Meet The Little Green Pea!

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Today I want to honor this smart and talented young woman, Alyssa Luning, RD, RDN – founder of The Little Green Pea.

Alyssa obtained a Bachelors of Science in Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She then completed her graduate program and clinical internship at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

I am truly blessed to have this chic in my life, not only for continuously providing useful information on healthy living, but also for being a beautiful human being, inside and out.

Alyssa specializes in bariatrics and weight management, and has a passion for cooking nutritional cuisine for her friends. I have been lucky enough to cook along side this mastermind, and am happy to showcase a few of her meals I have had.

Almond lemon cupcake with a spiced peach filling and a honey buttercream.

Alyssa

A Healthy Hanukkah – (from left to right) Lentil Loaf, Radish and Roasted Beet Salad, Kale Artichoke Dip, Roasted Carrots & Asparagus, Poached Pears (all FitGirlsGuide inspired – post on that program coming soon).

Hannukah

Follow her on Facebook – Instagram & YouTube for plant based culinary nutrition!

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Salad Nicoise Redux

IMG_20150512_132657Another recipe idea from the FitGirlsGuide 28 Day Jump-start.

Ingredients:
1 Yellow Pepper
Green peas, frozen
Chicken
Avocado
Greek Yogurt
Lime
Green beans
Red Bliss potatoes
Cilantro
Dried dill

Directions:
1. Steam green beans. Boil potatoes. Chill.
2. In a 400F oven, roast bell pepper unit soft but will still hold it’s form.
3. Mash avocado, Greek yogurt, dill, salt, pepper, lime juice. Add to shredded chicken, peas, a cilantro.
4. Spoon mixture into half of a pepper.
5. Serve with a side of low calorie dressing. I used a lite Caesar.

**I did not write down an exact recipe for this. I improvised, and tasted along the way to my liking.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

This recipe comes from Good Life Eats and it is so flavorful and simple.

This is one of those recipes you can make ahead, cover and refrigerate, and cook when you’re ready.

Don’t be scared by the thought of eating whole grain mustard. The honey really cuts the flavor, and it’s perfect with an arugula salad.

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Pita Pizza

If you haven’t already figured it out, I like quick recipes. But quick, doesn’t have to mean it lacks flavor.

I got this idea from the FitGirlsGuide 28 Day Jump-start.

This program has taught me I can still eat all my favorite foods, and be healthy.

PIZZA.

In particular, buffalo chicken pizza *swoon*

IMG_20150519_212021Ingredients:
1 whole grain pita
Franks Red Hot Sauce
Shredded Chicken
Part-skim Mozzarella cheese
Green onions
Broccoli

Bake in a hot oven, directly on the rack, at 400F for 10 minutes. I like to eat this along with a side of fruit, usually strawberries.

Black Bean Burger – Skinnytaste

11181815_10152793767000759_1460618886155592203_nOne of my favorite gifts this past Christmas that I received was the Skinnytaste Cookbook. I have yet to make every recipe, but not one has dissapointed me yet. This recipe is so simple, and delicious, that I double it, and freeze them individually for later use. It’s been a life saver, to just grab this out of the freezer, and have dinner ready in 5 minutes (and it’s not processed #WIN).

 

Grab her cook book, and get this recipe! It is gold.

I even put it on top of a hard corn tortilla to make tostada’s for lunch.

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Witherspoon Grill

578373_10151476774945759_911729057_nLocated in Princeton, NJ, The Witherspoon Grill is a must try.

Warning! – Expensive. But totally worth it.

We don’t usually spend a ton of money on eating out, but we like to splurge when it’s a special occasion. (Birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)

We came here on our 1 year anniversary and spent nearly $200!

Our meal:

Lobster Bisque (Rich and big chunks of lobster)

Oysters Rockefeller

Filet Mignon

Pan Roasted Salmon

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

The Millionaire Coffee Cocktail (Edgar)

Pomatini

Medieval Times

11110743_10152735846765759_8868023957199231275_nLooking for dinner and a show? Don’t feel like seeing a movie again this week? Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is your solution. We love this place. I think it is safe to say we go once a year, at least.

