What We Ate 8/2/15 – 8/8/15

Hello my friends! This past week has been pretty low-key for us; nothing too exciting going on now. We were back in Cape Cod the previous weekend and are headed to New Hampshire to visit my family this upcoming weekend. It has been a busy summer but a great one so far! I can’t believe it is already August and stores are putting out all their back to school stuff. I also can’t believe I haven’t been in the back to school rush for 2 years now. These years after graduation really fly by! At least we have good food to enjoy them!

Egg dinner

Sunday: Breakfast for dinner. We had just driven home and didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking up dinner so we threw together some scrambled eggs and steamed veggies. I always love eggs for dinner for something quick and easy.

Vegan creamy pasta with veggies

Monday: Easy Vegan Alfredo by the Minimalist Baker. We were craving some cheesy pasta but since Rose has recently decided she thinks she is lactose intolerant we skipped the cheese and made a vegan alfredo instead. The recipe was good and we of course added some veggies to ours because that’s what we love to do!

Vegetables

Spring rolls

Spring roll

Tuesday: Spring Rolls with Carrot-Ginger Dipping Sauce from Martha Stewart. We tried a new spring roll recipe and this one did not disappoint! Something about the summer just makes me want fresh raw veggies. The carrot-ginger sauce was messy but oh so good.

Wednesday: Leftover pasta!

sweet potato falafel

Thursday: Sweet Potato Falafel Pitas from Sweat Peas and Saffron. These falafels came out so well. I love sweet potatoes in pretty much anything so I was dying to try this recipe and I’m so glad we did. It was delicious and we now have plenty of leftover falafels for the week!

Friday: Leftover falafels- yum yum!

Zucchini bread pancakes

Saturday: Vegan Zucchini Bread Pancakes by The Vegan and The Chef. Apparently breakfast for dinner was the theme for this week because we couldn’t resist making these scrumptious pancakes after I saw the recipe online. I know zucchini pancakes might sound a bit odd but you must try these they are so delicious! Caroline also has a beet pancake recipe that we are going to try next.

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What We Ate 6/21/15 – 6/27/15

Somehow this week we had a lot of leftovers to catch up on. They were all delicious of course, but that meant we didn’t get to try too many new recipes. We also have been trying to go out to eat a bit more to get us out of our usual routine. Since it is summer now it is nice to be able to walk into town and go grab some food you normally wouldn’t cook for yourself or to try a fun new cocktail. Since moving to Allston, we have been able to try a lot of new places to eat and having been loving them all. This week we went to Park in Cambridge and it was definitely a fun place to go and eat.
kale salad

Sunday: Leftover Mexican Brussel Sprout Slaw. We made this last week and it came out great!

kung pao chickpeas

Monday: Kung Pao Chickpeas with some added veggies. We followed this recipe but then added in some cauliflower, broccoli, and peppers then served it over brown rice. This came out really well and we will definitely be making it again!

zucchini boat

Tuesday: Leftover Zucchini boats from last week with a side salad.

Wednesday: Leftover Kung Pao Chickpeas.

Veggie burger

Thursday: Good ol’ veggie burger and a salad. Always good, always hits the spot. Shout out to my bunny grahams!

Friday: Out to dinner at Park in Cambridge. We got a chicken dish with mashed potatoes, peas, and onions. Plus some delicious cocktails. The food was very good just a bit of a more hearty meal, possibly more suitable for the winter months if you catch my drift.

What We Ate 6/7/15 – 6/13/15

Hello! Have you missed us? We have been busy bees moving apartments and living with about 1094 boxes in all of our rooms. As you can imagine we haven’t had much time or room to keep up with PAC these last few weeks. However, we are back and coming up with some fun summer treats to share! But, as always, first we will share what we have been munching on the past few days.

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Monday & Tuesday: Brussels sprout salad, chicken, and roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips. This was a hog podge dinner that we just threw together with what we had in our fridge. We roasted the sweet potatoes and parsnips in a little bit of salt and pepper and some rosemary.

