12 Days of Christmas|Day 9- Cozy Winter Recipes |2018

Hi everyone and happy day 9! I can’t believe we’re only a week out from Christmas, it’s going by so fast. I hope you’re all enjoying (or looking forward to enjoying) the holiday season with all of your loved ones. Today’s post is going to be two of my favorite cozy recipes for a cold winter evening. First is going to be an updated version of my smoky-ranch meatballs, and second will be my fresh pappardelle pasta with meat sauce. Hope you enjoy these and see you for day 10!

Smokey-Ranch Meatballs:

Ingredients:

Minced beef and pork mix

1 or 2 (depending on amount of meat) packet of ranch seasoning

3 tablespoons liquid smoke

2 tablespoons hot sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Good squeeze of ketchup

1/4 cup of spring onions, chopped

6 cloves of garlic, minced

1 egg

1 jar tomato sauce

Basil and other desired spices.

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Form meat into balls, about 2 tablespoons per meatball, and set aside.
  2. In a pot, heat up the tomato sauce over medium heat and mix with spices.
  3. Get another pan and heat it up with olive oil on high heat. When hot, begin cooking meatballs. Cook until browned, then set aside.
  4. Put meatballs into the pot of tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Right before serving, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and cover to melt.
  6. Serve hot.

 

Fresh Beetroot Pappardelle with Meat Sauce:

Ingredients:

For the pasta-

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1 beetroot

For the sauce-

1 pack of minced beef

3/4 jar of tomato sauce

2 zucchinis, chopped

1 onion, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

Basil, chopped

Chilli powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Pecorino cheese

 

Directions:

For the pasta-

  1. Chop the beetroot and put it in a small pan over high heat with a little bit of olive oil and water. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour out liquid into a small bowl and set aside. Use muslin cloth or an old dish towel to squeeze all the liquid (and coloring) out of the beets.
  3. While cooking the beets, put the flour in a large bowl and form a small well in the middle. Crack the eggs into the middle and begin to knead the dough while slowly adding the beed juice. Knead for about 5 minutes.
  4. Once well knead, flour well and pass through a pasta machine (roll it out as thin as it will go).
  5. It’s meant to be a rustic pappardelle, so hand-cut it as thick or thin as you want.
  6. When ready to cook, cook in boiling water for 4-5 minutes.

For the sauce-

  1. Start by sautéing the meat, onions, zucchini and garlic with a little bit of olive oil.
  2. Once cooked, add the tomato sauce and half of the basil (and any other desired herbs and spices) and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Once pasta is cooked slowly fold it into the sauce.
  4. Serve hot and topped with fresh basil and pecorino cheese.

Happy cooking! xx

Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Figs- Recipe

This recipe is one of my favorites to make during the summer. It’s everything you want in a few bites. Salty, sweet, bitter, sour. All you need are some good figs, honey, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and pepper. Read more down below to find out how to make this super easy yet delicious summer dish. Enjoy!

  1. Wash your figs lightly and then cut them in half, longways.
  2. Brush the inside of the halves with a little bit of honey, just enough to cover it all.
  3. Put the figs in a pan with a little bit of butter and cook on medium for about 8 minutes, or until the honey begins to caramelize.
  4. Once the figs are cooked, let them cool for about 10 minutes then wrap each half in one piece of prosciutto.
  5. Right before serving, drizzle a tad of balsamic and crack a bit of pepper over the top and your summer appetizer is all good to go.

Protein Peanut Butter Cookies

In honor of the Beach Bum Lifestyle Program and beach bum season, here’s a super healthy and protein-packed peanut butter cookie recipe, using the Usana chocolate protein powder. Links below!

Ingredients:

1 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

3/4 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup Usana chocolate protein powder

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup cacao nibs

 

Directions:

1. Cream peanut butter, coconut palm sugar, vanilla and coconut oil together until smooth and creamy. Add eggs one by one and continue to beat for one minute on medium speed.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the baking soda, protein powder, flour and oats.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture in 3 batches and continuously beat on medium speed until fully mixed.

4. Add cacao nibs and fold into cookie mixture with a rubber spatula.

5. Bake at 350 for 7 minutes, cool and enjoy your healthy treats!!

 

My Usana Website: http://aimefukada.usana.com/

My Usana code: aime10

The Beach Bum Lifestyle Program: http://www.beachbumlifestyleprogram.com/

 

Food Adventures #6

Got my Singaporean fix from QQ Kopitiam in Pasadena. The Laksa was super authentic and delicious, just like it would be at home! It was a really generous serving for a super reasonable price (two main dishes and one bubble tea was $21 with tax).

Website: https://www.yelp.com/biz/qq-kopitiam-pasadena

Pricing: $

I know I may be a little late to hop on the bandwagon, but I am beyond obsessed with Halo Top. For those of you who don’t know what it is, Halo Top is an extremely low calorie, high protein ice cream (not that you can tell, it’s amazing!). The calories range from 240-360 calories depending on the flavor, so one serving is never more than 90 calories. A few of my favorite flavors are Birthday Cake, Sea Salt Caramel and Mint Chip.

