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Juicero Review: What is Juicero and How Does it Compare to a Regular Juicer?

I recently had the opportunity to try Juicero, and I loved it!

What is Juicero, you ask? Think of it as a luxury, super high-tech juicer.

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I don’t think this review would be completely fair without mentioning that I do not own a “regular” juicer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely been very interested in buying a juicer. No one can deny the incredible nutrition that a daily fruit and vegetable juice can provide, but I’ve been put off buying a juicer for a few reasons:

  1. They’re expensive.
  2. You have to buy A TON of fruits and veggies to make a decent amount of juice. Plus, if you’re buying organic produce, the cost can really add up.
  3. After you make the juice, you’re left with a giant amount of fruit and vegetable pulp, and I hate seeing food go to waste.
  4. Cleaning. Need I say more? Does ANYONE enjoy cleaning their juicer?

Many of my friends and family have purchased juicers with the intention of using them daily, only to stop using the machine after a month or so because it’s just too much of a pain.

Is this you? If so, I don’t blame you! Sometimes I do everything possible to avoid pulling out my food processor because I hate cleaning it. Yup, #lazypants right here. I won’t deny it.

So, when I was given the opportunity to try Juicero, I was very intrigued because it seemed to solve all of the at-home juicing issues that put me off in the first place.

 

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Here’s how Juicero is different:

  1. No grocery shopping. The juice packs are delivered right to your door.
  2. No peeling or chopping produce
  3. NONE of the dreaded cleanup

Juicero creates cold-pressed juice by “pressing” juice packs filled with organic fruits and vegetables.

The packs are purchased through Juicero on a subscription basis. At the time of this post there are about 10 different flavors, including two seasonal offerings. Each pack ranges in price from $6-$8, and contains one juice.

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I tried five different flavor varieties and I loved ALL of them. Now that is saying a lot because I am pretty picky when it comes to cold-pressed juice. I find that a lot are either too sweet or WAY too bitter. These were “just right” (ahem, thanks Goldilocks).

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Using Juicero could not be easier. You hang the juice pack from the top of the machine, close the door, press the button and out comes the juice.

When you’re done, all you do is open the door, remove the used juice pack and chuck it in the trash. There is NO cleanup involved. Can I get a HALLELUJAH!?

So, if you’re wondering if Juicero is right for you, I’ve broken it down below:

Pros:

  • You don’t have to grocery shop for produce
  • No peeling or chopping
  • No pulp mess leftover = NO cleanup!
  • The juice combinations are delicious, so if you don’t like creating your own recipes, this machine is your dream
  • The back of each juice pack lists complete nutrition information, so you know exactly how many vitamins you’re getting with each juice

Cons:

  • The machine is expensive. Even though Juicero recently dropped the price of the machine from $699 to $399, it’s still on the high end when it comes to the price of juicers
  • You can only use Juicero-branded packs and must order them exclusively through Juicero.com. Each pack (or juice) ranges in price from $6-$8.
  • You can’t make your own juice recipes
  • Each pack produces a smaller amount of juice than I expected (5-6oz. as opposed to the standard 12oz.+ juices I’m used to purchasing)
  • The machine is large and takes up a lot of counter space…but in reality, so does a regular juicer

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If you want to try Juicero for yourself, they’re offering 10% off the price of the machine through February! To redeem this offer, use the code RP10 at checkout.

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Juicero, but all opinions and content are my own. I always aim to be completely transparent and will only share products that I personally love and use myself. Thank you for your support!

I Quit My Job. And We’re Going to Europe.

In all honesty, I’ve started and stopped writing this post so many times in the last week. Little Chef Big Appetite has always been about my recipes, healthy eating, and tidbits of my daily life. I know you guys aren’t coming here to read about my career or philosophies on life.

But, over the course of the last month there have been a couple of big changes in my life that I feel need some extra explaining, hence this post.

For as long as I can remember I have been incredibly jealous of anyone that I know or read about that quits their regular full-time job and goes off to travel the world. This includes the people that take a gap year between high school and college to get more “real life” experience, or those who graduate and move to a far away country to teach English to kids in need. I would always look at those people and think, “Wow, that sounds so daring and exciting…but I could never do that.”

