Monthly Archives: July 2014

Stir Fry Pineapple Boats

I know that I should be grateful for having a three-day weekend but I can’t help but wish it would last a little longer! After a long day at the beach, my fastest 10-mile run of the summer, and my first trip to Dairy Queen in almost a year, I got to catch up with one of my closest friends from high school Danielle!

HS Freshmen to College Seniors (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

Should have saved this for #transformationtuesday!

We met in our freshman theater class and immediately bonded over an assignment involving lip syncing and Spice Girls. 7 years later and the shenanigans keep going! Today we hung out at a local downtown coffee shop and escaped the blazing heat by exploring a 4-story antique shop (that is a lot of old junk treasures.)

Coffee and Antiques with Danielle (Stronglikemycoffee.com)Life-long friends for sure :)

On to an amazing recipe….

This one gets an A+ for presentation!

Stir Fry Pineapple Boat recipe from Stronglikemycoffee.com

Ever since high school when my family took an interest in healthy eating and cooking, we love to try new dishes and recreate restaurant favorites (with our healthy modifications.) And I always get a kick when they come out with restaurant-quality presentation.

This dish was inspired by an incredible dinner at Delta in Manhattan a couple months ago. The New Orleans style restuarant had a pineapple stir fry on the vegetarian menu and I was intrigued. It was delicious but a little too saucy/salty and needed some brown rice/carbs in my opinion.

Pineapple Stir Fry Ingredients

To start: chop and dice yellow & green zucchini, broccoli, celery, carrots, and onion. Prepare water chestnuts, bean sprouts and nuts (pictured are peanuts, but we replaced them with raw cashews before cooking.)

Chop off the top of the pineapple and slice in half. Carefully cut out the “meat” of the pineapple and save for later. Your boat is now ready :)

While brown rice is cooking, sautee your vegetables and nuts in light olive or peanut oil. We also used a couple tablespoons of a light orange sauce.

Fill the pineapple halves with rice, veggies, and don’t forget your pineapple chunks!

Stir Fry Pineapple Boat from Stronglikemycoffee.com

(Fresh pineapple >>>> Canned pineapple) How cute is that?!

Well friends, it’s time to face the Monday!

Independence Day Weekend

Happy Independence Day Weekend!

Still recovering from the 4th of July festivities?! I hope you were able to celebrate the special day with friends, food and fireworks! I thoroughly enjoyed a day off of work and celebrated by sleeping in an extra 3 glorious hours :)

Happy 4th of July from Stronglikemycoffee.com

My family’s Independence Day weekend included a healthy dose of sunshine on one of my favorite west coast beaches. Balboa, baby! I adore the ferris wheel, the Balboa ferry and the peninsula lined with (over-priced) cute condos. We spent a couple hours walking along the boardwalk and through the beach-y neighborhoods, shopping for our dream home.

I think I was the only girl on the boardwalk not wearing high-waisted shorts and a crop top. How on earth this trend continues to catch on while it makes your butt look unnaturally long is beyond me. #sundress4life ;)

Beach day at Balboa (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

Coffees next to the ferris wheel is Balboa beach tradition.

We started the beach day walking from one pier to the other. American flags were everywhere! Newport residents did not disappoint with the patriotism. After over an hour of walking (and sweating), we were ready to set up camp on the sand and do absolutely nothing.

This girl needed to add some sunlight back into my skin (and work on the eternal sports bra/spandex tan lines!)

Beach day on Newport Pier (Stronglikemycoffee.com)I made one unhealthy mistake…..insufficient sunscreen. Damn, I’ve never had major sunburns. My SoCal skin usually welcomes the rays with an olive tone….but three years in the snowy mountains have turned my skin pale and I guess its reunion with the beach sun was a little too harsh! Aloe Vera is my BFF right now.

Unfortunately the beach is overwhelmingly crowded, especially on a holiday weekend. We pinicked lunch with some healthy sandwiches and fruit and decided to hop on a ferry to walk on the other side of the island.

Showering after a sandy sweaty day at the beach = best showers ever. To be clean again! And the night ended with a Pineapple Rum Slushie.

Tomorrow morning I set out for my Sunday Long Run! My favorite workout of the week :)

Due to a ridiculously busy schedule last week I had to postpone a few blog posts that I wanted to share but be ready for a pineapple-y recipe on the blog Monday morning!

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