Italian Chickpea Chopped Salad

Getting ready for salad season a little early with this Italian Chickpea Chopped Salad. Chickpeas marinated in a simple vinaigrette take this salad to a whole other level. Serve alongside your favorite Italian dishes or have it straight up for lunch. Simply bomb.com!

By now I think you all know how I feel about salad. Here is the thing: I despise a boring salad (i.e lettuce and very little else). But I LOVE a GOOD salad (i.e one with greens…carbs and cheese). And if it’s a salad where the dressing is truly the star, then you know I am all about it.

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Elote Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

We have having a major corn moment and I am in total love.

I used to shy away from corn, mostly because my only exposure to it was the frozen stuff my aunt would serve her kids at daycare. It was way too sweet, way too starchy, and had zero flavor. There are some veggies that I am totally for eating frozen, but corn just is not it. But, now that it’s summer and we have full exposure to the stuff on the cob, I am absolutely in LOVE with adding corn to absolutely everything in a way I never desired before.

Sorry if I’m getting too corny for ya.

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Shakshuka Panzanella

Because if there was any day to make a salad that does not seem like a salad, it is today.

We love salads up in here, but, sometimes, you want that salad that is pretending to be something it should be. And a bread salad aka a panzanella definitely fits what we need for quick work week lunches and dins.

It’s a party up in here for sure!

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Quinoa Salad with Strawberries and Feta

It’s salad season! Huzzah.

Actually, if I am being COMPLETELY honest, the last thing I want to do this time of year is cook and this recipe has been a long time coming because I usually make it once a week every week during the summer. It has all my fav things and comes together in 30 minutes with MINIMAL cooking.

So who’s with me?! Let’s not cook together!

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Kale Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

Say hellooooo to your new favorite lunch!

Kale Caesar salad with chickpea croutons to the rescue.

This is everything I want in lunch: crunchy, crispy, tangy, flavorful and ridiculously satisfying. Like, super filling! I love love love it.

Oh and pretty easy too. I need something easy since I spend the majority of any break I take for lunch losing my brain in the internet vortex. Mostly over memes of things like Neopets circa 1999. What a great freaking game.

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Yellow Split Pea Soup with Spiced Coconut

We all need a bowl of soup after this week. Who’s with me?!

It is the last Friday of 2017, which, thank goodness 2017 is OVER! And just like that the holidays are over. Hoping each and every one you had an amazing holiday season with your family. And, regardless if you celebrate or not, I hope you had a relaxing day off! 2017 was definitely a rebuilding year for me. I was taking classes, transitioning to a new job in a new city, and learning about this crazy blogging life while balancing my social life.

Balance is one way to put it.

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Power Lunch Bowls with Green Goddess Dressing

It’s safe to say that I freaking LOVE lunch!

Most people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I personally get most excited about lunch. People who say “I was too busy, I forgot to eat lunch”… I don’t get you. I am always waiting for my clock to tick down to 1:30 PM, for me to bust out my prepacked Tupperware, and shout, “YES! LUNCH TIME!” But maybe I’m the only weirdo who eats breakfast and then immediately starts counting down the hours ’til lunch?

Anyone? Anyone at all?

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Whipped Buttery Polenta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This post is sponsored by Brummel and Brown Organic Buttery Yogurt Spread

Look what I made us today!

It is my new favorite quick and easy, cozy-ish summertime dinner. I know,  I know. You were probably thinking that I was going to make some sort of salad or something, what with it being summer and healthy and all. But sometimes, I need a huggish meal and, if we want to be honest with ourselves, salads are not very huggable. Instead, I want to feature veggies in all their glory in cuddly ways.

Even though it is 95 degrees outside and technically way too hot to cuddle.

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Roasted Eggplant “Sabich-ish” Salad

Hey yo! It’s BBQ season!

LEt’s be real, BBQ season is probably my favorite kind of season. It is the time of year when bread, cheese, grilled vegetables, and wine can come together for an acceptable sort of meal. That’s kind of why I like meals in bowls. It makes snacking feel acceptable. Plus, who doesn’t want to curl up with their snacks on the couch?

If you try dong that with a plate, I can tell you from experience it will not end well.

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