What we’ve been eating…

We have been eating our colors and more whole foods…at least during the week 😁

I wanted to share with you some of our yummy weekday meals starting with this lunch. We used the sweet kale salad kit and baked up some frozen air fryer chicken tenders.

These tenders were from Tyson and they were crispy and delicious. I have to add though that you need some kind of sauce to dip it in because they do run on the dryer side.

I mentioned in my last post the breakfast tacos I have been making with the Siete tortillas.

I roasted up some potatoes for the week to create a quick and delicious breakfast.

The addition of some yummy pickled veggies amped up the flavor!

Watermelon has been a go to snack recently. We get one good watermelon and we are on a roll with finding all the sweet, juicy ones.

For dinner one night we made a stir fry with yuba noodles. Yuba noodles are made from tofu and add a chewy texture and a bit of protein.

We did a combo of shrimp, broccoli, onion and mushroom. It was tasty and filling!

The protein pancakes from Kodiak Cakes and cherries have been another go to breakfast. I love cherries and am so happy it’s cherry season 🙂

These are our eats as of late! What have you been munching on??

Some fun eats

Hi friends!

I feel like it’s been a minute since I shared about any food that we have eaten out.

I wanted to come on here and chat with you guys about some fun food we have had.

With the season change we have had a lot of different fruit at the house. We love our fruit! Mangoes and grapes have been so good recently!

Our love for pizza still runs strong so some Blaze had to be included in the mix. That veggie pie was spicy-between the jalapenos and the chili flakes we always add. I’m getting heartburn thinking about it, but boy was it worth it.

The pb cups were an impulse grab when we made a Sprout’s run. These were not peanut buttery enough but hubby enjoyed them!

We discovered a new Mediterranean spot-Luna. They have such yummy wraps! Their fries are pretty great too. They are thin and crispy, but still soft on the inside!

Baked was closed for a while and has now reopened only on weekends and for a few hours. We had to support one of our favorite local businesses and picked up some cupcakes!

Our Chick-fil-a had been closed for reconstruction. We were so happy to see them open back up and we headed into the drive through for our usual. We had 2 spicy chicken sammies with extra pickles, small fry, and some grilled nugs on the side.

It’s been a little while since we had an actual cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory so we decided to try the Reese’s. It was very good, but I do wish it had chunks of Reese’s cups in it. At some point I would like to try the Adam’s pb cheesecake.

Have you guys had any fun eats? How are you all holding up? Let’s talk in the comments!

Taco Tuuuuesdayyy

When Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday, you gotta Taco Tuesday! Or at least that’s what my husband said…

I came home from work on Tuesday and he totally surprised me with a full taco set up! We had chicken, pico, guac, salsa, onions, radish, “sour cream” (Greek yog), and of course umm Sriracha to mix it all up 😀

This was so incredibly delicious and we had some leftover priduce that we extended Taco Tuesday in Taco Wednesday. Instead of chicken, we used shrimp seasoned with TJ’s taco seasoning and had the exact same set up. It was so yummy!

Since I still had tortillas leftover, I made myself a breakfast taco with scrambled eggs, sauteed/steamed kale, and obvi Sriracha. I realize I take my food pictures pre-Sriracha so I intentionally made sure the Sriracha was on this time!

I never thought about making legit tacos at home before (I know, silly me!) but after this I am wondering what other delicious concoctions we could come up with…stay tuned!

Did you guys do Taco Tuesday last week? What kind of tacos do you make at home? I would love to hear all the ideas!

Loco Moco

Hi friends!

I’m sorry there was no post on Monday, but I am back today! I may be sticking with one post a week for the next little while, but we shall see.

I wanted to share with you this loco moco bowl we made. When we lived in the Valley we frequented Oi Asian Fusion and would always get their loco burger bowl.

I have no idea why we never thought about cooking this dish up, but it was super simple.



This tasty bowl of comfort includes rice, a burger patty, sunny side egg and gravy.

We cooked up rice and a burger patty and used the McCormick packets to make our gravy. Hubby fried the perfect sunny side egg to top our bowls!

I chopped up seaweed sheets to add on top. It adds a good punch of flavor!

This would be a great dish for a busy day when you have little time but want something hearty and filling.

Let me know if you have ever made this dish or tried it and what you think.

I’ll see you guys next week!

The time we cooked

Hi friends! Since this is a food blog and the show must go on I have a food post for you today.

