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San Diego Restaurant Week January 2015


My favorite time of year is finally here, San Diego Restaurant Week!  It is the perfect excuse to try out some restaurants you have been dying to go to but at very reasonable price.  In Encinitas you can step into Union Kitchen & Tap and enjoy a three course meal for only $30, at Blue Ribbon Pizza enjoy a three course meal for only $20 (get the butterscotch pudding it is incredible).   In Del Mar the always exquisite Pamplemousse Grille is offering a three course meal for $50, the first course you don’t want to miss is the lobster ravioli, it is my favorite!

Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Held twice annually, this beloved culinary tradition features discounted prix fixe menus from more than 180 of San Diego’s best restaurants in 12 unique regions throughout San Diego County.  No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers may simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they like during San Diego Restaurant Week.

Press Release: San Diego Restaurant Week in it’s 11th year of culinary excellence by offering an entire week of delicious discounted dining at some of San Diego County’s finest restaurants! For ONE WEEK ONLY, Sunday, January 18th through Saturday, January 24th, foodies will be able to eat their hearts out at over 200 participating restaurants that will offer three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and/or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for only $10, $15 or $20 per person. Yes, you read that correctly! Saturday is now included with San Diego Restaurant Week giving you more variety in your dining options! San Diego’s tastiest countywide affair gives epicures the chance to explore scrumptious eats from the beaches to Downtown and from North County to South Bay. Leave the cooking utensils and dirty dishes at home and join over 150,000 diners as we celebrate San Diego County’s thriving and unique culinary scene. Tickets and passes aren’t necessary for this week of discounted dining; show up at any participating location or call ahead to make a reservation to ensure your chance to indulge with these deep discounts. Visit San Diego Restaurant Week on the web for more information and a complete list of restaurants or to make reservations in advance! For all of the foodie details on the go, download the San Diego Restaurant Week mobile app for Android or iPhone!
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No oil Carrot Zucchini Bread


This is my favorite recipe for carrot zucchini bread, we just made this again two days ago and I knew I had to share it.  I am always trying to make anything healthier, especially if it already contains sugar.  One of the reasons this bread is great is because there is no oil used at all.  Vegetable oil for this recipe would normally be about a cup, which would amount to nearly 2,000 calories and 220 grams of fat!  Apple sauce is an amazing substitute for oil while baking, saving calories and fat.

The next item we switch for a healthier version is whole wheat flour, while whole wheat flour and regular flower have the same calories the whole wheat is much better for you.  During the process of making white flour most of the nutrients and fiber naturally found in flour are lost.  Sometimes the nutrients are added back into white flour but not in its natural form, which is another reason white flour is so over processed. Below are the ingredients and directions to our delicious Carrot Zucchini Bread, enjoy!

  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups White Flour
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Baking Powder
  • 1 ts Baking Soda
  • 2 ts Cinnamon
  • 1 ts Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Apple Sause
  • 1 cup Grated Carrot
  • 1 cup Grated Zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups Chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together, whole wheat flour, white flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a Kitchen Aid mixer or mixing bowl and mix.  Next add the sugar, eggs and apple sauce and mix together.  Last add the carrots, zucchini and walnuts and mix.

Next put into greased (we used coconut oil spray from Traders) and put into bread pan, or into cupcake pan.  Let bake for about 50 min. or until it is cooked throughout the center of the bread.

carrot zucchini bread


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Summer Fun – Make Ice Cream in a bag


A couple of years ago on the last day of school we made ice cream in a bag with my son’s class.  The kids loved it, and it was surprisingly very simple to make.  If you have younger kids like we did (they were in kindergarten) you may need to help with the shaking.  I would recommend wearing a pair of gloves to avoid frostbite!  We loved making ice cream in a bag, it is so easy and delicious!

  1. 1/2 cup half & half
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 ziplock sandwich size bag (use a freezer bag)
  5. 1 ziplock gallon size bag (freezer bag works best)
  6. 3 cups crushed ice
  7. 1/3 cup rock salt
  1. Put first 3 ingredients in the smaller Ziplock bag and seal bag (Make sure it is closed). Put ice and rock salt in the larger bag and then add the filled small bag. Seal the large bag.
  2. Shake and squeeze bag until ice cream is thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove small bag, unseal, and eat out of the bag, poor into a bowl, or put on a cone.
  4. Add any toppings if you wish and enjoy!

