Dijon Balsamic Flank Steak over Spinach, Pear and Walnut Salad

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I was at the food store on yet another sweltering summer day trying to figure out what to make for dinner.  All I knew was that I wanted something light but satisfying.  So I just started grabbing ingredients that I thought would go well together and viola! Say hello to one of the tastiest salads ever.  The best part is you can top this baby with pretty much any protein you like.  This time it was flank steak but next time i may get a little crazy and add some lime grilled shrimp!  The possibilities are endless!

 

Dijon Balsamic Marinade 

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 1/2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and marinade flank steak for at least and hour.

 

Spinach Salad

8oz Fresh Spinach

3 Small Scallions

1/2 Small Fennel (sliced thin)

1 Bosc Pear (sliced thin)

Half a cup of Raw Chopped Walnuts

Handful of Grape Tomatoes 

 

White Balsamic Dressing

1 1/2 Tablespoons White Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

 

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar, close the lid and shake shake shake.

Grill flank steak to desired donees, I usually do 6 minutes per side and let the steak rest for 5 minutes.   Slice steak against the grain.

Combine all your salad ingredients together in a big mixing bowl.  Pour the dressing over the salad, season with salt and pepper and give it a toss.  Move salad to a serving dish, add the steak on top and enjoy!!

*Optional add in some feta cheese or shredded parmesan 🙂

I hope you guys enjoy this summer salad!

xo,

Ash

Give me all the Slides!

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Slides are such an amazing versatile shoe.  I love slide sandals in the summer, especially the velvet and block heel ones which I will wear well into late summer and fall.  They are easy to style and easy to get on your feet ; ) I love when fashion meets comfort and that’s exactly what slides do.  I especially adore embellished slides because they allow me to dress up an outfit without having to throw on high heels.  Which let’s face it, as a mom of 3 very young kids is a difficult task.  I’ll save the heels for date nights and stick with stylish slides!  You can pair them with jeans, dresses, shorts, maxi’s, joggers and pretty much anything! Below I have linked some of my personal favorites!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Ash

 

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Balsamic Pork Chops with Peach Mango Salsa

 

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The summer heat continues here in New Jersey and so does the grilling.  These balsamic pork chops with peach mango salsa are the perfect quick and easy summer dinner!  I really love any kind of fresh fruit salsa.  They are so refreshing, especially when added over fish or meat.  This peach mango salsa is perfect to add on top of a dish or stand alone with some tortilla chips.   So grab a glass of white and start grilling because this is what’s on the menu tonight!

Balsamic Marinade

3 Table Spoons Balsamic Vinegar

2/3 cup olive oil

3 Garlic cloves crushed

Salt and Pepper to taste

Whisk vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper together.  Add crushed garlic.  Pour over pork chops and marinade for at least and hour.

Peach Mango Salsa 

1 Peach

1 Mango

1 Bunch of cilantro (add amount to your preference)

Juice of one lime

1 Jalapeno Pepper

Chop and combine all ingredients.  Set aside.

Instructions: 

Grill pork chops for about 5 minutes per side depending on thickness.

Top pork chops directly with salsa or add some arugula for crunch.  Serve over almond couscous or brown rice. Drizzle with white truffle oil and enjoy!!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Ashli

Feta, Spinach Chicken Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce & Almond Garlic Couscous 

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Hello July in North Jersey and hello humid, extremely hot weather!  We have had somewhat of a mini heat wave over here which means I have no desire to turn on my oven.   I really love to utilize my grill in the summer time and these chicken burgers are a great alternative to beef burgers.  Topping them with fresh veggies and some tzatziki sauce gives them a little something extra.  Below you will find my recipe for the chicken burgers, tzatziki sauce and couscous.  So fire up that grill and enjoy!

 

Spinach Feta Chicken Burgers

2 Lbs Ground Chicken

3 Ounces Feta (crumble to your desired texture)

10 Ounces Frozen Spinach, Thawed and Drained.

4 Garlic Cloves Minced

2 Eggs, Beaten

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/2 a Lemon, squeezed into mixture

Combine all ingredients and form into patties.  Enjoy! Serve on Grilled pita bread.  Top with fresh arugula, red onion and a Jersey tomato!

 

Tzatziki Sauce

17 Ounces Plain Fat Free Yogurt (I prefer Fage)

1 Large Cucumber

4 Garlic Cloves

1 Bunch of Dill, chopped

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1-2 Table Spoon Red Wine Vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Add yogurt to a bowl.  Clean, grate and strain the cucumber using a cheese cloth.  Use a garlic press to add the garlic, if you don’t have one grate or mince garlic.  Add dill and give the mixture a few stirs.  Add the olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper.  Combine and enjoy!

 

Almond Garlic Couscous

Prepare couscous as directed on the box.  My favorite is Rice Select and I like to substitute the water for vegetable stock.

