Roasted Veggies and Cookies

I feel like this title pretty much sums up my life-I love veggies and I love cookies and in order to be a fully functioning me I need both.

We just can’t seem to get enough of roasted veggies. Spring has sprung, but cooler evening temps has me still wanting warm foods so instead of having a salad or steaming my vegetables we’ve been roasting them into golden brown (slightly charred…okay a lot charred) perfection!

Burgers and fries? Nahhhh roasted carrots, broccoli, and brussels will do just fine πŸ™‚

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Nothing goes better with salmon then some perfectly roasted vegetables! This is the pretty plate hubs made me so I could take a pic! He is the sweetest ❀️

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This is the plate I ate!

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Is morning too early to have roasted brussels? I didn’t think so either πŸ˜‰

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Leaving the nutriently dense part of this post and entering cookie land now πŸ™‚ Hubs heard about how good these Dunkers from Trader Joe’s were. I spotted them while getting groceries the other day and impulsively added them to the cart.

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I’m not a crispy cookie person, but there’s something oddly enjoyable about these for me. I think I may prefer the mini chocolate chip Nantucket cookies from Pepperidge Farm over these, but I can’t say I regret buying these. I will be attempting to finish the package…not all at once!

Now for a cookie type I do enjoy-chewy, melty, and filled with chocolate chips.

We made this recipe and used these incredible Guittard baking wafers. These are some expensive chocolate chips, but we tried a few while baking and LORDYY were they the best chocolate “chips” I’ve ever had.

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They are not chocolate chip shaped instead they are rounder and flatter. They do great at layering that chocolatey goodness into your cookie.

These cookies turned out incredible! We still have cookie dough in the fridge and it’s killing me to not pick up a spoon and just dig in to it.

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Are you guys cookie dough people or cookie people? I LOVE a good cookie and have always enjoyed cookie dough, but after this I can see why people could enjoy the dough more than the cookie. Let’s talk in the comments about your current food loves/obsessions!

Anniversary Weekend

This post is a little late, but with work and all I didn’t have the time to get this post up until now! Better late than never? πŸ˜€

We actually started our weekend off Friday evening with Panera, CAVA, and Go Greek for dessert.

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After that we headed to the movies to watch Us.Β We love Jordan Peele and his movies, but LORD did this one scare the living bejeezus outta me! I think I cursed more while watching this 2 hour movie than I ever have in my whole life and TMI, but stress sweated like it was my job!

That being said I don’t enjoy scary movies in general, the previews featured before the movie were mostly all other scary movies, and I did burrow my face into hubby’s arms more times than I would like to admit!

After watching the movie we went home and watched some light hearted Netflix shows until we were sleepy.

Saturday, after running some errands we headed to Unheard LA. It’s this show where locals come and tell local stories. It’s put on by a radio station and it was pretty good-some were funny, some were tear-jerkers. The best part? It was totally free!

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Hubs had made reservations at Running Goose. We have run across this restaurant many times on Yelp when searching for places to eat, but brushed it aside. It’s a tapas restaurant and this being our first tapas experience we were not sure what to expect!

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I don’t know why we were so hesitant about trying this place out. I mean, I’ve talked repeatedly about how much I love trying a few bites of a bunch of different dishes. How did I not put two and two together and see how obsessed I would be with tapas??

I’m done lecturing myself…on to the food!

We basically ordered all their popular things starting with the corn tostada. I was surprised that it was a cold dish, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light, fresh, and crispy!

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The cod churros were described by our lovely server as “adult fish sticks” and that is exactly what they were! Crispy outside, fluffy inside. Impossible to hold up because they broke apart, but delicious!

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Brie which came with apricot compote, roasted garlic, roasted pepitas. It was served with these crunchy pieces of toast. It was sweet and savory and gooey!

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Our last savory item was the salmon belly sandwich. Even though we were warned it was spicy and it had a good chance of being spicy with the kimchi and jalapeΓ±os it was not spicy! It was really delicious and savory!