We have been trying to cook at home more for a few reasons. For one, social distancing, two, dine in is closed and three, it’s entertainment and we gotta eat!

That list obviously doesn’t include things like the food is more nutrient dense and being able to get as many colorful fruits and veggies for our immune health but that’s a given, yeah?

I wanted to share three things we have made recently. One of those things was the “fried rice” dish I shared a couple of posts ago.

We put so many veggies in here-broccoli, kale, bell peppers, and mushrooms. It was a yummy dish!

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One day for lunch we baked up chicken legs. I learned a fun tip from Bon Appetit. If you salt the legs the night before, you will get some juicy and flavorful chicken.

Juicy and flavorful they were. We seasoned 2 with Sazon, 2 with our combo of seasoning and 1 with the TJs elote seasoning.

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The elote and our combo was out favorite! Our combo was super simple-garlic and onion powder and some dry dill.

Because we seasoned with salt the night before it didn’t need additional salt. Gosh was it yummy!

If you have been reading long enough, you guys know how much we love burgers so that was on the dinner menu.

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We made some fries from scratch and even though some were burnt, we really enjoyed them. These are great when you have some extra time to soak and dry the potatoes. I loved that they were baked and still turned out super crispy!

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Did you guys know the chicken trick? Have you made fries from scratch? Are you trying out new recipes with this newfound time? Let me know!

Thanks for reading friends! I am going to try to keep up with my Monday and Thursday schedule, but I may miss a post here or there depending on how the week is going.

Until next time stay safe and healthy friends!

Veggie Fried Rice

Hi all you lovely people!

I hope you guys are doing well! I know it’s a weird time and we’re all trying to make it through, but just know that we got this!

At our home, on our days off, we have been filling our time and our tummies by doing a lot more cooking. It’s been a lot of fun and it helps keep us distracted 🙂 While day dreaming recipes we could do for this last weekend, we realized we have some ingredients to make a veggie fried rice.

I’m using the term “fried rice” loosely here because even though there was rice in here it was mostly an abundance of veggies.

We looked up some fried rice recipes to get the general idea and got to cooking. We chopped everything up to bite size pieces.

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We sauteed the onions along with the broccoli and these tofu nuggets (extra protein) first. After cooking for a few minutes we added in our veggies that would not need as much time.

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After all the veggies cooked we took them out and started to cook our rice. We added some ginger, garlic, and chili flakes to the pan, a little while later we added in the cooked rice. I used a packet of Jasmine rice I had left from Trader Joes.

We stirred everything in together at the end to incorporate all the ingredients and took it off heat to add soy sauce. I know you’re thinking, “where the heck is the egg?” We decided instead of having it mixed in with our fried rice, we’d rather have an egg on top.

We cooked up our sunny side up eggs and topped off the fried rice. This was honestly really good and had so many colors in it from the veggies that it was nutritionally dense also.

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We had some leftover which I ended up re-heating in the pan the next day for breakfast and topping off with an egg and sriracha. I did end up adding in some extra kale-it wilts away so quickly and I love the extra green on the plate 🙂

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Have you guys found yourselves in the kitchen more? What have you been doing to distract yourself? Let us know in the comments!

Weekends Before Social Distancing :)

I thought it would be nice to look back on the good ol’ days that were filled with friends, food, and fun…gosh you guys I do love a good alliteration 🙂

This particular weekend recap is from a while ago so pleaaase enjoy the post and continue to stay at home and Facetime!

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We’ve always been big into including workouts and plenty of activity just to help balance out some of the goodies we eat during the weekends. We started Friday off with a good workout and a walk to Starbucks for breakfast.

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We always love their spinach egg white feta wrap, turkey bacon and cheddar and egg English muffin, and the egg white sous vide. It was a really great breakfast! There was a farmer’s market so after breakfast we walked around and bought some mandarins and oranges.

We had a fun little dinner at King’s Fish House. We somehow ended up getting full of apps and their delicious sourdough bread and that was totally fine!

We ended up walking home as rain started sprinkling down and had some dessert at home. We’ve both been enjoying having more fruit and I am so excited for summer fruit season!

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We watched The Stranger-you guys we literally watched every single episode in this one night. It was so good!

Saturday included another workout and we ended up heading to the mall to find some work shoes for me. We found some good options, but ultimately decided to find some online.

