Put down your chips and open up your laptop, because you're about to order some amazing snacks from Graze.com! A few months ago I ordered a trial box and absolutely loved the snacks I was sent! Graze has 100+ snacks and countless snack combinations for you! My box had Super Kale & Edamame, Booster Seeds, Zesty Lime and Red Pepper Salsa with wholemeal pita chips, and White Chocolate dip and Wild Blueberry toasts. Naturally I devoured the white chocolate dip and blueberry toasts first! The dip was velvety perfection- a far cry from the gritty, overly-sweet white chocolate that I'm use to.
And of course I had to dig into the salsa and pita chips afterwards. I'm a chips and salsa girl through and through, so this fun take on a snacking classic was delicious! The salsa packed a punch with its flavor and it was so nice to have a think, pita chip to dip with. But the one snack I obviously need to order EVERY. SINGLE. TIME, is the Super Kale and Edamame. I was hesitant when I opened my box and saw the snack pack, but once I pulled back the label and took a few bites, it was all over! If you think you won't like kale chips and edamame, think again! I already have a love for kale but had never had edamame before. After a few nibbles of the perfectly seasoned, crunchy soybeans (edamame = boiled soybeans) I decided they weren't so scary after all! They're obviously a huge hit with other Grazers because they're currently out of stock on the company's website. :(
If you're anything like me and are on the hunt for deliciously healthy snacks, look no further! Graze gets five stars from me! They have everything from sweet to savory, crunchy to chewy, and even fun foods like miso soup and popcorn! If you're not into the whole "monthly subscription box" thing, you can still shop for snacks in the GrazeShop.
If my photos and snacking details haven't enticed you enough, feel free to use my code [MARGOS32P] at checkout if you're wanting to try it for the first time. When you sign up using my code you'll receive a FREE 4 snack sample box (like the pictures above)!
*This post was not sponsored by Graze and all opinions and images are my own. Just sharing a tasty snack I enjoy!
This is the first meal I've cooked in a few weeks and I was practically salivating while it was on the stove top! I paired my new favorite cut of meat, chicken thighs, with a black beans and stirred up a quick kale+quinoa salad to go along with it.
The prep time for this meal varies. I chose to marinate my chicken for three days in order to heighten the flavor! Cook time is about 75 minutes if pan broiling, but you can cook the chicken however you'd like. I steamed one cup of kale, one box of Near East Rosemary & Olive Oil quinoa, and warmed my (canned) black beans in the microwave for about 45 seconds before plating.
I decided to pan broil my four chicken thighs instead of broiling them in the oven. Simply add a bit of olive oil to a skillet on medium to high heat. Place your chicken in and let cook for about 10 minutes uncovered. After 10 minutes, I turned them over, covered with a top and let cook/simmer for 30 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. All in all, I let my chicken cook for about 60-75 minutes, covered on medium heat. Cook quinoa according to instruction and steam kale for about 10 minutes max on low to medium heat.
To make the salad, simply toss the steamed kale in a bowl with a bit of olive oil, crushed red pepper (for a little heat-- but it's totally optional) and about 3/4 cup of quinoa. Mix together well. This should be more than enough for a single serving during dinner!
This recipe, like most that I throw together, is fairly simple and open to your own interpretation! Cook your chicken however you'd like, add extra veggies to the salad, and choose whatever other side you'd like. Enjoy!
I know what you're thinking-- No cupcake or cookie recipe? Not today my friend. I'm switching things up and sharing what it's been like on the journey to a healthier diet! I'm only a few weeks in but I can already feel a difference.
At the beginning of this year I participated in a 21 day sugar fast and I can definitely tell a difference in the way I eat and digest things now. After the 21 days, it was hard to go back to snacking on sweet things. I no longer had it in me to consume 3 chocolate chip cookies in one sitting. And it wasn't just sweet treats that made me feel off, it was dairy too! My stomach would be in so much pain after I finished a bowl of cereal or ate any type of ice cream or yogurt. So, to make things better on my stomach and put a fresh spring in my step, I'm making an attempt at gradually ditching sugar & dairy!
