Good food, great company

Happy Monday lovely people!

I hope you’re all kicking the week off strong! We’ve been enjoying some yummy food the past week or so and I thought it would be fun to share 🙂

We kicked the weekend off with a little date night at Paul Martin’s. We looked through the menu, but finally settled on getting a couple of mains. We had to get the short rib since it was so good last time and we got a blackened ribeye. We shared and loved both dishes!

A little flash back to the week though would give us this homemade dinner of salmon and veggies. I found this mustardy cajun sauce recipe to use and I’m a little obsessed with it. I can almost taste it!

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We had been on a burger kick that got interrupted by some busy schedules, but we finally jumped back on the wagon Sunday and were not disappointed. These burgers were so good-caramelized onions, garlicky cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, and In n’ Out spread. Also, carrot fries!

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I think we temporarily went crazy and decided to buy a Costco cake-the only reason this is a little wild is because we are TWO people…but we had bought this cake before and knew we loved it. The chocolate tuxedo cake is so good! I love the layers of texture and flavor! Highly recommend-even if you are only two people 🙂

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I love yummy food, but I have to say that good food is made a million times better by great company. I love being married to my foodie partner in crime and each day (food related or not) is a wonderful adventure with you.

That’s gonna wrap up my good eats post, but I’m dying to know what you’re good eats were in the comments below!

Salmon, salmon everywhere

I’ve been craving a good bagel and lox and since I couldn’t get that to happen I compromised and decided to buy some lox and use my Everything but the Bagel seasoning and sourdough to create a bagel feel.

I toasted my sourdough, shmeared some whipped cream cheese, sprinkled on the everything seasoning and layered on the lox. Let me tell you, it was not the same as a bagel (duh) but it was a filling and yummy lunch!

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I tried it with avocado (we had some ripening and in need of use) and loved it, but to be completely honest I did not enjoy this lox. I will probably be sticking with the TJ’s version. I’m super picky about flavors of fish, chicken…any meat. This was really fishy!

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I love having salmon once a week (hopefully we’ll work up to the twice a week), but in our small apartment it can really smoke it up when I pan cook it. I wanted an easier way to make it and decided to bake it and then put it on broil to create a little bit of a crisp on top. This salmon was so delicious!

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If you’re intimidated by making salmon in a pan I would highly recommend just throwing it in a 350 degree oven. For these two pieces it took about 12 minutes or so to cook and then I broiled it for a bit. I am already looking forward to next week’s salmon!

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What’s your favorite fish to eat? How do you cook it?

Oh the food we will eat…Citrus Kitchen

During the week we’ve been really trying to cook at home and it’s been working out well for how busy we’ve been and for our budget! That being said we needed a little change up and by we, I mean me. My sweet hubs would eat salmon and roasted veggies every night or be perfectly content making one of his chicken concoctions. I love that man!

Sadly for him, I cannot, but we were both excited to discover Citrus Kitchen. They make healthy meals with proteins and veggies and will even make you meals for the week. I love that they offer a couple of different kinds of seasonings for your proteins, a good selection of sauces, and a nice variety of sides. I also like that they are vegetarian friendly and offer tofu for those that don’t eat meat.

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We had somewhat of an idea of what we wanted when we walked in, but our minds were totally changed upon sampling their adobo chicken. It was flavorful and saucy and reminded us of home cooking!

We went for the adobo chicken and cajun salmon for our proteins. Since we got meal versions of those we got to pick 2 sides to go with them. We chose butternut squash, garlic potatoes, couscous, and steamed veggies.

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Once we got our meals we honestly couldn’t stop eating…I mean we barely said two words to each other while inhaling this meal. That’s a big deal for me! I can talk through basically anything!

The salmon was crispy and succulent and very well seasoned. My favorite side was the couscous and hubs enjoyed the squash. The stars of the meal were definitely the proteins and I can honestly say we will be back. These meals can be as light or as heavy as you need them to be and seem to work for whatever nutrient needs you may have.

