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Salmon Avocado Salad

I love Costco. Far too much. So much that I can walk out with a year’s worth of laundry detergent, four electric tooth brushes, and 15 cans of wild chunk salmon, and feel successful.

My dad also loves Costco.

We went together…my pantry will never be the same…nor will my marriage.


Fifteen cans of Salmon is a lot of salmon – especially if you’ve never actually eaten canned salmon. Feeling less successful now. Questioning life decisions. Dark places, friends.

After moving said cans out of the way in the pantry 20 million times, I decided it was time to pee or get off the pot. Enter Salmon Avocado Salad.



  • 1 6 oz. can Salmon
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 vidalia or other sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon
  • 1 Tbsp mayonaise

DIRECTIONS: Toss everything together and gobble down.

Now I need to go to Costco for more avocados.

And probably 90 pairs of white socks.

Nutrition Facts: 3 Servings, 204 calories, 14 g fat, 7 g carbs, 14 g protein.

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Light Italian Shrimp and Vegetables


Hey guys.

Hey guys.

I worked out. Hard.

Can we have a party? Not really, but after I push myself physically, its a challenge not to negate it with beer and chips to “celebrate” not falling off the treadmill. If you can relate, protein is you answer and this dish will give you the volume you need to curb cravings while not packing on the calories. We threw this two serving dish together tonight and it came together as simple and fresh, with only 427 calories but 52 grams of protein. Cool additional facts about this dish: it has 50% of your daily recommended Vitamin A, 43% B-12, and 86% of your Vitamin D. Count me in.




  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled deveined
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 can artichoke hearts in water, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 – 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Saute onion and garlic over medium-high heat with 1 tsp oil until translucent and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add seasonings followed by shrimp and remaining oil. Saute 2 minutes.
  3. Add remaining vegetables and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until shrimp is opaque and tomatoes are softened.

I’ll recap my latest workout fetish soon, but I have a theory its orange…

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Thank you, @nakedsoles, for twisting my social media arm and forcing me to give cauliflower rice a try again. Let’s get real, I’ll do anything you want me to (exceptsharenewclothes. itsalittlesisterthing). All jest aside, I have been making this rice substitute wrong forever…or since the one time I tried it and lost faith in vegetables for 6 years. The key is roasting it. Don’t steam it, you’ll hate your life and eat chicken nuggets to recover. All the nuggets. Don’t rush. Recovery takes time. Roasting gives it a firmer exterior and an al-dente interior which is a perfect rice imitation.


CAULIFLOWER RICE (original recipe)

  • 1 Head Cauliflower
  • Cooking Spray
  1. Preheat Oven to 350 F.
  2. Remove cauliflower florets and place in vitamix/blender/food processor. Pulse until finely chopped (~1 cm).
  3. Place on pan and coat in cooking spray. Shake pan a little and spread it all out.
  4. Roast for 15-20 mins or until some “rice” is brown.


STEAK STIR FRY (paleo friendly)

Once you get your rice going, you can move on to the easy part. Frying up your veggies. I never use the same veggies for stir fry, so feel free to get creative or use leftovers. Some interesting additions could be asparagus, watered chestnuts, bamboo shoots, leek, or even chopped cabbage.


  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion, chopped (big pieces)
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 c mushrooms (whatever kind. I had baby bellas)
  • 1 c chopped carrots
  • 1 T sesame seeds
  • 1 T mirin
  • 2 T teriaki
  • 1/2 lb sirloin steak, seasoned salt + pepper
  • 1 recipe cauliflower rice
  • 2 eggs


  1. Heat coconut oil over med/high heat, saute garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add onion, saute 2-3 mins.
  3. Add broccoli, saute 3 mins, add remaining veggies, sesame seeds, and mirin.
  4. Grill sirloin to medium rare ~2.5 mins/side. Remove from heat. (veggies still going). Rest 4-6 mins.
  5. Scramble two eggs, set aside.
  6. Chop steak to 1 in cubes. Should look delicious.
  7. Add teriaki to veggies and toss. Remove from heat, add steak.
  8. Mix scrambled eggs with cauliflower rice.
  9. Top egg/rice mixture with vegetables and steak.

imagesSIDEBAR: Buy your groceries on Wednesday! I’m a Sunday grocery shopper. Me and the rest of Northern Virginia. We all go to Wegman’s at 4:00 on Sunday and proceed to showcase the best of our East Coast personalities (#typeA, noonemovesheretowait, bitchthatsmysalmon. whobringskidstothegauntlet). If you had asked me to shop for groceries on Wed three months ago, I would have laughed in your face. Its not what I do. My week follows a strict formula. Sunday = groceries/meal prep. Monday-Fri = try to make it. Sat = drink. Now, I’d have to apologize to your imaginary and wise face. I’m a convert. We didn’t use up last week’s groceries until Tuesday because of our trip, which left me with a weekday run. Everything was SO CHEAP. Everything. Like 66% retail cheap. I bought so much meat because the deals were too good to pass up. Organic? Yes please. Lamb? Sure, why not? Two Cornish hens? My blog be flossin. \endsoapbox

Below are my eats for DAY 12. Stay tuned for the bolognese sauce recipe. I promise, its worth the wait.


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(non-paleo, serves 2)


This is the blueberry smoothie I made yesterday. It was on the sweeter side for my taste, but definitely kept cravings at bay. Both the husband and I agreed to repeat this smoothie which is abnormal for me. I dislike fruit.


  • 2 scoops vanilla whey (or your favorite) protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp fat free greek yogurt
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 pear (you could do without the pear, but I had one so it got thrown in)


  1. Combine ingredients, ice first, into high powered blender or vitamix.
  2. Blend on med/high for 20 seconds. If you need to tamper, add 2 more Tbsp water.
  3. Serve in a wine glass and wish it was wine.

Second day was much better than the first.


I tried my first Pure Barre class which I’ve been interested in for a long time, but never had the time to drive to Fairfax after work. It lived up to its reputation and was awesome! I felt a lost at first, not knowing the routine, but the instructor asked me if I was a dancer because I had good form. Score one for competitive dance in high school (iamaswan). I have been having knee issues after picking running back up two months ago and this was nice enough to my joints, but left my muscles shaking. I’m going to be a repeat offender and purchased the intro month of unlimited classes. burn baby burn.



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