Entries Tagged as 'In the Kitchen'

Spinach & Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

I’ve always loved smoothies and more recently, have jumped on the oh-so-popular smoothie bowl trend. When Wayfair reached out and asked if I would share a smoothie recipe, alongside 16 other bloggers, I jumped on the opportunity! I was excited to share one of my favorites, plus to discover other smoothie recipes from some fabulous ladies.

I decided to create a smoothie bowl for this little challenge because I really like 1.) the contrast in textures between the creamy smoothie and crunchy toppings and 2.) they feel fancy and pretty. And since I typically work from home and wear not-so-fancy clothes all day, I like spicing up the day with something sort of fancy(ish).

The main / only “tool” you need to make an epic smoothie is a blender. I am a HUGE fan of my Vitamix, but this one is more affordable and v highly rated and I’m intrigued/kind of want to get a hand/immersion blender as well.

I’m a classic strawberry and banana smoothie kind of girl, but right now I’m on a pineapple kick and also wanted to incorporate some greens. Spinach is a really easy and tasty green to add to smoothies, especially if you’re new to the green smoothie train.

Spinach + Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl recipe below!

Smoothie Bowl Ingredients:
A handful spinach
2 stalks celery, cut in half
3 spears pineapple (from Trader Joes, but you could also get adventurous and cut your own pineapple. I would recommend a half cup or so!)
1 date, pit removed
2 tablespoons nonfat Greek Yogurt
Splash of unsweetened almond milk
Fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)

Optional Substitutions:
If you’re looking for dairy-free option, swap Greek yogurt for half of an avocado to get that creamy texture. I would have added it if I had one, with or without the yogurt! || If the sweetness from the pineapple and the date isn’t enough, add some honey. Or opt for more sweetness from your toppings! || Protein powders are also a good option, as well as chia seeds (either blended directly with smoothie ingredients or used as a topping).

Toppings (the fun part!):
Pomegranate seeds
Bare Snacks Organic Toasted Coconut Chips
Purely Elizabeth granola (my absolute fave – vegan, gluten-free and SO GOOD)

Directions:
For a high speed blender like the Vitamix, I add the fruit and harder items like celery first, layer on the spinach, and top with the liquid.For regular blenders, often the recommendation is to add liquid first (to the bottom). Pinterest is a great resource for smoothie recipes and tips for using your type of blender or device.

Blend for about 2 minutes and pour/spoon into a bowl. Top the sh!t outta the smoothie with colorful, healthy and yummy stuff. I prefer a few crunchy toppings to contrast with the creaminess texture of the smoothie. Also contrasting colors between the toppings and the smoothie, like I did with the pom seeds, always makes for a pretty photo. 😉

Annnnd Jack clearly wanted to try the smoothie too! Here’s some smoothie recipes from other amazing bloggers. Thank you Wayfair for sponsoring this post!

1. Simple Green Smoothie by Bright Green Door
2. Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie by Create and Babble
3. Layered Smoothie by Dans Le Lakehouse
4. Orange Carrot Smoothie by Divine Lifestyle
5. Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie by Embracing Homemaking
6. Peach Cobbler Smoothie by Endlessly Inspired
7. Tropical Green Smoothie by Harlem Lovebirds
8. Spinach and Pineapple Green Smoothie Bowl by Lucky Andi
9. Simple Strawberry Smoothie by Only By Grace
10. Orange Carrot Ginger Whole Food Smoothie by Pretty Polished Perfect
11. Tropical Spinach Smoothie by Red Shutters
12. Chamomile, Blueberry, and Peach Smoothie by Vicki O’Dell
13. Pineapple Spinach Smoothie by The Honeycomb Home
14. Dreamy Lavender Smoothie by The Mom of the Year
15. Green Detox Smoothie by This Girl’s Life
16. Winter Citrus Smoothie by Two Places At Once
17. Chocolate Pea Protein Smoothie by We Know Stuff

Apple Pie with Crumb Topping Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy fall y’all! It never quite feels like fall exactly here in San Francisco because we don’t get the seasons changing / gorgeous colorful leaves thing, but I still have my “Autumn in the Park” candle burning as I type this! Fall makes me want to do all the cozy things, like drink hot cider and carve pumpkins and yes, make apple pie.

