Monday, September 25, 2017

Vegetarian Buffalo Bowls

Monday, September 25, 2017

Vegetarian Buffalo Bowls


Mondays are my favorite for sharing easy lil' recipes for y'all (still so delicious though don't worry!). This Monday I'm combining allll the things.. easy recipe + meatless Monday + heat & eat goodness to bring you my new favorite dish!

Meet my Vegetarian Buffalo Bowls!

These babies were born on a day when we were low on groceries, but had a few of my favorites in the freezer. I try to keep Cauliflower Rice and Buffalo Chickpea patties in the freezer all the time, I decided they would make a good combo and luckily had a ripe avocado and Greek Yogurt Cilantro Avocado dressing to pull it all together. Topped with a sprinkle of Feta, this dish has officially become on of my favorites.

The only downside of this dish is that I haven't found a way to take it with me to work, but it makes the perfect quick lunch or easy dinner that's still healthy, flavorful and cheap. #OhYesPlz

Vegetarian Buffalo Bowls
Serves 1
Easy


Ingredients: 
1 Morning Star Buffalo Chickpea Patty
1 Cup of Cauliflower Rice (Frozen)
1/2 Avocado
Avocado Cilantro Greek Yogurt Dressing (As much as you please, you can also use a different type of creamy dressing if you're not a cilantro fan!) 
Sprinkle of Feta Cheese

Directions:
1. Prepare chickpea patty and cauliflower rice according to package
2. Dice avocado & chickpea patty
3. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients

Enjoy!


This dish is not spicy or hot at all! You could add extra buffalo sauce if you wanted more of a kick. It would also be good with some diced celery or onions if you like a crunch! 

If you try this be sure to share on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily) or repin on Pinterest! I'm not a vegetarian but I've been trying to eat less meat! My friend Nat even told me the other day that a day or two a week without any meat is Habits of Healthy People. So now I'm on a mission to find out. 😉 xo! 
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall! [Fall Decor Photo Diary + a Few of My Fall Faves]

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall! [Fall Decor Photo Diary + a Few of My Fall Faves]



Happy Fall Y'all! Fall is my favorite season, it's so cozy, it's so fun and so much to celebrate!! My birthday is in October, our first Anniversary in November + Halloween, Thanksgiving and football games!! Seriously, I love it all! 

Today I thought it would be fun to share a few iPhone snaps of how I decorated our house for Fall. RJ thinks I'm insane because I've already bought so many pumpkins and I keep texting him telling him we need to go pick up more. He doesn't get it, but boys never do! If you follow along on Instagram I'll be sure to share allll my pumpkin purchases. 😉 Most of my decor comes from Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Target or Anthropologie! If you have questions about any specific item, comment below! 

I'm also sharing a few items I'm loving for Fall at the bottom of this post! XO 



Current Fall Faves:
This Lip Crayon Duo that I picked up from Sephora this week is everything. I was going to grab a lip crayon but couldn't decide which color, I noticed this duo was on sale for $20 and would allow me to try two smaller (but still good size) colors! I got the Damned/ Walkyrie combo. I wore it last night and had so many readers messaging me for the color! I'm so happy y'all are as obsessed as I am.

Slide on Mule Loafers! I'm having to practice major self control not to buy every pair of these I see. These are so cute and comfortable, they look good with dresses, jeans and even shorts until the weather cools down. I took a velvet pair to LA and I wore them almost every single day. 

A few other shoes I'm loving for Fall are these Steve Madden Over the Knee Boots & these slip on sneakers with the cutest bow (^^I'm wearing them above).

Speaking of shoes, I can't get enough of Leopard Print Booties either. A fun pop of print for even your most basic outfit! These and these are my favorite. 

I'm LOVING big bold tops, fun sleeves and unique cuts-- this asymmetrical top is so fun for a night out and this bell sleeve sweater is gorgeous with a price tag you'll love. 

I have been adding pops of greenery all over our home and I love how fresh it looks! I get mine from Trader Joe's but if you don't have one in the area, you can order some here. I also order this little garland for our coffee table & this little stack of old books

Finally, rounding out my closet I've been stocking up on slip dresses! I love wearing them with tennis shoes and a jean jacket for a casual look or dressed up for a Fall wedding or date night! This velvet one is on my wish list and I love this short one that's on sale! I grabbed this one while in LA and I love it! 

