Is it really over?!

I’m guessing that summer is officially over. If today’s weather is any indication, I think it is officially time for me to start cooking again. Have I told you how much I LOVE Brooklyn summers? Oh I have? I also racked up some frequent flyer miles this summer. I tried to remember to take pictures of my most epic eats, but sometimes I was just too busy chewing to stop and break out my camera. Please forgive me. Down below are some (and probably very few) of this summer’s most epic eats.

Dallas, TX
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Orlando, FL
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The Dessert Lady! First seen here. Just as good as i remember.

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Jeremiah’s Italian Ice! Perfect for that insane southern heat.

Brooklyn, NY
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As you can tell, I will probably NEVER be a vegetarian. Random fact: My dad is a vegetarian.

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Alabama Chicken Taco, BBQ Short Rib Taco, and BBQ Pork Slider that I shared with Mama Suite. All from the Mexicue food truck in Grand Army Plaza. Truth: their BBQ Short Rib Taco might just change your life.

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I love dumplings. I love pork. Pork & Chinese Chive Dumplings with soy sesame dip. I now love Rickshaw.

* I always stayed away from food trucks in the past. I always thought that food trucks would inevitably lead to me taking shots of Pepto Bismol, breaking out into a cold sweat and quite possibly curled into fetal position on my bathroom floor. I was pleasantly surprised by the fresh ingredients used on both trucks and I am now happily stalking them on twitter.

San Juan, PR

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Breakfast sandwiches from a tiny spot in San Juan. Obviously I ate more than a sandwich, but my mouth got to it before my camera.

I also had pics of interesting fruit (sugar apple) and an avocado the size of my forearm from my week in Antigua. But my camera ate the pics ={.

Until next year summer! Our love affair is strong.

Brown Sugar Chicken

I promise that I’m not stalking Jenna. Actually, this isn’t the first time I made her 30 minute lemon brown sugar chicken and it was just as perfect as I remember. It’s like the perfect mixture of sweet and tart. I never would have thought to put brown sugar on chicken breast, which is funny really because I pretty much put brown sugar on everything else. I paired it with cheesy spaghetti, clearly I’m obsessed, and mixed veggies. NOTHING can out shine the chicken! Make it and then send Jenna a gift.

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I am a messy cook. Do you see that counter? (i got flour INSIDE the dishwasher. Que?)

I’m also pretty sure this chicken was on steroids. Do you see the size of that ONE chicken breast?!

This chicken is awesome. That is all

Creole Chicken & Okra

I’m not sure what my current obsession with Clean Eating magazine is, but I like it. Sadly I’ve been getting Clean Eating for a few months now, and though month after month I flip through the pages excitedly I rarely make anything. Confession, the first time I tried okra I HATED it. It was weird. It was slimy. It was slippery. I could only get down half a piece before giving up. Maybe I had bad okra? Either way this recipe completely changed my perception. Okra is, in fact, delicious. I have been making a conscious effort to stay away from processed food and Clean Eating is making it surprisingly easy.

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I pretty much followed the recipe step by step, so unfortunately I can’t post it. But I promise that it was delicious.

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You can never have too much hot sauce. Ever. Hot sauce is a gift from the heavens. True story.

More clean eating recipes here and here.

30 Minute Meal: Chicken Alfredo

Sorry for being MIA, but when your laptop crashes losing everything that you think is important in life, you kind of freak out. I’m currently working off of my netbook. It’s convenient  for little things but not my favorite way to blog, ya know? It was completely gross here in NYC today. Cold and wet. Super sexy. My first thought was chili but realized that would be a bit more time-consuming than I’d like. After staring into my open fridge I settled on Chicken Alfredo! It wasn’t super sophisticated. I didn’t make my alfredo sauce from scratch. But it was delicious none the less.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a lot of background noise in this pic. Sorry.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Alfredo Sauce, Broccoli, Seasoned Chicken Breast and Minced Garlic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic sautéed with cooking spray.

Add chicken. While that’s cooking, boil water for the pasta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When chicken is cooked and juices run clear-add 2cups of fresh broccoli (I find that frozen broccoli waters down everything). Cover pot and allow broccoli to steam. Add the sauce, about 3/4ths of the jar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I added 1 heaping teaspoon of jerk seasoning. It gives the dish a little more flavor and pack an unexpected punch. Plus I love anything with spice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All done! From fridge to bowl in 30mins. It was awesome.

5 Ingredient Fix: General Tso’s Chicken

Last night, I dragged myself into the house after a long day in the library. It was raining and completely gross outside. The thought of ordering Chinese crossed my mind, but I’ve been trying to ween myself off of the fried salty goodness.  I opened the fridge and just stared inside hoping that something would jump out at me. I bought a bottle of General Tso’s grilling/dipping sauce a few days ago and it seemed like the perfect way to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5: 1cp white rice ( or whatever you prefer), broccoli, 2 seasoned chicken breast, minced garlic, and General Tso’s grilling/dipping sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add a hefty spoon of garlic, if you’re a garlic lover like me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add chicken, salt and pepper, cook until juices run clear. Add broccoli towards the end, cover pot and allow it  to steam for a few minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add General Tso’s sauce and allow to simmer. Serve over rice. Nom nom nom. Quick, delicious and easy.

Set it and forget it!

Remember that infomercial? I can’t even remember what product it was for, but in this instance I’m referring to my slow cooker. I woke up with chicken burritos on my mind but didn’t want to invest a lot of time into it. So I used a slow cooker chicken burrito recipe from weight watchers and made some, okay maybe a lot, of tweaks. I decided to use what I had on hand instead of making a special trip to the grocery. I think it came out really well and the whole dish was only 7 points (if you’re on weight watchers then this makes total sense to you, if not believe me the recipe is still good).

Subs:

*tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes

*white onion instead of red

*I had red beans but I just decided to go with black

*1 can of green chilies

*Trader Joes enchilada sauce

*1 packet of sazon mixed with 3/4cp boiling water instead of chicken broth

mix everything then add chicken breast

Pour sazon mixture over chicken breast (right?)

set it and forget it!

return 5 hrs later- shred chicken with 2 forks add sour cream and cheese. FEAST!