When Wayfair asked me to participate in their annual #BattleOfThePies campaign and share a pie recipe, I jumped on the opportunity because it always feels like a fun challenge to try to bake something new! I’ve mentioned it before, but E’s absolute FAVORITE food is pie, and we had a pie bar at our wedding, so pie feels like an extra special thing to make (and EAT!). Last year, I tried out an traditional apple pie recipe and shared on my blog, but this time around, I wanted to closely follow my grandma’s original apple pie with crumb topping recipe. She is the queen on all things apples like pie, applesauce, cider, apple butter, etc. so I knew the family recipe would be A+.

Alright – here’s the recipe!

PIE INGREIDENTS:

6-7 apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1T cinnamon
1/4t nutmeg
3T heaping cornstarch
1t salt

CRUMB TOPPING INGREIDENTS:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 stick butter, melted

RECIPE:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Peel apples (I did this while mindlessly watching Gossip Girl #noshame) and chop into small pieces. In a large bowl, mix together apples with sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.

3. Melt small amount of butter and a tablespoon or so of brown sugar in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Take off of heat.

4. Roll out pie crust (I just picked one up from Trader Joes) and gently place it into the cast-iron skillet over the melted butter and brown sugar mixture. Adjust the dough and/or pinch crusts as needed.

5. Melt butter and mix together with brown sugar and flour to create crumb topping for pie.

6. Add apples and mixture into the pie crust in the skillet.

7. Add butter + brown sugar + flour crumb topping

8. Set skillet in oven, set timer for 50 minutes to check on the pie! I ended up letting my pie cook for just over one hour.

That’s it! The pie was easy to make and SO delicious and I loved the way my house smelled while the pie was baking in the oven. HEAVENLY! This pie is super yummy topped with ice cream (hot pie + ice cream = the perfect match) or even for breakfast in the morning. I definitely like the crumb topping better than the traditional pie crust topping – it had so much more flavor and texture and felt less doughy. Just my personal preference though. :)

Wayfair has tons of Bakeware goodies, like cookie sheets, cake stands, mixing bowls, etc. and I love shopping there because 1. they have everything and 2. free shipping, obviously! I looooove and want this marble rolling pin and this 5 piece pie set would be awesome if you’re baking really often. Thanks so much for reading!

Wayfair Battle of the Pies

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe

Posted on: Thursday, August 25, 2016

I recently made this dark chocolate avocado mousse for an event I hosted and it was a huge hit! I got a lot of questions about it, so wanted to share the recipe! I first discovered the dark choco avo mousse from my friend Mady’s gorgeous IG feed (here’s her photo that sucked me into this dessert!). I adapted the original recipe, found here, and was super happy with how it turned out! You can always adjust things like # of avocadoes, dates, etc. to your liking too. Enjoy!

DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
4 small avocados
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add a little more at end too)
2 tablespoons of raw organic cocoa powder
1 bar of your favorite high quality dark chocolate, melted
4-5 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Melt the dark chocolate over the stove.

2. Add all other ingredients to the blender (I used Vitamix) and pour melted dark chocolate over.

3. Blend until creamy / fluffy

4. Let set in freezer for approx. 15-30 minutes so it’s super cold when you serve!

5. Top with raspberries and Bare Snacks coffee coconut chips!

Photo via Tory Putnam

Experiences Over Things: Dinner Party with IfOnly

Posted on: Friday, April 8, 2016

Dinner Party with IfOnly - Empty Table

“Spending money on experiences ‘provide[s] more enduring happiness’…Experiences tend to make people happier because they are less likely to measure the value of their experiences by comparing them to those of others…Those waiting for experiences were in better moods than those waiting for material goods.” – Excerpt from Buy Experiences, Not Possessions article

