5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. Harry and Meghan have an Instagram page! I am quite obsessed with the royal family. All of them. And now that there is an American in the mix!? Awesome!
  2. Life of the Party movie. This movie was adorable. It’s about this mom whose husband is a jerk and ends their marriage out of nowhere. So she decides to go back to college and finish her archaeology degree. She does a little partying and may or may not have sex in the library? Haha! It was hilarious!
  3. Robin’s Egg Coconut Cake. My Mom and I made this cake for my sister’s birthday and it fricken took ALL DAY. It turned out really nice though. Here is the recipe.
  4. Aquaman. O.M.G. I just fell in love with Jason again. It cracks me up that he barely had a paragraph of lines in the movie, but I still watched. Def not expecting a compelling monologue for that guy. Shhhhh. Quiet, Jason. You’re so pretty. No talking.
  5. Dark Chocolate KitKat Bar. I like KitKat bars and I like dark chocolate. I like this combo. Shhhh. Quiet KitKat bar. You’re so yummy. No talking.

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Simply Ramen

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I love Ramen noodles, plain. Sometimes I will even eat them dry as a little crunchy snack. This recipe came to me one day at the office when I was thinking about something warm to make for dinner. It was winter and very cold outside, so soup it was! I absolutely love wasabi paste dissolved in soy sauce, so I added a couple tablespoons at the end as a bit of a liquid “garnish”. Anyway, this is a totally versatile inexpensive dinner or lunch.


INGREDIENTS

2tbs coconut oil

Half Yellow Onion (Chopped)

1tsp minced garlic

1/2 C frozen broccoli

1/4 C chopped mushrooms

garlic salt + red pepper to taste

2 C water

1 serving of dry Ramen noodles

“garnish” wasabi paste soaked in 1/4 C low sodium soy sauce

(optional: extra firm tofu squares or hard boiled egg)


INSTRUCTIONS

Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan. Add the chopped onion, garlic, broccoli and mushrooms. Add salt and red pepper to taste. Cook until onions are transparent. Add 2C of water and bring to a boil. When boiling, add Ramen noodles. Cook 3 minutes. Optional: add wasabi + soy sauce. Serve.

Makes 1-2 servings.

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Chickpea Curry with Rice

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This chickpea curry is perfect for a foggy autumn afternoon. It is spicy, fragrant and warm. I like to eat this with a nice piece of pita bread or naan. It’s easy and quick to whip up and the leftovers are great for lunch. Add cut up chicken breast for additional protein.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups basmati rice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Red pepper flakes to taste

2 teaspoons curry powder

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup vegetable stock

Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

One 13.5-ounce can coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS

Cook the basmati rice according to the package instructions.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onions are dark brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the vegetable stock and stir to scrape up all the brown bits in the pan. Add the chickpeas and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Warm the pita or naan in the microwave. Serve the curry over the rice with the warmed naan. Garnish with the cilantro.

This recipe is Ree Drummod’s from Food Network.com. Ree adds honey and sriracha to her curry. I omit them and add red pepper flakes.

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Greek Pasta Salad

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This is the perfect summer pasta salad. It’s light and full of veggies and flavor. The chickpeas and feta add protein while the artichoke hearts bring the richness. I like to serve this over the thin pasta and twirl in the different ingredients. Great for a light dinner or a picnic lunch.

INGREDIENTS

8oz thin spaghetti

2 medium roma tomatoes

1 medium cucumber

2 cloves garlic

1 medium red onion

6oz jar of quartered/marinated artichoke hearts

4oz feta cheese

1 can chickpeas

1 tbs Greek seasoning

drizzle of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions.
  2. Chop roma tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and red onion.
  3. Combine the chopped ingredients, artichoke hearts, and feta in a large bowl.
  4. Rinse the chickpeas and add them to the bowl.
  5. Add Greek seasoning, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix all ingredients.
  6. Drain the cooked spaghetti and rinse with cold water.
  7. Serve individually with the Greek mixture over the spaghetti.

Makes 4-5 servings.

Enjoy!

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Burrito Bowls

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I love burritos, but when I eat one I feel like I am carrying a food baby. These burrito bowls ditch the tortilla but don’t skimp on flavor. I make these ahead and eat them throughout the week.

INGREDIENTS

2 c white jasmine rice

1/2 c cilantro chopped

1/2 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tbs cumin

1 can black beans

1 can corn or frozen corn

1 c mexican blend cheese

salsa, tomato, sour cream, & guacamole

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook rice in a rice cooker or on the stove adding cilantro, onion, garlic, and cumin.
  2. Rinse and drain the black beans and corn.
  3. Combine the cooked rice, black beans, and corn in a large bowl.
  4. Divide 1/2 C of  the rice, beans and corn combo into (4) containers.
  5. Top with cheese.
  6. Add sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and salsa when serving.

Makes 4 servings. You can always wrap a tortilla for an instant burrito–it’s just the fillings of one anyway!

Enjoy!

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