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Family Vacation: Clam Lake, WI

Helllooooo Friends!!  Hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! It is crazy to think that it’s all ending very soon….In fact, I saw that UK started classes yesterday and I internally cried a little (lol) I wont lie, I definitely miss the hell out of college sometimes. Not so much all the work, but just having all my friends with me and I guess my classes were alright too. Along with summer ending, I have a whole bunch of extra things going on in my life too. My lease here in Lex is up in October and I have absolutely no idea where I will be going (well I have some ideas but nothing is set in stone yet), which is scary but at the same time super exciting! As much as I love Lex, it is definitely time to leave and try out somewhere new! With all this craziness going on around me, It was SUPER nice to take a breather and head up north with the fam. We rented a lake house in the middle of nowhere Clam Lake, Wisconsin–which I’m sure none of you have heard of before. Honestly, I think the remoteness of it was the best part! It was one of those trips where we just relaxed and did a whole lot of nothing (BUT of course we made delicious meals ;) cuz it wouldn’t be our family if we didn’t! We also went out in the lake one day and took out the paddle boat, which was pretty fun. I even got my mom to watch the bachelorette finale with me hehe  But anyway, I thought I’d highlight some fun stuff we did and of course some yummmmmy meals too!!

 

Clam Lake, WI

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(Here’s the cabin we stayed at: looks much smaller than it actually was!!)

The town legit consisted of this gas station/motel/grocery store combo and a tiny bar/restaurant thing that was only open a few times a week due to lack of staff (lol) Just to give you an idea of how “in the middle of nowhere” it really was. However, one day we did drive out to a “nearby” town aka 1.5 hours away but it was right on Lake Superior and prettyyyy dang cute!

Bayfield, WI

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~VIEWS! Am I right?! We also found this cute lil coffee shop Kickapoo Coffee where I was able to try oat milk for the first time and yes, it is YUMMMM!~

Copper Falls State Park

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~Not much of a hike, but it was definitely beautiful! 10/10 recommend!~

 

#LaKe LiFe

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~IT IS CASUAL—- but this was legit the view from our backyard on a basically private lake. NBD. If I don’t end up in a big city, you can certainly find me here!!~

 

But honestly the best part was…

 

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Until next time,

XOXO

Kelsey

 

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Gluten Free Arancini & Romesco

Hey guys! I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! Seems like it has been going by at lighting speed, which means we are coming up on my final month of culinary school and my final months left in Lexington! It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling, I’ve loved it here for the 4+ years I’ve been here but I’m for sure ready for my next adventure, wherever that may be! Meanwhile in culinary school, we’ve been working on our final plates! For me, I’ve gotta figure out an appetizer, meat entree, and fruit dessert. Through my experimentation and personal experience, I have found that I really REALLY love arancini…which really shouldn’t come to any surprise for those who know me. I’m actually obsessed with making (and eating) risotto :) Traditionally, arancini is served with a marinara sauce but I decided to switch it up and pair it with a homemade romesco sauce (something I’ve never made before) and you know what? It actually turned out really delicious! You could say I’m just sticking with my italian roots ;)

For those who don’t know, arancini is essentially deep fried risotto….so I mean, what could really go wrong?! WELL, when I first made this, I forgot to make the risotto the day before (which you absolutely should do) so it was really difficult getting the right consistency to form them into balls and place in the fryer…..BUT, we made it happen!

****You can put whatever you’d like in your risotto, this just what I put it in this particular time!*****

Gluten Free Arancini

  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3-3/12 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup diced leeks
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • minced garlic (as much as you’d like)
  • blend of parmesan, pecorino romano, and asiago cheese (1/2 cup maybe)
  • 1 oz dry white wine
  • butter to finish (as much as you’d like)
  • S&P to taste
  1. if using leftover risotto, you will need to add 1-2 eggs to the mixture—then forming into balls and tossing in rice flour)
  2. if you don’t have a deep fryer, heat a saucepan or dutch oven to 350 degrees and drop the arancini in until it forms a crispy golden crust!

Romesco Sauce

  • 2 fire roasted red bell peppers (you can buy in a jar or roast yourself over open flame—char and peel off skin)
  • 1/2 cup tomato purée or sauce
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (toasted)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ~ 1/8 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • S&P to taste
  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor & add in your EVOO!

