Monday, October 28, 2013

Kale & Jalapeño Salad

Since Beta's Bites has been a taddddd bit carb-centric lately, I'm switching gears with today's post and sharing a recipe for a healthy kale and jalapeno salad.

This is my take on a salad that I'm obsessed with from Spreads Sandwich Shop in NYC. It's simple, yet flavorful, and the jalapeno adds a nice little ka-pow to the dish. I highly recommend making it at least a few hours before you plan on serving. The longer you keep it in the fridge, the more the flavors blend and the better it tastes.

(PS, did I mention that this salad is 100% tailgate certified? A light, perfect side dish to complement all the burgers, dogs, and sausages devoured in the parking lot pre-game... plus, you can make it the night before!)

Paisley Post

I just had to...

That is all.

Recipe for Kale Jalapeno Salad coming later!

Friday, October 18, 2013

My Faves: Soup Edition

This morning when I was commuting to work it finally felt like fall outside. We're talking too cold for short sleeves but too warm for a jacket, leaves spinning off the trees, brisk and beautiful fall.

Sometimes, after a long week in the fall, there's nothing I'd rather come home to than warm soup. A bowl of your favorite concoction that you can take to the couch, curl up with under a blanket and watch the shows that you DVR'd over the course of the week.

So here are my five favorite soup recipes as of late (in no particular order)... They're a good mix of heavy, light and healthy.

What's your favorite fall soup? I'm especially looking for a good butternut squash soup recipe!

1. The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potato Soup -  although its probably not the healthiest of the bunch, it definitely wins the award for being the most down-right delicious.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Meet Paisley!

So I've been a bit distracted this week and haven't really had time to cook anything exciting... but it's all for a really great reason, I promise!

Anthony and I had been having the 'puppy' conversation for a long time now and, to make a long story short, we took a trip on Saturday to North Shore Animal League in Long Island to 'browse.'

If you know me you know that 'browsing' in an animal shelter means that I'm going to be walking out with something. Come on now.

We ended up laying eyes on a beautiful 6-month old lab hound mix who completely stole my heart and had the perfect personality for us. She's happy, active, friendly and absolutely hysterical to be around so clearly we just had to take her home.

Everyone, meet Paisley!

Love her to pieces (now if we could just potty train her already)...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Artichoke Pizza

This might be the thousandth time I've mentioned it, but we've been on quite a pizza kick lately. 

A couple weeks ago, Anthony and I went to a charity event in the Chelsea neighborhood of NYC for a good friend of ours' organization, Hope for Hope. Afterwards, we stopped into the famous Artichoke Basille's Pizza for a quick slice. I'd never been there before, but had heard amazing things. 

To make a long story short, their signature pizza - the artichoke pie - absolutely lived up to all my expectations. The crust was thick and crunchy, the sauce delicious and creamy. Basically it was perfect and I dreamt about it for about a week afterward. 

So I decided to attempt to recreate the pizza. It surprisingly worked out great (a friend even said it was one of the best pizzas she's ever had)!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

My Faves: Nestle's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies
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In my opinion (not that it matters), there's nothing that warms your heart more than a chocolate chip cookie.

Stressful day at work? Easy fix: chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk.

Spill coffee on your dress on the way to a wedding? Easy fix: chocolate chip cookie and a Tide pen.

Bad breakup? Not such an easy fix, but a chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of wine should help.