5 Days Of Home-cooked Meals | Try Living With Lucie | Refinery29

I’m Lucie Fink and this week is Hey everyone, and welcome back to Refinery29’s
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button in the corner and be sure you’re subscribed to my personal YouTube channel at youtube.com/luciebfink. I hope that you’re excited for a new episode
of Try Living with Lucie, so if you are give this video a thumbs up before we start. I sometimes find it very challenging to commit
to making my meals from scratch. Especially living in New York City where I
have every single culture’s cuisine at my disposal, 24/7, about two steps from my door. But getting delivery or takeout all the time
can start to add up really quickly. And when I truly think about it, I love cooking
at home and knowing exactly what I’m putting in my food. So this week I’m taking on a task that many
of you have requested on this series for years and years. And I’m doing Five Days of Home of Cooked
meals. Each day of this week is going to focus on
a different type of meal from a different food influencer or chef, and everything is
gonna be cooked by me right here in that kitchen of my brand new apartment. Now you may or may not know this from watching
other videos of mine, but earlier this year Michael and I moved in to what I have dubbed our It’s our first apartment that we’re sharing
as husband and wife. I already said this in my empty apartment
tour video, but the kitchen has got to be my favorite room in this entire apartment. Everything is entirely new. All the appliances were just put in and they’ve
never been touched. Something that I love about this kitchen is
that the refrigerator and the dishwasher are sort of hidden appliances. So they just look like cabinets, but they’re
actually in there. And not only was this kitchen newly renovated
and never lived in before we got here, but as soon as we moved in we had the kitchen
professionally organized with a personal organization service. So everything is labeled and neatly put away. Head on over to my YouTube channel and my
Instagram account for more of that. As you can see, there are about three levels
of cabinets here and to reach the top I have to stand on a step stool. We made sure to put the items that
we use every day lower down. Then, items that we use sometimes are in the
middle shelves, and items that we use just for special occasions are up top. This is kind of a pop up cutting board on
wheels that we keep in the kitchen. And that’s because there is some counter
space to cut on, but we really like cutting this way facing the windows. It just makes the kitchen feel more open and
bright, and we get the sunlight on our face. So— our face? Are we one face? And now before I get too carried
away with proclaiming my love for my kitchen, let’s dive into the episode. I knew that I’d be focusing most of my meals
this week on savory lunches and dinners. So I wanted to make sure that at least one
day of this week was dedicated to my favorite meal of the day: breakfast. Although breakfast is my favorite meal of
the day, I do often find myself skipping out on it. The moment I wake up I feel like I just want
to get started with my day. I don’t think I have enough time to have this
elaborate meal, so I usually just pop some toast in the toaster,
maybe I’ll make some eggs. And then if I feel like I have a little bit
extra free time, perhaps I’ll sauté some vegetables from the night before. But long gone are the childhood days of sweet
breakfast plates loaded with pancakes piled up, and butter and maple syrup. When I thought about making a breakfast recipe
for this video, the first person that came to my mind was Rachel Mansfield. She’s a food blogger whose Instagram makes
me drool every single time I open it. I think most, if not all, of her recipes are
gluten free and she’s known for using really high quality
ingredients to make delicious food in a healthy way. On Monday I made her gluten free Pumpkin Chocolate
Chip pancakes which are packed with protein for a power start to my day. I started by mixing all the wet ingredients
in one bowl: the pumpkin, eggs, and the milk. Next I mixed all the dry ingredients: almond
flour, protein powder, cinnamon and baking soda. And whisked to combine. And I actually added in a little bit more
chocolate chips than the recipe called for. You can never have too many chocolate chips
in your life. I added some coconut oil to my skillet, and
then I heated it up a bit before pouring in the batter. I used my soft mixing spatula to flip the
pancakes because the only other spatula we had on hand was a metal spatula, and I didn’t
want to scrape up my non-stIck pan. I made way more pancakes than I could ever
possibly eat for one meal. So I had leftovers for at least the next day. But for breakfast on Monday I piled high a
plate with four large pancakes, added a pad of butter on top, and then poured maple syrup
on top of the entire thing. I sat myself down at my kitchen table with
a cup of coffee, the plate of pancakes, and the newspaper, and I soaked up the morning
sunshine. Let’s see what’s going on in the world today. On Tuesday I wanted my home cooked meal to
be a meal prep meal. I’ve already done Five Days of Meal Prepping
and I thought it would be useful if one of these days was focused on making food that
would last me for the rest of the week. I find that I gravitate towards different
types of bowls when it comes to meal prep. And that’s because they’re really versatile
