Salmon & Rice Bowls with Tomato-Cucumber Salsa

Salmon is topped with a fresh tomato-cucumber citrus salsa, sautéed zucchini, and brown rice for a healthy bowl meal.

Happy Tuesday friends! How was your weekend? Ours was b-u-s-y! Well, mine was. I have a sick fella at home so his weekend was filled with lots of DayQuil, NyQuil and couch time. I, on the other hand, went the opposite direction.

Trying to get the house updated is a lot. I feel as though I’ve been to Menards and Home Depot more times than I can count, and that’s only to update the bathroom. Which I still need to touch up the paint on but I keep putting it off because, well, it’s painting.

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Caesar Salmon & Brussel Sprouts Bowls

Caesar salmon bowls with croutons and cheese breading, and a side of sautéed brussel sprouts and brown rice

I don’t know about you, but the last 2-3 weeks have been a blur for me. There is so much emotion going around right now and it’s been particularly difficult to open social media with the intensity of emotions that are happening. Please don’t misunderstand, I am not here to talk politics on this post. Despite the political climate at the moment, I also have my best friend moving to Portland at the end of the week and another very close friend moving to Denver the week of Thanksgiving, and my 8 1/2 year old lab gave me a bit of a health scare recently. To say that November 2016 has been a time of change is perhaps the biggest understatement I could make.

But, I woke up on Monday excited to start this week fresh. While there are still many emotions to sift through, I needed to get back on a regular schedule, needed to eat healthy, needed to be intentional and thoughtful and positive. While I cannot control everything going on around me, I can control myself and how I react, respond, and behave. So this week, even though it’s only a few days in, is about taking care of me.

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Easy Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Broccoli Bowls

Easy Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Broccoli bowls with brown rice.

You’ve almost made it to the weekend, friends! Whether your plans include watching football, picking apples or playing in leaves I hope you have lots of fun things in store. We’ve been taking it easy since returning from vacation. It feels like we’ve been on-the-go for the last 3 months and it’s nice to just take some time to relax and enjoy being at home.

I’ve started work on my new mini recipe e-book I’m so excited to move from the writing phase to the cooking phase. Believe me, these recipes are going to be delicious! I’m aiming for a late November/early December release, and this recipe book will be available for FREE, and only to subscribers, so if you haven’t subscribed to Creative Life Explored yet, then I’d love for you to enter your email at the top (or in the right-hand menu) of this page and make sure that you have access to this awesome e-book, as well as to each new bowl meal recipe as it comes out!

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Grilled Hawaiian Bowls

Grilled Hawaiian Bowls with pork loin, pineapple, zucchini, red pepper, brown rice and avocado

Fall may be in the air but there isn’t snow on the ground yet (at least not in most places!), so it’s still the perfect time to make a Hawaiian-inspired bowl to make you feel like you’re lounging on the beach instead of breaking out the cozy sweaters and jackets.

I wanted to combine that pork and pineapple flavor – the savory and sweet – in a refreshing way, and this bowl was the perfect recipe for that.

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