Staycation

The hubs and I had a week off together and instead of flying out somewhere like we normally do we decided to stick around home and discover some places, food, things that we had not yet explored in LA.

The night (Tuesday night) we made our steak dinner from Sun Basket we went to a comedy show. We love comedy and there’s plenty of it in LA. We love the Comedy Store, but are definitely going to be trying some other spots.

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While there we indulged in this soft pretzel with mustard and since we had an early dinner so we could make it to the show we had hot slices of pizza from Vitos afterwards 🙂

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On Wednesday we woke up and worked out at the gym. We had some errands to run which included grabbing bagels and printing our tickets for Universal. We did all of that and made it home, showered, and headed out.

Once we arrived at City Walk I knew I wanted to try Voodoo Donuts. We got their mango jam filled donut with tang dusted on top! B loved it and I thought it was okay-the Tang made it super tart.

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We arrived at Universal around 2pm and stayed till they closed that night at 6pm. Rides now vs rides when you were a kid are totally different. I was definitely nauseated after a couple…they were still fun 🙂

Of course when we went to Harry Potter world we had to get some butter beer. We got the frozen version and boy was it sweet and delicious!

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I couldn’t believe how realistic they make it all seem and how cool the effects are! I did do a photoshoot with this snowman. Shout out to hubs for always indulging my ridiculousness!

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After a full day of being active and being cold we decided to go for some warm comfort food at home. We got takeout Thai from our favorite Thai Blvd Bistro and brought it home. We stuck with our classic favorites-Pad Thai and Panang curry.

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Before stopping for Thai food we had made a stop to grab dessert at Porto’s. We love this place and it’s so inexpensive!

Thursday we worked out and found a nice little area to walk. We ended up walking to a lunch spot, Blue Table, we had been to once before and split a turkey sandwich and a steak sandwich.

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The steak was the favorite!

We walked from there to a frozen yogurt shop and ended up walking around with our frozen treats. We eventually walked back to our car and drove home.

During this time the hubs had been working on making some sourdough. He created starter and he made us a couple of loaves during the break. You guys, sourdough bread warm out of the oven with butter? It is everything!

On Friday we did a hike and went to brunch at our favorite Leo and Lily’s. I got a turkey club and he got a Buffalo chicken sandwich. We split them and they both ended up being just okay! I don’t know if you can tell, but we really love our sandwiches 🙂

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I think I will leave it off here because Saturday deserves it’s own post. We did a little food crawl around LA and it was super tasty 😉

Do you guys enjoy staycations?

 

 

Meals and snacks

Happy Thursday my friends!

I mentioned a few posts ago that I’ve been in a more snacky mood recently which has been fun, but I’ve also had to reign it in to make sure I get my colors and protein.

To be completely honest I probably do a pretty okay job at getting in my protein, but I do what I can and don’t stress too much about it. I’m great at eating veggies and fruit so the colors part is a little easier for me 🙂

This was a yummy breakfast one day when I wanted something simple. I did eat half a plate of spinach before this while deciding on what to make for breakfast! Eggs, sourdough toast, and tomatoes noms!

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Boom Chicka Pop has my heart with this sweet and salty kettle corn. I LOVE this stuff and have gone through more bags then I can count. If you haven’t tried it, you absolutely need to! It is crack!

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We had lunch out one day and I got Panera’s pick two while the hubby got a bowl from Cava. I picked the chicken frontega and cobb salad and both were yummy. I definitely did not finish everything and had leftover salad later that day as a snack 🙂

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Okay, so I constantly hear about these Mary’s crackers and I always go back and forth about trying them because to be completely honest I don’t know how I feel about paying $5 for a box of crackers! Recently, though I have been huge into cheese and crackers (going back to the snacking) and have been loving trying new ones out. These were on sale for $3 so I figured I would give them a shot and boy am I glad I did! They are nutty and crunchy and so good!

I’ve been eating them with guac, cheddar, brie, hummus, and just straight outta the box. They are so yummy!

