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Sriracha Roasted Broccoli

Hey, hey Wednesday people!¬†I’ve finally mastered this Sriracha Roasted Broccoli recipe and I can’t wait to share it with you today!

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Travis and I first had a similar recipe on a seasonal menu at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Misfit, in Santa Monica. (Not sure I’ve mentioned them enough on the blog ūüėČ )

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We both¬†loved their spicy charred broccoli after one bite! Admittedly, their version was a tad too spicy for me, so I’ve toned down the heat in this version. If you like your food¬†extra hot, feel free to up the sriracha in the recipe.

If you love sriracha, then you'll love this Sriracha Roasted Broccoli Recipe! Healthy side dish recipe that takes just 20 minutes to make.  ll Vegan, Low Sugar, Low Carb, with a Gluten-Free Option ll healthy side dish, healthy broccoli recipe, sriracha broccoli. ll

We paired this roasted broccoli with Honey-Soy Glazed Chicken made in the slow cooker, but it would be great alongside fish or tofu as well.

If you love sriracha, then you'll love this Sriracha Roasted Broccoli Recipe! Healthy side dish recipe that takes just 20 minutes to make.  ll Vegan, Low Sugar, Low Carb, with a Gluten-Free Option ll healthy side dish, healthy broccoli recipe, sriracha broccoli. ll

I hope you guys love¬†this recipe. It’s definitely going to be on regular rotation in our house!


Sriracha-Roasted Broccoli
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Serves: 2-3
  • 1.5 Tablespoons extra‚Äďvirgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb. broccoli crowns and peeled stems
  1. Preheat the oven to 425¬į. In a large bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, sriracha, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey and garlic. Add the broccoli to the bowl and toss to coat.
  2. Spread the broccoli mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Roast for 10 minutes, then remove from oven, flip and turn on the broiler. Broil the broccoli for 4-5 minutes more, until the edges are crisp.

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Planning my 2016 Goals and Resolutions

Happy 2016!

I hope you guys had a great night on NYE whether you went out or stayed in. We spent NYE¬†at our friend’s house, celebrating with delicious food and, of course, plenty of champagne.

Travis and I kept things pretty low-key during the day on January 1st.

Bessie Sleeping

Keeping with our recent New Year’s Day tradition,¬†we got brunch¬†at one of our¬†favorite local restaurants, The Misfit. There may or may not have been mimosas involved.. and it was just as delicious as always.

After that we came home, relaxed, ordered take-out from Canter’s Deli¬†(both Travis and my favorite “treat meal”)¬†and watched a movie on the couch with Bessie. It was a perfect day off of work, indeed.

Canter's Deli Pastrami Sandwich

As I look ahead to 2016, there is¬†so much I want to do and accomplish. For the first time since high school I decided to buy a paper planner. I consider myself a very organized person, and for the last 8-ish years I’ve really just used iCal on my computer and iPhone to make sure I stay on top of upcoming events, deadlines, bills, etc.

It’s worked really well, but one thing I haven’t been good about is accomplishing long-term to-dos that I¬†think¬†about, but never jot down.

Paper Planner - 2016 Goals

I am excited to use this paper planner to keep track of yearly goals whether it be fitness-related, for Little Chef Big Appetite, financial, etc. Over the weekend, I spent some time jotting down notes for January and I already feel so excited about the coming month (and the months to follow).

I am definitely someone who gets really happy when I get to physically cross something off a to-do list (tell me I am not the only one!), so my hope is that by writing down all of these goals, I will stick to them better than I would if they were listed in my phone.

Farmer's Market Carrots

Now, before I leave you, I thought I’d share a few posts that might be of interest if you’re jumping on the healthy bandwagon for 2016!

How I Meal Plan (Great tips to guarantee a healthy week ahead!)

5 Tips to Help You Workout in the Morning (before work or school)

How to Make Steel-cut Oats Overnight (Prep a big batch at the beginning of the week!)


Have a great week, guys! Talk soon!

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Weekend Recap

Hello friends! How was your weekend? Mine was great! We had plans to go away for a short trip, but our plans changed at the last minute.

It ended up being fine because we had an activity-packed non-stop weekend!

