Eating Lately

Lunches:

Salad! Leftover chicken sliced. Romaine. Cucumbers. Red onion. Herb goat cheese. Diced roma tomatoes from my garden.

salad

Soba noodles with shrimp, broccoli and edamame. I made this for my sister Angela and my nephews when I went to visit them for the day. The kids tore it up!

Canned albacore “salad” with celery, onion, relish, dijon and vegenaise. Served on toasted 9 grain bread. I also ate a few celery chunks and some leftover green peas.

Fried eggs. Rye toast. Banana and strawberry slices.

Huevos rancheros from Lunasea. YUM!

brunch

Dinners:

Navy beans cooked with a ham bone that I froze back in the spring. Also made a pumpkin chocolate chip bread and corn muffins while the beans were cooking.

corn muffins

Baked croaker and spot fish with lemon. Locally caught, because we caughtĀ the fish! Salad.

salad

Seared boneless, skinless chickenĀ breast topped with sauteed mushrooms. Golden beets.

Grilled flat iron steak. Steamed broccoli sprinkled with nutritional yeast. Coleslaw.

 

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Eating Lately

I didn’t mean for the whole summer to go by!

Just to break the ice after my long absence I thought I’d share what I’ve been eating lately.

Lunches:

Grilled cheese served with Roasted Tomato Basil soup.

Homemade Tarragon Chicken Salad (leftover chicken breast, celery, red onion, tarragon, Vegenaise, dijon) with a few rice crackers and diced, baked sweet potatoes.

Tarragon Chicken salad

Another day for lunch I had the same diced, baked sweet potatoes with about a 1/2 cup of black beans, a fried egg and some salsa on the side.

Hummus, tuna salad, sliced cucumber and rice crackers.

Dinners:

Shrimp, tarragon and arugula quinoa…based on this recipe. This time I didn’t chop the shrimp, added 4 cloves of garlic instead of 1 and I made extra quinoa for a quinoa pancakes recipe I want to try this weekend!

Shrimp tarragon quinoa mix

 

Grilled Sriracha Honey Mustard Beef Kebabs from this recipe. I made some beef and some chicken and also added mushrooms and peppers. I accidentally picked some fiery ones and my fiance and son (who normally put hot sauce on everything) said to never buy those again. Lots of water drinking happened!

Seared salmon and an iceberg salad with tomatoes, cucumber, green onion and feta.

Salsa Verde Sour Cream Enchiladas. I also made a batch of Southwestern Salsa with Corn and Black Beans. I ate scoop with the enchiladas but really it was a make ahead so I could have it with a fried egg for upcoming lunches.

One day after doing a weights workout in the morning and biking over 4 miles that afternoon we went out to eat for dinner at Dockside. I had a greek salad topped with grilled med-rare tuna.

After searching Craigslist and looking at new bikes in local shops, I bought a used Trek beach cruiser bike this past week. I had looked at it earlier that day and returned to the same store because it was my favorite of all the ones I’d looked at…one small detail…I didn’t know it was used. When I told the store employee I wanted it (a different guy than had helped me earlier) he said, “Did you know it was used, ma’am?”. I asked how much it was and immediately knew I’d made the right decision. Instead of the new price of over $450 I got it for $250! Of course then I had to go and buy a detachable basket!

Trek beach crusier

Trek cruiser on a trail

Smashed Avocado and Shrimp Salad Sandwich

easy shrimp salad

A lot of people talk about how they make breakfast/brunch or special dinners on the weekends but I don’t really see LUNCH getting any attention.

I usually always have a smoothie for breakfast…and in the past couple of weeks sometimes overnight oats…and especially on Saturday mornings after working out and showering I want a really good lunch. Something fresh, no re-heated leftovers.

I’ve been making this shrimp salad for a few years now. I got the recipe from a friend and she prepared it as a topping on a toasted english muffin, then she would top that with some sliced havarti cheese then place it under the broiler for a minute or 2 to get it all melt-y. YUM! I had a large ripe avocado that needed to be eaten so I decided to substitute that for the cheese…glad I did!

