Homemade tzatziki, chopped salads + waffles

Good morning!

I went a solid week without giving you all any updates, but I’m proud to say I have stuck with my “one new recipe per week” for the 12th week this year! Trying out a new recipe each week has come pretty naturally, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get into weeknight meal ruts. That also doesn’t mean we haven’t been eating out way too much…

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This weekend was so much fun with 2 out-of-town friends visiting, lots of meals and drinks with great friends and puppy play time too. It was a whirlwind and now it’s time to get back to my healthy routine of wholesome food, less alcohol, more exercise and sleep.

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As my recipe for last week (or actually the week before), I made this southwestern chopped salad with cilantro lime dressing. The dressing came together very quickly in the food processor and made the entire salad. It was so creamy and fresh! (Please excuse the horrible partially lit iPhone images) My husband was not happy I didn’t add chicken–so for those making this salad for your male counterpart, they might appreciate chicken. There were enough fresh ingredients to keep me satisfied!

photo 2 copyLast week was also a whirlwind. I hosted Wine Wednesday, coordinated a happy hour for my newlywed group at church and then hosted 2 out-of-town guests. Phew. One snack I made for Wine Wednesday was this homemade tzatziki dip. It was creamy, refreshing and fun to dip veggies, pita chips (and eventually tortilla chips too). It’s too easy to make to pick up store-bought tzatziki. Try it :)

  • 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 small cucumber (deseeded, diced)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Pour any liquid off the top of Greek yogurt to achieve creamy consistency. Add yogurt to small mixing bowl. Cut cucumber in half, cut again longways. Use a spoon to remove seeds. Dice cucumber to desired size (I chopped as small as small as possible). Use a paper towel to dry the cucumber. Don’t be afraid to squeeze the pieces into the towel to ensure the creamiest dip possible. Add garlic, juice of lemon (be careful you don’t add the seeds!), olive oil, dill, salt and pepper. Stir together and taste. Add salt, pepper, olive oil or lemon as desired. Serve with freshly chopped veggies and pita chips.
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Finally, last Sunday’s breakfast in bed. We love waffles on the weekend. These were topped with plain Greek yogurt and apples and later drizzled in maple syrup of course. There’s something about that morning light, a nice breakfast and a steaming hot mug of coffee in bed with my love that just makes me very happy.
Here’s to a productive, happy, healthy week!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

chocolate bourbon pecan pieThere it is–chocolate bourbon pecan pie. In all of its flaky, ooey gooey pecan with a hint of chocolate and bourbon glory. Nothing healthy about this. Just a really delicious homemade pie in honor of my husband’s first day at his new job on Monday. We’ve been indulging after dinner and loving every bite. Do yourself a favor and splurge. Make this pie. Recipe here.

And since I like lists, I’ll just update you on what’s been going on with me.

  • We went to Austin and stayed at my childhood home. Always love coming “home” and being with my family–missed my brothers (and sister!!) though. My parents hosted a big Juice Plus bootcamp at our house for a few days of nutrition, learning how to grow your business and great fellowship. If your interest is piqued (like getting healthy/want to share health with friends and family), let me know :) The photo below is when my mom spoke–everyone in the living room! jp bootcamp
  • I was happy to have my husband there. We took a few Annabelle breaks of course! ryan and annabelle
  • As you can see, it was warm there. We left in shorts and sandals at about 75 degrees. We arrived in Dallas 3 hours later to 28 degrees and SLEET. It didn’t stop all day…it was eerie the way it was gusting and snow/sleeting in March. But that’s Texas for ya! (This is looking outside the window at brunch at Ziziki’s) This was just the beginning of the storm…march snow
  • This week has been really taxing. Literally though. Did my taxes. Work has been too much to handle for one person (intern—can’t wait for you to get here!) and it’s been a struggle getting through all the work I have. Good and bad! Annabelle’s face says it all. working hard
  • This morning started off a great note and has been extremely productive. Always good :) I made a Juice Plus Complete shake with 1 banana + coconut milk + hemp seeds + 1 TB almond butter (love Justin’s!) and 1 scoop chocolate Complete. And ice. Tastes like a milkshake. morning shake
  • I am trying out Equinox because it’s super close and why not? It’s more expensive than my yoga studio-and quite frankly I feel like I’m cheating on my good ole Uptown Yoga right now. I absolutely love that place and the people. BUT! I really loved zumba and cardio body barre at Equinox. The gym is so big and a lot to handle–but I could get used to all those group classes. I really miss that! What are your thoughts on Equinox? Worth it? Obviously I’m all over the place on this one.
  • Tomorrow is Friday. YAYY! I hope to have our bathroom before + afters up here tomorrow hopefully… crossing my fingers!

Hope you all had a great day!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

The new furry baby

Good Sunday afternoon everyone!

I just wanted to pop in to introduce our new baby to you all… {warning: absolutely no food photos ahead}

Annabelle's first day

Her name is Annabelle and she’s a shih tzu/bichon frise mix. We got her from a breeder in Fort Worth last Saturday, and she was born on Thanksgiving! She’s a little over 7 weeks now.Annabelle tiny Annabelle in bag Annabelle's closeup Annabelle's tentShe’s such a sweetheart–and she’s got more energy than the Energizer Bunny. No joke. So, she’s been a handful, but once she grows up a bit, things have to get easier, right? :)

I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday! If you have recently raised a puppy, please please feel free to leave me your best advice. Any tips help!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

Pakpao: the new Thai eatery in Dallas

Pakpao Thai (same owners as Oak)

What: Thai (duh)

Where: Design District, Dallas

pakpao cocktailsLet’s start with these bright and colorful beauties. I had the pink drink with the crazy garnish– the “Hibiscus Flame”: prosecco + flor de cana rum + white peach + lychee. It was refreshing and super sweet…and I dropped that lychee into the drink and tried not to be freaked out by it. I don’t remember the names of the other drinks (not mine), but the coconut milk cocktail was so delicious and the pineapple one in the background was good too. They have a fun little cocktail menu!

pakpao fish cakesWe came here as a late birthday dinner, and my sweet friend Nina was kind enough to treat me to this delicious dinner (perfect gift for TFG :) ) We started with these crispy fish cakes which turned out to be more like 4 amuse bouches. They were made up of catfish, which sort of threw me off (but we are in Texas), but they were light and tasty. We asked our waiter what the most popular appetizer is and this was it.

pakpaoI loved the open and naturally lit space. It’s pretty small as far as number of tables and we had an awkward first moment. My friend got there before my husband and I, and the hostess said they had a table for 4. They seated her and her boyfriend, meanwhile another group of about 4 came in and asked for a table. The hostess walked over and asked Nina if her party was all here…after she was seated…and she said we were on our way (we were there within minutes). The hostess then told that other group of 4 that there was an hour wait…wow. We missed that by a hair, but it’s evident the staff needs a bit more training, but I guess it’s understandable since they recently opened.

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Onto the good stuff. I ordered the tried and true Pad Thai. This dish was just as it should be, but also fresh and not greasy. A+, Pakpao. I’m craving this dish just thinking about it again…

pakpao pad se eweMy husband had the pad se ew (sorry for the blurry photo) but this dish was even more flavorful than my Pad Thai and again, not greasy either. It was refreshing to have “clean” Thai food..something that is hard to find around here!

pakpao duckTheir duck with red curry was reportedly spicy but really delicious.

I wish we weren’t too full for dessert…we will be back to try their “Citrus steamed cake with lemongrass creme anglaise”. Mmmm! I highly recommend this spot if you’re into Asian cuisine.

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl