Monday’s Menu: Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Hot Sauce

Last week we shared one of our favorite WHOLE30 recipes, Banh Mi Bowls. This sauce is used to top the Banh Mi Bowls. It is an extra added step, but so worth it! This sauce makes the bowls!
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Photo Credits: @sodiumgirl
ROASTED RED PEPPER HOT SAUCE
2 red bell peppers
1 to 2 dried ancho chili peppers
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp olive oil
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Cut the bell peppers in half, remove stem and seeds. Cover a baking pan with foil & place the peppers flat-side down. Place in the oven and turn on broiler. Cook until charred, about 15 minutes. Then place peppers in a bowl and cover with the foil to steam for 15. Meanwhile, steep the dried ancho peppers in very hot water until they soften.
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When cool, slip the charred skin off the peppers. Roughly chop the bell peppers & ancho, and transfer to a food processor or blender. Add olive oil and 1 Tbsp of the chili steeping liquid. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid or oil as needed.
Drizzle over the Banh Mi Bowls and enjoy!
*TIP: This recipe does make more than enough sauce for the bowls. Store some in the fridge or freeze and use later.
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Did you try make the bowls last week? What did you think?

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

 

Monday’s Menu: Whole30, Whole lot of love, Whole new experience

Happy Monday!

Whats for supper tonight? In our last post we made references to BIG changes in our lives this year. One BIG change that we have fully embraced is a Whole30 lifestyle. Adam and I began our Whole30 Journey January 1, 2017 and have pretty much stuck with it all year. (With a few cheats over the Summer and a cocktail here and there.) Whole30

What’s the Whole30? Well I am not a professional, so I suggested you start with their website to learn more and if you’re inclined order the books…yes, trust me you need both! Whole30 is basically clean eating for 30 days.

No Sugar.

No alcohol.

No dairy….the list goes on, but remember it is ONLY for 30 days! You can do anything for 30 days, right? It’s up to you how long you want to continue.

I can not fully express how much we love the program and what an impact it has made on our lives. Yes, we did it to lose weight, but it is SO MUCH more than that. It’s how much better we feel over all and how my body craves, literally craves real, healthy foods. {Think Veggies} Clearly I am passionate about it and truly, truly love how much it has changed our lifestyle and relationship with food.

So, what’s for supper tonight?

Banh Mi Bowls with Slow Cooker Crispy Pulled Pork: @Whole30recipes 

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I wish I could take credit for creating this deliciousness, but I can’t. If you decide to go WHOLE30, log onto Instagram and follow their @Whole30Recipes. You’re mouth will be watering for yummy, healthy, foods!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp EVOO
  • 5+ Garlic Cloves, minced (I love garlic)
  • 1/4 C died white onion
  • 3 Cups #Whole30 Canned Tomato Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Lime, juice
  • 2 Dried Ancho Chiles, rehydrated and chopped
  • 3 tsp Ground Cumin
  • One, 3lbs Boneless Pork Shoulder, trimmed

With slow cooker on high, add oil to pot. Add everything but the pork. Mix well and let it heat up, 5 min. Cut pork into three pieces and snuggle in the pot, using a spoon to cover with sauce. Cook on medium with lid until the pork falls apart easily, 6 to 8 hrs. Take out meat, shred with forks, then keep in an airtight container with some sauce until ready to eat. For crispy pork, lay the shredded meat in an even layer on a rimmed baking pan and place under broiler for 3 minutes.

BANH MI BOWL

  • 1/2 English cucumber, cut into sticks
  • 1/2 carrot, washed & ends cut off
  • 1/2 cup, shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups prepared cauli rice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp minced cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp ribboned mint
  • 2 Tbsp unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp RED PEPPER HOT SAUCE (Watch next week’s post for this recipe!)
  • 2 Tbsp #Whole30 Avocado Mayo
  • 1 cup PULLED PORK
  • Optional: shredded cabbage, radish, DIY pickled veg

Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise & use a spoon to remove the seedy center. Cut into smaller sticks. Cut carrot into small sticks. Then, right in your lunch container, mix the cauli rice with lime juice, herbs, and vinegar. Add the cucumbers and carrots. In a small container, mix the hot sauce and mayo. Pack up the pork. Assemble when ready to eat!

