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Pacific Northwest Chopped Salad

Pacific Northwest Chopped Salad

It snowed buckets this morning.  I suppose February has to make amends for the absurdly mild January we had, right?  Well, you probably had one of those record-breaking, freeze-your-buns-off months, but we somehow managed to avoid all of that.  In North Central Washington.  Can you believe that?  Seriously, our high’s were up in the 40’s–even the 50’s for a few days!  Craziness.

I love this little lake town when it’s blanketed in snow.  Some of the most beautiful days are when the surrounding hills and mountains are covered in white and the lake reflects a clear blue sky.  Just gorgeous.  We definitely get all four seasons around here and I love that.

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My view this morning.

But enough about the weather.  Let’s talk food.

It’s hard to beat the Pacific Northwest when it comes to good food and this salad offers a nice little array of some of these local flavors.  From the sweet and crunchy Honeycrisp apple to the handmade Beecher’s Flagship cheese, this salad pays homage to some of our best.  It’s one of my favorites and I hope you like it, too!

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Mongolian Beef with Broccoli

Mongolian Beef with Broccoli

This is so delicious.  I would say it’s like your favorite Chinese take-out, but it’s probably better.  Stir-fried strips of steak, lightly steamed broccoli, and crisp water chestnuts are tossed in a sweet and savory sauce with just the right amount of heat for a quick dinner any night of the week.  This time around, I happened to serve it atop udon noodles, though I’ve often done rice instead.  Either way, you are going to love it.

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Pico de Gallo

pico de gallo

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pico de gallo.  Really and truly, the chips are just a carrier as I obscenely pile on this deliciously fresh salsa and shovel it down the hatch.  So good.   And even better?  It is so good for you!  Not only is it low in calories, but it is loaded with a variety of vitamins and antioxidants.  Plus, the capsaicin found in spicy peppers has been associated with heart health, not to mention possible metabolism-boosting properties and appetite suppression–helpful if you are trying to shed a few pounds.

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Teriyaki Udon with Beef or Chicken

My family loves this dish.  Stir-fried veggies, a good dose of garlic and ginger, udon noodles, sweet and savory teriyaki sauce–what’s not to love?  I’ve made this a couple times now, once with chicken and today with beef.  In both cases, I marinated the meat for a few hours in teriyaki sauce before throwing onto the grill.  Easy peasy.  For my veg friends, some crispy tofu–fried in the hot pan and then removed before adding the veggies–would most certainly be delicious as well. (Might just make that next time, come to think of it…)

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