I have a little secret.
I’m not so good at keeping secrets. Unless you count the time I snuck off and bought a new wedding dress three months before my wedding and didn’t tell a single bridesmaid until I put it on.
But I couldn’t keep it from absolutely everyone. I just had to tell someone, you know? So I told my mom. About a week before. Sorry, no pictures of her shocked face during my last visit to the seamstress.
More accurately, I am pretty good at keeping secrets to a point, until I’m about to burst with excitement and want someone to share that with. So if you’re my friend on Facebook, this is going to sound like old news. But for everyone else, I’ve been holding onto something big. Something so big, I’m still a little bit in shock it’s actually happening to ME.
How did this come about? Well, let’s back up. First of all, it would never have happened if not for this little ol’ blog, and my wonderful readers. But there’s one in particular I need to thank. Kristen, are you out there? You, my dear, get the biggest thanks of all because if you hadn’t left this comment
, it would never have even occurred to me to look for a position such as this. In fact, I never would have even thought to head over to Clean Eating Magazine and submit some of my recipes. I certainly wouldn’t have imagined receiving an email from one of their editors a couple weeks later, saying they’d like to consider me for the position of Freelance Recipe Developer and Photographer. Never pictured that I’d be engaging in a series of emails back and forth, challenging me to come up with new recipe ideas fitting their wholesome, nutritious guidelines. And never in a million years did I think it would all work out and that one day this would show up in my inbox:
This is Clean Eating Magazine’s CE Exclusives e-newsletter from May 16th, featuring my recipe. Go ahead, click it. Then click it once more and check out my recipe for Banana-Curry Chicken Foil Packets with Cashew Raisin Quinoa, live on their website, with my name on it and everything!
See, I told you this was a big deal. From here on out, two of my recipes will be published in a Clean Eating Magazine newsletter each month (the newsletter comes out bi-weekly, and one each month will contain two of my recipes.) Not only that, but they will be brand new recipes, never before seen on Cara’s Cravings. They’ll be comprised of clean, natural ingredients, and will align with Clean Eating’s standards of being low in calories, fat, and sodium – and big on taste, of course. If that’s up your alley, be sure to sign up for the newsletter
. Or, just wait an extra week or so when I’ll be featuring them here.
Which brings me to my very first Clean Eating Magazine recipe, Banana-Curry Chicken Foil Packets with Cashew Raisin Quinoa. It’s brimming with colorful veggies and warm spices in a lightly sweet curry sauce that infuses the chicken with flavor as it steams in the foil packet. Paired with a simple quinoa studded with cashews, raisins, and coconut, the meal comes together almost effortlessly. You can view the recipe and nutritional information at Clean Eating Magazine. Try it, and let me know what you think!
PS – Has anyone tried baking with coconut flour since I posted the gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate cupcakes? You must! My new pal Chrysta of CusinEats is the winner of the frosting giveaway in that post. Congrats, girl!