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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Food for Thought.

Happy Tuesday!  I went on my much awaited girls weekend to Florida and got home late Sunday.  It was very relaxing and besides indulging myself in seafood and cocktails, I realized how unburdened one can feel when she is not constantly fetching juice, packing diaper bags, fastening car seat buckles and reminding (yelling) one's two year-old not to smother his brother.  Ahhhhh.  It was a beautiful thing to just care for me and me alone this weekend, but of course I ended up missing the little maniacs and by Sunday night I was anxious to see them.  My husband fared well in my absence and I was happy (overjoyed) to miss a very messy potty training fail by Cameron...yikes.  Oh, and Henry is now basically walking -- at 9 months.  He actually tried to scale the safety gate today, something that Cameron has still never attempted.  My husband put him "baby jail" in order to keep him from destroying everything at the grandparents house...

So, a few things I have been meaning to post about:

1.  Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, or "Rake" as I now am calling them.  Ummm...what?  They got married.  I barely knew they were together, but of course, I have been been a little preoccupied.  I am a wee bit worried for Ryan because he seems to always choose women who are about 10 years his junior (besides Alanis Morissette) and then it doesn't seem to work out.  I know plenty of 30-35 year olds who are single, beautiful and hilarious -- if only he would have met them first.  Anywho, good luck to the newlyweds.

2.  I toughed it out until the finale of this season's Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I am solidly Team Melissa and am wondering if the rumor mill is correct in that Teresa is getting fired from the show.  For any of you who watched, how over it is Caroline Manzo (not to mention Albert Manzo)?

In the finale, Joe Gorga flies to Melissa's defense when she is accused, once again, of being a stripper and he brings Ritchie Wakile with him.  I love this duo, especially their age inappropriate outfits, but more I just love that they were ready to do some business at the Posche fashion show (which is a sh*t show every.single.year.)  My husband and I were talking about who on the show would be most likely to help you bury a body if you needed to (and be discrete about it).  We decided that although most of the husbands on the show would probably help you, most wouldn't be discrete and the one you should really go to is Albert Manzo.  Of course, you may owe him a favor one day, but I think he would be the one to get the job done and keep it quiet.  Random thoughts from our couch.

3.  I promised recipes and recipes are what you shall now get, like it or not.  When I was first married I did not care much for cooking, but in the past few years I have really started to get into it and I credit one source -- Real Simple Magazine.  I love love love this magazine and get most of my recipes from it.  I have some old standbys and some new ones from Pinterest, but that magazine is the source of much of my inspiration.

I thought I would start with two easy recipes and then add more on different posts later...I'll try to keep it interesting.  I chose these recipes for today because they are "no-cook" recipes that are really healthy and delicious and can be made in less than 20 minutes.

Beet and Carrot Salad (from www.cmbm.org)
Serves 4
2 tablespoons OJ
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons EVOO
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger (I use this ginger paste that I found in the herb section of my grocery)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup peeled and shredded carrot
1 cup peeled and shredded raw beet
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Whisk OJ, lemon juice, EVOO, ginger and salt together in bowl.  Put carrots in mixing bowl, drizzle with 1/2 of dressing and toss, put on one side of serving dish.  Put beets in mixing bowl and drizzle with other 1/2 of dressing and toss.  Place beets on other side of serving dish.  Sprinkle mint on top before serving.  Delish!

Sesame-Lime Chicken Salad (from Real Simple Magazine)
Serves 4
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar (I used Splenda)
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (I have another recipe that uses this and will post next time so you can use this pricey ingredient again)
1/2 red chili pepper (such as jalapeño), sliced
kosher salt and black pepper (I used sea salt)
1 small head romaine lettuce in bite sized pieces (I used a bag of romaine, prewashed and cut up)
2 carrots, grated (I actually bought a bag of shredded carrots which I used for this recipe and the one above on two separate nights)
1 2 to 2.5 lb rotisserie chicken, meat shredded (about 4 cups) -- I used leftover roasted chicken and I bet any kind of chicken would be fine.
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (I forgot these and didn't notice)
1 cup crispy Chinese noodles (in Asian section of grocery store)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

In large bowl, whisk together the canola oil, lime juice, sugar, sesame oil, chili, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.  Add the lettuce, carrots, and chicken and toss to combine.  Serve the salad with the sesame seeds, noodles and cilantro sprinkled on top.  Just like a restaurant Chinese chicken salad, but much healthier!

Good luck chefs!

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