Green Goddess Sandwich

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I started painting my kitchen cabinets about 7 months ago, right when we got home from Hawaii. Also, around the time we found out I was pregnant. The problem, I went to continue painting after finding out a baby was on the way and was of course concerned with the chemicals I was using. I found that the paint de-glosser I was using was EXTREMELY harmful to pregnant women and children (and probably everyone else, but not on the same level as a child’s developing system) so I didn’t continue the project, thinking I was out of luck until after the pregnancy.

Fast forward 7 months, nothing gets you wanting to finish and complete projects around the house like a baby 12 weeks away! Not to mention, a baby shower at my house this weekend!! I did some research and found a safe, non-toxic paint stripper to finish the job. Mind you, I was not even half-way done with the project and now I’m trying to finish it in 4 days…we’ll see how this goes.

I made this sandwich at the beginning of summer and was OBSESSED! It is so fresh and so delicious!! I literally ate it for lunch for a week straight. I thought I’d finally share the recipe with you and you can enjoy it for the rest of summer with all the fresh veggies. The recipe is from www.jillianharris.com who I have a slight girl crush on. She is a Canadian fashion/food/home blogger with great style in all areas, and also one of the hosts of HGTVs Love It Or List It Too.

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Green Goddess Sandwich
whole grain bread (I used Dave’s Killer Bread Good Seed)
goat cheese, crumbled
white cheddar
fresh spinach
fresh basil, thinly sliced
zucchini, thinly sliced
avocado, sliced
margarine or butter
large handful of parsley
juice from 1/4 of a lemon
1 garlic clove
salt & pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

1. Put parsley, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper and olive oil in a bullet or small food processor to make sauce

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2. Butter bread on both sides
3. Layer all ingredients on bread and grill in a panini press or grill pan until brown and crispy

Enjoy!

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Chicken Salad with Strawberries & Asparagus

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One of my all time favorite salads, and perfect on a warm summer afternoon. When I was working full-time, my husband and I decided we had to change our diets because eating out for lunch everyday was just not helping us in anyway. I got online and ordered a few different recipe books and this has turned out to be my absolute favorite, Paleo Power Lunch. There are 26 different lunch salad combinations and they are ALL so tasty. Let me put out a disclaimer here, I do not follow the Paleo diet. I just love the combos of fruits, veggies, meat and nuts/seeds that this book uses. Even my husband, who doesn’t love salads, enjoys them. So, here is #1 with plenty more to follow.

2 cups arugula
3 ozs grilled chicken, chopped
4 large strawberries, sliced
4 stalks of asparagus, cut into 1″ lengths
1 Tbsp red onion, chopped
1/2 cup pecans
2 Tbsp Annie’s Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

In the cookbook, they also give recipes for Paleo dressings. I, however, like my full-flavor, full-fat dressings…sorry Paleo. I like to use Annie’s Natural & Organic Salad Dressings because they come in so many different flavors and most are certified organic.

That’s that. Enjoy!