Dinner at Home

I think one of the best things about the meal subscription boxes is that it has really inspired us to get back in the kitchen and make something awesome!

We were at the store trying to figure out dinner ideas when we found some ahi tuna on sale. We decided to grab it and make yummy, healthy meal out of it. We also decided to make a cauli/potato mash and have some broccoli for more #nutrition.

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My plate-this was a LOT of fish…I could not finish it. Yes, I did put cheese on my cauli/potato mash ๐Ÿ™‚

We had never made ahi tuna at home so we looked up some methods and decided to just sear and cook it all up on a pan. I had no idea, but apparently it’s better to leave it pretty rare because cooking it all the way through can cause a super dry piece of fish.

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The hubby’s plate

We seared it for a couple of minutes on each side and left it pretty rare. The fish was incredible! Cooked, it was definitely more meaty than flaky. I can see why it’s called tuna steak!

I loved this meal, but the hubby was over the moon about how good this was. He is already planning the next ahi tuna night ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Hello Fresh: BBQ Chicken

We decided to do a subscription with Hello Fresh, a meal subscription box. It delivers ingredients for specific dishes you have picked out to cook. I like the idea because it means no waste since they only send you the amount you need for your household. For a smaller household like ours (just me and the hubs) this is great!

We had picked 3 dishes: chicken, pizza, and burger. If you couldn’t tell by the title-we went for the chicken dish first ๐Ÿ™‚

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The chicken dish is actually a bbq chicken thigh served with a pasta salad. The pasta salad was comprised of penne pasta, mozz, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and onion all tossed in with a pre-made pesto. The zucchini and onion were roasted with salt and pep before going into the salad.

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We did end up making some changes to the dish since neither of us are big pasta salad people. It’s crazy considering how much I love my carbs, but really just give me bread and buttah any day. So we made our side of veggies with no mozz and no pasta.

We also added a side salad to get in some more leafy green goodness because who couldn’t use more greens in their life, right?!

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This dish overall was way more delicious than we thought it was going to be. The chicken was juicy and slightly charred from being in the oven. The zucchini and tomato was basil-y and fresh from the pesto.

I think I would give this dish 5 outta 5 chicken thighs ๐Ÿ™‚

We have two dishes left and you guys know how much we love our pizza and burgers so stay tuned for those posts! Till next time, have a lovely Monday!

Dinner at Joey’s

For dinner one night we decided to get cleaned up and head to Joey Woodland Hills. We’ve been here once before and the food and service were both awesome and we had talked about going back many times and decided tonight is the night!

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The bestest husband…how cute is he!

We were super hungry (surprise, surprise) and decided to split two main courses. We love to share/split things-does anybody else do this?

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We picked the house flavor rotisserie chicken (Asian inspired that night) and a steak dish as well. Both came with veggies, the chicken also came with mashed potatoes, and the steak came with “loaded crispy mashed potatoes” which ended up being mashed potatoes in a spring roll wrapper.

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The steak

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The chicken

We devoured everything! I was really impressed with the steak and the crispy loaded mash (just ask the husband, I haven’t stopped talking about it). The service was spot on and we really enjoyed our evening out!

What are some of your favorite dinner spots?

 

Hello Fresh

Hello friends! Happy Monday!!

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I know it probably sounds crazy, but we decided to try yet another meal subscription plan. I don’t know if we just had high expectations, but Blue Apron just didn’t blow us away so we opted out and went on the hunt for another box.

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We saw many good reviews for this one and decided to go for it. Right off the bat during the ordering process we weren’t super excited about any of the meal options, but decided to go ahead and give them a fair chance.

We picked a chicken dish, pizza, and burger and it all came to our house in a nice little box. Everything was packaged, insulated, and iced appropriately.

 

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I liked that they had all the ingredients for each dish in it’s own bag so you didn’t have to even take time to sort out what went with what.

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There were recipe cards for each dish and a completely different card for the nutrition facts. They included nutrition facts for ALL the meals that were available that week-not just the ones that we ordered.

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I’m planning on posting reviews for all the dishes like I did with Blue Apron so I hope you’ll come along for our food journey!

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We’re total newbs to the whole meal subscription thing so let us know if you have a favorite or if you have any thoughts about Hello Fresh.

Feeling the blues and eating cookies

It’s been a minute since I have brought a true favorites post to you and so here we are today discussing some of the things I have been loving!

We have a blue, light grey, white situation happening with our home so anytime I see anything blue/white I get super excited and decide I must have it. These kitchen towels were no exception!

