Thursday, July 31, 2014

King Of The Salads

You know how in movies, there's always that character that is simultaneously cool, intelligent, funny and you know they can kick anyones butt? That is this salad. If this were Lord of the Rings, this salad would be Aragorn; if this were Star Wars, it would be Yoda; if it were Harry Potter, this salad is Dumbledore. It is the wolverine, Captain Kirk, King Arthur, Ironman of all salads. 
Here's what it is:
Cut up carrots, diced tomato, grilled corn on the cob (cut off the cob), lettuce, diced avocado and a grilled Morningstar blackbean burger. Is your mouth watering yet? Thought so and you haven't even seen the photos yet . . . 






I promise it will make your soul (and your stomach) happy. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekend Snaps

I headed home for the first time this weekend since moving to Chicago. To say I was excited to be home and see everyone is a total understatement and, while I didn't do any real blogging while there, I have a phone full of snaps that I thought I'd share. 

When does it become unacceptable to hoard up laundry when you know you're going home or am I the only one who does this still?

"How much laundry can you have? Are you ever going to cuddle with me?"

Yes. Yes I am. 

Girls night dinner to kick start the weekend, twinkle lights and all. 



Food art  . . . that I demolished

Saturday morning began by teaching Mufasa about Instagram.

Followed by a manicure. 


 Then right in to a little cooking and baking for my wonderful, quick witted, well-read, Sherlockian Grandpa's birthday.







Once a stud, always a stud. 

Sunday was a lazy day of hanging around, running errands, and, yes, more cuddles. 


My last night was spent with a family dinner where I got to see these little weirdos 


 While I love Chicago, nothing beats escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and coming home to relax and spend time with your favorite people. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kitchen Challenge - Fruit For Breakfast

I've been in a food funk recently. Every day I was eating the same things and was seriously bored with it all. What's a girl to do? Create a challenge!
I decided to challenge myself each week when I'm at the grocery store to buy things that I can make a different way each day that week. What was the inaugural challenge you may ask? Well, well, well my friend it was none other than fruit for breakfast. 
How can you change that up (so full of questions today)? Check this out:
What you need:
-Bananas
-Strawberries
-Blueberries
-Non-fat greek yogurt
-Oats
-Peanut butter
-Honey

1. Breakfast banana split
Slice a banana down the middle (don't cut it all the way through) and fill with peanut butter and fruit. Top with yogurt. 




2. Yogurt and fruit parfait
Layer yogurt, oats, banana coins, cut up strawberries and blueberries



3. Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream with fruit
Make banana ice cream (instructions here) and top with blueberries and cut up strawberries



4. Yogurt, fruit and honey
This is the left over day where you throw together everything you have left. It's not pretty but it's delicious. 
Mix honey in with your yogurt then add banana coins and blueberries

I was running late one day so only got to make breakfast four out of the five work days but let me tell you, they were all amazing! I'm totally pulled out of my food funk and making fun breakfasts is a great way to motivate yourself to get out of bed and start your day. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cauliflower Rice

I am a constant victim of the Pinterest food trap. You know, when you find something that looks amazing and the recipe is "really simple" and full of "things you already have at home". You click on it as you're drooling all over the keyboard and the recipe calls for mixing in this bean that needs to be hand-picked from the third bonsai tree in a never-heard-of country that must be used within 20 minutes of picking or add this spice which costs about $300 dollars a tsp. You know, normal, simple stuff everyone has. Yeah, nope! 
So when I was stalking looking through the brilliant Blogilates site and came across "cheap clean eats" I almost didn't click on it. Almost! 


I made her (Cassey Ho, the mastermind behind Blogilates) cauliflower rice with celery and onions.  First of all, it's delicious. Second of all, this is all you need:

1 cup of Celery 
1 Onion 
1 head of Cauliflower
2 tbs Olive Oil 

Chop up your cauliflower and dice your onion and celery. 

Add olive oil to your pan and sauté your onions over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until soft. 

While you're waiting, throw your cauliflower into your food processor until it has the consistency of rice.


When the onions are ready, add your celery for about 5 minutes. 

 Add your cauliflower, cover the pan and let it sit over the heat for about 10 minutes


Warning: the cauliflower is going to be really hot so don't be a jughead like me and touch it. 

Check that out! It has a subtly sweet taste and, honestly, you forget that it's all vegetables. 


It was my lunch for a few days and was the perfect thing to take to work and just heat up a bit. Guilt free comfort food. 
There's quite a bit of waiting for things to cook in this recipe and while you could use that time to clean up as you go so you don't have to worry about it in the end, I recommend blasting some music and having kitchen dance parties. Make your soul and your stomach happy!
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