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Do you know what this weekend is?

Apr 20, 2016 by

Do you know what this weekend is?

I am so excited for Sunday night. Are you?

I’m a super nerd. I know this. However, I’ve been marking weeks off my calendar in preparation of the new season of Game of Thrones. Those of you who know a bit about the story and follow my blog might be a little bit surprised by my obsession given the violence encapsulated in this story….but if you can get past that, the story line is addicting, the character development is fabulous and I am totally engrossed in the “what’s going to happen next” feeling I get as I watch it.

Not only that, but it is something that my husband and I like to do together. We love to get comfortable on the couch and line the coffee table full of yummy snacks as we discuss what happened in the last episode and make predictions about what will happen next. In the past we’ve even held a GOT premiere party with all of our friends, eating themed snacks in preparation for the show to air. Nerdy? Yes, but so much fun.

Premiere party ideas for Game of Thrones! #gameofthrones #GOT #excited Click To Tweet

So, if you’re wanting to throw your own GOT party let me recommend these incredibly yummy Lemon Cakes in honor of Sansa Stark. This was such an easy recipe and I loved both making and eating them. Especially eating them. Let me know what you think.

 

Game of Thrones Food| Sansa Stark's Lemon Cakes | www.lovetheeveryday.com

 

Do you have any TV shows to recommend that you love to watch with your spouse?

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Crockpot Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup

May 18, 2015 by

Crockpot Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup

I just love Crockpot recipes. There is something so peaceful in knowing that there is a batch of something yummy simmering away in the slow cooker while I’m at work. Coming home to a healthy and easy meal is one of life’s simple pleasures.

This week I made a really wonderful Sausage and Lentil Soup in my crockpot. It was a super easy week night dinner idea that made both my husband and I happy. I had enough leftovers to take to work for lunch the next day and it was even better the next day! It is also super healthy and filling,  so it’s a win-win.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 64 oz of chicken or vegetable stock. (I used Costco brand chicken stock)
  • 1 -can diced tomatoes
  • 1- can black beans (rinsed)
  • 2 Cups Dry Green Lentils
  • 2 cups chopped and de-stemmed Kale
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • about 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 lb. crumbled and cooked sausage, drain grease off first by cooling on a paper towel (use your favorite kind)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar

Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup in the Crockpot | www.lovetheeveryday.comThis is so easy:

1. Place carrots, celery, garlic, canned tomatoes, canned beans, lentils, sausage, bay leaves, thyme, cumin, pepper, salt, and garlic salt into crockpot.

2.  Pour Chicken or Veggie Stock over everything and stir gently.

3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.

4. About 15- 20 minutes before eating add chopped Kale and vinegar to crockpot. Stir. Place the lid back on and allow to cook for those last few minutes to properly wilt kale.

5. Enjoy with salad and fresh bread. Or topped with a dollop of sour cream. Yum!

 

 

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Be Gone Boring Chicken! Hello: Weight Loss!

May 13, 2015 by

Be Gone Boring Chicken! Hello: Weight Loss!

 

In our house we are trying to make healthy eating choices this month. But, with my lack of self-discipline and both working 40+ hours a week we are really struggling! Also there are things like cookies and cupcakes that are constantly calling my name…

Chicken Meal Ideas www.lovetheeveryday.com


 

Getting Bikini Ready:

I want to be able to lose a little weight before my friend’s wedding at the end of the month. We are also planning a vacation in June so I’d like to be bikini ready before then. All that being said, we have been eating a whole lot of chicken lately. I’m getting so bored of chicken, so I set out to find some yummy chicken recipes that will make my tummy and my waistline happy.

We found fresh, new chicken meal ideas! #weeknight #dinner #weightloss Click To Tweet

 

Pineapple Chicken Quinoa Salad

I’m immediately drawn to recipes that are easy, or that use some of our weekly staples anyway. In our house we eat a ton of quinoa and so this recipe over at Layers of Happiness which combines my love of quinoa with a sweetly satisfying pineapple addition made me super happy. Jen and Emily have a bazillion more yummy looking dishes I want to test drive too! I can’t wait to try this one. And, it only takes about 20 minutes to make which is my kind of meal! This looks perfect for lunches!

Check this recipe out at www.layersofhappiness.com

Check this recipe out at www.layersofhappiness.com

 


 

Hummus Crusted Chicken

Then I stumbled across Sara’s blog which details her weight loss journey and her healthy lifestyle choices. I love this hummus crusted chicken idea, and although she chooses to make her own hummus in the recipe, for ease of weeknight meal prep I will most likely use the hummus we already have in the fridge. Yum!

Check out Sara's weight loss journey at http://saraestakeley.blogspot.com

Check out Sara’s weight loss journey at http://saraestakeley.blogspot.com


 

Buffalo Chicken Chili

Lastly, this week I’m going to give this Buffalo Chicken Chili a try. Tammy at Organize Yourself Skinny makes it sound so easy and so yummy! She’s also got a bunch of other ideas, tips and recipes for healthy living and is super inspirational!

