Grilled Greens With Shrimp And Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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Grilled Shrimp, Romaine and Pineapple Salsa Salad

Summer Summer Summertime…….time to kick back and……well I will let you insert your favorite activity. When I was growing up in the Northeast, summer was my favorite season which may explain why I moved to Southern California the first chance I got!  Summer in my childhood meant two things.

1. Downthashore.  Translation for those not from New Jersey or Philadelphia… it means: Going to the beach. If you are from the garden or keystone state, this must be said as if it is one word: Downthashore. It’s a rule.

2. The foods of summer!  Jersey tomatoes and corn, crabs and lobsters, salt water taffy and ice cream, and of course cooking on the grill…. 

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The Heart of Romaine

 

Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps

Smoked Salmon Lettuce Wraps

(Originally Published Memorial Day Weekend May 27 2014)

So this month when Organic Girl sent me their wonderful Hearts of Romaine to play with, I honestly didn’t even take the kids into consideration.  I knew I didn’t want to hide the sweet crunchy tender hearts, I wanted them to be front and center….but they are of course, GREEN in color….so the monkey’s were out of the tasting equation.

These lovely greens come in their brand new “Protect Pack” with a easy to “re-seal” top and a wide bottom.  Perfect!!  I decided I wanted to use them in other ways then just a salad (but I did make several yummy salads as well).  So here are just a few of the ways I enjoyed them…. 

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Drink Your Greens Contest

Organic Smoothie Ingredients

Organic Smoothie Ingredients

It’s June ALREADY?!?!?!  Wow, I can’t believe how fast this year is flying. Summer is here and that means…..Smoothie’s! (Well if you live in Florida it’s also synonymous with living on the outskirts of hell…weather wise). Wherever you live, you probably drink more smoothies in the summer than you do in any other season, so it makes sense that this month Organic Girl Greens are promoting smoothies with the “Drink Your Greens” Contest!

To enter the Organic Girl Drink Your Greens Contest, snap a photo of a smoothie (or juice) that you have created with one of their good clean greens, include the photo of the clamshell of greens and hashtag #drinkurgreens.  You can do this on Instagram @iloveorganicgirl.  I would post it on Facebook and Tweet it as well…but thats just me!

The winner will receive a new Vitamix® blender and ….are you ready?   FREE Organic Girl Greens for a YEAR!!!!  Sweeeeeeet!  As I am lucky enough to be a recipe creator/blogger for Organic Girl, I can’t win….but YOU CAN! … 

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Gluten Free SuperGreen Calzones

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I don’t even know where to begin I am so excited.  I have posted many times about my search for gluten-free pizza crust that was more then just “it’s not bad, it’s ok”.  I was just hoping for taste, I didn’t even dare to dream about ease of preparation! I mean gluten-free dough is always difficult to work with right?

Oh no….no no no no no.  I appears I have found it.  The Pizza Crust Holy Grail!

I must pause and catch my breath…. 

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SuperGreen Hotpockets

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I have to say I am thrilled that I have hooked up with the great people at Organic Girl.  Getting boxes of healthy greens sent to me monthly to cook with is great!  Having their support and trust to create recipes on Zia’s Kitchen for them is so exciting!  It’s funny, I was a huge fan and buying their greens long before they reached out to me through my blog.  In fact I was a fan even before I met them on the set of All Mixed Up well over a year ago. ~Interesting note, when they reached out to me via my blog they had no idea I was the same person who worked on the set of All Mixed Up doing the PR and taking all of the publicity shots for them ~ What do you call that? Kismet? Serendipity? Fate?

Whatever you call it my family and I have been eating healthy delicious baby greens of all different varieties and enjoying every minute!… 

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It’s Time To Stuff It

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Stuffing, it’s not just for Thanksgiving!

A few weeks ago I was in some sort of “stuffed foods” mood.  Not entirely sure why, but I went with it.  First up was the stuffed burgers.  I won’t spend much time on that, as everyone makes stuffed burgers. A friend bought us almost 6 pounds of ground beef from Costco.  Not sure why he got us so much, but a had a bit of burger making to do so we could freeze them, and I looked at some of the things we had in the house and thought “Stuffed Burgers”

Next up were the gi-normous, ridiculously big and beautiful mushrooms he brought us.  PERFECT for Stuffed Mushrooms! Except, well as silly as it sounds and simple as they are to make, I had never made stuffed mushrooms before.  So I thought, oh what the hell, I will make it up!… 

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Why is it called Chicken Pot Pie?

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Just one of those culinary questions I have.  I mean why is it called POT pie?  It’s a “pie”.  Is it because it is made IN a pot? In that case shouldn’t most things have the term “pot” in the description? It confounds me.  These are the things that keep me up at night.

I know I know….I need a life.

But if I had a social life and other things to occupy my brain other than food and cooking, my family wouldn’t be eating half as well.  That and Mama Sis wouldn’t be complaining she has put on weight – like 2 or 3 pounds – get over it! (she has always been the “skinny” sister.)

So I did what any mildly culinary obsessed person would do.  Googled it…. 

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Breakfast for Dinner

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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE breakfast. I mean I love food in general…obviously, but breakfast is my favorite meal.  Strangely enough breakfast holds many many memories for me, more so then any other meal…particularly downthashore”. That’s how you say “Going to the beach” if you are from Philadelphia or New Jersey.

Growing up, we had a beach house in Ocean City and most mornings Dad was in charge of breakfast.  This was decades before I realized I should be eating Gluten Free so we had pancakes, pork roll sandwiches (another Jersey/Philly thing), sticky buns from Mallon’s…you name it.  I even have distinct memories of being at my Dad’s parents beach house – Mommom and JJ and watching my grandmother make cream chipped beef. That was my Irish side of the family…. 

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Organic Girl Five Happiness Giveaway – Winners!

 

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The giveaway for Organic Girl Five Happiness Tasty Salad Mix has come to an end and Mama Sis picked the 5 winners out of a hat this morning!

Congratulations to readers:

Laura   Christina    Kimberly   Marian   and    Jessica!

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Be sure to let me know how you like your gift package when it arrives!

Nom Nom

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Organic Girl Five Happiness Tasty Salad Mix Giveaway and Recipes

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“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” 
― Julia Child

About a week ago the wonderful people over at Organic Girl Good Clean Greens sent me a package.  2 packages of their newest salad blend Five Happiness Tasty Salad, which is a blend of baby Bok Choy leaves and other yummy baby greens.  They asked if I would be willing to review it and come up with some fun recipes for my blog.  Ummmm YES MAM!  Super exciting, my first official product test!  The package also included some other great goodies!
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