Monday, April 20, 2015

20 minute prep Paleo Meal Plan + Plantain Breakfast

I'm writing this blog post from the Atlanta Airport as I wait for my 10:10 pm flight home from my friend's bachelorette party. Needless to say, there will be no meal prep this week (livin on the edge!) so simplicity is the name of the paleo game- nothing on this meal plan should take more than 20 minutes in the kitchen.




Every time I see plantains at the grocery store I get over-excited and buy more than even a family of 12 could go through before they go bad. A few weeks ago, the risk of plantains going bad caused me to go rogue with the meal plan and try out a new breakfast and it. was. everything.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Servings: 1

Ingredients:
  • 2 ripe plantains, chopped ($1)
  • 1 Tablespoons cashew milk or milk of choice 
  • 2 eggs ($.50)
  • 2 slices uncured bacon (for the side)
  • Seasonings of choice (I tried garlic powder and sea salt, as well as cinnamon and honey. Both were amazing)


First, cook the bacon and put to the side - keep the grease in the pan.

Combine the chopped plantains, milk, and seasonings of choice in a medium sized bowl and blend together (I use my $25 Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender from Amazon, but if you have a good blender or food processor you can use that too).

Heat the bacon grease on the stove and scoop a 1/2 the plantain mix into the heated pan (it should be kind of like a pancake but a little bit thicker). If you don't have enough bacon grease to coat your pan and "fry" the plantains add the oil of your choice. Flip the concoction after a minute or 2 (once the bottom is tough enough to be flipped). Cook the other side. Repeat with the rest of the plantain mix.

Next, cook your eggs to your preference (I like over-easy) and put on top of the plantains. I added hot sauce and it was AMAZING.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Affordable Spring/Summer 2015 Wedding Guest Attire

Ah yes, finally the season in which I shell over all the money I saved by sitting on my ass all winter drinking 2 buck chuck binge watching Netflix instead of spending it all going out with friends/spending money to look decent going out with friends, on wedding season. Last year I attended a whopping 10 weddings in 8 different states and spent approximately my life savings to do so (not complaining! I love weddings and I love my friends and I love being at their weddings!). Being a wedding guest gets expensive and I'm not about to make it harder on myself by dipping into my retirement fund (lol who really needs those anyway) on looking nice for the party. Enter: H&M, Asos (new bff!), Target, and Dillard's.

I'm all about Asos right now because of the fact that I can order everything in every size with free shipping and free EASY returns - all of this without having to try on dresses next to 16 year olds trying on prom dresses (like the traumatic time a not-full grown girl with braces and I walked out of our respective dressing rooms in the SAME dress which began my soul searching journey to re-evaluate my fashion decisions and how I decide if I'm too old to pull something off), dig through the "racks" at Target (REALLY IS THERE ANY TYPE OF SYSTEM HERE?!), suffer an anxiety attack from the music at Forever 21, etc., etc.

Here are some of my top picks for wedding guest dresses under $30




A few sidenotes:
  • Once I was watching Four Weddings and the coolest bride wore outfit #2 with beautiful sparkly shoes and I never considered wearing a 2-in-1 dress until I wanted to be that girl.
  • There has been at least one guest sporting a jumpsuit at each wedding I've been to this year and I want to be that girl but I'm short and my waist is awkwardly high and I haven't been able to find a jumpsuit that fits ):  Anyone have success with this?


Shoes:
I have had a lot of luck ordering multiple (yes, multiple) Nine West Flax Heels from EBay stores. I wore them at my wedding (I changed out of heels around half time because that was the point that I said IDGAF ABOUT ANY OF THIS ANYMORE) but I can sport these a full night when needed.

And speaking of weddings, today I'm headed to Miramar Beach, Florida to celebrate my college roommate's bachelorette parties in style:





Where do you find wedding guest attire for reasonable prices???


Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekly Paleo Meal Plan + Creamy Avocado Chicken Salad

What a BEAUTIFUL weekend!! We're building a deck right now (LOL - getting a deck BUILT, the idea of me building a deck is hilarious). Since the dogs/no one could use the backyard, we spent a lot of time outside and I took some fun pix which are at the bottom of the post because I'm obsessed with my dogs. For now, meal plan:

Breakfast for the week: Smoothies. I asked for suggestions last week and Jess had a great suggestion which I will be trying:

Lunch for the week: I made this taco soup recipe a few weeks ago and had SO much leftover at the end of the week that I froze it and am eating it for lunch this week! Yay for saving time!

Monday Dinner:

Tuesday Dinner:
Gaspacho!!! (Please excuse the !!!!s, I'm just REALLY PUMPED that it's finally gaspacho weather)

Wednesday Dinner:
Grilling burgers (recipe coming!)

Thursdsay Dinner

Friday Dinner: Oh! I'll be lounging on the beach in Florida for my friend's bachelorette party! No cooking for me!



Desserts: 
  • Dark Chocolate Pudding
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs (ok not Paleo at all but I gotta live a little and I bought ~10 bags since each bag cost $.25)
Snacks: 
  • Fruit, fruit, more fruit.
  • Plantain Chips from Trader Joe's

Here's a recipe I tried last week and really enjoyed. I call it chicken salad, Harrison calls it chicken guacamole, potatoes potahhtoes:


Creamy Avocado Chicken Salad
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins (hey hey! I know you like that!)

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 2 ripe (aka brownish blackish) avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons ground sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
Mix it all together. Eat it. Love it. Harrison dipped chips in it because he feels this is simply guacamole, I ate it plain.

And now for some Andi and Ziggy enjoying spring, which we all thought was going to skip over DC this year. AREN'T THEY PERFECT?!?! PS I constantly post pix of my dogs on Insta if you're into that kind of thing.