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Asian Power Bowl – 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix Approved

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I have recently developed a serious love for power bowls! We have them in my house at least once or twice a week lately. I think  what I love most about them is the ease of making them but that they are LOADED with nutrients and superfoods. Recently I searched for an asian-inspired power bowl on Pinterest but had a hard time finding ones that fit well with the 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix meal plan. So I decided to put together my own!

I wanted something fresh, filling, but quick and easy to make. I am a long-time lover of hibachi grills and those amazing little salads they serve with the ginger dressing. Wow, just wow. I crave them ALL the time and wanted to incorporate that taste somehow. Let me tell you. I hit the jackpot on this one. These are so DELICIOUS but healthy and I could seriously eat them every night for the rest of my life but I would probably get mercury poisoning. I might be cool with that though. Either way, these are a MUST-TRY.

 

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Ingredients

Power Bowl – Portion Fix Cups: 1 Red, 1.5 Green, 1 Yellow 

  • Salmon (3 skinless fillets)
  • Head of Red Cabbage
  • Large Carrots (3-4) OR Bag of Pre-Shredded Carrots
  •  Fresh Garlic (3-4 cloves)
  • Scallions (1 bunch)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Annie Chun’s Brown Rice Noodles
  • 1/4 c. – 1/2 c. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

Ginger Dressing – Portion Fix Cups: 1 Orange 

  • 1/2 c. Tahini
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 2 tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 clove Garlic (minced)
  • 2-3 tsp. Fresh Ginger (minced)

Serves 3 

Directions

  1. One hour before preparing, marinate salmon in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of low-sodium soy sauce and 3-4 minced garlic cloves. Soy sauce is loaded with sodium so try not to overdo it. Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot to prepare for brown rice noodles.
  4. While oven and water are heating up, chop entire head of red cabbage into small, shredded pieces (the smaller the better), shred 2-3 carrots, and chop scallions.
  5. Combine ingredients for dressing in a small bowl and mix until it is of a liquid consistency.
  6. Add salmon fillets to oven and cook for about 12-16 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  7. Once pot of water comes to a boil, add rice noodles. Drain when rice noodles are ready. These only take about 2-4 minutes to cook.
  8. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, drizzle dressing over top, top with cilantro, and ENJOY!

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Six-Ingredient Summer Salad Lemon Dressing: Easy & Clean, YO!

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I completely DIE DIE DIE over this salad dressing. It’s so FRESH and addicting–great for a summer salad and goes well on just about anything. I even like dipping my veggies in it. It’s so much cheaper to make than buying bottled dressings at the store and the great part is you know exactly what’s in it. I put some low-calorie and calorie free options below if you are really watching what your intake but remember, olive oil is such a great healthy fat for you and you need those healthy fats 🙂 Hope you enjoy as much as I do. I prefer acidic salad dressings and this one is very acidic — if you’re not into that type of thing, you might want to stay away.

Ingredients Needed: 

  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemons (5-6 – I always get more than I need to be safe)
  • Salt (Hold salt if you truly want a “clean” salad dressing but I prefer it with the saltiness)
  • Pepper
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves
  • Fresh Mint (Optional-I prefer mine without)

Around 100 Calories Per Serving (2 tbsp): 

  • Juice 1 Cup of Lemons
  • Add 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 8-10 Galric Cloves (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint (Optional)

Around 50 Calories Per Serving (2 tbsp):

  • Juice 1 1/4 Cup Lemons
  • Add 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint (Optional)

Calorie Free: 

  • Juice 1.5 Cups of Lemons
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves (Chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint (Optional)

NEUTRAL NURSERY ON A BUDGET: CLASSY MEETS RUSTIC

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From the moment my husband and I found out we were expecting, I began imagining and planning every detail of my son Mason’s nursery. I decided I wanted to keep it neutral, clean, and soft with a few touches of masculinity, without overdoing it, avoiding themes or anything that would make it appear gender-specific. Keeping it neutral would also make way for a future baby–girl or boy–so it was important that I could recycle much of the items in his room. I tried sticking with grays and whites throughout the room. I have a sick obsession with gray–you should see my home!

Aside from keeping it neutral, I wanted his room to look expensive without burning a hole in our wallets (kids outgrow things so fast–no need to blow all your savings!). I achieved this by using inspiration from more pricey stores, like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware or West Elm, but finding similar items at a more reasonable price. A lot of the items you will find below are dupes from high-end stores.

