she cooks, he eats || pepperoni and sausage-less sausages

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We’ve been alternating taking turns cooking dinner this week. He made his household famous enchiladas last night, and tonight I made us pita bread pizzas! 

For him, the classic pepperoni pizza with the Trader Joe’s quattro formaggio blend (a tasty of parmesan, asiago, fontina, and mild provolone). And for myself, a soy sausage/shrimp pizza with the same cheese blend. 

I’ve been on a health kick lately, especially with my 115 to 300 calorie work lunches (nothing but hummus/carrots sticks and kale salads for the past two weeks now) so at the end of the day I have huge cravings that need to be satisfied. I don’t count calories but I do keep a watchful eye on them and try to avoid sodium and meat when possible. I still love me my ribs and when my boyfriend whips up a steak, I’ll nosh on a few slices :)

I have been wanting to try soy-base/meat alternative products for awhile now. This week, I was lucky enough to roam aimlessly at my local Trader Joe’s and finally snatched a pack Italian Sausage-less Sausages and these things are amazing!!! You need to try this! Even my carnivore-loving boyfriend ate this and enjoyed it. 

I’ve eaten these sausages two ways. The first time I heated it up in the microwave. It was delicious when it was hot out of the microwave, but when the sausages got cold you can really taste that soy flavor. The second way, I chopped the sausage up into bite sized pieces and heated it up on a skillet with a little bit of oil. I cooked them till they were browned and toasty. This is my favorite way of preparing these soy sausages. It’s so good!!!! The Italian spices really shine and it did taste just like the real thing!

Next on my shopping list will be: Morning Star Sausage Patties (I’ve been told that these taste just like bfast sausages), soy chorizo, tofu (I grew up eating tofu and there are just so many yummy tofu recipes I have pinned on Pinterest), and Tofurky sausages. 

What are some of your favorite veggietarian/vegan products? I would love to hear some of your recommendations.

xoxo, kat

 

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The older I get, the quicker time seems to pass…I can’t believe we are in August!!

For our monthiversary, I made us a special dinner…it was also my first time back in the kitchen after a short hiatus :)

For our special monthiversary dinner: porcini and truffle ravioli with melted garlic butter drizzled on top & a shrimp kale/brussel sprouts/broccoli/red cabbage salad with a champagne pear vinaigrette.

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And for dessert, white chocolate chip brownies!! I made a big batch to bring to work tomorrow.

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I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

xoxo, kat 

 

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I am a bit sad to admit that I have not been cooking as much, which largely had to do with our busy school/work schedules….

So what’s a girl to do?! Have the mister cook! Just kidding, no really…he’s been cooking more than I have been in the last few months. I. Am. Jealous!

On the days that I do cook, I have been borrowing a page from Sandra Lee’s book and going the semi-homemade route. It gets the job done and taste just as good.

Here are just some of the goodies I’ve been filling my belly with:

Yep, you all know how much I love me my frozen yogurt. I have been loving Yougurtland lately and am pretty obsessed with the little tiny juicy balls.

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He makes the best spaghetti with turkey meat sauce!

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I actually made this for us last weekend! We took a trip to the Asian market (home), and I went a little bit crazy and stocked up on a variety of Asian noodles and DUMPLINGS! Eating dumplings always reminds me of the time when I was a little girl and my mom and I would be wontons and dumplings together :)

(Pssst. I sneaked in a few boxes of Pandee cookies in our basket :)

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I made udon, dumplings, and whipped up a quick dipping sauce for the dumplings. For the dipping sauce, just mix soy sauce with some grated ginger, chopped green scallions, a couple droplets of sesame oil and chili oil, and a healthy sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

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I am probably the only girl lucky enough to eat ribs and rice for dinner before school!!! That’s what happens when you let the mister take over the kitchen! Ribs, ribs, ribs!!

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When we go to visit his parents, I also tell him we have to stop at Porto’s!

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Family bbqs! I made a Cali dog using fresh avocados from his parents’ avocado tree.

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We’ve also been able to spare a few hours on a weekend to enjoy some date night time :)

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For breakfast this Thursday, we made bfast tacos together! He made the turkey and potatoes and I made the corn tortillas from scratch using masa flour! Hmmm we ate so many tacos that day!

photoTo makes things less stressful for me, he has been making me my work lunches. I may be just a tad (okay, very!) bias, but he makes the best sammys! And every once in awhile, I eat my alpha nuggets!

Look mom, I can spell!

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It feels so good having the time to write again. I feel so blessed and lucky that I having the time to just relaxing and doing nothing while I get to watch the mister make me a mojito…

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And watch his family make guacamole! The best guac ever!

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And lastly, I got to watch the mister make his favorite ribs for his family to enjoy!

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I’m very lucky to be blessed with such wonderful people in life. And to my best friend and the love my life, thank you for feeding me and keeping me sane during the last 5 months of this crazy journey. I love  you.

xoxo, kat

 

Happy Saturday!

Hello world! I know it has been a while…definitely ages since I last typed a blog post on a computer. It feels good and I am excited to start again :)

After surviving my first quarter of accounting classes (As!!) and the last six-weeks of the second half of the accounting class and add a full-time job to the mix…, I am happy to report that I am officially in summer mode and ready to just breathe and relax.

So what’s first on the agenda? Pie! I spent the morning baking a pineapple pie for my boyfriend’s family. Check out the recipe here! It is so easy and quick and my new go to dessert (I’m sorry brookies!).

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And the mister?! Well, he’s preparing his household famous ribs!

I miss you all! I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

kat

Happy Post 4th of July

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Our day after the 4th breakfast for two :)

Today was just one of those days where everything sounded good. And today was also one of those days where we stayed in till 2pm.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

xoxo, kat

Parmesan Herb Crusted Pork Chops

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy pork – coated in organic bread crumbs and fried to golden perfection.

It’s actually quite simple. I don’t know why I don’t do this more often.

In a plate, mix dried herbs (I used rosemary, oregano, and basil) with bread crumbs.

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In a bowl, crack two eggs and whisk and pour onto a flat container. On a separate plate, grate some good aged Parmesan cheese. Coat both sides of the chops with the Parmesan cheese…

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Dip in the egg mixture then coat in the bread crumb mixture then give it a good pat so that everything sticks.

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In a large skillet, pour a good amount of oil on the pan. Just a couple on tablespoons! Enough to cover at least half the thickness of the pork chops. Cook until golden brown then flip to cook the other side.

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Serve with veggies to make this meal a little bit healthier. I made a quick simple salad using my favorite greens, colorful tomatoes, homemade croutons, and a good squeeze of lemon juice.

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Looks great with pork chops :)

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Cooked to perfection!

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy pork chops?

xoxo, kat