In my ongoing quest to try new recipes and find interesting eats, I am bringing you some delicious bites found around the web (through all of my blog reading!).
Breakfast Nachos with Poached Eggs: Combining two of my favorite things: nachos and eggs, this dish looks like an incredible weekend breakfast.
Crispy Kale Grilled Cheese with Fried Egg: Ok, I guess this could be considered lunch, but honestly anything with a fried egg makes it breakfast-y enough for me. And kale makes it healthy, right?
Stir-Fried Asparagus and Shitake Mushrooms: I’ve done takes on this dish before, adding some tofu or chicken for protein and serving over brown rice.
Korean Mixed Rice with Sashimi: Honestly, this looks incredible, but unfortunately for me in Georgia, the sashimi grade fish is going to be hard to find. I did want to put this out there for you coast people, since this looks like such a healthy and delicious lunch!
Grilled Polenta and Zucchini Salsa: This looks like another delicious and filling vegetarian dish. I love the grilled polenta, something I’ve never tried before, and the zucchini salsa, although I’ll probably roast my zucchini before making anything with it (not a huge fan of it raw).
Asian Farro Medley with Salmon: I trust all things Skinnytaste, and this looks like another winner in my book!
One-Pan Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto: Love one pot meals and this one looks interesting and easy enough to try this week!
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter S’mores Bars: SO decadent, yet SO tempting.
Blueberry Bread with Lemon Glaze: Blueberry Pound Cake always feels more like a summer dessert to me, but if I can fresh blueberries in the store I just might try this easy recipe this week.
PS to find more of my favorite pinned meals, go check out my Pinterest page!
A few months ago I stumbled upon Rocksbox and decided to try it out. Rocksbox is a site that sends you three pieces of jewelry to wear as often as you would like for one month. You can send the pieces back at any time for new pieces, or if you love a piece, you can purchase it at a discount. Each month is a flat rate of $19 no matter how many times you send your pieces back.
I ended up buying 3 pieces over 3 months. These were pieces that I wore every day when I had them and didn’t want to send back with the others.
*I loved most of the pieces that they sent me. Recently they started having you add pieces to a jewelry wish list to ensure you get what you want. I love this new feature.
*Shipping is quick! I usually would send my box back and have a new one in 3-4 days.
*The price. For less than $20 a month, I got a ton of wear out of my jewels. There was not a day that I didn’t get a compliment on one of the pieces I was wearing.
*I loved the idea of having rotating jewelry and being able to buy a piece if I really loved it.
*It encouraged me to wear jewelry every day! I definitely looked fancier when I had my Rocksboxes.
*Sometimes the pieces looked cheaper than they did online. This didn’t really bother me because when I wore them I didn’t feel like they looked cheap. This did deter me from buying a few pieces.
Overall, I really love the concept and my membership is still going!
This has to be one of my favorite “man dishes.” While Q was deployed, my mom came to visit and we stocked the freezer with buns and Sloppy Joe mix so upon his return he had real man food. When Q came home and finally had one, he told me he would happily eat one every day of his life. Yes folks, they are THAT good.
For those of you who don’t want to hassle with making your own buns (listen, I know it’s not easy), go ahead and buy good ones from the grocery store. For those of you risking to make your own buns, good luck (but really, don’t worry about the shapes of your buns, just have fun with it). A great video on how to knead is here.
Makes 8 4 to 5-inch burger buns
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons warm milk
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1. In a glass measuring cup, combine one cup warm water, the milk, yeast and sugar. Let stand until foamy, about five minutes. Meanwhile, beat one egg.
2. In a large bowl, whisk flours with salt. Add butter and rub into flour between your fingers, making crumbs. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to mix you have one a shaggy dough. Scrape dough onto clean, cold, well-floured counter (marble works great) and knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. The dough will be on the sticky side so it can be a bit messy, but keep in mind that the more flour you knead in, the tougher the buns will get.
3. Shape dough into a ball and return it to bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, one to two hours.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide dough into 8 equal parts. Gently roll each into a ball and arrange two to three inches apart on baking sheet. Cover loosely with a piece of plastic wrap lightly coated in nonstick spray and let buns rise in a warm place for one to two hours.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in center. Beat remaining egg with one tablespoon water and brush some on top of buns. Bake, turning sheet halfway through baking, until tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Turkey Sloppy Joe’s
Makes 8 large Sloppy Joe’s
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 of a yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 of a red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 of a seeded jalapeño, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey meat
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (any you have on hand works)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter, for serving
- 8 brioche buns (or hamburger buns if you don’t have)
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and red pepper and cook until softened and slightly browned, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add the jalapeño and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes more. Add the turkey and stir, using a wooden spoon to break the turkey into bits as it cooks down and browns.
- Once turkey meat is completely cooked through, add tomato paste, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
- Add the tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined and warmed through. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.
- To serve, melt butter on a griddle over medium heat. Cut each bun in half and toast of the griddle. Top each bottom half generously with sloppy joe filling, cheddar cheese and serve.
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Honestly I can’t believe I survived living in Alaska for so long. This LA girl is still not a fan of the cold. The only great thing to come out of the cold is a fab coat. This winter I splurged for a great, warm, more fashionable coat than I had owned before and I love it. It’s warm enough for the Columbus cold, but not too warm that I can’t wear it often. I picked grey because it won’t show lint/Carl fur and is different than my other classic black coats.
Coat: J. Crew $365
Bag: Stella McCartney (the best Christmas gift ever from one of my best friends)
Sweater: J. Crew $80
Jeans: Frame Denim (my favorite jeans ever) $184
Shoes: Jessica Simpson “Claudette” $78