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Lucky for us our server stopped us here (we ordered all this at once) and told us that was probably the perfect amount of food for 2 people and we could always order more later. She was absolutely correct-it was the perfect amount of food and left enough space for dessert πŸ™‚

Coconut white chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel ice-cream caught my eye and I couldn’t unsee it so that is what we got! The crunchy outsides and soft insides, the hot and cold-it was all glorious and I need one now!

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After dinner, we walked around the area and explored before heading to Target for a few things and then home. We stayed up a little bit watching shows before I fell asleep and we headed to bed!

We didn’t have plans for the next day so we worked out and went to try a new brunch spot-Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon Lox on Toast Bowl (yes, I know I was confused as well) and hubby did a create your own omelette. We ordered a malted milk pancake to share because #breakfastdessert

My bowl had a LOT of lox, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled shallots radishes, capers, a boiled egg, and whipped lemon cream cheese. It came with a piece of multigrain toast. It was honestly so good! I was unable to finish the lox so hubs helped me out πŸ™‚

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I did not try the omelette, but it came with salad and hash browns and you know I tried the hash browns. I couldn’t resist! SO good!

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The pancake was the star of the show in my opinion, but hubs did not think it was as amazing as I did. It was a little cakier and more flavorful than a regular pancake. It drank up all the syrup and LORDY was it just the most amazing pancake I have ever had!

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After breakfast we walked around and spotted a Home Goods/Marshalls combo and went in. We looked around trying to find a bread proofing basket to no luck and then tried to find a dutch oven. We did find a dutch oven, but didn’t know it was a dutch oven which lead to more stores until realizing our mistake and returning to ANOTHER Home Goods to buy it.

After all the running around we were pretty beat! We chilled around for a while and by that I mean doing some meal prep for the week which included making our current favorite Green Goddess Dip.

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After all of that we finally got around to our new Sunday tradition. Burger night! I feel like every Sunday for a while now we’ve been making burgers and roasted veggies. I’m kinda loving it!

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I honestly cannot remember what we had for dessert, but we had an early night since we both had work the next day. I know it was a long post so if you made it this far all the high-fives to you!

 

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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜…

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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 Β Year. Till next time!

 

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 πŸ™‚ Have a fantastic Thursday!

 

Meals with Friends: Sage

This is a little mini series I am currently doing that has to do with some fun eating we’ve been doing with friends. Here is post one and post two.

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Out of the three restaurants that we had been to this one may have been my favorite! It was all vegan errything and it was amazing.

This restaurant was picked by the friends we went to lunch with and hats off to them because Sage was everything I wanted/needed and more.

They had kombucha on tap so we got a glass to share between the hubs and I.

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We also ordered some nachos for the table so we could munch over the menu. These nachos were made with delicious, fresh tortilla chips, jackfruit (as the meat), pickled veggies, guac, and cashew cheese. Everything about this was incredible and delicious and so satisfying.

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It was crunchy, creamy, spicy-ugh I want another plate now!

For our main we shared the breakfast burrito which came with beans, rice, tofu scramble, avocado, and potatoes. This was seriously so hearty and filling and perfect.

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Again, we did not have dessert here…this seems to be a common theme with us! But due to the heat we had a cone and Mcflurry from Mickey D’s! Also somehow didn’t get a pic of this…bad blogger!

What are some of your favorite vegan spots?

Meals with Friends: Badmaash

This is post 2 in my mini series of Meals with Friends. If you want to read the first one then feel free to go here.

The hubs and I heard about Badmaash a LONG time ago. We’ve been wanting to come since then, but timing would never work out or we weren’t feeling Indian.

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When a friend hit me up to go to Badmaash specifically we knew this was the perfect time to make the leap and go for it. Badmaash is Indian with a modern twist. The restaurant is small, but well designed.

It was pretty warm in there when we went, but we had food and a friend so we were content.

We started with both types of samosas-butter chicken and veggie. They were known for the butter chicken and it was the favorite of the two, but I think it would be impossible to Β go wrong with either.

