…it does not surprise me that I have not created a blog post since April 15th. Not one bit. Ha!

On one hand, I have been busy: I have accepted a new role at work, and I have been assisting with this role in an interim position since January. I’m excited to fully launch into it come the week after July 4th! That being said, doing that interim position in tandem with my current position has left me way too tired to think of anything on the recipe development or content creation side of things.

On the other hand, I feel I have been struggling with inspiration. Many of my fellow food bloggers and content creators know exactly what I’m talking about, and I feel I know many of us that have been feeling a drag these past few months.

For me, my lack of inspiration comes from the lack of focus. Many of my closest blogger friends here in NYC have a focus, have a niche. For example, one friend focuses on cocktails. Another friend focuses on Indian and Indian-inspired dishes. Yet another friend focuses on food and lifestyle from Black creators and Harlemites.

As for me? When I first launched this website in 2016, I just wanted to post recipes, but with no focus. I had an idea what I wanted my focus to be in the beginning, but I never quite followed through with that on the whole. I can, however, give you an example of what I want that focus to be, and it sits within my recipe for single-serve Shakshuka, which also happens to be my most popular recipe ever! So what will my focus me on? Single-serve and small batch meals? Recipes that feature eggs? Recipes that feature tomatoes? Recipes that can put anything into a cute little ramekin?

Well, over the next few months, I think my focus will become clearer to you, my viewers, and I am very excited to stick to that focus within in this blog. My idea isn’t the most original – it’s been done by many – but it’s something I’ve toyed with over the years, and I think it’s time to take that leap and STICK to it. I am excited to see what will come of this.

In the meantime, stay cool, stay awesome, and Happy (almost!) Summer, y’all! ✌️

Single-Serve Shakshuka – The Traffic-Bringer. Ha!

My Top Five CBD Drinks!

Hello, Satiation Seekers! As a courtesy heads up, I’m trying a new method of posting…and we’ll see how long it lasts, ha! I’m aiming to post on the 15th and the final day of each month (whether it’s a 28, 29, 30, or 31). Working full-time is still kicking my butt when it comes to blogging, but I hope this new schedule will allow me to provide you with new content that isn’t forced and that you find value in!


Goodness knows we could all unwind right about now. It’s been a rough year. We are so close yet still so far away from living any semblance of a normal life – or even a new normal – though some people are definitely ready to live their lives pre-2020 style by the amount of folks I see without masks on nowadays. *groan* (Masks on, y’all! Social distance, friends!)

Over the past few months, I feel I’ve hit that oft-mentioned “Pandemic Wall”. I work a 9 – 5 in Infection Control – as my community of Satiation Seekers knows – and I am also currently helping another non-Infection Control team in my larger department in the interim while they search for someone to fill a position that was vacated back in January. On top of that, I recently let go of a friendship that has long made me anxious and no longer served me; I’m mourning that with many ebbs and flows, even though I know it’s the best choice for my mental & physical health. Plus, I to am ready for some semblance of normalcy in this world, and though I know outdoor dining is likely lower risk for me now that I’m a day away from being considered “fully vaxxed” by CDC standards…my gut is still saying, “Take that fried chicken sandwich to go and eat it in the park! I don’t want to risk contracting one of the variant!” 😆

What I’m saying is that we need to step back and take care of ourselves, still. I’ve been doing my best to stick to a sleep schedule, get in my afternoon and evening hour+ long walks, eat well (enough) during the day, and I’ve even started meditating with the Headspace app! (Not sponsored, but a good investment, in my humble opinion!)

I’ve also have been a long-time fan of CBD drinks! (Could you make that assumption already?)

CDB drinks have become very popular over the past few years, having expanded from just having Recess at my local grocery store to…well…perhaps a dozen different brands at my local grocery store! Perhaps supply is over demand at this point, because many of these drinks are much cheaper nowadays than they previously were; I think the first can of Recess I ever bought was close to $7, and I recently got a 2 – for – $5 deal.

Many may argue the efficacy of CBD drinks – or CDB, in general – and I can only speak for myself. I have felt calmer after consuming the CBD drinks mentioned below; if it’s a placebo effect and it’s all in my head, I still don’t care, because I think they taste delicious! Ha!

Go forth, grab a CBD drink, and be….slightly more relaxed!

My Top Five CBD Drinks!

Coconut Lime Meringue Nests

How does the song go?

🎶You put the lime in the coconut, then fill it with Easter candy?🎶

Feel free to correct me if that doesn’t seem correct.

Recently, I did a sponsored collaboration with Eggland’s Best to feature their liquid egg whites in an Easter recipe! I was trying to think a little outside of the box on this one: I love a good meringue cookie, but I wanted to invoke that springtime feeling. I know I’ve seen “bird’s nests” before with toasted coconut, and I love how they evoke that twig & straw visual. I never tried it for myself, so there was able experimentation on the best way to distribute the shredded coconut all over these sticky meringues before they were baked.

