Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tasty Thursday: Sauteed Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bacon, Shallots, and Parmesan Cheese...South Beach Diet Phase One



Hello again my lovely followers! I have another healthy recipe to share with you all today. This was one of my favorite go-to side dishes when the Hubs and I were on the South Beach Diet. It's like a carb free, egg free version of carbonara. I leave out the egg because I can't invision it truly melting into the squash like it does with hot pasta, but there is plenty of protein and flavor in the turkey bacon and cheese! It's one of my more filling veggie dishes, so if you have a small amount of protein to serve, this with be your perfect companion to it. I hope you enjoy this lo-carb side! 



  Sauteed Spaghetti Squash with Shallots, Turkey Bacon, and Parmesan Cheese

South Beach Diet Phase One

 

  Ingredients:

  • 1large Spaghetti Squash
  • 4 slices of turkey bacon, cubed
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Poke holes in tour spaghetti squash with a fork and microwave on high for 3 minutes so it is easier to slice. Slice your squash into rings, removing the two end pieces as well as the seeds. Arrange on a baking dish. Cook 30-45 minutes, stirring halfway through. Once it is easy to string and starting to brown, remove form the oven. Let your squash cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, mince your garlic and shallots and cube your turkey bacon slices. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add your olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, and the garlic, shallots, and bacon to the pan. Cook until they all start to brown, stirring occasionally. While they are cooking, take a fork and gently shred your squash, creating spaghetti like noodles.  Once everything in your pan is browning, add your spaghetti squash to it and turn it to low heat. Slowly fold almost all of your grated cheese into the squash, leaving a little for garnish. Season with salt and pepper at this time. Once your cheese has melted, remove from the heat. Serve, garnish with your remaining cheese, and enjoy!












 XOXO

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Windy Layers



Hello again! I have a quick and casual outfit post to share with you today. I wore this layered outfit on Sunday to a casual dinner with the Hubs. It was gorgeous out in Dallas this weekend, highs in the 60's and 70's, but it was rather windy. I decided layering would be the best option. I love mixing the herringbone pattern of this vest with my boyfriend fatigue jacket. I think the combination is a great blend of masculine and feminine. I am also sporting my favorite over the knee boots from last season. They are just so comfortable for strolling around. I know they are "off black" and look almost gray against my leggings, but I think they go perfectly with the vest. I don't mind the mixed hues. I have been using my Tory Burch Robinson Tote ever since my sweet in-law's gifted it to me for Christmas and I honestly cannot get enough of it! It even fits my DSLR camera, case and all, so I can bring it with me to different locations without having to tote an extra bag. I am not a mother yet, but it has so many useful zippers and compartments, I can see it making a great diper bag as well. I hope you get inspired by this casual Sunday look! 











Jacket: J Crew, similar HERE
Leggings: Lululemon HERE
Vest: J Crew, similar HERE
Shirt: Gap, similar HERE
Boots: MI, similar HERE
Purse: Tory Burch HERE
Necklace: Kendra Scott HERE
Hair: Nume 32mm Magic Wand HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE



XOXO

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Simple Asian Cucumber and Almond Salad


Hello again all! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have a super simple little salad recipe to share with you today. I had run out of lettuce but had an abundance of cucumbers and still wanted a salad fix. I had recently had a cucumber salad much like this at a local Japanese restaurant and I thought I could do a little copy-cat recipe for you. I added almonds as well for that extra crunch. The light flavors in this salad make it a perfect compliment to any meal. I hope you enjoy! 



Simple Asian Cucumber and Almond Salad

 

  Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard 
  • salt to taste

 

Directions:

Heat a small pan over meduim and place the raw almonds in the pan. Toast until lightly brown, remove from heat and set aside to cool. Whisk together the salt, sugar, vinegar, and mustard. Add the almonds, sesame seeds, and cucumbers to a bowl. Toss with the dressing. Serve and enjoy!










XOXO




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Denim Blues




Hello again all! I have a casual little outfit post for you today. I wore this outfit on Sunday, which was a pretty relaxing day at the Frue household. I have been trying to catch up on laundry ever since our Disney World vacation and I finally made a dent this weekend. Let's be honest though, the laundry never stops! Anyway, I needed a comfortable but cute outfit perfect for both hanging around the house, and running quick errands. I went for a chambray and skinny jean combination. I added the vest to break up the denim a bit. Also, it was pretty warm this weekend so I didn't need a true jacket. Adding these boots and this lovely new Christmas gift of a tote bag seemed to pull it all together. I hope you enjoy this casual weekend look! 











