Good Food & Good Friends.

“Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act hat should not be indulged in lightly.” – M.F.K. Fisher

There is truly nothing better than sharing a great meal with your closest friends. Friendship is very beneficial to your health. It relieves stress, enhances your mental well being, and friends can motivate one another to make healthy life decisions.

This year for Valentines Day, I decided to surround myself with friends and food.

My friend Alyssa and I decided to surprise our roommate Samantha by asking her if she would be our Valentine. (Disclosure: she said yes.) We made reservations at a restaurant in downtown Greenville called Soby’s for just the three of us. I highly recommend Soby’s to anyone who wants to indulge themselves in an exquisite meal!

I love going to Soby’s because they have great seafood entrees and seafood reminds me of my friends and family. I am from Ocean City Maryland; a popular beach vacation destination. Growing up at the beach definitely had it’s perks, one of which being I have always been blessed with fresh seafood (I am, and forever will be a seafood snob). Whenever I visit home, I eat as much seafood as I can since I do not get to eat it very often in South Carolina. I can always count on Soby’s to serve me a dish that is full of delicious seafood with a southern flare.

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Presecco with my lovely dates! Photo taken by Ashley Trice

On the night of my romantic Galentines soirée, Soby’s was offering a scallop special – my mind was immediately made. The dish consisted of four fresh scallops accompanied by grits, mushrooms, butternut squash, and a balsamic maple glaze drizzled on top. It was stupendous. 

Most people know that fish is good for you, but what about other kinds of seafood? Turns out scallops contain the vitamin B12 which plays a key role in normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Vitamin B12 can lower your risk of developing atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, heart attack and stroke. In addition to vitamin B12, scallops also contain magnesium and potassium which provide significant benefits for you cardiovascular health. 


No Place Like Home.

There is nothing better than a home cooked meal. Something about it is just so comforting. You get to relax, stay home, lounge in your favorite comfy clothes, and eat a fantastic meal. Sounds great, right? Well it can only get better if you have delicious recipes to work with! I love to cook (and my roomies love when I do). I always try to cook something new, different, and healthy. So here are some of my favorite dishes that I like to make at home that warm my soul.

This week I made homemade chicken meatballs. YUM. I found the meatball recipe on Pinterest, which is my favorite way to find new recipes. I was inspired by my mom to make the meatballs. One of my favorite meals that she makes when I come home is Italian Wedding Soup. She makes homemade chicken meatballs to put in the soup and they are TO DIE FOR! So I decided to cook some of my own. They were super easy to make and are also a lean source of protein!


Homemade Chicken Meatballs inspired by Pinterest and my mama!

Another one of my favorite dishes to make is spaghetti squash! It is a healthy substitute for pasta and it is pretty simple to make. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT SPAGHETTI SQUASH: caution when cutting it in half!! Spaghetti squash is very difficult to cut but once you get past that step, it’s smooth sailing. Just stick the halves in a dish with a small amount of water and bake them in the oven. Once it is done, you use a fork to fluff the squash and serve it however you please. I personally like it serve it with spaghetti sauce.

Another fun way to change up this meal is to add zucchini noodles! I bought a nifty handheld spiralizer for vegetables so I can make vegetables into noodles … I know, I know … I’m a dork. BUT IT’S SO COOL! You can also add a protein with the squash to enhance the meal!


Examples of Zucchini Pasta and Spaghetti Squash (Source: Google Images)

So if you are a loyal reader and viewed my previous post, you will remember my talk about carbohydrates. These meals are just more examples of carbohydrate-rich foods, as well as incorporating protein in your diet. Protein is another important nutrient that is beneficial for your body. Like I’ve mentioned before, carbohydrates serve as the main source of energy for our bodies. Proteins can be an energy source as well but that is not it’s main function. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. Proteins make up hormones and enzymes in the body as well as building blocks for bone, muscle, skin, and blood, aka take care of yourself and eat your protein!! 


(Left): Homemade Spaghetti Squash & Zucchini noodles with ground turkey meat-sauce (Middle): Homemade Paella (Right): Homemade chicken meatballs with asparagus and angel hair  |created by Ashley Trice|