simple arugula salad with nectarines + pine nuts

Simple Arugula Salad with Nectarines + Pine nuts

I remember the exact moment like it was yesterday.

My body was firmly positioned in the middle of a driveway watching my friends play basketball. I was about 10-years old. I was wearing Keds. And I’m pretty sure my long brown hair was securely fastened in a side ponytail complete with a bright neon scrunchie (you’ve got to love the eighties).

While everyone was dribbling around trying to toss the ball into the net, I just stood there.

Eating a peach.

It wasn’t just any old peach. This fuzzy, thin-skinned beauty stopped me dead in my tracks. The flavor was beyond sweet, and bite after bite the golden, syrupy nectar just dripped down my arms!

I remember thinking to myself, “Is this thing for real?”

What I don’t remember however, was why on Earth I was standing in the middle of a high-impact sports game eating fruit.

But the memory of this peachy euphoria would set the bar for every future peach to come, even after two decades later.

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how to make crispy veggie fries without the fat

how to make crispy veggie fries without the fat| theclevercarrot.com

On Friday night, I treat the boys to steak and fries.

It’s their favorite meal of the week, and for once I don’t have to negotiate with them (they should both be lawyers!). The steak is grass fed from Trader Joe’s, and while I’m there, I grab a bag of fries too.

Yes! The Clever Carrot doesn’t make her own fries!

You heard that right. In my defense, the correct way to make fries is to double fry the potatoes for a super crispy outside and fluffy middle. Tell me something: who in their right mind would double fry anything in raging hot oil at the end of the week?

I’d rather eat out.

Plus, I found an easier and healthier way to do it without the fat….

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roasted butternut squash with figs + sage

Butternut Squash with Figs + Sage | theclevercarrot.com

My parents host a huge Thanksgiving feast every year.

I go up a dress size just thinking about it.

In addition to being surrounded by family and friends, what I love most, is the mass spread of traditional fare you only eat once a year (stuffing in July doesn’t sound good to you?!). To keep it fun, we do try to sneak in at least one new dish for the crowd.

But it has to be simple, and can’t add to the stress….

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