Category Archives: postaday2011

Superfood Salad and Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Here are two different recipes that actually go extremely well together. I took pics with my cell phone, so the quality is not the best but hopefully you get the idea of what it looks like.

SUPERFOOD SALAD with Lemon Vinairgrette

Ingredients:

½ cup dry quinoa

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 orange, peeled and chopped

1 avocado, chopped

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup pomegranate arils

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Salt & pepper

For the vinaigrette:

2 lemons, juiced (need ¼ cup)

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

Dash of sweetener (agave, stevia or white sugar)

Salt and pepper

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

1.       Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

2.       For the vinaigrette:  combine all ingredients in a jar and shake to combine

3.       Combine cooled quinoa with red onion, orange, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, corn, cilantro and salt and pepper.  Pour vinaigrette over the salad and stir.  Serve at room temperature.

CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive oil

2 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined

6 gloves garlic, minced

½ cup chopped cilantro

1 lime

Salt & pepper

Directions:

Heat large frying pan on med-high.  Add oil, and when hot, add shrimp.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper.

When shrimp is cooked on one side, about 2 minutes, turn over and add garlic.

Saute another 1-2 minutes until shrimp is cooked.

Remove from heat.

Squeeze lime all over shrimp and toss with cilantro.

Top the Superfood Salad with the Cilantro Lime Shrimp and you have an amazing and very healthy meal.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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My Identity

I am a:

Woman
Daughter
Sister
Sister-in-law
Granddaughter
Cousin
Friend
Co-worker
God parent
Soon-to-be Auntie
Roommate
Neighbor
Social Worker
Listener
Giver
Servant
Daughter of the Most High King

I am also:

Loving
Caring
Compassionate
Creative
Outgoing
Sensitive
Loud
Directionally-challenged
Patient (to an extent)
Stubborn
Impulsive
Inquisitive
Determined
Ambitious
Empathetic
Smart
Funny
Sarcastic

I know not everyone can see every aspect of me at all times, but I know that each and every one of these traits comprise some of who I am and my identity. I am the same person, but I can appear different to different people and at different times. But it all makes me …ME.

Who are YOU? How do you see me?


Chicken Breast stuffed with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes

In honor of my 300th post, I thought I would share a favorite recipe that I made last night.

ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 12oz jar of marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained (save the oil), chopped
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • italian seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix artichokes, cheese, tomatoes, and basil in medium bowl.
  • Using small sharp knife and working with 1 chicken breast at a time, cut 2-inch-long slit horizontally into 1 side of chicken breast. Move knife back and forth in slit to form pocket.
  • Divide 1 cup cheese mixture among chicken pockets
  • Press edges to seal. **I also secure with 2-3 toothpicks**
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, and italian seasoning
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomato oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over high heat.
  • saute garlic until lightly browned
  • Add chicken; cook 3-5 minutes on each side.
  • transfer skillet to oven. Bake until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Let sit for 3-5 minutes before slicing.

 

I don’t have a picture, because it was eaten up fast.  Let me know if you make this and what you think 🙂


Weekly Photo Challenge : SELF PORTRAIT

So this is me 🙂   I took this picture in October of this year, when I was in NY visiting family.  It was taken with my cell phone.


Weekly Photo Challenge : CELEBRATION

In keeping with the upcoming holiday, I thought it fitting to post a picture of my Willow Tree nativity set, not because I love it and am so happy to have finally gotten all of the figurines for it and being able to display it in my apartment, BUT because of what it really represents:  the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for whom we CELEBRATE Christmas.