Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Recipes Round up


I’m trying desperately to get my life caught up after the last couple weeks. It’s been a doosy. For a quick recap in no particular order; our washing machine broke (Mid-wash), Momma and Sister Chuck came to stay, my cousin turned 30, we got a new washing machine (thanks mom!), Easter happened, I was in training all week at work (and a bunch of other really good opportunities are popping up for me there) all in the span of 2 weeks.

Due to this influx of activity I need some time to catch up (my reader says I’ve missed 400+ posts *insert jaw drop*) so for today we are just going to round up some really great seasonal recipes that I’m loving around the net right now.

Pistachio Crusted Asparagus with Feta
Pappardelle with Dandelion Pesto from Free People Blog


Artichoke Flatbread
My New Roots' Spring Abundance Bowl 

Warm Asparagus Salad with Orange Dressing and Parmesan

Monday, April 21, 2014

D4One: Shrimp Fried Rice





Fried rice is probably one of the easiest recipes ever, and shrimp fried rice is only about 1/8 of a degree more difficult. It’s also something that can be made pretty easily from pantry staples, so no additional shopping is needed.  I made this recipe the easiest I possibly could, even cutting out a lot of chopping and shucking by using frozen peas and carrots. Of course you can also use fresh veggies, I do suggest cutting them up pretty small, and at least tossing the carrots in the pan at the same time as the onion so that it cooks all the way through, and otherwise it’s basically all the same.


Shrimp Fried Rice
4 oz. of Shrimp (about 9 medium shrimp), peeled & deveined
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp low sodium teriyaki sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ a small onion, peeled and chopped
1 egg
½ cup of frozen peas and carrots
½ cup of cooked brown rice
handfull of green onions, chopped (optional)


In a small bowl combine soy sauce, teriyaki sauce and ginger then add shrimp and toss. Allow them to marinate at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Preheat a large sauté pan with oil over medium high heat. Add the shrimp and sauté for about 30 seconds a side, or until they begin to turn pink. Remove from heat and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium (you may need to add some more oil) and add onion to the pan cooking for 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to turn translucent. Add the egg right into the pan and using a spatula mix well, breaking the yolk and cooking through. Then add the vegetables, and rice tossing well to mix and heat through. Stir the shrimp with its juices, and green onion to the pan and again mix well. Serve immediately with an extra drizzle of soy sauce.

This recipe, though suited for one is pretty easy to double, triple, or even quadruple to feed a crowd. I was able to stretch this recipe for one to feed both me and Chuck by steaming up a large batch of Asian style veggies. We are trying to keep it a little healthy over here. 

PS. This one is clean too. 






Friday, April 18, 2014

What's Your 20?

Someone should have warned me last week when I thought everything was a mess that this week would be a hell of a lot worse. It’s cool though, I have learned more this week at work than I have in a very long time, and I’m excited for what the future could potentially look like for me there.

You don’t come here to talk sop though do you. I had had a great post planned for today with great Easter Menus and MyRecipeMagic.com but I never got the time to put it together so I guess we will just scrap that. I was reading a magazine the other night and saw an advertisement for a credit card with Tina Fey. I of course actually read this advertisement because, Tina Fey.



I chuckled quite a bit and started thinking about what my answers would be, then my genius brain decided it would be a fabulous idea to turn it into a post, and since I got out of work early today (I’m actually pretty shocked about that) I decided to slap that baby up here for today’s post.

So here is my 20.
  1. Stewarts Breakfast Sandwiches
  2. Doggie Daycare; Someone in this family should be able to play all day long.
  3.  Tickets to As I Lay Dying at Upstate concert Hall (I’m a dreamer).
  4.  Beer.
  5.   Gas. At almost $4 we are breaking the bank around here.
  6. Stewarts Milkshakes
  7.  Impromptu target trips.
  8.  Price Chopper Market Bistro Sushi.
  9. Sons of Anarchy downloads from amazon.
  10. Bacon, because everything is better with bacon.
  11. Beer.
  12. Stewart’s hot fudge Sunday, I love that place.
  13. Pedicure. Because when you lift/run a lot someone needs to take care of those callouses.
  14.  Monthly cake day at work, because that’s just how we do.
  15.  Dog treats as bribery for abandoning him daily to go to work.
  16.  Paper umbrellas for no reason at all.
  17.  A gym membership so I can take out my aggression in a semi-safe environment.
  18. Where does the beer keep disappearing to?
  19. Beads and craft supplies from my favorite hippy store. I would like to be buried there.
  20. Magazines: Bon appetite, Clean Eating Magazine, Oxygen magazine, Elle, Women’s Fitness, I may have an addiction.

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