How is it when you are a kid the day drags on and on and now I blink and the day is already over. The nights come so fast and there is so much I want to accomplish while I have a few kid free moments, so I end up going to bed with all of these ideas and desires rumbling around in my head and then insomnia kicks in. Ugh. Does anybody else have that problem? Tell me I am not alone. A few nights ago I went through some books my mom passed along and grabbed A Perfect Day by Richard Paul Evans, which has turned out to be the perfect cure. It is a super simple read and it takes my mind off all those thoughts rumbling around and makes going to bed much easier now. I have spent the last several months reading inspirational and personal/professional growth books, so it has been a breath of fresh air to just read and not really have to think or digest what I am reading. The words just flow off the page and my mind releases all my thoughts until dawn.
The past two weeks have been crazy and hard! I don't know if Cash is getting his 2 year molars or what, but last week he was showing signs that the terrible two's are fast approaching and this week he is super needy, clingy, and lacking on sleep. He only wants to be on my hip and hates being anywhere else. I love the snuggles but he is heavy and it is so hard to get anything done with him attached to me ALL DAY. It's not only Cash and his growing pains this week that is making this week crazy. There is just something in the air. I am not sure if is the full moon or what and I can't quite make sense of it all but something is up.
This salad or some variation of it is a lunchtime staple in this house. Cash loves it, I love it, so let's just call it a win! The salmon can easily be swapped out for chicken or beef and sweet potato substitutes in perfectly for the butternut squash. If I am feeling frisky I use chipotle mayo and give Cash the good ol' regular kind because the chipotle one has a bit of a kick! I love it! We love the Sir Kensington brand. It is so good! I loved mayo growing up and gave it up several years ago when I learned how much crap is added into the conventional ones, so finding this brand has been awesome. Of course I could always make my own, which I sometimes do, but I also have to pick my battles and where I want to spend my time.
Salmon Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pineapple
- 2- 5 oz. salmon fillets
- 4 c cubed butternut squash
- 1.5 c cubed pineapple
- olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt + more to taste
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 c mayo
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- mixed greens
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
- Place butternut squash and pineapple on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add the sea salt, chili powder and cinnamon. Toss and place in the oven for 25 minutes or until they are evenly roasted. Make sure to toss and turn the butternut squash and pineapple to evenly roast them.
- Reduce the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit, add the salmon on top of the roasted butternut squash and pineapple. Sprinkle some sea salt over the salmon and place back in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon is done.
- With a fork pull the salmon apart and mix into the butternut squash and pineapple.
- In a small bowl mix the mayo and lemon juice together.
- Drizzle the mayo mixture over the butternut squash mixture and toss together.
- On 2 plates add the lettuce greens, then top with the butternut squash mixture. Eat as is or toss to mix in the greens. Enjoy!