Happy Things

Yay for Fridays!  Here are a few highlights of my week in pictures: {Last weekend we celebrated the birthday of a great friend.  We had such a good time that my dress split down the back. Luckily the birthday girl had a … Continue reading

Garlic Baked Shrimp and Arugula Salad with Parmesan, Candied Nuts, Cranberries & Balsamic Reduction

OK, this is an absolutely heavenly (and easy of course) dinner that you need to make ASAP!  If you like shrimp scampi you will love this.  It’s a lightened up version that’s bursting with lemony, garlicky flavor without all the fat.  … Continue reading

Arugula Parmesan Prosciutto Salad with the Easiest Homemade Dijon Dressing

I’m obsessed with arugula. I eat it in salads and put it in sandwiches, pasta and always on top of pizza.  Here’s a delicious, low-fat salad that’s perfect for an easy lunch or to serve when entertaining.  I scarfed this … Continue reading

Sun-Dried Tomato, Parmesan & Arugula Flatbread

After making this delicious pizza I had a lot of the ingredients left over. I’m always in the mood for a crunchy snack that’s full of flavor and carbs, which isn’t always the best choice. I wanted to satisfy my carb/crunch tooth without ruining my day of healthy eating so I got creative and ending up making a really delicious snack that I’ve since made several more times. I always have Whole Grain Wasa Crispbread in my pantry so I topped three of those with some shredded parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes, microwaved it for about 30 seconds, then added a ton of fresh arugula on top. I seasoned it with a touch of Red Robin seasoning (my fave!) and it was seriously delicious. Jon was asking for more bites after tasting it once and, as I’ve mentioned before, he’s picky.

This is the perfect healthy snack that will satisfy your salt/carb craving without any guilt. This is just whole grains, a bit of cheese, tomatoes and tons of fresh arugula (which is full of fiber and vitamins).

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Enjoy!

Sun-Dried Tomato, Parmesan & Arugula Flatbread (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 3 Wasa Whole Grain Crispbreads
  • Handful of grated Parmesan
  • Several sun-dried tomato pieces
  • 2 handfuls of Arugula
  • Seasoning (optional)

Instructions:

  • Top each cracker with parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes and microwave for about 30 seconds or until cheese is melted
  • Top with a generous amount of Arugula and season
  • Enjoy right away!

 

Jennifer Aniston’s Greek Pizza

Before I share this delicious recipe, I have a favor to ask of each of you!  Saturday is the last day to vote for best blogger in the ABQ the Mag Best of the City 2012 survey.  I would so … Continue reading

Happy Things

Happy happy Friday! I have a lot of happy things documented this week! Here are the highlights of my week in pictures:

20120726-165221.jpg{I saw this glitter gradient manicure on Pinterest and had to try it myself! I used Essie Limo-Scene with Essie Set in Stones. I followed this tutorial}

20120726-165233.jpg{Fresh mint water was the perfect evening refresher. You can buy the infusion pitcher here}

20120726-165244.jpg{Bo was in dire need of a bath and a hair cut. Nothing like a clean, soft, groomed pup! Thanks Renee!}

20120726-165259.jpg{I switched my nails up a lot this week! I reversed the glitter for this manicure and used Essie Ballet Slippers with Martha Stewart glitter in Sugar Cube}

20120726-165309.jpg{I’m officially hooked on Lux Divine Jewelry and am so in love with these agate handmade necklaces I ordered for my mom and me}

20120726-165325.jpg{We have had afternoon rainstorms nearly every day this week. Absolutely love gloomy, stormy weather}

20120726-165337.jpg{I made a casual maxi dress from Forever21 work appropriate with a Loft cardigan and skinny belt. Similar dress here. Yes, I’m obsessed with stripes}

20120726-165402.jpg{Lunch break pedicures are the best! This is Essie Mint Candy Apple}

20120726-165413.jpg{I’ve been too lazy to cook dinner this week so I’ve been living off of arugula salads and white wine water. Recipe for my arugula salad here}

20120726-165440.jpg{Bo has been so snuggly in the mornings! It’s hard to leave him}

20120726-165449.jpg{After reading that the gorgeous Bachelorette Emily Maynard wears Essie Fiji I pulled out my bottle and applied it right away. Such a pretty, opaque whitish pink. Reminds me of a strawberry milkshake. Click here to find out the rest of Emily’s beauty must-haves}

20120726-165459.jpg{The absolute highlight of my week was when Emily Maynard saw my Essie Fiji manicure picture on Instagram and LIKED it! And then I proceeded to get 46 new Instragram followers in a matter of minutes.}

What made you happy this week?

Arugula Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

Have you entered my giveaway yet for a 60-minute Cooling Facial from Broadway Retreat? If not, go enter now! Giveaway runs through Thursday! Now, onto the a delicious recipe I am sharing with you today!

Salads are a great way to fill up without having a carb crash or feeling really heavy afterward. As long as you are eating a HEALTHY salad. Salads drenched in ranch or caesar are the farthest thing from healthy. And even vinaigrettes are often packed with sugar.

I made my own gourmet salad at home and it was so delicious. I topped fresh arugula with sliced strawberries, nuts, goat cheese crumbles and a bit of grated parmesan. I added some of my homemade dressing, which is just olive oil, fresh lemon juice and grated parmesan. This was absolutely delicious. It fills you up while feeling light.

Arugula is a spicy and delicious herb that’s in the cruciferious family. It’s high in fiber which helps with feeling full. It’s also full of Vitamin A. It’s my new favorite way to eat salad.

This salad would also be great to make for a party. Just put the arugula and nuts in a large bowl and then mix in the dressing, strawberries and goat cheese right before serving. It’s full of summery, bright flavors that are perfect for entertaining!

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Enjoy!

Arugula Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing (Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • Generous serving of Arugula (about 1-2 cups)
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Crumbled goat cheese
  • Nuts (I used the candied pecans from Trader Joes)
  • Grated Parmesan
  • The juice of 1-2 lemons depending on your preference
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Directions:

  • In a small bowl whisk together the juice of one lemon and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan to dressing and whisk
  • Season with salt and taste for flavor. Add more of the above ingredients until you get to desired taste.
  • Put arugula in a bowl and top with sliced strawberries, goat cheese and nuts
  • Add desired amount of homemade dressing to arugula
  • Top with a bit of grated parmesan
  • Enjoy!