Apr
11

I have some very important information to share with you.

I’m on a no pie diet. The importance of that statement can’t be questioned.

Does this mean you won’t see sweet recipes? Nope, it just means I’m going to bake and eat brownies, cookies, and homemade pop-tarts instead. Pie baking is saved for special occasions only (otherwise my thighs would hate me). Wait, my half-birthday is coming up! That’s a special occasion… right? More pie please!

Focus Monique. Obviously we’re not taking about anything sweet here. What we are talking about is a Sweet Potato & Chicken Mexican Stir-Fry that you’ll want every day for the rest of your life. Facts only.

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Apr
03

I seriously need a vacation.

A place where I can go to have both a delicious experience and a delicious time. I just want to eat all day and bask in the sun. Hmmm… Mexico? They may have Cartels, but that won’t stop me. Homemade guacamole, fresh pico de gallo, cheese on everything. Yes please! But wait, I can’t forget about those warm salty tortilla chips. Note to self: warn dates of obsession with tortilla chips so they don’t touch the bowl.

There’s just so much comfort in the simplicity of good Mexican food.

My obsession with fish tacos began last summer when my Godfather and I went to the local Minneapolis food truck, Barrio. They happen to be known for their tacos & tequila. (Hell yes!) We spent nearly a half hour waiting in line under the beating sun. I can tell you that it was absolutely worth sweating for. The fish was beer battered, fried crisp to perfection, then wrapped between a corn tortilla and topped with a creamy slaw. I put a little habanero salsa in mine too. Such a delicious experience.

 

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Feb
23

I had oatmeal, a chocolate protein shake, and broccoli for dinner tonight. Wait… what?! Yes, it’s that time of year. Warm weather is on its way, and soon I’ll be spending my days in oversized sunglasses and a bikini. That’s my plan.

I’m getting ready by eating simple meals, but that only gets you so far. I’ve also been attending hot yoga classes. I’m really hoping the next time I go the guy next to me doesn’t smell like Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Broth sweat is not cool dude!

Anyway, I’m getting prepared and I’m sure you all can relate. This is real life. I know you want chocolate cake and fluffy cream cheese frosting… I do too. But let’s just play it cool this weekend, okay?

Time to hush up and make some healthy, delicious chili!

 

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Jan
15

I don’t know why but drinking a large cup of hot cocoa before bed makes me incredibly happy. Just one of my newfound obsessions. Other things I’m into lately consist of cinnamon roasted almonds, smiling at everyone I see, working out to this song, and avoiding traffic at all times. At one point this week I was contemplating buying a bus so I could ride the shoulder. It was the only solution I could think of until I discovered the DC Metro. Good news: since I won’t be purchasing a bus, you are still safe on the road.

Besides that I’ve been mega busy! Meeting fabulous new friends, working out at 5am (it has to be done), and working on my 23 things list. I’ve got a couple checked off.

It’s restaurant week in DC as well, which means I finally got to experience lobster for the first time. Baklava too! Finally the world makes sense to me.

…I went on a date too. But that’s a different story for a different time.

We’re here to focus on Burgers people. Simply good and totally dreamy! I’m just looking out for you. 

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Dec
01

Lettuce wraps in December? What’s up with that?

They happen to be really incredible and despite my efforts to use Turkey Day leftovers, it didn’t happen.  After my battle with the flu, I didn’t want anything heavy. I know your body needs a break from that comfort food too! Lettuce wraps with sassy sauce and delicious toppings might do the trick.

I made these lettuce wraps once before for some guys. There were not any leftovers. Why do guys love buffalo sauce so much? It’s a little mind boggling.

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Nov
17

Thanksgiving comes with family chaos and a ton of laughter.

The end result is learning that no family is perfect.  You’re not either.  Yep, we’ve got some pretty funky quirks! It’s all apart of Thanksgiving though – The crazy aunts. Drunk uncles. Awkward cousins.  Happy bellys. Warm pumpkin pie. Catching up.

What were you thankful for last Thanksgiving? Chances are this year is different. You’ve had 365 more days. Things have changed for you and me, big time! Did you get a new job? Did you meet someone special? Did you have a baby? Did you live through a tragedy? Did you reach a goal?

Write it down! Savor it. Close your eyes, reflect and smile for just a moment.

The truth is, you’ve got to appreciate it all. Cherish it even. This is your history; these will be your memories forever. Celebrate with turkey, wine, and good pie!  Drink and eat for your accomplishments and other’s ambitions! Don’t forget to take plenty of snapshots. Be sure to remember it.

These moments will never come again. Maybe that’s what makes them so beautiful.

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Nov
01

 

Was it you who ate all the leftover candy from Halloween?  Did you rummage through your child’s bucket to find your favorite kind?  Did you promise to eat just one piece, but indulged in about 17?  No willpower?

I’ve totally been there.

We need to pull it together.  How about a cure for that Halloween candy hangover?

This Asian Edamame Salad should do the trick. It’s full of good nutrients your body will love.  This salad is ultra healthy and amazing over a bed of lettuce or even some black beans.  It includes a soy sauce, garlic and ginger dressing that you’ll devour.

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Oct
16

Do you ever have those days where you want to do absolutely nothing, yet you have a to-do list that you can’t wrap your brain around?

That’s me right now.  Stuck in a moment of laziness slash relaxation.

It feels good to stop the noise for a moment and let my brain actually think.  Happy thoughts of soup.

Tomorrow seems like a better day to get things done anyways, right?

Today is a good day for movie watching or a fall bike ride.  Even better for carving ridiculous things into pumpkins. Seriously, who started carving pumpkins anyway?

Sticking a knife in a vegetable and carving faces in it is totally random.

What would you do if I asked you to carve an apple? Not normal.

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Oct
06

I must stop eating cupcakes.

Yes, I can.

Yes, I will.

Do you have this problem too?  If so, let’s practice the art of resistance together. It’ll be fun! Sort of like a club.

Except I’m not giving out fancy membership cards. Sorry to let you down like that.

Seriously though! Not baking is hard when you are an addict.

I need a support group. Maybe we could be friends on Facebook, or we could follow each other on Twitter?

Social network support groups for baking addicts would be totally acceptable.

Healthy things would happen more often in the kitchen.

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Sep
16

Has something you created ever started out as nothing special and turned out to be extraordinary?

Example: putting sea salt on chocolate and baking items.  Whoever started that was pure genius. Chocolate turned into sensational magic that becomes best friends with sea salt and dances with your tastebuds.

I need to start making some genius decisions that turn things into extraorinary magic like that.

Example: Dining with Shamu.

I went to Seaworld while in California, and you can actually dine with Shamu!

I wish I could have had dinner with Shamu. As long as I wasn’t on the menu, it would have been one of those extraordinary genius decision things.

But, what about decisions to help you live better and be healthier?  That could be pretty genius, right?

Small decisions yield BIG results people.

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