**OPTIONAL: chiffonade basil and grated parmesan for garnish!

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Hope you all enjoy!

xoxo

Kelsey

 

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Travel Eats: Boulder, Colorado

Hey friends! Last month, I took an awesome trip out to Colorado! It’s definitely a place I’ve been wanting to visit for a while now…and it just so happens, my best friend lives there! I can’t say it was really a planned trip… as I just woke up one morning and saw flights were cheap and I booked it on the spot! (In hindsight, probably should have checked with work first to see if I could get the time off…ooopsie!) but hey, thankfully it all worked out!

This was definitely a very necessary trip for me. To be honest, I’ve been having a tough couple of months dealing with the unknown aka my life and trying to figure out the next step has not been an easy process. So lately, I’ve realized my anxiety has been through the roof and honestly I really just needed to get away and spend some quality time with my best friend, who I literally haven’t seen since last October! I’m often super nostalgic over the college days, living together, routine schedules, and just having your close friends always near by to do whatever we feel like doing! I even find myself missing homework or cramming at the library for hours (send help lol) But what I have realized is this: you will meet all different kinds of people in your life. Some of them may be temporary, only in your life for a particular time period (high school, college, adolescence) and some friendships are meant to last for the long haul, stand the test of time. I definitely have/had both kinds of friends in my life.  I used to think drifting apart in friendships was the worst thing ever, like I was doing something wrong. But sometimes they just aren’t meant to continue. People change and that’s okay. And as I get older, I’ve realized that the people who want to be in your life will make the effort. With that being said, even though I am quite honestly terrified of flying, I got on that three hour flight because my best friend is worth it! Now enough of me getting carried away and on to the good stuff…..the food, duh! And seriously guys, If you’ve never been to Colorado or are thinking of going…DO IT! It’s so beautiful, the food is amazing (and allergy friendly), and the people are one of a kind.

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(Sarah and I with the Buff, CU Boulder’s mascot)

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Rush Bowls: Boulder, CO

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with Rush Bowls…literally SO SO good. SO good that we definitely went multiple times while I was there! I’ve had many acai bowls in my day but these take the cake! Something overwhelmingly fresh about these bowls that make them better than the rest…and you can’t forget the granola and drizzled honey on top!! 12/10 need Rush Bowls to come to lex…or wherever I end up!

 

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The Sink: Boulder, CO

Soooo this place is definitely a Boulder icon. It’s like famous there and I can’t remember why…something about it being like 100 years old or something! But anyway, the burger was VERY good. I know this isn’t the most pleasing photo, but ya can’t always create good lighting people!! Definitely a place you should visit when in Boulder not only for the food, but the longstanding history and the unique decor!

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Celestial Seasonings: Boulder, CO 

Who knew that one of the most well known tea companies headquarters is here in Boulder?! AND they offer free tours! How cool is that?? The tour is very short and sweet but you learn a lot and get to try a bunch of different teas and even see the famous “peppermint room” which holds all their minty flavored teas! Just a warning, it is quite pungent so if peppermint isn’t your cup of tea (see what I did there ;) then I’d probably opt out of that part! Definitely a 10/10 experience and would recommend if you visit!

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The Buff: Boulder, CO

You guys! I swear, breakfast is the best meal of the day. Don’t even try me on this one! It’s even a million times better when you have all the menu options available for you! This place knows how to do a killer breakfast and fulfill your allergy requests all at the same time. PLUS they use canyon bakehouse bread—which is the best in the gluten free game (in my opinion) It really doesn’t get better than that! I had some delicious pancakes and a skillet and they were both a solid 10/10!

 

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Kung Fu Tea: Boulder, CO

So I finally tried bubble tea, for the first time ever and I honestly enjoyed it. I was a little scared of the little bubbles, tbh. BUT they actually had a nice taste that I really wasn’t expecting! This place is for sure a “chain” but if ya need a nice pick me up in the middle of the afternoon, I would highly recommend! They have a billion different options so you are guaranteed to find something you want! I went with the iced honey green tea and I was really into it. Would order/visit again!

