Posts tagged with "dinner"

Celebrating 4 years with the BF!

Posted July 18, 2014 in dinner, relationships, love and 5 more

(In our new house!)

Last night, the BF and I celebrated our four year dateiversary!

Yep, we met four years ago on a double date/set up/group outing thing. So July 17 isn't technically the day of our first real date, but we can't quite remember that date. We do, however, remember meeting on July 17, so we celebrate!

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The Best Healthy(ish) Nachos Ever

Posted September 24, 2014 in nachos, dinner, leftovers and 3 more

One of the things I learned about the BF when we moved in together a few months ago is that he can make some delicious nachos. You'd think I would have known that about him after four years of dating!

We had leftover chicken taco ingredients - shredded chicken, black refried beans, colby jack cheese, avocado, Mexican rice and sour cream. 

Neither of us felt like cooking one night, and the BF threw together the most amazing nachos I've ever eaten. Like, better than the gooey, cheesy nachos from a dive bar. 

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Pesto Caesar Kale Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Posted December 11, 2014 in dinner, salad, kale and 6 more

A few weeks ago, the BF and I went out for a little date night at Sozo, a local modern American restaurant. I ordered a kale salad, and pretty much freaked out over how amazingly delicious it was.

I realized that it was something I could easily make at home (for a fraction of the price)! The restaurant version was topped with crab cakes, but the version I made at home was more of a side dish. You could totally add some kind of protein and make this a whole meal. You could also add some crumbled bacon (or turkey bacon) for a little saltiness - the restaurant version had little bacon crumbles.

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Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Dinners

Posted April 22, 2015 in meal planning, dinner, healthy eating and 6 more

The BF and I have been experimenting with our diets recently, and we haven't been eating gluten. No, we haven't been diagnosed with a gluten allergy and no we're not hopping on the gluten-free diet fad.

The BF has some digestive issues that he would like to remedy, and he decided to see if eliminating gluten would make him feel better. I joined him to be a supportive girlfriend and so he wouldn't have to watch me eat bagels.

What is gluten? Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat. It acts as a glue to hold foods together. Someone with Celiac Disease is allergic to gluten and has pretty severe reactions when they eat gluten. But someone with a sensitivity to gluten might experience foggy mind, depression, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain or chronic fatigue (source).

The Celiac Disease Foundation actually says you should not self-diagnose, and that you should reach out to a doctor for testing. But the BF simply wanted to see if he felt a little better not eating gluten, which is the reason for our experiment.

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Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala

Posted April 29, 2015 in dinner, healthy eating, crockpot and 6 more

The BF and I recently realized that we have a regular rotation of homemade Indian food, Mexican food and Asian food on our dinner menu. They're our favorites! We have each of them every week. My Asian rice noodles with peanut sauce keep getting better and better, but they're not perfect yet. However, our Indian meals are pretty amazing.

For a long time, we bought jarred tikka masala. But we finally realized it would be super easy to create at home. The only ingredient you need that you may not have in your kitchen already is garam masala, an Indian spice mix. If you don't have garam masala, you could just combine cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to make your own. (Here's a recipe)

I made this a crockpot meal because the BF and I like to make something in the slow cooker at least once a week. Since we cook all of our dinners from scratch every night, it's nice to have one night off. It's usually Thursday nights when we're both exhausted from the week and want to have a convenient dinner.

We serve our tikka masala with jasmine rice or brown rice that we cook in our rice cooker, and sometimes we like to have naan. We just buy garlic naan at the grocery store.

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Chickpea Tomato Freekeh Salad + a Freekeh Foods Giveaway!!

Posted September 1, 2015 in Freekeh Foods, freekeh, healthy living and 6 more

*Freekeh Foods provided me with two packages of freekeh to try as part of a campaign with Fit Approach. I'm a Sweat Pink Ambassador through Fit Approach. All opinions are my own!

Lately, I've been in a pretty regular rotation of brown rice, quinoa, rice noodles and more brown rice for dinners. I always like to have a healthy grain witih dinner, but things have been getting a bit boring around here.

So I was excited when Freekeh Foods offered to send me two packages of freekeh (pronounced "free-kuh"). It's a grain I had never tried before!

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Sushi Making Tips and Techniques

Posted October 6, 2015 in sushi, sushi making class, HyVee and 7 more

Last week, the BF and I took a sushi making class at the HyVee Test Kitchen!

It was such a fun date night, and we ended up learning a lot.

The BF and I love sushi. Our favorite sushi place near us is Wasabi Bistro in Grand Island. It's where we've celebrated anniversaries, birthdays, New Year's Eves, successes and more. We've created so many great memories over sushi dinners. The photo above was from our second anniversary celebration.

We also like going to the HyVee Market Grille on Wednesday nights because they have half price sushi and bottles of wine!

So when the BF suggested that we take a sushi making class, I was totally into it.

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Roasted Beet and Farro Salad

Posted March 2, 2016 in beets, salad, greens and 5 more

After eating way too many super bland salads, I finally figured out how to make the perfect salad. 

I've been making salads like this for awhile now, and they are incredibly satisfying and flavorful.

There's a secret formula to making the perfect salad...

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Healthier Fish and Chips

Posted March 17, 2016 in St. Patrick's Day, fish and chips, healthy recipes and 4 more

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A little tidbit about me - I'm Irish! Well, my last name is Irish so I'm probably a little bit Irish.

The BF and I don't go too crazy with St. Patrick's Day celebrations. He always makes corned beef and cabbage and he drinks some Irish whiskey or Guinness. 

I don't eat beef, so I sometimes attempt to make some other healthified Irish-inspired recipe. A few years ago, I made a cheddar-ale soup and I've also made fish and chips. Shepard's pie made with ground turkey is another one of my favorites. Many years ago, I made Guinness chocolate cupcakes that were incredibly amazing…and very indulgent. 

I haven't even made any plans to cook anything special today, so I need to get on it!

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Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry with Tofu

Posted August 5, 2016 in dinner, vegetarian, tofu and 6 more


I admit, I made cauliflower rice a long time ago when it was all over the internet…then I never made it again. 

There was just something about chopping cauliflower and ricing it in the food processor that was too much…dirtying too many dishes and adding too many extra steps in my dinner making process.

So I finally decided to buy a package of pre-riced (also called 'crumbled') cauliflower and now I feel better about the whole thing. I can handle opening a package and dumping it into a pan. 

I made this cauliflower rice stir fry with tofu, and it was easy and dinner requirements. 

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