Recipes

Mushroom Chicken Pita

I’m on week three of my vegan diet and I’ve come across some recipes that I really like. I’ll be posting an update on my veganism soon, so stay tuned. For now, here’s my recipe from today’s lunch. My mushroom chicken pita was stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, Gardein chick’n strips, hummus, and almond cheese.

Ingredients

  • Gardein chick’n strips
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • Vegan butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Bread seasoning
  • Hummus of choice (I used roasted garlic)
  • One pita, halved
  • Favorite vegan cheese
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Prep

Start by preheating your oven (or toaster oven, that’s what I used) to 425. Once preheated, place two pieces of the chick’n strips on a lightly greased tray. Set the timer for 18-20 minutes and flip the tenders over half way through.

Get one half of your pita and warm it up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften it up. Keep the other half aside. After its softened, spread a knife-full of hummus over the inside of the pita pocket.

When there’s about ten minutes left for the tenders to be ready, melt some butter to cover the bottom of your saucepan on low-medium heat. Once it’s warm, add your washed mushrooms. Season them with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. They should take five to seven minutes to fully cook.

After everything is done, cut the tenders into bitesize pieces and stuff the pita with the mushrooms and tenders. Tear up the other half of the pita and put it on the same tray you used to cook the chick’n strips. Drizzle some olive oil and bread seasoning over the pieces and toast to your preference. Finish your pita by sprinkling some of your favorite vegan cheese on top!

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Quick, easy, and delicious vegan lunch packed with flavor and protein.

Try it out and let me know how you like it in the comments!

Happy eating,

Nicki G.

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Vegainz

As a lot of you already know, I’m a pescatarian. September marks one year of no red meat, while my chicken intake has varied throughout the past year. After watching the documentary What The Health (twice), I decided I’d try to go vegan. If you’re interested, follow me and my weekly journey! I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s definitely worth a try.

For breakfast I’ll be having things like oatmeal made with almond milk & topped with fruit, toasted wheat bread topped with tomatoes and onions, smoothies, or my signature avocado toast (sans the egg, though). Lunch and dinner is where it’ll get more tricky for me. I don’t like tofu or tempeh, so I have to see what I figure out. I love Gardein products, so I’ll definitely be experimenting with all their delicious vegan options. I plan on incorporating new veggies, mushrooms, and pasta.

I think the most difficult thing for me is going to be giving up cheese. I’m a cheesaholic, so this really is a sacrifice. I’m taking it one week at a time to see how it goes. If anyone has any suggestions/recipes, feel free to share! I’d love to try them out and see how they turn out. Also, stay tuned to my Instagram story where I’ll be posting my meals as I go through the week!

Love always,

Nicki G.

Blog · Food Spots

We’ve Got The Juice

No seriously. We do. 99% of us are obsessed with juices, smoothies, & overpriced fruits. And yes, I did just totally make up that statistic. Why are we ok with spending $10 on a “detox” juice, but can’t afford to buy groceries? I’m not criticizing, I myself am an overpriced juice fanatic. I’d rather spend $9 on a smoothie than buy a $15 shirt at Forever 21. Why is society making me this way??

Anything green is trendy and ‘gramable (word I made up; means able to be posted on Instagram). Don’t act like you haven’t posted a picture of your açai bowl or superfood smoothie on Instagram before. I know you have. We all have. I guess it’s just the world we live in today. New juice bars pop up everywhere, and us millennials are forever trapped into expensive juice and overprices salads. I spent $20 on my lunch the other day and all I had was a sandwich and a juice. Who does that??? Me. And you.

Moral of the story? Work an extra shift so you can buy your weekly juice. Or wear the same outfit three times ’cause you can’t buy a new shirt.

My go-to spots? Raw South and Roots Juicebar. I’ve been dying to try new spots here in Miami, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Happy juicing,

Nicki G.

Recipes

Monday Breakfast

I woke up this morning feeling well rested (jk, I never feel well rested) and made my usual delicious breakfast. I like to change it up, & today I was feeling cinnamon roll waffles. I figured I needed some protein to get through this dreadful Monday, so I scrambled one egg. I also had half a peach, but I only had it because my plate looked way too empty without it. Obviously, I had my usual black coffee for some extra oomph this morning. Here’s what you need!

