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Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced Tea

Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced TeaThis isn’t your average iced tea recipe! This refreshing iced tea is actually made with Yerba Mate; a delicious caffeinated tea that is perfect for someone who wants an energy boost minus the jitters you can often get from coffee or black tea. I first tried Yerba Mate 5 years ago at We Care; a spa in Palm Springs. For those of you who aren’t familiar with We Care, it’s a rustic spot in the middle of the desert that specializes in cleansing and detoxifying your body. When I was struggling with digestion issues years ago, this place saved me. Just 1 week there, completely rebooted my digestion and sparked my interest in wellness. Everyone from Tom Ford to Gisele flock there yearly to reset and recharge. Anyways, back to the tea!! What is Yerba Mate?Yerba Mate is a caffeinated tea made from leaves found in the South American rainforest. It’s not hard to find though – so don’t worry – it’s available on Amazon and any grocery store! What’s so special about Yerba Mate is that it’s packed with vitamins, amino acids, and polyphenols. Studies have found that it boosts your metabolism and reduces inflammation. It almost tastes like a black tea, but it’s more herbal and earthy. It actually has more caffeine than black tea, but again, it doesn’t give you the jittery side effects that tea or coffee would. If I ever need a mid morning pick me up, or something to sip on before a workout or big project, I reach for this iced tea in my fridge. It would be perfect to serve this weekend for Memorial Day! Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced Tea8 cups brewed Yerba Mate tea, cooled down2 tbsp fresh lemon juice1 lemon sliced thin6 mint sprigs Fill a pitcher with brewed tea. Add in lemon juice and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Serve in a glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Add raspberries, blackberries or cucumber for extra color and flavor! Enjoy your weekend!
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Paloma Cocktail Recipe

It’s been so fun experimenting with different cocktails every week for our “Cocktails with Tom” Instagram Live series. Last week, Thomas bought fresh grapefruits from the store and decided he wanted to make Palomas. I had never had one before, but I’m so glad I tried it, because it’s insanely delicious! It’s such a refreshing cocktail and made our entire kitchen smell heavenly. An Everyday SkirtI’ve been making a better effort to get dressed, but comfort is still my top priority. This easy, everyday midi/maxi skirt from Walmart Fashion has a linen-like material and stretch waist so it’s perfect for spring and summer days. I ordered it in black and white (the white is more sheer so definitely wear a slip underneath it.) It looks elegant paired with a white button down like this one, a bodysuit, or even a t-shirt knotted at the waist. I can also see myself wearing it over a swimsuit on a hot summer day! It runs true to size (I got a small), but if you’re in between sizes and short, I would recommend sizing down! Perfect White Button DownI own several white button down blouses and rotate them all frequently! They’re a staple in my wardrobe and honestly, I feel like you can never have too many. I love the material of this one from Walmart’s Fashion section – it’s soft, ties up beautifully at your waist (but also looks great worn as is), and isn’t see through/too sheer. Best part is it’s under $10. PS it runs true to size. Gold Lace Up SandalsOk can we talk about these sandals? I gasped when I saw them online. A pair of gold lace up sandals that I wore to death, were getting so beat up and I’ve been on the HUNT for a new pair. I’m VERY picky about lace up sandals though, and don’t like a ton of bells + whistles on them poking at my feet. These ones are beautiful – they’re the best gold shade (not too yellowy/shiny and not too matte/silvery haha – I told you I’m picky), the soles have a nice padding, and they lace up around the ankle, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can tie them up higher to your shin. They’re going to sell out really fast I guarantee so snap them up at Walmart Fashion while you can! Paloma Cocktail Recipe1/4 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice1 tablespoon lime juice1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup1/4 cup tequila1/4 cup club soda1 grapefruit wedgeSugar (or salt) + maraschino cherry juice for rim Combine sugar or salt and a teaspoon of red maraschino cherry juice on a plate. Rub the rim of your glass with water or a bit of lime juice and stick it in the sugar + cherry mixture. This will give your cocktail a fun, colorful rim! Combine grapefruit juice, sugar, and lime juice so that the sugar dissolves. Then add in the tequila and shake over ice. Pour into your glass with an ice cube and top with club soda. Enjoy!