We did find a kiosk selling these marshmallow treats and we had to try them! They ended up being just okay, but I am happy to have tried them.

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We hung out with some friends Saturday night. Our initial plan was sushi, but there was an hour to 90 minute wait and we were not about that. We left and went to a food market and tried out the wing spot-Fire Wings.

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I loved doing this because we got to try a bunch of different flavors and my absolute favorite out of all of this was the seasoned fries and the Thai chili wings. You guys these were some crispy wings! I cannot wait to go back and see if the quality stands and try more flavors!

We kept Sunday pretty chill. Instead of a workout we went on a walk and picked up some last minute groceries.

We caught up on stuff and got ready for the week ahead. After wrapping up laundry we went and walked to pick up dinner and dessert.

We’ve been loving the larger pizzas from Blaze so we ordered a couple (one for today and one for the week).

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I got some mini cupcakes from Baked and I am so sad to report that three out of four of these cupcakes were “meh.” They seemed almost dry? The dulce de leche was still so good though 🙂

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We consumed more fruit and went for another walk before settling in to chill out for the night.

Let me know what your current weekends are looking like in the comments below!

 

Sunday Funday

I woke up one Sunday not feeling my best, but we got up and got ready to hit the gym.

While having coffee I mentioned how the grey day outside reminded me of a day we went to get Sidecar and how good that sounded…

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Next thing we know we ditched the gym and planned a little 45 minute drive to hit up the closest Sidecar 😁 I mean, do I have the bestest husband ever or is he the bestest husband ever?

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When we arrived there was a line, but it moved quickly and pretty soon we were in and smelling the goodness.

We decided to get six donuts: the blueberry champagne, Saigon cinnamon, butter and salt, butterscotch crunch, a glazed yeast, and a birthday cake.

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As much as we wanted to dive face first into these bad boys we had a little self control and made a stop at Shirley’s to get a bagel.

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We had never heard of Shirley’s but there was a line so we figured it’s probably pretty good. We ordered an everything bagel with cream cheese.

If I am being completely honest this was totally okay. Nothing magical about it, but the blueberry champagne doughnut we had after…holy moly deliciousness.

It was soft and sweet and creamy! I loved it so much!

We found this cool little mall and did some walking around before heading back home.

We dropped by Sprout’s and had to try the Terra sweet potato chips Hunida had mentioned and totally loved them. They were crunchy and perfectly salty, a great Sunday snack!

We had initially planned on having pizza for dinner but with the grey weather and me feeling under the weather we decided on pho!

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We got the rare beef and it was really good and so flavorful! I definitely did not finish mine but made a valiant effort.

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Dessert was our Sidecar doughnuts and I can’t began to tell you how good their doughnuts are. My favorites were the blueberry champagne, glazed yeast, butter and salt and the birthday cake.

So basically all of them…😂

Our dinner was basically a linner of sorts so we had some more dessert in the form of a fruit platter.

We had never had star fruit and decided to try it out. The one we had was crunchy like an apple but didn’t have much flavor.

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That concludes our full day of eating on this fun Sunday!

What’s your favorite way to doctor up pho? I love all of the things and a good amount of sriracha.

Let’s chat pho and doughnuts in the comments below 😊

Oh the food we will eat…Catch LA

Catch LA has never been one of those spots that’s been on my radar. I’m an avid Yelp user and am super blessed to live around so much good food! There are so many spots that are 4.5 stars with hundreds if not thousands of reviews. It’s insane!

Catch LA is 3.5 stars which is good and it’s a super popular Insta spot in LA. It’s one of those places you go to “see and be seen.” It’s super LA in vibe-music, loud chatter, dim lighting, eclectic decor. It’s cute!

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It was explained to us that the menu was meant for sharing but if we wanted to do larger individual dishes the “Big Fish” or “Big Meat” menu would be the way to go. We opted to go the sharing route so we could try a few of their popular things.

We ordered five items: Catch Ceviche, Truffle Sashimi, Crunchy Rice Cake, Cod Lettuce Wraps, and Lobster Mac and Cheese.

The first dish that came out was the truffle sashimi. Tuna, hamachi, chili ponzu, caviar, and black truffle came together to create the most delectable bite. This was almost melt in your mouth-so buttery! This was one of the group’s favorites!

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The ceviche was a combination of Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, shrimp, and scallops with mango and blood orange ponzu. It was fresh and bright and enjoyable. I don’t know if this is a dish I think you need to order, but it was good.

