Meatless Monday // Shiitake Mushroom “Unagi Don” with Cucumber Noodles

My husband and I both have a passionate food affair with Eel sushi when we go out to eat. We usually split a few rolls, and if it has the eel on it, you can bet we will get it! It’s such an interesting flavor and the eel sauce is the BEST!

For meatless Monday I was totally craving Unagi Don… basically the barbecue eel on a bed of rice. I decided to sub in shiitake mushrooms for the eel because it has a savory flavor and meatlike texture. The sauce was surprisingly simple to make as well, and it brought out a spicy, woody flavor from the mushrooms that was so delicious!

Recipe after the jump

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Six Blogger Style // How to Wear Velvet

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links and/or links to my own online boutique. All this means is that shopping using these links will help support me and my blog at no additional cost to you. Thank you very much for your support!

It’s a new month, and we have 2 new bloggers! Unfortunately, Oendrila has run into a lot personally and professionally and has decided to take some time for herself. I’m always sad to see one of our members go! But the good news is we have 2 ladies ready to jump right on in, so you’ll be meeting Kelsi and Rachel later in this post!

This month, we voted to style velvet, and luckily too because it’s just about too hot for any kind of winter wear here in Georgia!

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Meatless Monday // Meat-Free Sloppy Joe’s

Meatless Monday // Meat-Free Sloppy Joe’s

This post has been written by guest blogger Niamh from Cooking Veggie. She designed this Meatless Sloppy Joe recipe for me to make and feature as part of my Meatless Monday and my 23 Before 24 goals!

There were a few different options when it came to how to approach this recipe. Sloppy joes are essentially just 90% beef along with some green pepper, ketchup and seasonings. So the beef substitution had to be outstanding. I don’t like cooking tofu for meat eaters too much, as a lot of people find it quite scary. Also, to get tofu tasting delicious is can require a lot of effort; marinating, frying and simmering. I wanted this recipe to be accessible for everyone. Beans would have made things far too sloppy, so I went with lentils.

There is one ingredient that I would say above all else, cannot be omitted. It’s the secret ingredient I use in all my recipes that are trying to mimic meat and its the smoked chipotle pepper tabasco sauce.This stuff is amazing! Don’t be surprised if you end up using the half of the bottle while making these sloppy Joe’s. The key is to put a decent tablespoon of the bottle into the sloppy joe mixture while its cooking. Then, while everyone’s dishing up their Joe’s, have the bottle there for an extra lashing on top of the cheese. The cheese is optional but… come on. If you did want to go without the cheese though this would be completely vegan.

Also optional, but not really optional because it tastes SO GOOD is buttering on toasting your buns. Butter them and then throw them on a hot frying pan for a few minutes to get nice and toasty

This recipe is also great because it absolutely PACKED with veggies. The eggplant adds a richness to the sauce, where as the celery gives such a nice sweetness that I didn’t include the brown sugar that usually goes in to joes. Eggplant tends to soak up a lot of oil when you fry/bake it, so to keep this recipe healthy I steamed it instead. You don’t need any fancy equipment to do this. I just put a colander over a pot of boiling water with a lid on it and it worked perfectly!

Recipe after the jump!

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Meatless Monday // Baked General Tso’s Cauliflower

I was super sick last week and honestly wasn’t eating much of anything. BUT I’m back this week and cooking meatless again!

I found this recipe and did a sort of “cheater’s variation” (I used bottled sauce I got from Aldi) but I love subbing in Cauliflower for Chinese-inspired dishes! I also pan fried mushrooms, carrots, and spring onion with lemon juice for this dish.

Stay tuned for next week as I cook a meatless recipe designed for me by another blogger!



bareMinerals Made2Fit Foundation: From Digital App to Real-World Application

Disclaimer: The product  featured in this post (bareMinerals Made2Fit Foundation) was sent to me comlimentary to test and review  by Influenster and bareMinerals. As always, all thoughts and opinions of this product featured here and on related social media by me are 100% honest and my own. 

