As of lately…

Guys, I just moved across the country….again. Phoenix was great, but I moved to Columbus, Ohio to pursue my career as a graphic designer at an advertising agency! Because I haven’t posted in forever and a day, I decided to do a mini recap of things I’ve been cooking/baking/eating.

Now that I’m all settled in, more¬†real posts to come soon! ūüôā

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1. Peanut butter, banana, chocolate, protein smoothie.

2. Three ingredient Nutella cookies (from better baking)

3. Banana berry oat bread (from immaeatthat)

4. breadcrumb Eggplant, goat cheese, spinach, english muffin melt.

5. Went out for margs & fish tacos with my friend at a cute little mexican place down the street called Local Cantina ūüôā

6. Overnight Oats! (easily my new favorite thing! So easy, so delicious)

7. Zucchini fries!

8. Tomato, cucumber, chickpea salad w/ goat cheese.

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San Francisco Adventures!

This past weekend my boyfriend Alex and I took a quick trip to San¬†Francisco! Let’s just say, I didn’t want to leave. San Fran is hands down the most beautiful city I have ever been to. Here’s a few highlights from the weekend.

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Golden Gate bridge!

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I just really loved these trees…. Living in Arizona, we don’t see much of this!

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It just so happened to be San Fran Brew week!

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we had a picnic in Alamo square!

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Dinner at Rossco’s cafe. Mmm! Loved the wall decor.

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Yum!

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We saw a stand-up comedian!

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San Fran claw chowder & crab cakes! Delicious!

Healthy Cashew Chicken

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On Mondays (since I have Sunday/Mondays off) I like to make a big meal to have throughout the week. This week I had a craving for chinese food, so I decided to try a new recipe — cashew chicken! It was soo delicious and very easy to make! I almost feel guilty about how easy this recipe was. I’ve always been a fan of throwing a bunch of things in a skillet and calling it a day, which is pretty much exactly what this is! It’s colorful, and super healthy with all the vegetables!

I got this wonderful recipe from www.howsweeteats.com! This site is full of amazing recipes.

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Cashew Chicken
serves 2-3
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup mushrooms
1/2 red pepper, sliced thin
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup shelled edamame
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup unsalted cashews
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
 
 
 
Directions: 
Heat a skillet on medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add mushrooms and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.
 
Remove from skillet.
 
Season chicken with salt and pepper, then sprinkle cornstarch on chicken pieces and make sure each piece is somewhat coated.
 
Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and add chicken.
 
Brown on both sides until cooked, about 5 minutes per side.
 
Add garlic, red pepper, edamame, half of the green onions and cashews and stir for 30 seconds.
 
Turn heat to medium low.
 
In a small bowl, mix soy sauce and honey. Pour into skillet, coating chicken and vegetables. Serve with rice. 
 
 
 
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Snack Attack {tastes like childhood}

 

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Who says snack time is just for kids? We all enjoy the afternoon or after-dinner/before-bed snack time! Two of my favorite things in this world, and one of my very favorite combinations, are bananas and peanut butter. When I have a¬†sweet-tooth I try to combine fruits with something sweet, like peanut butter or dark chocolate chips, rather than grabbing the pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Today I, of course, had a giant sweet-tooth. So I decided to take a walk down memory lane and whipped together what I like to call — a smudgie! ¬†This is a super healthy snack that is easy & delicious!

 

 

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Ingredients: 
1. Banana
2. Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy, your choice)
3. Graham crackers (I used the low fat kind to save calories)
4. Whatever else you’d like to add!¬†

 

Directions: 
1. Mash up banana with a fork 
2. Add a few heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter 
3. Mix banana and peanut butter together
4. Spread mixture on one side of a graham and place the other on top, creating a sandwich
5. Place in the freezer for a few hours
6. ENJOY!
 

Somehow…this didn’t TOTALLY suffice my sweet-tooth craving, so I melted some dark chocolate chips in the¬†microwave¬†and simply dunked my smudgie into the chocolate. Perfection! ūüôā

 

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New Year, New Obsessions

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Happy Weekend! Most of you were probably delightfully enjoying this phrase yesterday, on a normal person weekend start day, but working for a newspaper means you get really weird hours/schedules. SO. TODAY is the beginning of MY weekend.

I don’t know about you, but I go through phases when it comes to my favorite things. Mostly with food. Once I find something that I love, I can’t get enough of it, and eat pretty much every day for like…a month. My current obsession for January: OATMEAL!

It all started with the obligatory New Years Resolution of being healthy. I usually ¬†don’t make New Years resolutions because I break them before the end of the month, so this year I’m taking the approach to just simply live healthy. Oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. I’ve always LIKED oatmeal, but I never loved it. And that’s probably because I never realized how FUN it can be! I’ve tried about a trillion different things in my oatmeal (some successful, some not so much) and have found that this tasty treat has a little something for everyone.

Baked Oatmeal:

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Strawberry ,banana, peanut butter:

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berry fruity: