Nourishing Zen

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


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Protein-packed Lunch at Tenkyu Restaurant!


  
Hamachi, Sake and Maguro Sashimi at Tenkyu in San Rafael. This little spot is yummy with quick service and decent food! Definitely a place to go if you need a quick sushi/Japanese food fix!

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Lunch is packed!


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Trying my best to prep meals as much as possible. Especially when going to work. Gotta make sure my body feels healthy and good for the big wedding day in 13 days!


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A darn good spot for good food, good beers, and a good view!


Taps located in Petaluma. This is a good brewery with delicious food! Definitely not your average brewery with pub food. A wide variety of beers on tap with delicious, quality food. We had the salt & pepper wings which are awesome. I am a sucker for chicken wings, and salt and pepper. Winning!

We split the chuckwagon burger – bison, pork belly, hush puppy strings and mustard BBQ sauce (which I am now determined to learn how to make). Let me just say, Wow! Not too greasy, and you can taste every ingredient with every bite!

For drinks I had the spiced chai cider made by Schilling. That in itself is dessert! I’m always one to order a beer but wow this cider was too good. The kind that is not too sweet, bubbly, a little bit of a bite, and the hint of spice. Yum. I will be back for this!!

So if you’re in the north bay, coming back from wine country, or looking for a good spot to stop for lunch or dinner, check it out! You won’t go wrong.

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Simple & Refreshing Lunch!


Sometimes, life just doesn’t warrant preparing meals. Many times, I will go into a grocery store thinking with my stomach and then paying for it afterwards! I’ve personally come to the conclusion that it is just not worth it.

I have noticed recently that my stomach is SO much more sensitive to various foods – specifically anything fried, with dairy or too much sodium. Unfortunately I am not one of those people anymore with a stomach of steel. I guess this is what getting older partially means! In any event, I’m usually starving by the time it is 11:30am and that feeling of “I will eat anything” kicks in. There is a grocery store right down the street from my work and I have found that my “go-to” lunch is really quite simple yet fulfilling, delicious, inexpensive, protein-packed and healthy (for the most part). I can easily make this at home also and here is what it is…

Ingredients:
One cucumber – sliced thinly (this is in place of a slice of bread)
Chicken salad (store bought)

Or if you choose to make it yourself:
Shredded chicken breast
1T vegan mayo, or olive oil mayo
1/2t yellow curry spice
1T raisins
5-6 pieces of diced pineapple
1/4 stalk of celery diced
Dash of turmeric
Dash of cumin
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Directions:

Add all ingredients together (except for cucumber) in a bowl and mix until the right consistency. If you want more moisture, add a teaspoon of chicken broth. If you’re a mayo person, add more to your liking.

Apply a spoonful of the chicken curry mixture into a slice of cucumber!

Yum!

Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days and it is one of those recipes that is even better the day after!

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Sushi Splurge Alert!


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Ok… Today we splurged… A LOT! Six of us ventured to a spot called Paradise Sushi. We absolutely love sushi and as we all know, it’s not exactly cheap. However, there is an all-you-can-eat spot in Petaluma that is quite delicious and worth a trip if you love sushi as much as we do. I know there’s always a hesitancy when talking about all-you-can-can restaurants, especially sushi. I, in particular am a picky sushi eater. I’ve been spoiled by great seafood growing up and also by working in a few amazing Japanese restaurants growing up. Not only is Paradise Sushi delicious, but it’s fresh and made to order. What a steal! The price is roughly $17 per person for lunch and $24 for dinner. Not too shabby, right? The deal comes with soup and salad as well. We went to lunch with four of our friends and we most certainly ordered a plethora of sushi. By plethora I mean 30+ rolls for four hungry guys and two girls that love sushi and can eat a lot of it! We will most definitely be returning for our next sushi splurge to Paradise Sushi.