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Smoked Salmon Ramen

Smoked Salmon Ramen- a quick way to fancy up packaged ramen!  Check out more at Shutterbean.com

I find the most food inspiration when someone else cooks for me. That’s why I love going to my friend Leslie’s house.  She’s beyond confident in the kitchen and she always comes up with such amazing combinations out of the most modest ingredients. It feels like a real treat; she makes me always feel welcome.  She also introduced me to the hot smoked sockeye salmon from Trader Joe’s and I’m forever grateful.

Smoked Salmon Ramen // shutterbean

She made me smoked salmon ramen back in December and I was instantly hooked. It takes a tiny bit of finesse to get the egg just right but on my second attempt, it was absolute perfection.

Smoked Salmon Ramen // shutterbean

Just a few additions can really enhance a package of ramen. Spinach, smoked salmon, a little bit of sea kelp seasoning (or furikake if you have it) and a runny egg makes for a wonderfully quick meal– perfect for Mondays! You’re just three minutes away from deliciousness.  Promise me you’ll add sriracha?

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Cobb Salad Sandwich

Make your favorite salad into a sandwich with this Cobb Salad Sandwich recipe on Shutterbean.com

Sometimes you want a salad…and sometimes you want a sandwich and sometimes you WANT them both.

Enter the COBB SALAD SANDWICH.

Cobb Salad Sandwich // shutterbean

I bought blue cheese dressing recently. It’s been awhile since I had it. I stopped eating it when I was pregnant with Cooper and it took me years to start liking it again. The mind is such a weird thing, isn’t it?  It’s back in my world again and I had to figure out what to do with a jar besides eat salad every night. So, I put it on a sandwich. This here is the sandwich!

Cobb Salad Sandwich // shutterbean

We take the main ingredients of a Cobb salad (bacon, chicken, blue cheese, egg, tomato, lettuce, onion & avocado) and we consolidate and sandwich them between two beautiful crunchy/doughy pieces of toast.  It’s a sandwich, it’s a salad it’s a sandwich salad of my dreams!  I’ll have you know that we demolished ours in record timing.

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Quick Mediterranean Salad

Quick Mediterranean Salad // shutterbean

About a month ago Cooper and I were invited to a last minute playdate at our friend’s house on a Friday night. I offered to pick something up for dinner on the way over to their house and I inadvertenly created a salad that has become my new obsession.  All it took was one very quick trip to Trader Joe’s.

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If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s where you live, my apologies. Hopefully you’ll be able to find some of the ingredients/make some of them on your own or just use this idea as a template for a good meal at home or to take to work.  Everything can be assembled super last minute. Just grab a few bowls and silverware and you’re good to go. There’s a variety of flavors and textures. So many good things in one bowl.

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Turmeric Hot Toddy

Turmeric Hot Toddy // shutterbean

The second Christmas was over, I got sick. It’s kinda weird how that happens. Like…your body pushes through…. you get things done and the second it’s all over…the second your guests leave… BAM.

Illness.

WHY????!

Turmeric Hot Toddy // shutterbean

A year ago, I saw Heidi’s recipe for turmeric tea and I’ve been making it ever since. It’s a nice afternoon pick-me-up. It cures the 3PM sugar cravings I have at work. It also introduced me to the wonders of turmeric and I’m hooked now. Who would have thought?

In my brain, toddies have either bourbon or gin in them. But I thought I’d try this toddy with Reposado Patron Tequila to shake things up a bit. Glad I did because we have a winner, folks. This hot toddy tastes like a syrupy warm smoky margarita. Which is kinda weird to think about but it works incredibly well on a cold day.

Turmeric Hot Toddy // shutterbean

The turmeric adds a little health to the situation with it’s anti-inflammatory fighting powers. The honey and lemon are so good for your throat and the Patrón tequila adds the warm fuzzies that one needs during this time of year. It’s like putting on a cozy sweater. And in my brain, this warm cozy sweater is a brilliant mustard color. Cheers!