But why? Why am I incapable of doing those things? I love to travel and I clearly am happy for others when they do it, so what’s stopping me?

Throughout my whole life there has been a “path” to success that I had to follow. Do well in high school and athletics to get into an excellent college. Study hard in college and secure summer internships to get the “right” job after graduation. Work very hard in your job to get a promotion. And it continues…

I want to stress that there is nothing wrong with this path. Until about a month ago I thought that this path was the only one I was meant to be on. I wouldn’t have had the countless opportunities or drive to succeed if it wasn’t for my parents. They’re the ones who encouraged me and showed me that all of the above was possible. I am forever indebted to them for all that they’ve taught and given me. I love you M & D.

Right around the New Year, I had a very enlightening conversation with Travis that really opened my eyes and showed me that maybe there was more to life than I was letting myself see.

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I told Travis that there was so much of the world that I wanted to explore, and I just wished I could get up and go like some of our friends or other bloggers I read about.

He looked at me frankly and asked why we couldn’t be “those people”. At first I gave a couple reasons:

It’s not practical. What about our jobs?

It’s too expensive. How will we afford it?

We’ll come back and be broke.

What about our apartment? What about Bessie?

But those weren’t the real reasons. The real thing holding me back was simple. It was fear. I was scared of the unknown and scared of breaking off the only path that I knew how to follow.

Travis is incredibly practical and career-driven, so to be honest, I was surprised when he started listing the reasons why we should go travel. Neither of us studied abroad in college or traveled afterwards, and there are so many places in Europe that we want to see. We don’t have kids yet, so at this point there is really no one depending on us. And, making money is great, but we will have the rest of our lives to do that. In that moment, I thought, “Okay, if Travis, the king of practicality, is telling me that we can do this, we have to.”

Later that day, we started doing some research and realized that traveling to Europe in the winter could be very smart. There are far fewer tourists and everything is much less expensive than in the busy summer months. So after talking to our families, our minds were made up. We were going to do it. The decision was really that quick.

I gave my company three weeks notice, so I could help make sure there was a smooth transition, and my last day at work was January 27th.

I realize that by the way I am writing this (and by reading the title of this post), it might seem as though Travis and I are leaving Los Angeles, packing our lives into backpacks and traveling halfway across the globe for the foreseeable future. We’re not. We’re going to Europe for a month. With full suitcases. And staying in inexpensive AirBnBs and hotels. But you know what? Baby steps.

We want to see the world, so we’re starting small. And who knows, this could be the start of something really exciting for us.

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Travis and I spent the last week mapping out our month-long trip. First up is Paris, and from there we’re headed to Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Copenhagen. So if you have any recommendations for any of those cities, please share them in the comments below or email me! I’d love any tips or advice.

We leave in a week, so the next few days are all going to be dedicated to planning and packing.

Our good friend will be apartment sitting for us, and Bessie is going on her own little vacation to the east coast to stay with Travis’s family while we’re away. We are very grateful to them that they’re willing to take care of our little Bess for so long.

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I am ridiculously excited about our upcoming adventure, and I definitely plan to blog regularly throughout the trip to share lots of details of where we are, what we’re seeing, and most importantly, what we’re eating. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram because I will be sharing lots of daily snapshots over there.

And in case you’re wondering, I am not sure what exactly my plan is when I come back, but for the first time in my life, I am okay with that.

One thing is for sure, though, you’ll be hearing from me much more often on here. Blogging consistently while having a demanding full-time job is no joke, and I am very grateful for the next month+ to have the time to dedicate to growing this hobby of a blog into something much greater.

If you made it all the way to the bottom of this post, thank you for you reading, and thank you so much for your support.

Brown Ale-Marinated Hanger Steak with Caramelized Onions

I don’t know about you, but I always prefer to stay in on Valentine’s Day, rather than go out to eat. Sometimes Travis and I will go out to dinner the weekend before February 14th, so we can avoid paying crazy prices for prix-fixe menus at our favorite restaurants. But on Valentine’s Day evening we always prefer to open up a bottle of wine at home and cook a delicious meal together.

