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Orange and Avocado Salad with Spicy Honey Broiled Shrimp

Avocado and Orange Salad with Spicy Honey Broiled Shrimp

Have you ever pulled out an orange (at work, perhaps?) and asked anyone if they would like a piece? Chances are you won’t get much response. Hey, you were just trying to be polite, right? Fine, good, more for you, or so you might think; let me tell you the minute you dig your thumb into that rind and peel it back and that first whiff of sunshine scented diffusion sprays through the air – Oh yeah! Noses perk right up and heads pop over and next thing you know,

you could use another orange. Hmmm.

Frozen Key Lime Pie

Frozen Key Lime Pie

5 Ingredients.

5 minutes.

Probably 5 years worth of bragging rights.

Whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, Key lime juice, vanilla extract, a pre-made graham cracker pie crust, a freezer. That is all you need to whip up (no pun intended, you will be doing the whip here….neh neh completely optional) the most amazing amalgam of silky, luxurious, should be labeled as a controlled substance, debauchery.

Marinated Mushroom Veggie Salad

Marinated Mushroom veggie Salad

I don’t know about you, but I can almost actually feel my vitamin D levels going up….just by looking at this bright and beautiful bowl of bodily benevolent bounty.

Earthy mushrooms, juicy grape tomatoes, sweet red bell pepper and crunchy cubed zucchini come together in raw and ready solidarity, held up (and held together) by a gutsy, garlicky, feta-cheese-a-fied marinade/dressing.

No sissy pants of a side dish; this bodacious babe brings the goods when it comes to a super delicious, sinfully simple salad.

Mushroom Sausage and Orzo Comfort Bowl

Mushroom Sausage and Orzo Comfort Bowl

As most anyone who knows me knows, I broke up with pasta a while ago. It was ugly. There were accusations; probably some tears. And although it has been an overall positive decision (semolina flour, you know you’re just no good for me) I have to admit that even after all this time…we still get together in that sneaky, culpable way.

And man, is it ever good when it happens. So easy and familiar, just like old times.

Is that so terrible?

Chocolate Emergency Peanut Butter Patties

You may be able to relate to what I’m talking about.Super QUick Two Ingredients Chocolate Emergency Peanut Butter Patties

I was recently having a seemingly uncontrollable hankering for something sweet to nibble on. It wasn’t like I was particularly hungry, I mean, I certainly had plenty of actual food-food that I could have stuffed into my face…I just wanted something a little bad, ya know? Maybe a little creamy? Maybe a little chocolatey? oooooh yeah, and a little salty? Yes! THAT! Whatever that might be, that’s what I wanted.

And of course I wanted it right. that. minute.

Jalapeño Sauced Chicken Thigh Bowl

Spicy Jalapeno Sauce CHicken Thigh Bowl

Not to be confused with a Thai Chicken bowl, this vessel of yum gets it’s title from the spicy jalapeño pepper sauce that is lovin’ itself up all over some perfectly roasted, cheap and easy chicken thigh goodness. Spoon this over a protein packin’ helping of quinoa, black beans (or both!), plop a dollop of silky sour cream and avocado cubes on top, hit it with a smattering of fresh cilantro and you have got yourself some serious eats. It’s kinda pretty too…..especially if you like the color green.

Absolutely, without a doubt, It is ALL ABOUT THIS SAUCE.

Quinoa Blondies with Dark Chocolate Chips

Quinoa Blondies with Dark Chocolate Chips

I posted these such a way long time ago that I had forgotten about what a delightful little yummy they are, so let me bring you up to speed on this gem of a treat. What I am particularly partial to about these guys is that you can satisfy your sweet tooth, reel in some chocolate love and still get a substantial kick of fiber and protein, all wrapped up in a crave busting square of goodness.

Got an issue with gluten? Trying to cut back on the processed carbs? Then these will make you happy. Now I won’t make any claims that these are HEALTH FOOD per say, and no, you won’t find them on the menu of any detox diet plan……but hey! I know I need a goodie every once in a while, and these fit the bill without wrecking too much havoc. Works for me!

Sweet Potato Kale Hash

Sweet Potato Kale hash

Have you ever had one of those happy accidents in the kitchen where you found yourself refrigerator diving for dinner fixins and ended up throwing together whatever you could find simply because you were:

a/ hungry

b/ too tired/cranky/not feelin it, to actually go out to a restaurant or hit up the grocery store, which leads to:

c/ desperation

…and it ended up being so undoubtedly delightful that you actually went out of your way to make it again? Kinda cool when that happens, I gotta tell you. It is a rare phenomena around here to be sure…

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