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Simple Spinach & Garlic Rotini with Crispy Sausage

2 May

Good Morning Ya’ll!

I hope you guys are all having a wonderful Friday so far. I’m hoping I get a bit of a chance to relax this weekend, the last few weeks have been insane for me. I just really want to curl up with a book (ideally outside but the weather doesn’t seem like it’s going to hold up) and maybe have a Netflix marathon.

What do you guys have planned for the weekend?

Onto more delicious things, I made this pasta for you! I saw a similar recipe from Jamie Oliver a while back and it just stuck in my head. Finally when I went to look at the recipe I noticed it called for using the greens from garlic, which I had no idea where to get. So I decided to switch it up with just spinach and a bunch of garlic. I also decided to sauté the spinach rather than boiling it, to reserve some of the healthy nutrients!

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The color of this pasta is amazing, if you didn’t know any better you would assume it was pesto. The flavor is much more mild than pesto but with a kick of garlic.

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This recipe is super simple and comes together in less than 30 minutes so it makes for a perfect weeknight meal.

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Enjoy, Folks!

 

Miss Delish asks:

Do you have a recipe that you’ve seen that you currently can’t get out of your head?

What are you up to this weekend?

 

Spinach & Garlic Rotini with Crispy Sausage:

Serves 4-5

Total time: 25 minutes

Total time where you’re actually doing things: 20 minutes

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil plus 1/4 cup (divided use)
  • 1 bag washed baby spinach
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 box rotini pasta, cooked as per package directions and drained
  • 1 tbsp. fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 lb Italian sausage (removed from casings)
  • 1/2 cup grated grana padano cheese (or parmesan if you prefer)

Heat a large, deep, sauté pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tbsp. of the olive oil until hot. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute until softened. Add the spinach and continue tossing until the spinach is soft and wilted. Season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer the spinach and garlic to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. While blending, slowly pour in the remaining olive oil until combined, set aside.

In a mortar and pestle, add the fennel seed and chili flakes, bash them up a bit to get the oils out. You can also use a rolling pin on a cutting board if you don’t have a mortar and pestle. Set aside.

In the same skillet as you cooked the spinach (if you’re lazy like me) set over medium high heat, add the sausage meat, and sauté until cooked through. Add the spices you bashed up, and stir to combine. Now continue cooking, stirring often to break into small pieces, until the sausage is super crunchy. This will take about 7-8 minutes.

When the sausage is cooked, remove it to a bowl, and add the pasta and sauce to the pan, toss and stir to coat completely. Add about half of the grated grana padano, and stir again to coat. Transfer to a serving dish or individual bowls. Top with the sausage and another sprinkling of cheese.

Enjoy!

Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema

30 Apr

hi hi hi!

It’s me, I’m back with more food to fill your bellies.

First, though, I think we should have a bit of a chit chat. We haven’t really talked about life recently, have we? I’m going to list 5 things that I have been doing lately and you guys should do the same in the comments below!

1. We’re pretty much all moved in and organized in our new place, I am going to do a whole post about some fun things I’ve been doing to decorate and organize. So definitely watch out for that next week-ish. But for now, let me just say I am dead tired. Cleaning, packing and organizing every night after a full day of work, gets mighty exhausting around the 12th straight day. Luckily for me, I am pretty much done now and I am happy with how things look at this point. We still want to buy a new sectional for the living room. Any ideas?

2. Along those same lines, I just ordered a custom dining table from this awesome local company called Rainfall Designs

I met with Desiree who makes up half of the Rainfall Designs team, and we were so impressed with their tables that we had to order one on the spot. They are all custom made and so you can choose the size, color and finish of your table. It takes them about 5-6 weeks to make your beautiful table. They also make benches, side tables, coffee tables, desks ect. Ours is going to be similar to this one.

Now I just have to find chairs. Again, any suggestions?

3. We have been really into binge watching series on Netflix. We just finished Orange is the New Black which I am SO excited to come back in June. We also got thoroughly obsessed with Suits. Which reminds me that Gabriel Macht needs to be mine, now. As well as Luther which is an awesome show! I was not really expecting to like it but its so dark and creepy, love it. We are looking forward to watching True Detective which everyone has been freaking out over. In case you were wondering, yes our whole lives do revolve around television.

4. I bought a Pilates reformer to use at home and I’m loving it. For anyone who has done Pilates at a studio, you know how expensive that can get. I was really sad when I had to stop going, but I knew it had to be done. I browsed online for reformers and they were still pretty expensive, between $700-$1000 or more. Lucky for me, someone had one for sale locally on Craigslist and I nabbed it for just under $200. It has the jump board and everything! Wee. I didn’t get to use it much since I got it right after we moved in, but I did a little training session for the last couple nights and I am really loving it.

5. I have been cooking A LOT. I am really focusing on making the most of the ingredients I already have, rather than buying new stuff all the time. It is forcing allowing me to get really creative with recipes which has actually been really fun and challenging. Tonight I am going to possibly make some muffins for the week and then scrounge up something for dinner.