What are your current Fall faves?! I'm sure my wish list will grow as the weather starts to drop! I hope you enjoy your weekend. xo 





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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Crockpot Pesto Chicken

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Crockpot Pesto Chicken


Yesterday at the grocery store I saw an old man face timing his wife to show her produce. I've never seen a more accurate glimpse into mine and RJ's future! 🤣 I am definitely the type of wife who doesn't trust RJ to pick out the right produce and RJ is definitely the sweet type of husband that would face time his wife to pick out the perfect produce.

Tomorrow is officially the first day of Fall and if there's one thing I love about Fall it's the food. Flavorful, rich, comfort food. Especially crockpot meals, the smell fills the whole house, the slow cooking soaks all the flavors together and it makes your meat so tender. Not to mention most crock pot meals are dump everything in and go, so it's a total win for everyone!


I'm a huge pesto gal, I've even experimented on making my own (check out my walnut arugula pesto here!). Once I convinced Hubs to try it and he realized he loved it too, it became a staple in our house! Recently I've paired it up with chicken and butternut squash 'noodles' for the easiest, most delicious dinner!

I love this dinner because I usually have all the ingredients in our pantry + it's light and healthy but still packs so much flavor.

Crockpot Pesto Chicken
Serves 2
Easy
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 3-8 hours

Ingredients: 
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (raw, thawed or frozen)
1/2 Cup of Pesto
1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth
1/4 Cup of Feta
Juice from 1 Lemon
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions:
1. Place chicken breasts in crockpot
2. Season with salt and pepper
3. Pour chicken broth and lemon juice into a crockpot
4. Spread pesto out on chicken, it's ok if some gets in the sauce
5. Top with feta
6. Cook on high for 3- 3 1/2 hours or low for 8 hours

Enjoy! 

We love to eat ours with butternut squash noodles (I buy mine at Whole Foods or Fresh Market) or cauliflower rice. Whichever I choose, I place the chicken on top and spoon extra sauce from the crockpot over the noodles or rice, it's so good!

You know I love to see you guys bring my recipes to life! If you try this please tag me on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily) and use the hashtag #OhYesPlz. You can also follow along on my Pinterest (Here!) for more recipes, decor and more! xo



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Latest Book & TV Obsessions

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Latest Book & TV Obsessions


I've mentioned before that reading is one of my all time favorite pastimes and if you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed RJ and I have a few shows that we watch religiously. I thought it would be fun to share an updated list of 'current obsessions' and see if you had any I needed to add to my must sees & reads. 



B O O K S
One of my favorite (and almost the only genre I like) of books is a mystery. One that grabs me in and keeps me guessing until the very end. If it has an unexpected twist, I like it even more! I didn't want to explain each book too much and give away any details, but I've listed all my recent reads that I liked.

Recently read favorites: 
All the Missing GirlsThe Couple Next Door | Into the Water *Not my favorite, but still decent I would only read this one if you've read all the others on my list!  | In a Dark, Dark Wood | Before I Go to SleepBehind Closed Doors | The Child | Eeny Meeny |

On my list to read next: 
The Perfect Stranger | The Lying Game | The Breakdown | The Secret's You Keep | The Vanishing Year | Pretty Girls | A Stranger in the House |  [I've bought these two books, The Perfect Girl & The Good Girl, I started both and couldn't get into them but I've also heard people love them. Maybe add to the end of your list if you're desperate! Ha!] 



W A T C H 
Just like a good book, watching a show after work is one of our favorite ways to unwind. Unlike a book, I'm a fan of many genres-- comedy, thrillers, reality, you name it! Below are a few of our favorite shows, series and movies! 

-The Good Place (comedy + a mystery): Kristen Bell stars in this hilarious and refreshing comedy about the afterlife, although being a horrible human she died and went to heaven. She spends her days trying to figure out how she got there. I don't want to say too much but there ends up being a quite a few twists and the perfect balance of comedy and mystery. Season 1 is out and season 2 starts tonight! You can catch up OnDemand or on Hulu.

-American Housewife (comedy): This show is funny, cheesy comedy. The 30 minute episodes are my favorite to watch before bed. Some situations on the show are extreme but still silly enough to keep you laughing. I think there's only 1 or 2 seasons of the show and you can also watch OnDemand or on Hulu. 

