Category: Food

Fried Cauliflower “Rice”

This recipe is legitimately one of the easiest things to throw together.

-Riced Cauliflower
-Frozen Pineapple
-Frozen Peas and Carrots
-Sesame oil
-Salt and Pepper
-Curry Powder
-Soy and or Teriyaki sauce

Throw the riced cauliflower, frozen pineapple, and frozen peas and carrots into a pan over medium/medium-high heat, with some toasted sesame oil and evoo. Stir as it cooks. Add salt & pepper, soy & teriyaki sauce to taste. When the cauliflower is almost done, move everything to the side and crack two eggs into the pan and scramble. Finally, add some curry powder at the end, mix through and serve.

Easy Peasy.


Paleo (ohhhh don’t mind if I do)

If any of you have had the TERRIBLE TERRIBLE misfortune (like I have) of a doctor telling you that you have to stop eating gluten, you have my sincere sympathy. However, you also have my wonderful find of these incredible cassava and coconut tortillas by Siete. I found them at whole foods and I can’t say enough how much I like them. Give them a try, my lovelies.


Srsly? Tortillas are this easy? Yes

Learning how easy it is to make tortillas from scratch was one of those life defining moments for me. When you serve scratch made tortillas with something like fajitas, it makes a world of difference – the tortillas becomes the focal point instead of the after thought. If you need a tortilla press, this is the one that I have and I love it. It is, however, VERY heavy.

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1 3/4 cup ap flour (and a bit extra as needed)
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp cold butter
1/2 cup hot water (around 105 degrees)

-Mix all ingredients
-Knead for 3 minutes
-Rest for 15 minutes
-Divide into 10 pieces
-Press in a tortilla press (use plastic wrap on the tortilla press)
-Heat in a dry pan on medium high until cooked through about 1-2 minutes per side


AIP Berry Panna Cotta

Over 4th of July weekend I had my parents in town who are the healthiest people I know. My mom follows a diet called Auto Immune Protocol which is as strict as the name makes it sound. I wanted her to have some dessert so I went about making this paleo and AIP dessert by Sweet Treats. For some reason how jello-like the texture was surprised me, I was expecting more creamy texture but once I got over that, I really enjoyed it. Here are some photos of the process. See the link above for directions and ingredients.



Paleo Quiche

I’ll go more into this later, but for the last few months I’ve been trying to eat more Paleo after a month of Whole 30. So, the other week I got around to making this little gem. Probably more work than it’s worth, but if you like to meal prep your breakfasts for the week, this could be the way to go.

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– Frozen organic Sweet Potato tater tots

– Frozen Spinach

– Chopped Asparagus

– Chopped Mushrooms

– Garlic

– 4 to 6 eggs (scrambled)

-Sriracha (optional)

– Fresh your mostly thawed sweet potato tots into a pie dish. You don’t need oil since these usually have a lot of oil in them.

– Bake this according to package directions plus however long it takes for the center to get firm – this might take awhile but you’ll regret a soggy crust

– Sauté all the veggie filling with garlic and then toss into the pre-baked crust

– Scramble the eggs and pour over the veggies until it fills the pie

– Bake at 350 for 30-60 minutes until the whole is set. (My edges started to burn before the center of the pie was set so I wrapped some tin foil around it exposing the middle to the oven heat)

– Serve with Sriracha

– Smile & enjoy


How to Baked-potato-bar properly


Before we moved into our house, I had one final book club meeting in our old apartment. There was wine as has always been standard, but I wanted to go out with a bang and so I served a baked potato bar. It was a hit as I’m sure every halfway decent baked potato bar in the history of man has been. So, I want to share with y’all a few tips on how to successfully serve this delicious treat. Also, please note my classy chalkboard sign welcoming my guest; sorry mom! 

1. Bulk cool your baked potatoes in foil in your crockpot. It makes life much simpler. 

2. Sour cream, bacon pieces, and green onions must be available. That’s the most delicious flavor combination in my humble and correct opinion.

3. Broccoli and melted cheese are another classic combination a lot of people who grew up eating Wendy’s enjoy

4. Some good chili and red onion should round out the options list for those seeking the heartiest combination available. 

The great thing about this is it’s very little work, just a lot of dirty dishes, but that is future you’s problem, so ready the potatoes and send out some invites. 

Then let me know how it went. Enjoy!


gettin’ juicy with it

So, I’m doing this cleanse for the month of February, trying to give my liver a break so it can heal itself. I’ve had some liver issues lately, and Briana came across a cleanse and invited me to do it with her. We dragged our husbands along with us and so far it’s been 9 days of no caffeine, no alcohol, and absolutely no sugar. Yes, no coffee at all, even decaf can cause some of the issues I’m trying to correct, so it’s been a long 9 days. One of the aspects of the cleanse is to start your mornings with warm lemon water, which I’ve been doing. Sleepy-Adora has been digging lemon seeds out of mugs before she even has a chance to wake up. No bueno. So, I was so excited last night when I found this adorable juicer and it was only $14, making one of the 3 things I can afford from there. This morning I gave it a try and I’m in love with it. It gets the lemon juicer out much faster and more efficiently than just squeezing slices into your mug like I’ve been doing. The smartest part is the filter, a couple of holes in the front of it keep your lemon seeds from being able to slip down into your mug.
Anyway, I think this adorable little contraption is just great. Run out and pick one up, and let me know if you enjoy it as much as I am!

the blog posts you never see

It’s easy to think that all the lifestyle bloggers online have it all together. All their crafts turn out perfectly, and they never seem to run out of new recipes and ideas. You only see their photoshopped and polished finished product and when you contrast it against your sink full of dirty dishes, it can be discouraging. So, I just wanted make sure you all know: half of the time I’m stacking dirty dishes to get them out of the picture I’m taking. Occasionally, like today, the dish I set out to make turns out to be HORRIBLE. I was attempting Eggs in Purgatory for the first time, and cooked it for too long, so I ended up with hard boiled eggs sitting in tomato sauce. Not good. But I learned to not do that again, Josh, like a champ, ate it anyway, and I got inspired to write this post. Stay positive, keep on trying, and be encouraged this new year. Here’s to all the things we’ll learn from mistakes we make in 2015!


Tapas & Wine Bar

A couple nights ago Josh and I made our way over to WineBelly, a wine and tapas bar just south of downtown. We were there for a low-key, last minute date night and this was the ideal place. From the wine-based cocktails that we ordered (I recommend the ella fitzgerald) to the perfectly balanced meat and cheese plates that we split. Everything was delicious and really affordable compared to other tapas places I’ve been to. The vibe was chill and cozy without feeling cramped. Our waitress was so sweet, knowledgeable and helpful while we were making up our minds on what to order. I’m sure Josh’s delightful company didn’t hurt- but the next time you’re in the mood for tapas and some delicious wine I highly recommend this spot. Check it out at 519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704