Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
It’s Taco Night! Here’s the thing: I’m Italian – not 100% but Italian enough where my last name ends in a vowel. I grew up eating some sort of pasta dish at least once a week and, for the record, I still do. Italian food and restaurants were my go-to meals. I still have a special place in my heart for Italian but my tastes have changed slightly. Ask me what cuisine I prefer to eat now? Go ahead. Ready? Mexican. I would choose a Mexican restaurant over an Italian one any day and I NEVER thought I would say that.
Bring on the fresh guacamole, the endless chips and salsa, sangria and enchiladas. I am in heaven. I love to indulge in Mexican cuisine, so I tend to make it a once in a while treat. I do find, however, that I can enjoy Mexican at home without over-indulging. How do I do that? Portion portion portions. By curbing the the amount of chips and cheese, you're able to enjoy a guilt-free Mexican dish.
My taco salad is based around the avocado (the "salad"). Super good for you and incredibly filling, avocados are a great source of protein. I did use a whole one for this salad because I wanted to base my meal around it. Even though good for you, watch it as it’s healthy fats. I sacrificed some chips to not feel bad about using a whole avocado.
Here's what you'll need (solo portion):
- 1 ripe avocado
- lime juice
- sea salt
- 12 tortilla chips
- fresh salsa (or make your own if you're feeling fancy)
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used pepperjack)
Here is my version of guacamole, affectionately know as Lauren's Lazy Girl Guac:
1. Cut your avocado in half length wise.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Raise your hand if you have baking anxiety! The measuring, the too many ingredients, add in portioning and it just gets to be a bit daunting. I threw a Christmas Cookie Swap a couple of years ago. It was so fun but you could tell that I got lazy with my cookie making because it looked like a they were formed by a 5-year old. I also mis-judged how long it would take to make them so I ended up cutting it way too close when my guests arrived. The experience was so traumatizing and tiring that I haven't made cookies since. True Story.
Well, I wanted to try to make a new dessert this weekend and came across various cookie skillet recipes on my favorite time-waster ever, Pinterest. This is the recipe I wish I have known for my cookie party. There is not portioning! No rolling dough and forming identical cookies. Just throw your batter in a skillet and that is it. Love love loved it. I decided to put my own spin on this recipe and add peanut butter chips with the chocolate chips. I also attempted this recipes with Egg Beaters because that's all I had on hand and it worked!
So let's get started:
Gather your ingredients (excuse my hot mess of a kitchen)
Now my favorite part - the chips! I like a chip heavy cookie so I added a cup each of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. You could cut that down but why?
Spray down your skillet and smooth your mixed batter onto it.
Monday, September 2, 2013
My perfect Cape Cod Day
Favorite Lobster Roll: The Raw Bar, Popponesset Marketplace, New Seabury
The Raw Bar is known for their over-the-top lobster rolls. They are over-the-top in that you need to start eating them with fork first before you attempt to eat with your hands. This has been voted New England's best lobster roll and is worth every penny. The key ingredient is lots and lots of lobster and that is about it. Accompany it with a Sam Summer and love your life.
Favorite Beach: Craigville Beach
I find that Craigville Beach is unique to the Cape for two reasons: 1) it's not rocky 2) there's a lot of beach to go around, aka there's enough space to spread out. The water also doesn't get super deep so it's nice swimming beach as well.
Favorite Ice Cream: Four Seas, Centerville
The line is always out the door of Four Seas for good reason: this is hands down the best ice cream on the Cape (and in my eyes, the world, haha). This little shack is a Cape landmark. Fun fact: Jackie O. ordered this ice cream for her daughter Caroline Kennedy's wedding. My favorite is the coconut. It's refreshing and creamy and has lots of coconut shavings.
Saturday, August 31, 2013