Orange Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

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I have to admit that most nights when stir-fry is announced for dinner, I become a bit skeptical. Especially if we’re conveniently having it right before mother announces her desperate need to go grocery shopping, as this usually means “veggies-that-are-wilting-and-need-to-get-used-up-stirfry” Ahhhh thanks but no thanks.

This stir fry is NOT my mamas stir fry, lets be clear. Chicken marinaded in teriyaki sauce and orange juice with fresh veggies (emphasis on the fresh) is totally delicious and a super quick, filling, and healthy meal that can be made during everybody’s crazy week nights. Get the chicken marinading and the veggies chopped the night before you plan on making this and dinner can be whipped up in 20 minutes.

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A Fresh Start!

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I never had the intention to stop blogging, however being absent from the blogosphere for a while has allowed me to put my complete focus on other aspects of my life, which has turned out to be a really positive experience for me. I’m near completing all required units to transfer to a four year university- FINALLY. And I’ve finished copious amounts of college applications just to give myself plenty of options. If all goes well, I’ll be off on my next adventure by the time Fall rolls around.

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Thai Noodle Salad

IMG_0690Can I let you guys in on a little secret? Sometimes the best recipes don’t come from a recipe at all, but simply out of a panic to use up all the produce sitting in the refrigerator before they go bad. This probably isn’t something I should publicly admit to, but I’m a human after all and things like “nothing but the kitchen sink” stir fry and “vegetables near spoiling” soup are meals that happen frequently in my house. Now that I have you grossed out and hesitating to read another word, I should tell you that this is not that stir fry, or that vegetable soup. This recipe came from me over purchasing at Costco (as usual) leaving the fridge with a few too many bell peppers, carrots, and far too much baby kale. Better in a thai salad than a stir fry, right? Continue reading

Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Mango Salsa

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Tonights dinner conversation revolved around all the weird foods I used to like when I was little. My mom reminded me of my 4 year old love for capers, feta cheese, anchovies (…what), and shrimp. Like really what 4 year old likes any of these things?? I still love capers, feta, and shrimp, but anchovies? Definitely grew out of that one unless it’s beautifully disguised in a caesar salad and even then, that’s pushin it. Just thankful I didn’t grow out of loving shrimp! Shrimps are funny little creatures, and if you can get past devaining them, you’re a superhero in my book. God bless already devained shrimp, that’s all I have to say.

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Pesto Pizza with Fontina, Caramelized Onions, Arugula, & Truffle Oil

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Thursdays have perhaps become my favorite day of the week. Not because it’s one day before Friday, which means the weekend is fast approaching. Not because it’s when a new episode of Parenthood airs (which is pretty great though, let’s be real). But because Thursday afternoon is when our towns mall parking lot transforms into a sea of pop-up canopies filled with local farm vendors offering a wide variety of fresh produce. They have any and everything from juicy strawberries to funky romanesco broccoli. What caught my eye this week, though, was peppery arugula and creamy fontina cheese.

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