dinner done simply. (+ a giveaway!)

As a busy and single twenty-something living in New York City, one of my favorite things to do is have dinner then hit the town with my girlfriends. Sometimes instead of going to one of our favorite restaurants, though, it’s nice to spend the evening at home and have a relaxing dinner before heading out for the rest of the night.

Last week my best friends Jessi, Erica, and I did just that. We all met at my apartment after a long day of work, and I greeted them with a Cranberry Lime Mocktail.

To make: combine one part Simply Cranberry Cocktail, two parts lime-flavored club soda, and a generous squeeze of lime juice in each glass. Add a few ice cubes and a handful of frozen berries. Garnish with a slice of lime.

This was one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had and the perfect way to finish a long day of work. I loved the flavor of Simply Cranberry Cocktail – it had a unique and delicious taste that is different than other cranberry cocktails I’ve tried before; I’m so glad Simply Orange Juice Company asked me to try it! The balance of tartness and sweetness was perfect. It’s also made with not-from-concentrate cranberry juice. Simply Cranberry Cocktail is newly available at grocery stores in the refrigerated juice section, so be on the lookout for it!

We continued to unwind by chatting and catching up on life – and by life I mean work, boys, gossip…the norm.

Then it was time for the main course – what I like to call All-Nighter Energy Salad. We love eating salads before a night out because they’re not too heavy but still give us the energy to stay out until the wee hours of the morning.

…because being healthy is all about balance, right?

all-nighter energy salad.


4 cups romaine lettuce

3 cups baby spinach

1/2 pound chicken breast, grilled and sliced

1 avocado, sliced

1/2 cup feta cheese

1/4 cup almonds, chopped

dressing of choice

directions: Chop the lettuce and spinach and place in a large serving bowl. Top with the chicken, avocado, cheese, and almonds. Toss and serve with dressing of your choice (we went with a Champagne Vinaigrette).

We finished the meal with 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies…aka the most simple yet delicious cookie recipe ever. I’ve seen this recipe all over the internet but followed Katie’s lead.

To make: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1 cup smooth peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 egg. Drop golf ball-sized spoonfuls on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, and press down with the back of a fork. Bake for 6-8 minutes (mine needed the full 8 minutes). Let cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

With the Cranberry Lime Mocktails, the salad, and the cookies, it turned out to be the perfect girls’ night in…before going out, that is :) I can’t wait for our next get-together!

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