I went MIA from the blog last week and am just now finding the time to sit down and catch you all up. Jason’s company was hosting a work event in Sonoma and since spouses were encouraged to come I happily agreed to go as long as Parker could come along on the trip as well. Since I’m nursing right now, not to mention he’s only three months old, being away from him for 5 days wasn’t really in the cards for me. Scottie on the other hand was happy to stay at home knowing she was staying at her grandparents house and seeing her cousins, as well as a few other family members throughout the week. We received pictures daily of her having the very best time on her own little vacation, which is always nice to see when your away. Since Jason and I had events and dinners to attend to daily we asked our favorite sitter if she was up for the trip and she happily accepted. I can’t say flying across the country with a three month old was easy, and between caring for him, the time change and all the work related activities I left feeling like I needed a vacation from the vacation. Regardless, it was nice to get away and spend a little bit of time with my man and a few days in beautiful wine country.
This was our second trip out to Sonoma ( You can see the recap from our first trip here and here) and I loved it just as much this time around. It’s such a beautiful part of the country and I feel like I could drive for days just looking at the scenery. The hundreds of wineries is pretty appealing as well. We were able to try out a few different wineries on our visit and our favorite that we came across was Kamen Estate Wines. They had some of the best wines we have ever tasted and since they don’t distribute any of their wines and have a limited number of cases we bought a few bottles to bring home and open at a later time. They have a winery as well as a little shop in Sonoma’s town square, which is where we found them. I highly recommend checking them out if you have the chance.
Most of our meals were handled by Jason’s company and were catered to feed a large crowd of people but we did get a chance to check out two local restaurants while we were there. My favorite meal happened on our last night at Cafe La Haye. We had an unbelievable dining experience consisting of four different courses, each paired with a different wine, and all of us raved on how wonderful the food and service was. The restaurant is small and intimate and I imagine reservations are a must, especially during the busy season.
Prior to the trip we were able to pick one group activity to attend, so Jason and I went with the hike through one of the vineyards. This ended up being one of our favorite parts of the trip as it made us appreciate even more the beauty of the land and the art that goes into making wine. The hike took place at Kunde Winery and it included a few tastings throughout the hike and a packed lunch overlooking the countryside.
This is one trip I could make over and over and we’ve already started talking about when we’re going back. There are always new wineries to visit as well as new releases to taste and hopefully next time we can venture out to see some of the other regions. So, until then……….
Happy Friday the 13th. I hope the day is treating you all well. I’m getting this post out much later than usual as this week has been crazy. We have a big trip planned for next week but I will get into that more in next weeks Friday Favorites post. Lets just say its leaving me feeling both nervous and excited as it will be Parker’s first time in an airplane. Last night we took Scottie to see Daniel Tiger Live and she loved it. It made me realize we don’t do enough activities like that, especially now that Scottie is getting older and understands a whole lot more. Since the show was uptown we ended up grabbing dinner at a restaurant near the theater and sitting outside. It was a really nice evening and it made me really excited for summer and all the fun things we have going on.
In true Friday fashion I’m here to share a few of my favorite things from the week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Spring’s Hottest Breakout Novels
30 Books You Should Read In 2016
I love food and I love yoga so of course I’m loving this new e-book Nourish Your Namaste that Kara, one of my fellow Recipe Redux members wrote.
100 + Healthy Lunch Recipes
This wine and popcorn pairing to get you ready for the season finale of Scandal or your next movie night.
Spicy Tuna Poke Lettuce Wraps- Bev Cooks
Baked Chicken Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes– Skinnytaste
Chicken and Avocado Burritos– Closet Cooking
Almost 5-Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie– PaleOMG
I eat sushi almost every single week and if I had it my way I could possibly change that to every single day. Considering it can be pretty pricey and I’m to lazy and impatient to try rolling and cutting my own roll, eating it in a bowl is an easy way to get my sushi fix. I think most of us can agree that everything is better in bowl form and this deconstructed sushi bowl gives me the same fresh and flavorful taste I love and crave.
In order to stick with tradition I used rice as my base and since brown rice is a healthier option that’s what I chose but feel free to change it out for white rice or even quinoa. According to the sushi selection at whole foods wrapping rolls with quinoa is a thing and I can’t say I hate the idea. This bowl packs all the essentials needed for a well balanced and nutritious meal; whole grains, healthy fats, protein, and Omega 3’s along with other various vitamins and minerals.
I wanted to keep this bowl as simple as possible for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Since I almost always have smoked salmon in the house that’s what I used but you can replace it for raw sushi grade fish like salmon or tuna. If you do use raw fish make sure your fish is coming from a good source. To take this bowl to a whole new level I topped it off with a spicy vegan aioli. It adds creaminess to the bowl with just a touch of spice. If you like things really spicy you can add more sriracha to fit your taste. The good thing about this meal is that its easily adaptable based on personal preference and ingredients you have on hand. Have fun with it and let me know if you come up with other good combinations.
Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl
- 1½ cups brown rice, cooked
- 4 oz. smoked salmon
- ½ avocado, cut into slices
- ½ cup frozen shelled edamame
- ⅔ cup shredded carrots
- toasted sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
- For the Spicy Vegan Aioli:
- ¼ cup vegenaise
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- If you haven't already cooked your rice, do so according to the instructions on the box/bag.
- Meanwhile, add the edamame into a bowl and warm in the microwave, Shred, or slice the carrots and prepare the avocado by cutting the avocado in half, removing the pit and slicing.
- In a small bowl add the vegenaise, sriracha, and lime juice, mixing until well combined. Set aside.
- Toast the sesame seeds by adding them to a dry skillet on medium heat and stirring often. (3-5 minutes is all it takes).
- Once all the toppings have been prepared you can start building your bowl. First divide the rice evenly among two bowls. Top with the shredded carrots, avocado slices, edamame and smoked salmon. Before serving drizzle each bowl with the spicy aioli and sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds over top.
Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 559.2 Fat: 29.9 Saturated fat: 2.8 Carbohydrates: 48.3 Sugar: 4.7 Sodium: 1,463 Fiber: 7.3 Protein: 20 Cholesterol: 13