I haven't done a review on here in a minute, so let's change that! This time, I can't even take the credit for this find. One of my friends found it and I was completely game because I can eat Mexican food wherever and whenever.
Seranata is a healthy Mexican restaurant that you can find tucked away on a side street in the beautiful Chelsea area in NYC. They have outdoor seating options, which is definitely a bonus. Just look at it!
I'm having some issues with my Halloween candy consumption. As in, the consumption is REAL! I purchased two bags of mini M&M's last week for my coworkers. I'm not exactly sure they were even aware I had them, as they seem to have disappeared rather quickly. Into my mouth. Sad, but true. Fries have also been a bit of an obsession over the past few days.
Send help please.
I needed a distraction. This is a non-candy- / non-fry-based distraction. Tacos! More specifically, taco bowls, because ain't no one got time to go out and purchase tortillas. Also known as "Good grief, I forgot to buy tortillas and I'm too lazy to go out and get some." Soooo....when in doubt, add rice. Or quinoa. Or pasta. Do you.
I don't need an excuse to pull out my slow cooker. But if you do, here are two: During the summer, it's "too hot" to use the oven, and during the winter, it's "perfect weather for a stew (or insert your fave slow cooker recipe here)". So there you have it. The only reasons you will need.
I wanted to make these tacos with chicken since I usually get in the rut of using tougher meats in my slow cooker. Gotta switch it up! I used chickpeas in the recipe because I'm less than enthused about any other type of bean, with the notable exception of edamame/soy beans. This was a really quick recipe to throw together. It could even be referred to as a "weeknight dinner", it's that quick to make. I'm a fan of this and can't wait to make it again. Maybe with beef next time? I'm living dangerously now!
Folks, how have I neglected to mention that it's my birthday month? I'm so excited! I don't know what I'm doing yet. I'd like to travel abroad to Europe for at least a few days but nothing is set in stone as of now. I just started my new job a few weeks ago, so we'll see.
My new job is going well so far! It doesn't hurt that there is breakfast brought in by my coworkers almost every morning. I think they're trying to win my affection with food. It's working.
Is it tacky to also request lunch? Specifically, can I request this crab quesadilla? It's fabulous and tasty and pretty much the only thing I want to eat everyday for the next week. So yeah, if can you guys can just let me know how to approach this situation, I would appreciate that. Read More
I'm back on track with the baked items!
I've spent a little more than a week back in the states and I've forgotten precisely how hot the Bahamas was and how averse I was to making anything baked for a while. (On a side note, I did get the recipes for a few requested Bahamian dishes while I was down there, so I will have those up on this site as soon as I get my life together!)
I love tostones. I can't get enough of them. There's a Cuban restaurant, Havana, across the street from me and if I wasn't so lazy about leaving my house and walking in the completely opposite direction of the route that I usually take, I would definitely purchase tostones from there all the time!
The other day, in a moment of tostones-withdrawal weakness, I spent an hour searching for a recipe for them. But wait! Let's not forget that I don't like to fry anything in my apartment. That's basically asking for a trip to the ER. So the "baked" version it is. I finally found a recipe, gathered all the ingredients, and then realized that what I initially thought was cilantro in the grocery store was actually parsley....Don't forget to smell your herbs people! I ran with it anyway and I, a self-proclaimed parsley hater, actually really liked it. Parsley people, I think I get you now.
Finally, I realize how ridiculous this is. I spent more time, energy, and money on making these tostones than I would have if I had just purchased them from the restaurant. I know. I'm not delusional. But there's something to be said for making tasty and mostly-healthy food in your own kitchen. I'm going with that explanation. Leave me alone and let me stuff my face with my baked tostones. Read More
I am totally justified in eating these nachos. Let me tell you why.
Last weekend I did my weekly outdoor workout in Central Park which is led by my friend and trainer, Nerijus, of TrainP3 (amazing workout, by they way!). After that, I braved my allergies and proceeded to hang out in Sheep Meadow for a while. Somehow our workout seemed to continue with some partner acrobatics, deep stretches and backbending action taking place in the middle of the meadow. I was super excited to have my first "flying" experience in parter acro, which is basically where someone bases you and you do all the cool stuff ever while being supported by their legs and sometimes their hands. It's so much harder than I thought! Then the surprise rains came and I finally made my way home.
