What have I been cooking recently?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
I haven’t touched a recipe and barely used a chef’s knife in over two weeks. It’s weird. It is uncomfortable. And I really don’t like it.
But, you see, I haven’t had a choice. I was away on vacation, and then as soon as I got back I started packing up my apartment to move (plates, pots, pans, knives, EVERYTHING included). Now I am finally moved in, but there is a still a lot of setting up and unpacking to do.
So, take-out it has been! Every. Single. Meal. I really don’t like doing take-out this often. For one, it gets crazy expensive AND I really like to know what I am putting in my body – with take out I never know what where my food is sourced and what added nonsense my food is cooked in (yeah, that is really important to me).
So, want to know what this Little Chef eats when she has very limited time and no access to a kitchen? Check it out:
These things are my jam. 20+ grams of protein. No artificial junk. Low Carb. Low sugar. Healthy. In my Tummy. Feed Me. YES.
Oh, and they come in crazy cool flavors that actually taste GOOD. Apple Pie that literally tastes like apple pie. Yes, please I will have apple pie for breakfast. And obviously Peanut Butter Supreme. Duh. (too bad they are $3 a bar…my poor, poor wallet…)
Fresh Fruit and Veggies from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
I sometimes yelp when I realize that I am about to hand over $5 for a one big fresh heirloom tomato. Worth it? Yes. These things taste like candy.
When I eat out I am way more likely to “indulge” and needless to say, that has happened a lot over the last few weeks. These are a few of my favorites:
Good god, I love this stuff. Always satisfying and heavenly. Sorry Yogurtland for making sure to taste test all flavors (2-3x) before deciding. I just need to be extra sure I am choosing wisely. You guys get that, right?
Bay Cities MASSIVE sandwich (this is an LA / Santa Monica classic)
Bay Cities is known for their “godmother” sandwich that basically has every meat and ingredient under the sun in one sandwich. I opted to create my own sandwich with ”Maple Turkey” and ”the works” on their freshly baked Italian Bread (their homemade bread is amazing and I would happily eat it as a meal alone…HELLO DELICIOUS CARBS). If you find yourself in LA you have to check this place out (but be prepared to wait in line during lunch or on the weekends – it is VERY popular. You’ve been warned). They also have a fantastic market inside with very interesting foreign ingredients, snacks and desserts that you can browse while you wait.
Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza
When I was in Chicago for the Lollapalooza music festival I, of course, had to try the classic Chicago deep dish pizza.
Our friend, who is a local, took us to Lou Malnati’s, where we ordered “the Lou” for five of us. I did not think one pizza for 5 people was going to be enough, but let me tell you this stuff is filling. One piece really hits you (in a good way….actually in a heart attack kind of way. But we will just ignore that). It is amazing.
Now I am in the process of unpacking and setting up my new apartment and I plan to be back in the kitchen this week. Besides, my birthday is coming up, so I have to make sure to be unpacked enough make myself some birthday treats