A Good Way to Spice Up Boring Water

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I’ll admit it, I definitely don’t drink enough water in the day. Even though I get dehydrated really easily, I’m just so bad about making it a priority. Water just doesn’t do it for me. It’s so…blah. I am a big fan of herbal teas in the winter but want to actually cut back on my pop addiction. Last week I finally caved in and bought a water infuser from Amazon. At $19.99, I knew it would be a good investment since I love natural fruit flavored water. One of my favorite things at going to get my hair cut in Minneapolis is the spa water filled with fresh orange, limes, lemons, and other seasonal fruit they serve. So refreshing! It has flavor but isn’t over the top sweet. All you have to do is add cut up fruit in the rod (I know, sounds dirty), fill the pitcher with water, and ta-da! You are set! The rod allows the flavors to get in the water without big chunks of fruit getting in it. My first concoction? A simple strawberry, orange, and lemon mix! I can’t wait to try different herbs and fruits!

Anyone else have a water infuser?

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Caprese Tenderloin Bruschetta Recipe for Two!

Voila! Caprese Tenderloin (tomatoes on the side, as Kevin is picky--though he ate them all!)

Voila! Caprese Tenderloin (tomatoes on the side, as Kevin is picky–though he ate them all!)

As I stated before, I’m really making it a priority to try at least two new recipes a week. That way, I can try out some new ideas and start getting a good collection of favorites for Kevin and me. So far, it’s gone great! I like having that as a goal so I can remind myself of it when I’m feeling lazy. Yesterday, I made Caprese Tenderloins, which was another awesome recipe courtesy of “Reservation for Two.” If you are someone who is cooking for only two people, I hugely recommend the site! This recipe, in particular, was different enough and helped mix together my love of caprese salads and Kevin’s need for a bit more protein! Even though I’m not a huge steak fan, I really enjoyed the flavors and freshness of this recipe. Here it is:

 

Caprese Tenderloin Bruschetta (Courtesy of “Reservation for Two”)
Total Time: about 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

What you’ll need
2 beef tenderloin steaks (4-5 ounces each, 1-inch thick)
6 small french baguette slices (1-inch thick)
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed with a garlic press or 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic to save on time (what I used)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
5-6 small slices of diced fresh mozzarella (the fresh kind is key)
2 tablespoons fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Directions
1. Season tenderloins with garlic powder and salt/pepper.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add steaks to skillet.  Cook for 5 minutes.
3. Turn steaks and bread; cook steaks for an additional 2 minutes or until cooked to your liking.


4. I made fries with my dinner so I placed slightly buttered bread (with bit of garlic powder) slices in oven with fries to brown a bit. You could do it in the skillet if wanted. They just need to be in there about 5 minutes
5. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and heat oil over medium heat.  Stir in garlic; cook for a few seconds.
6. Add tomatoes to the skillet; cook until softened, around 2 minutes. Stir in red wine vinegar and cook for an additional minute. I added some garlic powder and a bit of salt as well.
7. I placed each steak on 2-3 of the bread slices.
8. Then topped each steak with tomatoes, a few slices of the diced mozzarella and 1 tablespoon fresh basil.
9. Enjoy the fresh meal!

4 ingredient Dijon Chicken Recipe

Dijon mustard, vinegar, and maple syrup

Dijon mustard, vinegar, and maple syrup

I’m back home in Omaha for the next week, which I am definitely enjoying! It’s nice to see friends, relax, and be with family for a bit before I move to Marshall, Minnesota this month! Anyways, I also like to get to try out new recipes with my family. Since they all are willing to try whatever, I pretty much get to do what I want in the kitchen! Yay! Yesterday, I tried a Pinterest recipe I have been wanting to try for quite a while called “World’s Best Chicken.” Come on, with that name, who wouldn’t? The best part of it is it just requires four simple ingredients plus some seasoning. All you need is chicken (we even used some turkey tenderloin and it worked well with that. I’ve read people using pork tenderloin too), dijon mustard, maple syrup (sounds weird but trust me), and a bit of vinegar (the original recipe calls for red wine vinegar but I used rice vinegar as didn’t have red wine vinegar. We had plenty of red wine though haha. Balsamic vinegar could work too). That’s it! Here’s the recipe:

Dijon Chicken Recipe

1 pound chicken (or pork/turkey tenderloin)

1 tablespoon vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup dijon mustard

Rosemary and thyme if have it and salt and pepper

1. Mix the vinegar, maple syrup and dijon in a small bowl.

2. Place chicken in a baking pan (I would use aluminum foil to make it less messy) and apply a good amount of salt and pepper. Then cover it with the sauce. Make sure to coat everything. Then add some thyme and rosemary if you have any.

3. Bake at 425 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Then enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa

Trader Joe's Strawberry Lemonade + Korbel Brut champagne=LOVE

Trader Joe’s Strawberry Lemonade + Korbel Brut champagne=LOVE

One of my favorite places to go for a drink in Minneapolis is the Chatterbox Pub. They have a lot of different board games you can play with friends as well as some delicious cocktails. One of these cocktails is an amazing twist on the good ole mimosa–a strawberry lemonade mimosa! It is so fresh and crisp–what says summer more than lemonade?? You can easily recreate this cocktail at home by using a fresh strawberry lemonade (Trader Joe’s is usually where I go for that) and a good, slightly tart champagne (I typically go for Korbel Brut). From there, just mix the two to your liking, depending on how sweet or tart or alcoholic you want it! Just talking about it is making me realize a trip to Trader Joe’s is definitely needed ASAP!

Cajun Chicken Pizza

Yesterday I made a recipe I’ve tried once before, Cajun Chicken Pizza. Since I found it on Pinterest, it’s actually become one of my new easy dinners and definitely my favorite homemade pizza recipe. Instead of making my own pizza crust, I typically just buy the refrigerated kind to save time on a weeknight. Besides that, it has really great flavor, a hint of spice, and gives a new, unique twist to pizza. I wanted to include a picture from when I made it but my hunger got to me! I ended up eating it before I could snap a good picture!

Anyone else have any good pizza recipes to share?

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