Saturday, March 24, 2018

K is for: Kalua Pork {in a pressure cooker}

If you follow me on Instagram, and more specifically, Instagram Story, you probably know about my appreciation obsession with my multi-cooker. (More commonly referred to as an Instant Pot, except mine is a Breville, so I feel weird calling it an "Instant Pot.")

Many of my friends have been asking me for recipes, or if I have any posted on my blog. And every time it happens, I'm reminded of this Kalua Pork I made TWO MONTHS AGO and never posted.

Justin was working that particular day, so I busted out the tripod to take photos on my own. And while I'm actually kind of impressed with what I was able to accomplish in low winter light and the camera's timer function... I'm also nots super thrilled about the photos so I kept putting off this post.

However, the photos don't do the actual food justice. This recipe is super simple (only 3 ingredients) and super versatile, and it can be on your dinner table in about 90 minutes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

J is for: Jamaica {Ocho Rios}

On the eve of another Nor'easter (we're supposed to get a foot of snow tonight?!?), it seems fitting that I'm finally getting around to blogging about our trip to Jamaica from a month ago.

Can we just go back to 80-degree temperatures & endless drinks where the hardest decision is debating between pool or beach?


Ok, well, I guess these photos will have to do.


Anyways, the main purpose of the trip was to celebrate Justin's 40th birthday (or Jaharoni's for those who only know him from instagram.) We also just wanted a little warm weather reprieve from the New York winter, and we got that with four days in "Jamaica, mon," where the pace of life is slow and everyone is happy and friendly all the time.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

J is for: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

January has flown by. Seems like just last week, I was telling you about my plan for detox and sharing a recipe for a Whole30 Italian Wedding Soup.

I'm happy to report the detox has gone well! I've been working out 5-6 times per week, and mostly eating a clean diet of meats and veggies, leading to a noticeable change on the scale. Minus a small hiccup when my friends Liz & Ben visited and basically hazed me to drink (ok, so it didn't actually take a ton of convincing), I've also managed to stick to "dry January."

Truth be told, it's more like "dry first 3 weeks of January." We have a wedding this weekend, and then off to Jamaica on Sunday to celebrate Justin's birthday, effectively cutting the detox a few days short.

Speaking of Jamaica... I've been dying for my friend Alexis to teach me her jerk chicken recipe, so this seemed like perfect timing!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

I is for: Italian Wedding Soup {gluten free, paleo, whole30}

As I type this, there's something called a bomb cyclone going on outside my window and every time the wind howls and spirals snow into the air, it literally sends shivers down my spine.

This is also known as "sit on the couch and eat soup while we watch movies all day" weather.

What kind of soup, you say? I'm so glad you asked.

As I mentioned in my "Healthy January" post earlier this week, I'm currently on a clean eating re-set for the new year. I'm avoiding alcohol, dairy, added sugars and most grains.

So when I was brainstorming ideas for the letter "I"... I came across a dish called "Italian Wedding Soup."  Basically, it's a chicken broth-based soup with mini meatballs, a bitter green such as escarole or curly endive, and small pasta such as orzo, pastina or acini de pepe.

Monday, January 1, 2018

H is for: Healthy January {& Happy New Year!}

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe and festive time ringing in 2018. As I mentioned in my Hot Honey Fried Chicken post yesterday, a "Healthy January" is much needed for my body at the moment. Knowing this was coming, I sort of blew it out in style, eating a bunch of pasta in the Bronx Saturday,  fried chicken for lunch yesterday, Joe's Pizza for dinner, and Borgatti's raviolis for dinner tonight.

But tomorrow....

Tomorrow commences a month of healthy eating and no alcohol. I'm also going to try to drink 64 ounces of water per day (I'm horrible about remembering to drink water, so I even downloaded an app to help.) And I'm also going to avoid dairy, added sugar and most grains... to which my friend Nicole asked today "What exactly are you going to eat?!?" Haha, fair enough... but the answer is: lots of veggies and meat.

Since I figure a lot of people will be doing the same, I've put together a few ideas to help get you started. It was fun to go back through some of my old posts (sadly, most were pre-Justin, so the photos aren't as pretty, but you'll get the idea.) I'm also hoping to do a couple of posts this month with additional healthy recipe ideas, so stay tuned!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

H is for: Hot Honey Fried Chicken Strips

Along with most of the country, I will be commencing a major cleanse/detox/healthy eating pilgrimage starting on January 2nd.

If you've been following the blog and/or my instagram stories, you already know that a majority of my diet recently has consisted of: bread, pasta, fried things, wine, & champagne.

Hey, it happens.

It's the holidays, it's cold, there are parties and well... it's just too hard to say no to all of that. January is a nice time to hit the reset button and give your body a break.

But guess what? It's still December. (Why is Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory" suddenly playing in my head?)

Cue these delightfully spicy & sweet chicken fingers. You might even have all the ingredients on hand, which means... there's still time to make them before January 2nd rolls around!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

G is for: Garlic Pizza Knots

We recently threw a holiday housewarming party to break in the new digs, and I of course made a boatload of party food.

I made my Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs, Sriracha Shrimp Cocktail, Hummus and veggies, stromboli (which I need to share the recipe for at some point), and garlic knots.

I only made one batch each of the stromboli and garlic knots, and let me just say that they were gone in about five minutes flat. (I'm not exaggerating.)

Justin and I decided we should recreate the garlic knots for the blog, but make them a little extra special. Justin had the idea to stuff meat inside them, and I said why stop there and added cheese as well.

The result... little knots of pizza dough, meat and cheese, that when dipped in warm marinara is a beautiful little miniature pizza present, a perfect gift for the holidays from me to you.
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