#RandomRecipe ~ Healthy Brownies

HEY HEY EVERYBODY! So sorry that I haven’t posted in a few weeks, things have been crazy to say the least! BUT, to make it up to you, here is a fun and easy recipe to my healthy brownie bites that I like to make as a guilt free treat! I hope you guys enjoy them just as much as I do!

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 25-30 minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (either smooth or creamy)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder

**Bonus Ingredient: If you want a little more protein in your already healthy brownie, feel free to add a scoop or two of your favorite protein powder and add an extra tablespoon of PB to compensate for the thickness**

 

 

Directions:

1.) Mash bananas and set aside in bowl

2.) Warm peanut butter in microwave for 30 seconds (just enough to soften but not completely melt)

3.) Mix together honey, warmed peanut butter, mashed banana and cocoa powder until a smooth consistency

4.) Cook for 15-20 minutes in a muffin tin at 400o F

5.) ENJOY!!! I personally love to put even more peanut butter on top when indulging in these little bites of heaven!

#DiscoveringDenverDines: The Best Kind of Biscuit ~Denver Biscuit Company

When at the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market this past weekend, I saw the Denver Biscuit Company food truck and made the poor decision not to stop.  However, the very next day I found myself adventuring to find the restaurant because all I could think about were the enticing biscuit creations that I saw people walking around with at the market.

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The “Franklin”: Buttermilk fried chicken, tender belly bacon, with cheddar cheese and smothered in sausage gravy

Putting a spin on your average breakfast biscuit, Denver Biscuit Company went above and beyond to achieve the ultimate breakfast creation.  When arriving I had the option to sit inside or on the patio and OBVIOUSLY I chose patio because 1.) it’s summertime and 2.) who doesn’t love a little extra vitamin D from the sun with breakfast?  Anyways, the menu made it so hard to decide on just one because there were so many mouthwatering choices.  If you know me well enough then you’d know that I usually have to look at a menu before going to a restaurant, otherwise, I can never decide what I want to eat in a respectable amount of time.  However, my waiter made it pretty clear that “The Franklin” was the way to go for my very first Denver Biscuit Company experience because it was their most popular.  I soon found out why when my breakfast showed up in front of me.  A buttery biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, thick bacon, cheddar cheese and then smothered in sausage gravy.  Thank goodness for Denver Biscuit Company in the middle of marathon training because that breakfast replenished my calories, my energy and left me satisfied for the rest of the day  if you are ever in the Denver area please please please do yourself a favor and stop by one of their 3 Denver locations. And if you are really adventurous you could always track down their  “Biscuit Bus” (aka food truck)!!!

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The face you make when you want to get a picture before you eat but can barely wait to taste the goodness that awaits!!!

#FarmersMarketFinds~Cherry Creek

Last weekend I discovered the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market, also known as my new favorite place to spend Saturdays.  I only hope that my new nursing schedule will allow for me to go on a regular basis.

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My Saturday FM4brunch was made 100% of the fresh produce from the farmer’s market and boy was it DELICIOUS!!!  Red potato hash with red bell pepper, chili pepper, tomato, red onion, garlic, cilantro and arugula paired with egg whites (I guess I lied because the egg whites were from Costco) and an almond croissant.  Below is the list and amount of ingredients I used if you ever feel the urge to go to your local farmer’s market and try making brunch with the organic flavors from your neighborhood!!

Prep Time: 5-10 min

Cook Time: 5-10 min

Total Time: less than 20min

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FRESH Ingredients:

  • 8 small red potatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 green chili pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 3 gloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of arugula
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (for cooking)
  • salt and pepper for taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Dice potatoes and place in a pan with oil and start to cook on medium heat (Potatoes take a little longer to cook than the other stuff so it’s best to get them started earlier).
  2. Dice red bell pepper, green chili pepper, onion and tomatoes then add them to the pan of cooking potatoes.
  3. Mince garlic and chop cilantro then add to the pan and let simmer for 5-8 minutes to let the flavors soak in.  Once cooked, empty contents of the pan and set aside.
  4. Keep the same pan on the stove and immediately cook the eggs in it.  The reason for this is to that the eggs can cook in the leftover flavors that the potato hash left in the pan.
  5. Once cooked the way you want them, serve eggs with the potato hash and top with arugula, salt and pepper.

