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Kale Risotto Recipe

I have always been a risotto girl- not really sure why, but I just love it so much. If it’s on the menu (especially when paired with scallops) I am most certainly going to order it. However- It can be very rich and I also heard that cooking it can be a real pain, so I had always stayed away from cooking it myself. Until I found this recipe from Strawberry Plum!

What I love about this recipe is that most of the cooking process happens in the oven, which makes it a baked risotto recipe I suppose. The important part is that it does not require that intensive stirring that stove-top risotto entails.  I have cooked Strawberry Plum’s recipe (with chicken thighs) two times now, but I’ve also experimented a bit and ended up with a kale risotto version that I just adore. It makes a great side dish, is so easy, and is not too rich! Success. Below are the ingredients + steps. Happy Cooking! -M

Risotto recipe

Ingredients:

2 cloves of Garlic – chopped

1 bunch of scallions – or less! 

1 cup Arborio rice

1 cup dry white wine

2 cups chicken stock

Rosemary (2 or 3 springs)

Parmesan cheese

Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Saute garlic + scallions in olive oil- preferably in a cast iron skillet! If not, any pan that can go from stove to oven is fine. The sauteing will take about 2 mins!

2. Pour rice into pan and ‘toast’ it for about a minute. This is also a good time to add in the rosemary as well as a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

3. Pour in the wine- simmer until the rice has absorbed most of it. 

4.  Add the chicken broth then place the entire pan in oven for about 30 minutes.

5. While the risotto is baking, sautee kale (in olive oil) in a separate pan. This should only take a few minutes! 

6. Once the risotto is done, use a potholder to remove the pan from oven. The liquid should be absorbed, but the rice should be creamy.

7. Stir in the kale and top with Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

kitchen essentials + the cutest gifts.

The Kennedy household is full of OCD tendencies quite equivalent to “Monica” characteristics for all of you Friends watchers. For me, that equates into a major love for organizing (especially the kitchen). Even when comfy seating is available in the family room, I have come to realize the kitchen seems to be the communal place, right? Sitting on the counter or on the bar stools seems to make for better conversations.

With that in mind, I think the kitchen is the most important place to create a comfy vibe + the organization only makes it easier when you want to whip up some homemade cookies on a whim. See some of my favorite pieces I spotted this week that are already purchased or sitting in my wish list + see the line up of adorable organizational canisters below.

the cutest appetizer plates in all the land.

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I just bought two of these storage bowls this morning.
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these weck jars are my heros. I have purchased a few from here too.
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we are addicted to these copper mugs + how darling would these be for a gift? Not to mention, they look adorable on a bar cart. See ours here and in the photo below.
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when I have extra homemade cookies or leftover donuts from Sidecar, I love storing them on a cake stand or on a domed sweet stand.
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this is the perfect latte cup.
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Healthy + Satisfying Breakfasts

Healthy + satisfying breakfast ideas // lolo mag

Breakfast is one of my favorite times of the day. I wake up and looking forward to fueling my body with a good meal + a cup of black coffee. I use a Keurig and buy pods from Whole Foods- the organic Italian roast is my absolute favorite. When it comes to breakfast food, I look for options that are healthy, satisfying, and filling without  being too much- I love feeling energized from breakfast and not so full that I get sleepy again. Below are 7 ideas for a great first meal of the day. Enjoy! XO

1. DNA Life Bar – this is Lo’s absolute favorite in the roasted quinoa + chocolate flavor. It is a healthy choice, but according to Lo it tastes SO good. I have to give this a try!

2. Hardboiled egg + half of an avocado– this is my go-to breakfast routine right now. I sprinkle a little pepper on the avocado and it is truly heavenly.

3. Apple + 2 tablespoons of Almond Butter (Justin’s maple almond butter is my fave!) – Talk about YUM. You honestly can’t beat that almond butter with an organic Honeyscrisp apple. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. This would also make a great mid-day snack.

4. 2 scrambled eggs, spinach, and parmesan- This is so easy to make. Start scrambling the eggs, then throw in some spinach so it gets warm. Finish it with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Once the eggs are finished cooking, take off of the heat, serve, and enjoy!

5. A cup of brown rice, 1 fried egg, and sauteed spinach (organic brown rice from Trader Joe’s is so good and ready in minutes) That quick rice from TJ’s makes this an easy morning option. Make the rice, fry an egg, sautee some spinach and mix it all together.

6. Oatmeal + blueberries and strawberries (love this oatmeal from Trader Joe’s) If you love oatmeal and quinoa, you will love that product from TJ’s. Add some fruit on top and you will have yourself a healthy morning treat.

7. Greek yogurt with raspberries + walnuts (Wallaby greek yogurt from Whole Foods is a great choice) I am not a big yogurt fan, but my boyfriend is and he loves that yogurt from Whole Foods. Adding some nuts and fruit to the yogurt will make it a satisfying breakfast choice.

 

Here’s to starting each day on a tasty and healthy note!