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Speaking of brie (and cheese and crackers), I’ve been loving these little individual brie bites from TJ’s. I like that they are portioned out and easy to eat. They are super creamy and delicious!

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This meal is a perfect example of my recent snacky meals. I could eat this and then have grapes for dessert and be perfectly content. I want to say I would be content forever, but we all know that, that would be a BIG lie and I will be onto something else right after this post comes out 😅

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This next item could be a snack or a dessert or your snacky dessert? I don’t know, but it is pretty darn good! These are a Costco find-Greek yogurt bars coated in dark chocolate. The chocolate is actually really creamy and not bitter like in most dark chocolate. The yogurt part inside is like the texture of soft ice-cream, but thicker. It is a little tart, but enjoyable. They go in your fridge so the texture stays consistent!

Both hubs and I have both been enjoying these. They are pretty small, but I am good with half of one usually. Right now, I prefer the vanilla over the strawberry, but that will probably change soon!

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This post has been long enough I think so I will cut it off there! I will see you lovelies Monday with another post, but meanwhile let me know what your favorite snacks are and if you’re eating has changed in the New  Year. Till next time!

 

Full Day of Eating

It’s my first Full Day of Eating post in 2019 and I am here for it!

I love starting my day off with a yummy  breakfast so today it was a bowl of greens, grape tomatoes, potatoes, and eggs! Noms!!

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I’ve been having breakfast later which means later lunch. The only problem with that is during the work week we have earlier dinner so a big lunch means I don’t want to have dinner. My solution? Have a smaller/snackier lunch. I’m happy with that and you guys know I LOVE having little bit of everything so this is perfect!

I decided on a half grilled cheese, greens, tomatoes and a little bit of golden lentil soup from Amy’s.

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The other trend you may notice is that I tend to eat the same veggies with most meals. This is because there’s only two of us and I hate buying a bunch of produce and throwing it away because I didn’t have time to use it. To avoid this I will buy a few different veggies and use them up throughout the week.

I’ve also been buying frozen bell peppers to add to eggs and frozen breakfast potatoes because it keeps pretty well and sometimes it’s even a little less expensive.

For dinner we ended up going to an AYCE sushi place called Hikari. It’s actually pretty close to the other AYCE  sushi place we went to, Maru. This place was delicious, but we still prefer Maru.

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Hunida’s blogs have me on a sushi kick!

Hikari also gave us complimentary green tea ice-cream at the end of our meal. It was sweet and had a very mild green tea flavor!

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We came home after this and relaxed until it was time for bed 🙂 what have you been eating? Do you have a favorite AYCE sushi place?

 

Meals Lately

I’ve been so busy posting about our trip, but that doesn’t mean that I have forgotten to take snaps of food we’ve been eating since being back home.

I won’t lie most of it is home food and I don’t know if that’s interesting to you guys, but that’s what I’ve been eating so that’s what I’ve taken pictures of 🙂

Let’s jump in!

This first meal was made in a hungry rush! I made a bean and cheese quesadilla and added an egg on top to make it “breakfast.” I feel like you could make anything “breakfast” if you add an egg to it-anyone else?

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Donuts for dessert are always highly appreciated in this household. We adore SK Donuts! They have such soft, fluffy yeast donuts and they have a good variety of cronuts too!

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This next meal was homemade burgers and fries! Such a simple meal, but so yummy 😋

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We happened to be at Century City and I could feel my blood sugar crashing so we stopped by Eataly and I had half of this for a snack. It was a cacio e pepe pizza and it was E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.

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Quick meals are the theme of this post because to me nothing cooks quicker then eggs and peppers…noms! 20181127_123856

This next meal is the same as the last except I used a tortilla as much delicious carb source 😅

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These apple chips were breakfast dessert one particularly ravenous day. I really enjoyed them! I don’t remember ever having apple chips other than in the Fuji apple chicken salad from Panera and I can say I am a fan!

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That’s all I have for today! What have you been eating lately?

Leftover Vegetarian Brinner

You guys ever have those times where you have some random ingredients you need to use up in your fridge?

I had that happen a little while ago and I ended up throwing together this delectable sandwich meal.

