Salad Daze

April 18, 2018

Little Green followers know what an advocate I am of having salad ingredients on hand. A variety of good, clean greens. Red cabbage. Some root veggies…maybe cooked beets, or raw carrots. Crunchy nuts. Possibly some protein like chickpeas rinsed and stored in a glass jar, or a hard boiled egg, or some mung bean sprouts. The thing that tips the scale, though, is having a delicious salad dressing that you love ready-made. Maybe its a creamy tahini sauce, maybe a light French dressing, or maybe a sweeter honey lemon dressing.  My food prep during the week is def incomplete unless I have a full jar of delish dressing waiting! Then, at lunchtime (and frankly at dinner, too) when I look in the fridge, having a big bowl of greens with other goodies suddenly seems like a reality!

I like to make one dressing at a time, and use it for a few days, then whip up a new one. Here are a few of my faves:

Any of these will take just minutes to make, and they are packed with flavor and nutrients. Last week I needed to have a dish ready for dinner at a friend’s rather last minute. I pulled together shaved red cabbage, cauliflower, and chickpeas and roasted them on a pan. Combined with a the miso tahini sauce, it was delicious. Suddenly I had a meal, and not just a bunch of random ingredients roasted on a pan! Sauces also make lunch or dinner “bowls” really easy and fun. The Red Beet Hummus is a great one for this: load up your bowl with veggies and lentils, and add the beet hummus for color and flavor. Add some crunchy almonds and a sprinkling of microgreens, and you have a restaurant-worthy meal.

Mix it up….try different sauces and have different greens and veggies on hand, and it will be hard to get bored but easy to eat healthily!

Greens Soup

February 13, 2018

Farms in both the warmer south and the chillier north are now using greenhouses to keep dark leafy greens coming all winter long. I love that you can have access to fresh and local kale, spinach, arugula and other heartier…

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