 Shirt: Anthropologie, similar HERE
Vest: J Crew, similar HERE
Jeans: Gap HERE
Shoes: Macy's HERE
Purse: Tory Burch HERE
Necklace: Anthropologie, similar HERE
Bracelets: Alex and Ani HERE
Hair: Nume 32mm Magic Wand HERE
Styling Product: Fave4hair Texture Takeover HERE

XOXO

 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Black, White, and Red Classics


Hello again all! I hope you are all having an amazing week! I wanted to share with you an outfit full of classic pieces with a little bit of a retro flare. I have been seeing so many white shirts with black bow ties lately I had to sport one myself. My mother in law bought me this shirt while she was living in Australia and I added this tie taken from a different shirt I acquired back in college. I paired it with this lovely midi skirt which was also a Christmas gift from my generous in-laws. It is currently on sale, so I highly recommend snagging one while you still can! I also decided to spice up the look with a classic red lip. I love red lips but I feel they work especially well with a black and white color scheme. I know this outfit is a bit dressed up for every day or even the office, but it is perfect for church, a party, or even a date! I hope you enjoy this timeless look! 










Shirt: a gift from my mother in law, similar HERE
Skirt: Banana Republic HERE
Shoes: Christian Louboutin HERE
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, similar HERE
Bracelets: Alex and Ani HERE
Lipstick: Limecrime Velvetine in "red velvet" HERE
Hair: Nume 32mm curling wand HERE
Styling Product: Fave4hair Texture Takeover c/o HERE

XOXO





Tuesday, January 06, 2015

On Repeat




Hello again all! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season this year! I am a bit sad it's all over, but it's also nice to be back home and in my regular routine. My family and I had a wonderful trip to Disney World. We all had a blast and got in touch with our inner child once again! 

Today I wanted to share for you an outfit that has definitely been on repeat this season for me. I wore it to a baby shower for our good friend Sally, my office holiday party, a friendly get together, and, finally, Christmas Day! It is so comfortable and versatile that I know almost anyone would fall in love with it just as I did. I am also sporting a recent Christmas gift from my lovely in-law's, a stack of Alex and Ani bracelets! I am not usually a huge bracelet person, but I have been wearing these every day since Christmas and I cannot get enough of them! I even bought myself a souvenir Cinderella one while in Disney to add to my stack. If you have not tried these yet, they are a must! It's a fun, classy twist on the classic charm bracelet that courdinates with any other arm candy you may be sporting. I hope you enjoy this dressy casual outfit! 














Dress: Anthropologie (a gift from my sweet mother-in-law) HERE
Boots: Tory Burch HERE
Tights: Cotton On HERE
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff similar HERE
Necklace: Urban Outfitters (old) similar HERE
Earrings: Tory Burch HERE
Bracelets: Alex and Ani via. Nordstrom (a gift from my sweet mother-in-law) HERE
Hair: Bellami Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o 32mm Attachment HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Texture Takeover c/o HERE


XOXO





Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Roasted Walnut and Goat Cheese Crostini with Texas Honey and Thyme





Hello again all! I hope you all enjoyed my appetizer recipe yesterday because I have another simple one for you today! It tastes really complex and sounds fancy, but it could not be more simple to make. You barely have to do any cooking, which is perfect for when you are trying to look nice for a party. No one has the time to be slaving away in the kitchen on Christmas! These walnut and goat cheese crostinis are sure to elevate your holiday spread. I took them to a friend's house over the weekend and they were a hit, so I am sure they will go over well with your family and friends also. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve tomorrow! 



Roasted Walnut and Goat Cheese Crostini with Texas Honey and Thyme

 

  Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 8 ounces of goat cheese
  • fresh thyme
  • toasted crostini bread (I found some pre-made in the bakery section of Whole Foods)
  • salt to taste

 

Directions:

Heat a small pan over meduim and place the raw walnuts into the pan once hot. Continue to stir the nuts until lightly browned. Add the sugar and a pinch of salt. Cook until sugar is dissolved (it happens quickly, so keep an eye on it or the sugar can burn). Place the walnuts on a plate to cool. Generously spread each crostini with a thick layer of goat cheese. Heat the honey in the microwave (about 15 seconds in a small dish) and drizzle over the bread and goat cheese. Sprinkle a bit of salt onto the crostinis. Add your walnut pieces to each crostini as well. Sprinkle with fresh time, serve, and enjoy!















XOXO