Beet, Pecan, & Goat Cheese Salad

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This has been my go-to lunch this week (I’ve had it 3 times now…). I bought a giant bag of spinach and those already-ready beets from TJs, so I felt like I had to eat them all before they went bad!! But hey, definitely not complaining bc this salad is amaze and packed full of antioxidants!

Ingredients:

♥ Spinach
♥ Beets
♥ Goat cheese
♥ Avocado
♥ Pecans
♥ Lentils

Throw your ingredients in a big bowl in your desired proportion, and toss with balsamic! If you need a little extra something to keep you full, try adding a protein like chicken or shrimp! Sprinkle some fresh pepper on top, and voila! Enjoy!

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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!

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: JiST Cafe

Restaurant Name: JiST Cafe
Location: 116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American (Asian Fusion)
Great for: Breakfast, Brunch, & Lunch

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What first started out as a mom-and-pop joint, that was known for its chashu dumplings in the 1940s, is now a happenin’ breakfast and lunch dive with heavy Japanese influence.

JiST Cafe is a lovely little breakfast and lunch spot, that sits on first street in the heart of Little Tokyo. Not only is the food great, but the employees are so welcoming and attentive, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable. The decor inside is so artistic and gives the small cafe such a big personality. I love how they placed the plants on the wall, and how they used desk lamps as ceiling lights! So creative!

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Now, onto the best part… FOOD! As I mentioned before, JiST is well-known for all their chashu/pork base dishes. The first time i came here, I had the Chashu Hash Skillet, although a little on the oily side, it was DELICIOUS! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.. nommmssss!

I decided to change up my order during my recent visit. I ordered the Katsu Sandwich, which was huge! It was a little difficult to eat because it came in more of a flatbread form. I didn’t even attempt to try to make it into a real sandwich – probably because I was STARVING, and ain’t nobody got time for that! My co-worker got Porky Omurice, and based on her silence, I am guessing she enjoyed it.. Did I mention she loves to eat just as much as I do, and persuaded me to share an order of the French toast, which by the way was filled with custard.. OMG! My thighs were very happy.

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I highly suggest you check out this great cafe for breakfast or lunch! Take a look at their website! ENTER WITH CAUTION: WILL MAKE MOUTH WATER.

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Restaurant Review: Zengo

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Restaurant Name: Zengo
Location: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Tapas
Great for: Brunch

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What we loved: $39 brunch includes unlimited tapas & drinks for a two-hour period

What we’d improve: If you don’t make a rezzie, tough luck. We wish there were better accomodations for walk-ins, but this place is so great, we’re actually okay with making brunch plans ahead of time.

What we’d recommend: Ask your server to bring out an assortment of dishes, proportionate to the number of guests you have at your table. Once you’ve tried everything on the extensive brunch menu, you can request seconds (and thirds) of your favorite items!! I’m in love with the empanadas, brussel sprouts, sushi rolls, yucca fries, and meatballs!!

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Be forewarned… on weekends Zengo is known for DJs spinning hot tunes! It can get loud, but is a perfect way to keep the party going on Sunday Funday!

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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Skinny Minnie Lunch: Quinoa Salad + Bubbly!

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This salad is so yummy!! It’s perfect for weekends like Memorial day when you’re going to be in a bikini and don’t want to bloat &/or overeat in the sunshine!

Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ 1 cup quinoa,  cooked
♥A few sprigs of mint leaves (ours are fresh from the garden! yay!)
♥ 1/2 tomato, diced
♥1/2 cucumber, diced
♥1 full grapefruit

Mix it all together and serve! We like to garnish with extra mint. Bonus: the grapefruit juice acts as a divine dressing, making this salad super low-cal!

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Of course, why save all those calories if not to have a little drinky too ;)

I made grapefruit bellinis with my faveee champ – Perrier Jouet! (Yep – we got the extra large bottle. Party time!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

♥Champagne
♥Grapefruit

Scoop out some fresh grapefruit juice & meat and place into the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with your favorite champagne. Enjoy. Repeat.

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Restaurant Review: LeKa

Restaurant Name: LeKa
Location: 800 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Contemporary French-Californian
Great for: Working lunch, meetings

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LeKa is a go-to spot for my team, as it’s an easy block away from our DTLA office and offers a fantastic array of unique dishes. The restaurant puts an up-scale twist on common plates like salmon, pizza, burgers, and more. Since we’re regulars here, we were invited to stop by for a tasting of some new menu items. Check it out and I’m sure you’ll be drooling like we were! It’s no wonder we love this place.

What I loved: Filling lunch that won’t leave you in an afternoon food-coma; great ambience

What I’d improve: A little pricey for the everyday

What I’d recommend: Curried cauliflower soup, brussel sprouts, grilled pork belly meatballs, brioche bread pudding 

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