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salad days

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Someone recently said to me, "salads always taste better when someone else makes them". I never thought of it that way, but it's true. A $10 salad at my local restaurant always tastes better than what I make at home for pennies.
That is a challenge to me, and I keep trying to make a delicious salad at home. I find that the more ingredients, the better. It's a good way to get my 5 servings of vegetables. Some of my favorite salad components: Romaine, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce, sliced brussels sprouts, kale, beets, carrots, red onions, cucumber, bell pepper, celery, mushrooms. I like to include some type of cheese, either blue, or feta, or parmesan. Instead of croutons, I like some toasted nuts for extra texture.
Dress it simply with vinegar and olive oil and you have a meal.
I would be very interested to hear what your favorite salad ingredients are.
Thank you. Have a wonderful, healthy weekend!

  
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MOM4HOCKEY 3/3/2014 12:36PM

    I love all the salad ingredients you use!! One easy salad that changes things up for me is a mix of baby spinach and spring greens with red onions, craisins, toasted almonds or pecans and blue cheese!! The craisins add a great sweetness to offset the savory cheese and onion. But I have to be careful because they also add a lot of calories! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/22/2014 7:08PM

    I like a lot of what you've mentioned, except the brussels sprouts! I am always switching up the ingredients I put on my salad, depending on my mood or what I have on hand. I like tofu, chopped egg, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, peas, carrots, celery, edamame, green beans, green pepper...so much variety!

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Another snow day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

No work today, due to the weather. Yay! We got about 15 inches of snow here. Since I am too old for sledding and snowman building, my favorite snow activity is shoveling. Keep it fun, and it's not a chore. That's my philosophy.
DH keeps trying to direct my shoveling. I refuse to take direction. I like to shovel aimlessly, leaving random patches of snow to come back for later. He likes to shovel in a monotonous back and forth pattern. We have different shoveling styles, but we have fun and we get the job done.


  


snow day!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I took a snow day today and I'm not sorry! My job isn't life or death. I'm grateful for the emergency medical personnel who made it to work today.
Hubby and I took the day off. We shoveled the driveway, then took a drive and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We had a great day together!



  
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KITRONA 1/23/2014 1:16AM

    What a beautiful picture! Good that you had fun on your snow day. :)

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Not the kale my mother made me eat

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

As a kid, I was a finicky eater. I spent hours at the breakfast/lunch/dinner table refusing to eat and resolving that when I grow up I'll never eat beets, or kale, or eggs, and most other healthy foods. The only reason I didn't like zucchini was it sounded funny.

The only vegetable I liked was spinach. My mom would get me to eat kale by telling me it was spinach. It made me wonder if I ever really liked spinach. One time, a friend of my mom's stopped by while we were eating dinner. She said to my mother, "your kids eat kale?". Sad as I was that my mother tricked me, I was happier to know my love affair with spinach was still on.

Over the years, I've given those hated foods another try and must say that they've grown on me. We even grow beets and squash in our garden! I love to find new recipes and ways to cook with them.

I've given kale more than a few second chances, but I just never got it. That is, until I tried it in a salad. A local restaurant had a "fall harvest salad" on the menu. It consisted of kale, shaved brussels sprouts, fennel, apple, dried cranberries, toasted almonds, with a lemon thyme viniagrette. It was so good! I've been making it at home, or a reasonable reproduction, ever since.

I had never had raw kale before. What a difference! If I could go back to that girl refusing to eat at the dinner table and tell her one day she is going to keep kale and brussels sprouts in her refrigerator by choice (!), she would probably call me "Mom".


  
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ASOBFALLS 1/11/2014 11:36AM

   
CASEYSAUER I like the sound of your Kale recipe. I did a copy/paste so I can try it.

Great blog topic Becky emoticon

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IMREITE 1/9/2014 12:53AM

    i like kale in green smoothies.

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NELLJONES 1/8/2014 7:19AM

    I've never gotten into kale, either. It tastes woody to me. Love spinach, though.

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CASEYSAUER 1/8/2014 5:32AM

    The only way I like kale is when it is washed well, dried well, lightly coated with olive oil, salted, and then place in a single layer on a pan and cooked for 15 minutes at 350 degrees! I promise you, it tasted just like potato chips and only 46 calories a large serving!

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DOVESEYES 1/7/2014 11:46PM

    I'm a new Kale devotee too, never got it in NZ but in australia you can get it from the markets really fresh ooh it's lovely.

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DEE1221 1/7/2014 8:18PM

    I've never tried kale. I see that it is popular in all kinds of veggie shakes. I'll have to give it a try in a salad. Thanks.

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Merry Christmas, Spark Friends

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thank you for your support, encouragement, and inspiration. From your successes, I draw strength. Getting fit is not the impossible dream it once was. Bless you all!
Merry Christmas!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/25/2013 10:43AM

    Merry Christmas...Merry FITmas too!

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RASPBERRY56 12/25/2013 7:17AM

    I wish you a wonderful day and year ahead!

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DOVESEYES 12/25/2013 5:06AM

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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STUDLEEJOE 12/24/2013 9:11PM

    Merry Christmas to you too. And have a Sparking new year

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RACEWELLWON 12/24/2013 9:09PM

    Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year !! emoticon

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