Smashed avocado and shrimp salad sandwich

With creamy avocado, plump shrimp bites and crunchy-fresh celery it’s a very satisfying and flavorful lunch. I had my previously mentioned favorite summer fruit — a nectarine — on the side.

Smashed avocado and shrimp salad sandwich

Perfect thing to eat before heading to the pool. Only a few pool days left before it closes after all…

at the pool

Smashed Avocado and Shrimp Salad Sandwiches

  • 1 pound cleaned and deveined shrimp (fresh from deli if possible, or frozen/thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons Vegenaise (or your fav mayo – I prefer the taste of Vegenaise)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon country style mustard (or dijon)
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 2 teaspoons white wine (I usedĀ sauvignon blanc)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • wheat bread or 12 grain bread

Method

  • In a large non-stick skillet add a small drizzle of EVOO and cook shrimp with a little salt and pepper for no more than 5 minutes for large shrimp. Let cool.
  • In the meantime in a bowl stir together Veganaise, dill, mustard, shallot, celery, wine and S&P. Dice each piece of shrimp into 4-5 pieces and add to bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl smash the avocado with the lime juice.
  • To prepare sandwich smear avocado on toasted bread and top with about 1/4 of the shrimp salad. Serves about 4.

Pasta, Pesto and Peas

It’s Labor Day weekend! School starts, pools close (at least in Richmond they do), and the days get shorter (BOO!!). I do love fall and all the holidays leading up to Christmas. This fall my sister Angela is expecting her 2nd child..another boy…so that’s also something to be very excited about!

While I was cooking Devin came in the kitchen to make a sandwich. Our dog Walter waited close by with the hopes that Devin might share:

 

I made this pasta to take to my cousins housewarming party last weekend. It’s unique and always a hit…a couple of people asked me for the recipe and a few others made a point to tell me how much they liked it. It’s usually a great way to use some of the tons a fresh basil I have however, my blender is broken and I couldn’t make any fresh pesto so I had to buy some. I need to remedy my broken blender situation soon because I have lots of basil that needs to be broken down into pesto and frozen šŸ™‚

Pasta, Pesto and Peas

From Barefoot Contessa

  • 3/4 pound fusilli pasta
  • 3/4 pound bow tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups pesto (I didn’t measure it but used the entire package that you see pictured above)
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (don’t leave this out!!)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used Vegenaise)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Method

  • Cook the pasta together in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and toss pasta with a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a food processor fitted with a steel blade puree the pesto, spinach and lemon juice. Add the Vegenaise and puree to mix. Add the pesto mixture to the cooled pasta and then add the Parmesan, peas, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Mix well, taste to be sure the seasoning is right and serve at room temperature.

Curried Egg Salad

I have been in love with Bon Appetit ever since last year when Gwyneth Paltrow was featured on the cover. I immediately subscribed and have made many recipes from Bon Appetit since then. Now I will be able to share them on my blog which is so exciting! By the way my favorite recipe from the Gwyneth Paltrow edition was the recipe for Grilled Chicken with Peach BBQ Sauce. I’ve made it multiple times and as soon as there are some good local peaches in season here I will certainly make as post about it!

In the new May 2012 magazine a recipe for Curried Egg SaladĀ caught my eye. I had not made regular “old-fashioned” egg salad since I catered a friends baby shower a couple of years ago and the idea of adding curry made it sound like a perfect weekend brunch food. The recipe only called for 4 eggs and with the 2 hungry boys in my house I decided to double the recipe.

The only thing I changed was that I used Vegenaise instead of mayo. I know, don’t make fun of me, I used an egg-less vegan mayo in egg salad. I prefer the taste of it to regular mayo…that’s the only good reason I can give you! I also forgot the scallions so I had to leave those out.

Curried Egg Salad (adapted from Bon Appetit)

  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise
  • 2 small shallots, minced
  • 3 tablespoonsĀ apple cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoonsĀ Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoonĀ ground cumin
  • 8 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1Ā medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Whisk Vegenaise, shallot, apple cider vinegar, mustard, curry powder, and cumin in a large bowl. Fold in eggs and apple. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. I served mine on a toasted whole-wheat english muffin.