the potatoes in a skillet to crisp them up again, then add the dressing and green onions just before eating.

Do I have to use baby gold potatoes?

Nope! I just happen to be in love with these tasty little potato-lettes, so I was okay with paying the premium price for them. But if this type of potato doesn’t fit your budget you can use regular sized Yukon Gold Potatoes or red skinned potatoes. I like the Yukon Gold or red potatoes because they have a creamier texture than the slightly more grainy texture of russet. If using larger potatoes, simply dice them into large cubes before boiling.

Close side view of a skillet full of potatoes topped with tahini dressing and green onion

 

Crispy Potatoes with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

These Crispy Potatoes with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing are like a deconstructed vegan potato salad, with a creamy homemade dressing.

Crispy Potatoes

  • 1.5 lbs. baby potatoes* ($3.29)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil ($0.08)

Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder ($0.02)
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill ($0.05)
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • freshly cracked pepper ($0.03)
  • 1/4 cup tahini ($0.75)
  • 1/4 cup water ($0.00)
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice ($0.09)
  • 2 green onions ($0.09)
  1. Place the potatoes in a pot and add 1/4 tsp salt and enough water to cover the potatoes by one inch. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat on to high, and allow the water to come to a boil. Boil the potatoes for 8-10 minutes, or until they are fork tender.

  2. While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, dried parsley, salt, some freshly cracked pepper (about 10 cranks of a pepper mill), tahini, water, and lemon juice to a bowl. Stir or whisk until smooth. If the dressing is too runny, place it in the refrigerator and it will thicken as it chills.

  3. Drain the potatoes and let them cool for 5 minutes, or until they are cool enough to handle. Once slightly cooled, slice the potatoes in half.

  4. Add 2 Tbsp cooking oil to a non-stick skillet (I prefer cast iron for this recipe). Heat the oil over medium-high. Once hot, add the potatoes. Let the potatoes cook, stirring only occasionally, until they are browned and crispy on the outside (about 10 minutes total).

  5. While the potatoes are frying in the skillet, slice the green onions.

  6. Remove the skillet from the heat and either transfer the potatoes to a serving dish or use the skillet as the serving dish. Drizzle a generous amount of the lemon dill tahini dressing over top, then add the green onions. Serve immediately.

*see the notes above the recipe for instructions on using other types of potatoes.

Scroll down for the step by step photos!

Half eaten skillet of crispy potatoes with lemon dill tahini dressing and green onions

Step by Step Photos

Add potatoes, salt, and water to the pot

Add 1.5 lbs. baby potatoes, 1/4 tsp salt, and enough water to cover the potatoes by one inch to a pot. Place a lid on the pot, then turn the heat on to high, and allow the water to come up to a boil. Boil the potatoes until they are fork tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing dripping off a spoon into a white bowl.

While the potatoes are boiling, make the lemon dill tahini dressing. Add 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp dried dill, 1/2 tsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp salt, some freshly cracked pepper (about 10 cranks of a pepper mill), 1/4 cup tahini, 1/4 cup water, and 3 Tbsp lemon juice to a bowl. Whisk or stir until it is smooth. If your dressing is super runny, just pop it in the refrigerator and it will thicken up as it cools.

Boiled Potatoes sliced in half.

Once the potatoes are tender, drain them in a colander and let them cool for a few minutes, or just until they are cool enough to handle. Once slightly cooled, slice them in half.

Crispy fried potatoes in a cast iron skillet

Add 2 Tbsp cooking oil to a non-stick skillet. I prefer cast iron for this one, and I’m using the 10″ Lodge cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet over medium-high. Once hot, add the potatoes and cook them until brown and crispy, about 10 minutes, stirring only occasionally. Remove the skillet from the heat.

Sliced green onions on a cutting board

While the potatoes are frying, slice two green onions.

tahini dressing being drizzled over potatoes, close up

Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish, or leave them in the skillet if you want to use that as your serving dish. Drizzle a liberal amount of lemon dill tahini dressing over the potatoes.

Finished crispy potatoes with lemon dill tahini dressing and sliced green onions

Finally, top with the sliced green onions and serve immediately. YUM.

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Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls made with chunks of fresh tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, scallions cut on the bias served on a bed of steamed rice – YES please!!

