20 Minute Garlic Butter Shrimp Zoodles

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Today I pulled off the impossible. I made a simple, easy, healthy-ish (okay not totally healthy) lunch in under thirty minutes. After a week of lunch salads— I needed something different. Thanks to a grocery shopping run– conducted on an empty stomach— my kitchen is currently full of mismatched, uncoordinated and well, just plain random ingredients. I’ve also never cooked shrimp before and had no clue how long you can keep it in the fridge for. (I’m going with the 1 night rule because seafood scares me). After frantically googling for shrimp recipes, I found this incredible recipe for  Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta. I didn’t have any pasta in the house, so I improvised with my favorite spiralizer and a zucchini. Thirty minutes later, I had this dish. It’s tasty, it looks great, and honestly, it is something anyone can make. I will say that I’m not a huge butter person, so I’ll probably sub butter for olive oil or ghee. The garlic really flavors the pasta so you can definitely experiment to your own taste. I hope you enjoy.
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20 Minute Garlic Butter Shrimp Zoodles
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Total Time:
Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 10 Minutes
Difficulty: Shockingly Easy
Ingredients:
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter (or Olive Oil)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • Optional: 1 tomato for some color
Tools:
  • 1 Knife Spiralizer
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 carbon steel skillet
  • 1 cutting board
Steps:
  1. Prep all the ingredients: Zoodle your doodles and set out/pre-measure all the spices.
  2. Season shrimp with salt and upper to taste; set aside.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the large skillet over medium high heat. As butter starts to bubble, add garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes. Stir frequently until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes). Watch for burning garlic!
  4. Add Shrimp and cook, stir occasionally, until the shrimp starts turning pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  5. Add remaining butter to skillet. Stir in pasta and argula. Cook until arugula begins to wilt.
  6. Combine “pasta” and shrimp and serve immediately.

Sunday Lately | April 8, 2018

Sunday Lately | April 8, 2018

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The flight over to SFO. This instagram post actually got re-grammed by Jet Blue :)tempImageForSaveThe Most Perfect California Oranges

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This is my favorite Sandwich in the whole world. No Joke.

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Some Scenes from our recent hike in the Red Rock Canyons

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Happy Sunday Everyone. So not to brag but I had the most perfect Sunday morning today. I woke up, finished the incredible The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, feasted on some epic chorizo, red pepper and egg tacos (made by G), and drank two cups of extra milky chaI even managed to do some basic adulating tasks, like take a shower and start to hang up our new vacuum cleaner. This is a major win in my book, given I spent most of my Saturday napping after my red eye flight from Vegas. Lately, I’ve needed a day to recover after every work trip. Somehow my whole “try to be healthy and eat, sleep and move well” routine goes right out the door as soon as I step on the plane. I’m still trying to figure some good life hacks, so please share any tips you might have. In the mean time, here are some fun links that I found on the internets. I thought you might enjoy them as much as I did.

<3 Aheli

 

Rediscovering Baya Mahieddine // I was truly sad to have missed this exhibition at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. This 16 year old Alergian Artist was an incredibly talented painter, whose colorful depictions of moving women, influenced the likes of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Yoga Pants // “For when you just want to be a couch panini” This is one of the funniest SNL sketches that I’ve seen in a long time. It starts off as a traditional Nike commercial, and slowly evolves into a very realistic and close to home representation of how I wear my leggings.

The Hate U Give // This is an absolute must-read. I’m suppose to be finishing up Station Eleven for my book club meeting on Wednesday. Yet, I started and immediately had to finish this incredible book. Don’t be put off by its YA label. The book starts with   16 year old Starr Carter as she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil by a police officer. Starr has to navigate the fallout after the shootout, in her poor neighborhood and her fancy suburban prep school. I truly adored this book….and will be writing a proper book review shortly.

George & Martha // We all have our favorite childhood books. For me, it will always be The Hungry Caterpillar and Babar. I was delighted to be reminded of another childhood classic in this New York Times piece on James Marshall’s George and Martha series. It’s truly a wonderful read.