These nachos are totally acceptable to eat when all that working out is over and done with. I mean, I definitely already burned off these calories, right? I know tortillas aren't the healthiest option, but I have an addiction to Tostitos Hint of Lime and I needed my fix, so there's that. I topped the tortillas with flank steak that I made in the slow cooker, and avocado and greek yogurt (because sometimes you can't make it to the grocery store to purchase sour cream). This combination was heavenly and I may have possibly eaten these nachos every day since. I'm going to need an intervention. Read More
I have decided that the only reason I eat those Tostitos Hint With Lime chips is as a vehicle for that tangy, salty stuff they cover them with. I feel like an addict. Of course, Tostitos knows this and only sells this wonderful stuff in huge bags meant to be shared with at least 8 people. I usually finish it all by myself in 2 sittings.
During the course of one of these "events", a few things also took place around the same time. I was really into making scrambled eggs (because I had purchased a dozen eggs so that I could bake with only one of them). I had recently made my crockpot salsa verde chicken. I also had a container of feta in the fridge just begging to be used up.
In a moment of (what I like to think of as) pure genius, I decided to throw these things together in an homage to a new favorite breakfast item: chilaquiles. I wasn't sure whether or not to post this recipe since it's not truly a recipe, but then I fell in love with this so much that I wanted to record it somewhere. Not that I'm going to forget it anytime soon. Read More
Last week, my trip to Pittsburgh primarily revolved around Mad Mex margarita-drinking festivities. Mad Mex was always a favorite place to visit when I was in college. Unfortunately, I would sometimes (um...almost always?) end up a tad too inebriated as a result of drinking one to one-and-a-half Big Azz margaritas. Those were the days. The only thing I don't miss are the hangovers.
Of course, no visit to the 'burgh is complete without at least attempting to drink yet another Big Azz marg at Mad Mex. Since it's a pretty small location and can become packed quickly, my friends and I had several discussions regarding the optimal time to go there. (PS - We discovered the best time to visit, but I'm not divulging!) And we drank margaritas. Two each...
Now, in our "heyday", we would have been completely done for the day. We would have stumbled home and passed out. But. We were not. We had excellent appetizers and entrees and we drank our margaritas like the adults that we are and headed back to our hotel. Like a boss!
OK, maybe we did fall asleep pretty early that night. But it was a conscious decision on our part. For sure.
In the spirit of eating even more quality Mexican food, I have an easy salsa verde chicken recipe for you. Bust out those crockpots once again. Let me assure you that this is a quick, easy, and tasty way to ensure you have some delicious protein on hand. This time, I decided use the chicken in a burrito, but in a future blog post, I will be showing you another way that I decided to indulge in this mouth-watering chicken. Read More
Last weekend, I wore MC Hammer pants. I will vouch (for myself) that I never thought I'd see the day that happened. But my group workout class had a 90's theme! Of course I had to buy the drop-crotch pants to match. I would say "ugh" right about now because I'm over myself, but since wearing them this past weekend, I've developed a fondness for those pants. I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear them in public. As in, it won't be a part of a costume. Thankfully they're black and not some fugly patterned mess. So there's that silver lining, right? Someone out there is understanding my thoughts. I'm sure of it.
Here's something that easier to understand: the amazing-ness of making Mexican stuffed peppers in a crockpot. I've made stuffed peppers once before but I refused to revisit it again because it was such a chore to make those at the time. Fast forward to today, hand me a crockpot, and I'm back in business!
Lately, I've been obsessed with Mexican food. This should not be a surprise, because cheese is my kryptonite. I would like to make it known that I can eat Mexican food at any time. If there is a Mexican food throwdown, I'm there. Needless to say, you may be seeing a few Mexican-inspired recipes from me in the near future. I have to say that these pepper turned out to be mighty tasty. The combination of the meat, rice, vegetables, and sauce made this an excellent dinner option for me the other night.
And cheese. And sour cream. They just get me. Read More
Let's recreate some summer goodness. I can't ever get enough of Mexican-inspired cuisine and this is no exception. While the weather has been slightly warmer in the past few days, it has still been much cooler than my preferred 60-70 degrees F. Let's warm ourselves up.
I actually made these cups as appetizers for my housewarming party earlier this year. However, in all the brouhaha, I never got shots of the final items. In fact, I remember it being mid-party and wondering why my apartment was so warm (this place is always freezing!) and realizing my oven was preheating for these little things...which were chilling out in the kitchen and definitely not in the oven.
I can't even take these...in a good way. They're tiny, which means that they're automatically cuter than cute. Also, I'm certain I'm ingesting fewer calories than if I were to eat a huge quesadilla filled with this enchilada mix. Obviously. Read More