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Wednesday: Stir fry veggies summer rolls. We have been on a summer roll kick lately! I’m not sure if it is because we have been trying to use up a whole pack of rice paper rolls or if it is because they are so fresh and delightful when it is hot outside, probably a little bit of both. We stir-fried up some peppers, zucchini, corn, and asparagus in a dash of soy sauce and some teriyaki and then rolled them in the rice paper with avocado. Yummo!

Thursday: Cambridge, 1. Rose met me at work and we strolled into Cambridge to grab a slice (or two) of pizza before I had to head back to work.

Friday: More summer rolls!

Saturday: Beat Hotel . We went out to dinner with Rose’s parents at the Beat Hotel in Cambridge. It was really yummy and very filling, we both got their Earthly Delight Bowls, which feature a grain, a protein of choice, and some vegetables. We will definitely be going back as they have a long cocktail list (not to mention 36 types of wine on tap!?)

What We Ate 4/19/15 – 4/25/15

Hi everyone! Can you believe April is already coming to an end? I can’t… This year is already going by so fast. Last Monday was Marathon Monday in Boston and Haley and I stood outside in the cold, drizzly weather and cheered on the runners. I always have a great time, but with everything going on after the bombings, I found it particularly emotional being there this year. So we stood outside with chai tea drinks keeping us warm and cheered until we got hoarse and then went home and watched the rest on TV while eating soup. But anyways, what did we eat this week?

Orange cauliflower

Sunday & Monday: Orange Cauliflower based on this recipe. We’ve followed this recipe before and modified it quite a bit. What we did was made the “sauce” part of this recipe (we doubled it) and chopped up half a head of cauliflower and a few carrots. We also added a can of baby corn, a can of sliced water chestnuts, and a can of chickpeas (all rinsed and drained). We dumped these in a large glass baking pan and poured the sauce over and baked it at 425 F for about 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway through.

veggie burger

Tuesday: Veggie burgers with big ol’ side salad. Ok, you all know at this point what happens when we come home from work and we’re both too tired and too uninspired to cook any of the recipes we’ve planned for the week. So we tossed this meal together in about 5 minutes.

red pepper pasta

Wednesday: Roasted Red Pepper Pasta. I love this recipe. Love love love it. We’ve now made it twice. So long as you have the time to roast the red peppers, then this recipe is so easy. What I did to speed things up a little is quarter the red peppers and dry roast them at around 450 F for only about 20-25 minutes. I could eat this pasta forever. Extra nutritional yeast? Yes please!

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Thursday: Roasted sweet potato and zucchini fries with sautéed brussel sprouts, kidney beans, and some chips on the side. This may sound random, but we actually bought a bunch of veggies with the goal of throwing something together. I have this awesome cheesy popcorn seasoning from a spice shop in Portland, Oregon and we tossed the sweet potato and zucchini in it. Yum Yum.

red pepper pasta and brussel sprouts

Friday: Leftover pasta with a side of sautéed brussels sprouts.

BBQ chicken salad

Saturday: Trader Joe’s BBQ pulled chicken salad with avocado, corn, peppers, and tomatoes. Trader Joe’s, oh how you save the day. You have to try this BBQ chicken. It is so so good. Also, this Cowboy Salsa was all sorts of spicy and sweet goodness.

What We Ate 4/12/15 – 4/19/15

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend. I am currently enjoy an acai bowl from home and about to go outside to cheer on the runners in the Boston Marathon. Hopefully the rain will hold off for them today! This week for food we had some special delights as it was someones birthday… Rose turned 23 on last Sunday! We got to enjoy a delicious brownie pie with a big pile of ice cream. Yum, I love birthdays! Here is what else we ate this week:

rice bowl

Sunday: Rice bowl and birthday cake! We had some rice with all sorts of veggies piled in and dressed with soy sauce and some sesame seeds. Simple and delicious! We also made this delicious brownie pie that we enjoyed with extra ice cream and wine; Happy birthday Rose!

