What’s On My Plate – 08/10/15

Breakfast

 

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A delicious breakfast creation by Jon. He’s been really into slow scrambled eggs lately. These eggs were atop toasted baguette, avocado and tomato coulis.

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A splurge breakfast! Chocolate croissant from Piquant paired with my morning latte.

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I’ve been on an avocado toast kick lately. This was mashed avocado, lox and goat cheese. Hard boiled egg on the side for extra protein.

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More avocado toast! Thin layer of onion and chive cream cheese, sliced avocado and lox.

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A simple favorite. Toast with peanut butter and banana.

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Anddd even more avocado toast! Mashed avocado with sliced hard boiled egg and sriracha. 

Lunch

 

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Sometimes yummy eats are not pretty eats! Twice baked potato topped with turkey chili. Yum!

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After an indulgent day the next day I like to balance out with a colorful salad. Spinach, cucumber, radish, artichokes, hearts of palm and sundried tomatoes. 

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More salad! Turkey, a nice cheese that friends brought over, sundried tomatoes and spinach.

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This was a meal I whipped together when I thought “there was nothing to eat”. Tomato soup and half a grilled cheese with horseradish cheddar and turkey bacon.

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Mmm Bodega for lunch is one of my favs! Pork, rice, black beans and sweet plantains. *drool*

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Sandwiches from Pom Pom’s! Jon and I like to split. This was there tuna melt and the turkey with bacon.

 

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We tried Roux for brunch just yesterday and it was delicious! Love their bloody mary’s and this jambalaya was full of flavor and cajun spice.

Dinner

 

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Quinoa casserole with chicken and mushrooms with a side of asparagus. 

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A wonderful Jon creation. Grouper topped with a little brie and mango pineapple salsa. Wild rice and sauteed kale.

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And this is what we call leftovers in our house. Pork tenderloin topped with mango pineapple salsa, wild rice with kale and steamed green beans.

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This was a new pinterest recipe I tried and it was one of the best quinoa casseroles I’ve had to date! Chicken Chili Quinoa Casserole with chicken, black beans, corn and kale.

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I had been craving a huge cobb salad for awhile and finally made one. And it was everything I had dreamed of. Roasted chicken, hard boiled eggs, avocado, radish, cucumber, tomato, turkey bacon and creamy ranch dressing.

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I tried this new quinoa pizza crust, which was a yummy and healthy alternative to regular pizza. Find the recipe here.

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Before a yoga workshop I wanted a light dinner and sushi from Fresh Market fit the bill!

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Feta and spinach stuffed chicken from Fresh Market served with steamed green beans and roasted potatoes. 

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These are the BEST chicken wings around. Look at all those garlic bits! You can find these at Chumlee’s in Ellenton. 

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Stuffed pepper casserole with ground turkey. Another favorite, tasty and easy casserole!

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Another simple, easy and tasty dinner. Baked chicken with ajvar sauce. Served with wild rice and sauteed kale.

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Dinner at Ozona Blue in Palm Harbor. This was one of the best dinners I’ve had lately. Everything was fresh and bursting with flavor. 

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Bunless burger and fries at Del Frisco’s in Tampa! A yummy meal with a close friend! Another restaurant I’m eager to get back to. 

snacks

 

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Key lime flavored yogurt covered pretzels from Fresh Market. SO good.

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Peanut butter and honey mixed with greek yogurt and served with bananas…a yummy post workout snack!

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A favorite smoothie…almond milk, banana, peanut butter and frozen strawberries. Tastes like PB&J!

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I found a new juice place in St. Pete! Super cute shop and super good juice!

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Our new favorite dessert. Goat cheese stuffed dates topped with crushed walnuts and drizzled with honey.

What’s been on your plate lately?

Summer of Rum Festival *Giveaway*

So you all remember the Bloody Mary Festival? How about the Margarita Festival? Now…are you ready for the Summer of Rum Festival? I know I am!

Big City Events is putting on their annual Summer of Rum Festival on Saturday, August 15 from 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. It will be a day full of fun, music and of course, rum!

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The event will be held at the historic Cuban Club in Ybor City, where all three floors AND their outdoor patio area will be utilized for the festival. 

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Cuban Club Main Street will be playing live music all day while guests visit the rum shacks and rum huts for fun rum drinks. The Top Floor Island Party is where all rum lovers should go for the rum tasting. You can try 40 different kinds of rum, including high end brands! Captain Morgan’s Pirate Cove will be serving Captain Morgan drinks and they’ll be playing pirate movies throughout the event. Arrr matey! There will also be a Mojito Cabana and a Frozen Drink Zone! 

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With so much rum themed fun don’t you wish you could join? Well, you CAN! I’m giving away 2 pairs of general admission tickets for the Summer of Rum Festival. All you have to do is comment below with what your favorite rum based drink is! Two winners will be announced on Thursday, August 13 by 12 a.m. 

