Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Garlic Cilantro Aioli

 no one can ruin your day without your permission.

And I'm back! Whew, I hadn't realized I haven't written a post since Friday? The weekend flew by and ran off with my Monday. Not to worry, my stack of Chobani has almost disappeared and I found yet another way to put one flavor to use!

Luckily, I was too paranoid about missing another hair appointment I woke up 4 hours before mine on Saturday morning. Mission accomplished. Afterward my momma bear met up with me at the salon with my pup and we stopped to get some lunch. I love sandwich shops {especially healthy ones} that allow me to try a new spin on a sandwich I would normally hate. I hate lunch meat. I almost dread eating a sandwich when I pack myself one for lunch. Until I met the berry brie turkey sandwich. So delicious and so simple. It had spinach, whole wheat bread, turkey, brie slices and berry preserves and was exactly what I needed to fuel me up for some shopping.

How cute is this stuff? I love shopping in small town's main streets because they always have the best stores! I hit up Retro Metro where my mom picked me up a serving tray with matching cheese knife and napkins, adorable porcelain measuring spoons and some chill pills {ice tray} for Chris haha. Just in case I need to prescribe him some extra strength ones! I also got a bud vase for my kitchen and a vintage lace hook for my kitchen towel at The Hive. I was a happy girl. One day I want a black and white kitchen and dining room. Similar to these, but really it was so hard finding images for black and white dining rooms. Go figs!

Saturday night was movie night. After being out at the bar 3 times in the past 7-8 days, we needed a break. So, I rented two movies {knowing I was only going to stay awake for Toy Story 3} and made some snacks for Chris and I to munch on.

cooked and crispy!
Spicy Baked Fries:
4 medium red potatoes sliced into "fries"
olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon cumin
salt and pepper

Wash and slice your red potatoes. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spread out your fries so that they each have their own area to get nice and crisp. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with spices. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-35 minutes, depending how crispy you like them. Serve with a cool garlic cilantro aioli.

Garlic Cilantro Aioli:
1 package of 0 or 2% Chobani plain greek yogurt
bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients together, reserving some cilantro for garnish. Serve with spicy baked fries and quesadillas.

What's in my quesadilla?
Chili Powder
Reduced fat Mex cheese

Delicious. I also popped some natural chocolate chip cookies in the oven for Chris to snack on knowing I don't like chocolate so that saved me some miles on the treadmill :) I cheated on the gym all weekend with family, friends and good food so I am not feeling the usual amount of guilt. I am returning today with a vengeance so don't you worry!

Yesterday's breakfast and lunch were oh so colorful! I picked up some edamame at the grocery store and added them to my salad. Hello colors of the rainbow! My salad was so bright and cheery I loved digging in! An apple and thin bagel was my snack and of course I had to have some Chobani and granola for breakfast. Stay tuned til tomorrow when I give my last greek yogurt recipes and review!

If you, your dog, your boyfriend, your friends have Facebook please take 2 minutes out to vote for me and Chris to win a free photography session. We are so neck and neck with another couple and it makes me nervous! Here's what to do:

Step Two: Click on the 2011 Lovebirds Giveaway photo album
Step Three: Like Chris and Cara (photo one) to help us win!

So easy and so simple. If you vote for me, I'll vote for you in the Woman's Health Mag's Blogger Contest! Hope you guys have a fabulous Tuesday!



  1. Voted for you girly!
    Was that your first time seeing toy story 3?? those are my favorite!!

  2. thank you!! ill definitely be putting in another vote for you to Woman's Mag! It was my first time! I loved it, but we rented Despicable Me last night and now that is my all time fav!

  3. Hi girlie! Just found your blog and loving it so far! You are too adorable! Your quesadilla looks yummy and love, love, love the black and white kitchen! I love pretty much black anything! So elegant!

  4. yum. those potatoes look insane.

    and i totally agree, the "main street" shops in smaller towns are always filled with so much fun stuff.

    diane kruger lights up my life...

  5. I voted for y'all yesterday. :)

  6. @Andrea
    I agree and who doesn't love a chandelier?! they are must haves in my future home!

  7. @lauren lanza osias
    They definitely are! I had to go when I was in town since I live an hour away! And they never post all their stuff online so it's fun walking through and seeing all the new stuff!

  8. Baked fries and quesadillas? What a fantastic foodie day :D

  9. The baked fries look so good!! Your pics rock!! I would love a black and white kitchen too!

  10. wow bakes fries AND a yummy looking quesadillas:) nom nom nom nom! You're fabulous ohh and I would LOVE to have that gorgeous black and white kitchen someday ;)

  11. Such a cute blog you have here! Those fries looks delicious, I love baking potato fries, they're the best! Such pretty photos!