My life as a new mom has really taken a devastating toll on my veggie consumption. I took for granted all the time I used to spend on prepping and making veggie filled meals! Dang, that was a lot of chopping, slices, sautéing etc. Given my lack of spare time or hands to cook with these days, I set about ways to pre-prep a bunch of veggies for quick assembling and vegetable starved gobbling! This is one of those recipes. Spend a few minutes shaving asparagus and poaching a couple eggs and you have a crunchy but substantial power meal on your hands.

You can even shave the asparagus and store it in a covered bowl in the fridge with a damp paper towel over top so that you can quickly pull from it for last minute meals. A bunch of soft boiled eggs made in advance would also do the trick for a quick, thrown together lunch!

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  • one bunch asparagus, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 4 ounces prosciutto di parma, cut into pieces
  • slivered almonds
  • hard aged goat cheese, finely shredded
  • one poached egg
  • salt and pepper

~ To poach the egg, bring water to a simmer in a short, wide pan. Add a splash of vinegar. One by one, crack the eggs into a small bowl and slowly place into pan. Turn off heat, cover pan, and let cook for 5 minutes without disturbing. Remove with a slotted spoon.

~ Make a nest on a plate with shaved asparagus (some people make like to dress the asparagus by first tossing it with some olive oil and lemon juice, I’m not one of those people but maybe you are;). Sprinkle generously with almonds and goat cheese. Top with as much prosciutto and lastly with one or two poached eggs.

~ Salt and pepper to taste.






So you may have noticed my hiatus from this blog over the past few months. Our incredible baby girl was born in January and I was back at working shooting for clients two weeks later. Talk about an adjustment! What with figuring out my role as a new mama while also keeping my head above water working on client jobs, I had ZERO time to shoot for myself, or really even eat for that matter! Now I’m all about super duper quick meals and snack, the very best of which being those that can be made one-handed! HA!

The title says it all on this one. Easy peasy, gorgeous jewel-toned plums wrapped in salty prosciutto deliciousness. A wonderful collision of salty and sweet as well as chewy and juicy!

What quick easy foods do you make when you don’t have seconds to spare? No really, this mama needs all the ideas you can give her;)

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This is the very definition of quick and hearty! I used to dislike smoked salmon unless it topped gobs of cream cheese. While it’s still super tasty with tons of cream cheese, which we used generously in this recipe, I love it all the time on almost anything now. This sandwich is piled high with all the good stuff, the crunch of veggies, the salty chew of smoked salmon, the cool creamy tartness of creme fraiche and cream cheese and the toasted goodness of a sourdough baguette. What else is there in life?!

This’ll fill ya up without taking you down! Not to mention how welcome a no-cook (toasting optional;) meal is in the summer heat!

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  • sourdough baguette, sliced lengthwise
  • cream cheese
  • creme fraiche
  • radishes, sliced into coins
  • smoked salmon
  • sunflower sprouts
  • avocado, sliced
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • capers, drained

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees and toast baguette for about 5 minutes until slightly golden.

~ Whip together a 50/50 mix of creme fraiche and cream cheese. This is optional but so delicious. Feel free to use just cream cheese if it makes your life easier;)

~ Spread cream cheese/creme fraiche on toasted baguette and starting piling on the capers and radishes, followed by the salmon, tomatoes, sprouts and avocado.

~ Unhinge that jaw and take a giant, satisfying bite. Patting yourself on the back for a meal well-assembled is optional but encouraged.


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