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I sautéed up some bell peppers and red onion with salt and chili powder, fried up an egg, and toasted up my last kaiser roll. I threw some cheddar cheese, fried egg, and bell pep/onion.

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I baked up some fries for giggles and had some kale to balance it all out 😅

The runny yolk really took this sammy up a notch. Totally messy and completely worth it!

What is your favorite way to use up odds and ends?

Low-Carb Shrimp Fajitas

By now you guys know I like simple, easy to throw together meals ESPECIALLY during the week. These fajitas were just that…they were also unintentionally low carb.

I was initially thinking tortillas, but the idea of spicy shrimp and fajita veggies in a cool, crunchy lettuce wrap wouldn’t leave my head so here we are-lettuce wrap and all!

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I chopped up my bell peps, red onion, and jalapeño for my veggie mixture. I also chopped up some onions, jalapeños, and grape tomatoes for my chunky guac at the same time 🙂

I cooked my veggies first in my favorite pre-made taco seasoning from Trader Joe’s and then did the same with the shrimp. I did it separately since shrimp tends to let out quite a bit of liquid and I didn’t want to sog up the crisp veggies.

While I did the cooking hubs mashed up the ‘cados for guac and added salt and chili powder to season.

I ended up piling my fajita mixture into some fresh romain lettuce while the hubs made a fajita salad of sorts.

It was quick, yummy, and delicious!

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Recent Eats

Hey sweet people!

I am excited to share with you some meals I have on my phone that I haven’t shared in any of the other blog posts. These are meals I probably captured with the intention of having a full day of eating, but it didn’t happen #badfoodblogger

We had some delicious sushi at Sushi Enya with some friends. Sadly, we only got pics of a couple of rolls and these were actually captured by hubby I think. After this we were so busy eating and talking that few pictures were taken. Oops!

One Sunday after a mediocre brunch we decided to cook at home. We thought about it and decided on steak and cauli. The hubs made a gorgeous steak and I roasted up the cauliflower for a pretty simple but tasty dish!

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I usually prefer a savory breakfast, but always need something sweet after–usually fruit. I decided to skip breakfast dessert and just have something sweet for breakfast by way of these gluten free banana pancakes. I know I’ve posted about these and they are quick, yummy, and filling.

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This delicious looking salmon was our dinner one weeknight that I was off. It was a fun dish to create and lovely to look at too!

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We did go back to Malibu Farm Pier Cafe and get some brunch which was a little underwhelming compared to their lunch, but I was too hungry to go anywhere else. I got this salmon hash dish and hubby got an open brussels sprout omelette.

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Those are all the random dishes I have for today! I’m sure I will have more in the coming weeks 🙂 Have a fantastic Thursday!

 

A few things I do to make cooking easier

I wrote a post a little while ago about what I do to make my life a little simpler and I thought it would be fun to share one that is specific to cooking. Leave it to me to bring food into anything and errything 😀 sorrynotsorry.

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The days I am off and hubby works I try to cook an actual meal. I try to plan these meals out at the beginning of the week so I know what and when I need to get things. For example, I may grab cauliflower to go with our salmon on Friday, but I wouldn’t get the salmon till later in the week.

Hubs and I try to knock out our big grocery shopping in one day usually at the beginning of the week. Mind you, there’s only two of us so this isn’t too difficult. We grab our fruits, veggies, and proteins that have a good shelf life to keep us stocked for the week. We’ve actually become really good at this. At the beginning of the week our fridge is full and packed and by the end it’s pretty empty.

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It’s a carrot hotdog!!

I prep as many ingredients as I can earlier in the week. I think I talked about this a long time ago…I don’t cook things up and put them in ready to go containers. I will cut up my veggies I need for the week (that won’t go soggy or bad) or marinade my chicken that I will be using in the next couple of days to make things simpler.

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I try to utilize my cooking appliances. Again, keep in mind I am cooking for two people and have never really had to cook for a crowd so this might be easier for me than some of you. If I am planning on using the oven to roast veggies I will try to make my protein on the stove or vice versa. If I am making a one pan chicken and veggies then I don’t think about this, but if I’m not this is a way I can make sure things get done together and nothing is sitting around getting cold.

