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Food Favorites (October)

October has been an absolute whirlwind, and I can’t believe it’s almost over! As I mentioned in my last post, Wes and I kicked off the month by buying a house. It’s taking us awhile to get unpacked and organized! Because of all this craziness, food has had to be two things for us this month: easy and fast. Yes, this sometimes means cereal for dinner. Here are the products and recipes I’ve been loving in my kitchen this month:

Tofu Chickpea Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce. On one of the rare evenings when we actually had 10-20 minutes to devote to cooking, this recipe was a winner. So easy and healthy! The key is baking the tofu ahead of time (I did it the night before). This is the only way I will eat tofu from now on. The only “weird” ingredient is the tahini, but thankfully we already had some in the fridge from when Wes attempted to make homemade hummus a few months back. In typical lazy form, I omitted the onion and pepper because I didn’t want to take the time to go buy them. I threw in some garlic to make up for it.

Art of Oil balsamic vinegars. My entire family has a love affair with Art of Oil in Boone, NC. I could probably spend hours in the store sampling all of the different flavors of olive oil and vinegar. I am a huge balsamic lover, and by that I mean that I enjoy drinking it straight from the bottle (yes, I’m a freak). Mixing the vinegars with a little EVOO makes for a perfect homemade salad dressing without all the nasty preservatives and other scary ingredients. Lately, I’ve been dabbling with the vinegars in my cooking as well. This week, I used the Pumpkin Spice White Balsamic Vinegar in a green bean and pumpkin seed pasta that I took to work for lunch. Perfect fall flavor!

Green Bean and Pumpkin Seed Pasta | Trés Belle

Raw Honey. I’ve been reading a lot lately about the health benefits of raw honey, so this month I bought some and started taking a small spoonful with my breakfast each morning. I stopped taking my allergy medication about 6 days ago and while I haven’t been dying, I’m still a little itchy and sneezy. I just bought some local raw honey from the neighborhood farmer’s market today and can’t wait to try it out! Hoping it will help ease some of my allergy symptoms.

Enjoy Life Gingerbread Spice Cookies. I’m jumping the gun a little bit on Christmas cookie season, but these are too good for me to care. I was already in love with the Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle version, so these were an easy sell for me.

Homemade Pizzas. Easy and yummy. We make separate pizzas since I need gluten-free crust (and because Wes likes his pizza SPICY). He buys ready-to-bake dough at the local Kroger or Whole Foods deli counter, and I typically use a pre-made gluten free crust sold by our local farmer’s market food truck. My mom just gave me a GF pizza crust mix that I’m dying to try out next time, though! I like to top my homemade pizzas with lots of spinach to up the health factor. Don’t mind the lopsided shape of our pizza crust in the photo below…we aren’t professional dough stretchers just yet.

Homemade Spinach and Jalapeno Pizza | Trés Belle

What recipes are y’all loving lately? Send me some easy peasy ones!

xoxo Laura


Food Favorites (September)

Do y’all like to talk about food? I do, so I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this food favorites post! I’m hoping to do one at the end of every month with my favorite foodie products and/or dishes from the month. I am not a gourmet chef and find myself very pressed for time when it comes to food, so for the most part you’ll find that these posts include quick meal ideas and favorite healthy snacks. Without further ado, here are my September favorites:

Suja Cold-Pressed Juice. This stuff makes me feel amazing. I have so much more energy, and it’s a great option for those like me and Wes who are too busy/lazy to actually cook vegetables. This is the most reasonably priced cold-pressed raw juice we’ve found. Local juicers sell similar products for up to $12/bottle, and the least expensive grocery store alternative is twice as expensive. It’s still pricey, though, so hubs and I usually split one when we buy it (he has his half for breakfast, I have my half with lunch).

September Food Favorites: Suja Cold-Pressed Juice | Trés Belle Blog

Daily Chef Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers from Sam’s Club. Easy and delicious week night meal. Just heat for eight minutes and you’re done. My kind of dinner! The only problem: Wes and I just let our Sam’s Club membership expire, so I have no clue how we’ll buy more! Anyone know if other grocery stores carry this brand (or a comparable one?). We just didn’t use our Sam’s membership enough to make it worth our while to renew.

Larabars. These are hardly a new obsession for me, but I have especially been loving them this month. They’re such an easy snack to keep in my purse and are nutrient-dense with short, healthy ingredient lists. My favorite flavors are Blueberry Muffin, Lemon Bar, Apple Pie, and Key Lime Pie. I also enjoyed the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Cookie back when I could eat chocolate and peanuts. (Brief side note gripe: Why is it that there are several Larabar flavors that NO stores carry? Like, has anyone actually seen a Banana Bread or Peanut Butter & Jelly Larabar in a store?)

This Chickpea and Edamame Salad with Lemon and Mint. Mmmm. I made this to take as my lunch one week this month, and it was delicious! And so easy. I’m lazy, so I used bottled lemon juice, freeze dried chives instead of fresh scallions, and dried mint instead of fresh. And, on a side note…do y’all know the trick for taking the rather gaseous properties out of canned beans? One of my mother-in-love’s friends taught me a few weeks ago. After you open the can, soak the beans several times (as in, change the water they’re soaking in several times). The best way is to put the beans in a bowl while you soak so they can spread out some, but I do the soaking right in the can (again, lazy). It really helps to make them more easily digestible!

Build-Your-Own Taco Night. Supa easy but feels like a “real” meal. Wes likes to buy fresh tortillas and corn chips from the Latino market down the street. We usually have black beans, shredded cheese, tomatoes, guacamole, corn, salsa, and sometimes lettuce as filling options. This has been on regular rotation lately. After all, it’s a crime not to take advantage of the 88 cent avocados currently gracing the produce aisle of our local Kroger.

Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Hemp Oil. I use it in place of EVOO on my cold salads. Apparently this is one of the latest super foods (it has an ideal omega-3 to omega-6 ratio), so I had to try it. It’s tasty. And no, it does not make you high. While it’s true that hemp oil is derived from the same plant as everyone’s favorite cannabinoid (that’s marijuana for all you non-health care providers out there), it contains no THC (the chemical in marijuana that makes you high). (Is everyone annoyed yet by my excessive use of parentheses?)

So tell me, friends…what dishes/foods are y’all loving lately?

xoxo Laura