One Pot Creamy Tuscan Pesto and Artichoke Pasta.
Thanks for joining me for another Nine Favorite Things post.
As I write this the snow is falling and it’s the coziest night at home. My Little Market candle (love these candles) is burning and all is good. Usually January is a pretty boring month, but this year it’s been good! I’ve really enjoyed having time at home after the busiest end to 2019. I had a little time to catch up. Though I’m not really caught up…just not as behind…which of course is an improvement! I began planning some spring HBH Super Simple cookbook events. And also got to do some brainstorming for the upcoming year…actually…even the years ahead.
After spending some time filming new videos last week, I was able to work on some HBH recipe testing this week. So many Instagram stories were filmed this week (you all seem to love when I demo recipes, what should I make next?). I also began prepping for a quick trip to LA that I’m supposed to leave for on Wednesday. I say supposed to, because at this point there’s a lot up in the air and I’m not positive it’s actually happening. We shall see. Stay tuned!
In some family-related news, my younger brother Red placed second in the LAAX Open this week in Switzerland. He wasn’t planning on competing there but was persuaded to go at the last minute. It ended up being a great way to kick off his competition season. And especially good practice for the upcoming 2020 X-Games in Aspen, which begin on Thursday. Every time I watch Red snowboard I’m more in awe of his abilities. I’ve said this before, but it’s really fun to watch him grow. He’s come such a long way from two years ago when he first qualified for the Olympics. What’s even crazier is that this February 11th it will have been two years since Red won his Olympic gold medal! Should I do a little trip down memory lane in an upcoming favorite’s post with photos?
Coming up this week on HBH, I’ll be sharing the first pasta recipe of 2020 (it’s a lightened-up pasta). Tuesday’s post is still up in the air but it will likely be something with citrus. On Wednesday we’ll move onto my very favorite soup (so excited to share). Then a super simple sheet pan dinner on Thursday. And the sweetest, healthier chocolate dessert on Friday.
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Hope you enjoy this week’s Nine Favorite Things!
I love setting goals and I have so many things I’d love to accomplish this year, but they are big picture goals that I will be working on throughout the year. I may not see them all come to fruition in 2020. And that is OK.
I recently read a post about setting weekly goals and found that not only did it make so much sense, it felt doable, exciting, and especially motivational too. Weekly goals feel so much less daunting and I love the idea of coming to the end of the week with three sold goals checked off my list. It almost feels like a game and the competitive side of me comes out a bit…but it’s with myself. Weekly goals challenge me to hold myself accountable and I kind of love that. For more on this topic, read Emily’s post on Cupcakes and Cashmere. I found it so inspiring that I’m going to try to plan weekly goals every Sunday!
My Goals For the Week:
1. go to be 20 minutes earlier every night…baby steps, but I have to be realistic.
2. do a studio barn tour on IG stories…even though it’s not done – nor perfect (because everyone is asking).
3. finish packing up clothes for goodwill…trying to tidy up my home and get rid of clutter.
Question: I’d especially love to hear what you guys think of setting weekly goals. Anyone else love this idea too? What are your goals for the week?
Chinese Mushroom Dumplings with Sweet Chili Ginger Sesame Sauce
Healthier Italian Wedding Soup with Lemon and Garlic
30 Minute Coconut Milk Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Rice
Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower
Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps with Green Tahini and Feta
Healthier 30 Minute Beer Braised Chicken
Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins
Baked Black Pepper Ranch Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard
Broccoli Pesto Pasta with Whipped Ricotta
Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Sesame Sweet Potatoes and Hummus
Sheet Pan Blackened Salmon Bowl with Potatoes and Avocado Goddess Sauce
30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen
Crockpot Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup
Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili
Persian Herb and Chickpea Stew with Rice
Coconut Sweet Potato Lentil Soup with Rice
Here is what I am dying to refresh my home with this season.
q: So many questions about your process! How do you brainstorm or get ideas for new recipes?
a: I usually sit down once a month and write out a list of recipes I think I might want to create. If I’m really excited about them I’ll add them to the content calendar which I keep on google calendar just so I have an idea of what the month ahead looks like. I’d say only about half of those recipes actually get tested. I just keep adding to this list over time, dividing it out by season, holidays, etc. It’s honestly not very organized, but that’s what I do. I also try to write down every single idea I have right away or I’ll forget it. I use the notes app on my phone a lot.
My very best source of recipe inspiration is my family. There are so many of us. My brothers always send me photos of the dishes they’ve loved from all over the world. They also text me all the time saying you should make this or you should make that. Same goes with friends + cousins. And then, of course, there are the seasons themselves, which are a major source of inspiration to me. I’m always trying to cook for the time of year. It’s what I love most…which is why cookbooks are actually super challenging for me!
q: Do you always prep all of your ingredients and put them in small bowls before you start?
a: Haha. No way! I only do this when I’m showing you all how to make a recipe. You guys seem to enjoy the flat layout of ingredients. So I try to do this when prepping for stories. When I’m testing recipes and photographing them…it’s a full-on mess.
q: Does your income come primarily from your blog, your book, or etc.?
a: It’s a mix of everything we work on. The blog, sponsored content, ads, books, long term projects. So much happens behind the scenes. It’s not just what you see on Instagram!
