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I’m so head-over-heels excited- my best friend Allie and I are throwing a “Southern Style Party”. 

What is that you ask? Well, we made it up so we’re kind of throwing ideas together as we go along. Let me tell you, we’re having a blast along the way! A few of our close friends are getting together, and it’s going to be pretty fabulous.

My boyfriend Bryan is a true southern boy from North Carolina, so he’s giving us Cali girls some ideas too 🙂

So far, our southern food list includes:

  • Steaks marinated in Allie’s Grandma’s Whisky Marinade (for the non-vegetarians of course)
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • SWEET TEA in mason jars if I can find some (holla if you watch Duck Dynasty!)
  • Corn Bread (duh, that’s a must)
  • A delicious salad (I don’t think that’s southern… but I have to eat at this thing too… you know me, got to throw some health in there somewhere! There aren’t very many southern vegetarian foods which I learned the hard way when he flew me out to North Carolina to visit his family- they kept wanting to feed me bacon and steak. SO if Bryan touches my salad, I’m making that count as a Southern salad.)
  • Grilled Corn (still in the husks)

Not sure what else we’ll come up with, but let me tell you I’ve got my cowgirl boots and country music ready!

Pictures to come after the party tonight 🙂

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College Girl on a Budget: Summer Style :)

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Todays Purchases:

  • Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese (click to see my latest salad creation this was used in!)
  • Organic Green Tea Lemonade
  • Raw Pecan Halves
  • A mango
  • A Pear
  • Mochi (all natural chocolate ice cream)
  • Organic puppy chews for my Yorkie Locket!
  • A beautiful batch of yellow daisies
  • Aria: protein powder for women (click to see my new review)
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Can of diced and fire roasted tomatoes

Grand Total = $43.02

Being a college girl on summer vacation, I purchased some items that I wouldn’t usually go for. Since I’m out of college for the summer, I have extra time on my hands. What better way to spend it then in the kitchen discovering new meals I can eat when I go back to college in the fall!

There are going to be some kick-butt salads, smoothies and soups that come out of this trip. Come back and see what my creative mind comes up with this weekend 🙂

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Gorgonzola Cheese, Anjou Pears, and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette dressing YUM!

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Gorgonzola garlic salad

You haven’t had a true salad until you’ve tasted this one. I know I know I know what you’re thinking; …garlic and pears??? EW!

WRONG! Think again. The savory flavors of the roasted garlic vinaigrette, go astonishingly well with the sweet Anjou pears.

This salad is quick, fresh and a delight side to any main course, or a perfect lunch all on its own 🙂

Ps oh my gosh you guys, these pictures turned out so great!! I’m getting so much better with my food photography!

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We pet baby chicks, NOT eat them!

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At a lovely afternoon adventure at my Godmother’s house, we discovered her 15 new baby chicks! They were SO cute. Bryan and I named this one Pablo. After getting to spend some quality time with Pablo, it breaks my heart to think about all the baby chicks and chickens that are suffering so much at food mills. Kept in tiny cages with no room to fly around and be free. It’s little moments like today with Pablo that remind me why I’ve been a Vegetarian my whole life.

Choose free-range chicken eggs at the store, or even better; buy your food from local farmers markets.

Proud vegetarian for 24 years!!! Pablo power 🙂

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Artichoke Adventures

Did you know that Artichokes are one of the WORLD’S most healthiest foods? 

Artichoke Before:After

YES! But Why?

  • REALLY high in anti-oxidants
  • Cancer fighting properties
  • Really good for the liver *Also known for as a hangover treatment for you drinkers out there!*
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Really high in Fiber (which helps with digestion)

If you had asked me a year ago to eat this weird flowery looking cactus shaped vegetable… I would have looked at you like you were crazy.

Now that my taste buds are developing, I tried them for the first time about a year ago and I AM IN LOVE WITH THEM!

If you’ve never tried an artichoke before, I highly recommend it!

MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BEFORE YOU TRY AND EAT ONE! They’re complicated to eat, but totally worth the extra effort.

How to eat an artichoke:

After you’ve steamed or boiled it for 25-35 minutes begin to eat.

  1. Pull off outer petals, one at a time
  2. Dip white fleshy end in melted butter or sauce. Tightly grip the other end of the petal. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulpy, delicious portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal.
  3. With a knife or spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the “choke”) covering the artichoke heart. The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart. Cut into pieces and dip into sauce to eat.
  4. I dip mine in a home made garlic sauce that I make myself with FRESH garlic. This not only adds to the flavors of the artichoke, it adds another entire health benefit from the fresh garlic!

Get out of your comfort zone, it’s no fun in there! 

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Whole grain veggie flat-bread pizza!

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With the whole grain flat-bread dough, combined with all the delicious veggies on top; this is the perfect healthy go to pizza!

Since the dough isn’t thick, it cuts the calories. I made sure to add an array of my favorite pizza toppings too 🙂

Toppings:
Zucchini
Summer Squash
Sauteed Red peppers
Arugula with lemon vinegerette dressing
Mozerella cheese

YUM!
The flavors go together perfectly, and the flat bread literally melts in your mouth. Delicious summer dinner 🙂

*Note- to make this vegan, just use vegan cheese 🙂

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Fruits & Veggies: What to refrigerate

Guess what guys, there’s hope for your unimaginably small fridge! If you’re like me and your fridge seems to ALWAYS be jam packed with one thing or another, this list will be really helpful. There is no need to take up extra room in there with a food that does just as well left on your counter top.

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