Category Archives: Food

Vegetable Fried Rice + Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

fried rice pork tenderloin

One of my major goals is to cook at home more this year.

I love eating out, but I know cooking can be healthier and save me money as one dinner can turn into leftovers for lunch the next day. My other goal is to cook simple meals ready in 30 minutes or less so I’m not slaving away in the kitchen on a weeknight trying to come up with some sort of gourmet meal.

I’m looking for real flavor, real fast.

I am definitely more leisurely about cooking on the weekend and use that time to tackle more complex recipes or get some meal prepping done. However on weeknights, I’m usually just getting back to gym and I want to eat something fast and healthy so I can have some down time before getting ready for bed. (more…)

The Easy Summer Crab Boil

crab boil

It finally feels like summer and we just finished hosting Paul’s family at our house on the coast last week. We always throw it down with a crab dinner of some sort for our visitors with fresh cooked crab from our local seafood stand in Lincoln City, Oregon – Barnacle Bill’s.

All of the crab is local Oregon Dungeness Crab caught fresh in the Pacific Ocean that is only 5 minutes away from our house. So we hosted a crab boil last week – but without all the fuss and muss.

We bought cooked crab directly from the seafood market and put all the fixin’s together ourselves. I highly recommend doing this if you feel icky about dealing with live crabs OR if you don’t love the smell of seafood taking over your whole house.

Here’s how we accomplished our Easy Summer Crab Boil: (more…)

How To Create A Brunch DIY Avocado Toast Bar

diy avocado toast bar

Avocado toast has been getting a bad rap right now and it shouldn’t, because it’s downright delicious and affordable when you make it at home. Also, a brunch dish cannot be blamed for an entire generation being unable to afford a house in an overpriced city centre.

Don’t even get me started.

I catered a Vegan Baby Shower with Jenni Bost (all photos in this post also by Jenni) last month for our friend Lindsay Ingalls. If you missed it – see my post on this Vegan Cheese Platter I created. Now you’re thinking, what do you serve at a vegan brunch that doesn’t require eggs or meat?

Avocado toast to the rescue! (more…)

What To Eat On Meatless Monday

toby's tofu dip meatless monday

By: April + Michelle of Get Real Gurls

Meatless Monday is an international campaign to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15% and to improve personal health along with the health of the planet. It’s an easy way to do your part and it makes meal planning for the week easy peasy!

What are some of the benefits of eating less meat?

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Roasted Garlic Farfalle Pasta with Bacon + Peas

bacon peas farfalle

A sponsored post. For ages 21 and up, please drink responsibly.

National Pinot Grigio Day is right around the corner, coming up THIS Friday May 26th and it’s a great way to kick-off Memorial Day Weekend. To celebrate, I am cooking up this delicious Roasted Garlic Farfalle Pasta with Bacon and Peas. (more…)

How To Create A Delicious Vegan Cheese Board

miyoko's vegan cheese

I love creating epic cheese platters.

So when my friend Jenni suggested we host a baby shower (see my fave gift ideas) for our friend Lindsay (who is vegan), I offered to do all the food. Now I’ve never catered a vegan party before – but I love eating healthy and am definitely interested in cooking more vegan meals.

So a vegan cheese platter? It’s not as intimidating as you think. Luckily, Lindsay sent me a list of her favourite cheeses that I easily paired with fruit and crackers. Here’s what I suggest for your own vegan cheese platter: (more…)