 

Featured Image: 

Baya, Femme robe jaune et panier, (Woman in yellow dress with a basket), 1947; Gouache on board 25 7⁄16 x 19 1⁄2 in. (64.6 x 49.5 cm); Collection of Isabelle Maeght, Paris © Photo Galerie Maeght, Paris

 

 

 

Life Lately // March Edition

Life Lately // March Edition

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Hello Friends.

What are you up to this weekend? If you celebrate, I hope you have a happy Easter and Passover. Tomorrow, I leave for another trip to San Francisco and Las Vegas. Can I just say- for a non gambler/smoker/clubber, I’m weirdly excited for Vegas. Seriously! Ever since we started our company, my dad and I have been making annual trips to Las Vegas for conferences or client visits. As a result, we’ve really gotten creative on how to best enjoy the “Off Strip” Vegas culture. There are amazing hikes, interesting shows and most importantly, the best food scene. Seriously, this is the best Thai place I’ve ever been to. Expect some ridiculous foodgrams in the coming week. March itself, was a whirlwind (as usual). We travel to San Antonio, Vegas (lolz), and up to Boston for my Dad’s birthday. Between Thundersnows and epics Taco feasts, it’s been a packed month for sure. I hope you enjoy the monthly recap of things I’ve done and enjoyed.

Besos, Aheli

Life Lately: March 2018

Currently Eating: Lobster and Crab Dumplings at Flora (#datenight)

Currently Craving: Puchka-  A yummy Kolkata street food

Currently Drinking: Hot Water with Ginger & Lemon (Hello Cold)

Currently Reading: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Currently Recommending:  We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Currently Watching: Santa Clarita Diet

Currently Podcastin’ to: The Moth

Currently Sweating to: Rise by We

Currently Playing: Clank (and getting crushed by my mom)

Currently Traveling to: SFO and Vegas (again). Twice in a year and its only March.

Currently Dreaming about: Cape Town

In case you missed it:

  • Need a simple breakfast- try Akuri eggs
  • Quick recap into life in mid- March- long reads, cheap groceries, and some photos from my San Antonio trip.

 

Photo 1: Photo by Michael Carnevale

Photo 2: Photo by Jeremy Galliani

Aheli Eats| Akuri: Indian-Styled Eggs

Aheli Eats| Akuri: Indian-Styled Eggs
I have a well-documented aversion to breakfast foods, which means that I’m always on the look-out for good breakfast recipes. Enter Akuri eggs. Flavorful. Spicy. And oh so simple. I found this recipe on Hitha On the Go. It takes about 10 minutes, and the best part is you can really use whatever spices you have around. I hope you enjoy.

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Akuri- Indian Style Eggs

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Total Time:
Prep: 5 Minutes
Cook: 5 Minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1/2 Jalapeño
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Toast
Tools:
  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • Small pan
  • Wooden spoon
 
Steps:
  1. Whisk eggs with milk until fluffy. Add all spices and whisk until combined.
  2. In a small pan, melt ghee over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, ginger, and jalapeño until fragrant
  4. Bring heat to the lowest setting.
  5. Add egg mixture
  6. Continuously stir with a wooden spoon.
  7. Plate eggs and sprinkle with cilantro

Sunday Lately

Sunday Lately
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Hi Friends!

 

How was your week? I had a rare Sunday morning to myself so I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds from the week. Thanks to the “thunderstorm” — that’s an official weather term for a snow storm with lightening and thunder— I spent the first three days of the week not leaving my apartment. This was honestly was the BEST thing after eight straight weeks of traveling. It meant I had a lot of time for work (hi boss dude) and getting distracted by the Internet. Also, I had to pack for my trip to San Antonio & Las Vegas, which meant I had to be very productive doing anything but packing. It still alludes me that I can travel this much and still not be good at packing quickly. Any one else with me?  But I digress, I found a lot of fun stuff and wanted to share. Hope you have a great weekend.