Thanksgiving Recipes

Two hobbies of mine are cooking & spending time on Pinterest. That being said, finding new recipes on Pinterest and trying them out the kitchen is hands-down one of my favorite things to do. Pinterest is such a great source for recipes. We’ve pinned quite a few on our ‘To Cook’ board, but wanted to share some recipes today that are totally perfect for Thanksgiving. If you need to bring a dish to Thanksgiving (or to Friendsgiving) consider making one of these. Happy pinning & happy cooking! -M

1. The Best Fall Salad & Dressing

Fall Salad- The Pioneer Woman

 2. Roasted Mushrooms

Roasted Mushrooms

3. Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Garlic lemon green beans

4. Parmesan & Rosemary Potatoes

Oven roasted parmesan rosemary potatoes

5. Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad

Thanksgiving Recipes

6. Brussels, Butternut Squash, Pecans, & Cranberries

Thanksgiving Recipes

7. Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanksgiving Recipes

8. Zuchini & Wild Rice Gratin 

Thanksgiving Recipes

9. Tomato & Roasted Lemon Salad

Thanksgiving Recipes

10. Apple, Brie, & Honey Bruschetta 

Thanksgiving Recipes

10 tips for hosting Friendsgiving

10 tips when hosting Friendsgiving

Image via Better Home & Gardens

Hi everyone! I am so excited for my first post on LOLO Mag. Today I’m sharing 10 bits of advice to consider when hosting Friendsgiving. My boyfriend & I are hosting a Friendsgiving gathering at his farm this coming Sunday for about 35 people. The below tips are all things that I have tried to consider when planning the party, plus bits of wisdom that I am determined to keep in mind as the day gets closer. -Melissa

1. Get it on the calendar. This time of year is very hectic, so picking a date ahead of time is so important. It might seem crazy, but planning it in September is really not that unrealistic. Pick a day and mark it on the calendar!

2. The more the merrier. Now it’s time to make the guest list. If you think there is someone you want to invite, do it! Don’t worry about the number, because some people won’t be able to come. Also, this time of the year is all about bringing people together and enjoying one another.

3. Make the e-vite & send. Paperless post is the way to go! The site makes it so easy to design the cutest card + send it to your guests via email. Then your guests can easily RSVP yes or no. The event page is also a great place for people to post on the comment wall.

4. Group effort. For our upcoming Friendsgiving, I asked everyone to bring a dish to share and I am so happy that I did! It is so fun for everyone to bring their favorite dish, and it saves the host so much time, energy, and stress. It is way too much for one person or even two people to make everything. Ask for help and welcome it with open arms.

5. Keep it casual… Keeping it casual will make it a stress-free gathering. From food to the seating situation, keep it simple, easy, and laid-back

6. ..but cozy! Just because it is casual doesn’t mean you can’t make it cozy. Thanksgiving is the time to feel warm and welcomed, so don’t hesitate to make your home seem comfortable and very ‘fall’. I’m not encouraging going overboard with the decorating, but fall blooms, candles, table runners, and wreaths can really set the tone.

7. Buy ahead. Being prepared & ready-to-go will make the day-of go smoothly and allow you to enjoy yourself more. Make a list of things you need and buy it a few weeks before. Then a few days before and the morning of, allow plenty of time for set-up.

8. Disposable plates + glasses. When you are having a lot of guests over your home and it is a casual party, having disposable plates, glasses, utensils, and napkins is essential. No one wants to be doing dishes for hours at the end of the night! For our upcoming party, I ordered products from Posh Party– the plates and everything look great, and now clean-up will be pretty simple.

 9. Imperfection is the best. This is quite possibly the most important thing on this list! Do not worry about everything being perfect. In fact, don’t even hope that everything is perfect. It is an unrealistic goal, but more importantly imperfection at a house party is one of the things that makes it real, genuine, and home-y. If something is overcooked, who cares! If someone spills wine, it can be cleaned up. And if someone comes in with dirty shoes, well that’s life. Enjoy the imperfections, and go with the flow.

10. Enjoy. The guests aren’t the only ones that are supposed to have fun- the hosts are too! Once the party starts, let the fun begin- be welcoming, enjoy the together time, and have fun!

Be a Brain Warrior.

7-ways-to-boost-brain-power-612x815You guys. I am the last person that has interest in watching an hour video; I hardly have the attention span for a full snapchat {yikes}, but this video on brain health is one of the best things I have ever listened to. I suggest listening to it while you are cooking or getting ready for the day- that always engages my focus.

We hardly think about our brain health because we can’t see it. We are more focused on the wrinkles on our face or losing ten pounds. Brain health, though, is one of the core sources of our health. Keep reading for seven ways you can boost your brain power every day!

Here are 7 Ways To Boost Your Brainpower Every Day

1. Silence: Decreases anxiety & allows your mind to think and process
2. Exercise: Enhance your mood & boost energy, a strong body translates to a strong mind
3. Cook for Yourself: Understand the foods you’re putting in your body, experiment with different ingredients & flavors. P.S. Have you seen the book Bread & Wine? It talks about the importance of the table and the fun art of experimenting with recipes! I can’t put it down.
4. Eat More Greens: Alkaline the body by balancing pH, aids in digestive health & brain functionality
5. Journal: Write down thoughts, feelings & ideas, exercise creativity while boosting emotional health
6. Board Games: Stimulate the right & left sides of the brain, may prevent memory loss as we age
7. Sleep More! Sleep helps the mind organize information overload, essential for a day of focus & productivity

Steps and photo source: becauseimaddicted