chi-chi-chi-chia…

After consuming copious amounts of…everything this weekend (I recall some pizza, thai and at least a vineyard of wine), I decided it was time to start my week off healthier.

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Back when I did Whole30 (don’t do it, you can’t drink wine; whatever that’s about), I used to eat chia and fruit every morning.

Actually it might have been for my second breakfast because my first one usually left me starving.

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Mix chia, milk of your choice, sweetener and vanilla extract.

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 It’s no choco-chip pancakes with a side of mimosas (no orange juice please) but does pack a powerful anti-oxidant punch.

And is surprisingly decent good.

christmas came early…

My life will never be the same.

Brilliantly, I decided to do my Christmas shopping earlier than Christmas Eve this year.  I’m currently working on trying to reduce the amount of stress in my life.  Baby steps.

I asked each family member for a list, so while perusing the internets for waders for the fly fisherman in my life (lesson learned, don’t ask people what they want) I found a 20% off coupon for a Keurig.

IMG_0406So happy early Christmas to me.  Except for the fact I’m pretty sure my general contractor threw my old one away (I need to keep closer eye on him).

Now back to looking at waders online.

After which I’m headed over to my contractor’s house to throw away his coffee maker.

 

lean & green (side of chocolate)…

It seems green juice is universal.

Normally I start my day with green juice.  But that’s Louisiana and this is Hawaii.  So I’ll normally start my day with a mimosa (“no orange juice please”) and if I ‘accidentally’ had a glass (or two) too much of wine the night before (a common mistake around here), a chocochip waffle.

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“Do you want that gluten-free?”

“It’s a chocolate chip waffle.  Honestly, at this point just leave the gluten in there.”

Green juice and gluten free chocochip waffles.  What is the world coming to.

Where is my mimosa (no orange juice please)?

Fall Cocktails…

This morning I woke up to a bit of a “cold front” (it’s currently 8am and 70 degrees) and it’s gotten me in the mood for fall.  Think sweaters, cashmere knit over the knee socks and, of course, cocktails.  All of my favorite fall things…

When we moved from Texas to Louisiana I had thought (hoped) the 9 or 10 bottles of Maker’s we have acquired over the years might stay behind.  They did not.  Our bar cabinets look like a distillery.

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So this time last year, to deplete our bourbon stash, I found recipes for homemade cider.  This year it’s a take on a bellini, which is  personal fave of mine.

Last week The Boyfriend and I went to breakfast at Fleur-di-lis Cafe on Chartres and had early morning peach bellinis.  I’ve been googling bellini recipes and came across this recipe on pinterest (obviously).

Cocktail night!

  • puree apple and squeeze of lemon
  • add a drop into a champagne flute, add apple bourbon (I’m using some Maker’s, I have got to get rid of this stuff)
  • top with prosecco

   Voila.  Fall cocktails.

a morning boost…

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I’m over juicing.

It’s labor intensive and takes me an eternity to make one drink.  And in the end, the drink ends up costing me $26 in produce, not to mention ginger and bizarre additions like turmeric or parsley.

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Where does one go post-juicing fade?  I’m not quite sure, but I own a costly blender and decided to put it to use.

So this is what I’ve been calling my ‘morning boost’.  I need one.  I’m laaazy.

I use a handful of each ~blueberries, raspberries and kale~ add cocowater and lemon.  Sprinkle with chia seeds and voila.

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And since moving my Saturdays have become less my own, I’m off to Home Depot to take a class on “How to Tile.”  Hopefully this will help me pay attention because tiles don’t seem to hold my attention quite like an issue of Vogue does…

nomnom…Collard Green Wraps

DSC_0010After a week of vacation (no more rum punch ever please) followed by a week of birthday girl celebrations, I need a smidge of a healthy restart.

My body will thank me, actually it’s begging me desperately for it.

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So after spending a morning of juicing cucumbers, ginger and lemons to make a detox water (actually juicing only took two minutes, whereas the rest of the morning was spent cleaning my juicer), I started in on lunch.

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On Pinterest (honestly where else?) I have been seeing people sub-out carbs for various veggies for clean eating.  Use sweet potatoes instead on buns for sliders (tried that one), bell peppers instead of chips for nachos (no thanks, nachos are literally perfect as is) and collard greens as to make wraps.

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So I made some lemon-oregano chicken for The Boyfriend, added some hummus from the greek place around the corner and various chopped veggies.

Perfect way to kick-start a healthy week.  But then I realized it’s already Thursday and I’m meeting a friend for cocktails tonight.  Well, you gotta start somewhere.

 

nomnom…Roasted Cabbage

Weekends derail my attempts at eating healthy.

There’s always something about margaritas on a sunny patio.  But never fail, come Monday, we are back on track.

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I found the recipe for this on one of the various blogs/websites I read daily and have been meaning to make it.  I went to the grocery store yesterday and cabbage was 2/$1.  The Boyfriend pointed out it’s probably because cabbage is so gross.DSC_0009

Anything this simple quickly becomes a favorite in my cooking repetoire.  I made a mix of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt & pepper.  Oven.  Done.

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And The Boyfriend is wrong.  Cabbage is not gross.  It’s pretty good.

It’s no Oreo malt from around the corner good, but then again, nothing is.

nomnomnom…Edamame ‘Hummus’

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Several years ago when traveling in Houston, I had to eat by myself at a sushi restaurant; it was my first time ever eating alone.

And I remember while leaving thinking that I must make for some boring company (I couldn’t even keep myself entertained, I think I read like eight magazines), I also left with a new way to make hummus.

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It’s super simple.

Anything where the food processor does all the work and I don’t have to go near the oven is always especially great.

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Not to mention it’s Whole30 friendly.

Replace chickpeas with edamame then add lemon, garlic, cilantro and olive oil.

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Voila.

Foodies…Tortilla Soup

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After the absolute diet disaster that was the holidays, with cookies and cocktails at every turn, my body started craving something fresh and healthy.

And some wine.

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Looking through recipe book after recipe book, I finally decided on a whole30 version on tortilla soup.

Super easy, just lots of prep work…

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I started with a base of onions, carrots, red bell pepper, roasted poblanos, jalapeño and tomatoes.  DSC_0016

Sauté all together til soft.

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Add 4 cups vegetable broth and a little tomato paste, simmer for 20 minutes.  I used a spice blend of cumin, San Antonio chili powder and red pepper flakes.

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Of course I had to make a little pico to garnish.  Mine was vegan but added a little grilled chicken for The Boyfriend.

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Super delicious and very light.

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Oh, and most importantly I got to use my new adorable little owl measuring cups.

Now about that wine…

 

The Holidays & Apple Pie

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For the holidays, we came to visit family in New Orleans.

One of my favorite places to go and always I especially love it around the holidays.

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Apparently everyone is on a health kick lately, so we looked up paleo-friendly, sugar-free, and so on and so on, recipes to replace the tried and true holiday favorites.

I was in charge of helping with the pecan crusted cinnamon apple tart.  I helped by slicing all the apples and then by eating most of the apples.  I’m not the best helper.

I also had a glass of wine while doing all this so I also can’t really speak for my craftsmanship.