We are officially 5 days into Spring! Has the weather gotten the memo where you live? We've had many beautiful days here recently, and by the end of this week temperatures are supposed to reach 85 degrees! I can hardly believe it. While California weather is awesome, it's not typically this warm for so many days in March. I'm definitely not complaining one bit!
If it's snowing or freezing cold where you live, please don't hate me. I'm sending you some sunshine in the form of these 28 bright citrus recipes!
Spring makes me think of sunshine, short sleeves, morning walks, and afternoons at the park. And lemons! It doesn't feel like Spring to me until I've done some baking with ... [Continue Reading]
With a ginger, sesame, and lime dressing, this colorful salad is packed with flavor! Enjoy it for an easy dinner or lunch.
As I type this, it's Thursday night, and can I just say how glad I am that tomorrow's Friday? As you read this, it will be Friday, so happy almost weekend to you! I don't know about you, but I am t.i.r.e.d. by the end of the week. My Friday night routine these days consists of (1) an easy dinner, (2) bathe the kids, read stories, and put them to bed, and (3) relax on the couch with the latest episode of Parenthood and a bowl of ice cream. (If I wasn't pregnant, there would be wine. Ice cream works for now, though!) Then I'm off to bed by about 9:30, which ... [Continue Reading]
Homemade Ranch Dressing makes a great dip for fresh veggies and is delicious on green salads. Made with Greek yogurt rather than mayo, you'll love the tangy, fresh herb flavor of this homemade ranch!
Homemade Ranch Dressing. Yes, I tried it, and you should too. Unlike store-bought ranch which can be filled with unpronounceable ingredients, this homemade ranch is made with fresh, recognizable ingredients. I opted to use a combination of Greek yogurt, sour cream, and buttermilk as the base of my homemade ranch. I'm not at all a fan of mayo, but you can certainly sub mayo for all or part of the Greek yogurt if you like.
The pretty green color of this dressing lets you know that it's ... [Continue Reading]
This BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is full of black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken. It's tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime dressing and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips are a perfect finishing touch!
Hi, Friends! I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July weekend! We did some swimming, some relaxing, and lots of visiting with family. Now it's time to gear up for another week...
One thing that helps me feel prepared heading into the week is a menu plan. I always plan my meals on the weekend, do the grocery shopping, and then there's (usually) never the question of what's for dinner.
This BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is the perfect thing ... [Continue Reading]
This Deconstructed Falafel Salad is a lovely mixture of flavors and textures. Chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, and avocado are all tossed in a flavorful lemon-cumin-tahini dressing. Easy, homemade pita chips add a delicious crunch!
What do you usually eat for lunch? I tend to make sandwiches, since they are easy and don't require much thought. Sandwiches can get boring quickly, though. I find that when I eat a healthy salad for lunch, I have more energy in the afternoon and am less likely to want to nap!
The key to a healthy and filling salad is to have a good balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This Deconstructed Falafel Salad has all of that, plus plenty of ... [Continue Reading]
Full of all of the southwestern flavors that you love, this Southwestern Pasta Salad with a spicy chili-lime dressing is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Pretty much everyone is a fan of pasta salad, right? It's a great crowd-pleasing dish that's easy to make and share at BBQ's and potlucks.
The best pasta salads are full of pasta (of course) and veggies, all coated in a flavorful dressing. I've made all sorts of varieties of pasta salads, including this flavorful Greek pasta salad, an amazing pesto pasta salad, and one with orzo, tomatoes, and mint.
I know I'm not alone in my love of southwestern flavors, and I thought they would make an awesome pasta salad. And was I ever right! ... [Continue Reading]
This Salmon Power Salad is full of superfoods such as blueberries, walnuts, spinach, and of course, salmon. This delicious salad is full of health-boosting power!
Dinner salads are one of my favorite types of meals. I know that the name “salad” can be deceiving, as some are filled with unhealthy, high-calorie ingredients. By making main dish salads at home, you can control the ingredients and nutrition. Plus, eating at home is usually much more budget-friendly, too.
I had two goals when making this salad. First, it had to taste good. Taste is so important when it comes to our food, right? My second goal was to incorporate as many healthy “superfoods” as possible. Superfoods are ... [Continue Reading]
A delicious way to eat your vegetables, this Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette makes a great healthy lunch. Or, enjoy it as a side dish with grilled chicken.
I am always trying to work more vegetables into my diet. I tend to eat plenty of fresh fruits, but I know that I can do better with the vegetables. Green salads and carrot sticks can get boring quickly, but roasted vegetables? I can eat roasted vegetables day after day and never tire of them.
In this roasted vegetable quinoa salad, I've taken a sweet onion, red bell peppers, and an eggplant and roasted them until they are soft and caramelized. I combined the vegetables with some quinoa and a sprinkling ... [Continue Reading]
Happy New Year Everyone! I am excited to begin a new year and can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring. I try not to make too many specific resolutions at the beginning of a new year, because I’d rather focus on developing balance in my life that is sustainable long-term. I do spend some time at the beginning of each new year thinking about goals and this year is no different.
