Salads on Repeat After Vacation

Good morning everyone!!  How are you doing today?  I am still trying to get over this stomach issue, but other than that I am feeling pretty good and this week is flying by!  

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It is no secret that I love to travel.  My husband and I love exploring new places together and going back to old familiar places that bring back great memories.  While on vacation I do tend to eat pretty close to my normal eating patterns so that I don’t feel sick or bloated from a lot of new foods.  I do, however, like to indulge in a lot few alcoholic beverages and some desserts.  It is vacation after all.  But I try to be mindful because I am also not usually doing the same types of hard workouts that I do at home.  As fun as indulging on vacation is, I am always SO ready to get back to my normal eating patterns when I get home.  Have I mentioned that I love routine?  I could eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday for a week and be happy.  I don’t only because my husband would fire me as head chef if I made him eat the same things every single day.  Marriage is all about compromise. 😉 

You all know by now that I LOVE salads!  In order to keep the hubs happy, I try to mix them up a bit to keep them interesting!  It has been so nice to be back in my kitchen making salads bigger than my head. 🙂 Here are some recent eats that I am loving! 

Romaine lettuce, craisins, chopped almonds, strawberries, leftover grilled salmon and  this raspberry walnut dressing!  So good!  

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I love fresh corn on the cob!!  It makes an excellent addition (raw) to a salad!  Romaine, fresh corn, strawberries, grilled tofu and zucchini and raspberry walnut vinaigrette.  

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Terrible picture (sorry!) but a yummy salad with lots of veggies (carrots, cucumber, corn), grilled tofu and zucchini, almonds, and lots of homemade guacamole! (We have managed to keep our cilantro plant alive, which is a miracle if you know me.) 

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I love veggie burgers for an easy dinner with a salad, sliced avocado, and oven-roasted sweet potato fries!

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I just needed to show you guys this picture of my grilled tofu because I LOVE grill marks (I know, I am so strange) and I think I have perfected my tofu grilling technique!  I used to put the tofu in a veggie basket on the grill, but lately I have been putting the tofu straight onto the grill and I am loving the way it turns out.  I hate mushy tofu so the extra texture from the grill marks is amazing!  

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Have a great Wednesday everyone!!

Questions:

  1. What are your favorite salad toppings?
  2. What is your favorite salad dressing?  
  3. What is one meal your are loving right now?  

Friday fun!

Good morning!! It’s Friday at last!  I hope you all had a good week and have an even better weekend!  I am so excited as we have a little trip planned with my in-laws.  I’ll be sure to check in during our time away! I will keep the words short today as I have lots of work to do and lots of packing! 

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Delicious smoothie of spinach, flaxseed, organe juice, banana, frozen berries, and pineapple. 

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The most delicious salad with grilled salmon on top (I just grilled the salmon on my stovetop grill pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper).  

You guys know I can’t have a meal without my sweet potato fries 😉

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Just another way I’m using up my leftovers.  Brown rice with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and garlic topped with a veggie burger and avocado.  Heavenly.

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Guys, the food hoarder is still in full force.  She is so ridiculous.  

Butterball is back!

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Butterball loves Bruce.

Bruce is so over it.  

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Bruce loves his walks!

Dog park fun to run these pups!

My nephew, Otis and some shadows.  Don’t be fooled by his innocent face… he had all the dogs chasing him in circles at the park.  He is the ring leader. 🙂

Riley and Callie are too scared to join the pack.  

Bruce and Otis. 

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend everyone!  I will see you soon from Florida with pictures from our trip!  I know you will miss all the doggie pictures, but the pups have to stay behind with their aunt, uncle, and cousin, Otis.  😉

Questions:

  1. Do you like salmon?
  2. Favorite way to cook sweet potatoes?
  3. Tell me what you are looking forward to doing this weekend!

Saturday talks

Hi guys! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and staying warm!  To my friends that got hit with lots of snow, I hope you are enjoying it!  I have to admit, I kind of miss the snow a little bit since we moved to Dallas, but I don’t miss having to drive in it.  I prefer watching the snow from inside my house bundled up on the couch with lots of blankets, a toasty fire, and a cup of warm hot chocolate. 🙂

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I am off to a body pump class at the gym and then I have to get ready for Riley’s Therapy Dog exam today (Riley and I are training to be a Dog Therapy team). Let’s hope he passes 😉

Some snow pictures from my mom, dad, and best friend in Nashville.  So pretty!

I love the pretty birds in the snow.

This is the lovely site I came home to the other day… I thought someone had broken into our house… nope.  The dog we were watching knocked this big picture (with the glass and frame) off of the ledge (that most dogs are scared of going near) and it fell down the stairs.  It was not fun to clean up, but I am just happy that no dogs were injured in the process.  After lots of vacuuming and mopping, I will still be wearing shoes in my house for a while 🙂 

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Smoothie with spinach, flaxseed, banana, coconut water and frozen mango.  Yum!

And another smoothie with the same ingredients as the previous one plus some frozen berries! 

My go-to easy dinner when the hubs is out of town.  Chopped salad topped with a veggie burger (I buy them frozen) topped with avocado.  SO easy and never gets old!

Another yummy meal with red quinoa (cooked in vegetable broth), corn, black beans, onions, mushrooms, and tossed with fresh cilantro!  

But don’t forget the homemade guacamole (avocado, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice, and fresh cilantro)!!

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It’s so yummy, you will go back for seconds!  I sure did!

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I always make a lot of any dish so we have leftovers for simple meals the following days!

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A few other healthy dessert options that I took pictures of from the tastemade snapchat story.  They all look so easy and yummy! 

You may have seen my chia seed pudding recipe on the blog a while ago, and this is why I love chia seeds!  16 grams of protein for every 3.5 ounces!  So good for you!

I am off to the Dog Therapy exam with Riley!  Wish us luck!! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Questions:

  1. Do you like chia seeds? Favorite recipe?
  2. How much snow did you get?
  3. Do you like quinoa?  Favorite recipe?