Easy weeknight meals are the best, am I right?! Especially ones that taste like a delicious box of pasta-roni but are fresh, not from a box, and take you the same amount of time to make. Thanks to my new friends over @ Pop & Cook that is! Seriously guys, this company is my new easy weeknight best friend. They make frozen cubes of fresh herbs, minced garlic, and glazed onions that you can just pop out of a tray right into your recipe making adding some fresh & healthy flavor SO much easier! Not only that but using their cubes means less dishes (no chopping or pulling out the cutting board for you) AND less waste, because if you only need 1 garlic clove per week, you can use just that!
This is one of my favorite go to ideas for meal prep - it is easy to prepare, all tastes great together, and a good balance between meat, veggies, and healthy carbs. Also maybe it's because I love teriyaki chicken ... but who doesn't?! I prepped this exactly as below and brought it to work for 5 days of lunches and it was good until day 5 (made on Sunday - last ate on Friday)! If you make this exactly as I did I would recommend starting with the quinoa so you can allow it to cool (per instructions) while you work on the chicken for best use of your time! I hope y'all enjoy this easy meal prep as much as I do!
GIVEAWAY ALERT! I am so excited about this post because not only am I sort of obsessed with this recipe - healthy, organic, easy, and pretty....need I say more? - but I get to show off my new organic wood watch by JORD, and best part of all - I've partnered with JORD on a giveaway for all of YOU! Sappy side note but I am so proud - to be at a point in my blogging career that I not only get to share my love of food and drinks with you, but get to work with great brands that want to provide benefits to my readers makes me happier than you could ever know. This partnership in particular is so exciting to me because I get to talk organic fashion + lifestyle, which although isn't my blog focus, is a total passion of mine! To get excited about bringing you all this giveaway I developed a recipe for an all organic and totally stylish smoothie.
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Okay, total moment of honesty here. I broke down from my clean eating this past Sunday and ordered Chinese food takeout. Why? It sounded damn delicious, that's why. It tasted damn delicious too, not even going to try to skirt around that. The only part that wasn't awesome was how full & lethargic I felt after. It's amazing how much more "bad" food effects you when you've been on a health kick! Anyway, one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is create healthier alternatives to some of my favorite foods. I'm a total junk food lover at heart, clean eating decisions don't always come easy so I feel a lot of inspiration to find ways to eat what I love without feeling all the guilt... because I love food, but I also love feeling good about myself. Ya feel me? This quinoa fried rice was absolutely delicious and left me feeling a whole lot better after eating it. Score! I hope y'all enjoy!
hey there! I apologize for the couple week hiatus in posting new recipes for y'all, but considering the reason is I was on a much needed vacation I am not that sorry ;) I spent the last week on a road trip exploring some great national parks, breweries, and coastal towns through Oregon & northern California. It was beyond beautiful and relaxing and I would highly recommend. Feel free to E-mail me for any recs, as much as I love talking food all the time I am also a total travel bug! Now I'm back to reality...unpacking, laundry, work, and the realization that it's time to work off all the great vacation meals. It would be nice if we could just go on vacation without having to worry about all that aftermath, am I right?! With all that fun stuff going on this week a nice and easy crockpot meal was necessary. These light turkey tacos were not only super easy but also got a "you should make our tacos like this every time you make tacos" from Jas.... easy, light, delicious, and a meal we can both enjoy?! WIN, WIN! Oh and then there's the beer, that was for the hundreds of work E-mails I had waiting for me post vacation, plus, what's a taco Tuesday without a good margarita or Mexican beer pairing?! After all our Oregon brew tastings we were inspired to try something new this week. I proudly partnered up with Estrella Jalisco to bring this taco Tuesday to life!
hey there! This is one of my favorite posts to date so I'm so glad you are here checking it out! This month I've partnered up withLa Victoria Brand to celebrate their 100th anniversary, that's right, 100 years! How cool is that?! To celebrate they are doing pop-up dinners with tacos unique to that cities style, so be sure to check out the link above to see if they are coming to a city near you! These duck tacos were the special 100 year San Francisco edition and now that they have hosted their bay area dinner it's time to share the west coast style recipe off. You know the saying if you've got it, flaunt it? Well these tacos got it, and at the risk of sounding totally cheesy, they deserve to flaunt it. You go, La Victoria. I mean just look at that salsa! I'm so excited to share the recipe with you because not only were they outstanding and like really pretty, but they were super easy to make and will help you impress whoever you're cooking for. I mean, I was even proud of myself on these ones, like looked at them after and thought to myself "wow, I made those?!" Damn right I did. Now it's your turn, yes you... have fun and enjoy!
hey there! this recipe is the latest and greatest from my recipe swap club. This month I partnered with The Culinary Taste to bring you this oh so summer perfect ribs with a Jack & Coke marinade. This particular collaboration was extra fun because I got to interview the chef behind the recipe as well as see one of my recipes come to life on his blog. For those of you who may be new to my blog the recipe swap club is a group in which I collaborate with a new blogger each month to try out one of their recipes and vice versa - I love it because it helps me learn and try new things, which in turn I get to share with you!
Is anyone else as excited as I am that summer is finally here?! I mean maybe not officially but Memorial Day Weekend approaching just screams summer is finally here. As fun as summer is it also means lot's of entertaining - Memorial Day, 4th of July, baby showers, you name it. If you're anything like me it also means white wine season... I mean it's only appropriate to step up the refreshing wine game for beautiful outdoor days, right?! With that in mind I love having easy to whip up appetizers or shareable plates that impress guests, and well, pair well with my wine. I made this Puff Pastry flatbread for a get together recently and it was a total hit. I topped it with brie, honey, apple, and onion for a really yummy mix of flavors, and the Puff Pastry makes it so light and airy. I hope y'all enjoy as much as I do.
Anyone else feel like summer crept up on them this year? Like having a total panic "I forgot to do my beach bod diet and it's already beach weather OMG" kind of moment? I'll be honest, that's totally where I'm at this year and it sucks, not to mention there's a bunch of fun holidays coming up (I love MDW & 4th of July weekends!) AND some trips I have planned. I've said it to myself before and realistically will probably say it again ( but hopefully not ), better luck next year! Anyway, I am so excited to share this recipe with you as I teamed up with Frank's RedHot to bring you guys a perfect holiday weekend (think Memorial Day) recipe to put on the table that is not only delicious, but won't break that calorie bank. I love this because typically all the fun holiday foods aren't also healthy, and well let's be honest, that veggie tray get's a little boring time after time. These are super easy to make, are packed with protein and veggies & will make you and your family/ guests feel just a little bit better about all the other goodies we both know you'll snacking on! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!
No exaggeration this may be my favorite dish I have ever made. I make a lot of simple recipes here, because well for the most part that is what I make. I'm busy working full time, trying to maintain my relationship, social life, taking care of my pups, keeping up with this blog, and trying to get some down time here and there... so decadent dishes are few and far between at home, but that doesn't mean I don't absolutely love them. When I go out to eat I am all about the "foodie" items on the menu, mixing flavors, fancy dishes, you get the drill. I love sharing my day to day recipes because that is what a lot of you like to make as well, I know I'm not the only busy one, but every now and then you need to treat. yo. self.