Maybe I’m not g…

Maybe I’m not growing old, maybe I’m growing up. – Kelly Oxford, Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar

Summer reading at its best. This book was exactly what I needed to get my blood pumping for fun-in-the-sun summer reads.

Kelly Oxford not only got me wanting more of her hysterical real life stories, but she had me questioning my life – do I have stories this good to write about? From her trip to Vegas to meet David Copperfield (the man) to her trip down memory lane when she was six years old and trying to put together a Star Wars play!  Yes, they are that random, but she surely does not disappoint!

If you are looking for a serious book with complex character plots and a dramatic storyline, then maybe this one isn’t for you. No life lesson to learn here…well maybe that we should all check ourselves & realize chasing A-list celebs is never a good thing (hello jail time…you’ll know what I’m talking about if you pick up this book)!

I couldn’t put this book down when I was in Tel Aviv, laughing out loud at the beach. Every single friend downloaded it on their kindles immediately!

But really, if you are looking for an easy, uplifting read then this book is for you. Hope you enjoy it…buy here!

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Tel Aviv…I Think I Love You!

tel aviv 2This post is long overdue! Between the move to Boston, a few weddings we have to attend & packing up for our next adventure of a trip (let’s call it honeymoon 2.0) it is hard to find time to sit down & write. Regardless, here it is….my love for Tel Aviv!

  • I was in amazing company. I was there for a close friend’s bachelorette party. The ladies I was with were flawless, from their looks and styles to their personalities. Get 10 girls who don’t know each other & are from all different parts of the world in a room for 10 days & you think there would be mayhem, right? Not this bunch! I guess it is all on the bride, clearly she has good taste in her friends 😉
  • The accommodations were out of this world. Again, thanks to the wonderful bride!  She has an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv & all the ladies were able to crash there. Views were insane, the city & water felt at our fingertips from 25 stories up. What a sight!
  • Great weather. Who can complain about 80 degree weather the entire trip. Not me! Beaches everyday & sundresses every night, what more could you ask for!
  • The cost wasn’t bad at all. We wined and dined every day and night (at some of the top restaurants in the city) & the tab was always cheaper then expected!

Now lets get down to business…the food & excursions!!!jer 2

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Israeli Salad

_MG_2322I am in love with all sorts of Israeli food right now,  so get used to these posts for a while! Anywho, this dish is a staple in Israel, throughout the states & world. I can say though, the blend in Tel Aviv was fresher then ever & I gobbled this salad up daily at the beach!

Here’s the steps to make this delicious salad:

  1. Chop up 6 persian cucumbers & place in bowl
  2. Dice up 2 large tomatoes, before placing in bowl remove the juices/seeds
  3. Chop up 1C fresh flat leaf parsley & 1/2C fresh mint leaves – add to bowl
  4. Add 1T EVOO (up to 1/2C, depending on your liking), juice from 1 lemon & S/P to taste
  5. Toss & refridgerate for up to 15minutes before serving

If you want to go crazy add a dollop of fresh tahini or hummus on top before serving! Enjoy this fresh & easy mix any time of year, but especially for bikini season!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 4):  80 calories – 4 grams of fat – 10 carbs – 2 grams of protein

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Roasted Cauliflower & Lemon Tahini Sauce

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The vegetables in Tel Aviv were out of control good – so fresh & literally all over every menu! However, on all the menus there was an added bonus to most veg options, TAHINI! Trust me..it is a simple addition to your veggies & a MAJOR crowd pleaser!

Now on to this tasty roasted cauliflower with lemon tahini recipe…

  1. Preheat oven to 425dgrees
  2. Grab a cookie sheet & place parchment paper on it
  3. Cut up 1 head of cauliflower & toss with hemp seed oil
  4. Roast in oven for 30-45minutes (based on how crisp you want them)
  5. On the stovetop add: 3T tahini, 2 minced garlic cloves, juice from 1/2 a lemon & 1/2C water – heat on low until warm, stir & set aside

Remove cauliflower form oven, top with the lemon tahini sauce & sprinkle on sesame seeds! Enjoy!

PS. Today I used the remainder of the lemon tahini sauce as a salad dressing, SO YUM!

Nutritional Info Per Serving for Lemon Tahini Sauce (Serves 8): 40 calories – 3 grams of fat – 1.5 carbs – 1 gram of protein

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No Bake Banana Bread Bites

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Whoooooey, what a trip! No spoilers on it yet, I am waiting on the group to send me all the pictures – then a post will come! Can not wait to share the goodness of Israel, it was a trip of a lifetime and I will for sure be going back again!

With that said, hello medjool dates! I will take them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack! These babies were everywhere in Tel Aviv so I sure got my fix in & still have my cravings going strong for them. Hope you enjoy!

First step is to “pop” some amaranth:

  1. Grab a skillet (no oil), put on high & add 1T amaranth grains for 15-20seconds (until they pop). Remove popped amaranth & continue this process until you have 1C popped amaranth. 
  2. There is no #2…just know that all the grains do not have to pop, so don’t be nervous of such an easy process!

Then, to make the banana bread balls:

  1. In a food processor add: 1 banana, 3/4C pitted dates, 1/2C popped amaranth (half of what you popped), 1/2C walnuts, 1/4C ground sesame seeds, 2t cinnamon, 1/2t nutmeg & salt to taste
  2. Blend until mixture is consistent (~1 to 5 minutes, dependent on your texture preference)
  3. Remove blend & put on a clean surface
  4. Roll out mini banana bread balls with your hands (roughly the size of a ping pong ball)
  5. Dip the banana bread balls into the other 1/2C popped amaranth & set aside

I placed the banana brad balls in a zip-lock baggie & stuck in the freezer. You can eat them right out of the freezer too – they are perfectly chewy, no thawing required! Hope you enjoy these tasty bites!

Nutritional Info Per Ball (Makes 14): 95 calories – 4.5 grams of fat – 13 carbs – 2 grams of protein

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Goodbye NYC, Helloooo Tel Aviv!

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Jetting off to Tel Aviv in a few hours for one of my girlies’s bachelorette party! They planned this down to the wire – so pumped! Full of beach days, wonderful dinners each night, a few club nights (oh man) &  two full days of activities! We are exploring Jerusalem for the entire day & the other excursion day we are climbing Masada and going to the Dead Sea!

With that said, I will most likely be updating my Instagram only while I am away. So make sure to follow me so you can see all the rad photos from our adventures!

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So excited to document my trip, can’t wait to report back!

xox SS

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