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Sticking with the blue theme we were in Target when I spotted this throw. There was no price on it, but it was just so pretty and a nice, large size so I figured I would keep it unless it was some insane price. Guys! Guess how much? $5.98. Seriously. I couldn’t find another one anywhere in the store, but I am so glad that I found this one!

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I have a couple of movie favorites (finally catching up with all the movies)! The first being Wonder Woman…I just loved this movie so much. The other being Atomic Blonde. I love me a good superhero movie and it was all the sweeter to see some strong female leads. They both had a good story line and there was plenty of action (and gore in Atomic Blonde). I would totally recommend both of these if you haven’t seen them!

Now for the moment we have all been waiting for (ahem, I have been waiting for)-the cookies. You guys. These cookies are so freaking good. I have no idea how I have been so blind the them for so long. These are the cookie butter cookies from Trader Joe’s. The cookies are rich, buttery butter cookies and the filling is the famous cookie butter. Where have these been my whole life??

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That concludes my favorites post! If you need me you can find me on the couch drinking green juice and eating these cookies #balance

The day a donut was my friend

If you read my last vegan lunch post then you knew that this donut place is where it all started. Also, I can’t pick which way to spell donut/doughnut so I’m just going to go with whatever feels right at the moment!

Donut Friend has been on my list of places to check out and I am happy to say that we finally made it. The donuts here are vegan (I do believe) and they are delicious (trust me, I tasted them).

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The whole concept is that you pick a donut and can add fillings, glazes, toppings, etc to make your donut creation.

They have pre-made ones that you can pick from if you want to try a tested and true flavor combo. They have delicious eat on their own good donuts as well!

We made our own and got a creme brรปlรฉe and blueberry cake donut to round it all out.

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The BYO creation ended up being glazed donut with Nutella filling, vanilla glaze, and topped with pretzels. It was sticky and sweet and there was glaze and Nutella everywhere!

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The blueberry cake was okay and a tad dry, but the flavor was delicious. I think this would go awesome with some almond milk.

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The creme brรปlรฉe was a yeast donut with a nice crunchy top and creamy center. The textures alone made this one of my faves.

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Our top pick was definitely the BYO. It was just so good and we put all our favorite things in it so…I mean, there was no going wrong.

If you were building your own donut what would you put in it?! I’m always curious about these types of things. Let me know in the comments below!

A Vegan Lunch

It may be hard to tell from my posts, but when at home I tend to eat vegetarian for the most part. I enjoy eating lots of veggies and I find that my body does pretty well on it ๐Ÿ™‚ย We also enjoy our fish and burgers (as you may know if you’ve been reading my posts), but I think it’s all about balance.

All of this to say that I may have stumbled upon one of the best vegan joints I have ever been to.

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Let me start from the beginning…like every good story, this one starts with doughnuts. There has been this vegan doughnut place I have been wanting to try and so we set out to do just that, but we also wanted to grab some lunch.

We came across a place on Yelp called Organix. It’s a little vegan grocery store/vegan restaurant (kombucha shot for overtime I say vegan?). It has 3 wooden picnic type tables and benches to sit down and eat (you order at the register).

We ended up wanting everything on the menu, but went with the Chicken Bacon Ranch, Jesse’s Taco, and the Barbacoa Taco.

We also ended up getting some vegan jerky to try out while we waited. The flavor was like jerky, but the texture was very soft-the hubs seemed to like it.

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Now on to the rest of the food ( insert all of the heart eye emojis here)

The CBR had vegan chicken, coconut bacon, vegan ranch, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato on sourdough.

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And a side shot so you can see all the yummy vegan layers (and yes, I did put the word vegan in there so you would take a shot ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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The Jesse’s Taco was a corn tortilla filled with mushrooms, grilled onions, bell pepper, cabbage, salsa, and chipotle aioli.

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Jesse’s on the left and barbacoa on the right

The Barbacoa (my fave) was slow cooked shredded jack fruit, cabbage, crema and pico also on a corn tortilla.

The food was incredible…I only wish we lived closer! That’s all for this post, but that doughnut post will be coming soon so keep an eye out ๐Ÿ˜€

Day In the Life+Full Day of Eating

I know that I tend to write about trips, adventures, and eating out, but, friends, that is not a full picture of my day to day. Both the hubs and I work full time so there are days where we are at work all day and then, sadly enough, days when we’re off by ourselves.

Today, I thought I would bring you along on a day where I am home alone! Usually these types of days go depending on what errands need to be run and what tasks absolutely need to get done that day.

