Healthy Hummus and Veggie Snack Packs and a Giveaway!

A medley of crispy veggies and creamy hummus are the perfect mid-day snack for a healthy bite on the go. And now you can find them at your local Starbucks!

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If Instagram Stories was a testament for my love of cafes than you’d think I’ve made a deal with the landlord and started paying rent since I spend most of my working day, afternoons and weekends catch up with friends in coffee shops. I don’t, but this is exactly why I always leave a big tip. But in all honestly, I do love cafes – their relaxed vibe, great music and sometimes good food. But most spots in the city offer the same snacks – stale muffins, day-old cookies and bland lettuce wraps. You know the ones I’m talking about…And for those days that I’m not sneaking in my energy balls (most likely because I already ate them), than I seek out a coffee shop that fulfills both needs – good coffee/tea and delicious food.

This is why I am beyond thrilled to find out that Starbucks has teamed up with Taylor Farms (which I already love) and Hope Hummus to dream up the most delicious snack pack – a medley of crispy organic veggies by Taylor Farms and creamy hummus by Hope Hummus! And let me tell ya, this is a hummus that tastes just as if you made it from scratch at home.

If you work from home, or frequent cafes to pick up a quick midday snack, this is such a wonderful option. The hummus has a nice kick and is delicious when paired with the sugar snap peas and carrots. And since there are Starbucks in almost every neighborhood, now you can have a nutritious snack that will keep you feeling energized throughout the day!

 

Since I’d love for you to try the packs, so you can see for yourself just how delicious they really are, Taylor Farms and Hope Hummus are hosting a giveaway!

It’s very easy to enter and all you have to do is:

1. Buy the New organic snack pack at Starbucks 

2. Snap a photo of you snacking on it & post it to Instagram with the hashtags #TaylorFarms, #HopeHummus and #NewAtStarbucks

 

Contest close 7/28 at 3:59pm PST. US residents only. Winners will be announced on Taylor Farms & Hope Foods Instagram pages 7/28 at 5 pm PST. Goodluck you guys!

Cheers to good coffee/tea and healthy snacks!

xx Marie

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the lovely Taylor Farms, Hope Hummus and Starbucks -  all opinions expressed are my own. And truly this is one of my favorite snack packs that's affordable, accessible and delicious!

Thank you for supporting brands that support 8th and lake! 

Citrus Glazed Salmon over a Crunchy Asian Salad

Delicious citrus glazed salmon over a crunchy Asian-Cashew salad for a light and healthy summer meal.

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About 10 years ago there was a sensational restaurant in San Francisco, the 'it' spot where all the celebrities rolling into town would flock to. My grandma caught wind of their outstanding glazed salmon dish and being the food enthusiast that she is, immediately booked a table. I was young and having never heard of such a recipe, but having heard that my favorite actress Mischa Barton (from The OC – hello 2007) visited just the week before; I somehow convinced my grandma to take me with her to this fancy spot. 

That night I ordered the ‘it’ meal captivating all of San Francisco – citrus glazed salmon. It was outstanding and it did blow my teenage mind. Still to this day, 10 years later, I reminisce of this exact dish - marking the moment I feel in love with salmon.

Well for some reason they changed chefs and the restaurant closed a year later. So in memory of that delicious dish, I bring you this effortless citrus glazed salmon. It is just as sensational as the one in SF but now it’s open anytime, anywhere. Pair it with this delicious Asian salad for a light meal perfect for long summer nights. 


About the Dish:

In celebration of summer, I’ve partnered with Taylor Farms to bring you this delicious citrus-glazed salmon on a bed of their Asian Cashew chopped salad kit, which you can find at your local Costco! The Asian salad highlights the delicious salmon with bites of almonds, cabbage, carrots and toasted wonton pieces, while being wrapped in a tangy ginger-sesame dressing. And if you’re pinched for time, this is the ideal salad kit – just bring together the salad, top it off with the already included tangy dressing and crunchy toppings. This is exactly what I did over the weekend for a healthy lunch to accompany a long hike. I packed up the salad, added in all the toppings and it made for the perfect travel salad kit. Take it with you to work, picnics, hikes, or even on planes during your summer travels – allowing you the flexibility of a healthy meal ready anytime you are.


