I have this great market a few blocks from my apartment that I absolutely love for a few reasons. The first is that they seriously promote drinking while shopping. You actually have to walk through/past the bar with so many different beers and wines on tap to even get to the grocery section - and when there it is staring you in the face, and everyone else is enjoying a nice bev, why the heck not take a moment and 'wine down'. Seems like the obvious choice!
Once the lifestyle adjustments become more routine, and as soon as you start feeling better regularly, having an allergy or an intolerance becomes very liveable. The biggest challenge that have been facing recently is the bummer of not always getting to partake in different things with those around you. I definitely make a point to make better choices in restaurants or meals with others whenever I can (going out for pizza is just setting up for failure), but there are some things that I couldn't convince my family or friends to give up out of solidarity for anything in the world.
In these instances, when I am left to make a meal that is completely different from everyone else, I've found there is nothing more frustrating than having whatever I'm making not be ready yet, and suddenly I am eating something not only different, but then I am also eating by myself. Sad.
I started making this salmon up at the beach this summer, and ended up making it every single day for lunch while the others had their lobster rolls. It was quick, easy, and pretty delicious. No marinating, no chopping, no worry about cross-contaminated utensils, no fuss. This could be fridge to plate in under 20 minutes, which is conveniently the time it takes to order and pick up lobster rolls!
On this particular morning especially, I am thrilled that I not only made this frittata to feed me lunches for the week, but that I also packed my lunch last night. See, I was the victim of a false fire alarm situation (in the rain), and this morning my 9 am meeting with a new client was not giving me the normal flexibility to go in to the office late. All kidding aside, I was out of my bed, and out the door in 2 minutes flat. If that. I am actually really impressed with myself. I think I managed to look somewhat normal, too.
SO, originally I was going to write about how perfectly awesome this would be for company, but even more how perfect a frittata was for a busy weeks lunches and dinners ... and well, look at me testing my own theories. But really, it is. And this recipe in particular is incredible. Especially if you like things with a little heat, and a little savory - you will really enjoy this.
This weekend it is pouring rain, although I doubt any of us mind that much considering it is 60 degrees, and last weekend it was snowing. Again. Even still, it is so grey, and being stuck inside all day was just making me crave something bright, fresh, and really flavorful. I have more citrus than I know what to do with, and oranges are so wonderful right now, that this salad was perfect.
I am soaking up every last second with brussels sprouts this winter. Since we are currently buried under snow - its brussels sprouts night!
This salad is so quick and easy to throw together, and delicious any season or time of year - as long as you can find a ripe avocado! After that, take 5 minutes and you have a killer salad for yourself, or a group.
Well ladies and gents - here it is, the second quarter of life. I obviously plan on living to 100. So with that, let's talk lunch.
Caesar dressing gets a bad rep, and now I know why.
This is the Caesar dressing that my family grew up making (well, my second mom, Jamie, introduced to us and we made at all of our joint family holidays!) but that I just hadn't had in a few years. Clouded by ready-made and restaurant Caesars, I completely forgot how light, fresh, and flavorful it can be, and why I stopped ordering them out so many years ago! This is such a nice change from the standard vinaigrette, special enough to entertain with, and is bringing back the Caesar Salad for me in a big way.
Add the garlic-grilled Romaine, and it is simply perfect. (Key word - simple!)
There are some really small and non-bucket list worthy things in life that I just do not think I will ever do. For example, finishing a tube of chap stick. I always lose it way before its time, or buy a new one because it looks gross, etc!
This is such a delicious salad for winter. Especially this time of winter, when I'm getting a little tired of bakes and soups and chili's, and I am pretending it is spring. This weekend we are enjoying weather in the mid-fifties, so a bright fresh salad for lunch was exactly what I was looking for!
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