Friday night neither of us felt like cooking, so after 20 minutes of debating what to eat, we decided to head to The Misfit, our favorite local restaurant. We started our meal with a couple of drinks off the happy hour menu and then defaulted to a few of our favorite menu items.
The Misfit Santa Monica

Saturday morning Bessie woke me up VERY early by licking my face. I rolled over to find that she had stuck herself between our pillows, with her butt on Travis’ pillow. What a nut.


Saturday morning, after our respective workouts, we showered and headed to the Los Angeles County Museum of¬†Art (LACMA). Neither of us had been before and it’s been on our LA bucket list for quite some time.


I am fairly certain my favorite exhibit was designed for children, but I was in awe. “Metropolis” was made up of many different “roads” and “buildings” designed to look like a city. Hundreds of tiny toy cars were speeding through the streets and it seriously looked like a miniaturized city. It¬†was an amazing site to see!


That night, we had dinner reservations at one of my favorite restaurants in the city, Tagine. We were last there for our anniversary back in January, so I was REALLY excited to go back.

Tagine Restaurant

I will spare you the REALLY dark and grainy restaurant photos I tried to take. Total fail – but the meal was incredible as always. I am in love with this 12-table restaurant.


Sunday morning I was SO productive. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am quite Type A and have trouble sitting doing nothing. I was on a “get stuff done” rampage starting at 6:45AM Sunday morning (I know, god help me) – which consisted of doing ALL the laundry and cleaning out my closet. I felt so accomplished when it was finished. I packed up a big bag of clothes to sell online through ThredUp¬†(affiliate link).

In the afternoon, we headed to Los Liones Canyon for a short hike. Travis brought his GoPro to film our trek and we were both psyched to see this incredible view as we neared the top.

Los Liones Hike

When we got home from hiking, I was starving and devoured this bowl of Kashi cereal is less than one minute.

Kashi Heart to Heart

The rest of our lunch consisted of homemade turkey burgers cooked on the grill pan. So yummy!

I made a conscious effort to put my phone away after that, so this is where my photos end! Later that day we got massages (I told you it was a great weekend!), cooked dinner at home, and saw Trainwreck (which I loved!).


What was one highlight from your weekend? Have you seen Trainwreck yet?

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Travis’ Big Birthday Surprise(s)

If you’ve reading¬†for awhile, you know I love surprising people. Remember the time I surprised my brother for his birthday, or my dad back in February,¬†and the majority of my family, just last month for Passover?¬†It’s safe to say, I got my dad’s love of surprises.

Well a few months ago, I knew I wanted to make Travis’ birthday in April extra special. I started reaching out to his family and friends on the east coast, trying to arrange a surprise visit for him in LA. I was able to lock in his sister, Justine, who flew to LA from NYC on Thursday (Travis’ actual birthday). We were both SO giddy in the car when I picked her up from the airport. We kept debating whether or not Travis¬†had any clue she was coming.

A few days prior, I’d reached out to one of Travis’¬†coworkers to see if she could figure out Travis’ schedule that day. Justine and I wanted to show up to his office and surprise him. The timing worked out that Justine landed when Travis was grabbing lunch with a few coworkers, so we¬†decided to just crash their lunch. We snuck into the restaurant where they were eating, and walked right up to Travis. He just stared at us for a few seconds, completely STUNNED.¬†It was an awesome moment. After a few hugs and lots of laughter, we stayed and chatted for a bit with Travis and his coworkers. After,I drove Justine back to our place and Travis and I both went back to work.

Travis and Justine

That night, we went out to dinner to the Misfit, one of our favorite places in Santa Monica. With the menu changing seasonally, we never get bored of this place. It was a delicious meal, but even better because Justine was with us.

But Justine’s visit wasn’t the only surprise in store for Travis this weekend. For months I’ve been planning a big surprise party with all of Travis’ friends. The party was set for Saturday night at a bar in Santa Monica, just walking distance from our apartment. All of his friends¬†were in on the surprise and I was SO GLAD that no one let it slip over the course of the last few months.

Let me just say that Travis gave me more than a few panic attacks about his birthday. About a month ago, he told me that he wanted to do a big party and rent a party bus (something one of our friends had recently done). I tried to play it cool and told him that was a waste of money and we should think of something else. He pushed me for a bit, and then luckily I was able to change the conversation to something non-birthday related.