This year, I am taking a different approach and plan to focus on a guiding phrase. My phrase is: Simplify and Breathe. I have been doing some of reading about organization and living more simply, and I’m currently reading the book Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. I’m only at chapter 4 so far, but this ... [Continue Reading]
I am almost ashamed to admit that this is the first kale recipe I have ever posted. That's right, before today, if you had typed “kale” into my blog's search box, you would have gotten a nice little not found message. Not anymore, though! It's not that I've never cooked with kale, but I certainly haven't done it enough if I haven't had the opportunity to blog about it. Kale is one of the healthiest foods you can eat and it's extremely versatile. It can be used in smoothies, pasta, pizza, and salads. Years and years ago I even made kale turnovers as a side dish to a meal.
If you haven't done much cooking with kale, this recipe is a great place to start. Fresh kale leaves are firm, with ... [Continue Reading]
My recent posts have been full of sweet treats, so I thought it was time to share something healthy to start the week off on the right foot. Healthy certainly doesn't mean that you won't be excited to dig in to this Southwest Quinoa Salad, though. It's full of good for you ingredients that are also full of flavor. I used red quinoa for the first time in this salad, and love the added color that it brings to the dish. Quinoa is a great base for the salad because it soaks up the flavors of the seasonings, and some red bell pepper balances out the textures by adding some crunch.
Be sure to mix up the easy guacamole to add to your bowl- it will only take a minute and is delicious with the ... [Continue Reading]
Looking for healthy lunch ideas that will also keep your tastebuds happy? Quinoa Salad with Grapes, Celery, and Chicken is a great option. I made this for dinner one night and the leftovers were perfect to pack and take with me for lunches at work over the next few days. I added chicken to the salad to make it more substantial since I planned on serving it as a main dish. You can leave it out if you prefer a vegetarian meal. The quinoa itself is high in protein, which helps to fill you up and keep your energy level going strong for the next few hours.
I love how this salad keeps it simple. There aren't too many ingredients or complicated steps, so that the flavors of each component can ... [Continue Reading]
I know many of you might be feeling done with summer heat and ready for fall. I'm still enjoying summer and hoping it will stay around a little longer. I love the sunshine (not ready for those overcast days!) and being able to eat and play outdoors without worrying about jackets and long pants. I love summer fruits and vegetables, cooking dinner on the grill, and spending the evening outside.
Another reason I'm wishing summer would stick around for awhile? Next week I'll be back to teaching after my maternity leave, and I'm just not feeling ready to leave these little sweethearts yet.
Before the season ends, I'm trying to enjoy fresh summer tomatoes and basil to their fullest, and ... [Continue Reading]
One of the best parts about summer is being able to cook dinner on the grill. Summer salads like this one are great for warm days when you don't want to turn on your stove or oven, or eat a big, hot meal. Spend a few minutes indoors mixing up a quick vinaigrette to season the chicken and vegetables, and then head outside to enjoy some fresh air and relaxing family time while the meat and squash are grilling. Then chop and toss it all together, and it's time to enjoy dinner, preferably outdoors!
We really, really enjoyed this salad. The summer squash is the star of the meal, and the vinaigrette plus grilling add delicious flavor to both the vegetables and chicken. Peppery arugula works ... [Continue Reading]
You may have noticed that I haven't been posting as many recipes for sweets and other baked goods lately. That's because my pregnancy causes me to be glucose intolerant, meaning I don't have full gestational diabetes (as I did when I was pregnant with Julia), but am just borderline diabetic. While pregnant, I have to follow a special diet, limiting the amount of carbohydrates I eat, and sweets are off limits. Being pregnant and not able to indulge in cookies, pastries, ice cream, and other treats is not so fun, but having a healthy baby makes it totally worth it.
I chose to try this salad recipe because it fits the requirements for the carbs I'm allowed at dinner time. The carbs in this ... [Continue Reading]
Here's another main dish salad that's full of flavor, as well as filling protein and fiber. With a little kick of spice and a hint of sweetness, I thought this salad had a really nice balance of flavors. I added some baby arugula to the lettuce, to give a little peppery bite to the salad. The recipe calls for cherry or grape tomatoes, but I didn't have any on hand. I added some corn kernels to the black bean salsa instead, and next time would love to try using both corn and tomatoes for the most color and flavor.
We made this salad for dinner just two nights ago, and I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't wait to post it. I'm already thinking that it needs to be on the menu again next ... [Continue Reading]
Salad makes it onto our dinner table so often, it's nice to have a variety of recipes to make things a bit more interesting. This spinach salad has buttered almonds, apple slices, and crumbled feta- plenty of flavor to make eating salad seem like a treat.
If you're short on time (or want to make the salad even healthier), you can skip making the buttered almonds and just use toasted almonds instead. As is, this salad is great as a side dish. You can easily make it into a main dish salad by adding some grilled chicken for protein.
One year ago: Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Potatoes
Harvest Apple and Spinach Salad
Makes 4 servings
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Homemade salad dressing is one of those things that is far better than store bought, and it hardly takes any effort to make. This recipe is especially easy, and can literally be made in less than 3 minutes. (Yes, I timed it!) I always have the ingredients for this dressing on hand, so even at the last minute I can mix up some of this homemade salad dressing.
I've been meaning to try other salad dressing recipes, but haven't had much incentive to because we love this dressing so much (and again, it's so easy and I don't have to buy any special ingredients). I'm sure I will sometime soon, though, because we're probably missing out on many other great salad dressing flavors!
I like to mix ... [Continue Reading]