I’m going to work on adapting it so that I can turn it into a Crockpot Recipe instead of one that I have to prepare when I get home from work. Although I do like the idea of making it ahead and turning it into a freezer meal as well.

buffalo chicken chili

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Khaleesi’s Dragon Eggs (Scotch Eggs)

Apr 14, 2015 by

Khaleesi’s Dragon Eggs (Scotch Eggs)

You may now call me the Kitchen Khaleesi.

I mentioned that I also made Dragon Eggs for the Game of Thrones Season 5 opening episode, in addition to my yummy Lemon Cakes. We were, perhaps, a little bit excited about the new season and are completely obsessed with GOT so we wanted to enjoy our all day marathon of the show with appropriately themed snacks. I think Daenerys Targaryen would be proud.

You will need:
2 lbs of your favorite pork sausage (we used a local hot Italian sausage for ours.)
6 hard-boiled and peeled eggs
1 egg slightly beaten
2 cups bread crumbs (we used panko because I love them)
1 cup flour
Salt, pepper, spices to taste
Olive oil


 

Dragon Eggs | Scotch Eggs | Easy Game of Thrones Reciepes

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Divide the sausage into 6 equal parts and pat each into round flat disc. (Think: small meat pancake.)

3. Dip each peeled, hard-boiled egg in water and then lightly coat in flour.
4. Place each in center of meat patty and wrap patty entirely around egg, encapsulating it in sausage. This takes a little finesse. Make sure to pinch the meat together so that it completely encloses the egg. Once it’s completely wrapped you can press the sausage firmly around the egg to make sure that there is no air between the egg and meat layers. Squeeze firmly to ensure that the sausage stays in place during cooking.

 

 

Scotch Eggs, Dragon Eggs, Game of Thrones themed food

5. Then, roll each sausage ball into the flour coating. (I seasoned the flour with seasoned salt and pepper first).
6. Then dip the sausage ball into the beaten egg.
7. Roll the sausage into the bread crumbs.

Scotch Eggs. Dragon's Eggs, Party Food

8. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake of 30 minutes. (Turn once during baking.)

9. Once you remove them from the oven, if they are not crisped to your liking you can toss them into a hot frying pan with a tablespoon of olive oil to brown the outside. This leaves the coating crunchy and yummy.

10. Serve hot or cold with mustard or your favorite dipping sauce. Yum!

 

Scotch Eggs, Dragon's Eggs, Game of Thrones Inspired Food

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10-Minute Avocado Pasta Dinner

Feb 24, 2015 by

10-Minute Avocado Pasta Dinner

Easy Weeknight Avocado Pasta | www.lovetheeveryday.comSo I have an obsession with avocados. All that healthy fatty goodness and no-cholesterol-flavorful happiness. You can cut them in half and they become adorable little bowls just ready to be stuffed with tuna salad, or chili, or something with bacon, **God I love bacon**.

I have been on an avocado smoothie kick lately, too. I’m not kidding, chocolate protein powder, banana and avocado is so incredibly yummy. Try it! Seriously. Smoothies. Yes.

I’ve added avocado to brownies, and use it in place of mayo on my sandwiches. I’m addicted. I’ve been known to eat avocado-something for all three meals of the day. Can we just say that I get intense cravings for scrambled eggs with bacon and avocado… It’s also high in protein and keeps me from getting mid-morning munchies. Yum.
My avocado love runs almost as deep as my recent scallop obsession, which is a rant for another time. Long story short, I pinned this recipe on Pinterest a few months ago, and it has gotten like half a billion repins (or 239) since then! I figured I should probably give it a whirl myself given I love pasta and easy weeknight dinner ideas.

I used my nutribullet to blend the ingredients for the “sauce” and tossed it with hot angel hair pasta (because angel hair cooks so fast and also happens to be my favorite, but I suppose you could use any pasta.)avocado and spinach pasta Creamy weeknight Avocado pasta | www.lovetheeveryday.com
So, into the nutribullet, or food processor, goes:
1 full, ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
Lemon juice (about half a lemon squeezed)
1 cup of fresh spinach
1/3 cup pasta water
Cracked black pepper, salt, basil to taste
(I added a splash of the white wine I was having for dinner too).
I then, simply, tossed the hot pasta with a tablespoon of butter and added the avocado mixture until fully coated, topped it with parm and mozzarella, and yum! I sat down to eat this with a glass of wine in under fifteen minutes. The longest part of this meal was boiling the water! So easy and so yummy! Creamy 10-minute Pasta Dish with Avocado | www.lovetheeveryday.com | This was so yummy and so simple. This will be a go-to meal in our house!
This was hearty and filling and so good! I’ll be making this regularly from now on.
avocado easy pasta meal | so yummy and so simple, this is going to be a staple in our home from now on! | www.lovetheeveryday.com
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