Cucumber Jalapeno Slaw

Seared coffee bbq flat iron steak w/slaw

Seared coffee bbq flat iron steak w/slaw

So last weekend was my birthday. It was probably the best birthday I've had in more than a decade. We rented an AirBnB in The Hamptons and took a small girls trip, just the 6 of us and our 4 pups. The weather was iffy but it was beautiful and we did nothing but relax, take in some fresh air, eat, drink, laugh til our faces hurt and cook up a storm in the huge kitchen. It was everything I needed to recharge and get back in the right headspace. BUT after a long weekend of gluttony, I was in need of a serious full body cleanse. Cue a whole lot of juice and sweat. I'll spare you the tired, cranky details. Just know it was worth it and I have new incentive to stay on track because I really don't want to do another 5 day cleanse in the near future. 

A quick fast forward to now and spring has finally sprung! The sun is out. The snow has melted. The birds are teasing the dog from the safety of the fire escape and the cars are all a lovely shade of yellow. If you know me, you know how much I love the sun and warm weather. And you know how much I love to open up all the windows, crank up the music and procrastinate life by retreating to my kitchen. This is especially true when I get back from a hard workout and busy morning only to realize that it's 3:30pm and the only thing I've eaten all day is a banana and a green juice...oooops. And then suddenly I'm ravenous, ready to shove whatever is in the fridge in my mouth regardless of what it is. BUT I just finished a juice cleanse and I don't want to do it again so instead I make the fastest thing I can think of with whatever ingredients I have in the fridge. This slaw was kind of an ad hoc addition to the steak because I was craving something cold and crunchy with my still bleeding chunk of cow. It also paired quite perfectly with the sweet, spicy, smokey of the Trader Joe's Smoked Coffee BBQ dry rub I used. So without further ado, I give you my Cucumber Jalapeno Slaw!

 

 

Avocado Pesto

Looking for an easy and healthy side dish for the impending gluttonous holiday season? Something to wow your coworkers at your annual potluck? Something to make you feel better about the overdoses of butter, gravy and tryptophan? Have no fear for avocado pesto is here! It’s great with Zoodles (my personal and incredibly versatile favorite) or tossed with veggies, used as a dip for chips or even regular pasta (I can only imagine on that one though).

 

Disclaimer: I make avocado pesto in bulk and then freeze it in condiment cups to always have some on hand so the recipe makes quite a bit. Ziplock makes these great little round Tupperware containers that are perfect for the job. Just thaw and toss with anything. I love it tossed with sautéed zoodles and mixed veggies topped with an over easy egg (the drippy yolk replaces the traditional cheese and mixed with the avocado makes that creamy texture you’re used to but still dairy free). And so without further ado…

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