Mediterranean Quinoa with Olive Oil Fried Eggs

Rhea Johansen • food


I love dishes that can be meant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In this fast-paced lifestyle that we live in, it really pays off to be versatile in the kitchen and be able to look like you pulled out all of the stops for each meal (especially with us instgramming everything that we eat), but being able to pull it off with ease and finesse, that’s what really counts! Sauté some vegetables and tomatoes together to make a salty, Mediterranean sauce, then serve it atop a healthy bowl of quinoa and a crispy olive-oil fried egg (my latest obsession), then call it a day. Plus, eggs make anything acceptable to pass off as a breakfast dish, so don’t let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise!     Mediterranean Quinoa with Olive Oil Fried Eggs Ingredients: 3 cups cooked quinoa 4 tbsp. olive oil, separated 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise, then sliced into half moons 2 garlic cloves, … Read More

Homemade Mint Sherbet

Rhea Johansen • food

Sherbert Recipes

You guys. It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Like how the heck did we get here? Wasn’t yesterday like 1997? Oh, and it’s officially hot outside. So naturally I did what any sane person would do, which is whip up some refreshing homemade mint sherbet. Did you know that it’s sherbet, without the second ‘R’?, cuz I didn’t until this week. We all just learned a little something… or maybe you knew, and I failed spelling as a kid. Either way, mint sherbet is here to stay. It’s creamy, but not too heavy, and the fresh mint just soothes the palate, and leaves you wanting more. Which there is plenty of because you now have my go-to summer dessert recipe!!  Mint Sherbet Ingredients: 3 cups whole milk 20 fresh mint leaves 2 egg yolks 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla In a medium/large saucepan, heat the milk and the mint leaves … Read More

Chili Lime Shrimp Guacamole Bowl Recipe

Rhea Johansen • food

Dip Recipes

I told you guys I would be back with my molcajete (thanks Heidi!). This time, I’m using it as double duty by both making the guacamole in it and then using it a festive serving dish for a DELICIOUS Chili Lime Shrimp Guacamole Bowl recipe. Nothing is worse than coming home in the summer to a hot house and then revving up the oven to bake up some dinner. Solution? Make a cool, not to mention healthy, dinner in minutes. This meal comes together in minutes (no, seriously!) and I think it’s best when served up with some crunchy tortilla chips. More time to serve up some cocktails and really take the edge off of summer.  Chili Lime Shrimp Guacamole Bowls Shrimp: 1 lb. wild caught shrimp, deveined and shells removed 1 lime, juiced 2 tsp chili powder 2 tbsp. high heat oil (such as avocado or canola) Guacamole: 2 large … Read More

Squash Blossom Pesto Pizza Recipe

Rhea Johansen • food

Pizza Recipes

Something about squash blossoms are addicting. Every time I see them at the farmer’s market I HAVE to have them. I don’t even look at the price tag (not because I am rolling in dough, trust me that’s not it). But because I know I am going to buy them regardless. Even if I have zero plans for my weekly menu for them, they’re still coming home with me. What is that I love about them so much? Well first off, you get to eat flowers. Like, come on, how can you say no to that? And they are gorgeous to look at! Seriously, the bright colors, the large petals. They just get me. But they also are kind of peppery and have a great bite when added to your dinner plate. Or in this case, lunch. We recently picked these up on our weekly Saturday morning farmer’s market run … Read More

Creating a Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Rhea Johansen • food social

Cinco de Mayo

Having a Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend? But feeling a little under-inspired with what to do for a Cinco De Mayo tablescape? I’m here to help with that! While I’d usually be inclined to just throw a bowl of chips on the table and dump a jar of salsa into a bowl and call it a day, how much more fun is it when you go full-fledged theme party and blow everyone away. With just a few simple additions to your food table, you too can re-create a fun Cinco de Mayo party look with minimal effort, aka, more time for margaritas! I simply laid a colorful strip of fabric down the center of my serving area (think long dining room table or kitchen island), and then used things I already had in the house as fun focal points for the rest of the table. Empty tomato cans, green … Read More

