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March 22, 2011

Today started so strange.

Usually I am the farthest thing from a morning person.  I thrive on pushing the snooze button on my alarm.  Anything to get an extra 10 minutes of shut eye.

Today I felt very “springy”.

I jumped out of bed.  I made some coffee.  I checked emails and poked around the blogosphere for a bit.

Then I made quite possibly the best bowl of oats EVER!

In the mix: Rolled oats, almond milk, water, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, banana, egg whites.

Topped with TJ’s Sunbutter, toasted coconut almond granola and fresh blueberries.

These oats were so fluffy and the toppings were just so perfect.

It was definitely the perfect start to my day.

I’m glad I’m getting back into the breakfast groove. I think it’s the change of seasons.

The change of seasons, especially from winter to spring,  tend to give me such a proactive attitude towards life.  All i know is that I can’t wait to start hitting the farmer’s markets!! They are one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning!!


All day I knew I wanted something fresh, flavorful and healthy for dinner tonight.

So after some lunch, I drove over to Earthfare to see what sort of stuff they had to offer.

I browsed the fish counter and salmon happened to be on special! Sold! I heart salmon.

I got home and started prepping for dinner almost immediately.

I julienned celery, shallot, red bell pepper, cabbage.  I trimmed some broccoli and grabbed some spinach.  I sliced some garlic and lemon.

I took a piece of parchment paper, folded it in half and placed the veggies on the paper.

At this point I gave the veggies a tad of seasoning [salt and pepper].

Then came the salmon.

I just laid it over top the vegetables and layered the lemon slices over the fish.

Then I gave it a quick drizzle of some Greek EVOO and white wine.

Then I folded the parchment over the salmon and vegetables, making sure the edges were nice and sealed.

I popped it in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 20 minutes, until the fish was cooked through and the veggies wilted.

Then the best part: the unveiling.

There’s nothing better than the cloud of steam and complex aroma that comes from this little package.

So perfect.

Before entering the blog world, I probably would have just eaten this straight out of the package.

However for aesthetic purposes and for your eyes only, I transferred it to a plate.

I actually ended up cooking a cup of lentils to go with it, just because I was greedy and wanted something extra.

The vegetables were cooked perfectly, but still so crisp.

The fish literally melted in my mouth.

I can’t gush about this meal enough.  It was so satisfying to me.

Couldn’t you tell?

I didn’t eat all of the package.  I ate about 3/4 of the fish and vegetables.  I saved the rest for some leftovers.

After eating this, I said to myself “why on earth do I not make these things more often??”.

I legit have not made this since my nutrition class in culinary school.

Shame on me.

But I am so glad I rediscovered this.

You could literally put anything in a parchment package and it would be delicious.  I think next time I’m going to try some curry and coconut milk and go with the whole Thai flavor profile.  I already can’t wait.


Well I’m off to finish watching the “best in film” special on ABC.  It’s so fun to look back at all the older movies.

Game night tomorrow so it’ll be a late night post!

Hope you all have a good night!!

Vanessa 🙂

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