Website: https://www.halotop.com/

Pricing: $4-5

This beautiful spread is from the Granville at the Americana in Glendale. They have a menu full of modern yet homey dishes that are absolutely delicious! This was the bacon & blue burger with a side salad, the Santa Barbara chicken sandwich, a side of sweet potato fries and the uptown mac & cheese. I would also highly recommend the chicken and blue flatbread (not pictures). A perfect stop for lunch or dinner during a day of shopping!

Website: http://www.granvillecafe.com/glendale

Pricing: $$

*As seen on BuzzFeed* Sushi Stop is a super affordable (and yummy) location in Pasadena (they have other locations too). At $3.25 for most of their dishes, it’s hard to spend more than $16 a person (and that’s if you are eating A LOT). Ranging from sashimi sushi to baked rolls to udon and tempura, they have everything you would ever want. To be honest, after eating so mush sushi in Japan, I was a little skeptical of this, but it did not disappoint!

Website: https://sushistop.com/location/sushistop-pasadena/

BuzzFeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/stevenlim/we-tried-3-sushi-and-250-sushi-to-see-if-its-worth-the-price?utm_term=.roOxJedpE#.wulLQNqV0

Pricing: $

Just throwing this in here because I miss Disneyland. A beautiful mickey mouse-shaped beignet (and some Mint Juleps) from New Orleans Square at Disney.

One of my favorite things about living in LA is finding all the small (what I like to call) hidden gems of the city. Gloria’s Cafe is a small Mexican-inspired breakfast/brunch restaurant tucked away in the back streets of Highland Park. Pictured above is the savory waffle (amazing!) and the breakfast taco. I would also highly recommend their breakfast sandwich which comes on a burger bun with pulled pork and scrambled eggs. For a main dish and (a big a**) iced coffee, I usually pay $14 (including tax and tip).

Website: http://glorias-cafe.com/

Pricing: $$

Where should I go next? Comment your favorite LA spots down below! And if you try one of these places, let me know what you think:)

Coconut Oil Waffles- Recipe

One of the reasons I love the morning (I am such a morning person, haha) is because breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day (with brunch coming in a very close second). I love waking up after a good nights sleep and walking into the kitchen to see what we have. One of my favorite breakfast foods are waffles (with eggs, yum!), but I always find that regular waffles always weigh me down throughout the morning and don’t make me feel as nourished. After getting our waffle maker about a year and a half ago, we’ve been experimenting with all sorts of recipes, trying to find one that worked the best. In the end, the recipe that I fell in love with was one that mixed a bunch of different recipes together, and used coconut oil instead of any other oils or butter. My favorite breakfast at home would consist of these waffles, an over easy egg, some fresh fruit and an iced coffee. If you try this recipe out, let me know how you like it in the comments below! Happy eating:)

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup low-fat milk or unsweetened almond milk

3/4 cup coconut oil

2 cups whole-wheat flour

2 tsp. baking soda

pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional; this depends on whether you want your waffles more sweet or savory)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the milk, and coconut oil (and vanilla if you choose) to the eggs and continue to beat for another 2 minutes.
  2. Gradually add the flour, baking soda and salt to the wet mixture while continuously beating.
  3. Cook waffles in waffle maker according to instructions (each waffle maker works a little differently).
  4. Serve warm with a little bit of maple syrup and fruit or with an egg for a delicious breakfast!

Avocado Brownies- Recipe

Ingredients:

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 avocado

1 ripe banana

1/4 cup zero calorie sugar substitute

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil either in the microwave or over a double boiler. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, smash the avocado and banana. Add the sugar substitute, sugar and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the melted chocolate and beat on medium for 1 more minute.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, flour and whole wheat flour.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in three batches while continually beating until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour batter into a lined square tin and bake at 180 c for 22-25 minutes (brownies will be stickier than normal).
  6. Serve warm (maybe even add a little Halo Top ice cream if you’re feeling special:).
Avocado brownies on the bottom (the darker ones) and regular brownies on the top.

12 Days of Christmas Day 11- The Ultimate Christmas Dinner

We’re almost there! If you are anything like me, the food during Christmas is one of the best part about celebrating. Whether you have your big meal on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day, here is the guide to planning the ultimate Christmas dinner.

*If there’s a particular recipe I use I’ll link it in parentheses:

Munchies:

Mains:

Desserts:

Drinks:

12 Days of Christmas Day 3- Christmas Treats

‘Tis the season of yummy treats and full bellies! Today’s post is my top 10 Christmas treats. Happy eating:)

Candy Cane Hershey Kisses

https://www.amazon.com/KISSES-Candy-Chocolates-Flavored-White/dp/B00BTWIIG6/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1508989431&sr=8-1&keywords=peppermint+hershey+kisses

 

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Chilled Iced Coffee (Bottle)

https://www.target.com/p/starbucks-peppermint-mocha-chilled-espresso-coffee-beverage-40-fl-oz-bottle/-/A-15847568

 

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Squares

https://www.amazon.com/Ghirardelli-Limited-Peppermint-Bark-20-99/dp/B00CPZW2BI/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989568&sr=1-3&keywords=ghirardelli%2Bpeppermint%2Bbark&th=1