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Vegan Lasagna Recipe


Lasagna is really one of my favorite meals to make at home, maybe because I’m part Italian who knows. Recently my hubby and I became vegan to support my mother who is going through chemotherapy.  I was worried I couldn’t make lasagna anymore mainly because of the vegan cheese.  We have tried a few different types, Dayia and the store brand from Trader Joe’s.  Dayia has a better taste, but the Trader Joe’s brand melts a lot better.  Below you will find my recipe for a delicious vegan lasagna, I purchased everything from Trader Joe’s.

Needed:  Vegan cheese, beef-less ground beef, no-boil lasagna noodles, organic spaghetti sauce, organic onion, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

  1. Saute’ medium onion 5-6 minutes
  2. In a large bowl poor some of the spaghetti sauce to dip the noodles in before putting in the baking dish
  3. Cover lasagna noodle with spaghetti sauce and place in dish
  4. 1 tbsp onion on top of noodle
  5. 2 tbsp beef-less ground beef on top of onion
  6. 2 tbsp spaghetti sauce, or enough to cover entire noodle
  7. 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  8. A dash of salt & pepper
  9. Repeat steps 3 -8 until near the top of baking dish
  10. Put in oven at 350 for 40 minutes
  11. Remove from oven
  12. 1/4 cup of vegan cheese, sprinkle on top
  13. Place back in oven for a few minutes until the cheese has melted (depending on your oven it may only need 2 min)

Vegan Lasagna


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This weekend in San Diego – November


Saturday, November 9

Christmas on the Farm @ Bates Nut Farm – Visit Bates Nut Farm either Saturday or Sunday to start your holiday shopping early at the Bates Nut Farm “Christmas on the Farm” Arts ‘n Crafts Fair. Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Enjoy live entertainment, Kids’ Zone and food while you shop, this is an all day event.  There will also be the all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast provided by the Valley Center Lions Club. $6 adults/$5 children. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee and orange juice. Proceeds benefit local charities.

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Taste of Seaside Market in Cardiff – Don’t miss the incredible holiday inspired food samples from over 20 different vendors at this delicious event! There will be special offers and great give aways. Stop by for your favorite Seaside Market items, and get great ideas for the 2013 holiday season!  This event starts at 1:00 and will run until 4:00 pm, more information may be found at Seaside Market’s website here.


Sunday, November 10

San Diego Children’s Museum – (FREE) The New Children’s Museum grants free admission on the second Sunday of each month. Sponsored by Target, the free day allows all children and families in the community to enjoy the Museum, and ensure that cost is not a barrier. Every Target Free Second Sunday also includes a variety of activities for children.  Open from 12-4 pm on 11/10/13.

FREE admission to the San Diego New Children's Museum


***Don’t forget to enter our GIVEAWAY for the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum here.   SoCal Savvy Mom is giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to one lucky reader!

Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe


Last time I made this it was a big hit with my 6-year-old.  My son has an issue with trying anything new, and I really do mean anything.  He will not even try sweets he hasn’t had before without some pleading.  I was a little worried last time I made this that he may not like it, but I’ve found if he helps me prepare the meal he wants to try it.  There are less than 8 ingredients in this dish and I was happily surprised I had all of them without having to run to the store.  This meal was a big hit with my son, and my hubby!

  • 2 Chicken Breasts cut into pieces
  • 1 Large Orange (zest & juice)
  • 1 Zucchini chopped (add while cooking)
  • Mushrooms (add while cooking)
  • 1 Carrot chopped (add while cooking)
  • 3 tbsp Sesame Oil (1 tbsp is for cooking)
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Agave

Combine all ingredients (aside from the vegetables) into a large freezer bag.  Orange zest, orange juice, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp agave, then add the chicken.  If the marinade does not cover all of the chicken add some water (1/4 cup) to ensure the marinade is surrounding the chicken.  Place the bag into the fridge for at least an hour, it can marinate all day.

When ready to cook add 1 tbsp sesame oil to a large skillet over medium heat, use tongs and add chicken to the skillet.  Make sure to add some of the marinade while cooking the chicken.  Add the vegetables and let cook uncovered for 5 minutes.  Use tongs to flip chicken and cover skilled for 4-5 minutes or until chicken and vegetables are cooked.  Once fully cooked serve with orange slices, green onions or scallions as garnish and enjoy!

Orange Chicken

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