Rainbow Salad Recipe

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Yum yum yum! This salad has forever been one of my faves and I was shocked when I made it for lunch and realized I hadn’t yet shared it on the blog!!

This salad is super easy and — like all of my fave salads — is tasty and filling and has so many goodies there’s no need for dressing! Weeee-heee to feeling healthy and full and #eatingclean.

This is how I make it, but feel free to substitute any goodies that you prefer:

♥Lettuce, finely chopped
♥Whole red beets, halfed
♥Garbanzo beans
♥Avocado
♥Sweet potatoes
♥Baby tomatoes
♥Green onion garnish

Mix in whatever proportions you desire! (I usually go big on the non-lettuce items bc let’s be real, lettuce is soooo boring.)

I really enjoy pairing this meal with my favorite coconut water. It’s $11 which is like WOW, but I continue to buy it time & time again. That’s a testament to how.amazingly.good. this stuff is! Try it here!

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Fish Burrito Bowl

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Ingredients:
Brown Rice
Black Beans (Unsalted)
Black Olives
Sliced Carrots
Bell Peppers
Onions
Tomatoes
Corn
Fish (Mahi Mahi, Tilapia)
Lime
Cilantro

Fish Seasoning Ingredients:
Chili Powder
Cumin
Cayenne Pepper
Garlic Powder (pinch)
Lemon Pepper

*Don’t forget avocado like i did :(

Since, burrito bowls are my favorite item to order at Chipotle, I decided to give it a go and make my own version of the delicious meal. I do have to say that I was not well-prepared, but with that being said, it all tasted pretty great! But in the blogging world, it is really all about the photos…right? Hehe.

I started by cooking the brown rice, since it would take a bit longer than any of the other ingredients. While it was cooking, I chopped up my veggies and seasoned my fish with all sort of yummy seasonings. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like, but I went with what I had in my cupboard and sounded good. As soon as the pan heated up, I placed down my pieces of fish to start cookin! WOOHOO!

While the fish was cooking, I made sure to put the black beans and corn on the stove, since those took the least amount of time to prepare. As soon as my fish was done cooking, I added in my veggies (alongside of the cooked fish), which allowed the veggies to simmer in the same seasoning base as my fish! Soon thereafter, the layering began – brown rice, black beans, corn, veggies, black olives, and fish! I topped off the dish with some green salsa, cilantro and lime, which gave the dish the perfect KICK! Yay to a successful recipe and meal! Your move Chipotle! (JK. Their bowl is obvi 10x’s better…that cilantro lime rice though)

enjoy :)

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Soba Noodle Dish

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Ingredients:
Soba Noodles
Tofu
Takuan (Japanese pickled radish)
Red ginger
Cucumbers
Green beans
Soba sauce

*Most of the ingredients you could find at your local grocery store. You could also go to the Japanese store (Marukai) to get the soba noodles, takuan, red ginger, and soba sauce.

Fill a cooking pot with about a quart of water (depending on the amount of noodles you are making). As soon as the water comes to a boil, carefully place the soba noodles in the pot. Stir noodles as they cook for 3-4 minutes. When the time is up, quickly pour the noodles in a colander bowl, while running cold water to cool the noodles. You can also add ice cubes to the noodles to keep them chilled.

While the noodles are cooling, you can cut the tofu, green beans and cucumbers that will be placed on top of your noodles. Feel free to add fish, beef, or chicken to the dish. Once the noodles are cool enough, place them in a dish, add your toppings, and pour about a 1/2 cup of soba sauce on top. Enjoy :)

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Restaurant Review: Phlight

Restaurant Name: Phlight
Location: 6724 Bright Ave, Whittier, CA 90601
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★½
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Wine/Tapas Bar
Great for: Sharing, dinner, wine, a date, or catching up with friends

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Right in the uptown area of my hometown, resides one of my favorite restaurants, Phlight.  This Spanish inspired, tapas restaurant, provides a delectable selection of food, and international wine and beer to choose from. There is such a warm, amorous, and cultivated atmosphere, that will make you want to go back for more. My friends and I love going at the end of a stressful week to dine and unwind. We love getting a few different dishes to share, accompanying glasses of vino, and of course, ending our delicious meal with some sweets.

What we ordered: Sangria/Vino, Sweet Potato Fries, Pork Belly Tacos, Empanadas, Paella, & Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

Recommend: Paella, Sangria, and Mexican Chocolate Souffle.

