3 days of dancing in the desert + several slices of spicy pie pizza + multiple trips to the coolhaus ice cream truck = me not feeling so hot this week. I am going to miss this though….
I’m thinking about doing a cleanse, but in the meantime it’s time to get back on the healthy track. I recently became obsessed with bringing this salad for lunch since it’s so tasty and easy to throw together. I’m not going to give you measurements here since you can just assemble to your liking. The great thing about kale is that you can add your dressing in the morning and it won’t get soggy by lunch – in fact it’s almost better that way. Trader Joe’s Hummus Dressing is my usual go-to, but last time I used a homemade peanut dressing that was super tasty. Of course I didn’t bookmark the recipe but I’m pretty sure it was something like this.
If you’re an avid recipe surfer on Pinterest, then you’ve probably encountered the recent DIY Nutella craze. Come on, homemade nut butters are all the rage! After my almond butter turned out a little….meh, I was hoping that the chocolately goodness of Nutella would redeem my Cuisinart and propel me into hazel-nutty heaven. Boy, am I glad that I didn’t let my failed experiment derail my Nutella dreams. I feel weird calling this “healthy,” but it is so much better for you than the store-bought stuff that I don’t feel guilty for licking it right off the spoon.
Make this now!
Happy Daylight Savings! I’m not sure if that is something people actually say, but I am very happy about the extra hour of sunshine that will be sticking around after work. I’m also happy about the 40% off friends & family sale that I took advantage of today at the Gap today. Hello, new purple pants!
I’ve had this ginger bar recipe bookmarked for a while now from A Full Measure of Happiness (if you are looking for new food blogs, I can’t recommend Lauren’s recipes enough). I tend to gravitate toward desserts that are centered around – or at least involve – chocolate, but something about this recipe caught my eye. It took two different grocery stores to track down the ingredients, and let me tell you, it was totally worth it.
I can’t ignore the elephant in the room. It’s been nearly a month since I’ve posted. Blogging took a back seat to a particularly crazy February, but here I am – back and ready to get you into the kitchen!
Last month I was helping out a certain someone by cooking dinners that fit on phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. I naturally turned to the always-reliable Kalyn’s Kitchen for inspiration. In comes…Spicy Kale “Lasagna!” I’m not going to lead you on any longer. This isn’t your traditional take on the classic dish. Noodles are swapped out for layers of kale – one of the most nutritious (and trendiest) veggies in town.
Does this taste exactly like a gooey, noodle-y lasagna? Nope. But, we thought it was really good for a healthy and low-carb meal. Don’t skimp on getting the hot italian sausage – it makes the dish!
It’s almost time for the SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!
Did I fool you? Did you think I was excited for the game? Truth be told, I don’t care about the NFL. However, I do love me a good Super Bowl party…especially when I’m hosting and especially when I win the squares pool. Yes, we’ll order pizza and wings, but I’ve been thinking of a few delicious things I can whip up to supplement the take-out.
A perfect excuse to make this chili again! Here is another “throw it in the crockpot and you’re done” recipe that is quickly becoming part of our dinner rotation. Not only is it super-amazing-crazy-delicious, but it’s also loaded with fiber from the beans. Make this now!
Easy breakfast alert! Take half an hour to make these on Sunday night and you are set for the week. There are endless opportunities for ingredient combos. I used spinach and mushrooms, but feel free to customize these to your liking…green onions, tomatoes, zucchini, the list goes on. Plus, they heat up quickly in the microwave and they are great with a little hot sauce. If you’re sick of your breakfast routine make these now!
At the risk of sounding too much like this, I have to say that I LOVE sushi. Writing this makes me a little upset that I haven’t had it in a few weeks. Is it weird that I started eating it when I was three or four? Anyways, in addition to my obsession with sushi goodness, I really enjoy everything else that comes along with a Japanese restaurant. Warm towels, chopsticks, sake, seaweed salad…the list goes on. I especially love those little cucumber salads.
Last weekend I remembered I had 2 cucumbers sitting in the fridge that I never got around to using for a salad I was planning to make. They were probably only good for another day or two so I knew I had to get moving. What to make? A Japanese restaurant style cucumber salad! A quick Google search led me to this Eating Well recipe, and let me say, the result tasted just like I had hoped.
I love three day weekends. I don’t love being sick. But, if I’m going to be sick I’d much rather have the Golden Globes to watch and an extra day to to bum out on the couch.
My goal is to post at least one new recipe a week for you guys, and so far I’m 2 for 2 in the new year. This dinner was super tasty and easy to throw together after work. The recipe said to serve with bread, which I didn’t have on hand, but I highly recommend that you do. There is a lot of insanely yummy sauce that you’ll want to mop up with crusty, carby goodness. Next time I think I’ll throw this entire dish over some whole wheat pasta (thanks for the idea, MG).
Oops! I apologize for the three week hiatus. Sorry, readers (Mom and Viv)! The holidays happened which means I was eating out a lot and not really grocery shopping. I can assure you that I’m back in the swing of things with a fresh trip to the market and a new “WANT TO MAKE!” Pinterest board. Oh, and how could I forget my brand new CrockPot?! How did I not snatch up one of these magical contraptions sooner?
Come to mama…
I’ve been eyeing Kalyn’s Sweet & Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk stew and knew it had to be my first meal in the Crock. This dish is boyfriend-approved and probably one of the Top 5 best things to ever come out of our kitchen. The flavor combo of chili-garlic sauce, ginger, more garlic and a little sugar is unreal.
Not thrilled with the pic of the final product. I can assure you it tastes much better than it looks. By the time I got home from kickball I was so hungry I didn’t have the patience to style a better photo. Plus, it’s super frustrating shooting the first part of a meal in natural light and then having to finish when it’s dark out. The lighting in my apartment is a food bloggers worst nightmare. Any-who, I’ll be ready to make this again very soon and reshoot it. Now, get cooking!