#Jessicalohakitchen – Cooking for Two & Everything Else You Can Chew

Let’s get it straight, I am not eating for two (and plan on not eating for two for A WHILE) but I am now cooking for two. Hawaii grocery prices ($5 for a pack of mushrooms, really?) has caused this Trader Joe’s loyalist (uggh, I miss you $1.99 mushrooms) to get creative with the meals I’ve come up with.

Slow cooker beer battered Jack Danielsย  BBQ wings and stir fried veggies with a fried egg.

Instagram photo by jann_bam - Last night's homemade #slowcooker beer battered, Jack Daniels BBQ chicken & garlic lemon fried egg topped veggies! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿณ #foodporn #instafood #foodstagram #eeeeeats #jessicalohakitchen

Steak night with grilled onions and shrimp with a side of veggies


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Loco moco cauliflower fried rice

Instagram photo by jann_bam - Homemade loco moco with cauliflower fried rice! #foodporn #instafood #foodstagram #eeeeeats #hawaiieats #jessicalohakitchen

Italian meatball, shrimp, chicken, veggies pesto zucchini pasta

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Filipino adobo with veggies

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I’ve also gotten to experience old and new places after living in Hawaii for a month. One of our favorite places to eat (especially when we celebrate liking each other’s company for two years ;)) is Town in Kaimuki. The ingredients are local and the menu changes everyday. I highly recommend this place in case you’re in town for a few days (haha, get it).

We normally get one of their delicious fruit sorbets, but I had picked us up something a little special from Cake Envy. An assortment of creme brulee, salted caramel, lilikoi, blueberry, white chocolate raspberry, and #jackdaniels double chocolate.

Instagram photo by jann_bam - Matt's favorite #dessert is #cheesecake. . .I just couldn't decide which flavor to get. ๐Ÿ˜… Creme brulee, salted caramel, lilikoi, blueberry, white chocolate raspberry, and #jackdaniels double chocolate #ftw! #foodporn #instafood #foodstagram #eeeeeats #hawaiieats

Ahi & Vegetable has a really great poke bento combo for whenever I’m treating myself to lunch at work.

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Fresh catch of the day and furikake tempura catfish from Kaka’ako Kitchen were really delicious. Huge portions, fresh fish. Maybe 50% of the reason why I moved to Hawaii.

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We also live near one of these great cafe/brunch/lunch places called Kaimana Farm Cafe. It was our second time going there and their muffins were fresh out of the oven (the one below is their cinnamon muffin but if they ever have their chocolate ones, you have to eat at least 3 of those!). They also have really delicious iced mochas and they serve them in mason jars — an easy way to win me over.

Instagram photo by jann_bam - All about that Sunday morning Pinterest gal #brunch life. #Hawaii #eeeeeats #hawaiieats

I think we’re at a good balance of home cooked meals for the work week and treating ourselves on the weekends, but I am still trying to think of tasty, healthy meals to cook during the work week. Any suggestions? =)


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