Tuna Poke Bowls with Brown Rice and Kale

IMG_6664.PNGWe’ve subscribed to Blue Apron, which I’ve grown to love. The convenience of it is nice, but truthfully, what I like best about it is that it causes me to try ingredients and flavor combinations that I wouldn’t normally try out. While I love testing out new recipes, I tend to stick to the ingredients and flavor combos that I know are winners. I’ve seriously NEVER used so much vinegar in my cooking (That-Boy-I-Love swears he hates vinegar, the recipes that he has enjoyed  from Blue Apron would say otherwise).

When I came across this recipe in my Cooking Light magazine, I knew we needed to try it out. We are big fans of this happiness! You guys, this was super delicious! I generally do Ahi Tuna as a salad topping, but the brown rice and kale combo was spot on.

If you, like me, don’t live in a place where Yellow Fin Tuna is guaranteed fresh and sushi grade, you may want to sear it just a little. This is probably all in my mind, but I think that in Colorado, the searing is a safer choice to make sure it is delicious (food source peeps, please tell me all the reasons I’m mistaking!).

Recipe is here, if you want to try the seared version, substitute the raw Tuna for a pan with Sesame Oil over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper your Tuna to taste and then sear both sides. We like the raw so I truly just sear it. The only other adjustment, I didn’t have brown short grain rice, but I did have brown rice couscous. So, I made that. I’m assuming that the results are equally tasty with either!

Delicious!

Recipe on Cooking Light here.

 

 

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Little Libary- Happiness is a project

A Happy Little Library

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Little Library- Happiness is a project

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Summer is my favorite because it includes extra amounts of free time and daylight for reading and projects (in that order).

This particular project was a happy combination of reading and making…so mostly it was the perfect kind of project!

Little libraries are popping up all over Denver. They are fabulous. The little libraries are all unique, they tell a story about their creator. They share a bit of life and perspective with a stranger. They spread ideas and good will.

Denver Little Library York Street

My dad often gifts us with scraps of gorgeous hardwood. This is just one of the benefits of Koostik for us. That-Boy-I-Love and I have a crate filled with these hardwood scraps. After seeing a few of these little libraries, an idea began to form. The hardwood scraps needed to have new life as a little library!IMG_1648       IMG_1655

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I embarked on this project solo, but because I was in man territory (also known as the garage), That-Boy-I-Love soon joined me.

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I can proudly claim this project with the exception of the roof which required ripping old fence posts down the center. That-Boy-I-Love wasn’t interested in a trip to the emergency room and handled that portion solo.

All-in-all, I’d call this project a win! LOVE our happy little library.

Sunday Night Roast Chicken Happiness

We are a week away from Thanksgiving in the US. This week is a marathon of food, good deals, and “bring-on-the-Christmas.” We have the week off. The WHOLE week. If there is anything more glorious than that, I’m not sure what it is.

Happiness is a project- Sunday roast chicken

Then there is this dinner. It is without a doubt a pre-game for Thanksgiving. That-boy-I-love declared it his favorite meal of fall/winter. I have to say, it is a darn good one.

Even though this dinner takes a bit of time to cook, it is pretty stinking low on the prep work and the result is dynamite. If you use a disposable roast pan like we do, the clean up is easy-peasy, too. You know you’ve done well when @jtenkely comments about the amazingness of said dinner while there is a Broncos game on TV (and they are kicking tail in the first). Starting with a stick of butter doesn’t hurt!

Sunday Chicken Dinner Happiness:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (if you haven’t tried Kerrygold butter, it is a must! You think that butter brand isn’t important until you have had this butter. There is no going back.)
  • 1 TBSP Rosemary
  • 1 TBSP Thyme
  • 1 TBSP Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel
  • 1 whole chicken (giblets and neck removed…because I hate that part)
  • 6 small gold potatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 large yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh green beans
  • 5 radishes cut in half
  • 4 cloves garlic

Preheat oven to 400* Combine softened butter with rosemary, thyme, parsley, fennel, salt and pepper. (It looks like a mess when you combine all of these, @jtenkely calls it goop…it is wonderful). Loosen skin from chicken starting at the neck and working until all skin is loosened. A spoon can help with this step. Separate 3TBSP of the herb butter and spread it evenly under the skin of the chicken. Take two additional TBSP of the herb butter and massage it into the surface of the chicken (over the skin).

Place chicken in roasting pan. Spread the potatoes, onion, carrots, green beans, radishes, and garlic around the chicken. Place in oven for 30 min.

Use a baster to spread juices (let’s be honest, it’s butter) over chicken and veggies. Brush on some of the remaining herb butter mix over the chicken and veggies. Bake 30 more minutes.

Repeat the basting and brushing of herb-butter mixture and bake 30 minutes.

The last basting and brushing (really layer on all of the remaining butter and herb mix). Bake 30 more minutes.

Your house should be smelling INCREDIBLE right about now. Use a thermometer in the meatiest part of the thigh to ensure that the chicken is cooked through. It should be at least 165* (ours was 189* and perfect).  I tend to go a tad over on internal temp readings with chicken because I would rather go a little over than a little under.

Pair with a good white wine and you can’t go wrong!

We like this particular meal with LaCrema Chardonnay. We don’t always love Chardonnay, but LaCrema KNOWS how to do it right.

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You know that you have a win when @jtenkely comments on Instagram and the dogs look longingly up at you throughout the meal.

The green beans are outstanding…how can they not be marinating in butter goodness for 2 hours?!

There are only two of us, so of course we have left overs. I love that this happens, we get two more meals out of this deal. Homemade chicken pot pies (that will now be super simple to make!) and chicken and rice soup are in our future. Winning.

This is Sunday night roast chicken happiness.