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…

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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 🙂

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Day Full of Goodies!

Hello again! I hope everyone is having as wonderful of a Friday as I’m having. After my rockstar breakfast this morning, I shimmied drove on over to Tom’s house to pick him up so we could get our day started. The purpose of the trip was originally so he could return a book, but ended up being so I could run all over town to places that they don’t have in Oswego.

First up…

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Gooood ol’ Wegmans where I finally got my hands on this little jar of heaven. I’ve been holding off buying it because I have a serious addiction to nut/seed butter/ anything that can be made into a butter. But I just couldn’t help myself. Peanut Butter & Co. has the most amazing flavor combos.

Then this happened..

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And I found these at TJ Maxx…

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2 flavors of Chimes I haven’t tried yet, and a KIND bar that I’ve never seen before! I ADORE the combination of sweet and salty so I can’t wait to dig into this.

And last not certainly not least:

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Panera Bread for lunch! I got the Mediterranean Salmon salad, but I swapped the salmon for some chicken. The salad came with romaine and mixed greens with mandarine oranges, red onions, feta cheese (yum!), slivered almonds, kalamata olives and honey tangerine vinaigrette on the side.

I also stopped at Starbucks and grabbed a coffee on the way home. It was a great way to end the day 🙂

2 Part Lunch

Today has been the definition of a lazy Saturday. We all need one (or a few) of those every once in awhile. I did manage to make it to the gym, but even that was a pretty lazy workout.

For some reason, cardio was not in the cards for me today. I did manage about a 15 minute mix of running, sprints and incline walking on the treadmill and then headed over to the abs section for some core work.

Lunch(es)

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After the gym, I knew I wanted something hot, I wanted sweet potato and I wanted salsa. These cravings resulted in a wrap!
I reheated half a sweet potato, mashed it and spread it onto a whole wheat tortilla. I sautéed onions, black beans, kale and sun dried tomatoes and poured them in the wrap, then topped it with banana peppers and salsa. It was pretty full, so I did the best I could when it came to wrapping it. On the side I had some of Trader Joe’s Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip.
A few hours later, I met up with some friends to watch movies and they were getting Subway. I had been craving it and although it wasn’t dinner time yet, I decided to join in the fun and get a salad.

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Spinach, cucumbers, banana peppers, green peppers, olives, sweet peppers, roasted red pepper spread (I guess I was craving peppers?) and the reason I even go to Subway- Sweet onion sauce!
It was a nice little snack in between meals. It was light but didn’t leave me feeling deprived while my friends were all eating.

Intuitive Cravings

There will be many times where you see something I’m eating and think, “What in the world is this girl thinking?!”. Today is one of those times.

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Behold what I like to call my Sweet and Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl. I took a close up so everyone could see exactly what’s going on it there.

I’ve been seeing a lot about intuitive eating lately (like here and here) so I’ve been trying to really pay attention to my cravings. This results in some pretty out there meals, like today’s lunch.

Into a bowl went:

  • 1/2 cup of 1% Cottage Cheese mixed with ~1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • About 1/3 of a cucumber, cubed
  • 1/2 cup broccoli slaw
  • The rest of my left over chick peas (probably about 1/4 cup)
  • Topped with a tablespoon of flax and a drizzle of pure maple syrup because, why not? I was craving it.

This combo was oddly delicious and satisfying. It was also a little on the lighter side because I have a terrible shove as much food as possible into my mouth snacking problem and ate a bunch of broccoli and sweet potato slices when I was roasting them earlier. Whoops.