Jerk Chicken Bowl

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A tropical, sweet and tangy dish.

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

Jerk Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper or cayenne (optional)

Rice

Mango Salsa

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the jerk seasoning in a bowl.
  2. Season both sides of the chicken heavily with the jerk seasoning.
  3. Heat the avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the chicken and cook 3-5 minutes on one side without moving.
  5. Flip the chicken over and repeat until fully cooked on both sides.
  6. Transfer to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Spoon the cauliflower rice into serving bowls. Add in the mango salsa.
  8. Cut the chicken into slices. Add it into the bowl.
  9. Accompany with lime wedges.
  10. Enjoy!

Egg Wraps

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A fun and healthy breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup pesto sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 8 slices prosciutto 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C).
  2. Whisk the eggs and pesto sauce in a large bowl until well combined.
  3. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in the egg mixture.
  4. Stirring regularly, cook fully through. Take off heat and set aside.
  5. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  6. Lay 2 pieces of prosciutto together, slightly overlapping to form a base.
  7. Divide egg mixture evenly between all the prosciutto wraps.
  8. Fold the meat around the eggs and lay seam side down.
  9. Bake for 16-18 minutes, flip over and bake 5 more minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Salsa

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A fresh and tasty dish full of citrus and crunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 lime (juiced)

Directions

  1. Dice the tomato, onion, and cilantro.
  2. Place into a bowl, mix thoroughly until everything is blended well.
  3. Add in pomegranate seeds and lime juice.
  4. Continue mixing and serve onto a plate.
  5. Enjoy!

Tuscan Shrimp

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A perfect addition to your dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ½ lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoon ghee (melted)

Directions

  1. Heat the avocado oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add shrimp to a bowl and toss with minced garlic, ghee, and parsley.
  3. Once fully coated, add shrimp to the pan and begin cooking.
  4. Flip the shrimp once one side is done and add in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Toss to coat and finish cooking the shrimp fully.
  6. Accompany with cauliflower fried rice.
  7. Enjoy!

Mongolian Beef

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★
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A healthier version of a popular takeout dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb steak (skirt or flank)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot or tapioca powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil

Directions

  1. Slice the steak into small pieces. Add to a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and arrowroot. Toss to coat.
  3. Heat the avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the steak in a single layer to the pan, you may need to work in batches.
  5. Sear the steak a few minutes on each side until it forms a deep brown crust.
  6. Transfer the cooked steak to a plate and set aside. Repeat with the rest of the steak.
  7. Add the garlic and sesame oil to the skillet. Cook for 1 minute while stirring.
  8. Pour in the beef broth and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes.
  9. Return the steak to the skillet. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  10. Bring the sauce to a simmer again. Cook until the sauce has thickened, stirring often.
  11. Accompany with cauliflower fried rice.
  12. Enjoy!

Roasted Cashews

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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You will never want to buy them from the store again.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cashews (raw)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  3. Place cashews onto baking tray,  add in the spices.
  4. Mix around the cashews until fully coated.
  5. Spread out evenly without overlapping.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Take out tray and mix the cashews with the seasoning again.
  8. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  9. Enjoy!

Brissy

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Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and is the 3rd biggest city in Australia. The city has a mix of incredible old buildings, sleek skyscrapers, stunning bridges, grassy parks, wonderful shopping, and a beautiful river.

I recommend staying somewhere in the Central Business District (CBD) or the South Bank area as mostly everything will be accessible from there. It is pretty easy to get around Brisbane with buses, trains, and ferries helping you commute through most parts of the city. However, I do recommend renting a car if you can as it really makes seeing the sights that much easier. Parking isn’t an issue in Brisbane and you will find public car parks in most areas of the city as well as at all major tourist attractions, however they definitely can be pricey if not booked ahead. Secure Parking and Wilson Parking are two websites where you can find highly discounted parking rates to prebook.

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In the CBD you can browse the heritage arcades, the elegant former Treasury Building – which is now home to a casino, view the customs house, and join a free guided tour of the Brisbane City Hall. It may not be quite as impressive as Big Ben, but the clock tower on Brisbane’s City Hall is nearly as tall (around 90 meters). The Museum of Brisbane is within the City Hall and offers tickets to go up to a viewing platform at the top of the Clock Tower. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. They do book up in advance so I highly recommend stopping by to get tickets before wandering around the city.

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IMG_7507One of my favorite places in Brisbane is the South Bank Parklands. It is a tourist hotspot and frequently popular for its Instagram-worthy pictures but the beauty truly makes you fall in love with this inner city oasis. South Bank stretches along the Brisbane River with views of the city skyline. There are a number of interesting attractions including Streets Beach (Australia’s only inner city man-made beach), a walkway lined with pretty flowers, a miniature rainforest, a Nepalese peace pagoda, and a giant ferris wheel. It is such an amazing contrast between the CBD on one side of the river and the very chilled South Bank Parklands on the other. South Bank is also where you will find the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), home to many incredible shows such as musicals, ballet, theater, etc. South Bank Parklands is a wonderful place to enjoy lunch either as a picnic or at many of the incredible restaurants around.

