Lettuce wraps

Now that the nights are getting cooler, we can start turning to some cozy, spicy, comfort food. I’m not saying jump straight to the heavy chili, but you can definitely ease in to it with these lettuce wraps! They’ll make you sweat and cool you down all at once. Warning: Do not eat these in front of potential significant others! After seeing how messy these can get, they may not come back for seconds, if you know what I’m sayin’.

Pickled cucumbers

  • 1 sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup scallions
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil

Lettuce wraps

  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup scallions (don’t worry, the pickles will take care of any rank breath from the garlic and scallions!)
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha (in a pinch, you can use Franks red hot sauce. It won’t be nearly as spicy, but still gets the job done.)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 lb ground beef (feel free to use ground chicken or turkey)
  • 1 head boston lettuce

Throw all of the ingredients for the pickles in to a jar or bowl and store in the fridge while you prep the wraps.

For the wraps, heat the peanut oil over medium heat. Add in the onions, garlic, scallions, and meat and cook until brown. Slowly stir in all of the sauces – Sriracha, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Cook until they’ve been absorbed by the meat, and serve immediately.

Scoop the meat in to a lettuce leaf and top with the pickled cucumbers. The heat from the meat and spices, paired with the chilled pickled cucumbers will be like a party in your mouth!

Lettuce wraps

 

Happy Eating, XO.

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Back to School :(

Labor day has come and gone, so there is no denying colleges and universities are back in full swing. Just so you know my MBA classes have been started for two weeks already so don’t whine. Anyway, if you are a dorm dweller and are missing the lovely meals prepared for you while you were home or travelling for the summer, this is your post! Not only are these good microwave friendly recipes, but it actually uses and tastes like real food. What, are we still pretending like Easy Mac and Ramen noodles are “Real”? I am pretty sure my box of oreos and popcorn are more “Real”.

Omelet in a mug

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. diced green bell pepper (I have even tossed in leftover ham or turkey that I didn’t want going bad ,but was sick of making sandwiches with. Chop it small.)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste (you know I even squirted some hot sauce in there for a kick!)
  • Cooking spray

Combine egg, egg whites, cheddar cheese, bell pepper, salt, and ground pepper in a microwave-safe mug coated with non-stick spray. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Return to microwave and cook until eggs are completely set, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve.

Then, I would always crave something hot and sweet after classes. Something that was filling and warm, but also captured my sweet tooth. This is an easy spin on something we all consider as a boring and basic breakfast (ahh triple alliteration, nerd!)

Pumpkin Oatmeal

  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup milk, or as needed (depends on how runny or thick you like it)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon sugar

(Feel free to add nuts and raisins if you need something hearty to hold you over for a while, perhaps a good pre-exam breakfast?)

Mix oats and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once. Add more milk or oats to achieve the desired consistency, and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir in pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sugar. Heat for 20 more seconds and serve.

Hope you enjoy and do submit any of your other dorm room delicacies. I am sure everyone else would love the help!

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Happy Eating, XO.

Roasted Chick Peas

The other day I was cleaning out my cabinets and I found a can of chick peas in the back. (Calm down, it was still well within the expiration date when I used it.) Anyway, I figured I should prob use it before I forgot about it again.

I used half of the can to make our chic pea salad. And the other half I decided to roast as a yummy “pop-in-your-mouth” treat.

1 can of chick peas
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp dried rosemary

Preheat the oven to 350. Drain and pat dry the chic peas, then toss in the olive oil. (Don’t try to use the liquid that’s in the chic pea can in lieu of the oil. They’ll dry out in the oven if you do.) Spread the chic peas on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the salt and rosemary. Bake for 30 minutes or until they look crispy and brown.

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Happy Eating, XO.

Pull Apart Bread

It’s time to get creative with the old “bread bowl” idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love bread bowls, but it’s high time to make them even easier to make. I’m sure it goes without saying, but this is a great app for a dinner or cocktail party. I always tend to wait to the last minute to get ready for a party and this honestly has saved me many times.

  • 1 loaf of sourdough bread
  • 1 cup of pesto sauce (I used the instant powder kind. Works just as well.)
  • 1 cup of mozzarella
  • Sprinkle of oregano all over

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Score the bread (ie, don’t cut it all the way through) horizontally and vertically to get your “pull apart” pieces. Pour the pesto sauce in to the crevices and use a spatula to smother it in there. Trust me, you want it on every piece! Next, stuff the mozzarella in each crevice and sprinkle on the oregano. Bake for 15 minutes.

Last step – go to town on it! You won’t be able to restrain yourself. But don’t worry, we don’t judge.

Pull apart bread

 

Happy Eating, XO

Truffled Crostini

Now, you all know our obsession with anything truffle and I was lucky enough to get an assortment of truffle goodies from Jess for Christmas. Ranging from truffle salt, to truffle honey, to actual black truffles themselves. I was so excited to see all the unique dishes I could make with my new treats & did a quick experiment for this Saturday night’s wine induced festivities. See below for my quick, no cook appetizer/snack that was almost finished before I could post the photograph to our Instagram account! Make sure you like the photo, especially because my friend Caitlin’s Kate Spade salt & pepper shakers are the star of the show 🙂

  • Store bought (obvi from Trader Joe’s, like I shop anywhere else) toasted baguette chips (the base of the crostini).
  • Marscapone cheese (you can actually use ricotta cheese as well, but I had left over marscapone in the fridge and so I just used that vs. making a trip to the store). I smeared about 1 tbsp. on each piece.
  • Truffle honey (the smallest drizzle you can do, since the truffle is a very strong flavor. I used the back of the tablespoon I was using for the cheese to drizzle a tsp. worth of the honey on each piece).
  • Blackberries (I suggest cutting them in half because of the way they will fit on the crostini & you don’t want the fruit to over power the other flavors).

I add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper before adding the halved berry on top. It’s just that easy! No cook apps are my fav. They are quick to put together, require minimal clean up, and are also easy to transport.

Happy Eating, XO.