brunch ideas

Sustainable Seafood with Safeway

Last month Safeway invited me to join them in Monterey for a morning of seafood education with Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. Not only do they raise public awareness, they help develop policies to improve traceability in the global seafood supply chain, end illegal unregulated fishing, and partner with both international and national organizations to address environmental and humans rights issues.

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Before heading to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we checked out the Monterey Andronico’s Community Market location, which is a neighborhood market who’s goal is to feed a healthy life. At an Andronico’s Community Market you’ll find natural groceries, specialty items, and inspired “made-from-scratch” meals and treats. While there, we learned about how Fish Wise, an organization that partners with the seafood industry to achieve some of the most ambitious responsible seafood commitments, helps retailers like Safeway and Andronico’s educate their consumers about seafood sustainability. Seafood should always be labeled with how its being sourced: farmed, wild caught, fresh, or frozen. In some cases you’ll also know where the seafood is sourced.

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While at Andronico’s we got to learn how to properly open and clean a crab which was so much fun. I shared my experience on IG Stories, but here’s a photo of Taylor and I in our crab cleaning outfits of the day!

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Our trip to Monterey was short, but sweet and filled with such fun memories. We got to briefly check out The Jellies Experience and the Open Sea, two of my favorite exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that I can sit and watch in wander.

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We also walked through the Seafood Watch exhibit where there was a display of all this trash that was picked up from a local beach in one day. It was such a heartbreak to see all this pollution that fills our beautiful California beaches.

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After we had a delicious lunch over at The Fish Hopper. It started off with delicious mimosas that were made with freshly squeezed Vintage Sweets Navel Oranges, which give the perfect balance of acid and sugar. Then we had the most delicious Dungeness Crab Meat Melt on top of Rustik Oven Sourdough with baby arugula and Vintage Sweets Heirloom Navel Oranges. After that crab melt I was hooked and craving crab melts for almost a week!

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Our main course was a grilled fresh local Petrale Sole that was topped with an orange sauce, caramelized sweet potatoes and a fresh strawberry mint relish. It was followed by a Heirloom Navel Orange cheesecake with a crispy The Rustik Oven Sourdough bread wafer.

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I was so inspired by this Safeway Blogger Trip that I immediately went home to make a delicious salmon dish that pulled some of the elements from this meal.

This post was sponsored by Safeway, but all opinions are 100% my own. #SWYBloggerTours

Quick and Easy Chilaquiles Verdes w/Fried Egg, Avocado, and Beans

Coming home from vacation is always bittersweet. While there's no better feeling that to be at home, get back to a normal routine, and hang with the family, when reality hits you sometimes can't help but wish you stayed one more day. Since that was impossible for me, I decided to whip up a quick and easy breakfast that reminded me of the mornings spent walking around Todos Santos through all the shops and enjoying the sun and heat. 

Quick and Easy Chilaquiles Verdes w/ Fried Egg

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups of tortilla chips (roughly two handfuls, my hands are small) 
  • 1/4 cup of Herdez Chile Verde sauce 
  • 1/4 cup of Bonafide Provisions Chicken bone broth
  • 1/2 cup of shredded chicken
  • 3 whole eggs 
  • 1/4 cup of cotija cheese
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1/2 cup of Cuban black beans from Better Beans Co, my absolute favorite!
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

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Quick and Easy Chilaquiles Verdes

Directions

  1. Heat verde sauce, chicken broth, and shredded chicken in a cast iron dutch oven over medium heat until simmering. Add chips and turn to coat. Cover and set aside.

  2. Warm Better Beans Co in a small sauce pot for about 3-5 minutes and plate the beans onto your serving plates.

  3. Cook eggs how you prefer them. We love ours sunny side up and a little runny. Season with salt. Set aside onto a plate.

  4. Stir tortilla chips again and season to taste with salt if necessary. Divide between two plates. Top each with a fried egg, sprinkle with cotija cheese, and sliced avocado. 

You're done in about 15 minutes and ready to serve, devour, and get on with your busy day or to just go back to bed, and spend all Sunday cuddling.