I came across this bowl of beef glory on one of my favorite cooking blogs - Pinch of Yum. It is one of the quickest and easiest dishes to whip up in a hurry. The thin beef slices cook in seconds and are combined with fresh, crisp bell pepper slices and chopped spinach, and it's all tossed in a spicy sesame dressing.
Uhhhh yes please.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Spicy Sesame Dressing
Korean BBQ Steak Bowls
Recipe from Pinch of Yum
I have a motto: Brie makes everything better. Feel free to disagree, but it's a fact.
I have another motto: Stuffed things are better than non-stuffed things. Also fact.
That's why you'll never see a plain chicken breast in my kitchen. I just won't live that way. It has to be stuffed, breaded, wrapped, drenched in sauce, or all of the above. I feel similarly about vegetables: the more flavor (and cheese), the better. Which brings me to this cheesy piece of art right here: sausage and brie stuffed mushrooms. Even the most timid non-cooks can ace this dish. It's incredibly easy and quick, and I'm convinced there's no way to screw it up. Ready to give it a try? Brie on three...one, two, three, BRIE [clap].
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True Life: I'm Addicted To Books. I am a huge nerd when it comes to them. The majority of my evenings are spent reading, and when I'm not reading I'm thinking about ways I can sneak off to get a few pages in. I don't go anywhere without my Kindle.
So I decided that every few months I'm going to post some of my favorite recently read books. My lists won't always be this long, but since this is the first one I had to cover my recommendations from the past 7 months (my favorite books of all time might come later). There is a variety of genres, as I am always all over the place with what I'm reading.
If you EVER have any recommendations or want to talk books HIT ME UP. And if you have a Goodreads account go ahead and give me a little friend request lovin'. Happy reading!
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah
If you have not read this book yet, drop everything you're doing and get to it. The story of two very different sisters in France during World War II when their home town is overrun by Germans. I cannot speak highly enough about it. It has been added to my list of all-time favorite books.
A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION by Paul Fischer
(True story) This book fascinated me! The true story of Kim Jong-Il's kidnapping of South Korea's most famous actress and her movie producer ex-husband. I have a newfound interest in the strange, corrupt and flat out ridiculous world of North Korea and the Kim family.
THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson
(True story) Another intriguing read. I found this book so very interesting, although a little bit slow at times. I loved learning about the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 and getting a look inside the mind of one of the first famous serial killers. An added bonus: a movie is being made starring LEO as this serial killer, H. H. Holmes.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
This was my first Stephen King novel to read, and it did not disappoint. They made this book into a miniseries on Hulu this year and it didn't do the book justice in the slightest. If you didn't watch the miniseries, give this book a try! It is looooong but incredibly worth it. I couldn't put it down! About a man who goes through a time-travel portal to try to stop the assassination of President JFK.
THE SOLDIER'S WIFE by Margaret Leroy
I unintentionally find myself reading a lot of books that take place in France during World War II (All The Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, The Solider's Wife) and falling in love with all of them. I would have thought these kinds of books would bore me, but they have easily become some of my favorites. Although this book is not as high on my list as The Nightingale, I really enjoyed it the whole way through.
FEARLESS by Eric Blehm
(True story) I am mesmerized by Navy SEALs. I can't help it, they fascinate me and I love reading about them. They are complete super-humans and true heroes. Fearless is about Navy SEAL Adam Brown, member of SEAL team SIX, and his sacrifice in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, as well as his faith, family, love, passion and bravery. A beautiful story of an incredible man.
WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah
After reading The Nightingale, I had to read another book by author Kristin Hannah. And wow I get wrapped up in her books. Her storytelling is beautiful. I loved Winter Garden. The book switches between two settings - Washington in the early 2000s and St. Petersburg, Russia in the late 1930s-early 40's during Stalin's rise to power and the German invasion. This was another book that I thought might bore me after reading the plot, but I gave it a try and could not put it down for a second.
REDEEMING LOVE by Francine Rivers
How have I not read this before now? A beautiful, classic story that will be a repeat read for me every few years. About a woman who was sold into prostitution as a child who meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks the Lord's heart in everything and obey's His call to marry this woman and love her unconditionally, to her dismay and heart of hatred.
NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
(True story) An unbelievable story about the author's experience as a 15 year old boy with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944-45, at the height of the Holocaust. This was very difficult to read (lots of tears), but highly recommended.
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi
(True story) A moving memoir by a young, brilliant neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis at the age of 36.
SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME by Ron Hall
(True story) Again, HOW have I not read this before now?? It pains me that this story has not been in my life longer. An absolute must read about a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s who escaped, hopped a train and wandered homeless on the streets of Dallas for 18 years. Meeting a wealthy Dallas couple through the voice of God, this is the emotional story of their unlikely relationship and incredible Godly bond.
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
(True story) I loved this book - a powerful story about a young lawyer defending a wrongly-convicted African American man charged for murder and sentenced to death row. An inspiring novel!
FOOL ME ONCE by Harlan Coben
I always love a good, quick thriller. This will satisfy your suspense-itch and you'll breeze through it in no time.
I'm going to apologize for posting two prosciutto-wrapped recipes in a row. But then I'm going to take it back because prosciutto is awesome.
I was watching one of Giada's cooking shows the other day and she was making prosciutto-wrapped scallops that looked scrumptious, which sparked my need to try out some of my own. I love this combination because the crispiness and saltiness of the prosciutto works so well with the tender scallop meat. And the pesto adds a delicious kick. You can serve these with anything, but I plated mine over a bed of arugula topped with lemon-parmesan quinoa. I'll include all of it below. From prep to plate, this meal only took about 30 minutes, and you can pretend you're super fancy (even though it's almost effortless). Enjoy!
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For the quinoa and arugula:
I've said it before, but I just can't do a plain chicken breast. My husband could eat a grilled chicken breast with a side of veggies every night for dinner, but I will not allow this kind of behavior in my house.
This past Sunday, I meal-planned for the week before doing my grocery shopping. Wednesday night was set for grilled chicken and asparagus (womp-womp). These words began to haunt me as Wednesday evening approached. When I got home from work and pulled out all of my ingredients to begin, I said to myself: YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS. So I looked in the fridge, saw some prosciutto and decided to dress this chicken up a bit so I could actually enjoy it. When I was done and took my first bite, I gave myself a fist-pump and marked this dish down as a victory.
To all of my fellow plain-chicken-haters out there, give this one a try.
I've been making a lot of tuna salad lately to eat for lunch throughout the work week, but there's only so much tuna salad you can eat before you get burned out. So I decided to switch it up and try making salmon salad. I am LOVING this new recipe. It is so quick and easy - you can make it at night and eat it for lunch the next day, or even throw all the ingredients together in your office kitchen and enjoy it right then. It's that simple. There is no mayo in this recipe, so it's extra light and fresh. Eat it with crackers, on a sandwich, over lettuce, with a fork... just eat it, and thank me later.
Original recipe from Barefoot Contessa
Chinese food is a go-to in my house for lazy, fat Sundays when we have no shame for eating until we're in pain, pretty much the entire day. I tend to associate Chinese food with unhealthy eating...but fear no more! This cleaned up version of Kung Pao chicken has earned its way to "week night dinner rotation" status. Bonus points: 20 minutes start to finish, plus Whole30- and paleo-approved!
Recipe from Fit Foodie Finds
One of my favorite healthy weeknight meals is these pulled pork lettuce cup tacos. I use my crockpot balsamic pork tenderloin recipe (HERE!) and load big lettuce cups with the shredded pork and as many delicious toppings as I can find in my fridge (typically avocado, cabbage, jalapenos and salsa).
Almost every time I go eat Mexican food, I order tacos with rice and beans. When I'm trying to eat healthy at home, but still want to feel like I'm indulging in great Mexican food, I make cauliflower rice and roasted veggies to go along side my lettuce cup tacos. Cauliflower rice is a GREAT alternative to regular rice. It honestly tastes so good. Overall, this is a really easy, healthy and delicious meal that won't steer you wrong.
CROCKPOT BALSAMIC PULLED PORK
Recipe previously posted - click here!
CAULIFLOWER RICE - Thanks to The Defined Dish (one of my fav food blogs!) for such a quick and easy recipe: