Shrimp Avocado Cups 

Okay food family, this recipe is to die for and one of my top favorite homemade recipes! I started with prepping all of the parts to the dish. First up, basil pesto! In a blender, I combined 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 2/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup pine nuts, juice of one lemon, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup of shredded parmesean cheese and salt/pepper to taste. I poured this beautiful combo in a bowl and set it aside. Next, I cut up my veggies (orange pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, green onion, and  jalapeño). I put the peppers, red onion and jalapeño into a sauté pan with some oil and let them soften. Meanwhile, I sliced two avocados in half long ways and took out the pit. Using a spoon I took out most of the avocado (except for the rim) – creating a cup for the rest of my veggies and protein. I made guacamole with the extra avocado and added red onion, salt, pepper and lime juice. I set this aside as well. The peppers and onions were softened and fragrant, so I took this off of the flame and set this aside and started cooking my beautiful jumbo raw shrimp! This shrimp had been tossed previously with some olive oil and chipolte lime dry rub. I added this to a pan with some oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. I let them cook for about 3 minutes per side (or until pink and cooked through). Once cooked, I set these aside to cool. NOW the fun part begins! Time to assemble the avocado cups! Add a bit of your pepper/onion/jalapeño mixture, topped with some pico de gallo, a couple pieces of cut up chipolte-lime shrimp. Add as much pesto and guacamole as your heart desires with a topping of chopped green onion and a squeeze of lime juice. There you have it! One of my very favorites- a healthy, beautiful meal without compromising flavor!

Brunch in Love

I recently had a day off work and my sister came into town. We wanted to take advantage of the day off and do a little brunching 😋 I immediately thought of going to Sleepy Bee. Brunch is the main staple at this restaurant… and they do it so well! They are especially known for their flavorful farm to table ingredients, delicious house brewed coffee, and the fact that they are allergy friendly! 

It was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky, so my mom, sister and I chose a seat outside. I ordered a cup of coffee and they both got a green tea. We start to gaze over the menu. I always get their Greek Bee omelette that is made with egg whites, house grilled chicken, kalamata olives, feta, spinach, garlic herbs and tomatoes. It’s heaven! But it’s been my order for so long, that I decided to spice it up with a “make your own” egg white omelette. I chose to add bacon, tomato, mushroom, spinach, white cheddar cheese and avocado. This came with a side of their smashed oven roasted potatoes with a house made honey garlic sauce. Let me tell you, they do omelettes right! There was no grease on the food, just delicious, fresh flavors. I enjoyed my dish thoroughly! Sleepy Bee is also known for their fluffy pancakes that they call the “Bee Cakes”. We decided we had to get one for the table. These are deliciously healthy gluten free pancakes made with almond, quinoa, and buckwheat flower. Also made with local eggs and almond milk. I would NEVER have guessed these were gluten free. They were fluffy and so tasty! 

Sleepy Bee is doing it right in Cincinnati, Ohio. They have so many amazing fresh and healthy options to choose from! You’ll need to take a couple visits 🙂