Bored This Sunday Evening?

Get thee to a Trader Joes and buy these ASAP.

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You’ll thank me later. Promise.

I Was Reminded Of Two Things Today

1. Don’t go to Trader Joes on an empty stomach.

2. Cooking at home, with real food, is a good, good thing.

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I think it’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve set out and cooked an actual meal (as opposed to heating up something pre-made or grabbing something to-go). And even though it was simple, it was light and summery and the perfect antidote to the torture I put my body through over the holiday weekend.

Greek-Inspired Quinoa Salad
Serves: 2, or 4 as a side-dish.
Total cooking and prep time: 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • boneless, skinnless chicken breast (2)
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped. I used: basil, oregano, and parsley (You can substitute dried herbs, but the fresh herbs really give it an extra fresh punch of flavor)
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa in a saucepan according to directions.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, in a seperate pan place 2 tbsp of olive oil and cook the chicken breasts 4 minutes per side over medium heat. When the chicken is cooked, remove and set aside. Let cool, and slice or chop into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In the same pan you used to cook the chicken, add the onion and garlic. If you need to, you can add another tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for about 3 minutes, and thenย  add the red bell peppers. Continue to cook for another four minutes, or until all of the vegetables are cooked through, but still firm.
  4. Add the 1/2 cup olive oil, the juice of one lemon, and the chopped herbs to a small mixing bowl. Whisk together and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Slice the chicken into 1-inch pieces and add all of the ingredients, including the cucumbers, into a large serving bowl and enjoy!

I enjoyed this both hot and cold, and I liked it both times. It’s easy, not very expensive, and surprisingly filling.

The only thing missing that would have made this an absolute home run, would have been a nice piece of crusty bread. I also think the addition of some greek olives would add a nice salty dimension. Can’t wait to make this again and experiment further.

I Just Ate A Thai Chili

On accident.

I then proceeded to down at least three glasses of water, a yogurt, an english muffin and anything else I could manage to get my hands on. Except for milk. I hate plain milk.

Do not eat thai chilis. Even if they are mixed with delicious, delicious orange peel shrimp.

Anywaaaaay, part from having my mouth on fire, things have been quite lovely round here. It’s rainy and cloudy and all I can think about is getting my pajamas on and cuddling up with my Kindle and a glass of tea or wine and relaxing for the rest of the evening. Bliss.

I have been cooking up a storm lately, and I’ll probably post about it tomorrow or Wednesday. I can’t be certain, I’m not psychic after all. In the meantime here are some random snapshots from the weekend.

Weekends are fun.

My only resolution this year: eat more fruit (and oatmeal?). So far so good.

Bacon and mushroom tarte @ Cafe Chloe

Moules frittes @ Cafe Chloe. Buttery deliciousness!

refreshing

Movie night with my two dudes.

Inexpesive flowers from Trader Joe's make me happy

Cheeeeeseburgers from Cass Street Bar and Grill are a good thing.

Now, on to tackle the rest of the week!

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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Snack Time Isn’t Just For Kids

I’ve been feeling especially snacky lately.

Hence my plate tonight.

From top left, clockwise: greek olives, fresh mozzarella with salt and pepper, pepperoncini, wasabi flavored almonds.

Technically not dinner, although on a dinner plate.

Technically delicious.

Every day I have grand plans to make a delicious dinner…and then the snack monster hits. Entrees are overrated. Appetizers are where it’s at.I think the fact that I’ve eaten my weight in tootsie rolls this week has added to my preference for snacky meals.

Don’t worry, this plate was filled up a few times, and wine was definitely enjoyed along with said plates.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.

And if you haven’t already tried them, next time you’re at Trader Joes make sure you snatch up a bag of wasabi flavored almonds. They are magically delicious!

 

I Hope It’s Not Too Late

For figs.

Everyone seems to be enamored with all things pumpkin, but I”m still hankering for figs. Figs with goat cheese. Or bacon. Or stuffed with dark chocolate and peanut butter (try this!).

And I always love pizza…

Fig, goat cheese, red onion and arugula pizza

I think I might need to run to Trader Joe’s and make this again. Like today. (Picture from a girls night a few weeks back)

Get On This

$3.99 At Trader Joes.

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And it tastes pretty darn good.

Win.

I Salute You!

Well, not you. What have you done for me lately?

I’m talking about trader Joe’s. Specifically, their 21 Seasoning Salute.

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Oh my word is this fantastic. I’ve used it on everything from Tilapia to roasted vegetables to eggs.

Get thee to Trader Joe’s and let the culinary adventures begin!

It’s cheap too ๐Ÿ™‚