Another good pairing idea with your farmer’s market breakfast would be fresh squeezed juice from the market itself!!! YUMMY!

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#FewIngredientFriday~Pico De Gallo

This week I wanted to share my favorite staple food with you all!  My roommates can attest to the fact that I make Pico De Gallo at least once, if not twice per week.  Whether paired with my eggs for breakfast (or lunch or dinner or basically whenever), or chips as a snack, I am CONSTANTLY eating it!

Total Time: 10-15 Minutes (Depending on how quick you are at chopping)

Ingredients: Pico 4

  • 6-7 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a Red Onion
  • 1-2 Jalapeños (Depending on how spicy you like your Pico)
  • 1/4 Cup of Chopped Cilantro
  • Juice from 1 Lime

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Dice the tomatoes
  2. Chop onion, jalapeños, and cilantro
  3. Combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, and cilantro into a bowl and then squeeze the lime juice into the bowl and mix together.  I normally use a Pyrex bowl with a lid so that I can shake it all together (because let’s be honest, that’s more fun).
  4. EAT!!! The Pico De Gallo is ready to eat once mixed together, however, I would suggest waiting 20 Minutes to let the flavors soak together for a little while for a bolder and more delicious flavor!

Pico De Gallo can be used to spice up so many delicious dishes! Some of the things that I’ve used Pico with are pictured below.

Breakfast: Pico w/eggs (any style), avocado, quinoa, and sour cream (optional)

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Lunch/Dinner:Pico to top off a turkey burger with guac! YUMMY!

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Also try but not pictured: pico on tacos & pico on top of pizza!!! 

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Stay tuned for #FewIngredientFriday next week when I introduce flatbread ZA recipes!!! 

#DiscoveringDenverDines: $4 Margs + $1 Tacos ~ Agave Taco Bar

The past few weeks I have attempted to participate in #TacoTuesday, however, plans never worked out……until today that is!!!! I FINALLY had the pleasure to indulge in the excitement of $1 tacos on Taco Tuesday at Agave Taco Bar in Wash Park, Denver and it was INCREDIBLE to say the least!!

We had an option of 4 different taco creations for just $1 each:

  • Chicken Tinga Con Papas- Pulled chicken w/chorizo, chipotle & sour cream
  • Calabaza Con Rajas- Roasted squash, poblano pepper strips, kale, onion, sour cream and Fresco cheese
  • Adobada- spicy pork, onion, salsa, lime and cilantro
  • Quinoa Con Elote- corn, black beans, poblano peppers, Fresco cheese, kale, & sour cream
*Descriptions provided by Agave Taco Bar Menu*

……Soooo basically, dinner cost me $2 which is insane in itself (well….only the food did, the drinks were still only $4 though and strong might I add)!!  In addition to their taco Tuesday special, the $4 happy hour margaritas only made my first experience at Agave Taco Bar that much more enjoyable (that and the adorable small restaurant/patio feel, obviously)!

#TacoTuesday was an opportunity to enjoy much needed mid-week time with friends while only spending a handful agave 2of dollars to satisfy the need to “decompress” after a long day.  It’s deals like these that make exploring Denver’s food scene irresistible and my inability to say “no” adds to the list of excuses to continue eating my way through the streets of Denver…..I guess that’s why this blog exists! I love to eat! And thanks to you all, I have somewhere to share my foodie fantastic encounters with!

Stay tuned for upcoming #TacoTuesday experiences  as I explore other amazing taco deals in the Denver area! I can’t wait to ‘TACO ‘BOUT” taco Tuesdays and all of the fun and unique characteristics that each restaurant has to bring from week to week!

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#DiscoveringDenverDines: Bold Burgers + Much Needed Mules ~ The Royal Burger Denver

After a long first week at my job as a new grad nurse, I needed to reward myself!  And what better way to do that than to indulge in some beefy burgers and a few Moscow Mules?!?! Well the right answer would actually be “indulging in some beefy burgers and a few Moscow Mules with new Denver friends!”

