Healthy Eats – Quinoa with Chicken & Veggies

Our last healthy post for the first week of the New Year is another healthy recipe.  This one comes from my sister who was experimenting in the kitchen with a  tried and true recipe we have made before but wanted to tweak it a little to make it lighter.  We usually use pasta in this recipe, but substituted it with quinoa and created a healthier version of one of our favorite dishes with all the same flavor!

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Ingredients

1 Cup Quinoa

2 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts

1 Jar Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienned

2 Cloves Crushed Garlic

Broccoli Rabe cut into thirds

Peas

1 Shallot Diced

Fresh Basil Julienned

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to Taste


Cook quinoa as directed on packaging and cook the chicken breasts as well, I usually grill them.
Meanwhile pour jar of sun dried tomatoes plus the olive oil in jar and shallot in a sauce pan.  Add crushed garlic and sautee for a few minutes.
When quinoa is close to being ready add broccoli & peas to sauce pan to cook.  Drain quinoa and cube grilled chicken then add both to sauce pan.  Mix ingredients together adding salt & pepper to taste.
Pour into serving bowl and sprinkle fresh basil on top to serve.

Asparagus is another great alternative to broccoli rabe or an addition to this dish.

It is a delicious dish and a great alternative to a heavy pasta.  Enjoy and stay healthy!!

Photos by Megan Welker

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By on January 9, 2015 in FOOD, HEALTHY, RECIPES

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Spotlight – Ritual Wellness

The New Year is the perfect time to start fresh and rid yourself (or at least try) of bad habits.
One of our biggest resolutions for 2015 is to eat healthy and take care of ourselves.
We are 3 working moms who are always on the go, and sometimes that can be a lot harder than it seems!  As moms we tend to put everyone before ourselves, not leaving much “me time” for working out or eating healthy.

Insert Ritual Wellness, a healthy and delicious cold pressed juicing company based out of Orange County.  They use 100% USDA organic produce and use a cold pressed method that is proven to yield 3-5 times more nutrients than other juicing methods.

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I decided to give Ritual Wellness a try this past week, and believe me I needed it after doing some crazy indulging over the holidays!  It wasn’t something I wanted to do to lose weight, it was more an opportunity to re-set my body and clean it out so I could start fresh and feel cleaner.

Being a new mom I find it hard to make time during the day to always have something healthy, sometimes I have to just make something quick – can any other moms relate to having cereal for breakfast and lunch?!  It was nice having the juices because I had my whole day ready for me and didn’t even have to think about what I would be eating, I could focus on my little guy and have the accessibility to my meal right at my finger tips.

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Ritual Wellness has “Juice Boxes” scattered around the Southern California area, but they also can deliver directly to your home, how great is that?!  So many people make their goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year but find them hard to keep when life gets busy, but Ritual Wellness makes it easy and that is perfect for me!

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I never really felt hungry while I was doing the cleanse, they really kept me full and satisfied through-out the day and didn’t have me craving any snacks.  I did the cleanse for 3 days and felt so amazing afterward!  My skin looked better and I even slept better, plus I lost a few lbs. and no-one is going to find anything wrong with that ;)  All in all, I felt refreshed!

meganwelker-Beijos-Food-130 I can’t say that I could cleanse every day… A girl has to have her chips and guacamole, right?!  But I definitely think there are times where we are feeling a little sluggish and worn down from the unhealthy habits we all can adhere to, and that is when a cleanse is perfect to clear your body and mind.

We are so excited to offer our readers an amazing giveaway and opportunity to feel just as great this New Year!!  We have teamed up with Ritual Wellness to give one of you a 1 Day Seasonal Reset Cleanse plus 1 Day of Shred – which helps you feel energized and maximizes your workout while cleansing.  This package is valued at $100!!

To enter please follow both @beijosevents and @ritualwellness on Instagram, repost our photo today tagging a friend and using the hashtag #beijoslovesritual.

We will announce the winner on Sunday afternoon and ship out the cleanse next week!!

Good luck and stay healthy!!!

To read more about Ritual Wellness, juicing and the benefits, click here

All photos by Megan Welker

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By on January 8, 2015 in HEALTHY, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Gimme! Gimme! Cookbooks We Love for 2015

This month its all about focusing on the beauty inside and out…starting with the inside and getting our health on!

Slight obsession for cookbooks around these parts. Having at least three shelves dedicated to them at home. We use cookbooks for inspiration to create our own recipes as well as following the ones within themselves. Majority of the cookbooks we own or look to add to the collection are based around healthy, wholefood, and superfood.