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Hubby enjoyed the cod lettuce wraps, but I thought they were kinda bland? These came with bourbon miso, kataifi, and shitake mushrooms. The fish was well cooked but that’s all I could say about this one. If you come here I would skip this one…

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Now, the lobster mac and cheese. OH.EM.GEE. The lobster mac and cheese. It was not super ooey gooey cheesy, but it had the best savory umami flavor and it held up well to the lobster. It was hardy and delicious! You should absolutely get this 🙂

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The last dish to come out was the crunchy rice cake with tuna tartare and wasabi tobiko. I love a good crunchy rice cake and this dish ended up being the favorite of the night. The crispy rice cake, the mildly spiced fish…please get this. 3/3 of us said this was our favorite dish of the night!

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We did get dessert and decided to go for the most popular and probably Insta-worthy? The Hit Me Chocolate Cake. Liquid Klondike, roasted white chocolate ice-cream, brownie, and devil’s food. It’s called “Hit Me” because you have to hit the “Klondike” bar with your spoon to crack it open. It was a deliciously chocolatey but not overly chocolatey dish. I think chocolate lovers and chocolate likers will both enjoy this dish immensely. I would recommend this to add to your list of “do get.”

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Three of the five dishes were incredible. That’s a pretty good amount I think? In terms of service I don’t have much to say because it was just okay. There was no Republique type of attentiveness or attention to detail, but it wasn’t bad either.

I really enjoyed our time at Catch LA. I think a big part of that had to do with being there with people I enjoy. I do think there are better foodie spots to explore, but it is super popular and Instagramable.

Talk to me in the comments and let me know if you’ve been to Catch LA? Did you like it? Thanks for reading and I’ll see you Thursday!

 

Green Chef

I feel like we have tried out quite a few of the meal subscription boxes out there but had missed Green Chef somehow.

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I thought it would be fun to switch things up one week and ordered Green Chef for a week I would be home a majority of the days.

The thing to note is that we looked through all their options and the only section we found recipes that looked interesting was the keto section.

Neither of us are keto but we do eat “cleaner” during the week. Lots of veggies, fruits and some kind of protein. We were excited to make and taste our recipes!

The box arrived and honestly I feel like all the stuff is packaged pretty similar among all the food subscription boxes.

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The first meal we made was the salmon.

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It came with a side of wilted kale and roasted beets and red bell pep. The piccata sauce on top was fresh and vinegary. We made this dish for lunch one day and I loved it so much, but it was not very filling.

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I am saying this as a human who eats small portions because of stomach space, but I still needed to snack quite a bit after this meal.

The chicken dish I made for dinner. It was spiced with dukkah seasoning and had a side of roasted butternut squash, greens and served on a bed of cauliflower rice.

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I did this one myself and had no issues bringing the meal together pretty quickly with myself in the kitchen. The only difficulty was peeling the butternut squash.

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Again, the dish was flavorful and savory and I really enjoyed it. The only issue was satiety…you will see this as the running theme 😞

The third and last dish was a shrimp and “grits.” The grits were made from cauliflower rice and the shrimp was seasoned with blackening seasoning.

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I had never had grits so I can’t vouch for how similar this was to grits, but it was creamy and cheesy from the cheddar cheese and cream cheese. I liked the bites of bell pepper in there too.

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It definitely was not a veggie heavy dish so we added roasted Brussels from earlier in the week to round out the meal.

B made this dish while I showered and basically had it halfway done. It seemed to take no time at all which was great since we were both in need of some food!

All the recipes were easy to follow and no trouble making if you had 40-45 minutes (maybe even less). It was easy to do whether you had one or two people in the kitchen.

It was a smooth transition to have someone pick up where you left off or have someone doing another step without a lot of confusion.

A couple of not so great things that are highlighted in my mind are that I never felt full after these meals and feeling locked into making the meal.

Being locked in I think is something i felt with all the boxes. Not that they weren’t easy to cancel, but once the box arrived we had to make them during a certain time.

I didn’t want anything to go bad and with our work schedules it wasn’t always plausible to put it off and make it another night.

I’m sure that at some point we will revisit a box or try another, but for now I think we will continue to throw stuff together ourselves 😊

I hope you guys found this helpful and if you have tried Green Chef let me know how you liked it!