Eating In

Eating out is great fun but is not so kind to the waistline. With our wedding coming up, I want to eat healthier so am working on finding easy quick and tasty recipes that work for both me (I don’t like much meat) and Greg (who doesn’t like many veggies). I would like to develop a list of staple recipes that I can always turn to in a pinch.

This week I made chicken and artichokes (http://www.dinneralovestory.com/tag/chicken-with-artichokes), a recipe from Dinner a Love Story blog. I had high hopes for the recipe as it is easy and sounded tasty. Our meal turned out eatable but not one that I would care to eat again.

Other recipes that I’m thinking of trying out this week are Crispy Black Bean Quesadillas with Feta and Slaw (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/02/crispy-black-bean-tacos-with-feta-and-slaw/), Sausage Bean & Kale stew, some kind of fish with Trader Joe’s Miso Broth, or Sweet Potato, Blackbean and Corn Enchiladas (http://www.averiecooks.com/2014/06/sweet-potato-corn-and-black-bean-enchiladas.html). . . . . Wish me luck! Hopefully I will find some winners to make the process of deciding what to cook each week easier with less wasted leftovers.

Crane & Turtle

Snapshot:

Location: Washington, DC
Food: 4 out of 4 stars
Service: 4 out of 4 stars
Value: 3 out of 4 stars
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Greg and I recently dined at Crane and Turtle, a new restaurant in DC with friends. It was one of the best meals we have had in a long time. Here is the run down of what we enjoyed:
Small bites to start:
-Sea Trout Carpaccio, -Big Eye Tuna Tataki, -Hamachi Tataki, and -Tako Wasabi
Appetizers:
-Grilled Quail, -Butter Poached Sun Shrimp
Entrees:
-Sweet & Sour Lamb, – Maine Scallops, – Pan Roasted Monkfish
The consensus at our table was that everything was delicious with the exception of the Sweet and Sour lamb. It was a served as a stew and the sweet and sour taste did not come through. The Hamachi Tataki was the favorite small plate with Greg preferring the Big Eye Tuna Tataki the best.  The accent sauces were so good that we requested extra bread to sop up all the deliciousness. This was the first meal in a while in which I felt that most of our dishes were great, not just ok. I hope when we go back again that we have the same great experience. Enjoy!
Heather

 

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Going Green

Today I made a Green Smoothie using my “new” used Vitamix.  Greg, my fiance, bought me a Vitamix from Craigslist for Christmas. Buying a used Vitamix was much more cost effective and the older models supposedly last longer.  I also love the thought and extra effort that go into finding a gift on Craigslist.

I definitely need to balance out all of our delicious dining out with healthy dining in so am thrilled to have a Vitamix to make healthy eating even easier. My attempt at a green smoothie came out pretty good, one of the better ones I’ve made. I recently tried a carrot smoothie with leftover carrots I had on hand but it did not work as well. I managed to get down one glass of it but couldn’t bring myself to drink the rest. Here is the recipe I used for my Green Smoothie adapted from the Strawberry and Greens Smoothie in the Whole Food Vitamix Cookbook (http://www.amazon.com/Vitamix-Whole-Food-Recipes/dp/B00801WPLS).

Recipe:

1 cup water

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 handfuls baby spinach

1 cup fresh strawberries (I left the green tops on, much easier and still tasted good!)

2 very ripe frozen bananas

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Designer Whey brand from Trader Joe’s)

1 tbsp ground flax seed (I also purchased this at Trader Joe’s)

1 tbsp chia seeds (Much cheaper at Trader Joe’s than Whole Foods)

Add all ingredients in the order listed to your Vitamix or high-speed blender. Blend and Enjoy.

Here is a picture of my smoothie. It tastes better than it looks, I promise!!

smoothie

 

 

Amoos House of Kabob

Snapshot:

Location: McLean, VA
Food: 3 out of 4 stars
Service: 3 out of 4 stars
Value: 4 out of 4 stars
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Amoos is our new go to place to eat. We had a rocky start with Amoos as we were turned away the first two times we attempted to dine there. Once due to a private party and a second time due to no available tables. We learned that although Amoos does not get alot of hype and is in an old small strip of stores, reservations are a must if you want  a guaranteed table. Since learning this, we have enjoyed the food at Amoos three or four times and it is consistently good. The staff are friendly and it is not uncommon for the part-owner to wait tables if he is taking a break from the kitchen.
The veggie kabobs are my favorite. The kabobs come with roasted eggplant, peppers, onions and tomatoes and are served with fluffy moist rice seasoned with fresh dill. The eggplant is delicious and eggplant is not usually my choice of veggies. Greg has tried a few different dishes including a turkey special around the holidays and has also had lamb chops. He has liked everything he tried thus far.
Hope you enjoy if you decide to visit Amoos! Don’t forget to make a reservation.