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Two Stars of the Show

by Courtney on July 23, 2012

Dinner tonight was awwwwwwesome.

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We still had quite a bit of our loaf of Italian bread left from this weekend’s Farmers Market trip, so rather than let it go bad, I decided to cook up a batch of homemade croutons. So quick and simple, too!

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To make a batch of Garlic & Parmesan Croutons:

  • Cut your desired amount of bread slices, and cut into about 1-inch cubes.
  • Drizzle bread cubes with olive oil (eyeball it – it’ll depend on how much bread you’re using), garlic powder, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil and cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, tossing once halfway through.

While my croutons were toasting up in the oven, Jay got to work on grilling some Italian-marinated chicken and I took care of putting together some big ‘ol dinner salads for us.

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Oh man. Everything about this salad was just awesome. Baby romaine, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes from the garden, shredded carrots, avocado, onion, artichokes, dried cranberries, feta cheese…and finally

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The two stars of the show: the grilled chicken and the garlic & parmesan croutons.

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It was the best salad I’ve had in months…and yes, I’m aware that I say this a lot. Apparently I’m just getting good at topping myself. Winking smile

After dinner, we had a visitor to the table…

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At first he was all, “oh hey guys, I really love you a bunch and just want to spend time with you.”

But then, once he had his fill, he became all “holy crap, I’m gonna eat your hand off, mom.”

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He sure does make me laugh sometimes. However…when he slaughters my hand in playfulness? Ehh, not so much. Winking smile

Now the dishes are washed, I’m in my cozies (who am I kidding, I’ve been in them most of the day), and I’ve got my two boys to hang out with for the evening. Life is gooood!

**FYI: In case you missed it earlier, there was a pretty great deal for Courtney’s Total Body Wellness announced on the STSL Facebook page!

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1 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Wow, that salad looks incredible! I’m craving a big ol’ salad now. ;) Enjoy your relaxing evening!
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2 Alison July 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm

That looks AMAZING!!!

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3 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Yum!! I had an awesome salad today, too, but nothing like yours! That looks delicious!
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4 sam @ the real pretty July 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Hi Courtney! Are you still training at the gym? I feel like I haven’t seen you mention anything about it lately. Or maybe I’m just crazy… just curious. :) Ps the salad looks super yummy!
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5 Courtney July 23, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Yup, I’m there part time :)

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6 Melissa @ runscootsrun.blogspot.com July 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Impressive salad! I’ve never made homemade croutons before…they look yummy though! :)
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7 Alex @ Brain, Body, Because July 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

Homemade croutons are the best! You can control the fat, sodium, and seasonings.
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8 Anne @ LoveMintChocolateChip July 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

that salad looks amazing!!! so many gorgeous colors :)
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9 Lauren July 23, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Nothing beats homemade croutons! Dinner looks fantastic doll.
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10 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

You have an insane talent for salads – each one I see you make looks even more awesome than the last!
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11 Julie July 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Scout “visits” the dinner table sometimes too. So cute. Except, yeah, when he attacks our hands like a vicious little dragon. Cute, still, but painful! :-)

Salad looks delicious! LOVE homemade croutons!
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12 Kim@hungryhealthygirl July 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm

You sound like me with the salads. I’m constantly coming up with new combos. Great idea with the crutons and your salad looks great.
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13 Rachel July 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm

my cat Jack does the same exact thing! lol we always tell him to play nice lol such a little monster sometimes :)
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14 Marie July 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

That salad looks so good! And I’m not one to crave salads. Haha.

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15 Allison @ Running Through Red Lights July 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

That salad looks amazing, but homemade croutons definitely steal the show! I always have to make a double batch because I eat half of them before they even make it onto a salad!
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16 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

That last picture is totally cat-crazy-eyes! Your hand better watch out! ;)
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17 Laura Lea July 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Omg those croutons look unbelievable! Could definitely go for those as a savory bedtime snack right about now.

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18 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family July 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I was eating salads so much for a while i got burnt out. I think I am ready to get back on them!
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19 Khushboo Thadani July 24, 2012 at 12:44 am

Yeesh and I thought I made good salads :)!
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20 Rachel's Cottage House July 24, 2012 at 1:13 am

mmm… that grilled chicken is looking pretty fabulous right now! And the cat cracks me up! :)
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21 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

Dinner looks delicious! :) Those croutons sound amazing too!
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22 Sarah @ Practice Princess July 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

Home made croutons – fantastic idea! :)
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23 Lisa July 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

That looks like one nutritionally dense salad! Love that. It all looks splendid. I love packing my salads with anything. Especially roasted veggies with crisp lettuce and avocado, so dang tasty.
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24 Fay Macrae August 1, 2012 at 4:45 am

So, yummy and delicious you make me hungry. I love eating meat now.
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