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May 17, 2011

I’ve made a lot of recipes over the years.

Some recipes are good enough to come back to and make again.  Others have been forgotten or are simply not worth repeating a second time.

One recipe that I come back to again and again is Baked Dijon Salmon by Angela of Oh She Glows.   It is one of the best salmon recipes I’ve ever found, and I’m sure that I’ll continue making it for years to come.


Aside from the taste, one of the perks of this recipe is that it doesn’t leave a fishy smell lingering in the house.   I wouldn’t make a perfume out of it or anything, but it actually makes the house smell pretty good.

The only change I made to the original recipe was using Panko bread crumbs rather than regular bread crumbs.  I also halved the recipe since I was only cooking for Michael and me.

While the salmon was baking in the upper oven, I had green beans roasting in the lower oven.

These also smelled really good.  If you have a vampire phobia, you should totally make a perfume out the smell since it is very garlicky. 😉

Roasted Green Beans

Ingredients
1 pound green beans, trimmed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 tablespoons olive oil*
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

*I actually used Garlic Gold Oil because I believe you can never have too much garlic.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Toss the green beans in a large bowl with all other ingredients.  Transfer to a baking dish.  Roast until golden brown (approximately 18-20 minutes).  Transfer to a platter and serve.

For even more veggies, we also had side salads.  Another good night of eating for the Turners!

Are there any dishes that you make again and again?  Recipes and links are welcome!

*** If you haven’t already done so, remember to enter my Follow Your Heart giveaway!

Happy Tuesday!


Dance Party

May 16, 2011

Something about being home by myself makes me want to have a singing and dancing party in my house.

The urge can strike at any moment, and yesterday, it hit me while I was ironing clothes (although for safety reasons, I turned off the iron first).

Like a true fan, I put on some Lionel Richie music and began to sing and dance the afternoon away.

Well, that is until I realized that our windows were open and our neighbors were right outside.

Our neighbors are not the friendliest people on the planet, and I’m pretty sure the way to their hearts isn’t through an off key version of “All Night Long”.

I decided to turn off the music, temporarily put my singing career on hold, and do something else that I do often….

Make a new smoothie.

This combination is one of my very favorites yet!


Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Ingredients
1/2 cup pitted black cherries
1/2 medium-sized banana
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp light brown sugar
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
Stevia (optional)
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)

Add all ingredients to a mixer and blend until smooth.


Do you see the beautiful bits of cherry in there?

This was delicious.  Purely delicious.  It honestly tasted like a creamy milkshake.  And it was totally worth prematurely ending my solo concert at home.

Be honest, do you ever dance or sing when no one else is home or watching?  I also sing in my car- even if people happen to see.  Life’s too short to care whether or not random people think I’m a crazy person!

I hope that everyone has a great day, and don’t forget to enter my Follow Your Heart giveaway. The winners will be announced on Friday!

Follow Your Heart (Giveaway)

May 15, 2011

(Scroll to the bottom for giveaway details, if you’re impatient.)

Before he met me, my husband Michael used to eat fast food for dinner, go out to lunch everyday with co-workers, and drink large soft drinks instead of water.

Well, I changed all of that when Michael and I got married and moved into our house last year.

But before you get the impression that I work for the Food Police, please allow me to set the record straight.

All I did was encourage him to make a few small changes, such as cutting out soda and letting me pack his lunches for work each day.  With these changes, he immediately dropped some weight and started to get fewer headaches.

Rather than going out to eat each night, I’d cook for him at dinnertime.  He loved it and was shocked because the meals that I made didn’t taste at all like “diet” food.

His enthusiasm encouraged me to continue lightening up his favorite foods.


I also started to make homemade salad dressings, and I replaced some traditional pantry items with more natural ones.

One of the best changes that I made was switching Michael from nasty old mayo to Vegenaise.  He couldn’t believe how good it tasted, and even better, he claimed to like it even more than mayo!

Heart-shaped sandwich with Vegenaise!

We use Vegenaise in salad dressings, egg and tuna salads, on sandwiches and burgers, and anything that would call for regular mayo.

If you haven’t tried Vegenaise yet (or any of Follow Your Heart’s other products), I strongly suggest that you get your hands on some.  And now just might be your chance…

I’m so excited because the wonderful people at Follow Your Heart, the makers of Vegenaise, are giving away some products to two lucky readers of The Grass Skirt!

There are five different ways to enter– and the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning!

  1. Follow me on twitter.
  2. Spread the word and tweet my giveaway.  Something like “Check out @the_grass_skirt giveaway!  http://bit.ly/jU5Ns8” would work.
  3. “Like” Follow Your Heart on Facebook and/or follow them on twitter.
  4. Go to the Follow Your Heart website and leave a comment here about which product you’d like to try.
  5. Link to this giveaway on your blog, if you have one.

Leave a comment on this post letting me know when you’ve made any of these entries, and you’ll be entered to win!  The winners will be announced on Friday, May 20th.

Good luck!