Earlier this past¬†week before Justine arrived, he told me that he wanted to invite a bunch of his friends out on¬†Saturday night and reserve a table at a bar. Again,¬†I told him that was a waste of money and unnecessary. I felt like the LAMEST girlfriend ever, telling him to NOT make plans on his birthday. Man, I am mean. I just didn’t want him putting down a deposit on something that he couldn’t take back! I still did everything in my power to make sure he wasn’t suspicious about my plans.

On Saturday, the day of the surprise, my goal was to keep Travis as busy as possible. I thought if I¬†kept him distracted, he wouldn’t be thinking about our evening plans that much. All he knew was that the three of us (Travis, Justine, me) had dinner reservations and afterwards we were going to meet our friends Kyle and Kelly at the bar, Copa D’Oro¬†in Santa Monica.

Our morning began at the vet for Bessie’s checkup. We were glad to hear that she is as healthy as can be!

Bessie Vet

After the vet, we both hit the gym and then I sent Travis to get a massage (one of his birthday gifts).

My plans to keep him distracted pretty much failed.¬†As soon as he got back from his massage, Travis started texting a few friends to see if they wanted to meet up with us after dinner. Little did he know, all of these friends were going to be at the bar waiting for him after dinner…

They all did an amazing job throwing him off, and told Travis they had alternate plans (family dinners, double dates, movies, etc.).

So that night Travis, Justine and I went to Rustic Canyon, a seasonal kitchen and wine bar in Santa Monica, at 6:30PM. Originally, I thought that the time was perfect because I had told all the guests to arrive to the bar by 8:30PM.


Well, I was wrong.  We had a problem. The food came out SO fast. Justine and I did what we could to eat slowly to kill time, but Travis, oblivious to our plans, ate as quickly as can be.

Rustic Canyon

We even tried to convince him to order dessert, knowing very well Travis doesn’t care for cake. So after dinner, we drove home¬†to drop off the car. Justine and I started trying to stall Travis any way we could. It was only 7:45PM! Justine pretended to go fix her makeup while I prepared dessert.

Since Travis doesn’t like cake, I stuck a candle in a stack of Almond Butter Cookies I’d made for him a day before. Everyone needs to blow out a candle on their birthday, right?

Cookie Candles

After, I tried convincing Travis we should have a drink at home before we went out. Nothing was working. He just REALLY wanted to leave. He was very eager to go celebrate with Kyle and Kelly.

Finally, I received a text from Kelly saying that everyone was at the bar ready to go, so I told Travis and Justine we should head out.¬†When we were one block away from the bar, I stealthily texted Kelly to warn her. We walked up to the bar’s entrance, showed the bouncer our IDs, and let Travis walk in first. He walked STRAIGHT PASSED our group, so I had to yell “Trav!” to get him to turn around.

Here’s the video:

It’s dark, but you get the idea!


Unfortunately, this is the ONLY picture I have from the night. I was 100% NOT in blogger mode, and my phone stayed in my purse the whole night. I wish I captured more, but it’s safe to say that it was a blast.

Surprise Party

I had Copa D’Oro¬†create a custom cocktail menu for our group. It was a big hit! The most popular drink on the menu was the Travbone, a pineapple Mojito. Justine came up with the drink names and Kyle and Kelly helped with the spirits and flavor combinations.

Cocktail List

I felt like I barely saw Travis the whole night because both of us were busy catching up with friends. When I finally did snag him near the end of the party, Travis kept asking me a bunch of questions about the planning process. He was so thankful and appreciative.

I can’t even explain the weight that was lifted off my shoulders the very moment everyone yelled out “Surprise!” All of the lies and scheming were¬†kiiiiiilling me! I am so thankful for all of our amazing friends who helped plan such a memorable night for Travis. And a special thank you goes out to Hector at¬†Copa D’Oro, who was a pleasure to work with since day one.

Sunday was sad when we all had to say goodbye to Justine. Having her here made me wish she still lived in LA. We all hated to see her go – including Bessie!

Bessie Justine

It was such a good weekend, celebrating with friends. It definitely makes going back to work on Monday a bit more difficult than usual.

I’ll make sure to pop in later this week to say hi to you guys! Don‚Äôt forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more life updates!