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The Island Coconut by Green Mountain is the current fave

I always start my morning off with coffee and catch up on emails while sipping up all the goodness ๐Ÿ™‚ I think my favorite part has been picking out my daily cup.ย I also like to spend this time figuring out what I want/need to do and having a general idea of when/how I should go about doing the things.

If you know me you know that I wake up hungry so an hour into scheduling and emailing and I am VERY ready for breakfast!

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Seasoned with turmeric, black pep, Himalayan pink, and chili flakes for some heat ๐Ÿ˜‰

I actually mixed up some cruciferous mix (Trader Joe’s) and ended up scrambling this beautiful egg and throwing it all into a tortilla with shredded cheddar. This has been a great way to get in some extra veg and start my morning off strong

After breakfast is when I will start writing blog posts, looking through pics for post inspiration, and reading all of your lovely blogs ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lunch time rolls around and on this day I wasn’t feeling too hungry so I sautรฉed tofu and threw it over some spinach topped with this new feta dill dressing. It was delicious, light, and just what I needed.

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I did end up having a few of these pita chips with it because they just taste so good…

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I’ve been on a watermelon kick so that ended up being “dessert”

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On this day it was a fun surprise because the hubs had an early day and got to come home so we ended up running some errands together (grocery stores and a bakery).

We had a fun impromptu date night and went to see Baby Driver and grab dinner out. The movie was good, but not what I was expecting. If you’ve seen it let me know what you thought!

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It’s a bit hard to see, but check out this double rainbow we saw after the movies…so pretty!

Dinner was at Urban Plates. It was like a cafeteria type set up-we got the “plates” which includes a protein, two sides, and a piece of bread.

I went with salmon, mashed potatoes (so good!), and broccolini

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The hubs had chicken, cucumber/tomato/mozz salad, and squash in tomato sauce. The squash was seriously amazing. Perfectly cooked and so savory!

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The bakery I mentioned earlier on our errand run was Nothing Bundt Cakes. They had a new confetti cake flavor and I had to try it! It ended up being so. so. good. and the perfect ย sweet treat to end the day.

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We always like to end our days with a sitcom of some kind-Big Bang and Happy Endings are two that we’ve been really enjoying!

I know it wasn’t the most exciting day in the life post, but I wanted to share a more typical type day in my life. I hope you guys enjoyed and please let me know what you thought about the post!

 

Fruit Favorites

I LOVE fruit, I love everything about it. The sweetness, the different textures, even the smell…hi, I’m Jess, the crazy fruit lady.

And when it’s summer time I crave watermelons and mangoes and grapes. To me, summer is not complete until I have eaten a store full of watermelon!

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That being said, I have had no good mangoes this season and it’s slightly heartbreaking so I’ve been burying my sadness into bowls of grapes.

If you haven’t already guessed watermelon ranks pretty high on this list of favorites. It’s juicy and sweet and it has a lot of health benefits. It is high in vitamin C, it’s shown to improve eye health, decrease inflammation, hydrating so on and so forth, but I eat it because it’s delicious!

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Bananas are a year-round fruit for me-they are great toppers for toast, waffles, yogurt, overnight oats. They stand alone or go wonderfully with some nut butter. Whatever way you slice them they are a tasty treat (I sound like a commercial, but I promise this is not a #spons ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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I love grapes, especially (mostly) red ones, but I saw these champagne grapes and wanted to try them after reading this post on Become Betty. Mine were green and a little tart, but still cute and yummy!

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Lychee is a totally new fruit for me, but I am super happy I spotted them at a grocery store. They are sweet and mildly flavored, unusually addictive. The only way I can describe it is if you have ever peeled the skin off of a grape and eaten it-it’s that texture, but smoother…Does that make sense?!

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All my lychee eaters and experts let me know if my description sounds right. I hope you lovelies have a wonderful Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Blue Apron: Beef Pitas

To be honest, I was not super excited about this recipe after the fail that was our last dish, but the show had to go on. The non-excitement passed pretty soon because when it comes to food it’s hard for me to be negative for too long ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The hubs was at work so I started prepping without him. This meal included a radish and snap pea salad, a variation of tzatziki to go in the pita, pita bread, and thinly sliced beef.

The beef was marinated in tahini, garlic, lemon juice and water so I went ahead and did that. I prepped the snap peas by boiling and blanching. Cut up my radishes and cucumbers and assembled all the salads.

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By the time B came home the beef was ready to be seared and cooked up so he did that and I warmed up pitas.

Dinner was served!

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We both really enjoyed this meal (thank God)! The meat was flavorful and yummy and the salads added a nice freshness to the meal.

I would definitely make this again on my own! We love Mediterranean flavors and this meal was super easy and quick to throw together.