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Springy Salads & Super Sushi

by Courtney on April 12, 2011

I don’t know about you, but my day included some straight-up amazing food. No doubt about it!

Breakfast went undocumented, but it was nothing you haven’t seen before…hello predictable cereal combo bowl.

Lunch, however, was documented and was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. A Springtime Roasted Chicken & Strawberry Salad.


I used some of last night’s leftover chicken & broccoli, as well as some fresh strawberries, as my inspiration for this meal. Along with those, I also added some spring mix as my base, cukes, dried cranberries, and chia seeds. It was one of those it’s-so-good-I-don’t-want-it-to-end salads. Winking smile


Along with my salad, I had a toasted piece of Farmers Market whole wheat bread with a little butter.


Super tasty! Open-mouthed smile


Of course, during lunch, sommmmmebody was in need of a little attention…


So we played a little fetch and he was much happier. Winking smile


He’s such a ham!



Tonight, I had plans to meet up with my friend, Gabby, for dinner at Sake Café. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, you’ll know that I’ve visited Sake Café a couple of times and it’s always amazingly delicious. I’d been looking forward to it all day…not only for the food, but because I realized I haven’t seen Gabby since her housewarming party in July! Disappointed smile

Since Sake is BYOB, Gabby and I sipped on a bottle of vino while chatting away and munching on some edamame to start.


I was pretty hungry when I got there, so I totally went to town on that edamame…it had no chance against me. Winking smile

Eventually, our sushi arrived, and I didn’t waste any time digging right in.


As usual, I went with the California Roll,


and an Alaska Roll.


Gabby and I had a great time, and my only regret is that I didn’t get a third roll. It was just so good!!


I can’t believe it’s already 9:15…seriously, where does the time go?!? Surprised smile I’m ready to crawl into my cozies and call it a night.

Hope you all had a great day! AND, just in case you forgot…only a couple more days left to enter my Monumental Blogiversary Giveaway!

Question for the Evening:

Sushi eater or not…are there any kinds that you’re too nervous to try??

I’m actually nervous to try eel…something about it just freaks me out!

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1 Cynthia (It All Changes) April 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I love sushi. I refuse to try anything with cream cheese in it. Freaks me out.
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2 Erica April 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

i’m japanese and yet i’m not very adventurous with sushi…i love california rolls and maki sushi rolls, but when it comes to raw fish…i’m only brave enough for the salmon roll, and maybe the spicy tuna rolls.


3 Charlie April 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

That salad looks AMAZING! I love to add fruit in salads!
My mom used to eat a sushi roll with flying fish eggs and raw egg yolk. Always thought it looked disgusting!
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4 Courtney April 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Yikes!! :-O


5 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries April 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

BYOB at a restaurant is so cool! I’m not very adventurous with sushi – I stick with California, salmon and tuna rolls :)
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6 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I LOVE Sushi and Sashimi. I mostly eat Sashimi now – the raw fish without the rice or any accompaniment. It’s my favorite. Weird, I know.


7 Kimberley April 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I have never tried Sushi, but my mom and I are going for Sushi this week… I am nervous!

Your lunch looks delicious though :)
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8 Alexa @ SimpleEats April 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I love your sushi choices! I’m nervous about eel, as well…and anything with extra roe on it. Fish eggs weird me out.
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9 Ally (oatsandspice) April 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm

The sushi dinner looks delishhh – Looks exactly like what I would order :)
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10 Colleen @ Colleen's Better Bites April 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Sushi is great. I tend to stay with the shrimp or tuna rolls. I’m not very brave when it comes to raw fish. I’m always afraid it will make me sick!
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11 Michelle April 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I love sushi! I was always scared of eel too, but now it’s my favorite. Definitely give it a try.


12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I am a sushi girl all the way!!! I love sushi! I’m more of a vegetable roll kind of girl though!
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13 Katy @ A Healthy Shot of Life April 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Hmmm… I will try just about any type of sushi! I had a spider roll once and hated it- but I didn’t realize it was soft shell crab. Ick!

You should definitely try the eel! Eel avocado rolls are great, and they usually have the best sauce on top. I was sketched out at first, but it’s now one of my favorite rolls! :)


14 Khushboo April 12, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I love sushi! Had some for lunch yday and it totally hit the spot. Salmon avocado is my absolute favourite! You should def give teriyaki eel a shot. If you like the texture of salmon sashimi, you’ll easily be able to handle eel.
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15 Mandee April 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I need to stop reading your blog after meals because it makes me want more food! Hahaha. At lunch i wanted chocolate cupcakes, now I want a bowl of strawberries! Strawberry salads are the best; we make a strawberry asparagus salad every Easter, and it is one of my favs!
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16 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 6:49 am

That sounds incredible!


17 Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries April 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I used to be afraid of eel until I tried it. Now it is my absolute FAVORITE! You must try it, it tastes so sweet with a hint of BBQ flavor.

PS: I love BYOB, that’s always a plus when going out :) $8 bottles of wine beat $8 glasses of wine any day :)
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18 Alyssa Kuminski April 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Love sushi and crave it at least once a week :)
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19 Danica April 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I’ve never had sushi and yes I’m one of those people that’s scared to try it!


20 Melissa April 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Love me some sushi! It’s funny that someone commented that they hated the spider roll–it’s my favorite one! I don’t like softshell crab on its own, but in a roll, it’s amazing!
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21 Ryan @ Aloha Appetite April 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Mmm, california roll. I avoid eel and raw fish like the plague, but I have accidentally eaten it. It just blended in with the other ingredients of the roll I was eating.


