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bri here! i’ve been cooking a lot more recently and i keep finding myself driving to work or laying in my bed thinking up new ideas for recipes. i can tell i’ve officially becoming interested in it! i really enjoy the time i have with my boyfriend in the morning before he goes to work and i always like to make breakfast for us to have together, even if it’s quick. i’ve been perfecting my 10 minute breakfast tacos and they’re finally ready to share with you guys. easy and delicious! for this recipe we added ivan’s salsa verde to them and it was a great flavor addition! let’s make em… xx -bri


makes 5-6 tacos 

breakfast tacos:
• 6 eggs
• quarter red onion diced
• 1 large handful of cilantro chopped
• 3 green onions chopped
• 1 to 2 medium avocados
• cotija cheese
• 2-3 limes
• 6 corn tortillas


to make the tacos, first scramble 6 eggs and cook to your liking. assemble by adding a few spoonfuls of scrambled eggs onto each heated tortillas. garnish with red onion, green onion, avocado, cotija cheese, lime juice, cilantro and the creamy salsa verde.


creamy salsa verde:
• 1 jalapeno
• 1/2 avocado
• 2 dollops of sour cream
• 1/2 yellow onion
• 5-6 tomatillos
• 3-4 teaspoons salt
• 1 small lime juiced


to make the creamy salsa verde, remove husk from tomatillos and wash thoroughly. cut into halves and place on a heated cast iron skillet on medium heat. peel and halve a yellow onion and also place on the cast iron. roast for about 5-10 minutes, turning over the ingredients occasionally. place the tomatillos and onion in a blender and add half an avocado, sour cream, 1 jalapeño (remove seeds according to how spicy you like it to be) salt and 1 small lime juiced. blend until smooth. Keep the creamy salsa verde in the fridge to cool until ready to serve. the salsa keeps well in the fridge for a week and can be used to top meats and veggies for other meals throughout the week!


aaaand if you are free on time and want the extra luxury of having freshly made tortillas (which taste amazing!), here is the recipe that we used from our steak taco post.

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
see more recipes here



weeknight dinner ideas | designlovefest

happy monday! do you meal prep? i’ve always thought it would be a nice habit to get into but for some reason it just doesn’t click with me. the last thing i want to do on sunday evening is chop vegetables for two hours. so, that usually means monday is meal prep day. my husband does the grocery shopping but i’m generally responsible for the list which requires me to have at least a vague idea of what i’d like to make. i thought i’d round up some of the recipes we’ve made on here that are great weeknight dinners, simple and safe well for leftovers. – joanie

above: pizza with pre-made dough – pizza is very forgiving, top with whatever you have on hand, 15 minutes in the oven and dinner is served!

weeknight dinner ideas | designlovefest

veggie fried rice – everything but the kitchen sink with this rice, it can hold all of the vegetables that are about to go bad.

weeknight dinner ideas | designlovefest

hot and sour soup – love this one with lots of fresh lime juice added at the end!

weeknight dinner ideas | designlovefest

when it doubt, make mexican! a big batch of refried beans, simple quesadillas or these steak tacos.

weeknight dinner ideas | designlovefest

honey lime salmon bowls – so easy, healthy and delicious. mix it up by swap the brown rice out for quinoa or a green salad!

weeknight dinner ideas | designlovefest

and one of my personal favorites, enchiladas!



trader joe's favorites | desisgnlovefest

a couple of years ago we created this post of all of our favorite items to pick up at Trader Joe’s. we had a great time putting it together but one of the best outcomes of that post were the amazing comments left by people sharing what they buy and the recipes they make with their favorite tj’s items. the comments are gold, seriously, check them out. since trade joe’s adds new items to their store monthly we thought it was time for an update to that post. below are more of our favorites plus two easy side dishes that we love to make. please comment with anything we missed or ideas/recipes you’ve been loving to make. we’re always looking for new items to try and your comments are the best way to find those items!

the items above are our favorite baking and condiment items: organic tahini for homemade hummus, the most addicting garlic spread that i put on everything, nutritional yeast for making cashew cheese and sprinkling on popcorn, their cake mix is great and my friend makes it with adding orange zest to punch up the flavor, you’d never know it was store bought when you taste it, blanched almond flour for almond cookies and gluten free baking, the grass fed buffalo milk butter is a stand out to me. i’m a big believer in butter and this one is made with wholesome ingredients. their garlic salt grinder with a mixture of four seasonings for adding flavor to any dish. the mixed nut butter is something i had been wanting to find for a long time after having it in an acai bowl, individual coconut oil packets are great if you’re into oil pulling like i am. ghee for its many benefits  and also the avocado oil for it’s lower price tag and high smoke point.

