Build an Acai Bowl

This week on A Cozy Kitchen we’re getting super healthy! Yes, I know. I’m putting away the butter and sugar (for now) and giving you recipes to eat when you’re in the mood to be good.

I used to be one of those psycho people who could go hours, HOURS without eating anything in the morning. I’d totally skip breakfast, drink coffee instead (of course) but by 1pm I was a demon. A total hangry little demon.

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Cinnamon Sugar Fortune Cookies | www.acozykitchen.com

I have a fun weekend activity for you. Here it goes:

1. Throw a bunch of dog treats in the air and scream “IM MAKING IT RAIN!” And then see your dog freak out and run around trying to eat them as quickly as possible.

Don’t have a dog? No biggie, here’s another fun weekend activity: Make fortune cookies.

I first had intentions of making these fortune cookies REALLY dark. Think Cards of Humanity but with fortunes. People are sensitive on the internets, I have found, so I kept it one-hundred, as they say.

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Supplies  A Cozy Kitchen | www.acozykitchen.com

A few weeks ago, I piled a bunch of the kitchen items I use on the regular to share with you all. When I did so, I felt like I had way too much for one post, so I figured I’d break it up into two posts. It also bought me some time to buy some new baking sheets because the ones I was using were not ok.

It’s like when you’re wearing a pair of white socks with heels that are stained even though they’re clean and then when you take off your shoes for bowling (or something like that), you feel the need to explain and be like, GUYS, THESE ARE JUST STAINED LIKE THIS!

Exactly like that…but with baking sheets.

Here is the rest of the stuff I love and can’t live without.

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Halva Chocolate Spread | www.acozykitchen.com

One of the simplest and most magical things I’ve made in a v v long time is this Chocolate Halva Spread. It’s so incredibly simple (three ingredients!) and it takes seconds to make. It’s one of those things that you mix together and wonder where it’s been all your life. It makes you wonder why it isn’t sold in containers, at every grocery store, all over the world. It makes you wonder how Nutella got popular, with all its weird ingredients and oils, and this didn’t…maybe it’s not too late.

For the recipe and more pictures, hop on over to PBS Food. FOOD IS FUN!

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French Dip Sandwiches | www.acozykitchen.com

My first introduction to the glory of French Dip sandwiches was after school at the fast-food chain, Arby’s, recently made re-famous by Pharrell’s hat that looked like its logo.

Remember his hat? It paved the way for unfortunate copy-cats. Don’t wear that hat, people, BUT please make this sandwich because it’s legit and tasty and this homemade version is a million times better and less scary than the drive-thru version.

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February 2015 Stuff!

February, oh February. Short and sweet lil’ month. February was great. It was a good balance of productivity and relaxation, very rare in my world. I’m either going at warp speed or feeling weird and unproductive. Striking that balance is something I always strive for, but rarely accomplish.

I got really into skin care this month. I bought a lot of flowers, watched a lot of movies, listened to a lot of podcasts.

The month started with me drinking milky coffee in the sun. It was sort of chilly so the sun felt good.

February 2015 Stuff!

I went to Ojai for a night. The Ojai Rancho Inn is pretty cute. I got a deal via Hotel Tonight. Have you used that app? You can book last-minute hotel rooms at a really good price. I think we only paid like $70 that night. NOT BAD!

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Cauliflower Cottage Pie | www.acozykitchen.com

This past Wednesday I had one of those epic food days. I ate sushi for lunch; there was a over-priced (but worth it) fresh-pressed cucumber juice for a late afternoon drink situation; dinner was a decadent Italian meal, proceeded by a warm buttered rum as a nightcap. Oh and cookies and milk!

I’m not sure if I’ve had a better food day than that, ever, but it’s coming to a screeching half, ladies and gentlemen, because the month of March is all about eating healthy (for me). Don’t worry, A Cozy Kitchen won’t be turning into a Paleo blog but I will be sprinkling in healthier recipes from time to time, this one you see as my first.

For this post, I teamed up with McCormick Gourmet to give you a healthier take on cottage pie (also known as shepherd’s pie). It’s for St. Patrick’s Day or any day when you’re looking for a healthier but still comforting dish to make.

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Dukkah

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Dukkah | www.acozykitchen.com

Ok, yes, I know I just posted about dukkah crackers but this is different! This is just the spice mixture, which you’re supposed to keep in your cupboard, in a jar, so you can sprinkle it on anything and everything.

When I made these crackers I put the nut inside the cracker so the topping wasn’t exactly straight-up dukkah, but together it made up the flavors. I used the remaining topping in like a day. I wanted to make some regular dukkah, but this time with pistachios. I made this right after and it didn’t last long. I put it on chicken, scrambled eggs, beet hummus and even a simple lil’ boiled egg. And I know we’re like a bajillion light years away from Christmas but I think it’d be even great as a gift, too!

For the whole recipe and more photos, hop over to PBS Food.

Dukkah | www.acozykitchen.com

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Braised Oxtail, Peruvian-Style | www.acozykitchen.com

Sundays were designed for cooking, weren’t they?!

When I was a kid, Sundays always meant something was simmering on the stove. The day was filled with lots of food, playing outside, family; and the focus was always to enjoy the thing we never have enough of: time.

What you see pictured is the Sunday food of my childhood. It’s the dish my mom and dad would get started in the morning and let cook in the oven for hours and hours. The smell is intoxicating—it’s the smell of my mama’s homeland, and in turn the smell of Sundays growing up. The other day when I recreated it, I had forgotten for a moment what the smell meant to me; I missed home for a bit.

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Zucchini Manicotti | www.acozykitchen.com

My favorite thing in the world to eat is pasta. Like, if I was seeing my last days and someone was like, Adrianna, what would you like to eat because dying sucks? I’d be like, BRING ME PASTA! A gigantic bowl of pasta bolognese with a glass of lambrusco would be it for me. So, it’s not really a surprise that the dish I crave the most when I’m trying to eat healthier is pasta.

Last year I got super into zucchini noodles. I’m pretty sure I ate zucchini noodles with turkey meatballs every single night for like weeks, WEEKS. I actually first discovered the glory of spiralized vegetables from Ali’s blog, Inspiralized. At first I was like, uh, I dunno, I like real pasta but then I was needing something healthier in my life and this seemed like an awesome alternative.

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