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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Simple Ceviche

Simple Ceviche

Have you ever been to the grocery store or some marketplace with a serious seafood spread laid out and seen something you couldn’t resist?  Like a glistening pink-striped salmon fillet that looks perfect for grilling, or a bunch of succulent giant scallops for serving with roasted broccolini?

Whenever I see some really thick, plump white fish, I always think of ceviche.  Unfortunately, where I live in Arizona, it’s not always reasonable to expect the best of the best when it comes to seafood selections.  So when I go somewhere and find some amazing-looking fish, I know it’s gotta be time for something epic.

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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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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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