and they’re simple and perfect for busy days on the go. Alyssa Gagarin is the lovely meal prep expert
that guided me through Five Days of Meal Prep, so I followed Alyssa’s recipe for burrito
bowls and I used her signature Cauliflower Rice recipe as the base. To start with, I riced the cauliflower
in my blender, mixing it with a couple cloves of garlic, generously drizzled olive oil on
top, and then seasoned it. After popping that into the oven to bake,
I moved on to chopping up some peppers and prepping the other ingredients for my bowl. I threw the peppers in a pan and sautéed
them in a bit of oil with some salt and pepper. And then once my peppers were tender and my
cauliflower rice had cooked a little, I rinsed and drained some black beans, sliced a lime,
and prepared to assemble my bowls. I portioned out the cauliflower rice, the
sautéed peppers, black beans, and some premade pico de galIo. Then I garnished each with a lime and some
cilantro on top. I ate one of these bowls for lunch immediately
on Tuesday, and then I popped the other three in the fridge for lunch for the rest of the
week. While I of course love being able to eat meals
with Michael, the reality is that our schedules don’t always align properly to allow for this. On Wednesday, knowing that Michael was gonna
be out a little bit late for a business school presentation, I decided to try something
new and to make an enchilada skillet dish. Highly ambitious, a recipe from my friend
Monique over at her blog, Ambitious Kitchen. Making dinner for one is a big feat. Not only do you have to come up with the idea
of what you want to eat based on your own personal taste, but you also have to do everything
100 percent on your own with zero kitchen assistance. To make things easiest for myself, I chose
this one pan recipe, and as an added bonus this was a great opportunity to break in our
new cast iron skillet from our wedding registry. First I diced up the onion, I pressed the
garlic in my fancy little garlic press, and then the jalapeno pepper. Before preparing myself to tackle the butternut
squash. Oh god. That’s big. Cubing this butternut squash was a full ordeal. Let me tell you, it is not as easy as it seems. Either that or I got a very unripe squash. But it was tough. Furthermore my cutting board kept sliding
around so I had to put a towel beneath it to stabilize it for safety. I also cut the corn tortillas into strips
to add in later. Once all the veggies were chopped, I sautéed
the pepper, onion and garlic until the onions looked translucent. Then I added in the squash to cook it a little
longer, and I spiced it all up with chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Is it que-men or koo-men? Comment below. Once the squash was tender, I added in black
beans, tortilla strips, a can of enchilada sauce, and a bit of cheese, and left that
to simmer. And just before I popped it into the broiler
for a few minutes, I sprinkled some more cheese on top. One thing I love about summer and early fall
is that especially if you’re eating dinner on the earlier side, the sun is still up and
it’s still light outside. I don’t love eating meals in the dark so it’s
great to have the sun still shining at dinnertime. I didn’t feel like setting our dining room
table for one, and the kitchen is actually the room in this apartment that gets the best
light. So I just hopped up on the counter and enjoyed
my solo meal there. I would just like to point out that this recipe
does actually make way more than one person can reasonably eat in one meal. So even though I was cooking just for myself,
I did wind up giving my leftovers to Michael when he got home from his presentation. Cooking with a partner is the absolute best. It makes the process go by a lot quicker,
plus you could have some fun together or you could have deep and meaningful conversations
along the way. On Thursday we pulled out a recipe from my
friend Liz Moody’s book, Healthier Together. This book is all about cooking meals with
the people that you love and I don’t love anyone more than Michael. Ready? Ready. Here’s our recipe. We chose one of her most popular recipes in
the book: Crispy Orange Chicken with Lemon-Ginger Broccoli Rice. Liz told me that this dish tasted like Panda
Express and I was incredibly excited to make it because it was gluten free and Michael
has a gluten allergy. Alright, so first step. You chop these. Okay. I’ll peel this. Get ready for me to tell you that you’re holding
a knife wrong. That’s totally fine. Bring it on. We switched sides. Just zesting my orange. Just chopping my ginge. We are working so close together. I don’t know if we’re ever going to actually
get to the chicken, but I’m having fun with all this. We’re gonna get there. We’re on the way. Amazing work. Thank you. To make the orange sauce we first combined
the vegetable broth, rice vinegar, orange zest and juice, coconut sugar, ginger,
garlic, tamari, and toasted sesame oil in a small saucepan. And once it was reduced by one quarter, we
added the arrowroot powder, whisking until the sauce thickened. We set up a frying station next to the stove
with a beaten egg in one bowl, and some arrowroot powder in another. And I think we can move on to the chicken. Excuse me! We dipped the chicken in the egg, and then
dipped it in the arrowroot powder before adding it to a pan sizzling
with coconut oil. And our entire apartment quickly started to
smell amazing. Meanwhile we put the broccoli in our blender