I won’t go into incredible detail with every item in the room but will give a brief overview of my favorites and will leave a product list for the rest so you know where to find them. Here we go:

CRIB AND BEDDING:

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My vision began with his crib. I found this middle-of-the-road, retro-inspiried crib at Target for $379.99. You can find the Hudson Babyletto Crib here. I also like to consider the Hudson Babyletto crib my dupe to the Harper Crib sold at Pottery Barn Kids. The price tag for the Harper crib is a whopping $999!!! I essentially have the same crib but saved $600 and poured my money into an American-made product. The Hudson comes in a variety of awesome colors but, again, I wanted to keep it neutral and clean.

I had a very specific vision for the crib bedding so I immediately knew I needed to find the right Etsy shop to customize what I was envisioning. If you know me, you know I’m an Etsy-holic. Can’t. Get. Enough. It’s bad. I wanted to tie-in a dark royal blue for a more masculine look but also wanted something that brought an element of classy. My sister-in-law discovered the PERFECT Etsy-based shop on Instagram, Fingers and Toes. The shop owner, Jonna, ran through about 12 different ideas with me, going back and forth with fabrics, prints, and colors. I was even able to customize the length of the bed skirt so it didn’t touch the ground… OCD much?! The quality is just as good, if not better, than PBK bedding but the cool thing is it was handmade, organic, is a one-of-a-kind, AND (my favorite part) I’m supporting a small business. For the bumper and bed skirt, I spent about $300 in total. A bit of a splurge but I think it really adds that pop that the room needed.

WALL ART AND DECOR: 

I decided I would achieve a more masculine look mainly by incorporating a few rustic pieces–my favorites being his name hanging over his crib and the cute wooden toy boxes sitting by the windows. I started out with a vision of what I wanted his letters to look like and then turned to Etsy. These letters were custom-made and purchased from heartifactsgallery. I worked with the shop owner, Melinda, on a few different wood samples and sizes, ending up with ones that most-closely complimented his toy boxes and dresser. The wooden letters were $110 and she had them made and shipped to me within 10 days.

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My all-time favorite children’s author is Shel Silverstein, so when I ran across these adorable prints from Paper Finch Design, I had to have them! These prints were a bargain, at only $25 for the pair. The matted frames I purchased from Target and they were the last left in stock–lucky me!DSC_0247

I fell in love with these rustic toy boxes, which I stumbled upon in the bathroom section at Home Goods. They were one of the first items I bought for Mason’s room and really set the masculine and rustic tone for the rest of the room. The boxes were around $55 for all three. While I doubt Home Goods still carries these exact boxes anymore, they always have similar items–and I would know, I’m there at least twice a week! 🙂

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Our entire upstairs is hardwood so I knew I would need to find a large, comfy rug for a baby to roll around on. I spotted this pretty rug from West Elm and almost gave in and purchased it for a whopping $1,299 (yikes). My mom told me I was crazy to buy an expensive white rug when I have two dogs who like to destroy anything and everything in their paths. I searched instead for a dupe and found a perfect (if not better) match. The nuLOOM Rug Moroccan Trellis Shag Rug from Overstock.com for $159.99. It’s probably my favorite piece in the room and really brings that classy looking edge I was trying to achieve. Not to mention, I love the texture the shag adds! IMG_0439

 PRODUCT LIST: 

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MIRROR – Home Goods $35

DRESSER/CHANGING TABLE – IKEA HEMNES 8-Drawer Dresser in Gray-Brown $229

GIRAFFE – Home Goods $35 (This is a PBK Jumo Giraffe dupe for around $64 less)

CHANGING PAD COVER – Pottery Barn Kids Harper Changing Pad Cover in Gray $29

LAUNDRY HAMPER – Home Goods $50

M Decal – DIY Project (around) $15 (supplies purchased from Michael’s)

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FLOOR POUF/OTTOMAN – Land of Nod Blue Knit Braided Pouf $129

I could have purchased the matching ottoman to go with the rocker but I love the look of poufs so much more! Aside from being a leg rest, it serves multiple purposes, such as seating for me, guests, or Mason once he grows. It also adds a pop of color and so much texture to the room. I love it!

PRODUCT LIST: 

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ROCKER – KACY Collection Morgan Nursery Swivel Glider $449.99 (I waited for weeks to purchase this glider until Babies R Us had a sale–final price was $382)

SHELF – IKEA  KALLAX Shelving Unit in White $59.99

SHELF BASKETS – IKEA KNIPSA Basket  $14.99/each

SIDE TABLE – Home Goods $60

LAMP – IKEA KVAVE Table Lamp (no longer sold)

CURTAINS – Pottery Barn (no longer sold)

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“YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE” PRINT – Made by my sister-in-law, Stephanie Myers, who will be opening an Etsy shop soon. She is a SUPER creative graphic designer who specializes in typography and custom-made invitations on the side. She actually made my blog banner by hand! Contact me for more details and I can put you in touch with her.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out Mason’s nursery! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below! Stay tuned for more…