Thursday, January 23, 2014

Paleo Venison, Mushroom and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Wraps

Sunday night, following a rough week for my sports teams (wisconsin, bruins & patriots), Mr. Bennett and I decided to cook dinner, paleo style. Yes, ladies and gents, this is the first diet meal that's been forced on him, but I do say we did it his way a bit.

Being the caveman diet, it seemed only natural that we use some of the Venison meat he hunted himself this past. Yes, ladies, he's that handy, killing our dinner and all. So I was tasked with finding a recipe that called for ground meat, as that was the cut we had. After perusing a few websites and googling some more, we landed on these Venison Lettuce Wraps. 

While they weren't as good as our last dinner (Greek Style Garlicky Shrimp), pre-paleo diet, I'd say we did just fine.

I'd also like to pay homage to Mr. Bennett's food processor, which he isn't we used instead of just finely chopping. [I can be a bit lazy when it comes to pulling out fancy tools, even if its just my mini food processor on a Sunday night]. And as soon as I saw him work this contraption I knew why he insisted: it works like starting a lawn mower. I'm fairly certainly it just made him feel manly.

p.s. I also though the dish was kind of pretty while it was cooking. Just saying.

Asian Ground Venison, Mushroom and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups
(adapted from NomNomPaleo)

1 lb Ground Venison Meat
1 lb Thinly Sliced Mushrooms, we used Shittake
1 small Onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1-2 cups Broccoli Slaw
1/2 cup Shredded Carrots
2 Scallions, thinly sliced
Handful of Cilantro, coarsley chopped
1 -2 tbsps of Fish Sauce, we didn't have any but I would recommend for some extra flavoring it could have used
1 -2 tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar
1 -2 tbsps Coconut Aminos, we used Soy because a little teeny tiny bit of soy isn't going to kill my Paleo diet
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper, from Mr. Bennett's mill that is taller than me

1. Finely chop the onion, recommend a good pulverizing and then sauté with olive oil on medium heat until translucent. 
2. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Allow moisture to cook off. 
3. Add minced garlic and stir everything for 30 seconds
4. Add ground meat and brown.
5. Add fish sauce, apple cider vinegar and aminos/soy sauce.
6. Once the meat is cooked and seasoned, add the broccoli slaw and carrots and stir around to soften.
7. Add scallions and cilantro.
8. Spoon mixture into lettuce cups and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Apartment LOVE: Kristin Jackson

When The Everygirl brought us into the home of designer Kristen Jackson, I was ready to hire her on the the very least to do wooden log treatment on my future fireplace. 

There are so many things I love about this apartment that I'm not sure where to start:
  • The Yellow Door...cute
  • The Chevron Shades...trendy
  • The Chalkboard Wall...crafty
  • The Gold Mason Jar...glamorous
  • The Fireplace...swoon worthy
  • The bird
Just to name a few...

Photos courtesy of Dash Photography. Full article on The Everygirl

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


This week...

+ I'm trying a new alarm clock. I downloaded the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock that monitors your sleeping and wakes you up within a half hour of your desired time, during the correct sleep cycle. No more waking up on the wrong side of the bed, errr in the wrong REM cycle.

+ I'll be testing out my new Crock Pot and trying out a new recipe, likely to be shared next week. This week I'll be sharing a Venison Lettuce Wrap.

+ I'm SINGING the praises of BaubleBar. I ordered this necklace, in two colors (tortoise & peach), which seemed to get lost. But worry not, they sent me a new order, and threw in a pair of earrings just for my trouble. Now, I've left out some details of this whole ordeal but the main point was that they really understood their client and thought about their needs. If only my IT guys at work could take a lesson from them.

+ I took advantage of J.Crew's Member Only Sale. I snagged these Diamond Print Minnie Pants. Did you get anything?

+ I'm hoping to book a flight to New York City. I think it's been over a year since my last trip and Rachel's brief stint in Chicago last weekend made me really want to return the favor. I'm thinking a weekend of delicious food, fun workouts [read: SoulCycle], shopping and more might be perfect right about now.

+ I'd like to get back to commenting on my blog list. I read A LOT of blogs daily, seriously you should see my bookmarks manager, and I've been seriously bad about leaving my thoughts and love.

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Currently -
Listening: I've had Timber stuck in my head for DAYS
Eating: Salad with Left Over Tilapia For Lunch
Drinking: Water with a splash of FRESH lemon, we're moving up in the world
Wanting: D'Orsay Heels or Flats. Helloooo zappos.
Needing: To hard boil a half a dozen eggs, I had too much to do last night and forgot
Thinking: this could be the year I watch all 9 movies nominated for Best Picture. I've got 7 to go!
Enjoying: how not eating cheese or legumes is making my tummy feel
Wondering: Where my Krass & Co Shorts that I ordered in December are

Thursday, January 16, 2014

On Trend: Expedit

I'm not sure that Ikea even saw the popularity of the Expedit Shelf System coming. But popular it sure is.

And, in more than one size, the large below, the small one, often shown horizontally, and even the one on casters.
Maybe it's because they lend themselves to such easy styling or maybe because they are so versatile.

I've seen them in dining rooms... room dividers offices


...shoe displays

 And sometimes, as a bookshelf

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers

This was my very first Paleo meal I cooked for myself on my first day of the diet.

While I was at Whole Foods on Sunday grocery shopping for a boat load of fruits and veggies for my Paleo diet I thought I'd try making Stuffed Peppers as my first meal, seemed easy enough and I could stuff it with all sorts of delicious vegetables: mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and more.

So I perused the internet and landed on this guy to help me get started. But I changed around the spices and added mushrooms, spinach and fresh tomatoes. However, after the final outcome, I would definitely suggest using canned tomatoes over fresh.

1 medium Onion
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp Olive Oil + more for baking dish
1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
1 tsp Paprika
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tsp Chili Powder
Black Pepper and Salt, to taste
1 can Low Sodium Diced tomatoes
3 Large Bell Pepper, haled and seeded

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Lightly oil a 9x13 glass baking dish with olive oil, set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, add onions and garlic and saute until onions are translucent.
  4. Add ground meat, cumin, paprika, pepper and chili powder and cook until the meat is completely brown.
  5. Add in spinach and tomatoes until combined and remove from heat.
  6. Scoop meat mixture into hollowed out peppers and bake for 30 minutes
  7. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad!

My Dad's birthday falls two days after mine, in fact, I actually came home from the hospital on his birthday. While I like to tell him I'm the best birthday gift he ever received, he likes to point out that he hasn't had a birthday for the past 25 years. 

Well, dad, I hope today counts and that you have a fantastic day and only wish I could be there with you. I hope it's filled with your favorite things like: pho, Vietnamese chicken, cheese, jalapeno poppers, chocolate covered strawberries and just jimmies ice cream, skiing and sledding, basketball and hockey, if the weather allowed: boating and waterskiing, the bruins, classic music and more.

You're the best dad a girl could ask for. 


Apartment LOVE: Jordan & Chris Brown

I confess that the VERY first thing that struck me about this house tour was their adorable dog, Quigley.

Then, I noticed the rest of the house. I'm sure you're not at all surprised.

 Photos Courtesy of Apartment Therapy & Lindsay Tella