Simple Egg Salad

Over here we’ve been continuing to get back into the groove of having salads for lunch.  With an upcoming trip for the both of us to Washington, D.C. next weekend, a couple international mileage runs for Cathrine, and a Thanksgiving trip, the next month or so will be filled with travel so I’m feeling like we need to make our time home count and eat lots of nutritious meals.  While we both really enjoy travelling, it can be hard to stick to healthy eating and make time to exercise, no matter how lofty my pre-travel goals are.  We’ll talk about my holiday/travel goals soon.

This egg salad has been a staple in our household for a while now.  It’s refreshing, filling, and simple to make.  Great for a weekday lunch or when you don’t have much in your fridge.  You can make it the night before and keep it in the fridge or you can put it together right before.  My preference is to make it the night before because it gives some time for the eggs to cool.

All put together

Simple Egg Salad

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Pepper

1 carrot

5-6 cherry tomatoes

Handful of mixed baby greens

Small bunch of microgreens

Steps:

Place two eggs in a small pot and add water so the eggs are fully submerged.  Bring the water to a boil.  Boil for 10 minutes.  Drain eggs and let cool before peeling.  Once eggs are cool, peel 1 egg and chop in quarters.  Peel second egg, discard the yolk, and chop egg white in quarters.  Place both chopped eggs in a small bowl.  Add 1 peeled and diced carrot, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to the bowl with the eggs.  Using a knife, mix and chop the eggs so it is all combined.  I like to still have a crunch in mine, so I leave my carrots a bit on the bigger side.  Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper on top.

Egg Salad

 

Place a handful of mixed baby greens and top with a bunch of microgreens in a bowl.

Lettuce and Micro GreensAdd the egg salad and top with 5 to 6 cherry tomatoes cut in half.

photo (39)Then enjoy!

Any recommendations for must do/see in D.C.?  We’ll only be there for the weekend.

 

 

Lime Avocado Salad with Red Pepper and Tomatoes

Whenever I’ve been travelling, I always look forward to getting back into eating healthy when I get back.  I certainly let myself indulge a bit while I am away.  Sweets and carbs are probably the places where I splurge the most.  And I’m known to take advantage of the free snacks and drinks offered in the airport lounges and eat things like cheese and crackers, yogurt covered pretzels, salty snack mix along with a glass of white wine.  It helps with any flying jitters.    

We have been travelling quite a bit lately and while I enjoy exploring news places and nice dinners out, what I was calling my “summer of indulgence” has turned into a “fall of indulgence” and I’m feeling like it’s time to get back on track.

For the past two days, I’ve made this simple salad for lunch.  It’s quick to make with the perfect amount of citrus to give it a pop of flavor when you take a bit.

Lime Avocado Salad with Red Pepper and Tomatoes

(Inspired by Whole Living Avocado with Bell Peppers and Tomatoes recipe)

Salad

Ingredients: 

1/2 a red pepper

1 avocado

Splash of lime juice

Pinch of salt

5-6 cherry tomatoes

Handful of mixed baby greens

Small bunch of microgreens

Steps:

Slice avocado in half and scoop the filling into a small bowl.  Chop half of a red pepper into bit size pieces and place in the bowl with the avocado.  Pour a splash of lime juice on top of the avocado and red pepper and add a pinch of salt.  Mix thoroughly.  Put a handful of baby greens and a couple pinches of microgreens into a bowl.  Place the avocado and red pepper salad on top.  Slice 6 cherry tomatoes in half and place them on the top.  Enjoy!

*Serves one

Welcome to Long Beach….

East Ocean Blvd, Bluff Park

We’ve lived in our neighborhood of Long Beach now for almost a year.  It’s the longest I’ve lived in one place in the last 10+ years, including 4 others in California, and Cate’s second location since moving out west.  We live in the Bluff Park area, which is a predominantly residential district by the harbor filled with a mix of historic homes, including some stunningly maintained craftsmans and small-scale apartment complexes.  It has a safe pleasant feel, and even a few ‘real’ trees beside the ubiquitous rows of Mexican palms.

We can both agree Long Beach in general, and Bluff Park specifically is the most ‘livable’ place we’ve been in SoCal.  Despite being close to several urban centers, the traffic is lighter, restaurants and coffee shops are within walking distance and the residents are an eclectic mix.   We thought we’d start off our posts with a shout out to a few of our favorite places for coffee, dinner and drinks.  If you have knowledge of the area, we’d love to hear your advice on more to add since a year isn’t that long in a place as diverse and growing as Long Beach!

Coffee- Always important to find a good local coffee shop when you move someplace new.  Luckily for us, it seems like half of the nightlife (and day…life for that matter) happens in Long Beach’s many independent coffeehouses.  In particular, we enjoy Hot Java on Broadway for a quick fix & local vibe.  If you’re a carnivore, try the bacon, chive, and cheddar scones (phosphate-free of course) they have on weekends.  For food & hipster/artsy atmosphere, Portfolio on 4th and its sister cafe Berlin are good bets.  Bring your appetite and tapered jeans.  They also serve quality illy coffee, which is great iced.  Also worth mentioning is Greenhouse in the East Village (formerly Sipology) who’s loft is a great place to read or work.  What’s striking about the coffee culture here in general is that they are open and busy late, but don’t serve alcohol like some cafe/bars that are this popular in other cities.

Food- There’s plenty of this around, so we’ll just pick a couple to start with (there will be plenty more restaurant reviews).  Our most frequented spots are some on 4th St’s ‘Retro Row’ which we can walk to.  In particular we enjoy Lola’s Mexican, which has a quiet back patio that’s great for groups, ‘wine margaritas’ and good zucchini and mushroom tacos for the discerning vegetarian.  Our other usual spot is just a few doors down at ‘Number 9’ for modern vietnamese.  Simple concept here, like it says on the windows- ‘Noodles + Beer.”  The Pho is veggie-friendly, though on a busy night this small dining room can get loud!  To counteract this, No. 9 is part of a Long Beach initiative to add ‘parklets’ outside of popular local restaurants, and so will have quieter outside dining soon!  Also notable places for vegan/vegetarian menus are Steamed and Zephyr, both in the East Village, very casual and reasonably priced.  Zephyr has the broader menu, but be prepared to wait a few minutes for your food on a busier night.

Drinks- Long Beach has its share of bars of all kinds, and especially in Downtown and Belmont Shore, an impressive amount of nightlife.  However, some of the more unique and honestly best run places are the wine bars.  In particular, District Wine on Linden tops the list for us when we want a night out.  The staff are extremely friendly, the wine list is good, and their happy hour prices are reasonable.  They have a modest food menu as well, and we’ve enjoyed just about everything we’ve tried.  The decor could belong in a much bigger city, with dark wood accents and exposed brick.  Go early when it’s quiet, and stay on into the night as the place fills up with locals enjoying a classy but relaxed night out!