Archive for the ‘FOOD’ Category

06.27.16

LIGHT PAD THAI RECIPE

light pad thai | designlovefest

i’m a big fan of thai food but never make it at home. i’ve always thought i’d need a bunch of bizarre ingredients and it wouldn’t be worth the effort. that is until ivan introduced us to this recipe. it’s simple, fast and a much clearer version of the often greasy pad thai you’d find at a restaurant. – joanie

light pad thai | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
• 1 package of brown rice pad thai noodles
• 4 eggs whisked
• 1 cup cooked, cleaned and de-shelled shrimp
• 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
• 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
• 2 limes juiced
• 1 cup bean sprouts
• 1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
• 2 large chard, de-stemmed
• 1/2 cup thinly peeled carrots
• 2 tablespoons sesame oil
• 2 tablespoons green onion diced
• cilantro for garnish

light pad thai | designlovefest
light pad thai | designlovefest

• in a medium size bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce, 3 tablespoons coconut sugar and 2 limes juiced. what I love about making this sauce homemade is that you can adjust the amounts to your personal tastes. if you like your sauce to be a little sweeter just add more coconut sugar, or if you like it to be more savory, add a tiny bit more oyster sauce. we wanted to keep ours lighter so we stayed with these amounts and loved the results.

light pad thai | designlovefest
light pad thai | designlovefest
light pad thai | designlovefest

• cook the pad thai noodles according to the package directions, drain and set aside. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil on medium heat. Sauté the de-stemmed and chopped chard and peeled carrots carrots, about 2 minutes or until the chard has released some of its water and reduced in size. In a separate pan cook the four whisked eggs and set aside.

•Drop in the pad thai noodles with the cooked chard and carrots and stir. Mix in the whisked eggs, green onions, crushed peanuts, shrimp and bean sprouts. Continue to cook for another minute or so stirring constantly.

light pad thai | designlovefest
light pad thai | designlovefest

Serve with a fresh garnish (we used cilantro!). We also added additional bean sprouts and a lime wedge for additional flavor. Enjoy!

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photos by: ivan solis

06.21.16

BAKED CHICKEN NACHOS

chicken nachos | designlovefest

nachos are a serious comfort food, they’re great for nights in alone (no judgement if you eat them all) but they’re also excellent for a group. one thing i don’t like about nachos is that all of the toppings and cheese are generally at the top and once you hit the middle it’s just plain chips. so we made these in layers and it worked like a charm. if you feel like putting in the effort you could also stick each layer under the broiler for a minute or two, before adding more layers but that’s totally optional and just ensures that all of cheese is melted!  – joanie

chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest

ivan whipped up this watermelon cucumber drink that was so refreshing and the perfect thing to serve along side (it would also be great with a heavy pour of gin or tequila)!

chicken nachos | designlovefest

chicken nachos!
makes 6 servings 

ingredients:
• 1 can black beans
• 1 can corn (we roasted ours in a pan with a little butter)
• 1 bag of corn chips
• sour cream
• 1 large avocado
•  bag of shredded Mexican cheese blend
• 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
• hot sauce to taste
• canned jalapeños to taste
• 2 chicken breasts cooked

chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest

how to make the salsa: 
• 2 ripe tomatoes chopped
• 1 quarter yellow onion chopped
• 1 small bushel of cilantro chopped
• 1 lime squeezed
• salt and pepper to taste

– Place all the ingredients for the salsa in a medium sized bowl and mix together. salt and pepper to taste.

chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest
chicken nachos | designlovefest

– In a casserole dish place a bottom layer of chips evenly, then disperse a layer of cheese, corn, chicken, jalapeños and black beans. you can put in the broiler for a minute or two before repeating the layers but this is an optional step. repeat the process until you have about three (or four!) layers. Add lots of cheese on top and place the whole tray under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Once you remove top with sour cream, avocado slices, hot sauce and salsa. serve immediately!

watermelon cooler | designlovefest
watermelon cooler | designlovefest

watermelon cooler:

• half a large watermelon
• 1 large cucumber peeled
• 2 limes squeezed
• 1 cup water
• mint as garnish

chicken nachos | designlovefest

-In a blender place 1 cup of water. blend 1 cucumber peeled with half a watermelon and the 2 squeezed limes. Strain the liquid in a large pitcher and chill in the refrigerator or serve over ice. we garnished ours with mint and cucumber slices.

watermelon cooler | designlovefest

chicken nachos | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack
photos by: 
ivan solis

 

06.13.16

BAGEL BAR!

bagel bar | designlovefest

every once in awhile we do an all office lunch where we step away from our computers and take a break together. we created a bagel bar for this past lunch and it was a hit! easy set up and plenty of options to keep even the most picky eaters happy. we used our designlovefest for cheeky paper plates and napkins to make prep and clean up simple. you can shop the whole collection, here. we used the black dot 10″, good vibes napkins and the 7″ split triangle plates.

bagel bar | designlovefest
bagel bar | designlovefest
bagel bar | designlovefest

there are a ton of topping options for creating your spread but here is what we used:

• everything and plain bagels
• avocado
• capers
• tomatos
• red onion
• Persian cucumbers
• radish
• cream cheese
• lettuce
• smoked salmon
• fried eggs
• dill and chives for topping

bagel bar | designlovefest
bagel bar | designlovefest

wash all of the produce and slice it on a large cutting board that can be used for prep and display. cut and toast the bagels, add plates and napkins and you’re ready to serve!

bagel bar | designlovefest
bagel bar | designlovefest

bagel bar | designlovefest
styling by: joanie cusack
photos by: 
ivan solis

 

06.07.16

STRAWBERRY TARTLETS

strawberry tartlets | designlovefest

i’m obsessed with these strawberry tarts. so beautiful and so easy! i have a lot of events coming up that i need to bring a dessert for and i was looking for something simple and impactful that utilizes that fresh produce of the summer months and these little tarts hit the spot. we used trader joe’s lemon curd which is already made and sold in a jar but you could make your own from scratch (this is a great one!). eat up! – joanie

strawberry tartlets | designlovefest
strawberry tartlets | designlovefest
strawberry tartlets | designlovefest
strawberry tartlets | designlovefest
strawberry tartlets | designlovefest

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05.25.16

ROASTED CARROT AND AVOCADO SALAD

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this carrot avocado salad is one of my favorite things to make in the summer, it’s super easy, healthy and fresh. the lightly spiced carrots with the citrus and creaminess of the avocado is a perfect match! – joanie

roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest
roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest

what you’ll need:
• 1 pound carrots, i don’t peel them, just cut off the top and wash.
• 2 avocados
• 2 lemons
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• olive oil
• sea salt
• micro greens
• crème fraîche
optional: toasted pine nuts

roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest
roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest

• preheat oven to 375, place the carrots on a baking sheet, rub with olive oil, cumin and cinnamon. sprinkle with salt and roast for 30-35 minutes until tender (don’t under cook them, you want them to be soft!)

roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest
roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest

• for serving, cut the carrots in half, place avocado slices and micro greens on top, drizzle with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, sea salt and top with crème fraîche.

ENJOY!!

roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest
roasted carrot and avocado salad |designlovefest
styling by: joanie cusack
photos by: 
ivan solis

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