Spring Fever Salad with Plum Dijon Dressing

Oh, hello there! I’ve been pretty MIA lately. I had tons of school work for the past week and it really consumed my life. The other day, it was absolutely beautiful out. Some of the first signs of Spring were in full force and it had be feelin prettyyy froggy 🙂

The sunshine put me in the mood for a nice, crisp, GIANT salad.

photo_4I piled on the veggies, whipped up my own dressing and devoured it in no more than 5 seconds.

Spring Fever Salad with Plum Dijon Dressing

Serves 1 large salad

For the salad:

  • ~3 c of your choice of greens (I used romaine, baby spinach and kale!)
  • 1/3- 1/2 c black beans
  • 1/2 c chopped bell peppers
  • 1 T sun dried tomatoes
  • 3 brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 T crumbled feta

For the dressing:

  • 1.5 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp plum sauce
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. If using kale as a salad base, use half the dressing and massage into the leaves.

Heat a pan to medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray. Add peppers, beans and sun dried tomatoes and cook until peppers begin to soften.

photoShred brussels sprouts or chop very finely and add them to the pan. When cooked, about 5 minutes, add quinoa and stir in until combined.

Add other greens of choice to a bowl (combine with marinated kale if using) and toss with dressing. Pour vegetable- quinoa mixture over the greens and top with feta to go from this…

photo_2To this…

photo_3Mmmmm

I also drizzled a bit of tahini on top afterwards because I’m addicted to the stuff. You can eat it like this or stir it all together..photo_6

Dig in and enjoy! It’s light, colorful, refreshing and delicious! The bright colors definitely reflected the good mood I was in 🙂

photo_5love close up shots 🙂

Opposites Attract

Happy Thursday everyone!! A happy one, indeed. 🙂 Here in Oswego, we often experience all 4 seasons in a single week. Yesterday, it was freezing. We’re talkin’ 30 and snowing. Yes, snow in April! Today on the other hand..

B-E-A-UUUUTIFUL!!

I sat outside in between classes, drove home with the windows down- it’s wonderful

Enough about the weather.. I have a wonderful recipe coming your way!

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I love a big saucy bowl of spaghetti, but hate all the calories and carbs that come with it. I’ve seen a lot of pasta replacements- I’m a HUGE fan of spaghetti squash- but last night, I discovered a new one!

Broccoli Slaw “Pasta” with Meat Sauce

  • 2 cups broccoli slaw (prepackaged)
  • 4 oz ground turkey
  • 2 T chopped onion
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup mushrooms
  • Kalamata olives

In a saucepan, cook ground turkey until browned, then add onion, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until onions are cooked through. Add tomato sauce and continue to cook until sauce is heated. Put to the side.

In a separate pan, sauté the slaw until tender. You want it cooked, but not mushy! I cooked it on a crappy electric burner, so it took a little longer. But on a decent stove, it should take about 5-7 minutes.

Pour in a bowl, top with meat and sauce mixture, olives, parmesan cheese or your desired toppings.

And while I was making this for myself, I was also making the boyfriend this…

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That, my friends, is a spaghetti sandwich. While I DID manage to get him to switch to wheat bread, Tom has very little interest in eating healthy. It definitely drives me crazy sometimes, but I know my eating habits annoy him too. They say opposites attract, and when it comes to our eating habits, we are definitely opposites.

I have to admit, I do love making these crazy creations for him. I tried a bite, and it was actually pretty darn good.