A little experimentation, a little bit of patience, and I came up with what had been living in my head.

*woohoo*

Eggland’s Best 100% Liquid Egg Whites are awesome, and I am firmly in the camp of “work smart, not hard.” Normally, for a recipe like this, I’d be cracking and separating about 6 eggs. One, it’s messy. Two, it’s icky. Three, one minuscule drop of yolk in the egg whites, and you’re basically DONE, because that meringue will not whip up the way you want to. (Trust, I speak from experience.) But, with pourable egg whites, I can save myself time and a mess. I am HERE for that!

These Coconut Lime Meringue Nests truly are a great dessert for spring, Easter, or just because! The hit of lime zest is surprisingly potent, but not omnipresent. It just pairs well with its classic partner in crime, the coconut. As a fun treat, fill them with easter candies like I did. Other ideas? Perhaps whip up a lime curd to fill them with! That’ll certainly brighten this already-stellar dessert up!

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➡️ Please see the recipe here, and enjoy! ⬅️

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NOTE: This blog post was based on content I created for a sponsored Instagram post & recipe created for Eggland’s Best in March 2021. As always, all opinions are my own.

Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi & Sautéed Broccoli

When the Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi Boom hit freezers in April 2018, you could not escape it. It was the trending food, the hot topic, what was sizzling in everyone’s pans and showing up on everyone’s Instagram feeds. (Wow, has it really been almost 3 years?) Of course, I had to try it for myself to see what all of the fuss was about – it was my duty as a older Millennial woman – but its popularity made it difficult to find. (Although, that being said, it helped me discover their riced cauliflower stir-fry, which has become a PLS for me [Pandemic Lunch Staple].) Back when its popularity was sky-high, did you ever have deals with your friends to pick up bags of it for you if they saw it with a promise to Venmo them later? (Or was that just me and The Hungry Turk?)

With the popularity of the cauliflower gnocchi came the complaints and hacks as well. Many claimed that the directions on the bag caused them to create a gummy mess at the bottom of their sauté pans, so many innovative food bloggers came up with other methods.

I feel like I tried every hack, but, ultimately, was not pleased with the cauliflower gnocchi. No matter what I did, no matter what method I attempted, these gnocchi always came out gummy and unpalatable.

Revoke my Millennialness and call me a Boomer, I suppose.

However, the arrival of Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi in January 2020 was a game changer in my opinion. No gummy gnocchi sticking to the bottom of my pan; a drop of oil and a pat of butter yielded crisp gnocchi that had a nice crunch that led to a warm pillowy center. I really enjoy the flavor on its own, and often a sprinkle of salt and garlic powder compliment it perfectly. I know many that said the taste of the kale gnocchi turns them off a little, but…it’s kale. It isn’t going to be flavorless!

Trader Joe's Kale Gnocchi & Satueed Broccoli
Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi & Sautéed Broccoli

I’m trying to do my best making my lunches at home nowadays – work has been as insane as ever for me – especially over the past 6 weeks as I’ve been assisting with another program in my department on top of my usual 9 to 5 ! – but this baby comes together in about 20 minutes and I can make it on even my busiest days! It’s green. Very green. Super green. So it must be healthy, yes?

I’m super busy and just…have not felt the creative spark lately. It’s been a long winter, and a long…pandemic. But if I can create something small that tastes good and makes me happy, well, then, I’m satiated and happy! I hope that if you are feeling overwhelmed lately, this will offer an easy and comforting meal for you. ❤️❤️❤️

Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi & Sautéed Broccoli

Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi & Sautéed Broccoli

(Makes 1 serving)

Ingredgents:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Kale Gnocchi, frozen
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets, raw and cut small
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and garlic powder, to taste

Before We Get Started…

  • As you will see in the directions, I like to sauté my broccoli in the oil, but finish off the gnocchi in butter. Use whatever you prefer for each! Use your oils / butters / vegan alternatives of choice here.
  • Also feel free to experiment with your seasonings! I make this super simple with salt and garlic powder, but utilize your spice rack as you see fit.

Directions:

1.) In a large sauté pan, heat up 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-low heat. Add broccoli; sauté and stir until broccoli starts to get slightly golden brown on some edges. Do not let broccoli burn! When cooked to your liking, remove from heat.

2.) Add 1 tablespoon of butter and allow to melt over medium-low heat. Add kale gnocchi and increase heat to medium; sauté and stir for 5 to 7 minutes, until gnocchi become golden brown on the outside. Test one gnocchi at this point to ensure it is no longer frozen in the middle. Once cooked through, add broccoli back into the sauté pan, toss together, add salt and garlic powder and cook for one minute before removing from eat.

3.) Enjoy immediately, or allow to cool to room temperature and store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to two days.