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The Green Machine Sandwich

The Green Machine Sandwich // shutterbean

I already made the Ultimate Veggie Sandwich so I can’t really call this sandwich that, so I’m calling it The Green Machine Sandwich. I’m not clever enough to figure out a way to tell you how awesome this sandwich is with goat cheese, hummus, cilantro, spinach and avocados in less than 4 words. The pressure! (I put on myself)

The Green Machine Sandwich // shutterbean

I had a sandwich like this recently and it was really good except for the bread. They had used plain/un-toasted white bread and I was thinking HOW COULD THEY? I mean.  Don’t get me wrong…there’s a time and place for white bread but with all the textures inside of this sandwich we need crunch! We need OOOMPH. We need some dang texture. We need my favorite bread.

The Green Machine Sandwich // shutterbean

Also…if I had a cucumber… I’d totally slice some and put it up in this sandwich but alas…no cucumber. Next incarnation needs cucumber. The hummus and the goat cheese provide a smoky/tangy/creamy filling base while the cilantro and green onions give some herby spice kick. The spinach is for health and the avocado is for goodness. I’m telling you…that bread on my panini press is heaven. Crunchy seedy heaven. My sourdough toast purist husband begs to differ…but that’s whole other story.

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Carrot Orange Tequila Cooler

Carrot & Orange Tequila Coolers from Shutterbean made with Patron Tequila!

Let’s think about the weekend for a sec. It’s Monday. Wait… that’s all we’re thinking of, right?  Weekend plans make week days less stressful.  Let’s think about possibly working out (with friends?) and then having cocktail(s) afterwards because that’s how weekends go. A balance of work and play. Keyword= balance.

The Retox/Detox Cocktail // shutterbean
I made this drink to balance out a really good workout. It’s a detox/retox combo!  The fresh carrot juice (Vitamin A & B Vitamins!) and orange juice (Vitamin C like whoa!) combine forces to bring you good health while providing the sweet juice base for our cocktail. The grated ginger will help ward off sickness (while packing a punch!) and the Silver Patrón Tequila (with smooth citrus notes & light pepper notes!) is the special reward you deserve for your hard work.  It’s both refreshing and thirst quenching. I’d even say it’s a good replacement for a weekend Bloody Mary (my husband agrees).

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Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ Pecorino + Oranges

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecorino & Oranges // shutterbean

Last day of the year! Hey. Hello! You wearing stretchy pants? I am.

I feel like I need to EASE into this healthy eating lifestyle in 2015.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecorino & Oranges // shutterbean

I like to walk the line with salads…but add nuts and cheese as a BABY STEP into healthier eating. I find that if I don’t have those two requirements I’m not successful in reminding my body that vegetables are a worthier choice over cheese and crackers.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pecorino & Oranges // shutterbean

I do love vegetables. Especially ones that have crunch. This salad has all the things. Sweetness from the orange, crunch from the Brussels sprouts, saltiness from the Pecorino, crunch with the pistachios and BITE with the sliced red onion. It’s a lot like my Addictive Brussels Sprouts Salad but ENHANCED!

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Persimmon Spice Cake

Persimmon Spice Cake // shutterbean

I always make big plans for special breakfasts on holidays.  Last year I made Breakfast Tacos (I spiced it up with soyrizo) for Christmas morning and this year I was thinking of making a ton of bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and grilled sourdough but who am I kidding?!!  We’re all just gonna eat my mom’s sour cream coffee cake for breakfast.  Well…FIRST breakfast…

Persimmon Spice Cake // shutterbean

Coffee cake is always a great addition to your breakfast game lineup.  It’s nice to have out in the morning when people do that I’m hungover/up too early zombie shuffle into your kitchen looking for coffee.  Hand them a mug and serve them up a slice. First breakfast is for those of us who wake up EARLY with the kids. We’re a special breed.

Persimmon Spice Cake // shutterbean

Casey and I picked at this cake for a whole week. One slice turned into two…and then a few slivers here and there and suddenly it was gone. It’s slightly dense, super moist (sorry!), studded with juicy raisins, sweet dates and toasted walnuts.  It’s not too sweet. It’s perfect. It’s definitely going in the coffee cake rotation!

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