This recipe was created in partnership with Taylor Farms – all opinions expressed are my own. And honestly this is one of my favorite salads I've had in years!

Thank you for supporting brands that support 8th and lake! 


To get your hands on this delicious salad kit, feel free to use the coupons here!

 

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For the Citrus Glaze

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Juice from 1 large orange

Juice from 1 lemon

1 teaspoon honey

Instructions:

Add everything into a saucepan and cook on high heat until a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the sauce reduce down and thicken into a syrup consistency (as seen in the photo above) – about 5 minutes.

  

For the Broiled Salmon

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 medium-size pieces of salmon, preferably wild caught

1 tablespoon olive oil

sea salt

Citrus Glaze (from above recipe)

Instructions:

Start by preheating your oven to broiler on high. In the meantime place the salmon, skin side down, on a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt and spread the citrus glaze on top of both fillets. Cook for 8-10 minutes until crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.

 

For the salad:

2 cups salad from Taylor Farms Asian Cashew Chopped Salad Kit

1/2 avocado, thinly sliced

1/2 fennel, thinly sliced

1/2 cup orange slices

1 radish, thinly sliced

1 cup grilled corn

Instructions:

To make the salad, simply mix all the salad ingredients together, along with the cashews, almonds, sesame seeds, wonton pieces and the dressing from the Taylor Farms Asian Chopped Salad Kit. Top with the broiled citrus-glazed salmon and enjoy!

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And if you give this recipe a try let me know how it goes! Leave a comment and tell me what you think. Your notes always help me improve the recipes and articles for you. I appreciate hearing what you guys would like to see more of - more recipes, lifestyle posts, photography advice - shoot me a message so I can get started!

Lots of love from the west coast,

xx Marie

Herby Avocado Dressing on Grilled Corn and Broiled Salmon Salad

Herby Avocado Dressing on Grilled Corn Salad and Broiled Salmon for a light and healthy summer meal. Add in roasted tomatoes for a burst of sweetness.

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This little quickie of a recipe was one that you guys just wanted. Actually, it became one of my most highly requested recipes after I posted it on Instagram. So here ya have it! It’s summer and I know the last thing any of us want to do is stay in the house longer than we need to. This herby avocado dressed corn and salmon salad makes summer life even easier. For the dressing, all you’re doing is blending the ingredients together, folding it into the grilled corn salad and then dolloping it once more on top of crispy broiled salmon (another speedy recipe). It’s a recipe that I’ve made three times in the past four days…I wouldn’t have it up here if it weren't that good :)

Enjoy my friends!

xx Marie 

ps: The corn salad alone would make for a great side to bring to any summer party, picnic, BBQ or gathering!

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Serves: Many 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for the Herby Avocado Dressing and Grilled Corn:

1/4 cup fresh basil

1/4 cup cilantro

1/2 avocado (save the other half for the salad)

Juice from 1/2 lemon or lime

1 teaspoon honey

2 garlic cloves

1/4 - 1/3  cup olive oil

1/4 - 1/3  cup water

Pinch of salt 

*2 & 1/2 cups grilled corn (or boiled)

Instructions: 

Simply blend all the ingredients (except for the corn) into the food processor, until creamy and slightly thin in texture. We want it to be on the thinner side since it will be used as a dressing. Then scoop a few tablespoons of the dressing into a mixing bowl with the grilled corn and the remaining avocado that's been cubed. Mix well and enjoy!


For the Broiled Salmon

Serves: 1 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Ingredients for the Salmon:

1 medium-size piece of salmon, preferably wild caught

1 tablespoon olive oil

sea salt

Instructions:

Start by preheating your oven to broiler on high. In the meantime place the salmon, skin side down, on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes until crispy on the outside and until the salmon is cooked through the inside but still moist. Dollop some of the herby avocado dressing on top of the salmon and enjoy!

To make the salad shown above, simply roast tomatoes from this recipe and add everything to a plate with cooked quinoa and your favorite greens.

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And if you give this recipe a try let me know how it goes! Leave a comment and tell me what you think. Your notes always help me improve the recipes and articles for you. I appreciate hearing what you guys would like to see more of - more recipes, lifestyle posts, photography advice - shoot me a message so I can get started!

Lots of love from the west coast,

xx Marie