One of my favorite things about being a member of Influenster’s influencer network is the random “virtual VoxBox” campaigns that pop up once in a while. Usually there’s something that you have to do yourself, like download an app or go purchase a product, but sometimes you’ll get a coupon to do so. Still, when you’re in-between the actual physical VoxBox campaigns, these are fun activities. I recently qualified for one of these virtual VoxBoxes, and as always I love to share my experiences here even if it’s not a “requisite” or doesn’t earn me points to my badge. This time, it’s sponsored by bareMinerals and has to do with their new Made2Fit app that claims to be able to give you your perfect shade of foundation using your phone’s camera.

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Meatless Monday // One Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

It’s week 4 of Meatless Monday’s! So far my adventures in Meatless meal making have been super fun and delicious! This week I was feeling super in the mood for Mexican-Style cuisine, so I decided to throw together a meatless Mexican rice casserole!

Beans are an excellent source of protein already present in Mexican cooking, so honestly I barely at all missed the meat! One of my biggest tips for making a meal Meatless is not to skip out on the spices you would normally use to season the meat with! For example, I’d usually make this recipe with chicken or shrimp, seasoning the meat with chili powder, salt, cumin, and paprika. All of these I used to season my meal! It makes all the difference in keeping these dishes authentic to what you are used to while removing the meat component!

Recipe after the jump

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BoxyCharm January 2018 Review

Disclaimer: I was not paid in any way for this post or for my thoughts on these products. I paid for my subscription myself and wanted to share my thoughts with you all! I have included my BoxyCharm referral link at the bottom of the post.

BoxyCharm came highly recommended by many of my friends who are more on the “Makeup Aficionado” side of the spectrum. It costs a little more than I am used to paying for subscription boxes ($21/Month) but they send full sized products from prestige brands. I decided to give it a try. The one thing that sucks is the Waitlist. I had to wait 3 months for a spot to open up to get my box. Now that I’m off, they will come monthly until I cancel, but the initial wait was torture!

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Six Blogger Style: How to Wear the Denim-on-Denim Trend

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links and/or links to my own online boutique. All this means is that shopping using these links will help support me and my blog at no additional cost to you. Thank you very much for your support!

Let’s all take a moment of silence in remembrance of the infamous Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim on denim red carpet look. May it ever remain as merely a costume.

Now, let’s move right along, because the Six Blogger Style ladies are here to show you how to rock the “Canadian tuxedo” denim-on-denim trend without looking like a hot mess!

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Metro Diner Columbus, GA Review

Disclaimer // This Post is sponsored by Metro Diner and Tilson PR. However, as always, all thoughts and views expressed here in this post and related social media posts by me are honest and my own. You can read more about my disclosure policy here. Huge thanks to Metro Diner and Tilson PR for sponsoring our meal for date night!

If the name “Metro Diner” sounds familiar, you may remember it from their feature on Guy Fieri’s hit show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The revival of Metro Diner has been open since 1992, with its original location thriving in Jacksonville, Florida. They have since branched out to other states and cities… and now their newest location is open here in Columbus, GA!

Joe and I actually noticed the advertising for Metro Diner at this location opening a month or so ago when we were at the Landings shopping center. We were curious about what it would be, but never gave it much thought. We figured we would check it out once it opened. Lo and behold I received a very exciting email that asked me to attend a dinner service with a guest and spread the word of Metro Diner’s opening in Columbus! We are so grateful to have had our date night sponsored by Metro Diner, and I look forward to sharing our thoughts on the food and dining experience with you!

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Meatless Monday // Week 3: Asian-Inspired Vegetable Noodle Soup

It’s that day of the week again! Week 3 and I’m still going strong on my goal for one meatless meal a week! This time I’m pulling out another Asian-inspired recipe. My husband and I are notorious soup people. We went a month last year where we just kept cooking soups every day. There’s so much variety you can do!

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