I cannot tell you how happy I am to be back in my kitchen after traveling for the past few weeks. While traveling, I was reminded at just how challenging it is to eat clean and healthy on the road. We tried our best to eat as healthy as we could but there are so many hidden ingredients in the simplest of foods.
For example I would have 1 scrambled egg and 2 turkey links for breakfast at Perkins but I’m sure the egg wasn’t just cracked, free range or organic and they may have used non-organic whole milk and salt to mix it in. I can guarantee that the turkey sausage wasn’t organic and was loaded with sodium. That’s just one meal.
First order of business, get our digestive systems back on track. I literally said “I need quinoa in my life right now”. So I whipped up a yummy protein packed creamy vegan thai quinoa salad. Ahhh, life is getting back to normal.
I found this recipe and made a couple adjustments based on what I had in the kitchen and it turned out great. Hearty, filling and VERY dense salad that can be eaten warm or cold.
This salad is super filling and protein filled. 7 grams of protein from the almond butter and 6 grams from the quinoa. 13 grams of protein per 1/4 cup serving + fiber. Yay!!
It’s finally warm out and it’s time to break out the summer salads. We found the first of the summer peaches this weekend and I wanted to make this recipe I remember finding in a magazine recently.
This salad makes my mouth super happy because of the combination of sweet and tangy and my body happy because it’s low-fat and gluten-free.
I found a great little pre-packaged mix of tri-colored heirloom tomatoes the same day so it was destiny that I make this. I love the mix of color from the orange, yellow and red heirlooms. It makes a very attractive looking salad. I would even top this with a grilled chicken breast if I was having this as a meal rather than a side.
Bread and butter pickles are my most favorite of all pickles except for sweet gherkins. Regardless, I like a sweet pickle. So when I saw mini-cucumbers at the grocery store the other day I wanted to try my hand at making my own bread and butter pickles.
I never realized how easy it was to make your own pickles or to pickle any vegetable for that matter. The only thing that I wasn’t super thrilled with was that this recipe required a cup of sugar. I hardly ever consume white sugar so considering I wasn’t going to be eating the whole cup at one time and I used organic sugar, I allowed myself to be ok with it this time.
So I got out my handy dandy little wavy veggie slicer and cut up my teeny tiny cucs into cute little wavey slices. Put them in a dish and sprinkled them with salt, covered them and put them in the fridge for about an hour and a half.
After an hour and a half or so I rinsed the salt off of the cucumbers with cold water and drained. Then combined the onions and cucumbers and put aside while I made the hot vinegar mixture to pour over everything.
Luckily my hoarding of big jars with lids came in handy and I didn’t have to purchase a special one just for my pickles. I ended up using 2 jars but that’s cool because now I have a jar of pickles to give to my mom.
BONUS: Chop these little babies up and you’ve got homemade sweet relish.
Wash and slice mini cucumbers thin. I sliced mine about a ½ of an inch thick.
Place cucs in a shallow pan and sprinkle with the salt. Mix with your hands to get the cucs and salt combined well.
Cover and place in fridge for an hour and a half.
Remove from fridge, in a colander rinse cucs with cold water and drain.
In a bowl, toss sliced onions and cucs, set aside.
In a medium saucepan combine white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, brown sugar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, tumeric and bring to a simmer. Stirring until sugar is dissolved completely.
Place cucs/onions in jar of choice and pour hot vinegar mixture over them.
I found this beautiful salad recipe at EatingWell.comhad to make it immediately. It’s even more mouthwatering in person than in the photo. All of the flavors in this salad compliment each other like a symphony. The saltiness of the cheese, the sweetness of the walnuts, the tang of the dressing and the crunch of the cabbage is almost more than one mouth can take.
Looks fancy but it’s really easy to put together. This recipe pretty much just comes down to 2 easy steps. The dressing and the walnuts. You can save a step if you have already candied walnuts.