Out of all the #Whole30 Compliant meals we’ve made, this is by FAR the BEST! So delicious! Have you done a Whole30? What are your takes? Let us know if you decide to start or have any questions! We will be happy to help where we can!

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Friday “FabFitFun” Favorites: What’s in the box?

Well… if we’re not “real life” friends and you just follow our blog, the thought that Adam and I’s Newly Newlywed Adventures came to an end and we’ve gone our separate ways, might have crossed your mind. Happy to tell you, that is not the case!

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Proof! Here we are celebrating a ZTA Sister’s Birthday last month. 

Life continued on and blogging took a backseat. While I often thought about sitting down to my computer and typing up our story, I always thought of something else that just had to be done or felt like I was suffering from a case of the”writers block.”

While 2017 has been a year of changes and commitments {don’t worry we will get to that later} I sat down and told myself…I. Am. Going. To. Start. Blogging. Again!

Well, here I am! Hello there friends!

It might not be my longest post, my best post or a topic that even interests you, but here I am. Back to the keys that give me a voice and a platform to share our many {and not always exciting} Newly Newlywed adventures.

Recently, I got my first FabFitFun box…you know, those celebrity ads you always see circling around on Social Media?

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I was torn with the idea of signing up for another monthly box service, but LOVED the idea that I’d receive full size samples and a little bit of everything from fashion/beauty to cooking and traveling products. My first box arrived a few weeks ago {I shared the big reveal on Instagram @Hollywoodholly} and y’all I LOVED IT!

Two products that came in the shipment I have become obsessed with and use them daily…so obviously they are my Friday “FabFitFun” Favorites!

Juice Beauty: Soothing Eye Concentrate– L.O.V.E. This eye cream is made for every skin type and can be used daily to moisturize and visibly brighten eyes. Lately, I have been using it in the mornings {especially on days that I am not wearing makeup} to just give my eyes a little boost. I feel so awake after applying it. I love that it is an Organic product…literally y’all it is made with Avocado Oil, Carrots and Cucumbers…plus a few other things. You can pick it up on their website for $29…I will definitely be purchasing it again and am excited to try out their other products!

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Is there an organic beauty line you use? I’ve heard of Beauty Counter, but don’t know much about it. Share your favs with me!

Cargo_HD: Picture Perfect Highlighter (Bronze)Yes, please!  I am sure I am not using it 100% correctly, but I still LOVE this product! After I have finished my face, I apply the highlighter on my forehead (where my hair line is,) on my cheekbones and down my nose. It’s the very. last. thing. I put on. I have also started putting it on during days that I wear little to “no” makeup. After I apply the Juice Beauty goodness I’ll put on the Highlighter with a little Mascara for a perfect daytime pick-me-up.

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Product Update: Ugh! Sadly it is currently out of stock from all the FabFitFun lovers! Check back in and snag it when it’s back!

THANK YOU FabFitFun for introducing me to these two (and many more) amazing products. I can’t wait for my next box! (Woo hoo doing a little dance!) 

Curious? Give FabFitFun a try and get your first box for under $30! Simply “click” on FabFitFun and it will take you directly to a link with a discount. Yay! Trust me you will LOVE it!

Can’t wait to hear what you think about FabFitFun and these two products! We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts and I promise not to be such a stranger! Check back in Monday for a new post!

Monday’s Menu: Blue Apron Delivery Part II

Our first of three Blue Apron Meals was a success! Their Fresh Basil Fettuccine  recipe was oh-so good! We plan to make it again! Adam and I both had high hopes for our next two meals.

Next on the menu? Bhindi Masala with Paneer, Naan and Cucumber Raita.

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Don’t worry we had no idea what it was either!

We were recently introduced to Indian Cuisine from Adam’s cousin, Erik and our neighbors Kokil and Neil. We knew we loved Chicken Tikka Masala {a spicy chicken dish served over rice} Chicken Curry {thanks to Neil and Kokil} and thought surely we’d enjoy this Masala meal too.

