Honey Lime Shrimp with Grapefruit Avocado Quinoa

Making this was easy.  Waiting for dinner time was the hard part.  Between the aroma of the honey lime shrimp grilling and the citrusy grapefruit and creamy avocado waiting, my tummy was growling.  This colorful and hearty salad can be made with refrigerator finds so get creative!

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For the shrimp
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Clean shrimp.
:: Add a spoon of honey, dash of paprika and squeeze of lime.
:: If you have a grill, skewer shrimp and grill.
:: If you don't, pan grill them.
:: Regardless, the honey will caramelize and give you a smokey pretty char.

For the quinoa.
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Cook quinoa per instructions.  Set aside to cool.
:: Dice your choice of grapefruit, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, raisins or nuts.
:: Toss and season with salt and pepper.

Serve with fresh cilantro and limes.

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Easy Pea-sy Sweet Pea Soup

I've been quiet because we're enjoying this Sweet Pea Soup too much!!  The past week has been non stop action at the store and with cookie popups but we still manage homemade meals, especially because this so easy to make.  Only 2 ingredients; sweet peas and chicken broth.  And you can switch it up with optional mint leaves, lemon juice, salt and pepper, or all at once.  You can also add ham or shredded rotisserie chicken or tofu cubes.

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Ingredients
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Frozen or canned sweet peas
:: Chicken or vegetable broth
Use about 1 cup of frozen sweet peas to 2 cups of broth OR 1 can sweet peas to 1 can broth to start. Add more of one or the other depending on how thick you like your soup.

Sweet peas, chicken broth, lemon juice, salt and pepper is my usual combo but you can add anything that's available in the refrigerator that day.  

Optional add-ons
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Mint Leaves (it adds a zing!)
:: Lemon juice
:: Salt and Pepper
:: Ham
:: Shredded rotisserie chicken
.. or all of the above :D

Directions
:: In a blender, blend frozen or canned sweet peas with broth until smooth.  If adding mint, include it here.
:: Pour soup into a pot.  Add the optional add-ons here ie squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper, meats.
:: Heat over stove.
:: Serve.

It is a simple way to sooth and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, and you don’t have to be a master chef to create a warm, simmering broth of goodness. It is inexpensive too, especially when you work with what’s in season. They become ever-changing and never boring.

Make sure you have a mountain of bread when you enjoy this one!

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Love Is ...

... simple.  :*

Just boxed brownie mix and jelly bean hearts will make a lot of friends and family smile.

:: Follow package instructions.
:: Use a 9' x 13" baking pan. Bake.
:: Shortly after removing oven, place jelly bean hearts in rows and columns.
:: Slice into squares.

You may even decorate with icing to look like love letters. 

Try it!  It'll make someone's day!

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Grilled Apple Sausage Salad with Apple Butter Dressing

This weekend, promise me you’ll try making this. :p  It’s so simple to make. All in one pan, and as the butter melts and the apples caramelize, it made my kitchen smell like apple pie heaven! Also, as they cook, the apples and sausage release juices into the butter, thus giving you an apple butter dressing! I always save the pan drippings and when the pan is cool enough not to overcook my salad, I’ll toss a handful of salad greens in to soak it all up before plating. Makes cleaning the pan easier too! :O

All you need is
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a nonstick pan
:: a teaspoon of butter, or more if you want more dressing
:: an apple, halved
:: pre-cooked sausage, I used chicken apple sausage
:: salad greens

Directions
On low-medium heat, let butter melt.Add sausages and apples, cut side down.

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If your sausage is pre-cooked, all you have to do is wait for the apples to caramelize. They start to turn golden brown, the sides curl slightly and smell so good! Let pan drippings cool a little, then toss a handful of salad greens in to soak it up.

Plate and serve. I hope you enjoy this one! And remember to bite into that apple when its warm. So good!

Sorry about the apple-fever I am having this couple of weeks. And thank you to Valerie for being my apple-partner-in-crime. Both of us have apple-fever. :O  

If you are not an apple lover, try caramelizing a slice of pumpkin, plum or pear. Just as good. :p

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