 

Stumptown Cold Brew Winter Cheer

https://www.target.com/p/stumptown-cold-brew-with-milk-winter-cheer-carton-16oz/-/A-52934430

 

Peppermint Oreos

https://www.amazon.com/Peppermint-Chocolate-Sandwich-Cookies-LIMITED/dp/B01M354I3B/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989611&sr=1-1&keywords=peppermint+oreos

 

Starbucks Holiday Classic Hot Chocolate

https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Holiday-Classic-Cocoa-Ounce/dp/B01M0JYAH3/ref=sr_1_12_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1508989837&sr=1-12&keywords=hot+chocolate+christmas

 

Nutter Butter Reindeer

Favorite recipe: http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2013/12/nutter-butter-reindeer-handmade-in.html

 

Christmas Puppy Chow

Favorite recipe: https://www.tastemade.com/shows/sweet-af/reindeer-chow-muddy-buddies

 

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Favorite recipe: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-christmas-sugar-cookie-cutouts/a1830449-487e-4c7f-882c-48ac06d83a91

 

Brownie Christmas Trees

Favorite Recipe: https://lilluna.com/easy-brownie-christmas-trees/

 

and last, but not least (my favorite and a classic!)…

Spangler’s Peppermint Candy Canes

https://www.amazon.com/Peppermint-Candy-Canes-18-boxes/dp/B00IEGNPTA/ref=sr_1_6_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1509043696&sr=1-6&keywords=candy%2Bcanes&th=1

 

 

 

Gyoza Meatballs- Quick and Easy Recipe

This recipe is all the goodness of gyoza, with no carbs!

Ingredients: (serves 6)

600 grams minced pork

1 egg

5 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 knob ginger, grated

3/4 cup chives, chopped

4 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. yakitori sauce

2 tsp. chili oil

garlic salt, to taste

1 tbsp. sesame oil + 2 tbsp. for frying

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Form meatballs.
  3. Fry with sesame oil on medium heat for 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Eat and be happy:)

 

How to throw the BEST luau party

It’s finally finally FINALLY summer, which means time for endless pool parties and celebrations. My birthday just happens to be at the very beginning of summer (may 29th), and this year I also graduated from high school, so there was a lot to celebrate. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do to celebrate everything in the midst of tons of craziness. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m in love with anything tropical, pineapple, or beach themed, so I thought that a luau party would be the perfect fit. I also decided to have my party during the day because we all want to be super tanned during the summer…don’t we? Are you planning on having a pool party/luau party anytime soon and are looking for some inspiration? Here is exactly what I did to throw mine and how you can plan yours! I’ll also link all the stores I bought from below.

Decorations:

Like I said, I’m obsessed with anything tropical (especially pineapples), so I already had tons of decorations. I used wood pineapple cutouts in multiple colors, a blue pineapple lamp, a “welcome to paradise” sign, and tons and tons of leis. I also had these pastel colored paper streamers that I hung up around a super cute “happy birthday” banner. For the cutlery, I found orange and pink flamingo stirrers from Flying Tiger in Tokyo, as well as some flamingo straws.

Food and Drinks:

Of course my parties have to include lot’s of good food, but since it was brunch, I kept it fairly light. We have cut watermelon and grapes, mini egg frittatas with lot’s of veggies, pasta salad, pineapple grilled chicken and of course funfetti cake (my favorite!!). The pineapple chicken was great and added another tropical layer to the party. To make it: marinate chicken breasts in pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, hot sauce and lime, then grill for 3 minutes on each side. For the drinks, we made mojitos and pineapple juice and malibu… and we had a bottle of rose. Tip: If you are having a party by the pool, avoid glass by getting plastic champagne glasses from the dollar store.

Clothing:

Because I knew we were going to be taking lot’s of photos, I chose my outfit very carefully. I ended up going with my black Cotton On bikini top with my hot pink Hollister bottoms. And on top of that I wore my O’Neill high-waisted shorts with a blue-purple Brandy Melville crop top. My friends came dressed similarly with a lot of them wearing cute cover-ups or sun dresses.

Photo Booth:

There was no way my party was happening without a DIY photo booth, so that’s exactly what I did. I found a blank wall by our pool and decked it out. We hung the “happy birthday” banner with the colorful streamers around it. When taking pictures, we put on leis and used the pineapples and other decorations as props. I had also found a blackboard in my room, so I decided to use it. When each of my friends and I took a photo, we used the blackboard to write a word that described us or the way we first met. All of those photos turned out being really cute!

If you’re planning on throwing a party or celebration soon, I highly suggest doing something like this! Here are all the links, and happy celebrating!

My Pinterest Luau Board: https://www.pinterest.com/aimefukada/luauu/

Hollister: https://www.hollisterco.com

Cotton On: http://cottonon.com/US/

Cotton On Body: http://cottonon.com/US/shop-by-brand/cotton-on-body/

Typo: http://cottonon.com/MY/shop-by-brand/typo/

Flying Tiger: https://flyingtiger.com/

O’Neill: http://us.oneill.com/

Brandy Melville: https://www.brandymelvilleusa.com/