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Grilled Italian Salad and Pizza = Perfection!

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So anyone who knows me knows that pizza is the greatest thing in the world to me.  I mean it even trumps bacon and to me #baconislove but there is just something purely magical about pizza. It’s the perfect food for me.  It’s that one food that everyone asks “If you were trapped on a deserted island and could only have one food for the rest of your life what would it be?”  It’s always been the same answer for the past 25+ years… pizza.  Don’t care what’s on it, don’t care if it’s hot or room temp – heck I love it straight out of the fridge cold.  I just puffy heart pizza.

When the folks from Freschetta asked me to come up with great accompaniment to go with their pizza I went with something I’ve been making gosh, 15 years or so. Now their pizza by itself but I always feel that when you have pizza as a meal, you need something with it (other than a drink). You need a side dish.  Now sure I could have gone with wings but that’s pretty standard.  You’re probably going to say “but Lor, you’re making a salad, what’s so different with that?”  Well I’ll tell you guys – it’s not your typical salad.  First it’s grilled.  Yes, grilled.  Next I’m taking some of the same toppings that are on the pizza and using those also as an accompaniment to the pizza plus a few other items.
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Your pizza deserves something equally as awesome on the side! This salad is PERFECT!

Rainbow Tomato Roasted Corn Summer Quenching Salad

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Okay so can I tell you how I am so happy Mother Nature let up her death-grip on Pittsburgh and her incessant need to keep us in winter temps for what seemed like 9 months and FINALLY give us summer weather?!  I mean for real lady – we NEED sun and summer.  And nothing screams summer like vacations, beach trips and fresh veggies.  For me summer cooking is all about ease, light & bright flavors and deliciousness.  I mean let’s face it, no one really wants to spend hours over a hot stove or oven while your family and friends are outside enjoying the beautiful weather. So this Rainbow Tomato Roasted Corn Summer Quenching Salad is perfect for you then!  Whether you’re having a backyard bbq, heading to the beach or just chilling out with friends.

But before we go to talking about this awesome recipe I want to take a minute and talk about summer sun safety.  For me I’m pretty much opaque when it comes to skin tone.  I’m very fair skin however I love the sun and that feeling of warmth on my cheeks. But being outside you need to take caution and make smart choices. Use sunscreen, apply frequently and hydrate!  Keep in mind you need to follow these ‘rules of summer’ weather you’re at the beach, hiking, working in the yard or just out and about.  Protect your skin – it’s the only one you have! All of these essentials you can pick up at your local Sam’s Club.  Plus what’s also awesome is Sam’s Club offers free health screenings on the second Saturday of every month.  The next one is scheduled for June 11, 2016. Check with your local Sam’s Club to see if they offer this service and if so, when the next screening will be. Plus did you know Sam’s Club has a Healthy Living Made Simple online magazine?  It’s pretty cool!  It’s your ultimate place for all of your health and wellness needs.  Definitely check it out!

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Now for those of you that know me you know I’m a creature of habit. Saturday mornings are “my mornings” as I have my routine that I’ve had for gosh – 8 years now at least.  I get up, shower, put on my gym clothes and hit the gym for an 8am spin class. A quick shower and change then I’m off to do my weekly supply shopping. Sam’s club has been first stop in my routine for years. What I love about them is all of the amazing fresh fruits and veggies.  With tomatoes being their Superfood for May and June I had to pick up a container of their rainbow cherry tomatoes the last time I was there.
Let’s go shopping at Sam’s club and make this awesome recipe!

#ad Italian Chicken Panzanella Salad

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When the opportunity came knocking on my proverbial door to create a delicious, but super easy recipe, for Tyson® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips and Wish-Bone® Regular Italian dressing I jumped at the opportunity.  You know me; I’m all about great protein, simple steps and amazing flavors.  That’s exactly what I have in store for you today with this Italian Chicken Panzanella Salad!  Whether you’re getting ready for the Big Game, lunches for the week or a quick week night meal, I got you covered with this recipe!

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I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculously easy AND delicious this recipe is!  What’s even more awesomer (go with it folks) is that you can add to this dish whatever you want.  If you were a fan of olives or capers – put ’em in!  Red onions or shallots would be epic in this dish too! But for me, I wanted to keep it simple, colorful and let the true stars of the dish shine through – the Tyson® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips and Wish-Bone® Regular Italian dressing.
You are SO going to fall in love with this dish!

Countdown to Christmas 2015 Day 8: Skinny Chicken Salad

One thing I absolutely LOVE about my pressure cooker is that I can whip up a big batch of Perfectly Poached Chicken Breasts in minutes. Once I have the chicken done, I can transform that into a ton of different recipes.  This recipe is one that I simply adore as it’s easy, healthy AND delicious!

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This is a great go-to dish for a post-workout meal that is filling, packed with protein, low in carbs and did I mention that it’s DELICIOUS?
Your yoga pants are going to love you with this recipe!

Grilled Fish Soft Tacos with Baja Cream Sauce

Did you ever get in one of those food craving moods where unless you get that one thing you’re craving, nothing will truly satisfy your taste buds? That was me a few weeks ago. I was craving fish tacos like it was my job. I mean I tried EVERYTHING I had in the house to satisfy that craving… except actual fish tacos but nothing worked.  So why not make the fish tacos when I craved them?  Well it was like -15F below and I didn’t want to be outside at all cause the air just hurt my face.  But when it got down to even bacon not even making me happy (I know, right!  Not even bacon!  *shocked!*) I knew I had to break down and go venture out into the arctic tundra to get some fish.

Normally I have fish in the freezer but I had none and honestly kept forgetting to buy it.  Plus truth be told I had so much crap in my freezers that I literally could not fit one more thing in it.  I mean seriously, not even a block of butter!  I’ve decided in my next house I will have a commercial stand up freezer and a commercial fridge.  I need them in my life.  Even though there is just the two of us, I need this.  Honestly I think this type of obsessive/hoarding (though not really), can’t cook for just 2 people cooking stems from my childhood for multiple reasons.  Due to how poor we were when we were able to stock up on a great sale at the store, we would… in bulk.  We were that family that could seriously give Sam’s club a run for their money on stuff.  Next factor in that Mom cooked for at least 8 people plus she always doubled the batch AND added in a few more servings into the recipe for drop-ins as that often happened as she was an awesome cook.

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So while I’ve considerably curbed how much I cook and buy it’s actually hard at times to control myself when I see cans of veggies on sale for like .50 a can.  Doesn’t everyone need 14 cans of spring peas at all times???  No?  Well er um… you should. *wink*

I merely call it stocking up LOL

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