Tikka Masala Meatballs

Rhea Johansen • food

Indian Food Recipes

I would assume that when most of us think meatballs, we think of the classic plate of spaghetti topped with beef and red tomato sauce. But what if I told you showed you a new way that veered far away from the Italian classic that we are used to? Turkey meatballs are one of my favorite ways to feel like I am eating a comfort food, without the guilt. Plus, when you stuff them full of fresh veggies and herbs, you get the most insane flavor combination! I have been getting more and more involved with Indian spices, like curry pastes and such. By topping the meatballs with a mildly spicy Tikka Masala sauce, you get to experience something fun, healthy, and on a different flavor level than most of us create or indulge in our day to day regimens. I buy my sauce at my local farmer’s market, but … Read More

Mediterranean Chicken with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Rhea Johansen • food

Mediterranean Recipes

Something about spring time, chicken on the grill, some fresh herbs, and a creamy dipping sauce just seem to be the perfect combination. Another perfect combination? Marinating the chicken overnight, so the refrigerator does all the work for you. The smell of dill will practically take over your kitchen and your stomach will thank you for serving up such a delicious meal. A glass of crisp white wine would really just enhance this meal, if I do say so myself. I recently made this for a light dinner, but you could easily add a side or two and create an entire coursed meal if you would like.  Mediterranean Chicken with Dill Yogurt Sauce Chicken: 8 boneless chicken breasts and/or thighs 10 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. nutmeg salt and pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 1 red onion, sliced 1 lemon, juiced Dill Yogurt Sauce: 1 cup plain Greek yogurt … Read More

Pineapple Ice Pop Recipe

Rhea Johansen • food

Ice Pop Recipes

It’s that time of year when all of my favorite produce is popping up at the farmer’s markets. I look forward to early Saturday mornings in my comfy leggings (yes, I still wear them even if I’m not gonna work out later) when I can stroll the aisles and aisles of fresh, hand-picked fruits and veggies. Pineapple is one of my all-time favorite fruits to enjoy at home. It can be so simple, yet is extremely versatile and can be used in everything from breakfast, to dinner, and of course dessert! This recipe of the epitome of simple, and perfect for us girls on the go, looking to stay fit for the summer, but also just really wanting dessert. This fits into both of those categories, and only requires 3 ingredients. THREE!   Pineapple Ice Pops Ingredients: 4 cups fresh chopped pineapple 1 vanilla been, seeds scraped out pinch of sea salt In a blender, add … Read More

Arizona Breakfast Taco Recipe

Rhea Johansen • food

Taco Recipes

I gotta take a quick minute to shout out to my idieh design ladies. I love girls who lift each other up and support each other’s dreams and talents, instead of competing and tearing each other down. And can I just say that the idieh team are a group of smart, sophisticated, not to mention beautiful, women who love to bring up all of those around them. Need an example? I got one. Well besides them taking me on as a contributor here, they also surprised me with a wedding gift a few weeks back. After we thought all of the boxes had been opened, and all of the cards had flooded in, the door bell rang and the polite UPS man dropped off that classic infamous black and white Crate & Barrel box. To our delighted surprise, we opened up a taco rack and a molcajete (an authentic Mexican mortar … Read More

Death by Chocolate Donuts Recipe

Rhea Johansen • food

Dessert Recipes

Chocolate is the perfect gift. Had a bad day? Have some chocolate. It’s your friend’s birthday? Give her some chocolate. It’s Wednesday afternoon? Chocolate. See? Easy mathematics if you ask me. I personally only have chocolate on certain occasions due to the crippling migraine effects it can have on me, but the look on other people’s faces i.e. my husband’s when he eats a Reese’s peanut butter cup, is just priceless. I recently made these donuts for another chocolate obsessed friend of mine for her birthday and they were a big hit! Got 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients? Skip the store bought and impress your friends and family with your homemade donuts. Death by Chocolate Donuts Recipe Makes 9 Donuts: 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda pinch of salt 2 tbsp. melted butter 1 egg, room temperature 1/4 cup packed dark brown … Read More