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recipe: mussels magnifico.

Okay, so…we haven’t been cooking NEARLY as much as we used to/should be. Life is crazy busy, etc etc. Which means that when we DO get a chance to relax and cook a meal, we are super proud of ourselves get excited and want to share the recipes with you.

Last weekend, L made Mussels Magnifico for the Joes. Don’t be intimidated – this recipe is super easy and quick. And also the perfect excuse to open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Not that we needed one.

Mussels Magnifico

What You Need:

  • 2 pounds mussels (we used frozen, vacuum-packed mussels – don’t judge us, they’re stupid easy)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6  cloves garlic, chopped (we really, really love garlic – if you don’t, you can use less)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (we like Cento brand, in the tube – give it one epic squeeze)
  • 1 large tomato, diced, with skin on (or use 3 Roma tomatoes)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 cup Sauvignon Blanc or other dry white wine of your choice (check out Wine Folly for advice on pairings)
  • Lemon slices
  • 1 loaf crusty bread
Mussels Magnifico
Photo courtesy of The Fajdich Times (ours looked exactly like this)

What you do:

  • Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion and saute until golden. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, except the mussels. Bring to a simmer. Stir well and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cover.
  • In the meantime, bring water to a boil in large pot. When water is boiling, add mussels (in bag, in our case) and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Divide mussels among four plates. Spoon sauce over each and serve with crusty bread.

And….magnifico! Right?

**Recipe adapted from several sources, including The Fajdich Times

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we resolve to…

Here at The Glitter Life, we believe in home improvement, self improvement, wardrobe improvement…life improvement in general. We love the start of a new year – it gives us a little extra push to make some positive changes in our lives.

New Years Resolutions
six steps to a better us.

1. Get organized. Try as we might, we’ve never been able to use the “task” function on our phones effectively. We’re paper people, and we like to check stuff off. We love this pretty to-do list from Sugar Paper, now available here.

2. Live healthier by drinking one pressed juice a day. You guys know we love Roots Pressed Juices.

3. Develop a signature scent for our homes and our boutiques. We vote for Voluspa Crisp Champagne, now available here.

4. Give more of our time, our money, our talents and our love.

5. Take care of our skin. We each have a Clarisonic, but we aren’t great about using them every day. This year we vow to make them part of our daily routines.

6. Cook. We both like to whip up party appetizers (also hereherehere and here) but it’s rare that we cook weeknight meals. Stay tuned for some healthy, easy recipes you can make any night of the week.

What changes are you making for 2014? Tweet or Instagram us @glitter_blog_xo.

PS – After ringing in the new year separately (check out our instagram for pics), we met up and took some pretty amazing photos. Maybe we should add another resolution to our list: Take one decent photo together in 2014.

New Year's Eve
this is actually the best one of the night.
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kale + quinoa salad.

Kale + Quinoa Salad

L’s sister-in-law Jaclyn brought a delicious kale quinoa salad to a recent family gathering in Statesboro. The healthy and delicious dish had everyone talking (in a good way)! In true glitter girl spirit, she agreed to share the recipe with us.

What You Need:

  • a few cups of cooked quinoa
  • a few cups of chopped kale
  • crumbled feta
  • golden raisins
  • chopped red onion
  • a few TBSP of dressing (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, spicy brown mustard, herbes de Provence). Jaclyn says: I’ve made the dressing, but I think any olive oil balsamic blend would work. I only used 2 – 3 TBSP of Organicville Herbes de Provence Vinaigrette for the big bowl (doubled recipe) I took to the reunion.

What You Do:

Just mix it all up and chill for a few hours to blend flavors. This salad will keep for several days…as long as you don’t eat it all at once.

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feta + raisins + red onion
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yummm.
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the salad is healthy and delicious even before you add the kale.
The Glitter Life
you don’t have to add this much kale! i love kale–probably went a little overboard.

This is an easy and forgiving recipe. I couldn’t find plain quinoa at the grocery in Statesboro, so I used an Olive Oil and Rosemary flavored box. Totally fine! I also added a little basil from my herb garden. Chopped walnuts and diced carrots could turn this side salad into a hearty meal. Bottom line: add whatever sounds good to you.

Thanks to Jaclyn for sharing this recipe with us! Do you have a favorite salad recipe? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo. Check out our other recipe recommendations on Pinterest here.

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garlic shrimp and catalan spinach.

We love introducing you to easy weeknight meals. This Spanish-inspired menu from a recent Wall Street Journal fits all our criteria: fresh ingredients, easy preparation, and full of flavor. Pour yourself a glass of red wine and start cooking!