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Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar: Boulder, CO

Y’all, this is the most “Colorado thing” I have ever seen! This place is literally completely 100% gluten free AND they even have paleo options, which I have never seen on a menu in my life! Additionally, their menu consists of “potions” which have different health purposes and even have the option of adding liquor to them too! I ordered one called “owl eyes” and this was legit the description on the menu:

Flavor Profile: Mate Ginger
Function: Energy & Focus

An eye-widening mixture of Love, Apple Juice*, Lemon Juice, Honey, Ginger Root*, Yerba Mate*, Nettle Leaf*, Eleuthero Root*, Astragalus*, Cinnamon*, Maca, Nutmeg*, Vanilla Bean Extract*, Liquid Chlorophyll

Flower Essence: Aloe Vera
Sound Frequencies: Owl Hoots, Waterfall
Gemstone Essence: Rose Quartz

Health Benefits: Increases the body’s natural energy in a balanced and focused way using adaptogenic herbs. High in minerals, deeply nourishing and oxygenating on a cellular level, can enhance the mood and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

***Nuff said! ;)

 

Honestly, Colorado was the best time. I got to see my best friend while experiencing some amazing eats and even better scenery :) Would come back in a heartbeat!

Hope you all enjoyed and visit soon!!

xoxo

Kelsey

 

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Dippin for Derby!

Hey y’all! Super excited to be teaming up with my fellow Kentucky bloggers to share with you ALL things Derby! Being a Derby newbie, I know I’ll for sure be checking out their posts! If you’re headed to a party or just wanna make something at home–this is the perfect dip for ya! Loaded with flavor and a beautiful colorful presentation, you’ll definitely wanna make it all the time! (Or at least I sure do) I’ve made this recipe on repeat lately and even have had it for lunch (super filling–and thats saying a lot coming from me) Pair it with your favorite chips and you’re all set! Some of my faves are: Siete Foods, Late July Snacks && Rice Chips

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Derby Dip

  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 dozen sliced cherry tomatoes
  • handful of goat cheese
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 red onion small dice
  • handful of chopped cilantro
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • seasoned salt, garlic powder, and pepper to taste

 

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**Simply mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl to create the perfect creamy consistency AND serve with your favorite chips**

ALSO–Be sure to check out what other Bluegrass bloggers have to offer this Kentucky Derby season!

Where to Celebrate the Derby in Lexington / Lex Eats

Plus Size Derby & Oaks Style / Authentically Emmie

The History of the Kentucky Derby + Kentucky Derby Facts / Fabulous in Fayette

Oaks & Derby Looks from Amazon / Munchkins and the Military

How to Throw the Best Derby Party / The Bliss Between

Affordable Places to Experience Derby / Loud Girl Big World

Derby Party Cocktail / Space Place and Southern Grace

Horse Cupcakes with Bourbon Icing / Kentucky Girl Ramblings

Derby Cocktail / House Three Thirty Six

Beers for Bourbon Lovers / Love Me Brew

Advice to Survive Derby Week from a Multiple Derby Attendee / Dog Lady Horse Crazy

Derby Party Appetizers Fashion, Frappes & Felines

Derby Recipe Bourbon & Lipstick

How to Dress for the Derby / Styled in Blue

Vineyard Vines Run for the Roses Scarf Benefiting Norton Cancer Institute / HerKentucky

Affordable Derby Outfit / Same McKenna

Derby Outfit / This Lexington Life

Derby Party Recipes Gathered Living

Hope you all will enjoy this super easy and delicious recipe at your Derby party this year!

xoxo

Kelsey

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New York City Foodie Favorites

Hi friends!! If you’ve been following along the instagram–you’d know I went to NYC recently with my mom and sister! We always have the best time, basically eating our way through the entire city– but that’s how we like it :) I quite honestly can’t get enough of this city. If I won the lottery, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Every time we go, we always have to hit some of our all time favorite eats such as Hu KitchenDean &Deluca  and of course Eataly!! BUT, we did find some new spots that I think you all would love to check out and put on your NYC bucket list!!

Foodie approved by yours truly, my unofficial list of new additions…

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Corkbuzz: 13 E 13th street 

Definitely a must go–if you consider yourself a charcuterie&cheese board connoisseur like myself (and like to drink nice wine would be a bonus) Such a cute little spot for some light appetizers and good ambiance before hitting the main course!

 

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Uncle Boons: 7 Spring Street

You guys!! This place was one of the coolest spots I’ve been to! You know it’s an awesome place when there is a line out the door at 5pm! Oddly enough, we were able to get in right away and enjoyed one of my favorite meals of all time. Super unique menu–with some of the options being bone marrow and curry snails–this place is perfect for the adventurous eater who also happens to LOVE spicy foods (aka ME) Pictured is the spicy chicken salad and it did not disappoint! I also ordered a spicy tamarind margarita that was off the chain gooooood!