 

Besos- A
Remembering Nakesha Williams: 
This story really hit me. Nakesha Williams had everything going for her- former honor student, full scholarship to Williams College, avid reader- yet somewhere along the line things went horribly wrong as she drifted into homelessness. Her story exemplifies how hard it is to confront homelessness. Even though Nakesha had an extensive support network- friends, former college advisors, social workers, stangers— trying to help her, her mental health issues prevented her from seeking help. This sobering read personalizes this situation, begging the question” what can we do for individuals in these seemingly helpless situations?”
 
Brandless: 
Have you heard about Brandless  There mission is all about complete transparency to cut out the BrandTax and markups of popular national brands you find in your standard big name store without cutting down the quality?  I haven’t bought anything…yet… but I’ve always been

 

Anchovies on Toast:
Last week, we took a quick subway ride over to Crown Heights to test out Camillo— the newest “Roman Obsession” according to Eater. Named about Count Camillo Negroni- the inventor of — you guessed it— the NEGRONI, this restaurant specializes in pinsas. What is a pinsa you ask? It’s similar to a pizza, but not. Oddly enough, my favorite part of the whole meal was the Anchovies on Buttered Toast.

 

Absolutely Delicious:
Thanks to the Thundersnow, I ended up started a new documentary on Netflix called “Ugly Delicious.” Each episode is, as the Guardian describes it, “ a crash course in narrative juxtaposition and micro-sections a history lesson on Viet-Cajun fusion food here, an exposition on barbecuing courtesy of Noma’s René Redzepi there. But the message is reassuringly simple: the inelegant, ungainly and downright dangerously calorific is just as important as a three-Michele starred chef’s latest dizzying complex concoction.” Don’t eat on an empty stomach.

 

The Perfect 5 Minute Meal:
 I ended up cooking a lot this week. Partly because I was home and partly because I wanted to get rid of all the food in my refrigerator before I left for a week of work travel. The best part- I figured out a new 5 minute meal. I’ll do a full blog post later, but grab some spiraled zucchini (or noodles), and vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil pesto from Trader Joe’s. Stir fry on a pan, and add chopped cherry tomatoes. Best of all, you can substitute pretty much everything- don’t have zoodles, grab noodles. Don’t have cherry tomatoes, add those frozen peas you’ve been saving for months. Just try to stock up on the pesto. Simple, easy and filling.

Life Lately- February

Life Lately- February
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Welcome to my monthly “Life Lately” reflections, where I chronicle things I did/ate/drink and liked.  I’ve never been much for diaries (short attention span!), but I do really love looking back on these monthly lists. This month has been a series of ups and downs. Work-wise, it’s been a tough month. We got our first negative feedback, and let’s just say, I did not handle it well. It’s really hard– especially when it’s your own family business- not to take it personally. Luckily, I have a solid boss and excellent friends that forced me (in a nice way) to look at all the positive things we’ve accomplished. On the other hand, my social life was lit. We had an epic Super Bowl party, did some Olympic worthy ice skating and ski sessions (not), and celebrated V-Day and Birthdays surprise-style.  It’s all about the work/life balance, amiright? How’s your month been?

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Life Lately: February 

Currently Eating: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole 

Currently Craving: Peking Duck (hint hint G)

Currently Drinking: Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea

Currently Reading: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Currently Recommending:  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)

Currently Watching: Black Panther and Director Ryan Coogler’s breakdown of this epic scene

Currently Podcastin’ to: Arm Chair Expert with Dax Shepard. Specifically his episode with Kristen Bell. It’s a refreshingly honest look into how this couple relationship. Hint: Involves a lot of humor and work.

Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. Still chugging along.

Currently Playing: Alto’s Adventures….even though I just download Alto’s Odyssey 

Currently Traveling to: San Antonio, Texas

Currently Dreaming about: South Africcccccaaaa, May 2018.

