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Carla Hall’s Pop-up

My husband knows what a big fan I am of Carla Hall, so as a surprise he bought tickets for us to attend the Pop-up restaurant experience to promote the opening of her new restaurant in NYC. It was held at a restaurant called, “Root & Bone” located at 200 East 3rd Street in New York. For the event the restaurant’s chefs and Carla Hall’s chefs combined their menus and gave diners a sampling of their favorites. It was an interesting mix of, what I would call “Old-southern style food, meets modern southern food.” Carla’s menu was more old-fashioned southern food, including corn bread served with sorghum and hot fried chicken.

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By the way, I love sorghum! Who would have thought such a “northern” girl could enjoy such a southern favorite. To me sorghum is like a really deep flavored honey, yummy!

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My favorite item on the menu was the ice cream sandwiches! They were tiny, homemade chocolate cookies filled with ice cream. They were tiny bites and the cookie was just the right softness for an ice cream sandwich- perfection! My husband favorite was the banana pudding – a traditional banana pudding served in a tiny mason jar. What a great idea! Both of us really enjoyed the deviled eggs also, such a delicious surprise to someone who isn’t a huge fan of deviled eggs. Some of the eggs were topped with bacon!! Need I say more…. the other ones were made with pickled eggs.

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Each course was paired with a southern cocktail. It was an interesting twist on wine/food pairing that I’m used to. Each cocktail was so different and complimented the food delightfully.

The icing on the cake of the evening was meeting Carla. She’s as warm and friendly as she is on TV, she even autographed her new cookbook for me.

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Quick Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

Sometimes I don’t have much time for breakfast, even on the weekends. I love yogurt and fruit parfaits and this one is not only easy, but so good. I’ve recently discovered a yogurt called Siggi’s. OMG! It’s so good. The vanilla is my favorite. It’s pretty pricey, but so worth the cost. It has vanilla beans in it!!

So I just layered strawberries, yogurt, and some Kind granola in a tall glass and voila!

Healthy Hearty Breakfast

I’m always looking for healthy, hearty breakfast meals that I can make on the weekends that will fill me up. This one fits the bill. It’s easy and isn’t something I typically have time to cook during the week, so it’s a nice treat.

I started with a couple of handfuls of baby kale (I used Trader Joe’s brand, pre-washed in a bag), added it straight into a pan with a teaspoon of avocado oil, added just a small pinch of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. I sautéed that until just wilted. I removed it from the pan and placed it on a small plate. In the same pan I cracked in one egg and cooked on low heat until the whites set-up. Seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Placed the egg on top and placed the lightly toasted whole grain bread on the side and ate it!

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The Kale was wilted and a little crispy on the edges with a little kick of heat. I’ve also done this will baby spinach and served sliced tomatoes on the side. Hope you enjoy this meal idea.

Quick and Healthy Mexican Dinner

The meal idea I’m about to describe to you all started when I purchased a jar of Newman’s Own Pineapple Salsa.  Someone had mentioned to me that this salsa brand was very low in calories and tasted delicious!  Of course I had to try it!  After searching for and finding healthy, low carb, tasty tortillas I was ready for a Mexican Fiesta!

Knowing that I had some shrimp in the freezer and that it’s also low in calories, I had to make shrimp tacos.  First I marinated the shrimp in fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, paprika and 1/2 a jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed, just for a few minutes while I prepared the other ingredients.  Then, I just sauteed up some sliced yellow peppers, red onion along with the marinated shrimp, piled that on a couple of tortillas I heated right on the burner of my gas stove, topped them with salsa, a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of green onion, rolled them up and ate them.

Absolutely delicious!  And healthy!  This was a quick and easy weeknight meal that was really packed with flavor!

I hope you give this a try using the flavors and ingredients you like.  Of course I would recommend trying the Pineapple Salsa-Enjoy!

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Oil in a non-stick pan

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Whole Wheat Tortillas


 

 

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