Nourishing Zen

Nourishing YOU. Adventures to Healthy, Happy, and a Fulfilling Life! Food is our medicine.


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Meatless Monday!


Zucchini noodles with onion, broccoli, carrots and garlic!

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Best Restaurant in Carmel – Flying Fish Grill


We love this place. I can honestly say this restaurant is the most tasty, biggest bang for your buck, and cozy place in Carmel. I may be biased as it is the place I had my first job as well!

I can honestly say everything is delicious.

My favorites are:

1. Pan fried oysters with the most delicious sauce (I could drink it)
2. Tempura calamari.
3. Almond seabass
4. Tuna tartare
5. Seafood pasta
6. Tempura combo
7. Curried rice
8. Curry shrimp soup
9. Tempura banana sundae
10. Green tea sundae

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Tuna tartare

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Almond Seabass

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Seafood pasta

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Make your own green tea sundae mmm

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Cheers to the weekend!


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Blue Apron – trial


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A couple friends of ours have been using a service called Blue Apron lately. This service provides the all ingredients needed for you to cook one meal for two people. The spices and sauces are already measured out according to the recipe’s needs. Each meal comes with a recipe card and step by step instructions. This is such a fantastic idea for those that are very busy during the week with a limited amount of time. Our friends are heading out of town and we were fortunate enough to try it out ourselves!

Our review is as follows:

Easy. Simple. Decent explanations for instructions. Not always good for the diabetic (this recipe used maple syrup). Preparation for this meal between both of us took approximately 10 minutes. Cook time was approximately 15 minutes. Portions were small for Tom’s liking. Great for the people who are indecisive regarding what to make for dinner. We thought of some great ideas on how to modify this recipe. Loved the watercress salad – simple ingredients, fresh and tasty. Maple glazed salmon – sweet for our liking, would have substituted the maple syrup for coconut sugar, used 1/2 the amount of soy sauce, more scallions in the glaze, and brushed sauce onto salmon instead of putting back in the pan (takes away the crispness of the salmon). Tasted much like an orange chicken type of sauce which was yummy. Might have to try this with chicken! Overall, great experience. Fun to do with your honey boo-boo or friends. Good bases for other recipe ideas. And well, who doesn’t love cooking!! We would definitely try this service in the future!


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Sunday Funday Grill Day


We usually spend our Saturdays cleaning, running errands, and of course cooking , grilling and attempting to lounge. Yesterday we bought a ‘Flat Point Beef Brisket’ from #thistlemeats in Petaluma. The Flat Point Brisket cut is generally more lean than your average brisket. It has a hardly any marbling and a fat layer that goes through the cut. Today we are smoking the brisket with a whole chicken.

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We went to Costco today and bought a no-salt rub. Sometimes you just want to take the easy route and buy an already prepared rub. This rub seemed legitimate as all the ingredients listed were herbs that we commonly use and there weren’t tons of preservatives as well. We added (3/4) teaspoon and (1/2) Tablespoon of brown sugar to (1/4) cup of the rub. We applied it to both the brisket and whole chicken.

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We also added fresh oregano thyme and rosemary to the mix as well. We not only inserted the herbs inside the chicken, but also underneath the skin by cutting tiny slits.

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We turned our #traeger to 185 degrees with hickory wood pellets at 1pm. We imagine it will be done by 6-7pm. I cheated and took a sneak peak to take a photo for ya. The chicken is a nice golden brown right now – just wait until the final product! Dark, crispy skin with a great smoke ring/color in the meat. Stay tuned 🙂

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