Thai Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa and Peanut Sauce

Thai Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa and Peanut Sauce

I can officially announce that this dish is a slice of tofu heaven! The past week, I kept seeing pictures of chicken lettuce wraps and then of course I started dreaming of chicken lettuce wraps. The delicious crunch of the lettuce and sweetness of the sauce; I just could not stop envisioning taking a massive delectable bite out of something sooo good but at the same time low carb!  However, I had tofu and no chicken at home. Well not to worry, I found this recipe from an adorable blog called, Cookie + Kate. It incorporates everything you could possible want in a healthy meal and  I give this a million thumbs up!

Thai Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa and Peanut Sauce

Though I have to admit it, I made this during the summer when mangos were in peek season and oh so delicious. But even though it is Fall, we can still have an occasional burst of some summery food to remind us that summer will come again…..not for a while, but it will someday return! For now, this is a great light meal to have, especially if you have a tropical vacation coming up sometime soon!

Thai Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa and Peanut Sauce

INGREDIENTS

Crispy Baked Tofu
* 1 (15 ounce) block of organic extra-firm tofu
* 1 Tablespoon olive oil
* 1 Tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari sauce
* 2 teaspoons arrowroot starch or cornstarch

Peanut Sauce
* 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
* 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
* 2 Tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari sauce
* 2 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar or maple syrup
* 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
* 1/2 lime, juiced
* 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced

Mango Salsa
* 2 ripe mangos, diced
* 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
* 1/3 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
* 1/2 lime, juiced
* (optional 1 jalapeño, minced)

EVERYTHING ELSE
* Large head of lettuce or even a head of green cabbage
* Optional: peanuts
Thai Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Mango Salsa and Peanut Sauce

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Quick and Easy Seasoned Lime Chicken

Quick and Easy Seasoned Lime Chicken

The quickest most perfect chicken ever! It gets me every time how delicious, easy, and quick it is! I’ll admit it, I may make this at a dinner party one day and tell everyone it took me hours to marinate and that I am a serious gourmet cook….Major LIE! These little suckers are like garlicy, zesty, perfectly spiced pieces of chicken. DELICIOUS! It is certainly in my rotation for what to cook each week, that’s for sure.

Ingredients:
Extra virgin olive oil
cilantro
2 limes
2 Medium/large garlic cloves
chili powder and/or paprika for sprinkling!

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Cooked just enough so each side has a nice golden color. The seasoning, lime, and garlic somehow add this amazing crispness that is ohhhh so good! This dish is definitely toss and go, and the type of recipe that you can chat, or just drink lots of wine while cooking and not mess it up! Hehe

Directions:

1. Cut the chicken into about 1 inch chunks.
2. Heat oil just enough to coat the entire bottom of the pan.
2. Toss in the chicken and cook on each side (WITHOUT MOVING) for 3 minutes on medium heat (depending on your stove) or until you start to see the cooked white part of the chicken starting to move about half way up the piece. When you flip the chicken it should be lightly browned and golden.
3. As the other side cooks:
a. sprinkling chili powder and/or some paprika to your liking (I sprinkled just enough to coat the chicken).
b. squeeze half a lime of the chicken.
4. Stir the chicken and squeeze the other half of the lime and add the garlic.
5. stir for a moment and then transfer to a dish.
6. Use the other lime to squeeze over the chicken to your liking. Quick and Easy Seasoned Lime Chicken

 

 
Quick and Easy Seasoned Lime Chicken

DIY Wall Art Gallery and Inspiration

Wall Art Gallery

HELLO WALL ART!!!! One of my favorite things about interiors is a collection of art, photos, and graphics placed close together to create what seems like a large piece of intricate art. For me, each framed piece tells a story and holds a memory. My Grandmother on her wedding day, a map of where I grew up, my favorite finds from different flea markets, a page I ripped out of at vintage book about topiary plants, and a picture of my love and me.

This masterpiece is located in our living room, making the room feel put together and cozy while warming my heart with memories and stories. Now, how did this come all come together? Seriously, I am not gonna lie, it can be a headache.  But, with some simple tips and tricks the headache melts away and creativity takes its place!  It also takes careful consideration, patience, and some pretty good measurement skills from a handy person such as a hubby, Mom, or friend.

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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CREATING AN AMAZING WALL ART GALLERY:

1. Think about your frames. Do you want them all one color? Matching? A mix of a few different colors? Our gallery wall has a mix of brown, gold, and white frames.

2. Think about shapes and sizes. You can have all of your art be one size, or mix in different shapes and sizes or objects (mirrors, antlers) like we did.

3. ARRANGE THE ART GALLERY ON THE FLOOR FIRST!!!! lay your art in different designs on your floor first if you can before nailing it to the wall. The only time this doesn’t work is when you decide to continuously add different art/pictures to your wall. If you are constantly adding art/photos to your wall it may help to keep them all the same distance from each other (for example 1.5 inches away from all sides). Also, think about how far apart each piece is from each other. To make it easier, I suggest making each piece 1-2 inches away on all sides.

4. Start in the middle and work your way out. Most likely, this center or middle pic, will be the one that attracts the eye. Meaning when people look at your wall, this will be the first piece they look at so make it a good one (it doesn’t have to be the largest but it should be one of your favorites!)

5. Take photos of the different arrangements on the floor so you can look back at them later.  Even leave the different arrangements on the floor for a few days to see if you still feel the same way about them. I left my favorite arrangement on the floor for a month before deciding to hang it!!!!!

6.  You can even draw up a mock version of your artwork and different ways it can be arranged on the wall. Check out Apartment Therapy blog post for examples and more description of what I mean.