2 Table Spoons Olive Oil

4 Cloves Garlic Minced

1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

After couscous is finished cooking add olive oil to a pan then add the garlic and sauté until soft toss the almonds in the mixture and remove from heat.  Add the olive mixture to the couscous and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these delicious burgers as much as me and my family did!  Now get grilling!

 
Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Ashli

New Baby Must Have’s

 

 

Welcoming a bundle of joy soon? There are SO many baby products out there it can be pretty overwhelming on what to purchase.  Being a mom of 3 kids under 3 I consider myself somewhat of an expert in the baby gear department.  I can’t tell you how many products we have purchased and never used or didn’t work out!  So i’m saving you guys some time and rounding up some of my favorite baby gear that will hopefully make your life as a new parent a little bit easier.

 

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4Moms Breeze Play Yard

I am such an advocate for pack and plays.  I will look at photos of when I was younger and I was usually in a playpen surrounded by tons of toys while my mom was cooking dinner.  I wouldn’t be able to get anything done in my home without one.  Pack and plays allow me to cook dinner, clean the house and have my morning coffee.  I love this one because it’s so easy to pack up and take with you.  Ours has been on many family vacations and is currently on our third child so you know it’s durable!

 

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Portable Swing

By the third kid you have tried almost every gadget there is out there.  This portable swing is everything during the first few months.  It’s compact enough to fit on my center island so it allows the baby to be near me but out of reach to my tiny little helpers.  Plus it folds up for easy travel.

 

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DockAtot

I really can’t say enough about this product.  Our first son was not a sleeper AT ALL.  So when I found out I was pregnant for the second time I was not messing around! I did my research and am so glad that I cam across this gem.  It’s a bit pricy but totally worth it.  Our second son sleeps in the bigger version and our newborn sleeps in the smaller one.

 

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Tote Savvy

Anyone else a neat freak? This amazing invention allows you to keep all of your diaper bag essentials in an orderly fashion while fitting into your favorite bag.  I am able to fit all 3 kids stuff in here.

 

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Finn and Emma Play Gym

Love this bar.  I can move it anywhere in my home or the yard.  So convenient! Especially when you have other small children to chase after!  No one has time to set things up plus this play gym is so sturdy and the wonderfully made frame is finished with non-toxic stains and lacquers.

 

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Lil Helpers Bottle Holder

Just get it and thank me later…

 

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Halo Bassinet

All three of my babies slept in our room for the first few months.  This bassinet was a lifesaver for the late night feedings.  It swivels, so you are able to get it very close to your bedside.  Plus the sides are mesh which allows you to see baby easily.

 

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Nuna Leaf

This is another item that I was able to use with all three kids.  It’s noise-free design swings with just a gentle push.  The seat also grows with the baby, so all of my kids take a swing!

 

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Bare Beaded Pacifier Clip

I love products that are multi functional.  This pacifier clip is made with natural beads so it’s safe for your little one to chew on while he’s teething.

 

Hoping these help you all out!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

xo,

 

Ashli

All Them Bells

I am absolutely love love loving this bell sleeve trend!  The bigger the bell the better! This style is perfect for all seasons.  In the colder months you can pair a cute bell sleeve sweater with a pair of skinny jeans and heals and you are ready to go! Now we are transitioning into spring here in North Jersey and there are some great bell sleeve options.  This one I am wearing can definitely go all the way through the summer.  The material is perfect.  I paired them with ripped jeans and some mules.  I can’t wait until the summer to wear them with shorts and cute flat strappy sandals.  I just love how romantic these tops look ❤  Perfect for date night, girls night or Sunday brunch.  If you are looking for an effortless trendy spring look, here you have it.  I’ve linked my outfit details below.

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Ash

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Mad About Mules!

After about a 2 month hiatus, i’m back!  Man, three kids under three sure is hectic! But that’s a blog post for a different day! 🙂

I’m back and talking about one of my favorite trends!  Mules or slides! Whatever you want to call them, I love em!   Stylish, comfortable and easy to to put on? Yes please!  I love everything about mules!  They are the perfect stylish shoe for (almost) every occasion.   Being a busy mom of three under three makes it tough to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.  These shoes really make that happen!  I have to admit that I didn’t jump on the mule bandwagon right away.  However, once I put my first pair on I fell in love!  They are such fun and easy shoes to wear.    I absolutely love this rose embroidered pair.  So much that I patiently waited months for them while they were on backorder!  They actually came when I was having one of those crazy hectic days with the kids!  Talk about brightening up my day 🙂  I am loving the metallic mules as well.  This versatile shoe can be paired with jeans, leggings, dresses, skirts, shorts and so on!  The list is endless!   So whether you are a busy mom, career woman or student these shoes are a must, especially heading into spring!  So do yourself a favor and jump on the mule bandwagon! I am now the leader 🙂   I’ve linked some of my favorite pairs below as well as the ones that I am wearing!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo

Ash

 

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