 

In case you missed it:

  • Take a moment to laugh at some of the best Super Bowl commercials
  • Get inspired … or hungry, but my favorite foods from our Paris/Burgundy trip
  • Try this amazing PALEO/WHOLE30 casserole dish
  • Check out what I did last weekend– hint it involves skiing and hot chocolate

 

Weekend Review| Ski Bunnies, Berkshires & Birthday Surprises

Weekend Review| Ski Bunnies, Berkshires & Birthday Surprises
ERMAHGERD* it’s G’s birthday! Okay, it was actually on Sunday. But we spent all weekend celebrating (because G doesn’t do birthday months**…yet), and spent last night adulting aka laundry and grocery shopping. So really this was my first chance to pay a bloggy tribute to my favorite bae, boo, super special man friend who I absolutely did not chose because he can get things off the high shelves.
This year, I planned a surprise birthday get-away to the Berkshire Mountains.  I used to go there when I was a kid, mostly to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and eat my weight in farm-raised food (before farm to table was the cool thing to do). So when I found an epic hotel + ski pass promo for Hotel on North and Jiminy Peak, and an awesome car rental company ***,  I knew this would be the perfect combo of adventure and relaxation. I hope you enjoy my little diary of our weekend escape.
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G’s Super Special Surprise Birthday Weekend
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The surprise starts with our fancy-smancy rental
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Dinner at Fireside BBQ. 
Not pictured, me DEVOURING those ribs.
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Hipster Keys at our awesome Hotel. The details in this place were unreal!
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Relaxing after the long drive
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This super cool Instagram worthy lobby! Seriously, the whole hotel is SO dreamy.
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Day 2 is our SKI DAY at Jiminy Peak.  Obligatory Ski Pics below.
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Apres Ski with some delicious food at Eat on North- our hotel’s restaurant. You can’t see it, but the bread on the right is covering up the baked garlic…SOOOOO yummy.
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Day 3: G’s BIRTHDAYYYYYY! Breakfast in (the) Bed(room!)
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Post-breakfast, G researched and found two epic spots.
First, we visited Edith Wharton’s home — the Mount-– and saw how this brilliant and hard-working woman wrote some of her masterpieces, like House of Mirth.
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Then we went down to Great Barrington for some EPIC salad and pizza at Baba Louie’s.
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Post lunch, we were full but needed some candy from Robin’s Candy Store. This place is amazing. They have ALL this incredible candy — including Vintage Style Pop-Rocks— and Robin personally gives you a tooth brush to make sure you don’t ruin your teeth. That’s winning in my book.
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After a breezy 3 hour drive back and super simple car return. G + I went up to Times Square to his favorite movie theatre to watch Game Night — surprisingly good btw— and finished the weekend with some Shack Shack. An amazing end to an amazing weekend in honor of my favorite AMAZING human.
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* So I had to google how to properly spell this word, and let me tell you. The internet takes defining words seriously. According to Knowyourmeme.com, Ermahgerd is a rhotacized pronunciation of “oh my god.” People, I had to look up a word from a site called “Knowyourmeme.com!” I feel humbled here.
** Anyone who knows me knows that I LUURVEE birthdays. There is something magical about getting to #treatyourself and overindulge in the funfetti department. And while I love my birthday (ahem, month), I LOOVVVVEEE to celebrate my nearest and dearest’s. So when I got the iCAL reminder to start planning G’s bday, I was…stumped. Seriously. The last three birthday celebrations have been epic and set the bar WAAAAY to high. First it was the secret Japanese speakeasy in an old Andy Warhol studio, then it was a magnificent trip to Cartagena. And don’t get me started on last year, when his two college friends planned the ULTIMATE birthday celebration with a self-driving Tesla car ride through multiple Napa wineries. The boy is spoiled. Hehe. Hopefully, this one made the top four list ;)
*** I am literally obsessed with SilverCar. Renting a car in New York is miserable. You either have to shlep up to an airport or go to New Jersey. It’s expensive, time-consuming and weirdly difficult. I think maybe New Yorkers LOVE their city SO much because they can’t easily leave it. Anyways, I found this super cool company called SilverCar that rents out silver Audis. Fancy Smancy, right. But like all super trendy start-ups, they are very affordable, waive traditional car rental nonsense — like tolls, gas surcharges etc), and they usually have awesome promos. This is not a #ad, but if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with SilverCar- I would HIGHLY recommend it. Also, if you use my promo code —BOVTAHZQ–, you and I can get $25 off.

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