Moving is Expensive. My First Week in Hawaii.

Despite living in New York for the last 6 years, I think I took one major thing for granted: Trader Joe’s. Despite living in one of the most expensive (if not THE most expensive) city in the country, I could always rely on one thing that wouldn’t break my wallet: my <$40 grocery bag filled with all of my weekly groceries for that week. One of the first things I learned in Hawaii? TRADER JOE’S DOES NOT EXIST HERE. Aka the price of mushrooms was a surprise I was not ready for.

Even though I blew out a fuse my first night cooking in the new kitchen, I was still able to create a few new meals during my first week (especially now that I am cooking for two!)

Pinterest Gal Salad – a simple trick my old roommate taught me about creating salads for the week in mason jars to save time and keep salads fresh

Instagram photo by jann_bam - Pinterest gal lunch outside the office. #hawaii #hilife #eeeeeats

Chicken and Shrimp Tacos – a combination of the leftovers we had from Shaloha alongside a mixture of spinach, chick peas, shrimp, chicken, and sriracha mayo I was able to salvage after my first night blackout.

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Breakfast Taquitos – we had a lot of eggs. And spinach. And basically everything that tastes delicious in an omelette so tossed everything up, heated up some soft taco shells and voila!

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Bisteak Filipino – one of my favorite Filipino dishes that I made after our first Costco trip. Thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce and lemon juice topped with fried onions and mushrooms (the mushrooms aren’t that traditional, but because I’m a mushroom freak I added them in anyway). Also, I feel guilty if I don’t eat vegetables with dinner, so I quickly made a corn, sweet onion, and spinach stir fry. Lightly buttered. Vegetables still count even if they’re lightly buttered.

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Soy Garlic Fried Chicken with Lemon Garlic Veggies and Brown Rice – An experiment in trying to pan fry chicken, since I’m too scared to try using the oven. Went over pretty well, although not as healthy as I would like them to be. I marinated the chicken overnight in a blend of soy sauce, garlic, and brown sugar and then dredged the chicken in egg and flour right before I fried. They were pretty good with the dredge on top, but I may try it without the coating next time to see it the skin will be even more flavorful!

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