Pan Seared Salmon + Citrus Salad


Howdy dudies! Nick and I recently arrived home from a little getaway to New Orleans and holy cow…food, culture, drinks, FOOD…some of the most incredible food I’ve ever eaten. I might still be full, 3 days later. And, while I typically tend to slightly poo-poo the whole cleanse thing, this may be the closest I’ve ever felt to hopping on the bandwagon.
If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen my stories blow up with beingets, cocktails, fried green tomato po boys, knock-your-socks off sandwiches, the whole shebang. And while we enjoyed every little indulgence in our time away together…man does it feel good to be back with the kids and on our normal eating routine! Continue reading

Waverunner Chicken with Citrus Salsa and Coconut Brown Rice

SONY DSCI don’t even know where to begin, you guys.  I made this dish a while back and I am literally about ready to jump through the screen in an attempt to devour these photos because I want to eat this again immediately.  Incredible.  Just incredible.

Now let’s just start from the beginning, okay?  Urban Halo…yes?  No?  If you haven’t…you are welcome for the introduction, and I apologize for your addiction all at the same time.  I’ve been a fan of this company and their headbands for a solid couple of years and for so many valid reasons…it’s local, started by a fellow mama like myself who was looking to create the most stylish, functional headbands on the planet and I’m pretty sure she has accomplished her mission.  These are my gym bff (and they don’t slip!!!)..and they are cute and comfy enough to keep on all day long after my workout.  Also, pretty much my saving grace on those rush-out-the-door mornings with no time to do my hair.  Not to mention Georgia is also obsessed..and man do they look cute on a silly little five year old, too.  So fun to share my stash with her! Continue reading

Smokey Pork and Citrus Kale Salad

SONY DSCCan you believe it’s February already?  How is this happening, you guys?  It seems like just yesterday we were in the midst of Thanksgiving preparation, and now, we are full blown into winter and darn near our decent into Spring.  Spring!  I mean I know I’m jumping the gun a bit here…but it will be here before we know it, no?

And that pretty much makes me feel all sorts of crazy emotions.  Because spring equals baby’s arrival…eek!  I can’t even begin to tell you how insanely fast this pregnancy has gone..wow.  I mean we have two trimesters under our belt and one to go; I swear I blinked and here we are.   And while I have seen so incredibly many changes in myself/my body during these last several months, there is positively one thing that has remained constant throughout this entire journey….CITRUS FRUIT.     Continue reading

Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Citrus Vinaigrette

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So I sit here at my keyboard wondering how I can explain to you in words what the 4 o’clock hour is like in our house.  How can I put it eloquently?  What sort of words can I use to give you a visual in your head?  But I’m blank.  You want to know the only thing that comes to my mind?  That old game show, Supermarket Sweep.  No, I have not been using illegal drugs.   Seriously, do you remember that show?  The one where the people go absolutely insane running through the grocery store filling their carts with nonsense because they are running out of time.  They look ridiculous…panicked and yelling running down the aisles grabbing food off the shelves.  That’s EXACTLY how I feel inside during the 4 o’clock hour.  Minus the chance to win $5000.  Huge bummer.

The kids are awake from naps…and getting hungry.  Nick is close to heading home.  I’m getting snacks, cleaning up drool, folding laundry, changing diapers, making dinner, taking photos and writing recipes as I go all while hearing “Mommy, watch this” over.  And over.  And over.  Love it, but I gotta tell you…sometimes I need a break from our typical 4 o clock hour.  Which is when I go right to this recipe.  Easy peasy.  I make the vinaigrette while the kids are napping-which takes approximately 34 seconds-so all there is to do is grill the pork for a whopping ten minutes when Nick gets home.  It’s super fresh tasting and the vinaigrette tastes wonderful on any grilled meat, fish or veggies…or tossed with mixed greens.  But these grilled pork chops are our favorite way to enjoy it.  So give this one a shot on your next hectic afternoon…it beats playing make-believe ’90’s game shows any day.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Citrus Vinaigrette

adapted from Gourmet, July 2007

Ingredients

4 Boneless Pork Chops, about 1 inch thick

1/3 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Course Black Pepper

1/2 Tablespoon Salt

1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice

1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice

3 Garlic Cloves

3 Tablespoons Cilantro Leaves

2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard

1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Directions

Place 1/3 cup olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, cilantro, dijon and crushed red pepper flakes in a small blender.  Process until combined and garlic is completely blended.  Set aside.

Preheat the grill to medium high heat.  Rub 2 tablespoons olive oil over the pork chops and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.  Grill the chops for ten minutes, or until cooked through, flipping once in the middle of cooking.  Serve pork chops with vinaigrette drizzled over the top.  Serves 4