a bohemian tomato salad

A Bohemian Tomato Salad | theclevercarrot.com

My intent was to buy string beans.

Instead, I walked out of the farmstand with chicken, two dozen eggs, some fermented coconut yogurt (totally weird by the way), fresh basil, and the most beautiful bunch of sunflowers perched right next to me as I type. Pretty hues of espresso, golden caramel, and burnt yellow compete for my attention.

I also walked out with the best impulse buy ever: a pint of baby heirloom tomatoes….

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15 minute meals: baked dover sole + whole grain mediterranean couscous

15-minute meals: baked dover sole with whole grain mediterranean couscous | theclevercarrot.com

You either have it or you don’t.

With the holidays on the horizon, time is of the essence. Things will get hectic. Possibly stressful. And I refuse to freak out over dinner (Who me? Never). I’ve been on the hunt for quick and healthy meals that won’t break the bank.

Because really, Christmas is in 30 days….

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trader joe’s best kept secret

trader joe's best kept secret | theclevercarrot.com

No, it’s not cookie butter.

It’s something a little more unexpected.

In the past, I’ve always bought my fish from the local seafood shop in town. They had great shrimp, salmon, flounder- you name it. But the quality has gone down hill. They began selling chemically treated fish. When fish is ‘treated,’ it absorbs extra water which increases the overall weight (so you pay more). The texture is mushy and achieving a good sear is nearly impossible. I could probably bounce a shrimp off your forehead! What a waste of time and money.

A new plan was in order….

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