Blog to Taste: May 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Oregon Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Oregon Smoothie BowlThe smoothie bowl is the latest craze in healthy eating. It's all about making the most nutrition-packed bowl you can... but it should also be pretty! Just look at Instagram, for reference. Every foodie worth their salt is posting a smoothie bowl photo. I don't want to be just another follower trying to keep up with the latest trends, but the smoothie bowl photos I've seen were too gorgeous to ignore. I decided to make my own version to add to the conversation.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fajita Seasoning Mix Recipe

Hola again amigos! I am still sharing recipes from out blogcation Fiesta that we threw, and I have been waiting to move on from guacamole and onto fajitas! This week I am sharing the fajita seasoning mix, and next week you'll get the full fajita recipe. So just wait, it will be worth it! (Update: Here is the full fajita recipe, it's awesome!)

 Seasoning mixes are such easy recipes to share that I almost feel bad doing it- they are just so basic. But I can't help myself, I've been on this path to never have to buy seasoning mixes again and I think there are others out there, just like me. Cheap, and paranoid about ingredients. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Potato Breakfast Boats Recipe

Happy hump day foodie friends! The old saying goes, "I love BREAD!" Well, if you're Oprah it does. I've said it before, and I'm saying it again, "I love Breakfast!" (side note I also love bread). I'm obsessed with breakfast, you can tell by the many breakfast posts that I've posted on this here food blog. Breakfast is one of the thirty love languages that I speak. I also love saying..."why doesn't this exist for breakfast?" For example, breakfast pasta. Don't worry, I made that here. So naturally, when I was looking through a food magazine recently and saw a picture of twice baked potatoes, I said, "why haven't I ever had that for breakfast before?" 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gorgonzola Ranch Dressing Recipe

Gorgonzola Ranch Dressing Recipe

Lately I've been thinking about flavor combinations. You have your basics: peanut butter with jelly, tomato with basil, and tequila with lime. Then there's the complicated combos like cherry with chipotle. Some flavor marriages are disappointing or downright disgusting, but there are some weird combinations that come together like magic in your mouth. A great example: arugula and prosciutto.

Typically, arugula isn't my favorite green. It is bitter, and it looks like a weed. When it's combined with prosciutto, though, it transforms into the perfect backdrop for that salty delicious meat. New favorite lunch staple right here! To push it one step further, though, I decided to add in another combination of flavors- gorgonzola cheese with ranch seasoning.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Chunky Guacamole Recipe

Holy Guacamole! I am still working my way through our fiesta menu, which is just in time for our transition from spring into summer. Like I said last week, avocados are my fave, and guacamole is a must have in my house. I am literally eating avocado toast as I write this blog post. Nom nom nom. 

This recipe calls for the Guacamole Seasoning we featured last week, as well as the Pico de Gallo from the week before. Those two elements plus a couple of avocados will get you one heck of a yummy, creamy, festive and fresh dip. It's guacamole heaven baby!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sweet and Tangy Red Wine Steak Recipe

Image MapHello foodie friends! I hope you're all doing well and staying cool! We're having a bit of a heatwave here in Portland the last few days, but I think it's coming to an end soon. Last week was a bit of doozy for me I have been doing a ton of schoolwork, taking midterms, and writing papers. Plus, I've been working on this new project at work that has been a bit of a mental time consumer. With all that said, I decided I deserved something nice for dinner!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lemon & Lavender Hair lightening Deep Conditioner Recipe

It's time for a new installment of Blog to Taste Beauty. It's all about using natural ingredients found in your kitchen for hair and skin beautification. As we all know eating food is fun, but it's important to think about what we put on the outside of our bodies just like we think about what we put inside.

To let you know a bit more about my hair situation, I've been using henna dye for about a year and a half. I love the results, and it's a very affordable alternative to professional salons. It's also much better for the hair than chemical dyes. On the other hand, it is limiting in color options. I still love the reddish copper color, but I am ready to go back to my natural blonde. Now, how does one remove henna dye from their hair? Apparently, they don't. For the most part, you just have to wait for the hair to grow out. I have noticed slow fading of color over time, but my hair is still very red.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Guacamole Seasoning Mix Recipe

I love guacamole. I love avocados. If you were with us way back in the beginning of Blog To Taste, you would know that my spirit food is avocados. The are earthy, smooth and creamy, and most importantly- they like to wear black, just like me. Anyway, I digress. Guacamole is basically the bee's knees, but, I have a guacamole confession. Usually when I make guacamole, I like to use the packets of guacamole seasoning from the grocery store. The ones you pick up in the produce section. It's still homemade, even with a seasoning packet, I try to tell myself. Well, I have embarked on a quest to rid myself of relying on grocery store packets (I redid taco seasoning towards the bottom of this post)- I thought I would recreate my favorite guacamole seasoning packet. Shortly coming up will be another seasoning packet redo for fajitas.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Quick Breakfast Rolls Recipe

Happy Tuesday, Foodie Friends!! I am literally melting as I write this. It's approximately 250˚ outside, and I just have to give *prayer hands emoji* to air conditioning. I'm positive that I've said I'm temperature sensitive on this blog, but it's true, and it's worth reminding everyone. In other things that you've probably learned about me in the all these weeks of blog posts, I like things to be easy, and I like things to be quick. Between a full-time job, going to school basically full-time this term and trying to find the time to have a social life, I honestly just don't have time to fuss with all these extra things.

Lately my breakfasts have consisted of hard-boiled eggs, yogurt and granola. As a breakfast fan, having the same boring thing day after day for the past two months is really starting to wear on my spirit. I decided to switch it up this past week and make something a bit more fun.