Archive for the ‘FOOD’ Category

06.19.17

WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS

WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest

we’re all about that bowl life over here at DLF and we’re back with another super easy one to throw together for a weeknight dinner. it has a good mix of veggies, protein and rice. ivan toasted the rice in coconut oil before cooking it and it gave it a really great nutty and slightly sweet flavor but still left it super fluffy (something that can be hard to accomplish when you make rice with coconut milk). we tossed the veggies in a little coconut sugar, rice wine vinegar and salt but you could skip that step if you’re tight on time. we also picked a really thin cut of meat so it requires very minimal cooking time! – joanie

WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest

beef bowls
makes 3-4 servings

what you’ll need:
• 12 ounce strip of skirt steak
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
• 2 teaspoons ginger paste
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
• 1 cup rice
• 2 carrots
• 1 large cucumber sliced
• 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
• 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 1 cup white rice
• 3-4 eggs

optional garnishes:
• sesame seeds
• cilantro
• diced green onions

WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest
WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest

• on medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a sauce pan. lightly toast 1 cup of white rice in the coconut oil until they slightly turn brown and is fragrant. cover with 2 cups water and add 1/2 teaspoon salt. cook on low heat until water is evaporated and rice is fluffy. set aside.

• mince your skirt steak, and then marinate it with the sesame oil, ginger paste, soy sauce, and salt for about 10-15 minutes. in a pan heated on medium, cook the meat until browned on all sides and juices have cooked down, about 5-7 minutes. set aside

• wash and peel your carrots and shave them into ribbons (or grate them). in a bowl toss with rice vinegar and coconut sugar. repeat the same process with cucumber slices.

WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest
WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest

cook your eggs sunny side up. assemble your bowls with the coconut rice, beef, carrots and cucumber. we garnished ours with cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds. enjoy!

WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest
WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest
WEEKNIGHT DINNER BEEF BOWLS | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis 

06.08.17

SALMON BURGERS

salmon burgers | designlovefest

last week bri and i got a delivery of meals from blue apron. we made the steak lettuce wraps together but one of the meals was salmon burgers which i made at home and loved. and it inspired me to re-create them for you (this isn’t sponsored, they were just really good)! typically i’d make a salmon burger by just putting a fillet of salmon on a bun with all of the fixings. but these were great because you cook the fish and then mix it with herbs, bread crumbs, etc and create patties. i don’t know why i’d never thought to make them this way before but it was super easy and really flavorful. they’re also very adaptable, you could add a variety of fresh or dried herbs, some lemon, chopped onion, garlic, etc.

they would also be good to make with a cut of fish that you didn’t feel was ideal for serving alone (maybe not as fresh as you’d like) because there are a lot of other flavors involved. we served ours on toasted brioche buns and they were so good. try them! – joanie

salmon burgers | designlovefest

salmon burgers
what you’ll need:

makes 4 servings

• 12 ounces of salmon
• 1 lemon sliced into wedges
• 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
• 1 egg
• 1 tablespoon fresh dill
• 1 tablespoon mustard (dijon or grainy would work)
• 2 teaspoons mayo or olive oil
• 2 cloves chopped fresh garlic or garlic salt
• salt + pepper
• 4 burger buns
to garnish: avocado, jalapeño, avocado, mayo, mustard, red onion, tzatziki, lettuce, etc.

salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest

• heat a frying pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium heat, salt and pepper both sides of the salmon and place on the pan, cook for about three minutes per side. remove and set aside to cool.

• once cooled, remove the skin if needed and flake into a bowl. add the dill, mustard, bread crumbs, egg, juice of half a lemon, 2 teaspoons olive oil or mayo, 2 cloves fresh garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic salt and mix together. salt and pepper to taste. set aside for 5 minutes.

salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest

• form the salmon mixture into four patties and let rest for a few minutes. heat a pan on medium heat with olive oil spray (non stick is preferable). once hot cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side until slightly browned. remove and set aside.

• add butter to the warm pan over medium heat and toast your buns until golden brown.

remove, add salmon patties, top as desired and serve!

salmon burgers | designlovefest
salmon burgers | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: joanie cusack 

 

06.08.17

SUMMER FRUIT BOWLS

we rounded up some of our other favorite fruit forward dishes from around the web. inspiration for snacks on your next pool day! – joanie

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beautiful acai bowls in coconuts here

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these gorgeous papaya bowls from hippie lane

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pretty fruit pizza made with coconut flour by wife mama foodie.