Now tell me what you guys have been up to! I wanna know.

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Okay, onto the good stuff. I made these tacos one of the first nights after we moved and I did so for two reasons:

1. I had a hankering for tacos

2. We had no protein in the house other than shrimp

After we did our big first grocery shop, we came home with an elevator load of stuff and once we finished putting it away, Mr. Delish proclaimed that we had nothing to eat.

Ya.

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It was all the basics but nothing to really make any complete meals.

Luckily I did buy a gigantor bag of prawns from Costco so I decided to batter some of those babies up and shove ‘em in a taco and then shove those in my face.

Mmm.

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These are super easy guys, they come together in about 20 minutes and you will love the flavors!

Miss Delish asks:

What have you been up to lately?

Do you ever try to challenge yourself to make a meal with only what you already have in the house? Do you have any tips for me?

 

Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno Lime Crema:

 Serves 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Total time where you’re actually doing things: 20 minutes

What you need:

  •  1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 jalapeno, minced finely
  • 2 tbsps minced cilantro
  • the juice of one lime
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, plus 3 tbsps
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can of your favorite beer, I used Alexander Keith’s IPA because it’s not really an IPA and I have a thing for it.
  • 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • Small flour tortillas, warmed
  • Avocado, cilantro and lime wedges for serving
  • Oil for frying

In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice, cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.

In a large bowl, add 1 cup of the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt and cayenne pepper and use a whisk to mix until totally combined. Now slowly sip pour in the beer, whisking as you go, until you get a smooth batter.

Now set a large heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat and add about 2 inches of oil into the pot. Heat until a drop of the batter bubbles up and fries without falling to the bottom. While it is heating, toss the shrimp in the remaining flour and then drop them into the batter.

Once the oil is ready, add the battered prawns, one by one, making sure to let the excess batter drip off before adding to the oil. Fry in batches, until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the extra oil. Grab a flour tortilla, add 3 or four prawns, some avocado, cilantro and then drizzle with the Jalapeno Lime Crema you made earlier. Serve with lime wedges for spritzing.

Enjoy!

Salmon Pasta with Tangy Dill Cream Sauce

23 Jul

Good morning everybody!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Tuesday so far.

My week has been pretty slow so far but my weekend was really fun! Friday night I went out with my girlfriends for dinner and drinks, it was a late celebration of my Birthday since I was away camping at the time. It’s always so nice to get out with just the girls and have a good time! I didn’t get too crazy because I have a pilates class super early on Saturday morning.

Yes, I am the girl that takes a fitness class super early on a Saturday. Trust me, I seriously question my sanity every Saturday morning when my alarm is buzzing. Having to wake up to an alarm on the weekend is just not natural.

However, after the class I feel energized and relaxed and ready to start the day. Oh and hungry, I’m usually ravenous when I get home.

Then Saturday night we went for dinner and a bonfire out at a friends house. They live on this neat lake and the view from their place is awesome!

Then lastly Sunday was a family day, we went down to Canada Place with the whole fam and tried out Flyover Canada. It was SO much fun.

If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, in the California Adventure Park, there is a ride called Soaring Over California. Basically it’s a 4D movie and you are suspended up in mid air so it feels like you’re actually flying. Very trippy.

I was so excited when I heard they were opening Flyover Canada in downtown Vancouver and I got us tickets right away. The movie has scenes from all over Canada, from cityscape to countryside and everywhere in between.

We all loved it and I kind of want to go back again, hopefully soon!

We ate lunch at the new Cactus Club in Coal Harbour, which is AMAZING. Biggest restaurant I’ve ever seen and it has a ridiculous view of the Harbour and city surrounding it.

Later on I made up this pasta recipe I am going to share with you today!

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Chicken Piccata

16 Jul

Good afternoon everybody!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day so far. I feel like I’ve been away forever!

We had a great time camping and we’re back all tanned and refreshed. I haven’t cooked anything since we’ve been back but then I remember I made this just before we left and forgot to post it!

Gooooo me!

That right there is organization at it’s finest, but not really.

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Crispy Sticky Asian Chicken {step by step}

10 May

Good Morning lovelies!

A big “Happy Friday” goes out to you all! And a very Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful Mama’s out there

What do you have planned for the weekend!? I hope all the Mommies out there are being pampered and get to relax for once.

I am going to be making dinner for my Mama and the family and the rest of the time I think I will just relax and enjoy some time with my Mom. She has asked for a roast beef dinner with all the fixings because she doesn’t like making that herself. Ha! Well fair enough, its her one day to choose and I am happy to do it. I will try to take some photos along the way so you can see me make a complete roast beef dinner with Yorkshire puddings and all the rest of the yummy stuff you have along side the beef.

I have a long step by stepper ahead of me here so I am gonna cut the chit chat for today. I want to get some advice on Vegas so I will do more of a chit chatty post early next week.

Okay let’s go!

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