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General admission tickets include admission to the Summer of Rum Festival. Drinks and food are all available for purchase at the event. To check out all the fun that will be had check out their website at www.summerofrumfest.com

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Hope to see you there!

*Winners have been selected and contacted. Thank you for visiting!*

What’s On My Plate – 07/08/15

Breakfast

 

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Is there anything better than homemade pancakes? Fact: I barely ever eat pancakes at a restaurant because Jon’s are my favorite.

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A good ol’ fav. Scrambled eggs, avocado, chicken sausage, ketchup.

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Avocado toast! With scrambled eggs, chicken sausage and yes, ketchup. Another norm around here.

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It’s hard to tell but there’s greek yogurt under that pile of KIND granola.

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My friend Ashley and I started off our 4th of July with brunch at Stella’s in Gulfport. This was their spanish omlet with chorizo. Not pictured: a killer spicy bacon bloody mary.

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A Jon creation. Slow cooked scrambled eggs with some kind of yummy tomato creation atop toast. Side of fruit and bacon.

Lunch

 

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We had friends in town a few weeks ago for a wedding. We HAD to take them to our fav place for dim sum, Ha Long Bay.

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That seem weekend we had other friends in town and we got lunch with them at Pom Pom’s, which I’ve raved about before. This was there Turkey with Ginger Cran Chutney on pumpernickel and their asian slaw on the side. Delish!

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This was a salad creation by moi from leftover salmon cakes. Roasted corn, black beans, tomato, cucumbers and spinach. For the dressing I did a sriracha ranch.

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Another creation using leftover salmon cakes. Brown rice, roasted corn, black beans. Topped with guacamole! 

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A fav salad lately…turkey, goat cheese, cucumbers, hearts of palm and artichokes with a french vinaigrette. 

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Another fav salad…lemon grilled chicken from Trader Joe’s, caramelized onion cheddar, hearts of palm, artichokes and sundried tomatoes with a french vinaigrette.

Dinner

 

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Roasted pork loin, mashed sweet potatoes with kale and goat cheese and roasted asparagus.

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Jon cooked this delicious meal when we had friends over. Roasted pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and ratatouille. 

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Needed a quick dinner one night and stopped by to get sushi at Rollboto. Love this place!

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Dinner at Three Birds Tavern for a Lightning game. We hadn’t been to this place in FOREVER and decided to give it a try. I got the Shishito Pepper Burger and subbed chicken breast for the burger. It was nothing too special, but pretty good all the same. Fries were great!

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Home. Made. Lasagna. Do I need to say more? I will any way…Jon made this completely from scratch…homemade pasta and all.

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I made salmon cakes and we had them with leftover mashed sweet potatoes with kale and goat cheese.

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Jon got fresh Grouper so he served it blackened with a baked potato and a yummy mixed vegetable creation.

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Take out night! We wanted thai and discovered our fav thai place (The King and I) closed!! Apparently they sold the building (wonder what’s going in there??) So we took out from #9 Bankok down the street from them. Yellow curry with chicken and papaya salad. 

 

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Another Jon creation. I wanted to make a mexican casserole and he took it over…I don’t even remember everything that was in but it was delish!

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My friend Lora and I went to happy hour at Copperfish in Tampa. I’ve been wanting to try this place for forever! They have the BEST happy hour specials…you all seriously need to check them out. Half off cocktails, wine and beer. And they have some of their house favorites at a seriously reduced rate. Pictured is their fantastic burger, grilled oysters and oaxaca shrimp. 

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I know this photo looks gross, but I promise it was tasty! This is one of my fav quick meals. A sweet potato covered in turkey chili and cheddar. 

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Homemade Grouper tacos and rice and black beans! One of the best meals in the past few months. Jon used coconut flour on the Grouper and was an excellent touch!

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4th of July! Smoked bratwurst on a potato roll with potato salad and my green bean salad

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Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey. One of the best meals I’ve made in awhile (if I do say so myself). This recipe was so easy and SO tasty. I’ll definitely be making it again!

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Jon’s latest creation. Grouper with a coconut milk curry sauce complete with sweet potatoes, pineapple, mango and spinach. Served atop soba noodles. All made from stuff we had in our pantry/fridge/freezer!

 

snacks

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This was a standard snack while we had friends in town. A cheese and meat plate that we couldn’t get enough of.

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When Jon made his homemade lasagna we stopped at Mazzaro’s for supplies. We got a gelato treat as a result! This was their strawberry balsamic flavor and it was glorious! 

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After a shopping trip at Trader Joe’s I just had to dig in to my finds. Their caramelized cheddar is seriously my fav cheese in the whole wide world.

What’s been on your plate lately?

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