Egg sandwich with asparagus

Monday: Egg sandwich with asparagus. This was a throw together whatever we had kind of night. I ended up with this delicious egg sandwich with spinach and a fresh tomato with some sautéed asparagus on the side. I love that asparagus is in season!

risotto with spring veggiesBen & Jerry's ice cream

Tuesday: Risotto with chicken and spring veggies. We sort of followed this recipe, but we already had cooked rice so we changed it up a bit and added our own things. It turned out okay, but probably would have been much better if we had cooked the rice according to the recipe. Oh well! Tuesday was also free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s so we might have had dessert before dinner.. It was positively delicious! We both got The Tonight Dough and yum yum yum it was amazing.

Meatball sandwich

Wednesday: Meatball Sandwich with Veggies. We were planning on doing a different recipe with these turkey meatballs that we picked up at Trader Joe’s but a sandwich sounded better so we whipped up these instead. We cooked the meatballs in some marina sauce and sautéed some zucchini, onion, corn, and carrots to add on top.

Cornbread salad

Thursday & Friday: Cornbread Panzanella Salad from Two Peas & Their Pod. This salad was delicious and just what I wanted. Extra cornbread on top, yes please! We would have had this delicious dish many more nights except our cornbread molded! We put it away when it must have still been a bit moist and as our apartment can get overly heated, it was just not a good combination.

Saturday: It was both my mom’s birthday as well as Rose’s dad’s… coincidence, who knows? Rose went out to dinner with her family to celebrate and I had some pizza on the couch while I caught up with my mom on the phone.

What We Ate 3/29/15 – 3/4/15

Hello! We are back with another what we ate this week. Last week things got a bit hectic for us and we sadly weren’t the greatest at documenting what we ate. But, we are back this week with some yummy recipes we tried and enjoyed. Enjoy!

Turkey burger and fries

Sunday: Broccoli Rabe Turkey Burgers from Skinnytaste. These were sooo good! I don’t know if it was because it was sunny out and the birds were chirping and it just felt like the perfect spring day to have some burgers and fries, but this meal was perfect. We paired the burgers with some homemade french fries that we will post later!

Monday: Leftover turkey burgers. Still good!

Fiesta bowl

Tuesday: Fiesta Bowl with Mexican Rice. Oh Trader Joe’s how I love you even more that now that I have this recipe (if that’s even possible). This bowl was filled with a delicious pile of beans, rice, corn, avocado, and some beef. Yum!!

Cauliflower

Wednesday: Crispy Orange Cauliflower from Fork and Beans. We modified this recipe a bit because we didn’t want to fry it in oil. Instead we skipped the flour mixture and just made the sauce and baked that with the cauliflower in the oven. It turned out really well!

Thursday: Leftover fiesta bowls

Acai bowl

Friday: This was a bit of an odd day as I had a stomach ache so not much sounded good. I ended up with an acai bowl and Rose had some leftover turkey burger with a salad and fixings. Sometimes our meals become quite random..

pasta with broccoli

Saturday:Trader Joe’s Girasoli Ricotta & Lemon Zest. I don’t think I mentioned yet how much I’m loving T.Joe’s lately.. This pasta was delicious. We steamed some broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, and peas then tossed it all together with some lemon oil and salt and pepper. It really hit the spot!

What we ate 3/15/15 – 3/21/15

Happy Spring everyone! In the same week that winter turned to spring, we broke the all time record of snow fall in Boston. Needless to say this snow ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. Although it might not look quite like spring yet, it is certainly starting to feel like it. Stores are selling swimsuits, the sun is out longer, I’m craving fresh fruit by the bucketful (seriously though). We’re excited to start eating spring fruits and veggies in our dinners each week. Plus we have some fun spring treats to share with you all soon so fellow Bostonians keep your heads up, the snow will be gone soon, and everyone else keep checking back for new recipes, crafts, and more!