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Five Foods from Last Week

Last week was a pretty delicious week in the food department. Here are five foods that fancied my taste buds:


1. Bourbon Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Los Angeles Planned Parenthood Food Fare.

I had the pleasure of attending this amazing event at the Barker Hanger in the Santa Monica Airport last Thursday evening. The restaurant group for which I work was serving food at the event, so I was able to attend and check out DELICIOUS small bites and drinks from the top restaurants, wineries, and breweries in Los Angeles. These Bourbon Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies were stationed near the entrance of the event, STARING ME DOWN and begging me to eat one three.

Gah, cookies! They were so darn good. I declare that all cookies must be made with bourbon milk from now on.

P.S. You’re not alone, I didn’t know what bourbon milk was either. Turns out it’s a mixture of bourbon (duh), milk (duh), sugar and vanilla.

Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies


2. Orca Beans!

What is orca, you ask? They are black and white heirloom beans that are super high in iron and fiber. I sampled these special beans at the Natural Products Food Expo in Anaheim, CA last Friday afternoon (more details to come on this event later this week!). In an effort to highlight this “new ingredient,”¬†Bob’s Red Mill¬†served a delicious salad with orca beans, mango, lime, and chiles.¬†It was delicious and oh, so healthy! I am definitely going to buy a bag and start experimenting with orca beans ASAP. I’ll bet they are going to be one of the next trendy healthy food ingredients.

Orca Beans


3. Happy Hour at the Misfit: The Basil Gimlet

Travis and I LOVE The Misfit in Santa Monica. You know the name because I’ve talked about it 5,473 times on the blog. We had zero plans this past Saturday (just the way I like it sometimes!), so we decided to head over to The Misfit for Happy Hour in the late afternoon.

Basil Gimlet

I tried a new-to-me cocktail, The Basil Gimlet, and this basil-fanatic right here LOVED it. It was so refreshing, not too sweet, and just what I was craving. After one sip of mine, Travis decided to order one for himself. Considering most (good) cocktails in LA start around $14, we really couldn’t miss out on these $6 Happy Hour cocktails. WINNING!

4. BBQ Salmon

While at The Misfit, we also split this amazing BBQ Salmon. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the BBQ glaze was the ideal amounts of tangy and sweet. I could have easily devoured this on my own.

Salmon The Misfit


5. A Purim Surprise from Mom: Hamentashen!

Happy Purim!

My mom sent us a surprise package for the Jewish holiday of Purim! On Purim, we traditionally eat triangle-shaped cookies, called Hamentashen, and the cookies are filled with sweet spreads such as apple, apricot, chocolate, and poppy seed (like shown below).


Words can’t even express how much I love surprise packages, especially from my mom. She always decorates presents and packages with adorable stickers, like above, and no matter how old I get, I will¬†always love this special touch. I love you, Mom!


So tell me, have you ever tried Orca beans? What about Hamentashen?


Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Travis and I tried a new (to us) restaurant, The Misfit in Santa Monica recently. We had been there for drinks but never for dinner and after hearing rave reviews from numerous friends we finally decided to tough out the hour-long wait and try it out.

Most items on the menu were served tapas style, so we ordered a bunch of things to share (my favorite kind of meal). The item on the menu we were most impressed by was their shredded kale and quinoa salad. It was OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD. We spent a good 20 minutes (you think I’m exaggerating) trying to figure out every ingredient in the salad so that we could try to recreate it at home.

And that’s precisely what we did.

I read somewhere that it can be good to soak kale in water mixed with some sea salt for a few hours. (If you have never tried it, kale is a very tough green, so it can sometimes be hard for your body to break down…the salt water mixture helps with that).

In the end, I think we did a good job detecting all the flavors in the salad. Our version may not have tasted EXACTLY like The Misfit’s, but I’d say it’s pretty darn close.

I’ve made this three times in the last two weeks, so yeah, it’s THAT good.

Look at me being all vegetarian and whatnot!

P.S. Travis ate this with some grilled chicken on top. I think it is totally filling on its own – up to you!


Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
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Serves: 4
  • 3 large bunches kale, soaked in salt water for a few hours and drained, then chopped or shredded
  • ⅓ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • ⅛ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ bell pepper (any color), chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
Lemon Vinaigrette
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons dijon
  • ½ teaspoon agave
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with the lemon vinaigrette to taste.