Grab ‘n Go Lunch: Salad in a Jar

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Balance is where my focus is these days. Time and money are major pieces of that puzzle, so a healthy grab n’ go lunch sounded like the best thing since sliced bread. During my Toastmasters meeting, I learned how to make a mason jar salad and decided to pack six salads for the upcoming week.

After collecting recipe ideas from Pinterest, I went a little overboard buying ingredients (see below) for this salad party of one. Only three of the six salads were eaten because work provided lunch on two days. Packing multiple salads for one person is tricky. Next time, I will buy half the ingredients and get a more creative with the left over ingredients.

The cost of ingredients totaled less than $30 and the reusable mason jars are about $10 at Target. Thirty bucks for a week worth of lunch is a steal. Buying a good salad near my office costs $10.

Interested in making your own grab n’ go lunch? Here’s  “How to Pack a Perfect Mason Jar Salad” via PopSugar.

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Smancy Burgers Only Use 1/2 The Bun

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Benedict Burger

(Red onion confit, gruyère, sunny egg, watercress, Béarnaise, house brioche, potato chips)

Yummy, but pricey. This half-bunned goodness can be found at Ray’s & Stark Bar. Since it’s semi-fancy (smancy), there are less carbs, enjoy half the bun guilt-free. Eat. The great atmosphere is free. Savor your meal outside and take in the beauty that sounds you.

Ray’s & Stark Bar at LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Reservations 323.857.6180

Easy Homemade Cheesy Turkey & Spinach Enchiladas under $20

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED (makes 5 servings)

IMG_3862– 1 package ground turkey

– 2 cups Mexican Cheddar Jack cheese (shredded)

– 14 White Corn Tortillas

– 1 can of mild enchilada sauce (19oz)

– 1/2  bunch green onions

– baby spinach (about 1.5 cups)

– 1/2  teaspoon seasoned salt

– 1/2  teaspoon black pepper

– 1/4  teaspoon garlic salt (optional)

– canola oil

– sour cream (optional)

– 9X13″ casserole dish or non-stick pan (for baking) and a large frying pan.

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Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2 – In a large frying pan add 3  tablespoons of canola oil.  At low/medium heat cook each tortilla for 5-10 seconds (until flexible, not crispy). Add more oil as needed. Place cooked tortilla on a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Repeat until all tortillas cooked.

Step 3 – Place ground turkey in the empty pan. Add seasoned salt, black pepper and garlic salt . Stir occasionally. Once meat is three-fourth’s cooked, add 1 large handful of spinach. Once that spinach cooks down, add a second large handful.

Step 4 – Chop green onions and set aside

Step 5 – Pour a generous layer of enchilada sauce in baking dish, enough to cover the bottom.

Step 6 – Place a single tortilla on a plate, then add a small amount of enchilada sauce to both sides.  Add a large table spoon of turkey and spinach mix to center of tortilla. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese and green onion too.

Step 7 – Roll up, and place the seamed side face down in baking dish. Repeat until pan is filled.

Step 8 – Pour remaining enchilada sauce evenly over top of enchiladas, then cover with cheese, and garnish with remaining green onion.

Step 9 – Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 mins, until sauce is bubbling and cheese is lightly browned at edges.

Step 10 – Serve and eat. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading. Ask any questions and let me know if you try it. xoxo

Stuff My Mouth w/ Blu Jam

IMG_2860 Breakfast Quesadilla $14.95 & Crunchy French Toast $12.95

That moment you close your mouth and hear the angels sing as your taste buds party like Paris Hilton in 2004.

Yes, Blu Jam Cafe’s Crunchy French Toast are that delicious (as my mouth waters), the breakfast quesadilla is not too bad either. The servings are huge. We went halfsies and there were a couple leftover French toast. It is safe to say that this could feed two adults and one small child.

The tasty goods outshined the service, our server seemed a little preoccupied.

Blu Jam in located in Los Angeles on Melrose and in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. (We chowed there).

Thanks for reading! xoxo

How I Fed My Face in 2012 + Top 12 LA Foodstuffs Under $12

In 2012, food and I built an intimate relationship that will only get better. We found love in a hopeless place.

As we come to the close of this year, I want to reflect on the deliciousness that I devoured. Feast your eyes on the food porn below. Want to know where to find them? Visit my “Food Adventures” album on Facebook. And if you like porn under $12 bucks go check out The Unemployed Eater’s “Top 12 LA Foodstuffs Under $12“.

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