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 HOW TO HANG WALL ART GALLERY WITHOUT FREAKING OUT:

1. CUT OUT CRAFT PAPER IN THE SAME SIZE AND SHAPE OF EACH ART PIECE. Write a short description and number on the paper so you don’t forget what paper is for what art piece.

2. Measure your preferred distance between each art piece. Maybe come up with a common distance like 1-2 inches away from each art piece on all sides.

3. Measure the length and width of your floor arrangement. Then Measure the space you want your art gallery to encompass. Draw a small pencil mark on the wall for where you think the top of your art gallery will be placed, the bottom, and each side. Stand back and check it out.

4. Measure where the nail will be placed and draw a pencil mark circle on the cut out construction paper where the nail will be. That way when you hammer in a nail, you can place the nail on the penciled dot in the exact spot it should be!

5. For photo examples and a video to better understand check out this post on Lamps Plus.
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Lemony Lentil Soup

Lemony Lentil Soup

This soup reminds me of my Mom. Not that the soup looks like my Mom or anything like that, but she used to make a soup just like this and with every bite it’s a little piece of nostalgia! With her being a Vegetarian and being the main cook in the house, I grew up eating mostly lentils, tofu, beans, and vegetables. Her lentil soup had just the same amount of  zest and flavor as this one!

Lemony Lentil Soup

I thank my Mom for all my ways of healthy eating. My parents just visited us in Boston this past weekend, and my Mom and I got into a long conversation about how “healthy” eating tastes so normal to us. Our taste buds would much prefer that kale salad with tofu and sunflower seeds than a juicy hamburger. I know it’s so odd, right? My Dad would definitely have to disagree as he was rolling his eyes at us during this whole conversation. I guess you can say that if my body and organs could talk, they would congratulate my Mom and I on this healthy food preference, giving us the ‘healthy food eater’ medal of honor.

Well here it is, a healthy delicious soup that doesn’t actually have to taste “healthy” and it’s HUSBAND APPROVED!!

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp coconut oil (you can also use olive oil or sesame oil instead)
2 cups red lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves or 4 small ones
1/2 tsp minced ginger
2 carrots chopped
2 celery sticks chopped
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tsp curry powder
7 cups vegetable or chicken stock (I use low sodium)
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

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Bikini’s Best Friend Meets The High Waist

Bikini's Best Friend Meets the High Waist

And here we have it, the best bathing suit cover up found!!!!! I love those times when you can wear an actual outfit over a bathing suit while keeping in mind comfort, breathability, and the fact that you may get sticky with sweat and oily suntan lotion all over it.

This cover up allows for all things sticky and oily to happen but it’s so comfy that I can stroll around town or grab a  bite to eat after hitting the beach for a few hours and still feel stylish!  Can we also talk about my obsession with anything high waisted? High wasted skirts, high waisted jeans, high wasted shorts, all of them paired with crop tops are amazing especially when I wanna minimize my hips and accentuate my waist!

Lululemon has really been stepping up in the streetwear department, creating breathable items that you can wear all over town versus just exercise clothing! I mean just look at these high waited shorts and seriously they are the most comfortable shorts I own!!!!

1. Ok Hi Short from Lululemon $58.00

2. Crop top from Target $12.00

3. Forever 21 Floppy Brim Raffia Fedora Hat

4. Bag from Brandy Melville (which I purchased a few years ago but find a similar one HERE)

 

Broiled Asian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Ginger Sauce

Broiled Asian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Ginger Sauce

Broiled Asian Chicken Skewers with Peanut Ginger Sauce

I love anything Asian and most things chicken. When you put the two together, it’s just a taste of delicious bliss! I am always looking for quick meals and since this one is cooked in the broiler, the cook time just whizzes by in a jiffy. I can also quickly marinade the chicken in the morning or the day before, and then pop it into the oven later to be ready in no time.

Next time we host a small party, I am gonna be breaking out these chicken skewers! You can also place them on the BBQ to mix things up a lil.

Now I paired this with a delicious side of my Simple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Side Salad (recipe to come soon!!!!) and some wild rice. I loved mixing everything on my plate together, so I ended up mixing the rice and shaved brussel sprouts together and put some of the Peanut Ginger Dipping Sauce on them and it was seriously GOOD!

Ingredients:

*12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch slices or pieces
*bamboo skewers (to prevent from burning, soak wooden bamboo skewers in water for 30 min before threading the chicken)

Soy-Ginger Chicken Marinade
2 Tbsp reduced-sodium Tamari Soy Sauce (I use organic and gluten free)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp finely minced ginger
1 tsp honey

Peanut Ginger Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I use Justin’s all natural peanut butter and it’s PERFECT!)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp reduced sodium Tamari Soy Sauce (I used organic and gluten free)
1/2 tsp finely minced ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 Tbsp water, or as needed according to the consistency that you desire!

 

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Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora

Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora Forever 21 just made me SOOO HAPPY!!!! Seriously though, sometimes it’s a hit or miss and for me, usually a miss. But the other day I decided to venture out into the 4 floor Forever 21 on Newbury Street in Boston and lets just say it was a HUGE WIN! Just look at this adorable comfy ROMPER and HAT!


Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora Summer Style: Floral Romper and Floppy Fedora What I’m Wearing

*Forever 21 Romper
*Forever 21 Floppy Brim Raffia Fedora Hat 
*The necklace I purchased a few years ago from South Moon Under in Philadelphia, PA. The brand is called Rebel Designs 
*Ann Taylor Loft shoes which I purchased a few years back

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