Marinated Three Bean Salad

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Hello friends! Quick visit today as I take a break from Spring Break activities- the elementary schools here in Washington (state) have their break so late here, but the weather is truly spring-like so I am happy! Here is the scenario, it's Saturday afternoon and someone invites you to a BBQ dinner for the following evening. You are not able to get the grocery store but you really want to contribute a dish. What do you bring? Well if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer this is the perfect answer! I wasn't sure if it would be a hit, but this three bean salad turned out very tasty … [Read more...]


Make-Ahead Salad Bowls

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Hi friends. Just popping in for a quick visit to share this fabulous salad inspired by Starbucks. That's right, you heard me....a salad inspired by Starbucks! I was in there this week with about 25 minutes to spare before picking up my daughter from preschool. I had our sitter watching the other kids so I thought why not actually go into a Starbucks (rather than use the drive-thru), sit down and enjoy some time to myself. Now I am pretty frugal when it comes to buying lunch out. I have a hard time justifying spending money on food that I usually have at home, but I was curious...and … [Read more...]


Cherry, Goat Cheese & Candied Walnut Salad + Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette + A Giveaway!

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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. Opinions expressed are my own Fancy salads are one of my favorite foods. Every time I go to a restaurant I absolutely HAVE to order one as an appetizer. The ones with goat cheese, dried fruits and nuts are the first ones that I am drawn to. Every time. So when I got the chance to create a recipe for Healthy Aperture and … [Read more...]


Veggie Burger Salad & Tips For Eating More Vegetables

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Hi friends. Happy Hump Day! It's a going to be a fabulous rest of the week because my mother in law is coming in for a visit. It will be great to have her company and some help with the children. Plus she likes to cook so it will be awesome to have help in the kitchen too! Sunday night meal planning had burgers on the menu so I decided to go with a veggie burger salad. It's been awhile since I've made this and I forgot how satisfying and good it is! Some veggie burgers can be full of junk so make sure to read those labels and chose ones with ingredients you know, that are real and … [Read more...]


Corn and Tomato Salad & Meal Planning

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I am sort of addicted to this salad. I was trying to come up with a side dish last week when I thought we were out of all vegetables. I found a few sweet peppers, tomatoes and shallots in the drawer of my fridge and I always have frozen corn in the freezer. I think most people have had some version of this salad and often you'll see something similar in a salsa form. I haven't made a corn salad since last summer and this one is a little different because I omitted the black beans and added the sweet peppers and shallots. It's such an easy, super side that goes well with a variety of … [Read more...]


Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

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I could live off salads. I am not kidding. I just love the variety you have when creating one- from the greens you use, to the add-ins and dressing. There is no reason to be eating boring ol' tossed salads all the time. Let's get creative! First off, kale isn't my typical green for a salad but I think I will start using it more this way. It is packed with beta-carotene and has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It falls into the cruciferous vegetable family so has the same cancer preventive benefits. It is much heartier and more bitter than your typical salad greens but I just … [Read more...]


Broccoli Apple Salad

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  Broccoli apple salad. This is a recipe my mother-in-law often makes so she shared her version with me. I was in the mood for a different way to eat my broccoli- normally it's just raw with dip, steamed or roasted then topped with lemon, but this is a nice cold salad that keeps for several days so it's perfect for lunches or snack. When we were in Hawaii this past summer for our family reunion we served it for brunch with an egg casserole and fruit salad. It's a very versatile dish. Broccoli frequently earns a spot in the "top superfoods" list- it's low in calories, high in … [Read more...]


A Trip to the Farmer’s Market: Recipe for Roasted Beets & Meal Planning

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One thing I am really enjoying about this part of the country is the wonderful Farmer's Markets full of beautiful produce. I definitely missed going to them when I lived in Missouri and now I always look forward to our beautiful purchases each week. I've tried to branch out of my comfort zone when shopping at the Farmer's Markets because I can always buy spring mix and broccoli. Beets are not something that I would have put on my "like" list until recently. I always associated beets with the icky canned ones. It wasn't until ordering restaurant salads with fresh beets did I realize how … [Read more...]


Winner of the Giveaway and French Bean & Buckwheat Groat Salad

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Thank you to all who entered the Bob's Red Mill Giveaway. Congratulations to the winner Brittany B.!  I am sitting here getting caught up on the Olympics, trying my hardest to get this recipe posted. Boy, the gymnastics is killing me! As a former gymnast cheerleader, it is one of my favorite events. I can hardly watch the girls on the balance beam though- so nerve-wracking! So looking down at my computer is actually a good break for me. I have been on a bean kick lately. Last week I didn't meal plan and as a result I had a bean recipe overload! I made my pinto beans, a corn, avocado … [Read more...]


Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pesto Salad: Product Review and Giveaway!

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When I think of my favorite food brands there are a few that really stand out- they're ones that I recommend over and over again.  In my opinion Bob's Red Mill is one of those brands that is one of a kind. They offer one of the largest lines of organic, whole grains in the country. I am sure you've seen some of their products in the health section of your local grocer, but if you check them out online you will see they have such a huge variety of unusual, high quality items- granola, oats, grains, beans, seeds, cereals, "baking aids" and more! I have been a long time fan so was so excited to … [Read more...]