A Weekend Reset

I can’t start this post until I backtrack and talk about how our trip to New Orleans — I WILL tell you about that trip very very soon — ended with everyone getting sick.  Like really sick.  It’s a week later and I’m just finally feeling normal again, but only after a weekend where Joey and I were both DESPERATE to “revamp?” “recharge?” “recommit?”  Reset!  I think Joey’s exact words were “I’d really like to eat a salad!”

This probably also has something to do with the “Spring Cleaning” mentality, but we needed a clean the house, restock the fridge, actually go to the gym, pick up a damn book weekend to rid us of all feelings of winter blah and sickness.  I feel so much better now!

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And now I would like to offer you three sets of “Dinner + TV” photos, thankyouverymuch!  Friday was Sweet Corn + Zucchini Pie (please note that I was couch-ridden and Joey took a “Lauren food pic” for me ♥♥♥) + Leaving Neverland Part 2.  Have you guys watched?  I’ve seen some buzz about it, including news about Michael Jackson music being pulled from some radio stations or The Simpsons taking their MJ episode out of circulation and it confuses me because, though the documentary goes into more detail than I’d known, none of this information was new or shocking to me.  It is as disturbing and creepy and believable to me now as it has been for years and years.  We had a long talk about it all afterward and… man, this stuff is sad.

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Saturday morning started with pancakes, a much much much needed trip to the gym — aside from that vacation-induced exercise break and then that sickness-induced exercise break, my workout motivation has just been lacking in general, but breaking a sweat finally felt good! — then a trip to the grocery.  Afterward, kombucha, Quickles for bánh mì sliders later this week and sitting down to read.  I think Joey did something like 10 loads of laundry for us ♥

Ended the night with steak + Creamy Chive Potatoes (our fav!) + A Serious Man.  Let’s not talk about how we smoked up the entire house and set off the fire alarm while cooking that steak and instead talk about how funny the movie was.  We were left sort of confused at the end, but maybe it’s best to not try to understand all that a Coen Brothers movie has to say and just “accept the mystery.”  Anyway, we laughed a lot.

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Well, here’s what NOT to do the day Daylight Saving Time starts… wake up tired, drink an extra cup of coffee to cope then not be able to go to bed that night because you’re WIDE awake.  Anyway, sleep problems aside, Sunday was a wonderful day that started with breakfast and reading at Black Eye Coffee and afterward, involved making salads for the week and giving our pup a bath.  Between Joey giving him a haircut on Saturday and me scrubbing him on Sunday, he’s a whole new doggy!

I headed to yoga later on and then we cooked Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Warm Buttered Radish and Edamame Salad for dinner and watched the last two episodes of Shameless.  We’ve been watching this show for eight years (!!) and it was Emmy Rossum’s last show and I maybe cried.  I really wish they had just decided to end it all here because, as much as I love it and as good as the other characters are, I just don’t know what Shameless will be without its Fiona 😦

In other news, it’s supposed to snow again this week but my heart and mind have officially moved on to spring, so you can find me dreaming of iced coffee and baseball.

Some Salads For You

How often is too often to write about salad on this blog?  Is this a question I should pose to my therapist next time I’m in?  Regardless of the answer to either of those questions, I’ve got some salad recipes to share with you, in case, like Tanya, salads are your life.* Or, like me, you pack one just about every dang day for lunch and need some inspiration.

*Help, we’ve been watching a lot of Parks and Recreation.

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Sweet Potato Farro Salad

The more the merrier when it comes to salad mix-ins.

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Autumn Glow Salad

Let’s hear it for a tahini spiral drizzle!

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Vegetarian Cobb Salad

Sometimes I just do not have the energy to make that coconut bacon, but even without it, this salad is great.

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Vitamin Glow Warm Squash Salad

Follow the recipe if you must, but cold squash and a whole half an avocado per salad is highly recommended.

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Roasted Carrot Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas and Everyday Dressing

This dressing was unlike any I’d had before.  It’s heavy on tahini and nutritional yeast, which means it’s creamy and savory and might take some getting used to, but in the end, I dug it.

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Corn & Chickpea Bowl with Miso-Jalapeño Tahini

If you’re not sold at “Miso-Jalapeño Tahini,” then we probably won’t get along, but in case you’re still skeptical, just know that Bon Appétit and I would never steer you wrong.

I hope you enjoy one of these soon and if you’re a fellow salad lover, please tell me your favorite combo.  Don’t hold out on me now!