There are 9 different locations across the country.

While a bit pricey, be sure to look out for Groupon’s / coupon codes. Last time we went, I had a buy one get one free coupon code! They offer many packages and upgrades. I honestly suggest just getting the bare minimum package and save yourself some money. Unless you have kids, that really want to be knighted or take a picture with the royal family, you can still have just as much fun.

Tip – Arrive early! We like to arrive a few minutes before the doors open, because it is first come first serve. If you get there early, you will be sure to get a good seat. Plus we like time to explore and drink before the show!

While they charge waaay too much for drinks, you do get to keep the glass.

Plenty of things to do before the show: gift shop, take silly pictures in medieval clothes, be knighted, go to the bar, and our favorite – the torture museum.

Once the show starts, and you go to your assigned seat, your “wench” will serve you your meal.

Usually you receive a roasted chicken thigh/breast, a baked potato, soup, corn on the cob and a pastry. The food is delicious. The chicken is full of flavor and juicy, even the corn had a certain char to it that paired nicely.

Stamp of Approval –

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Triumph Brewing Company

Fun Fact – I love craft beer. I even brew my own!

If you’re a craft beer lover, and you’ve never been to Triumph, what are you waiting for?

Maybe it’s because my first few dates with my man was here that I hold a special place in my heart for this brewery, or I love the ambiance.. Regardless, the beer here is superb.

Triumph has three locations:

Princeton, NJ

New Hope, PA

Red Bank, NJ (coming soon)

This is a great place for any occasion. Does your significant other not enjoy beer? That’s OK! They also serve hand crafted cocktails that are delightful. The location we often fancy, in Princeton, NJ, is slightly hidden. Once you enter, you walk down a long hallway, that leads you to a large pub. At the bar, you can see the tanks the beer is being brewed in, and your beer will be poured straight from the tap.

While they offer many selections, my two favorites are the Amber Ale and the Coffee & Cream Stout, which uses coffee beans from Small World Coffee located down the street in Princeton. Around $6 for a pint, and $20 for a pitcher, this beer is so worth it. They also sell growlers to go.

Your bill can certainly rack up quickly at this joint though. Some nights when we are feeling rich (payday), we dine in as well. Traditionally, I always get the Fish N Chips (which the batter is made with their Amber Ale). But when we just want a small snack, the nachos are the way to go! Topped with braised short rib ragu, tomatillos, avocado cream sauce.

Stamp of Approval – 

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Peruvian Cuisine

Located in Lambertville, NJ is an authentic Peruvian/Mexican restaurant named El Tule.

(Again, any Spanish cuisine I am down for)

Peruvian is one of my favorites though.

This cute restaurant is a great place to stop for lunch or dinner after some shopping in Lambertville, NJ or New Hope, PA. Especially during the warmer months, because they have outdoor seating.

Our first trip there, my boyfriend had never tried Peruvian food before.

We ordered a pitcher of the Chicha Morada (Purple corn drink). While a bit sugary, this is a staple at any Peruvian restaurant, and has delicate hints of cinnamon. I highly recommend squeezing a lime in it!

For an appetizer, we had a common dish called Papa Rellenas, which are stuffed mashed potatoes with ground beef, served with red onions in lime juice, avocado salad and salsa criolla.

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I had Aji de Gallina for dinner. I’ve had a hard time finding this dish anywhere else, so I had to get it! Boy, did it not disappoint. I’m drooling just thinking about it now… slightly spicy and bright yellow from the aji amarillo peppers, and rich from the cream sauce made with walnuts.

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Edgar leaned more towards their Mexican cuisine, which was also fantastic! He had the taco platter of the day which turned out to be huge and filling! The black beans were by far the best I’ve had, packed with flavor.

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If you are trying Peruvian cuisine for the first time, I also recommend these dishes:

Papa a la Huancaina

Lomo Saltado

Pollo a la Brasa

Alfajores

Inca Kola

Lucuma Helado