to make broccoli rice. That looks so good. And next we added in the lemon zest and juice. After that was done we added the fried chicken
in the orange sauce, and coated the chicken completely. We added in the broccoli rice and salt, and
cooked until the broccoli had softened. We plated our dinners and devoured it immediately. Alright, time to eat. Cheers. Moment of truth. Really good. Yeah, very good. I’m going to eat this all right now. Cooking together is something that we don’t
do nearly enough, but we always say we’re going to do more of. I think that having this beautiful kitchen
space and having all these helpful new kitchen appliances will definitely entice us to cook
more. But if you’ve been wanting to cook more, the
best thing you can do is just start cooking. Find a recipe online, buy the ingredients
and cook something for yourself tonight. Right now. This day. Ahora. Stop making excuses and just get cooking. One of the other things that I’ve been really
excited about since moving to this new apartment is hosting dinner parties here so that we
can share this space with our friends. Even though we still don’t have our couch
yet, as you can see, it was a very memorable evening. On Friday, before the sun went down, I threw
an early dinner party with some of my Refinery29 colleagues. For this entire dinner party spread I consulted
Dadaeats. She’s a food blogger and an influencer, and
an overall food goddess, so I knew that she would be the perfect person to give me recipes
for everything from the charcuterie board, to the dinner entree, to the dessert. Because it’s the most time consuming and I
didn’t want to get stressed at the very end, I started by making my cake first. I chose her Chocolate Chip Tahini cake recipe. First I combined the eggs and the tahini,
along with the coconut sugar, almond milk and vanilla extract. Then I mixed the dry ingredients in a separate
bowl. Almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda. Okay. Then I added the dry to the wet, stirring
in the chocolate chips, and pouring it all into an eight inch round pan. The recipe called for an eight inch square
pan but if you watch my apartment search story video you know that I hate squares and rectangles. So I went with a round pan. Also, I think that a round pan makes for more
elegant cake slices. As the cake was baking in the oven, I got
started on the frosting. The frosting was very simple with no dairy
or oil, just cocoa powder, almond butter, maple syrup and a bit of almond milk. I ended up slightly improvising the measurements
because it didn’t look like enough frosting for my entire cake. It probably would’ve been enough if I just
wanted to frost the top of the cake but I wanted to frost the top and the sides, and
I wanted it to be extra thick. So I just dumped more cocoa powder, more almond
butter, more maple syrup, mixed and mixed and mixed. And I wound up with a giant bowl of frosting. As the cake was cooling, I began making her
Avocado Cream Pasta recipe. First I sliced some cherry tomatoes lengthwise,
spread them out on a baking tray face up, drizzled them with olive oil, salt and pepper,
and popped them in the oven. Then I made the avocado sauce. In my blender I mixed avocados, garlic, lemon
juice, olive oil and basil. I had no idea what this would taste like,
but I took one lick and I was in avocado basil heaven. Everyone please. Oh my God. Seriously it was unbelievable. If you like avocados or basil or the taste
of pesto, you have to try this recipe. Next I cooked the pasta, and her recipe called
for the wheel shaped pasta, which is the perfect call for this dish because the avocado cream
gets kind of stuck in the spokes. I combined the noodles with the sauce, the
roasted tomatoes, and fresh arugula, then I garnished it all with some fresh basil and
seasoning. Simple, beautiful and delicious. Lastly, I set to work on building
a charcuterie board. I displayed the brie and white cheddar on
my stunning new stone cheese board, and then I added some prosciutto, salami rolls with
a bit of extra mozzarella from my fridge, crackers and grapes. It was a total beauty. When my guests first came over we started
by devouring the charcuterie board. Then I set the table for some people’s pasta
dish while the others sat on throw pillows by the coffee table, and for dessert we all
gathered cozily on the floor and I cut the tahini cake for us all. It was so delicious and I think the dinner
was a big hit. I hope you liked getting a glimpse into life
inside our new apartment, and our new kitchen in particular. Let me know which day in this episode was
your favorite, and also comment your favorite recipe below, because you know I’m going to
be doing more cooking in there. For some more behind the scenes content in
this apartment, be sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube channel and are following me
on Instagram both @luciebfink. Give this video a thumbs up if you’re into
cooking home cooked meals or just eating them. And feel free to share your own tips about
cooking or meal prep to help me build this skill into a new habit. Now I’m curious, what’s a new skill that you’ve
been wanting to learn or something new that you’ve been wanting to try? Let me know and maybe I’ll turn it into a
five day challenge in the near future. As always, thank you for coming back to another
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  1. What are your go-to meal prep recipes? Share with us below!