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When I was brainstorming Valentine’s Day recipes for the blog, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try Meat the Butchers‘ delivery service. If you haven’t heard of Meat the Butchers, they provide the highest quality raw (never frozen!), grass-fed, and free-range proteins, sourced from sustainable American family-owned farms. (Woo, that was a mouthful!)

If you didn’t catch that, just know that their proteins are REALLY darn stinkin’ good quality. I’m pretty picky about where Travis and I buy our beef, poultry and seafood. Both of us have had one too many bouts with food poisoning, so we are always willing to pay a slight premium for quality meats. Sure, there are other steak delivery services out there, but those steaks are usually frozen, and are not the same quality that Meat the Butchers guarantees.

While Meat the Butchers offers much more than beef, I was really eager to try their steaks. After browsing through the company’s wide range of proteins, I finally selected the 8 oz. USDA Prime Hanger Steak.

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The ordering process couldn’t have been easier, and the steaks arrived on my doorstep the very next day (they ship all over the US within 48 hours!). The contents of the box are carefully packaged in cooler packs to ensure they stay at a safe temperature during transit. So no need to worry if the box is outside for a few hours while you’re at work or out of the house.

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Hanger steak isn’t a cut that we typically see at our local Whole Foods, so I couldn’t wait to experiment with it at home. Since it isn’t grilling season, I wanted to make a recipe that could easily be cooked on a stovetop inside.

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I marinated the steaks in nut brown ale and paired them with delicious caramelized onions. I love caramelized onions on just about everything, and their sweet flavor paired perfectly with the savory hanger steak in this recipe.

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When cooking steak, I highly recommend using a meat thermometer. You can find inexpensive ones on Amazon, and they’re a big game changer if you don’t already use one. I removed the steak from the pan right when it hit 140F, and let it rest on a cutting board for five minutes. When I sliced it, the steak was cooked to a perfect medium-rare and incredibly juicy after marinating for four hours.

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I love this recipe because everything cooks in one pan, which makes clean up a breeze. The end result is restaurant-quality taste for not a lot of effort. What better for a Valentine’s Day dinner at home with your loved one(s)?

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And guess what!? Meat The Butchers is offering a coupon code for $30 off a purchase of $75 or more! Head over to their website, www.meatthebutchers.com, and use the code BIGAPPETITE at checkout.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!

 

Brown Ale Marinated Hanger Steak with Caramelized Onions
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. hanger steak
  • 1 bottle brown ale (I used Samuel Smith's), divided
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced and divided
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut in half and sliced thinly
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ⅛ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Instructions
  1. In a large ziploc bag, combine ¾ of the bottle of brown ale, 3 cloves of minced garlic, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Swish the contents of the bag around to mix. Add the hanger steak to the bag. Place the bag on a large plate and put in the fridge to marinate for 3-4 hours.
  2. Remove the steak from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Add the onion and turn the heat to low. Let onion caramelize, stirring every couple of minutes, for about 30 minutes. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of the remaining brown ale to the pan and scrape the bottom to deglaze. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt and stir. Allow onions to caramelize for an additional 10 minutes. Taste and add more brown ale or sugar as needed. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside.
  4. Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry. Season with remaining ½ teaspoon salt.
  5. Bring the pan back to high heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and once the oil is hot and smoking, add the steak to the pan. After 4-5 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes on the other side, until desired temperature. The steak should register 140F for medium-rare. Remove the steak from the pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. In a small bowl combine the parsley, lemon, and remaining one clove of garlic. Mix well.
  7. Slice the steak against the grain and layer on a serving dish. Top with the caramelized onions and parsley mixture.
 

Thank you to Meat the Butchers for partnering on this post! All of the content and opinions are my own.

 

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Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats

It’s Thanksgiving week, my favorite time of the year! I am so excited to be writing this post from my parents’ home in Boston. I am here for the week, celebrating Thanksgiving and spending lots of time with my family.

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I couldn’t wait to share this Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats recipe with you! We recently started incorporating pureed pumpkin into Bessie’s food after we read that it can help reduce itchiness and stop dogs from licking their paws.

