Wallflower Weekly Finds, 64

There’s a new bakery I recently discovered called Butter Love Bakeshop. Such a cute name for a small bakery with amazing baked goods.

They have scones, fritters, cookies, tons of pies, croissants, and so many other pastries. What I love is that each day you visit the bakery, you’ll get something different. The flavors for the pastries change on a daily basis.

In this box, I got a banana apple fritter, chocolate croissant, plain croissant, and a pineapple scone. My new weekend pick me ups =)

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Chicken Zucchini Noodles in Coconut Peanut Sauce

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Zucchini noodles in a deliciously creamy coconut peanut sauce with shredded chicken, kale, mushrooms, and carrots. This chicken zucchini noodles in coconut peanut sauce makes an amazingly easy and refreshing meal.

Chicken Zucchini Noodles in Coconut Peanut Sauce | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s currently spring, but it already feels like summer. With the weather quickly warming up, I think it’s the perfect time for zucchini noodles. They’re easy to prepare and just so versatile. Since I’ve been craving Thai style noodles, I thought I could create a version using zucchini noodles.

This zucchini noodles dish is filled with shredded chicken, kale, mushrooms, edamame, and carrots then tossed in a creamy coconut peanut sauce. It’s soo delicious, healthy, full of flavor, and fresh vegetables. If you’re a fan of peanut sauce, you’ll want to make this dish frequently. Trust me.

Chicken Zucchini Noodles in Coconut Peanut Sauce | Cooking with a Wallflower

The best thing about this dish is that you can have it ready in about 35-40 minutes, and it requires only 10 main ingredients, minus the olive oil, salt, and garnishes. Super easy to make with very little fuss. My kind of meal.

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Fresh Vegetable Soba Noodle Salad with Soy Lime Vinaigrette

Soba noodle tossed with bok choy, snow peas, carrots, bean sprouts, and chopped almonds in a soy lime dressing. This fresh vegetable soba noodle salad with soy lime vinaigrette embodies spring with all the different vegetables and refreshing taste.

Fresh Vegetable Soba Noodle Salad with Soy Lime Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s Monday, my least favorite day of the week. There’s something about this day that always seems so stressful. Maybe it’s because we just came from a relaxing weekend? But that doesn’t quite work either because when I have Mondays off, Tuesdays don’t seem as daunting. And you would think that if I had a long weekend, Tuesdays would be difficult, right? But it doesn’t seem that way so I think it’s just Monday itself that I don’t like? Is that weird?

But that’s okay because I get to share this amazing recipe with you today. This dish is vegan and can be gluten free too if you use gluten free soba noodles.

Fresh Vegetable Soba Noodle Salad with Soy Lime Vinaigrette | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love soba noodles. I always have them on hand for those days when I’m too lazy to cook. It’s like pasta. You always have to have them on hand for those late night dinners where you don’t want to do anything fancy.

So…..

It’s time for another soba noodle salad!

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Meyer Lemon Citrus Bars

A caramelized and chewy crust topped with a sweet and tart citrusy filling. These Meyer Lemon Citrus Bars are soo addictive and perfect for spring!

Meyer Lemon Citrus Bars | Cooking with a Wallflower

These Meyer lemon citrus bars!

You need these in your life, like now.

Meyer Lemon Citrus Bars | Cooking with a Wallflower

I made another trip to the farmer’s market, as you can probably tell. And whenever I browse the stalls and vendors at the farmer’s market, I never leave empty handed. Sometimes, it’s fresh cheese or seasonal fruits. Other times, it’s dried fruits or a jar of ollalieberry or tayberry jam. This last trip, I came home with pounds of citrus. Blood oranges, grapefruits, sweet limes, and Meyer lemons, I bought them all. I wanted to stock up on these citruses while they’re still in season.

Since I had Meyer lemons, I knew I had to make a dessert with them. How could I resist, right?

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 63

Some of my favorite chocolate bars are from Jade Chocolates. Mostly because they have Asian inspired flavored chocolates such as Genmai (roasted brown rice with roasted green and jasmine Tea), or Krakatoa (Cracked black pepper and lemongrass), or Terracotta (tamari almonds and pink sea salt). They’re wrapped in washi paper, and inside, you find chocolate bars with such gorgeous designs, like this.

Jade Chocolates

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Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Bacon Eggs Benedict with Basil Avocado Cream Sauce

**This post is sponsored by Smart & Final, but all opinions are my own.

Delicious and simple to make, this roasted garlic asparagus and bacon eggs benedict with basil avocado cream sauce is perfect for spring brunch.

Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Bacon Eggs Benedict with Basil Avocado Cream Sauce | Cooking with a WallflowerBrunch is my favorite meal of the day. It’s not quite breakfast, not quite lunch. It simply feels like a meal of its own. Unfortunately, I don’t get to have it as often as I would like due to a busy schedule.

Maybe it’s because brunch is later in the morning. Most mornings I’m rushing out the door with breakfast in hand as I head to work. But when I have time to brunch, it means I actually have time to sit and enjoy my food. How can I not love that?

What about you? What’s your favorite meal of the day?

Roasted Garlic Asparagus and Bacon Eggs Benedict with Basil Avocado Cream Sauce | Cooking with a Wallflower

One of my favorite dishes to order whenever I’m out for brunch is eggs benedict. There’s something about poached eggs over English muffins, or toast, with hollandaise sauce that’s so addictive. Cutting the egg and seeing the yolk run down the sides? Sooo good.