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Juice Generation: 644 9th Ave

Super yummy smoothie and snack shop not too far from Soul Cycle! Took a leisurely walk from the 46th street soul location to this spot to get a delicious green smoothie (tryin to fit in with the locals ;) ) I love nothing more than an early morning walk through the streets of NYC—would probably wear comfier shoes next time! This is the “Supa Dupa Greens” smoothie and it was quite tasty–perfect post workout meal!

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Ladurée: 398 W Broadway

Hands down one of the cutest places I have ever been! If you’re not even big on macarons and just trying to get that cute pic for the gram–this is the place for ya! With all the pretty pastels, It is so gorgeous inside! PLUS, who doesn’t love an amazing french macaron?! So many awesome flavors to choose from!

 

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Los Tacos No. 1: 75 9th Ave (Located inside Chelsea Market) 

Now you all KNOW how I feel about tacos…and these were honestly insanely delicious!!! Something about a perfectly seasoned meat paired with a fresh salsa and homemade tortillas (cue heart eye emoji) Super conveniently located in Chelsea Market, which is basically a food lovers paradise. A MUST go while in NY!!

 

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Big Gay Ice Cream: 125 E 7th Street 

This place was SO cute! While I am definitely Team Ample Hills Creamery , this spot was recommended to me and I just HAD to try! First off, this place had a giant unicorn on the front of the building so I naturally felt right at home. Second, they had MARSHMALLOW ice cream…like what?! Can you say YUM?? I ended up getting a marshmallow hazelnut swirl and it was everything I could have ever wanted! Oh and wait, it gets better—they have GLUTEN FREE CONES! I literally did a double take while looking at the menu, too good to be true, but it is 100% true friends!!

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Butter Midtown: 70 W 45th Street

If you don’t know who Alex Guarnaschelli is, you likely haven’t watched a minute of Food Network…and if that’s the case, I feel bad for you and I don’t think we can be friends (lol half kidding) Anyway, Butter is her restaurant in NYC and it definitely lived up to the hype..especially the brussels sprouts salad ( which we ended up ordering twice ) The inside of the restaurant is really neat too and they had an awesome bar where I had the most amazing mojito of my life!!

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Babbo: 110 Waverly Pl

Speaking of Food Network, We miraculously got in at Babbo, which is Chef Mario Batali’s restaurant! Super cozy vibe and classic italian food was the perfect touch to our last night in New York! They even had homemade gluten free pasta, which is always a plus in my book. We finished off the dinner with an amazing pavlova dessert that was to die for!

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The Butcher’s Daughter: 19 Kenmare Street 

This place was seriously made for instagram (not even kidding) From the wooden tables, to the avocado toast, and bright colored juices–it is an extremely aesthetically pleasing kinda place! Good news, it is also super delicious, fresh, and healthy. I remember saying this place looked straight outta California (before realizing that there indeed is a location in Los Angeles) I always say this, but it is such a relief going to a restaurant where you can order whatever you want off the menu without having to worry about allergies!  I got avocado toast on gluten free toast with a fresh watermelon juice AND the most amazing gluten free banana bread!

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Cafe Clover: 10 Downing Street

GUYS, I am so insanely happy to report that Cafe Clover goes on my unofficial best restaurants of ALL TIME list. I actually got the recommendation from a fellow insta blogger and I am THRILLED that we ended up going! Everything about this place was perfection. From the decor to the food, I just cannot say enough good things. Another place that is super allergy friendly, I was ecstatic to find out everything could be made gluten free! We started off with the smoked salmon and prosciutto flatbreads…HOLY SMOKES, they were out of this world. (Currently in the process of remaking the photo above) We also got the burrata which was BOMB and an insanely unreal dessert that blew my mind. Lastly, mom finished off with some bone broth and I had an awesome immunity tea! No joke, I would 10/10 fly back to New York just to eat at this restaurant!

 

Thanks for reading!!

Until next time NYC,

Can’t wait to come back and experience more good eats!!!

xoxo

Kelsey

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BREAKFAST BAKED OATMEAL

I am such a breakfast person to the point where sometimes I have it all three meals…guilty!! However, I’m definitely an eggs, potatoes, turkey bacon kinda gal. BUT lately I’ve kinda not been feeling my usual and wanted to switch it up. If I were to do a sweet breakfast (which is so unlike me) I’d definitely do pancakes or oatmeal. There’s nothing quite like hot oatmeal right off the stove but I’ll tell ya a little secret… it is even better in the cast iron ;) or maybe i’m just convinced everything tastes better in the cast iron (lol) This recipe features TWO ways to do baked oatmeal, but really there are an infinite amount of possibilities! You could even make it savory (which I have yet to try, but now I think I gotta!!) My favorite toppings are fresh fruits, lots of cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup never hurt nobody ;)

Get pumped to change up your breakfast game and try something new, you’ll thank me later!!!

