Making dinner on weeknights and meal planning is definitely not one of my strengths. However, preparing healthy and delicious things in an uncomplicated way is a priority. I recognize this dilemma and have accepted that I need to keep things as simple as possible when making healthy meals at home. I've tried numerous food delivery services and have enjoyed quite a few of them. The latest one might be the greatest. Fresh Realm sent over one of their reusable vessels full of prepped ingredients to make the meals I chose. Love that the vessel was sleek and kept everything cool. I didn't have enough light to take good photos of it, but trust me on this one, it actually made the unpacking of the ingredients enjoyable.
In an attempt to have dinner waiting on the table for JC when he got home from work, I started cooking as soon as I got home from the studio. Of course he came back a bit earlier than normal so he took over showing me how to properly slice the shallots. As you may know, I am not the best in the kitchen, but I try. And JC is a great cook and I am quite a good eater. The process of making this was fun, even though you may be unable to tell that from the expression on my face. There's a discount code at the bottom of this post if you want to check out Fresh Realm for yourself!
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A couple weeks ago, Lauren Toyota from Hot For Food stayed in our guest house. Although I had just met her in Chicago at the end of April when we were both on a panel at Google Chicago, it felt like we had known one another much longer than 2 months. Lauren showed up to our house on Monday morning and I decided pretty much on the spot that I would try to eat vegan for a day. I had only had a green smoothie (we don't use any dairy in our smoothies, just fruits, veggies and juice) and black coffee. I've been consciously trying to eat healthier - I had some health issues in April that threw me off quite a bit and I wasn't working out. I'm trying to eat a more plant based diet, although I don't have any intentions of becoming a vegetarian anytime soon. I'm always up for challenges that are fun and since Lauren offered to cook at least one meal for us, I knew I could probably pull off 24 hours. I also wanted to learn about healthier options and substitutions and test my willpower to prove to myself that I could do it. So grateful to Lauren for so many things - we had an awesome time with her here. We worked in the studio, went out for some meals, ate amazing dinners t home and just hung out. It was awesome having her and Jack took quite a liking to her as well. I took a lot of video but hardly any photos. Trust me, everything we ate was SO good. And I am definitely choosing to have hazelnut milk with my coffee when it's available. Check out whether or not I survived being vegan for 48 hours in this video...
I'm also going to be checking out more of Lauren's recipes because she claims it's all easy and since I know for a fact it was all delicious, maybe we will start having a couple vegan meals a week. You can see the video of what she ate in LA. You can also watch us making her tee shirt and her trying out crafting in the studio here.
While visiting LA from Atlanta, we were fortunate enough to see our dear sweet friend Amy. And, we were even more fortunate that she wanted to cook with us! How fun!! We decided to bake Molton Lava Cakes, one of our favorite treats that my 10 year old, Alice, loves to make. What is so great about these cakes is that they are gluten free, made with only real foods that include low glycemic flours (to help keep blood sugar spikes at bay). The ooey gooey chocolate will make you forget they are actually Paleo friendly.
Anyway, this recipe is one of the treats in the “Sweet Treats” chapter of my new book Super Paleo Snacks. All of my recipes are gluten free, most are low glycemic (for sustained energy), many are nut-free (even excluding the nut free section) and most take under 15 minutes to prepare! They have to or I wouldn't make them!! The chapters are broken out into different times of the day so you can use the right snacks to your benefit. The chapters include snacks for: At Home At Work/School Pre-workout/Exercise/Sports On-the-Road (For commuting, carpool or road trips) Nut Free Sweet Treats.
Below are a few pictures of some of the snacks that will be in the book. What’s so fun about these recipes is that while you will see something like “brownies” in the snack book, you will learn that brownies don’t have to be just for desserts or special occasions. Brownie CAN be a great snack, if they are low in sugar and high in healthy fats and protein!
Mulit-talented woman! What can't she do? Seriously!!
To quote Amy: "MMMMmmmmm". Enough said.
And sweet Jack loved them too. And being the adorable, sweet, polite little guy that he is, he tried to share his with Alice. The ladies are going to love him!!! Amy, you better get ready!!
Thank you Amy and Jack for baking with us! We had a blast!
Thanks Amy for allowing us to share our Molton Lava cakes with your fabulous audience!!
That was so much fun. Thank YOU, Landria for sharing your amazingly delicious recipes with all of us! Excited to try more recipes from Super Paleo Snacks soon!
PS - Want to get better at what you love to do? Craftsy is having a 50% off flash sale on selected popular classes. I'll be enrolling personally in some cooking and cake decorating classes after I thoroughly enjoyed my little session with Landria and Alice. There's also plenty of papercrafting classes available including my Travel Scrapbooking class! Sale ends on Sunday 4/12.
This little guy loves going on adventures and dining out, just like his parents. So last week we decided to step out of the studio and welcome Jamie to the team with a lunch at Gjelina. An insider tip is to put your name on the list first - we arrived at 12:45 and were told a table for 3 would be about 25 minutes. Then feel free to wander the awesomeness that is Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice. It turned out to be the perfect amount of time to walk over to our favorite paper place, Urbanic. More on our visit there next week! We always usually order a bunch of things to share. This time was no exception, so we got the kale salad, fries and mushroom pizza. Turns out Jack loved trying fries for the first time, and enjoyed the mushrooms as well. I also brought him snacks and a go-go squeeze because he loves his fruits.I miss being able to walk or bike to Abbot Kinney, but am really glad one of my favorite streets is still just a short drive away. And because I was full and Jack was getting antsy, I completely forgot to order my favorite dessert ever, the butterscotch pot de creme. Next time, Jamie! Photos by Jamie Waters