Recipe of the Week: Mongolian Beef Ramen Noodle

This weeks recipe is from Yummly, one of my favorite apps. This week I decided to try the Mongolian Beef Ramen Noodles recipe.

If you don’t have the Yummly app, check out the preview here!

 

Here is my take on the recipe:

To be honest, we LOVED this recipe! The flavors were amazing and it was so easy!

The only two differences that I had when I re-created this recipe were two ingredients. The first was with the sesame oil. I thought that I had some in my pantry when I was grocery shopping so I didn’t bother to buy any more. Well of course, when I started cooking I saw that I actually didn’t have any sesame oil! Of course, right? Always happens. So instead I just substituted olive oil.

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Another issue that I had was that my grocery store didn’t have the normal packs of ramen noodles. So, I had just buy some thin Asian noodles. It still tasted amazing but I’m going to try the recipe again when they have the regular ramen noodles in stock.

I would definitely recommend trying this recipe. It tastes amazing, you will love it!!

Enjoy!

xoxo,

mp

Recipe of the week: Cheesy Skillet Bean & Veggie

This week the recipe I’m sharing is found from Yummly. It’s a Cheesy Skillet Bean & Veggie Taco Meal. The recipe is linked via the name of the recipe if you want to try it out!

If you don’t have the Yummly app, here is what it looks like:

 

It’s super easy to use and gives a lot of great recipes to choose from. You can select the meal you are looking for recipes for or you can select a style of food, for example, Italian or Mexican. They have tons of great options. I would definitely suggest downloading this app. Best part is, its FREE!!!!

Here is my take on the recipe:

This recipe was super easy to follow. What I love about this recipe is that you can use your choice of meat or you can go meatless. We decided to try this recipe meatless. I try to have at least one day of the week where we eat a meatless meal. But that is our preference.

What I loved about this recipe is that it incorporated a lot of veggies. Which is something I love doing. Plus, I love all the flavors that it had. We decided to eat this with chips so it felt more like a heavy dip but it was still delicious. I also topped ours with a little bit of shredded cheese and fresh avocado, another favorite in our household.

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If you love spicy flavored food, this is definitely a good try. You can control the amount of spice by lowering the amount of cayenne pepper you use. I tend to like my food on the spicier side so I went exactly with what the recipe suggested.

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I would definitely recommend this recipe and I would actually do this again. Maybe the next time I’ll add some grilled chicken to the mix!

Give this recipe a try by clicking here to view the entire recipe. Enjoy!

xoxo,

mp

 

Round bowl: Target

Table linen: H&M

Fresh or Frozen?

A lot of people have opinions on the whole fresh or frozen veggie topic. I decided that I wanted to do some research into the differences between fresh or frozen veggies.

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The first thing I will say is that I lean towards frozen veggies more than fresh. Here is the reason why: my lifestyle! I love eating healthy first and foremost. My husband and I tend to lean more towards the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. We aren’t extremely strict about it but we do our best. However, we are so busy it’s crazy. We travel every weekend and our weeks are filled with working, full-time school, rehearsals, and so many other things. Because of that, I tend to purchase frozen veggies that I can quickly make with some kind of protein so that we can eat quick and healthy and keep it moving!

Of course, the first thing on my mind is: “Are these just as healthy as the fresh veggies I used to buy?” That is the most important thing for me. When I’m thinking about my meals for the week, I’m constantly trying to find recipes that are easy and healthy for us. So I decided to do some research on this topic.

According to this article found on WebMD, frozen veggies are actually similar to fresh veggies in nutritional value. Because these veggies are flash-frozen, they hold their nutrients as opposed to fresh veggies that slowly lose it the longer they are exposed to the air prior to cooking or consuming.

I found another article that really stressed purchasing vegetables when they are “in-season.” Anything that is out of season, buying frozen will give you the nutrients that you need.

Of course, another big idea about purchasing frozen veggies is the convenience. Sure, I would love to be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and use them in a timely manner before they go bad. But let’s be real. That is just not going to happen! I plan my meals out on a weekly basis but every day there is a possibility that something will change. My husband may get called into work for the night shift so I won’t cook a big dinner because he doesn’t eat when he comes home. My husband and I don’t really like eating leftovers. So, if I make a big dinner for myself, there’s a big chance that it will go in the fridge and stay there. So being able to purchase something frozen to toss in the microwave or on the stovetop for a quick and healthy meal will always be my go-to.

I love taking care of my body but I also our lifestyle. We travel often and stay very busy. I wouldn’t change it for the world. So, knowing that I can 1. buy an option that is still healthy 2. affordable and 3. convenient is always the route that I will take! And normally, I tend to purchase the most organic frozen fruits or veggies that I can find. You don’t have to do this, but right now my husband and I have decided to eat as much organic as we can afford. We’re always trying to keep ourselves in top shape!

I hope you guys found this post useful. If you already go the frozen route, know that you are still making a great choice for you and your family! If you were thinking about going the frozen route, I hope this gave you some confirmation that frozen doesn’t mean unhealthy.

Leave a comment below on what you thought about this post. What is your favorite brand of frozen veggies?

My Healthy Journey Has Begun!!

Okay the first of the month I decided it was time to make a change. My husband and I had been talking about changing our lifestyle and I just decided it was time do it. The more we talked about it and didn’t do anything about it, the sadder I got. I decided to start by watching that documentary on Netflix called What The Health. My brother recommended that I watch it because he enjoyed it and thought it was very insightful. Now, knowing my brother, he doesn’t say that about much, so I figured it had to be good. So one day while I was working I figured I would put it on and listen while I typed up emails. To be honest, I found it to be very interesting. But I’m not one to believe everything I hear from just one source, I like to do my research.