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When I am cooking I clean up as I go. This prevent cross contamination (YAAY!). It also means by the time dinner is cooked I am done with a majority of the clean up and I can sit down and enjoy it (double YAAY)!

 

One Pan Chicken and Veggies

I love a good easy, dinner during the week but who doesn’t? I’m not going to give you a recipe or go through a step by step with you because there are a MILLION recipes out there for one pan chicken and veggies, trust me!

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I will tell you that I used a chicken thigh because it is a more forgiving part of the chicken. If you overcook it a little, it won’t tell your dinner guests 🙂 I did take the skin off, but leave the bone in.

I used veggies that would be okay with hanging out in the oven a little while longer like potatoes, carrots, and red onion. I added in broccoli because I don’t mind my broccoli a little charred and it is supposed to be a one pan meal, right??

This meal is even better because you can use whatever marinade/seasoning you want. If you’re craving Indian you can do curry powder. Mexican Monday? Taco seasoning maybe?! I think you get the gist.

I found a balsamic vinegar marinade on Pinterest and ran with it because it had some ingredients that I needed to use up and it sounded delicious!

This turned out very well! I love roasted veggies and the chicken thigh was juicy and flavorful.

What’s your favorite spin on the one pan chicken and veggies? I’m always looking for cooking inspo so let’s talk in the comments!

 

 

Cooking with Jess ;)

Okay peeps it’s not that serious! I’m not making a cooking video or proclaiming myself a recipe blogger. Lord knows I am not that and let’s face it I am awful at creating recipes since my measurements involve eyeballing, pinches, and to your tastes a lot of the time.

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I do like to cook, but sometimes I forget! It’s a problem, I know.

I have picked it back up recently and have been making things other than breakfast burritos and cheese quesadillas (don’t get me wrong, I still make those).

For dinner one night I made an Indian spiced salmon and some roasted brussels sprouts. Honestly, I decided to make this because salmon and brussels sprouts were on sale and I had all the seasoning I needed at home.

Actually, my recipe decisions this week were all based on items that were on sale 🙂

Back to the salmon and brussels sprouts:

I would start with getting the brussels in the oven since they will take longer to prep and cook. The fish takes no time at all once it’s in the pan and very little prep time.

Preheat oven to 425-450. Grease a baking sheet. Chop up your brussels to bite size pieces.

Drizzle some EVOO, salt, pep, chili powder and any other seasoning you would like and mix together.

I take off my rings and do it with my hands because I feel like it coats the pieces better, but that might just be something I made up in my head.

Throw it in the oven for 30ish minutes until it is done to your preferred crispiness.

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You can either make your own curry spice blend (literally hundreds of recipes on they interwebs)

OR

You can buy a pre-made version.

If you’re not a curry person you can use cajun seasoning, taco seasoning, whatever fun spice blend you want.

Once you’ve decided and are ready to cook up your fish sprinkle on salt (unless your seasoning has salt) and seasoning and gently pat/rub it in. While I was seasoning my fish I had some chopped garlic and jalapeño sautéing up.

If you skip the garlic and jalapeño part just make sure your pan is well greased and hot before adding your fish. This will get the skin crispy and blacken the meat of the salmon when you flip.

Once the salmon is in the pan keep an eye on it. When the fish gets flaky, you are done cooking. Resist the urge to keep it on heat because you don’t want overcooked, dry salmon. THAT is actually the worst. Trust me, I know!

This fish ended up being perfectly spiced, crispy, flaky and juicy. The brussels sprouts were a little burnt (but that’s how I like it), and added a nice textural contrast to the fish.

This is something you can whip up on a week night especially if you have your brussels sprouts chopped up and ready to go.

This is how a “recipe” plays through my head when I am cooking. I figure out what flavors I am craving and play with seasonings to get what I want.

I hope you are have a light and breezy Monday and have yummy dinners to look forward to at the end of your day!