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Bessie has a few food allergies, so we have to be careful with what we feed her.  I am especially happy with this recipe because it’s very allergy friendly for most dogs. These Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats are gluten-free and dairy-free, plus the fiber from the pumpkin and carrots is great for a dog’s digestion.

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I also added parsley, which helps freshen up stinky dog breath, and egg, which can add shine to a dog’s coat.

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I’ll admit, Bessie isn’t necessarily the fairest taste-tester because she loves ALL FOOD (seriously, this dog will eat anything). But her tail was wagging even faster than usual for these treats, so I think they were a big success!

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If you have any leftover pumpkin after Thanksgiving, I’m sure you know a pup who would love these homemade pumpkin pie dog treats!

 

Pumpkin Pie Dog Treats
 
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Serves: 16 square treats
Ingredients
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • ¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • ½ ripe banana, mashed
  • ⅛ cup carrot, peeled and grated
  • ½ egg, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and smooth to a ¼ inch thickness. Using a pizza cutter (or sharp knife), score the batter into 16 squares (3 lines horizontally and 3 lines vertically).
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  4. Using the parchment paper, lift the bars out of the pan and finish cooling on a wire rack. Use the pizza cutter to break the bars into 16 even squares. Store the pumpkin pie treats in a refrigerator. Since my dog is small, I froze half of mine to use at a later time.
 

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FITzee Foods Delivers Healthy Pre-Portioned Meals

Last month I had the opportunity to try FITzee Foods, a healthy pre-portioned meal delivery service. FITzee is different from services like Blue Apron and Plated because the meals arrived already prepared, and all you have to do is heat them up.  So that means no grocery shopping, meal planning, or cooking.

 

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Admittedly, when FITzee Foods reached out to me about trying their service, at first I wasn’t sure if it was the best fit for me. I LOVE to cook (duh!) and I actually enjoy grocery shopping and meal planning. However, I began to browse their website and I became really impressed by their story, meal options and choice of ingredients. FITzee meals use only clean, fresh ingredients and they don’t add scary chemicals or preservatives for added shelf life. Plus, the meats are grass-fed, hormone-free and free-range. So while at first I was expecting an upgraded version of a frozen Lean Cuisine, these meals are far from it.

FITzee is based in San Diego, CA, but they ship nationwide. The meals are shipped 2-Day Air or Ground and are packaged with plenty of ice to keep them cold for 48 hours, so you don’t have to worry about being home when the box arrives. Mine was plenty cold when I arrived home late that night.

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Sorry for the blurry photo, but Bessie wouldn’t stop moving! When I carried in the box from outside she was going nuts and started sniffing (and practically licking) the box! Her reaction told me that I was in for something good.

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Each meal is pre-portioned and the labels include the ingredients, nutrition information and reheating instructions. I don’t count calories or track macros, but the meal information is also available on MyFitnessPal, if that interests you.

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All of the meals come in small, medium, large and “family” sizes. I received 14 of the “small” meals (8-10 oz. per serving) that ranged from about 200-300 calories each. The small portion size was perfect for me because I prefer to eat 5 or so small meals throughout the day. Travis tried the meals as well, and while he liked the various recipes, he needed more than I did to hold him over until his next meal. I think the medium or large sizes would have been better for him. Just something to keep in mind when ordering.

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I preferred to reheat my meals in the oven or on a skillet, but I think microwaving would be fine, too.

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I have to say, I was REALLY impressed by the meals I tried. The recipes and flavors were delicious and reminded me a lot of the meals that I cook at home myself. Until now, I hadn’t tried or heard of a service that provides healthy pre-made meals that actually taste good. Normally it goes one of two ways: healthy and tastes like cardboard OR faux-healthy and super processed and tastes just okay.

For the record, the Chicken Ratatouille and Chicken Enchiladas were my favorite of the meals I tried. Plus, the menus change monthly so you really can’t get bored if you order regularly.

I also loved the gluten-free pumpkin spice pancakes, they were perfect for breakfast on a fall morning.

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The meals are meant to stay fresh for 5 days (the use by date is marked on each box), so I froze my remaining meals and I love having them in my freezer as a healthy backup when I don’t have time to cook.

