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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!


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?


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!


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?


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


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. 


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?!


Perfect flavors for the summer :)

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


Rinsing the artichokes…


Stirring up a quick vinaigrette… 


And combining all the goods!!


Roasted red peppers…


Black olives…




I mean how good does this look already??

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


Lemon thyme vinaigrette.


And there you have it.

Deliciously refreshing, whether served warm or cool!


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!


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.