 

BAKED OATMEAL

  • 2 cups of oats (I use Gluten Free Oats from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (I use Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of PB (or any kind of nut butter you prefer–I used Crazy Richard’s creamy PB)
  • 2 tbs maple syrup (agave or honey would also work)
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon (depends on your preference)
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • toppings of choice (fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, cinnamon, etc)

 

**First, you’ll want to combine your wet ingredients together (whisk egg before adding) and then add the dry, folding the oats in. Be sure to oil the skillet before pouring the mixture in! Once you pour in the skillet, add your toppings! Bake at 350 for 25- 30 minutes**

Annnnnd it should come out looking all crispy and golden brown deliciousness!!

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Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

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Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

 

Hope you enjoy!!!

xoxo

Kelsey

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DIY Chipotle Style Burrito Bowls

Helllllllo friends!! I’ve been meaning to get this out to you all sooner…but ya know, this thing called “life” kinda hit me in the face! I think if you take one look at my foodie insta, you’ll probably see a trend…and that would definitely be mexican food. tacos, nachos, taquitos, burrito bowls, i love it all and eat it quite frequently! However, when you’re trying to hit chipotle multiple times a week…it is sure to make your wallet cry! BUT good news y’all…I think I’ve made something that is just as good (if not better) than your average chipotle burrito bowl…plus WAY more budget friendly too :) Keep reading to see how I make it and how you can use it as your weekly meal prep, like I did!!!

 

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Homemade Burrito Bowls

What you’ll need…

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 3 green/red/yellow bell peppers
  • 2 white onion
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 package of cilantro
  • 1 package of grape tomatoes
  • 2-3 cans black beans (I would recommend buying them in the can/or already precooked. If you wanna make dried beans (keep in mind, it is a lengthy process) I used this recipe: Cuban Black Beans)
  • 3 packs of spanish style rice (I’d recommend the Seeds of Change brand)
  • 1 package of cheese of choice, I used mozzarella BUT (queso fresco and cotija are mexican style cheeses that would taste even better!!)
  • 2 limes
  • 1 pack of romaine lettuce
  • 2 avocados (If you are trying to keep these fresh throughout the week, squeeze some lemon juice on them)
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • your choice of seasonings (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, paprika, fresh lime juice for the chicken marinade)

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Where to begin!?

  1. Start by dicing up and marinating your chicken… ( Use the juice of 1 lime, 1-2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, 2 teaspoons cayenne or ancho chile powder, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, add enough olive oil to coat the chicken — mix together and add to a resealable bag and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes)
  2. Prep ingredients for your salsa (Use 1/2 cucumber rough dice, 1 package of grape tomatoes, 1/2-1 small red onion cut into chunks, a handful of cilantro, 1 serrano (seeded, if you aren’t feelin too much spice) 2-3 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, juice of 1 lime…use your best judgement/own preference for the garlic, salt, and lime measurements) Place all ingredients into food processor and pulse until desired consistency— add a little olive oil if salsa is too dry and squeeze in desired amount of lime juice) Set aside in the fridge! ***TIP: You certainly do not have to use a food processor for this and leave it nice and chunky if you’d like !!!***

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3.Julienne (long thin strips) 2 bell peppers and 1 white onion for your fajita vegetables. Sauté in avocado oil (high smoke point) until slightly tender. Add a little bit of minced garlic, salt, and pepper to taste.

4.If you are making the black beans from dried beans… follow the linked recipe and start this step FIRST!! If not, heat up your beans in a skillet with some oil (optional: add in some diced bell pepper and white onion for added flavor) and make sure to season slightly with salt and pepper

5.Additionally, heat up your already cooked spanish rice in a skillet with some oil too

6.Rough chop the romaine and use as the base for your burrito bowls

7.Take your chicken out of the fridge—cook in a skillet with avocado oil

8.Dice up an avocado and cilantro for garnish (add a squeeze of lime and a little bit of cheese to each bowl)

*** These ingredients made exactly 7 portions, perfect for a dinner meal prep for the week!! Assemble the ingredients however you’d like and place in tupperware containers for the week (Put salsa in a separate container) ***

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Hope you all enjoy and give chipotle a run for it’s money ;) !!

Until next time,

Kelsey