Veggies

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.

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?

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.

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…

Lemony, Garlicky, Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Lemony, Garlicky, Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

This particular entry into my tiny little nano-sphere of the internet will probably pass under your right eyeball and then exit out behind your left ear of conscious attention in less than two seconds flat.

I know I really shouldn’t say that and jinx this recipe from the get go, but the title of this post might be way too green and “krunchie” (and I am not talking mastication) to get very excited about.

Eeew, ANOTHER bitter Brassica Oleracea oratory? Kale and brussels sprouts are so, like, 2015.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Baby Greens Salad (with goat cheese!)

Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Baby Greens Salad

Well, hellooooo, 2017. I’ve been waiting for your arrival, how the heck are you doing? I’m so happy to see you! I think it’s safe to say a lot of people are. It must feel really good to be so anticipated.

So listen…..One-Seven….(you don’t mind if I call you that?) do you think that maybe we could just forget the past few days…weeks…okay, yes months, of all of that over-zealous over-doing it? You KNOW what I’m talking about here; it all starts out innocently enough with the pumpkin spice season shiz-bah (squash IS a vegetable after all, AMIRITE?), and then it goes ALL downhill from there. Riding the holiday horse right into the ground! What happened to all of my good intentions???

Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Pad Thai

Zucchini Noodle pad Thai

Probably one of the best known Thai dishes out there (at least to me!), traditional pad Thai is created from rice noodles stir fried together with any number of other various ingredients…….and we all love, love, love it for a reason.

It IS Soooooo Stinkin Delicious!

SO stinkin delicious. sigh

Unfortunately…..your basic restaurant style pad Thai has few nutritional benefits to offset its staggering carb, calorie and salt profile. And that’s really okay every once in a while but what if I told you that you could whip this together in your own kitchen, create a dish that is actually bursting with low carb, nutrient dense veggie goodness, and knock yourself out with the results?

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Ragu

Sweet and Spicy Sausage Ragu

Oh good grief, talk about a BIG FAT steaming pot of luscious lycopene LOVE. This undeniably delicious, slow cooked masterpiece of a “sauce” has gently bubbled its way into every muscle fiber of my marinara lovin’ heart. This is NOT your average tomato sauce. Oh no no no no no.

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