I think FITzee Foods is GREAT for:

  • People who want to eat healthy, but don’t like to cook or don’t have time to cook
  • Anyone who is counting calories or macros and doesn’t want to eat the same old chicken and broccoli every day
  • Individuals, couples, and families because the meals come in a range of sizes
  • Anyone with specific allergy requirements. There are paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and low-carb meal options, so there is something for everyone.
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    If you’re interested in trying FITzee Foods, you can use the code littlechefbigappetite15 for 15% off your order! The code expires on 11/30/16.

     

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email.

     

    FITzee Foods provided my meals in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for your support.

This Week’s Meal Plan 11/7/16

Hi friends, happy Monday!

Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep over the weekend? As nice as I thought it was on Sunday morning, I was super bummed when I looked out the window last night at 5PM and saw that it was dark already. Wah! Where did all the daylight goooo!?

Since I’m now in total fall mode (despite it being 80 degrees in Santa Monica tomorrow…), I’ve got lots of cozy dinners planned this week. We just did a small grocery shop over the weekend because we’re headed to New Jersey this weekend for a wedding, so we tried not to buy too much.

 

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Here’s what’s on our meal plan this week:

Saturday: Healthy Turkey Chili (an old recipe that I finally got around to rephotographing this weekend!)

Sunday: Persian Chicken Stew

Monday: Salads with Roasted Carrots, Farro and Grilled Chicken

Tuesday: Barramundi with Lemon-Butter Sauce and Sauteed Spinach

Wednesday: Pea Soup with Mint and Feta

Thursday: Leftovers / Use what’s in the fridge

Friday: Away for Meredith and Eric’s wedding!

 

P.S. Thanks to everyone who entered the Milk and Eggs giveaway last week on the blog! We randomly selected a winner (congrats Marissa!) and she’s been contacted. Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways on the blog!

Milk and Eggs Review + a GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys! Happy Monday!

I am so excited for today’s post because I have an awesome giveaway going on! Make sure to read all the way down for details on how to enter.

I was recently contacted by the team at Milk and Eggs to review their service and products. Milk and Eggs delivers farm fresh groceries including (yup, you guessed it) milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables, gourmet foods, meat and seafood, right to your door. Their environmentally-friendly process eliminates the middle man and reduces emission costs and time sitting on grocery store shelves, thus lowering the cost for consumers. Plus, delivery is FREE for all orders of $35 or more!

Currently Milk and Eggs is only operating in the Los Angeles area, but they’re expanding soon!

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Here’s how it works: Make an account on their website and select from a wide variety of healthy, fresh products to add to your cart.

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If you’re flexible, you can also select sampler bags and the folks over at Milk & Eggs will send you the freshest produce available that week.

For my initial order, I let the Milk and Eggs team surprise me, just noting any allergies and dietary preferences.

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You guys know I am all about eating the freshest foods available and I LOVE the idea of supporting local farmers, so I was super excited to receive my first Milk and Eggs delivery!

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Here’s what I received in my order:

2 Golden Delicious Apples
2 Honeycrisp Apples
2 Navel Oranges
2 Broccoli Crowns
2 Corn on the Cob
1 pint Strawberries
1 large bunch Spinach
One Dozen Golden Fresh Large Grade AA Brown Eggs
Domenico’s Fresh Pasta Bucatini 12oz
Domenico’s Homemade Marinara Sauce 14oz
Half Dozen Everything Bagels

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I loved the variety and the emphasis on healthy ingredients. It was also awesome to see that the pasta sauce and freshly made pasta came from Beverly Hills, CA, just a few miles down the street from us.

I was able to make so many healthy meals out of the ingredients I received. Just to give you guys an idea, these are some of the meals we had that week:

  • Egg Sandwiches on Everything Bagels
  • Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza using the Domenico’s Marinara Sauce and fresh spinach
  • Whole Wheat Apple Crisp using the Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp Apples
  • Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Broccoli and Onion

Travis and I buy a lot of these ingredients regularly, so we were thrilled to see how great the prices are on Milk and Eggs. We also both loved knowing that we were receiving the freshest available produce from farmers near us.