You’ve likely seen things like the above pop up in your newsfeed in the past, all about why you should spend your time and money on experiences vs. possessions. While I love getting a new purse or pair of shoes (#notsorry), it never quite competes with an amazing experience, whether that’s a concert, vacation or cooking class. The whole topic of gifts vs. experiences has been a topic of conversation around our house lately, as yesterday was Eric’s birthday. For birthdays and holidays, we’ve been mostly sticking to gifting one another experiences – we’ve done cooking and pickling classes, concerts, surprise weekend trips in sweet Airbnbs, etc. – and thinking about each brings back really fun memories. Of course, tangible gifts are always good too, but experiences seem to have more longevity in terms of what we end up talking about and remembering.

I recently discovered IfOnly, an online marketplace where you can book different cool, one-in-a-lifetime experiences — from jam-making classes and wine tasting trips to sailing trips around the Bay and meeting cool athletes, musicians and designers. One cool difference between IfOnly and other experience-based sites if that every experience booked also gives back to a specific cause. They work with TONS of nonprofits (check out the full list on their site).

I had to chance to try out an IfOnly experience and decided to have a chef come to our house and cook dinner! E and I really love inviting people into our home to drink wine, enjoy a meal and just spend time together, but usually we are the ones cooking! This was the first time I’ve had someone cover over and cook FOR us at our apartment. I picked this Californian cuisine “A Feast for the Senses” meal and invited a few friends over for dinner last Sunday evening. The experience included a three-course meal, as well as all of the fresh ingredients, set-up and clean-up and gratuity.

The chef who cooked our meal (also known as an IfOnly luminary) was Marisa Cole and she was SO kind and talented. She was helpful beforehand running the proposed menu by me and super accommodating when I shared that we would like a pescetarian meal and no mushrooms. She went above and beyond to make it such a fun and special night, even doing little things like decanting the wine, putting together a cheese plate for us prior to the ‘official meal’ started and bringing a dessert wine over for us to drink after dinner. I’m pretty sure we were the most unprepared and un-fancy group of people she’s cooked for (I had to run to CVS to get real napkins after realizing we only had paper towels…) and that our kitchen was the smallest she has ever cooked in, but she was super relaxed and go-with-the-flow about everything.
Here’s what we ate and some photos! Also…my iPhone photos don’t do her food justice, especially given it was dark by the time we had our entrees and dessert. (And make sure to scroll to the end of the post to see a $50 discount code off your next IfOnly experience!)
APPETIZER: Radicchio, olive, and fennel panzanella salad. This was absolutely delicious. Marisa plated this salad as a tower – so beautiful!
Dinner Party with IfOnly - Above Shot
Dinner Party with IfOnly - Salad 3
Dinner Party with IfOnly - Salad 2
Dinner Party with IfOnly - Salad Top Shot
MAIN COURSE: Seared diver scallops with tangerine beurre blanc served with gnudi (similar to gnocchi, but not made with potatoes and just made with ricotta cheese, eggs and flour) with asparagus and spring peas. These scallops were fresh from the ferry building that morning!
Dinner Party with IfOnly - Entree
Dinner Party with IfOnly - Entree 2
DESSERT: Ginger-nut strawberry tart with chocolate custard. This was gluten-free and there was no sugar in the crust! So delicious and healthy!

Dinner Party with IfOnly - Dessert

I highly recommend hosting your own dinner party with Marisa – my friends all texted me the next day saying how delicious and amazing everything was (and we ate the amazing leftovers the next day!).

Check out IfOnly for unique experience ideas – you get $50 off your first experience purchase using the code LUCKY! If you’re an artist/chef/local expert on a cool topic, you should sign up to be an IfOnly luminary…it’s a great way to inspire others, grow your clientele, make some extra $$ and give back to a cause you care about!

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