trader joe's favorites | desisgnlovefest

sweet potato fries with garlic deep
serves 4
• 2 organic sweet potatoes
• 3 tablespoons avocado oil
• garlic salt grinder
• garlic spread

trader joe's favorites | desisgnlovefest

– preheat your oven to 400 degrees. thinly slice the sweet potatoes, soak them in water for a few minutes, rinse until the water runs clear. dry them completely. put them in a bowl with the avocado oil. i like to use the tj’s garlic salt grinder because it has sea salt, roasted garlic, onion and parsley all in one. grind generously over fries, toss to coat and then lay in a single layer on a baking sheet. bake for about 7-10 minutes on each side. serve with garlic spread!

trader joe's favorites | desisgnlovefest

simple bruschetta crostini
• 1 organic baguette
• 1 jar tomato bruschetta (in the canned aisle)
• whole milk mozzarella cheese

• pre-heat broiler. thinly slice desired amount of baguette. lay in a single layer on baking sheet. spoon bruschetta spread onto each. cover with a thin piece of mozzarella cheese. broil until golden and bubbly 2-4 minutes.

trader joe's favorites | desisgnlovefest

and you cannot forget the snacks! their red pepper dip is a great additional to any cheese, meat and bread appetizer set up, whole milk plain yogurt with cream top – i think i jumped up and down when i first found this, inner peas – if you don’t know about this addicting snack, now you know, bruschetta spread as mentioned above, sliced brioche for french toast or just a decadent peanut butter and jelly. this bread is normally hard to track down and it comes pre-sliced, win win! ancient grain granola to pair with that yogurt – it’s packed with goodness like buckwheat groats, chia seeds and red quinoa, pb&j chocolate bar – the perfect little indulgence, their hawaiian style chips are the best, bbq is my favorite, super seed mix if you’re like me and don’t want to keep all sorts of random packs of seeds and grains in your pantry for your smoothies, tabbouli – love this with everything, especially brown rice and a runny egg, shishito peppers – pan fry with a little oil until they are blistered, yum!




as you know, joanie and ivan are the good chefs around these parts, but watching them cook all the time and now having a boyfriend who’s a great cook…i’ve been inspired! slowly but surely i’ve been practicing more lately and finding a lot of joy in it. i think i always felt intimidated in the kitchen. my parents rarely cooked and so i didn’t really grow up learning recipes or hanging out in the kitchen too often. lately i’ve been making a recipe and then cooking it a few more times until i think it’s perfect. this has helped my confidence in the kitchen!

over the past year i’ve been acquiring more kitchen tools to make my kitchen feel complete. some are splurges but i use them quite often. i used to have a bunch of cheap tools from ikea or from college and never wanted to cook because i hated the way those looked or functioned (i know, i’m a bit crazy like that) once i upgraded some of my items i found myself inspired and excited to be in the kitchen. what can i say, i’m a visual person.

here’s my current kitchen list!




farro salad | designlovefest

farro is a grain that i often overlook. i’ll make brown rice or quinoa but never farro. i attended a baby shower last weekend with a great farro salad and it made me want to make one for all us. my aunt has been raving about the vinaigrette from Nobu (recipe here) which gave it an asian kick but it would also be good with a drizzle of quality olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. we also used pearl mozzarella instead of the more traditional feta that you often see in these types of salads and i much preferred the mozzarella for its milder taste, it didn’t over power the other flavors. also, as a side note – i just read an article about why homemade salads aren’t as good as restaurant salads and they said it’s important to salt your greens. seems obvious but something i often overlook. what are you making these days? i’m always looking for new ideas. especially quick, easy dinners that include some type of vegetable because i’m terrible at eating them! – joanie

farro salad | designlovefest
farro salad | designlovefest

what you’ll need
serves 5
• 2 cups uncooked farro
• 1 cucumber
• 1 lemon
• 1 pint cherry tomatoes
• arugula
• red onion
• fresh herbs of your choosing – parsley, mint, cilantro (whatever you have on hand!)
• peral mozzarella

farro salad | designlovefest
farro salad | designlovefest
farro salad | designlovefest

• start by cooking your farro as it will take about 30 minutes or so. then chop all of your veggies, this salad is super adaptable so you can easily edit with what you have on hand. mix up the dressing (recipe here!). put a large spoonful of farro in a bowl, top as desired with chopped vegetables and cheese, drizzle with dressing and serve!

farro salad | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
see more recipes here


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