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highly recommend Milk and Eggs to anyone in Los Angeles who:

  • Lives a healthy lifestyle
  • Likes to support local farmers and businesses
  • Is busy and doesn’t have time to go to the grocery store
  • …likes to eat.

Lucky for you guys, Milk and Eggs is offering a $100 gift certificate to one lucky reader! To enter, comment on this post and tell me your favorite healthy fruit or vegetable. I will randomly select one winner on Sunday, 11/6 at 5PM PT. Good luck!

Note: Currently Milk and Eggs only services the Los Angeles area, but they’re expanding soon! You can always enter the giveaway on the behalf of an LA-based friend or family member. 😉

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Milk and Eggs. All opinions and words are my own. Thank you very much for your continued support!

Healthy Apple Recipes for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year)

This Sunday night begins the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s a tradition to eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah as a way of wishing for a sweet new year.

In honor of the holiday, I asked some of my blogger friends to share their favorite healthy apple recipes. Even if you’re not celebrating the holiday this weekend, these recipes are all perfect for fall, when apples are in their peak season!

Enjoy!

 

Apple Pie Blossom Cookies {Gluten Free + Vegan} from Kaila at Healthy Helper Blog.

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Healthy Apple Crisp {Dairy-Free + Paleo} from Elizabeth at The Clean Eating Couple.

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Apple Pie Quick Bread {Gluten-Free + Vegan} from Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Apples and Honey Baked Oatmeal from Dani at Dani California Cooks

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Apple Butter Muffins  {Vegan} from Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health

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No Bake Apple Peanut Butter Bars {Gluten-Free + Vegan} from Kelly at Eat the Gains

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Apples and Honey Smoothie from Nicole at Fitful Focus

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins made by me!

Healthy Apple Recipe Roundup for Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) ll Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Apple Recipes! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Wishing a sweet New Year to anyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah! Have a great weekend.

 

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What I Am Loving Lately – September 2016

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I am. I’m looking forward to some yummy home-cooked meals and relaxing on the couch with my favorite human and pup.
It’s time for my monthly post What I Am Loving Lately, where I round up my favorite things, both food-related and not! I hope you guys like these posts because I have a lot of fun sharing them with you.

Let’s get to it!

 

Honey

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Whenever I buy anything online I always google “xyz Promo Code” (the xyz being the name of the store). There are so many coupon and promo codes floating around out there, that usually I am bound to find something that works, even if it’s just 10% off or free shipping.

I read about Honey in a Buzzfeed article back in May, and I immediately installed it into my browser. Honey does the coupon and promo code searching for you, so you don’t have to spend time googling around. All you do is install it into your browser, and whenever you are about to check out of an online store, click on Honey and it will automatically begin searching for qualifying promo codes. If anything works it applies the code directly to your order. Magic!

Admittedly, there are some cases where it doesn’t pick up on a promo code that I know exists, but for the most part it’s awesome. Definitely get it if you’re a bargain shopper like me.

 

Lenny’s Deli

What I'm Loving Lately ll Lenn'y Deli Westwood Los Angeles Pastrami Sandwich ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I was recently invited in for a meal by the amazing team at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Los Angeles. Travis and I were so excited because we both LOVE deli food. Surprisingly, neither of us had heard of Lenny’s, but when I looked it up I saw that it’s a Los Angeles institution.

When we walked into Lenny’s, it was packed, so I immediately knew that we hit the deli jackpot! Travis and I ordered a bowl of matzoh ball soup, a hot pastrami sandwich on rye, and potato pancakes to share. In typical deli fashion, there was more than enough food for the both of us — the soup in particular was HUGE — and everything was delicious. The pastrami was lean, but so flavorful and the matzoh balls were the perfect texture. They also had a big bakery in the front of the store, but we were too full for dessert after our meal. Just another reason to go back soon!

 

Under Sink Organizer

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Recently, I’ve been on a rampage to organize every square inch of our apartment. I’ve always loved to organize (everything musttttttttt be put in its place!), but I think this time I’ve taken it to a new extreme (more on that in another post).

After being sick of bottles and cleaning supplies being thrown all over the place under our kitchen sink, I purchased this under the sink organizer from Amazon. The assembly was very easy (and this is coming from someone who dreads assembling anything), and it’s seriously helped reduce clutter under our sink. I love that you can move the shelves around to fit your specific sink, since everyone’s plumbing is different.