-Shameless (dramedy): Get ready to binge! There are seven seasons of this hilarious show that also manages to give you the feels, make you angry and leave you wanting more. I first started watching this because RJ was and then I was hooked. Season 8 returns in November and I cannot, not wait. Catch up OnDemand or on Netflix

-Ozark (drama): We're still in the middle of this series, but it's a great one! Especially since both RJ and I enjoy watching it. This series is has the same vibes as Breaking Bad. 

-The Sinner (drama): This is one were also still watching but on the last episode. A mini series that starts off with a bang, a housewife murdering a seemingly random man on a beach vacation.. the rest of the episode slowly reveal why. As the final episodes approach, things start to get weird/disturbing but still great. Watch on USA 

-Big Little Lies (dramedy): I know I'm a little behind on this series, but I recently watched it (aka binged the whole season in 24 hours) and was obsessed. RJ even joined in for the last two episodes and loved it! Watch on HBO On Demand

As for movies, we recently went to see 'Mother' and it was horrible, not scary at all and very weird. It has a lot of symbolism behind it that we picked up on halfway through and it was intresting to see that. All in all we were wanting to see a scary movie so we were disappointed. 




Besides these series it's our usual HGTV & Bravo binges hah! You can check out my first 'Weekend Reads' post here for more book ideas. I'm always looking to add to my lists, please let me know any suggestions you have! Fall is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book or enjoy a Saturday Binge-athon. xo


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies // 3 Ingredients + 60 Calories Each!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies // 3 Ingredients + 60 Calories Each!


Recipes are so fun to share with you guys. I think it's because behind each one, there's a kitchen filled with love, memories, laughter and happy bellies. Seeing you guys recreate my recipes, share them with your loved ones and fill your kitchens with joy makes me so, so happy.

My most read, most popular post (this is also my most 'pinned' post on Pinterest) is my Brownie Bite Muffins -- 60 calories, three ingredients and always, always a hit.  It's so much healthier than normal baked goods because you don't need oil, butter, eggs, etc. Just a can of pumpkin and a box of cake mix. That's it. You can add nuts, chocolate, icing, whatever you desire but it's great without it too.



The best part about these muffins, is the way you can interchange the batter! If you follow the chocolate recipe, you can use it to make cakes, cupcakes, muffins, loaves, cookies, the list goes on and on. It's low cal, easy, cheap and so moist.

When Fall rolls around, I like to mix up the recipe in a different way! Instead of chocolate cake mix, I use a box of spice cake mix. This makes the most delicious, flavorful pumpkin flavor.

I've been making them as cookies for two reasons.. they're smaller and easier for me to just grab one for dessert (healthier than eating half the loaf in one sitting, like I've never ever done before #guilty) and because I have the most adorable pumpkin shaped cookie jar that needs filling!

If I'm having guests over I like to jazz it up. I'll make the batter and bake in a loaf pan, I'll then top it with cream cheese frosting, crushed pecans and caramel drizzle. Talk about heaven. I promise they'll ask for the recipe every time and fall over when they hear how easy it is!

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
Easy
Makes roughly 2 dozen small/medium sized cookies 

INGREDIENTS
1 Box of Spice Cake Mix
1 Can of Pumpkin
Dark Chocolate Chips (about 1/3 a cup)

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine cake mix + can of pumpkin **ONLY THESE TWO. Do not add oil, eggs, water etc. that is called for on the back of the box
2. Stir in chocolate chips
3. Roll batter into small balls and place on a cookie sheet **This part is a little difficult because the dough is sticky! Don't worry that your dough is too moist, I promise! 
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. You will want the cookies to be firm, yet still give some when you touch them. If you're unsure if they're done, pinch the top off of one and see if it's batter-y or cake consistency inside. Let cool & store in a sealed container.

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving Muffins: (1 muffin or 3 mini muffins or 3 cookies): 181 calories, 3.5g fat, 37g carbs, 2g fiber, 2g protein and 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus;


These cookies are seriously so good. I will admit, finding the perfect consistency when baking them can be hard but after one time of making them you will have it down! If you're making muffins, cake, cupcakes, etc. this will increase the baking time.

I would love to see if you make these & what you think! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily) & use the hashtag #OhYesPlz. This is my favorite time of year because all the recipes are so good, don't worry I have lots of Fall themed goodies coming your way soon. XO


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