Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fiesta Bowl with Mexican Rice

Here's what you need:

Mexican Rice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth 
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 can (8 oz) Tomato Sauce

Fiesta Bowl
  • Trader Joes fully cooked carnitas, heated
  • Roasted corn, heated
  • Organic black beans, heated
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • Trader Joes Guacamole


To prepare Mexican Rice: In medium sized pan heat olive oil until hot. Add sweet onion and saute until softened, about 2 minutes. Pour rice into pan, coating all the grains with oil. Next, add cumin, salt, pepper and garlic and stir to incorporate all the seasoning. Stir in broth, plus 1/2 cup of water and tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer on medium low until all liquid absorbs.

TIP: Be careful not to burn the bottom of the rice as the tomato sauce might stick to the bottom of the be safe, cook on medium heat and keep a close eye on pot.

To serve: Plate rice in a small bowl with carnitas, corn and black beans on top. Add cheese & guacamole to complete the dish.

Mexican at home in less than 30 minutes! 

Original recipe altered to my personal taste: Source

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Athens. Mykonos. Santorini.

The world is like a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
- St Augustine

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

White Truffle Macaroni Casserole

There's nothing like a warm, cheesey maccaroni dish! To keep things healthy I made a Turkey Meat White Truffle Macaroni Casserole.  This dish is easy and most importantly comforting.

The melted, gooey mozarella cheese on top is my absolute favorite. And the rich truffle oil is a nice added treat.

Here's what you'll need: 


  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small red, yellow and orange pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced mushrooms
  • 1 (14.5 oz can) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (like adobo)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of white truffle oil
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz cooked whole wheat elbows

1. In a large non-stick skillet, brown the ground turkey over high heat until cooked through, seasoning with a pinch of salt and pepper and breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks.

2. Remove turkey meat from skillet and set aside on a dish. At this point start to boil your elbows in a medium pan with salted water.

3. Add olive oil to the skillet, reduce heat to medium and add the onion, red pepper,  and mushrooms ; sauté until the vegetables soft, about 5 minutes.

4. Return the turkey to the skillet along with the remaining ingredients except for the pasta and cheese.

5. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. While simmering, heat oven to 350°F. 

6. Spoon just enough of the turkey/vegetable mixture to cover the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Cover with cooked pasta. Spoon remaining sauce mixture evenly over the top and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.

7. Drizzle 1 teaspooon of white truffle oil over cheese.

8. Cover with foil and bake 50. Remove foil and broil for 5 minutes to get a crispy crust.


This recipe is a modified version from

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

5 Ways to Repair Dry Hair

Have you ever noticed that when you wear your hair in a "wash and go" it dries out within a day? You go to bed and the next day your hair is a dry mess--Well, you're not the only one.

Dry hair is extremely common in African-American natural hair. Due to the coily texture of natural hair, it's a lot harder for oils to penetrate the strands.

In a twist out state natural hair is straighter and less defined and allows moisture to penetrate the hair better. We can't wear a twist out all the time, so here are some tips to repairing dry hair by adding moisture.

#1 Apply water to your hair once in the morning and once at night (use part Aloe Vera juice in your water *tip via naptural85)
  • Aloe Vera Juice has some really great benefits for hair! It's known best for it's ability to povide proper hydration and moisture. Also prevents hair loss and dandruff!
#2 Apply oil based hair product to seal in moisture.
  • Other oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil and olive oil also works well.
#3 Apply a weekly deep conditioning treatment.
#4 Clarify hair once a month.
  • Clarify hair when you notice it getting progressively drier and no longer responding to conditioners or moisturizing products. 
  •  Always follow up with a deep conditioning treatment with a gentle heat source.
#5 Moisturize your ends.
  • People pay a lot of attention to their scalp, but sometimes forget about their ends. The ends are the oldest part of your hair and need the same, if not more attention. You should use your moisturizer at the ends of your hair and tuck them away to protect them as much as possible! 

Oh, and as a bonus DRINK A LOT OF WATER! Nourish your body from the inside out and you will see results!
What are your go to ways to repair dry hair? 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

BOGO 50% OFF Shea Moisture Sale at Walgreens!

Quick--head over to NOW and take advantage of the Buy One, Get One 50% off deal for all Shea Moisture products!

Here are some of the goodies I just replenished:

This baby detangles like no other conditioner! Tangles just melt away.

Love using this as a deep conditioner!

Great for strengthening hair!

They were all out of the scrub :( BUT this scent is amazing!!

What are some of your favorite Shea Moisture products?? Share with me below!


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