One thing that really intrigued me about this documentary was the testimonials they incorporated of real life people going through real life health issues. While I was watching it I couldn’t help but think, “I wonder if I try this if this will help my energy levels and help me lose some stubborn weight that I’ve had since I finished chemotherapy 17 years ago.” (For those who are currently thinking, “17 years ago! And you still have weight?!” the answer would be yes. Chemotherapy jacks you up to no end.) So I decided to try a more plant based diet. I can’t say that I am completely a vegan or completely a vegetarian. But what I can say is that I have started to consciously make better decisions about what I am putting into my body and right now, I’ve cut out meat.

It’s been about 3 weeks with no meat and to be honest it hasn’t been tough at all! I wanted to start documenting this journey and sharing some recipes! The first one that I wanted to share was one that I got from my aunt. I did tweek it a bit to my personal taste but the first recipe to share with you is an Acai Bowl!

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There are so many different Acai bowl recipes out there you can try, and I encourage you to, but this recipe is one I got from my aunt and made it my own.

I blend one packet of frozen Acai with:

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Whole banana

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Scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder

Scoop of superfoods powder

About 1/2 cup of ripple milk (this is a great dairy free milk for those who cannot have milk) (more depending on the consistency you prefer)

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About 1/4 cup of blueberries and blended!

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Once I blend everything together, I pour it into my bowl while I prep my fruit. I normally have mango, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, coconut flakes, granola, chia seeds and hemp seeds. But you can add whatever toppings you prefer. My husband doesn’t like everything I put on top so I customize his for his preferences.

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There you have it! Super easy to make for breakfast or a snack.  And so healthy for you! Enjoy! Let me know if you tried this recipe or a different Acai bowl recipe that you love in the comments below!

nyc fun

hello everyone! this past weekend i spent some time in nyc with my hubby and two of our really close friends. i wanted to share some of the places that we visited cause they were pretty awesome!

  • cookie dough confections: normally this isn’t a place that i would ever go to. i’m not a huge cookie dough fan but because of who i was with, i made the exception. when we got there we soon realized that the line to get in started across the street. that’s right, across the street. now mind you it was like freezing cold this day so that didn’t add to our excitement. but we all decided to just stand in line and wait because we made the trip out there anyways. we waited about an hour in line before we got inside the place. than waiting another 15ish minutes before we got served. side note: one of the servers told us that the line was about 4 hours long earlier in the day so our wait wasn’t bad. 4 hours!! craziness! anywho, once we got in and defrosted, it was actually a really cool experience.

    i was able to take some pictures of the inside so you guys can see what it looks like. they give you a menu while you wait and on that menu is a ton of different cookie dough options that you can choose from. you can basically order your cookie dough like you would ice cream. cup or cone. 1 scoop or 2. so crazy. i never would have thought to create something like this, but hey, people love sugar so i guess it works! i got the heavenly mix which consisted of sugar cookie, chocolate chips, nutella, caramel bits and sea salt. plus it was gluten free! they also have some vegan options too which i thought was pretty cool.

    as much as i’m not really a cookie dough person, i thoroughly enjoyed this experience. the waiting in line was a little crazy, but it was something different for me so i’m glad i did it. plus the cookie dough tasted really good. not even gonna lie on that one. granted i couldn’t finish it all because it was a lot of sugar for me and i hardly ever eat anything sweet. but the taste was amazing. the customer service was just as equally amazing. everyone that worked there was extremely friendly and helpful. some of us had some questions and they were very gracious with us. they even had the back section of their store walled off with glass so that you can see them mixing the different flavors. that part was super cool too. pricing wasn’t bad either. i got 1 scoop in a cup and my husband got 1 scoop in a cone and that came out to a little less than $10. which for nyc, is not bad at all! personally, i don’t think i can say that it would be worth the wait if it was more than 1 hour. because i’m not into it that much. but if you love cookie dough and won’t mind waiting, then go right ahead! also, i would suggest waiting closer to spring time and not winter. its too cold to wait outside like that. but if you’re in nyc, definitely try to add it during your visit. the décor on the inside is super cute you’ll really enjoy it!

  • chelsea market: okay so the chelsea market is beyond cute. it’s an indoor market with tons of cute restaurants and shops. its perfect during the winter because it’s indoors so you can escape the frigid cold air. it was so fun just to walk around and see the different restaurants and shops. they had this super cute flea market style area with at least 12 different pop-up shops. it was really fun to see the creativity that is out there and what kinds of fashion or jewelry items people create. how cute is this wall of lights?!?! can i please have this in my house?…IMG_4218
  • los tacos: within chelsea market, we decided to eat at los tacos. of course there was a line which told me it was going to be great. so they sell tacos individually, so you can get like one chicken and one steak, or whatever you want. we decided to share 4 steak tacos and chips with guacamole. the steak was amazing. i would go back just to eat those tacos again. the guac was pretty good too. the flavor was really good but it wasn’t as dense as i like my guac. for me personally it was a little runny, but it was still good flavor wise. this is definitely a place i would go back to again.IMG_4222
  • hampton inn seaport-financial district: since i spent the weekend, i thought i should speak about our hotel experience. we decided to stay at the hampton inn. it really wasn’t anything special it was just a quick booking through booking.com. the customer service was amazing. the room was great. the only issue we had was the first room we had, the hvac was not working properly, but they worked extremely quickly to move us to a different room and they actually upgraded us in the process. i would definitely go back to this location to stay again.

there you have it guys! just a few of the stops i made this past weekend. make sure you subscribe to my email list so that you can stay up to date with my posts and other travel tips! do you have some favorite places in nyc?? leave a comment and let me know so i can check it out! xoxo