Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Eating Healthy on a Budget (and other important oven cleaning tips)

By now it's probably no secret that I love eating healthy (and balancing it out with pizza at the end of the week). I'm all about finding balance in my life, and even though my life feels hectic right now, I feel like food is the one thing I can control all the time.

That being said, I'm also not in a position where I can buy tubs of hummus and expensive organic ingredients every week. So these past few months I've been trying to find creative ways to cook at home without spending a fortune and keeping it healthy. (I'm stressed just typing all of that!)

Let me start by saying I'm one of those people who will buy something and justify the price of it by saying "well if I use this 3 times a week it's really paying for itself. It'd be silly not to buy it."

This is the first time in my entire life that I have genuinely gotten the value out of a product in. one. week...

A couple weeks ago I bought a spiralizer off Amazon that doubles as a vegetable peeler, and you guys, I've never felt so alive. The day it arrived I went out and bought one zucchini (to test it out, I wasn't going to make a ton of zoodles just to throw them out if I didn't like them). BUT THEY ARE THE GREATEST. Everyone has been raving about "zoodles" this year and I am officially on that bandwagon.

I'm not event exaggerating when I say I had them 4 times in 2 days. They're that good. I even made them for Patrick and he liked them too! (And even if he was lying I'm okay with it)

Now that I've sufficiently ranted long enough (sorry, I haven't even had caffeine yet), I want to show you the amazing dinner I made last night with my spiralizer, zucchini and sweet potato! 

-1 zucchini
-1 sweet potato, washed and peeled
-1 Tbs pesto
-1 big handful of kale (precise. I don't really measure)
-1 tsp of crushed red pepper to taste

Set your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Using spriralizer, peel your sweet potato and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes. (I sprayed mine with a bit of cooking spray and sprinkled with kosher salt and pepper)

When your oven starts smoking and the fire alarm goes off, transfer the sweet potato to a nonstick pan and cook until slightly softened.

Next, set a reminder on your phone to clean the oven tomorrow.

Here comes the lazy step. Put kale in a microwave safe bowl, drizzle with olive oil and heat until wilted (about 45 seconds)

Peel your zucchini with the spiralizer and add them to the pan.

Add kale, pesto, and toss together. Top with crushed red pepper and THAT'S LITERALLY IT.

So simple. This is my favorite meal when I want something fast and healthy, but you can add meat if you'd like, a fried egg on top. Get creative! Buying zucchini and a sweet potato cost me a whopping $1 (I had the other ingredients already). 

Let me know what your easy go-to recipes are! I know I'll be posting more!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Happy National Pancake Day!

I'm not sure where these little holidays come from, or if they're real, but your girl is all about the pancake life! So today I took my pencil skirt wearing self over to IHOP and got a fairly tall short stack and left with a very happy belly.

Of all holidays,  real or fake, this one takes the (pan) cake.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Every Question I Had at My First PR Event

This event was actually on February 25, but I've been crazy busy and wanted to post it when I felt it was complete.

I've been working for Philly PR Girl for almost three months now, but last night was a first for me. I helped set up and run my first event at Distrito in University City, and it...was...amazing.

photo: good food flats

I received a text from my boss at 8:45 am informing me to wear a dress that night. First question of the day: "Oh god, I thought it was just happy hour. How fancy do I have to be? Like wearing spanx fancy?"

I wore spanx. 

The entire day I had a continuing argument in my head whether I should drive to the restaurant or take an Uber. My bank account told me to just skip the event altogether since I had to get gas, pay for parking, etc.. Finally at 3 pm I made the game-time decision to call an Uber, and true to character I arrived 10 minutes early. As it turns out I was excessively early and sat there nervous sweating for about 30 minutes until the rest of my team arrived (copious amounts of coffee also contributed to the nervous sweats).

Once my team arrived and we unloaded the gift bags and other decorations we would need for our selfie booth, I was much more relaxed and started to figure out my game plan for the night. I would be checking people in on an iPad (so bougie) and giving out wristbands (not that necessary).

It was almost six o'clock and people were about to start arriving!

Question #2: "Should I go to the bathroom before I have to stand in this same spot for 3 hours?"

I should have.

I took my spot at my little table at the front of the restaurant and was so ready to check people in. I was going to check them in better than anyone has ever done!

photo: good food flats

It was the most fabulously average job.

Question #3: "Can I eat?"

Nope. And let me tell you, I've never witnessed more self control than when the waiters brought around tray after tray of tacos, flatbreads, some sort of corn dish (I didn't care what it was, but I knew that I wanted it), guacamole, and nachos. And I had to turn them down every time. It was a never-ending stream of jealousy as I watched people eating those tacos, MY TACOS.

But finally around 8:00 pm my boss said I was allowed to eat since everybody was settled in and we weren't very busy anymore.

Question #4: "Can I swan dive into that bowl of guacamole?"

photo: good food flats

I did, chip first.

Now that I had some chips, guac, and a margarita (on the rocks, no salt. duh), I was entirely stress-free and saw just how smoothly the event was going! (Yes, that's the CEO holding a taco pinata)

photo: good food flats

I even took the time to go over and introduce myself to food bloggers that I stalk on Instagram.

Question #5: "Hi I'm about to fan girl so hard, you don't mind right?"

photo: goof food flats

(Thank god they didn't, I'm embarrassing) 

Did I ever tell you how much I love food porn on social media? My top two searches are constantly 'puppies' and 'food porn.' Nothing else on Instagram captures my attention quite as well. I digress.

By the end of the night I changed into flip flops that I stashed in my purse (BEST. DECISION. EVER). After about 4 hours of being there, I was exhausted, exhilarated, and ready to go bed. And oddly craving dessert.

We packed up, I called my Uber, and I went home to crawl under my covers. Bed never felt so great after standing in heels for so long. Then I got a text from my boss saying "Great job tonight! For the first time in a long time I was completely relaxed at an event. You guys rocked it!"

Best moment of the night.