The best part of moving to a new city is enjoying all the new things that are yet to be discovered and yesterday my new friend (and neighbor) helped mRoyal 3.jpge to discover the one and only Royal Burger Denver (p.s. thanks Katie!!).  I understood where the restaurant got its name when my taste buds felt like royal kings and queens with the bold and bodacious flavors of my jalapeño southwest patty melt (pictured in cover photo).  The grilled onions and jalapeños, smothered in chipotle aioli and topped with Pepper Jack cheese on marble rye made for an incredible spin on your classic cheeseburger! And paired with my hibiscus Moscow Mule and sweet potato fries, it made for the most scrumptious foodie find to satisfy my cravings!!!  Perfect for a celebration, the burgers and mules were outstanding and just like that, Royal Burger Denver will officially go on my “visit again” list!

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Hibiscus & Lavender Moscow Mules

Cheers to new friends, Cheers to new jobs, Cheers to new cities and Cheers to amazing “dive” restaurants like the one I got to explore yesterday!!!

**Share with friends and tune in weekly on Taco ‘Bout Tasty for new #DiscoverDenverDines**

#FewIngredientFriday ~ Zoodles w/Avocado Pesto

#FewIngredientFriday is all about making easy meals at the end of a long week!! No one wants to come home after a full week of exhaustion and slave over food in the kitchen for hours.  Therefore, yours truly will be providing simple and easy recipes every Friday that require only a handful of ingredients and hardly any time at all! Ordering out on the weekend is easy, BUT SO ARE MAKING THESE SIMPLE RECIPES!

THIS WEEK I’ve been on a “spiralizing” craze and decided to try out some Zucchini Noodles w/ Avocado Pesto!!!

Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes

Cook time: 2-4 Minutes

Total time: Less than 20 Minutes

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Zucchini ~ Spiralized
  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/2 Cup of Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 Cup of Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons of Walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste (I used 1 teaspoon black pepper & a dash of salt)
  • Optional toppings: Chicken and Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Use a vegetable “Spiralizer” to spiralize the zucchini and place aside.
  2. In a food processor, grind together the walnuts, parsley, basil, avocado, garlic cloves and olive oil unit smooth.  Then, add onion powder, salt and pepper for taste and any other seasonings that you may want (feel free to get creative!!).
  3. Steam spiralized zucchini for 2-4 minutes depending on how soft or crunchy you want your ZOODLES to be.
  4. Remove steamed ZOODLES and place in a bowl with the avocado pesto you made in step 2 and mix together.
  5. Spice up your ZOODLES with the optional toppings of chicken (I used simply baked chicken breast with Italian seasoning), parmesan cheese, and whatever else you can think of.
  6. Scarf down your ZOODLES before someone else does! (Yes, they are THAT good!!!)

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Stay tuned for next week on #FewIngredientFriday when we Taco ‘Bout more Tasty Recipes!!!

 

 

 

Food. Friends. Denver.

Believe it or not but Denver became my new home after just one single visit!!!  The people, the sites and most importantly the FOOD made the move from Chicago (my childhood home) that much easier.

I’ve been in Denver a little over a month now and I have no regrets about my big post graduate move!! Why you might ask? Well, when looking back on what made me fall in love with Denver, the tastes of Little Man Ice Cream, Illegal Pete’s and Avanti’s come to the tip of my tongue as I remember that my food experiences made for an unforgettable first trip!

Standing in line over 30 minutes for the infamous Little Man Ice Cream in the warm spring sun was worth every single lick of the hand crafted, creamy goodness on a cone.  The joyful childhood memories that Little Man’s “Whopper Chocolate” and “Clenjoying little manassic Cookie Dough” brought to my mind while the Denver heat melted the fantastic flavors down my hand were irreplaceable.  I attempted to capture my favorite moment of my first Denver excursion (pictured left), however, my lack of self control for ice cream in combination with my melting cone made for a somewhat sub-par selfie. However, the grin behind my double-decker mound of tasteful bliss should convey to you just how good both Little Man Ice Cream and my first Denver experience really were!  If any of you are ever blessed with the opportunity to stand in a 30 minute line for this Denver delicacy then I would 100% encourage you to do so! You won’t regret it- I mean, I know I didn’t!

Well fellow foodies, that’s all for my first blog post! Stay tuned for more to come from Denver as I explore the tasteful treats of my new city home.  I can’t wait for the next time we TACO ‘BOUT TASTY experiences that I have!