Shrimp, Fennel, and Artichoke Salad

8 Apr Mix dressing into the fennel salad

Ready to eat saladAfter months and months of looking I finally found a house I love and put an offer on it! If everything goes as planned I take possession of my first home this month! Buying a home by myself is never something I thought I would do, it didn’t fall into the meet prince charming, get married, buy a house, put up a white picket fence, have kids scenario I had worked out for life :) in no way have a given up on that plan, I have just realized everything doesn’t have to go in the perfect control freak order I have designed :) I am so excited for this new adventure in life and learning to take care of a home (AKA calling papa A LOT for advice)

Chop the fennel to bite size pieces

Chop the fennel to bite size pieces

 

 

 

Mix dressing into the fennel salad

Mix dressing into the fennel salad

This salad is great for a light weeknight dinner or would even be good as a side to a surf and turf meal if you are on the hungry side. Vegetarians: Leave out the shrimp it will still be delicious and protein filled with the quinoa…or leave out the cheese if you are dairy free!

Shrimp, Fennel, and Artichoke Salad
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-14 oz jar artichoke hearts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons basalmic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 head fennel chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 10.5 oz container cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup pitted greek olives
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • black pepper
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • lemon pepper
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • garlic herb goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa to package directions, when done set aside to cool
  2. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic
  3. Mix together fennel, tomatoes, olives, 1 tablespoon basil, onion, artichoke hearts, quinoa, pepper, and ½ of dressing. Set to the side.
  4. In a pan melt the butter, add shrimp, lemon pepper, and basil. Cook until finished, about 4-5 mins.
  5. Remove from heat and mix into fennel mixture.
  6. Add Goat cheese before serving
  7. Serve with extra dressing to each serving if desired
  8. Enjoy!

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Garlic Ginger Asparagus for Meatheads

13 Feb Smells AMAZING!

Monday night at my Gym:

Smells AMAZING!

Smells AMAZING!

I arrive for Leg Day and realize the squat rack is open. A rare occasion this time of year. I begin to rack my weights and soon notice I am surrounded by 8 gorillas. Who have chosen to use the hack squat and leg press machines which are both conveniently located with a perfect view of my ass as I am doing squats. Fucking awesome. They proceed to celebrate each other’s victories over lifting massive amounts of weights by running at each other, tossing their steroid filled bodies around, and grunting. I am thinking WTF, where the hell am I? When I realize this must be some type of mating ritual as they have two pretty girls with perfectly curled hair following them around pretending to lift weights. I try to ignore the awkward mating ritual of this species and continue my workout. Oh shit! I accidently make eye contact with the Silver Back of the group, who must have been involved in some type of science experiment as he has a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. Oh Shit! I hurry to finish my workout and hightail it out of the gym before he starts beating his chest and carries me away to his tree house…or whatever gorillas live in.

True story.

Anyways. If you have a gorilla in your life, feed him this asparagus, it helps grow big muscles. It can be enjoyed with or without a side of steroids. (I served it with Mahi Mahi and a Sweet Potato)

Mahi Mahi, Sweet Potato, Asparagus, everything a girl needs

Mahi Mahi, Sweet Potato, Asparagus, everything a girl needs

Garlic Ginger Asparagus for Meatheads
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1.5 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 chopped green onion
  • 1 teaspoons Brags Liquid Aminos
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 22 spears asparagus cut into bite size pieces
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pan on Med heat
  2. Cover
  3. Cook for 10 mins
  4. Remove and Enjoy!

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Baked Apple Horseradish Mahi Mahi with Garlic Ginger Asparagus and a Super Sweet Potato

12 Feb Mahi Mahi, Sweet Potato, Asparagus, everything a girl needs
Mahi Mahi, Sweet Potato, Asparagus, everything a girl needs

Mahi Mahi, Sweet Potato, Asparagus, everything a girl needs

I have already signed up for 3 races this summer! Spartan, Rugged Maniac, and Graffiti Run! I love doing these races partly for the motivation, but more for the fun memories they bring with friends and family. There’s nothing like crawling through the mud or climbing over a seemingly impossible obstacle to create a bonding experience. And there are always the war wounds to brag about over beers afterwards!

Mixing sauce ingredients together

Mixing sauce ingredients together

So if you are planning on celebrating VDay with someone special and don’t want to deal with an overly crowded restaurant filled with awkward new couples on first dates…this would be a good recipe. And you can get drunk on wine and not have to worry about driving home afterwards to make woopie…I’m just saying.

Smother with sauce and throw in the oven

Smother with sauce and throw in the oven

 

 

This dish is super flavorful while still remaining healthy. The asparagus recipe will be on my site tomorrow. The sweet potato will be an extra bonus for today…bake it in foil and top it with butter, honey, and cinnamon…you’re welcome.

Baked Apple Horseradish Mahi Mahi with Garlic Ginger Asparagus and a Super Sweet Potato
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 8 oz Mahi Mahi (enough to feed 2)
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450F
  2. Combine, applesauce, horseradish, green onion, vinegar, and coconut oil
  3. Sprinkle Mahi Mahi with Pepper
  4. Place fish on a baking sheet covered in foil…you may want to run some oil on it to prevent sticking
  5. Spoon apple mixture over Mahi Mahi, coating evenly
  6. Make foil into a bowl shape around the fish
  7. Place in oven for 15-20 mins until fish flakes easily with fork
  8. Enjoy with Asparagus and a baked potato

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