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Another Fun Double Date Night In

Tonight was another random, last minute, double date night in. Our friends Leigh and Nate’s anniversary was yesterday, so I sent them an email and told them we should get together again soon. They suggested tonight, so we said sure! They came over for a healthful Lasagna (we use the recipe on the back of the Barilla No Bake Lasagna noodles box and substitute ground turkey for the beef/sausage; plus, every time it says to add meat, add meat AND veggies–we used 1 c. frozen spinach, 1 small zucchini, 1 small yellow squash and about 8 chopped baby carrots). Plus they brought garlic bread and we made a salad (see below).

Green Salad with Carrots in the center, surrounded by a Caprese Salad of roma tomatoes, mozzarella, capers and chopped fresh basil. Drizzle with olive oil and your favorite vinegar and sprinkle with salt & pepper or your favorite seasoning grinder. Yum!

For dessert, we had a rich cup of French Roast coffee and Double Chocolate Torte (gluten-free vegan recipe from Oh She Glows). Even the dessert is full of good-for-you stuff, don’t knock it before you’ve tried it. Seconds will be had…guilt-free! Delicious chilled, at room temperature, or my favorite way–frozen!

picture courtesy of Oh She Glows

After dessert, they ended up teaching us two new games. If you hadn’t noticed, games are one of our favorite things to do. We played a lot of games during our dating years, especially Settles of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble and Dutch Blitz. We even had game nights that we co-hosted weekly during our first couple of years of marriage. Six years later, the frequency of games has decreased, but we still enjoy board and card games quite a bit.

Last time Nate and Leigh were here, they taught us Dominion, and it became a fast favorite, to the point we “had” to buy it and have played it for date nights multiple times since then (good for 2 players). Tonight, they taught us Small World and 7 Wonders–both are very good games!

“Risk”-esque game of conquering territories. Only 9 turns per player, but has a bit more of a learning curve than 7 Wonders and takes a bit more time with strategizing.

A fast-paced, easy to learn game for 3+ players, with multiple strategies and outcomes.

Thank God for like-minded friends and lasting memories of fun nights together! And Happy Anniversary, Nate and Leigh!

Recipe: The Perfect Salad

1. Start with A Leafy Green Base: the darker the green, the more nutritious. Be creative and try a new lettuce variety, especially if you’re stuck on Iceberg; Bibb, Red Leaf, and Romaine are always good options, or you can branch out and add spinach, kale, or other greens likes collards, mustard greens, or Swiss chard. My favorite is the Organic Girl brand at Publix (when I can’t get it from my own garden).

2. Add Some Color: I suggest at least one from each color group below…

  • Something Red: grape tomatoes, red pepper, strawberries, pomegranate arils, sliced beets, dried cranberries, radishes, apples
  • Something Orange or Yellow: bell peppers, carrots, banana peppers, mandarin oranges, mango salsa, corn
  • Something Green: peppers, cucumbers, sprouts, green beans, granny smith apples, pears, zucchini, artichoke hearts, celery, broccoli, peas
  • Something Blue or Purple: blueberries or other berries, purple cabbage, grapes, purple carrots, raisins
  • Something White: mushrooms, onion, cauliflower, garlic or shallots

3. Add a Protein: this can be grilled chicken or salmon on top of the salad, or something simple like a half cup of rinsed and drained beans (kidney beans, black beans, whatever your favorite is), a hardboiled egg or an ounce of low-fat cheese.

4. Add a Healthy Fat Source: 1 Tbsp. of olive oil or chopped olives, ¼ avocado, or a small handful of nuts and/or seeds. You need healthy fat in your meal if you want to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins available in the rest of your salad!

5. Add Some Flavor: balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, fresh herbs, freshly cracked black pepper, etc. Stay away from high-sodium and saturated fat laden options. Something crunchy is always fun too (depending on what you’ve already added): whole wheat croutons, asian noodles, or these salad toppers from Oh She Glows are all fun ideas.

Bon Appetit! And Enjoy the Journey!
Melissa

Milk and Honey Organics Delivery – and A New Meal Plan!

This week’s basket: Jonagold apples, Extra Fancy Navel Oranges, Fair Trade Bananas, Blueberries, Limes, Collards, Boston Butter Lettuce, Celery, Sugar Snap Peas, Yukon Gold Potatoes and Fennel (I requested a substitute for the fennel, since it’s not one of my favorites, and was surprised with some baby bok choy instead…yeah!). I know you want one too, so order it now at Milk & Honey Organics for next week. This is the Starter Basket for $35.

Here’s the menu plan for this week:

Recipe Links:

Lemon Tarts (using Lemon Curd recipe from Ina Garten) or Lemon Cake with Lime Curd and Pomegranate from Design Sponge

Egg Casserole (my mom’s recipe, of course)

Lentil Walnut Burgers from Whole Food’s Market

Brandied Sausage Stuffing (aka Turkey Roulade) from Ina Garten

Smoothies (be creative: the link provides a basic formula)

Also, I may try these this week:

Homemade Wheat Thins from Oh She Glows

Whole Wheat English Muffins from Simply Life

Blueberry Salsa from Southern Living