Well….that is a debatable topic in the Fett Household. Adam loved the dish! Again, very surprising. I on the other hand had mixed emotions. The flavor was fantastic. I could eat the tomato based sauce over rice and veggies anytime. The Paneer Cheese… is an acquired taste. In all honesty, we googled it because we just knew we were eating Tofu! The cheese has a different texture and if you are a texture freak like me, you might want to substitute it for something else, like more veggies or a meat. Other than the texture of the cheese the dish was delicious! We would definitely make it again with a few changes.

Ingredients

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Instructions

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Dice the paneer cheese and onion. Peel and mince the garlic. Core and medium dice the tomato. Cut off and discard the okra stems; slice into 1-inch-thick rounds. Pick the cilantro and mint leaves off the stems. Grate the cucumber; place in a bowl with the yogurt. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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In a small pot, combine and boil the rice, a big pinch of salt and 11⁄2 cups of water. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 12 to 14 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

While the rice simmers, in a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the paneer cheese; season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until browned on all sides.

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While the rice continues to simmer, add the garlic, onion and spice blend to the pan of paneer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the tomato and 3⁄4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and slightly thickened.

Add the okra to the pan of paneer and vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the okra is slightly softened.

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Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the cooked rice between 2 bowls; top with the finished bhindi masala. Wipe out the pan.

Heat the same, dry pan on medium-high until hot. Working 1 piece at a time, add the store bought naan and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, or until lightly browned and warmed through. Carefully transfer to a cutting board; cut each warmed naan into 6 wedges. Garnish the bowls of cooked rice and finished bhindi masala with the cilantro and mint.

Serve with the naan wedges and raita on the side. Enjoy!

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The flavors were so good! Next time instead of using the Paneer we would substitute it for chicken.

Are you a fan of Blue Apron? What have been your favorite meals? Share them with us!

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

 

Friday Favorite: Garlic Zoom

Adam says, “If vampires were real, they wouldn’t come near our house!”

Apparently I like garlic…..a lot.

If a recipes calls for two cloves of garlic, lets add four! Making steam veggies? Drizzle a little olive oil, sprinkle a little salt and pepper, and a heaping tablespoon of chopped garlic.

Now, when I do make veggies Adam asks that I not add anything and he will doctor his up himself because “All (he) tastes is garlic!” Whoops! Guess I am fond of garlic!

One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is the Chef’n Garlic Zoom. If you cook with fresh garlic you will love it too! You no longer have to spend a long time chopping it- hoping you don’t cut yourself or using all of your energy to squeeze it out of a fancy garlic press all thanks to this handy little invention!

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Photo Credits: Google

I got my Zoom in as a stocking stuffer a few years ago and don’t know how I ever chopped garlic without it! It is such a favorite in our household. I gave the Zoom as a gift to a couple of my girlfriends last Christmas! We have used it while making multiple BLUE APRON meals this week!

How does it work?

Simply pop the top. Put a few peeled garlic cloves inside the ball. Close the top and roll.

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As the Zoom rolls, the small blades inside chop the garlic in seconds!

Take a look at this YouTube video to see exactly how it works! You can grab the Zoom online, at Target and I have most recently seen it at TJMaxx! Trust me when I say, if you use the Zoom it will be your FRIDAY FAVORITE too!

Do you already have a Zoom? Let us know what you think! As soon as you order and use yours- tell us how it goes! You will LOVE IT!

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam  & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Monday’s Menu: Blue Apron Delivery

“Yay! It’s here!”

I cheered with excitement as Adam and I returned home yesterday from lunch in the city with our friend and my sorority sister, Ann Marie. We both had anxiously been waiting for our Sunday delivery from Blue Apron and it had arrived!

On the Menu this week:

Bhindi Masala

Fresh Basil Fettuccine

Corn & Green Bean Empanadas

Tonight’s choice? Fresh Basil Fettuccine

Ingredients: 

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Recipe:

Wash the veggies. Fill a medium pot with water, season with salt and bring to a boil. Cut off the ends of the zucchini, quarter length wise and thinly cut crosswise. Peel the garlic and mince. (We have an awesome kitchen gadget that minces garlic- stay tuned for our Friday Favorite on that!) The original recipe says to cut the tomatoes in half, however, we quartered them.