(Am I officially 80 years old because I get excited about sink organizers…?)

 

Barnana

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I am embarrassed to tell you how many packages of Barnanas I’ve gone through in the last two months. I’m so obsessed. Each bag contains small pieces of dehydrated bananas coated in various delicious flavors.

The peanut butter and coffee flavors are my favorites! If you love the combination of banana and peanut butter, you will love the PB Barnanas! I usually have 1-2 of these after a savory meal, and it always hits the spot and curbs my need for any other dessert. I buy the bulk pack on Amazon (#SomeoneHelpMe), but you can also find them at Whole Foods.

 

Sword and Scale

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I am so late to the podcast game. After getting hooked on Serial (about 10 months after everyone else), I set out to find other similar crime podcasts. I’ve always enjoyed crime books, movies and TV shows, so my taste in podcasts is no different.

I came across Sword and Scale and loved it after one episode. Admittedly, some of the topics are too gruesome for my taste (we’re talking about people doing some pretty horrible things), so I skip over those ones. Each episode follows the story of a crime, some you’ve heard of and others you haven’t, and they use real interviews and clips to explain the details of the case. Also, the narrator, Mike Boudet, has a fabulous voice that I could listen to all day.

If you’re into true crime, I highly recommend this one. Unless of course, you’ve been listening to it for years, and again I am just way behind the times.

 

Some affiliate links are included in this post, which means if you buy something, I receive a tiny percentage. Thank you for your support!

Our Fridge is Restocked! (This Week’s Grocery Haul)

Hey hey! Travis and I are back from a weekend away at Big Bear Lake, CA. My birthday was last Wednesday, and since having a mid-week birthday is never that fun, we decided to plan a last minute weekend getaway.

We spent a majority of our time in Big Bear doing outdoor activities, like hiking and kayaking. It’s only two hours away from LA (without traffic), so it was a perfect little 36 hour trip. We felt like we were able to pack a lot into our brief time there.

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Whenever we go away I make a concerted effort to use up everything in the fridge because I hate wasting food. I think I took that a little too far last week, because when we arrived home on Sunday the contents of our fridge included: ketchup, soy sauce, every other type of condiment on the planet, and beer. Needless to say, we needed a thorough restock.

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I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a recent grocery haul with you guys. Here is everything we bought yesterday:

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Produce:

Bananas

Organic Apples*

Organic Grapes*

Organic Nectarines*

Organic Red Raspberries*

Navel Oranges

Spaghetti Squash

Organic Baby Bell Peppers*

Organic Spinach*

Eggplant (Making Baba Ganoush!)

Organic Sweet Potatoes*

Lemons (I always buy a big bag because I drink hot water with lemon every morning before breakfast.)

Garlic

Shallots

(* I like to buy organic produce whenever possible, especially if an item is included in the dirty dozen.)

 

Meat:

Empire Kosher White Ground Turkey (We grab this whenever we see it. Perfect for my Turkey Meatballs.)

Applegate Chicken-Apple Sausages (A delicious snack, or great in pasta and soup)

Chicken Breasts

 

Dairy:

1% Lactoste-Free Milk

Califia Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Great in protein smoothies and with cereal)

Cage-Free Eggs

Wallaby Nonfat Greek Yogurt

 

Frozen:

Applegate Gluten-Free Chicken Tenders (Great healthy lunch/snack back up)

Dr. Praeger’s Bibimbap Veggie Burgers (I discovered these last week and I love them!)

Van’s Gluten-Free Waffles

Barramundi (We can’t always find this, so when we do, we stock up to make this dish.)

 

Dry Goods:

Jarred Roasted Red Peppers (I’m making my Muhammara for a dinner party tonight!)

Chopped Walnuts

Crunchy Peanut Butter

Whole Wheat Pita Bread (To go with the Muhammara)

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Molasses

 

What about you? What are some grocery staples that you always must have on hand? For me it’s bananas and eggs!

 

Disclaimer: This is not everything I eat in a week. I am not a certified nutritionist, and the foods I eat might not be right for you. 

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