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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been baking wayyy more than usual and I’m not mad about it. Today I wanted to share the absolute BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe ever with you! I found this recipe years ago when I was living in LA, and have never looked back. It’s the only chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ll ever make! BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe1 cup unsalted butter softened (2 sticks)1 cup white sugar1 cup brown sugar (dark or light doesn’t make a difference)2 eggs2 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp baking soda2 tsp hot water1/4 tsp salt3 cups all purpose flour2 cups chocolate chips FYI this makes A LOT of cookies, so I often halve the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg one by one, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the batter. Stir in the salt, flour, and chocolate chips. (I like to make my own chocolate chips and cut my favorite chocolate bars into big chunky pieces!) Scoop spoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy! Cozy Outfit At HomeRemind me never to wear white again while baking with chocolate? LOL Luckily my pants made it out unscathed!!! Anyways, I’ve been living in sweatpants, so I thought I’d put on real pants for a few hours and it honestly felt so good. I felt more put together, but still comfortable. These white denim jeans from Walmart’s Fashion section have so much stretch to them and run true to size. I paired them with my favorite henley also from Walmart (they really do have the best basics!) I’m wearing a size small here. I love pairing a simple cardigan over a plain white T, and can’t say enough good things about this one. I own it in grey, black, and this taupe color. I’m also eyeing this pretty knit one for spring and summer. I love the look of a light knit over a white sundress. A few other pieces I love from Walmart’s Fashion section are this classic tote (I bought it for my sister’s bachelorette party over the summer and have gotten so much use out of it), these terry joggers, this casual hoodie, and these gorgeous gold lace up sandals. I also have my eye on this light blue floral dress and this fun denim jumpsuit.
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20 Easy Meal Ideas

There’s something so special about a home cooked meal. And in the last year since moving back to NYC, I honestly haven’t enjoyed enough of them! There are so many wonderful restaurants here, as well as great take out options, so pre-quarantine I was eating out almost 24/7. Don’t get me wrong, it was GREAT, (…and I can’t wait to enjoy them after this!), but 1. it was getting insanely expensive, and 2. I was constantly dehydrated because of the amount of salt that was being added to the food. What’s nice about making your own food is that you can control how much salt, butter, oil, etc. goes into it. Plus it can be very therapeutic and fun! In the last 9 days, I’ve made every single meal at home, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been cooking because it’s really forced me to get creative! We were eating pasta almost every night for the first few days, and got super bored of that quickly, so I started experimenting and playing with different flavors. One night we will have an Italian dish, another night it’s Mexican, then Japanese, Greek, etc. I am by no means an expert in the kitchen, and actually barely have any patience when it comes to cooking! I like dishes that are quick and easy, but still super flavorful. These are some of my no-fail, simple meals that anyone can make at home. Why You Need An Instant PotFYI many of these recipes have been adapted and tweaked by me to work in an Instant Pot. If you don’t already own an Instant Pot, order it right now. It’s the absolute best cooking device I’ve ever owned and cuts down your meal prep time significantly – often by an hour. Seriously, it makes rice, soups, cooks meat, etc. in only 12 minutes – you can’t beat that. Oh, and everything turns out so soft, moist and flavorful!!! Easy Meal Prep IdeasPesto + Zucchini Noodles (optional add Pasta)You can easily get pesto premade at the market, but I love making my own with fresh basil (it lasts up to a week in the fridge, or you can also freeze it.) For zucchini noodles, you just need a spiralizer! Butternut Squash “Mac and Cheese” (Vegan/DF)This recipe is so easy and delicious! It’s gluten free if you make it with gluten free pasta. Veggie Packed Marinara over PastaAn easy way to sneak veggies into your meal is to chop and saute carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, onions (or whatever you have in the fridge), then add in a store bought marinara sauce like Rao’s, and mix in pasta. Chicken + Wild Rice StewIf you have an instant pot, this will be much easier! Either way, pre-cook the wild rice and set aside, then add chicken, chicken broth, celery, carrot, oregano, salt, and pepper to the instant pot and click the “Soup” setting which takes about 10 minutes. Once that’s done add the wild rice and you’ve got a fiber packed soup. Tanita Teriyaki Chicken + Coconut White RiceI shared this recipe on my IG Stories and it’s been a HUGE hit! So glad you gals are enjoying it! Teriyaki Marinade recipe: 3/4 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp minced fresh garlic, 2 tsp minced fresh ginger, 1 tsp sweet rice wine (you can find this on Amazon or at grocery stores), place all ingredients in a plastic bag with your meat of choice (works for veggies too!) and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge, then cook however you please. Coconut Rice (best in Instant Pot or rice cooker): 1 cup white basmati rice, 1 1/2 cups water, pinch of salt, 1 tbsp coconut oil, press rice setting. Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono Soup as the Greeks say)This is one of my favorite soups! There are a ton of different recipes online, I kind of made up my own and adapted from this one. I use my Instant Pot to speed things up and saute the carrot, leek and onion first, then add the broth and chicken and click the “Soup” setting. Once it’s done I transfer it to a pot, and pour 2 ladles of broth to the egg/lemon juice mixture. I like to add lemon zest to this mixture as well. I cook the rice separate in the Instant Pot. Once that’s done, I pour some of the soup over the rice and top with feta cheese – it’s SO GOOD! Turkey ChiliI use my Instant Pot for this as well, because it really speeds up the whole process. I don’t like beans or peppers, so I adapted this recipe and omitted them, but obviously if you like them – add them! My friend Camille just shared this vegan chili recipe which looks tasty too! Chicken Noodle SoupEasiest recipe ever – just saute carrots, celery and onion until they’re soft, then add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 lb chicken breast, salt, pepper, and any spices you have on hand (oregano, parsley, and a TEENY bit of turmeric are all my herbs of choice) to your Instant Pot and click the “Soup” setting. Cook pasta separately and add once it’s done! Turkey Burgers + Sweet Potato FriesAdd a little bit of butter and herb mixture (again I love using dried oregano and parsley) to ground turkey and make into a patty, then cook. Thinly slice sweet potatoes and toss in olive oil, then bake at 425 until golden brown (usually about 30+ minutes for me depending on how thin you cut them.) Greek SaladThis is a great lunch option, I just get romaine, big chunks of feta, olives, and toss together a simple vinaigrette! Corn ChowderThis Ina Garten recipe is DIVINE. So creamy and so rich – my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Over the years, I’ve adapted it slightly to work in an Instant Pot. I half or sometimes quarter the recipe since it feeds so many people, and I omit the potatoes since I prefer it without them. While it is easier to use frozen corn, the fresh corn tastes better, and you can usually find fresh corn easily at any market. Salsa Shredded Chicken TacosThis is the easiest, most flavorful way to season chicken! Simply buy a jar of salsa and dump it into your Instant Pot, along with a 1/4 cup of water, a tsp of oregano, and 1 lb chicken (or veggies.) Cook on high for 10 minutes, shred chicken and eat with corn tortillas! Fried Rice + Veggie Stir FryI don’t eat pork or red meat, BUT this recipe just tastes SO MUCH better with bacon. It really is the secret sauce. Take 3 strips of bacon, chop them up, cook them and let the fat render. Then add 1/2 chopped onion into to the fat and cook until the onion is soft. Then add chopped veggies of your choice and cook until they’re soft. While you’re doing this, cook white rice and set aside. Once it’s cooked, add the rice to the bacon/veggie pan. Stir for 5 minutes, and then add about 1 tbsp soy sauce, and a pinch of pepper. Make a hollow well/opening in the center of your rice mixture and crack 2 eggs. Scramble/cook the 2 eggs in the hollow until it’s slightly firm, then incorporate into the rice mixture. Homemade PizzaYou can of course make homemade dough, or you can buy frozen pizza dough. If you’re super lazy like me, then just buy English muffins and make mini “pizzas” with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Throw them in the oven and you’ve got yourself a meal! Salmon + AsparagusThis combo is so simple and so yummy. I love searing both sides of the salmon in my Le Creuset pan (which PS is 40% off here!) for 5 minutes, then placing it in the oven (it’s oven safe!) with the salmon, and asparagus drenched in olive oil for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Searing it makes the outside crispy which really adds a nice texture to the fish. Chicken Marsala over Egg NoodlesMy dad always makes this for me every time I go home. TBH I haven’t made it for myself yet, and still need to find a good recipe (this one looks pretty good), but I LOVE the flavor of this dish. Mushrooms, cream, broth, chicken, all over egg noodles – mmm! You can find egg noodles at any market (obviously you can use regular pasta or even rice), but egg noodles really do add something special to the dish! Chicken Pot PieThis is another Ina Garten recipe that will impress anyone who tastes it. It’s a labor of love, but totally worth it. Forewarning it’s a very rich, creamy dish, and not low on calories haha! I highly recommend using low sodium chicken stock as I’ve found it to be too salty if you don’t! Breakfast for DinnerMix things up and make scrambled eggs, an omelette, toast, waffles, pancakes, or whatever your favorite breakfast foods are for dinner! Grilled Cheese + Tomato SoupThis is a childhood favorite combo of mine. My favorite cheese for this is Tillamook extra sharp cheddar – hits the spot! Romaine + Watermelon Radish salad with Homemade DressingIf you’re craving a light salad, this one is effortless. Get romaine, chop up a colorful watermelon radish, and top it with my homemade dressing. My homemade dressing recipe (makes 1 1/2 cups so save extra for the week!): 3 tsp dijon mustard, 2 tsp honey, 1 small shallot finely diced, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 lemon juice, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch of pepper. Did I convince you to buy an Instant Pot yet? ;) What are some of your favorite meals to make at home? Would love to know and try them myself! If you make any of these share them with me on IG and I’ll post to my Stories! Enjoy!
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