Ingredients

  • One brown egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough and icing
  • Half a peach
  • Cooking spray- olive oil & non-olive oil
  • Hot sauce- optional

Prep

I scrambled my egg with a dash of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Spray the pan enough so the eggs don’t stick. While that was cooking, I put the cinnamon roll dough into my super cute mini waffle maker. Make sure you spray it with a non-olive oil based cooking spray. I use PAM.

Cook the cinnamon roll waffle until it’s golden brown and carefully remove it from the waffle maker. Ice it with however much icing makes you happy. You deserve it, it’s Monday. I topped my eggs with some Red’s hot sauce to spice things up (literally). Complete your plate with half a peach- I leave the skin on, ’cause *most* things are better with skin (lol). There you have it- Nicki’s Monday breakfast. Side-note: I didn’t taste a peach until like a week ago. They’re pretty good.

My coffee of choice is Starbucks Breakfast Blend. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I usually just add two organic cane sugar packets. If you want something sweeter without the creamer (kind of rhymes, right?), sprinkle on some cinnamon and stir it in.

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Easy peasy! You have no excuse not to eat breakfast- it’s the most important meal of the day for a reason! Give yourself the energy you need on a Monday & #eatwithme. In case you’re wondering where my adorable mug is from, I bought it yesterday at Forever 21. Their new home collection is so cute! Make sure you check it out here.

Happy Mondaying,

Nicki G.

Food Spots

Threefold Cafe

I had been wanting to try this spot out for a while- but always forgot about it when the famous question, “Where do you wanna eat?” was asked. Luckily, when I suggested a Friday brunch to my mom, she found Threefold Cafe online and we quickly made plans.

The place is quaint and adorable and I’ll definitely be back to try more menu items. I visited their South Miami location- but there’s another one in Coral Gables. I started my dining experience with a classic cold brew (obvs). I didn’t add any cream or sugar and it was perfect to taste. It also comes served in a mason jar- so cute! I ordered the Anyway Eggs which, as the name implies, is two eggs anyway (I went with over-easy) served over some Zak the Baker (yum!) bread. My mom had the Smashed Avo which maaay have given my avocado toast a run for it’s money. It was enormous (but delicious). We also indulged in some Little Kid Waffles for dessert (you can have dessert with breakfast, right?) which were bomb.

Overall I definitely recommend this place if you want a casual, yet super cute breakfast spot. It’s moderately priced and great for a date (whether it’s with your boo or your mom). Check out some pics I took!

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Happy brunching!

Nicki G.

Buzzed

Wine Feature: Folly of the Beast

Type: Pinot Noir

Sweetness: Dry

Pros: Affordable Pinot Noir (only $13… whaaaat?)

Cons: Only available through Winc.

Although I’m no wine connoisseur, I pride myself in not tolerating wine from a bag or anything labeled “Moscato”. I paired my sippings with some pan fried sole and quinoa, but I think it would have gone better with some pasta or steak. I also wish I would’ve had some cheese to eat with it before dinner (hello Havarti), but I guess we’ll do that next time. Overall, if you don’t mind waiting a few days for your wine to get delivered, I totally recommend it.

P.S. Peep my adorable custom wine glass given to me by my best friend. Don’t you love it?

Keep drinking (unless you’re an alcoholic, then like, don’t),

Nicki G.

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Coffee, Wine, & Sunshine

Coffee, wine, and sunshine. Just a few things I need to get through the weeks. Like a lot of you, I can’t survive a day without a cup of coffee in the morning. I know, I know, coffee isn’t the best source of energy, but I can’t seem to make the switch to matcha yet. My cute coffee mugs help me get through the mornings (and I guess the caffeine does, too) & they make for a #trendy picture. I also drink my coffee black, which makes me a little more of a bad b*tch (kidding…ish), & cuts out a ton of unnecessary calories. Life hack?

And wine? Yes, please. What helps you relax after a stressful day of school and work? Wine. What goes great with popcorn and a good movie? Wine. What helps you feel better after you fail an exam you studied so hard for (ok fine, only the night before)? Wine. You can’t ever go wrong, and there are so many different varieties to bless your pallet with.