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Date night dinner: Homemade pizza

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If you’re into simple, healthy meals that are a ton of fun to prepare, this is for you! There’s something special and super entertaining about making pizza from scratch… this is a great go-to date dinner because it takes the pressure off of cooking! It’s something you can do together, while simultaneously being creative & personalizing your pies so that they’re made just the way you like ’em!

Here’s what you’ll need:
♥ 1 package Pamela’s Pizza Crust Mix
♥ 2-1/4 tsp or 7grams active dry yeast
♥ 1 cup plus 2 TBSP very warm water (110°optimum)
♥ 2 TBSP oil
♥ Pizza sauce
♥ Toppings of choice (we love mozzarella, prosciutto, fresh tomatoes, & arugula)

The how to:
♥ Mix & form pizza crust as directed on Pamela’s Pizza Crust
♥ Par-bake pizza crust (aka cook about halfway through)
♥ Spread pizza sauce onto par-baked crust
♥ Cover pizza with toppings of choice, then return to oven for another 5 – 10 minutes
♥ Remove, slice, & enjoy!

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If you’re having guests over, making personalized pizzas can be the “event” of the evening. Start your peeps off with a fun cocktail or drink, and make sure to put out some snacks so that no one is tempted to eat the ingredients! ;) See below for one of my favorite light & easy drinks:

What you’ll need:
♥White wine
♥Splash of Chambord
♥Frozen berries to taste

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How perfect / delicious is this meal!? Comment below to share some of your favorite pizza topping combinations!

Restaurant Review: Hiatus Urban BBQ

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Restaurant Name: Hiatus
Location: 1292 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $
Great for: Lunch, taco tuesday

What I loved: That the amazing slow-cooked BBQ is also healthy! It’s the best of both worlds!! Not to mention the amazing menu that is super straightforward (think Chipotle assembly line). Don’t forget to try the sauces and slaws (I love the Horseradish Sauce and the Kale/Apple Slaw)!

What I’d improve: I wish this badass space was bigger so that I could bring everyone I know!

What I’d recommend: A plate with pulled pork, spicy sauce (if horseradish isn’t your thing), and any of the slaws! You CANNOT leave without a smoked chocolate chip cookie! **They’re so good, mention Halfsies anytime through 8/1/14 to get a free cookie!!

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Think the food looks bomb? The place is also amazingly decorated with rustic art-inspired pieces!

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We even got to hang out with the owner / head chef! Thanks for hosting us Hiatus… my mouth is still watering!

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Steamed Fish and Veggies

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So much to do, but so little time? Constantly eating out because you’re too drained to cook after a long day of school or work? Well, you are in luck! We have a recipe for you that is fast, easy, healthy, and delicious!

Ingredients:
Fish loins/fillets (I get the frozen pack of tilapia loins from Costco)
Veggies (dill,onions, kale, spinach, bell peppers, etc)
Lemon and Capers (optional)
Spices (pink himalayan salt, lemon pepper, cayenne pepper, etc)
Foil
Pan & lid

Steps:

Lay out a bed of chopped veggies on the foil – this is the foundation for your fish and a great way to prevent it from sticking to the foil.

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Once you put the fish over your veggies, squeeze some lemon on top. This gives the fish a little zing and is a great way to keep the spices on the fish.

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Sprinkle your flavor – I usually add some Pink Himalayan Salt or Lemon Pepper/Cayenne Pepper. Once I put on the seasoning, I cover the fish with the lemons I previously used. IMG_9489

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Tightly fold up your fish in the foil – you want to keep it as compact as possible! Once you’ve done that, put it on the pan and cover it!

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Put the heat on medium-high for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes are up, check your fish – the foil should be puffed up – that is how you determine if it is ready or not. You can also carefully open up the foil and use your fork to poke around at the fish to make sure it is cooked. If it is not cooked, fold it back up as best you can, cover it, and leave it on for a few minutes longer.

Once it’s ready, you should get this…

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You are ready to chow down! If you still want a little extra flavor, go ahead and drizzle a little soy sauce or some siracha to add a kick to it! You can also pair the dish with qunioa and more veggies!

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There you have it! Your guide to a quick dish of steamed fish and veggies! Enjoy :)

What are your quick and easy, go-to dishes?

Halfsies Blog take the LA Sports Awards!

Last night, we attended the Los Angeles Sports Awards at the beautiful Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was a lovely event, which recognized the best sports moments of 2013. Some highlights from the evening were meeting LA Clippers’ Coach, Doc Rivers, as well as Clippers’ Point God, Chris Paul, who was awarded Sportsman of the Year. Check out the photos below!

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