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Sunday: Leftover enchiladas from the previous week. Still good!

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Monday: Breakfast taco with Brussels sprouts and an orange. We threw together random bits for this dinner and it came out pretty good if I say so myself. The breakfast taco had scrambled eggs, avocado, spinach, cilantro, and some swiss cheese (and ketchup…).

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Tuesday: Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Roasted Parmesan Ranch Cauliflower (and carrots). Both of these recipes were super simple and very good. We skipped out on the parmesan on the chicken and used what spices we had on hand but they still came out great. They were good as leftovers in lunches as well.

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Wednesday: Mango Lentil Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing by Love and Lentils. This recipe was simple to make and we had cilantro and mango that we needed to use up so it was perfect. We added a red pepper to ours and some avocado, ’cause yum.

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Thursday: Leftover mango lentil salad over kale and springtime blood orange margarita (recipe coming soon!)

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Friday: Zucchini Lasagna with lentils from Eating Niagara. This recipe was ahhhmazing. The recipe was a little confusing to follow but it came out delicious. Mind the cheesy-gooey mess of a picture…

brussel sprouts and garlic bread

Saturday: Brussel sprouts with homemade garlic bread and fresh strawberries. We grabbed a demi baguette at T.Joe’s and popped it in the oven with smashed garlic and butter then served it up with brussels sautéed in olive oil with some salt, pepper, and a dash of lemon juice. One of my favorite meals!

Goodbye Summer Panzanella

Why does it always feel like summer flies by? This summer was a busy one, we graduated college, started new jobs, and moved into a new apartment. It feels like everything just happened in the blink of an eye and we didn’t even get a moment to enjoy the nice weather. We have gotten to enjoy other perks of summer though, like buying fresh produce at the local farmers market and eating lots and lots of ice cream on hot nights when nothing else could possibly do. This summer will definitely be memorable and so as a, perhaps a bit early, send off to summer we created a Goodbye Summer Panzanella.

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We love panzanellas – they are quick, yummy, and who doesn’t love a bunch of bread masquerading as a salad? They are a good alternative to a lettuce salad too. In case any of you were wondering what a panzanella is, Wiki tells me it is a Tuscan salad that includes soaked and stale bread, lots of tomatoes, and is dressed with oil and balsamic vinegar. Yum! Our love for panzanellas started instantaneously after we made our first one junior year of college. We just followed a simple, basic panzanella recipe, and boy did it come out great! Since then we have tried different versions of panzanellas. Most recently, we have made this Blueberry Turkey Panzanella Salad by Teaspoon of Spice, which inspired our Goodbye Summer Panzanella.

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Ingredients

– Slightly stale small baguette, we also like to use stuffing croutons

– 1-1.5 cups of cherry tomatoes

– 1 zucchini

-1/2 lb chicken tenderloins (marinated in oil and vinegar for at least 30 minutes)

1/2 baguette

– Blueberries to top


For the Dressing:*

-2/3 cup blueberries

-3 Tablespoons coconut oil (virgin or extra virgin)

-1 Tablespoon red wine (or white)

-2 Tablespoons lemon juice

-salt and pepper to taste

*add water if you want the dressing to be more liquidy. We kept it more on the thick side. 

Directions:

1) Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

2) Once chicken is ready to cook, put it in a skillet on medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes on a side or until done.

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3) Dice up the zucchini and put it in a second skillet with about 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil.

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4) While the chicken and zucchini cook, chop the bread into strips. When the zucchini is almost tender, put the bread into the skillet with the zucchini

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6) This is a good time to make the dressing. To do this, toss all the dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

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7) Once chicken is done, slice it up or shred it and add it to the veggie and bread skillet.IMG_1864

8) Add about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the dressing to the skillet and toss it around. Turn the heat down to low and let the flavors combine for about 2 minutes.

IMG_1880 IMG_18999) Eat and enjoy!

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