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Category: Salads

Thai Chicken Salad

We are a little all over the place this month recipe wise. But, honestly this is how we meal plan.  We decide what sounds good for the week, what flavors, what protein options we want to work with, and then we plan it out.  This dish was created when my husband and I were just really craving something cold and crunchy for dinner.   For awhile I was real against feeding my body a chicken salad, I think I got so burnt out, after years of thinking they were what I “should” be eating.  After a long break, I am working on incorporating them back into my life, in a more intuitive way.  Plus, this is not your typical chicken salad, it has tons of flavor and is anything but boring.  The Napa cabbage has a great texture and works well in this dish. Plus, the dressing is made with simple ingredients and tastes delicious.  Does a salad for dinner night have you thinking your toddlers won’t enjoy?  No worries, we just deconstructed this one and our daughter was a big fan.  I gave her some shredded chicken…

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Highlighting another squash this week!  I am done crying about my child’s sleeping issues and ready to talk food!!  Butternut squash! I say it every year, but I do love all the fall foods.  I love they way your house smells when you are roasting or baking with all these great flavors.  This dish has so many layers of flavor.  Massaged kale is back and we are pairing it with roasted squash, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese and dried cranberries!! So many wonderful fall flavors.  Plus I have included a maple dijon dressing that rounds it all out.  If kale isn’t your thing, you can substitute with spinach or arugula,  just skip the massaging part of the prep. As part of our meal prep, I love roasting all kinds of vegetables and using them throughout the week.  Roasted veggies can be used it in salads, as the base for a beautifully fried egg and some can even be used in a sweet dish like a yogurt parfait or oatmeal.  I happen to love roasted butternut squash with vanilla yogurt, granola, that is drizzled with a little honey…

Mint Pesto Pasta Salad

Morning everyone!! Hope your weekend is going well.  We are currently up in Phoenix visiting with my dad and his wife, little stay-cation and a fun getaway!  We are heading back soon and I am particularly excited for the week ahead.  I started at a new job last week and this will be my first week seeing clients there!  I am happy for a new challenge and look forward to continuing my work as a diabetes educator; helping people learn to be more flexible with food, finding ways to nourish their bodies, but also their souls!  Being more flexible with food is something I have been working on a lot.  Flexibility for me means being willing to make lots of different choices and listening to what my body craves.  But, I get that making food choices can be difficult.  I mean, there is so much advice out there, trying to influence your choices. When making food choices, there are so many factors at play.  Lately I have been trying to explore what those factors are for me and determine what is most important in my eating experience.  First with…

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Back with a quick recipe that gets better as it sits!  I make this dish once and use it throughout the week on salads as a protein topping, that provides so much flavor.  Meal preparation, as I’ve mentioned before, has been a game changer around here.  When our daughter was first born, we didn’t do this as well, and ended up eating a lot more quick dishes that maybe weren’t as healthy — and possibly more expensive.  But, we survived and for those quick side dish options sold at stores, we thank you.  It actually saved us from eating out more, and even though some of the sides were more “processed”, we were still eating at home and that was a big deal.  Plus, there was zero time given the lack of sleep and the fumbling through life we were doing.   This recipe has chickpeas as the base, a favorite legume of mine.  I made this originally because I was trying to copy a side dish they used to sell at a local sandwich shop, but got rid of.  The sandwich shop version…

Massaged Kale Salad

Back, with some greens! This salad has been on repeat for my family this month, so I felt the need to share it with you.  It is a very flavorful dish, highlighting one my favorite greens, kale. A couple of posts back, I discussed my love for Lacinato kale when making my white bean and kale soup.  I mentioned that kale is hearty and I also touched on preparing/cleaning it.  Today I am going to focus on the method of massaging kale.  Yep, we are giving our food a massage!  It is just too amazing not to try, so humor me. I know this may seem like a step you can skip, but it makes kale salad so much better.  The texture you get after massaging the kale is very silky because you are basically breaking it down a bit, making it easier to digest.  Kale is part of the cabbage family and grouped with the cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts.  Given these vegetables have lots of fiber, some help with digestion is a welcome side effect of the massage.  The color also gets more vibrant, which…