 

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Speaking about food, Brisbane is home to a variety of different options. There are food choices to fit every single budget and there is a vast selection of food from different cultures available. For fine dining, Eagle Street is a beautiful riverside area to visit. It is located in the heart of the CBD and is known for its upper class dining and drinking. One of my favorite budget-friendly food options is the Eat Street Northshore. The markets are open Fridays-Sundays and have just about everything you could possibly be craving. There are over 70 pop-up food stalls creating delicious dishes from all over the world. The first time I visited I wandered around for about an hour before deciding on what I wanted to eat. The choices seemed endless! You can reach the Eat Street markets by taking a ferry to Northshore Hamilton.

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Now onto the ferries. One of the best views of Brisbane is from the river and taking one of the many ferries available you will be able to capture the beautiful skyline. If you are using public transportation within Brisbane, I recommend purchasing a Go Card. It is a reloadable tap-up card you can use for busses, ferries, trains and trams. It takes the hassle out of figuring out each fare. There is however a red CityHopper ferry that stops at numerous points throughout the city center and is FREE! No tickets are required, but you may have to wait a bit as they only run every 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can choose to do a Brisbane River Cruise from South Bank which will give you some great photo ops.

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Another exquisite viewpoint of the skyline would be at Kangaroo Point. It is especially charming at sunset. I love visiting in the evening as it is beautiful looking at all the skyscrapers lit up. You also get to view the iconic Story Bridge lit up at night. Sydney of course has the Harbour Bridge while Brisbane has the Story Bridge. The bridge is an iconic structure in the city. A great way to get a bird’s eye view of the Brisbane River and the skyscrapers is to do the Story Bridge Climb.

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One of the main reasons I recommend renting a car is you because you cannot visit Brisbane without going to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It is about a 15-20 minute drive from the city. With over 130 cuddly koalas, it’s Australia’s largest koala sanctuary. Lone Pine encourages you to not only view the animals, but to also meet them. You are able to go behind the scenes with a keeper on a Working with Wildlife tour, or hold a koala as you learn about these much-loved Aussie animals. Many tourists love this experience as holding a koala is only legal in three Australian states, Queensland being one of them. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great place to go to see Koala’s up close munching on Eucalyptus leaves, or even better you can hand feed a Kangaroo! The Kangaroos are kept in a really large enclosure so there is a lot of space for them to hop around, and they will eat right out of your hands. When I first moved to Australia I bought an annual pass to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and every visit was just as exciting.

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My last recommendation for Brisbane is to venture outside of the city for a day or weekend getaway. Although Brisbane isn’t known for their beaches, there are several beautiful islands easily accessible by boat that make you can feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise. Stradbroke Island is about an hour away and has some of the most breathtaking views I have ever witnessed. There are beautiful hiking trails and oceanside walks where you get to enjoy the views year-round. You can even have a picnic and lookout for dolphins and whales depending on the time of year. IMG_7519Another beautiful spot is Moreton Island, which is one of the world’s largest sand islands. It is about an hour and a half away by ferry. Moreton Island is home to 15 sunken shipwrecks which create spectacular snorkeling sites with colorful fish and marine life.

 

No matter how long you stay in Brisbane, you are such to have an incredible trip.

 

 

❤ Danielle

Carnitas Bowl

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A homemade Chipotle favorite.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place a handful or two of lettuce in a serving bowl.
  2. Top with carnitas followed by homemade guacamole.
  3. Garnish with cilantro or parsley if desired. Salsa can also be added if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

Cashew Chicken

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A delicious alternative to take-out.

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken (breasts or thighs)
  • 1 zucchini (sliced)
  • 1 can water chestnuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Sauce

  • ½ cup coconut aminos

  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot or tapioca powder

Directions

  1. Heat half the avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chicken and season with the salt and pepper. Cook fully through, set aside.
  3. Heat the rest of the avocado oil in the skillet. Add in the onions and zucchini.
  4. Stir occasionally while continuing to cook the onions.
  5. Meanwhile, add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl. Mix together and set aside.
  6. Add chicken back to the skillet when the onions and zucchini are almost ready.
  7. Pour in the sauce. Mix to evenly coat.
  8. Stir in the cashews and water chestnuts.
  9. Enjoy!

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A simple, yet flavorful dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mixed herbs (Italian blend)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F (205C).
  2. Add the shrimp to a large bowl and combine with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Coat fully and set aside to marinade for a few minutes.
  4. Place shrimp on a sheet pan in a single layer.
  5. Place in oven for 10 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through but still tender.
  6. Enjoy!