But here's the thing, when you remove something from your life, diet, or whatever it may be, you have to fill that space with something else. It's not enough to just reduce my artificial sugar or dairy intake alone, I have to fill in those gaps! And I've decided to fill them with lots of fresh fruits & greens, lean proteins, and healthy grains.
Sundays are for lovers and beignets are too! Heck, they're good enough for every day of the week if I'm being honest. Wanna know a funny story?
My first trip to New Orleans was in January 2015 after spending a few days in Baton Rouge checking out graduate school programs with my best friend. Even though it was crazy cold, we still wandered around the French Quarter. We made a stop into Cafe Du Monde to pick up beignets but unbeknownst to me, they only accept cash! Like most millennials, I only had my debit card. I kind of sulked out and I even shed a few tears! My best friend gave me one of those "stop crying, we'll go to an ATM and get cash" looks. And that's exactly what we did! We went back and picked up a double order of beignets and hot chocolate! *I know it may seem trivial, but whenever I visit a new place I try to do all the touristy stuff the first time around so the next visit allows me more opportunity to try new things!
Now that you've stopped laughing at me crying over beignets, I've got a few picks to show you just how easy it is to make these French donuts at home!
Learning to cook has been a trying journey for me. From tasteless cupcakes, to undercooked chicken, I've taken quite a few losses in the kitchen. But it's funny how the moment you stop trying, you magically develop your own style! Over the past five months, I've had a lot of time on my hands to play around in the kitchen. I've made everything from fresh chicken noodle soup to fresh blueberry muffins from scratch. The best part about letting your imagination run wild in the kitchen is that you can take a recipe and its ingredients and turn it into whatever your little heart desires.
With Valentine's Day only a little more than a week away I thought it would be exciting to share this easy to make sugar cookie recipe with you! I used this sugar cookie recipe but decided to wing it on the cookie style/design. Like the recipe says, these taste nearly identical to Pillsbury's seasonal sugar cookies. I LOVE Pillsbury's seasonal sugar cookies so much that I tend to buy at least 5 boxes of cookies at a time. By the time I bring them home and bake them, I've already eaten about two dozen. *No shame in my game!
Keeping in theme with the holiday, I decided to use heart and lip cookie cutters I found at my local Hobby Lobby store. They were less than $4 + 30% off!
*Baking tip: Bake your cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. The cookies bake much more evenly and slide right off with no problems!
Now time for the fun part! Decorating!! You can decorate your cookies anyway you want. Sprinkles, frosting, glaze, fancy, simple- you name it, you can do it! I quickly whipped up a vanilla buttercream frosting (1 stick butter, 2 Cups powdered sugar, 1-2 Tbsp. vanilla extract, a couple dashes of heavy whipping cream) and split it in half so I could have both white and red frosting. And after that, it was time to decorate!
Sprinkles, sprinkles, and more sprinkles!
Cookies, cakes, candies, and chocolates are hands down the best part of Valentine's Day! I'll be devouring these pretties tonight! Enjoy!
Simple. That's how I like my foods. Only ketchup and mustard on my cheeseburgers. No tomatoes in my salads. And I only take mustard (sometimes BBQ sauce) on my hotdogs. There's nothing complicated when it comes to my cooking. And that's exactly how this beans and rice recipe is I whipped up earlier this week.
- black beans (canned or dried)
- brown rice
- quinoa (I used a Harmony blend)
- sausage (I used Andouille)
This beans and rice remix is super simple to make and definitely sticks to your bones--perfect for those cold winter nights. The great thing about this recipe remix is that you can switch up the ingredients to your liking! If you don't care for black beans, try pinto. If you want red quinoa, go for it! Chicken sausage instead of Andouille? Be my guest! It's all up to you and your taste buds.
Cook all of the ingredients accordingly and combine to create this awesome and tasty dish! Enjoy!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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