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Lemon Chickpea Artichoke Summer Salad

What a surprise… another summer salad!!

I know I know :P

But guys. Hear me out. As the weather gets warmer, I love nothing more than a crisp clean dish I can make up on a Sunday night and have for the first few days of the work week!

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Makes life not only easy on myself, but also healthy :)

And with a trip to Miami just a couple short weeks away, healthy is definitely a top priority these days! #bikiniweatheralreadywhat?

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This salad is super fresh, simple and will taste even better after it has some time to mellow out in the fridge for a few hours or even a day or two!

Perfect for a picnic. Perfect for a lunch. Perfect for a dinner. I think you catch my drift here ;)

And guess what…

I know this might surprise you…

Buttttttttt I’ve been cooking so much these days that I’ve already got a new recipe lined up and ready for y’all that I’m super excited to share!

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Sesame Quinoa Chicken & Kale Soup.

Huge hit. Huge. I really think y’all will love this one.

And yes. Looks like she’s backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk :P (in the kitchen that is!)

Back with more later :)

Greek Inspired Lemon Thyme Farro Salad

Farro… Not to be confused with pharoah??

Womp womp. I really didn’t say that, promise ;)

But all “jokes” aside… this lil’ lemony accented Greek inspired farro salad is most definitely fit for a king!

See what I did there?

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So I stumbled upon this 10 minute Farro on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s…

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I had heard of it before, seen it on various cooking shows, however never used it in my own kitchen.

And I think y’all know how those “situations” end…. time to change all that! :P

So what is farro anyways?

Farro is a fiber-rich grain that releases starch as it cooks, yet maintains a chewy al-dente texture, which makes it ideal for risotto-style dishes. Farro can also be used in salads, soups, and breads. 

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We’re working with some protein in there too eh!! :)

So I figured that since I’ve been on such an artichoke kick lately, what better way to enjoy this new-found ingredient than combined with some ‘chokes and other delicious Greek-inspired add ins?!

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Perfect flavors for the summer :)

This simple salad comes together as fast as boiling the farro…

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Rinsing the artichokes…

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Stirring up a quick vinaigrette… 

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And combining all the goods!!

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Roasted red peppers…

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Black olives…

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Chickpeas…

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I mean how good does this look already??

I just adore warmer weather inspired recipes like this, easy clean flavors but just so good!

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Lemon thyme vinaigrette.

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And there you have it.

Deliciously refreshing, whether served warm or cool!

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Plus the texture of farro is one that I now can’t seem to get enough of.

Just a bit of a “chew” makes it so much more fun that your classic rice or quinoa!

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And while we’re on the topic of warm or cool…

Just a lil tip for y’all, this goes wonderfully served cool atop a bed of greens with a little extra dressing.

And also — wait for ittttt — added to a hot pan with a couple eggs and turned into a fried rice of sorts!

I know. Me too. Mind blown. So good ;)

So. Farro. Give it a try. I think you’ll like it!

Fast, Easy n’ Healthy

I think we’ve all had those days where all we want is something convienient n’ quick to eat but also something that is really fresh n’ tasty…

And I don’t know about you, but a drive-thru just isn’t gonna cut it when it comes to feeding this lady! ;)

Enter:  Panera

Which, believe it or not, I used to live across the street from back during my 70-hour-work -week days. And therefore one that I became veryyyyy well accquainted with during my younger years ;)

But now that even though I have a bit more time to cook & dine out, I find that during a busy day I sometimes lean on Panera for a fast, easy n’ healthy meal that tastes great!

Take this lil’ lunch combo: 

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad + Vegetarian Black Bean Soup

All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips & BBQ ranch dressing, drizzled with BBQ sauce.

Plump black beans simmered in a spicy vegetarian broth with onion, red bell pepper, garlic and cumin.

Which I enjoyed on a cold, rainy day for lunch just a few days ago. I mean, what’s not to like about a healthy, fresh meal for a totally reasonable price? 

Antibiotic-free chicken. check!

Fresh crunchy veggies. check!

Hearty warming soup. check!

The black bean soup has been a favorite of mine for a while now, a warming light soup made hearty with whole black beans and delicious broth. Add a dunk or five of fresh baked bread into the mix and this soup is good as a meal on its own!

Or paired with a delicious salad. Which, speaking of…

I’ve put every condiment known to man atop a salad it seems (ok I may be slightly exaggerating but you catch my drift….) so why oh whyyyy have I not tried bbq sauce like this??? Mixed with ranch this made the perfect creamy combo atop this delicious salad I must say :)

P.S. I may or may not have gone back to Panera just days later for a round 2 on this salad. But who needs to know that…?

And speaking of fast, easy n’ healthy, if you have a few extra minutes to spare and want to finish the day after a healthy lunch with an at-home dinner, I have a fun 5 ingredient recipe for YOU!

Sweet caramelized balsamic turns ordinary red peppers & onions into a most delicious accompaniment to Italian spiced turkey tenderloins! Stay tuned :D

Disclaimer: As part of the DailyBuzz Healthy Living Program, I received a free gift card for Panera Bread and a stipend from Panera Bread. However, my opinions are entirely my own.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GO-TO FAST, EASY N’ HEALTHY DINNER OPTION?!