Here are three cookbooks we are loving this month…..

Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods by Julie Morris

su·per·food
ˈso͞opərˌfo͞od/
noun
 a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

“In Superfood Kitchen, pretty dishes are entirely made up of plant-based, nutrient-dense, and whole foods that energize, nourish, and taste delicious”….

we won’t lie here… eating strictly just “superfood” is challenging with hectic schedules, kids running amok,  and just everyday life… but we do love to incorporate it into our regimen as often as possible!

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The Malibu Farm Cookbook

We love getting cookbooks from restaurants that we have visited and love… and this is one of them!

Helene Henderson’s of the Malibu Farm created a lifestyle book with 100 fresh recipes, along with pictures and stories all about Malibu… who doesn’t love that…

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By on January 7, 2015 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, HEALTHY, LIFESTYLE, RECIPES

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Healthy Eats – Rosemary Salad Dressing

If you are anything like us you are wanting to start  2015 off fresh and healthy, and we are here to help!  We are dedicating this week to healthy eating, starting today with a yummy, easy and healthy recipe!

One thing all three of us love is a delicious and bright salad, but one thing that seems hard is finding a good yet healthy salad dressing to have at home.  This recipe takes care of that!  It is actually one of my Mom’s many amazing recipes that she threw together with some ingredients she had around her house and is now our family and friends go to for any occasion!

Photos by Megan Welker

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Ingredients

3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/3 Cup Rice Vinegar

2 Cloves Garlic Crushed

2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Rosemary

2 Tbsp Shredded Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Put in a large jar and shake well.  You can add more vinegar if you prefer a more tangy dressing.

It’s that easy!  Most of these items are found in your home and to top it off it’s healthy!!  Enjoy!

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By on January 6, 2015 in FOOD, HEALTHY, RECIPES

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Looking Back – A Year in Review – 2014

Here is a look back of some of our favorite moments of 2014

It was a great year filled with lots of beautiful moments and we are so grateful for all of the vendors and people we worked with along the way.  Looking forward to what 2015 has in store for us!!!


Leah Carriger

My first favorite moment of 2014 was the shower I threw for my bestie/partner Jacquelyn and sweet godson, baby Court James.  It was easy because I know her so well and fun because I got to do it for someone I admire and love :)  Looking back, I’m swooning over all the rustic details and textures we did for this one!

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My second favorite moment is the pow wow I threw for my daughter Edie’s 2nd birthday. It holds a special place in my heart because as I look back at this event and thumb through all the pictures, it took me back to that special day with her. I know we all wish we could go back in time with our littles!!

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 My third favorite moment is the shoot we did in collaboration with BHLDN.  The details were so delicate, pretty and vintage.  It was fun to tap into that side of our style, and also amazing to collaborate with one of our favorite wedding brands!
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 Jacquelyn Kazas
My first favorite moment of 2014 was of course the birth of my son Court James, being a mother is even more amazing than I could have imagined.  I was lucky enough to have his newborn photos captured along with his nursery, these photos will be forever treasured by our family.
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My second favorite moment was our Aloha themed Bridal Shower photo shoot… This concept was so fun to work with!  The pineapple was “the it” item of the Summer, but I love the way we used it and incorporated it with the color scheme.  It was such a fun shoot and you can see that in the photos!
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My last favorite moment was our Girls Day Out in Newport Beach… I always love being with my Beijos Girls – Leah, Abby and I have such a great time together, we are constantly laughing at each other!  Sometimes it’s nice to just be together outside of all this madness and these shoots give us the opportunity to do so.

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Abby Guido

2014 was a year packed of memorable events! My 1st favorite moment of 2014 was the joint birthday party for my two favorite people, Dylan and Jett.  A day spent with loved ones, eating farm to table bites, bocce, and all those rustic details!!! Oh!! And those homemade cakes!!
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The second moment that I LOVED was the hippie shoot. This was our jam! Rad VW yellow van adorned with a daisy heart. Still gawking over the table setup…macrame fringe, dollies, yellow and green killer pops of color in glassware and florals.

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Photo by Megan WelkerLast but not least!! Our dark bohemian inspired wedding shoot. I think we all three wanted to be that bride! Still swooning over the that stone cold fox dress and killer jewelry.

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By on January 1, 2015 in BEIJINHOS, CELEBRATIONS, LIFESTYLE, STYLED BY BEIJOS, STYLED SHOOTS

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