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Arugula Salad

Arugula Salad

Quite possibly my favorite salad of, well…EVER!  I love how easy, crisp, and fresh this always tastes.  Ok, I love how simple it is…

Ingredients: (serves 2)

  • 4 cups Arugula
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (I love a big block of cheese and take a potato peeler to it to make long shaves on top of the salad)

Simply put the greens in a bowl, drizzle with the EVOO and squeeze the lemon on top.  Toss and and crack some sea salt and pepper, then top with parm. It is heaven and goes with everything.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

  • Shaved Brussels sprouts
  • Sliced Roma tomato
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Left over bacon crumbles
  • Pepitas (fancy word for pumpkin seeds)

Originally posted 2020-05-25 18:42:03.

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Greek Feta Salad

Greek Feta Salad

INGREDIENTS (serves 8):

DRESSING

  • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 pouch unflavored fiber or (I Tbsp Psyllium husk)

SALAD

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch green scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh dill, chopped (I used 2 Tbsp. dried dill)
  • ½ cup crumbled low-fat feta cheese

PREPARATIONS:

  1. Shred lettuce and prepare the vegetables, put them all together with the feta in a large bowl.
  2. Place all the dressing ingredients in a small blender and pulse until it is fully combined
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss until it is evenly coated.

 

Originally posted 2020-05-15 19:31:59.

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Classic Kale Salad with Chicken

Classic Kale Salad with Chicken

INGREDIENTS (2-3 Servings)

10 cups baby kale

The juice of 2 lemons

7 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil

4 Freshly mashed garlic cloves

1 Tablespoon hot red pepper flakes

Pinch of Salt

Organic Hemp Seeds

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded

 

PREPARATION

  1. In the bottom of a large salad bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, garlic, and red pepper flakes
  2. Add baby kale and shredded chicken
  3. Toss to coat and top with hemp seeds (optional)

Originally posted 2020-01-21 16:07:21.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad is a lighter version of an old favorite. To turn this into a meal, add grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp.  Goat Cheese is also delicious with this.

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
    • (saute almonds in butter until lightly brown and sprinkle on top of finished salad)
  • 1 large bag baby spinach, pre-washed
  • 1 cups sliced Strawberries
  • 1 ounce goat cheese (optional)

DRESSING

  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • ¼ cup Swerve sweetener (or Monkfruit) (sugar was in the original recipe)
  • ½ cup avocado oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or MCT oil )
  • 2 tsp minced onion
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

PREPARATION:

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients into a mason jar, put a blender bottle in the jar, top with the lid and SHAKE!
  2. Just before serving toss the salad and almonds with the dressing

Serves 4

Originally posted 2019-04-17 14:07:50.

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Easter- a fresh twist

Easter- a fresh twist

I hope whatever this Easter weekend brings you, that you have a wonderful one.

I spent some time coming up with our Easter brunch menu and thought I would share.  I took some familiar recipes and “healthied them up”.  They are favorites, taste delicious, and will leave you feeling full but not filled out.

Happy Easter!

Brunch Menu:

  • Egg Casserole
  • Strawberries
  • Strawberry Spinach Salad
  • Green Beans- restaurant-worthy
  • Cauliflower Mash
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Biscuits
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Mimosa
  • OJ (for the kids)

Easy Egg White BakeEasy Egg White Bake

This is so easy, light, and delicious.  I love it because I make it the night before and can enjoy the holiday morning with the family.

 

whole-chicken-in-crock-potCrock-Pot Chicken

This is easy, dependable, delicious, and guarantees leftovers.  The hardest part is remembering to turn on the crock-pot!

 

Strawberry-Spinach-Salad-with-Champagne-Dressing_Landscape_74126801232-1024×683Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad is a lighter version of an old favorite. To turn this into a meal, add grilled chicken, salmon, or shrimp.  Goat Cheese is also delicious with this.

 

String Beans in Tomato Sauce

A version of this dish can be found in several restaurants

 

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The Best Mashed (NO) Potatoes, EVER!

I met this recipe when living in Jackson, Mississippi.  A restaurant called Walkers served this with Redfish. I found the recipe and make it often and serve it with anything.  This is one of my personal all-time favorite vegetable recipes.  If you make it, please let me know.

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Use these on the table with Brunch AND as the base for Dessert

 

strawberryshortcakeStrawberry Shortcake

This is a simple, delicious, family favorite that pleases even the finicky dessert eater

 

Orange-Strawberry-Mimosas_003Strawberry Mimosa’s

The Unicorn does exist Easter morning at our house: the kids eat candy for breakfast & cocktails begin at 9:00 am.

 

 

Enjoy!

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What are you cooking this year?

Originally posted 2020-04-06 15:15:12.