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!

What I Do…

Good morning friends! I wanted to name this post What I Do When I am Broken Down, Exhausted, and Need Some TLC, but I did not because that is one long title and nobody got time for that 😉

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But here is what I do when I am all of those things and feel like a pile of poop.

I let myself linger over coffee. Coffee is one of the first things I do in the morning, but most mornings I am taking it down like someone is going to snatch my cup away. When I’m off from work and I have no where to be I take my sweet time…

After the coffee I workout. At the gym or at home I get my heart rate up and enjoy the endorphins. It’s not always jumping around and squats. When I feel super beat I just stretch myself out and enjoy warming up my muscles.

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I take the time to make myself some yummy, wholesome, nutritious meals. Not that I don’t have nutrient dense meals at work, but I always feel rushed. When I eat at work it’s for energy and sustenance. When I get to cook and eat at home it’s for those things, but enjoyment as well.

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I take the time to clean up my act. I love cleaning up my brows or doing a face mask. Basically, anything that makes me feel like a human again.

This may go into that previous category, but I love doing my nails. There is something soothing about prepping and painting them. I also like that every time I look and see my nails it makes me happy to see the color.

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I also enjoy watching YouTube. I binge on a lot of it throughout the day while I am cooking, working out, doing my nails, etc. I like having some background noise and sometimes I learn a thing or two whether it’s about cooking, beauty, health or just find some inspiration.

What do you guys do when you need a pick me up? Let me know in the comments!

 

Full Day of Eats

Welcome back to another FDOE. This is from a busy Friday filled with errands and running around but ended with movie night and quality time with bae 🙂

I started my morning off with a yummy breakfast burrito! I don’t have a lot of time to make myself breakfast on days I work so on days I’m off I really enjoy taking my time to make a good one–recently it’s been these burritos!

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I ran around for some errands and by the time I got home it was almost 2pm so I threw together this delicious salad. It had all the leftover baby kale, sesame seeds, goat cheese, and some rotisserie chicken. Unpictured are the plantains I had on the side and the super sweet, juicy nectarine I had for dessert.

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Once the hubs got home we made plans for dinner and a movie. We went to Marilyn’s Mediterranean Kitchen. The hubs LOVED this place and I thought it was pretty excellent too.

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We got a chicken shawarma plate and a kuftah kebab plate. They came with two sides of our choice so I picked hummus and rice and the hubs picked veggies and baba ghanoush.

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Everything was delicious! Hubby’s favorite was the kuftah kebab and I couldn’t get enough of the hummus. The service was really great and everyone was so friendly and helpful.

They were so nice and found out that it was our first time and gave us a tiramisu. It was so good and such a perfect ending to our meal!

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We headed out to watch The Spy Who Dumped Me and I thought it was great. I was almost in tears laughing, but I may have been the only one. The hubs thought it was a good movie, but nothing to write home about.

That concludes my FDOE! I hope you guys enjoyed the post!

Have you guys seen The Spy Who Dumped Me? What did you think?

 

 

Let’s talk Arugula

I think it might be the summer heat that’s left me craving fresh salads all the time-including breakfast 😀

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I’ve been loving mixing up greens and a particular green I’ve been enjoying throwing in is arugula. It goes great with some eggs for breakfast or into a salad for some extra flavor in your greens.

This peppery leaf can be a little underrated though. I feel like kale and spinach get a lot of the glory, but arugula is still a dark(ish) leafy green. It’s filled with antioxidants and who couldn’t use more of those?

It’s also got some vitamin C to help with boosting your immune system. It’s hard to imagine now with it being so hot, but when cold and flu season come up this might be a good mix-in for soups, omelettes, and other warm dishes.

Arugula contains vitamin A which is great for your eyes since it helps protect the surface of your eyes.

Did you know it also contains some calcium for strong and healthy bones? I don’t do dairy milk so getting in calcium wherever and however is pretty important to me and I know my bones will thank me later on.

There are so many different types of greens out there and they all have so much good nutrition in them so if arugula is not your thing that’s totally okay. I just wanted to highlight it because I think it’s a fun change up!

Do you like arugula? How do you use it?