Broccoli Power-Salad

Broccoli Power-Salad

'Tis the season for family gatherings and good food!  Unfortunately, for many of us, it’s also the season for sniffley noses and baggy eyes… Precisely the time for a bit of a nutritional pick-me-up.

I’ve personally been noting the seasonal transition by the number of people around me with colds and the increasing difficulty of getting out of bed at a “reasonable” time.  It doesn’t help that I’m overcompensating with caffeine to the point that I can’t sleep properly at night, simultaneously exacerbating my problems with getting stuff done and avoiding the plague that the masses keep bringing around.

My schedule also just hit the fan.  I just picked up a brand new job, a 100-mile (two hour) long drive from my other one…

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Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Tower with Balsamic Reduction

Am I the only one who thinks food should look good? 

Yeah, I know – what kind of question is that, anyway?  Of course I’m not the only one.  I’m sure you wouldn’t be reading a food blog if you didn’t like the way food looks in pictures and you want to make appealing food, too!  But even when you’re at home by yourself, not trying to impress anyone with your culinary masterpieces… don’t you still prefer to eat something that looks good?

Sure, you’ll never get a bowl of plain cereal to look much different than, well, a bowl of cereal, but that’s beside the point.  Even when I’m by myself, as long as I have enough light to see – and I haven’t had a power outage in a long time, thank goodness – I love making my food colorful and tasty-looking.

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Peach & Prosciutto Salad

Peach & Prosciutto Salad

In a perfect world, there would be no tough decisions.  Mint chocolate chip or rocky road?  Hiking or swimming?  The pink or the teal dress?  Sweet or savory?

(Some real toughies there, huh?  Okay, but you know what I mean!)

Still, it may be argued that having some challenging decisions make life more interesting and spicy.  Well, for better or worse, we do have options in life, but today I’m telling you to have it all.  At least as far as this particular salad goes.

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Garden Quinoa Salad

Garden Quinoa Salad

I adore quinoa.  Mainly for two reasons.  One, it is an incredible, nutrient-packed ingredient.  And two, it’s like a blank canvas for cooking!  You can mix it up with just about anything and make it completely new.  I’ve already got a few that I have really liked in the past, but today, I thought it was time for something different.

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