In a large pan, heat 2 TSP of Olive Oil. Add the zucchini, garlic and crushed red pepper flakes (to taste) season with salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes until slightly soften. Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook 3-4 minutes until soften. Remove from heat.

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While the tomatoes cook, add the pasta to the water. Cook 2-3 minutes until al dente. Drain. Reserve 1/2 cup of water.

Add the cook pasta, butter and half of the reserved water to the veggie mixture. Season with salt and pepper and cook on medium-high for 2 minutes. Stir and throughly combine.

Plate. Garnish with cheese and ENJOY!

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This meal was WONDERFUL! It made just enough for Adam and I to both have plenty and be comfortably full. Highly recommend trying to make it at home or order from Blue Apron yourself! We will definitely be making it again!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Charleston Overnight

Vacations come and go. As fun as it is to go, see and do, it is always nice to come home and sleep in your own bed. Now, we throwback. Reminisce on our travels, sort through pictures and start planning our next get-a-way.

July was a full month of traveling for your favorite Newly Newlyweds. Together we conquered Myrtle Beach, Orlando, New York and a quick overnight stay in Charleston, South Carolina. One of our favorite cities y’all!

While we were only there for a night, Adam and I made sure to make the most of our time. Charleston is less than a 5 hour drive from Atlanta and got there just in time for HAPPY HOUR!

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Watch out Charleston, here WE come! 

We checked into our hotel, the beautiful Belmond Charleston Place. It is stunning y’all! Right off of Market Street – within walking distance to all of our favorite spots! {Not to mention it is attached to a shopping mall…poor Adam.}

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Belmond Place 

After checking into the hotel we were off to hit HAPPY HOUR! First Stop? Amen Street Fish & Rawbar.  This was a favorite spot of ours from our last trip to Charleston and they have a fantastic HAPPY HOUR Menu!

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Fresh Oysters at Amen Street’s Happy Hour

From Amen Street we popped over to High Cotton Charleston– a new spot for us. They have a great bar/lounge area with live music. They don’t have a Happy Hour Menu. We stopped in for a cocktail and their Truffle Popcorn- OMG y’all….I could eat it everyday!

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Cocktails at High Cotton Charleston

From Cocktails and Popcorn at High Cotton we moved to Poogan’s Smokehouse. New to the Charleston Food Scene and for those of you that love their sister restaurant, Poogan’s Porch, you’re sure to love this spot too!

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Southern Sangria at Poogan’s Smokehouse

We shared their “Southern Sangria” and snacked on their Pimiento Cheese Fritters with Tomato Jam…oh y’all. They are a MUST when you visit..melt in your mouth, ooey goodness. Craving them now! 

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 Pimento Cheese Fritters at Poogan’s Smokehouse- so delicious!  

Next on our list to see was 5 Church Street. We are not quite sure on the story of the restaurant, but being that Charleston is known as the “City of Churches” we would not be surprised if this newer spot was once a church.

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Photo Credits 5 Church Street

The ambiance was unlike any other, however the service and variety offered was subpar. We sipped on an {overpriced} cocktail and hopped to our final spot of the night.

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Farmhouse Lemonade and Rosemary Gin Fizz

The Watch sits on the top of The Restoration Hotel in Charleston. It has some of the best views of the city and the BEST service we experienced during our stay.

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Hugo’s Punch at The Watch

We had one last cocktail, shared their  Lobster Mac & Cheese and Hushpuppies with house pimento cheese & pepper jelly. Oh y’all. Heaven on a plate. The Mac & Cheese had just the right amount of gooey cheese, pasta and fresh lobster pieces. We will definitely be back!

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Are you stuffed? We are just thinking about our night in Charleston and can’t wait to plan our next visit! Throwbacks are so much fun thinking about how much enjoyed out short time in Charleston! We packed our bags, hopped in the car and drove onto Myrtle Beach where we met up with our friends David and Ann Marie. Stay tuned to our Tuesday Travels and see what we got into there!

Do you have a favorite spot in Charleston or Myrtle Beach? Share them with us! We’d love to give them a try on our next visit!

Hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!