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I doubt we’ll do any meal prep stuff with them, but for a quick and nutrient dense meal out this would be a good spot!

After dinner we needed something sweet so we ended our night with Handel’s ice-cream. They have a Thursday special of $1.35 for a scoop so we were excited about that. I got a blueberry crumble and the hubs got a chocolate peanut butter something or other.

It was a successful night of eating to say the least!

Have you guys tried any meal prep places? What did you think?

Gobble

I’ve definitely done my fair share of food subscription boxes and have loved some and not so much others, but since we’ve been trying to cook more at home I felt like I needed some inspiration.

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I Googled some boxes and really enjoyed the options that Gobble had for the week I needed and decided to take the plunge. We definitely had to think about narrowing it down to three recipes because there were a few that sounded really delicious.

In the end we ordered the honey harissa shrimp, Souvlaki marinated salmon, and the channa masala with eggs.

The first dish we made was the salmon. I found the instructions extremely easy to follow and the whole dish came together quickly with just a little prep work. The marinade was something I hadn’t had before and found it to be really lovely and fresh on top of the salmon. The salad on the side included orzo, cucumber, tomato, olive, and feta and was bright and delicious.

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The second dish we cooked up was the channa masala with eggs. This was a different take on shakshuka (the tomato and egg dish). I know hubby was very excited about this one and he really liked it. I enjoyed it at the beginning, but for whatever reason as I continued to eat the texture started to bother me and started kicking my gag reflex into gear. I love channa masala and I love eggs, but together it didn’t work for me.

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The last dish of our box was the honey harissa shrimp. This is a great weeknight meal for us because it’s light and healthy! This came with a broccoli and cauliflower “couscous” that you sauté in a pan with golden raisins and almonds. I liked the shrimp, but I enjoyed the couscous the most. I didn’t think I would enjoy having raisins in the dish, but the sweetness was scrumptious with all the savoriness. There was an arugula “salad” that came with a garlic lemon tahini to toss it with and it added a nice bit of fattiness to an otherwise light dinner.

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Because of having the sauces prepared and in a package ready to go and having little prep work the dishes came together super quickly. There were very few things that we needed to pull from our pantry-just oil, salt, and pepper.

When B and I talked about Gobble I mentioned how this would be great for busy people who have a lot on their plate and just want a home cooked nutritious meal. Because it’s so fast, it’s easy to throw together with a small amount of time.

I enjoyed making and eating the meals, but I honestly did not feel very inspired after getting through our whole box. I don’t know if it’s because we didn’t really cook much more than the protein and the other components were mostly about mixing things together and chopping…thinking back it might be this.

I always love trying out a new box and getting a feel for what it’s all about so more than likely I will try another box at some point and see how it compares. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Let me know what you’ve been whipping up in the kitchen and what gives you cooking inspo when you’re running low. See you lovelies Monday!

 

Fishapalooza

The title is not my best work, but sometimes something gets stuck in my head and I have to go for it…ya know?

We’ve been trying to up our fish game in this house and what I mean by that is just eating more fish. I pretty much eat vegetarian when we’re cooking at home and B has some chicken, but having a couple of servings of fish a week is really great for you.

We love salmon and have been enjoying the wild salmon from Sprout’s, ahi tuna, shrimp lettuce wraps, and even some sushi.

Blackened salmon has been the go to-I just love the spicy flavor and the crispy outside. You guys know we could eat roasted veggies everyday if you let us. I was totally inspired by Carly’s carrot fries and had to make some!

I will be completely honest and tell you that this ahi tuna did not turn out as great as we thought it would, but it still counted as another serving of fish 😉

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I did serve it with peanut sauce and don’t worry friends, I added a lot more broccoli to the plate after taking this pic!

If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough, I know I have posted about these lettuce wraps more than once. They are so delicious, fun, and easy! This is a great way to get in some seafood AND you could do it with salmon, seared ahi, whatever you prefer!

