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Recent Eats + The Homemade Tortilla Experiment

Happiest of Fridays!

This week has been really tough as I’ve juggled moving, getting used to a new space, living among boxes in general disarray all while trying to get my home ready for the couple moving in. Despite this, I still had a really good week of eats. One of my first priorities when moving is get the kitchen unpacked (only second to get the bed made and towels out). I was able to cook dinner our second night in the house and I made sure to be stocked on oatmeal, smoothie and salad basics as well.

Here’s a look at moving week meals…


Acai bowls.


Fall salad. Arugula, deep greens mix, diced honeycrisp apples, roasted butternut squash, baked tofu, avocado, dried superfruit blend, feta and homemade honey dijon balsamic.


Couscous bowl. Arugula, parmesan couscous, baked tofu, kalamata olives, cucumbers, sundried tomatoes, feta, hummus and plain greek yogurt.


Salmon salad. Deep greens blend, roasted butternut squash, leftover baked salmon, dried superfruit blend, avocado, almonds, feta, homemade honey dijon balsamic.


Snack plate.


First dinner in the new house. Baked tofu, roasted brussles sprouts with lemon olive oil, almonds and manchego, parmesan couscous.


Maple dijon baked salmon with roasted butternut squash, white asparagus and leftover brussels.


100% from scratch tacos with potato, chorizo, shitake mushrooms and eggs. A few weeks ago I shared a new online cooking school concept with you guys, Salted. I have been using it to try some new things in the kitchen. This week it was homemade tortillas and a more creative taco filling!


Hard at work! It’s really easy to watch the tutorials as you cook.


It was a fun project but my tortillas left a little something to be desired. It’s recommended to have a tortilla press to which I thought, “like I need another kitchen gadget.” But I just couldn’t get my tortillas thin enough while still being able to handle them doing it by hand.

The tacos tasted great but the quest will continue to conquer tortillas!


I waved the white flag and we got takeout at 10 p.m. from my beloved Saigon Palace last night. We were at my house cleaning and clearing out until 9:30 and I wanted food and bed ASAP. Vegetarian pho with shrimp and dried Chinese sausage spring rolls.

That wraps it up!

What’s the first room you unpack when you move?

Have you ever tried homemade corn tortillas? Any secrets?

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Melissa Klotz October 9, 2015, 4:41 pm

    I’m eyeing your LaCroix. I tried the coconut flavor and it was disgustingly fake tasting. Like how the gross banana flavored Runts candies taste nothing like a real banana. What’s your favorite flavor? Do you know the overly-fake taste I’m talking about?

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins October 10, 2015, 9:27 am

      I like the cran-raspberry and the lemon!

    • 3
      Jennifer October 11, 2015, 12:53 pm

      Probably the only LaCroix flavor I don’t like is coconut because it reminds me too much of suntan lotion! I am curious about the blackberry/cucumber mentioned below but I’ve also used a lot of cucumber body products so I don’t want to feel like I’m drinking body-wash. I like all the other flavors though, especially the peach-pear and orange.

  • 4
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run October 9, 2015, 4:47 pm

    Your hair in a curly pony is so pretty! & what healthy eats for a moving week.

    • 5
      Jen DeCurtins October 10, 2015, 9:28 am

      Thank you!!

  • 6
    Hilary October 9, 2015, 5:59 pm

    I am the exact same! I unpack the kitchen first! Not only is it one of my favorite rooms, but it is one of the most necessary, I mean you have to eat right!

    • 7
      Jen DeCurtins October 10, 2015, 9:28 am

      Exactly! Definitely the highest priority room.

  • 8
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 10, 2015, 5:41 am

    I am with you – get the bed made and the kitchen unpacked! And then I always did the china cabinet in the living room, mainly because it made up the bulk of the stuff in boxes and I couldn’t stand boxes. I am with you on roasting the butternut squash and Brussels sprouts this week!

    • 9
      Jen DeCurtins October 11, 2015, 10:19 pm

      I’m with you! But we still have quite a few boxes to get through!

  • 10
    Linda October 10, 2015, 9:46 am

    I made homemade corn tortillas once and they were…. far from round, and not as thin as i’d like but so very good! Yes, I need a tortilla press but I don’t want that rolling around my kitchen either.

  • 11
    Teri [a foodie stays fit] October 10, 2015, 11:19 am

    I have a tortilla press and it makes SUCH a difference! Worth the investment for sure!

    • 12
      Jen DeCurtins October 12, 2015, 2:54 pm

      Good to know! I’ll have to think about it…

  • 13
    Rajul | Charlotte Veggie October 10, 2015, 2:08 pm

    I made & blogged about corn tortillas last week! I’m torn about them! On one hand they are pretty easy to make with only 2 ingredients and so fresh when homemade. On the other hand, I DO have a tortilla press and sometimes I still have to roll them out further to get them thin enough but then difficult to handle without breaking. And YES, kitchen first 🙂

    • 14
      Jen DeCurtins October 12, 2015, 2:56 pm

      I read it! I also might have to try that carrot cake oatmeal you posted. Having my favorite kind of cake for breakfast sounds pretty good to me!

  • 15
    Sarah October 11, 2015, 12:48 am

    Your kitchen looks amazing! And those brussels – how do you make them?
    My new favorite La Croix flavor is Blackberry Cucumber!

    • 16
      Jen DeCurtins October 12, 2015, 2:57 pm

      I usually roast them in the oven. You can keep it pretty simple with just some olive oil, salt, and pepper in the oven at about 400.

  • 17
    Cassie October 11, 2015, 10:59 am

    I would love the recipe for homemade tortillas! They look so fresh and divine!

  • 18
    Jennifer October 11, 2015, 12:51 pm

    I know someone who recently made tortillas from scratch (with lard) and she rolled them out using an empty wine bottle.

  • 19
    Julie October 12, 2015, 2:36 pm

    I def get the kitchen unpacked 1st & make sure the beds are all set up.

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