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dragon fruit can be hard to find but if you do score some these bowls by eat to thrive are stunning.

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i love the idea of piling a bunch of different citrus on a platter with a sprinkle of pomegranite seeds and serving it your guests like vegetarian ventures

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a bowl of berries with a dollop of honey yogurt like carlsbad cravings.

05.31.17

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT

i’m cooking more than ever these days. i love putting in a lot of effort one night and then making something really simple the next night. constantly switching up the flavors and difficulty levels. some nights it’s nice to put in a little more effort for your partner and make it feel like a fancier date. for me, i always notice that when i have flowers on the table, a burning candle, a record playing, a glass of wine, and a pretty table…it feels SPECIAL. today we’re focusing on really simple ways to elevate your date night. they are quick, inexpensive, and have a lot of impact on the evening! -bri

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT | designlovefest

oh the difference it makes…

ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT | designlovefest

TIPS TO ELEVATE YOUR DATE NIGHT SETUP:

• we all eat with our eyes too! so presentation can make a big difference. you can get a rotisserie chicken but decide to plate it over some rosemary potatoes and it suddenly feels like you’re eating at a restaurant!

• fresh herbs. this is a big one. not only sprinkling fresh rosemary but also using the full sprigs for garnish on the plate will make it look nice. the same goes for adding fresh lemon slices to your water. keep a couple of fresh herb options on hand, i like basil, rosemary and mint and incorporate them into your meals throughout the week. it’s amazing how much it can impact the flavor of a really simple dish. adding fresh dill to your tuna salad, chopped meat to your salad, basil on a piece of fish, etc.

• matching silverware (we love this white + gold set

decant your wine while you’re cooking. it helps with the flavor and the presentation is appealing.

• taking your condiments OUT of the packaging is a big one. as a visual person this is probably the most important one for me. taking your berries out of the plastic and putting them in a bowl, putting your salt in a pinch bowl…basically taking any logos off the table and using vessels to style with.

• add a linen tablecloth and cloth napkins (you can pick up raw edged linen from your local fabric store for much cheaper than buying a linen tablecloth. it still looks cool! that’s what we are using here as our table cloth)

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• herbed butter (you can look at this post for flavored butter ideas) served in a small bowl on the table. make your rolls taste amazing, or simply dip radishes with salt in the butter (so delicious)

• light a candle…set the mooooooood.

• flowers or greenery on the table actually do make it feel special. sometimes if i don’t have time to get them at the store i just go clip something from my yard and put it in a vase.

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try these recipes for chicken and potatoes:

HOW TO ROAST A CHICKEN + VEGGIES
ROTISSERIE CHICKEN TWO WAYS
HERBED BUTTER
HASSELBACK POTATOES

ROSEMARY FINGERLING POTATOES

and lastly! make a playlist or put on a record. the ambiance is important to a good date night, right?

images by: Ivan Solis

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05.26.17

ROSÉ PUNCH

rosé punch | designlovefest

it’s finally friday and it’s a long weekend! we’re excited to kick back with friends and family, enjoy the day off and spend time remembering all of the men and women who fought and died for our country. if you’re hosting a bbq or just enjoying the day outdoors with a few friends this rosé punch is the thing to make. it’s super simple, partially hydrating thanks to the sparkling water and not too strong so you can enjoy a couple of glasses on ice.

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we used barefoot rosé as it’s on the sweeter side and provides a nice balance with the citrus. it’s also very affordable so you won’t have to break the bank to fill up your entire punch bowl!

what you’ll need: quantities vary depending on the size of your punch bowl. 

8 cups barefoot rosé
juice of 3 lemons
juice of 2 grapefruits
2 cups lemonade
2 cups sparkling citrus water (we used grapefruit)
+ optional simple syrup to taste (we didn’t use any but if you want it to be sweeter, go for it!)

rosé punch | designlovefest
rosé punch | designlovefest
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we purchased edible flowers from here. you could also do floral or fruit ice cubes or even frozen fruit skewers as a garnish. if you do the skewers, make sure the fruit is wet before you freeze it so if gives you that nice icy look for serving.

rosé punch | designlovefest
rosé punch | designlovefest

what are your memorial day weekend plans? are you planning to make any recipes that you’re excited about?

rosé punch | designlovefest
rosé punch | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis

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