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.

Sweets & Vino…

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On a trip to the grocery store to buy wine last night, I had a realization: I also wanted something sweet.

Eating ‘clean’ starts to mess with your sweet tooth after awhile.  There are only so many apples that can fill that void.

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Imagine my utter delight when I found a cookie/brownie hybrid by the culinary wizard, Betty Crocker.

The best of both worlds.

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As I learned last night, if you’ve never had wine and cookiebrownies, you’re missing out.

It’s as good, I realized this morning, as coffee and cookiebrownies.

A Recipe Book for the Ages…

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Over the holidays while visiting The Boyfriend’s family, I saw his mom had a Better Homes & Garden Cook Book.  Hers was one of the old school red and white gingham binders from the 70’s, stuffed to the brim with hand written notes and yellow fraying recipes from years of use.

I loved it.

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So while out stocking up on glassware last week, I came across the perfect little book to hold all my future recipes.  I’ve always heard the best ones come from word of mouth, from tried and true recipes passed down from generation to generation.  And now I have the perfect little book to hold all of them.

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As I perused her recipes, a collection amassed from the last 20-30 years from friends, family and magazines, I realized (thankfully) food has drastically changed over the years.  Most of her older recipes involved a jar of mayonnaise or some form of gelatin, neither which is one of my favorite ingredients.

Except I do like my frenchie frites and aioli…

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And while I did receive Fifty Shade of Kale for Christmas, I agree that family recipes are usually the best.

But for some reason, I’m thinking Fifty Shades of Kale isn’t as interesting as its predecessor.

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…

 

For the Foodie…

For the foodie in my life.

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Actually, if I’m being honest, its for me.  The Boyfriend isn’t a foodie, per se, it’s more a ‘I cook and he eats’ situation.

So for our present,  I found these gourmet salts from all over the world.  Since we have gotten into eating fresh and cooking our own meals (again let me reiterate, I cook) I’ve been looking for new spices, salts, etc, to experiment with when cooking.

I’m refining my salt palate.

Foodies…Zucchini Pasta

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I have been trying to cook more and eat out less, as in more fresh foods and less processed.  With The Boyfriend’s birthday last week, we have been doing quite a bit of cocktails and dinners out.  So last night I made zucchini spaghetti and it was surprisingly delicious.

I bought a spiralizer on Amazon and am amazed.  You can make spaghetti out of anything, zucchini, carrots, squash, etc.  And most importantly, it’s easy to use and clean.

Next on the menu, cauliflower pizzas.  Not so sure about this one though…

Pinterest & Pancakes

As I do most weekends, I spent far too many hours on Pinterest this past weekend.  I found a recipe for blackberry pancakes earlier in the week and emailed it to The Boyfriend asking him to make them for me.

Hmph.  I received no pancakes.

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So this weekend, The Boyfriend said blueberry pancakes sound delicious (yes, they always do when you don’t have to make them) so I went to the store and fired up Pinterest.

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12,000 pancake recipes later I finally found one.

Next time, he’s making pancakes…

Easter Peeps…

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The Boyfriend is traveling without me this Easter so I wanted to make a little something for him to take for him and his family.

Not sure if choco/sprikle dipped peeps will make it through security but I’ll leave that to The Boyfriend.

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I’ve never been in contact with a peep before so this was a first.  I was watching the morning news the other day and they had a segment

‘Top 5 Things to do with Peeps’

so here we go…

peeps in choco

For such a cute little Easter gift, it’s so simple.

Just a choco bath of melted chocolate and a little milk, I use Silk.

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Then into a bowl of sprinkles.

Let cool.

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The Boyfriend and his family are running in a 10k so I’m sure they’ll appreciate some choco-covered marshmallows afterwards.

Happy Good Friday!

Drink your Greens…

veggies

{after a long day at the farmer’s market}

The Boyfriend and I have taken a turn of the healthier.  That said, I had the most amazing Malbec at dinner last night.

To kick-start this healthier lifestyle, I bought a juicer and have been googling recipes from my favorite detox juiceries.

Here’s my fave…

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{Green Juice}

  • head romaine
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 5 kale stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1/2 bunch watercress
  • dash of cayenne

I’ve also made cucumber water, which is oddly delicious, but next on my list to tackle is vanilla cashew milk.

Now I’m off to Starbucks for some coffee.  Old habits die hard…