Happy Friday, everyone!
On the Blog:
- This green skinny cargo pants look and this white bell sleeve look
- A healthy banana pancake recipe
- Easy last minute dinner ideas
Around the Web:
- These lightened up thai takeout recipes all look amazing
- Barre3 has a free 10 minute video with one of my favorite instructors
- The weekly wardrobe post on Cupcakes and Cashmere is always one of my favorites
- The first popsicle recipe of the season!
- A few spring/summer going out looks
- J.Crew now has 30% off your full price purchase and an extra 40% off sale through Sunday with code BIGSALE. I just ordered this tee (for nostalgia purposes!) and this super cute ruffled bodysuit.
- Loft is offering an additional 40% off sale and my favorite floral shorts just went on sale too! (see them styled here). I’m also loving this off the shoulder top.
- Shopbop just added new sale items. I’m lusting over this Joie dress and these and this floral blouse.
Have a great weekend!
I love that the bell sleeves are on the shorter side so it’s harder to dip them in food (which happens more than I’d like to admit!) and the hem is actually on the shorter side too, which makes it perfect to pair with high waisted skirts and jeans, like here.
These exact jeans and sandals are sold out but I’ve rounded up some great similar options below–happy shopping!
White Bell Sleeve Top: Who What Wear via Target
Distressed Jeans: J Brand
Sandals: Sam Edelman
Bucket Bag: See by Chloe
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Linking up with Living in Color
With the end of the semester quickly approaching and final papers due (I passed my thesis defense last week though, so there’s one less thing on the list!), finding time to cook dinner at all, let alone a healthy and creative dinner has pretty much gone by the wayside. But I’ve been trying not to completely revert back to my old bean & cheese quesadilla trend that I’ve been eating for the last 25 years or so, and instead, focusing on simple meals that I can put together fast.
Since a lot of the people I know in my life are teachers or students, I thought the rest of you might enjoy a little inspiration for easy last minute dinner ideas this time of year, so I’ve rounded up a few of my go-tos below:
Frittata with Mixed Greens. Jeff and I often make a frittata when we have little time and want something filling. Plus, this recipe adds a few mixed greens on top to make it a complete meal.
Grilled Veggie Paninis. These paninis are another quick and easy recipe that is easy to adapt to whatever you have on hand. Make a quick salad on the side to up the veggie intake.
Spring Kale Salad. This salad has it all–veggies, protein, and carbs–and the kale makes it easy to make ahead and put in the fridge for a truly grab and go dinner.
Peanut Veggie Soba Noodles. This is one of my favorite recipes of all times. I love the nuttiness of the soba noodles paired with the peanut sauce. It tastes truly decadent but is still super healthy!
Asian Kale Salad. Use rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cabbage to make this salad come together extra quickly.
Teriyaki Chicken Bowls. Either marinate the chicken the night before or skip it altogether and just add extra sauce at the end to make this dinner in 15 minutes or less.
BBQ Tempeh Wraps. These have become a weekly occurrence in our house because tempeh cooks so quickly and is super cheap. Use Just ranch dressing to make it vegan.
What are your go-to easy last minute dinner options?
I’ve always had a soft spot for green cargo pants–skinny, loose, short varieties–you name it, I’ve had it or currently have it. There’s just something about the combo that fits perfectly in with the rest of my wardrobe and I just can’t get enough!
While they also style well for work, I styled them here for a more casual look with a simple cream color crochet tank top, the comfiest wedge sandals (see very similar options below!) and a matching crossbody bag. I sometimes pair them with more colorful tops/outfits but always find myself gravitating more towards neutrals when I wear them and this outfit is probably how I style them most often.
For some reason, I have a difficult time finding the perfect green cargo pants, which is probably why I’ve gone through so many pairs over the years. They can be too tight, too loose, too many pockets, too many zippers, or whatever. These are actually missing the key cargo pocket detail like I’ve had on many in the past but I appreciate that the zippers don’t create any added bulk and just streamline the look overall.
I’ve rounded up some other green cargo pant options below, but I’d recommend trying them on in person, if possible and be prepared to try on lots of different pairs in order to find your perfect match. I swear, it’s easier to find the perfect fitting jean than cargo pant, but well worth it once you actually do!
Cream Crochet Tank: Collective Concepts via Stitch Fix
Green Cargo Pants: Blank NYC
Cork Wedge Sandals: Kork Ease
Crossbody Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Suki c/o
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Happy Monday, friends!
How was your weekend?
We went from warm thunderstorms on Saturday to a cold rain on Sunday–I’m not loving the break in my nice spring weather, even if it is just for a few days!
On Saturday morning, I made these healthy banana walnut pancakes as a snack after cleaning the house. I often add a little honey or maple syrup in my pancake batter, but made these without any added sugar sources. With the maple syrup I put on them anyway, I didn’t even notice a difference!
I know 2-ingredient (banana + egg) pancakes are all the rage right now, but I love mine with just a little bit of whole wheat flour to make them more substantial and fluff up a bit. I froze the leftovers and will heat them up throughout the week when I need a grab and go breakfast or a quick snack–my favorite is putting a little peanut butter on top to up the fat content and make them more filling.
Hope you enjoy!
Healthy Banana Walnut Pancakes
Makes about 6 pancakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large overripe bananas, mashed well
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In a small bowl, beat together mashed bananas, egg, and almond milk.
Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
Fold in walnuts.
Heat vegetable oil on griddle. Cook pancakes until done, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Time: 30 minutes