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One is fried dough with curried chicken stuffed in it and the other is stuffed with spice filled vegetables-that’s winning in my book.

We also got the tandoor chicken which came with these beautiful pickled radishes and onions. The chicken was charred to perfection-savory and juicy.

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We also got the butter chicken curry and naan to go with it. It was slightly sweet, savory, and had a lot warming spices. The naan was fresh and hot and I love that slight burnt taste too πŸ™‚

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Even though all the desserts were enticing we had dessert planned prior to this and decided to go to SK Donuts and try their new Creme BrΓ»lΓ©e donut.

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Obviously we had to get some of our usual favorite as well…

If you live in SoCal have you tried Badmaash? What did you think??

Random Foods I’m Loving

I’ve been loving a lot lately and I know from this blog you know how much I love food so here are some foods I’ve been really enjoying!

These snap pea crisps are light, crunchy and delicious. I like that they have a little bit of protein in them and they really satisfy my crunch tooth πŸ˜‰

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Speaking of crunchy things these plantain chips are not filled with protein, but they are savory and delicious. These have been my favorite flavor recently!

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This jackfruit curry from Trader Joe’s has been hitting the spot when I need a meal I don’t need to think about. It is spicy and flavorful!

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I just can’t seem to get enough of s’mores this summer and so I keep eating them and eating them…

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Last, but not least the roasted potatoes from TJ’s has been my go to for breakfasts. I’ve been making breakfast burritos every morning and these are the perfect addition to them!

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Obviously this isn’t all the food I’ve been eating or enjoying, but these are some of my more recent favorite finds (minus the s’mores) so I wanted to share! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what foods you’ve been enjoying this summer!

 

Meals with Friends-Joey

How are things in your neck of the woods? Also, how did “neck of the woods” become a thing?

Over here we’ve been little social butterflies and having all the meals with some peeps we just love. Because of that we’ve been eating at some new, some old, but all delicious places so I thought it would be fun to share in a mini-series called Meals with Friends.

Super orig. I know…let’s just get on with the socializing and eating, yeah?

You know how much I love Joey so it seemed like a good place to gather some friends to eat some good food and hang out.

We app’d it up with some wings (freaking crunchy, savory goodness)Β and some lettuce wraps (fresh and sweet). Sadly no pictures of it…oops!

I won’t lie I felt super torn about what to get for dinner, but ended up ordering this bbq salmon bowl. The salmon was perfectly cooked. The bbq sauce wasn’t over bearing and super sweet which I liked. It came with some steamed (?) veggies and brown rice.

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The hubs also had some difficult food choices, but he settled on the Farmer’s Chopped Chicken salad. We shared both things and I really enjoyed the salad. It was fresh and the chicken added heartiness to make it feel like a meal.

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We were too full for dessert, but later that night the hubs and I did try out some new ice-creams πŸ˜€

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T’was a lovely night and any meal shared with loved ones is a great meal πŸ™‚ What are your favorite go-to places for dinner with friends? Do you have a usual spot or do you like to try new places?

Let me know in the comments below! See you next time!!

 

A true brunch

I feel like I’ve posted on here about Leo & Lily’s a few times, but it’s definitely one of our favorite go to spots for any meal, but especially brunch.

We came one Saturday for brunch and then I made a rash decision to have a sandwich from their lunch section. Major shocker! But isn’t that what brunch is about? Combining lunch and breakfast and making it one beautiful delicious meal?

I ended up getting the pastrami sandwich and it was amazing, but I could only finish half of it along with all of my side salad. Β We did end up eating the rest late night though so that was a nice treat πŸ™‚

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To keep up with the breakfast side of things the hubs stuck with the breakfast section and got his usual egg white frittata that he loves!

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I love that there is something for everyone here! It’s seriously great food-I’ve never had anything bad here and it’s such a super cute spot to bring friends, family, a date πŸ˜‰

What is your go-to brunch place?