22 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I just got strawberries in my CSA produce box today – I could easily recreate that salad! Well, I’d actually have to roast a whole flippin’ chicken first, but you know what I mean! :)


23 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 6:47 am

Hahaha, DO IT!!


24 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" April 13, 2011 at 12:32 am

I love sushi and will pretty much try anything although I think the fish eggs are rather gross. While the tempura rolls are bad for me, I must admit that they taste delicious. My fave roll is probably the Rainbow Roll, with all of the different little fishies,
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25 Kaitlyn April 13, 2011 at 12:36 am

so weird! i swear i had almost that identical salad for lunch today, and i must agree with you, it was DIVINE. makes me want spring/summer to come even faster. cant wait for all the fresh produce.

also, i noticed the relax riesling from your dinner! thats one of my favorites, i buy it a lot. the word relax on the bottle may or may not have something to add to it. ;)

and lastly, i did your 4-3-2-1 treadmill workout this morning. it was a great and challenging one indeed. left me super sweaty which is rare for me. thanks for sharing!!


26 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 6:47 am

I’m so glad you tried it! It’s a good one, isn’t it?? ;)


27 michelle April 13, 2011 at 1:10 am

omgosh, i HIGHLY reccommend trying eel!! it’s SO good.. tastes exactly l ike fish, except 10x better!


28 Laura April 13, 2011 at 3:31 am

i love sushi but at a restaurant, i’ll order sashimi. i love raw fish with lot’s of lemon.
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29 Kristi April 13, 2011 at 3:40 am

I’m a sushi lover. I don’t think there’s any kind of sushi I wouldn’t try. Eel was actually the first type of sushi I tried and loved it!
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30 khushboo April 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

I commented above but wanted to tell u I just had a Courtney-inspired lunch: cold grilled veggie salad mixed with pesto and cereal with fruit+soy yogurt :)…this has def gained a spot in my lunch rota :)
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31 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

That sounds AMAZING!!! :-P


32 Presley April 13, 2011 at 6:05 am

ditto on the eel!


33 Karen April 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

I’m trying eel this Friday, my guy says its good but I also have a hard time with it. We’ve been eating sushi every Friday during lent and I lost a bet this week so as my “punishment” I have to have 1 bite of the eel this Friday. I’ll let you know how it goes!! Also- are you on spring break already this week, or do you get to have lunch at home during work?


34 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh man! I’ll be interested to see how it is! And I’ve been home this week.


35 Emily April 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

oh my gosh, LOVE sake cafe! One of my favorite restaurants, I like that their food isn’t greasy and tastes more authentic than most chinese/japanese restaurants. I’m not a major sushi person, but all of the other food I’ve ever gotten there has been wonderful. Its usually our go to take-out spot since its only 5 minutes from my house :)
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36 Holly April 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

What a fun night :) Mmmmm Relax wine- love that brand!
I can’t believe you haven’t tried eel- it one of my favorite things to get at sushi places. I LOVE it. So good..especially with the eel sauce. Delish!
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37 Cute~Ella April 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

Oooh Sushi!

I won’t try eel because a friend of mine said it would offend my texture issues…I’m also not likely to try anything with a sauce. Gimmie my sushi with soy, wasabi and ginger!

Have you tried Seven Daughters wine yet? It’s great!
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38 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

No, I’ve never heard of it??? I’ll have to look for it next time I’m out…thanks for the heads up! :)


39 Laura April 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

Mmmm i love Relax wine- was it Riesling?


40 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Yuppers :)


41 Gabby April 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

Next time your third roll needs to be the sweet potato! It was sooo great seeing you last night! We definitely can’t go that long next time between seeing each other!!!


42 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

AGREED, on all counts! :-D


43 Faith @ lovelyascharged April 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I am a huge sushi lover and I really love the experimentation of it. Unfortunately as a vegetarian I usually have very limited options…but I did find a GREAT sushi place literally one block from my apartment that serves the. most. mindblowing sweet potato tempura sushi…ohmahgosh I actually had it last night but I could totally go for it again right now! They have an asparagus tempura roll too that’s super phenomenal!
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44 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm

My friend got a sweet potato tempura roll last night! I tried a piece and it was seriously AMAZING! I’ll probably try one myself next time. :)


45 Samantha April 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I’m actually a really adventurous eater…especially sushi and sashimi because it is my favorite! I’ve tried eel and love it! I also tried baby octopus…it wasn’t bad, just kinda wierd. I don’t think I’d eat it again, but it’s kind of fun to say I tried it.


46 Shayla April 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Love sushi!! But I will absolutely not try the sushi with fish roe on it!! Seeing all those little orange fish eggs on top of the roll bugs me out!!

Random question but are you still teaching? It looks like you’ve been eating your lunch at home lately? Sorry if that’s creepy that I noticed that, haha!

Btw, I’m happy to see the pb cream cheese went to good use for the cupcakes!! I’ll have to try that the next time I get more! :)


47 Courtney April 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

It’s ok, it’s not random. No, I’m not teaching right now…I haven’t quite talked about it yet though.


48 Shayla April 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Oh ok, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope everything is ok…and we all will be here for you when you need to talk about it :)


49 Sarah April 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

I am a vegetarian so my sushi options are pretty limited but i still have my favorites! Sweet potato roll and pearl roll (avocado and peanuts) Before I stopped eating my I tried I few with salmon in them but the raw fish thing always prevented me from getting TOO adventurous!
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