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Salmon Avocado Rice Bowls

Salmon Avocado rice bowls a perfect addition to your summer menu and is part of our summer series recipes. Salmon is light, healthy and quick so you’ll have more time to spend with your family rather than cooking in the kitchen. This is also a great way to introduce kids to fish since this recipe has lots of sweet flavors to mask the any fishy taste. Its definitely a crowd pleaser!

Ingredients

  • 4 cup jasmine rice (1 cup per person)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt
  • 1 cup lime, juice only
  • 4 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp chicken or vegatable stock
  • 1 lb salmon fillets, skin off
  • 1 ripe avocado

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Cook rice per package instructions.
  3. Heat a cooking pan on medium-high heat. Add stock, 1 tbsp of honey, 1/2 cup lime juice and 2 tbsp cilantro to pan. (Save remaining ingredients for next steps).
  4. Simmer the mixture for about a minute, remove from heat and mix with rice. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Line a backing sheet with aluminum foil.
  6. Mix remaining lime juice, honey, and together in a bowl then rub mixture onto salmon fillets. Sprinkle salt on salmon as desired. NOTE: Glaze will run down salmon onto baking sheet and will burn. This is ok, the fish is not burning.
  7. Bake salmon 12-15 minutes.
  8. Divide rice among bowls and top with salmon fillet. Top with sliced avocado, lime juice, and salt to taste. Enjoy!

Surviving Chaos

  • Rice: Pre-cook rice the day before to speed of cook time.
  • Chili Powder: Add a 1/4 tsp of chili powder to add a little spice!
  • Noodles: Substitute thin noodles for rice to change up the recipe.

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Best Travel Apps

Now that its spring and summer is right around the corner, some families will begin to travel (of course adhering to ALL the COVID-19 precautions). With that being said, now is great time to make sure you have the best travel apps on your phone so that your adventures will be smooth and stress free. Here are out top 5 travel apps.

Hopper

Hopper is best for fare watching to ensure you get the best price on airfare and hotels. It watches prices so closely, it can tell whether you should book your trip now or wait. Set up your own price watch alerts so you don’t miss you an opportunity to save. #winwin

TripIt

TripIt helps you get organized!! You can upload your itinerary and share it with your friends so they when you leave and arrive at your destination. #safety For an additional fee, you can unlock more features like flight alerts, refund notifications, and reward tracking. The best part, this app works without Wi-Fi so it perfect for those rural or secluded destinations.

Timeshifter

Timeshifter is perfect for those who travel internationally and want to prevent jet lag. Based on sleep and circadian neuroscience, the app provides you with a personalized “jet lag plan” based on your destination time zone. It suggests when to wake up, when to consume or avoid caffeine, and so much more.

Trabee Pocket

Need a way to track travel expenses, be sure to download Trabee Pocket. You can track all you spending in this app and upload receipts (especially if your travelling for business). Added bonus – it even has an exchange rate calculator! #sohelpful

PackPoint

It never fails….we always forget SOMETHING on when we are packing for trip. PackPoint to the rescue! Just enter your itinerary: date, destination and activities and PackPoint will generate a packing list with everything you need. Plus, it checks the weather and will remind you to pack an umbrella or jacket for your trip.

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Building Your Tribe

We all have our very own tribe, you know….that group of people that we can always rely on. A tribe, a group a crew, or your posse are people you have chosen and elevated to be part of your inner circle. Those people who know your likes and dislikes, in and outs, high and lows. Basically, the people who know you best. I can’t tell you how many times we have relied on our tribe of family and friends during chaotic times, world chaos or when nothing seems to be going right. When my husband travels, I definitely have a tribe in each country that I can rely on both in the U.S. and abroad. This is especially important when traveling abroad, you need people you can trust should anything go wrong. If you looked around you, could you definitively say you have your own tribe?

Your tribe should consist of people who show up no matter what. The ones who call you consistently (yes, an actual phone call) whether they have something in particular they want to talk about or just to say “Hi”. They routinely check on you and your family to make sure everything is OK. They should know when you have deviated from your normal routine; they’re more likely to see red flags or be alerted when something is amiss. Additionally, your tribe should encourage you to go after you goals and dreams. Have an idea? Your tribe should be right there cheering you on. They will want the very best for you at all times.

Members of your tribe accept you exactly as you are…your uniqueness, individuality, quirks, imperfections, and everything in between. Who you are is what brought you together in the very beginning. Your tribe sees the good in you, what you have to offer, and what you have accomplished. They bring out the best in you and you bring out the best in them. Now more than ever, it is so important to have a tribe, a team that you can rely and they can rely on you. Even though we are social distancing, remember to keep in contact with them. With social distancing comes isolation. Your tribe will never let you feel alone or isolated, they are always looking out for each other. We are so thankful for our tribe aka our family and friends for their continued support.

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Kid-Friendly Baked Ziti

Kid Friendly Baked Ziti

Now that were all staying home, how about a recipe that the kids can help make? This recipe is easy-peasy and the kids will love mixing together the ingredients. Serve with your choice of veggie, caesar salad, and garlic bread for an authentic Italian meal.

Ingredients

  • None stick cooking spray
  • 8 ounce penne pasta, dry
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 medium bell pepper, red
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 cup spaghetti or marinara sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 6 ounce mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounce ricotta cheese, part skim milk

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8X8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain and set aside.
  2. Mince garlic and dice onion and red pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic, peppers and onions for 3-5 minutes. Stir pasta sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper into onion mixture. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove sauce from stove and stir in cooked pasta.
  3. Shred the mozzarella. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta and 1 cup shredded cheese.
  4. Spoon half the pasta into the baking dish and top with half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat with remaining pasta and ricotta. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes.

Surviving Chaos

  • Pre-cook Pasta: Pre-cook your pasta the night before to speed up the cooking process.
  • Add some meat: Add cooked ground beef or Italian sausage to beef up (pun intended) your baked ziti.
  • Leftovers: Leftovers will last 2-4 days refrigerated for a quick weeknight meal.

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The Value of Reading

Times have definitely changed…..we’ve had to re-evaluate our priorities, change our mindsets, and hone in on our patience and endurance. Now that we are spending a large portion of our time at home, we (especially me) have discovered more free time than we previously had before. I’ve managed to squeeze in more reading time….not that I had that much before! As you all know, I am an avid reader (check out my favorite books of 2019 post) and will pretty much read any genre.

Reading has always been something I have loved and cherished; a easy way to escape all the chaos in our daily lives. But there are so many more reasons why reading is good for you. Reading literally exercises your mind and body…..it increases your blood flow and improves the connectivity in your brain. It literally makes your smarter! That’s a win win win! Your writing, vocabulary and spelling also improve; your work colleagues will be impressed! Reading also increases your cultural knowledge, especially with books set in other countries or written by authors from other countries. These are just some of the ways reading is good for you. With that being said, I am sharing my reading challenge for 2020; I’ve managed to check off a few items 3 months into the year. What books are you reading that meet this challenge? Happy Reading!

2020 Reading Challenge