At least, it is for me.

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Green Tea Chia Pudding with Shredded Coconut and Almonds

Chia seeds soaked overnight in matcha powder and vanilla almond milk until thickened into a pudding consistency. This slightly sweetened green tea chia pudding with shredded coconut and almonds is delicious and convenient as a breakfast on the go.
Green Tea Chia Pudding with Shredded Coconut and Almonds | Cooking with a Wallflower

How was your weekend?

Hopefully it was nice and relaxing. We’ve been having summery weather the last few days and it is unusually hot, especially for San Francisco. Unfortunately, I had to work this last weekend so I couldn’t enjoy the perfect weather. I was sooo disappointed that I missed the Cherry Blossom Festival this year and the Goat Festival at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market! I’m not always a fan of goat cheese, but I would have loved to pet and play with a goat for a few minutes.

Green Tea Chia Pudding with Shredded Coconut and Almonds | Cooking with a Wallflower

A few weeks ago, I shared with you a simple Vanilla Chia Pudding with Granola, which I love since it takes little time to make and doesn’t require much of a cleanup. I’ve been playing with different flavors and several versions of this overnight chia pudding, which I’ll definitely share with you in the near future.

Vanilla Chia Pudding with Granola | Cooking with a Wallflower

What I love most about chia pudding is that you can prepare it in about 5 minutes. You can make it while cooking dinner, or right before going to bed. It’s really up to you. Once you’re done, you can stick the jar or glass into the fridge so that the chia can thicken overnight. By morning, you can grab the jar and enjoy your breakfast on the go.

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 62

I have friends who always seem to have everything they want, or can buy what they want. So buying gifts for their birthdays or for Christmas can be sooo difficult. Gift cards seem impersonal. Taking them out to dinner doesn’t seem special enough since we do it all the time. So what would be the perfect gift?

I thought maybe this.

Seaside Air Plant Terrarium | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love terrariums. There’s something about the simplicity of air plants and mosses inside a glass globe that’s so pretty. I especially love the ones in the tear drop shaped glass. Usually, I just buy the terrariums already styled and give them out as gifts.

But this time, I thought maybe I could style them myself and give it a little personal touch. So I bought a kit from Air Plant Design Studios and decided on a seaside version of a terrarium. It’s the perfect gift for birthdays, Mother’s Day, or other special occasions. And it doesn’t take long to put together at all.

Seaside Air Plant Terrarium | Cooking with a Wallflower

Now, if only I can keep these plants thriving until they’re ready to be given away…

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15 Minute Miso Glazed Shrimp

Jumbo shrimp glazed in a savory miso sauce. This 15 minute miso glazed shrimp is delicious and perfect with a side of rice for a weeknight dinner.

Miso Glazed Shrimp | Cooking with a Wallflower

Ever have one of those nights where you just don’t want to do anything when you get home from work?

I have plenty of those days, especially when it’s a rough day at work and then afterwards, I have to take the long bus ride home. We’ve all had those days.

But for me, it’s especially so on Fridays. Maybe because it’s so close to the weekend? I don’t know.

My sisters and I have declare Fridays, “Takeout Fridays.” For some reason, Fridays tend to be our lazier days. Not that we eat out every Friday, but we’re more likely to get takeout on Friday than any other day of the week. Strange, right?

Miso Glazed Shrimp | Cooking with a Wallflower

But I also like having simple dishes like this 15 Minute Miso Glazed Shrimp on hand. With just a few ingredients, this dish can be made in 15 minutes or less. Even on those lazy days, I can totally handle that.

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Honey Cranberry Almond Quinoa Granola

Honey granola filled with roasted old fashioned oats, quinoa, and almonds then tossed with dried cranberries. This honey cranberry almond quinoa granola is addictive as a snack or as breakfast with milk.

This honey cranberry almond quinoa granola is filled with roasted old fashioned oats, quinoa, and almonds then tossed with dried cranberries

Oh, it’s time to mix it up for breakfast again!

My weekend is now officially over, and it feels like I barely had any time off, especially since I’m constantly busy doing something. But if you asked me what, I’m not sure I could tell you. Do you know that feeling?

And now that my week has started up again, I really need a new breakfast, or maybe a snack, to obsess over.

This honey cranberry almond quinoa granola is filled with roasted old fashioned oats, quinoa, and almonds then tossed with dried cranberries

I like having a variety of foods to choose from as a snack or as a breakfast on the go.

I used to buy snacks or breakfast bars from Costco, or any wholesale warehouse, really, but I didn’t like that I had to buy everything in bulk. I mean, a box of granola comes with 96 bars. By the time I get through half of them, I’m ready for something new. So it’s nice to be able to make my own snacks and have some variety in my life.

This honey cranberry almond quinoa granola is filled with roasted old fashioned oats, quinoa, and almonds then tossed with dried cranberries.

This honey cranberry almond quinoa granola is soo amazing with all the different textures and flavors. You get the crunch from the old fashioned oats and quinoa, the nuttiness from the almonds, the sweetness from the honey and dried cranberries, and just a hint of coconut from the coconut oil. Eat these by the handful or pour milk over this granola in a bowl for cereal.

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