Easy Salmon Salad + New Potato Frites

Easy Salmon Salad + New Potato Frites

If you’ve ever ordered takeout or microwaved a frozen meal, you are well acquainted with the meaning of convenience food.  If you haven’t, then I assume you are either very privileged or have been living under a rock in the Sahara desert.

Personally, I’ll admit – I know my way around convenience food.  And yes… it’s what you’re thinking.  Even when I say the words “convenience food,” thoughts of pizza, oily noodles, and chunks of reheated meat covered in brown sauce comes to mind.  Why is that?  I guess that means I’ve had my share of quick-and-easy fare, too.

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Rutabaga-Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

Rutabaga-Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

So it’s official. 

Chris Pratt got pretty good looking in The Guardians of the Galaxy.  I think he’s been working out or something.

That movie did come out a while ago, so… I guess that’s not really new news.  But I did just hear something else…

He’s taken!  By Anna Farris!  Er… looks like that actually that happened like six years ago.  When they got married. 

Buuut they had a baby!  That’s… two years old now.  Did you know that already?

Apparently I do not keep up with the celeb gossip.  I guess I figured I’d find out anything worth knowing by reading the covers of OK! and People magazines in line at the grocery store.  But you know what?  I’m decidedly alright with being the last to know about celebrity affairs.  I find THIS surprising couple so much more fun to dish on, anyway.    

Cauliflower and rutabaga!  

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Harvest Picnic Calzone

Harvest Picnic Calzone

House decorated floorboards-to-chandeliers for Halloween:  Check.
Fall Pinterest boards in heavy use:  Check
"Spooky Symphonies" Pandora station playing:  Check.
Excessive amounts of pumpkin spice flavored coffee brewed:  Check.
Flour all over the kitchen + pumpkin on my apron:  Aaaand check.

This is me, gearing up for another fantastic fall in Arizona.  It's THE time of year for those of us who have been waiting the last 5 months to leave our homes without fearing the wrath of the sun.  Do you think I exaggerate?  Well, yeah, maybe a little.  But it really can't be understated how nice it is when the highs finally hit the low 80s after a 100 + summer!
 

 

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Beefy Artichoke Dip Salad (+ Easy Roasted Broccoli)

Beefy Artichoke Dip Salad (+ Easy Roasted Broccoli)

Is it possible to eat too much broccoli?

The answer is yes.  Yes, you can eat too much broccoli.  Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable - which are famous for being extra healthy... and extra hard to digest.  Tummy troubles can outweigh the nutritional benefit at a certain point.

And I am not cool with this fact.  I love broccoli, like, a lot.  If I've compared my love of fruit to that of a fruit pterodactyl, my feelings for broccoli are probably the same if not stronger. 

I think raw broccoli stems, chopped up and plain, are simply delicious.  Raw broccoli tops dipped in hummus are a delicacy.  Roasted broccoli straight out of the oven, with coconut or olive oil and garlic sprinkled across it - pure crack.  Even cold, the next day, straight out of the refrigerator, I'll munch on that shiznit like potato chips.

 

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