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Favorite Quick Dinners

November 5, 2017

I try to cook dinner as much as possible, but it can be a challenge coming up with healthy meal ideas that don’t take 3 hours to complete or require complicated cooking gadgets I don’t have space for in my tiny kitchen. To resist the siren song of Seamless on a weeknight, I’ve come to rely on a handful of simple dishes that can be thrown together in 45 minutes or less.

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Homemade Basil Pesto

September 24, 2017

Simple pasta dishes are always in my dinner rotation, and a fresh pesto sauce is a nice alternative to standard tomato. Homemade pesto is easy to make and tastes a million times better than the jarred type you find in the store. Read on for my go-to classic pesto recipe and instructions on how to freeze and reheat for a taste of summer whenever you need it.

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Recipe Box: Slow Cooker Asian Beef

February 27, 2017

After getting my wisdom teeth out last week, I’ve slowly been able to start eating things other than mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs.

I made this super-simple slow cooker Asian beef recipe over the weekend, and it was delicious! I recommend pairing with a nice, crisp beer. Enjoy!

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Trader Joe’s Favorites

February 22, 2017

Rumor has it that in other parts of the country people don’t have to wait on a “one in, one out” line with a bouncer to get a decent price on groceries. Oh, the simple life. Even though it can feel like a zoo or Penn Station at rush hour, the prices and overall amazing selection of items at Trader Joe’s keep me coming back for more. Below are my favorite TJs items and how to use them.

BBQ PULLED PORK

I cook some version of tacos at least once a week, and this package of BBQ pulled pork is an easy way to switch  things up from a typical ground beef or turkey version. Just take the package and dump in a saucepan, heat through, spoon onto a tortilla, and top with your favorite taco toppings. Couldn’t be simpler.

ENCHILADA SAUCE

Continuing the mexican food theme, this surprisingly not super unhealthy sauce is smoky and spicy and makes an awesome topping for tacos, quesadillas, or yes, enchiladas. It’s even good on scrambled eggs.

SUPER SPINACH SALAD

I typically buy at least one of these a week for a no-brainer lunch to bring to work. The spinach and quinoa are filling and the miso carrot dressing is A+++.

FROZEN JUST GRILLED CHICKEN STRIPS

I always keep a bag of these chicken strips in my freezer for those moments when I feel like cooking is the most daunting task of all time. They can be used in a ton of different ways, from quesadillas to tossing with pasta to a stir fry with rice and veggies.

BAG OF SWEET POTATOES

A bag of sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s is $2. That’s less than a latte! I like to dice up the sweet potatoes and toss with olive oil, salt, and rosemary and roast in the oven for an easy side dish.

BUTTERMILK PANCAKE MIX

Hands down the best tasting boxed pancake mix. All that stands between you and a delicious breakfast is one egg, a cup of water, and $2 in your wallet. And, you know, the line at Trader Joe’s.

Photo Credit: traderjoes.com

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Emily’s Eyes

October 3, 2016

This past weekend was cold and rainy, and it was kind of amazing. I didn’t feel guilty about staying in and snuggling up with a good book. When it cleared up I took my first Citibike ride, which was such a fun (and fast! ) way to get around the neighborhood. Hopefully we have some more nice fall weather so I can use it to explore even more.

Below are some things that caught my eye around the internet this week. Enjoy!

How do you begin a creative career? Just start. 

A guide to buying better.

One pot recipes for the win

If this shirt comes back in stock, it will be mine. 

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

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Recipe Box: Paella With Chorizo And Shellfish

September 18, 2016

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at Paella for a while now, but every recipe I’ve looked at is intimidatingly full of complicated ingredients and seasonings.

I finally asked my boyfriend’s mom for her recipe after watching everyone in their family get pumped when she tells them it’s on the dinner menu. It turned out to be super simple and delicious – thank you Patsy!

Shrimp is often included in traditional Paella, but I’m allergic so I omitted. I also don’t own a Paella pan, but a regular cast iron pot worked just fine.

Below is the recipe I used:

Ingredients

1/2 lb mussels, rinsed

1/2 lb clams, rinsed

1 lb chorizo sausage, sliced into small round pieces

1 box Goya yellow rice (this is essential, as it comes pre-seasoned and cuts out a lot of time!)

1 yellow onion, diced

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. garlic, minced

1 tsp. paprika

 

HEAT olive oil in a heavy bottomed Paella pan or cast iron pot. Add chorizo, onion and garlic. Cook for about 7 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.

POUR 2 cups water into the pot and bring to a boil. Add rice and seasoning packet. Boil uncovered for 1 minute. Stir.

COVER the pot and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer rice for 10 minutes.

ADD the clams and mussels to the pot. Re-cover and cook for 12 minutes.

STIR in the chorizo and onion mixture.

SPRINKLE in paprika. Stir and re-cover, cooking everything for 5 more minutes or until all of the water is absorbed and shellfish is opened.

SERVE with crusty bread and/or a fresh green salad.

 

Enjoy!

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

 

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Emily’s Eyes

September 2, 2016

This week had me in full on crazy mode, and I can’t believe it’s already September! This weekend I’m looking forward to a family party on Saturday and then just hanging out and relaxing. Enjoy your Labor Day, and soak up the last bits of summer!

DIY Gin & Tonic Bar, right this way

A simple yet impactful home office makeover

Trader Joe’s cooking hacks, courtesy of my blog crush Joanna

An awesome and inspiring perspective on our shopping addictions

A summer to make mistakes

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau

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Emily’s Eyes

August 21, 2016

When I started the blog, I told myself I would have a new Emily’s Eyes post live every Friday. After not meeting that goal three weeks in a row I modified it to every other Friday. And yet between company picnics, time at the beach, and life’s little distractions, I’m writing this one on Sunday. I promise to be better.

How to style your denim 

The most beautiful office

How to not go broke living in a city

Inspiring dorm room design 

A colorful and quick dinner 

 

Photo by Emily Barbeau