Garlic Shrimp and Catalan Spinach adapted from Slow Food Fast featuring Chef Jose Andres, as seen in the Wall Street Journal

What You Need:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing bread
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 4 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 5 chiles de arbol, crumbled (found in the ethnic foods section of your grocery store)
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • juice of one lemon, plus wedges for serving
  • 4 slices country bread, 3/4 in thick

What You Do:

  • Preheat broiler. Add two tablespoons oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add apples and cook until caramelized on all sides, about 3 minutes. You need to keep stirring to prevent burning!
  • Add pine nuts and stir until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds. Add raisins and continue stirring until heated through, about 30 seconds.
  • Add spinach and toss until just wilted, 1-2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and season with sea salt.
  • Set a new large saute pan over medium heat (or remove spinach mixture to serving dish and keep warm, and use pan for this step) and add 1/4 cup olive oil. Add garlic and cook until it sizzles, about 3o seconds. Add chiles and cook 1 minute, making sure garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Add shrimp to pan and cook until they start to color. Add lemon juice to pan. Flip shrimp and cook until they curl, about 1 minute more. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Remove from pan.
  • While shrimp are cooking, brush bread with oil and pace slices under broiler. Toast both sides until golden, about 1 minute per side. I am a notorious bread burner, and true to form, I scorched our bread.
  • Serve shrimp and spinach with toasted bread and a lemon wedge.
Golden Delicious
be sure to leave the peel on your Golden Delicious apple.
Spinach
spinach + pine nuts + garlic
Chiles de Arbol
i doubted that you could “crumble” a chile, per the recipe…but turns out, you can.
Spinach Mixture
spinach + pine nuts + raisins typifies Catalonian cuisine.
Sizzling Shrimp
sizzling garlic shrimp, or gambas al ajillo.
Shrimp + Spinach
a plate full of color and flavor.
Finished Plate
joe loved the spicy shrimp, and baby joe gobbled up the spinach, raisins and pine nuts.

This is quick, action-packed cooking. Prep all your ingredients (chop the apple and garlic, crumble the chile) before you begin the recipe. Joe and I had fun with this!

What’s your favorite thirty minute meal? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo.

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green smoothie.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

Inspired by this recipe on Lauren Conrad, and emboldened by a hand-me-down blender from my mother, I decided to give smoothies a try. I mean, why not? Our immune systems are struggling this time of year, and we’re in the mood for a boost. After some experimenting, I came up with a healthy recipe that is actually pretty delicious.

Smoothie Ingredients
fresh, yummy ingredients…but how will they taste all together?
  • 1 cup raw kale, chopped (you can find this bagged up at any grocery store, even Wal-Mart)
  • 1 frozen banana, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup mango (you can use fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed (you could also use chia seeds)
  • 1 quarter lemon, squeezed
  • three handfuls of crushed ice (or more, if you like a thinner smoothie)
Green Smoothie
whipping it up in my kitchen.

Pulse all ingredients together until you reach the desired consistency. Done!

Finished Product
verdict: delicious!

This took like two seconds to make. It would come together even more quickly if you chopped and froze your banana and mango in individual portions the night before. Then, in the morning rush, all you have to do it toss, pulse, and pour the smoothie in your favorite travel cup and leave the blender for someone else to wash. 😉

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? What’s your go-to healthy drink? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!

xo

L+J

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work it.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

We know, we know. One of your New Year’s resolutions is to work out / get in shape / be more active / lose weight. Here are some tips to get you going!

Fuel Up: Often, it’s a Herculean task just to get ourselves to the gym. We can’t be bothered with a pre-workout snack, too! Turns out, eating before you sweat is a big deal–it jump-starts your metabolism (can’t argue with that). It’s also important to eat after you exercise, so you don’t start burning muscle (eeek!). Allison at Lauren Conrad has some great tips for what to eat before your workout (no matter what time you like to hit the gym) and after. Bottom line: bananas are our friends.

Workout Snacks
image: Lauren Conrad

Dress the Part: Is it just us, or is exercising easier when you love what you’re wearing? We’ve talked about workout wear before, but here are a few new suggestions.

1) Sports Bra. If you don’t like your sports bra, you won’t like exercising. L’s favorite is the New Balance Bonita Run Crop. The back straps as well as the band are adjustable, so you get a much more precise fit than most sports bras.

New Balance Sports Bra
an adjustable band is key if you’re bigger in the bust but smaller in the ribcage.

2. Top. J loves this top from LuluLemon. “I’ve basically worn it every day since I got it for Christmas!”

Lululemon top
bonus: it’s reversible.

3. Leggings. We both love C9 by Champion compression leggings. And we may or may not admit to wearing them as pants on our non-workout days.

Champion Leggings
we go for basic black…but we also like this fun printed pair!

4. Shoes. L is a big fan of the Nike Lunarglide and the New Balance Minimus (depending on your fitness goal).

Nike LunarGlide
Nike Lunarglides are nice compromise between a traditional running shoe and a minimal shoe.
New Balance Minimus
be sure to start slowly when you switch to the Minimus. the minimal cushioning takes some getting used to.

The Workout: If you think you’d enjoy running, try a Couch to 5K program. Running a 5K is a really reasonable goal, and you can find a race just about every weekend, no matter where you live. This program tells you exactly how to train to run a 5K in six weeks.

Looking for something you can do right here, right now? Try this simple 3-step Ballerina Body Workout we found in Cosmo.

Ballet Pose
cardio is great for fat-burning, but a ballet-inspired workout will sculpt and trim you all over.

Whew! Writing that post was a workout in itself. How do you like to keep fit? What trends are you thinking of trying? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L+J

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