Broccoli Breadcrumb Baked Salmon with Butternut Squash Noodles (on KitchenAid!)

Broccoli Breadcrumb Baked Salmon with Butternut Squash Noodles

Merry Christmas Eve! If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you’re putting milk and cookies out there tonight. 

If you’re an Italian American like me, Christmas Eve dinner is bigger than Thanksgiving. It usually includes a lot of fish. Like, seven different fishes.

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Teriyaki Zucchini “Fried” Noodles with Shrimp, Peppers, Onions and Broccoli

olive oil cooking spray 3/4 cup broccoli florets (about 5) 1 egg, beaten 3 tsp sesame oil 1/2 tsp freshly minced ginger 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 red onion, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick “strips” (fajita-style) 1 small red bell pepper, sliced into 1/2-inch thick “strips” (fajita-style) salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 tsp (or one small pinch) of red pepper flakes 3 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp honey 1 tsp rice vinegar 3-4 jump shrimp, defrosted, peeled and deveined 1/4 tsp white sesame seeds

Welcome to my Friday night. Today’s post is all about my guilt-free it’s-been-a-long-weekso-sit-on-your-couch-and-eat-this dinner. Man, I love Fridays. When I was in my early 20s, I was counting down the minutes to 5pm so that I could rush out to Forever 21 and buy an outfit for the night, before my friends started “pre-gaming.” Sigh, those were the days.

Now, in my mid-to-late 20s, I look at Fridays a little differently. My “pre-game” includes whipping up this delicious stir fry and sipping on some wine, while Lu sits on the couch and flips through Fios On Demand. We get real excited when there’s a new release out.

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Lemon Garlic Broccoli Zucchini Pasta with Prosciutto and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Lemon Garlic Broccoli Zucchini Pasta with Prosciutto

Today’s dish is one of those seemingly simple recipes that you’re like “Okay Ali, what’s so special about this? It’s zucchini pasta, broccoli and proscuitto.” You’d think there’s no wow factor, but man, oh man, if this not the cherry on top of my “spiralizing is the best” sundae, then I don’t know what is.

A few weeks ago, I was dining at my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Satis Bistro. They call themselves a “salumeria,” but I had yet to try their meats. Poor Lu… whenever they’d ask us if we’d like meats  to go along with our cheese selection, he’d shrug as I said “Oh, we don’t want meat, just extra cheese.” Luckily, those days are long gone, and now I’m a full-blown omnivore.

So back to that day. When the waiter asked us if we wanted meats and cheeses this time, I obliged. “Why yes, of course, kind sir!” OK, I don’t say “kind sir,” but we did indeed order meats that time.

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Roasted Broccoli and Toasted Farro Zucchini Pasta

Roasted Broccoli and Toasted Farro Zucchini Pasta

Last week, I was featured at POPSUGAR Food (also known as YumSugar). I was chosen about a month ago to be a “POPSUGAR Select Food Blogger,” which is such an honor, as I’ve been a POPSUGAR fan for years…. I love my celebrity gossip as much as I love healthy living tips! 

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