This summer’s fad: Rosé. You see it everywhere. If you follow @thefatjewish and @babewalker on Instagram, you’re definitely familiar with the Rosé empire they’ve built the past few years. I also stumbled upon a website that delivers unique (and extremely trendy) bottles of wine right to your doorstep, Winc. I tried it out for myself and was totally hooked. Choose from whites, reds, rosés, and a ton of different blends. I have my bottle of Summer Water Rosé waiting in my fridge for the perfect occasion, so I’ll keep you guys posted on how it tastes. Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 11.07.08 AM

Speaking of summer, let’s talk about the big star in the sky. As a resident of the sunny Sunshine State, Vitamin D is a must. The beautiful beaches of Miami, Fl, or your friend’s pool that might as well be a part of a hotel on the beach, are great ways to get outdoors and soak up some rays. If you don’t have any friends who have pools, go make some. Summertime is all about getting a bomb tan and spending time outside. Don’t forget to lather up in some SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays- I’m currently paying the price of a bad sunburn. No really, I look like a tomato.

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Stay hydrated during these major heat waves (and obviously rock a cute pair of sunnies)! Literally everything goes wrong once you’re dehydrated. Everything. Trust me, I’m almost a nurse.

Have a kick ass day,

Nicki G

Recipes

Peanut Butter, Please

I accidentally bought crunchy (ew) peanut butter and opened it before realizing it. Bummer, right? Wrong. Crunchy peanut butter is great for smoothies- it adds the perfect amount of texture. Here’s my recipe (ok I may have stolen it from my sister) to a quick and easy PB protein smoothie that’s perfect for when you’re running late to class. Or when you’re too lazy to make dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (or creamy if you didn’t mess up like I did)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • soy milk
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • cinnamon
  • blueberries
  • honey or agave
  • chia seeds

Prep

Add all the ingredients to a blender. I usually eyeball the soy milk so that’s all on you. Sprinkle some chia seeds and add a dash of cinnamon. I usually add about eight to ten blueberries and drizzle a small amount of honey (or agave) on top to sweeten. Blend that sh*t together and pour it in your cup of choice. Voila! A lazy girl’s dinner (don’t worry guys, we won’t tell anyone you’re skipping out on a #gainz meal) that’s packed with protein, omega-3, and deliciousness. I made this for dinner, but this is also a great option for breakfast on the go!

 

Happy blending,

Nicki G.

Recipes

Avocado Toast

If you follow me on any social media, you know I’m a fanatic for avocado toast. It’s a delicious, superfood breakfast that gives you energy for the whole morning. I’m sharing my recipe because everyone keeps harassing me on Instagram and Snapchat. It’s quick, easy, and fun to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Hass avocado
  • 1/4 lime
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1 brown egg
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • Chia seeds
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Prep

Cut your avocado in half and pick the half you’ll be indulging in. You can store the other half in a Ziploc bag in your fridge for up to one day. Cut your lime. In a small bowl, place the cut pieces of avocado (tip: peel the skin off the avocado to keep the nutrients; don’t scoop it out) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and squeeze the lime. Mash and mix until it starts to look like guac. Add about a teaspoon of your pico de gallo. Continue guacing.

Grease a small pan with some olive oil and wait for it to warm up on medium heat. Crack your brown egg and season it with some salt and pepper. Cook to your preference. I always go for over-easy, but I know some people get weird with yolk. Toast your bread to desired toasty-ness. I use different varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread because it’s packed with nutrients and protein.

At this point, you kind of start to feel like a contestant on Master Chef because everything starts moving so quickly. Get your toasted bread out of the toaster and top it with your smashed avocado. Sprinkle a dash of chia seeds over it. Hopefully your egg hasn’t burned at this point. Use your spatula skills to finally top your beautiful toast creation with your egg. If you’re wild, drizzle on some hot sauce for a fun kick.

And there you have it! Nicki’s Signature Avocado Toast. Try it out and let me know how it comes out. If you post on Instagram, use the hashtags #justnickithings and #eatwithme.

Happy Eating,

Nicki G