and a can and a bag!

like i mentioned in my previous post, i am so grateful to have friends that share their favorite food items and ideas with me!  this time, it was Captain Jim's smoked salmon...and it was amazing!  different than other smoked salmon i have had.  it comes in a can and still has the skin on, and has a different texture compared to smoked salmon that comes in a vacuum pack.  it is a little "harder", but not tough at all.  check out the awesome color!

friday night, i chopped it up and combined it with kalamata olives, artichoke antipasto, and salty capers, along with lemon zest and juice, extra virgin olive oil, and brown rice pasta.  beautifully rich and heart healthy! 

6oz cooked salmon (Alaska wild caught is BEST!), flaked....can be smoked, cooked by you, or just simply canned.  will also work well with canned tuna or sardines!
8-10 jarred kalamata olives, chopped
6oz jarred artichoke hearts, chopped, or a good jarred artichoke antipasto (about 1/2 cup)
2 tbsp jarred capers
zest from one lemon
juice from one lemon
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
6oz dry brown rice pasta (i used spirals), cook until just al dente (still has a bit of a bite), will continue cooking in skillet!
-combine everything in a large skillet and cook 2-3 minutes until everything is heated through and thoroughly combined.

this serves 2.
so there ya have it....a complete meal using mostly jarred foods!  it is ok once in a while! 

on saturday, i spent some quality time enjoying the early spring.  we have some beautiful purple flower trees at the entrance of our neighborhood and i worked on my photography a bit.  anyone know what type of tree this is?

i love the nature-inspired and eco-conscious quotes in this month's 10 thoughts on whole living section in whole living magazine....
"Celebrate spring: clean up, clear out, and open the windows."

"Nature can do more than distract us from stress--it can heal us."

"Eco-consciousness requires that we shrink our footprint and expand our vision."

MY FAVORITE ONE..."The healthiest diet of all nourishes the body as well as the planet."

i hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, got outside, and truly appreciated nature and celebrated life.  there is a lot of tragedy in the world right now, be thankful for what you have!

ending with a Kym Chambers photo from october!  thanks kym!