Persian Herb and Chickpea Stew with Rice…comfort food that’s healthy.
Chocolate Chunk Coconut Banana Bread…truly the only banana bread recipe you really need.
loving…Khaite, a new to me brand that I’m obsessed with. It’s pricy but especially love their denim.
loving…reading Who What Wear. so much fashion inspiration.
loving…this Tacha soothing silk hand cream. it’s saving my hands this winter.
loving…this inspiring story written by Aimee Song on Failure, Hard Work, and Finding Her Career Path.
inside the Design of NYC’s most Stylish new restaurant…dying to go here.
the 3 most important winter staples are one sale right now…sweaters, pants + all the boots.
where to travel based on your zodiac sign…feeling like a trip to Chicago is my future.
inside the design process…6 ways to save money when working with a designer.
how I get it done…InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown.
how to get rid of a pimple ASAP…the important things we all need to know.
5 things that actually make winter bearable…I mean, I love all of these things.
5 Trader Joe’s recipes for a cozy date night in…these certainly are EASY.
rethink these temping house renovations trends…for a home with staying power.
top 5 destinations for design lovers in February 2020…St.Moritz, then Cape Town for me.
22 best smelling, bubbliest, most soothing bath products…if you need to chill today.
updated holy grail skincare…only the best products on this list.
has dating in NYC gotten easier or harder…um, isn’t dating in general just hard?
the real locations that inspired 13 famous paintings…very cool/interesting.
8 ways to switch up styling your black jeans…if you need some winter style inspiration.
30 blunt haircut ideas for every length…if you’re looking for a change.
life’s best dinners…cozy and perfect.
cleaning hacks from professional housekeepers…are game-changers.
17 design trends to watch for in 2020…loving the minimalist vibes.
how to fall asleep faster…according to an expert.
Monday: Easiest Filipino Coconut Cauliflower Adobo
Tuesday: Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (recipe in HBH Super Simple Cookbook)
Wednesday: Sheet Pan Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa and Potatoes
Thursday: Spicy Peanut Soup with Sesame Halloumi
Friday: Persian inspired Herb and Beef Stew with Rice
Sunday Baking: Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Citrus Honey Glaze
Finally, check out all the past Nine Favorite Things posts here.
How do you cut/prepare your citruses to look like the top/main photo for this post?? So pretty.
Hey Carrie! Linking a really great how-to for you below. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you!! xTieghan
Hi!! I think a trip down memory lane to celebrate the GOLD would be excellent! How about some fun Korean inspired recipes that week? My family has been loving the Coconut Butter Chicken meatballs and the Coq au Vin meatball recipes. I so appreciate the effort you put in to provide fast and delicious meals! It makes my menu planning so much easier as well when I know I have several 30 minute meals for the week (I work full time and have two teenage boys to feed!). Hope you are having an amazing day!
Ooo yes!! Also, I am so glad you enjoyed those two recipes, Dannell! Thank you for trying them! xTieghan
Love your Nine Favorite Things posts! Doing a recap of the olympics would be SO cool to see, so I think you should do that! Also, I like hearing about your goals especially from an aspect of someone who works from home and makes their own schedule.
Love what you’re doing! Keep it up 🙂
Thank you so much Anj! xTieghan
I made your one skillet creamy sun dried tomato/chicken/orzo on Saturday evening and your Persian inspired herb and beef stew w/rice on Sunday evening! What a great weekend of spectacular food! Thank you for sharing. I seem to be working my way through all of your recipes and having such fun doing so!
Wow love that! Thank you so much for trying both of those recipes, I am so glad you enjoyed them! Thank you Talia! xTieghan
YES to small goals! I always have a few year long goals I want to reach, but I love having a single weekly goal. Achieving it gives me momentum to keep working towards the big stuff. This week my goal is not use my phone while I’m laying bed (I’m embarrassed to even write that), but sometimes they’re super simple, like making a dentist appointment.
Haha yes those are all so important though! Also, I love that you are not using your phone in bed.. so good! Thank you! xTieghan
I know oyu posted on your insta story how you make rice, but I lost it! Can you please tell me/us how you make it?
Thanks so much!
Hey Ann, see below!
Bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add 1/2 cups jasmine or basmati rice. Place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook 10 minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely. Let the rice sit, covered, for another 15 minutes (don’t take any peeks inside!). Fluff the rice with a fork.
Love the idea of weekly goals. This seems much more attainable than life goals. Thanks for sharing. I will make a point to read the linked article.
Thank you so much Amy! xTieghan
I truly love the seasons too. How about your next book is “Half Baked Harvest: Seasons” ?
It would have recipes, decor ideas, tablescapes, gorgeous Tieghan photos, and all manner of seasonal inspirations. Holidays, weather-inspired things like barbecues, and maybe some ideas for menus and get-togethers. Email me for brainstorming. : )
Ooo that does sound so nice!! Thank you so much for the suggestion, Julie! xTieghan
My niece’s daughter was(still is) in Switzerland at the Junior Olympics in SkiMo!
Wow!! Congratulations to her!! That sounds like an amazing accomplishment! xTieghan