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls made with chunks of fresh tuna, avocado, cucumbers, spicy mayo, scallions cut on the bias served on a bed of steamed rice.
Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl

My poke bowl obsession runs as deep as my sushi obsession and I am not alone! In the past year or two, New York has exploded with poke bowl restaurants from the NYC to the end of Long Island. But the great news, it’s just as easy to make from scratch! More recipes like this spicy tuna poke bowl you may like are Ahi Poke Bowls with Mango, California Shrimp Stacks and California Spicy Crab Stuffed Avocados.

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After Years of Investigations, Grocery Stores and Food Standard Organizations are Cutting Ties With Cruel Hogwood Pig Farm!

Sad pig in factory farm

Charity Viva! investigated the cruel Hogwood Farm for three years. The cruelty can no longer be ignored; the farm is being ditched by important businesses!

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10+ Great Ayurvedic Beauty Brands To Try

Looking for personalised beauty regimen? Why not try some natural Ayurvedic beauty brands? By  Supriya Talupuru After enjoying 5000 years of popularity in the East, Ayurveda is finally becoming a big beauty trend in the West.   A system of natural healing that originated in India, Ayurveda is designed to balance the body through the correct diet, exercise and skincare, based on your constitutional type, or ‘dosha’. Don’t know your dosha? Find out here whether you’re vata, pitta, or kapha–or a combination of more than one. Once you’ve determined that, you’ll be better equipped to find the foods, plants and routines that will work best for you. But Ayurveda is more than approach to health – the English translation of this Sanskrit word is the “Science of Life” or “Knowledge of Life”. Ayurvedic beliefs hold that every part of a plant is of sacred medicinal value. The basic ideology is the while nature has a solution, your own body already knows the answer. Here’s a bit about the way the system works: every part of a plant has immense potential as a medicine. If a plant can be of such great value, imagine the true potential of your own incredible […]
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These Rare Avocados Are Going Viral on Instagram—and You Can Actually Buy Them

Avocados: they’re expensive, dangerous, and anxiety-inducing. Yet they persist. In 2018, Millennials spent nearly half a billion dollars on them. And because Americans can’t get enough of the fatty green fruit, one innovative Florida produce company has decided that the secret to making more money off of avocados was to simply cultivate larger, weirder ones.

RELATED: 26 Amazing Avocado Recipes for the Avo-Obsessed (Yeah, You)

A company called Miami Fruit recently showed off strange take on the avocado, alarming Facebook and Instagram with their freakishly oblong “long neck” avocado. They describe it as one of “dozens of unique varieties not common in any other part of the mainland USA [sic]” that south Florida’s avocado farmers are growing.

 

RELATED: Is It Possible to Eat Too Much Avocado?

Apparently, Miami Fruit has been selling these fascinating specimens for years. As opposed to your average Hass avocado, these are Pura Vida avocados. They’re rarer because they’re usually only found in growing regions like South Florida, as opposed to more common avocado sources like Mexico or California. Most of them grow to around 18 inches, but can reach up to 3 feet in length. They’re also “thick, creamy, savory and slightly sweet” according to Miami Fruit’s Edelle Schlegel, who spoke about the fruit with Today.

For those curious enough to try one, Miami Fruit does sell their long-neck avocados in bulk. But at $47 for an order of between three and six pounds. For a better deal, $197 gets you somewhere between 35 to 45 pounds of long-neck avocado. So if you think that bigger avocado = better value, it doesn’t. Even the big box weighs in at $4.38 per pound of avocado, while the smaller box will set you back a minimum of about $7.83 per pound.

RELATED: 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Avocado

Still, you can beat the novelty of owning an avocado that looks like a gourd. Maybe buy a box and paint them orange so you can enjoy a more autumnal avocado toast? I don’t know, it’s not my money.

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Basil Oil

Making basil oil is so simple, trust me you’ll want to drizzle it all over your chicken, fish, tomatoes, vegetables or with some crusty bread!

Making basil oil is so simple and the end result is so amazing, trust me you’ll want to drizzle it all over your chicken, fish, tomatoes, vegetables or just eat it with some crusty bread! 
Basil Oil

Every summer my garden is overflowing with fresh basil which we often use in tomato salad, pesto, bruschetta, or to make this simple basil oil that’s delicious on EVERYTHING!! And because it’s just 5 ingredients – extra virgin olive oil, garlic and basil, salt and crushed red pepper flakes – it’s naturally dairy-free, Whole30 approved and vegan.

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Petition: Urge Police to Catch Drunk Guy Who Climbed Onto a Giraffe at a Zoo!

Giraffe at zoo

A drunk guy at a zoo climbed on a fence and on top of a giraffe to ride him — a terrible ordeal for a wild animal already forced to live in captivity.

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