Easy Trader Joe’s Salad

by Koko on April 14, 2014 · 0 comments

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This weekend I made the 100 mile trek up to Atlanta to battle Ikea. Q and I love our outdoor furniture from there (we have this set) and a few of our favorite pieces recently went on sale. We decided that it was worth the drive up there to purchase a few extra seats for our new porch. The good news about traveling to Atlanta is the fact that I get to go to Trader Joe’s. The one thing I really miss about LA is TJ’s. So whenever I am in Atlanta, I always stock up.


Recently, I’ve shared a lot of quick and easy meals, and today I have an even easier and quicker one for you. Sometimes after work, the last thing I want to do is cook. On those rare occasions, I had to the fridge to put something together. My new favorite salad is this: mixed greens, lentils, beets, cucumbers, goat cheese, and Champagne vinaigrette. And the best part is- there is zero cooking involved. Now don’t get me wrong here- if you want to roast out your beets and cook our lentils, by all means do! But for those nights when you just aren’t feeling it- Trader Joe’s is your best friend.



I like my lentils and beets cold in this particular salad, but I think if you warmed them up they would be fabulous as well.

Easy Trader Joe’s Salad

Serves 1-2


  • Mixed baby greens with some arugula and spinach mixed in
  • 1/2 Persian cucumber, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1 beet, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Champagne vinaigrette


Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and eat!


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Weekend Style

by Koko on April 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion

I love this fun spring dress. Wouldn’t it just be perfect for Easter? The back is the cutest part, and it is very affordable! Hope y’all are having a nice weekend!



Dress: Modcloth $52

Shoes: J. Crew $228

Sandals: Jack Rogers $128

Necklace: J. Crew $100

Purse: J. Crew $88

Earrings: J. Crew $45

Bracelet: J. Crew $85


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Cooking for One (Take Two)

by Koko on April 9, 2014 · 6 comments

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Guys, I’ve been doing this living alone thing now for close to 3 months and I haven’t had a mental breakdown yet! But seriously, living in a new house without Q is tough. Since Q’s been gone, I’ve had to deal with things that I never even thought I wanted to know about: clogged sinks and drain pipes, overflowing gutters, and a knocked over trash can full of trash. Oh ya and I built this whole kitchen cabinet thing on my own…the things deployments make you do.


On the food front, I’ve tried to keep my meals simple, yet delicious. Since Q eats SO much meat when he is around, I’ve been much heavier on the veggies with him gone.


Here are a few of my recent favorites (some old favorites are here):

Mushroom Tartines: toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with roasted mushrooms, pepper jack and truffle salt. Recipe to come!


Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Roasted sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans, salsa, cheese and lettuce.


Veggie Bowls: So many different varieties of bowls to make! I use a grain as a base topped with roasted veggies (how I roast is here) and tofu and a sauce of some sort (teriyaki or lemon tahini are two good options).


Or top with an egg for some added protein:


And for a very last minute meal, I boil some pasta, add some homemade sauce, fresh mozzarella and roasted cherry tomatoes to make the dish a little bit special. Roasted cherry tomatoes are SO easy (toaster oven set at 350, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook until soft, about 12-15 minutes).


What sort of things do you cook for one?

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Backyard Update

by Koko on April 7, 2014 · 2 comments

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Spring break, oh how quickly you come and go. This past week I had a break from student teaching and asked my mom to come visit to keep me company and do some work around the house. There was a lot on my to-do list, but like the awesome mom she is, she helped me tackle it all and more.


When I first moved into the house, I unpacked just enough to live. Over the last month or so, I slowly unpacked more, but the house still didn’t quite feel like home. That is, until this weekend. We spent the majority of our weekend working on the outdoor patio. I didn’t really have a vision for it and I really needed someone with some fresh ideas: enter mom. We went to Target and Lowe’s nearly every day and stocked up on supplies to create a beautiful outdoor living space.


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At our last house, we had this great outdoor furniture from Ikea that we repurposed in the new porch. We bought an outdoor rug (really makes it pop), an umbrella and tons of flowers and planters. This is now my favorite spot in our home. I love how cozy and inviting it is. The umbrella is great for shading the hot sun and the plants give the space so much life.


Furniture: Ikea

Rug: Target

Umbrella: Target

Lanterns: Target (PS the are solar!)

Planters: Lowe’s

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