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Berry, Breakfast Bowl

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Carne Asada

Carne Asada

Fried up while listening to “I Like Me Better” by Lauv

The smell of carne asada is unmistakable! When I was growing up, I would walk through the front door and instantly know what we’d be having for dinner. Now, nothing takes me back to those days like this dish. It’s not quite like it was back then, the white rice and beans have been replaced with corn and a quinoa-rice mixture. A salad has been added but the taste is still the same! I would highly recommend that you marinate the meat for as long as you can but even if it’s just 20 minutes, it will make a world of a difference.

 

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Carne Asada

Carne Asada made easy. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Skirt Steak
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce gluten free
  • 3 small cloves Garlic chopped finely
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Oil (EVOO or Canola)

Instructions

  1. Clean the meat of any excess fat that it may have and chop into small pieces. 

  2. In a large ziplock bag, marinate the meat with the soy sauce, salt and garlic. 

  3. Cover the bottom of your pan with the oil of your choice and bring the pan to a medium to high heat. 

  4. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes on each side for a medium-well done cut.

  5. Remove from heat and let it rest before serving. Enjoy 🙂 

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Sweet Blueberry Waffles

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Avocado Toast Inspired by Tim Gurner

Avocado Toast Inspired by Tim Gurner

Thought up while listening to “Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World”

An article on the Business section of the NY Times is not usually where I gather inspiration from but yet here we are. After having read about Tim Gurner’s correlation between millennial’s spending habits and our ability to own a home, my interest was peaked. He is quoted as saying:

“When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” he said.   – Tim Gurner, real estate mogul in Melbourne.

I was as outraged as the next millennial but Tim Gurner’s statement got me thinking about just how much money we spend on brunch. I do not believe that we spend outside of our means but perhaps it is time to reconsider our weekly brunch habits. Now please hear me out, I am not saying ‘bye’ to brunch anytime soon, I am simply proposing that it becomes more of a special occasion thing than an everyday thing. Deal?

Avocado Toast is easy to make, inexpensive and a guaranteed hit! So this weekend instead of going out for brunch, why not host brunch for a couple of  your friends? Not only will you save money, you will also not  worry about watered down cocktails 😉 Rosé Sangria anyone?

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Avocado Toast Inspired by Tim Gurner

Avocado Toast inspired by a real estate mogul in Melbourne who claimed millennials spend their money "buying smashes avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each".

Course Brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author GenCeci

Ingredients

  • 1 Haas Avocado
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Radish wash and rough chop
  • 5 Cherry Tomatoes wash and chop
  • 2 C Alfalfa Sprouts rinse and dry
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 pieces Gluten-Free Sliced Bread toast if you wish
  • Sea Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Gently mash up your avocado and add the apple cider vinegar. 

  2. Boil water and poach your eggs. I poached mine, one at a time but do as many as your comfortable with. Jamie Oliver put together a wonderful video on how to poach eggs which you could check out here. 

  3. Chop up your radishes and tomatoes and rinse off your sprouts. Set aside.

  4. I toasted my bread but this part is optional.  Assemble your toast with a generous layer of avocado, top it with your sprouts, tomatoes and radishes. 

  5. Finish it off with your poached egg and enjoy! 

On Sushi and Shae

On Sushi and Shae

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Good morning, Mr. Greens!

Good morning, Mr. Greens!

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On Loved Ones and their Love Languages

On Loved Ones and their Love Languages

Thought up while listening to “Nada Surf – Always Love”

One of the most life changing books in my life, besides the Bible, has been “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. The book teaches about the different types of love languages:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Acts of Service
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Quality Time
  • Physical Touch
Gary Chapman – 5 Love Languages

You can find your primary love language by taking this quiz. I would love to hear about your results so please let me know in the comments section! Knowing the primary love language of the people you are doing life with will exponentially improve your relationships.

My primary love language changes, and quite a bit! I’d say I’m multi-lingual haha! In all honesty, I think it’s an even combination of Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, and Physical Touch. But anyone who knows me will tell you that I love giving and receiving gifts. There’s something so special about picking out a gift for someone based on their likes. Oh I cannot wait until that Oprah budget comes through! Everyone will get their “car”! I mus confess that I love receiving gifts, it doesn’t have to be something big, it just has to be meaningful. Take a Gluten Free Cookie, for example, show up with one and it will make us instant besties! Oh and if you buy me a non-vanilla, non-chocolate cupcake… FRIENDS FOR LIFE!

Identifying your loved one’s primary love language will help you love them better. I can tell you from experience just how frustrating it is to love someone when you don’t understand their primary love language. As I mentioned, one of my primary love languages is giving gifts and I pride myself in my gift giving abilities. Imagine my frustration, when after weeks of planning and saving, I gift my mother a fab gift only to get a meek “thanks”. This happened for every birthday, Mother’s Day and Christmas for years! Every year I tried to outdo myself, I increased my budget, I dug deeper into her likes, I sought high and low for a special gift, and the response was always the same. I could not understand it, this woman is all things nice and lovely and yet she was never truly content with my gifts. It was because Receiving Gifts IS NOT HER LOVE LANGUAGE. It was that simple! Her love languages are Quality Time and Acts of Service, and everything changed once I discovered that. This Mother’s Day I got her and I tickets for a conference and she was happier than I have ever seen her before. Quality Time! That’s what she likes. So can I just encourage you to discover what your primary love language is and to discover the primary love language of those around you. It will dramatically change your relationships and it will help you show your love more effectively.

Quality Time at a Broadway Show 🙂

Xo,

GenCeci

 

Moro de Lenteja: Rice with Lentils

Moro de Lenteja: Rice with Lentils

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