Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Package + New Recipe

I wanna start off by saying... Last night couldn't of been more perfect. My package from VitaCost arrived, dinner was delicious & the hubs and I enjoyed a new to us movie.

First, check out all those goodies that came:

**If you haven't tried Eco Bee Farm Raw Cinna-Honey, you must! It's delicious... and addictive**
Does anyone else get completely excited when you receive packages? It seriously makes me all giggly inside & feels like Christmas.

Okay, now onto dinner. One word, AMAZING! I bought gnocchi the other day, and wasn't sure what to make with it. I looked online for recipe ideas and decided to make Gnocchi with Shrimp, Broccoli and Pesto. It's seriously just as good as it sounds. I was kind of skeptical about even making the dish because last time I cooked gnocchi for dinner, hubs wasn't too big of a fan. This time however, he really enjoyed it... WIN! And we even have leftovers for dinner tonight, another win :)

This picture doesn't do it justice whatsoever, trust me.

Gnocchi with Shrimp, Broccoli & Pesto- Serves 4
(adapted from this recipe @ CookingLight)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 (16 oz) package gnocchi
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined medium shrimp, thawed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. store bought pesto (or you can make your own)
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add gnocchi, and let cook for 4 minutes (gnocchi will rise to the top once done)
  • While gnocchi is cooking, sautee' the shrimp and broccoli in a medium pan with olive oil and pepper for 5 minutes
  • When you notice that the gnocchi has risen to the top, Drain & place in large bowl
  • Once shrimp mixture is fully cooked, Drain and place on top of gnocchi
  • Finally, add the pesto sauce & mix well. Top with Parmesan Cheese & serve immediately :)

It's seriously such an easy dish to make, and doesn't take no longer than 20 minutes or so (I may or may not have tried a bit of it this afternoon before lunch when it was cold, and it was just as good). I really hope some of you give it a try, because it definitely wont disappoint :).
After dinner and dishes, the hubs and I just relaxed and watched a new to us movie called "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close". Have any of you seen in? It's about a nine-year-old boy that searches New York City for the lock that matches a key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. By the end of the movie you are just so moved emotionally. The actors do such an amazing job portraying their character. Hubs & I truly think it's a must-see movie.

  • Are any of you running the Disney World 1/2 Marathon in January? I'm thinking about flying to the states for it
  • What was the last movie you saw?
  • Do you eat dessert after dinner?

**Oh and for all of you that wanted the Blueberry Vanilla bread, ya gotta wait until tomorrow.. sorry :)


  1. Does shipping cost like a million dollars to get to Kuwait?!

    1. Nope, it's actually free when I order from VitaCost. Anything over $49.00 is free shipping. Because we have a military address most things are about the same as they'd be in the states.

  2. Dinner looks fantastic! Oh, and I see you got my favorite flavor of Gnu bars: cinnamon raisin. They are the best!!! :)

    1. I just got them yesterday, and obviously HAD to try one today for a post workout snack. Sooo friggen good girl!

  3. I ran the Disneyland Half last September and loved, bets races ever. I cannot wait to run another Disney race!
    We watched Crazy Stupid Love on Saturday, really good movie!
    I do usually, even if its just berries or a dark chocolate square.

  4. Yumm that gnocchi looks great! And I usually eat something sweet after dinner...whether it's fruit with yogurt or a small piece of chocolate, my sweet tooth can't say no!

  5. I love packages also! (Ahem, from the mail..) I participated in the Lean Green Bean's Foodie penpals last month and I was so excited to see a box full of complete foodie-surprises.

    Oh and I will definitely be on the lookout for that Blueberry Vanilla bread! ;)

  6. I LOVE packages!!
    I read the book "extremely loud & incredibly close" and hated it. But, I actually really liked the movie. The little boy does such a great job!

  7. I get so excited when I get new packages too! Looks like you got a really good one :) That dinner looks so good. And blueberry vanilla bread?! Can't wait for that recipe!

  8. My friend loves ordering from VitaCost I want to start using it!! The last movie I saw was 500 Days Of Summer and yes I do eat dessert after dinner on occasion when I get a sweet tooth :)

  9. I really wanted to see that movie but haven't seen it yet! Glad dinner was such a success. It sounds really yummy!

  10. Your pasta looks fantastic! Great finds from Vitacost! :)

  11. I love Puffins...and pretty much everything in your VitaCost- YUM! And the pasta looks terrific too!

  12. Packages are so much fun- my boyfriend thinks I'm crazy but I get more excited when I get something as a package then if I go out and buy it

  13. I ran the Disney 1/2 marathon a while back! It was a lot of fun! Not a place to run a fast time, but a great place to have fun!

  14. Ohhh that package looks amazing! I love getting packages in the mail :)
    Still thinking about Disney....!!

  15. I would love to run the Disney 1/2; it's on my fitness bucket list!

    And yes, dessert is a must for me every evening... even if it's only a little something.

  16. My fiance thinks I'm crazy with how excited I get over packages, hahah. It's just so fun!!

  17. I love getting packages!! I ALWAYS have to have dessert!

  18. that recipe looks absolutely delicious. Exactly something Kyle and I would want!