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Hunida’s blogs always leave me craving sushi so while at Sprout’s I saw some rolls and picked them up. Grocery store sushi can be hit or miss, but these were good and I would pick them up in a pinch!

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Fish is a pretty quick thing to cook up (it literally takes minutes) so I think it’s pretty good for a week day meal. I know the hubby and I have really been enjoying having fish back in our meals.

What’s your favorite kind of seafood? How do you like to prepare it?

Oh the food we will eat…Paul Martin’s

One particular Friday night, after watching Hobbs and Shaw at AMC, we decided to grab some dinner at Paul Martin’s.

Mind you I had already been eyeballing this place and seen some things (quite a few things) that really piqued my interest and knew we needed to come here. We arrived and were seated pretty quickly. I immediately loved the vibe-it was a pretty filled restaurant with a good buzz of chatter filling the air. It was lively!

We glanced at the menu and figured out what we wanted to order and went for it! We decided on the grilled artichoke for an app, the short rib for our main, and picked roasted cauliflower and Brussels to add on as sides.

We started with this beautiful bread and butter situation. The bread was just slightly warm, but so soft in the middle and crusty on the outside. The butter was salted and soft-super easy to spread! I honestly don’t know if there is anything that tops a good bread and butter combo for me…it’s just so good.

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We have never had artichokes and we were a bit confused on how to eat it. To be completely honest we just looked it up and I kind of wish we had looked it up while there because we wasted a lot of edible artichoke :/ The pieces we did eat though were super flavorful and had that lovely charred, salty delicious taste that I adore!

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The roasted cauliflower and Brussels were so good. The cauliflower was nice and garlicky from the pieces of roasted garlic that were hidden amongst the chunks of cauliflower. The Brussels were crispy and soft and absolutely delicious.

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The short rib was so tender you didn’t need a knife and the mashed potatoes that came with it were very smooth and creamy.

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The food was a HUGE hit with us and the service was really great! We will definitely be keeping this place in mind as an option for date night. If you have a Paul Martin’s near you, you absolutely should check it out!

Oh the food we will eat…Bestia

Hubs and I love a good date night and it’s even better when things just fall into place. I had bought tickets for this musical comedy show at Second City and we were figuring out when and where to do dinner.

Somehow hubs was able to secure a reservation for 2 at 10pm. I don’t know if that sounds crazy, but this place is hard to get a table at. I had also had this place bookmarked for a while and so dinner at 10pm sounded like a fantastic idea 😉

Despite having reservations we still waited about half an hour, but there was seating outside with heaters so we were perfectly content (albeit a little starved).

When we finally got seated we looked over the menu and and decided pretty quickly! We decided to start with the smoked chicken liver pate and bone marrow that came with pasta.

While waiting for our food we took in the ambiance. It’s a very LA place…the music is loud, the decor is industrial hipster vibes. You’re yelling the whole time because you can’t hear each other even though you’re sitting next to each other…this can be fun sometimes, but this night I just wanted to have a conversation and break bread without breaking my eardrums!

Now the apps…

I was a leeeetttle bit worried about the chicken liver pate because I am not a chicken liver person or any liver really. This ended up being absolutely fine and hubby really enjoyed it. It arrived with warm bread and let’s be honest…you can spread anything on warm bread and it’s fantastic. It also came with a little side of bbq sauce and you were supposed to spread some pate and spread some bbq sauce and eat! It paired pretty nicely-the umami with the slightly sweet and tangy.

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The bone marrow dish came with a real bone and the lovely lady that brought it over scraped it out table side over this delicious pasta. This was my favorite dish of the night! The pasta was perfectly cooked and the flavors were savory and oh so good.

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For our main we ordered the margherita pizza (between San Diego and here, we were on a kick). This wasn’t the best margh I have ever had by any means, but I don’t think Bestia is the place to come for pizza. If I ever got a do over I would go with one of the other entrees.

