Salad Musings

Salad Musings

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Above: lemon pepper tofu, sliced bartlett pear, diced cucumber, and plain hummus sprinkled with chia and flax seed over baby kale.

Lemon pepper tofu:

  • press extra firm tofu to rid of excess water
  • marinade in lemon juice, olive oil (or oil preference), black pepper, and pink salt
  • in a small fry pan, heat tofu over medium heat until golden brown

Other ingredient ideas:

  • protein – maple chili tofu, orange sesame tempeh, curried chickpeas
  • fruit – strawberries, apples, plums, figs, pineapple
  • vegetables – oyster mushrooms, beets, roasted fennel, artichoke hearts
  • crunch – walnuts, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds
  • base – red cabbage, bibb lettuce, romaine
  • dressing – avocado, fruit salsa

Salads can get very boring, very fast. Changing up ingredients, from choice of greens, to protein, to vegetables and fruit, makes a huge difference in creating a tasty salad. The next time you consider salad for lunch, remember your options – salads don’t have to be boring to be healthy!

Living Grain-Free

Do you have grain sensitivity? Is your digestive system acting up? Maybe a week of grain-free living will help you find an underlying intolerance. 

It just so happens that a friend of mine runs a grain-free recipe blog: Break (from) Bread.  I highly encourage you to check it out!  There are a few delicious recipes posted right now, the majority of which are vegan and vegetarian. 

I will be posting recipes I plan on using for my Thanksgiving dinner later this month.  Until then, happy eating!

Autumn

What’s not to love? The perfect 65-degree weather (sweater weather), leggings with skirts/dresses, boots, cardigans, and scarves are staples in my wardrobe.

Clothing aside, I love Halloween and Thanksgiving.

With Halloween comes pumpkin carving, classic movies like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown, costume parties, candy, widespread acceptance of pairing greens, purples and oranges…

With Thanksgiving comes a vegan version of our family stuffing recipe, mashed potatoes galore (with sage gravy!), roasted root vegetables, squash soup, savory tofu, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie (pumpkin everything!), and time with family. One of my favorite things about living where I live is the trees changing colors. It’s just so much more inviting seeing warm hues of reds, yellows, oranges, and golds. 

I love warm apple cider, pumpkin spiced lattes, cozy bonfires, hayrides, trick-or-treating and apple fests. Fall just makes me incredibly happy. The apple crisp I just made? Yeah, it’s gonna be instant gratification.