Happy weekend! Once a week Mike and I have a cheat meal. Typically we go for Italian on these days. Last weekend it was Chicken fingers with mashed potatoes and gravy. We do this for two reasons. One – to congratulate ourselves for a week of clean eating and hard work and two – to remind us why we love eating clean. Once you go paleo – we have found that our stomachs and bodies just don’t handle the foods we use to love to eat. Saturday’s cheat meal was homemade and my favorite dish to make and consume and has been since I was a child! This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember. If I’m ever asked to make a meal, this is most likely what I make. Everyone who has ever had this dish has been blown away and goes back for more. This was my first time making it for Mike and telling by the amount of it he devoured and his words, he loved every bite. The menu consisted of California lasagna, spinach casserole, garlic bread and brownies. The brownies were a box mix so don’t get excited about a new brownie recipe to add to your repertoire just yet! Here are the needed ingredients: Continue reading
I love wine and everyone knows it. I enjoy a glass just about every night. I am preferential to red, but experiment with lighter wines in the summer on really warm days. This past November my boyfriend’s family planned a long weekend in Atlantic City. My one request was to visit a winery. Here is where we discovered Renault Winery. http://www.renaultwinery.com/winery/?page=our-winery.php located in Egg Harbor City, NJ. Learning about the winery was incredible interesting. It is over a century and a half old and at one point Nucky Thompson (Johnson in real life) financed it’s continuance through prohibition by selling Tonics. The winery is known for it’s blueberry champagne, made with fresh blueberry juice. I must say, it is delicious! However, the champagne is not my favorite take away from this charming place. My heart belongs to Cynthiana. They describe this wine to have a plum licorice flavor and it is French oaked. My typical price point when buying a bottle of wine is more than $10 but less than $15. If I am feeling crazy, or it is a special occasion, I might spend up to $20. I do feel that the pricier the wine, the better taste, but when I am drinking alone, which usually on weeknights I am, I do not care, for all intensive purposes, wine will be wine. Cynthiana is the most expensive wine I have purchased at a large price of $34.99 http://www.renaultwinery.com/shop/. I have been to wineries in Greece, and enjoyed many wines with the Romans in Italy and the Cynthiana hands down takes the cake. Quite a surprise that I would find my favorite thus far in NJ, so close to home! Renault does not produce at large and only sells their wine directly from the winery or via their website. This just makes it that much more special. Photo above is my Cynthiana stocking stuffer from Mike, which I plan to open on a special night. If you ever venture towards Atlantic City, I highly suggest dropping by Renault, playing a round of golf, and picking up some blueberry bubbly and Cynthiana!
I love http://www.juicegeneration.com in NYC. They do things the way that a juice bar should. Places like Jamba and smoothie king upset me. Yeah, their smoothies are delicious! It’s because they just aren’t good for you. It’s time to wake up, smell the greens, and learn to love what’s good for your body. Juice Generation tells you every ingredient in the smoothie, and they are pure, clean goodness. I have been eating my version of paleo (post coming soon) for close to a year. I have to admit, I am bored with chicken. There are just some nights where I rather not eat. I have such a hard time coming up with ideas for dinner, especially since Mike only eats one vegetable, spinach, and no seafood. So tonight, I decided to make a replica of my favorite Juice Generation smoothie, Mr. Greengenes. I understand that green smoothies scare a lot of people. I am sure at one point I was also scared. I am one of the lucky few who came out of the womb loving vegetables. In fact my favorite baby food I have been told was spinach. therefore, I have a high tolerance for anything green, and even enjoy wheat grass shots. I know that these tid bits do not make me a reliable source on where this particular smoothie falls on the green tolerance scale, but trust me when I say, if you want to start drinking green, this is the smoothie to start with. The ingredients help this add up to a sweet, creamy delicious treat in which you will hardly notice the green flavors. Continue reading