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If you’re ever in LA and looking for a “nicer” place with that expensive hipster vibe this would be your jam!

Have you been to Bestia? What did you think?

 

What I Eat in a Day

Welcome to another What I Eat in a Day 🙂 This is one from during the week. I tend to eat “cleaner” during the week and save my sweets and stuff for the weekend. I don’t do it on purpose and if I end up eating a cookie during the week it’s no biggie, but in my life it just works out that way and I’m pretty happy with it!

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, potatoes, kale, tomatoes and a couple of pieces of smoked salmon. I’ve been hungrier recently so consciously adding a little extra protein here and there has been helping keep me fuller for a little longer!

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Lunch: Grilled chicken and cheese sammy on a protein bagel with kale and tomatoes, potatoes. I love to use up whatever veggies I make or have throughout the day. It saves me time and no waste!

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Dinner: Barilla protein pasta with sauce and cheese and roasted broccoli

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Dessert: Chocolate covered almonds. O.M.G are these so good and addictive! It’s great for that post dinner sweet tooth or if you need a chocolate fix.

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What’s been on your plate this week? Do your food choices change between weekday and weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Full Day of Eating on a Friday

By the end of the week our fridge is usually running low on produce so if I’m at home I’m usually eating the last bits and pieces of our fruit and veg. This particular Friday I didn’t realize we had no kale so I decided I would just have some tomatoes with my morning toast 🙂

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I did have breakfast dessert in the form of a mandarin, but that obviously went unpictured…shmurp.

Lunch was half of the last piece of naan bread topped with some sardine “salad” I threw together. I heated up some frozen broccoli since I was craving something green and tomatoes because I needed to use them up. Not very appetizing looking, but it was really delicious and nutritious 😉

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Again mandarins were had, but nowhere to be found in my phone. Quite the mystery…

We had planned our dinner for Friday night, but had not done any of the shopping for it so once the hubby got home we did some grocery shopping to have our burger night.

We found these delicious challah rolls from Whole Foods. They were crusty on the outside and so so so soft on the inside. I was in bread heaven!

We made a stop at Sprouts to get some ingredients for this Green Goddess dip I had seen on Queer Eye on Netflix plus ground beef and other essentials.

We created an amazing side of roasted cauliflower that we dipped in the delicious Green Goddess dip we made. I highly suggest making the dip! It’s so yummy and herby and noms!

We obv also had these amazing burgers in the most incredible buns. A co-worker had gifted (kinda forced) some white cheddar on me and so we used that to top our burger. We both felt like we had found our best burger situation…the bun, the cheese, the meat, seasoning-it was all perfection!

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Another thing we picked up at Sprout’s were these mochi ice-cream that we saw. They were new and the flavors were intriguing so we obviously had to try a few! I think I prefer the fruit flavored mochi ice-cream over these, but they were still tasty!

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What are your favorite burger toppings? What are your feelings on Green Goddess dressings? Talk to me in the comments below!

 

Recent Eats

It’s kinda been a crazy month or so in our household and because of that I haven’t been the best at taking pics of a full day of meals. I have on the other hand taken pics here and there of a few meals I’ve made and some we’ve had out.

I wanted to share them since I had them and I thought it would be fun!

We’ve been eating our share of broccoli in this house…whether it’s roasted or steamed. I’ve been having it with a delicious quesadilla.

I’ve been loving a simple slice of bread with some PB for a basic morning breakfast. It’s even better when I have some berries on the side or a banana to top it off 🙂

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Leo and Lily’s brunch one Sunday

Sourdough bread with avocado, turkey bacon and egg (my version of Leo and Lily’s at home)!

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Thai from a cold Saturday night that totally hit the spot..

Protein pancakes that are PB flavored

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And finally a “salad” thrown together with kale and breakfast potatoes with sides of tomatoes and carrots. I did have some hummus on the side that I will be sharing in another post 🙂

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I hope you guys are having a great start to the week! I’ll see you all Thursday!!