Friday, January 2, 2015

Check out these SO TASTIE mason jar salads! (I've got a serious craving for salad now....)

Fresh Corn, Edamame and Radish Salad
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This easy salad recipe can be made in no time at all!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh corn
  • 2 cups shelled edamame
  • 1 cup chopped radishes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons white miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (optional)
  • 4 (6 ounce) Mason jars

Directions:

  1. Combine corn, edamame, radishes, green onion and cilantro in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together canola oil, rice vinegar, white miso paste and chili garlic sauce (if using).
  3. Stir dressing into corn mixture and divide salad between Mason jars.
  4. Refrigerate at least an hour. Shake before serving.
(See full article at SheKnows)

5. Avocado Mango Black Bean Salad

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This healthy salad recipe is packed full of nutrients!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe but firm avocados, halved, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 ripe but firm mangoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped, or 1/2 cup chopped red onion for a mild flavor)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 – 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups of spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa

Directions:

  1. Add the avocado, 1 tbsp lime juice, mango, and jalapeno to a large bowl and gently toss.
  2. Whisk together 2 tbsp lime juice, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, salt, honey together in a small bowl. Once those ingredients are mixed well, add olive oil slowly while continuing to whisk.
  3. Pour dressing over avocado mixture, add black beans and gently toss.
  4. Serve over a bed of spinach with quinoa.
(See full article at GreenPlateRule)

6. Veggie Salad with Lemon Dressing

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This cold salad recipe stay good for 3-4 days.

Ingredients:

  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Capsicum
  • Tomato
  • Spring Onion
Dressing:
  • Lemon Juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Water
  • Salt/pepper

Directions:

  1. Make lemon dressing in separate small jar and shake (One part lemon juice to three parts olive oil plus salt & pepper).
  2. Pop lemon dressing in the bottom of the salad jar and layer veggies  in order above.
  3. Seal and store in fridge
  4. When ready to serve, shake up to cover the salad with the dressing or dump on a plate.
(See full article at ABeachCottage)


Here are some ideas from Earthbound Farm:
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You can DIY your own salad with those tips, or you can make one of these genius concoctions below.


Your call! It’s all easy and tasty.

1. Fresh And Springy Walnut, Radish, And Apple Salad

Beth / Eat Within Your Means / Via eatwithinyourmeans.com
The walnuts come with heart-healthy fats, and the apples add a hint of sweetness. Get the recipe.

2. Burrito Bowl Salad

Strictly Delicious / Via strictlydelicious.com
These burrito bowl salads are healthier than your standard Mexican salad fare because they come with Greek yogurt and quinoa. Get the recipe.

3. Green Garden Vegan Salad

Lunchbox Bunch / Via kblog.lunchboxbunch.com
Yes, those are flowers on top, and they’re totally edible. As are the healthy and tasty veggies underneath. Get the recipe.

4. Layered Quinoa Salad With Beet Vinaigrette

Marla / Family Fresh Cooking / Via familyfreshcooking.com
That bright pink color comes from a homemade beet vinaigrette. And quinoa is a grain-like food with a lot of protein and fiber, which means it’ll fill you up. Get the recipe here.

5. Egg And Avocado Mixed Salad

Emma Christensen for The Kitchn
 
This one’s got eggs, grapes, corn, nuts, and more. See how it’s made here.

6. Zucchini Noodle Salad With Peas And Quinoa

Inspiralized / Via inspiralized.com
Use a spiralizer to turn your zucchini into a much healthier version of noodles for this salad. Get the recipe.

7. Asian Noodle Salad

Edamame + red bell peppers + carrots + a peanut butter-based sauce = crunchy, tasty goodness. Get the recipe.

8. Cajun Shrimp Jar

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen / Via lexiscleankitchen.com
Shrimp is an awesome source of lean protein, and the guac will add healthy fats from avocado. Get the recipe courtesy of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

9. Pomegranate And Pear Salad

Fake Food Free / Via fakefoodfree.com
The pomegranates have vitamin C, the greens and pear slices have fiber, and the chopped nuts and crumbled feta provide healthy fat and protein. Get the recipe here: Pomegranate and Pear Salad Recipe From Mason Jar Salads, courtesy of Fake Food Free.

10. Rainbow Protein-Packed Salad

Jenny Sugar for Popsugar Fitness / Via popsugar.com
Taste the sweet, sweet antioxidants: Fill this salad with fruits and veggies of every color. Get the recipe.

11. Chopped Black Bean And Corn Salad

Organize Yourself Skinny / Via organizeyourselfskinny.com
Black beans are a good source of protein, which should help you stay fuller for longer — no more midday crashes. Get the recipe.

12. Mason Jar Chickpea, Farro, And Greens Salad

Cookie and Kate / Via cookieandkate.com
Have you met farro? It’s a seriously under-appreciated grain. One cup of cooked farro contains about 10 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein — which means that it’ll keep you feeling full and happy well into the afternoon. Get the recipe, courtesy of Cookie and Kate.

13. Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad With Orange Ginger Dressing

Oh She Glows / Via ohsheglows.com
This salad is topped with edamame, which is a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin C, and iron. Get the recipe here.

14. Sprouted Spring Salad

Inspired Edibles / Via inspirededibles.ca
If you like your salads without leafy greens, swap ‘em for sprouts instead. Get the recipe.

15. Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad With Honey Lime Vinaigrette

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Mangos have a ton of vitamin C (one cup of sliced mangos contain about 76% of what you should eat in a day). Get the recipe.

16. Chicken And Spinach Salad Jars

Foxes Love Lemons / Via foxeslovelemons.com
The chicken adds healthy lean protein to the mix. Get the recipe.

17. Spinach Salad With Mozzarella, Orzo, And Snap Peas

Earthbound Farm / Via ebfarm.com
Spinach is a cruciferous veggie (just like kale) that has iron, protein, and even some cancer-fighting properties. Get the recipe.

18. Sunny Kale Kruncher

Lunchbox Bunch / Via kblog.lunchboxbunch.com
This vegan salad is almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. Get the recipe.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's a new year full of reading opportunities!!!!

So, what are you going to read this year? I have a list of 513 titles to read on http://www.Goodreads.com, and a 32 page book list on my computer....let's see if I can stay away (mostly) from old favorites and chip away at my 'To Read' lists. For further inspiration......
                             I have a Goodreads goal of 170 books to read in 2015, but this is a good kick-off point!