  2. Awesome video love you Lucy

  3. I love how organized your kitchen is🥺🥺 Dream kitchen😍😍

  4. this is awesome!!!

  5. Wow it's so amazing…luv this video…lots of love from india.
    I hope so u all will give some response

  6. Home cooked meals >> take out

  7. Yay I’m early

  8. i love these 5 days challenge like if you feel the same and want them to post more……………

  9. congrats on getting married!

  10. Congrats Lucie on your new chapter in life being married and moving into your newlywed apartment! I wish you all the happiness for you and Michael!

  11. Super video … luv you Lucy from India

  12. How about 5 days of vsco
    ( i am not a vsco girl )😊😊

  13. I wanted to give this video a like but then i realised that i already did

  14. I did a whole month of home cooked meals. Life changing and saved money 🥰

  15. Am I the only one noticing that she looks kinda more mature than before? I mean she looks different?

  16. your apartment looks so beautiful, clean and organized


  18. She’s such a cutiee❤️

  19. You look stunning

  20. Spam and rice are the best! Cheap but delicious 😂

  21. now I'm hungry 😅

  22. Congrats on your wedding!
    Will you upload a wedding video because I think you said you would but I'm not sure…

  23. Can you do 5 days of different professions ?

  24. 5 days of home cooked meals aka my normal life. 😂😂😂

  25. I wanted to subscribe but I scrolled up as I was already subscribed but I asked myself "when did i-"

  26. That apartment is in New York? I can't imagine how expensive that is. Yikes!

  27. This is a healthy way of not eating junk at work!!

  28. Try salsa dance with michael

  29. Five days of making fermented foods please!

  30. I need you to come over and cook for daddy? ❤️😎

  31. Can you try five days of second sleep? I just tried it the other day and it was weird but I was also super productive. Would love to see your thoughts on it!

  32. We cook the butternut squash first then cut it .

  33. Can you make a video about 5 days of learning embroidery 🧵 pleaseeeeee

  34. I love you. You have a Smeg toaster and a crank can opener. I finally had to give in to my Grammaness last year, and went for the electric can opener. The kind that holds the can once it’s open and does the clean cut. So worth it.

  35. Took forever to get to the damn point. Stopped watching

  36. Omg I’m obsessed with these videos I love coming home sitting on the couch and binge watching your videos keep up the great work

  37. Can you do five days of helping the homeless

    Like finding ways to help everyday exp. making meals and giving them to people, and giving people 10

  38. No it wasn't just you Lucie, I tried dicing a butternut squash once, and never will I do it again. Now I buy the pre-diced kind, it's one of the only things I do buy already chopped.

  39. Hey guys,can you make a Try Living With Lucie foster puppy or kitty edition.We need the more fosters,a lot of animals are getting put down because there is no more space.Thank you for reading.

  40. OMG I love all of your vids I have watch all of them about 50 times and I am never bored they are all so fun and unique I love you Lucy

  41. they should really get a custom island built for this space, that little one looks so odd

  42. Hey Lucie! A tip to peel the butternut squash that is a bit safer and less time consuming – peel it before you cut it, I peel the the top or bottom half then wrap a paper towel around the peeled part (because it is slippery!) and then peel the other half and hold onto the paper towel! Then chop it up!

  43. OMG!!!! 😍😍❤❤❤

  44. Great apartment! Where is your coffee table from?

  45. 5 days of baking 💕💕💕

  46. you guys cooking together makes me so happy:) for a second, i thought the Fink-Morris family was vegetarian, but then Lucie and Michael made that chicken dish together, and i realized lucie was using vegetarian recipes

  47. lucie how long is your necklace? 15 inch? 16? love it so much

  48. Hello there lady Miss your videos !!! Congratulations 🥂🍾🥂

  49. this girl is the most annoying humblebragger ever

  50. this video sounds more like “5 days of following instagram recipes”

  51. Loved this video very informative and helpful

  52. Are you short or he's too tall

  53. Is this really a challenge for some? I literally make all my own food from scratch

  54. 5 days of shopping only at independent stores?

  55. When you cook everyday

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