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Today is my first “Friday with Friends” post!  Each Friday (or most), I hope to tell you about a dinner with a friend where we cooked a good healthy meal.   I’ll be able to share my friends’ recipes with you and hopefully you can get some ideas for meals and entertaining. 

Last week, my friend Tracy allowed me to take photos while she prepared a delicious Grilled Tuna with Rosemary using this recipe from “The Sonoma Diet Cookbook” by Dr. Connie Guttersen.   The recipe calls for capers, but because I’m super special, capers taste like perfume to me.  Tracy is such a good friend, she left the capers off the finished dish.  She also cooked it on a George Foreman grill instead of the conventional grilling.   The rest of the recipe was followed to the letter, and the herb of choice was dried rosemary, crushed.   Tracy served Butternut Squash Whole Wheat Fusilli made by Archer Farms on the side and I brought some asparagus to steam. 

Halfway through the prep of the meal, I thought I just had to have some coffee.  Tracy’s household is currently between coffee makers, but she very graciously found me a drip cup thingy, the filters for it, and pulled out some delish organic free trade coffee.  I sprinkled some cinnamon on top of the grounds and the flavor was so perfect when it was brewed up!

I like cooking with friends (harassing them with my camera and questions) and hope to have many more dinners to blog.   I will happily take my show on the road and come to your kitchen!   So let me know when I may stop by.  ; ) 

This meal was delicious — thank you, Tracy!  Let’s do it again sometime. 

(Funny quote:  I said to Tracy “Isn’t it fun hanging out with me while you cook and I photograph it all?  Tracy replied, “It’s different.”  LOL!  See how nice she is? )

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I’m a big fan of breakfast.  If I had to eat only one meal a day, that’s the one I would choose.   It just gets me going and gives me energy for most of the day, I would say.   So why not do a week of breakfasts?!  Yeah!  

Today I’m starting off with a very easy one:  leftover veggies in scrambled eggs.  This is what I eat almost every morning.  Today I’m having some mushrooms, green onion, and asparagus in my eggs.   I just saute the onion and mushroom in olive oil while the asparagus is microwaved for about a minute, until all are soft.   Then I put the asparagus into the skillet, cracked a couple of eggs over it and scrambled it up a bit.  I like to salt it and pepper it before it’s done cooking, so the flavors are better distributed.    This particular veggie combo was delightful.  (And my coffee isn’t all that bad this morning, either – Mood Mug is happy. ) 

Oh what a beautiful Moooorning! Oh what a beautiful day . . .

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WHAT CAN I SAY about my Easter meal?   Just have a look:

The salmon came out just right – not over-cooked and still moist.  The dill was the perfect thing to season it with.  The deviled eggs were slightly dry and crumbly but still satisfied my craving for them.  They weren’t heavy at all, so I ate three — three halves, not three whole eggs.   The asparagus was al dente; the sweet potatoes were, well, sweet.   When that bottle of maple syrup runs out, it will be the last of two I brought back from Toronto.  What ever will I do then? 

I threw the asparagus stems into a pot with vegetable broth, garlic, white onion, carrot, and cauliflower, plus a little cracked pepper and sea salt, to make a nice soup base for later.

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SO I WASN’T GOING TO make an Easter meal, then I was going to make an Easter meal, and I waffled back and forth and now I am making an Easter meal.  vegetarian, healthy, diet, meal, Easter Sunday I just got back from the grocery store and I have salmon, asparagus, sweet potatoes, and eggs.   I’ll bake the salmon with a little dill and steam the asparagus.   My latest delish thing is sweet potatoes with maple syrup and cinnamon on them, so I’ll have that again today.  The only experimental thing will be an attempt at deviled eggs, using no mayo.  I think mustard and dill weed will work — we’ll see.

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